Photo: Granada Tile It’s that time when we’re saying goodbye to the current year and looking forward to the next. And at Prestige, when we start thinking about the year to come, we can’t help but think about what’s coming next for kitchen design. If we can judge by how our kitchens will look, 2018 […]
Getting through the holidays (and the winter), can leave your fireplace discolored with soot and smoke damage. Did you know smoke film is acidic? Left alone, this buildup will not only continue to discolor the stone, but can cause corrosion as well. Because marble is … Continue reading How To Remove Soot From a Marble Fireplace Surround
The Holidays are fast approaching and now is the time to be sure you are protecting your stone from the wear and tear of the many celebrations to come. Here are a few quick tips on how to protect your stone to avoid the dreaded … Continue reading Preparing Your Home (and Stone) for the Holidays
Question: “I have a shower that I am trying to clean. For years I used the same product with great success but they no longer make that product. Since then I have tried an assortment of products. Today I found your website. I am … Continue reading The stone in my shower is turning white. Do you have a product to clean this?
Assuming that your kitchen countertop is made either out of true granite, green marble or soapstone, or a honed-finished stone (if you have polished marble or polished travertine, then there’s not much that can be done to maintain their highly glossy finish, other than…well, never … Continue reading Kitchen Countertop Care
We recently found this while teaching one of our stone restoration classes and wanted to share it. The stone industry owes a lot to Maurizio, and we miss him everyday! Enjoy 🙂
Regular stone surfaces are known for their beauty, but sometimes standard stone is a bit dull and in need of some enhancement. That is where stone color enhancers come into play. The right color enhancer gives stone a more glossy and vibrant look. It can take a standard looking surface and turn it into something that stands out. Not only does the color enhancer improve the look of the stone, it also protects the surface against staining as well.
Test Out The Stone Color Enhancer
It is important to test the enhancing chemicals on a spare piece of stone before using them on the rest of the finished surface. During the test phase, it is important to pay attention to the amount of the product applied, as well as, how long it remains in place after the application. Going through the tests helps ensure that the desired effect is achieved. It is not an exact process, and always requires a small amount of experimenting before the final application is made.
Treat Stone Materials
While stone surfaces can look just fine without treatment, choosing the right stone color enhancer brings out the natural colors of the stone while also protecting them from the elements. We offer several color enhancers that will give the stone a nice “wet” look without the shine.
Best Stones To Use It On
A good color enhancing sealer works best on a semi-porous stone surface. Stones such as granite, marble, and travertine all accept the stone color enhancer readily and benefit from the sealing properties that it has to offer. Stone that is not porous usually does not take enhancer very well, and will not require a seal most of the time. When the type of stone is not known, it is important to have a professional identify it. If that is not convenient then it is best to test a small amount of solution on a piece of stone before attempting to finish the entire surface. Note—perform a water test to see what the stone will look like after applying the enhancer. Pour a palm size amount of water on the stone and let dwell for 20-30 minutes. The darkening of the stone will show you what the stone will look like once the enhancer is applied.
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