Stone Buff

What is Stone Restoration? Stone Restoration is the art and science of restoring worn or damaged marble, granite, travertine, limestone or other natural stone to a like-new condition. This requires proper training, specialized equipment and supplies as well as an artisan's eye for detail. Here's what stone restoration can do for you... clean, hone and polish marble, travertine and limestone floors, shower walls, etc. flatten uneven stone floor tiles repair terrazzo color enhance and protect your stone seal and polish granite repair, clean, polish granite countertops Repair and restore Corian and quartz surfaces counter tops Our 5-Step System for Obtaining & Maintaining Beautiful Stone Step #1 Consultation / Evaluation First, we inspect your stone and perform a number of tests to determine type of stone. We will inspect the wear patterns and damage on the stone. After reviewing this data, we can restore a sample area for a nominal charge. This will allow us to be very precise in our diagnosis of the problem and give you a snapshot of what your stone surface should look like. We can also determine if your stone should be sealed. Step #2 Restoration Through the use of trained stone technicians, state-of the-art equipment and materials, we will restore your stone surface to its original beauty. All work will be completed in a professional and timely manner. Step #3 Impregnation/Protection Many stones are susceptible to stains from spills of coffee, soft drinks, soiling from normal foot traffic, oils and many other things. It can be protected against these stains by the use of an impregnator. An impregnator is an integral part of an ongoing, proactive stone care program. We use only the best, sometimes most expensive impregnators available on the market. Impregnators facilitate an easier, cost effective maintenance program for all natural stone by offering long term protection against stains and dirt penetration. (It is crucial that after restoration is complete, you allow 72 hours of cure time before allowing any moisture to get on the restored surface to allow the impregnator/sealer lock itself into place and do its job properly.) Step #4 Daily Maintenance Training Most people use what they consider to be "safe" techniques and chemicals on their stone to care for it on a daily basis. What may be safe for tile or ceramic, can be damaging to natural stone. After we restore your stone surface to its original beauty, we will train you or your cleaning people on how to maintain a restored appearance on a routine basis. We can even leave you with our recommended daily stone cleaner to use. Step #5 Periodic Follow-Up Restoration Even after stone has been restored and impregnated, its new beautiful appearance is not permanent. Proper daily care will greatly extend the beautiful appearance, but on-going foot-traffic and other factors will always be wearing away at the bright, clean appearance. A periodic maintenance program will mean additional expense, but it will ensure a beautiful floor at all times and prevent the need for a complete restoration in the future. After restoration, we can design a periodic restoration schedule. The frequency will be determined by both the needs of your specific stone and the appearance level that you would like to maintain. Stone Restoration - Refurbish - Enhance - Repair - Refinish We are one of the few area companies that specialize in the use of diamond abrasives in the restoration of your stone surfaces. The use of diamonds in the grinding and honing phase of restoration will give you better clarity and more reflectivity after polishing. We also provide cleaning, sealing, crack/chip repair and stain removal for marble, granite, travertine, slate, terrazzo and all other natural stone surfaces. Following are the restoration services we offer and what they entail: Grinding| To remove deep scratches and remove lippage (uneven tile edges). Done by machine with diamond abrasive pads and water that creates no dust. Honing| To remove minor scratches and wear from eveyday foot traffic. This process is also done by machine with diamond abrasive pads and water that creates no dust. Polishing| Our stone polishing process will give marble, granite, travertine, terrazzo or any other natural stone the sheen you want, enhance the veining in marble and to protect the marble or stone from everyday traffic and spills. (Utilizing the same compounds that are used in the fabricating process.) Cleaning| To remove dirt, stains and bacteria and to remove waxes and polymers that have become embedded. Sealing| To protect and preserve natural stone. (Using penetrating sealers / impregnators.) (It is crucial that after restoration is complete, you allow 72 hours of cure time before allowing any moisture to get on the restored surface to allow the impregnator/sealer lock itself into place and do its job properly.) Color Enhancing| The use of penetrating sealers / impregnators formulated to enhance or enrich the color of your stone. Stripping| To remove coatings that block stone's ability to breathe which causes spalling (when the stones crack, pop and shale). Some examples of common coatings are, crystallization, janitorial waxes, polyurethane, ect. Efflorescence Treatment| To remove and treat the two types of efflorescence safely and seal your surface to help lock the clean beauty of your surface. (Two types of efflorescence are: 1) Powdery: efflorescence as described above and is still gone after "Efflorescence Treatment" dries. 2) Crystalline: When powdery efflorescence goes through cycles of being deposited on the surface - re dissolved when new water occurs - drying out - new water - etc. it can form crystals. The crystals become tightly bonded to the surface. The crystals do not have to be thick. A light haze that is still there after using "Efflorescence Treatment" will be light crystal formation and is treated as described below.) Tile and Grout Cleaning and Sealing| Dirt loves to hide in grout. Brushes cannot penetrate into the micro pores to get all of the contaminants out. We use a patented system to clean your grout to like new and then we seal it to facilitate easier maintenance for the long haul. (It is crucial that after restoration is complete, you allow 72 hours of cure time before allowing any moisture to get on the restored surface to allow the impregnator/sealer lock itself into place and do its job properly.) Stone Buff will get your home or building's stone appearance back in shape—with a quality granite or marble appearance and proven plan to keep it there. Whether seeking marble or granite floor restoration, shower restoration or vanity, bar, counter top, or registration desk restoration Stone Buff gets your stone back to its original appearance. Request your On-Site Consultation and you will have taken the first step towards restoring a beautiful quality appearance to your stone. $75.00 for the first 30 minutes.

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Monday: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Tuesday: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Wednesday: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Thursday: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Sunday: Closed
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About SURFACE BUFF is the premier installation, restoration and maintenance company for all natural wood, stone and tile & grout surfaces serving the Raleigh – Durham area. We provide services, products, and consultation to our customers as well as the education needed to properly maintain and preserve your investment. We also restore and maintain many other hard surfaces, too. We are bonded and insured and are a Certified Stone and Tile PRO Partner. We only use natural true and proven methods that are designed to reproduce as close to possible the original finish produced by the factory or better. We will not use products that will supposedly “permanently seal” your surface (that is impossible and the products sold for this permanent sealing process is unhealthy for your surface). Keep in mind, if you have an organic surface, it needs to breath just as much as you breath. We also will not use dubious polishing methods such as “crystallizing”. There is a lot of science and research behind proper surface care and you want to keep your hard surfaces just as healthy as you want to keep your own body healthy. Less processed additives and more natural products are better for you and your surfaces. We take seriously our responsibility to make sure that your investment retains its natural beauty and value for a lifetime. SURFACE BUFF seeks to provide our clients with a seamless approach to resolving whatever maintenance or restoration projects they may have. Dirt, grime, stains, etching, hard water stains, and sealant breakdown can all contribute to the degeneration of a surface. We can restore your surfaces to like new condition. In today’s homes, owners, builders and designers are discovering countless creative applications for finishes. If your surface is properly maintained from the beginning, it will enhance the beauty and value of a home or business for many years to come. One underlying principle drives all of our work… Anything worth doing is worth doing right. We will never bid low and cut corners – the result would be poor workmanship and an unhappy client. We quote honestly, according to what will serve you best. The result is professional, highest-quality work and service, and a completely satisfied client. When we complete a job, the stone not only reflects on your image; it reflects our standards and work ethic.

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