Phone / Fax 920-485-4868
Phone / Fax 920-485-4868
Wisconsin Stone Care; restoration, refinishing, polishing, cleaning, repair and more. We have been providing marble, terrazzo, travertine and granite stone care value for over 15 years.
Restoration and maintenance services for terrazzo, marble, granite, concrete, travertine, limestone, slate and other masonry. Over time stone floors, countertops, shower surrounds and vanities can start looking dull, get scratched, etched or damaged.
“We use the finest, highest quality materials, diamond discs, polishing compounds and sealers for stone restoration.”
Pete Oechsner Jr – Operations Manager
Chemical strippers remove topical sealers that are obsolete or blocking the stone’s ability to breathe which can cause spalling (when the stone chips,cracks or starts to flake). Examples of topical sealers are janitorial waxes, failed solvent and water based acrylic or urethane type floor finishes.
We use quality stone/sealer safe cleaners to remove build-up and grime from all types of stone finishes. Disinfecting deep cleans for all types of stone, tile and grout are available.
This is a recommended process in order to achieve a mirror-like finish if the floor has lippage (uneven tile heights). Grinding is necessary if the floor has surface imperfections, was previously covered in carpet and/or tile mastic, severe staining, has been crystallized or the need to remove extreme floor finish build-up.
Honing is the diamond sanding process that removes a thin layer of the stone, sanding away light damage, etch marks and the majority of scratches. Honing is similar to sanding wood. A series of medium and fine abrasives restore the stone surface to a matte finish and is vital to revealing a true polish.
After properly prepping the area, we use stone specific adhesives, mortar, dyes, marble chips & stone dust to color match the repair as best as possible. We can patch in a new terrazzo matrix for construction or install similar type tiles and re-grout during renovations.
Solvent based acrylic sealers are formulated to darken and enhance or enrich the color of honed natural stone. This is an excellent sealer for bringing out the vibrant colors in honed granite, slate and interior dyed concrete applications.
A diamond antiquing brush is often referred to as a leathering brush and is used to erode away the softer parts of stone, creating a three dimensional texture that is becoming very popular as an exterior finish option.
Depending on the depth of the stain, most staining is removed during the grinding or honing stages of restoration. For the more localized stains, special poultices are created to “lift” or draw the stain.
Special polishing compounds and mechanical polishing techniques are used to allow true light reflection and produce high gloss “Wow Factor” results. The polishing process varies slightly depending on the type of stone. Applying a penetrating sealer is recommended after polishing.
There are two main types of stone sealers: film-forming sealers and penetrating sealers.
Film-forming sealers are either water or solvent based and include acrylics, epoxies, and urethanes that form a coating on the surface. Film-forming sealers are susceptible to wear and will need to be reapplied frequently in high traffic areas. This type of sealer is sometimes referred to as a topical sealer or seal coat.
Penetrating sealers penetrate into the stone to form a chemical barrier. Penetrating sealers have a longer lifespan and are a great choice for polished finishes and exterior masonry applications. They don’t peel, delaminate or wear easily. This type of sealer produces a natural look and is often referred to as an impregnating sealer.
Proper daily care will greatly extend the appearance, but on-going foot-traffic and other factors will always be wearing away at the polished finish. A periodic maintenance program could mean additional expenses, but it will ensure beauty at all times and prevent the need for complete restoration again in the future. After restoration, we can design a custom maintenance schedule for your custodial staff. The frequency will be determined by a couple factors; the amount of daily traffic received, the needs of your specific stone and the appearance level that you would like to maintain.
Contact us to discuss these options.
A periodic maintenance program will ensure beauty at all times and prevent the need for complete restoration again in the future.