The key to the beautiful stone

Stone surfaces may appear dull and dirty over time, despite best cleaning efforts and sometimes due to soiling. Stone floors lose their luster over time. Traffic areas arise at entrances and turning areas, where we see the highest concentration of feet and the most pivotal. Table and counter surfaces have slight scratches and dull spots on the surface when keys are thrown or drinks are spilled. This is inevitable with all stone. The good news is that everything can be restored. If a ceramic or vinyl floor is worn, it must be replaced or recoated. A stone floor that has lost its luster can be revived with a small TLC.

Cleaning and the topic of polish restoration often seem confused and misunderstood. The dilemma that results is widespread. Let me give you an example. Her soil is 3 years old. There are some areas that have very little shine. The area at the front door is boring and scratched. You call three contractors to get an estimate of the re-appearance of your floor.

An experienced craftsman can provide a variety of services, depending on what you want to achieve, from factory finishing to the simple restoration of gloss (but without scratching).

Their soil began life as rock in a mountain or under the sea. It is then broken into blocks, cut into slabs and finally cut into tiles. These tiles still carry cut marks from the saw, which are often visible on the back of the tiles before they are installed (or if you have extras). These marks are then sanded with a series of abrasives that become finer and finer until the surface is sanded, ground, and polished to a mirror-smooth finish. The surface is flattened so that the light can be reflected off the surface exactly like your mirror back.

When a real craftsman comes to help you, there are a number of tools at his disposal. However, the one that best suits your needs depends on what you want to achieve. A craftsman can regrind the floor to restore the factory finish, if he so desires, or he can simply polish the surface to restore the shine, leaving behind all the big scratches. If you want shine that may be okay, but if you want your bottom restored and the scratches removed, you'll need to do a few more steps with a series of abrasives to eliminate those scratches. Do not worry, in most cases it's called the depth of a human hair. So the soil can be restored without shortening the life of the soil and maintaining a flat surface (provided the artisan knows what he is doing).

If you are offered a topical treatment to restore your shine, you need to know how long this surface is likely to last to withstand the natural wear of foot traffic, and when it wears off, how is it serviced? In many cases, a topic must be removed and reapplied to help a craftsman solve a local wear problem in a timely and cost effective manner.

Once the desired finish has been achieved, you still need to make some decisions that affect the longevity of your surface. Do you seal the surface again? Unless this surface has been resonated (a practice that is becoming more common in which a polyester resin is sucked through the pores of the stone to reduce its brittleness, facilitating shipping around the world without the risk of damage, but also provides a secondary advantage of the sealing of the stone), the seal is a necessary protection because it prevents the ingress of spilled material and the fouling of your surface. While this is not an expensive or difficult process, ask anyone who has incurred discoloration of the surface and he will tell you that it is worth avoiding the loss of appearance or the time and money that are required to remove a stain later. Stone surface should be sealed every 2 to 3 years. Beware of the LONG-Life promises of many sealers. Often, in this claim, a series of asterisks indicate how the surface must be protected to achieve this long life. This is surprising, considering that this should be the protection step.

Hardening is another offer. For softer stones such as limestone, marble or travertine, a hardener is recommended. It is designed to provide a thin hard protective surface to better reduce wear. As a last step, it also serves to improve the gloss appearance, but this is not the intended purpose, but only a prerequisite to being a lost step application. These materials are often overused by janitorial companies to gain shine. As with something too much is not a good thing. However, when used for the purpose of improving the wear resistance of softer stone floors, they are a valuable component of your soil protection. If you have a marble or limestone floor, it is recommended to harden the floor. This should reduce the frequency with which your floor needs to be re-polished or restored. This may not be in the best interest of the craftsman, but the craftsman who cares about the interests of his customers will ensure that this is discussed with you.

When reviewing your tradesman's suggestion, ask each process to be listed separately to help you understand what it proposes and why it is proposed. Every service is not suitable for every floor, but it is important that each floor offers the right service. It can be expected that a hotel floor will be treated differently than a lobby or the surface of a side table.

Whatever service you choose, always remember to choose a company that you can trust, that has the size and ability to meet its service guarantee. Typically, those who have survived and are successful in multiple markets are able to do so due to the loyalty of their customers, which can only be achieved through the consistent provision of honest quality service and outstanding results.