Natural stone is one of the most elegant materials used in residential and commercial design. Although natural stone is durable and easy to take care of, some stone is prone to scratches, chipping and staining. When these things happen to a homeowner's natural stone, they have two options; either restore the stone or replace the stone completely.
At Firenze International, we have over 100 years of experience working in the natural stone industry. As one of the leading stone wholesalers with one of the biggest stone inventories, we have worked with many contractors in finding the best quality stone for their projects. To help you better gauge your clients needs, we have detailed five situations in which natural stone can be restored rather than replaced!
If you have a soft natural stone such as Carrara or Calcutta marble, it can easily get etched with daily use. A preventative measure is using the reflective shine that your marble currently has and giving it a “honed” finish so that scratches and etching are not as visible.
Soap scum, water spots, and built-up residue from daily wear-and-tear can dull natural stone. This is most common around kitchen and bathroom sinks where water may end up pooling up on your clients countertops. This would require you to reseal your client's stone, and if there is etching as well, we recommend professional polishing.
Mend seams and chips
Over time, the epoxy used to seal stone can degenerate. The seams of the stone slabs can become visible and can appear as cracks in your surface. The process of replacing the epoxy is a matter of digging out the old epoxy and replacing it with an epoxy that matches the color of your stone. Whether this epoxy sealer is added to natural stone flooring or countertops, it’s important that when it begins to wear off, that you are recommended to re-seal!
Remove and replace grout
The grout on your stone tile floors, showers and backsplashes can get compromised in and around your kitchen and bathroom. The first sign of this is grout that is cracking apart and chipping. Mold and mildew can also crop up in moisture-inducing areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. After the old grout is removed, the grout must be replaced and the stone is resealed.
Stains such as oil seep into natural stone and cannot simply be polished out. Professional cleaning involves applying a solution that will pull the oil out, after which the surface is then resealed.
Although replacinging outdated and severely damaged natural stone is the right choice, restoring stone that has minor scratching and repairs is a smart choice. Not only will this help save your clients money, but also make them happy customers as well!
At Firenze International, we are your go-to stone wholesalers. With an extensive inventory of over 2,000 natural stone slabs and over 200 stone options to choose from, you won't find another stone wholesaler in the Midwest like us! Visit our website and check out our inventory to see what we currently have in stock!