Melbourne’s Most Reputable Stone Benchtop Restoration Company
Over time you will start to notice that your impressive stone benchtops can start to show signs of damage and wear. Natural stone and even reconstituted stone can become dull, chipped, cracked, scratched and stained through accidental spillages, incorrect use, or with the application of the wrong type of cleaning products and use of scourers.
Based in Melbourne, Mirror Image Marble we can rectify this damage and return your stone surfaces to their original natural beauty, to Melbourne city and beyond.
Backed by over 30 years experience in the stone industry in Melbourne, Mirror Image Marble has a deep understanding of the nature of natural stone. Our extensive knowledge and expertise in regards to stone, enables us to provide the most technologically advanced solutions for the restoration of your stone surfaces.
Restoring your stone back to its natural beauty
Mirror image marble works with all natural stones such as marble, granite, limestone, travertine and terrazzo and reconstituted stone surfaces. We find however that most of our customers are unaware that the different types of natural stone vary in porosity and need for sealing.
How do natural stones differ?
There is a great deal of difference between natural stones. Most types of Granite for example only need protecting with a high quality impregnating sealer. Being a harder stone, they are not as susceptible to staining and an occasional application of a good quality impregnating sealer is all that is required to keep them in pristine condition.
However, Marble, Limestone and Travertine, although extremely beautiful, are by nature also extremely porous. These types of stone vary in their level of porosity, and will stain in varying degrees with usage. In this instance, a simple impregnating sealer will not be sufficient to protect them from staining.
Examples of a couple of softer but highly sort after marbles are Calacutta and Carrara. These marbles have a very high level of porosity and can often etch even with water.
It can be quite disappointing to find out that your beautiful stone benchtop is quite fragile and if it has not been sealed correctly, it will quickly lose its original character.
Basically anything that you use in your kitchen on a daily basis can damage your stone benches. Oil, vinegar, coffee, wine, beetroot, lemon juice and soft drinks can etch into the surface leaving unsightly stains and dull etch marks which detract from the original beauty of your stone.
This doesn’t have to be the case though.
Here at Mirror Image Marble we can alleviate your concerns by reversing the damage to your stone surfaces and returning them to their original luster. With our state of the art, technologically advanced restoration and protection processes, we can re-hone, re-polish and protect your stone surfaces returning to their former glory, allowing you to experience their beauty for many years to come.
What is the difference between honing and polishing?
Honed marble has been so named because the marble once polished is left with a matt finish. Many find this finish appealing, as its sense of warmth, gives an elegant yet natural look to your stone surfaces. Whereas the highly polished finish yields a reflective mirror finish that accentuates the natural grain of the stone and gives a sense of sophisticated elegance.
However, some prefer to have a semi gloss finish which has a slightly higher shine than the honed finish yet not as shiny as the highly polished. These variations can be achieved if requested and can be discussed onsite at the time of polishing
Both honed and highly polished marble will stain if not sealed correctly, but because of the dull nature of the honed look the stains are often not as prominent. On highly polished marble the stains etch into the polished surface leaving a dull patch which is more obvious.
What are the advantages of protecting your benchtops?
By sealing your stone benchtops as soon as they are installed, you are avoiding any problems caused by acid etching and are ensuring the protection of your valuable asset.
For the most porous marbles we recommend our resin coatings, they come in both a honed and polished finish and are backed by a 10 year written guarantee against acid etching.
The resin coating once applied, will protect your marble surfaces from staining caused by accidental spillages of acidic substances such as wine, vinegar, lemon juice, oil, soft drinks etc. All spillages can be easily wiped off with a wet cloth without leaving any damage to the stone itself.
Stone Care and Maintenance
Once your benchtop has been sealed and protected there are still a few things you need to be aware of to assure that your benchtop retains its elegance and beauty.
Whether your benchtop has been honed or polished, the same advice applies.
- Never use harsh chemicals on your stone surfaces. Once sealed only use a neutral detergent or our Mirror Image Marble Stone Cleaner to wipe down the surfaces.
- Avoid dragging plates or other objects across your stone surfaces to avoid scratching.
- NEVER place a hot pot or fry pan directly from the stove onto your stone surface. To prevent the risk of either cracking or burning the protective coating and damaging your stone.
- NEVER cut anything directly on your stone surface, as cutting will scratch the surface and risk damaging the protective coating and the stone. We recommend using a chopping board for cutting.
If you have any questions regarding stone repairs or protection please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We service Melbourne and rural Victoria, and we’re only too happy to discuss your concerns with you. We pride ourselves on our customer service and offer obligation free quotations for the restoration and protect of your stone surfaces.