Friday, March 31, 2017

A Different Type of Natural Stone Care: Confessions of a Stone Cleaning Service in Manhattan Beach (Conclusion)

Stain identification and the way to remove it is a big part of professional commercial stone restoration in Manhattan Beach.
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Professional Results WIth Your Stone Care Experts in the South Bay | 310-545-8750

Knowing Stains is Part of What We Do as a Stone Care Service

As we covered previously, because of the beating stone can take from day to day wear and tear and environmental issues your stone will from time to time need to be restored with the help of a professional stone restoration service in Manhattan Beach. And this may involve several processes such as: using formulated cleaning products that will not damage the stone but remove unwanted substances, consolidating treatments that are used for stabilizing and preserving stone, and repairs of, or replacing broken and damaged stone and grout.Biological stains such as mildew, algae, moss and fungi should be cleaned with half a cup of ammonia, bleach or hydrogen peroxide to a gallon of water.
Knowing stains and how to remove them is important, just as the proper way to restore natural stone.
Ink stains can be removed but the color of the stone should be considered.  Avoid harsh chemicals.  Sometimes rubbing alcohol is a good way to remove ink.
Water spots and water rings can be removed by buffing with a fine steel wool.Fire and smoke damage naturally occurring in fire places, will require a thorough cleaning however, smoke remover compounds will save time and effort.
Etch marks are caused by acids on the surface of the stone. While some acids will only etch the stone finish, others will both etch and scratch the stone. When the stain has been removed you should wet the surface with clean water and apply a little marble polishing powder. Rub the powder onto the stone using a damp cloth or use a buffing pad on a low powered electric or battery operated drill. Keep buffing until the etch mark disappears, or call in a professional to restore your stone.

Stone Cleaning and Polishing

Efflorescence should be dust mopped or vacuumed a number of times and water should not be used to get rid of the powder as it will just return. If it does not disappear contact those that installed the stone to help you identify and get rid of the moisture causing it.
Scratches and nicks if small can be buffed away with a fine steel wool. However deeper scratches and nicks will require you calling in a professional to repair and polish it.
As you see, cleaning stone is often difficult.  You might wish to contact a professional stone restoration service in Manhattan Beach.
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1007 N.Sepulveda Blvd. #1204
Manhattan Beach, CA 90267
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Friday, March 24, 2017

A Different Type of Natural Stone Care: Confessions of a Stone Cleaning Service in Manhattan Beach (Contd.)

Natural stone care is based on a lot of information.
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Stone Restoration in the South Bay of Los Angeles | (310) 545-8750

Stone Restoration and Cleaning

As we covered previously, proper identification will provide you with the physical properties of the stone including density; absorption, and weathering characteristics of the stone.  The environmental conditions the stone is or will be subjected to are also important. This includes but are limited to whether or not food will be present it will be subjected to human and other traffic or whether conditions will be wet dry or variable.
As a stone cleaning service in Manhattan Beach, it also helps to know your stone's maintenance history.  Maintenance history previous and present include coatings, waxes, polishes and the like that are being used and have been used in the past.

When Professional Stone Restoration Becomes Necessary

Because of the beating stone can take from day to day wear and tear and environmental issues your stone will from time to time need to be restored with the help of a professional stone restoration service in Manhattan Beach. And this may involve several processes such as: using formulated cleaning products that will not damage the stone but remove unwanted substances, consolidating treatments that are used for stabilizing and preserving stone, and repairs of, or replacing broken and damaged stone and grout.
Resurfacing may also be necessary to remove the effects the effects of years of wear and tear, scratches, etching, weathering and neglect. Polishing involves different compounds designed to bring the shine out of your stone with many different products for different types of stone.
Stone is often considered to be tougher than it really is. Different types of stains and the methods of removing them is important as well as a regimen of natural stone care.
An oil based stain will darken the stone and usually need to be removed carefully, as a great many of the products that can remove oil stains can also damage your stone.
Organic stains such as coffee, tea, fruit, tobacco, food, leaves or bodily waste from humans or animals may cause a pinkish to brown stain and should disappear after the source of the stain is removed.
Metal stains such as copper; bronze, rust or iron are usually orange to brown in color and are found around nails, metal tables and chairs or any other metal objects on or against the stains. Metal stains must be removed with poultice which can be homemade.
Ultimately, you do not want to take any chances.  Hire a professional stone cleaning service in Manhattan Beach.
Morris Cleaning & Restoration
1007 N.Sepulveda Blvd. #1204
Manhattan Beach, CA 90267
(310) 545-8750
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Friday, March 17, 2017

A Different Type of Natural Stone Care: Confessions of a Stone Cleaning Service in Manhattan Beach

A professional stone cleaning service in Manhattan Beach can help you to keep up your stone as well as clean it thoroughly.
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Call Today for Stone Cleaning in the South Bay of Los Angeles | (310) 545-8750

Stone Cleaning in Manhattan Beach

As we covered in a previous article, if you have chosen to install stone flooring into your home or business; it will provide a practical, functional and attractive flooring solution. However, after years of use, it is likely that your floor will need a bit of tender loving care to restore it to its former beauty.
Natural stone can maintain its inherent beauty and strength for decades if properly looked after and maintained. This article will deal with exactly that subject.
It should be made clear that if stone is not properly maintained it could cost you your investment and become more expensive to "fix" than it did to install.
Natural stone has many different complexities and has large variations in its absorption, density and hardness. These qualities have a huge impact on what processes need to be followed to make sure that your stone will last long and keep its natural beauty as well as maintain its distinctive qualities and its resistance to deterioration. We will divide stone care into three categories: Preservation, Maintenance and Restoration.

Stone Cleaning in Manhattan Beach: Preservation, Maintenance and Restoration

All stone is porous therefore a stone surface can absorb moisture and can be susceptible to mold and mildew. With the right treatment and processes you can minimize the damage or even reverse it. In order to select the right treatment we need to take the following into account. How porous is the stone?  How dense is it?  How hard is it? This in turn leads to more questions such as: what the finish of the stone?   The answer to these questions determines the amount of and the level of your natural stone care.
Maintenance
Stone is often sold as a no maintenance option but this is simply not true. A good stone maintenance program begins with proper stone identification; a survey of the installation as well as the condition of the stone; the environment the stone is being exposed to and the maintenance history of the stone.
Proper identification will provide you with the physical properties of the stone including density; absorption, and weathering characteristics of the stone.
A survey of the installation will provide information such as does it contain lippage, are the grout joints wide, deep or narrow? Or does the installation have any cracks, pitting, or scratching. As well as the type of finish it has, is it polished; honed or textured?
We will cover this more in the next part of this article, but for now, know that a professional stone cleaning service should be consulted before you try to clean your stone yourself.
Morris Cleaning & Restoration
1007 N.Sepulveda Blvd. #1204
Manhattan Beach, CA 90267
(310) 545-8750
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Friday, March 10, 2017

Protect Your Stone: Hire a Professional Stone Cleaning Service in the South Bay

professional stone cleaning service in the South Bay will be a lot of help to you, regardless of the type of stone that you have.
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Professional Stone Restoration and Cleaning in Manhattan Beach| 310-545-8750

Stone Restoration and Cleaning

Natural stone is a beautiful addition to any home. Marble is veined loveliness, travertine is complex, unique patterns, and each stone has something to offer. However, you definitely want to call a stone cleaning service if you have stone or wish to install it.
Natural stone is arguably the most superior flooring finish available for domestic and commercial properties. For if you were to ask anyone to describe their 'dream' home then it would be inevitable that in their description, natural stone would appear. When faced with an expanse of a beautiful natural stone floor; the feeling of sophistication and class is a given.
If you have chosen to install stone flooring into your home or business; it will provide a practical, functional and attractive flooring solution. However, after years of use, it is likely that your floor will need a bit of tender loving care to restore it to its former beauty. Years of use, foot traffic, spills, scuffs and bumps may have left your stone dull and lifeless.That's where a stone restoration and cleaning service comes in.

Stone Restoration in the South Bay

One of stone's greatest benefits is that it can be restored. The stone restoration process is truly magnificent and undertaken by time-served professionals can be cost-effective and will likely leave you wondering why it ever took you so long to consider employing a stone cleaning and restoration specialist.
Is it the fear of the unknown or the fact that we are all lead to believe that stone restoration will cost a fortune? Well the following information will provide you with confidence that you are equipped with the knowledge needed to face this home improvement project with self-assurance.
What is natural stone restoration? Stone grinding is a brilliantly effective way of removing scratches, dull spots and scuffs on the surface of the stone. This is effectively an abrasive process which brings back the original shine of your chosen stone. A skilled professional will be equipped with the stone-specific knowledge required and will be backed with training and a business license.
You will be able to select the finish that you are looking to achieve, whether it is a matte or gleaming shine. Diamond abrasive pads are used to accomplish this by smoothing the surface; this process requires the use of water so it is imperative that your chosen expert takes measures in order to protect your furniture, walls and skirting boards. This process can be used for both internal and external stone tiles.
Ultimately, you want to do what is right for you home.  One way to make sure is to call a professional stone care service.

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1007 N.Sepulveda Blvd. #1204
Manhattan Beach, CA 90267
(310) 545-8750
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Friday, March 3, 2017

Professional Stone Cleaning in Manhattan Beach: Hard Choices to Make

If your marble, travertine, or granite counter is looking less than stellar, you might want to call a professional stone cleaning service in Manhattan Beach.
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Stone Restoration in the South Bay of Los Angeles | (310) 545-8750

Why You Want a Professional Stone Care Service

Natural stone is a beautiful addition to any home.  Whether you have a marble shower, a granite countertop, or a travertine floor, anywhere that you have natural stone, you are adding a durable and classy touch to any room.  However, with that said, do not try to take care of your stone yourself unless you are 100% sure that you know what you're doing.  Why?  Because what you don't know can damage your stone as well as your pocketbook when it is time to replace it.
For example, most people don't know that natural stone is extremely susceptible to stains and damage if you spill certain things on it.  If you spilled red wine on marble for example, you can erode your stone to the point that it looks like it is dissolving.  Marble is fossilized limestone, and like limestone, it is chemically reactive to anything acidic including orange juice, red wine as we noted above, or coffee.  However, it's not just food and drink you might have to worry about.  Certain household chemicals are even worse for calcium based stone such as marble or limestone.  Bleach, by way of example, is an acid.  Ammonia, which is also heavily used in cleaning solutions is a solvent.  Neither of which is good for your stone.  Even if you do not damage your stone by using this, you run an additional risk of staining or discoloring your stone.  So what is the solution?

Stone Sealing: One Service of a Professional Stone Restoration Service

A professional stone restoration service has several tricks up their sleeve.  One of them is stone sealing.  Stone sealing uses a high-tech resin to seal your stone so that all of the pores of the stone are filled, which creates an impenetrable barrier between liquids and your stone.  This alone can help you to repel stains, but there are also a great many stone cleaning tips that a professional stone cleaner can recommend.

For example, did you know that simply putting a throw rug at the entry points of any room with a natural stone surface can help to trap sand, dirt, and grit that can scratch the surface of your stone.

That's the professional difference.  A stone cleaning service in Manhattan Beach will not only help you clean your stone, but keep it up as well.  
Morris Cleaning & Restoration
1007 N.Sepulveda Blvd. #1204
Manhattan Beach, CA 90267
(310) 545-8750
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