Stone Polishing: High Quality Process to Remove Mineral Deposits from Countertop Fixtures in Hartford, CT
July 19, 2018For many homeowners, it is usual to find a buildup of some kind of white substance on showerheads and faucets around their home. This type of buildup is nothing more than mineral deposits. The minerals are in the water that flows through the faucets and can settle in the fixtures. This occurs more often in the shower where a lot of the water used evaporates. When this happens, it leaves behind these mineral deposits, and over time they cause the white stains to appear. These deposits are a hassle to clean and they develop quickly, making the fixtures look unattractive and dirty. On granite countertops, these white mineral stains are a typical result of hard water. If the countertop has been properly maintained and resealed periodically, these deposits would be easy to remove. However, if the countertop seal has been compromised, the endeavor becomes quite difficult. To solve this issue, the best option is to contact stone polishing professionals in Hartford, CT.
Granite has earned its place as the countertop of choice in many modern kitchens and bathrooms for being beautiful and practical. The natural stone is hard and extremely durable, but its porous surface should be sealed during installation to prevent the absorption of oils and stains. Keeping the surface clean and sparkly usually requires little more than wiping off the stone with a damp cloth. Nonetheless, stubborn water stains that wont's go away with a simple rubdown can appear. These stains are caused by water with high mineral content that sit on the counter, dry, and result in bothersome whitish circles that build up around the faucets. Our next client, a young man from Hartford, CT, recently moved to a place with gorgeous granite counters. Unfortunately, he found some blemishes on the stone. It looked dull and the area around the faucet had a nasty looking with circle.
He still moved into the house regardless of the flaws in the bathroom's countertop, thinking it was a problem he could solve. Determined to get rid of the stains, he began looking for methods to solve the issues presented on the surface. He found a solution that claimed to be useful to remove mineral deposit stains. As instructed, he placed white vinegar in a plastic bag, tied over the faucet, and let it soak overnight. The next morning, he rinsed it with warm water and tried to polish it with a soft cloth. Unfortunately, despite his best efforts, the unsightly looking white circle remained on the surface. The young man was displeased with this outcome.
The next measure he took was to test the seal of the countertop. He sprinkled a couple of drops of water on the surface and the water soaked in. This meant the protective sealing was inadequate and required maintenance. After reading more about the problem and considering the severity of the stain, he concluded that his best option was to look for professional assistance. The young man went online and searched for the best hard surface restoration company in Hartford, CT, and in the top results found Sir Grout Hartford. As he browsed our website, the picture gallery caught his eye and he began looking at the pictures that showed the results of our work. It was an amazing showcase of skill and professionalism. After that, he read testimonials and comments from our previous clients. He was convinced we could help him solve the issues his countertop was having and decided to give us a call to request a free in-home consultation.
We arrived on the scheduled date to perform the evaluation of the surface and to offer the most effective solution for the problem. After greeting the owner, we proceeded with the assessment of the countertop. At first glance we spotted the whitish deposits around the fixture which couldn't be removed with normal household cleaners. This problem is caused by the minerals contained in the house's water. It gets splashed or dripped around the faucet and then evaporates leaving behind mineral solids that over time turn into the hard, whitish circle seeped deep into the fixture. We told the owner that this is a common issue and we could clean these water deposits and restore the original look of the granite with our professional processes. We also noticed that the stone had lost its shine and it lacked protective sealant. The surface was exposed to all sorts of harm and it required experienced and qualified maintenance.
We offered a stone polishing service to restore the luster of the surface and get rid of the mineral deposits that stain the fixtures of the faucet. We would use our advanced techniques and high-quality products to ensure optimal results. We would clean the surface with products that are safe for the stone and remove the stain with a special hard water stain remover. We always follow this cleaning process with a polishing and sealing of the granite to help prevent deposits to appear in the future. We would seal the surface with our unique and exclusive Stone Armor. Our high level sealant offers top-notch protection all while enhancing the look of the stone. We assured the owner that after our work the countertop would be fully restored. He was pleased with our assessment and accepted our offer. He agreed to set up a date for the job.
We returned to our client's house ready to begin the restoration process. This was going to be a thorough procedure that required the highest quality products and skillful techniques. It consisted of several steps which began by cleaning the surface. We used safe for stone, pH-neutral cleaners that won't cause any harm to the surface. Using a high-speed scrubber, we made sure the surface was completely clean and spotless. Then, we moved on to the next step. We had to remove the mineral deposits from the fixtures. Using a special tool and a unique hard water stain remover, we worked until the whitish circle was fully removed from the surface. Once this was done, we were ready to polish and seal the stone to further protect it against damages and the materialization of deposits in the future.
We used a low grit pad to grind until all the dull spots and scratches were removed. To polish the surface and achieve the shine desired by our client, we continued grinding, increasing the level of grit and using a series of abrasive materials and powders. When the desired gloss was obtained, we finished the procedure by sealing the surface with our top of the line Stone Armor. This sealant offers an extra layer of protection and shields the stone against harm from external agents and it gives the granite its natural beauty and charm back.
After all the steps of the process were completed, the nasty looking white circle had been completely removed from the fixtures and the countertop looked wonderful. It had regained all its beautiful elegance and splendor. All the scratches and dull spots had disappeared, revealing the natural gloss of the stone. The granite got back its gorgeous allure and had a magnificent appearance. Thanks to our experienced work and techniques, this result would be easy to maintain and would last for a long time.
We invited the owner to see the outcome of our work. He couldn't believe the whitish circle that was staining the fixtures was finally gone. He thought that level of restoration was incredible and he was relieved we were able to achieve such results with our skillful procedures. After thanking us, the owner stated that from that point on, he would recommend Sir Grout Hartford to all their friends, family, and neighbors. We had become his company of choice for hard surface restoration. We provide our clients long lasting results, and we assured them that our top tier products and techniques are guaranteed to make cleaning routines easy and brief.
We also take time to train our clients on how to perform proper maintenance on their surface and ensure cleaning routines are easy, fast, and safe for the surface. Before leaving, we gave him some recommendations and suggestions to keep the countertop in good condition and help prevent the appearance of mineral deposits on the fixtures:
- For daily cleaning, use water and pH-neutral, safe for the stone cleaners. Acidic cleaning products may damage the sealant on the countertop. Vinegar is a commonly recommended product to remove hard water deposits, but it should be avoided due to its acidic properties. Using this type of product may only cause more harm to the surface.
- Wipe the area where the mineral deposits occur frequently. If water isn't left to stand on the countertop, it's not likely to leave a stain. Stick to regular cleaning and maintenance schedules and use products designed for granite to keep the surface looking its best.
- Keep the surface dry and well ventilated. Don't let water linger for long periods of time and dry the stone using a towel or a terry cloth to prevent scratches. Excessive scrubbing won't be necessary after our sealant is applied, making cleaning routines brief and effortless.
At Sir Grout Hartford we have the solution for all your hard surface restoration problems. It is possible to remove even the most difficult, nasty looking stains from your countertop with our professional help. We provide award-wining stone polishing processes which will give your natural stone surface a new life. As a leading company in the hard surface restoration industry, we offer the most effective techniques to help you with your problem. Don't hesitate to contact us by calling (860) 781-6480 or by filling out our "Request a Quote" form for a free in-home consultation. We will be happy to attend you. Also, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to receive our latest info and promotions.
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