Category Archives for Green Mission

The Chicagoland Spring Co-op Expo

We recently managed a booth at the Spring Co-Op Expo in Rosemont. This show draws property managers, condominium board members and the general public. The Sungloss Marble table featured our Care and Cleaning of Natural Stone brochure published by the Marble Institute of America, Sungloss Marble mugs and Cubs tickets we raffled off to anyone […]

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Waxing of Stone and Terrazzo Floors Can be Precarious

Even though they may be professionals in the business, an estimated 1 out of 3 property managers don’t understand the difference between waxing and professional polishing. Wax gets into the grout lines and does not allow vapors to ventilate. Moisture can get trapped and produces oxidation or other damage, like staining, and if not stripped […]

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Re-writing Standards for Restoration

The commercial and historical committee of the Marble Institute of America’s (MIA) Restoration Committee (2013) is  to rewrite the standards for restoration and refinishing in the natural stone industry.  Our work on the draft is completed and sent to the MIA.  But,  I have been singularly impressed with Dr. Fred Hueston’s ” Bible ” in the Industry (available […]

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Recycled Granite – The new trend

What do you do with that “old”, beautiful granite counter top you’ve just replaced? Recycle it, of course! Natural stone, like granite, is both beautiful and durable thus, making it easy and cost effective to recycle. Not to mention it’s an Eco-friendly choice. Recycling granite is the process of breaking down the material by hand […]

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The Restoration, Recycling And Renewal Of Marble

THE RESTORATION, RECYCLING AND RENEWAL OF MARBLE – As A Way To Help Save the Planet While Improving Your Curb Appeal, Selling Your Home Or Building Yes, this is NOT a “spin” (we actually don’t spin marble tiles!) the restoration of marble and other natural stone vs. the quarrying, cutting, transporting, fabricating, re-transporting, installing and […]

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Marble, Limestone, Granite Sealers–Part of Our Green Restoration Goal

At Sungloss Marble Restoration Company, for over 20 years we have been looking for the Holy Grail of the Stone Care Industry: a ‘miracle’ impregnating sealer. The harsh reality is, there are some amazing sealers on the market, but there really is no such thing as a breathable ‘true’ stone prophylactic, especially for calciferous stone […]

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LEED CI and Sungloss

We are proud to have been part of a recent office renovation project in the office space of Perkins+Will, a premiere architectural firm in Chicago. Through Pepper Construction, our work included cleaning and restoring existing slate flooring with earth-friendly products. The slate was then color-enhanced and sealed with a low-VOC, water-based sealer. This project was […]

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Recession Update – Green is Growing

We recently read an interesting study at Greenseal.org (link) which finds that despite the recession, 4 out of 5 people are continuing to buy green products and services today. This shows the reach of the green movement and also the power of consumers to tip the scale towards change. It tells us there are two […]

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Excitement over LEED and Marble Restoration

Sungloss Marble Company has recently been involved in projects where businesses or municipalities have desired a LEED certification. With all the excitement and interest in LEED, I thought I’d touch generally on what that means. We’ll have more specifics on the individual projects in future posts.

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Natural Stone Reclamation

I was curious about how marble is recycled—it is a natural product we work with every day, but don’t often realize how sustainable it is as an architectural material. A brief Google search produced a few webpages, some unexpected topics on marble reclamation: A story from Emory University about recycling marble flooring in a historic […]

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