Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Each of the Polishing Methods?

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in Frequently Asked Questions | Comments Off on What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Each of the Polishing Methods?

There are four basic methods used today to create a shine on natural stone floors: Buffing with polishing powders and compounds, grinding with diamond abrasives, crystallization and applying barrier coatings. Each method may not be effective on all stone types and the use of more than one may be necessary. Polishing Powders and Compounds are fine grains of aluminum or tin oxide abrasive powder that are buffed or rubbed on the surface of the stone to create the shine. This process is actually the same as sanding with diamonds except that the...

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What are the Different Polishing Methods for Stone Floors?

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in Frequently Asked Questions | Comments Off on What are the Different Polishing Methods for Stone Floors?

There are four basic methods used today to create a shine on natural stone floors: Buffing with polishing powders and compounds, grinding with diamond abrasives, crystallization and applying barrier coatings. Each method may not be effective on all stone types and the use of more than one may be necessary. Polishing Powders and Compounds are fine grains of aluminum or tin oxide abrasive powder that are buffed or rubbed on the surface of the stone to create the shine. This process is actually the same as sanding with diamonds except that the...

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How do I Select the Most Appropriate Stone for My Needs?

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in Frequently Asked Questions | Comments Off on How do I Select the Most Appropriate Stone for My Needs?

Line up a few of the stone samples you are considering and do the following tests. Marble and limestone contain calcium that is very sensitive to acids while granite is not. If a drop of acid is placed on the stone and it begins to “fizz” it is marble or limestone. Marble will generally react more violently than limestone, while granite will not react or etch at all. Common household acids are soft drinks, orange juice, lemon juice and vinegar. Place a drop of acid on your stone, wipe off after 1 minute, then check for...

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How do I Identify My Stone Surface using Chemical or Physical Means?

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in Frequently Asked Questions | Comments Off on How do I Identify My Stone Surface using Chemical or Physical Means?

Line up a few of the stone samples you are considering and do the following tests. Marble and limestone contain calcium that is very sensitive to acids while granite is not. If a drop of acid is placed on the stone and it begins to “fizz” it is marble or limestone. Marble will generally react more violently than limestone, while granite will not react or etch at all. Common household acids are soft drinks, orange juice, lemon juice and vinegar. Place a drop of acid on your stone, wipe off after 1 minute, then check for...

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How do I Visually Identify My Stone Surface?

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in Frequently Asked Questions | Comments Off on How do I Visually Identify My Stone Surface?

Limestone is a sedimentary rock composed predominantly of a calcium carbonate but may contain traces of iron, magnesium and fossils or shell formations. It ranges in color from light gray to buff and is relatively consistent in color with little or no veining. It may show traces of fossils, pit holes, iron spots, and streaks of calcite. The most common types of “earth tone” limestones used on floors are soft and scratch easily. It will generally polish with both abrasives and chemical systems but will not normally achieve a deep,...

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