Marble Floor Cleaning –Crystallization Deep Cleaning Process – Commercial

The goal of this article is to explain the Crystallization Deep Cleaning Process on Marble Floors. It is one way of deep cleaning marble floors but not the only option for deep cleaning marble floors. We selected this topic because it is somewhat of a mystique and a complicated process making it somewhat controversial with some people believing it is a great deep cleaning process while others believe among other obvious negatives, that the crystallization process actually damages the marble. Either way, it is a process that needs to be discussed so you can make a decision to further investigate if this process will work in your commercial building. We will list the advantages and disadvantages of the crystallization cleaning process on marble floors.

  

Marble Floor Cleaning – Why is the Crystallization Process Used?

Marble is a very porous and somewhat of a soft stone as compared to Granite. Marble accepts soils easily due to its porosity and its softer nature is susceptible to scratching. Deep cleaning marble can be accomplished using several processes including Crystallization. 

 

Marble Floor Cleaning – What is Crystallization?

First we need to be reminded that marble floors are natural stone that is mined from the Earth and is basically limestone and different minerals which under millions of years while under extreme heat is packed tightly into a crystalline compound (stone).

Crystallization cleaning process utilizes abrasives, chemicals, weight and mechanical action to force a chemical reaction with the stone‘s minerals to form a new layer of a chemical compound. The theory is the process creates a harder layer that provides a tougher surface to resist scratches and improve the wear of the marble floor. The following is a list of the basic components of the process.

  1. Abrasives: Steel Wool to polish and heat the chemical to assist in creating a new chemical compound with the minerals of the marble
     
  2. Chemicals: Majority of crystallization chemical products containing acid, waxes and fluorosilicate compounds
     
  3. Weight: Machines have added weight to increase the effectiveness of the process assisting the chemical to form a new chemical compound with the natural minerals of the marble
     
  4. Mechanical Action: Usually uses a rotary machine of 150 to 300 RPM or Planetary Head Machines with speeds at 600 RPM for the mechanical action.

 

Marble Floor Cleaning – Crystallization Tips, Cautions, Alternatives and Challenges

  • Always use Professional crystallization Contractors to perform the process. This is a specialized process and it is critical to follow each step precisely. Failure to do so, can lead to damage of the marble that can be irreversible. So only use skilled experienced people to perform this work.
     
  • This crystallization process is EXTREMELY expensive. It is expensive in all aspects of the total process including the requirement of vast amounts of labor because it is a slow process; the chemicals are also expensive. The expense of this process is a challenge for many commercial building owners which are often operating on a limited budget.
     
  • There are reports that have shown that the crystallization process actually causes damage to the marble by preventing the marble to breathe which prevents the moisture from escaping from the marble and thus destroys the marble.
     
  • Other Deep Cleaning Processes are available that is less expensive and provides deep cleaning including…
      

    • Polishing/Honing: Physical abrasion of the marble using abrasives such as Diamond grit or Silicone Carbide pads and a rotary machine to polish the marble smooth which eliminates scratches and cleans the marble through physical removal of soil through grinding the soil away.
       
    • Powder Polishing Abrasives: Powder chemical acidic abrasion to polish the surface of the marble. These acidic compounds can damage the marble.
       
    • Deep Cleaning with the “That’s Amazing” Cleaning Pad: a new innovative pad that cleans deep into the pores of the marble floor that uses a neutral cleaner and mechanical action to clean the marble. Inexpensive deep cleaning that works extremely well in getting marble floors clean. This process does not repair scratches from the marble floor.
       
    • Top Coating Program: Use of a floor finish (wax) on the marble floor. This will protect the marble from both small scratches and ground in soil. There are some disadvantages including the cost of maintaining a floor finish program.

 

The choice is up to you with positive and negatives for all cleaning methods but before performing the crystallization deep cleaning process, we recommend to further investigate the process. It is also advisable to check with other commercial buildings that have tried the system to get their perspective on the system.

3 Responses to “Marble Floor Cleaning –Crystallization Deep Cleaning Process – Commercial”

  1. what do you do to restore a marble floor that has been crystallized?

    • steve jones says:

      The different methods used to treat marble floors are typically, polishing, crystallizing, coating or a combination. There are pros and cons to each.
      You can re-crystallize the marble floor again, polish the marble to repair the scratches and buff to a shine with diamond polishing pads or if the damage is not bad cost with a floor finish (wax) and maintain the floor finish to keep the floor looking great. They choice will depend on your budget; your appearance goals of how the floor looks and the amount of time you want to spend on maintaining the floor after you perform a restorative process. But one of the three of the above processes will work. Hope this helps.

    • steve jones says:

      The different methods used to treat marble floors are typically, polishing, crystallizing, coating or a combination. There are pros and cons to each.
      You can re-crystallize the marble floor again, polish the marble to repair the scratches and buff to a shine with diamond polishing pads or if the damage is not bad cost with a floor finish (wax) and maintain the floor finish to keep the floor looking great. They choice will depend on your budget; your appearance goals of how the floor looks and the amount of time you want to spend on maintaining the floor after you perform a restorative process. But one of the three of the above processes will work. Hope this helps.

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