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Polish Marble Granite Tile

Updated:2014-05-20 10:54:56
Marble granite tiles, when first installed, have a brilliant, glossy reflective finish that makes the tiles stand out in any room. Though the tiles are durable and long-lasting, over time this finish dulls, losing the new tile sheen and appearing dirty no matter how often you clean them. Restoring the sheen is possible, though, with polish. Most polish jobs require a simple application of marble granite tile polish and a polishing machine, but damaged tile must be honed, with scratches removed before polishing. After you finish, though, your tiles should look as though they're freshly laid.

Instructions as follows:


Firstly, hone a damaged tile surface with an orbital sander with 100-grit sandpaper attached. Run the paper over the scratched tile surface in small, circular motions, grinding down the scratched edges until the edges no longer exist and the scratch appears as lines in the tiled surface. Switch to a 150-grit sandpaper and grind the tile surface until the lines are no longer noticeable. Switch to 220-grit sandpaper and make a third pass over the tile, smoothing the surface to the touch. Honing removes the glossy finish as well as the scratches, but polishing will restore that.
Secondly, place a polishing pad onto a 4-inch angle grinder. Put a small pool of marble granite tile polish in the center of the pad, about a quarter-sized circle. Go over the surface of the tile with the pad, spreading the polish until the pad is dried. The polish will dry to a grayish color on the tile surface.
Thirdly, run the pad over the dried polish, working the polish up to a glossy finish. If after removing all the polish the marble tile isn't polished to your liking, apply a second layer of polish with the pad, and repeat the polishing process.
Tips & Warnings
 Honing the tile abrades the surface, grinding the surface down slightly so that scratches are removed, making for a surface that can take an even polishing.

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