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The skinny on stone finishes

September 19, 2012

FORT WORTH, TX — A basic understanding that all cleaning professionals must have when cleaning and maintaining stone floors, such as marble and granite, is how the floor has been finished, according to a press release.

polished stoneHowever, this is not always an easy assessment yet it can make a significant difference in how the floor is cared for, and using the wrong chemicals or performing unacceptable floor care tasks on stone floors can have serious implications, the release stated.

According to the release, this month's Powr-Flite Floor Care Troubleshooter addresses the three types of finishes that may be applied to stone floors that floor care technicians should know:

  1. A polished finish produces a glossy shine
  2. A honed finish, on the other hand, has less of a reflective shine
  3. A flamed finish typically applies to granite and has a textured, rough appearance.

"The common denominator of all three finishes involves daily or regular maintenance," said Mike Englund, a floor care specialist and trainer and product manager at Powr-Flite.

"Keeping the stone floor as clean as possible is the best way to keep it looking its best no matter how it is finished," Englund added.

For further information on the different finishes, click here.