All Surface Restoration restores Marble Floors, Shower stalls and Vanities to pristine condition. Marble is usually finished to a high polish with high reflectivity. Some people desire a less shiney finish normally referred to as a "high hone" finish. How ever you desire your stone to look we can get the look you want. Our Marble polishing process is exceptional.
We use diamond polishing pads specifically designed to to restore your marble. No short cuts are used. We restore marble the tried and true way, using the best diamond abrasives, equipment and marble polishing powders available
The refinishing process begins with honing the marble. This will remove scratchs, etch marks and leaves a clean surface. Finer and finer diamond grits are used to prepare the surface for the marble polishing process. The polishing process uses an acidic based powder that is applied with a rotary floor machine. This causes a reaction with the marble and produces a reflective finish.
A normal restoration starts with 200 grit diamond pads. This is coarse enough to remove scratches from normal wear and tear over the years. Our process will compensate for any uneven tiles as long as they are about a credit card thickness in height or less. A floor with uneven tiles greater than credit card thickness presents a problem when it comes to polishing. It is difficult to get into the lower edge of the tile because the diamond pads bridge from the higher tile to the lower and misses the low areas on the edge. The result is the edge does not get restored to the same degree as the rest of the tile. This is called "picture framing" and is a result of uneven tiles. There are techniques we use to elimate picture framing but if the floor was installed poorly it is best to grind the floor flat then proceed with the restoration.
Our stone refinishing process is a wet process, no dust is generated in your home or business. We are experienced craftmen in the art of stone restoration. We have experience with many different types of marble from Crema Marfil to Green marbles.
All Surface Restoration has restored many Travertine Floors over the years. Travertine is a beautiful stone, is usually installed with a historic satin finish. Like all natural stone, Travertine will get dull in traffic area's. Periodically it will need to be diamond honed and finished to make it uniform looking again.
Travertine can be polished to a high shine but this stone was not meant to have a high reflective finish. This stone has natural holes due to gases that were present during its formation. The holes are normally filled with a polyester or epoxy resin and color matched.
Diamond honing pads are usde to remove scratches and etch marks and the stone is finished off with a honing powder to achieve a satin (slightly reflective) finish. Sealing of the stone can be included in the restoration process if desired.
Slate is common in the New England area and is frequently used in entry ways, hallways and kitchens. A Slate restoration includes removing any coatings from the stone, cleaning the area and then applying an enhancing penetrating sealer. An enhancing penetrating sealer is ideal for slate. It never has to be stripped off and it brings out the unique colors of the stone. To re-seal the stone in the future, all that is needed is cleaning the stone, then apply the enhancing sealer. Slate does not polish. To get Slate to shine, a topical sealer or coating is applied like a floor finish, wax or urethane. We do not recommend applying a coating or topical sealer on your Slate (or any other stone) to make it shine. Removing existing coatings must be done by chemical means and it very tough to do. A topical finish will need to be stripped off the stone eventually. The stripper for this purpose is very strong and can take the paint off of base boards. For this reason masking the base boards is required and as meticulous as we are, stripper can still find it's way to the paint. Because of this it is very time consuming and expensive to remove coating from Slate.
Call us for a complementary quote on your slate flooring.