The crystallization of marble is an intervention that allows to restore brilliance to the material. Find out more about how this technique works and how much it costs.
Crystallization of marble is a treatment that can be proposed again as an alternative to polishing. The objective of this intervention is to restore the original brilliance of the stone. But what is marble? It is a metamorphic rock consisting mainly of calcium carbonate, which has been used since ancient times for its incredible beauty, for the creation of architectural and sculptural works.
Generally speaking, the grain of marble is uniform, but, depending on the crystallisation process of the elements that make it up (limestone and dolomite), it can be more or less fine. The colour, on the other hand, depends on the mineral impurities present, which can be in the form of granules or real layers inside the sedimentary rock. And white marbles? They are due to the metamorphism of limestone rocks, which have no impurities.
The crystallization treatment aims to give more value to the marble, as it takes on a brighter appearance. This technique can be used on any type of floor in marble, grit, palladian, limestone and travertine, for the finishing of new surfaces or the restoration of worn floors. But let’s take a closer look at how to crystallize marble.
How does the crystallization of marble work?
Before proceeding with the actual treatment, it is necessary to wash the marble surface with a detergent with high alkalinity and excellent degreasing power. In the case of a waxed floor, it is essential to proceed to an accurate waxing. After drying, it is possible to spray a crystallizing product containing acid, which is used to soften the surface, which is processed with a special machine, equipped with a brush equipped with a steel wool disc.
The friction and heat generated by the rotation of the disc leads to the development of a chemical reaction, which allows the salts contained in the marble to rise, allowing to obtain a shiny surface with a wet effect. The more steps are taken, the greater the brilliance that is obtained.
The duration of crystallization depends on the frequency with which the treated floor is washed, as each time it is cleaned a little bit of brilliance is eliminated.
Crystallization marble cost
Crystallization of marble has a lower cost than polishing. For this reason, people often prefer it. However, it must be said that it has a shorter lifespan. Moreover, crystallization is a method that involves a chemical reaction between the calcium carbonate contained in the marble and the acid-based crystallizer product. This treatment acts only on the surface, leaving a fairly thick patina of calcium oxalate, which tends to disappear over time.
With polishing, however, the layer becomes an integral part of the natural stone. In fact, crystallization is preferable when working on large surfaces, such as supermarkets, as it takes less time. Moreover, if done in a workmanlike manner, it can protect high-traffic floors from possible scratches and from the fall of substances that could generate stains. Crystallization, therefore, if carried out regularly, can be the ideal solution for bars and refreshment points.
To crystallize marble in a workmanlike manner and find out more about the costs, it is advisable to contact a specialist company and ask for a quote from the nearest professional..