Monday, February 18, 2013

Understanding the stone Maintenance cycle

Understanding the stone Maintenance cycle

Stone is a neutral material. It should be taken care with proper maintenance procedures. Once the stone is installed, it will always go through a natural life cycle, precise maintenance schedules must be developed to care your type of stone.

Two main factors that should be considered when designing a maintenance program are the hardness and absorbency of the stone. These factors will help decide which chemicals, pads, brushes, and equipment are necessary to maintain the stone.

The Stone Maintenance cycle is comprised of three segments:

I. Preventive Maintenance
- Protecting the interior of the stone with a Penetrating Sealer.
- Proper walks-off entrance matting.
- Understanding your stone, chemicals, and procedures.

II. Maintenance
- Dust Mopping with clean rayon mops.
- Properly laundering and caring for maps.
- Wet mopping with a mopping program.


Automatic scrubbing
- Repairing pits and cracks with epoxy or glues.
- Prompt spill pick-ups to prevent etching and staining.
- Powder polishing to receive polished finishes.
- Reabsorbing stains with poultice powders.

III. Restoration
- Resurfacing the stone with a diamond abrasive program to remove scratches, abrasions, and traffic patterns.
- Deep cleaning the pores of honed, flamed, or ground floors.

Compiled by Fnd Stone Advice for the blog

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