Marble floors and counter tops are made from one of the ‘softest’ stones known to man. This surface scratches quite easily and etches even easier. It is sensitive to acids and lots of foods found in our refrigerator like sodas and lemons. These foods can leave etch marks on a marble surface. Marble floors and counter tops are damaged most by everyday household cleaners containing strong acids. Housekeepers inadvertently mop floors using vinegar and water and etch the entire floor with a single application.
Leave it to the experts to clean and restore your stone floors back to their natural beauty. We’ll also teach you what to do and what ‘not-to-do’ to your marble or granite surfaces.
All Natural Stone cleaning and restoration as well as sealing jobs must be preceded by a thorough pre-inspection. Here we determine a customized care plan to meet your specific needs for your specific stone.
2. Area Preparation:
Because your home is important to you it is important to us; we will take the necessary precautions to protect all areas surrounding your stones with plastic sheets and blue tape.
Cleaning Processes vary from floor to floor, many variables include make-up, maintenance, soiling conditions, traffic, use, etc… When cleaning any stones, we use the most scientifically advanced cleaning products and the stone is then machine or hand scrubbed and brushed. Finally we will rinse the stone with a rinsing tool, connected to a truck-mounted hot water extraction system is used, achieving maximum soil removal and best overall cleaning results.
4. Diamond Grinding:
Stone that is etched, scuffed, and scratched can be restored only by the use of mechanical abrasives underneath a rotary machine. Diamond abrasives resurface/remove a slight amount of stone (just enough to get below the etch marks and scratches). All diamond grinding is performed with the use of water to contain dust. The surfacing procedures that follow will determine the desired surface sheen.
Stone is mechanically resurfaced using diamond abrasives and water to achieve a uniformly honed surface sheen. In some cases, polished marble, granite, travertine or limestone can be mechanically honed to remove pre-existing surface polish.
Stone is mechanically finished to produce a high gloss shine. Very light etches, scuffs and scratches may be removed with the polishing process, but diamond grinding is needed if the stone surface has medium deep etches, scuffs and scratches.
This will be the last step in the stone cleaning process. Depending on the sealer chosen, we will use a heavy duty professional grade sealer to protect your stones.
8. Post Inspection:
We will do a walk through inspection of the areas before we leave the home and give you some tips on how to maintain your stones.