How to Refinish Marble Tiles

  • 2-4 hours
  • Beginner
  • 50-200
What You'll Need
Variable speed angle grinder
Buffing compound and polyester buffing pad
Tile or marble stone sealer
Terry cloth towel

Marble tiles make a beautiful accent to any home. However, they need to be regularly cleaned and buffed to bring out the natural beauty of their finish. Like any other flooring material, they are susceptible to scratches and discoloration that may dull the finish. It is easy to refinish marble tiles using a few simple tools and cleaning products that you can purchase at the hardware or home improvement store. Remember to wear appropriate clothing and to use safety equipment such as gloves and goggles when handling chemicals and power tools.

Step 1 - Clean the Marble Tiles

Clean the marble tiles using water and mild detergent. Agitate the area using a soft sponge to safely remove dirt, oil and stains on the surface. Let the surface dry before proceeding.

Step 2 - Buff the Surface

Apply an appropriate amount of buffing compound or marble refinishing compound to the buffing pad and use the angle grinder to buff the surface of the marble tile. Apply plenty of water on the marble tiles to provide better lubrication for the buffing pad. Work in a small area at a time. Follow the directions stated on the container of the buffing compound to find the right amount of compound required.

Concentrate the grinder for at least 30 seconds on each tile to thoroughly remove scratches and other contaminants on the surface. Apply more water as needed. Move the grinder in small circular motions to polish the entire surface evenly.

Step 3 - Clean the Area

Pour additional water on the buffed surface to remove excess compound. Wipe the area dry with a terry cloth towel. Pay special attention to the surrounding areas and fixtures that may have been splashed with the buffing compound during the buffing process. Remove any excess compound with a wet towel or sponge and wipe it dry.

Step 4 - Apply Sealer

Use a soft paint brush to seal the marble tiles after refinishing. This will help protect the surface against stains and mild scratches. When using chemical based compounds, follow the directions on the packaging of the marble sealer. A single coat is enough to protect the surface, but applying two coats of sealer is highly recommended. Let the first coat dry before applying a final coat.

Open surrounding windows and doors when using sealers to enhance indoor ventilation. This will help prevent the inhalation of harmful vapors and fumes that may lead to allergic reactions and other health related concerns. Wear a mask when working with sealers and other chemical based compounds. Protective eyewear is also recommended to prevent irritation.