Stone tiles are too shiny

Stone tiles are too shiny

Discover the challenges of overly glossy stone tiles and learn about effective solutions to achieve a more refined and balanced appearance.

Excessive shine on a floor can result from various factors, often stemming from the finishing process or improper maintenance:

  1. Over-Polishing: Aggressive polishing techniques or multiple layers of polish can lead to an overly glossy surface, causing it to appear unnaturally shiny.

  2. Residue Buildup: Residual polish or cleaning products left on the surface can create a shiny film, detracting from the floor’s natural appearance.

  3. Improper Sealing: Incorrect application of sealants or using sealants not suitable for the flooring material can result in an overly shiny finish.

  4. Inappropriate Lighting: Bright overhead lighting or natural sunlight can accentuate shine, making the floor appear glossier than desired.

  5. Wax Buildup: Accumulation of wax layers, especially in high-traffic areas, can cause the floor to become overly shiny and slippery.

  6. Surface Damage: Scratches or wear patterns can sometimes reflect light differently, creating uneven shine across the floor.

  7. Type of Flooring: Certain flooring materials, such as polished stone or glossy tiles, naturally possess a high shine, which may not be suitable for every space or preference.

To address excessive shine, proper cleaning methods, using suitable products, and, if necessary, professional restoration services can help restore the floor to its intended appearance.

 

Unwanted Gloss on Floors

Unwanted glossiness on a floor can present several disadvantages, including:

  1. Slipperiness: Excessive glossiness can make the floor surface slippery, posing a safety hazard, especially in high-traffic areas or spaces prone to moisture.

  2. Reflection of Light: Glossy surfaces can reflect light, which may cause glare or discomfort, particularly in areas with bright natural or artificial lighting.

  3. Difficulty in Maintenance: Highly glossy floors may show fingerprints, footprints, and dust more prominently, requiring frequent cleaning to maintain their appearance.

  4. Aesthetic Disruption: Unintended glossiness can detract from the desired aesthetic of the space, clashing with the overall design or ambiance.

  5. Perceived Artificiality: Overly glossy floors can appear artificial or “plastic-like,” diminishing the natural beauty of the flooring material.

  6. Enhanced Imperfections: Glossiness can accentuate surface imperfections such as scratches, dents, or unevenness, detracting from the overall look of the floor.

  7. Limited Versatility: Some activities or functions may be less suitable on overly glossy floors due to their slippery nature, limiting the floor’s practicality in certain settings.

Addressing unwanted glossiness through appropriate cleaning, refinishing, or choosing alternative flooring options can help mitigate these disadvantages and ensure a safer, aesthetically pleasing environment.

How We Remove The Shine of Floors

Our professional process for reducing a glossy stone floor to a more subdued honed surface involves several meticulous steps:

  1. Assessment: We begin by thoroughly inspecting the floor to assess its current condition, identifying any areas of excessive glossiness or imperfections.

  2. Surface Preparation: Prior to honing, we clean the floor surface to remove any dirt, grime, or residue that may interfere with the honing process.

  3. Honing: Using specialised diamond abrasives, we carefully grind away the top layer of the stone surface to achieve the desired level of honed finish. This process removes the glossy layer, revealing a matte or satin-like appearance.

  4. Gradual Abrasion: We undertake a gradual abrasion process, adjusting the level of abrasiveness based on the type of stone and the extent of gloss reduction required. This ensures precise control over the honing outcome.

  5. Edge and Corner Detailing: Attention is given to edges and corners to ensure uniformity in finish throughout the floor, creating a seamless transition from glossy to honed areas.

  6. Cleaning and Polishing: Once honing is complete, we thoroughly clean the surface to remove any debris or residue from the honing process. Optionally, we may apply a sealant or polish to enhance the appearance and protect the newly honed surface.

  7. Final Inspection: We conduct a final inspection to ensure that the honed surface meets our high-quality standards, with consistent texture and appearance across the entire floor.

By following this professional process, we can effectively reduce the glossiness of a stone floor, transforming it into a more subdued honed surface that enhances the beauty and elegance of the space.

Stone floors too shiny

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