This Old Marble Kitchen Countertop Now Shines Beautifully Thanks to Our Stone Polishing Experts in Chicago
February 15, 2019Marble is an undisputable gorgeous natural stone. It brings elegance and style to any area where it is installed. This stone is not only beautiful, it is also exceptionally durable and sturdy. However, it is important to keep in mind that it requires proper maintenance because it has a porous composition. This means it is vulnerable to acidic substances and harsh chemicals. Using products with these properties on the surface can produce dull spots. When this happens, regular cleaning won't be effective. Professional stone polishing is necessary to give the marble a new finish and remove any damage.
Our next client had a gorgeous red marble countertop in her kitchen. For over 20 years the surface had never been restored. As a result, the natural shine of the stone faded. Dull spots, scratches, and stains besmirched the marble. She was not pleased with the condition of the countertop, so she tried some DIY cleaning methods, but nothing seemed to work. After considering her options, she decided to look for professionals. Later, our Chicago Stone Polishing experts were able to rectify the damage and bring back the luster to her kitchen countertop.
To find a solution, she went online and searched for the best hard surface restoration company in Chicago. The top results led her to Sir Grout Chicago's website. She went through the site, browsed the picture gallery, and read testimonials from previous satisfied customers. The positive feedback and the outstanding results displayed in the pictures convinced her we could restore the countertop, so she scheduled a free in-home consultation by filling out the "Request a Quote" form.
We arrived for the evaluation of the kitchen countertop and to offer the most effective solution for its restoration. After the introductions, we proceeded with the assessment. We noticed the problems right away. The marble suffered from etching and this gave the surface a lackluster appearance. We also spotted stains and scratches. We told the owner that years of wear and tear had led to this deterioration. In addition, using products with acidic properties etched the stone and caused the dull spots. The natural composition of the marble is highly susceptible to these kinds of damages. When these blemishes affect the surface, it is necessary to perform proper maintenance and use professional equipment for full restoration.
We proposed a stone polishing service to remove all the damage from the surface and give a new finish to the marble. We assured the owner that our process would give her kitchen countertop a beautiful new look. She accepted our offer and we set up a date for the job.
A few days later, we returned to begin the stone polishing process on the kitchen countertop. In order to achieve the best results possible, this procedure requires our professional equipment and exclusive products. To fully restore the marble, we must follow a series of steps. We started by cleaning the surface using our stone-safe product and a high-speed scrubber. Our cleaner has an enhanced formula that can help inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi for an extended period of time after application. We made sure the countertop was completely clean so we could begin the honing process. We grinded using three sets of honing pads, each with an increased level of grit. With this step, all blemishes and damages were removed. Since the owner wanted a glossy finish, we needed to polish the stone. For this purpose, we continued grinding, using abrasive materials and special powders until we achieved the shiny finish the owner requested.
To finish, we sealed the marble with our top of the line Stone Armor. This is a special sealant that will protect the surface from the wear and tear of daily use. Furthermore, Stone Armor blocks the absorption of liquids, warding off stains, discoloration, and other signs of deterioration. It also improves the appearance of the stone with a brand-new look. We also repaired and filled a damaged vein on the marble. After that, the countertop looked fantastic and renewed.
We showed the results to our client. The owner was amazed when she saw the restoration we had achieved. She was happy because all the problems on the countertop were gone. The owner couldn't believe the process had been cost-effective and it hadn't taken much time. After thanking us, she said the quality of our work was impressive, and from that point on, she would recommend our service to her family, friends and neighbors.
Before leaving, we always take time to teach our clients how to perform safer and more effective cleaning routines. We left the owner some suggestions for better maintenance. We recommended cleaning the countertop regularly. For this task, use only pH-neutral soap-free cleaners like Sir Grout's Natural Hard Surface Cleaner. Our product is safe for the marble and won't deteriorate the surface. Its ingredients can help provide protection against bacteria and fungi. Furthermore, it is non-toxic and safe for everyone in the house, including pets. It is also important to keep the surface as dry as possible. Do not leave spills lingering for long periods of time. Use a paper towel and soak any spill immediately. Do not wipe or spread them. Also, don't use abrasive tools like steel wools because they can scratch the stone.
Always protect the countertop from hot pots, pans, and food dishes. Excessive heat can cause a thermal shock and may crack the stone. Use trivets that allow airflow under the hot item. These are particularly useful for slow cookers that expose the surface to heat for several hours. Additionally, use a cutting board to prevent scratches. Do not chop or slice anything directly on the countertop.
As you can see, it is possible to restore your damaged natural stone countertop with Sir Grout Chicago's professional assistance. With our stone polishing process, our qualified technicians can give any surface a shiny, brand-new look. As a leading company in the hard surface restoration industry, we have years of experience and reliable solutions at your disposal. Don't hesitate to contact us by calling (773) 661-6761 or by filling out our "Request a Quote" form for a free in-home consultation. Also, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter
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