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The Pros and Cons of Natural Stone Resining

What is resined natural stone?

Resined natural stone is stone that is treated to improve minor naturally occurring flaws. Resining is achieved by drying unpolished slabs, spraying them with polyester, and placing the slabs in a vacuum chamber that sucks the resin deep into the stone. Once the stone has cured, it can be polished to any type of finish, from soft matte to a highly reflective polish.

What are the pros and cons of resining natural stone?

Natural stone has inherent imperfections, such as porosity, fissures, pitting, and the like. Resin fills, reinforces, and strengthens the durability of natural stone. According to Fred Hueston, Chief Technical Director for Stone and Tile PROS, some granites probably would not make it into the United States if it were not for the resining process, because the stone is so brittle, it would break during shipping. However, Hueston warns, “Resin strengthens the stone temporarily, but any time we introduce a man-made process into a natural material, things can go wrong. It might not be cured properly. It might not be dried properly. Polyester can become discolored when exposed to UV light.”

Resolving Resined Stone Problems

Fortunately, problems with resined stone can be resolved. For example, polyester resin can darken on the surface of a slab (which might not be noticeable, if it were not for polished edges revealing the true color of the stone). A trained, reputable natural stone restoration contractor can apply a high-quality color enhancer to achieve a uniform color, as well as repair and restore the like-new finish to unsightly stone.

This is one of a series of articles written and published on behalf of SurpHaces Partners.

Worried About Vacuuming Too Much?

We repeatedly tell our clients that regular vacuuming and professional cleaning are the best ways to prevent premature wear of carpets and rugs. Sometimes our clients ask whether there’s such a thing as vacuuming too much. Here are a few pointers to help you keep your carpets and rugs looking great for years to come without inadvertently causing premature damage.

Do you have a good air filtration system?

The biggest reason carpets and rugs need to be vacuumed is because of dirt and grime tracked in on the bottoms of shoes. The second biggest reason is dust. Ideally, you want to get rid of dust before it settles on your carpets and rugs. You can reduce the amount of dust in your home or workplace with upgrades to your air filtration system, such as air purification, pleated filters, or even an electrostatic filter that is connected to your duct system. If less dust makes its way to your carpets and rugs, you’ll need to vacuum low traffic areas less often.

Beater Brush Basics

It’s overkill to vacuum delicate carpet and rug fibers in areas that see little activity with a beater brush turned on. On the other hand, it’s ineffectual to vacuum sturdy carpet and rug fibers in very high traffic areas once a week with the beater brush turned off. In areas that see little traffic, your goal is to basically remove a thin layer of dust that has settled on the surface, whereas with higher traffic areas, your objective is to remove both surface dust and particles that have made their way deep into the fibers of your carpet or rug. Turn your beater brush off or on, and set the height levels appropriate for your rug material and pile.

Consider the Pile

If you carpet or rug has woven pile, run your hands along the surface to determine which direction the pile naturally points. There will be more friction created as your hand runs against the grain. If you are using a beater brush, vacuum with the pile direction or from left to right across the pile direction, but do not force it against the pile direction, because this may cause premature damage to the fibers of your carpet or rug.

Carpet Sweepers and Dusters

If you have a big, powerful, unwieldy vacuum cleaner, try using a carpet sweeper for quick and easy clean up. Carpet sweepers and dusters work much like a broom, removing surface dust, dirt, crumbs, and pet hair. Although they can never replace true vacuuming, they can certainly help keep your carpet clean between regular vacuuming with very little potential for carpet or rug fiber damage.

This is one of a series of articles written and published on behalf of SurpHaces Partners.