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Why do we need our granite floors polished?

Granite is an igneous rock, meaning it’s formed by natural volcanic processes within the earth’s crust. Formation occurs at extremely high temperature and pressure, which explains its outstanding durability.

The chemical composition of granite varies extensively as per their geographical location but still there are some basic compounds like feldspar, quartz and silica that always found in every chunk of granite no matter from where it is been quarried.

Well, as hard as granite is, it still is not impervious to wear and tear. Dulling, scratches, and etching eventually take a toll. But your granite doesn’t have to be replaced.

worn granite floor

Many restoration professionals won’t even touch granite. But we understand granite’s unyielding personality and have the right tools and techniques to get it looking its absolute best once more.

We can restore granite surfaces to eliminate these imperfections, revealing the brand new granite surface underneath—a surface that is free of damage.

Then our expert technicians can use equipment designed especially for granite refinishing to achieve a honed or soft matte finish that is warm, inviting, and velvety smooth, or gorgeous, glass-like polish, or something in between.

Granite Polishing Process

If the granite has just started to lose its shine, it may be possible to restore the shine by polishing alone

Special Granite polishing creams and pastes are available incorporating minute abrasive particles. The polishes are buffed into the floor using very heavy buffing equipment and polishing pads, weighing 100kg and above. The polishing paste removes minute surface scratches and polished the surface to a high gloss shine. This process will not remove visible scratches

Granite Floor Polishing Process

Granite Honing And Polishing

Granite honing is done with heavy rotary honing machines using granite diamond pads. The diamonds remove a small amount of granite from the surface of the granite tiles, revealing a new, smooth surface ready for granite polishing. If the granite tiles are uneven, with lippage over 1mm, or if there are deep scratches the granite may need to be ground smooth before we can start the honing process.

granite honing before polishing

Granite Restoration

A granite floor will need a full restoration if there is lippage and or deep scratches. Uneven tiles can be an eyesore, and in some cases, a slip hazard.  We can grind away the excess stone (a process also known as lippage removal) to create a flat, level surface using diamonds encased in a soft metal base, designed to remove millimetres of stone.

Grinding is a very aggressive and time-consuming process, only to be done by experts with the correct equipment and training. After grinding, a black floor will look almost white because of the deep scratches left by the grinding process.

With a nice, flat floor cleaning is much easier and your floor will have a more uniform monolithic appearance.

Once your granite surface is ground level, we can give it the finish you choose — honed (matte finish), high-polish, or somewhere in between

granite restoration services
Granite Sealing
How Is Granite Formed?
Why Choose Garnite
Granite And Quartz
Polishing Black Granite
Granite Sealing

Granite is a very dense stone and not porous. But, all granite has additional minerals that can make the surface porous. So it is good practice to seal the granite and prevent stains migrating into any porous areas.

How Is Granite Formed?

Granite is an igneous rock, meaning it’s formed by natural volcanic processes within the earth’s crust. Formation occurs at extremely high temperature and pressure, which explains its outstanding durability. Granite’s distinctive sparkle comes from silicon and oxygen particles which become trapped in the rock. Accessing volcanic granite can be challenging, often highly powerful and specialised machinery is required. Because of its strength, diamond-edged tools are used to shape and polish the rock. The creation of tiles and slabs can take some time. The results are generally worth the wait, highly polished granite offers a stunning finish.

The chemical composition of granite varies extensively as per their geographical location but still there are some basic compounds like feldspar, quartz and silica that always found in every chunk of granite no matter from where it is been quarried.

 

Why Choose Garnite

Heat and pressure resistance:
One of granite’s most prominent advantages is that it has a high tolerance for both heat and pressure. In other words, you will no longer have to hold your steaming hot pan in one hand and go round in circles looking for hot pads, placemats or trivets. With granite countertops, you can take that fresh of the stove hot pot or pan and safely place it directly on your kitchen countertop.

Luxurious look:
Another reason granite worktops are a customers’ favourite, is its looks. A granite worktop can truly add value to your place and make your kitchen centrepiece. One of the most popular granite choices is the black granite that has shiny small chips that look like silver pieces shining in the dark. Gray is also another best seller for many years. Nowadays, cyan and green shades are becoming increasingly popular.

Durability and hardness:
Believe it or not, granite is the hardest naturally occurring stone after diamond. As for the durability, granite is guaranteed to last with you a lifetime or even more. A substance as hard as granite is definitely up for the task.

Maintenance:
Granite maintenance doesn’t require any complicated cleaning procedures or specific expensive detergents. Soap or mild detergents and water is usually more than enough for routine cleaning.

Cost

Both granite and marble are on the higher end when it comes to price, ranging from £500.00 to $1,500.00 per square metre when installation costs are included. These are definitely more high-end options for flooring.

However, granite is not impervious to wear. It can become dirty, dull-looking, scratched, etched, cracked, chipped or otherwise damaged with time and use. while granite is much harder than marble, granite is a rugged and resilient stone that requires specialized knowledge and equipment to restore. Many restoration professionals won’t even touch it. But we understand granite’s unyielding personality and have the right tools and techniques to get it looking its absolute best once more.

Granite Cleaning
Granite cleaning processes vary based on the surface condition and type of dirt, oil or other contaminants being removed. Periodic professional deep cleaning services, utilizing highly-effective and stone-safe cleaning solutions help keep your granite surfaces looking their best.

Granite And Quartz

Blue pearl granite is a name that rules in the mind of granite lovers. It has opalescent specks of blue, silver and white colour that give shimmering display when light reflects back on its surface.

Black Star Galaxy granite tiles have a dark black background with sparkling bronze and copper elements set within and are still a firm favourite for those looking for a cool sparkly look.

Some Quartz tiles can be confused with granite because of their sparkle effect, durability, high gloss finish.  Quartz Sparkle Tiles have crushed mirror pieces scattered across the surface to create the ultimate sparkle effect.

Quartz is not nearly as sensitive as marble, but not quite as resistant to chemical damage as granite.
You simply don’t know which cleaner may be the one to stain your quartz so sticking to granite cleaners and other products formulated for natural stone is the safe bet.

The main repair difference is that natural stone and granite can usually be repaired or restored by repolishing, but damage to quartz is often permanent. Chemical damage results in lighter-coloured areas where the colour looks like it was bleached out. The colouring dyes within the resins used to make quartz tiles and countertops are damaged…. usually permanently.

Quartz can be polished like granite, but owing to its composition, we can not guarantee to restore the original high shine.

Polishing Black Granite

Black granite is a popular flooring and worktop material because of its durability and striking appearance. However, some supplies of black granite Absolute Black and Black Galaxy Granite can be enhanced with black dyes and waxes to achieve the deep black colour.

Honing and grinding removes the modified surface, leaving the polished finish looking dark grey rather than black. In this case, we can apply sealers incorporating a black dye to help restore the black colour. Unfortunately, you only know if your granite has been treated after the tiles have been re-polished and it may not be possible to recreate the original depth of tone.