The Complete Guide to Grouting, Polishing and Protecting Stone
Stone surfaces are capable of creating beautiful design elements for any commercial or residential space. But they can be difficult to maintain. This article from Stone Guru covers the complete guide on how to maintain stone surfaces and how to protect them.
Stone is a natural surface that has many benefits, but it also has its limitations. Stone is porous, so over time it will grow dusty and lose its shine if not properly maintained. This complete guide is the answer to maintaining the beauty of this natural product for years to come.
Grouting, polishing and protecting stone is hard to do by yourself so it makes sense to hire a professional. Luckily, you're on this website, so you don't have to look far.
First of all, we have to admit that grouting, polishing and protecting stone is a tedious job that requires time and skill to provide a good outcome.
But we do it with our hearts, so it doesn't feel that way.
Grouting is the process in which a bituminous material is inserted into a joint or a fissure in a stone or other hard surface to fill the space between the joints and create a seal.
Grout is an industrial jargon for any one of various materials used in grouting. A grout may be made from either an industrial chemical, such as silicate-based mortar, or from water and cement powder mixed with sand, gravel, or aggregate.
In 2017, the demand for industrial grout exceeded supply by over 2 million metric tons per year. In addition to creating industrial grouts from industrial chemicals, the use of natural aggregates in creating concrete has grown at rapid rates in recent years.
Now that we've educated ourselves about grouting, let's move on!
Polishing & Grinding
Polishing & grinding are accomplished by using a stone polisher.
A stone polisher is a machine for grinding and polishing stones.
In this process, a grout that is made up of abrasive particles grinds away the surface layer of a stone to make it smooth and shine.
There are however, certain disadvantages to using a machine. They require too much space and they are not portable.
With manual grinding, you only need the stone you want to grind and some abrasives to start with. We do not recommend manual grinding, though.
We think it's evident why.
With material like marble, granite, limestone and other natural stones becoming increasingly popular these days, it is important that you take precautions while using them. The best way to protect your stone is by using a stone polish machine.
Or, you can call us.
Protecting stone is the process of sealing the surface of a stone to make it less likely for moisture and oxygen to penetrate through. This protection helps in extending the life of a stone and giving it a polished look.
Sealing stone is a process that uses two different techniques to protect and preserve stone.
The first technique is using a sealant to coat the whole surface.
The second technique involves injecting polyurethane foam into the stone, filling in any pores and cracks found in the material.
Sealing Stone has many benefits: it preserves and protects the original appearance of the stone, it can be used as a decorative feature and added protection for other surfaces and it can offer increased durability or improve product performance by becoming more resilient.
Having a solid understanding of how the process works is important to anyone that deals with stone. This includes knowing how to size stones, what type of stone would be best for your project, and how to keep it clean and shiny.
We pride ourselves on our knowledge, and we consider that the information we have at hand combined with our experience makes us the best in the business.
We've provided this educational guide for our clients in order for them to make an informed decision.
If you want your stone floors to be as good as new and looking fresher than ever, don't hesitate to contact Stone Guru.
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Posted on: 14 October 2021