What is Stone Honing?
Honing is a less aggressive version of Grinding where the main purpose is to remove scratches and etches from your stone surfaces to achieve a fine and even texture on the surface of your stone. But, it will not give you the glossy and aristocratic finish that can be achieved from grinding. Therefore, honing is for the ones who want all the scratches and etches removed from their stone surfaces and at the same time want to retain that classic look. Another basic benefit of honing is the fact that it makes your stone surfaces more slip resistant by providing more traction.
Honing can be done on bench tops, vanities, floors and walls, baths, pool surrounds, shower bases, bathroom floors, etc. and can be undertaken on all type of stones. It is usually carried out in steps; in the primary step all types of abrasions are removed from the stone surface. In the secondary step, industrial diamond pads are used to work the stone up through the grades to achieve the desired hone; which can be a low matte finish, mid matte finish, or high matte finish. In the final step, the focus is on bringing the natural color and luster back to your stone surface.
Often it gets tricky for homeowners to draw a line of distinction between Honing, Polishing and grinding; more often than not, homeowners face this confusion and end up making wrong decisions. First off, it’s important to understand that honing, polishing and grinding all effectively do the same thing, that is, these processes help your stones regain their aesthetic value. The distinction comes when you consider the end-look of your stones.
At Stone Surgeon, we do not hesitate going an extra mile to equip the customers with necessary knowledge so that they can make an informed decision and understand their desired look before carrying out the job. This is why; our results are always in alignment to your expectations and the job satisfaction is guaranteed.
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Frequently Asked Questions
CAN RUGS DAMAGE MARBLE, GRANITE, OR OTHER STONE FLOORS?
Rugs especially with rubber or latex base can cause friction against the marble, granite or other natural stones while sliding. Moreover, the dirt & grit that accumulates on rugs over the time can also damage the stone floor when displaced from their place with pressure. Therefore, Stone Surgeon advises the use of rug holders to keep rugs at place and avoid stone and marble damage and keep your marble clean and polished.
DO YOU CHARGE FOR REQUESTING A QUOTATION OR ESTIMATE?
At Stone Surgeon there are absolutely no charges for consultation or getting an estimate for the amount of work involved. Our engineers are always ready to help you with your stone and marble cleaning, polishing, sealing, and restoration questions.
WILL THERE BE DUST DURING THE STONE CLEANING, POLISHING, OR RESTORATION PROCESS?
No, Stone Surgeon takes all measures such as using diamond abrasives and water to ensure that a minimal disruption is caused in your daily routine while undertaking stone and marble cleaning, polishing, or restoration activities.
HOW CAN I KNOW HOW DAMAGED MY MARBLE, GRANITE, OR NATURAL STONES ARE AND WHAT RESTORATION METHOD IS BEST TO CLEAN IT?
Different stones need to be treated differently to restore their natural sheen. Light & porous stones such as marble, limestone, and granite are more vulnerable to damage if not taken care of properly. Stone Surgeon engineers will first analyze the stone before working out the restoration method.
WHY CAN'T I CLEAN THE STAINS OR WATER SPOTS ON MY MARBLE, TRAVERTINE, ONYX, LIMESTONE, SLATE, TERRAZZO, QUARTZITE, OR GRANITE SURFACE.
Sometimes, we mistakenly consider the etch marks as water spots. This happens usually when an acid comes in contact with the calcium based stones. Generally, polishing the stone is the best resort in such instances.
WILL I NEED TO EMPTY THE SPACE WHILE THE RESTORATION OR MAINTENANCE WORK IS BEING CARRIED OUT?
No, Stone Surgeon doesn't require you to vacate the place or move things while we carry out our job. We take care of your furniture, carpets & walls during the process & make necessary arrangements beforehand, if required.
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Stone Surgeon, Inc.,
7 Jefry Ln
Hicksville, NY 11801
Stone Surgeon, Inc., brings a decade and a half of granite, slate, onyx, limestone, travertine, terrazzo, quartzite, and marble cleaning, polishing, sealing, and restoration experience to New York City, Long Island, and the greater New York area. Our engineers specialize in natural stone care, repair, and maintenance. Contact Stone Surgeon for more information.