Stone Restoration and Protection
Over time your natural stone benchtop or floor will wear from everyday use, leaving it looking dual and lifeless:
StoneCare Co performs three methods (depending on your stone type) to restore natural stone benchtops or floors to their former glory.
Polishing Powders and Compounds are fine grains of aluminum or tin oxide abrasive powder that are buffed or rubbed on the surface of the stone to create the shine. This process is actually the same as sanding with diamonds except that the powder is a much finer abrasive. This process is most often augmented by the addition of oxalic acid or oxalate to create a reaction similar to crystallization. The powder is put on the surface and wet with water to make a paste or slurry that is buffed into the stone with a weighted floor machine and a pad.
Grinding with diamond abrasives is done by grinding the surface of the stone with various grits of industrial grade diamonds that are usually in three to four inch diameter pads or discs. Three to six discs are placed on the bottom of a floor machine drive plate and held on with Velcro. A floor machine is used to drive the plate and sand the stone surface with the diamonds to remove scratches. The process is repeated with finer and finer grits of diamonds until a mechanical shine is achieved.
Coatings are commonly known as “waxing” the surface to create an artificial shine. A liquid or semi-liquid form of wax, acrylic, urethane or other polymer is applied or “coated” on to the surface with an applicator or sprayer. Some are left as applied and others must be “buffed out” to achieve the shine. This is generally done with a high speed burnishing floor machine and pads.