See How our Stone Polishing in Driftwood, TX Gave These Granite and Marble Countertops a Glossy Finish
June 13, 2023We recently got a call from a Driftwood resident who noticed her kitchen countertop had lost its shine. Natural stone countertops are a popular choice for interior home design. Like most surfaces, however, they deteriorate over time. This homeowner's beautiful granite countertop had given her kitchen an elegant appearance for years, but daily traffic and improper maintenance had made the surface dull and obscured the stone's true colors.
When the homeowner realized that her cleaning methods and products weren't solving the problem, she decided to search for a professional hard surface restoration company that could recover the stone's former beauty. She went online and searched for local hard surface restoration experts. Fortunately, she found our Driftwood Stone Polishing services at the top of the search results. She browsed our website and read our positive reviews left by satisfied customers. After reading about the restorations we had done through our blogs, she determined we were the right company for the job. She called to request a free assessment and a quote.
When we arrived at the client's home to assess the state of the countertop, we noticed the surface's colors were muted. We immediately suspected the discoloration was the result of improper cleaning methods. The countertop also had calcium deposits, which made the black granite appear stained. When we asked the client about her cleaning methods, we confirmed our initial suspicions. Her cleaning practices had also caused the stone to etch in several spots. We explained to her that while it's true that granite is very durable, it tends to lose its color over time if it's not properly sealed or maintained.
Marble is porous, and even though most varieties of granite have a lower absorption rate than others, it's still recommended to keep natural stone sealed to prevent stains and dirt from getting stuck in the microscopic pores. Thankfully, the homeowner had called us before it was too late to solve the problem. We happily informed her we could recover the luster of her stone countertops with a proper stone polishing service.
Before agreeing to the service, the client asked if we could also restore the marble island in the kitchen. The surface had notable etches and scratches on it, but we assured the client we could get it back in shape with the same procedure. The client accepted our proposal and set up an appointment for the next day.
We went back to the client's home the following day to perform the service. We used Sir Grout's Natural Hard Surface Cleaner and a high-speed scrubber to clean the countertop and the marble island. On top of being safe for natural stone, this cleaner helps reduce common household mold and other harmful microorganisms. Once we finished cleaning, we honed both stone surfaces using a low-grit diamond pad to get rid of the blemishes. Next, we polished both surfaces to give them a nice, lustrous finish. To finish, we coated the surfaces with our flagship sealant Stone Armor. This is an impregnating sealant that keeps natural stone protected from water, spills, dirt, mold, and mildew. It also enhances the overall appearance of natural stone by giving it a fresh look.
When we finished, we let the homeowner see the results. She was happy to see her natural stone surfaces completely renewed. She thanked us and promised she would recommend our services to her friends and family.
Before leaving, we gave the client a few care tips to keep the surfaces looking great. To avoid damaging the stone, we first recommended steering away from harsh cleaners. It's best to clean the surface once a week using a pH-neutral, stone-safe cleaner like our proprietary cleaner. Unlike most store-bought products, this cleaner won't wear out the stone's sealant. We also suggested wiping spills away from the surface. Certain types of foods contain acids that can scratch or etch natural stone. To finish, we advised the client to keep an eye on the sealant. To do this, the homeowner should periodically place a few droplets of water across the surface. If the water seeps in, it must be sealed again.
When your granite surfaces have lost their shine, make sure to contact the leading experts in the field of hard surface restoration. Here at Sir Grout Austin, we have the necessary tools and expertise to guarantee outstanding results. Call us at (512) 580-3003 or fill out the "Request a Quote" form on this page to schedule a free consultation today. If you want to keep up with our latest news and promotions, don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter.
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