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Does anyone do partial restorations on stone floors as opposed to a total restoration. I have started to listen to what customers want and adapted what I know to what the customer can afford and have found it to be very successful and profitable. Here are a few examples of partial restorations that I am currently doing. What I am doing is cleaning the stone and grout and then using 5x to polish the floor which does not remove scratches but I'm careful to qualify each job to be sure that I can match the customers expectations.
 

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@toddthecleaner does different levels. I do some light stone myself.
 
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We will do full restorations but if a customer wants to just have the stone and grout cleaned and I can offer them a better looking floor by doing an 800 grit pass by a 5x polish I will. I usually sell them by doing a small test spot with my Mikita and they are pretty impressed.
Believe it or not realtors selling multimillion dollar homes are referring me to their customers.
The house that I am working on this week is a $2.5 million house that a guy is selling.
The 1st picture I posted is from their 2nd floor balcony.
 

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We will do full restorations but if a customer wants to just have the stone and grout cleaned and I can offer them a better looking floor by doing an 800 grit pass by a 5x polish I will. I usually sell them by doing a small test spot with my Mikita and they are pretty impressed.
Believe it or not realtors selling multimillion dollar homes are referring me to their customers.
The house that I am working on this week is a $2.5 million house that a guy is selling.
The 1st picture I posted is from their 2nd floor balcony.
Not bad Alan! Do you find a big improvement when you clean the floor and grout first? Many times marble needs to be re grouted! Especially if it’s older, no cleaning is going to bring it back. Here’s another tip many times we would use 220/400 diamonds on one disk. 400 on the outer and 220 inner. 2 birds one stone.
 

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Here is a master bathroom we did last week, he was so impressed we did everything in the home, going back this week to do the shower, because it does not compare to the other work we did.
 

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really cool, Ive been wondering for a while about offering a light polishing like what janitorial companies do for the higher end buildings.. its not perfect but obviously their cost is low and it keeps the floors looking pretty good as long as you dont take a magnifying glass to them.
 
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Wow, that turned out really nice!
How high did you take the honing and what did you polish it with?
Nice work!
 

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Wow, that turned out really nice!
How high did you take the honing and what did you polish it with?
Nice work!
We basically used 5x to polish from Gran Quartz, rinsed with a neutral cleaner, clear sealed, and hit it with a polish in a can (3N1 Polish).
 

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I put a contract on a home with similar flooring and countertops. Could use some pointers if it goes through. Some great work above.
 

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Not bad Alan! Do you find a big improvement when you clean the floor and grout first? Many times marble needs to be re grouted! Especially if it’s older, no cleaning is going to bring it back. Here’s another tip many times we would use 220/400 diamonds on one disk. 400 on the outer and 220 inner. 2 birds one stone.
Are you crazy? I hope nobody listens to this advice. What purpose does this serve? You will continually pass over the 400 grit scratches with the 200 grit resins and get nowhere.. Please do not do this
 

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Not bad Alan! Do you find a big improvement when you clean the floor and grout first? Many times marble needs to be re grouted! Especially if it’s older, no cleaning is going to bring it back. Here’s another tip many times we would use 220/400 diamonds on one disk. 400 on the outer and 220 inner. 2 birds one stone.
Are you crazy? I hope nobody listens to this advice. What purpose does this serve? You will continually pass over the 400 grit scratches with the 200 grit resins and get nowhere.. Please do not do this
Works for us no issues, you can’t say much if you have not tried it?
 
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Allen, what kind of cleaning are you doing before your 5x? Looks great. I dont know what rules there are here on naming prices but im guessing from your words you are keeping costs down closer to what crystallzing goes for?
Nice work, great reflection!