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Friday, October 21st, 2016
I had an opportunity to visit some of our beautiful museums and landmarks that are not always open to the public last weekend. These museums and landmarks are filled with natural stone and other historical structures from the exterior to the interior.
I visited 2 buildings run by not-for-profit organizations. A museum on Lake Shore greets you with limestone statues. The limestone staircase is worn and dirty. The marble floors are scratched and dulled. Limestone statues that fill one room are in need of cleaning and other restoration methods. The second building I visited in Lincoln Park was just stunning. The marble lobby floor was a beautiful mix of red, green, white and pink marbles that shined. Limestone walls surrounded statues that sit upon marble pedestals. Large marble columns surround the lobby. The building looks fitted for royalty not a memorial; a proud Chicago natural stone structure.
I love architecture and history. It was nice to take advantage of something that offered both. I was surprised by the difference of how these buildings are maintained, especially given the Lake Shore Drive address.
– Leslie Olson
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Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
Including the 408′ high State Capitol (see sunset photo) remain symbols
of a past era when Illinois could actually afford the luxury of these Natural Stone surfaces ?!
Marble, Limestone and other relatively delicate but internally strong stones need care and protection periodically to remain ” tourist attractions” vs. ” eyesores”.
Deep cleaning, penetrating sealers to protect the substrate and other professional services are needed
at least bi-annually to keep the structures looking 1st class.
Although perhaps not a ‘ tourist attraction”, keep your Hotel Lobby, Building Lobby and Entry Showcase-
or, your luxury Home Marble and Limestone, in the best possible shape.
Go see Home or, www.sunglossmarble.com for further information.
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Thursday, March 27th, 2014
Tags: care and cleaning of floors, cleaning marble floor, lobby floor care tips
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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
ILLINOIS – Restoring your older Historic terrazzo, marble, granite, limestone, or natural stone surface may be uplifting to you, visually pleasing, and may offer some pride for maintaining and upkeep of the property. There are other incentives you may find beyond your own personal satisfaction that might inspire property owners in both commercial and residential settings to take the steps to restore your old building…… Taxes and Grants!
Restoration of historical properties have been highlighted in many recent newsworthy attempts at historical preservation. Here are a few local stories to refer to:
Landmarks Illinois provides a smart list for anyone looking for funding assistance for restoration. Review the following site: Landmarks Illinois Preservation Tips.
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
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Thursday, July 18th, 2013
Customers ask, “Is it ” ok ” to clean, polish and seal my dining room floor and then clean and seal my Indiana Limestone porch when it’s 95f and 70% + humidity?”. Well, it depends.
Inside , the AC and the airflow are correct and good – why not? Unless there are pocketswhere the airflow is not
eliminating the high humidity there is no reason not to proceed.
Outdoors, or in basements or lower levels, that may
NOT be the case. Most sealants, caulks and grouts issue a written caveat against proceeding in weather that is either too hot or too humid or both. The caveats vary. I’ve seen a range of 90f and 60% humidity as a start point and others with a higher start point for danger in application. Read the FINE PRINT on the manufacturers can or bottle. They usually spend $ and time testing, having independent labs test how these products react under certain conditions. Misapplications can cause poor sealant results, oxidation, smearing, and worse. Best to be conservative and save the outdoor work for another day – or, move to Paradise where you won’t need to concern yourself with the climatic conditions.
Good Luck !