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FREE ADVICE

Free and friendly advice on how to choose a marble floor specialist and general FAQs

It can be a daunt­ing task to find a pro­fes­sion­al floor clean­ing con­trac­tor, espe­cial­ly with so many peo­ple offer­ing a sim­i­lar ser­vice. So how do you sep­a­rate the chaff from the wheat? Well, we’ve writ­ten the fol­low­ing check­list for you to help you choose a spe­cial­ist over a chancer… ask them and your­self the fol­low­ing ques­tions and you won’t go far wrong, also, we are always will­ing to give free advice over the phone so don’t hes­i­tate to give us a call on 07725 752 660 should you have any ques­tions.

1. Before call­ing any con­trac­tor, ask around. Have any of your neigh­bors had their stone sur­face done recent­ly? Who did it? and were they happy?Hiring a pro­fes­sion­al mar­ble clean­er can be dif­fi­cult. Please read through the below points before mak­ing any deci­sion.

2. Once you have locat­ed sev­er­al com­pa­nies, sched­ule appoint­ments to receive esti­mates. We at Mar­ble Ren­o­va­tion will always per­form a free esti­mate. Be sure you are there for the sched­uled time; it can be very frus­trat­ing for a con­trac­tor to arrive for any esti­mate, only to find no one home. On the oth­er hand, if the con­trac­tor fails to show for the sched­uled appoint­ment with­out at least call­ing, he obvi­ous­ly isn’t inter­est­ed in your project.

3. When the con­trac­tor arrives, explain what your con­cerns are, and what you are try­ing to achieve. After all, you live with the floor every day; the con­trac­tor is see­ing it for the first time. Give the con­trac­tor as much infor­ma­tion as pos­si­ble. What do you use to clean the floor? Has the floor been pol­ished? Is there any wax or coat­ing on the floor? Any infor­ma­tion will help the con­trac­tor decide how to fix the prob­lem

4. Once the con­trac­tor has deter­mined what is need­ed, ask him to explain the pro­ce­dure he intends to use. Are there oth­er options? What pol­ish­ing process will be used? A com­pe­tent con­trac­tor should be more then hap­py to answer any ques­tion you may have.

5. When com­par­ing a price against anoth­er con­trac­tor make sure you are com­par­ing like for like. If one con­trac­tor is only going to pol­ish and the oth­er grind, the dif­fer­ence in price will be con­sid­er­able.

6. If pos­si­ble, obtain a demo or sam­ple. Ask if a free demo can be per­formed; have it per­formed in a rep­re­sen­ta­tive area. This will indi­cate how the final job will be like. Be rea­son­able how­ev­er; don’t expect a con­trac­tor to per­form a demo if the job is too small.

7. Once you choose a con­trac­tor, sched­ule the job. Don’t be sur­prised if the con­trac­tor is booked for sev­er­al weeks. Be patient; a good con­trac­tor will be busy, and you will have to wait your turn. If you absolute­ly must have it done now, ask him if he’ll book you if he gets a can­cel­la­tion.

8. Gut feel­ing — are you com­fort­able with the con­trac­tor? This is much more impor­tant then you might think.

ADVICE ON USING MARBLE OR GRANITE FOR KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS

I am build­ing a new house and would like to use some type of stone for my kitchen counter tops. Is Mar­ble or Gran­ite best?

Both Mar­ble & Gran­ite can be used for a kitchen counter but each has its advan­tages and dis­ad­van­tages. Mar­ble is avail­able in an unlim­it­ed num­ber of col­ors. It scratch­es very eas­i­ly though. If you are going to be cut­ting meats and veg­eta­bles Mar­ble is a poor choice. Gran­ite is very scratch resis­tant and will take cut­ting, how­ev­er Gran­ite can be very porous and if you are doing a lot of cook­ing with hot oil, Gran­ite can stain eas­i­ly. Gran­ite can be pro­tect­ed against stain­ing if you seal it with a good qual­i­ty stone seal­er. Most stone Kitchen counter tops are Gran­ite and over­all is a good choice.

IS GRANITE ACID RESISTANT?

WARNINGThere is one acid that will severe­ly etch, pit and dull a pol­ished gran­ite sur­face. This acid is known as Hydroflouric acid and is found in many rust removers. If you have expe­ri­enced etch­ing on gran­ite sur­faces you may want to check the label and see if it con­tains Hydroflouric acid. If it does, the gran­ite may need to be repaired.