Stone restoration can seem like a daunting task for the amateur, but if you follow a few basic tips, the process can be relatively simple and affordable. In this article, we’ll discuss the steps involved with stone restoration as well as the steps necessary to clean, polish and restore stone surfaces.
Restoration means restoring that broken and uninteresting plain old stone, back to the flawless condition it was when it got put into place. First, a professional will look at your floorboards to see what maintenance is needed. Often, stone restoration services incorporate honing, chip repair, deep scratch removal, resurfacing or re-polishing. Sometimes, a specialist will just look over a section of stone to see if it needs restoration.
After the initial inspection, the stone will then need to be treated with a solution. This is usually a special solvent that removes the grime, and a protective film that protects the stone surface. It’s important not to use a high concentration of solvent, however. It is also a good idea to use a neutral, mild cleaner on the surface of the stone. If the stone does not have any protective coating, and the surface of the stone is scratched, a restorer will use a solvent based finish on it. There is also a possibility that some stones will require polishing, but this is not as common as it once was. It’s a good idea to ask about the types of finishes that are used, so that you will be able to know what you’re getting in to.
Once the stone has been cleaned, polished, and protected, it will then need to be sealed. This is where most of the confusion lies, because there is actually no specific rules for applying sealant to a stone surface. In general, a restorer will do two things: using an oil based solvent, and adding a sealer. It’s best to hire a professional to do the job rather than doing it yourself, since applying a sealant to a surface that is too thin or is too thick can be very damaging to the stone. The best sealant is one that can withstand the heat and pressures of a marble table saw and still be flexible enough to easily move around the work area.
To apply a sealant, the restorer will first apply the solvent, which then penetrates the stone surface and leaves a thin, white film, which protects the stone surface. On top of that, they will then apply a clear coat of sealer which coats the entire stone surface.
Finally, they will polish the stone surface and re-glaze it. This will bring back shine and luster to the surface of the stone, as well as make it sparkle, and make it shine as brightly as it did the day it got put into place.