Natural stone used in the building industry comes in the form of tiles and slabs after going through tremendously lengthy and tedious processes in that of mining, block processing, calibrating, honing or polishing and then cut to size all done through production environments globally.
Once all production processes are completed, they get packed either in pallets or on A-frames for shipping and logistics. It then arrives in a stone distribution warehouse and finally will get sold domestically to an eager buyer who probably had to wait for weeks or sometimes even months for this much sought after surface finish to arrive.
It is from this point that it reaches the project site and proper handling will be required. The full responsibility should be with either the builder, tiler or stonemason to exert the necessary care.
Once stone tiles and slabs are laid down and installed, the question then should arises as to whose responsibility is it to care for these surface?
I must sadly add that this is often neglected as the tiler or stonemason who has completed work will now move on to their next project. Other trades will then come in to pursue their tasks walking over these surfaces with heavy boots, dropping their tools boxes and tools, spilling drinks and food, dragging heavy items, etc.. thus leaving scratches, etch marks, stains, creating chipped areas, causing cracks on tiles, etc..
The whole chain of processes beginning with sourcing, quarrying, its production efforts right down to its installation is now being compromised as temporary surface protection was not considered for some foolish neglectful reasons. It is a simple and inexpensive task to undergo in buying of these temporary protective products and having it installed. Once this is done, freedom of trade work can now be granted to all workmen on a project site envisaging zero damages.
A few things to consider when temporarily protecting natural stone pertaining to floors. The product used must basically have these following features:
2. Impervious To Absorption
3. Impact Resistant
4. Tact Free & Non Residual On Its Removal
Things to strictly avoid are sticky tapes of every kind from getting in contact with the stone surface. Floor surfaces should be minimally cleaned using a dry vacuum prior to applying protection however it will be best to thoroughly clean and have the surface sealed prior.
Every project will warrant a different solution hence a customised temporary surface protection plan must be addressed at the correct time to avoid all the mentioned avoidable damages. We are able to provide you with a solution today. Kindly call us at 03-9429 1223 to enquire.