Are you thinking of having your natural stone resurfaced, cleaned or polished but having a little trouble with the lingo? Boston Stone Restoration experts shed light on some common stone care terminology.
What does Stone Restoration mean?
Stone “restoration” is the process of taking a damaged, stained or worn stone surface and applying a series of diamond abrasives of varying grit to hone and resurface the stone. Micro honing removes a layer of stone starting at 1/132 ” to remove damage and can go progressively deeper as is required to create a fresh, polishable surface.
Depending on the damage, a stone care pro will start with a coarse diamond and move on to a finer, finer and finer grit until a surface is perfectly smooth and prepared for a final finish. The process is akin to sanding down wood with sand paper. When a master carpenter prepares a wood surface for finish, it must be smoothed to silk to prevent the finish, like paint or urethane from showing and exaggerating imperfections.
Stones can have many finishes, from glossy, to non-glossy, honed, antiqued, leathered, brushed, satin, or just natural – the finish is nothing if the surface isn’t perfect.