What are the primary stone finishes?
There are three primary stone finishes:
— A polished finish has a glossy surface that reflects light and emphasizes the color and markings of the material.
— A honed finish is a satin smooth surface with relatively little reflection of light. Generally, a honed finish is preferred for floors, stair treads, thresholds, and other locations where heavy traffic will wear off the polished finish. A honed finish may also be used on furniture tops and other surfaces.
— A flamed finish is a rough textured surface used frequently on granite floor tiles.
Many other finishes are available and used throughout the world. Consult with one of our professionals if your finish does not match these three primary types.
How can we reduce slippery accidents from smooth wet floors?
Many flooring surfaces can become slippery when wet.
- Spread carpeted runners from each outside door into lobbies and corridors to help dry shoe soles.
- Place bright-colored “slippery when wet” pylons on walking surfaces in conspicuous places.
- Mop or shovel walking surfaces as often as necessary to remove standing water, ice, and/or snow.
- Issue standard instructions to building maintenance personnel and prominently post at all janitorial workstations.
- Follow local building and safety codes.
What are the general guidelines for stain removal?
- Remove any loose debris.
- Blot spills; wiping the area will spread the spill.
- Flush the area with plain water and mild soap and rinse several times.
- Dry the area thoroughly with a soft cloth.
- Repeat as necessary.
- If the stain remains, refer to the section in this guide on stain removal.
- If the stain persists or for problems that appear too difficult to treat, call your stone care professional, installer, or restoration specialist.