Honing and Polishing
When your stone is being restored, it will be put through one or more of
the steps below in order to achieve the results you desire. The
steps involved will vary depending on the type of material being
restored and the finish you desire. Each can be performed alone,
or in combination with the others.
Grinding - This is usually done
to ensure a smooth, even surface between the stone tiles. It
involves physically grinding the surface of the stone forcefully.
This is a wet process, which minimizes dust. The resulting
flat surface is easier to maintain. The grout will be even
with the tile surface and eliminate accumulating dirt. A
completely flat floor eliminates all unevenness, giving the floor
the illusion of being one piece.
Honing - This step is similar to
grinding, except that it is done much less aggressively. The
end result is a smooth stone surface with an "old-world" finish,
which is clean but not glossy. However, honing will not level
uneven tiles. Honing is performed to remove scratches.
Polishing - If a glossy finish is
desired, the stone may be polished. The result will be a
highly reflective finish for most stones.
Sealing - This protects the stone from
water, oil, and other liquids that can damage the stone's finish.
Applying a sealer also gives you more time to clean up spills.
Color Enhancing - To bring out the natural
beauty and color intensity of some stones, a color enhancer is
applied. Stones that particulary benefit from this include
slate, bluestone, and crab orchard stone.
After the stone has been refinished, it can be cleaned
and/or sealed depending on the type of stone and where it is being used.
There are different types of sealers recommended for different
At the completion of restoration, we will be happy to
explain how you can maintain your stone surfaces between restorations,
and would be happy to provide information on a yearly maintenance
contract for your convenience.