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Guidance price list

Great London coverage average

£800

(20 m² floor diamond or powder polishing)

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Low:   £200 – £400

(floor crystallization)

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High:   £1,000 – £1,400

(floor grinding, honing, and polishing)

How much does it cost to polish a stone floor?

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Natural stone floors have a beauty and durability unlike anything else on the market today. Stone comes in a wide range of different colours, patterns, styles, sizes, and finishes, which means that you can create an elegant, formal entryway or a rustic kitchen and regardless of stone type, your floor will last for years when properly maintained.

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Not all stones are strong enough to be polished, but some of those that are may also be subjected to something called etching. This phenomenon occurs when a highly acidic, alkaline, or abrasive substance comes in contact with the weaker particles of the stone’s surface. These weaker particles are removed, which results in a dull spot on your floor. Over time, your stone floor may lose its polish if it’s subjected to enough materials that can leave etch marks.

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To restore the polish of your floor, it must be ground down and rebuffed to a high-gloss finish.

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Some stones may be more difficult to bring to a high polish than others; gabbro or granite, which are very hard stones are more difficult to polish than marbles, for example, which mean the cost to polish these types of floors are higher. Other issues may include polishing green marbles, which contain serpentine, and therefore cannot be exposed to high levels of moisture, as well as the type of finish you want, high hone or true polish, and how much damage the floor had withstood prior to polishing.

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The average cost of polishing a stone floor is around £20 per m² for regular maintenance polishing, and £50 per for restoring a damaged floor back to a polished finish.

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For the average project of polishing a 20 m² stone floor the total cost will be around £800.

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Level of shine

There is no true guide for just how polished or shiny you can get your stone floor …

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Cleaning procedure

Often, the first step to polishing the stone is cleaning it. All stone is porous, and most can be subject to staining, as well as etching … 

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Labour and polishing procedure

Depending on the type of floor you have, the type of wear that has occurred, you may find that your floor can be polished using one of … 

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Sealing

All the stones should be sealed with an impregnating sealer to help impede staining. A silicone-based impregnating sealer fills the pores of the stone and gives you time to wipe up spills.
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Countertop Repair or Refinishing Costs

Countertop repair costs range between £550 and £5,000, with an average of £1,200 spent on fixes. Our minimum call-out to fix up to 5 chips repairs is £550.

F.A.Q.

How much does it cost to put in a new floor?

The average cost of a tile floor is around £330 per m2 installed, including the tile, setting material, and installation (doesn’t including remove and disposal of the existing floor).

How much does it cost to clean tile and grout?

The average cost to clean tile and grout and application of sealer is around £675 (up to 30 m2).

How much does it cost to install hardwood floors?

The average cost of installing hardwood floor is around £4,000-£5,000 for 20 m2.

How much does it cost to install carpet?

The average cost of installing carpeting is around £1,200-£1,400 for 25 m2.

Level of shine

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There is no true guide for just how polished or shiny you can get your stone floor. Some softer stones, such as limestone, may not be able to be polished beyond what is called a “high hone” or a very soft sheen or low gloss, or mid sheen finish, which achieved through the same polishing methods as harder stones. Some very hard stones may be able to achieve a very high gloss finish.

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Typically, the harder the stone, the higher the polish that can be achieved, and the longer that polish will last. So, stones such as granite will achieve a higher polish than stones like limestone.

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A few stones cannot be shined or polished at all. Limestones such as Lagos Azul and Jerusalem Gold or slate stone family and travertines like Noce are typically honed and in some cases given a “high hone” finish rather than a polish. These very soft stones can only be given a matte or traditional honed finish, because their surface cannot be ground down enough.

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Also, is crucial to find out the thickness of the stone, slab under 20 mm thickness can’t be ground down and remove deep scratches. For this type of tiles, we can provide only cleaning, polishing and sealing services not stone restoration services. Always check with the manufacturer or the stone polisher to find out if your floor is naturally matte before having a polishing treatment applied.

 

Types of stone floors (prices apply to surfaces with minimum 40 m² )

 

Type of StoneCan it be PolishedAverage Cost of Polishing
GraniteYes£30 per m²
MarbleYes£20 per m²
Limestone Some stones only£10-£20 per m²
TravertineSome stones only£10-£20 per m²
Slate Very few can be polished£20 per m²
SandstoneNot typicallyN/A
TerrazzoYes£30-£70 per m²

Cleaning procedure

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Often, the first step to polishing the stone is cleaning it. All stone is porous, and most can be subject to staining, as well as etching. Deep cleaners and poultices may be necessary to help remove some of the tougher stains prior to polishing the floor. Without cleaning the floor first, you will simply polish most stains, as stone absorbs most of what it comes in contact with.

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In most cases, the cost of cleaning is included in the cost of polishing. For stones that have no stains, but have etched, expect to pay between £10-£20 per m2.

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For stones that are extremely stained, damaged, or etched, you may expect to pay up to £70 per m2 to clean and polish the floor.

Labour and polishing procedure

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Depending on the type of floor you have, the type of wear that has occurred, you may find that your floor can be polished using one of a few different methods.

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Costs do not vary tremendously between methods on floors that have similar levels of wear, however extremely damaged floors may require more invasive treatment, which can drive up the price.

Method

Best On

Average Cost

Grinding, Honing, and Polishing

All stones, heavily damaged stones, hard stones like granite

£50-£70 per m2

Buffing with polishing compounds

All stones, particularly good on marbles

£28 per m2

Diamond polishing

Marbles and granites

£25- 40 per m2

Powder polishing

All stones depending on the chemical used

£20-£30 per m2

Crystallization

Marbles and granite, avoid using on green stones

£10-£20 per m2

Method

Pros

Cons

Grinding, Honing, and Polishing

Remove deep scratches and lippage, good for heavily damaged floors, not much dust (mainly wet process)

More costly than other methods

Buffing with polishing compounds

Achieve a high shine on most floors quickly

Not removing deep scratches, cannot deal with lippage

Diamond polishing

Diamond abrasive tools quickly produce a sheen, can deal with minor scratches

Time consuming, cannot deal with lippage

Powder polishing

Produce different levels of shine

Exacting work with a high degree of error, cannot deal with lippage

Crystallization

Inexpensive and fast

Can produce build waxy build up, may cause some stones to spall

Sealing

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All the stones should be sealed with an impregnating sealer to help impede staining. A silicone-based impregnating sealer fills the pores of the stone and gives you time to wipe up spills.
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Some topical sealers can also enhance the polish or shine of the stone. Impregnating sealers should be reapplied yearly; topical sealers may require more frequent application to maintain the colour shine of the stone on the type and the type of stone you are sealing.
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The prices can vary from £3 per m² up to £35 per m² for the premium solvent-based impregnator sealant. The premium sealant comes with 5 years re-application time.

Additional considerations and costs

For a stone floor in very bad condition, it may require replacement. Replacing one or two stones is generally not done, unless you have extra tiles left over from the original dye lot. Stones vary too much between lots to be able to install new tiles from a new lot into an old floor. You can expect to pay around £150 to £500 square metre installed for a new stone floor.

Countertop Repair or Refinishing Costs

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Countertop repair costs range between £550 and £5,000, with an average of £1,200 spent on fixes. Our minimum call-out to fix up to 5 chips repairs is £550.

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In most cases, repairing counters is more cost-effective than full a replacement, but it’s skilled work that requires a professional. Before shopping for quotes, spend some time learning about the difference between repairing/ replacing/ resurfacing and refinish, and which is best for your surface.
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Your countertops/worktops help define your kitchen’s style and functionality. It pays to keep them in good condition. Unfortunately, chips, scratches, burns and water damage are potential issues that harm your kitchen’s, or bathroom’s, aesthetic. Eventually, you’ll need to choose between refinishing, repair or resurfacing.

  • Refinishing a countertop is one type of repair to the surface finish. It includes buffing out scratches, sanding away stains, adding a coat of epoxy and recoating the surface with a sealant.
  • Resurfacing can include both the removal and replacement of a worn laminate or tiles and the addition of a new surface.
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In the case of stone, resurfacing and refinishing are often used interchangeably. While these are types of repairs, they don’t include all types such as fixing a crack.

Cost to Resurface Natural Stone Countertops

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Stone countertops have a high resurfacing price, averaging anywhere between £700 to £3,200 (up to 5 m² ). It depends on the exact stone material and damage.
These types should last well over 100 years if maintained properly. They are prone to stains and scratches. Resurfacing protects your investment.

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In most cases, repairing counters is more cost-effective than full a replacement, but it’s skilled work that requires a professional. Before searching for quotes, spend some time learning about the difference between repairing/ replacing/ resurfacing and refinish, and which is best for your surface.

Marble Refinishing

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Professional repair, depending on work required, may range from about £600 to £1,200+

  • Cracks & Chips:Like granite, marble can chip and crack if a hard, heavy object drops on its surface. The corners particularly are vulnerable. Our minimum call-out for chips repair is £550 and we cover up to 5 chips.
  • Heat Burns, Etching & Staining: It’s susceptible to heat burns, etching from acidic liquids, and staining if not sealed properly.(mainly stones like limestone, marble)

Granite Countertop Chip, Crack Repair or Resurfacing Cost

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Resurfacing granite, including polishing and sealing, ranges from £800 to £4,200 (up to 5 m² ), depending on the damage and work needed.

Our minimum call-out for chips repair is £550 and we cover up to 5 chips. Extensive damage might warrant complete replacement or resurfacing. Installing new granite countertop can cost in average between £6,000.

Common issues requiring repair include:

  • Chips & Cracks: It can crack and chip if struck with something hard or heavy like a cast iron skillet.
  • Marring: Use a trivet as this natural stone, while heat-resistant, can suffer marring from a hot pan.
  • Staining: It can stain if not sealed. Reseal at least once a year.

Engineered Quartz and Caesarstone

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Professional repairs may run £550 to £1500+. The most common repair on these surfaces are burns due to hot pots. Repairs are far cheaper than replacement.

  • Most quartz replacement countertops costs £1,000 to £4,000+. They require no sealing and is resistant to chips, cracks, stains, and scratches (but always use a cutting board).
  • Replacing Caesarstone cost £800 to £2,500+. It’s a manufactured quartz material that does need sealing due to its porous surface

F.A.Q.

How much does it cost to put in a new floor?

The average cost of a tile floor is around £330 per m2 installed, including the tile, setting material, and installation (doesn’t including remove and disposal of the existing floor).

How much does it cost to clean tile and grout?

The average cost to clean tile and grout and application of sealer is around £675 (up to 30 m2).

How much does it cost to install hardwood floors?

The average cost of installing hardwood floor is around £4,000-£5,000 for 20 m2.

How much does it cost to install carpet?

The average cost of installing carpeting is around £1,200-£1,400 for 25 m2.

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Please treat the above price as a guidance price

  • The estimate/ quotation prices can vary and will be fix it based on existing stone conditions.
  • For the final prices we’ll request a site visit to have a close inspection on the stone. Our technicians will establish quotation prices based on our internal guidance.

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