John, thanks so much.  I would like to take the granite class. Am still paying for the certification course in Las Vegas, but am always ready for a trip to Florida. 

Except for the bathrooms, I'm not sure what else I would be doing except cleaning the floor. I would think that an initial start-up would perhaps involve some polishing and maybe honing in the bathrooms and just cleaning the rest of the area.  Would you estimate  honing and polishing time on the same 4 min per 10 sf time schedule that applies to marble? 

I will say that I don't run in to polished granite floors much around here - not sure why.  I see more rough granite on floors. The main draw back to this job is the middle of the night aspect.

On Mon, Aug 3, 2009 at 2:41 PM, John Freitag <> wrote:

Sorry for the delay in my response on this granite question. This appears to
be a simple maintenance program.

First if you recall in the class you took at The Stone and Tile School, one
of the first thing I told you was to ALWAYS carry a single edge razor blade
with you this allows you immediately to indentify if a floor has a wax or
coating on it.

>From the pictures it does not appear to have any waxes or coating on it. The
maintenance on this will be very easy to do.

This can be maintained using granite polishing powders, from time to time
you may need to hone an area in high traffic areas. This can be done using
high grit granite diamond. If you have never honed or polish granite I would
recommend you take my granite class, there is no need to in most cases to
hone below an 800 grit and in some cases you will only need to do a 1800 or
3000 grit to remove the damage.

The revolving door I would recommend to your customer they leave it at a
honed finish, trying to keep this polished will require honing almost on
every visit and will take a lot of time and effort and will not hold up (
Leave it at a honed finish )

The granite maintenance is easier than marble and can be done at a very
competitive price.

I would do what I call a initial start up then go to a monthly or quarterly
maintenance program.  1800 sq .ft can be maintain for under $400 per month.
However if you need to move tables  and chairs the price would go up based
upon the time need to move the tables and chairs etc.

If I can give you more information, please let me know

John E. Freitag
The Stone and Tile School
Office 407-567-7652
Cell 407-615-0134

-----Original Message-----
From: Baird Standish []
Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 5:06 PM
To: Restoration and Maintenance
Subject: [sccpartners] Granite Floor maintenance program in restaurant

Was wondering if someone could give me some advice on how to structure a
maintenance program for the following:
We were contacted by an out of state contractor who handle maintenance for a
multi-location high end restaurant.  They asked me to look at the floor
situation in the  restaurant here and give them a recommendation for floor
upkeep.  They themselves have no opinion as far as I can tell.  Before going
into the restaurant, they told me that they thought the floors were marble
and believed that companies in other cities honed and polished The floors.
I looked at the floors and it appears to be 1,800 sf of polished granite.
The granite tiles range from very black to white with different colors in
between.  The floors all appears to be in very good shape, with the
exception of the revolving door and two bathrooms.  In the main area, I
don't think I could really do anything to make a noticeable improvement
except clean.  The bathrooms, however, appear to be more beaten-up.  Not
knowing granite as well as marble, I can't really tell if they are
just dirty or need some polishing, or perhaps honing and polishing.
The scratch patterns are not like what I usually see in marble, the floor is
just not as crisp as it could be (see picture below).  There is also a
circular black granite area corresponding to the revolving door that appears
dull and perhaps caked with rubber from the flanges.  In any event, was
wondering if anyone has some advice for a relative granite neophyte.

Baird Standish
Facility Specialists, LLC

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