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More Design Possibilities

June 23, 2016

Many designers have abandoned the use of Marble because of maintenance problems. TuffSkin has solved this age old challenge. Design with the client’s desires for beautiful natural stone and a practical hospitality surface.

Designers, do you have clients who return to you with complaints about their marble?

Do you love the look of a beautiful white Carrera marble kitchen or a gold Onyx bathroom, but are afraid of the maintenance issues associated with this type of natural stone?

TuffSkin is the solution.

As a designer you know that these stones have been used for centuries but have never been very practical, especially in the hospitality setting. Here at TuffSkin Surface Protection our mission is to bring these exotic stones back into use and make them practical with our stone laminate products.

You can now be confident in choosing a unique natural stone for your clients knowing that TuffSkin can protect it from all etching and staining issues. TuffSkin enhances the beauty of the stone without damaging it and in most cases it will actually cover up any existing imperfections. TuffSkin is liquid impermeable, meaning nothing can soak into the stone, however it is gas permeable, meaning the stone can breathe which will increase its’ longevity.

One of our most basic concepts is, if nothing can touch the stone, nothing will destroy the stone, which is why installing our very thin, high tech polyester laminate on top of case goods, kitchen counters, bathroom vanities and other natural stone tops is the best solution for maintenance.

TuffSkin helps you create the space your clients’ dream of. From designers to architects, from property operations to hotel guests … everyone loves TuffSkin.

Why does natural stone etch & stain?

January 09, 2017

Why does natural stone etch & stain?

Etching & staining is an age-old problem that has affected every aspect of the stone industry. Those pesky ring marks, wine stains and lemon marks eat away at the stone and are impossible to clean. Everyone from housekeepers in a hotel to designers who specify marble in homes has dealt with unhappy customers because of the etching & staining problems with stone. 

Why is this so stone so difficult to maintain? 

This is because natural stone has high calcium content. When the calcium comes into contact with any acidic substance below 7 on the PH scale (including water, lemon, vinegar etc.) a chemical reaction happens and it deteriorates the stone. In the case of wine or oil stains, this is because stone is porous and the substance soaks in beyond the surface level. 

Why Does TuffSkin Protect? 

TuffSkin is the best solution for marble etching & staining problems because we have created a liquid impermeable barrier between the stone and anything that can damage it. Conceptually like a screen protector for your phone, except on marble. TuffSkin is also gas permeable, which allows the stone to breathe and not damage it. We are not a liquid or gel product, we are a high tech polyester film that has been specifically designed to maintain stone.
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