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Heat, Humidity & Natural Stone Restoration

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 !

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Porcelain, Pre-cast Limestone and Epoxy Terrazzo

Monday, May 20th, 2013

There are many different kinds of surfaces in the world – to walk on, to hold things up ( walls ) and to beautify a bldg. ( facades ). ” Curve balls ” in our industry can fool even the most experienced professional …
Porcelain originally was clay heated to a certain temp, mixed with Granite and hardened/ beautified to fine articles in China where it became so popular worldwide.  It has ” morphed ” into a Clay heated process with just about anything added to change its beautification. Once very hard and durable, it has – in some instances – lost its durability.  Pre-cast Limestone is really more of a concrete substance with more Limestone than unusual added to give it that” limestoney look “….sometimes also treated with acids on the surface to accentuate the graininess.  Epoxy Terrazzo is just that – the traditional cement based Terrazzo is really mixed with an epoxy substance to make the entire contents a bit harder, possibly more durable (depending on the circumstances) but also restored
and refinished much differently than the traditional.  No seal needed.

Keep an eye out for the ” differences ” by carefully noting texture, composition in the specifications, and , of course, the history of the customer’s experience with the same.

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Sealing And Protection Of Your Natural Stone, Marble, Terrazzo & Limestone

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Sealing And Protection Of Your Natural Stone, Marble, Terrazzo & Limestone

Many a store and hotel manager, aside from the housewife and househusband, has been stymied and frustrated at the inability of being able to protect natural stone surfaces with sealants that would stop the “etching” and staining of the surfaces.

Now, after decades of trial and error, false claims and false promises of products, Sungloss Marble Company has researched and discovered a way to increase the protection with environmentally friendly sealant on the surfaces of calcium carbonate (marble, limestone, etc.); Matte finishes; Satin and High Gloss finishes which can all be protected much better – albeit not completely – from tomato paste, coke, coffee, lemon & lime juices and the like in the kitchen or in the bathroom, or in the lobbies of hotels and buildings.

A new, improved, penetrating and surface-protecting seal that is non-flammable, non-hazardous and VOC compliant is now the best to use to protect Limestone, Marble and Terrazzo surfaces.

Ask your representative at Sungloss Marble Company or their national association: www.marble-institute.com

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Limestone, Marble, Granite Restoration and Cleaning Education

Friday, February 24th, 2012

At Sungloss Marble Restoration, we are very high on educating our customers, and have been for over 22 years. The more our customers know about the stone restoration options we can offer them, the more informed they can be when choosing how to beautify and raise the curb appeal of their property, condo, or home.

Natural stone restoration services we bring to the table include color enhancement, honing, polishing (satin or high gloss), grout cleaning, sealing, lippage removal, stone and tile cleaning, and more. We serve any and all customers who have natural stone (or even concrete) and need to make it cleaner, brighter, or last longer. Our clients range from homeowners all over Chicagoland, to large high-rise office and residential buildings in the Loop, to State and Federal buildings, to developers and construction companies looking to enhance their new construction projects (or fix a prior contractor’s goof!).

Architects and designers have hired us in LEED certification projects because of our dedication to restoring and reusing stone, knowing it saves more water and resources to beautify existing stone installations than install new ones.

In the spirit of education, our sales and office reps go the extra mile to help customers understand how to achieve the most restoration for the value. We can assist with planning cost-savings maintenance plans, also. This blog exists to educate and inform our customers about everything we can do with their marble, slate, limestone, terrazzo, granite, bluestone, onyx, ceramic, porcelain, and concrete floors, bathrooms, kitchens, lobbies, foyers, walls, countertops, and anything else made of stone!

We are happy for our Sales rep and blogger John Leonard, who is leaving us soon, and grateful for the thoughts and experiences he’s shared over the years on these pages. John responds:
Thank you to all the customers and readers for engaging in our natural stone dialogue. There have been exciting Green developments in our industry recently that I want to bring focus to. The U.S. Green Building Council has more validity in our business than ever before. Stone restoration in a renovation project is a way to achieve LEED points. The stone sealers and restoration products we use have the least environmental impact in the ten years I’ve been in this line of work, and that’s very reassuring as well. But most of all, I think the beautification and value we bring to our customers is deeper than ever. It has been a great experience to support and to be associated with the Vision of Sungloss Marble Restoration Company, and it will be close to my heart in my future endeavors.

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LEED CI and Sungloss

Monday, August 10th, 2009

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 awarded a LEED Platinum CI certification last month (link), and is one of four Platinum CI certifications in Chicago (link) (more…)

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Recession Update – Green is Growing

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

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 ideas converging—the idea that acting to sustain our resources transcends money, and the idea that green products and services should cost no more than the former ‘non-green’ ways. Sungloss Marble Company is very exited about the study findings. We have been striving to be green in our product choice and work procedures for almost two decades now. Our customers mostly have come along with us in our enthusiasm, but overall it has been a slow rate of education and support. But now, it seems the green tide is washing over the majority of homeowners. (more…)

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Excitement over LEED and Marble Restoration

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

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. (more…)

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