Simply put, stone restoration is the process of making worn tired natural stone look brand new, customized to the look you want. The process itself is complex and varied, depending on the type of stone, its condition and the desired finish. But essentially, in our case, it involves using mechanical abrasion (known as diamond grinding) to level uneven stones, remove scratches and other surface damage and rejuvenate the stone face. Then, using powders and buffing pads, the stone may be manipulated to produce the desired finish.
Restoration: Our certified experienced technicians, using time-tested products and state-of-the-art equipment, will restore your stone to its original beauty. Restoration generally includes moving furniture, protecting baseboards and the lower sections of the walls including appliances. Honing (the abrasive process that removes scratches, etch marks, to achieve a smooth satiny surface), polishing and sealing. Grinding / Leveling or Lippage Removal (blending high areas) may be necessary to achieve a uniform surface and appearance.
Protection Against Etching and Stains: Items like orange juice, vinegar, wine, tomato products, mustard, coffee and many soft drinks spills, are highly acidic and will etch, discolor most marble, limestone and travertine (acid resistant stones like most granite, slate and sandstone will typically not etch). By applying an impregnator (penetrating sealer) you will help to protect the stone against these potential problems. An impregnator is an integral part of an ongoing, proactive stone maintenance program. The use of a quality impregnator to protect against stains, etching and dirt penetration is a cost effective measure in the long term maintenance of natural stone. It will not alter the finished appearance of the stone in any way. Now on certain non-polished stone installations (tumble travertine finish, flagstone, saltillo, brick pavers, concrete, slate etc...) a topical surface sealer can be applied, generally a topical sealer will enhance the sheen, color or look of the stone however this over time will too wear-off and will need to be re-applied. Dulling and Scratches: Soiling and sandy dirt from foot traffic, oils and a plethora of other environmental factors will scratch the stone surface to make it dull (this alone can be the major reason why your natural stone does not shine as it used to).
Maintenance Training: By training you and/or your cleaning people on the proper maintenance of your natural stone, we hope to help you protect your investment for years to come.
How long your stone restoration takes depends on several factors – a rule of thumb (though there are plenty of exceptions) is one to three days. Prior to the appointment day, we will ask for a signed contract and a deposit.