A lot of people misunderstand granite and think, ‘It’s so hard, why would it be absorbent at all?’ Granite is made up of a lot of crystals and the crystals are just pushed together...
(PRWEB) July 15, 2011
IMS, Inc. the pioneers in concrete and natural stone restoration, have launched an innovative new video series for professionals and consumers alike. Featuring state-of-the-art high definition images and crystal clear sound technology, each video is concise with a high level of useful information in plain language. Most of the videos include demonstrations and all can be shared with others and embedded in websites around the world. Finally, visitors can subscribe to the YouTube video channel and thus not miss future releases of the series, which is titled “IMS Corner.”
The purpose of the video series is to assist office managers, such as of law offices, building managers and engineers, homeowners who may have granite countertops or marble floors, and just about anyone with an interest in maintaining and restoring natural stone or concrete surfaces to make educated decisions.
The latest release includes seven new videos. All feature company owner Jason Johonnesson, one of the most respected professionals in the field. Following are excerpts taken from some of the videos. The quality of the information provided is of the same caliber as that which IMS has presented in past seminars and training sessions to engineers and other professionals from across the country.
Diamond Grinding as Part of a Natural Stone Floor Full Restoration
Marble cleaning, polishing, restoration:
“There is often a great deal of confusion with facility managers and engineers when they have a new floor. It’s a year old, and they need it restored because they have a limestone or a very soft marble where it wears very rapidly. So a year has gone by and it looks pretty bad, they get a proposal and it’s much more than they had expected and often the mentality is, ‘it’s only a year old, why would it cost so much.’ Well the truth is the first restoration is always the most expensive…”
How to Choose the Best Granite for Your Home or Business
How to clean granite floors and countertops:
“A lot of people misunderstand granite and think, ‘It’s so hard, why would it be absorbent at all?’ Granite is made up of a lot of crystals and the crystals are just pushed together. It’s true; the crystals are not absorbent at all. They don’t absorb any moisture. It’s the space between the crystals, and when the moisture gets in there it takes a long time to come out. In some granite it so tight and compact between those crystals that moisture just never gets in there. Those are the ones you want to select…”
Most Common Granite Types for Commercial Real Estate Natural Stone
Granite polishing, maintenance, restoration:
“If you have a new granite floor installed throughout your lobby, it may be 10 years before you need restoration work, maybe five at some of the pivot points, but it’s not going to be within a year or six months to a year like it would with marble. The con is that when is time to restore it, it is much more expensive. Obviously, due to its hardness it takes much more time to restore. In order to get it to look like this again, or better, it takes quite a bit of time and quite a bit of effort.”
All About Travertine and Limestone Floors:
Travertine cleaning, limestone cleaning, travertine polishing and honing:
“Another commonly used natural stone for commercial real estate is travertine and limestone…The main difference between travertine and limestone is that although they’re made up of the exact same stuff they’re formed differently. Limestone is made up obviously of lime, that’s why it’s called limestone. Travertine is also made up of limestone too, but it’s formed by the precipitation of water. Therefore with limestone you often find to be a very porous, very absorbent material, requiring some pretty frequent maintenance. A lot of times you see water rings in it because a flood has occurred or a fountain has leaked and the limestone has turned a dark brown with water rings around it and such. It is a very absorbent material…”
Three Steps for Maintaining Natural Stone Floors
Part 1, Prevention: “Be wary with professional power washers. There are good ones and bad ones. The City of Dallas [for example] has decided to come down pretty strongly on people abusing storm drains. The way Dallas regulation reads is only Mother Nature can use storm drains. People are not allowed to use them in any way. You are not even allowed to put tap water down a storm drain. It is a strict violation; they will fine you…”
Part 2, Janitorial: “The first thing I like to explain to people is, don’t think of it as a natural stone floor. And let’s not discuss natural stone cleaning, let’s discuss grout cleaning. If you are cleaning the grout, and you are on a grout maintenance program, the stone will be cleaned as a byproduct. So, what you really need to think about is keeping the grout clean. Too many times, too often, I go in to see a natural stone floor and the stone doesn’t look too bad, but the grout is so contaminated, it’s black. You look at the baseboards, there’s contamination up against the baseboards going four to six inches vertically up the wall where people obviously have never walk. So how is it getting contaminated to begin with…”
Part 3, Restoration: “We’ve covered the first two steps of stone maintenance. One is prevention…two is cleaning maintenance, and that’s the role the janitorial firm plays. You can kind of think of the natural stone maintenance as your car. The owner of the car, which would be like the facility manager or engineer, is responsible for oil changes and tune ups and keeping the tires rotated. That’s the role you play in maintaining your vehicle… Step number three is scratch and finish maintenance. It’s called ‘scratch and finish maintenance’ because what we are doing is we are removing scratches and wear patterns, because we are trying to keep the original finish, or the intended finish. So we are doing that by removing the scratches and wear patterns and maintaining that desired finish…”
About the Company:
IMS, Inc. is a Dallas-based, family owned and operated business founded in 1993. Since its inception it has become a nationally renowned commercial carpet cleaning and natural stone restoration and polishing company offering green cleaning methods. For more than 17 years IMS has stayed ahead of the competition by improving their methods and processes through automation, training and technician certification. The company's vast technical experience and certifications have allowed it to assess any project and determine the system that best fits the job. IMS creates a comprehensive evaluation for each project offering options and a timetable that meet their clients’ needs. This commitment to excellence and their strong relationships with clients is the foundation of their success. They operate across the great State of Texas.