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August 17, 2018Because polished finishes are common, many people believe that all marble surfaces are supposed to be that way. A polished finish is a shiny, high-gloss kind of finish that fully displays the stone's colors as well as its patterns. In cases where the stone's color is light, the surfaces will be highly reflective, affecting the look and feel of the room where the stone has been installed. Even though this is a sought-after look by many homeowners, for some others, such as this woman in Nashville, TN, a polished finish can be a troublesome thing to deal with.
What is a Honed Surface?A surface is honed when the stone slab has been ground to a flat, consistent surface. This finish is achieved by skipping the last stage of the polishing process, leaving the stone with a matte look and a satin-like texture. Having your marble surface honed does not only affect its looks, but it also brings other benefits and drastically changes how it must be maintained. Here is what you need to know about honed stone surfaces:
The EvaluationOn the day of the appointment, our stone honing professionals assessed the customer's white carrara marble countertop. Since the surface had a polished finish that made it highly reflective, spotting the scratches and etch marks the client had told our experts about over the phone was not a difficult task. Our experts thought the etch marks could have been a result of a corrosive chemical reaction from either citrus or vinegar. This was later confirmed by the homeowner when she told them she had used vinegar to clean the stone surface. The client also let our team know she wanted to tone down the glossy look of her marble surface.
How The Surface Was RestoredSir Grout Nashville's stone honing experts went back to the customer's home, ready to perform the service. They started by using a pH-neutral cleaner with a high-speed scrubber to thoroughly clean the marble surface. Sir Grout's Natural cleaner contains antimicrobial agents that will help keep the surface protected from harmful microorganisms for up to a week after it has been applied. Once it was fully clean, they honed the surface with a low grit pad to remove all the etch marks and scratches and give it a lovely matte finish. They finished the job by applying a deep-penetrating sealant to close the stone's pores to prevent staining.
The ResultsAfter the job was finished, our team showed the homeowner the results. She was very glad to see her kitchen now looked clean and had a smoother atmosphere. She thanked them and assured them she would recommend Sir Grout Nashville to anyone in need of a hard surface restoration service.
Quick Maintenance TipsBefore leaving, our professionals gave the customer some tips to keep her marble countertop in top condition. First, they advised her to have the surface sealed at least once a year to prevent damage caused by spills. They also suggested cleaning up spills as quickly as possible. Lastly, they recommended regularly cleaning the surface with a pH-neutral stone-safe cleaner to retain the marble's clean look.
A Stone Honing Service in Your AreaWhen the years and use have taken their toll on your stone surfaces, it is best to seek professional help to restore them. Our experts at Sir Grout Nashville have the best stone honing experts to fully bring back your stone's natural beauty. Call us at (615) 649-6767 or fill out the "Request a Quote" form on this website to schedule a free in-home consultation today. Do not forget to keep up with our latest news and promotions by subscribing to our newsletter.
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