Marble Floor Polishing - Marble Cleaning UK

If your dulled marble floor is difficult to clean, it’s a sign that the marble’s surface has been damaged by scratches and chemical etch damage.

You need to call on the services of a professional marble polishing company.

We have been providing marble cleaning and restoration services for over 20 years and built up an enviable reputation for service and quality.

Get a free no-obligation quotation by a trained and experienced marble cleaning and restoration expert as the first step in cleaning your marble floor

Answered: Your Burning Questions About Polishing Marble Floors

As with many cleaning terms, marble floor polishing is a general term that describes a range of marble floor care to restore a shiny, scratch and blemish free finish

The most common question we get is:

“How Much Will It Cost To Clean And Polish My Marble Floor?”

The cost for marble cleaning and restoration depends on the condition of the floor tiles, scratches, damage, soiling etc.

Just send us photographs of your floor and the size.

If we need further information from you, we will email you, giving you time to give us the information.

Marble Floor Polishing | Tiles In Reasonable Condition

The cost can range from £20.00 to £30.00 pr square metre .


This floor was in good condition but had lost its shine.

This dull marble floor was in good condition but had lost its shine. The surface of the marble tiles was dulled by small scratches and light etching.

marble cleaning

After polishing with marble polishing powder.

A small polishing sample using diamond polishing pads (just above our watermark) shows a new beautiful clean and polished finish. The picture also shows the effect of removing soil from the grout lines.

The polishing process can remove scuffs and light scratches on light marbles and other calcium-based natural stones, however, if you look closely, you may still see scratches, but they will be shiny and less visible. See more here:

Some Examples Of Marbel Polishing Work

Polishing Marble Floors In Poor Condition

The cost can range from £35.00 to £45.00 per square metre .

dirty marble floor

This marble was in poor condition. The surface of the marble had lost its deep gloss through surface scratches, blemishes and some light etch mark damage. The polishing started with specialist cleaning products and cleaning the grout with a rotary scrubbing machine and 1,200 grit honing powder

Whilst the floor was poor, there was little lippage, so we didn’t need to grind the floor smooth. So the floor was honed using diamond polishing pads.

Stone polishing pads range from coarse to fine grit, just like sandpaper for wood finishing.

polished white marble floor

The floor was then polished using polishing powder to transform the shiny surface into a deep, lustrous gloss.

Finally, we apply an impregnating marble sealer to help protect the finish and make it easier to keep clean.

Honing will remove scuffs and light scratches on the lighter coloured marbles, however, it will not deep scratches, damage or lippage.

This is often the service we use for marble countertops

Marble Cleaning And Restoration | Grinding

The cost can range from £50.00 per square metre and above .

Originally I had called this section Polishing Floor Tiles In Bad Condition.

However, floors that need grinding are not necessarily in “bad” condition. They can be in good condition, even with a good polish, but these floors can suffer from being poorly laid with have “lippage” problems.

Lippage is the term for tiles that are not laid flat, with a height difference between adjacent tiles. The difference in height means that the floor can not be honed with resin diamond tooling, because resin tooling can not deal with lippage.

Before the floor can be honed and polished, it needs to be made smooth by grinding to make the uneven floor smooth, so the tile edges are all the same height.

In general, floors with lippage above 2mm will need to be ground smooth before the floor can be honed and polished to give a great shiny surface.

A floor will also need to be ground if it has deep scratches and damage that can not be removed by honing.

marble floor grinding by abbey floor care

This marble was in reasonable condition, with light scratches that could have been polished by honing. But there was a lot of lippage over the floor.

So the marble stone needed to be ground smooth before we could start the polishing stage.

The photo was taken after a couple of passes of the grinding machine.

You can still see the edge of a tile that has not been ground, so the floor eventually needed 4 grinding passes to make it smooth and ready for honing.

marble and granite polishing by abbey floor care
After grinding, the floor was progressively honed and polished to this high shine.
Then sealed with a high wualtiy marble sealer.
scratched marble polishing service needed to polish badly scratched marble

THis marquina nero marble floor with a lot of extreme lippage. In some places, the lippage was ofer 4mm. The homeowner had tried to restore the floor using a wood floor slaner. As you can see, the sander scratched the floor, but did not make the marble smooth.

black scratched marble floor polished after grinding

we used metal diamond tooling to grind the floor smooth. The n progressively honed and polished the floor to a beautiful deep shine. To help protect the marble, we used a high quality impregnating sealer.

Hire A Marble Floor Polishing Professional

Marble floor polishing is a considered investment. Marble cleaning and restoration need experience, training and the right equipment. Mistakes are costly, so getting the work right the first time is crucial.

Over the last ten years, a number of low-cost marble cleaning and restoration systems, that require little skill to use, have come onto the market. These systems are excellent for light cleaning and maintenance work. However many companies use them for marble honing and polishing work. The results are nowhere near the quality achieved with correct marble restoration equipment. Sadly, I see small and large companies proudly displaying the result of this kind of restoration, and the poor customer thinks that the results are acceptable. 

The lack of experience and training can also result in damage and a poor finish. In most cases, marble floors should be re-polished and sealed on an annual basis

The wrong cleaning chemicals will break down the impregnating sealer.


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Now you have an idea of the cleaning and polishing costs, you may be wondering what made your marble floor dull in the first place, especially if you feel that you have looked after your floor.

Many issues can cause a problem for your marble tiles.

  • soil and grit
  • acid spills
  • furniture damage
  • poor installation
  • uneven tiles
  • no sealer
  • the wrong marble sealer
  • cleaning chemicals
  • cleaning equipment
  • not enough cleaning

But you needn’t worry because we will carefully explain how your marble has got into its current condition.

Then we can advise you on the appropriate marble cleaning and restoration solution. So you can choose the option that fits your budget.

We always try to suggest a solution that is best suited to your situation.

If you have pets and small children, you may consider polishing your floor to an “acceptable” finish, rather than a high perfect finish.

We will also give you comprehensive advice; covering cleaning chemicals, equipment and methods, so keeps its looks for a long time.

Once your floor is restored to its original beauty, you will only keep it looking beautiful and shiny if you clean it properly.

That means you need to dry sweep your floors on a daily basis to remove grit and surface soil.

Ideally, you should also damp mop on a daily basis with specialist marble cleaning chemicals and a microfiber mop.

You can find out more here.

Chipped Floor Tiles – Lippage

Chipped tile edges are usually caused by the marble tiles being uneven. We call this lippage. Where the lippge is small, say under 1mm, and then the tiles can be honed flat.

In most cases this will remove small chips. Colour matched epoxy filler can repair holes and larger chips.

If the lippage is over 1mm, then the floor will need to be ground to make it smooth. Then the floor can be honed to remove the scratch marks from the grinding.

Again any remaining chips can be filled with an epoxy filler.

Dirty Grout

Sometimes the investigation will show dirty grout. Dirty grout is usually a result of not understanding how to clean marble floors; the importance of using a clean mop and using too much water. A wet mop will just move surface soil into the grout lines, causing a buildup that is difficult to remove.

In these cases, we use specialist chemicals. We can then apply a grout sealer. The grout will stay cleaner if you damp mop using a microfiber mop system.

Alternatively, we can grind the marble tiles down to the grout. The floor will be smooth and much easier to keep clean.

Spots and Stains

Marble installed in a bathroom, toilet, kitchen or dining room often suffers from ugly etch spots and stains. The majority of food spills contain dyes and have chemicals that can affect marble.  Check out our guide to stain identification and removal.



Take advantage of a free consultation and estimate by a trained and experienced Marble Cleaning and Restoration Expert as the first step in cleaning your marble floor.

If you’re looking for an excellent service from a trustworthy tradesman then call Abbey, we will take all your headaches away.

David Allen Natural Stone Restoration Specialist

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