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See How a Stone Honing and Polishing Service in Chicago's Lincoln Park Neighborhood Revamped the Gloss of This Vanity Top

December 27, 2016


When this young couple moved to their current home in Lincoln Park, Chicago, they knew that the main bathroom's vanity top was dull and faded, but they decided to move in anyway. The house was perfect just as they had pictured it. For them, it marked the beginning of their future as a family. Therefore, these new homeowners decided that, once they had moved in, they would have a new cream-colored limestone vanity top installed, and so they did. Satisfied with the remodel, they started cleaning the new vanity top with a homemade vinegar-based agent, as they were advised to do so by their friends.

Before and After Picture of a Honing and Polishing Service in Lincoln Park, IL
However, limestone suffers when it comes into contact with acidic substances like vinegar, and so the stone began to deteriorate. Realizing that home cleaning products weren't improving anything, the couple decided to search online for a Lincoln Park stone polishing service to see if their limestone vanity top had any chance of looking as luxurious as the ones they saw in home magazines. While browsing the web, they found out about Sir Grout Chicago. The homeowners read the information on our website and decided to trust in our services. Therefore, they called us right away and set up an appointment with our specialists.

On the day of the consultation, after a thorough examination of the cream-colored vanity top, our team of hard surface restorers noticed how inappropriate cleaning techniques had damaged the stone surface. The couple explained their cleaning strategy and showed our specialists the vinegar-based solution they had made to clean the limestone's surface. After listening to the story, our technicians kindly explained to them that acidic substances such as vinegar damage limestone, and that it was probably the cause of their vanity top's current, damaged state. However, it was nothing our specialists couldn't solve, so our team assured the homeowners they would solve the problem and would bring out the limestone vanity top's shine.

Homeowners immediately approved, so restoration started the following day. Firstly, our experts honed the vanity top's surface to remove imperfections made by etch marks or scratches. Also, to achieve a deep shine, the cream-colored limestone was polished with abrasive materials and polishing powders used wisely by our skilled technicians. The limestone vanity top became so shiny that it reflected the light in the bathroom like a mirror, as you can see in the picture above.

The couple was amazed when they saw the renewed vanity top. They couldn't believe it was the same one that they had installed when they moved in. "How long until it's dry?" the homeowner's wife asked us as soon as she saw the polished stone, since the vanity top was so shiny she thought it was still wet. The wife couldn't hide her surprised look when she touched the limestone and verified that the entire vanity top was completely dry.

Finally, to preserve the newly restored limestone surface, our team of specialists gave the homeowners some advice on how they should properly clean it to prevent such a situation from ever happening again. They especially recommended them to use a pH-neutral cleaner since those are the ones that can thoroughly cleanse the stone without breaking down its delicate surface.

If you are looking for a team of professionals to solve problems with your hard surfaces, including floors, showers, or countertops, Sir Grout Chicago is at your service. Call us at (773) 661-6761 or fill out the "Request a Quote" form on this page. Also, find us on Facebook as Sir Grout Chicago and follow us on Twitter @SirGroutChicago and on Instagram @SirGrout.

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