What does the outdoor stone honing process involve?
Step 1: Any outdoor furniture not removed by the customer will be removed by us and fittings such as pool fence glass and posts will be covered with plastic and tape.
Step 2: The stone tiles and grout will be thoroughly cleaned using special detergents and scrubbing machines, then treated with mould and anti-bacterial products.
Step 3: Special pads and a polishing machine will be used to abrade the surface of the stone pavers until the desired matt or semi gloss finish is achieved. Excess slurry and honing materials will be removed with a wet vacuum cleaner before rinsing.
Step 4: The stone pavers and grout will be rinsed with special detergent and water so that all dirt is removed and the pavers are left clean. The area is then left to dry overnight.
Step 5: If the outdoor stone pavers are to be sealed, which is highly recommended, a technician will return the next day to complete.
How should you care for your pavers after outdoor stone honing?
After the honing process is carried out on outdoor limestone and travertine pavers it is highly recommended that they be sealed to prevent or reduce further staining from leaves, organic matter, food, beverage and mould.
In addition clean your outdoor stone regularly using a professional product such as STONE DEEP CLEAN. Using the right product, especially designed to protect precious stone surfaces, in conjunction with hosing and an outdoor broom, will keep your outdoor stone areas looking fresh and bright. This will dramatically improve the appeal of the entire area.
Avoid leaving mould, bird droppings, moss and leaves on the stone surface for too long as these can stain and leave brown marks which can be difficult to remove without rehoning.
Weather can adversely affect outdoor stone surfaces and cause them to become chalky and dull therefore professional honing should ideally carried out every few years.
If you are unsure about how to care for your outdoor stone surfaces, contact The Marble Man for more care advice and to discuss your stone care needs.