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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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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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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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Mats and Preventive Maintenance Along With Safety

Mats are your first defence to stop dirt and moisture from entering the building.   The Truth About Dirt…   Studies show that one square yard of commercial grade carpeting can accumulate one pound of dirt over a one week period and up to twice as much during inclement weather. It has been estimated that the cost of removing a …

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issues With Honed and Light Colored Stone

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We recently completed a commercial restoration project in Toronto where we ran across some challenges in keeping the honed white marble floor clean at all times, where heavy traffic occurs on a daily basis.   When dealing with a honed floor, low sheen, you should expect that the frequency of cleaning will have to be increased in order to keep …

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Why Marble and Limestone Might Be Wrong For Your Bathroom

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Marble and Limestone are soft stones and therefore very absorbent. If you were to dye your hair in a shower finished with these stones, the dye could stain the shower floor. Many people choose a durable porcelain tile to compliment marble/limestone for this very reason.   These soft stones often contain more veining, and when they do, veining often indicates …

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New Stone Countertops

We recently were endorsed by Devonleigh Homes Inc. http://www.devonleighhomes.com/ as a trusted and experienced service provider for the care and maintenance of natural stone floors and countertops; walls and vanity tops, etc. As many natural stone surfaces are porous, guidelines suggest proper care, maintenance, sealing and re-applying sealers every 1-2 years depending on care, wear and level of use.   …

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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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