More and more homes and commercial buildings use natural stone for their durability and beauty. Some of the more common types of natural stones are marble, granite, soapstone, slates, and travertine. Each stone rates differently on the hardness scale and some are more porous than others. Natural stone, even though durable, requires some kind of protection and every so often, they must be cleaned, polished and resealed. There is a lot involved when it comes time to reseal natural stone which isn’t considered a DIY project. Silver State Floor Restoration would like to share the process of polishing and sealing natural stone, and why it is best to use the professionals.
Natural Stone Care & Maintenance Restoration Steps
Step 1. Pre-Inspection: When it comes to polishing, cleaning and sealing natural stones, the first step is the pre-inspection. To see how good or bad the condition of the stone is, it is important to know what steps will be needed to restore the stone. (To get a full idea what is involved, we are going to cover all of the steps of a severely damaged natural stone.)
Step 2. Site Preparation: Once the needs of the stone has been determined, the site will undergo preparation. Site preparation may include removing furniture and covering features around the stone that needs to be protected.
Step 3. Natural Stone Cleaning: As each stone’s cleaning needs will vary, often cleaning will involve removing dirt and other debris. Next comes a surface cleaning with a scrubbing or bristle cleaning machine or even by hand, depending on the size of the space. The site will be rinsed often, more than once, to ensure the surface of the stone is clean.
Step 4. Natural Stone Repair: after the stone has been cleaned the surface will be repaired. When natural stone develops scratches, etches, or scuffs, the floor will need to be smoothed down. Depending on the type of stone each may require a different type of sanding or smoothing.
• Diamond Grinding is often used for granite or other hard stones. A machine with a diamond grind pad will smooth out the surface while producing water to prevent cracks and reduce the amount of dust in the home.
• Honing also uses a diamond pad machine that is designed to remove the previous sealer on the stone while smoothing the surface. Honing helps to remove scratches and etch marks to most stones.
Step 5. Polishing Natural Stone: This is the final step in repairing natural stone. As both diamond grinding and honing can leave a rough surface on the stone, polishing is the final step in smoothing out the stone. Finer grain diamond pads are used to bring the stone to a super smooth finish.
Step 6. Natural Stone Sealing: Once the stone has been cleaned after the restoration steps, the stone can now be sealed. A professional will always use a heavy duty sealer that will protect the stone from surface damages, stains, and erosion. Sealing natural stone is a must especially for the softer stone such as marble.
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When your natural stone needs to be cleaned, polished, and sealed, make sure to call the professionals. For quality natural stone care, contact Silver State Floor Restoration.