UPDATED: Restore Or Replace? Which Option Is Best For Your Client

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Natural stone is one of the most elegant materials a homeowner can choose for their home. From countertops to backsplashes and walls to flooring, there are many different ways for homeowners to implement natural stone slabs or tile into their home design. However, for natural stone surfaces to continue looking good for many years, proper care is needed. And even with proper care, there will come a day when your natural stone will need to be replaced. 

When it comes time to replace natural stone, repairing and restoring could be a viable option as well. At Firenze International, we offer a variety of natural stone slabs, including a number of granite, marble and quartzite options. With over 100 years of experience in the natural stone industry, our team understands the importance of quality products and strives to provide quality services in everything we do. To help you better gauge your clients’ needs, we have detailed five situations in which natural stone can be restored rather than replaced!

Why choose to restore rather than replace

When it comes time to replace natural stone, restoring rather than totally replacing the stone is a great option. Below, we detail some of the reasons to consider restoring natural stone. 

Saves time and money

Restoring natural stone rather than replacing it altogether can end up saving your clients both time and money. Depending on the situation, replacing natural stone can cost as much as it was to install it the first time. Restoring offers a both cost and time effective way of revamping the look of certain natural stone features. 

Best restoration ideas

Restore shine

On both kitchen and bathroom countertops, soap scum, water spots and built-up residue from daily wear-and-tear can dull natural stone. These issues are especially prone around sinks. This would require you to reseal your client's stone and, if there is etching as well, we recommend professional polishing.

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 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.

Eliminate stains

Materials such as oil seep can into natural stone and create stains that cannot simply be polished out. Removing these stains can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. Professional cleaning involves applying a solution that will pull the oil out, after which the surface is then resealed. 

Although there are benefits to replacing outdated and severely damaged natural stone, restoring stone that has minor scratching and repairs is also a smart choice. Not only will this help save your clients money, but also make them happy customers as well!


At Firenze International, we can provide you with the quality natural stone slabs you need for your next project. If you have any questions regarding our products or services, feel free to give us a call anytime!

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