Investing in countertops, floors, showers, and backsplashes made of natural stone or other high-end hard surface materials for your home or business can be very costly, but very worth it. The quality, look, and longevity of these surfaces over their cheaper counterparts is unmatched, especially if you take proper precautions in caring for them. Luckily, Woodard specializes in hard surface care and is taking our abilities even further by developing a brand new advanced training facility equipped with 9 different surfaces: Ceramic, Porcelain, Marble, Slate, Granite, Limestone, Travertine, and VCT (Vinyl Composite Tile) & LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile), both of which are most commonly used for commercial flooring. Caring for these surfaces is more than just wiping them down when they’re grimy – it can be a very specialized, very time-consuming process, and having the proper knowledge behind how certain cleaning solutions and processes may affect each surface is vastly important. Our new training facility has everything our cleaning team needs to care for your hard surfaces, so you don’t have to! Our hard surface expert, Daryl Smith, will be leading the charge on training his team on advanced methods for caring for and cleaning each hard surface. He has taken extensive training classes and is certified in proper hard surface cleaning methods, and will be sharing his specialty with the team. By the end of March, several of our technicians will have expanded their knowledge beyond basic cleaning of hard surfaces to refinishing and restoring surfaces such as marble, limestone, and travertine. The process Daryl will use to train his team is to first “etch the surface,” which is what happens if something acidic such as soda or juice would spill on the surface. He will then teach his team how to use our equipment to get the etching out and restore the dull look that appears after etching back to a beautiful shine.Similarly, he will train our technicians on how to properly restore a hard surface that has been scratched or dulled over time, so it will look brand new again! Our expert team is already very experienced with cleaning hard surfaces, but we feel that Daryl’s expert knowledge and advanced training methods in refinishing and restoring will really expand our ability to care for more areas of your home or business.