More than a simple cleaning, stone restoration brings the elegance and beauty back to your natural stone. Depending on your type of stone, we have a specific, tested, and proven system to restore your treasure. Continue reading below for an overview of the different stones types we can restore for you!
Marble Cleaning and Restoration
Marble is formed from limestone that is superheated to form its unique crystalline structure. Its natural elegance sets a perfect statement in any entryway or floor space within your home or a commercial space. Besides that, marble tiles are known to last virtually forever if they are cleaned and maintained. Although porous and easily stained, marble has a reputation of being one of the most luxurious home design material and its attractive veining and color options can truly make it stand out in any room.
For thousands of years since early civilizations terracotta tiles have been used by mankind as floors and wall coverings. Nowadays, despite the huge technological advances in ceramics Mexican hand-made terracotta floor tiles are still some of the most favorable building materials among architects, builders, designers, and consumers.
Saltillo tile is highly porous and soaks in liquid easily. Unlike most ceramic tile, there is no glaze on the top surface of the tile. Once placed, it stains and scuffs easily if not properly sealed and maintained with a quality sealant. Therefore, a penetrating sealant will maintain the natural look of the tile.
You should periodically test the seal by putting a few drops of water on the tile in various places. Besides that, If the water is absorbed, then another coat of sealant should be applied. Other surface sealants may give the tile a shiny appearance. As the tile loses its shine, another coat is applied on top of the old sealant. If the finish becomes too worn or uneven, it can be stripped and a new coat applied.
Today, most of the terrazzo installed is epoxy terrazzo. The advantages of this material over cementitious terrazzo include a wider selection of colors, lighter weight, faster installation, impermeable finish, higher strength, and also less susceptibility to cracking. The disadvantage of epoxy resin–based terrazzo is that it can only be used for interior, not exterior, applications.
Epoxy-based terrazzo will lose its color and slightly peel when used outdoors, whereas cement-based terrazzo will not. In addition to marble aggregate blends, other aggregates have been used, such as mother-of-pearl and abalone shell. Recycled aggregates include glass, porcelain, concrete, and metal. Shapes and medallions can be fabricated on site by bending divider strips, or off-site by water-jet cutting.
Cracking is the most common form of failure and is typically caused by the structural system that supports the terrazzo topping rather than the material itself. Contact with alkalies or acids can deteriorate the bonding agents used in terrazzo. If a large portion of the flooring must be replaced due to cracking, it must first be cut out, after which the structural subsurface should be examined before attempting to find a compatible replacement. Replacement terrazzo must achieve a continuous look by having the same colored marble chips as the rest of the floor.
Travertine is a sedimentary rock that originated as a limestone (calcium carbonate) and changed over time due to extreme heat and pressure from the earth’s core. Holes and voids were created throughout the stone layers when pressurized hot water and steam were forced through the rock during formation and the cooling process.
Travertine is one of several natural stones that are used for paving patios and garden paths. It is sometimes known as travertine limestone or travertine marble; these are the same stone, although travertine is classified properly as a type of limestone, not marble. The stone is characterized by pitted holes and troughs in its surface.
Although these troughs occur naturally, they suggest signs of considerable wear and tear over time. It can also be polished to a smooth, shiny finish, and comes in a variety of colors from grey to coral-red. Travertine is most commonly available in tile sizes for floor installations.