Natural stone provides a beautiful look anywhere you use it. It has become popular for use on floors, countertops, walls, and more. The thing is, so many people are simply not familiar with how to keep their natural stone looking its best.
No matter where you have natural stone, there is a process for cleaning and polishing the stone to keep it looking glossy and nice.
We can help! Our trained experts can assist you with natural stone polishing to keep your stone looking great.
Does Natural Stone Need to Be Polished?
Obviously, when you see stone outside of a home, it’s rarely polished. When it is, it’s intentionally polished to create a specific look. It’s a little bit different when those natural stones are used inside of a home.
Inside, people like the natural stone look, but they may not want it to look so natural. Additionally, when you leave the stone as-is, it could easily get scratched and scuffed.
In most cases, when natural stone is used for flooring, counters, or other areas, it is coated in a glossy sealant that protects it and keeps it looking fresh and sharp.
However, much like other types of surfaces, it will change over time. The best way to keep it glossy is to polish the stone regularly. Think of the polishing process as basic maintenance for those surfaces.
You can polish your own floors, but it can be a time-consuming process. We use industrial polishers and the appropriate polishing cream to keep your natural stone glossy and polished without harming the appeal of the natural stone.
There is a little bit of a process to polishing stone surfaces. It’s not overly complicated, but it is thorough. Remember that if you need a quick fix or have a small surface to polish, you can do this on your own – but we’re here to help when the full surface needs to be polished.
Typically, the process requires first cleaning the stone surface thoroughly and then making sure it also is completely dried before polishing. In some cases, you might need to let it air dry for at least 24 hours, but it can also be manually dried to speed up the process. We won’t make you wait between cleaning and polishing. Our industrial equipment can dry the surface in no time so we can proceed.
If your natural stone has been polished before, we shouldn’t have to do a lot of prep work to prepare the stones. In this case, it will focus on making the space that’s already there shine. In the event that this is the first time your stone surface has been polished and it is still raw, there may be some additional preparation required.
The industrial polishing machine will make a significant difference in the polishing process as opposed to trying to polish by hand.
Here is a deeper overview of the entire cleaning and polishing process and how it works.
Inspection and Preparation
Initially, we will need to inspect the area to see just what we’ll clean and polish. In most cases, we will create a plan that is customized to meet your space.
This will consider the type of natural stones you have and the outcome that you want as well. Before we get started, we also take proactive measures to protect surrounding areas so they are not negatively affected by the polishing process.
We mentioned cleaning earlier. This part of the process is meant to pick up loose dirt and debris so that the stone is ready for a deeper clean. The cleaner the stone is, the better the end results will be, which is why we take our time to clean it properly.
Restoration and Honing
This part of the process is designed to help get rid of scuffs and scratches that have marred your stone surface. It’s a pre-step to the polishing. Here, we will typically grind a minuscule piece of the surface area away in order to clear the scuff or scratch in the area.
We then hone the surface so that it is all consistent before we start polishing.
Time to Polish
Now, we get down to business and get your stone polished. We will use our industrial equipment to polish the stone surface and give it that beautiful glossy shine.
Some areas are polished to a high gloss. However, if we are working on a floor, this may cause your floor to become very slippery. In this case, we can polish at a lower gloss level to avoid safety concerns for slipping and falling.
Once the floor is polished, a sealer may be applied to the area if needed. We will finish up with a thorough inspection of the space to be sure it is completely polished in a consistent and visibly appropriate manner.
Why Should I Polish My Stone Floor?
Polishing is not required for stone floors, but it can absolutely help. This process simply refreshes the stone surface. It also can assist in getting rid of damage on the stone surface, like scratches and scuffs.
The end result is a shiny, gorgeous stone surface.
The King of Kleen Natural Stone Polishing
If you would like to have your natural stone surfaces polished, we are here to help. Our skilled staff is ready with the training and the equipment to polish your natural stone surfaces and get them looking great!
Just give us a call to ask any questions and get your free estimate scheduled. We look forward to hearing from you.