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See How a Stone Honing Service in Chicago, IL, Brought This Granite Shower Threshold Back to Life

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April 12, 2018

Recently, we got a call from a Chicago resident who noticed her shower threshold had lost its luxurious appearance. Stone thresholds have become an integral part of interior home design. Their function is to facilitate the transition from one floor surface to another. Like most surfaces, they can become etched and dull with time and use. This homeowner's beautiful granite threshold had given her bathroom an elegant appearance for many years, but it had also been the victim of awful etch marks.

Before and after Picture of This Stone Honing Job That Brought This Granite Shower Threshold Back to Life in Chicago, IL
She tried removing the etches several times with harsh cleaning products, but she failed to restore the surface and caused it to dull even more. After she realized she could not remove the etch marks with any cleaning products or tips she had found online, she decided to search for Chicago Stone Honing professionals and found Sir Grout Chicago's services in the top results. After browsing the website and seeing some of the testimonials shown, she gave us a call to schedule a free evaluation.

Granite surfaces are the often-preferred material for covering floor transitions. Even though they are a bit porous, proper sealing and wiping away any kind of moisture is all it takes to avoid possible intrusions. However, when it comes to keeping their beautiful, natural look in top condition, granite must be maintained properly. Most people use incorrect cleaning methods and acidic products that damage granite surfaces, making them look etched and dull.

On the day of the appointment, our stone honing experts assessed the shower threshold to offer the homeowner the best possible solution. After a swift but thorough inspection of the surface, they suspected the damage might have been the result of years of exposure to acidic substances. The customer later confirmed their suspicions and explained she often left shampoo bottles and beauty-care products on the granite surface. Additionally, she rarely wiped away the excess of moisture after she left the shower.

Our team explained to the client that since the sealant had worn out, the surface might have been badly damaged by years of chemicals and moisture sitting on the surface. The homeowner was concerned and asked if it could be fixed. Our techs assured her that she should not worry since a honing and polishing service would be enough to remove the etch marks and restore the shine to her granite threshold. She was glad to hear and agreed to the service.

In cases where surface damage is not as severe but cannot be salvaged with over the counter products, it is best to let professionals repair it. This is because the stone most likely has been damaged by chemicals, so it is no longer a matter of just cleaning or buffing the stone with common household products. If your granite surface has been already harmed by bad cleaners or cleaning methods and you want them to return to top condition, you will need the help of experts to have it honed and polished.

Sir Grout Chicago's experts went back to the customer's home soon after, ready to perform the service. They started by using an antimicrobial pH-neutral cleaner with a high-speed scrubber to deep clean the stone surface. This cleaner can also help decrease the number of harmful microorganisms on the stone and keep it protected from them for up to one week after it has been applied. Once it was clean, they used the proper combination of abrasives and machinery to get rid of the etch marks and stains. A tech finished the job by sealing the shower threshold to protect it from future damage.

After the job was finished, our team showed the homeowner the results. The granite shower threshold looked beautiful and made the customer very happy. She was amazed by how they had managed to remove the etch marks and restore the shine it once had. She thanked the team and said she would make sure to recommend them to anyone in need of a hard surface restoration.

Before leaving, our professionals gave her some proper maintenance tips for keeping the surface in top condition. First, they suggested keeping acidic substances from coming into direct contact with the surface and cleaning up spills as quickly as possible. They also advised her to have the surface sealed at least once a year to help prevent damage caused by the excess of moisture. Lastly, for regular maintenance, they recommended using only pH-neutral stone-safe cleaners because harsh cleaners can dull the surface.

Is your granite surface etched and dull? Seek professional help to restore it. Here at Sir Grout Chicago, we have the best stone honing and polishing experts to fully restore the stone's natural beauty. Call us at (773) 661-6761 or fill out the "Request a Quote" form on this website to schedule your free in-home evaluation today. Also, make sure to keep with our latest news and promotions by subscribing to our newsletter.

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