Restoring Granite Floors
Hard stone floors have unique challenges that need to be addressed after much research and if necessary, additional training. Following are some final suggestions for granite floor care in this three part series:
• Consider using a vacuum with special floor tool to more completely remove all grit and soil from floor on a regular basis. Dust mops have their limitations.
• Granite is a very hard rock primarily composed of feldspar, quartz and some dark minerals. It is harder, more stain resistant, and more scratch resistant than marble. Diamond abrasives can bring the gloss back to stone once the scratches and etchings are removed by a qualified floor tech.
• Consider (test in a small area first) using a product such as a high performance synthetic detergent to maintain the floor – subject to distributor recommending it for this type floor. It may take a week or longer to build up a buffable finish. Most cleaning products can be removed at any time using clean water.
• Consider (test in a small area first) using a buffable restorer product specifically formulated for granite floors. If used correctly it may restore some of the gloss.
• Check out new pads and floor machines for the best match. Many of these products require a special “heavy weight” floor machine and either steel wool or synthetic pads that abrade the surface while cleaning and polishing.
• If you decide to apply any product or system to the floor, have a reputable expert conduct thorough training on a test area. Once the property manager and you are satisfied with the results, follow their directions as closely as possible.
• WARNING: If you attempt to use regular water based floor finishes, the stone may not be able to “breath” and will deteriorate (milky white powdering) which will cost even more to restore. Make sure any floor product you apply has a registered slip resistance, however be aware that a wet floor can be slippery causing slip/fall incidents regardless of the product used.
Hard floor technology is changing rapidly so make sure you are utilizing the best processes for the floor type under consideration. Your comments and questions are always welcome. I hope to hear from you soon. Until then, keep it clean…
Mickey Crowe has been involved in the industry for over 35 years. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant. You can reach Mickey at 678.314.2171 or CTCG50@comcast.net.