Fine Décor Revival, along with its affiliates, has many years of experience in the care of marble and other natural stone. We primarily utilize two common methodologies for restoring these surfaces. One technique known as crystallization involves burnishing acrylics with a steel wool pad. The other is diamond honing – Fine Décor Revival’s preferred methodology – which is a more labor intensive grinding procedure. We like to perform this in combination with periodic polishing to return the stone back to a state where the surface is free from most scratches and has a nice deep, reflective luster.
It is our opinion that diamond honing is a superior procedure since:
- It keeps the natural stone’s pores open – similar to a living substance, natural stone needs to breathe. Otherwise, over time the stone’s trapped perspiration will result in erosion and
- It leaves a brilliant reflection – compared to an orange peel effect typically left by crystallization.
Occasionally, crystallization may be an option, primarily when either a short-term fix is desired (such as to maintain an improved appearance until a planned renovation or inspection occurs) or there are budget constraints.
We are sometimes asked about polishing as a stand-alone stonecare method. Polishing a surface can be done – primarily in situations where the desire is only to create a temporary shine – but it is an inferior solution since it does not remove scratching and is not a long-term restoration answer.
More specifically, when undertaking a restoration we employ the following four-step process to treat natural stone:
Step #1: PREP all adjacent areas such as glass, wood, metal and carpeting with a protective film covering before any of the stone floor restoration begins. Place caution cones and wet floor signs around the work area to warn customers and employees of any potential slip and fall hazards in the immediate work area.
Step #2: CLEAN the marble with fluoride salts to remove soiling and enhance the appearance of the grout lines. All of our chemicals are formulated specifically for Fine Décor Revival.
Step #3: DIAMOND HONE all marble tile, once each with 100/200, 400, 600, 800, 1500 and 3000 grit diamonds. Grit is a measure of abrasiveness, and each increment uses a finer diamond-laced disc. This multi-step restoration process strips the top surface off the stone – removing the deeply-embedded scratches – and creates a new surface ready to accept polishing. The higher the stone is refined, the more reflective the surface becomes.
Step #4: POLISH all marble using our customized polishing compound. This process enhances the natural color of the stone and provides a deep and high-gloss finish.
After the restoration is completed we recommend entering into a quarterly or semi-annual maintenance plan for re-polishing of dull areas and light diamond honing of surface scratches. If maintained each year, it is conceivable that this floor will not require another extensive resurfacing for the next five to ten years. To help with upkeep, we can supply a daily stone cleaner that dries streak-free and is manufactured specifically for the safe use on all natural stones.
If you want to have your marble and granite professional cleaned, you should look for a company that has extensive experience in cleaning high-end homes and luxury items. Contact Fine Décor Revival today at (224) 250-5611 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your needs with our team.