Marble Maintenance Job done in Office Building in Fairfax, VA

Zoltan Stoneworks recently completed work on the Eclipse Office Building in Fairfax, VA. This office building is made up of over 200 different offices. The main foyer is the length of a city block, about 2000 square feet. We were hired for this job to do what’s called a Marble Maintenance. A Marble Maintenance means that after a full restoration, we need to go back every 3 months and use either a crystallization method or a 1 step polishing process with 5X polishing powder to bring the shine back. If we don’t keep this up over time the floors will dull dramatically. If we keep up the 3 monthly maintenance plan, we are guaranteed that we will never have to do a full 4 step restoration crystallization process again.

This process can take us up to 5 hours to complete sometimes even longer. In this process, the first step used a 17″ steel wool pad on the  buffer machine and a crystallizer spray under the pad while the machine is running. We need about one pump of crystallizer for each 20 square feet of floor we treat. It is important to know that crystallization is not recommended too often. It could easily clog the pores of the stone and stone could start breaking down from the inside out. We then use the 17″ hog hair pad on our 17″ machine. We need to spread 1.5 oz with 5 X polishing powder on the marble and start buffing process with a little water. The 1.5 oz 5X polishing powder will work for about 15-20 square feet area. If we keep up the 3 monthly maintenance plan, we guarantee that we never have to do a full 4 step restoration.

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.

Residential Serpentine Foyer Restored Baltimore, MD

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 

Stone floors: How do I prevent winter salt & sand damage?

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Stone floors in your home are beautiful and may seem indestructible, but they do require care especially during the winter months. Here are some helpful tips you can use to keep those floors looking like new.

  1. The first solution to prevent the added dirt and grime to your floors is to ask everyone to remove his or her shoes when entering your home. If you don’t feel comfortable having guest remove their shoes, make sure you have plenty of door mats, and rugs in your entryways for people to wipe their feet on. When shoes are worn they track in dirt and sand, the bottoms of the shoes can act like sandpaper on a stone floor surface and over time will wear the polish right off. You will need to call a stone restoration professional and they can restore the polish using a number of different techniques depending on the severity of the damage.
  2. Decorative or seasonal floor mats can also add a festive touch to your home while protecting your stone.
  3. Frequent mopping and vacuuming as soon as possible will also help prevent damage try to resist mopping, just a gentle sweep of the grit and dirt as quickly as possible to prevent any scratching of the floors. The sand and salt can really scratch your floors or etch and erode the finish. Stone floors with the proper care will be beautiful for many years of use.

If you do the proper steps you can ensure a lifetime of beauty for your stone floors in your home. Stone floors will last a long time if they are taken care of.

Please contact Zoltan Stone Works for free estimate on any stone project, new installations, repairs, or advice on care of stone (202) 400-1541.

Emergency Crema Marfil Marble Foyer Repair in McLean, VA

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.

Vintage Marble Floor Restoration in Washington, DC

Zoltan Stoneworks recently completed a project in a turn of the century building in northwest Washington D.C. The lobby of this 1908 condominium had a vintage white marble mosaic bordered with red Tennessee tile. The floor of the lobby had not been restored in decades and it looked like grey porcelain. The marble had also settled into a wavy surface and with many cracks.

Unfortunately we were not able to use the traditional diamond pads to resurface the tile. We needed to use a vortex pad which is spongy and allows the diamonds to reach the high and low areas. Vortex pads are excellent to use on uneven floors. We began with the lowest number diamond pad to buff out the scratches and then worked up to using the highest diamond pad. The final step required a polishing powder to produce a high gloss. The client was very impressed by the transformation of the lobby.

Contact Zoltan Stone Works for any stone project, new installations, repairs, or advice on care of stone. For a free consultation call 1(202)-400-1541.

Why you should choose natural stone

Natural stone is a popular choice for today’s interior design. It offers permanence and authenticity as well as providing color, texture and value to a property. Homeowners have a variety of natural stones to choose from like granite and marble. The first thoughts when choosing a stone is how it fits the homeowners’ needs, budget, and purpose.

There are a variety of natural stones.

Granite is often a first choice as it is a hard, durable material. It can withstand  high heat, and is stain and scratch resistant. Granite is used in all areas of construction from floors to fireplaces, and used for indoor and outdoor applications. Granite comes from many places in the world and in hundreds of colors and patterns. No two slabs are the same.

Marble is also a popular choice for homeowners. It has been used for centuries and is quarried all over the world. There are a variety of shades of color, and its veins of mineral deposits creates interesting and distinct patterns. It is susceptible to staining and etching.

Limestone is another natural stone that actually improves with age. It color softens and its surface develops a beautiful patina. Limestone has a consistent look no matter what its origins are.

Travertine is another natural stone that is popular in today’s home designs. Formed in hot springs or limestone caves, travertine is characterized by tiny holes made by carbon dioxide evasion.

Slate is a rock that is dense, strong and non-absorptive. It has been used in exterior and interior construction for hundreds of years. North American slate can come in many shades of black, gray, green, purple and red. Because of its durability and stain resistant qualities, it can be used in many different applications.

Onyx and sandstone are two other possible choices. Onyx’s chief characteristic is its translucence due to quartz crystals, but it is a more delicate stone and requires  maintenance. Sandstone has a more uniform texture, low absorption rate,  and is aesthetically pleasing.

Regardless of the choice and application of a natural stone, spills should be wiped up immediately and surface grit removed. Each stone has its own personality and adds its individual beauty and function to a home.

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Carrera Marble Conference Table Refinished in Washington, DC

[button link=”http://zoltanstoneworks.com” color=”orange”] http://zoltanstoneworks.com[/button] A recent client of Zoltan Stoneworks is a real estate company located at DuPont Circle in Washington D.C. The client had a ten by four foot white Carrera marble conference table that needed refinishing. We used a three step honing process to remove scratches and etches. This was followed by polishing the surface to a high gloss. Care was taken to protect the glass enclosed conference room with plastic sheets masked to cover the glass. This was to prevent any 5X polishing components splashing on the glass as it could etch the glass if not wiped off immediately. The refinished table top now had an impressive gloss.

Contact Zoltan Stoneworks for any stone project, stone usa new installations, repairs, or advice on care of stone. For a free consultation call 1(202)-400-1541.

Church Restoration Project in Alexandria, VA

Zoltan Stone Works recently completed a restoration project in the sanctuary of St. Louis Catholic Church in Alexandria, generic cialis VA.  This parish and church dates back to the mid 1920’s when it first was in a small school house. Later as the number of parishioners swelled to 1, stone usa 700 in 1950s, and the church was renamed St. Louis after the French king, Louis IX. The church is now undergoing a major restoration and Zoltan Stone Works was the company awarded the contract to restore the marble floor.

The floor area is of black onyx bordered in a pink/salmon marble that was in very bad shape. The tiles were very scratched and covered with candle wax. Our first step was to scrape up as much wax as possible. The remaining wax was then removed with a fine diamond grit buffing pad. Next the area was polished with a diamond grit pad and then a loose polishing powder. The finished results were remarkable and contributed to the overall beauty of the new sanctuary.

Contact Zoltan Stone Works for any stone project, new installations, repairs, or advice on care of stone. For a free consultation call 1(202)-400-1541.

Is it a stain? Try this Marble Poultice recipe

Marble is an elegant, discount cialis beautiful stone to use in many areas of your home, stone usa but it does require care to prevent or remedy etches and stains. An etch is a mark that occurs as a result of acids contacting the stone and causing a reaction. A stain can happen on any stone, caused commonly by grease or rust which can leave a permanent mark. Stains might be removed by applying a poultice, but an etch mark needs to be honed by diamond grit and best by a professional. A stain is usually darker and etchings are lighter and duller.

Different stains may need different poultices and recipes can be adjusted accordingly. Hydrogen peroxide is used for rust stains. The peroxide can be replaced by a degreaser when attacking a grease stain. Don’t worry, if a stain can go in, a stain can come out.

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STONE POULTICE RECIPE:

1.Unscented baby powder or talcum powder

2. Plastic cup

3. Plastic wrap

4. Razor blade

5. Masking tape

6. Plastic putty knife

7. Stirrer stick

8. Hydrogen peroxide-40% by volume.

9. Gloves

HOW TO APPLY THE POULTICE:

1. Pick a test area that has the most damage or staining to it.

2. Combine the peroxide and the baby powder in the cup and mix until it is a paste with the consistency of peanut butter.

3. Apply the paste to the stained area with the putty knife about 1/4? thick.

4. Cover the area with plastic wrap.

5. Tape down the edges using masking tape.

6. Use the razor blade to cut one or two slits in the plastic so it can breathe.

7. Allow the paste to stay on the counter for 24 hours.

8. After 24 hours use the plastic putty knife to scrape off the now dried paste.

9. Rinse the work area with water and dry with a paper towel.

10. After the surface is completely dry, compare the test space to the rest of the counter and evaluate your    progress.

11. Repeat the process in sections of the counter until desired result is achieved.

If the poultice doesn’t get the result you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to contact Zoltan Stoneworks for a free quote 1-(202)400-1541.

 

Bethesda, MD Marble Master Bathroom Shines Like New

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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