How to Polish a Surface to a Brilliant Shine

Marble floors, tiled walls and wooden features are a common sight within many modern homes. Whether a room has just been renovated to feature these unique and attractive elements, or if a property has had them in place for decades; there’s no denying that a well-polished surface can make all of the difference when it comes to the aesthetics of a house.

Everyday polishes might seem like a viable option, but the truth is that sprays and damp cloths can only remove surface dirt and debris. As far as materials like marble are concerned the true shine comes from within, but as it’s not possible to open up a block and give it a shine; the next best option is to gloss the surface by revealing the structure of the material.

There are several ways to do this.

The first relates to the method of polishing, but instead of mild polishers – abrasive ones may be more suitable. With marble as the example again, it will be important to ensure that abrasive materials are kept as fine as possible – with wet and dry sandpaper featuring a grit of 2000 or more being best suited.

Many professional services rely on this practice to bring out the inner shine of marble – and the same can be said for wood and even tiles. The trick is to use a grit that is so fine, that instead of revealing rough gouges and lines; it instead buffs and polishes. This can be done by hand, but as will be explained in the second method – many people are turning to electronic polishing tools that utilise advanced buffing pads to get the job done.

How do buffing pads work?

It’s a well-known fact that over time the ocean floor will tumble and polish the roughest stones to a fine, smooth finish. By harnessing these processes, it becomes possible to buff or shine a particular surface – without having to undergo the waiting time. Polishing a surface by hand with 2000 (or higher) grit sand paper can take hours, if not days, but a reliable tool can do the same in a fraction of the time.

Certain brands like Stonex offer face polishing pads that can be fitted to any electronic buffing device. The Stonex 3 Step Dark Face Polishing Pad for example, consists of millions of tiny fibrous strands that can help to remove surface stains, breakdown weaker pigments and cell structures and then reveal a smooth finish that reflects even the mildest of light sources.

Alternatively, the Stonex Wet White Faced Polishing Pad is engineered in a way that causes friction on the surface of the material, helping to rub a shine into any area being treated. There are many other pads available and as many of them can be used when wet or dry – the possibility to combine them with buffing agents and spray polishes can result in even greater results.

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