Maintenance of Natural Stone Floors
Care and Maintenance from Natural Stone Restoration and Products New Zealand
Marble and limestone are alkaline-based stones and can be dissolved by acids in cleaning products and other kitchen sources, such as lemons, citrus juices, wine, and soft drinks. These fluids can etch and remove the polish from a marble floor, if not wiped up quickly. These stones are soft and vulnerable to scratches and dulling by sand, grit and soil under common foot traffic, and can absorb stains.
Light scratches and wear patterns in marble can be removed with a special honing pad and an application of marble honing compound agitated by machine producing a matte finish. Most marble without deep scratches can be "freshened" with marble polishing, similar to honing. Using the floor machine, a special polishing pad and polishing compound can bring the floor to a very natural high polish.
Solvent or water based impregnating sealer should be applied to newly polished marble to reduce potential staining. Rather than sitting on the surface, impregnating sealers provide an invisible sub-surface seal, penetrating deep into the stone.
Stone Grinding ' To remove deep scratches, lippage (uneven tile edges) and to resurface stone floors. Performed by "Planetario" machine with diamond abrasive pads and water, working up through a series of diamond abrasive pads to level the stone floor before the honing process begins.
Honing Floors - To remove minor scratches and wear from everyday foot traffic. This process is also performed by machine with diamond abrasive pads on the stone, prior to polishing. We can also use honing powders to produce a flat even "patina" finish on the stone, if that is the finish required.
Stone Polishing ' To give granite, marble, limestone and all natural stone the finish you are looking for. This procedure will give a lustre and clarity that is better than a factory finish. (Utilizing the same compounds that are used in the manufacturing process).
Tile Cleaning ' To remove dirt, stains and bacteria and to remove waxes and polymers that have become embedded in the pores of the stone.
Stone Tile Sealing ' To protect and preserve natural stone from every day traffic and spills. Using our premium impregnating/penetrating sealers.
Stone Colour Enhancing - The use of impregnating/penetrating sealers formulated specifically to enhance or enrich the colour of your stone.
Stripping ' To remove topical coatings that block the stone's ability to breathe. This, may in some cases cause spalling (when the stones crack, pop and shale). Some examples of common coatings are janitorial waxes, polyurethane, etc.
Grout Cleaning and Grout Sealing - Dirt loves to hide in grout. Most ordinary brushes cannot penetrate into the micro pores to get all of the contaminants out. We use a patented system to clean your grout to like new and then we seal it to facilitate easier maintenance for the long haul.