Caring for Granite
Granite is one of the most durable of all natural stones. Granite's hardness allows it to hold its polish longer and it rarely etches, making it a favorite for countertops. Its beauty is threatened however when it is left unsealed. It may absorb water and oil spills which result in stains and discoloration. It is important to have your granite sealed correctly.
Intensive stone cleaners in combination with specific equipment are used to bring soil and stains to the surface where they can be rinsed away. An additional cleaning process can be employed to restore heavily soiled or stained grout.
Stone, whether new or old, can be polished to improve its appearance. The polishing process removes minor flaws and scratches, while it deepens the shine and hardens the surface. This is accomplished by polishing the stone itself resulting in a spectacular long lasting shine.
The stone is machined to a low gloss finish. This process removes minor damage and inconsistencies, leaving you with a natural old world finish.
On heavily worn or damaged stone, resurfacing is needed. The dust free method of diamond grinding creates virtually no mess, while it removes scratches and damage. The newly revealed surface is then machined to the desired gloss.
Stone floors with uneven tiles can be machine ground to remove lippage (high edges). The surface is then finished to the desired gloss.
Absorbent surfaces need to be sealed to protect them from staining. A sealed surface is easier to care for. There are a number of different types of sealers:
There are a number of approaches to removing stains. There are specialized chemicals that can be applied. If that does not remove the stain we can apply a poultice. Poultices are custom made for each individual job. They are made in the consistency of a paste and applied to the stone. They usually need to be left on the stone for up to 7 days
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