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Having disgusting Marble Shower?

Having disgusting Marble Shower?

In this blog the word Marble will represent most of the natural stones such as marble itself, travertine, limestone, granite and others. After a few years of daily usage of marble shower, its surface will build up layers of soap scum, calcium deposits, mold and grime. How did I end up with this? What am I doing wrong? Having marble shower was mistake? Those are the questions of frustration and disappointment. The solution is to perform professional cleaning and sealing by experienced...
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5 Problems And Solutions For Your Granite Countertops In Your Kitchen

5 Problems And Solutions For Your Granite Countertops In Your Kitchen

I will highlight 5 Basic problems and solutions for your granite counter tops in this blog to help you and guide you to right direction. After a few years of having granite as your kitchen counter top system you might notice some changes that took place which caught your attention and trigger your concerns. #1. Seam joints are separating and adhesive is falling apart. You notice that applying a slight pressure makes counter tops move and and make them unstable. The solution is to find p...
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Lobby Floors As Marble and Terrazzo And Their Maintenance

Lobby Floors As Marble and Terrazzo And Their Maintenance

A lobby interior and design always represents buildings in the best or the worst ways. It serves as a signature and the first impression for its guests,workers and residents. In downtown Chicago every highrise building can compete for the best lobby Design and the most importantly for marble and terrazzo floors. The time always rolls around to your condominium or building management to begin considering restoration of lobby floors. For that reason, it is a major factor to study its existing h...
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Proper Company For Your Stone Surfaces

Proper Company For Your Stone Surfaces

If you have natural stone at your home it means that you have responsibilities that yet to be discovered. Sometimes you choose to have natural stone and sometimes it was chosen for you. In both of the cases there are lots of discoveries and surprises before becoming comfortable with your stone. In homes natural stone could be anywhere from Kitchen and bathroom tops to foyer, kitchen and master bathroom floors and shower surrounds. There are various types of stone such as granite, marble, lim...
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5+ Step Diamond Refinishing System For Marble Floors.

5+ Step Diamond Refinishing System For Marble Floors.

Got Marble ? Does it look dull and worn ? Marble is relatively softer stone than granite. The reason behind is that Marble never went through such a harsh time, such as heat and volcanic eruptions as granite did, as you all know... "What Does Not Kill You Makes You Stronger" Overall, what granite rocks experienced throughout its existence is much more than what marble did, therefore it is stronger. Marble is softer and more sensitive to most of the things around it. A softer marble represe...
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Polished Or Honed Yours To Choose

Polished Or Honed Yours To Choose

Does the marble come polished by nature or us humans exposed such a magnificent quality of metamorphic rock? I would give a credit to ourselves when it comes to true and clear reflective surfaces on stone, metal and wood. Today's polishing technology had reached to its pinnacle and hard to imagine any future results overshadowing existing achievements. We look at polished stone and we discover our mirror reflection. Beautiful and enhanced color variations of the marble in mix of high density...
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8+Stone Refinishing System AKA Seamless Floors

8+Stone Refinishing System AKA Seamless Floors

Typical marble floor description list contains following items. 1. The tiles are installed relatively flat but still each tile represents it's own individual degree of levelness that is comparatively different from other neighbor tiles. 2. The grout joint width varies from 1/16" to 1/4" and different types of grout can be used such as cement or epoxy based. 3. Due to distressed grout joints the dirt deposits are constantly presented showing dark grout joints in traffic areas. 4. After certai...
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How We Do Chip Repairs On Granite Countertops

How We Do Chip Repairs On Granite Countertops

Everyday activities that take place in your kitchen involves your granite countertops. The Granite known with its durability but density in the same time and especially the edges. Around the sink cut out or along the perimeter the edges will take the most impacts from kitchen everyday objects such as glasses, plates, knives and etc. Soon enough you might discover small chip on the edge of granite as it shown on the photo below. The most of the time the damaged areas get discovered after few d...
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Proper Seam Repairs On Granite Countertops

Proper Seam Repairs On Granite Countertops

Starting from the late 90's Granite became the most popular luxurious counter top system in residential homes. Slowly but surely it replaced laminate and corian tops due to its great durability and visual qualities. This movement triggered the whole stone industry's infrastructure creating multiple amount of granite fabrication shops and local stone suppliers. It bacame so accessible that even small garage based shops could have an easy reach to jumbo size gratine slabs. Which of course led to ...
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Restoration of Marble Lobby Floor in Chicago’s Historical Mansion. 

Restoration of Marble Lobby Floor in Chicago’s Historical Mansion. 

This distinctive red brick structure was built as a 45,000 sq ft family home for shoe manufacturer Joseph E. Tilt in 1914. The mansion originally had 14 bedrooms, 17 fireplaces, a library, ballroom, billiards room, wine cellar and gym. The Salvation Army purchased the property in 1920 to house cadets in training. For Joseph this building ment to represent his status of being millionaire shoe manufacturer in entire Chicago land. I personally would place this building into short list of the most b...
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If we’ve gone that far…

If we’ve gone that far…

We never thinks about the floor surfaces we are walking on at our homes, work, schools, airports,malls, hospitals and etc. What journey it takes for each marble slab or tiny  chip to end up under our shoe soles.How much energy got generated or waisted to dig deep into beautiful and gigantic marble rocks, invading and disturbing  their peaceful lifestyle with heavy and loud machinery not to mention massive and scary explosions.There is nothing romantic or humane  about harvesting n...
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Does marble cleaning really exist? 

Does marble cleaning really exist? 

We all know marble as the most beautiful stone type that could end at our house,office, building lobby and etc.  But does marble get durty?  Of course it does but so other wear and tear that will catch our attention and raise your concerns and questions. So is marble cleaning is the first and the most important solution?  Will it sound surprising if I tell you that marble cleaning does not exist? Let me explain why it does not exist and the client base uses wrong terminology ...
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Knowing and identifying  two kinds of stone restoration companies

Knowing and identifying  two kinds of stone restoration companies

It is generally challenging to find stone restoration company since this trade is very unic and has little mystery behind it.  The most of the time client looks for tile shop or granite fabricator hoping to get appropriate assistance for their stone surfaces but after first minute of conversation they discover that it takes dedicated stone restoration company and skilled technicians to restore natural stone or terrazzo.  Another challenging fase is to understand right terminology suc...
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Travertine floor restoration

Travertine floor restoration

What is Travertine? Travertine is a natural stone such as Marble, Granite, Onyx, Limestone, Slate etc. The key difference between Travertine and other natural stones lies in the formation of the rock, the hardness of the stone and the appearance. Travertine is formed in hot springs and/or limestone caves. Travertine is not the same as Marble or Limestone which falls in the metamorphic rock category. Key characteristics of Travertine stone are the holes within the stone which are caused by car...
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Lippage Removal as an opportunity for your stone floors

Lippage Removal as an opportunity for your stone floors

Lippage refers to differences in elevation between edges of adjoining tile modules. It could differ from high, medium and soft and certain subject such as coins, credit cards and thickness gauging leaves help to identify the existing lippage conditions of tile floors. There are numerous reasons behind Lippage floors. Poor tile installation, uneven substrade, faulty leveling materials and techniques and etc. Ones lippage exist that automatically crates an opportunity for its removal which in...
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Marble polishing test sample

Marble polishing test sample

As a company we encourage potential clients to let as perform free test polishing  sample for their marble floors prior to restoration process. This process sets the expectation level for the client and helps them to make right decision. The same process is equally important for us to identify existing material and establish appropriate polishing formula along with diamond grit and bond selection for resurfacing purposes. For any questions please contact us at: Email: kosta@pinnaclestonecar...
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Important suggestions for maintaining and restoring marble lobbies

Important suggestions for maintaining and restoring marble lobbies

Marble has been around for many centuries. People recognized its beauty since it rained first time on marble rock and water droplets had enhanced unexplained color combinations and design. It had motivated humans to create tools and machineries. Its existence had generated people into artist and sculptures...Scientists and engineers. Marble had encouraged humanity to push their limits to unpredictable levels of Establishment. That brought us here and without our intentional recognition we never ...
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Sleeping terrazzo beauty

Sleeping terrazzo beauty

Every terrazzo floor has thousand years of lifetime left in them regardless how abused and vandalised you find it. 100 years of terrazzo has history and pride behind it and always fills great to be part of the history when we put our hands on it. Many times we see terrazzo floors buried under carpets and vinyl tiles for many years. It is like discovering sleeping beauty with only deference that it takes more than a kiss and more than a prince to bring it alive...). And don't forget about diamond...
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Protecting working areas and surrounding for Terrazzo and Marble restoration

Protecting working areas and surrounding for Terrazzo and Marble restoration

It is crucially important to protect  working areas and surroundings while we doing terrazzo and marble restoration for floors, countertops and walls. Using vinyl  protective tapes insures water and other lequed no penetration into non working areas. As well as using appropriate covering materials for floors such as paper and drop cloth. We make sure to take our time to protect all the surroundings before we proceed for restoration work....
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Thassos marble polishing

Thassos marble polishing

Thassos marble is the one one of the most difficult marble to polish due to it's character and structure. It took us quite sometime to find right sets of diamonds along with polishing paste and right amount of heat to get the superior result of restored Thassos. In this particular project that you see photo of we have grind the lippage ( leveling tiles using diamond pads ) and replace the grout with epoxy material. The process also included honing and polishing the tile to it's high gloss fini...
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Right expectation

Right expectation

There are a lot of misbilif associated with terrazzo and concrete  restoration. This blog is an attempt at banish  some terrazzo restoration myths. When a terrazzo restoration technician / sales persoc arrives to your door, they are focused  to sell and convince  you on their services  and technique, as well as on themselves. Unfortunately, many companies sell more of than exists or can be delivered in order to win a job. If someone promises...
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Wrong maintenance of natural stone floors

Wrong maintenance of natural stone floors

I am visiting St Louis this weekend with my son for hockey tournament. We are staying in one of the upscale hotels with beautiful lobby floors. One thing about guys like me who does marble and terrazzo restoration is that we always looking at the floors trying to identify the background of the marble or any natural stone that is installed in lobby floor. We also look at the condition of the existing marble floor, etched marks, surface scratches, lippage and for other imperfections. It doesn'...
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Terrazzo repairs

Terrazzo repairs

The one of the important part of terrazzo restoration is repairs. Repairs of cracks, holes, gauges and other imperfections. It is very important to identify the color of existing terazzo background and color of marble chips. It is a great idea to take the sample of existing terrazzo to local supplier in order to get matching marble chips and background color. Cement base terrazzo is repaired with Portland cement and epoxy base terrazzo with epoxy material. It is very important to prep the...
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1st Blog Post for Pinnacle Stone Care

1st Blog Post for Pinnacle Stone Care

The following is the first blog post for Pinnacle Stone Care. Check this space often for updates and tips on how to care for your stonework....
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