Restoration of stone is the restoring of worn stone to the state in which it was installed. It may also entail the altering of the stones surface to match a desired finish of the installation’s owner or management. In some cases an owner may desire a polished surface to be honed or visa versa.
Restoration is a process that can only be done by a professional stone restoration company, such as Floor Restore. A maintenance or cleaning company will not have the proper tools or experience to restore natural stone. This is not said to be critical to these types of companies. The investment of knowledge, equipment and experience needed to understand and work with natural stone floors properly is greater than what your average cleaning company can afford to pay for qualified technicians to stay with the company.
Restoration of polished marble or natural stone involves the removal of scratches and/or damage from the surface of the stone by means of mechanical abrasion. This is also known as diamond grinding.
Natural stone reflects light and does not need a topical coating or wax to achieve this desired finish. It only needs a series of diamond grits used in the proper order by a master technician who is experienced in their use. This followed by a careful polishing technique that can only be learned from experience.
Restoration of a honed finish involves using a series of diamond abrasives up until the desired finish is achieved.
A flamed finish can be restored using the same technique used in the processing of the tile or slab. This is a controlled burning of the stone so that the crystals “pop” creating the unique finish.
As you can see, the restoration of each separate stone surface will involve several different methods and techniques.
A restoration professional will also take care to protect the surrounding surfaces from damage. The diamond grinding technique involves large amounts of water and this could be damaging to wood and carpet if measures were not properly taken to ensure the water’s use was kept to a minimum and protection against splatter used. The flaming technique obviously entails using a large open flame tool. One would want to ensure that flammable materials were not around and that ventilation was adequate.
Concrete polishing and staining is a fast growing trend in floor restoration. Our process includes honing, densification, and polishing. The end result is a beautiful, dust-free floor that requires no striping or waxing! In addition, the end result will have the appearance of natural stone. Who knew concrete could look like this?
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