During this pre-inspection period, our staff of highly trained stone cleaning technicians will perform several stone identification examinations in order to identify not only what kind of stone and stone finish you have, but this identification examination can determine a customized care plan to meet your specific needs for your specific stone.
2: Area Preparation
After a Stay Fresh Steam Cleaning stone specialist has identified the natural stone type and existing finish, the team will thoroughly prep the work space to ensure your business isn’t disrupted and stays in the condition it was in before we got there. Our services are designed to enhance the look of your business and not cause issues in other areas. Our technicians lay drop cloths, apply special plastic wraps, tape and prep all work space before starting the natural stone cleaning process.
Cleaning processes vary from floor to floor, with many variables including make-up, maintenance, soiling conditions, traffic, use, and more affecting what kind of equipment and solutions we use. While deep scratches and marks won’t be removed in this process, no harsh abrasive polishing compounds, grits, or diamonds are used. However, ground-in dirt and other unsightly stains usually come out. The way this is accomplished is by using a process that involves machine cleaning using a high-quality neutral cleanser and stone conditioner. Finally we will rinse the stone with a rinsing tool, connected to a truck-mounted hot water extraction system, achieving maximum soil removal and best overall cleaning results.
4: Diamond Grinding
This method is a very aggressive approach to refinishing stone. It uses a metal-bonded and diamond grit heavy weighted floor buffer to remove deep scratches and lippage. The goal of this method is to flatten the floor — a bonus to this method is that it is performed with the use of water to contain dust so it’s typically dust free. Stone that is etched, scuffed, and scratched can be restored only by the use of mechanical abrasives underneath a rotary machine. The surfacing procedures that follow will determine the desired surface sheen.
Completed after the grinding phase, this method is a much less aggressive approach than grinding. Although similar, the materials and grits used are not as coarse as they are during the grinding process. This step is also able to remove minor to moderate scratches and etch marks, just in a softer manner. This method shares the same goal as grinding, ending with a flat floor.
This is the next step in refinishing your stone. Coming after the honing phase, a higher grit and sometimes combinations of higher grit compounds are used to bring out a shine in your stone during this process.
The final stage in refinishing your stone is sealing. In this step, a high quality protective sealant is applied to the surface of the stone to ensure protection from contaminants. This stage must be completed immediately after the stone has been ground, honed, or polished to ensure proper protection. We apply a clear impregnator to help protect the stone and make it easier to maintain. Depending on the stone type, an enhancer or high gloss protection can be applied.
8: Post Inspection
We will do a walk through inspection of the areas before we leave your business and give you some tips on how to maintain your stone and marble surfaces.
When you need the best commercial stone and marble cleaning in San Antonio, then Stay Fresh Steam Cleaning is ready to help you. Contact us to learn more about our stone and marble cleaning services, and be sure to get a quote for your solutions today!