Friday, September 26, 2014

Commercial Stone Restoration: What You Should Know Part 3

Commercial stone restoration depends entirely on the stone in question as well as the sort of stains and damage involved.
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Restoring Damaged Stone

For example, let's take a look at a travertine floor.  Travertine is a very popular floor choice because of its distinctive appearance.  Travertine has natural holes and gaps in it.  Travertine usually forms around mineral springs and hot springs as well.  As carbon dioxide bubbles through the mineral deposits, after the deposits congeal into stone, there are trace gaps.  To give travertine a more uniform surface, these gaps are filled with resin.  While the resin is tough and fairly durable, the stone can be susceptible to damage from a lot of different sources.  For example, anything acidic used on travertine can can your stone to become etched or even burned.  What a lot of people don't know is that household bleach is 100% acid, but then other things that some so called travertine cleaning experts recommend are also bad for your floor, such as vinegar.
While vinegar works well for basic cleaning on something like a hardwood floor,  you should keep it as far away from your travertine as you can.   The same holds true for any other form of calcium based stone such as limestone and marble as well.  While acidic substances should be kept away from your travertine, you also want to make sure that you are not using any store bought chemicals or products on your stone, as it isn't just acids that can damage travertine, so can things such as ammonia or alkaline. You also want to make sure that you have things like entryway rugs to help prevent grit, sand, and dirt from scratching your travertine.
What Sort of Travertine Damage Can Be Repaired?
What sort of travertine damage can be repaired?  It depends on the type of damage.  Stone that is shattered or cracked is kind of iffy.  If all or a majority of the pieces are there, then it is much easier to restore them with little to no damage showing.  Too much damage, however, and you'll probably have to replace the tile.  Things such as etch marks or scratches are a lot easier to repair.
 This concludes part three of our series.  Be sure to read part one  and part two as well for more information on commercial stone restoring services, or read another of our articles here.
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