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Natural Stone Polishing

residential & commercial natural stone polishing services

Natural Stones We Service:

Marble
Granite
Limestone
Terrazzo
Travertine
Onyx
Soap Stone
Bluestone
Flagstone
Slate

The Natural Stone Cleaning & Stone Polishing Pros of Chicago

CSI-Absolute Clean Inc., is a Chicago based, restorative cleaning company whose expertise in natural stone cleaning, stone polishing, stone sealing and restoration is second to none. We clean and service many types of natural stones including marble, granite, limestone, travertine, onyx, slate, soapstone, terrazzo, flagstone, bluestone among many other, both residential and commercial throughout Chicago, North Shore and the South West Suburbs. Our restorative process of resurfacing natural stone will return your natural stone’s surface to a like-new condition.

What Makes Cleaning Natural Stone so Difficult?

Over time, dirt, grime, food, spills and other debris accumulate making your natural stone flooring and counter tops look dull and lacking luster. Non-professional, consumer-grade cleaning methods simply don’t remove the built-up, ground-in grime that has worked their way into these hard-to-reach places. Dirt and other debris get trapped in the pores of your granite, limestone, travertine or other type of natural stone, which is particularly tough to remove when not using professional natural stone cleaning methods.

Why Choose Our Natural Stone Cleaning,  Stone Polishing and Sealing Services?

Our extensive restorative process will make your natural stone sparkle returning its original luster, a result that can only be attained through professional natural stone cleaning, polishing and sealing.

Our leading Chicago natural stone cleaning and restoration service combines our deep-cleaning process and our advanced sealing techniques that not only cleans and restores your natural stone to a more attractive state, but also waterproofs your natural stone’s surface for additional protection.

As a top-rated Chicago based cleaning as restoration company, we provide complimentary in-home consultation, transparency in pricing, and detailed service descriptions. Our staff members are highly trained certified technicians that implement the use of eco-friendly products dedicated to deliver the gold standard in service when cleaning natural stone flooring.

What Requires a Clean & Seal

  • Annual Maintenance
  • No Etches (commonly referred to as: Water Mark, Water Stain, Drip Mark, Ring Stain)
  • No Staining (Anything that has left a pigment is a stain. i.e. Coffee Stain, Wine Stain, etc…)
  • No Scratches
  • No Dulling of the Surface Finish (Finish is intact)

What Requires a Partial Restoration

  • Light Etch Marks (commonly referred to as: Water Mark, Water Stain, Drip Mark, Ring Stain)

 

  • Light Staining (Anything that has left a pigment is a stain. I.e. Coffee Stain, Wine Stain, etc…)
  • Light Scratches
  • Minimal Dulling of the Surface Finish (Matte, Honed, or Polished)

What Requires a Full Restoration

  • Deep Etch Marks (commonly referred to as: Water Mark, Water Stain, Drip Mark, Ring Stain)
  • Deep Staining (Anything that has left a pigment is a stain. I.e. Coffee Stain, Wine Stain, etc…)
  • Deep Scratches
  • Extensive Dulling of the Surface Finish (Matte, Honed, or Polished)

OUR NATURAL STONE CLEANING & POLISHING PROCESS

Our natural stone cleaning systems are performed to IICRC standards for S210 stone restoration. We use the most cutting edge technology to deliver the ABSOLUTE BEST CLEAN. Our standard natural stone cleaning process removes any topical soil. Any staining or damage not removed by our standard natural stone cleaning process will require either a “partial restoration” or a “full restoration”.

Clean & Seal Process

  1. Pre-Treatment: spray application of our alkaline trimix chemical with the purpose of breaking the surface tension of the soil, penetrating the grout in order to defloculate imbedded soil. It then breaks down soil and suspends it in the water molecule/cleaning detergent for easy removal.
  2. Agitation: Manual or Mechanical – Aids the Pre-Treatment to saturate, and helps further loosen soil.
  3. Extract: done via truck mount or portable machine vacuums off suspended soil in water molecules
  4. Rinse: Triple Steam rinse flushes out any dirt remaining in the tile & grout ensuring full removal.
  5. Emulsify: a chemical rinse that is the 2nd rinse step synergistically reacts with the pre-treatment to attract all chemical and soil to the surface
  6. Neutralize: a chemical rinse that is the 3rd step in the rinse step that flushes all chemicals out, neutralizes them, and brings the tile & grout PH back to balance PH7 to prevent re-soiling.
  7. Speed dry: expedite drying to eliminate/avoid efflorescence
  8. Dry Buff: Removes any reaming residue, also aids to expedite drying
  9. Seal: Application of appropriate deep impregnating/penetrating sealer. (sealers may vary depending on the type of stone)
  10. Final Buff: Ensures full penetration of sealer, removes any access sealer residue.

Partial Restoration Process

  1. Pre-Treatment: spray application of our alkaline trimix chemical with the purpose of breaking the surface tension of the soil, penetrating the grout in order to defloculate imbedded soil. It then breaks down soil and suspends it in the water molecule/cleaning detergent for easy removal.
  2. Agitation: Manual or Mechanical – Aids the Pre-Treatment to saturate, and helps further loosen soil.
  3. Extract: done via truck mount or portable machine vacuums off suspended soil in water molecules
  4. Rinse: Triple Steam rinse flushes out any dirt remaining in the tile & grout ensuring full removal.
  5. Emulsify: a chemical rinse that is the 2nd rinse step synergistically reacts with the pre-treatment to attract all chemical and soil to the surface
  6. Grind: A wet/dust free grinding process that implements 1 step diamond abrasive in order to remove any wear or damage to the stone surface.
  7. Extract & Rinse: Removes any residue left behind from the grinding process
  8. Hone: A wet/dust free honing process that implements 2 step diamond abrasive in order to prepare and transition the stone for the polishing process.
  9. Extract & Rinse: Removes any residue left behind from the honing process
  10. Polish: A wet/dust free polishing process that implements 2 step diamond abrasive in order to bring the stone back to a factory finish.
  11. Extract & Rinse: Removes any residue left behind from the polishing process.
  12. Neutralize: a chemical rinse that is the 3rd step in the rinse step that flushes all residue and solutions out, neutralizes them, and brings the tile & grout PH back to balance PH7 to prevent re-soiling.
  13. Speed dry: expedite drying to eliminate/avoid efflorescence
  14. Dry Buff: Removes any remaining residue, also aids to expedite drying
  15. Seal: Application of appropriate deep impregnating/penetrating sealer. (sealers may vary depending on the type of stone)
  16. Final Buff: Ensures full penetration of sealer, removes any access sealer residue.

Full Restoration Process

  1. Pre-Treatment: spray application of our alkaline trimix chemical with the purpose of breaking the surface tension of the soil, penetrating the grout in order to defloculate imbedded soil. It then breaks down soil and suspends it in the water molecule/cleaning detergent for easy removal.
  2. Agitation: Manual or Mechanical – Aids the Pre-Treatment to saturate, and helps further loosen soil.
  3. Extract: done via truck mount or portable machine vacuums off suspended soil in water molecules
  4. Rinse: Triple Steam rinse flushes out any dirt remaining in the tile & grout ensuring full removal.
  5. Emulsify: a chemical rinse that is the 2nd rinse step synergistically reacts with the pre-treatment to attract all chemical and soil to the surface
  6. Grind: A wet/dust free grinding process that implements 2 step diamond abrasive in order to remove any wear or damage to the stone surface.
  7. Extract & Rinse: Removes any residue left behind from the grinding process
  8. Hone: A wet/dust free honing process that implements 3 step diamond abrasive in order to prepare and transition the stone for the polishing process.
  9. Extract & Rinse: Removes any residue left behind from the honing process
  10. Polish: A wet/dust free polishing process that implements 3 step diamond abrasive in order to bring the stone back to a factory finish.
  11. Extract & Rinse: Removes any residue left behind from the polishing process.
  12. Neutralize: a chemical rinse that is the 3rd step in the rinse step that flushes all residue and solutions out, neutralizes them, and brings the tile & grout PH back to balance PH7 to prevent re-soiling.
  13. Speed dry: expedite drying to eliminate/avoid efflorescence
  14. Dry Buff: Removes any remaining residue, also aids to expedite drying
  15. Seal: Application of appropriate deep impregnating/penetrating sealer. (sealers may vary depending on the type of stone)
  16. Final Buff: Ensures full penetration of sealer, removes any access sealer residue.

Surfaces We Restore

FloorsShowersWallsCountersVanitiesPatiosDrivewaysInteriorExterior

RESIDENTIAL NATURAL STONE CLEANING & POLISHING PRICES

Natural Stone ChartStandard Services
Service AreaClean & SealPartial RestorationFull Restoration
Single Vanity$75$125$175
Double Vanity$125$250$350
Shower$350$750$1,250
Tub Surround$250$450$750
Jacuzzi tub surround$175$350$450
Bathroom Floor (up to 50 square feet)$225$350$500
Floor (up to 125 square feet)$250$350$450
Floor (up to 250 square feet)$375$550$750
Floor (up to 500 square feet)$750$950$1,250
Floor (up to 750 square feet)$1,000$1,250$1,750
Floor (up to 1000 square feet)$1,250$1,500$2,000
Floor (up to 1,500 square feet)$1,650$2,000$2,500
Counter Top$15 per linear foot$20 per linear foot$25 per linear foot
Island$15 per square foot$20 per square foot$25 per square foot
Bar$15 per square foot$20 per square foot$25 per square foot
  • Minimum service charges apply based on zip code and property type
  • Grouting prices reflect standard sanded and non-sanded grout only. (special rates apply for epoxied grout)
  • Caulking prices are based on standard size areas. (additional rates apply for oversize projects)
Measurement Reference
Formula :     Length X Width = Square feet         Example:   15’ X 10’ = 1,500 square feet
Reference descriptionEqualsSquare feet
Standard 1 car garageEquals250 square feet
Half of a standard 1 car garageEquals125 square feet
Standard 2 car garageEquals500 square feet
Half of 2 car garageEquals250 square feet

Additional Services

Natural Stone Sealer - (comes standard with any service)

Our stone sealer provide maximum protection against:

  • Permanent staining
  • Repel water & oil based stains
  • Prevent malodors & microbial growth
  • Recommended once a year in high moisture areas after a restorative cleaning process has been performed

Re-Grout

Replacing loose, damaged or stained grout:

  • Grout may come loose during our cleaning process
  • Our process does not cause this condition, but rather exposes a pre-existing condition
  • Replacing grout is a great way to refresh the look and feel of your home.

Re-Caulk

Replacing caulking is essential to high moisture areas in your home. Caulk prevents:

  • Moisture migrating in between building materials
  • Rotting off building material that accumulates moisture
  • Microbial growth as a result of moisture accumulating in areas that do not dry out
Natural Stone ChartAdditional Services
Service AreaRe-Grout 12” X 12” TileRe-Grout 6” X 6” TileRe-Caulk
Single Vanity$45
Double Vanity$65
Shower$1,250$1,550$175
Tub Surround$750$1,000$125
Jacuzzi tub surround$750$950$125
Bathroom Floor (up to 50 square feet)$750$950
Floor (up to 125 square feet)$750$950
Floor (up to 250 square feet)$1,250$1,550
Floor (up to 500 square feet)$2,000$2,500
Floor (up to 750 square feet)$3,000$3,750
Floor (up to 1000 square feet)$4,000$5,000
Floor (up to 1,500 square feet)$6,000$7,500
Counter Top$100 up to 50 linear feet

NATURAL STONE FACTS

Recommended Cleaning Frequency

Natural Stone cleaning recommendations

  • Hot water extraction cleaning method is recommend over other methods
  • Residential cleaning frequency is once every 12 months or once every 6 – 12 months for high moisture areas.

Drying time after service

Drying time after service vary based on room temperature, relative humidity, and air movement. Generally grout remains damp after service for 4-8 hours.

Floors are walkable immediately after service.

Counter tops and vanities are usable immediately after service.

Recommendations after service:

  • Room temperature of at least 70 degrees
  • Turn on any fans available for air movement to expedite drying.
  • Allow the area to dry 24 hours before introducing moisture

Wide Range of Use

Natural stone covers a broad spectrum of materials such as marble, granite, slate, terrazzo, onyx, blue stone, sand stone, travertine, limestone, flagstone, among the more popular. Each type branches out to several different families. For example, Marble has over 15 common types that are quarried from all over the world, and all range in hardness, patterns, application, finishes. To further explain, you may have a mosaic – emperador brown – polished finish – 3/8″ used on a floor application. To make a long story short, every floor is different, and likewise would have different need of service.

Many Different Materials

Natural stone covers a wide array of materials such as marble, granite, limestone, travertine, terrazzo, onyx, sandstone, flagstone, bluestone and slate. These materials come in many different styles of finish such as polished, honed, tumbled, flamed, antiqued, textured, and natural. In today’s market, the use of natural stone has grown in demand, and the dynamics of which they are used range anywhere from floors, to countertops, to wall coverings both interior, and exterior.

Pores by Nature

All natural stones are pores by nature, which means they need to be sealed regularly to prevent staining. Natural stones that are placed in a high moisture area such as showers, and countertops need to be sealed more often. The schedule for re-sealing natural stone depends on several factors such as amount of use, hardness of water in the area/city, and the types of chemicals used or come in direct contact with natural stone surfaces.

PH Sensitive

Along with being pores, natural stones are PH sensitive. High PH cleaners may dull your finish, and remove existing sealers. Acidic PH chemicals may etch and damage a finish, and cause pitting. Contrary to popular belief, vinegar water is NOT a good way to clean natural stone. Vinegar, along with most food items and beverages are acidic in PH and may ruin the finish of your stone.

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