Wednesday, 10 January 2018

The Difference Between Marble Honing And Marble Polishing In Alcester Worcestershire

Our client was searching for Marble Polishing Worcestershire service for advice on marble restoration.

She saw the Marble polishing and restoration work shown on our site and contacted us for advice on restoring her Marble floor.

The marble floor covered a large area in the entrance hall, washing area, kitchen and dining area.

I could see why the marble had dulled.

Marble floor suffers from soil and grit from pets and walked in grit

  • The family had pets with free access to a big garden, and it was difficult to stop the pets walking soil onto the floor.

  • The front entrance was off a limestone gravel drive; which meant that guests would walk-in harsh grit.

  • They did not use a marble cleaner to clean the floor.

Considering the traffic conditions, and the difficulty of preventing tracked-in soil and grit, I suggested that a honed, mid-sheen finish may be more suitable finish.

Scuffs and scratches are very visible on polished marble. And considering the traffic conditions, the floor would need to be re-polished every 1 to 2 years.

However, a honed finish does not have the shine and reflective qualities that a polished marble has.

Comparison of honed and polished marble

Light scuffs and scratches do not alter the reflective qualities of the marble, which means that a honed finish is more scratch resistant than a polished finish.

Also, the cost for a honed finish is less than a polished finish.

If they did not like the honed, I could return to polish the floor and give it a high shine.

After thinking about my suggestions, the client agreed to test the honed finish, with the option to have a full polish.

We don’t just service Worcestershire, we cover the UK. These marble polishing jobs demonstrate our marble polishing services on different kinds of marble.

Marble Honing Alcester Worcestershire

I started the marble honing by deep cleaning the whole floor, using a rotary scrubbing machine and a marble cleaning compound. The cleaning removed all the ingrained soil from the surface of the marble tiles and the grout.

Next, I progressively diamond honed the marble to a 400 grit, low-sheen appearance.

Finally, I sealed the floor with three coats of high-quality marble impregnating sealer.

Honed marble floor

A few days later, the client contacted me to arrange to have the floor polished to a high shine. My client preferred the beauty of a highly polished marble floor.

Marble Polishing Alcester Worcestershire

I returned to diamond hone the floor at 3,000 grit. I then used marble polishing compounds to give the marble a deep, lustrous shine.

Polished Marble

I explained the importance of regular dry sweeping and damp mopping with microfiber mops and a stone soap based marble cleaner.

Stone soap contains particular chemicals that bind to the surface of the marble to help protect the marble against staining from spills.

If you are searching for a marble polishing service in Worcestershire to restore your marble floor, please contact Abbey Floor Care, I will be happy to help you.

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Marble Polishing Staffordshire ST9

This marble polishing Stockton Brook project arose after a client had called on our marble restoration services. He wanted to repair damage on marble tiles caused by aggressive scrubbing with a plastic brush.

Our client had used the brush to clean the grout lines, but the cleaning dulled the edges of the tiles.

marble tiles damaged by grout cleaning

This image shows how the edges of the tiles next to the grout have been dulled by the grout cleaning brush.

This plastic bristled brush had been used.

stiff bristled brush used to clean grout

A flat bristle brush is not the right brush for grout cleaning. The brush head is wider than the grout lines and so it will rub against the surface of the marble tiles.

A grout cleaning brush should have a very narrow set of bristles or the bristles should be shaped to a point. example of a grout cleaning brush

This means that only the point of the brush can get into the grout without rubbing the surface of the marble tiles.

It is surprising the amount of pressure can be exerted over a small area using a small grout brush. So it is not difficult to mark marble with such a brush.

Marble Polishing Stockton Brook Project Start

I started the project by cleaning the grout using a rotary floor scrubbing machine with a soft bristled brush and my marble grout cleaner. The soft bristles rub the marble grout cleaner into the grout and remove the surface soil.

I then rinsed the floor to remove the emulsified slurry.

grout cleaning with soft bristled rotary floor machine and marble grout cleaner

I used marble polishing powder to re-polish the damage caused by the aggressive grout cleaning, and the rest of the marble tiles.

marble polishign powder was used to polish the marble tiles

Finally, I sealed the marble and the clean grout with three coats of high-quality marble impregnating sealer.

My client was really happy with my work.

If you have a dull or damaged marble floor, please contact me for a free no-obligation quotation to restore your marble to a beautiful finish.

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Friday, 8 December 2017

Another Beautiful Polished Terrazzo Floor Project In Northampton - By Recommendation

This Terrazzo Floor Polishing Northampton project started after a neighbour, who had used our services, recommended my Terrazzo polishing services.

She had already spent a lot of money having her Terrazzo floor restored. However, the previous contractor told her the Terrazzo could not be polished. All they could do was clean the floor and apply a surface sealer.

terrazzo cleaning and polishing northampton

There were also a few cracks.

terrazzo cleaning polishing northampton

Once she saw the beautiful polish we achieved on her neighbour’s floor, she gave us a call.

With a floor of this age, deep cleaning will not remove ingrained soil from the marble chips and the porous Portland cement.terrazzo concrete polishing northampton

The photo above highlights the uneven worn surface and very dark, soiled portland cement after restoration by the previous contractor

The only way to completely remove the soiled surface is by grinding off the surface of the stone, to give a new clean surface.

terrazzo diamond polishing northampton

The new finish can then be honed and polished to give a smooth, bright finish.

Repairing Cracks In The Terrazzo

I cleaned out the cracks with diamond cutters. Then filled the cracks with colour matched epoxy fillers.


filling cracks in terrazzo floor

Terrazzo Floor Grinding

I used my planetary Terrazzo grinding machine with metal diamond tooling to remove around 2mm off the old Terrazzo surface.

terrazzo floor polishing and grinding equipment

The Terrazzo grinding process removed the soiled surface, leaving a clean, smooth finish

terrazzo after grinding

Terrazzo Floor Polishing

I honed and polished the new finish to a beautiful, smooth, shiny finish.

lovely polished terrazzo floor

Terrazzo Floor Sealing

astounding polished terrazzo floor

Finally, I sealed the Terrazzo with three coats of colour enhancing impregnating sealer. The sealer will help protect the floor from spills and stains. The sealer will also help make the Terrazzo easier to keep clean.

Terrazzo Floor Cleaning

The best way to clean the Terrazzo is by using a dry microfiber mop to remove the dry soil. Then use a microfiber damp mop and Terrazzo cleaner. It is essential to use the right detergent as standard floor cleaners will gradually degrade the sealer and damage the Terrazzo.

If you are looking to restore your Terrazzo floor, please contact us, for a free no-obligation Terrazzo grinding and polishing quotation

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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Terrazzo Can Be Beautiful, Colourful And Shiny - It Does Not have to Be Dull, Cracked And Grimy

This Terrazzo Polishing Northampton project started after our client about our Terrazzo restoration services us to repair some cracks and polish the Terrazzo hallway floor.

The floor was around 100 years old and in good physical condition considering its age. But a build-up of soil over the years had dulled the finish. The owner was keen to have the floor restored to its best possible condition

dull terrazzo floor Northampton

Terrazzo Crack Repairs

We started by repairing the cracks across the floor.

crack in Terrazzo floor in Northampton

We cleaned the cracks with diamond burrs. Then filled the cracks with colour matching epoxy filler.

filling cracks in terrazzo floor with epoxy filler

Once the filler had cured and hardened, we ground the filler smooth to the floor.

terrazzo cracked floor repaired and polished

Terrazzo Grinding Work

Next, to restore the shine to the floor, I needed to grind the Terrazzo using metal diamond tooling.

Grinding Terrazzo Floor

The grinding levelled off uneven areas of the floor and removed embedded marks and stains.

Terrazzo Polishing Northampton

Once the floor was ground, I progressively honed the ground finish with diamond tooling to give the floor a high sheen, 1.500 grit finish.

I polished the travertine floor using superfine diamond tooling and marble polishing powder.

polished terrazzo floor in Northampton

Terrazzo Sealing Work

To help protect the Terrazzo, I sealed the floor with three coats of high-quality colour enhancing impregnating sealer. The sealer gives excellent water and oil protection and enhances the colours in the Terrazzo.

Terrazzo polishing Noprthampton before and after

The image above shows how I transformed the Terrazzo into a beautiful, bright and colourful entrance hallway. The Terrazzo is now so much easier to clean.

The client was delighted with the floor. He was also more than happy to recommend our Terrazzo polishing services to neighbours with similar Terrazzo Hallways.

If you have a dull Terrazzo floor and would like it restored to a super finish, please contact us for a free, no-obligation quotation, we will be happy to help.

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Monday, 4 December 2017

Discover How Our Tumbled Travertine Cleaning Service Saved This Soiled Floor

This Travertine Cleaning Moreton-In-Marsh project arose because the Travertine floors were soiled and dull.


The soil came from three large dogs bringing in dirt and grit from the large garden surrounding the property.

dogs bring grit and garden soil to damage tumbled travertine floor

There were also some cracks across doorways.

Tumbled Travertine tiles are a beautiful natural stone; offer a striking appearance to suit many properties. However, the natural holes in the tiles will trap dirt and grit. In many cases, the only way to restore the finish is to hire a Travertine Cleaning Professional.

The homeowners also told me that they had used a variety of cleaning methods including bleach and a steam cleaner.

bleach and steam cleaning are nott good for tumbled travertine

But their cleaning efforts made little difference to the floor.

Natural stone should not be cleaned regularly with strong chemicals because the chemicals will damage the surface.

Steam cleaners are also not ideal as they make the floor damp without removing ingrained soils and the heat from a steam cleaner can damage sealers.

Tumbled Travertine Cleaning Moreton-In -Marsh Day 1

The project started with a thorough deep clean of the floor using a specialist Travertine Cleaner, which was allowed to dwell on the floor for an hour to help emulsify the ingrained soil.

rotary scrubbing Tumbled Travertine

Once the cleaner had done its job, we used a rotary cleaning machine to release the soils from the grout.

A lot of the holes in the Tumbled Travertine were too deep for the brush to reach the embedded soil.

pressure cleaning tumbled travertine

So we used our pressurised water rinse and capture equipment to clean the dirt out of the deeper holes.

As you can see in the picture below, the cleaning made a significant improvement and lightened up the room considerably.

tumbled travertine lovely and clean

The cleaning could not remove deep staining in the areas beneath the table legs. A number of different treatments and bleaches lightened the stains considerably, but we could not completely remove them.

Before sealing the floor we repaired the cracks in the doorways.

cracks in tumbled travertine filled with jasmine epoxy filler

We opened up hairline cracks with diamond burrs, just enough to allow the cracks to be filled with jasmine epoxy filler. Once the filler had cured, we sanded it smooth to the floor.

At the end of day one, we applied a single layer of water-based impregnating sealer. Travertine and grout can be porous, so the impregnating sealer acts as a primer for the finish sealer.

Also, the impregnating sealer will protect the floor against any accidental spills from our client, while using the room in the evening.

We left the floors to dry overnight ready for finish sealing on Day 2

Travertine Sealing Moreton-In-Marsh – Day 2

We advised our client to finish the floor with a surface sealer rather than an impregnating sealer.

A surface sealer sits on the surface of the stone and the grout, making it easier to clean. The sealer allows the stone to breathe whilst protecting the floor against accidental spills and acting

A surface sealer also protects the finish against abrasion from foot traffic and when an area shows signs of wear, it can be topped up again with a new coat of sealer.

Also, the Travertine Cleaner contains a small amount of finish sealer, helping maintain the finish every time the floor is damp mopped.

We applied six thin coats of mid-sheen surface sealer, giving the floor a lovely finish. Our client was over-the-moon with the appearance.

client delighted with results of tumbled travertine cleaning

She did not think that her floor would ever look so good again.

client did not think her floor would look so good again

We gave detailed cleaning instructions and left a container of Travertine cleaner. We explained the importance of daily cleaning to help remove dry soil and maintain the finish on the floor.

If you would like your tired, soiled Travertine floor to look like new again, click here for your free, no-obligation Travertine restoration quotation.

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

See Why Stripping And Sealing A Dirty Limestone Floor Was Not Enough

This Limestone Cleaning Atherstone project arose after our client moved to a home with a 20-year-old Limestone floor.

The old sealer had a lot of ingrained soil. In some areas, it was very discoloured. So they called on our Limestone Cleaning services to strip off the old sealer and re-seal their Limestone floor.

Limestone Cleaning Atherstone Warwickshire CV9

Limestone Cleaning Atherstone Warwickshire Project Start

We estimated that stripping and resealing the limestone tiles work would take two days. However, it turned into a job that took three days after the stripping and resealing turned into grinding, honing and sealing.

The photo below shows that the floor was very soiled, with quite a lot of abrasion in the form of scratches and surface pits, on the surface of the limestone.

Limestone Restoration Atherstone Warwickshire CV9

We tested the sealer to find that it was probably a urethane based sealer rather than a standard water based acrylic sealer.

We started by applying a specific gel-based stripper to soften the Urethane sealer ready for removal. The stripper was left for an hour to do its work.

Stripping Limestone Floor Tiles

We used a combination of rotary brush scrubbing and pad scrubbing to break the old sealer away from the surface of the stone. Then we vacuumed away the slurry containing the sealer residues.

Cleaning Limestone Floor Tiles Atherstone Warwickshire CV9

The edges of the floor were very soiled and had a thick build-up of old sealer, so we had to remove the sealer by hand with abrasive pads.

Limestone is a very porous stone, so we had to wait until the floor started to dry out before we could assess the effectiveness of the stripping.

Once the floor started to dry, we could see that the underlying stone surface was very rough, like sandpaper, still with ingrained soil, and marks.

Restoring Limestone Floor Tiles Atherstone Warwickshire CV9

The ingrained soil indicated that either the floor had not been sealed when installed or it was not sufficiently sealed. Dirt and stains had soaked into the surface of the stone. Then the old Sealer had been applied over the dirty, stained surface.

This Limestone Floor Needed Grinding And Honing

We explained the situation to our client and recommended that the rough, stained surface needed to be ground away, to create a new clean surface.

The floor was reasonably smooth, with little lippage, so we did not need to use metal diamonds to remove the lippage.

We started by grinding the tiles with 50 grit diamonds. The 50 grit diamonds removed the surface of the tiles, leaving a new clean finish.

Limestone Grinding Atherstone Warwickshire CV9

Then we honed the floor to a smooth 200 grit finish, matching the finish on other parts of the floor, which did not need restoring.

The grinding and honing equipment does not get right to the edge of the floor. So we had to hone the floor edges with electric hand tools

As the limestone is porous, we applied a layer of impregnating sealer to prime the floor ready for finish sealing. Finally, we applied six thin coats of acrylic water-based mid-sheen surface sealer.

We recommended the surface sealer as the floor is a high traffic area, which will suffer from a lot of tracked-in soil from both the homeowner’s family and their numerous pets. So the surface sealer will act as the wear layer and helps protect the Limestone.

Sealing Limestone floor tiles Atherstone Warwickshire CV9

As you can see, the result is a beautiful, easy to clean floor, with a finish that, with the correct cleaning, will last for years to come.

Our client was absolutely delighted with the results.

Cleaning Limestone Floor Tiles

The floors suffer from a lot of tracked-in soil, so we recommended that the rooms are dry swept at least once a day, and damp mopped daily with the recommended cleaner.

How To Clean A Limestone Floor In Atherstone Warwickshire CV9

The Limestone cleaner we recommended will help maintain the surface finish. Any areas showing wear can be topped up with new sealer, helping extend the life of the finish.

If you have a limestone floor, or any other stone floor in need of cleaning or restoration, please contact Abbey Floor Care for a free, no-obligation quotation, we will be happy to help.

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Sunday, 5 November 2017

Terrazzo Polishing Restoration Work Solihull B91 Abbey Floor Care

We were contacted about this Terrazzo polishing project in Solihull as our client was refurbishing a small “L” shaped cloakroom on the ground floor of their home.

terrazzo polishing Solihull Abbey Floor Care


There were a few holes from the old sanitary wear to be repaired. The cloakroom also had a couple of steps and Terrazzo skirtings to be restored.

Our client had reviewed other terrazzo cleaning work on our website and was confident that would give them a great result – which they did.

Terrazzo Polishing Solihull – Work Schedule

We started by filling the holes with a coloured hard filler. The filler is a two-part system that hardens in around an hour. Once it is hard it can be ground and polished with the rest of the floor to the desired finish.

terrazzo filler abbey floor care

Terrazzo Grinding Solihull

I ground the floor smooth with 50 grit diamond tooling to get the floor flat and remove the porous surface. Then I progressively honed the floor from 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1500 grit. This gave a smooth high-sheen surface.

terrazzo grinding Abbey Floor Care

I ground and honed the steps and Terrazzo skirtings with electric hand tools to give a similar high-sheen finish.

terrazzo hand grinding Abbey Floor Care

It looked as though the staircase risers and skirtings had never been finished smoothed, so the polishing made a real difference.

Terrazzo floor restoration work by Abbey Floor Care

Terrazzo Sealing Solihull

Finally, I applied a high quality impregnating sealer to help protect the floor against staining from spills and help make the floor easy to clean.

I explained the importance of regular cleaning using microfiber flat mops and Terrazzo cleaner. The high sheen will not last very long if the floor is neglected or cleaned with strong alkaline cleaners.

terrazzo cleaning instructions Abbey Floor Care

I gave the client detailed cleaning instructions, including the need to daily dry sweep and damp mop with the correct terrazzo cleaning solution.

If you have a terrazzo floor, or any other stone floor in need of cleaning and restoration, please contact Abbey floor Care, we will be happy to help.

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