Pittsburgh Stone Counter Restoration

A counter or vanity can be made of Marble, Granite, Travertine, Onyx, or Limestone – just to name a few.  The stone counter restoration process varies by the type of stone and the final finish that is desired, whether polished or honed.

Simply cleaning and polishing the marble will not remove wear or etches, (which are “spill” marks caused by acidic liquids coming into contact with the floor).  To remove these, the stone must be restored by bringing it “down” to remove the damage, then back up in order for it to take a polish.  (It’s a similar idea as restoring damaged wood furniture, except instead of various grits of sandpaper, various grits of diamonds are used.)

Below are the three steps involved in our Pittsburgh Stone Counter Restoration service:


Step 1 for Stone Restoration: Protecting the areas

We take the set-up/protection step seriously, masking off walls and fixtures for protection. Our goal is to keep your whole home looking good, not just the area we are working on.

Step 2 for Stone Restoration: Removal of Damage

Restoration is the process is to remove moderate scratches and etches to bring the marble back to a nice shine. It uses water with diamond-bonded metal and resins discs of various grit levels (up to 8) and polishing compounds to remove damage, then bring it back up to a beautiful finish.

We use a mostly wet-process to restore the counter, not a dry-sanding which would create plumes of dust.

Step 3 for Stone Restoration: Obtaining Desired Finish

The final step is to use resin diamond-bonded discs and polishing compounds to bring the counter to the desired finish. That can be a high-polished, reflective finish. Or it can be a honed, matte finish. Afterwards, the counter is sealed with an acid-resistant sealer. No topical coating is ever applied, as natural stone should never have a topical coating. Waxes interfere with the stone’s natural beauty and ruins grout.