The Most Expensive Flooring In The World

Flooring adds a unique feel to a space and can truly bring out the beauty of a property.

We all know that marble and other natural stones do not come cheap but you’d be surprised to find out the cost of one particular type of flooring.

Pietra Firma Luxtouch Tiles

The priciest tile in the world is called Pietra Firma Luxtouch tiles and these tiles cost $1,000,000 per square meter.

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Why So Expensive?

Every square meter of this tile is inlaid with:

  • More than 1000 diamonds
  • 2400 pieces of mother of pearl
  • 400 pieces of abalone shell
  • 500 pieces of black onyx

The tile creates a look that is incomparable to any other tile in the world due to its unique composition. Since the elements within the stone are slightly raised above the surface, the tactile effect when walking on them adds to the uniqueness of it. The tile will only be used in five projects globally, being exclusive and extremely rare, and of course, expensive.

This one-of-a-kind tile made its debut during the Monaco Yacht Show in Monte Carlo. With its intricate detailing and exceptional artistry, this creation most definitely begs a second glance. The limited edition flooring is the definition of luxury and boasts uncompromising thought to detail. High-end consumers find unmatched ambience in this posh tile as it adds a high level of atmosphere to a room.

Top High-Quality Flooring for Your Home 

If the Pietra Firma Luxtouch tiles are not in your budget but you are still interested in investing in luxurious high-quality floors for your home, consider purchasing the following:

    • Natural Stone Tiling – Evergreen stone niles are perfect if you’re going for a natural finish. Most people use natural stone tiling for the exterior parts of their homes, bringing an attractive natural look. Natural stone tiles range from $15 to $20 per square foot. 
    • Mosaic and ceramic floor – Looking for a unique and stylish finish? Most of these tiles are made from famous Italian designers and are commonly used in mosques – a very Moroccan finish. Mosaic and ceramic tiles range from $30 per square foot.
    • Marble – Marble is also highly used and most tiles can cost up to $55 per square foot. Marble slab countertops range from $40 to $100 square feet. 

Celebrities are well known for their luxurious million dollar mansions. Canadadian rapper Drake’s Toronto mansion is a marble masterpiece. His kitchen, master bathroom, and other rooms are covered in fine and expensive marble. His Paonazzo marble island in his kitchen costs about $50 per square feet. 

Contact Classic Marble 

For natural stone and marble floor polishing and restoration services, contact Classic Marble for a FREE estimate. We’ll help keep your tile looking brand new! 

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Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show – Mega Yacht Marble Cleaning

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The team at Classic Marble Restoration has been polishing and restoring various natural stones as well as marble for over 15 years. We service residential homes, commercial properties, and super yachts throughout the southeast Florida region. Our company is preparing for the 60th annual Fort Lauderdale Boat Show October 30-November 3,2019. Natural stone is a perfect fit for many large vessels, and we could not be more excited to have the yachts back in town for their annual restoration treatments.

60th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) Information Resources:

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The Return of the Super Yachts

Every year around this time, super yachts that have set sail to the Mediterranean and Northeast U.S. make their way back to the sunshine state of Florida. These boats require some major TLC and us at Classic Marble Restoration are their go-to experts for all yacht marble restoration. As one of the most well-known boat shows in the world, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show showcases an extensive array of yachts, yacht builders, and designers. Whether you are in the market to buy a yacht or simply want to browse the pure extravagance of them, the boat show is always a great time.

Yacht Marble Restoration & Cleaning for FLIBS

The professionals at Classic Marble Restoration live and breathe natural stone restoration. Whether it is granite, limestone, onyx, marble or travertine, we have the capacity, tools, and expertise to restore a variety of natural stone. For yachts making their grand return at the Boat Show, we are offering our renowned yacht marble restoration and cleaning services.

If your yacht requires emergency restoration, installation of marble, or perhaps a simple polishing, we will happily take care of that. We conveniently service South Florida from Miami up to Palm Beach. We are A+ rated by BBB, fully accredited, and fully licensed so you can easily lay your trust in our natural stone restoration professionals.

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Natural Stone & Marble on Yachts

Natural stone restoration is an essential step in maintaining the look and quality of the stone. With so much wear and tear, marble along with all other natural stone is very susceptible to damage. In high foot traffic areas, stone tends to fade and look worn. Not all stone can be treated with the same products; our professional team is well-versed in all restoration products. Our services are sure to restore even the toughest of stains and revive stone back to its natural luster and shine.

Typical areas that need attention on mega yachts:

  • Vanities
  • Showers
  • Foyers
  • Bars (interior & exterior)
  • Staircases

With the help of our specialty services your floors, detailing, and countertops will look refined as they should be.

  • Cleaning
  • Polishing
  • Maintaining
  • Honing
  • Grinding
  • Color Enhancing

Benefits of Working With Classic Marble Restoration To Repair Your Yacht’s Natural Stone

  • We service all types of builds when it comes to yacht marble restoration and repair
  • We offer discreet services and fully respect your privacy
  • We will work diligently to get the job done in a timely manner
  • We educate your yacht crew and staff with tips on how to maintain marble in between servicing sessions

We are here to assist you in all of your yacht revival needs before, during, and after the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show: no job is too small or too big for us!

Visit our Mega Yacht Marble Cleaning & Restoration page for more in-depth information about our services. Contact us today at 866.578.3600 for a free estimate or fill out our contact form and we’ll reach out to you directly.

 

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The Right Stone for Bar/Restaurant Owners

As a bar or restaurant owner, or a restaurant owner with a bar, you want to choose the ideal stone to offer an aesthetically pleasing environment for your guests and achieve a long-lasting functionality for your business. The right stone can make all the difference in the visual appeal of your bar while your servers are offering up flights, cocktails, appetizers, and meals to your patrons.

The perfect stone for your bar/restaurant showcases your establishment’s energy, delivers style and function, and greets your customers. There are several options available from natural stone to engineered products. Let’s uncover the one that will best suit the needs of your bar or restaurant.

Marble – Elegance and Luxury

Marble is a multi-purpose natural stone used in architecture, sculpture, designs, and more. Offering timeless design, marble features subtle tones and lines which adds elegance and luxury to your bar and restaurant.

Marble is also known for its longevity, though if not cleaned up quickly, it can stain as a result of spills from wine and other acidic substances. Of course, as a restaurateur, you know that spills are quickly cleaned off any surface, making marble an exceptional choice for your bar. However, keep in mind that marble surfaces need to be sealed regularly to keep them functioning at their best.

Classic Marble Restoration, Inc. offers the most thorough marble cleaning process and outstanding marble polishing services to keep your marble looking brand new.

Granite – Classic and Versatile

Granite is another excellent choice in natural stone. Every slab of granite is distinct, offering a multitude of colors and patterns making it ideal for upscale restaurants where culinary creativity abounds, or neighborhood bars where everyone feels welcome.

For your granite to promise a unique character and deliver functional durability, you will need to hire a granite and other natural stone services company that specializes in restoration and polishing.

Onyx – Deep and Exotic

Onyx, also a natural stone, is unique in the fact that it is translucent and can be backlit, adding to its deep, exotic charm. Onyx promises a unique design, which will act as a focal accent for your restaurant. Onyx is slightly more sensitive than other natural stone, so it will be the optimal choice for more exclusive venues.

However, onyx can be used for any venue if you hire a professional marble restoration and polishing company to regularly maintain it. With Classic Marble Restoration, Inc., you will no longer have to worry about the delicate onyx stone on your bar top.

Successfully Facing the Challenges of a Bar or Restaurant Owner

As a bar and/or restaurant owner, it can be difficult to keep the natural stone in your bar/restaurant clean and safe on a daily, and we understand the importance of keeping your bar in tip-top condition for your patrons. That is why at Classic Marble Restoration, Inc., our goal is to help you do just that, so we are pleased to provide you with a FREE estimate for keeping your natural stone looking its best and performing with exceptional functionality for years to come. Contact us today!

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How Do I Repair and Restore Bathroom Marble?

When newly installed, marble floors have a beautiful reflective finish and bring elegance to your home. As time goes by, this glossy finish tends to dim, lose luster, and can lead to the damage of your marble bathroom counters, floors, vanities, and more.

If this happens in your marble bathroom, the walls, counters, and floor will undoubtedly have a dull look. When you have a beautiful stone, such as marble, installed in your bathroom, it’s a disservice to your décor to let it become dim and lackluster. Even in the future, if you are planning to sell your house, having dull marble floors and walls will lower the value of your home.

Want to know how to restore your marble bathroom and increase the value of your home?

Read on and learn more about marble bathroom restoration.

Clean All Marble Surfaces

Marble is a metamorphic rock. As such, it is softer than granite and can stain easily. This is because the marble collects the by-products from our bathroom cosmetics and beauty products which eventually lead to discoloration, and sometimes staining. As a natural stone, marble also wears out very easily.

If your water supply is hard water, make sure you clean the marble surfaces after using the bathroom. Failure to do so may lead to water stains.  When cleaning, make sure that soap does not come into contact with the water as it can form soap scum.

Bathroom products that can damage marble:

  • Beauty products
  • Soaps and cleansers that contain waxes and/or fragrance
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Hairspray
  • Perfume
  • Cologne
  • Contact Lens Solution

Tips to Preserve the Sheen of Your Bathroom Stone:

  • Coasters
  • Clean and wipe countertop around sink after use
  • Use trays for beauty products that may leak
  • Rinse shower walls and floor after use
  • Squeegee walls/floor dry to prevent soap scum and residue build up

Repairing Damaged Marble in Your Bathroom

Carry out a quick inspection of all marble surfaces in the bathroom. What have you identified? Are there any cracks on the marble tiles? If there are, you need to make repairs quickly.

Overtime, natural stone can be damaged in the following ways from wear and tear:

  • Cracks
  • Breaks
  • Holes
  • Chips

In this case, it’s important to hire a professional marble restoration expert.

If you’re a handy person, it’s normal to feel like you can get it done on your own, but it’s important to ensure it’s done right.

Classic Marble Restoration, Inc. can apply different materials and color-match them to the stone to create flawless and seamless repairs.

We use UV-cured formulas and products to not only conceal the old damage and repair it – but also to ensure that the repairs are “watertight” and safe for their future use.

Grinding and Honing Your Marble Bathroom Surfaces

Grinding is the most powerful process when it comes to marble bathroom floor restoration. Although it is powerful, it isn’t as harsh and abrasive as people believe. Also known as lippage removal, this process helps to remove all roughness and ledges. As such, it ensures the marble floor is flat.

Also, it helps in removing deep stains and scratches. When it comes to honing, industrial diamonds help to bring back the shine to the marble floor or surfaces. This process also removes stains and scratches present after grinding.

Additionally, grinding natural stone isn’t as messy and dusty as it has been in the past. We utilize dust-free methods. We utilize water to lubricate the surface we are refinishing with grinding tools – therefore keeping all of the marble shavings trapped in the liquid and eventually vacuumed up.

This dust-free grinding procedure is especially favorable inside of:

Check out our grinding and honing page for more information on restoring damaged marble in your bathroom with grinding procedures.

Polishing and Sealing Marble Bathrooms

Although honing gives your marble floors a uniform appearance, you need to restore the shining effect. Marble Polishing using small grade industrial diamonds helps you achieve this. If the marble floors are in good condition, bringing back the reflective finish is easy using state-of-the-art marble polishing equipment, technology, and technicians with the best cleaning materials.

The last step is sealing. As we discussed earlier, as your marble surfaces come into contact with hard water, soap, and cosmetics, it is important to prevent the staining that these acidic chemicals can leave on your marble. The best way to do so is by applying stone sealants.

This helps to close the pores on the marble and shields them from future damage and will prevent the discolorations/staining from becoming a permanent part of your stone surface.

The first rule in sealing your natural stone is “never use a topical sealer.” This is a common mistake that we see DIY (do it yourself) homeowners make. Why?

A lot of the sealers sold at Home Depot and these “Big Box” stores are designed for tile and non-porous materials, so they contain harmful acrylics and waxes for your marble.

You need to utilize an impregnating sealer, designed for natural stone. Classic Marble Restoration, Inc. utilizes high-quality impregnating sealers that are specific to the type of stone that needs application. If your stone is porous – it should be sealed. Call us to do it right.

Restoring a Marble Bathroom like a Pro

Are you in need of marble restoration and maintenance services? We at Classic Marble Restoration, INC. can help. Contact us for your free marble restoration estimate. We service all throughout South Florida and in some parts of the Bahamas and Caribbean for residential, commercial, and yacht properties.

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Caring For Your Marble: 3 Of The Worst Stains to Avoid

Marble is one of the most popular construction materials due to it’s timeless look and durability. It has been used to build everything from famous landmarks to renowned sculptures including the Parthenon marbles, Aphrodite of Milos, and the Taj Mahal.

Today, it is a common material used in homes. However, as a natural metamorphic stone it is vulnerable to stains. Depending on your habits, marble can stain easily and in some cases, your typical marble cleaning solution won’t be able to get rid of tough stains. In this post, we highlight 3 of the worst marble stains to clean, and how to address them if they happen.

1. Rust Stains

As one of the most difficult to remove marble stains, rust stains are copper to brown in color and occur when metal objects oxidize. The most common culprit of rust stains is metallic objects left to sit on the marble surface for long periods of time. Things like nails, bolts, cans, screws, metal furniture, and metal flower pots can all cause rust stains.

Not only are rust stains unsightly, they’re difficult to remove. If you try to use your regular cleaner to remove the rust stain, it may not be effective because it doesn’t contain the active ingredients that help to remove rust. The most common marble cleaner most homeowners may opt to use is an acidic marble cleaner. However, this type of cleaning solution is not recommended because it can make the problem worse. To remove the rust stains, you may have to call a professional marble restoration technician.

2. Water Stains

Unlike many other stains, water stains cannot be cleaned. Water spots or stains are a result of deposits in water that build up on your marble surfaces over time. This is more common in areas like South Florida where the water contains large amounts of mineral deposits like magnesium and calcium, also known as hard water.

To clean the water spots, the Marble Institute of America recommends the use of 0000 Steel wool. A word of caution- steel wool can be extremely abrasive and should be used with a light touch. If you’d rather not risk further damage to your marble surfaces, it’s best to hire an expert.

3. Biological Stains

Biological growth like algae, lichens, moss, and fungi is common on marble surfaces that are outdoors- especially walls and flooring. When the biological growth is present on your marble surfaces, it will attracts moisture to the surface and retains it there causing discoloration- along with other issues.

To remove the biological growth build-up, experts recommend the use of rainwater.  Why rainwater? It contains fewer mineral deposits compared to tap water. Before cleaning, prepare a mixture of rainwater with non-ionic soap and add this to a sprayer to begin cleaning. When brushing your marble, remember to use a soft bristled brush and orbit motion. Rinse with rainwater and check the results. If the problem persists or if your marble surface still looks dull or discolored, consult a professional.

How to Avoid Marble Stains

When it comes to marble stains, there are a few measures you can take to avoid staining your marble. Remember to use coasters for any drinks placed on your marble counters, and be mindful when using sinks and showers. Try to avoid having metal objects stay in one place for an extended period of time.

While durable, marble surfaces do require some level of extra caution- so make sure you’re treating your marble carefully. Are you in search of professionals who can restore the reflective finish on your marble surfaces? At Classic Marble Restoration, we can help. Contact us today for your free consultation.

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Give Your Marble a New Year Refreshment with Our Natural Stone Polishing and Cleaning Services

Does your marble need a good stone polishing? Keep reading to find out how our services may help you.

Marble floors have been proven to last for over one hundred years, the longest lifespan of any flooring materials.

Discerning customers choose marble flooring because of its upscale, sophisticated finish. A well-polished marble floor instantly elevates a room’s appearance. A silky smooth, glimmering surface immediately lets visitors know that they are somewhere remarkable.

Marble is also a great conductor of heat, leaving your floor toasty in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Despite its unparalleled advantages, marble can be difficult to clean. It is highly reactive to acidic cleaning agents, and stains and etch marks can be difficult to remove. They may even settle into the pores of your flooring, ruining their natural appeal over time.

Professional marble stone polishing can keep your flooring glossy and attractive and prevent any damage that could harm them. The beauty, value, and originality of your marble will shine with the right treatment, and it will maintain its allure for years to come.

Stains on Your Marble Floor

Marble is made up of calcium bicarbonate, which is quarried from mountains. As a result, each marble floor has a unique appearance and mosaic pattern that you won’t find in any other tile.

While most stains will come off a marble floor easily, some acidic stains found in sauces, wines, and oils, will not come out. Grout and rust can be absorbed deeply into the pores of marble.

Certified professionals apply special, chemically-sensitive cleaning techniques that leave your floor squeaky-clean. They know the special needs of marble and are prepared to handle them with knowledge and grace.

Polishing is a process that restores your floor’s shine after stains are removed. Floors polished to a high finish are less susceptible to scuff marks or dust build-up.

After you polish and seal your floor, it will require only a simple wet-mopping to remove dirt. It will also be more resistant to staining and damage than it was before it was polished.

Etches on Your Marble Floor

Etches on your marble floor can be difficult to correct. They can leave your floor lighter in color and dull its shine.

Professional cleaning service technicians can use advanced equipment, including diamond abrasives, to remove sketch marks and restore your floor’s natural beauty.

There is also less cracking and surface damage once your floor is polished.

Sealing Your Floor After Stone Polishing

A professional marble-restoration company can also seal your marble floor after polishing. Floors are treated with a chemical that prevents cracking and moisture transmission.

Sealing will leave your floors less susceptible to dirt and staining and will save you money in the long run as less maintenance will be required.

Shine On

A marble floor is a wonderful investment for those who love their opulent, glimmering finish. Maintain their beauty for over a century by contacting a professional stone polishing service who can clean, polish, and seal your floor for optimal shine.

For more information, contact us today.

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A New Advancement In Marble Protection

marble-restorationNatural stone requires proper care and maintenance in order to preserve its eye-catching aesthetic. Since marble is a natural stone, it is quite porous and thus absorbs stains, spills, dirt, and grime much quicker than its non-natural counterparts such as tile and vinyl.

At Classic Marble Restoration, we provide professional marble polishing and marble restoration services. However, there has been some new advancements in marble protection that is very interesting. 

Human Teeth and Bones?

Researchers at Princeton University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering have discovered that hydroxyapatite, the primary compound found in human teeth and bones, can be used to help conserve the condition of (Source).

The harsh environmental factors coupled with pollution and age, wreak havoc on marble structures such as the Taj mahal in India and The Statue of David in Italy. Marble is actually composed of the mineral calcite which naturally reacts with a phosphate salt water solution to create the hydroxyapatite. This means that a compound that is found in human bones and teeth can actually be produced and applied to marble in order to preserve it (Source). With hydroxyapatite, marble can better handle these harsh elements, refraining it from crumbling and degeneration.

Choose Classic Marble Restoration For Professional Marble Restoration

Classic Marble Restoration is South Florida’s choice for marble polishing and marble restoration services. Contact us today at 866-578-3600 for a free estimate

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The Most Popular Types Of Marble

Marble is no doubt eye-catching, and most definitely makes a notable impression. There are an abundance of varieties and colors of marble available on the market. Whether you choose it for your commercial building, home hallway entryway, or kitchen countertop, marble is a durable and exceptional natural stone that will stand the test of time. Let’s take a look at some of the features of the most exotic and in-demand marbles on the market.

Calacatta Extra

Calacatta extra is rather light in color, coming in mainly a simple white design. It has scatter gray veins throughout it, some being darker than others. Being so white in color and having varied contrast, this marble leaves a modern yet classic and sophisticated impression when seen.

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Scandalous

Scandalous marble is quite dramatic and expressive. With bold bright gold and dark veins running throughout, this marble surely demands a second glance. The marble is intense to the naked eye and depicts strong movement, seen by the long lines and colored contrast.

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Black Wood

As its name suggests, black wood marble is dark and grainy, having light black and white fine lines running throughout it. It is both timeless yet sophisticated and intense, ideal for spaces that beg for an exotic aesthetic

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Atlantis Grey

This neutral color marble is popular among kitchens and bath countertops. This combo of various shades of gray, both light and dark, is the perfect balance of calm yet dramatic.

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Marble adds a touch of classic elegance to any room it is in. It is durable enough to act as a sturdy countertop yet still requires routine restoration and conditioning in order to ensure its longevity.

Don’t’ let your marble go too long without professional marble restoration, marble cleaning, and marble polishing. Contact us at 866-578-3600 for an estimate!

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Tips To Carry Out Residential Marble Repair Techniques

Residential-MarbleBeing a soft stone, marbles can lose the luster if regularly used. The places like bathroom, kitchen, counter tops, floors, can subject to chemical and acidic spills easily. It should be maintained with proper cleaning and restoration methods. Marble cleaning should be maintained with the help of various products and cleansers. To keep the marble looking bright and beautiful for long term, marble restoration should be practiced. Companies that are specialized in stones like yacht marble, travertine marble, etc., such as Classic Marble Restoration, are involved in natural stone restoration. The travertine restoration and yacht marble cleaning are also managed by the servicemen to maintain the shining structure of your floor.

Care for Your Marble

For a routine cleaning and maintenance, stone cleaner should be used. A high-quality cleaner can improve the lubricacy of the marble. A lot of grout services like recoloring, caulking, sealing, etc. are practiced. Process for the terrazzo repair and restoration includes regular finishing and polishing. Services are arranged by the companies dealing with natural stone restoration in South Florida. Different ways of cleaning are carried as marble restoration services while practicing commercial marble polishing mechanism. Cleaning and color sealing for managing residential marble repair method have several advantages like long lasting luster, removal of stains, dirt get cleaned, etc.

Residential Sealing Process

Going for a natural way to clean the stone, you should always pre-treat the marble stone using a p-H cleaner. With the help of the brush, you can clean delicate stones. Common stone services are marble honing, delicate marble polishing, etc. the technicians of marble décor companies are trained with the marble cleaning services like refinishing and repair. Marble stones can be resurfaced to the original luster. Polishing can be done by the quality powder. Sometimes, re-crystallization method is carried. The natural stone cleaning method is also provided by the concerned companies. Stone repair, tile replacement, stone cleaning and stain removal processes can be carried by you easily.

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The Beauty of Terrazzo Stone

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Composite Materials

Terrazzo is a beautiful composite material made of pieces of different colors, textures and types of natural stone that are cemented together to make a flat surface. Experts then perform terrazzo polishing to give it a glossy appearance that makes it perfect for floors in commercial or residential buildings.

Specialized Cleansers

Classic Marble Restoration Inc. offers terrazzo cleaning with specialized cleansers and equipment to remove debris from the stone and mortar. Professional terrazzo restoration is vital because of the combination of stone pieces and large amount of adhesives.

Removing Debris

Any type of terrazzo surface can collect dirt, but floors are especially susceptible due to constant foot traffic. Removing the debris from marble or granite requires an effective but gentle cleanser along with small amounts of moisture to avoid damaging the epoxy that holds the stone together.

Repairing Damage 

After washing away stains and discolorations from terrazzo surfaces, our customers may want to have it protected with paste waxes, liquid solutions or sealants that help to repel dirt. This is a great time for our technicians to remove scratches or fill chips in terrazzo floors or walls.

Replacing Adhesive 

Terrazzo cleaning from our technicians is available for private residences, businesses and watercraft. We analyze the stone in a surface carefully before beginning the terrazzo restoration process to prevent damage to walls and floors. Our technicians can make essential repairs such as replacing adhesives under loose stones to provide a sturdy surface.

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