Assessing the current condition of the stone surfaces in your home is another crucial step. It’s recommended you conduct a visual inspection in a checklist-like fashion. You may consider asking yourself some of these questions:
- Are the tiles flat and even?
- Are there any cracks in your stone surfaces?
- What type of stone finish exists?
- Has the stone been coated with any treatment? If so, which type and manufacturer?
- Are there signs of any stains? If so, can you identify which type?
- If the stone has been treated with a sealer, is it still prominent or is it wearing off?
Your answers to these and other questions will help you pinpoint your next step.
- If you have uneven tiles (a sign of lippage), this may mean you will have to re-flatten your floor, including it to be honed and re-polished.
- If there are cracks present in your tiles, this will allow dirt and other debris to accumulate, ultimately leading to tiles having to be replaced or filled at a minimum.
- Identifying any types of stains present in your stone will help you with the proper removal technique needed. Also, the severity of stains and spills will determine if an application of a sealer is appropriate.
It’s best to assess your surfaces frequently to prevent and avoid major damage.