I agree that some time if the floors are extra dirt you will need to use an alkaline based cleaner and then use the honing powders. I always finish a floor with a neutral cleaning .


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From: Stuart Young [mailto:santafefc@sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Sunday, October 11, 2009 10:09 PM
To: Restoration and Maintenance
Subject: RE: [sccpartners] Honing vs Cleaning and Seal


My experience with this is cleaning travertine in a showroom. The stone was very dirty. I cleaned it 1st with an alkaline cleaner and theen used 800 grit honing powder.  I compared that to a sectiion where I only used the honing powder instead of cleaning 1st.  When I did the 2 steps the stone was slightly cleaner looking.

From: Roger Konarski <qm144@yahoo.com>
Subject: [sccpartners] Honing vs Cleaning and Seal
To: "Restoration and Maintenance" <sccpartners@stoneandtilepros.com>
Date: Sunday, October 11, 2009, 5:12 PM


On a new installation, such as limestone. If one hones the floor with loose abrasives, to give it a more consistent finish. Is there any reason to scrub the floor 1st with a neutral cleaner to remove surface residue? Wouldn’t honing powders also clean the surface?




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