SINCE 1999
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Etched marble countertop refinished to a honed look

Highly etched marble countertop

This Westlake, Texas homeowner called our office wondering what to do with stubborn etch marks that were making her counter top look blotchy and dull. When we came out to look at the counter top she explained that it was only a year old and the problem started to occur almost immediately.  She also explained to me that she has 3 kids and that she loves to cook and entertain. Unfortunately, marble is very sensitive to many cooking products that are acidic in nature. It was clear that the homeowner wanted a long-term solution to her problem, so we suggested that we refinish the counter top from a highly reflective finish to a low honed or matte finish. This way when future etching inevitably occurs, the damage will not be as pronounced and will maintain a fairly even look.

Our process

The first thing we did was to mask off all the surrounding areas with protective plastic so that there would be very little cleanup. Then we performed a dust-free, wet honing process using our industrial diamond resin pads along with our electric planetary grinder (These tools are highly specialized and are designed specifically for stone countertops) This process was performed several times in order to effectively remove the polish from the countertop. After all the polish was removed, we performed a final honing pass with a soft, low grit diamond pad that leaves a smooth, low-reflective finish on the marble surface. As a final step, we saturated the stone with a high quality stone sealer.

Before we leave the clients home we like to take a few minutes to educate them on how to properly care for their countertops as well as what types of cleaners to use.

Client Reviews

“I have used this company for several years, in two homes, both for carpet/floor problems and carpet cleaning. The reason I keep calling them is they do great work for a fair price. I do not hesitate to recommend them for ANY flooring need!”
John, Pflugerville
“We messed up our marble and travertine with resulting rings that looked terrible. Brian came out and by the end of the hour you couldn't even tell where they were. Thank you so much for bringing our beautiful finishes back!"
Cindy, Lakeway
“I'm in the real estate and remodeling business so I have worked with other vendors. These guys were here all day working on my stone counters and achieved excellent results at a fair price.”
Thomas, Austin