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Limestone Floor Cleaning Services Houston

MODERN STONE CARE LIMESTONE SERVICES

Houston Limestone Cleaning:

Due to its acid sensitivity, limestone must be cleaned using an alkaline cleaning solution. We give the solution approximately 20 minutes of dwell time. This gives the cleaner time to emulsify the dirt that is embedded into the stone and grout. We then use an industry accepted spinner tool which provides pressure coupled with vacuum for extraction. This process also removes dirt from the top of your grout lines. This is the industry recommended method to clean stone and tile floors.

Houston Limestone Polishing:

Due to its alkaline mineral content, limestone etches whenever an acidic liquid or other compound comes in contact with the surface of the stone. This includes many common cleaners. The more acidic the substance, the faster etching occurs. Limestone polishing takes care of superficial scratches and minor etching that occurs throughout the course of daily activities. Our limestone polishing process leaves a deep, natural shine, with clarity and depth, which you just cannot achieve with an artificial coating.

Houston Limestone Honing:

Limestone can be honed to a matte or satin finish through a grinding process. We can also remove severe etching and deep scratching through our limestone honing service. Honing is often needed to remove damage in this stone, and it is often used to provide a less glossy finish to the stone.

Houston Limestone Sealing:

All non-polished limestone should be sealed. It is extremely polished and some limestone absorbs liquids even after polishing. This is uncommon in other common polished stones such as travertine. At Modern Stone Care our Houston limestone sealing service uses only premium sealer which are sand fortified. This is important since most sealers are made to chemically bond with sand, and limestone has no sand. So the average sealer will not bond for long. Sealing a floor against water based staining is adequate for most parts of the home, but in the kitchen, we recommend sealing limestone with an oil repellent and a water repellent. Call for details on any of our services or fill out the contact form on this page.

 

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ABOUT LIMESTONE

Limestone is a terrestrial sedimentary rock composed of different crystal forms of calcium carbonate, primarily calcite and aragonite. It often contains the skeletal fragments of marine organisms. These organisms secrete shells made of calcite and aragonite behind after they die, and these fossils can often be seen in limestone tile. The presence of Calcium Carbonate, like marble and travertine, makes this stone sensitive to acids, and therefore is subject to serious etching. Calcium Carbonate also gives it the ability to be polished to a high shine.

MAINTENANCE OF POLISHED LIMESTONE

Polished limestone is usually laid with grout lines 1/8th to 1/16th of an inch in width. This is because when you have a polished stone, you want as little surface area of grout as possible so there is less interruption of the shine. It usually has straight edges and can be cut as a plank (quadrilateral rectangle similar to wood) but most commonly as a square tile. It is normally laid straight and this is done to enhance the effect of the shine.

Sealers are often incorrectly applied to this stone in an effort to “protect” it. Big box stores and flooring stores alike often sell water based film forming topical sealers that are applied to limestone to give it a satin or semi-gloss artificial finish. Modern Stone Care does not endorse that practice. We do not believe that limestone should have a sealer applied to create an artificial look. Polished limestone always looks and feels cleaner than it does with an artificial sealer on top.

CARE OF NON-POLISHED LIMESTONE

Limestone is often rough cut for outdoor uses, such as landscape stones, walkways etc. There are various cuts and textured finishes and needs to have a regular cleaning schedule to keep it looking its best. When it is used in this capacity, it is imperative to have this stone sealed and cleaned professionally on a regular basis. This type of limestone tile has a higher porosity than its polished counterpart and needs to be sealed due to the higher rate of absorption.
We recommend sealing this stone with a quality impregnator which is made specifically for travertine, marble or limestone.

These stones have no natural sand content. Most impregnators are made chemically to bond with the sand in the stone. But since limestone has no sand, these sealers will quickly become ineffective due to their poor bonding capabilities. Modern Stone Care uses premium sand fortified sealers whenever we seal these stones. Keep in mind that sealing the stone will not keep dirt from accumulating either on the stone tile or grout, or from collecting inside the holes of the stone.

REGULAR MAINTENANCE

Honed, unfilled, rustic or tumbled travertine floors require a maintenance plan to keep them looking as nice as possible. This should consist of dry dust mopping daily using a clean rayon mop or static pad. Vacuuming with a hard surface vacuum will also work. This is to remove the dirt and debris that accumulates on your floor because of foot traffic, pets etc.

It is important to remove this dirt because damp mopping is also required at least weekly.

If the dirt and debris that accumulates is allowed to remain on the floor, when damp mopping occurs, that dirt is turned to mud and is pushed into the grout lines by the mop. This will make your grout lines dirty very fast. When damp mopping with soap, rinsing will be required. After mopping with any soap solution, use a different rinse mop, and go over the area again with clean water.

While these floors do not need the same care from abrasion as a polished floor, they are more difficult to keep clean. In part, because of the fact that it is more textured, but also because these floors always have cement based sanded grout between the tiles. Dirt will accumulate in the pores and over the textured stone. Also, the sanded grout is porous, and since it is wider, will accumulate dirt there as well. Keep in mind that sealing the stone will not keep dirt from accumulating either on the stone or grout or from collecting inside the holes of the stone. For this reason Modern Stone Care recommends that you have your unpolished limestone floors professionally cleaned twice per year.

LATEST ARTICLES

Residential Limestone Maintenance Checklist

February 6, 2023

Are you a homeowner that currently has, or is considering getting, limestone surfaces or floors in your space? While limestone is an excellent material to use in your home, it is important to be aware of the maintenance needs of this natural stone so that you are able to properly care for it. Stone surfaces can last for decades with proper cleaning and sealing. Read below to learn more about the stone care you will need and the right cleaning products for your stone. Sealing Your Limestone Floor Tiles Limestone is a naturally porous stone, which means it’s easy for water, dirt, and debris to accidentally end up inside one if its numerous holes and create lasting damage. Sealant gives your stone a protective barrier, and gives you extra time to clean up everything from spills to dirt before damage occurs. Sealing your limestone prevents various particles from ever coming into contact with these open surfaces of your natural stone flooring. Sealing will reduce stains, as well as help prevent wear-and-tear. Your sealant should be limestone-specific, and resealed regularly to ensure its efficacy. Vacuuming Your Limestone Flooring No one loves chores, but regular vacuuming is necessary to preserve your limestone’s …

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Can Limestone Floors Be Polished?

May 15, 2022

SFGate gives a deep look into the logistics of polishing limestone: Limestone is a sedimentary rock with a smooth, granular surface of varying hardness. It is suitable for countertops, floors and other tiled surfaces. Limestone comes in neutral tones of black, gray, brown, yellow and white. While it can be polished, it can not achieve the same shine as marble or granite. However, limestone requires less effort to polish than marble or granite. Polishing limestone will bring out the natural features of the stone. Regardless of how well it has polished, limestone requires regular cleaning and maintenance. Why Choose Modern Stone Care? Our limestone experts specialize in stone and tile maintenance and care. We know the specific needs and vulnerabilities when it comes to limestone floor cleaning, limestone polishing, and limestone honing. Additionally, we work to keep grout lines looking clean and clear for limestone tiled surfaces. Be weary of hiring companies that claim they are proficient in cleaning all types of flooring as they may damage your limestone. Modern Stone Care specializes in natural stone cleaning and restoration, as well as honed and polished finishes. Too often other businesses come in and treat these natural stone floors the exact …

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Can Limestone Tiles Be Polished?

February 9, 2022

Limestone is a sedimentary rock with a smooth, granular surface of varying hardness. It is suitable for countertops, floors, and other tiled surfaces. Limestone comes in neutral tones of black, gray, brown, yellow, and white. While it can be polished, it can not achieve the same shine as marble or granite. However, limestone requires less effort to polish than marble or granite. Polishing limestone will bring out the natural features of the stone. Regardless of how well it has polished, limestone requires regular cleaning and maintenance.   What Are The Benefits Of Polishing My Limestone? Increased Durability You may be under the impression that setting your natural stones on the floor or walls is the final step in securing their place in your home. However, there can be further steps you can take to secure its durability, such as polishing them to a clear shine. Polishing limestone actually protects it better against scratches or other damages, like chips. You don’t have to be concerned with heavy equipment passing over it because it can definitely withstand that in addition to normal foot traffic. Longer Lifespan Natural stones are strong and resilient, however, the top surface of these stones can lose their …

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Limestone Floor Cleaning in Houston

March 23, 2018

Limestone is a gorgeous, aged rock that attracts people with its unique appearance and ability to tell a story through its age. It is a sedimentary rock that is formed by calcareous remnants of plants and animals alike, sometimes even having sea creatures within the body of the stone. The rock comes with lots of variance in texture and hardness, though usually is smooth and granular. While Limestone can, and is often polished, it it important to note that it will never have the same high gloss finish as polished granite and marble. More popular than polished limestone, is honed limestone, which keeps a more natural finish to the limestone.   Limestone Floor Maintenance Houston With limestone being an increasingly more popular option for stone flooring, it is important to take into consideration the specific needs of the stone in order to keep it in good condition for an extended period of time, preserving your investment in the stone.   Limestone is especially vulnerable to etching from acids, including carbonated sodas and juices. Limestone is also particularly porous, making oils absorb into the surface easier than granite or marble. Most cleaning products are acid-based and pose a threat to your …

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Limestone Polishing Houston

November 20, 2017

Modern Stone Care is Houston’s premiere natural stone cleaning and restoration service. Our natural stone services include cleaning, polishing, honing and sealing all natural stone hard surfaces used today in the Houston area. We specialize in limestone, marble, granite, travertine, slate and all types of tile and grout. With years of experience in flooring, countertops, shower walls and more, we pride ourselves on being Houston’s leading limestone polishing and restoration company. Our experience, quality of work, expertise and competitive pricing is what makes us the best in the field. Be sure to visit our gallery of previous work to see more about what we can do for your home!   Houston Limestone Services Due to its alkaline mineral content, limestone etches whenever an acidic liquid or other compound comes in contact with the surface of the stone. This includes many common cleaners. The more acidic the substance, the faster etching occurs. Limestone polishing takes care of superficial scratches and minor etching that occurs throughout the course of daily activities. Our limestone polishing process leaves a deep, natural shine, with clarity and depth, which you just cannot achieve with an artificial coating. At Modern Stone Care we are a professional limestone …

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Limestone Floor Polishing

July 7, 2017

Limestone is a rock that is metamorphic and nonfoliated, it is composed of calcite (which is a form of crystalline calcium carbonate).  Limestone comes in various shades of black, brown, gray-white and yellow. We get asked about our limestone polishing service, in some instances you might not need a floor polish to your limestone to see a brand new shine but that if your floors are maintained properly. For our clients that want their limestone floors to look better would want to inquire about diamond polishing services which will leave a natural shine. The process of polishing limestone differs than marble or travertine.   Limestone can be a difficult stone to finish because of its softness. Knowing the right abrasives to apply to your floors is an important factor in polishing limestone floors. Modern Stone Care use a light abrasive to get rid of etches and scratches. Typically, limestone is factory polished but they still need to be re-polished because of a standard installation. We take the floors and sand them to a satin glow and then apply medium or high polish based on what the customer wants. Regardless of how amazing the polish is your floors still need to …

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Marble Stone Honing and Polishing in Houston

November 26, 2023

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How Can I Protect My Natural Stone Surfaces from Etching and Stains?

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Reverse Deep Grout Stains With Modern Stone Care

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Grout stains on tile countertops and flooring can be a persistent eyesore, diminishing the aesthetic appeal of your spaces. Over time, grout lines become breeding grounds for stubborn stains, mold, and bacteria, turning once pristine surfaces into dull and unhygienic areas. At Modern Stone Care in Houston, we understand the frustration that comes with stained grout and have perfected the art of reversing these deep-seated stains to restore the cleanliness and beauty of your tiled surfaces. The Hidden Menace Inside Grout: Grout, while serving as a crucial element in holding tiles together, can also become a haven for contaminants. It is porous by nature, making it susceptible to absorbing liquids, dirt, and other substances. This absorption not only causes discoloration but also provides a breeding ground for mold and bacteria. The microscopic pores in grout lines can trap moisture, leading to the growth of unsightly and potentially harmful microorganisms. Unclean grout not only affects the appearance of your tiled surfaces but also poses health risks. Mold and bacteria in grout can contribute to respiratory issues and allergies, making it essential to address stained grout promptly and effectively. The Ineffectiveness of DIY Solutions: In the quest to rid grout of stains, …

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Professional and Affordable Natural Stone Care in Houston

November 9, 2023

In the heart of Houston, where architectural marvels and timeless elegance coalesce, natural stone surfaces grace many homes and businesses. From the warm embrace of travertine floors to the opulence of marble countertops, these exquisite materials add a touch of luxury and sophistication to any space. However, the key to maintaining the allure of natural stone lies in its proper care and maintenance. Modern Stone Care, based in Houston, stands as the guardian of your stone’s integrity, offering professional cleaning, sealing, polishing, and restoration services. In this blog post, we will delve into the importance of safeguarding your investment in natural stone and how our services ensure the longevity and enduring beauty of these surfaces. The Allure of Natural Stone: A Timeless Investment Natural stone is not just a building material; it’s an investment in elegance. Whether adorning the floors of your living room or the countertops in your kitchen, natural stone brings a sense of opulence and uniqueness to your space. However, its longevity and aesthetic appeal heavily rely on regular and meticulous maintenance. 1. Understanding the Vulnerabilities of Natural Stone: While natural stone surfaces are durable, they are not immune to wear and tear. Factors like foot traffic, …

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10 Things You Should Know About Maintaining Your Natural Stone Countertops

November 1, 2023

Natural stone countertops, such as granite, marble, and quartz, add an exquisite touch of elegance to any kitchen or bathroom. They are not only beautiful but also durable. However, to keep them looking their best and to extend their lifespan, proper maintenance is essential. In this blog post, we will delve into the ten most crucial things you should know about maintaining your natural stone countertops. We will also explain how the expert team at Modern Stone Care in Houston can assist you in preserving the beauty of your stone surfaces through their professional stone maintenance services.   Choose the Right Type of Stone One of the initial decisions you’ll make when considering natural stone countertops is selecting the type of stone that best suits your needs. Granite, for example, is highly durable and resistant to scratches and heat. Marble, on the other hand, is known for its timeless beauty but is more susceptible to etching from acids like lemon juice. Quartz countertops offer the aesthetics of natural stone with enhanced durability and minimal maintenance requirements. The professionals at Modern Stone Care can help you assess your needs and preferences to determine the ideal stone for your countertops. They will …

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Routine Maintenance Can Make Your Natural Stone Last a Lifetime

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Natural stone has a unique ability to elevate the aesthetic and add an air of timeless elegance to any space. Whether it’s the luxurious marble countertops in your kitchen or the classic travertine flooring in your living room, natural stone brings a touch of sophistication that is hard to match. What makes it even more remarkable is its durability – when properly cared for, natural stone can last a lifetime. In this blog post, we will explore how routine maintenance is the key to preserving the beauty and longevity of your natural stone surfaces.   The Elegance of Natural Stone Natural stone, with its rich and varied colors, unique textures, and intricate patterns, can transform any room into a work of art. From the warmth of earthy slate to the opulence of glossy granite, these materials create a sense of luxury that man-made alternatives simply cannot replicate.   The appeal of natural stone goes beyond its aesthetics. It’s known for its remarkable durability, making it an excellent choice for both residential and commercial spaces. When you invest in natural stone surfaces, you’re investing in a piece of history that can withstand the test of time.   But here’s the catch: …

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Is the Seal on My Stone Countertop Worn Down?

October 17, 2023

Stone countertops are a stunning addition to any home, offering both elegance and durability. However, to maintain their beauty and protect them from stains and damage, it’s crucial to ensure they are properly sealed. Over time, the seal on your stone countertop may wear down, leaving your investment vulnerable to harm. In this blog post, we will explore the signs to look for to determine if your stone countertop’s seal is worn down, how to test the seal’s effectiveness, and how often you need to reseal your stone surface. We’ll also highlight the importance of professional stone sealing in Houston for preserving your countertops.   Signs of a Worn-Down Stone Countertop Seal Before we dive into the details of stone sealing, let’s discuss the common signs that indicate your stone countertop seal may be wearing down:   Water Absorption: If you notice that water or other liquids no longer bead up on the surface of your stone countertop but instead quickly absorb into the stone, this is a clear sign that the seal is compromised. This increased water absorption can lead to staining and damage over time.   Stains and Discoloration: Stains that were previously easy to clean now seem …

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What Are the Maintenance Differences Between Honed and Polished Marble Surfaces?

October 10, 2023

Marble surfaces have long been admired for their timeless beauty and elegant appearance. Whether in a grand foyer, a luxurious bathroom, or a gourmet kitchen, marble adds a touch of opulence to any space. However, when it comes to maintaining the pristine look of marble, there are two primary finishing options to consider: honed and polished. In this blog, we’ll explore the differences in appearance, the processes of honing and polishing, and the maintenance required to keep both finishes looking their best.   The Look: Honed vs. Polished Before diving into maintenance, let’s first understand the visual distinctions between honed and polished marble surfaces.   Honed Marble: Honed marble has a matte or satin finish that offers a softer and more understated appearance compared to polished marble. When you run your hand over honed marble, it feels smooth but lacks the high-gloss sheen associated with polished marble. This finish enhances the natural color and veining of the stone while reducing the glare and reflections often seen on polished surfaces. Honed marble exudes a subtle elegance and a tactile appeal that many homeowners find appealing.   Polished Marble: Polished marble, on the other hand, boasts a glossy, mirror-like finish that is …

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How Do I Select the Right Natural Stone for My Home?

October 6, 2023

Natural stones have long been a symbol of luxury and elegance in home design. From marble’s timeless beauty to the rugged charm of slate, these materials can transform any space into a work of art. However, selecting the right natural stone for your home involves more than just aesthetics. It requires careful consideration of factors like durability, maintenance, and cost. In this article, we will guide you through the process of choosing the perfect natural stone for your home, emphasizing the importance of maintenance, and introducing Modern Stone Care in Houston, a premier provider of stone cleaning, sealing, finishing, and restoration services for both residential and commercial properties.   Understanding Natural Stone Types Before you begin your search for the ideal natural stone, it’s essential to familiarize yourself with the different types available. Each type has its unique characteristics, which affect its appearance, durability, and maintenance requirements. Here are some popular choices:   Marble: Marble is known for its timeless beauty, with intricate veining and a polished finish that exudes luxury. However, it is relatively soft and susceptible to scratching and staining. Regular maintenance is crucial to preserve its appearance.   Granite: Granite is a highly durable and heat-resistant stone, …

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How Can I Recognize If My Stone Floors Need to Be Resealed?

September 28, 2023

Stone floors are a luxurious and timeless addition to any home. They exude elegance and sophistication while providing durability that can last a lifetime with proper care. One critical aspect of maintaining the beauty and longevity of your stone floors is sealing. Stone floor sealing not only enhances the appearance of your surfaces but also protects them from stains, moisture, and wear. But how do you know when it’s time to reseal your stone floors? In this guide, we’ll explore the tests to identify if your seal is still strong, how frequently you need to seal stone surfaces, and the factors that can lead to a seal wearing out faster.   Testing the Strength of Your Stone Floor Seal Checking the condition of your stone floor seal is crucial to ensure its effectiveness. There are several simple tests you can perform to determine if your seal is still strong:   Water Droplet Test Gather your materials: You’ll need a small, clean container of water and a timer.   Choose a test area: Select an inconspicuous spot on your stone floor to conduct the test.   Apply water droplets: Carefully pour a few drops of water onto the chosen area.   …

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Get Your Marble Floors Polished Before the Holidays

September 20, 2023

The holiday season is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to spruce up your home and create a warm, inviting atmosphere for your guests. One often overlooked but essential aspect of preparing your home for the holidays is ensuring that your marble floors are in top-notch condition. Marble floors are not only luxurious but also a significant investment in your home’s aesthetic appeal. To make sure your marble floors shine like never before, it’s time to consider routine maintenance and professional polishing.   Preserve the Elegance of Your Marble Marble is renowned for its timeless beauty and elegance. However, even the most exquisite natural stone can lose its luster over time due to wear and tear. Regular foot traffic, spills, and exposure to various elements can take a toll on your marble floors, causing them to become dull and unattractive. This is where routine maintenance comes into play.   Routine maintenance involves a series of steps, including cleaning, sealing, and polishing, which can help preserve the beauty of your marble floors. Cleaning removes dirt and grime, sealing protects the surface from stains, and polishing restores the shine. By investing in this maintenance, you can ensure that your …

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How Can I Make My Natural Stone Counters Matte?

September 14, 2023

Natural stone countertops, with their timeless elegance and durability, have remained a preferred choice for homeowners looking to enhance the aesthetics and functionality of their kitchens and bathrooms. While polished granite and marble have long been the go-to finishes, there is a growing trend towards matte surfaces, which not only offer a distinctive aesthetic appeal but also come with practical benefits. If you’re wondering how to make your natural stone counters matte, you’re not alone. In this article, we will explore the honing process and why it has become an increasingly popular option among homeowners. We will also highlight the natural stone restoration services offered by Modern Stone Care in Houston, enabling you to achieve the matte look you desire.   The Beauty of Matte Natural Stone Matte natural stone surfaces exude a subtle, sophisticated charm that is becoming increasingly desirable in modern interior design. Whether you have marble, granite, limestone, or any other type of natural stone, achieving a matte finish can transform your countertops and bring a fresh, contemporary look to your space.   One of the key advantages of matte surfaces is their ability to conceal imperfections and wear more effectively than their polished counterparts. Matte finishes …

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Reverse Grout Stains in Your Home with Modern Stone Care in Houston

September 9, 2023

Are you tired of those unsightly grout stains ruining the beauty of your tiled surfaces? Don’t worry; you’re not alone. Grout stains are a common issue in many homes, and they can be incredibly frustrating to deal with. Fortunately, Modern Stone Care in Houston is here to help you reverse those stubborn grout stains and restore the elegance of your home.   Grout stains can occur for various reasons, including spills, dirt buildup, and even mold or mildew growth. While regular cleaning can help prevent stains to some extent, sometimes they persist and seem impossible to remove. That’s where professional grout cleaning and restoration services come into play.   Understanding the Grout-Stain Challenge Grout, the porous material that fills the gaps between your tiles, is highly susceptible to stains. Its porous nature means that it can easily absorb liquids, dirt, and other substances, leading to discoloration and unsightly stains. Common culprits include spilled liquids, cooking grease, and even the moisture-rich environment of bathrooms and kitchens, which can encourage mold and mildew growth.   Over time, these stains can become deeply ingrained in the grout, making them incredibly challenging to remove with conventional cleaning methods. This is where many homeowners give …

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The Significance of Sealing Natural Stone Countertops

September 1, 2023

In the heart of every home, the kitchen stands as a testament to the union of functionality and aesthetics. Natural stone countertops have emerged as a hallmark of contemporary kitchen design, exuding timeless beauty and unmatched durability. Houston’s very own Modern Stone Care recognizes the importance of preserving these precious investments, advocating for the essential practice of sealing natural stone countertops. As we delve into the reasons behind this practice, it becomes evident that sealing goes beyond mere maintenance—it’s a commitment to upholding the allure and integrity of these surfaces.   Safeguarding Against Stains The culinary arena is rife with potential stain-causing agents, from colorful fruits to bold spices. Unsealed natural stone countertops are highly porous, providing ample opportunity for liquids to seep in, leading to unsightly stains that mar the stone’s appearance. Sealing acts as an invisible barrier, blocking the ingress of liquids and preventing stains from becoming a permanent fixture. Modern Stone Care’s expertise lies in selecting the appropriate sealant for each type of natural stone, ensuring comprehensive protection against stains.   Enhancing Longevity Natural stone countertops are an investment that can withstand the test of time, but only if they are properly cared for. Sealing is a …

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How Can I Keep My Natural Stone Safe?

August 27, 2023

Natural stone surfaces are a timeless and elegant addition to any home or commercial space. Their unique beauty, durability, and versatility make them a popular choice among architects, designers, and homeowners alike. If you’ve invested in the stunning allure of natural stone, it’s essential to know how to properly care for and maintain it to ensure its longevity and aesthetic appeal. In this blog post, we’ll explore expert tips from Modern Stone in Houston on how to keep your natural stone safe and looking its best.   Sealing Stone for Protection One of the first steps in safeguarding your natural stone surfaces is to apply a high-quality sealer. Different types of natural stone, such as marble, granite, limestone, and travertine, have varying levels of porosity, which can make them susceptible to staining and moisture absorption. A good sealer acts as a barrier, preventing liquids and stains from penetrating the stone. Modern Stone recommends consulting with professionals to determine the appropriate type of sealer for your specific stone and its location (indoor or outdoor).   Regular Stone Cleaning Routine Establishing a regular cleaning routine is crucial for maintaining the beauty and integrity of your natural stone surfaces. However, it’s essential to …

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Preserve the Beauty of Your Natural Stone Surfaces

August 17, 2023

Are you in search of convenient stone cleaning experts who can not only extend the longevity of your cherished natural stone surfaces but also restore them to their finest aesthetic? Look no further, for our dedicated team at Modern Stone Care stands ready to cater to your needs. With a comprehensive array of specialized stone services at our disposal, ranging from deep cleaning and stone sealing to stone polishing, tile and grout restoration, and beyond, we take pride in being the quintessential solution for all your natural stone requirements.   The significance of preserving and maintaining the pristine condition of natural stone tile surfaces cannot be overstated. These surfaces are not only a testament to the magnificence of nature but also a substantial investment that deserves meticulous attention. At Modern Stone Care, our seasoned stone technicians are equipped with the expertise to navigate the complexities of preserving your stone’s innate allure against the ravages of time and external influences.   Our commitment to excellence is reflected in our utilization of specially formulated cleaning agents and cutting-edge tools. These elements converge to deliver a level of cleanliness and sealing that is nothing short of extraordinary. Regardless of whether your expanse includes …

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Schedule Your Stone Cleaning and Maintenance in Houston Today

August 10, 2023

Natural stone surfaces, with their unique textures and colors, can significantly enhance the aesthetic appeal of both residential homes and commercial spaces. Among the various natural stones used, marble stands out for its elegance and timeless beauty. However, despite its durability, marble demands careful maintenance to prevent unsightly scratches and damages. This is where Modern Stone Care, a reputable stone care service provider, comes into play, offering a comprehensive range of specialized marble care services that include polishing, thorough cleaning, and meticulous restoration procedures. These services are designed to address and rectify any damage that may have occurred over time, revitalizing the marble’s original splendor.   When it comes to categorizing natural stones, they can be broadly classified into three main types based on their geological origins: metamorphic, sedimentary, and igneous. The effectiveness of cleaning methods largely depends on the stone’s composition. Specifically, two distinct categories emerge: calcareous stones and siliceous stones.   Calcareous stones, such as marble and limestone, consist primarily of calcium carbonate and are particularly susceptible to the corrosive effects of acidic substances. As a result, these stones require cautious cleaning methods involving pH-balanced, non-acidic soaps to prevent damage.   On the other hand, siliceous stones like …

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What is the Lifespan of Natural Stone Floors?

July 31, 2023

Natural stone is a highly popular material used for various surfaces such as countertops, flooring, walls, patios, and driveways. It encompasses a wide range of stones like granite, marble, slate, limestone, and onyx, each offering a plethora of colors and styles to suit any home or project. In Houston, at Modern Stone Care, we have a team of natural stone experts dedicated to servicing and preserving these surfaces to ensure they maintain their beauty and condition for a long time.   What is Natural Stone? Natural stone comprises various materials extracted from the earth, which have been utilized for construction and decoration for thousands of years. These materials include Granite, Marble, Limestone, Travertine, Slate, and more. They are chosen for their durability and diverse range of attractive variations. Due to their unique composition, color, and texture, each natural stone surface is one-of-a-kind and distinctive.   How Long Do Natural Stone Floors Last? Natural stone floors are highly durable and have the potential to last a lifetime when properly cared for. However, neglecting their maintenance can lead to damage and reduce their lifespan. At Modern Stone Care, we provide maintenance and cleaning services to help extend the longevity of your natural …

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Natural Stone Specialist for Tile and Grout Cleaning

July 18, 2023

The Importance of Hiring a Natural Stone Specialist for Tile and Grout Cleaning Standard floor cleaning companies may effectively clean most tile and grout floors, but when it comes to natural stone tiles, it’s crucial to work with a specialist who understands how to maintain and restore these unique surfaces. Natural stone materials are a significant investment, as they can last a lifetime when properly cared for. However, neglecting or improperly cleaning natural stone, such as slate tiles, can lead to issues and damaged flooring. At Modern Stone Care in Houston, we pride ourselves on being experts in cleaning, restoring, and maintaining natural stone surfaces, including grout lines. Our technicians are skilled in dealing with stained grout lines that can ruin the appearance of an otherwise clean room. Even in well-maintained residential and commercial spaces, preventing grout stains can be challenging. If you notice your grout lines darkening, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We can deep clean and restore the original beauty of your floors, reversing even the toughest stains. Slate Tile Restoration Experts in Houston If your slate flooring has become stained or damaged, our slate tile restoration experts at Modern Stone Care in Houston can help. …

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Affordable Stone Sealing in Houston Area

July 13, 2023

At Modern Stone Care, our team of skilled technicians specializes in providing affordable stone cleaning, sealing, and resurfacing services. We work with various types of natural stone surfaces, including marble, granite, limestone, and more. If your natural stone surfaces have lost their luster and no longer look as great as they used to, it’s a clear sign that they require professional cleaning. With years of experience in the field, we have helped numerous home and business owners restore the beauty and longevity of their flooring and stone surfaces. One important question many people have is whether they should seal their natural stone floors. The answer is a resounding yes. Sealing your natural stone surfaces is crucial for their protection and longevity. When left unsealed, natural stone becomes vulnerable to damage. Even small amounts of build-up or residual grime, dirt, or moisture can cause significant harm. By staying on top of your stone sealing routine, you can effectively protect your surfaces and extend their lifespan. It’s important to use specific cleaning products that are safe for the vulnerabilities of your natural stone surfaces. At Modern Stone Care, we have developed our own formula of stone cleaner that provides the best clean …

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Tile and Grout Cleaning Specialists

July 7, 2023

Many homeowners and business owners often believe that once their grout lines become heavily stained, there’s no way to repair or restore them. As a result, they resort to ineffective solutions like painting over dirty grout or completely removing the tiled surface. However, at Modern Stone Care in Houston, our team of natural stone, tile, and grout professionals specializes in restoring even the darkest grout lines, providing our customers with a rejuvenated tiled surface. With our expertise and state-of-the-art tools, we can efficiently deep clean and restore your tile and grout without straining your budget. Don’t let discolored grout lines define your space—reach out to Modern Stone Care today. We are the trusted experts in tile and grout cleaning, serving Houston and the surrounding areas. Let our tile and grout restoration specialists make your floors look as good as new. Even in homes and businesses that diligently maintain regular cleaning routines, grout lines can be challenging to keep pristine. They require extra attention and effort to maintain their fresh appearance. Failing to scrub the grout lines during floor cleaning can lead to deep stains, as dirt and grime accumulate in the low grooves of the grout when swept over the …

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Professional Stone Floor Cleaning and Maintenance

June 21, 2023

At Modern Stone Care, our team of skilled technicians specializes in providing cost-effective stone cleaning, sealing, and resurfacing services. We cater to a diverse range of natural stone surfaces, including marble, granite, limestone, and more. If your natural stone surfaces have lost their former glory, it might be time to consider professional cleaning. With years of experience, our team has assisted numerous homeowners and businesses in maximizing the beauty and longevity of their flooring and stone surfaces. Is Sealing Necessary for Natural Stone Floors? Sealing your natural stone surfaces can offer vital protection and extend their lifespan. Unsealed natural stone is susceptible to damage, even from minor accumulation or residual grime, dirt, or moisture. By staying proactive in your stone sealing routine, you can shield your surfaces and enhance their durability. It’s crucial to use cleaning products specifically formulated for the vulnerabilities of your particular natural stone surface. At Modern Stone Care in Houston, we have developed our own stone cleaner formula that delivers a thorough clean without harming your natural stone surfaces. Three Types of Sealants for Stone Most new countertops and backsplashes arrive already sealed, eliminating the need for an initial coating. Down the line, sealing the stone …

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Cleaning Services That Are Safe for Natural Stone

June 13, 2023

Most floor cleaning companies can handle cleaning ceramic tile and grout floors without any issues. However, when it comes to properly cleaning natural stone tile floors and surfaces, the process is more complex. Natural stone flooring is a long-term investment, and with proper care, it can last a lifetime. However, neglecting or cleaning it improperly can lead to problems and damage the flooring materials. At Modern Stone Care in Houston, our technicians are not only experts in caring for natural stone materials, but they also have experience in restoring grout lines. If you have natural stone tile and grout floors or surfaces in your home, make sure to schedule your annual maintenance with our team!   Restoring Stained Grout in Houston Having blackened and stained grout lines is one of the fastest ways to make your space look unclean and your floors appear cheapened. Grout lines are difficult to keep clean and require special attention to prevent staining. Even in homes and businesses where cleanliness is a top priority, maintaining pristine grout lines can be challenging. If you don’t scrub the grout lines regularly when cleaning your floors, deep stains are likely to occur. When you start noticing darkening grout …

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Change the Finish of Your Natural Stone

June 7, 2023

Many of our customers often inquire about cost-effective ways to change the appearance of their stone countertops without compromising their budget. Stone counters are a long-term investment that adds beauty and functionality to your home, maintaining their allure for several decades when properly cared for. However, for homeowners who wish to update the look of their stone countertops, navigating this process can be challenging. The good news is that it is indeed possible to transform the look of your countertops without compromising the integrity or value of the stone. If you’re wondering, “How can I change the finish of my natural stone?” then continue reading for some insightful information. The finish applied to your stone significantly impacts its appearance. Marble and granite counters are popular choices for kitchens and bathrooms, often adorned with a high-gloss polish. This glossy finish creates a reflective sheen that beautifully captures the light in any room. While this has remained a popular choice for many years, it’s important to note that it’s not the sole option when it comes to enhancing the finish of your countertops. An alternative favored by homeowners in kitchens and bathrooms is honed marble and granite. Honed natural stone surfaces possess …

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Professional Stone Cleaning and Maintenance in Houston

June 4, 2023

Natural stone floors offer a lot of class and beauty to a home or commercial space. These elegant floors increase the value of a space and are sure to dazzle all who see them. While they have the potential to last for 100 years when well taken care of, stone floors that are neglected or mistreated can easily become damaged. Damaged stone will weaken the material and also affect the overall appearance of your stone. To maintain their longevity, daily spot cleaning, weekly routine cleaning, and professional cleaning a few times a year are necessary. If you’re seeking professional cleaning services for your stone surfaces, contact the experts at Modern Stone Care today. Our team specializes in providing affordable natural stone cleaning services in Houston. We are experienced in working with various types of natural stone, including slate, marble, travertine, granite, limestone, and more. Our aim is to deliver a clean and protected stone surface without causing any harm to these delicate materials. When it comes to caring for your natural stone surfaces, it’s important to be cautious of floor cleaning companies that lack specific expertise in natural stone care. Incorrect treatment and the use of harsh tools can weaken, …

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Does My Natural Stone Need to Be Sealed?

May 25, 2023

The natural stone technicians at Modern Stone Care offer affordable stone sealing services to help protect your stone and keep it looking great for decades to come. Our high-quality services are for a wide variety of natural stone surfaces including marble, granite, limestone, and more. If your natural stone surfaces don’t look as great as they used to, it may be time to have them professionally cleaned. Our team has years of experience helping home and business owners get the most out of their flooring and stone surfaces. Sealant is one of the most effective and affordable methods to protect natural stone surfaces from rapid aging or damage. Listed below are some of the main benefits of sealing the stone in your home or business: Stain Resistance: Natural stone, including marble, granite, limestone, and travertine, are porous materials. This means, they have small holes that lead deep into their structure. These holes can absorb liquids and cause unsightly staining. Sealant provides a barrier, filling the pores and reducing their ability to absorb liquids. This makes the stone more resistant to stains from spills and other substances. Water Resistance: In addition to staining, moisture can also damage natural stone. When water …

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What is the Difference Between Honed and Polished Stone?

May 17, 2023

The main difference between honed and polished stone lies in their appearance and surface texture. Here’s a breakdown of each: Honed Stone: Honed stone has a matte or satin-like finish. It is achieved by grinding the surface of the stone to a smooth, flat, and consistent level. This process removes the glossy sheen and creates a more subdued, velvety appearance. Honed stone typically has a soft and smooth texture, but it may vary depending on the type of stone. The color of honed stone is often slightly lighter compared to its polished counterpart. It is known for its natural and understated look, which can complement various design styles. Polished Stone: Polished stone, on the other hand, has a glossy, reflective finish. This finish is achieved by grinding the stone’s surface with progressively finer abrasives until it becomes highly smooth and shiny. Polishing enhances the natural color and pattern of the stone, creating a vibrant and lustrous appearance. The surface of polished stone is reflective and can act as a mirror. It offers a sleek and sophisticated look, often associated with a more formal or luxurious aesthetic. Factors to Consider When Choosing a Finish: Appearance: Honed stone has a matte, velvety …

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Why Are Acidic Cleaners Bad for Natural Stone?

May 10, 2023

Acidic cleaners can be harmful to natural stone surfaces because they can etch and damage the stone. The reason for this is that most natural stones, such as marble, limestone, and travertine, are composed of calcium carbonate, which is a mineral that is sensitive to acidic substances. When an acidic cleaner comes into contact with natural stone, it can react with the calcium carbonate in the stone, causing it to dissolve and create tiny pits or etches on the surface. Over time, repeated use of acidic cleaners can cause significant damage to the stone, making it look dull, discolored, and uneven. In addition to etching, acidic cleaners can also strip away the protective sealant on natural stone surfaces. This can leave the stone vulnerable to stains, scratches, and other forms of damage. To avoid damaging natural stone surfaces, it’s important to use pH-neutral cleaners specifically formulated for natural stone. These cleaners are designed to effectively clean the stone without causing any damage or discoloration. It’s also essential to avoid using abrasive sponges or scrubbers that can scratch the stone’s surface. Regular maintenance and proper cleaning can help keep natural stone surfaces looking beautiful and protect them from damage. If you’re …

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Slate Flooring Maintenance Care Tips

May 5, 2023

Do you have slate tile flooring in your home? These floors are resilient against normal wear and tear when you stay on top of your at-home and professional maintenance. The best thing you can do in order to preserve them is clean your slate floors regularly and to seal your slate floors at regular intervals. Listed below are slate flooring maintenance care tips to prevent staining and preserve your floors. Dust Mop the Floor Dust mop the entire floor with a high-quality, machine-washable dust mop. Start at one end of the floor and push the mop toward the other end, using the same motion for the entire floor. Do not move the mop back and forth because it will simply spread around the dirt and grit. Work in defined sections at a time, and sweep up the line of accumulated dirt and grit before moving on to the next section. Mop the Floor Damp-mop the floor with a high-quality washable mop and plain water. For occasional deep cleaning, you can also add a few drops of mild detergent, such as dish soap or fabric detergent for delicate fabrics (such as Woolite) to the wash water. Don’t allow large puddles of …

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Professional Stone Cleaning Services Near Me

April 28, 2023

Natural stone surfaces make beautiful additions to homes and commercial spaces. While marble has the ability to last a lifetime, it will require proper care in order to avoid scratches, etches, and other damages. Modern Stone Care offers a wide range of marble care services including polishing services, marble cleaning, grout cleaning, marble restoration, and more. Our restoration services can help to repair and refinish your damaged stone surfaces. Types of natural stone You may recall from your high school geology class that natural stone falls into one of three basic geological classifications: metamorphic, sedimentary and igneous. When it comes to cleaning, you also need to be aware of whether your stone countertop or bathroom tile is calcareous or siliceous. Calcareous stone, composed primarily of the chemical compound calcium carbonate, is particularly sensitive to acid. A pH-balanced, non-acidic gentle soap is recommended for these stones, which include limestone, travertine, onyx, marble and serpentine. Siliceous stone is a better choice for your kitchen as it stands up to acid found in founds as well as acidic cleansers. Siliceous stones include granite, slate, quartzite, soapstone, and sandstone. Seven do’s and don’t for cleaning natural stone surfaces Tips for quick-and-easy everyday cleaning of …

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Should I Hone My Marble Surfaces?

April 19, 2023

Are you interested in changing up the appearance of your marble surfaces? Whether it is your bathroom floors, kitchen countertops, or bathroom countertops, a honed surface can change the appearance of your marble, leaving you with a high-end matte finish that is sure to catch the eye and bring a unique touch to your space. Read below to learn more about honed VS polished marble floors and countertops. What is the Difference Between Honed and Polished Marble?  Honed marble is marble that has not gone through the polishing process. This results in the stone having a matte appearance, rather than the distinctive shine of polished marble. Many homeowners choose honed marble because of its natural look. A honed marble countertop or other surface will not be as reflective as one that is polished. On the other hand, polished marble refers to marble that has undergone the polishing process. Polishing makes the stone appear shiny and reflective. Polished marble will emphasize the coloring and veins present in the natural stone. How Do You Know if Honed or Polished is Better for Your Home?  The true answer to this question is that it will ultimately be a matter of your opinion. That …

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Are Marble Floors High Maintenance?

April 12, 2023

While marble flooring has the ability to last for more than a century, many people wonder, are marble floors high maintenance? The truth is, marble flooring will require continued maintenance and dedication in order to keep looking great for this long. They are more high maintenance than other stone flooring options and may not be the best option for all households. Another thing to consider before having marble floors installed in your home is that they can become very slippery when polished or wet. This is something to consider if you live in a home with children, elderly, or are located in a particularly wet climate. How do you maintain marble floors? A regular cleaning and maintenance routine will keep your marble floors looking like new. Use a clean, soft cloth or natural dust mop to remove grit and dirt on a weekly basis. If using a vacuum cleaner, use the softest brush attachment. Minimize dirt and debris accumulation by putting area rugs or runners at entry doors and in high-traffic zones. Wipe up any spills promptly, blotting with a clean, soft cloth (do not rub.) Polish and seal marble floors once or twice a year. And, when the marble …

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Professional Tile Cleaning in Houston Area

April 8, 2023

When you have deep, set-in grout stains in your kitchen or bathroom it can be nearly impossible to get rid of the stains. At Modern Stone Care, our tile and grout experts provide affordable and professional tile cleaning in the Houston area. While ceramic, porcelain, and natural stone tiles are a popular choice due to their long lifespans and low maintenance requirements, the grout lines that help hold them in place are much more fragile. Luckily, our technicians have come up with a system that can remove old stains and reverse the damage done to your grout lines. What Types of Grout are There? Cementitious Grouts Cementitious grouts have as their main component Portland cement, plus filler particles of different sizes, a water-retentive additive, and colored pigments. Cementitious grouts are the traditional grouting material, used most often in residential applications as well as some commercial applications. Cementitious grouts come in a range of colors that let you match or contrast with the tile. This grout is mixed with water and applied with a trowel. The water retentive agent in cementitious grouts retards the drying time, allowing the cement to slowly cure for maximum hardness. When used with porous tiles such …

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Is Natural Stone Too High Maintenance?

March 31, 2023

Many people wonder if getting natural stone countertops or floors is the right decision for their home or business. They aren’t sure about how much upkeep this material will require and if the benefits outweigh the setbacks. So, is natural stone too high maintenance for your space? First of all, all countertops and flooring choices are going to require maintenance in order to keep them looking great and lasting. The difference is, when you take care of the marble, granite, or other types of stone, your return can last for more than a century. Natural stone floors and countertops will require you to do daily surface cleaning, weekly thorough cleaning, and annual professional cleaning in order to keep them in excellent condition. While this may seem like a lot of effort, it boils down to just a few extra minutes a day in your schedule. Listed below is some information about why adding stone is a great choice for your home or business. Why Stone is the Right Choice 1. Stone is a natural material. Stone is a natural product of the Earth, the original green building material. It does not require other materials or resources to create it. There …

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Hire Professionals to Clean Your Stone Surfaces

March 24, 2023

Natural stone surfaces have the ability to last more than a lifetime, whenever properly cared for. This will require spot cleaning on a daily basis, routine cleaning weekly, and professional cleaning a couple of times a year. If you are looking to hire professionals to clean your stone surfaces, reach out to the team at Modern Stone Care today. Our team provides the best affordable natural stone cleaning in Houston. Our team works with a wide range of natural stone materials including slate, marble, travertine, granite, limestone, and more. Our goal is to leave you with a clean and protected stone surface without negatively impacting these fragile materials. When it comes to taking care of your natural stone surfaces, you should be cautious working with floor cleaning companies that do not specifically specialize in the care of natural stone materials. This is because natural stone can become weakened, cloudy, and brittle whenever it is treated with the wrong materials or harsh tools are used in a service. For instance, avoid all acidic cleaning products when caring for your stone. While natural stone surfaces have the potential to last a lifetime, they are highly susceptible to damage if it is not …

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What Maintenance Do My Stone Floors Require?

March 20, 2023

Natural stone floors are a beautiful addition to any home or business. Not only do they offer an elegant touch to any space they are present, they also have the ability to last a lifetime when properly cared for. Maintenance for these surfaces should not be neglected as they are vulnerable to a wide range of issues such as etching, cloudiness, weakening surfaces, and more. You should be willing to dust daily, clean weekly, and have professional care biannually. If you are still wondering, ‘What Maintenance Do My Stone Floors Require?’ keep reading. Home Guides shares helpful information about the routine maintenance your stone surfaces will need to continue looking great for decades to come. Sealing Stone may be hard, but it is porous and can absorb spills and stains if it is not treated. Surface preparation, along with the stone’s density and porosity, will affect the type of sealant used. Impregnating sealers penetrate the stone and protect against water and oil-based stains. Once the floor surface is sealed, it is protected against everyday spills and stains. Be aware that some sealants can alter floor color. Manufacturers recommend, however, that even with sealant, you should mop up spills and stains …

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Refresh Your Natural Stone Counters and Floors

March 12, 2023

What is Natural Stone? “Natural Stone” refers to a number of products quarried from the earth, used over many thousands of years as building materials and decorative enhancements. These products include Granite, Marble, Limestone, Travertine, Slate, Quartzite, Sandstone, Adoquin, Onyx, and others. They are more than just rocks – natural stone is hand selected from the best, most consistent sources for durability and beauty. Natural stone products differ in composition, color, and texture even among pieces from the same source. This is usually considered a benefit, lending itself to one of a kind designs and distinctive, dramatic applications. Why should I use natural stone in my home? Natural stone is prized its distinctive beauty and the sense of peaceful tranquility it creates, but there are also many practical benefits to using Natural Stone in your home. Natural Stone products are more durable than many artificial products, often lasting for decades with very little maintenance. With Natural Stone there are no worries about exposure to harmful chemicals in the home or released into the environment during production or disposal. Why invest time and money into a look-alike? Natural Stone is the real thing that the artificial products try to emulate. How …

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Reverse Grout Stains in Your Home

March 2, 2023

Grout plays an important role in keeping your tile floors in place. Unfortunately, these grout lines are vulnerable to staining and trapping grime. This can quickly turn your grout black, leading to an unpleasant and unclean appearance in your home or business. The team at Modern Stone Care knows how to reverse grout stains in your home. The Purpose of Grout Although it doesn’t adhere the tiles to the floor as some might think, grout does serve several important purposes. Strengthen the Tiles: Tiles can expand and contract during heating and cooling cycles. By filling in the space between individual tiles, grout absorbs this pressure, allowing for movement and preventing tile cracks. Visual Appeal: Properly applied grout adds a seamless, professional look to your tilework, and by customizing the width and color, can complement and accentuate the patterns in your tiles. Grout also makes it easier to create mosaics and complex tile patterns by securing tiles in place and preventing them from sliding around. Keeps the Floor Clean: By creating a seamless surface, grout prevents dirt, bacteria, and spilled food from getting caught between tiles. This also makes it much easier to sweep or mop up when it’s time to …

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What Kind of Cleaner Is Safe for Stone?

February 21, 2023

Are you a home or business owner with natural stone surfaces? These beautiful stone floors, showers, and countertops are investments into the future of our properties. This is because, when taken care of, natural stone has the potential to last for decades. Unfortunately, natural stone surfaces are also extremely sensitive and can become damaged when not properly taken care of. In order to protect your nature stone you will want to use cleaners that are safe and microfiber cloths. This includes gentle soap and water, and pH neutral natural stone cleaners. What Is pH Neutral Cleaner? A pH neutral cleaner falls right in the middle of the pH scale. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, with more acidic materials ranging from 0 to 6.9 and more alkaline materials ranging from 7.1 to 14. A pH neutral cleaner will have a pH of 7, making it safe to use on sensitive surfaces, like those made from natural stone. Some surfaces are vulnerable to damage when they come into contact with acidic or alkaline cleaning solutions. But pH neutral products can efficiently clean these sensitive surfaces without causing burning, which leaves discoloration on the surface, or etching, which strips a …

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Removing Soap Scum From Shower Tiles

February 14, 2023

The tiles in your shower can be especially difficult to keep clean and free of soap scum. When soap scum builds up on your natural stone tiles it becomes slick and slippery, which can make for unsafe circumstances in your bathroom. Listed below are tips to keep you shower tiles looking great and free some soap scum between professional cleanings. Clean your stone shower tiles regularly Natural stone tiles such as marble, quartz, and granite are a fantastic choice for lining your shower and surroundings. But while these tiles are incredibly durable, they’re also a porous material. Combine this factor with steam, humidity, and pooled water, and your gorgeous tiles can quickly become a breeding ground for mildew and mold. Not to mention a buildup of slimy soap scum. This is why regular cleaning is the most important thing you can do to increase the lifespan of your shower tiles and keep them looking as good as new. Give your tiles a weekly clean to reduce the buildup of soap and dirt Wet a clean, soft cloth (microfiber is ideal) and use a stone-safe cleaning solution to wipe down all the stone tile surfaces in your shower. Don’t forget to …

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A Guide to Protecting Your Stone Surfaces

February 11, 2023

If you want to protect your investment into beautiful stone, follow this guide to protecting your stone surfaces. Maintaining Clean Stone Floors and Countertops At Modern Stone Care we specialize in cleaning and servicing Granite, Marble, Travertine, Limestone, and Slate surfaces. In addition to our top quality stone services, our team offers the most efficient tile and grout cleaning and restoration services. If you have natural stone in your residential or commercial space it is important that you are aware of the demands and vulnerabilities of these materials in order to avoid damaging them, and to keep them in lasting condition so they look great for as long as possible. Other floor cleaning and maintenance companies may claim they are able to provide these services to your natural stone surfaces but this is not always the case. In fact, these services can actually leave your stone damaged when mishandled.   Keep Your Stone From Ever Getting Dull When it comes to keeping your natural stone surfaces beautiful and reflective, with a gorgeous gorgeous polished surface, such as the one in the picture above, you will want to have your natural stone regularly polished. At Modern Stone Care in Houston, we …

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Residential Limestone Maintenance Checklist

February 6, 2023

Are you a homeowner that currently has, or is considering getting, limestone surfaces or floors in your space? While limestone is an excellent material to use in your home, it is important to be aware of the maintenance needs of this natural stone so that you are able to properly care for it. Stone surfaces can last for decades with proper cleaning and sealing. Read below to learn more about the stone care you will need and the right cleaning products for your stone. Sealing Your Limestone Floor Tiles Limestone is a naturally porous stone, which means it’s easy for water, dirt, and debris to accidentally end up inside one if its numerous holes and create lasting damage. Sealant gives your stone a protective barrier, and gives you extra time to clean up everything from spills to dirt before damage occurs. Sealing your limestone prevents various particles from ever coming into contact with these open surfaces of your natural stone flooring. Sealing will reduce stains, as well as help prevent wear-and-tear. Your sealant should be limestone-specific, and resealed regularly to ensure its efficacy. Vacuuming Your Limestone Flooring No one loves chores, but regular vacuuming is necessary to preserve your limestone’s …

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How Can I Change the Appearance of My Stone Countertops?

January 26, 2023

Many customers come to us asking how they can change the appearance of their stone countertops without breaking their budget. Stone counters are an investment into the appearance of your home because when maintained they remain functional and attractive for several decades. However, for homeowners who decide they no longer like the look of their stone countertops, this can be a difficult place to navigate. The good news is, it is possible to give your countertops a completely different look without interfering with the integrity or value of the stone. If you are asking ‘How Can I Change the Appearance of My Stone Countertops?’ keep reading. The Finish on Your Stone Impacts Its Appearance Whether in the kitchen or bathroom, marble and granite counters are a popular choice. Most often these stone surfaces are given a high gloss polish. This leaves your stone with a reflective glow that catches the light in any room. While this has been a popular choice for decades, it is not the only option when it comes to the finish on your countertops. Another popular option in bathrooms and kitchens is honed marble and granite. Honed natural stone surfaces are left with a matte finish, …

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4 Reasons Why Granite Is an Excellent Choice for Your Kitchen

January 17, 2023

In the last article we explained that granite is tough and durable against chips or breaks, making it an excellent choice for many different applications in your residential or commercial space. In this article we will go over another 4 reasons why granite is an excellent choice for your kitchen countertops. Maintenance is Easy The granite counters must be properly sealed, and that’s why it’s a great idea to have an experienced professional do the installation. But when sealed according to the manufacturer’s guidelines, the granite countertop will resist staining and bacteria. You can also seal them yourself. This makes cleanup easy using soap and water, or with a cleaner designed for your granite. Get to spilled juice quickly – which you should do with ANY countertop material – and you’ll enjoy a stain-free counter surface that looks like new for decades. Granite Boosts a Home’s Value New granite countertops make your home more valuable as well as more attractive. The return on your investment can be as high as 100%. That means they’ll potentially increase your home’s market value by the amount you spend on them. Here’s another way to look at it. If potential buyers are looking at …

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Granite Countertop Cleaning Companies In Houston

January 11, 2023

Granite surfaces make beautiful additions to homes and commercial spaces. While granite has the ability to last a lifetime, it will require proper care in order to avoid scratches, etches, and other damages. Modern Stone Care offers a wide range of granite care services including polishing services, granite cleaning, grout cleaning, granite restoration, and more. Our restoration services can help to repair and refinish your damaged stone surfaces. What Is granite Used For? Kitchen Countertops Bathroom Vanities Flooring Shower Interior   Is Polished granite Safer? The best way to protect your granite surfaces is by maintaining a strong seal on the granite floor or surface. Polished granite tends to offer a bit more protection than honed granite, however, with proper care and regular cleaning services either finish should be fine for your stone. Our team can instruct you on the proper care needed to get the longest lifespan out of your granite.  Granite is Tough and Durable Granite is rock-hard, literally. It’s second only to diamond in terms of the harness of natural materials. When properly installed, it will be the last countertop you ever need. If you replace it down the road, it will be because you want to …

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