If you have natural stone in your home, you probably clean it as often as you do any of your other furnishings. But over time, you may see signs of damage like scratches and rust, which are extremely difficult and sometimes even impossible to repair.
If you would like to restore your stone to give it the look it had when you first installed it, it is necessary to call in a professional. Read on to find out more about what is involved in stone restoration and what you can expect from the service you get.
What is the Stone Restoration Process Like?
The restoration process is similar to wet sanding. It involves the application of a cream or powder abrasive. If the stone is extensively damaged, a floor or hand machine will be used to exfoliate the surface of the stone. Then, depending on the finish, the stone will be re-polished or re-honed.
But the restoration process is not only about restoring the stone. It may also require fixtures and furniture to be removed. It is possible to do a restoration without giving the contractor full access to the surface, but this may result in a halo effect.
How Long Does the Restoration Take?
Restoration is an intricate process and it may take a while to complete, sometimes multiple days. Of course, this will vary according to the extent of the damage and the amount of surface that needs to be restored.
What’s Required After Restoration?
After restoration occurs, there are steps that must be taken to ensure the job holds up. First, the contractor will apply a sealer. The sealer must be given time to cure. This can range from a few hours to an entire day.
A sealer is used to protect the stone from grease and oil, but it does not protect it from acid and other chemicals that can eat into the surface. Because a sealer does not completely protect wood, it is fortunate that restorations can be done multiple times without compromises the integrity of the stone.
Beyond sealing the stone, it’s a good idea to follow up with proper maintenance. Your contractor is likely to leave you with proper cleaning instructions which may include keeping the surface clean with a good stone soap. You should also dust the surface regularly to remove grit and residue.
What Does Stone Restoration Cost?
The cost of stone restoration will vary, and it will not be based on square footage, but rather the extent of the damage. This is because each stone has its unique challenges including damage removal as well as what it takes to access the surface. But no matter how much the restoration will cost, it will always be less expensive than a complete replacement.
Stone is a lovely feature that can elevate the look of your home, but in time damage can occur resulting in a dull appearance. Fortunately, a stone restoration can be used to give it a great shine and an updated appearance. It’s not an easy process, but your home is worth it!
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