GRANITE RESTORATION

MODERN STONE CARE GRANITE SERVICES

Houston Granite Floor Cleaning:

Granite does not have an acid sensitivity as the calcareous stones like marble, limestone and travertine have. We often still use alkaline cleaning solutions on granite because of the fact that alkaline cleaners emulsify dirt better than acids. If the granite floor has a sanded grout component, we often will clean the floor with an alkaline solution and then follow up with a second step in the cleaning procedure.

We will use an acid to clean the grout when it is deemed safe and necessary to get stains in the grout to release. We then use an industry accepted spinner tool which provides pressure coupled with vacuum for extraction. This process also removes dirt from the top of your grout lines. This is the industry recommended method to clean stone and tile floors.
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Houston Granite Countertop Cleaning:

Granite is a very common stone to find in the modern kitchen. This is because it is rugged, hard and durable. It handles heat well and it resists scratches. It takes a good polish and does not etch like marble, limestone and travertine. Mercantile granites are not all petrologic granite, but they all “behave” as granite does. Modern Stone Care always professionally cleans granite countertops prior to sealing the stone. We also sell a tremendous countertop cleaner called “Pure Stone Countertop Cleaner” that leaves your granite countertops looking beautiful and streak free.

Houston Granite Countertop Sealing:

LPetrological granite is extremely porous. This means that it will absorb liquids easily. This means that any liquid that has color can potentially stain granite countertops. Sealing granite countertops is imperative, but there is a lack of communication in the industry what that actually means. To most people, sealing granite countertops simply means applying a sealer to the stone. Most granite sealers are water based impregnators, which means that they will resist staining from water based products. However, in kitchens, we regularly use oil and butter. Typical sealers will not protect against oil based staining. So we believe that there is a need for a new definition of “sealing” granite countertops. We believe that sealing a granite countertop means that you protect it from water and oil based staining. That is why we only use premium oleophobic impregnators to seal granite countertops.

Call with any questions about our granite services or fill out the contact form on this page.

ABOUT GRANITE

Professionals in the commercial stone industry loosely use the word “granite” to describe any stone with visible grains that is harder than marble. This would include stones like basalt, gneiss, gabbro, pegmatite and others. A petrologist (a geologist who specializes in the study of rocks) would describe granite as a plutonic rock which contains 10-50% of the felsic components present in the stone. Additionally, alkali feldspar would make up 65-95% of the total feldspar content.

When it comes to how we treat the stone in your home, we clean them and seal them the same. There are differences in the porosity of petrological granite and mercantile granites such as basalt. Granite is far more porous than basalt. However, all of these stones do have a degree of porosity. Therefore, it is advisable to seal the stone in order to prevent staining.

CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF GRANITE

Granite floors require a maintenance plan to keep them looking as nice as possible. This should consist of dry dust mopping daily using a clean rayon mop or static pad. Vacuuming with a hard surface vacuum will also work. This is to remove the dirt and debris that accumulates on your floor because of foot traffic, pets etc.

It is important to remove this dirt because damp mopping is also required at least weekly. If the dirt and debris that accumulates is allowed to remain on the floor, when damp mopping occurs, that dirt is turned to mud and is pushed into the grout lines by the mop.

This will make your grout lines dirty very fast. When damp mopping with soap, rinsing will be required. After mopping with any soap solution, use a different rinse mop, and go over the area again with clean water.

While these floors do not need the same care from abrasion and etching as a marble, travertine or limestone floor, they do need to be polished from time to time. It is important to follow the rinsing techniques described above because when a soap film accumulates on granite, it reduces the polished appearance, and can make it look dull. That dullness is removed with proper cleaning. For this reason, we recommend cleaning your granite floors annually.

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- October 24, 2018

I 100% recommend Modern Stone Comosny. . I called and Jarret answered the phone and literally gave me a price per sq ft over the phone. It was so nice to not waste their time or mine to come out and give me a “quote” that I may or may not go with. Which in turn, also cut down on the wait time to actually clean my floors, which was much needed sooner rather than later!! Their prices are the most competitive out there. On the day of cleaning, Mark and Jarret showed up, measured, told me their technique and got right to work!! (This is tumbled travertine stone in a light color with light grout) When they showed me the dirt being removed in action, I was AMAZED! My floors look brand spanking new again!!! It just feels good seeing them so clean. If you are on the fence, I would say look no further, you have found the right guys! Thank you Mark and Jarret, we will definitely see you in the future!!!

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- August 17, 2018

Great job refinishing bathroom floor and entry hall floor. Very happy with the results.

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- June 23, 2018

I have the travertine tile around my pool cleaned and sealed on an annual basis and have never been entirely satisfied with the results prior to engaging Modern Stone Care. These guys are on the top of their game when it comes to product knowledge, professionalism, and delivery of a quality result. They have an old school appreciation for the lost art of customer service and made me feel as if they would not be 100% satisfied with the work until I was. MSC will be doing any and all future stonework in my home.

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- May 21, 2018

I had spent hours cleaning my tumbled travertine floors and *thought* they were clean but I wasn't happy with the way they looked. I called Modern Stone Care and they came out and deep cleaned the floors and sealed them. The difference was amazing and what I originally thought was clean was far from. My stone was no longer dark tan but back to the original color. In addition they cleaned and sealed my granite counters and no more dark water spots around the sinks. I was impressed with the care taken with my home and the attention to getting it right. There was no hesitation on their part to work until the job was done to everyone's satisfaction. Nice and polite men who take pride in their work.

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- May 19, 2018

Great work at a fair price. Would highly recommend.

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