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A Stone Honing Service in Manhattan, NY: From a Dull Gray to a Beautiful Emerald Green Marble Floor

September 11, 2017


When you love your home, there are few things as disappointing as noticing that a piece of furniture, flooring, or countertop have lost some of its usual charm. However, this can become fairly common over time, especially with bathroom floors. The excess water coupled with an array of various soap products that are regularly used in a shower can dull even the shiniest natural stone. Sometimes cleaning products won't be effective at restoring them to their optimal condition.

Before and After Picture of a Floor Stone Honing Service in Manhattan, NY
Our latest client, a long-time Manhattan resident, was bothered with the current state of his shower's emerald green marble floor. His floor was meant to be a classy showcase of a beautiful green natural stone, but it was currently dulled by a whitish layer of something he could not quite identify. After trying every product on the market, and fearing he could damage the marble if he tried with more stringent methods, he decided to leave the fate of his shower floor in the hands of capable Manhattan stone honing experts.

Knowing he needed professionals to restore his marble floor, he wasted no time and hopped on the Internet to search for a reliable hard surface restoration company in Manhattan that had ample experience treating and restoring natural stone. It was not long before Google showed Sir Grout New York's website among the first results. Our client made sure to check our galleries to assess the quality of our work, and also checked our credentials and recommendations for good measure. Once he was sure we were the company he needed, he filled out our "Request a Quote" formulary to set up a free in-home evaluation.

Our team arrived at his residence a few days later to assess the size of the problem and offer the most effective solution. Thankfully, the damage wasn't irreversible. The dullness of the marble could be attributed to two main problems: soap scum accumulation and minor etching thanks to a lack of proper sealing and exposure to mildly acidic substances. To solve this, our team of experts proposed a thorough cleaning and stone honing service to restore the marble. Trusting their expertise, our client agreed and scheduled the service for a convenient date.

On the arranged date, our team returned and immediately got to work. We started by first spraying the stone with a marble-appropriate cleaner, letting it sit for a bit, and then scrubbed the surface with a high-speed scrubber to get rid of most of the soap scum. To completely sanitize the shower and get rid of the most stubborn dirt, we used a steam cleaner.

When the cleaning process was done, our team got to work on the stone using diamond pads of various grits to grind away the etches on the marble surface. Then, we used polishing powder to give the stone its usual finish.

Once the stone was ready, our team did some repairs on the epoxy grout and also applied a generous coat of stone sealant on the marble to seal the natural porousness of the stone, preventing future etchings and water damage. At last, our team buffed the marble to a beautiful finish.

When the job was ready, our team of techs brought the homeowner into the bathroom to take a look at his marble floor. He was delighted, noting that the floor looked the same as the day he had it installed. He thanked the team and promised to call them back for future maintenance of this marble.

Marble is a sturdy and beautiful stone, but it requires great care to look its best. An unsealed marble floor is more prone to etchings and scratches, because the stone is quite porous and, to boot, it reacts very quickly to acidic spills —hair products, dyes. etc. Taking this into consideration, the best thing to do is to seal all of your marble surfaces at least once a year to protect them from damages that may require costly repairs.

If your stone surfaces are in need of some maintenance and sealing, Sir Grout New York is a team of dedicated hard surface restoration experts with years of experience restoring all types of tile and natural stones. Call us at (718) 514-6016 or fill out our "Request a Quote" form to make your hard surfaces look like a brand-new installation. Also, don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter to find out about our latest promotions and to find us on Facebook as Sir Grout of New York, on Instagram @SirGrout, and follow our account on Twitter @SGNew_York.

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