Category Archives for Restoring Natural Stone

Can Concrete Look Beautiful – Like Marble, Granite Slate?

Our natural stone specialists just completed app 2,000 sq. feet of very beaten up, irregularly spotted and soiled concrete at an old warehouse converted into offices…It needed to be deep cleaned first – after all, concrete is a Limestone based cement, aggregate and water in the proper mix set to harden – as the Portland Cement is the binding agent, the […]

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Create More Marble Life in your “Lifeless” Looking Marble

Marble-life is an elusive word.  Over the last 20+ years, myself and staff, The Marble Institute Of America (now The Natural Stone Institute) and its directors, have faced, struggled with and worked on areas to prolong and enhance the look, beauty and appeal of Marble, Granite and Limestone.   We at Sungloss have used “super sealing” effectively but […]

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Who Do You Want To Punch?

What is a “punch list“? The people you may want to punch ?? Well, not really. A Punch List is the listing of issues, things to get done in a construction process at a site – residential or commercial – BEFORE the contract is considered complete and BEFORE the final payments are made to the […]

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Natural Stone at Open House Chicago

I had an opportunity to visit some of our beautiful museums and landmarks that are not always open to the public last weekend. These museums and landmarks are filled with natural stone and other historical structures from the exterior to the interior. I visited 2 buildings run by not-for-profit organizations. A museum on Lake Shore […]

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MARBLE & LIMESTONE STRUCTURE THROUGHOUT ILLINOIS

Including the 408′ high State Capitol  (see sunset photo) remain symbols of a past era when Illinois could actually afford the luxury of these Natural Stone surfaces ?! Marble, Limestone and other relatively delicate but internally strong stones need care and protection periodically to remain ” tourist attractions” vs. ” eyesores”. Deep cleaning, penetrating sealers to protect […]

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PROPOSAL – WHITE PAPER ON MARBLE, TERRAZZO, LIMESTONE, ETC. IN LOBBIES

Michael Pavilon is calling for suggestions, comments queries for a planned white paper on using and caring for marble, granite, limestone, slate, terrazzo and other stone flooring in lobbies. The following main areas have been brainstormed hitherto: 1. What are the best cleaners and processes for natural stone      and does it make a difference which stone, […]

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Tax Credits for Historic Restoration

ILLINOIS – Restoring your older Historic terrazzo, marble, granite, limestone, or natural stone surface may be uplifting to you, visually pleasing, and may offer some pride for maintaining and upkeep of the property. There are other incentives you may find beyond your own personal satisfaction that might inspire property owners in both commercial and residential […]

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Historical Properties, Buildings & Gardens In Evanston, IL

EVANSTON, ILLINOIS – Historical properties, buildings and gardens – Some with Limestone, Granite, marble or Slate.. Evanston, Il is filled with history.  In fact, there are 61 locations and properties on the National Register of Historic Buildings! Evanston even has its own ” Historical Society” not far from the Shakespeare Gardens and Grosse Point Lighthouse. Marble, and, at times, Granite, […]

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Heat, Humidity & Natural Stone Restoration

Customers ask, “Is it ” ok ” to clean, polish and seal my dining room floor and then clean and seal my Indiana Limestone porch when it’s 95f and 70% + humidity?”. Well, it depends. Inside , the AC and the airflow are correct and good – why not? Unless there are pocketswhere the airflow […]

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