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Natural Stone Honing

Residential Surface Cleaning - More Than Carpet Cleaning!

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Cleaning Residential Marble, Travertine, Slate (Natural Stone)

Natural stone such as travertine, marble, slate or granite is a beautiful, but often costly, flooring material. To care for natural stone well, it is important to understand a few things about it. The cleaning process has to be done using the proper tools to remove the risk of scratching the stone. If you are looking for more detailed information about our cleaning process, please check out our TILE & GROUT services.

Honing natural stone is required when a factory or post-installation polish has become dull. There are two ways to make a natural stone floor glossy, one is to apply a high gloss film-forming finish to the floor and the second is to hone/polish the floor using diamond pads.

We recommend using diamond pads to polish the natural stone. This is a far superior and longer-lasting gloss for natural stone. There are advantages to an applied floor finish, but ultimately it can create more problems and costs moving forward. A diamond polished finish is easy to clean, easy to maintain, and looks more natural.

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It is important to note that most natural stone comes finished from the factory and is installed exactly how the finished product is expected to look. Most of the time cleaning is all a floor needs to bring back the gloss that was there at installation, but sometimes there needs to be some deeper work done.

Why hone/polish? Sometimes micro scratches have dulled the look of the floor. These can be caused by grit on shoes, improper cleaning methods or chemicals, chair legs, or just normal wear. Just cleaning will not remove the scratches. This is when honing/polishing is needed.

Once the starting grit is determined, the pad is affixed to a floor machine and the pad is worked over the floor. Each pad will make 6 passes over the floor and be cleaned between each level. The condition of the floor will determine the length of time this process will take. If it takes multiple days there will be no need to stay off the floor in between days. Once the final cleaning is completed it will be safe to use the floor once dry.