What We Do: Stone Resurfacing and More in Denver, CO

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Bob Adwar receives SCI Veterans Award

In February of this year, Bob Adwar received the Veterans Award at the SCI Convention (Safari Club International) in Las Vegas. The award is for is work with wounded veterans through the humanitarian efforts of the Denver SCI Chapter.  Bob and a group of volunteers take wounded veterans on hunting, fishing and other outings as a way to improve their outlook. 

Click here to see summaries and photos of their recent outings.

Bob Adwar with Jim Shockey receiving the Veterans Award at the SCI Convention in Las Vegas, at Mandalay Bay.

Bob Adwar with Jim Shockey receiving the Veterans Award at the SCI Convention in Las Vegas, at Mandalay Bay.

 

 

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Marble Tec Systems is moving!

Our office is moving out of the old Denver Marble location on Huron. As of March 1 our new address will be 12550 W. Colfax Ave., Suite 109, Lakewood, CO 80215. Our phone number and other contact remains the same!

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Marble Tec now offering anti-slip treatment

Do visitors to your property slip and slide on your stone or tile floors?

Marble Tec Systems can provide professional application of a NEW Anti-Slip Treatment that increases the slip resistance of WET stone and tile.

A slip retardant treatment for virtually all granites, quartzites and glazed tiles. Frequently these materials are installed without meeting industry regulations/recommendations in regard to Slip Resistance.

This treatment is specifically designed to reduce slipperiness on WET surfaces by causing a chemical reaction, creating microscopic cavities, with some effect on color and texture of the stone.

The process can be performed at anytime during the lifecycle of your floors!

Call us today for an estimate!


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Bob Adwar helps raise funds for wounded vets on Peter Boyles Radio Show

Tune in to hear Bob Adwar on the Peter Boyles Radio Show.

In addition to their expertise in the stone industry, Bob Adwar and Chris Dundas have a passion for the outdoors. They dedicate some of their free time to organizing hunting and fishing outings for wounded war veterans. The outings provide a priceless opportunity for a day of peace, relaxation, camaraderie and fun for these veterans, and often it helps improve their outlook. Through a partial grant from the Denver Chapter of Safari Club International, Bob works closely with Freedom Hunters, Operation TBI and Craig Hospital to help identify veterans who qualify to participate.

Bob Adwar will be participating in a live broadcast of the Peter Boyles radio show on October 30. The broadcast will help raise funds for these outings.
Tune in to Denver's KNUS - 710 AM to listen or listen later via Podcast!

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1801 California Renovation

In February 2014 Brookfield properties unveiled the renovated 1801 California, Colorado's largest office building. After our colleagues at Denver Marble installed 20,000 sq. ft of Jet Mist Granite pavers in the lobby and outside entry, the newly installed floor was subjected to 6 months of construction wear and tear which left it coated with residue and debris, some of which had embedded itself in the stone. Marble Tec Systems cleaned the main floor lobby of the property and applied a penetrating enhancer/sealer to bring up the black color of the stone.  Denver Marble also installed the stunning 20,000 sq. ft of white Caldia marble that runs from floor to ceiling in the space.

1801 California will be the 2014 Headquarters for the during the popular Doors Open Denver April 12 & 13, 2014, where you can pick up maps and guides. This free two-day event invites you to seek out the architecture of Denver’s most interesting buildings, take special guided tours, bike to historic places or walk  through several neighborhoods. The event is free thanks to the the Denver Architectural Foundation, and their many sponsors and friends.
 




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Historic Stone Restoration at the former Colorado National Bank Building

Marble Tec Systems has been hard at work on  the Historic Restoration of Colorado National Bank Building on 17th and  Champa in Denver. It is being converted into a 230 room luxury hotel, branded as a Marriott Renaissance Hotel, to be open in the Spring of 2014.

The marble lobby of the former Colorado National Bank building in the process of restoration.

The marble lobby of the former Colorado National Bank building in the process of restoration.

Our colleagues at Denver Marble installed historic marble cladding on walls and stairwell in the main public areas. They also installed the granite wainscot for new entrance into restaurant and the travertine cladding in the vestibule to the the restaurant.

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The  Marble floor in the 8,000 square foot grand lobby had suffered from 100 years of wear and tear including damage sustained during the extensive renovation process. In addition to bringing the floor back to life, Marble Tec replaced the "Tennessee Gray" marble with the with 100's of square feet of marble planking sourced from the original quarry.  We were also able to give some TLC to the  travertine on  main vertical services by fixing chips in the stone.

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The photos show the restoration in process. We look forward to posting the "after" photos of this beautiful space, once completed!

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Marble damage

Polished marble, travertine, onyx and limestone are all calcite-based stones and are affected by pH active liquids. So when acidic liquids hit the polished marble, travertine, etc. surface, it can etch. That is, it leaves a mark of corrosion that looks like a water-stain or ring.

The damaged surface must be re-polished. Marble is polished by abrasion and friction it can not simply “buffed up.”

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Caring for stone floors.

 

NEWLY INSTALLED FLOORS

DO pick up any spill as quickly as you can get to it.
DON’T rub the spill, blot it.
DON’T damp-mop your floor immediately after installation and grouting. For the first week or so vacuum and dust mop (NON-treated dust mop!) your floor as often as you can. You will know it’s ready to be washed when your hands remains clean (no whitish powder) after rubbing it on the floor.

NEWLY RESTORED (REFINISHED) FLOOR

DO damp-mop your floor regularly. We recommend using a solution of water and a cleaner formulated specifically for use on natural stone. Always use a pH neutral detergent; instead of a soap. (Even dish soap will create streaks.)
DON'T use water alone as it won’t cut through soil and will leave streaks.
DON’T damp-mop your floor using a solution of water and vinegar. That would literally be devastating to the finish of marble, travertine, limestone. Vinegar is not a real cleaning agent to begin with and it’s highly acidic (Acetic Acid).
DO dry your floor after cleaning. If your floor is in a foyer, or any other room with direct access to the outside, clean your floor mats often. When they get saturated with dirt and sand they won’t work anymore.

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Caring for stone countertops.

COUNTERTOPS

DO pick up any spill as quickly as you can get to it.
DON’T rub the spill, blot it.
DON’T use any green or brown scouring pad. The presence of silicon carbide grits in them WILL scratch even the toughest “granite”! it’s very important to spray the cleaner and let it sit for a while to moisten and soften the soil, before scrubbing.
LET THE CHEMICAL DO THE WORK!
DON’T use any powder cleanser, or – worse yet – any cream cleanser, such as “Soft Scrub”.
DON’T do your nails on your marble vanity top, or your "perm" nearby it.
DON’T put a wet bottle onto it (perfume, after-shave, etc.).
DO Keep your cosmetic and fragrances in one of those pretty mirror trays, and make sure that the legs of the tray have felts tips.

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Granite Care

Granite is a coarse grained crystalline igneous rock composed primarily of quartz and feldspar. It forms from slowly cooling magma that is subjected to extreme pressures deep beneath the earth's surface. Granite has become the counter top of choice for many of today's homeowners. Unlike laminates and solid-surface materials, a hot frying pan has no effect on granite's finish. The diamond-like hardness of granite makes it virtually impervious to abrasions, stains, and extreme heat. However, granite is indeed more porous than marble and certain types can stain if not protected with a good-quality impregnator-type stone sealer.

 

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Tools to care for your natural stone.

The maintenance of natural stone is not any more difficult than any other material you’re familiar with, The difference is in the cleaning agents. Natural stones - especially calcite-based stones such as marble, travertine and limestone – have a delicate chemical composition that may interact in damaging ways with the chemistry of cleaning solutions if not specifically formulated for the Natural Stone.

For example, the white marks and glass rings on your natural stone are not stains. They do look like water stains, or water rings, but they’re neither stains, nor were they generated by water. The deriving surface damage has no relation with the porosity of the stone, but it’s exclusively related to its chemical makeup. They are, in fact, marks of corrosion (etch marks) that any acidic substance will leave behind when becoming in contact with the surface of the stone.

 

TOOLS TO CARE FOR YOUR NATURAL STONE

  • Use only cleaners formulated specifically for use on natural stone.
  • If a cleaning chemical was not specifically formulated to clean soil off while NOT interacting with the chemical makeup of the stone, it’s not safe to be used. This firm rule applies to all stone surfaces including; floors, walls. For example, glass cleaners, and water with a little dish soap are often recommended as cleaners do not use these products as they are poor recommendations. Glass cleaners may turn out to be too harsh to both the stone and the sealer while water and dish soap can leave an unsanitary film that will build up and become problematic to remove.
  • Microfiber cloths and towels
  • Use quality sealers for stones, which are below surface, penetrating-type sealers, better referred to as “impregnators.”
  • Use quality floor mats that will cover two adult steps. The leather or rubber of your shoes won’t damage your floor: dirt WILL.
  • A good-quality mop and the proper mopping bucket are keys to obtaining the best results at mopping your highly polished stone or even a porcelain floor. The best mops to use have good sized, closed-loop cotton strings. Professional-type mop buckets with a wringer that hold a good 4 to 6 GL of cleaning solution are highly recommended.
  • An untreated dust mop or the softest bristle push broom, should be used daliy.

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