Are all Hi-Polish finishes the same?

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Do you know what ask for if you are looking for the highest polish from your natural stone floor?

This can be very confusing to customers who have Travertine, (or Marble-Limestone) when first researching for stone refinishing companies to refinish there stone floors. There can be conflicting information, on the internet, and from “professionals” you may speak with. So often the main question then becomes, “how much do you charge?”.

Even after explaining the process to some of my customers, they think 1 pass of the “big machine” and it done right? So this section is to help explain the pictures. If you have Clean Image of Orlando come out for an in home estimate, we can also show you videos on our Ipads to also help explain the process. We want you to know, at least the basic principles, so you can make an educated decision and spend your money wisely.

The following pictures will hopefully shed some light on some differences. First and foremost, do not use a coating sealer in attempt to achieve a shine. See why you shouldn’t put a coating sealer section for further explanation.

The key to the highest polish, with the best clarity is the proper use and sequence of diamond honing resins. At Clean Image of Orlando we refer to this as a hi-definition polish. The first 2 pictures are taken after a 220 and then 800 resin diamond honing process using a weighted Klindex machine with a planetary attachment. In laymen’s terms, the diamond imparts such a fine scratch pattern, that from an angle it already looks polished.

Another Important thing to note here is the travertine filler after 800 diamonds. As you may know, travertine can sometimes have a lot of cement filler that just does not look good. If you look closely at the right picture, the cement filler is actually shinier, or exhibits more polish than the travertine does at this stage. After we compound polish a hi-polish, it will be reversed, however the filler will blend in much better than if no diamond work had been done. This is very similar to the home Improvement stores like Home Depot, Lowes and even Costco who polish there concrete for ease of maintenance.
Which Hi-Polish looks better to you? Not all Hi-Polishes are created equal.

A customer had called us in after having another company polish there travertine floors. He was not happy because the floor looked cloudy. So we decided to put a piece of blue tape and refinish the right side. Sure enough after we diamond honed and polished the right side, the difference was clear.

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