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Q. I have a new home (1 year old). I chose to have crema marfil marble installed in the master bath. The entire floor and the walk-in shower are crema marfil. Neither the installer or the contractor gave me any warning about care of the stone and after one year of use I've got problems. I inadvertently used a spray cleaner with bleach on areas of the floor to spot clean and have etching in those areas. In the shower I have religiously used Tilex after every shower use and the walls from head level down or so are dull and streaked. Chad at Stonecare Central suggested these problems could be resolved (hopefully) by using Stonecare Central's Polishing Paste and applying with a buffer. He recommended I get your opinion on this before he advises me further on this method and maintenance of the crema marfil thereafter. Thank you.
A. Unfortunately it sounds like it may be too far gone for this. I would suggest you call in a professional for this. (You can find one in your area by going to www.stoneandtilepros.com and selecting Find a PRO.)
As far as care afterwards, DO NOT use Tilex or any other harsh cleaner. Please download the Stone Care Guide which will arm you with all the care info you'll need.
ETCHING Occurs when stone is eaten (or neutralized) by an acid. It often looks like and is mistaken for a watermark.
HEAD The end of a stone which has been tooled to match the face of the stone. Heads are used at outside corners, windows, door jams, or any place where the veneering will be visible from the side
MARBLE A metamorphic crystalline rock composed predominantly of crystalline grains of calcite, dolomite, or serpentine, and capable of taking a polish
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