Restore Or Replace? Which Option Is Best For Your Client

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Even with the best care, popular stones such as Marble, Granite, Terrazzo, and Travertine can show their age with cracks, loss of shine, or moldy grout.

Most owners of natural stone just ignore the damage since they think it will be expensive and time-consuming to repair, but cracks and moldy grout will only lead to bigger problems down the road when not addressed.

Here are 5 examples of how a professional recommends restoring your stone surface:

  • Disguise etching
    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.
  • Restore shine
    Soap scum, water spots, and built-up residue from daily wear-and-tear can dull natural stone. This would require re-sealing, 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.
  • Remove and replace grout
    Grout can get compromised around the kitchen and bathroom sink. 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.
  • Eliminate stains
    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.

With all of the restoration options that are available, at the end of the day, the only time that your client needs to replace their natural stone is when they want to, as “need to” situations are few and far between.

Firenze has a wide selection of beautiful and durable natural stone! If you are in search of natural stone for your next project, contact us as Firenze International and we would love to help you and your clients find the natural stone countertops of their dreams!

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