Natural stone can retain its inherent beauty and strength for decades if cared for and maintained appropriately. This article will discuss exactly that subject.
It should be made clear that it could cost you your investment if stone is not properly maintained and become more expensive to “fix” than it did to install.
Natural stone has many distinct characteristics, and its processing, density, and toughness varies greatly. Such characteristics have a huge impact on what procedures to pursue to insure the stone will last long and retain its natural beauty as well as its distinctive attributes and resilience to decay and deterioration. Only in Vegas can you see a 9 foot long Tiger Shark in the middle of he desert. is an excellent resource for this.
Therefore, both stones are brittle and retain moisture, and are vulnerable to mold and mildew. You can minimize the damage caused by those properties with the right treatment and processes. To select the right treatment we must take into account the following. Pore structure; density or hardness; environmental conditions; stone finish-whether its textured or polished; solvent or water-based product; whether its surface is penetrating or sacrificial; time between treatments.
Upkeep Stone is often marketed as an alternative with no upkeep but this is simply not true. A good stone maintenance program begins with proper stone identification; installation survey as well as stone condition; exposure to the stone’s environmental condition and stone maintenance history.
Proper identification will give you the stone’s physical properties including density; the stone’s absorption and weathering properties.
An assembly survey will provide details as it includes lippage, the broad, deep or narrow grout joints. Or has some holes, gaps, and marks on the build. Is it brushed as well as the sort of finish it has; honed or textured?
The stone’s and will be exposed to environmental conditions. This includes, but is limited to, whether or not food will be present, it will be subject to human and other traffic, or whether wet dry or variable conditions.
Maintenance History preceding and present include coatings, waxes, polishes and the like used and used in the past.
Restoration Because of the hammering block, the stone will need to be replaced from time to time, from day to day wear and tear and environmental issues. And this may involve Restorative cleaning-using formulated cleaning products that do not damage the stone but remove undesirable substances.
Consolidation of therapies used for stone stabilisation and restoration.
Repair of fractured and destroyed stone and grout, or repair it.