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Signs Your Stone Needs to Be Polished

Signs Your Stone Needs to Be Polished

Natural stone tiles can bring timeless beauty and elegance to any space, but over time, they may start to show signs of wear and lose their luster. Our Stone Restoration Works team is able to polish your natural stone surfaces in order to revive their shine and enhance their appearance. If you are not sure if your natural stone needs polishing, here are some signs to look out for.


One of the most noticeable signs that your natural stone tiles need polishing is a lackluster appearance. Over time, foot traffic, dirt, and cleaning products can gradually diminish the shine of the stone. If you notice that your stone surfaces have lost their natural sheen and appear dull, it's a clear indication that it's time to consider polishing.

Scratches and Etches

Natural stone surfaces are susceptible to scratches and etches caused by heavy objects, sharp items, or acidic substances. Scratches can create an uneven and worn-out look on the surface, while etches result in small dull spots caused by the chemical reaction between the stone and acidic substances. Polishing can help minimize the visibility of scratches and etches, restoring the smoothness and shine of the tiles.

Stains and Discoloration

Natural stones can absorb liquids and develop stains over time, especially if they haven't been properly sealed or maintained. Stains and discoloration can significantly affect the appearance of the tiles, making them look aged and worn. Polishing can help remove surface stains and even out the color, rejuvenating the tiles and bringing back their original beauty.

Loss of Water Resistance

Most natural stone is known for its water-resistant properties, but over time, the protective sealant can wear off, making the tiles more susceptible to water damage. If you notice that water is no longer beading up on the surface of the tiles but is instead being absorbed, it's a sign that the tiles need to be polished and resealed to restore their water resistance.

Unevenness and Wear Patterns

Areas of high foot traffic, such as entryways and hallways, may show signs of uneven wear or patterns on the natural stone tiles. This can result in an unbalanced and worn appearance. Polishing can help level out the surface and reduce the visibility of wear patterns, giving the tiles a more uniform and refreshed look.

General Lack of Appeal

Sometimes, you may simply feel that your natural stone tiles have lost their overall appeal. Whether it's due to accumulated dirt, minor imperfections, or a dull finish, if your tiles no longer make you feel proud of your space, polishing can be a worthwhile solution to bring back the beauty and elegance of the stone.

Regular polishing and maintenance can help prolong the lifespan of your natural stone tiles while keeping them looking their best. If you notice any of these things afflicting your natural stone surfaces, reach out to Stone Restoration Works to rewind the clock and restore their shine.

By Stone Restoration Works 6-13-2023