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Restoration of natural stones such as marble, granite, limestone, and travertine requires the removal of scratches and/or etch marks from the surface. Most resurfacing is done mechanically with diamond abrasives. Diamond being the hardest stone.

To acquire a true polished or honed surface, the imperfections must be grinded or sanded to the level of the damage. Depending on the depth of damage reflects on how many steps will be needed for the repair.

Only an experienced specialist could recognize the proper order of diamond grits needed to achieve the desired finish.

Deep stains from acid based drinks, foods, or chemicals may cause an etch to deep for resurfacing alone. Most stains can be removed by using a poultice which requires a longer duration.

For more information on restoration and resurfacing contact our specialist.

Restoration Terminology

Grinding: A very aggressive process using metal-bonded and diamond grit to remove deep scratches and lippage.  Usually performed using a heavily weighted floor-buffing machine with water.  This process is typically dust free.  The goal is to flatten the floor.

Honing:  Similar to grinding, but not as aggressive.  The grits and materials are not as coarse as those used when grinding.  Honing is completed after the grinding phase.  However, many restoration and polishing projects are started at this level since honing will remove minor to moderate scratches and etch marks.  As with grinding, the end goal is to achieve a flat floor.

Polishing: Completed after the honing phase.  Higher grit series and sometimes combinations of grit compounds to simulate higher grits.  The stone will start to show a shine during this process and can be brought to a very high shine at this point.

Sealing: The process in which a high-quality protective sealant is applied to the surface of the stone. Whenever stone is ground, honed, or polished, the surface should be sealed immediately to ensure protection from contaminates.


Case Study 1 & 2

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Travertine Floor Polishing

Our experienced stone specialist can identify problems and  have corrective solutions. Learn more...

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Granite Restoration

Advanced Stone can restore badly maintained flamed granite floors. Learn more...

Case Study 3 & 4

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Limestone Polishing

ASR Hawaii resurfaced the limestone floors to remove etch marks & stains, then polished to a better-than-factory shine.   Learn more...

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Marble Floor Polishing

The standard phases of professional marble polishing include: prepping, grinding, honing, polishing, & sealing. Learn more...

Case Study 5 & 6

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Travertine Etch Removal

For calcite based floors, whether sealed or not, etching occurs when the acid reacts to the calcium in the travertine.       Learn more...

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Travertine Rust Removal

Pots and plants with metal holders can leave rust stains. Resurfacing and/or chemicals are needed. Learn more...

Case Study 7 & 8

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Granite Repair

Granite repairs come in all shapes & sizes. The good news is granite can be repaired to factory condition, if not better. Learn more...

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Marble Chip Repair

Accidents happen. Luckily, if its natural stone, it can be repaired.  Learn more...

Case Study 9 & 10

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Re-leveling Marble

This threshold needed to be re-leveled and polished back to factory finish as if there was never any problem.  Learn more...

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Travertine Restoration

Advanced Stone Restoration flattened the floor to remove extreme lippage between tiles.   Learn more...

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