See How Our Scottsdale Stone Polishing Professionals Make This Granite Countertop Shine
October 30, 2021You can't go wrong with granite if you want to create a stylish, elegant appearance. The pattern on granite surfaces can often steal the spotlight with little embellishment, so it's no wonder they are a favorite in all parts of the country. A Scottsdale homeowner with a beautiful granite countertop had always taken special care to preserve the stone surfaces in her home.
This is why she immediately saw the difference when regular cleaning methods failed to remove the white rings at the top of her kitchen island. Knowing that etching was a fairly common problem among stone surfaces, she looked for a second opinion on the matter, and two different sources recommended contacting Sir Grout Phoenix. With the help of our Scottsdale Stone Polishing professionals, her granite countertop was brought back to its prime and currently looks as good as ever.
After hearing what people had to say about Sir Grout Phoenix, she went online to get more information and was pleasantly surprised by the scope of our restoration services. She perused our picture gallery and was delighted by the results we delivered on granite surfaces, whether they involved floors or pieces of furniture. Having all the information she needed to make up her mind, she filled out the "Request a Quote" form on our website and scheduled an appointment to have our specialists assess her countertop.
On the appointed date, our team set out to evaluate the kitchen island, looking closely into the etching marks on the surface. Countertops and other kitchen surfaces can easily get stained with food, drinks, and other objects, so homeowners sometimes have to apply the same cleaning products several times a day. When asked about it, the client confirmed that she had used soap-based products to try and remove the stains. Unfortunately, way too many formulas in the market have acidic imbalances that make them harmful to even hard stone surfaces like granite. After having wiped the dirt and when the product residue is left to dry, the stone absorbs its acidic properties. As a result, the stone's minerals gradually dissolve, and its surface starts showing signs of discoloration.
We explained why the etching marks couldn't be removed the regular way and eased the client's concerns when she lamented over a permanent issue affecting the surface. The stone's sealants had worn out, and that's why there were stains that could no longer be removed without professional assistance. We told her the best course of action entailed having the granite surface re-polished to bring it back to its original appearance. She hired our restoration services, and everything was settled to schedule a new appointment.
A few days later, our crew began the restoration process on the granite countertop. During the first step of the process, they used a pH-neutral cleaner with a high-speed scrubber to clean the countertop's surface. On top of having a lasting effect that surpasses regular cleaning products, our surface-safe cleaner preserves the stone. When the surface was clean and rinsed, our specialists moved on to the honing process. They used three sets of high-end diamond pads, increasing the level of grit until they got rid of all the blemishes that had marred the stone. At this point, the countertop had acquired an appealing matte finish.
To finish polishing the surface, our crew used abrasive materials and special powders, making the stone look glossy as it recovered its natural shine. Now all that was left was sealing. For this, they used a coat of Stone Armor to protect the stone from wear and tear. Sir Grout's impregnating sealant creates a protective layer against water, spills, dirt, grime, and other harmful external elements so that nothing can be absorbed by granite's slightly porous surface throughout all daily activities. Our crew gave the countertop a final buffing to remove any residues left from the process and enhance the stone's renewed shine.
Now that the countertop had regained its former beauty, we were ready to show our results to the homeowner. She was thankful for the efficiency of our methods and thrilled to see such striking results. The stone looked spotless and brand-new, and she couldn't wait to recommend our services to other people in the area.
We left with some suggestions to make maintenance a less stressful process. First of all, we recommended using only pH-neutral cleaners like Sir Grout's Natural Hard Surface Cleaner to keep the stone in top condition without releasing harmful chemicals on the surface and into the air. To scrub and rinse, homeowners should use a clean towel. Steel tools would scrape the granite surface instead of just scrubbing it clean.
You too can make sure that your stone surfaces remain shining at all times. Sir Grout Phoenix offers the most specialized hard surface restoration services to bring your hard surfaces back to life. No matter the issue, our team will always deliver the best results. You can always call (480) 268-3257 or fill out our "Request a Quote" form to schedule a free in-home consultation. Also, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date with our latest info and promotions.
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