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    "You saved our travertine floor! The installation was so poor, we thought we would have to tear it out. Your ability to grind, regrout, and polish the floor surpassed our expectation. Now it looks like it should have looked after being installed – the sheen is even and reflects the wonderful richness of the stone. It's gorgeous!"

    - Parker

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    Colorado Homes & Lifestyle - Inspiring Design Conference

    Stone Restoration helped to sponser the annual conference for design held on June 6 & 7, 2012 by Colorado Homes & Lifestyles hosted by  Roth Distributing. Approximately 350 desingers from all over the country were in attendance. I was able to speak to many of the attendees on the topic of stone restoratioin but also focusing on the Marble Soundness classification from the Marble Institute of America. This technical bulletin is extremely omportant when choosing marble for your home. Remember just because a certain marble matches the color scheme it may be the wrong stone for the application you havae in mind. Education is extremely important and if we choose to ignore the trade associations recommendations we do so at our own peril.



    When it comes to polishing, refurbishing and cleaning stone and tile, there are a few procedures your installer may not be aware of. That’s when the experts at Stone Restoration Denver come to the rescue. According to Don Semi, they are often called in to fix problems created during installation.

    “Well a contractor, with the best of intentions, doesn’t follow recommended procedures. Maybe they never knew the right way in the first place. Possibly they came from installing ceramic and porcelain tile and are not up to date on the differences in installing natural stone. They install a polished marble in a bathroom and they use sanded grout, which will tend to scratch the polished marble surface as they clean it. Then they compound the problem by using a sealant and topical coating to enhance the color or shine of the stone,” said Semi. “Unfortunately, that top coating leaves a very waxy looking substance on top of the stone, which makes it look dull.”

    In cases such as these, Semi’s Stone Restoration Denver team puts its expertise to work restoring the stone to its natural beauty. “A problem like this requires us to remove the coating that was placed on top of the stone and then remove all the grout and refill it with non-sanded grout. Finally, we re-polish the entire area to remove any scratches made by the sanded grout.“

    Often times, the contractor has no idea there is a problem, until the homeowner calls to complain,“ according to Semi. “The client notices that the stone getting quite dirty in a relatively quick fashion, because of the coating on top of it which attracts dirt. They call the contractor and say, ‘this was not what it looked like in the showroom.’ But when they take off that topcoat, they realize they’re scratching the stone in the process. That’s when they contact us, usually through one of our distributors.“

    The use of sanded grouts with polished stone is fairly common, and usually the culprit when it comes to homeonwer complaints. “Moving the sand across the softer polished stones, like marble or travertine can leave minute scratches in the stone which show up under the glare of lights,” said Semi.

    With more than twenty years of restoration experience, Don Semi knows an awful about cleaning and restoring stone, with specialized training and certification from the Marble Institute of American, the Natural Stone Alliance and the ICRC. “I am not a tile contractor, but the guys that lay tile sometimes don’t understand that there is a difference between tile and natural stone and one must follow those recommendations that are provided by the trade industries,” said Semi.


    What To Do To Maintain Your Floors And Countertops Natural Beauty

    Natural stone adds a timeless beauty to your property. Yet waiting too long to restore your marble floors or kitchen granite countertops can harm your stone – and harm your investment. When properly maintained, your natural stone surfaces can last over 100 years. They truly can be timeless.

    But please don’t wait! Ongoing wear and tear, acidic cleaning products, and lack of appropriate sealant contribute to the degeneration of marble, granite, and other natural stone surfaces. It’s time to restore the luster – and the value – of your stone surfaces with our expert services.

    Our time-tested restoration process – diamond abrasive technology – gives the stone better clarity and reflectivity. When properly restored, your floor, countertop, or other natural stone surface will retain its look longer.

    Our 5-step system cleans, polishes, and maintains beautiful stone

    Step 1: Consult with you and evaluate your stone surface
    First, we inspect your stone to determine the type of stone, wear patterns, and damage. (High-traffic floor areas, kitchens, and bathrooms can have significantly different types of damage, due to different wear and usage patterns, exposure to water, types of cleaning agents used, and more.) If necessary, we can restore a sample area for a nominal charge. This allows us to precisely diagnose the problem and resolution. Plus, you can see what your stone surface will look like after restoration.

    Step 2: Restore your natural stone surface
    With our depth of expertise, highly trained stone technicians, and state-of the-art equipment, we restore your stone surface to its original beauty. We grind, hone, clean, and polish natural stone surfaces including marble, granite, travertine, terrazzo, and limestone. We repair cracks and chips, remove scratches and stains, and finish with fine polishing – using a time-tested, chemical-free process – to return your floor or countertop to its original luster and beauty.

    Step 3: Impregnate to protect and seal
    Many stones must be sealed to protect them from spills, foot-traffic soil, oils, and water. A cost-effective sealant, an impregnator protects your natural stone surface from penetrating stains and dirt. We use the most technically advanced impregnating sealers on the market today, and we encourage you to use this product to care for your stone.

    Step 4: Educate you on proper methods to clean and preserve stone
    When cleaning your natural stone surface, you’re using cleansers and techniques you assume to be safe. While these may be safe for tile, they can damage natural stone! After we restore your stone surface to its original beauty, we will educate you (or your cleaning staff) on the proper way to care for your natural stone. We can even provide a supply of our recommended daily stone cleaner.

    Step 5: Periodic follow-up maintenance
    After stone has been restored, its beautiful appearance is not permanent. Proper care protects your stone surface, yet daily wear-and-tear dulls the bright, lustrous appearance. A scheduled maintenance program returns your floor, countertop, or other surface to its natural beauty – and prevents the need for a complete restoration in the future. (Maintenance frequency is determined by the type of stone and the appearance level you would like to maintain.


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    Contact Stone Restoration Denver – Your natural stone expert and advisor!


    It’s All in the Finish: Different Types of Stone Finishes

    The final step in natural stone fabrication is the application of the surface finish. The location in which the natural stone is to be installed – flooring, countertops, etc. – usually determines the finish that will be used. Three of the most popular finishes for commercial and residential natural stone surfaces are polished, honed and flamed.

    Polished: This finish leaves a glossy surface that reflects light and emphasizes the stone’s movement or variegation. Polished finishes are typically used on walls, furniture tops and floor tiles.

    Honed Finished: A satin smooth stone surface that does not reflect much light is the result if a honed finish. Because it can stand up to the wear and tear of heavy traffic, honed finishes are commonly used on floors, stair tread and other thresholds.

    Flamed Finish: Stone’s that maintain a rough textured surface were fabricated with a flame finish. Leaving the stone with a more natural and organic look and feel, flamed finishes are usually only used on granite floor tiles.

    The finish is crucial to the stone’s appearance and performance, but can degenerate as a result of time and abrasion. Contact Stone Restoration Denver at (303) 249-7909 for honing and polishing services that will restore the original finish for a beautiful, long-lasting residential or commercial stone surface.
    Source: Marble Institute of America.
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