High Quality Polishing for Any Type of Stone
Natural stones like marble, granite, limestone, slate, and travertine are known for their hard surfaces, long life, and easy to clean surfaces. They are perfectly suited for warm and hot climates as they tend to keep cool and do not harbor any kind of allergens in the house.
As hard and heavy as they can be, they are also not completely invulnerable to damage. They can get dull over time because of the usual wear and tear. Contact StoneShine today and get a free estimate as to extent of damage and what can be done to restore the stone surfaces. Depending on where you have used stone, be it walls, floors, or even counter-tops, you need different types of treatment. The best way to go about redoing your polish is to get the professionals to do it for you.
Why you shouldn’t DIY for natural stone polishing job?
If you go online and check for DIY methods to polish stone, you will get a ton of advice. The problem with all of them is that they just don’t work as well. You can never get the same finish from using just your hands and a few pads as you would get from a full fledged rotary polishing machine operated by a professional. Getting the right grit and working your way up, using the right polish and sealant, and sanding the surface the right amount; can all be very difficult to do correctly.
According to the MIA (Marble Institute of America), there are a few terms used in the industry that will help when deciding to polish your natural stone floors, countertops, or walls.
There are several types of finishes you can have on any stone surface. They are measured by their sheen(how much they shine). The more sheen a stone has, the more reflective it is.
- Flamed/Matte Finish– Close to 0% sheen.
A rough, stone-like look. (can still be “polished” and sealed)
- Honed Finish– Around 33% sheen.
Smoothed out, almost matte finish look that is perfect for floors and areas with heavy traffic like stairs and walkways. .
- Satin Finish– Around 66% sheen.
Is often referred to as a semi-polished finish, and looks marvelous on any floor, counter, or shower stall.
- Polished Finish– Close to 100% sheen.
With a high gloss, mirror-like appearance, polished finishes really show off the stones markings and natural designs.
Refinishing is the process by which natural stone surfaces are brought back to their original sheen and look. It can mean a honing or polishing done to the surface to make it look and feel better. It can also include repairs to cracks, scratches, and other minor damages.
It is a large scale option that works on entire homes, offices, or historical buildings. Restoration work is normally done when the surfaces have been neglected for many years and a simple refinishing might not work anymore.
Polishing your stone surfaces is a details oriented project. Before the work begins, all other surfaces adjacent to it will be thoroughly sealed off and taped over. The process might take more than a day or two depending on the size and extent to which the work has to be carried out. Shining powders and a lot of water will be used to buff out the minor scratches and other blemishes, so it is advised you stay away from the work area unless you are adequately protected.