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Winter Weather and Complete Stone Restoration

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

It seems every condo or commercial lobby you walk into in the metro area of Chicago has taken a real beating this winter.  The constant foot traffic in and out of the buildings has only added to the dull and dirty look of these once- pristine looking lobby floors.

Residents, employees and guests drag in snow melt, oil from the CTA, grease, dirt  and pollution droppings that become embedded in your marble, terrazzo, and concrete, salt that can scratch your limestone and travertine floors.  You may be experiencing this with the floors in your home.  Although mats and carpet runners help, they are not the complete answer.

With more snow and cold coming in the next few weeks, you may want to think about getting that date for a pro to come and “spruce up your lobby floors” for the upcoming spring. The pros are busy, busy in the midst of spring time.

Want more information on “winter wear” of marble, granite, limestone , terrazzo, etc?  Visit the Marble Institute of America website, our international stone association.

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The 8 Beatitudes of Natural Stone Care

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

The “Eight Beatitudes” of keeping your natural stone beautiful (the way it should be).
For building managers, developers, homeowners and designers.

1. Choose your stone wisely – don’t mix granite with marble with wood with metal interspersed, unless you want to spend big money with maintenance and aftercare, probably substandard. The care, smaller machinery and various methods make those intertwined materials a “restorer’s nightmare”.

 

2. Inconsistent luster is not always bad – some limestones and marbles have varying density patterns that make it impossible to polish evenly and look like “ceramic”.  Some have natural artistic patterns unique to stone.

 

3. Take care of spills before they stain! Calcite based stone like marble and limestone will stain regardless of whether they are sealed when acid (of most any kind) lay on the surface.  Blot, don’t wipe, the spill ASAP to prevent damage to the stone surface.

 

4. Minerals like iron and copper exist in lots of different stone – especially the white marbles and white granites – these minerals, iron being the biggest “culprit”, can oxidize (rust) when moisture sits on the surface or between the grout lines, etc. for any period of time.

 

5. Is there a “Black Granite”? Some say NO! – that all black granites are really a form of marble or a mixture of stone and minerals, e.g. carbon.  Some geologist say there are exceptions, but, regardless, there are thousands of instances where black granites will lose their color and “stain” very much like marble.  Beware of losing beauty.

 

6. Don’t wax on stone!  Unless you want to manage a very meticulous and regular and careful programme of stripping, allowing to breathe and redoing after one week of allowance, waxing only the tiles, slabs and NOT the grout lines as the grout will absorb the wax and get damaged in the process, discolored, etc.

 

7. Choosing counters and Bar tops! The Tough Granites are the better choices of the group, but Green Marble, White Carrara and Statutory White are not bad if the color is a crucial issue along with the veining / movement.  Our seals ARE getting better each year (go to www.marble-institute.com for the limits on sealing, etc).

 

8. Think, call a professional for “advise”, research on the internet, go to www.-marble-institute.com consumer homepage, and shop around.  It will save you money, time and aggravation later.  Believe me – been there, done that.

 

 

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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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Natural Stone Reclamation

Friday, May 29th, 2009

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 restoration…there is a nice picture toward the bottom (link). (more…)

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Financial Considerations and Stone Care in Today’s Economy

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

In the current atmosphere of financial uncertainty, homeowners may find themselves putting off all but the most critical contractor work. There are a few things to think about when deciding to postpone stone restoration. We’ve seen a whole range of stone wear, and some circumstances warrant more concern than others. High traffic or what I call ‘high abuse’ areas, particularly where water is present (bathroom vanities, bathroom floors, showers, and kitchen floors or countertops), tend to require more maintenance and upkeep. These areas will almost always have a dirty, mottled, or etched appearance after a cycle of regular use, which will only get worse in time. They would be my first priority. That being said, with proper home care and cleaning, the intervals between professional visits can be lengthened. Proper home care is another blog entry in itself, but the Marble Institute of America’s page on cleaning is a starting point (http://www.marble-institute.com/consumerresources/care.cfm). Some areas in the house that see less use might only need “well-care” (i.e. periodic re-sealing), which would be a lower priority, one to come back to during the next cycle of maintenance. (more…)

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