Reno Right: Marble floors, bathroom tiles, dining tables, and AC-refrigerant

We answer some of your renovation questions and give you tips for how to amp up the home aesthetic!

Q: My contractor says he needs to waterproof my marble flooring. Is this necessary, or an extra cost I can avoid?

A: Waterproofing is required only in wet areas such as bathrooms, balconies, and kitchens. What marble needs is sealing, not waterproofing, and this is done to the surface of the marble prior to installation, says Maena Ong, art director at Mong Design Studio.

“Sealant helps to protect the stone against stains, water marks and regular wear. The sealer fills in the pores and repels spills on the surface, which will give you time to wipe off any liquid,” She says.

Being a porous and delicate stone, marble is easily stained and etched by acids such as fruit juice. Sealing does not make marble stain-proof, but renders it highly stain-resistant instead, making the surface easier to clean. Even the grout between the marble tiles will stain, so a second sealing after the tile is laid is worth paying for.

Keep marble free of dust and grit as these are abrasive and do the most damage, advises Maena. She also recommends polishing every five years to keep marble flooring looking its best.

TOPICS: Renovation