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Grinding will smooth out imperfections and open a new layer upon which it is possible to build a high quality honed or polished finish. Grinding will remove deep scratches, stains and other contaminations, resulting in a very smooth and even surface. Grinding will also remove any lippage, the term used for uneven tiles which can occur after a typical installation.

Welcome to Experts Floor Care, Australia's leading tile care company specialising in the grinding, honing, polishing, restoration and maintenance of most natural stone and man made surfaces in melbourne. If your flooring has serious staining, fading from dirt, deep scratches or has uneven tiles, it may be time to restore the natural beauty of your surfaces.

Experts Floor Care take pride in the high quality and professional services we provide our customers, and are committed to meeting and exceeding expectations, providing the specialist care your surfaces deserve.

You don’t need to replace your natural stone when it becomes dull-looking, damaged and stained. By combining the latest state-of-the-art restoration equipment and our years of experience, with Experts Floor Care you can once again enjoy your natural stone in its best possible condition.

 

What is Grinding?

Grinding a surface will smooth out imperfections and open a new layer of your stone upon which it is possible to build a high quality honed or polished finish.

Grinding will remove deep scratches, stains and other contaminations from your stone, resulting in a very smooth and even surface, able to reflect light more consistently. Grinding will also remove any lippage, the term used for uneven tiles which can occur after a typical installation.

Resurfacing is an extremely skilled task that requires patience and experience. If not done properly and to the right depth it may only enhance the scratches and impurities.

Is there a difference between Grinding, Honing and Polishing?

Grinding, honing and polishing are similar processes, and refer to different levels the surfaces are ground back to using diamond head pads. It is important to note that all three refer to the process of using an abrasive to smooth back a stone.

One of the first things people will often notice when entering your home or business are the surfaces. When your beautiful stone surfaces become damaged from every day usage and improper care, you will need an expert to restore the life back to those surfaces. Australia's Experts Floor Care technicians use a number of professional processes and techniques to return your stone to its true beauty.

Grinding: An aggressive approach to refinishing stone, using a metal-bonded and diamond grit heavy weighted floor buffer to remove deep scratches and lippage. The porosity of the stone still remains noticeable, and this process is typically dust-free.

Honing: This leaves a smooth flat finish with a matte look. Often completed after the grinding phase, this method is a much less aggressive approach than grinding. Although similar, the materials and grits used are not as coarse as with grinding. Many projects also may start with honing and skip the grinding phase. Experts Floor Care honing process is able to remove minor to moderate scratches and etch marks in a softer manner. When done properly, honing will result in a smooth and even finish.

Polishing: After the honing phase, a higher grit and sometimes combinations of higher grit compounds will be used to bring out a shine in your stone during the polishing process. This finest grade of the grinding process is used to achieve a sleek, polished look.

Commercial Grinding

Experts Floor Care provide premium services to all Australia's commercial properties. We are equipped to restore factory finishes to sandstone, granite, marble, bluestone, travertine and limestone surfaces with our experienced technicians and state-of-the-art equipment.

Experts Floor Care often find commercial spaces such as apartment blocks, shopping centres and hotels experience dullness and damage in high traffic areas. The best results in bringing the floors back to a uniform look throughout are achieved by grinding.

Lippage Removal

Lippage refers to uneven surfaces that occurs when stone or tiles are not laid to a uniform level.
By running your hand over the grout line you will often notice a definite dip.
Sometimes this can be very uneven with a tile being a few millimetres higher than the adjacent tile. Experts Floor Care diamond grinding process will remove lippage, leaving the floor completely even and flat at the grout lines.
This is achieved with metal bonded diamond plates which coarsely grind away at the stone leaving it flat. The next step is usually to repeat this process with finer pads, with each grade becoming progressively finer,
the number of grades Experts Floor Care technicians use depends on the type of stone and the type of
finish you require, usually a honed or polished, glossy finish.

Benefits of Grinding

If your natural stone is damaged from etching and scratching, grinding will provide a beautiful end result. Don’t go through the pain and cost of having a slightly worn stone retiled.
Grinding will:
1.Smooth uneven tiles
2.Remove deep stains that can’t be removed by cleaning
3.Remove trip hazards
4.Remove imperfections
5.Restore the natural shine of stone

Regular Care

Natural stone is one of the most beautiful surfaces anyone can have in their home or office. However, many varieties can easily scratch in high foot traffic areas. A regular maintenance program is vital if your surfaces are to retain their beauty.

Once liquids spill on the surface of your stone, wipe it immediately. To clean stone, you should never use regular soap as it can seep through the surface and darken the area, instead use mildly abrasive household detergent. Never use vinegar. The acid in vinegar damages, actually etches and removes the surface of many stone types. After mopping, dry the floor with a cotton towel or use a sh-mop to remove the moisture and prevent water spots.

Natural stone can become quickly etched, or corroded by acidic materials upon contact by common household substances such as soft drink, tea, citrus juice and acidic cleaning products. A surface with a matte or honed finish needs to be as a rule, periodically cleaned and re-sealed by a professional and should be sealed with a deep penetrating, impregnating sealer, which avoids staining and reduces the effect of soiling, Australian made non-toxic Deepshield® Transparent Penetrating Sealer is non-slip and lasts for up to 10 years.


We make it a priority top offer flexible services to accommodate your need.