Stone is extremely durable, yet almost every type of stone will develop imperfections or become scratched over time. If the natural stone surfaces in your home have become scratched, it’s time to bring back their natural beauty. These polishing cakes are an easy way to remove scratches and bring back the high luster of your light or dark natural stone. Designed for commercial polishing, using with a buffing wheel or polishing pad, yet affordably priced for home use.
Scratches in stone can appear in many ways, from shallow to deep, from short to long, but they all have one thing in common. They are unsightly. The polishing cakes that we carry will help you remove these eyesores from your natural stone surfaces quickly. To begin, it’s a good idea to thoroughly clean the scratched stone surface, removing any debris that may negatively affect your final outcome. Using a mixture of warm water and mild dish soap will usually provide the best results. We recommend spot-checking in an inconspicuous location to make sure that the soap does not react poorly with your stone. Once clean, remove the soap with clean water and allow the floor to dry before continuing.
Once you stone surface has dried, run your fingers over the top of the scratches. If you can’t feel them, odds are that the scratches are only in the stones sealant and using this polishing cake with fine grit (large number) polishing pad will remove them. If you can feel them, the scratches are deeper than your stones sealant and are going to require that you start with larger sized grit (smaller number) polishing pad or wheel. Depending on how deep your scratches are a 50 or 100-grit pad or wheel should work well.
Always polish in a circular motion. Polishing in a front-to-back or side-to-side motion can create the appearance of even more scratches. Also, make sure to feather your polishing motions outward from the scratch to prevent the newly polished surface from becoming an eyesore itself. Stop to check the condition of the surface often. When you can’t feel the scratches as well as when you started, it’s time to change to finer grit. Work your way through grits in order: 50, 100, 200, 400, etc. Between grit sizes wipe away any newly created particles with a wet cloth and then dry the stones surface with another.
Once the surface feels smooth, after polishing with the 400-grit pad, you will need to clear away any created dust with a wet cloth and examine the stones surface closely. Be sure to look at the surface from all direction while moving your light source around the stone as well. If you cannot see the scratches, you’re done. However if you can still see them, you’ll have to either go over it again with the 400-grit pad or step up to 800-grit. Keep in mind; the idea is to make the repair blend in with the rest of your stone surface. Using to high of grit size may give your stone a wet look that doesn’t match the rest of your stones surface. The polishing cakes listed here, will help you reach a scratch free finish faster and with less work.