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Last updated on January 16th, 2024

Stone restoration cost guide

Restoring or polishing a natural stone floor is a great way to wow anyone who walks into your home. Stone comes in a range of patterns, colours, styles and sizes which makes it ideal for formal entranceways and rustic kitchens alike. We’ve taken a look at the typical stone restoration cost here.

Restoring or polishing a natural stone floor is a great way to wow anyone who walks into your home. Stone comes in a range of patterns, colours, styles and sizes which makes it ideal for formal entranceways and rustic kitchens alike. If your property has a natural stone floor, you’re in luck because stone floors aren’t just beautiful – they’re also extremely durable and will last for years when they’re properly maintained. We’ve taken a look at the typical stone restoration cost here.

Stone typeServiceUnitCost - lowCost - highAverage cost
GranitePolishingm2 £25£35£30 per m2
MarblePolishingm2£20£25£22.50 per m2
LimestonePolishingm2£10£20£15 per m2
SlatePolishingm2£20£25£22.50 per m2
TerrazzoPolishingm2 £30£75£52.50 per m2
Stone floorRestorationm2£45£55£50 per m2

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Cost to restore stone

The cost of restoring a stone floor will depend on how much work is required to restore it. Ultimately, this will mostly come down to the condition of the floor.

If your floor is in good condition, it may only need a general clean and seal. However, if it’s been subject to a lot of wear, it’s likely to need a full restoration, which could involve grinding off the surface with diamond disks to restore the stones’ smoothness. This is obviously more time consuming and will come at a higher cost.

Likewise, not all stone floors will need the same level of cleaning. While some may only need surface cleaning and loose or discoloured grout replacing, others will need all the grout raked out and replaced.

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Stone floor restoration cost

To restore a damaged floor to a polished finish, you can expect to pay in the region of £50 per m2.

Stone floor cleaning cost

Stone is porous, which can make it easily stained. Not only that, but it can be subject to something called etching. This occurs when a highly acidic, alkaline or abrasive substance touches the weaker particles of the stone’s surface.

For this reason, the first step towards bringing a stone floor back to a polished finish is often to clean it. Otherwise, you might find you’re simply polishing in the stains. Cleaning a stone floor will often involve using deep cleaners and poultices to get rid of particularly tough stains.

Most of the time, the stone cleaning cost will be included in the cost you’re quoted for polishing the floor. If your floor has etched but is unstained, you’ll usually pay in the region of £10 to £20 per m2. On the other hand, if your stone floor is extremely damaged or stained, it could cost around £70 per m2 to get it cleaned and polished.

Stone polishing cost

For regular maintenance polishing, you can expect to pay a stone polishing cost of approximately £20 per m2.

There are lots of different methods for polishing a stone floor. The best method for yours will depend on what type of stone it’s made of. For example, green marble may contain serpentine, which shouldn’t be exposed to high levels of moisture. To make sure you’re opting for the right solution, talk to a stone cleaning expert before ploughing ahead.

On top of this, some stones are more difficult to polish than others. Marble is a lot easier to bring to a high polish than gabbro or granite, so you may well find that it’s a little cheaper to polish.

However, as with all stone restoration, the main variation in cost will come down to how worn or damaged your floor is.

Key takeaways

  • The total stone restoration cost will depend on the condition of your stone floor.
  • Usually, the stone cleaning cost will be included in any quotes you receive for stone floor polishing.
  • The method used for polishing your stone floor will depend on what kind of stone your floor is made from.
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