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Elevator restoration

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We recently completed a granite and marble elevator cab restoration. We restored the finish to a high polished one with excellent light clarity and reflection. We routinely perform such work in most major cities across Canada.      

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Lobby Restoration

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We recently completed a polished marble restoration project in downtown Toronto. Our restoration services worn, dirty, and discolored and dull floors back to resemble their original factory finish. Moving forward, our maintenance program and procedures keep them looking that way following complete restoration.  

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Historic Stone Restoration

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Marble Renewal Canada is recognized and qualified by the Canadian Construction Document Committee http://ccdc.org  to work on all Canadian Heritage buildings.   The restoration, repair and/or maintenance of historic interior stone surfaces is not that much different than the treatment of new stone surfaces. The differences have to do with the approach one takes when treating these surfaces. The challenge …

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The Do It Yourself Approach To Resolving And Caring For Natural Stone

What is the Best Way to Clean a Stone Countertop?   Natural stone surfaces, including countertops, require cleaners that are specially formulated products. Popular household cleaning agents contain acids and alkalines that will damage and etch the surface of the stone. Powder cleaners and scouring pads will leave behind fine scratches. Even disinfecting wipes that aren’t formulated for stone will …

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Freeze/Thaw Cycling in Natural Stone

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As Spring has arrived and protective matting gets removed from the many entranceways of buildings, we can’t help but notice the effects that Winter has left behind. On the exterior of the buildings, you’ll notice damage caused by freezing. Interior damage is caused from the tracking in of salts, sand and de-icing agents.   We live in a freeze/thaw climate …

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Slip and Fall Safety

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We recently had an opportunity to present Slip and Fall Safety & Prevention to the Frank Cowan Company, a leader in Municipal & speciality insurance, with experience to provide insurance solutions with the flexibility to react to new and emerging risks along with risk management and claims services. Prevention is important to an organization and a solid risk management plan …

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Flamed Granite

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Flamed granite is a particular type of granite finish that requires different care than polished granite. The finishes are very porous and need to be properly cleaned and sealed. The technique of flaming or texturing the surface involves machining where high temperature torches and heats up the crystals on the surface of the stone until they pop, leaving the granite …

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Cleaning and Caring for Granite

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Granite, the igneous rock formed from magnum, is very dense, hard and brittle. Granite certainly stands up very well against heavy foot traffic, making it preferable for commercial lobbies and walkways. Granite is at the top of hardness amongst all natural stones. Resistant to most chemical etching, granite is also ideal for counter tops and bar tops in commercial and …

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Why Slate Loses its Color

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As we say good bye to Winter and welcome in Spring and warm weather we notice that slate and other natural stone surfaces have dulled and lost their natural shine and luster.   Even with the best of care, slate surfaces tend to dull over time. Deicing agents, sand and the natural salts and minerals from within the stone and …

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The Effects of Deicing Agents on Stone and Terrazzo Flooring

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As we welcome in Spring and begin to remove protective mats and rugs from floors and entranceways, the crystallization of many deicing salts and spreading of sand may have caused deterioration of the stone, terrazzo and masonry surfaces. This effect is called subflorescence. Snow and ice melters containing Calcium Chloride, etc. are the cause of this damage. Problems associated with …

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