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See How This Floor Regains Its Beauty with Our Hilton Head Island Stone Honing Service

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February 11, 2022

A couple in Hilton Head Island had been planning to have their stone surfaces done for a while. Over the last few years, the travertine floors had collected multiple etch marks, making the stone look dull and neglected. They contacted our Hilton Head Island Stone Honing specialists right on time to have their stone look brand-new without having to worry about replacing the stone.

Travertine Floor Before and After a Stone Honing in Hilton Head Island
By the time they saw the first etch marks, the homeowners still hoped that their regular cleaning products would make the travertine look smooth again. Unfortunately, the travertine's surface began looking more worn down with each attempt to clean the floors. The couple knew they wanted to give their floors a major overhaul since these were areas where most guests would choose to spend their time during parties and other events. They were also aware that they couldn't trust just anyone with such a large-scale task, which is why DIY restoration tips and homemade solutions were out of the question when the usual cleaning methods stopped being effective. The couple found Sir Grout of the Lowcountry online and gave us a call to request an in-home evaluation after poring over our website's content.

On the inspection day, our specialists went over every inch of the floor, starting at the entryway and making their way to the larger sitting area. They could see how the etch marks had affected the floor's surface, making the details on the stone fade under the marks. We told the clients that common cleaners are too abrasive, making travertine surfaces more vulnerable to damage after absorbing water and other outside elements. We knew right away that the floor needed a thorough honing service, so we explained the process to the clients step by step. They immediately agreed and booked a new appointment to have their floors restored.

Travertine Entryway Before and After a Stone Honing in Hilton Head Island
Our specialists were back at the house a few days later and wasted no time before getting to work. The first step was cleaning all the floors with a pH-neutral surface cleaner and removing the loose soil with a high-speed scrubbing machine. Made with high-quality ingredients, our product removes fungi, mold, mildew, and soil quickly and effectively.

When all surfaces were ready for honing, we ran three sets of diamond pads. We started grinding the surface to make the travertine smooth. When there were no etch marks left on the entryway floor, we repeated the process in the breakfast area. To polish the floors, we used special powders and abrasive materials until the travertine had acquired the expected matte finish.

For the last stage of the process, we sealed the stone with our exclusive Stone Armor. Our sealant is the best asset to make cleaning simpler because it actively protects the stone from etch marks and prevents liquids, stains, wear and tear, etc. from damaging its surface. As we buffed the floors, the travertine's shine became even more apparent, to the point that the floors looked brand new. Needless to say, the clients were delighted when they saw the results, marveling at the floor's marvelous transformation. They expressed their gratitude and promised to recommend our services all over Hilton Head Island.

As they got ready to leave the house, our specialists shared some additional pointers with the clients. They recommended using pH-neutral cleaners for the maintenance of the stone surface. Sir Grout's Natural Hard Surface Cleaner is a stone-safe product that helps preserve natural stone surfaces against moisture, mold, and mildew. It's also free of harsh ingredients, so homeowners don't have to worry about damaging their surfaces or releasing toxic fumes into their living spaces. Spills should be wiped clean as soon as they happen, preferably using a fresh mop, a towel, or a terry cloth. These tools will also help scrub off any dirt or stickiness caused by foot traffic. Lastly, our specialists recommended letting fresh air in to maintain the best ventilation indoors, a task that's made easier with all the windows surrounding the area and its closeness to the house's main entrance.

Don't deny yourself the satisfaction of making your surfaces shine like never before. Sir Grout of the Lowcountry has everything you need to ensure the best results on stone surfaces without risking discoloration or damage. We give you the most specialized restoration services to preserve your hard surfaces, simplifying your cleaning routine in the process. Just call (843) 920-5559 or fill out the "Request a Quote" form on our website to schedule an in-home evaluation, and we'll be happy to assist you. Also, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to learn more about our latest info and promotions.

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