marble polishing
Listed below are blogs written by the Outer Island Stone Care founder and a few others. These articles cover some of the more technical aspects of stone and marble restoration and are posted as a service to our clients, to help them make more informed choices about the services they are seeking. We hope you will find these helpful. Enjoy!

Best Materials To Use For Luxury Facilities

We all know that certain places are particularly attractive thanks to the extremely nice environment they can offer customers or guests. Elegance, refined internal decorations and luxury interiors contribute to make an overall impression of wealth and richness, which...

Tips For Renovating Your Home To Increase Security

How concerned would you say you currently are when it comes to home burglary threats, and the subsequent psychological and financial impact that a break-in could have on you and your family? Homes, garages, and garden sheds alike can easily fall into the hands of...

Safety Tips For Effective Stone Storage

When was the last time you needed to store something bulky and heavy into the house or your garage, and you had a real difficult time doing it? Did you ever have to deal with stone, marble, granite, and other similar materials that needed temporary storage? The fact...

New Acid Proof Marble Countertop Sealer

There is an exciting new marble countertop sealing product now available in Hawaii, and thats great news! Most marble countertops are sealed with an impregnating stone sealer which can do a good job at protecting against stains but will not provide any protection at...

Crystallization

This is a great interview regarding the polishing process known as “crystallization.” Not to be missed by anyone considering having their marble, limestone, or travertine floors polished. Must see!...

Topical Coatings vs. Honing and Polishing

Stone World Magazine, Nov. 2004 The maintenance of stone flooring in the U.S. today is a million dollar annual business and continues to grow. Much of this increased growth results from the desire to maintain a highly polished mirror finish. As of this date, there are...

Doctored Stone

Ever hear the phrase “Doctored Stone”?  Well, it’s not because the stone is sick.  Some stones, mainly granite, don’t naturally have deep colour when quarried and dressed. These stones would not be very popular if it was not for...

Crystalization, Micro-Recrystalization, Re-Crystalization

RE-CRYSTALLIZATION-REVISTIED  By Frederick M. Hueston The following is a reprint of an article I wrote back in 1990. I have edited some of the text to bring it up to date. My opinion on this process is still the same as it was in 1990. With that said there are some...

Engineered Stone: What is it?

By Mike Marsoun Engineered Stone is not a popular term among it’s manufacturers. They prefer the term “Quartz” which sounds much more natural. Ceaserstone, Stone Italiana, Smart Stone, Quantum Quartz, are a few of the more popular engineered quartz...

The Bare Truth about Stone Impregnating-Sealers

The past 12 to 15 years witnessed the birth and phenomenal surge of a type of product for which nobody had ever felt the need for since mankind started to use stone, which means since the stone-age. All of a sudden, the last decade of the twentieth century brought...

Polished Marble Restoration Overview: Consumer Guideline

By Mike Marsoun, Outer Island Stone Care There are many ways to restore a marble surface that will make it look better, but the difference in appearance between “better” and “best” can be night and day.   When these differences are explained it can be hard for the...

Real Stone: Real Value- The Story of Natural Stone

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Removing Mineral Crust from Polished Granite

by, Mike Marsoun Removing a mineral crust from a polished granite surface can be difficult and dangerous. Some black granites (anorthosite) can actually have calcite minerals and if acid cleaning they can etch, which is not something you would normally expect with...

How to Prevent Formation of Mineral Stains on Grout

By, Mike Marsoun Ever notice a recently installed exterior stone floor with a black/brown growth on the grout joints. This is where water that has been saturated into the mortar setting bed, and in the heat of the day, escaping through the grout which is the path of...

Re-Installing Loose Floor Tiles

Written by Mike Marsoun, Published in “Stone World Magazine”, May 1996, pg. 106 Anyone that has been in the stone business over six months has more than likely experienced a “bond deficient” stone floor (and a frustrated customer waiting to hear some very bad news)....