Check out this countertop recently refinished by Zoltan Stone Works! We were hired to restore a badly scratched and etched kitchen countertop in Potomac, MD. Underneath all of the damage, the Rosso Verona marble (a name is derived from its producer city of Italy and Rosso means “Red”) was beautiful piece of stone. Rosso Verona is a very popular marble because of its beautiful red color and ability to take on a high luster. The marble has a high hardness and is widely used for stairs and flooring purpose. This is one of the more rare marble varieties.
Our marble counter was deeply etched and scratched so we employed a full 4-step restoration. This stone tends to shine up really nicely, but you can’t rush the process.
4 Steps of Stone Restoration
1. Grinding the stone is the first and most mechanical process in marble restoration, also known as lippage removal or flattening.
2. Next we hone the marble surface to smooth it using industrial diamond pads.
3. Polishing the marble gives the correct sheen to the surface of the stone.
4. Finally we buff the marble to bring out the mirror-like shine.
The end result? The client was thrilled!
Zoltan Stoneworks completed a bathroom floor project in Annapolis, MD. The bathroom area that we treated was 40 square feet and the floor was made up of a Crema Marfil stone from Spain. It is a classic cream marble with tan undertones. This stone is best for indoor bathroom and kitchen applications, such as backsplashes, flooring, countertops, and wall coverings.
The stone was very scratched for being a relatively new floor. The homeowners’ housekeeper tried to clean some tiles with soft scrub and permanently etched the floor making it worse. At this stage, the whole marble had to be ground down and honed to get rid of the etch marks. We knew the only way we would be successful was to follow the proper steps. First, we cleaned the floor with a neutral cleaner to pick up any dust particles. For this job we decided to start with a 100 grid which is very aggressive. One of the marble tiles had an incredibly deep etch mark that could possibly not be able to come out. After we used the 100 diamond grid, the floor looked spotless but very dull. It’s a good sign if it looks like that because that is the way it is suppose to look. After we used a 100 diamond grid, we next continued the process with 220/ 400. When we’re dealing with light marble like this, we can stop at 400 grid. At this point, the marble begins to get a little reflection but still very far from glossy. Then we used a hog hair pad for our 17″ machine and 5X polishing powder imported from Italy. This is the best polishing powder on the market. We kept the machine for 3 minutes on 10 square foot area, then kept polishing over another 10 square foot for 3 minutes. After the marble had the perfect degree of shine, we did a scrub wash with a white pad to make sure that all the 5X powder was washed off. The homeowners were very pleased with the restoration of their marble bath floor.
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Zoltan Stone Works completed a master bath installation in private home in Potomac, Maryland. It was the latest project done by Zoltan Stoneworks. The homeowners chose white Carrera marble tiles that were 24 inches by 12 inches which were mixed with 6 inch by 24 inch honed marble inserts. The inserts created an interesting pattern in the shower area, mixing the high gloss large marble tiles with the rectangular honed inserts. A shampoo box with two shelves of the same marble and a window box effect was included, and all the edges were trimmed with marble 1/2 inch half round trim pieces, occasionally called “pencils”. White grout was then used to provide a cleaner, sharper look to the shower. The homeowners were thrilled with how it looked when finished.
The builder had installed the backer and had prepared the surface for waterproofing. This is a very important part of the installation process. The walls are then treated with a waterproofing agent called ” red guard”. Red guard is easy to apply and works very well. After when the backer board was installed and taped, the guard is simply rolled on with a painter’s roller. The top of all screws must also be covered with the waterproofing material. Red guard gives a 100% waterproof protection for the shower. Although this can a little pricy, it is worth it for the end result. Zoltan Stoneworks recommends using red guard wherever waterproofing is necessary. Because It dries over night, the rest of the tile installation can be started the next day. The entire shower installation in this master bath took about one week to finish.
Zoltan Stone Works can advise clients on all aspects of stone installations. Zoltan Stoneworks installs, repairs, or replaces stone for many different clients including building contractors. Please call us for a free consultation for your stone work project (202) 400-1541.
Zoltan Stoneworks recently restored the entry foyer in Baltimore, MD on the beautiful Inner Harbor. This is a high end condominium complex. The hallway serpentine marble floor was so badly scratched and its finish had dulled dramatically over time. The client had really wanted a high-honed finish instead of a high gloss finish to the serpentine marble floor in hopes it would last longer. The area we worked on was 165 square feet and the tiles are 12×12 in size. The first step we had started with was the standard restoration process we had used a 120/220/400 grid to remove all damage and the scratches. Then we used a 120/220/400/800 grid honing process, and then 5X the polishing. On this serpentine marble, we have to go up to a 800 grid.
When working with any kind of the green serpentine marble it needs a higher polishing diamond. This is just the characteristics of this stone. Sometimes we have to go even higher because its a really tough stone to work with. Instead of using a polishing powder, we decided it was much better to used a vortex pad #1/2/3 . The #3 vortex pad is the last step we used to achieve the final high honed finish look that we wanted. After this step, the serpentine marble was then sealed to protect it from the wear and tear. The end result had an incredible shine to it and the client was thrilled with his serpentine marble floor.
The Inner Harbor of Baltimore is a historic seaport, tourist attraction, and landmark. The area known as the Inner Harbor includes the surrounding area and is within walking distance of Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium. The Inner Harbor of Baltimore has became a model of urban planning and development. In recent years, the area along the waterfront to the east of the Inner Harbor has been developed with condominiums, retail space, restaurants, and hotels. This has become prime real estate for residential and commercial properties.
Zoltan Stoneworks installs, repairs, or replaces stone for many different clients including building contractors. Please call us for a free consultation for your stone work project (202) 400-1541
Recently Zoltan Stoneworks was enlisted to repair construction damage in a newly built private $10 million home in McLean, VA. The newly installed marble in the 750 square foot foyer was badly scratched when crew members dragged heavy materials across the marble floor. At least 250 square feet of 18″ by 18″ Crema Marfil Marble tile needed to be repaired. The contractor contacted Zoltan Stone Works to urgently replace or restore the damaged area. After investigating the damage, it was considered faster and more cost effective to restore the elegant marble tiles than to replace them. We used a regular two step honing process and then polished the tiles to their original beauty.
Zoltan Stoneworks installs, repairs, or replaces stone for many different clients including building contractors. Please call us for a free consultation for your stone work project (202) 400-1541.
Zoltan Stoneworks recently restored a marble master bath in a beautiful home in Bethesda, MD. The Cream of Marfil marble was badly scratched and the grout lines were almost black with dirt. Our first step was to remove all grout with a hand tool. The empty grout lines need to be very dust free and dry for a strong bond for the new grout. The new grout is then applied and must dry completely overnight. The second day we used a standard three step restoration with 220/400/5X polish to remove scratches and smooth grout lines. The final results made this beautiful marble bath sparkle like new.
Cream of Marfil marble is a classic, elegant tile to use for any decor in baths, countertops, walls or floors, and comes in a range of colors. Zoltan Stone Works will gladly consult with clients on choices of stone.
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Zoltan Stone Works recently restored an outdoor porch of white Carrera marble slabs in a home in Gaithersburg, MD. The customer had just purchased this very neglected house and wanted the porch to be restored.
First we used a heavy brush and cleaned the marble with a safe acid wash. The next step we used a 17″ vortex diamond pad to remove the top layer of the stone including the scratches and stains caused by dirt and leaves. After completing this step the stone is very smooth, clean, but porous. A #1 vortex pad seals in the stone and gives the marble a sheen. Because this marble porch is outdoors, it is very important to repeat the sealing process twice. The final results dramatically improved the appearance and durability of the stone.
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A private home in Georgetown, generic stone DC was the most recent restoration project done by Zoltan Stoneworks. The marble floor in the grand foyer needed restoration including the regrouting of the joints between the marble tiles with white non-sanded grout.The project also required marble scratch removal and the four step refinishing process to produce a high gloss finish.
Because the grout was replaced, the project required multiple days. First the old grout had to be removed using a triangular carbide tip hand tool. The tip of the tool is placed on the grout line and pushed forward applying pressure to the handle so it will remove the old grout. We must be in control of the tip otherwise it might jump out of the grout line and scratch the marble. Once the old grout is released from the lines, it is vacuumed and the marble is cleaned really well so the new grout can grab the line. Then the new grout is applied as in any other grouting project. The new grout needed to dry overnight, and the next day we completed the usual four step scratch removal and polishing process. Contact Zoltan Stoneworks for a free consultaion 1(202)-400-1541
Zoltan Stone Works completed a restoration project of a master bathroom floor in a residential home in Annapolis, MD. The marble floors had been very neglected for years; therefore, a full restoration was needed. The floors were very dull and had no reflection left.
The process started with a 120 grid diamond pad to remove deep scratches. The next step used a 220/400 honing process. Finally an Italian polishing powder was applied to give the final touch.
Marble flooring requires special attention. Be careful with cleaning products in bathrooms because most cleaning products have ingredients that can harm the marble. If toilet bowl cleaners have lemon or lime scent, it will etch your marble if cleaner drips on the marble. Citric acid is the worst for any marble product. Also, if the marble totally looses the shine, it will take more steps to restore the floor to its original condition. More steps used, more time it will take for the restoration, and it will be a more expensive restoration .
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Zoltan Stone Works most recent residential project in Baltimore, stone sales MD was to convert high polish marble kitchen counter into a honed or a high honed look. The client wanted the counter top honed because there were too many etches from everyday use. The honed marble will still show etch marks but not as noticeably as the polish finish. Also, cialis generic the trend today is for the classier look for honed marble counters.
Because Carrera marble is a soft stone, it is prone to scratches and spots. These spots are called etches and appear as dull areas. Any acid such as lemon juice or tomato sauce can cause etches. They are not stains but actual changes in the stone making the affected area dull. Honed marble creates a soft, matte finish which blends etches and scratches and makes a more livable, natural counter surface than highly polished stone.
The first step is to break the gloss by using an aggressive grit diamond #50 or #120. The glossy surface i grounded section by section until the surface appears dull. Water added to the diamond pad cuts better and doesn’t create dust. Once the gloss is totally gone, it is honed marble. There are 3 levels of honed marble; low, medium and high. The high honed look is not shiny, but it does show reflection. Zoltan Stone Works offer many services for existing stone surfaces in your home or business as well as installation of new stone. Please call for a free consultation #202-400-1541.