Ways To Repair Natural Stone

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Many people choose natural stone because of its amazing durability, beautiful design and easy upkeep. However, no matter how durable something is, nothing will last forever. Even though natural stone is one of the most durable materials homeowners can choose for countertops and flooring, it’s still prone to becoming damaged, especially if not taken care of properly. 

At Firenze International, our team has over 100 years of experience in the natural stone industry. We understand that natural stone can become damaged over time, and we are here to help! Below, we go over some ways you can repair your client’s natural stone surfaces. 

Most common natural stone damages

Scratching

Scratching of your natural stone surfaces is probably the most common form of damage that can occur over time. Scratching can be caused by a number of different things. For instance, high foot traffic that brings in outside dirt or gravel can cause your natural stone floors to scratch. On the other hand, natural stone countertops such as marble can become scratched by car keys, kitchen utensils and other sharp objects. 

Stains

Another common damage to natural stone surfaces is staining. Natural stone are most commonly stained by spills that are not cleaned up right away. Whether it be on your natural stone countertops or flooring, liquid spills that sit on your stone’s surface can seep underneath and end up causing discoloration of the area. 

Chipping

Lastly, your natural stone surfaces can chip or crack in rare events. Although this is not as common as scratching or stains, heavy weight can cause your natural stone to break, especially when it’s not properly maintained. 

How to repair damaged natural stone

When it comes to repairing or restoring natural stone, it ultimately depends on what damages are present. However, there are some main restoring processes that you should use for a variety of reasons. Below we detail all of these!

Grinding

  • A diamond grinding is used to remove uneven surfaces and imperfections, and it is useful in treating cracking and chipping

Rehoning

  • Rehoning is the process of mixing abrasive powder and water, and it is used to help relieve scratching or staining on your stone’s surface. 

Polishing

  • Polishing your natural stone helps bring back the original shine and beautiful look, and it is most commonly used in high traffic area

Sealing

  • Sealing is usually the last step. It is a preventative measure that protects your natural stone in the future. 

When natural stone becomes damaged, replacing it altogether is not the only option. If the damage is minor enough, simple repairs and restorations should suffice. If you have any questions regarding natural stone, do not hesitate to contact our team today!

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