What is Stone Re-Surfacing?
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 vise-versa.
Stone Floor or Stone Counter top Restoration is a process that can only be done by a professional stone restoration company. A maintenance or janitorial company will not have the proper tools or experience to restore natural stone. The investment of knowledge, equipment and experience needed to understand and work with stone properly is greater than what your average janitorial company can afford to pay for qualified technicians to stay with the company.
What Is Involved?
Restoration of polished granite, marble or any other natural stone involves the removal of scratches and dull floors and general damage from the surface of the stone by means of mechanical abrasion. This is also known as diamond grinding, tile re-surfacing, stone refurbishment, stone polishing or stone honing.
Restoration of a honed finish involves using a series of diamond abrasives or honing powders up until the desired finish is achieved.
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 stone resurfacing. This followed by a careful polishing technique that can only be learned from experience.
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.
How is the Job Charged?
Stone restoration jobs are usually charged by the job. Square metre pricing is not always practical. Each type of stone will present its own unique challenges as will the consumer’s desired result for each surface. Many aspects need to be taken into consideration, such as where in the building the stone to be restored is located, water and electricity supplies available, etc. Regardless of the cost, it is always less than the price of replacement and most times you will have an installation that looks as good as, if not better than new.
What Can I Expect?
You can expect to have your stone and grout looking like new again and will be given the proper maintenance instructions for long term care. Scratches, etch marks and wear can be removed. Also advice on how to avoid any future need for restoration for a considerable length of time.