Marble floors come in all shapes and sizes. One of the most common surfaces we work on is called Crema Marfil. It is a tan marble with light tan veining. It is a straight forward surface for us to work on. However there are ways that a seemingly simple project can become complicated.
1. Decorative non-stone inserts - Some people will enhance the beauty of their floors by adding decorative tile inserts between tiles spaced 2-3 tiles apart. Now this does not alter the process of restoration but adds significant detail work for us. We have to cover the decorative pieces with tape prior to starting because the slurry produced by refinishing can damage some decorative tile types. Then between each step of the refinishing process we have to get on our hands and knees to refinish around the inserts by hand. This ensures that A) the imperfections are removed around the insert and B) the insert isn't inadvertently damaged by our larger floor machine
2. Decorative Granite Inserts - Like decorative man made inserts granite inserts pose a difficulty for many of the same reasons. We stay a distance away from them with the large floor machines so that the diamond abrasives we use to refinish the marble doesn't inadvertency scratch the granite. We often have to finish around each insert by hand between steps prior to polishing to make sure the granite isn't damaged but all of the marble is refinished.
3. Different Marble Type Inserts - Mixed medium marble floors are not as difficult as marble floors with non-marble inserts. That said when a dark marble such as Emperador Dark is inlaid in a light stone like Crema Marfil it requires the refinisher to be skilled because these surfaces can at times polish differently from the cream colored marble.
By Josh Huseby 5-10-2017