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Many homeowners choose natural stone for their home’s countertops and flooring due to the many different benefits natural stone can offer. However, natural stone is not an indestructible material. Damage can happen, especially when you don’t care for your natural stone properly.
When damage happens to your natural stone, you have a couple of options. Either replace your natural stone or try to restore it. Our team of natural stone experts at G.M.S. Werks can help you decide which option is right for you. Below, we go over some of the most common damages that happen to natural stone, as well as ways in which your natural stone surfaces can be repaired.
Scratching is probably the most common form of damage that can occur to your natural stone surfaces over time. Scratching can be caused by a number of different things. For instance, high foot traffic that brings in outside dirt or gravel can cause your natural stone floors to scratch. On the other hand, natural stone countertops, such as marble, can become scratched by car keys, kitchen utensils and other sharp objects.
Another common damage to natural stone surfaces is staining. Natural stone is most commonly stained by spills that are not cleaned up right away. Whether it be on your natural stone countertops or flooring, liquid that sits on your stone’s surface can seep underneath and end up causing discoloration of the area.
Lastly, your natural stone surfaces can chip or crack in rare events. Although this is not as common as scratching or stains, heavy weight can cause your natural stone to break, especially when it’s not properly maintained.
When it comes to repairing or restoring natural stone, it ultimately depends on what damages are present. However, there are some main restoring processes that you should use for a variety of reasons. Below we detail all of these!
Diamond grinding is used to remove uneven surfaces and imperfections. It is useful in treating cracking and chipping.
Rehoning is the process of mixing abrasive powder and water, and it is used to treat scratching or staining on your stone’s surface.
Polishing your natural stone helps bring back the original shine and beautiful look. It is most commonly used in high-traffic areas.
Sealing is usually the last step. It is a preventative measure that protects your natural stone in the future.
When natural stone becomes damaged, replacing it altogether is not the only option. If the damage is minor enough, simple repairs and restorations should suffice. If you have any questions regarding natural stone, do not hesitate to contact our team at G.M.S. Wërks today!