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Our Professional Stone Honing in Potomac, DC Renewed the Appearance of a Worn-Out Natural Stone Floor

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August 18, 2020

When a married couple in Potomac purchased their home, they didn't only think about having a lovely house that would give their family shelter. They also wanted a house that matched their personalities and tastes. They loved nature, so they decided to add natural elements to their property.

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After adding wooden furniture, houseplants, and nature-themed decor in different areas of their home, they decided to give their home one final touch. They'd replace the ceramic tiles on the living room floor with natural stone tiles. This type of flooring would give the room a touch of elegance while creating the atmosphere they desired.

As soon as the homeowners had the natural stone tiles installed in their living room, they became one of the main features in their home. As time passed, however, they noticed the floor began to change. What had once been a lovely stone floor now appeared lifeless, etched, and dull. Not wanting to wait until the damage was irreversible, the homeowners decided to look for Potomac Stone Honing professionals.

Determined to find the best hard surface restoration company Potomac had to offer, the couple began to search online. Browsing through an almost endless stream of reviews, they followed a few exceptional ones to Sir Grout Washington DC Metro's website. After checking our picture gallery, they learned we have ample experience restoring natural stone floors. Convinced we were able to offer them what they needed, they called to schedule a free in-home consultation.

Most types of natural stone are relatively soft, meaning they can be scratched, chipped, or scraped if they're not properly maintained. Sadly, people often use incorrect methods and products when cleaning natural stone flooring. To clean stone surfaces, it's best to use a pH-neutral stone-safe cleaner like Sir Grout's Natural Hard Surface Cleaner. Not only does this cleaner enhance the appearance of stone flooring, it also contains sanitizing agents that eliminate common household bacteria, mold, and mildew.

On the appointed date, we visited the client's home to assess the floor. The damage was severe. Deep scratches covered most of the surface, meaning we would have to hone the tiles to get them back in shape. We asked the customers about their cleaning routine. They said they had been using soap and acid-based products. We explained to the clients that the continuous use of these cleaners was what caused the floor to etch and lose its shine.

Fortunately, the damage could be undone. We assured the clients that a thorough stone honing and polishing service would restore the surface to its original beauty. We would also seal the floor with our proprietary sealant Stone Armor. The homeowners agreed to the service and scheduled an appointment for later in the week.

We returned to the client's home a few days later to renew the surface. We began by soaking the floor with our proprietary cleaner to sanitize the surface. After most of the dirt came loose, we rinsed off the cleaner using a high-speed scrubber. Once the surface was fully cleaned, we began honing the surface using a low grit diamond pad. We slowly increased the amount of grit until the etches on the floor were completely removed.

Next, we polished the entire surface with a buffer. The clients were fascinated by how the floor regained its former luster during the polishing process. The appearance of the floor had been successfully restored, but we still had to seal the floor to finish the job. To do this, we used our flagship sealant Stone Armor. This is an impregnating sealant that protects natural stone against spills, water, etch marks, and stains. It also enhances the color of the surface.

The couple was amazed by the results. Their beautiful stone floor now evoked the same feeling it did when it was first installed. They thanked us for our hard work and promised to call back for maintenance. Before leaving, we reminded them to stick to stone-safe cleaners to prevent scratches in the future. We also recommended wiping away spills as soon as they happened. While it's true our sealant protects stone tile and grout, it's necessary to pay special care to stone surfaces to ensure they remain in good condition. These tips should keep the floor looking great until the next maintenance session.

Does your natural stone floor have a similar problem? Don't worry, Sir Grout Washington DC Metro is here for you. We have the necessary tools and expertise to offer the best stone restoration services in the industry. If you're in Potomac, call us at (703) 594-2260 or fill in the "Request a Quote" form to schedule a free in-home consultation. Don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter to keep up with our latest news and promotions.

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