Natural Stone Restoration
Natural Stone Restoration is generally needed once every few years – unless you live in a home like my family with small children and pets. Typically, we find that we need some form of Natural Stone Restoration nearly once per year. It is not always necessary to restore your entire floor – and sometimes you can simply isolate your high-traffic areas of your non-traffic areas.
Regardless of your home’s living environment, you should have some type of annual professional service for your floors and some of your other natural stone, marble surfaces. Many times a quick cleaning and sealing of your stone will suffice. However, areas in your home with heavy product usage such as kitchens and bathrooms show wear at a more rapid rate. The stone in these areas of your home may need natural stone restoration and sealing as often as you feel fit. They will show dull spots and abrasions rather quickly – these are called etches.
Natural Stone Cleaning
The first part of cleaning natural stone begins in the home. 5 Star Cleaning & Restoration will be happy to inform and educate you with correct cleaning and in-house maintenance of your stone. In most cases, etching, staining, and erosion can all be avoided if the correct measures are taken accordingly. As a rule of thumb, never use caustic or abrasive cleaning chemicals to wipe down or mop your stone. If you seek advice from the professionals at 5 Star Cleaning & Restoration, we can offer household suggestions.
In particular, marble, limestone, and travertine and very porous and absorbent materials. They will absorb dirty water (if the water is not emptied and filled periodically with clean water while mopping), discolor from foot-traffic, and also stain from colored liquids that may spill or splatter on them (red wine, tomato sauce, grape juice, etc.…). In these cases, we advise professional cleaning will be necessary. 5 Star Cleaning & Restoration utilizes many different cleaning methods and products to remove even the most stubborn stains and soiled markings.
Maintaining and cleaning the marble that’s been installed can sometimes be a bit of a hassle. Knowing which marble and stones can be cleaned by certain products and chemicals can make or break the look of your marble. Some stones have a negative reaction to harsh chemicals, while others need the gentlest cleansers applied, followed by a tedious buffing and polishing process.
As you can see, marble cleaning is not for the faint of heart.
For homeowners, business owners, and even restaurant owner, 5 Star Cleaning & Restoration offers marble cleaning services that far surpass the competition. Using the knowledge and experience gained from well over a decade of marble cleaning and polishing work, 5 Star Cleaning & Restoration is sure to be your go-to marble cleaning company.
Natural Stone Honing
A honed finish on stone flooring creates a stunning satin finish that is smooth to the touch and creates a rustic appearance. Honed flooring is more scratch resistant than a polished stone flooring so it is particularly popular for high traffic areas.
Natural Stone Polishing
Marble has been treasured for centuries for both its beauty and utility. It’s a natural limestone that has been transformed, through heat, pressure and time, into a lovely and durable building material that is commonly used for flooring, counters, staircases, tables and fireplace mantels. A polished finish has a glossy surface and reflects light and enhances the natural color in the stone. All marbles require care and treatment and at 5 Star Cleaning and Restoration we deliver the best results in your marble stone restoration, protection, and polishing.
Natural Stone Sealing
The first rule in sealing your natural stone is “never use a topical sealer.” This is a common mistake that we see DIY (do it yourself) homeowners make. They go to Lowes or other “big box” stores and ask anyone with a name tag for assistance. Although some employees know better, others just point you in the direction of the area that sells products to “meet your needs.” A lot of the sealers sold in these environments and scenarios are designed for tile and non-porous materials. They contain topical epoxies, acrylics, and waxes which are all very harmful for natural stone.
Natural Stone, which includes marble, travertine, limestone, granite, onyx, quartzite, and is even part of some terrazzo contain pores. These pores are the openings in the stone that allow it to “breathe” and release moisture and gas. If your natural stone does not breathe it will eventually deteriorate and stain. Topical Sealers do not allow natural stone to “breathe.”
Impregnating Sealers are specifically designed for Natural Stone. These types of products will absorb into the stone and not clog the pores. They do not reside on the surface and do not absorb contaminants like some topicals do, mainly waxes. When the stone’s pores are coated with an impregnating sealer they make the stone resistant to oil and water-based stains. This allows you to wipe and clean certain liquids from the surface of the stone without leaving behind discolorations. However, certain liquids such as alcohol and citrus fruit juices contain acids that will create “etch” marks, regardless of the best impregnating sealer on the market. Etch marks do not have color, but are chemical burns on the surface of the stone that appear as “dull spots” and may even be rough to-the-touch sometimes. In most cases, etch marks can be removed by honing or even just by polishing the stone.
Granite and Quartzite are denser natural stones. Although they are harder and less absorbent than the previously mentioned stone – they should be sealed too.
5 Star Cleaning & Restoration utilizes high-quality impregnating sealers that are specific to the type of stone that needs application. If your stone is porous – it should be sealed. It’s that simple.
Natural Stone Grout Cleaning and Repair/Replacement
Porous grout can be a magnet for dirt, dust, and other particles. 5 Star Cleaning and Restoration has professionally trained staff to make your grout sparkle. We use the latest technology and cleaners to clean grout in your home or office. We provide many services in addition to the above. We will work with you and suggest the treatment that best suits your lifestyle and needs.
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