Stone & Tile Restoration for High-Traffic Commercial Properties

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Natural stone adds elegance and beauty to any commercial space. However, without proper care and maintenance, the signs of wear and damage become apparent, diminishing both the aesthetics and safety of your floors. If you own or manage a commercial property that sees plenty of foot traffic, you’ll begin to notice the effects of that traffic on your stone or tile floors over time. Or perhaps you’ve just acquired a property whose floors have been damaged by overuse. 

Luckily, there’s no need to replace your entire floor when this kind of damage occurs. Stone and tile restoration can bring back the beauty of your floors, making them look new again for an affordable price. Let’s discuss why stone and tile floors sometimes need to be restored, and talk about what the restoration process looks like.

Why Stone/Tile Restoration Is Necessary

No matter what kind of stone or tile you use on your floor,and no matter how strong the finish,your floors are no match for the dirt and debris brought in on people’s shoes day in and day out. Over time, that grime will begin to etch the finish, making the floors look dull and dirty, especially in high-traffic areas. You might even notice a dulled “pathway” on the floor where people regularly walk that no longer matches the look and finish of the rest of the floor. If your floor is made from stone or ceramic tile, you might also notice uneven or “chipped” areas of the tile where items have been dropped or the stone has been worn unevenly.

However, these problems can be easily resolved by an expert through the process of stone restoration. For a fraction of the cost of replacing the floor, our professional technicians can utilize a series of proven techniques to restore the entire floor back to like-new condition, effectively renewing the stone’s elegance and extending the life of your commercial floors.

How Does the Restoration Process Work?

The restoration process is tailored to the unique needs of the floors in your commercial space. After conducting a thorough inspection of your floors, our technicians will develop a personalized plan to address the areas of damage. Most of the restoration process involves using a series of diamond abrasives in various grits to remove blemishes and scratches, create an even look, and polish the floor to the desired finish. Some of the specific techniques used may include the following:

  • Grinding and leveling: Using strong abrasives, we grind the stone down to eliminate scratches, stains, and blemishes. This also levels the stone out to make it completely smooth and even.
  • Lippage removal: Lippage occurs when tiles become uneven along their edges, usually because they’ve been worn down in high-traffic areas. We carefully remove the lippage and make the floor even again.
  • Honing: This process uses a series of finer abrasives to smooth out the surface of the stone and create a uniform look.
  • Polishing and buffing: We use fine abrasive compounds to polish and buff the floor to the desired finish, whether that finish is matte, semi-gloss or high-gloss. For commercial floors that see a lot  of traffic, we will often utilize a special process called crystallization, which uses chemical compounds to bring the floor to a high-polish finish that stands up better to wear-and-tear and is easy to maintain.
  • Sealing: Another important process for high-traffic commercial floors is to apply a protective sealer to the stone or tile. This sealer penetrates the stone pores and adds a protective barrier against stains, moisture, and contaminants.

Leave It to the Stone Care Professionals

Stone and tile restoration is a specialized field that requires years of experience and training to execute properly. When it comes to high-traffic commercial properties, the stakes are even higher. A botched restoration job can lead to additional damage and costly repairs. Because of this, we do not recommend taking on stone and tile restoration or refinishing as a DIY project. These risks are also why it’s essential to choose a company with a proven track record of success and plenty of experience.At Statewide Stone Care, our technicians are trained and experienced in state-of-the-art techniques that can restore even the most worn stone and tile floors back to like-new condition. For a free estimate on restoring the floors and other stone surfaces for your commercial property in New York or New Jersey, contact us today.

Stone & Tile Restoration & Maintenance Solutions for Property Managers

Our tile and stone restoration experts use many methods to keep every stone and tile surface in the buildings you manage optimally clean, safe, and looking their best.

As a property manager in NYC, your job is challenging, to say the least. We know you have every aspect of your buildings and property to manage, along with a roster of employees and contractors you use to help with each. Improperly handled, any one of those elements can spell big trouble not only for you but for the property owners and tenants.

With that in mind, our focus is solely on the management of restoration and maintenance of your stone and tile surfaces. Without this on your plate, you’re free to take care of more pressing matters.

What tile and stone restoration techniques do we use?

Our team of experts uses the proper restoration technique for each type, condition, and placement of tile and stone. Depending on those factors, we might use one or many of the following to bring life and beauty back to every tile and stone surface in your building(s):

  • Deep cleaning
  • Stain removal
  • Grinding, including lippage removal and leveling
  • Honing
  • Buffing
  • Polishing
  • Crystalizing
  • Sealing
  • Grout cleaning and color-match regrout

Once we expertly restore your stone and tile surfaces, it’s time to talk about maintenance.

What maintenance schedule is best for tile and stone surfaces in commercial and residential spaces?

Daily cleaning and regular maintenance of tile and stone flooring, walls, and counters are a necessity. This keeps your building safer for your guests and residents and keeps your stonework and tile looking their best. Regular maintenance allows our project management clients to keep their building’s stone surfaces gleaming, day in and out.

We offer residential and commercial maintenance contracts and work with you to ensure that you’re getting the right services for your stone or tile, uniquely determined for each property and budget.

No matter whether you choose a bi-annual, quarterly, or bi-monthly maintenance solution, you’ll receive the most competitive price in NYC and the surrounding area.

How to bring back the luster and shine of tile and stone surfaces

Frequent polishing services

The floors in commercial spaces, especially high-traffic areas like the lobby and other common areas, take a beating from constant foot traffic and demand routine cleaning and polishing. Similarly, stone walls and counters in lobbies, bathrooms, and kitchens also need routine polishing to keep their appearance like new.

Mechanical honing


We hone these natural stone surfaces mechanically using diamond grit to remove scratches and etches. To achieve a mirror-like finish, we increase the grits used. We can also create a semi-gloss or a matte finish to suit the space and client preference.

The lobby and beyond

No matter whether your building’s lobby is in a hotel, a bank, or a residential apartment building, it’s your first chance to impress your guests, customers, and residents. Poorly maintained, cracked, and faded floor tiles in these high-traffic spaces just won’t do. What do you want the tile and stone surfaces in your building’s lobby and throughout your property to reflect?

Let our team of experts handle your property’s tile and stone restoration and maintenance. We understand your needs as a property manager, and we’ll take a load off by doing what we know how to do best.

The best stone for kitchen countertop

Countertop services in NYC: Statewide Stone care

Who thinks of building or even renovating, is already faced with many doubts, who better than our specialists to help you? In this article, we are going to give you some tips on how to choose the perfect stone for your kitchen countertop.

There is many options and for all size of budgets, and also pros and cons of each model.

Granite countertop

Granite countertop

Granite is the most common stone, the cheapest and consequently, the most used stone.

However, granite is also the one that most absorbs liquids and is prone to stain faster. As we are talking about cooking, think about daily use, liquids, food, it’s good to be careful while choosing.

Corian countertop

Corian countertop

If you choose to use this stone you can have the countertop and the sink in the format you want, you can create shapes with it and it’s available in many colors.

Although it is an expensive product, it has advantages over other materials: it does not stain as easily because it is not porous, has no apparent splice, does not scratch easily, does not spread the fire and the chances of scratching or flaking are very small.

Quartz countertop

Quartz countertop

This stone is industrialized and has uniform appearance, it is composed of 94% quartz and 6% resin, and is up to 11 times more resistant than granite. Its non-porous surface does not allow liquids to be absorbed and its industrialization does not degrade the environment.

Statewide’s Tip

The choice about which stone to use, is relative to your taste and your budget. There is no rules, but you should consider all the information that perhaps, a professional can help you analyze and also explain about the care and maintenance of your new kitchen countertop stone.

Then, choose the most appropriate stone for your situation and what will be the best option for you.

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Deciding about your floor

Floor Services in NYC: Statewide Stone care

Each house has a style, each room has its specifications, and each person has their priorities. So the choice of the ideal flooring for every environment of a home is so important.

By making the right choice, everything will be easier, from the warmth that will take the environment, to the ease of cleaning and everyday movement.
Many features need to be considered when choosing the ideal floor, we should think even in the climate of the region where the house is built. When deciding which floor to put in our house, we must take into account some very important points:

  • Installation
  • Maintenance
  • Durability

Installation

When planning a house, the first thing to be thought is the structure, so when this part is ready, it is time to choose the ideal floor for each environment.

This moment needs to be taken very seriously, because any mistakes in this choice can lead to great damage in the future.

Floor installation should be done by skilled labor (do not skimp on that, this saved value can bring a lot of headaches in the future), and should be one of the last things to be done in the house structure.

Floor Installation

Maintenance

At the moment we think about the ideal floor, we must consider the functionality of the environment in which it will be installed.

Specially because each environment has a different type of maintenance, just as each type of floor requires different care.

Environments with hardwood floors can’t be cared the same way as environments with tiled floors.

As the types of floors have their different maintenance, when choosing the ideal floor, we must worry about the maintenance as well.

Floor Maintenance

Durability

The durability of the floor is very important, and an ideal one will last for a long time and resisting over the years.

So when choosing your floor, prefer those of durable and sturdy materials, even if they cost a little more, the cost of the benefit is worth it.

By following these Statewide’s tips and by choosing your ideal floor, it is virtually impossible to miss the decor of your home. Look for the best suppliers of products and materials, and let’s get started!

Stone Refinishing

There is probably no other architectural surface as impressive as stone.  It brings a sense of class, strength and beauty to any building, but that is as long as it’s properly maintained. 

However, soil and dirt gets trapped in the pores of your stone and causes the surface to look dirty and dark. This dirty and dark look in your stone is virtually impossible to remove with traditional cleaning processes. 

Also, some other problems can appear over time, specially if your stone isn’t protected.

Stone Refinishing Before

But how to know if your stone is protected?

Take a spoonful of water: pour it on your stone tile and then wait for 5 minutes.

– Did the water absorb?
– Did the color darken?

If you answered yes to any of the questions, your hard surfaces are vulnerable to staining.

A stone must be resealed when it is allowing liquid to penetrate its sealant. This will cause stains, etches, and even possibly cracks to the stone. Stones that take a heavy beating – especially in high traffic areas, so a proper seal is imperative. To reseal, the area must first be properly cleaned of all dirt and impurities, which could be sealed into the stone if not removed. The sealant then needs to be applied in right amount and type for a proper seal, this may require more than one application.

Consider these important points before deciding on DIY or professional sealing:

  • Size of the stone
  • Type of stone (softer stones, like marble, may require more sealant)
  • State of stone (if the stone sees heavy use, it may need sanding or other repair before sealing)
  • Any cracks or etches that may require additional work before sealing
  • Longevity of seal (professional work will likely last longer, though cost more upfront)
  • Tools for the job (depending on the preparation needed before sealing, you may need professional tools to get the stone in a state to seal)

Stone Refinishing After
Stone Refinishing After

Luckily, our highly skilled State Wide crew see these kinds of problems and many more, every day. We’ll bring back the beauty and safety of your stone surfaces.

Choosing the right fireplace stone

Choosing the right fireplace stone by Statewide Stone care

If you’re in the planning stages of building a fireplace or making over an existing one, you may feel overwhelmed choosing the right materials. On top of deciding what style suits you and your family best, cost, labor and maintenance make it even more confusing.

Options for fireplace materials

After addressing your budget and maintenance capacity, consider these fireplace stone options:

Limestone

If you want an elegant and formal style in your space, limestone offers the perfect choice. Keep it clean and simple, or ornate with intricate carvings. If you’d prefer a more rustic style, choose stacked limestone. It’s a durable but porous, making it prone to scratches and stains. Cleaning limestone can be challenging, and it should always be sealed.

Limestone Fireplace

Marble

Place marble on top of fireplace masonry for a bright, sleek look. Marble should always be sealed and is fairly easy to clean. However, it can stain, scratch and chip easily. Repairs lean toward expensive.

Marble Fireplace

Slate

If your style bears more “rustic cottage,” slate might be the perfect option for you. Incorporate it with a stacked stone look, or apply it as slate tile for clean lines. Slate does require regular cleaning and occasional deep cleaning. It stands as one of the most durable materials aside from granite, but will stain.

Slate Fireplace

Granite

Choose granite for a clean, contemporary look. It’s one of the most durable stones, and very easy to keep clean. Granite requires sealing, but should stand up to almost anything.

Granite Fireplace

Travertine

A very versatile stone, travertine can be installed as stacked bricks for a rustic look, laid as tile for a modern look or carved for an Old-World look. Travertine wears very similar to limestone and marble as far as composition, making it extra sensitive to stains and scratches.

Travertine Fireplace

Natural stone based fireplace surround area are the trend right now. There is huge variety of design ideas in the market that can be used for your fireplace redo. The stone choice lies with the homeowners as it depends on a couple of factors like budget, style preference and maintenance level of the stone.

9 cares you should have with marble, granite and quartz

Marble, Granite and Quartz’s tips by Statewide Stone care

Simple care can enhance the beauty of natural stones.

Two of the main advantages of using stones in the decoration and coating are its durability and strength. However, they also suffer with time and constant use. Another key to ensuring beauty is the finishing of these stones which, if not properly coated with a good sealer, will have their durability reduced due to the absorption of liquids.

To ensure that marble and granite maintain their color and luster you should be aware of these 9 Statewide’s tips:

1 – Use only a damp cloth. If you need detergents, choose the neutral colorless.

2 – Never use products such as bleach, acid or corrosive products.

3 – In the case of marble, it is still necessary to be very careful with the contact with foods such as coffee, soft drinks, lemon, vinegar, oily products etc., because even being sealed, it is a porous stone, it tend to absorb liquids. Therefore, clean the area immediately with a damp cloth and a neutral detergent.

4 – For polished granite, the greatest care is related to the well-being of the users. Avoid traffic on this floor when it is wet, as it is quite slippery. On the other hand, this stone can be used without fear on kitchen countertops, in addition to being quite hygienic, does not scratch easily.

Granite Countertop

5 – Use a cutting board for meats, greens, and vegetables. The possibility of scratching the granite stone is low, but not zero.

6 – Use pan rests. Although it is impossible to burn or melt the stone, the sealer is vulnerable to excessive heat and can be damaged. As a consequence, it may lose effectiveness. In addition, because of the different mineral elements that make up a stone, some can react to heat and generate cracks.

7 – Do not sit on the countertops. The stone is naturally hard but not flexible, so much weight at one point can cause cracking or even breaking it.

8 – The cleanser is recommended for weekly use, throughout your entire workbench. It does not damage the sealer and further enhances its protection.

9 – It is recommended to seal the stone annually to properly protect and maintain the finish.

Bonus Tip – Quartz

Quartz Countertop

The quartz surface can not be cleaned with any abrasive cleaner. On the contrary, these products can often scratch and stain the surface finish. To avoid setbacks, use a neutral detergent when servicing or cleaning. But if it is necessary to remove fat and stains, you can use specific products.

How to clean natural stone floor

Natural stone floor tips by Statewide Stone care

When it comes to updating a facility’s interior, architects, owners, and others responsible for specifying building materials are increasingly pulling up carpet and synthetic flooring and replacing it with natural stone flooring.

Often forgotten about until the product is installed, however, is how the new flooring will be cared for, and if the upgrade will impact cleaning and maintenance budgets.

Stone floor tiles can lose their sparkle over time, and the grout can discolor. Fortunately, most types of stone are easy to care for and keep clean with some simple maintenance.

Light Natural Stone Floor Clean

How to clean natural stone floor tiles

What you will need:

  1. Bucket
  2. Scrubbing brushes and cloths
  3. Mop
  4. Stone floor care products

Prepare carefully before start

If possible find out what products were used when the tiles were originally laid. Always test new products on an inconspicuous part of the floor first, such as a dark corner.

Choose the right products

Use a detergent formulated for calciferous. Dilute detergent with water in a ratio of 1:5 and apply generously with a sponge. You can try a stronger solution if very dirty.

Scrub away at ingrained dirt

Allow the product to work for 10-20 minutes, periodically scrubbing badly stained areas. The grouting, being rougher than the stone, is particularly susceptible to ingrained dirt and grease.

Soft Natural Stone Floor Clean

Wipe up residue and rinse

Wipe away the dirty cleaner. Rinse with a mop and a bucket of clean water.

Go over the stone floor tiles with an old towel to reduce drying time. Once dry, check if the tiles need to be resealed by leaving a few drops of water on the surface. If water soaks in, the floor will need an application of sealant.

Natural stone floors are huge investments. When such floors are damaged by improper cleaning, the restoration costs can be vey high. Therefore, it is essential to be able to have professionals at your service whenever you need help on how to maintain this unique type of flooring.

Terrazzo Floor Care & Maintenance

Terrazzo Floor Care & Maintenance’s tips by Statewide Stone care

Terrazzo is a composite material of marble chips and concrete or resin that is combined to create smooth, luxurious flooring or countertop material that captures the beauty of marble in a more affordable way.

Even though  terrazzo floors  are not marble, they are actually cleaned the same way.

Basic Terrazzo Care

The floor must be regularly swept, dust mopped, or vacuumed. Further, all spills should be cleaned as quickly as possible so they do not have a chance to penetrate or stain the floor.
To mop terrazzo floor, is good to use a neutral floor cleaner, and change the mop head and cleaning solution frequently. Research shows that when traditional mops are used, both the cleaning solution and the mop become soiled and contaminated.
When cleaning terrazzo floor, it is important to use a cleaner that is designed for the floor itself. This is because all-purpose cleaners and acids can damage your floor.

Basic Terrazzo Clean

To keep the Terrazzo floor looking fantastic, follow this Statewide’s Cleaning Tips:
Establish a regular cleaning schedule to avoid long-term buildup of dust, dirt, and debris on your floor. Regular cleaning will help you avoid overuse stains.

If using a commercial cleaning product, even one specially formulated for terrazzo floors, test it in an inconspicuous area first to check for discoloration.

Never use an oil-based cleaner or stain remover. Oil products can permanently discolor terrazzo flooring.

Hard Terrazzo Cleaning

When there is a tough stain, people usually use harsh scrubbing pads like steel wool or scouring pads to remove them. As we mentioned previously, terrazzo floors are delicate in nature, and they will become much worse if you use any hard or rigid scrubbing materials.

Terrazzo Professional Clean

Hiring a Professional

If you aren’t experienced with cleaning different flooring types and if the terrazzo floor has lost its shine or has stains you cannot remove with simple cleaning, it may be wise to hire a floor restoration specialist.

Hiring professional floor cleaners is a safe way to ensure the floor looks its best again, and for that, please fell free to Contact-us anytime you need!

How to choose the best floor for your bathroom

Granite & Marble services in NYC: Statewide Stone care

When thinking about bathroom floors we must take into consideration many aspects necessary to preserve the most intimate environment of our homes.
It is very important for both residents and visitors that the bathroom offers a lot of comfort, tranquility and quite practicality when using it without difficulties.
When it comes to building or remodeling, we should think of things like color of floors for bathrooms, types of floors, anti-slip floors for bathrooms, whether to use floors or coatings, among other doubts.

There are several types of flooring and bathroom floor coverings.

Ceramics

Ceramics is one of the most sought after bathroom floors today and one of its great attractions is the price that is always below the market, compared to its competitors.
Advantages: There is a variety of colors, models, sizes and huge finishes.
Disadvantages: Its durability is not very good, so if you are thinking of putting ceramic tiles on commercial or industrial bathroom floors, rethink.

Granite & Marble

Granite and marble are undoubtedly more expensive than any other option
presented here, but are beautiful and are given as uniqueness.
Advantages: in addition to the indescribable beauty, there is an immense variety of models and colors to choose from. Another very strong point of granite and marble is that they are very weather resistant.
Disadvantages: If you can or want a work with an almost astronomical course is a great option for you, but the finish is also not a strong point of this material.

Wood Flooring

According to specialists, wood flooring should be avoided in the bathroom because they can not stand to be wet and wet.
In the end, everything depends even on the taste of the residents, whether you have a large bathroom or a small, does not change much, the important thing is to have a well decorated bathroom.

So, feel free to read all StateWide’s tips and try to adapt according to your taste into the renovation or construction of your bathroom, put it into action.