A common misconception that people outside the cleaning and polishing industry hold is that marble should always be polished to achieve a high quality shine. This may be true in some instances, but have you ever considered what would happen to a busy shop floor, or a busy office after polishing? It will get dirty within a week. So are there any alternatives to polishing your marble or other natural stones? The answer is yes there is. Refreshing your floor is an under-considered alternative to polishing, which in a lot of instances are better economically then polishing the floor. This is where the floor is made to achieve shine, but the scratches and lippage are not removed. This when considered makes a lot of sense for environments where a lot of people walk through every day, as the floor will tend to get scratched and fat will form.

Now why would anyone want to refresh their floor when they could get it polished and grinned, which would remove the scratches and lippage? Well, the main reason for this is that refreshing the floor is a lot cheaper than polishing, and it is also a lot less time consuming. This means that it would be easier for business owners to close down the shop, call in a company to refresh their floors and make sure that it is done by the morning. 

On the other hand if you live in a rather quite area, where there will be less foot traffic or there is an event that would need your floor looking immaculate then it does make a lot more sense to get it fully polished instead of refreshed. It is important to consider though that this polishing procedure is more expensive, but it does remove the imperfections of the floor and thus gives it a quality finish.

Having considered both methods refreshing and polishing it is important to point out that they are not the only methods available on the market. They are just the most common, one other option that has to be considered is resurfacing. This option should be considered instead of refreshing and polishing, when the floor is simple too damaged for the company to get the polish back. This could be for major cracks, discolorations and more. In this case it may be the more economical or only solution to remove the affected area entirely and replace it. It is important the new replacement is off the same texture, style and material as the old device. This is important as the replacement would otherwise stand out and ruin the whole design.

So after reviewing the major processes of polishing, refreshing and resurfacing it can be seen that each have their advantages and disadvantages. On one hand polishing removes, imperfection such as scratches and lippage in addition to giving the floor a shine. On the other hand it is much more expensive then refreshing. Refreshing on the other hand is cheaper, but it does not remove lippage or scratches, which would make it ideal for heavy foot-traffic spaces. The last option is resurfacing, where the affected part of the area is removed and replaced, this can be very costly and time consuming based on the material, but sometimes it will achieve the best quality, out of all the options.