Bringing Your Stone Floor Back To Life With Resurfacing
Over time, even store and tiles floors begin to lose their shine and need a little help. They can become scratched, damaged or just plain dull, but there is a way to bring them back to their former glory. Store resurfacing can be an economical solution to the problem that will keep you from having to replace the floor or surface entirely.
What Damage Can Be Repaired?
Stone or tile floors can become scratched or damaged from moving furniture and other heavy items over the floor. The scratches can be repaired if they are not too deep, though with the right process and the right tools, even heavily damaged floors can be restored. Another common problem is the surface of the floor being worn or covered in micro scratches, making the floor look dull. The scratches can be removed and the surface restored back to its former shine with the right processes and tools.
Polishing Natural Stone
A natural stone floor that has sustained scratches over the years can be restored through polishing of the surface in most cases. A buffer and a polishing media are used to carefully remove a very small amount of stone from the surface. The result is a smooth, polished surface that is shiny and looks beautiful. Because the floor can be damaged by over polishing and the equipment can be expensive, hiring a professional restorer to come in and do the work is your best chance of saving an old stone floor.
Honing The Floor
A stone floor can also be honed to achieve a satin finish rather than a highly polished one. A company like Marble Tec Systems will use diamond abrasives and water to surface the floor and create that look. The floor will be more durable, less prone to scratching in the future and can even out unbalanced tones in the stone. This is a precision process that takes time and should be done by a professional to achieve the best possible results.
Deep Damage or Scratches to the Floor Surface
In cases where the floor has been heavily damaged over the years or has sustained deep scratches to it, there is a process that can be used to restore it. The surface is ground using a diamond grinder to remove material from the surface of the floor to below the scratches. The floor is then honed or polished until the desired look or finish is achieved. The floor can then be sealed to further protect it from reoccurring damage.