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STONE FLOOR & COUNTERTOP CARE

Decker’s Carpet Cleaning can visit your home and discuss your stone needs and desires. We can work with your budget and provide you with the highest quality stone care in Houston.

NATURAL STONE FLOOR CARE

Stone floors have been a popular choice for indoor flooring and accents since the Ancient Greeks first used it in their architecture. The use of stone in our homes and shared spaces spans over time and over the globe, and has proven to be a durable choice. Stone has the benefit of being a natural product, has a long expected life span, and has natural beauty and characteristics unique to each piece of stone that evokes a sense of the region where it originated.

GRANITE COUNTERTOP CARE

Granite has been used in building since the Ancient Egyptians. From one of the largest of the Egyptian Pyramids, through 11th century Indian Temples, to Aberdeen Scotland where mechanical stone cutting tools were first used, granite has long been a popular choice when a durable but beautiful stone is desired.
Granite is a dense and durable igneous rock made of mostly feldspar and quartz. Different minerals from different areas of the world will produce different colors in the stone and also different reactions to daily use and cleaning methods.

PROBLEMS

  • Stone floors are porous and will absorb liquid and soils. Eventually, these soils become so deep that even aggressive cleaning methods may not remove them.
  • Stone floors area easily scratched, and can quickly become dull or damaged by even general household soil and traffic.
  • Most stone floors are sensitive to acid and can become etched by household spills like juice and vinegar. Once a stone floor becomes neglected, it needs professional tools and experience to revive it.
  • And finally, stone floors are sensitive to alkaline and many cleaning solutions can etch or burn the stone, leaving a difficult to remove hazed look.

PROBLEMS

  • Granite can be damaged through the use of abrasive or incorrect cleaners.
  • Granite counters are often damaged around the food prep area when cutting foods, especially acidic foods such as lemons, limes, and oranges.
  • Water deposits can also leave permanent spots on your granite.
  • And, as all stone is porous to some degree, granite can be stained by soaps and rust from regular products around the sink.

SOLUTIONS

  • We can provide deep restorative cleaning, general cleaning, and ongoing maintenance cleaning for all of your stone.
  • We also provide honing and polishing. Most stone can be polished or honed to remove scratches, etching, and pitting.
  • Honing and polishing will also bring out the natural colors in the stone and can increase the reflective quality from flat, to matte, to gloss, to Ultra-Shine.
  • Finally, we provide stone sealing to protect the stone from damage due to spills and acids.

SOLUTIONS

  • We can provide deep restorative cleaning, general cleaning, and ongoing maintenance cleaning for all of your stone, including your Granite Countertop.
  • We also provide honing and polishing. Most stone can be polished or honed to remove scratches, etching, and pitting.
  • Honing and polishing will also bring out the natural colors in the stone and can increase the reflective quality from flat, to matte, to gloss, to Ultra-Shine.
  • Finally, we provide stone sealing to protect the stone from damage due to spills and acids.

CLEANING

  • Restorative cleaning is sometimes necessary when a stone has been neglected or improperly treated over time. Restorative cleaning can involve different, more aggressive cleaning styles or solutions or multiple cleaning attempts, use of stripping agents, or mechanical agitation.
  • General cleaning is necessary every two to four years and will remove dirt and grime from the surface and capillaries of the stone. Cleaning can dull a stone surface due to the removal of oils and soil that reflect light. The high alkaline used to clean stone can also dull the appearance of some stone. Cleaning is sometimes followed by honing, and should always be followed by sealing to protect the stone.
  • Maintenance Cleaning includes regular housekeeping cleaning and periodic professional detail cleaning or light polishing to restore the finish. Maintenance cleaning should be done using proper techniques and a pH neutral cleaning solution specifically designed for stone.

CLEANING

  • We can provide you with a professional detailed cleaning that will remove years of built up soil and oils. This will help to improve the appearance of your countertop and preserve it for the life of the home. General cleaning is necessary every one to three years and will remove dirt and grime from the surface and capillaries of the stone. Cleaning is sometimes followed by polishing, and should always be followed by sealing to protect the stone.
  • Restorative cleaning is sometimes necessary when a stone has been neglected or improperly treated over time. Restorative cleaning can involve different, more aggressive cleaning styles or solutions or multiple cleaning attempts, use of stripping agents, or mechanical agitation. A restorative cleaning will usually be followed by honing, polishing, and sealing.
  • Maintenance Cleaning includes regular housekeeping cleaning and periodic professional detail cleaning or light polishing to restore the finish. Maintenance cleaning should be done using proper techniques and a pH neutral cleaning solution specifically designed for stone.

HONING

  • Similar to sanding wood, different levels of coarseness are used to remove scratches of different depths. Sometimes we only need one or two levels, and sometimes six or more.
  • Honing is done when a surface has light to heavy scratches and traffic wear and may need to be done every five to fifteen years. Honing will leave the stone with a flat to matte finish depending on the level of reflection desired. Honing leaves very open pores and stone must be sealed.

HONING

  • If your granite has scratches, pitting, etching, or other cosmetic flaws, we can hone the stone to remove the damage and restore the granite to its best appearance.
  • Honing is a restorative process, and is always followed with polishing and sealing.

POLISHING

  • Polishing stone will bring a semi gloss to high gloss finish.
  • Polishing will also help to protect your stone even further by closing the face of the stone and decreasing the porosity. Polishing is done mechanically, similar to honing, and never through a shiny coating. The finish will lose its reflective quality over time due to traffic, soils and the use of harsh cleaning solutions.
  • A polished stone that has dulled can be quickly touched up and re-polished up again to keep it beautiful and protected.
  • Polishing seals the pores more than honing, but stone should still be sealed afterwards.

POLISHING

  • We can follow a Granite Cleaning with a light polish to really bring out the shine and accentuate the stone’s inner beauty.

SEALING

  • All stone should be sealed after treating. Whether it is cleaned, honed, or polished, the stone is naturally porous and has capillaries that will allow soil, soaps, particles, urine from pets, liquid spills, and dirty mop or rain water to penetrate deep into the stone.
  • Sealing will slow the penetration of these contaminants and reduce damage from acids.
  • Our professional grade sealers are rated to last from 3 to 5 years.
  • We offer a variety of sealers for different situations, including color enhancing sealers and incredibly effective impregnating sealers.
  • Depending on the style of the seal used at the beginning of the maintenance plan, you may seal each time you polish or every few years when you clean.

SEALING

  • All granite should be sealed after treating. Whether it is cleaned, honed, or polished, the stone is naturally porous and has capillaries that will allow soil, soaps, particles, spills, and other contaminates to enter the stone.
  • Sealing will slow the penetration of these contaminants and reduce damage from acids.
  • Our professional grade sealers are rated to last from 3 to 5 years.
  • We offer incredibly effective impregnating sealers to protect your stone from oil based and water based stains.

A MAINTENANCE PLAN

  • Regular and ongoing proper maintenance is needed once your stone is polished and sealed.
  • A good maintenance plan takes into account the level of traffic and desire and budget of the client, but also serves to preserve your stone for the sake of the stone for the long term.
  • For honed and polished floors, we recommend a maintenance hone or polish every year or less to keep the floor looking amazing and reduce the damage from light scratching. We recommend using the highest quality sealer possible.
  • We can polish your stone prior to a party, wedding, or other big event to make your home reflect its beauty.
  • We recommend a professional cleaning at least every three years. At the three year mark oils, sand and dust particles, and soil begin to reach depths that make it very hard to remove without honing. Cleaning every three years or less will preserve your stone and prolong its life and good looks.
  • Your stone should be sealed after every professional cleaning, and may need to be sealed after polishing. We prefer a solvent based impregnating sealer that will protect your stone by penetrating deep into the stone to fill voids, crevices, capillaries, and pores. We also enjoy color enhancing sealers that help add an incredible beauty to some honed and polished stone.

A MAINTENANCE PLAN

  • Regular and ongoing proper maintenance is needed once your stone is polished and sealed.
  • A good maintenance plan takes into account the level of traffic and desire and budget of the client, but also serves to preserve your stone for the sake of the stone for the long term.
  • For granite counters, we recommend a maintenance hone or polish every year to keep the counter looking amazing and reduce the damage from light scratching. We recommend using the highest quality sealer possible.
  • We can clean or polish your counters prior to a party, wedding, or other big event to make your home reflect its beauty.
  • We recommend a professional cleaning yearly. Granite takes abuse from foods, soaps, cleaning agents, hard water, spills, household items that can scratch, and many other items. Regular maintenance will preserve the life of your countertop.
  • Your stone should be sealed after every professional cleaning, and may need to be sealed after polishing. We prefer a solvent based impregnating sealer that will protect your stone by penetrating deep into the stone to fill voids, crevices, capillaries, and pores.