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Stone Restoration and Maintenance

Terrazzo restoration is best using a diamond grinding process

Terrazzo floors were wildly popular in residential construction in the 1950’s and 1960’s.  Today it is extremely expensive and therefore it is not used often in residential homes.  Terrazzo is both durable and beautiful. Finding terrazzo floors under carpet or wood in your home is like unearthing a buried treasure. In today’s market Terrazzo floors cost about $25 per square foot, making it one of the most expensive flooring of any kind.  Terrazzo is a sustainable solid mixture of cement and marble that will last forever, or until the building is torn down. LCS can bring any terrazzo floor to a glass shine.  However, full restoration is a multi-day process. The restoration of terrazzo requires an experienced professional to properly repair cracks, holes, chips etc. Holes are repaired by closely matching the matrix (background color) and using the appropriate size and color marble chips. After repairs are completed, the terrazzo floor is wet sanded with diamond impregnated grinding, honing and polishing abrasives. A penetrating sealer/ impregnator is then applied to provide stain resistance. The last step in refinishing is a polish commonly used on marble to create a hard, glass shine. This polishing process is not a wax finish that yellows, scratches easily and must be stripped off and re-waxed often. In fact the greatest benefit of restoration is the ease of maintenance. Daily maintenance involves dust mopping frequently and wet mopping with a neutral cleaner. With proper maintenance the wet diamond grinding process will not be required after the initial (...Read More)

Travertine Polishing

TRAVERTINE POLISHING DONE RIGHT Cleaning your travertine tile on a daily basis is not enough to sustain and maintain its shine for a long period of time. In fact, if you are using the wrong cleaning materials it will dull your travertine surfaces quickly. Regular cleaning with the right solution combined with travertine polishing will keep your travertine tiles beautiful and attractive forever. Most installers will seal the travertine but do not offer a travertine polishing service. Travertine polishing not only creates a beautiful shine but it provides protection against wear. Maintenance re-polishing of travertine usually involves only the high traffic areas rather than the entire floor. The frequency you polish your travertine floors depends on the volume of traffic. Typical travertine maintenance polishing can be once a year to several years. Travertine is the most sensitive type of stone tile in the marketplace and one of the most commonly used in homes throught the Tampa Bay area. Our customers with travertine tile in their homes love it because it is beautiful and affordable. However, when travetine tile dulls it can be an eyesore.  Travertine polishing is a must for any home or business with travertine surfaces. Caring for your travertine tiles can be time consuming for people with families and businesses to run. We have seen travertine tiles ruined because they were never polished, sealed or have been cleaned with the wrong materials.  It is a stone that needs regular cleaning and if neglected for any length of (...Read More)

Marble Polishing

The Shining Wonder: How to Maintain the Marble’s Sparkle

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Write your injuries in dust, your benefits in marble.” That statement made me wonder, why has marble been so important to various cultures throughtout history? Marble is formed as a result of the metamorphism of sedimentary carbonate rocks, most commonly limestone or dolomite. Since it is one of the most versatile materials discovered by man, it is famous for its many uses. Marble uses date back to early Greek civilzation.  Still today it is used for stone home furnishings, statues, floors, counters, walls, clocks, kitchen utensils, tables, pillars, structural resurfacing, even bathroom appliances. Marble is extremely popular because it is elegant, durable and easy to clean and maintain. There are many ways to properly clean and maintain the marble’s shine.  The most effective way is by marble polishing. Marble polishing restores marble’s shine and color. Regular marble polishing beautifies marble’s appearance, and helps homeowners and business owners save money, because it prevents and eliminates the need for future major repairs and/or restorations. For all the marble owners out there, here are simple and quick tips to polish marble. First, keep your marble surfaces clean by wiping it with a damp washcloth. Don’t let liquid or food spills stay long on these surfaces. If this happens, clean it immediately; otherwise the marble surface may stain.  When cleaning marble surfaces, especially floors, use a neutral cleaner specific for polished marble. Do away with using vinegar or any acid based (...Read More)

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