Don’t wait until something in your building gets worn out, breaks, or springs a leak – stay ahead of the trouble by performing routine building maintenance. It’s important to be proactive for several reasons. First, a well-maintained building will retain the value of the property. Second, it will be more pleasing to the eye, which can attract and keep both employees and customers. Finally, it is financially beneficial and can save you money in the long run by avoiding expensive replacements. According to global commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield, running your equipment to the point of failure can cost up to ten times the price of a good maintenance program.
In order to have a successful business, you must have a building that is in good working condition, so we went straight to the experts at Lifetime Stone Restoration to learn more about how you can stay on top of your building’s stone maintenance.
Make it Shine
Lifetime Stone Restoration refinishes all stone such as marble, terrazzo, travertine, and limestone. They can remove daily wear and tear along with repairing cracks and holes in the stone.
Depending on your preference, Lifetime can refinish the stone to a high polish or give it a matte or satin finish. When they restore your stone, it is done all naturally and no topical application is applied to give it a “fake” appearance. Diamonds and water are used to give the stone its appearance, make the work dust free, and allow the surface to be used immediately when they are completed. After the restoration is completed, Lifetime applies a penetrating clear stone sealer to prevent staining.
“We also clean ceramic and porcelain tile and seal the grout. Color sealing your grout will make it easier for you to maintain. By color sealing we can also change the color of your current grout without the mess and downtime of replacing it. If grout is missing we can color match and fill it in,” explained Owner Don Mlnarik. “If a tile is loose, we can resecure it to the floor to prevent further damage and make it safer for people to walk on. For all work we provide, we do this on floors, counters, walls, stairs, and showers.”
Some other work Lifetime Stone Restoration has done for their clients includes mineral deposit removal around fountains, repolishing and sealing granite vanities in restrooms, mildew removal on the exterior of buildings, and re-caulking showers and vanities.
Restoration isn’t a one-step process towards clean, sparkling stone in your building for life. If you are not keeping up with the maintenance on the newly restored stone, it is going to cost you more in the long run. Maintenance is required yearly and you will end up having worn surfaces and needing to go through the entire restoration process again, which is more costly than doing annual maintenance. Also, by not routinely sealing grout you will end up having stains penetrate it that cannot be removed without the expense of other options.
While it is important to stay clean for the health and safety of your customers and employees, looking clean is something that draws people into your business.
“Businesses and homeowners learned a lot over the last couple of years and one of them is that people feel more comfortable going into a place that looks clean and sanitary. I hope this is something that will continue for years to come,” Don shared. “Keeping items clean and stone surfaces polished will give their employees and patrons the sense they take pride in providing a clean place to work and visit. The use of hand sanitizer became even more common and with its chemical makeup it actually caused damage to stone surfaces that we have had to repair for clients. They have since learned where to place them in order to minimize further damage.”
Building upkeep is an important investment that will save you valuable time and money down the road. Don’t neglect the stone and tile in your building. Make a place that shines with the help of Lifetime Stone Restoration!