Restoration

Our Restoration services include many forms of Rehabilitation and Historical Preservation of architectural stone surfaces either interior or exterior that require Refinishing and Repair work. In this process we employ and follow strict Historical Preservation Guidelines when necessary to certify the repairs are sustainable for the environment they reside. Thus ensuring the repairs and restoration will last as long as possible, be Historically relevant to the aesthetic of the Building, and provide a long term solution for our client.

This service includes the following:

Certified Restoration Mortar Installer:

Marble Doctor is a Certified Restoration Mortar Installer. This service is for stone cornice or façade that may have chipped or eroded over time. As a certified installer of Restoration Mortars we can provide a solution that can last for many decades and be virtually invisible to the eye.

Slab Removal and Repair:

We perform onsite fabrication and re-installation of wall and floor slabs damaged or in need of removal for repair or other construction needs.

Dutchman Repairs:

We perform Dutchman Repairs to large areas of missing stone. We source like stone materials and painstakingly sculpt pieces to attach and fill missing areas of stone.

Refinishing:

Resurfacing of walls, floors and ceilings repaired using the above mentioned methods. This final step returns the stone to it's original state.


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Refinish

Stone can be resurfaced to its original luster and finish using the following processes:

Honing

The modern honing process uses a series of varying grit industrial diamond pads to remove minute layers of stone until an appropriate finish is achieved or the stone is prepped for polishing. Our machines use water to virtually eliminate dust from the process.

Polishing

Polishing the stone involves a natural polishing powder that has been used through the ages in Europe to polish stone. The powder does not include harsh chemicals, wax or acid like some modern methods (eg., re-crystallization.)  This method has been proven over time as the best treatment for stone and is more economical in the long term.

 

These methods in conjunction with proper routine maintenance will ensure your surfaces look their best for years to come.



Repair

We repair cracks, gouges and broken stone by hand with specially formulated color match epoxy. We perform limited replacement of stone tiles. We also remove scratches and stains by honing the stone or using specially formulated cleaners and stain removers.

This service includes but is not limited to the following:

Stone Repair:

We perform color match epoxy repairs by hand to broken tiles, tables and slabs. This process is performed in conjunction with a resurfacing of the stone to ensure proper color match and final finish consistency. We are also a Certified Restoration Mortar Installer and have experience in façade and cornice patch and repair.

Tile and Grout Replacement:

We perform limited replacement of stone tiles that are stained, cracked or broken beyond repair. This service includes grout removal, replacement, and color seal services for floors and walls.

Stain Removal:

We perform stain removal services to natural stone and cast concrete surfaces. This process is performed with poultices and specific additives to remove various stains. This service has been utilized for cleaning of stone statues, sealed countertops, and cast concrete walls.

 


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Maintenance Prescription Program

Marble Doctor creates a customized Maintenance Prescription Program for each of our scheduled maintenance clients. Each Maintenance Prescription Program is tailored to the individual traffic pattern of each specific surface. The plan will help avoid the high cost of replacing large areas of natural stone that may crack, spall or break apart when the only care given is washing and waxing. We also work carefully with the on-site staff to ensure the floor is being cleaned and maintained properly between maintenance visits. Here are some benefits of this service:

Recurring Maintenance:

Marble Doctor will perform routine maintenance to a new or refinished floor for a predetermined period of time. At the end of this term we will reevaluate the condition of the floor to determine the best course of action for the future.

On-Site Staff Training:

We will work with the on-site janitorial staff to provide our recommendation for a daily and weekly cleaning and maintenance plan. This will ensure your surfaces look their best in between scheduled routine maintenance visits.

This service can be utilized for honed or polished finishes and will be tailored to each location's specific needs. We will formulate a plan that will be fine-tuned over time to ensure the floors are well kept all year round. Currently this service is utilized by Residents, Property Management Companies, Businesses, and Government Facilities.

 



Professional Stone Evaluation

Marble Doctor will visit your site and evaluate your specific concerns and issues with your Natural Stone Architectural Surfaces. We will provide written analysis of the current condition of the stone and required maintenance for the future. This service is helpful when choosing the correct stone for a property's maintenance budget before or shortly after installation.

Professional Evaluation:

We will provide On-Site analysis of your surfaces followed by a written evaluation of the stone. Often times we will perform a myriad of tests to the stone with multiple organic compounds to demonstrate the effects they may have on the stone.

Material Selection:

Marble Doctor will aid in the selection of natural stone finishes to better determine the sustainability of finish, required maintenance, and other determining factors important to budgeting for future needs. This service has been utilized by Development Companies, Architectural Firms, and Construction Companies.

Recommended Course of Action:

We will recommend services specific to the areas evaluated for immediate Restoration or Repair. Included in this service we will provide a written Maintenance Prescription Program for the client.



Other Services Available

Stone Cleaning:

We perform stone cleaning with the use of neutral pH stone cleaners specially formulated for calcareous and siliceous stones. This process will topically clean residual organic compounds that are present on the stone surface. Marble Doctor performs interior and exterior Stone Cleaning Services. This service has been utilized to clean entire Museum floors including cast concrete vertical surfaces. We employ solutions to clean areas in need with the least amount of impact to residents, clients and patrons.

Stone Sealing:

We perform stone sealing service to surfaces professionally cleaned by Marble Doctor Stone Technicians. We seal your surfaces with varying industry standard stone specific impregnating sealers for added stain protection and resistance. We also apply mineral coatings and water repellents to exterior surfaces.  

Grout Color Seal:

Marble Doctor Technicians are trained to apply Grout Color Seal to refresh the worn out color of your grout. This service is much cleaner and quicker than a full replacement and when performed in conjunction with our Refinishing Services can make your floors look brand new again.

Don't see a service that fit's your specific project, problem, or issue? Call our office at 703.631.4625 or click REQUEST AN ESTIMATE below and start a conversation with a Marble Doctor All Natural Stone Expert.