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Most Common Surface Problems

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All materials – natural materials in particular – are perfectly imperfect. Materials will have a wide range of characteristics (i.e. factory-repaired holes, cracks and fissures). There will be variation from piece to piece. Materials will stain, scratch, etch, patina and/or effloresce. And there’s no such thing as a “perfect” installation. All of this is perfectly normal and is part of …

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Buildup of Hard Water Deposits and Soap Scum Around Sinks

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A common problem we see in high use public washrooms and commercial washrooms are the build up of hard water and soap scum build up around the faucets and sink.  Once the minerals and cleaning products penetrate into the stone and harden they are very difficult to remove.  Often requiring the surface to be sanded and re-polished.  We recently completed …

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Polished Marble and Granite Floor Restoration

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We recently completed a project a restoration project in the GTA on a polished marble (Crema Marfil) floor with granite accents (Nero Assoluto) .  The floor was sanded to remove scratches in the floor from foot traffic and moving chnairs in/out from the dinning room table.  There were a number of etch marks (dull spots) on the floor from spills …

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Condo lobby

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The importance of restoration to natural stone floors ; walls, etc. followed by routine scheduled maintenance in a condo is to maintain the attractive appearance and image of the building. Residents and those new buyers considering acquiring a unit in the building will be pleased and attracted to the image and appearance of an attractive and well maintained building. A …

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Honed Marble Floor

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We just completed a marble floor restoration in a private residence in Toronto where the finish to the floor was honed. Honed finishes tend not to show the wear as quickly as polished ones do, however all finishes still need to be properly cared for.   The honed surface finish is more open (the pores on the surface) than that …

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Preparing Your Walkway For Winter

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We live in a freeze/thaw climate and are faced with numerous challenges regarding the effects it has on natural stone and concrete. To keep it simple, the root cause of the problem is water. With freezing comes expansion; notably when the water has penetrated beneath the surface of the stone, which is porous to varying degrees. Many stones have such …

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Bathroom Restoration Challenges

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We often perform restoration work on commercial and residential bathroom floors, including tub surrounds; stalls and urinals, walls and vanities. The surfaces range from natural stone to porcelain and ceramic tiles, including grout cleaning and restoration.   Bathroom and shower floors take a lot of abuse from a number of sources that leave them stained, dirty, etched (dull spots) and …

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Kitchen Granite Island Top

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Our Toronto team recently restored a granite kitchen island top and counter top in a private residence. The customer had ordered the stone from out of the country and when it arrived on site, the stone’s finish on the island didn’t match that of the counter top. The island was in need of sanding and finishing to a honed, medium …

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Hotel Bathroom Marble Vanity and Floor Restoration

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Our Toronto team recently restored several guest suite bathrooms in a major downtown Toronto historic hotel. We worked closely with the hotel to ensure minimum downtime to the rooms, in light of the current busy tourist season and guests booked into the hotel. The work performed included chip, crack and hole repair and restoration to both floors and vanity tops. …

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Kitchen Island Counter Top Restoration

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We recently completed projects in Toronto private residences involving restoration of  polished marble kitchen island counter tops. Marble is a softer stone and is prone to scratching particularly when sharp and heavy objects are moved across the surface. Objects such as dishes, pots & pans and the likes of parcels are notorious to be placed on the surface and the …

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Kitchen Island Restoration

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We recently completed a residential home project in Toronto involving a marble kitchen island counter top and backsplash. The natural stone was polished marble, an exotic stone variety. The stone was stained and acid etched and had to be restored by sanding and polishing to the original condition. Upon completion, the stone was sealed to provide protection from spills and …

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