Ring ring ring…Santa Barbara Stone Masters, this is Skip how may we help you today? Hello Skip, we have a lot of mold on our front entryway marble stone and it’s been here for a long time and I was wondering if there was anything that can be done to fix it?
So, years ago you either purchased a home with a beautiful Arizona flagstone patio or you invested significantly to have your pool deck and patio re-done with it. Gorgeous stone and within the backdrop of the pool and landscaping, simply the perfect space to relax and entertain family and friends. Throughout the years your children and their friends, or families and friends were constant visitors just having fun. It’s the happening spot of your property especially during the summer, although here in our Santa Barbara climate it’s really any time of year. How fortunate are we to live here.
The amazingly beautiful aspect of natural stone in your home...and how to keep it beautiful
“The brick is another teacher. How sensible this small, handy shape, so useful for every purpose. What logic in its bonding, what liveliness in the play of patterns.” – Mies van der Rohe
“You employ stone, wood, and concrete, and with these materials you build houses and palaces. That is construction. Ingenuity is at work. But suddenly you touch my heart, you do me good, I am happy and I say: `This is beautiful.’ That is architecture. Art enters in.” – Le Corbusier
Marble Floor Polishing AND Restoration Post Water Damage
We received a call from a homeowner who asked us to come take a look at a possible and hopeful marble floor restoration in Santa Barbara that had extensive water damage due to a flood. The question to be decided was either to rip out and replace the marble tile or find out if there was hope to restore it if it had not been structurally damaged (ie thin set/bond issues with sub flooring). Upon inspection, we noted some grout issues and small cracking, along with the expected mildew and chipping, but we believed this was a floor which still had its structural integrity and was a good candidate for stone restoration as opposed to replacement. Namely this was because there was no apparent sub floor issues or tile bonding issues (loose tiles) and the flooring was structurally sound. If I only had a camera on me to capture the clients relief at our findings given that restorative work represents a major cost savings!
What happened to my marble tile? There are spots growing all over it!
We received a call from a homeowner for whom we recently restored all of her marble tile, bathroom showers, floors, vanity tops, cleaned- polished and then sealed to nearly new condition to her complete satisfaction. The work was within 3 months and she stated “there’re spots growing on my marble tile and I cannot figure out what happened.” Well, we did our best to alleviate any fears and booked an appointment to do a site inspection.
Here’s a quick remedy for those oil stains that end up on your garage floor. Every once in a while we are called upon to address oil stained garage floors. It’s not uncommon and these can generally be treated to a satisfactory outcome. We use the same procedure as we do when we address our client’s marble, or limestone, or travertine stains as concrete is similar to natural stone in that it is a porous material susceptible to absorbing liquids and oils below the surface. This is especially true if it has not been sealed. Deck scrubbing and the like will have very little effect of removing the stain as most of it lies below the surface: Think iceberg.
To hone or to polish? This is a common question we get from our natural stone restoration customers: honed or polished marble? How do they choose? There is no better answer than to ask the question: What is your preference given the location you want it? Although I’m using the kitchen as an example in this blog, everything I discuss below holds true for honed vs. polished if it were another space, like a master bath.
For those of you living here in Santa Barbara, CA and having an exterior marble patio (or other type of natural stone) that hasn’t been addressed in a while and looks like all hope is lost: Houston we have the technology! We receive a lot of sunshine (UV) around these parts and combine that with wind-stirred dust as well as rain or water exposure and there you have it, a one-time beautifully-installed and enhancing aspect of your home now makes you want to consider ripping it out and replacing it because it looks like it’s been ruined. Hold your horses! Don't despair yet! Here’s something for you to consider.
We received a call from an interior decorator who asked us if we could do anything about the look of one her client’s travertine tile floors. So I asked “May I ask why?” The interior decorator said that her client’s travertine tile floors had been installed for over 20 years and that her client felt that they just looked too plain and they were too light and they stained too easily and they were not easy to clean and she just wanted a different floor. “She wants to rip them out and start over.” I suggested a consultation to discuss the options and subsequently set up an appointment to meet with “Lyn.”
After meeting with Lyn, and having heard and understood the concerns with why she wanted a new floor, I asked “If we can change the appearance of your honed (no shine) tile floor such that they would have a deeper breadth of color variation and that they would look absolutely positively clean, and that they would not stain as easily and that the floor would be easier to clean, would you be willing to invest in a transformation rather than a major renovation?” Lyn was up for the challenge.