STONE POLISHING & RESTORATION
Stone surfaces need to be sealed every 12-18 months for maximum protection. If yours haven't been sealed in awhile, it's likely that they have taken on some damage over their course of use. Luckily, your local stone cleaning and restoration specialists can restore your natural stone back into a pristine, shiny, and clean stone surface in no time.
Honing natural stones with diamond abrasion is the only proven process at removing any scratches or irreversible marks and stains on stone surfaces; these marks are referred to as etching. Water marks are also common on shower walls or bathroom vanities, leaving a heavy ring on your porous stone, which can also categorize as a form of etching.
Etching and staining on natural stone, also known as efflorescence, is a common occurrence and can leave all forms of natural stone looking dull and unattractive. The most common forms of stone that can undergo this type of chemical and acidic breakdown include:
- Marble - Slate
- Granite - Terrazzo
- Travertine - Limestone
Polishing remedies can be applied to the stone once the staining has been properly removed and made to reveal the original grain of the stone. A series of diamond powders and abrasive pads are applied to the stone using abrasive methods such as rotary hand/floor buffing machines and oscillating hand tools. Stone specialists use these methods in an order which they "prescribe" to the natural stone, given the amount of damage acquired over the years. Not every stone is the same. The first step in proper stone care is understanding the nature and composition of your stone. Our stone cleaning experts can easily identify the best products to use as Artisan Stone & Mosaic offers different stone cleaning options based on the extent of damage and type of stone you have in your home or office.
We eliminate anything from common water spots and rings(caused by surface accumulation and hard water) to those ugly yellowed, orange and brown rust stains, restoring your blemished stone to look brand new. Our Chicago stone cleaning process uses pH Neutral cleaners to pre-treat your marble, granite, and travertine surfaces and may use a combination of soft brush scrubbing methods especially designed for deep cleaning the most delicate stones.
Once the stone restoration process is officially completed, a material-specific clear sealant is applied to the stone surfaces to insure easier long-term maintenance and protection. These sealers also come in a wide range of choices, some only lasting less than a year and still others that are said to last over 15 years. These options are offered by your local Artisan at additional cost to protect your natural stone investment for years to come and help you save on maintenance costs in the future.
Your local Artisan Stone & Mosaic of Chicago provides high-quality, cost-effective, and quick results that will exceed your expectations. We are your first choice for a superior Chicago stone cleaning service which will remove and prevent unwanted stains on your stone surfaces.
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-Your Local Artisan
GROUT CLEANING & SEALING
Our experienced Artisan Stone & Mosaic specialists provide the best Chicago grout cleaning service for your home or business. Even the most beautiful and expensive tile can appear dingy and unattractive when surrounded by dirty or stained grout. Foot traffic, spills, mildew, and improper cleaning methods and products can cause grout and tile to look unappealing, and Artisan Stone & Mosaic's superior Chicago grout cleaning process can not only restore your grout lines and tile back to new, but also help protect them from future staining and discoloration.
We first apply a non-toxic pH neutral cleaner to your tile and grout lines. Then, we deep clean with a gentle brush scrubber that extracts the dirt from the grout and tile surfaces. For particularly stubborn areas, our Chicago stone and tile cleaning experts may also use a very low-pressure vapor steam-cleaning system. Your old, sad-looking grout is then deep cleaned to a brilliant, satisfying appearance. Our magnificent service will help return your grout back to a wonderful condition, leaving your tile floors and walls looking immaculate.
Most tile surfaces take on heavy foot traffic and suffer grout damage from slight foundation shifting over time. These areas can be patched using a sanded or non-sanded grout/adhesive that will rebind the tiles back to the sub-floor prior to choosing a seal for the grout surfaces. Similar to stone, no one tile surface is the same, so our Artisan Stone & Mosaic specialists will need to assess the proper methods of patching these areas to be able to insure longevity of our materials.
Grout Sealing Options
Following our Chicago grout cleaning process, you can also enjoy our one-of-a-kind sealant options to protect the longevity of your grout and tile surfaces going forward.
To make your grout surfaces look brand new again after years of staining and discoloration, your project may require a ColorSeal treatment. ColorSeal is a renowned and versatile service; it achieves 100% uniformity for grout while making it resistant to stains, water, mold, and mildew. This great product comes with a typical shelf life of 5 to 10 years depending on the condition prior to our services and the nature of use.
Similar to ColorSeal, ClearSeal also makes your grout resistant to stains, water, mold, and mildew; however, as much as the surface cleans up will reveal the amount of uniformity we can assure to our customers. This is a more cost-effective approach and an alternative for newer construction and those within a budget. This product also comes with a shorter shelf life than ColorSeal of 12-18 months.
Our Chicago grout cleaning professionals perform an immaculate cleaning, maintenance, and grout restoration service, and also take the time to educate our Chicago clients on the proper care and procedures for keeping grout surfaces maintained and protected.