Monday, 12 June 2017

Stone Floor Cleaning Services In Leicester

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The Ultimate Stone Floor Cleaning Services In Leicester


Is ingrained soil stopping you enjoying your stone floor?


Hire Professional stone floor cleaning services in Leicester to create the clean, bright, new finish you’ve always dreamed about.




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We Have The Knowledge, Experience and Equipment To Transform Your Stone Floors


As well as looking beautiful, our cleaning services in Leicester will make your floor will be so much easier to clean. High-quality sealers and finishes make your stone highly water and soil repellent, which means that they are easier to clean.


Our technical experts will also give you a stone floor care, showing you:


  • how often you should clean your floor

  • the best way to clean your floor

  • the best equipment to use

  • the right floor cleaners that will help protect your floor rather than damage it.

testimonial for Abbey Floor Caare Mrs Alhmbrasani Nottiingham


I hated my floor. It quickly lost its shine and soon after ugly spots started to appear all over it. I followed lots of advice about how to clean stone floors, but it was very difficult to clean.  Abbey Floor Care cleaned and polished my floor. My floor looks brand new and fabulous. I’m so pleased.


Mrs. Alhmbrasani
becky-kooner


David has restored floors at my home and offices. The work was excellent. As always, David is always courteous and just keeps on going until the work is done. 


Mrs. Kooner


In Just Four Easy Steps Your Stone Floors Can Look Beautiful Again


1. Contact Us By Email Or Phone


Call 0800 6795 0180 or click right here to contact us.


2. Tell Us All About Your Problems


Our contact form gives you the opportunity to tell us all about the issues with your floor. A picture speaks a thousand words, so please send photos of your floors highlighting the issues. We may call you to have a chat about your floor to understand your problems.


3. Receive A Free Of Charge Cost Estimate


In most situations we can give you a reasonable guide of the costs included in any restoration.


We sill send you full documentation, detailing;


  • The costs.
    • There’ll be no covert costs or surcharges, our rates will be completely up front.


  • The work involved.
    • We will include details about similar work we have done so you can get an idea of what’s involved and the finish you will get.


  • The timescale.

So you are armed with all the information you need to make a considered, informed decision.


4. Agree A Date To Start The Work


If you feel that the estimated cost is within your budget, we’ll organize an appointment to start the work. A couple of days prior to your job, if you prefer, we can give you a call to confirm that is ok and validate the details.


We will show up on the agreed date and at the agreed to start work.




The Result Is A Beautiful Floor That Will Stay Cleaner For Longer


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You can always phone us on 0800 695 0180 about our cleaning services in Leicester, or just complete the simple contact form below for a free quotation.







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Marble Polishing


Expert Marble Polishing In Leicester


Marble floors are the ultimate in luxuriousness and genuinely provide a touch of class to any home.


Marble tiles are without a doubt at the top end of the natural stone flooring scale. The very best marble available on the market today is Italian, and we would recommend if possible, that you invest in Italian marble tiles that are likewise machined in Italy.


There are cheaper Italian marble tiles readily available that have been machined in China. These have sometimes been machined across-the-bed.


This means that slab is sliced perpendicular to the main direction of the veining and in eventually will start to flake and chip.


Always ensure your marble comes direct or was sourced from a trusted provider.


Marble is a hard-wearing natural stone. While luxurious and instantly recognisable, marble requires routine upkeep and sealers are needed to guard against staining and scratches.


Does Your Marble Floor Demand Professional Restoration?


Marble polishing and restoration is multi-step process, required when a floor has not been taken care of appropriately, or it needs to be restored as a result of heavy scratching and wear.


Diamond impregnated marble polishing tooling and heavy stone polishing devices are employed for marble floor restoration.


What makes marble shine is marble polishing powder in conjunction with marble polishing pads for a mirror-like gloss. Finally the marble is sealed employing a high quality impregnating marble sealer.


Customers typically call call us as a “fast polish” of their marble floor has not given them the initial shine and visual appeal. If a marble floor requires restoration, a simple lambswool buff of a marble floor will not restore it.


I wish it did. That would be so much simpler. But if that did work, there would be no demand for a marble restoration market.


If you are not caring for and polishing your marble floor to a good standard, you are not conserving any money.


In the short term you might conserve some loose change, however this misjudgment or oversight will cost you considerably in the long term.


You never ever should let your floor get so bad that you need to have expert restoration regularly.


Professional restoration ought to be a very unusual event for a well kept floor.


In reality, when it comes down to taking care of marble and other natural stone floors, you either pay a little bit now or you pay lots later.


If you presume that you are conserving extra money by not paying for consistent routine service, the charges will be much higher when you have to restore your floor.


When you invest in regular upkeep, choosing the best cleaners and equipment, your floor constantly look excellent and you can prevent expensive restoration completely, or if not, considerably extend time between restorations.


In the end regular maintenance is the better choice.


How Much Does Marble Cleaning Cost In Leicester


A typical question we get from customers in Nottingham is:



How much will it cost to clean and polish my marble?



The charge to clean and polish marble is dependent on the condition of the floor tiles, scratches, damage, soiling etc. In many cases, we can make an assessment from good quality photos. That’s why we ask you to send us photographs of your floor.


If we need additional info from you, we typically contact you by e-mail, for any additional information.


When we have all the information, we can provide a detailed cost and timescale for the work.



Travertine Cleaning


Leicester Travertine Tile Cleaning Services


Travertine is formed from hot underground water. The water liquifies the underlying travertine and other minerals. The dissolved minerals develop gas bubbles, similar to the bubbles in carbonated drinks.


As the water vaporizes, the dissolved minerals solidify around the gas bubbles, producing a brand-new layer of stone. This brand-new layer of stone is now loaded with various size holes, giving it a with a honeycomb texture just like cinder toffee.


Travertine is offered in a 3 grades.


High Premium Solid Travertine Tiles


This Travertine has very few or no holes and is usually supplied in 20mm thick tiles. The travertine is more expensive due to the fact that there is little of it per square metre of Travertine. Floors are frequently finished to a high shine and sealed with an impregnating sealer.


Cleaning Tumbled Travertine Tiles Leicester


Tumbled travertine is cut from the honeycomb rock and often supplied in 20mm thick tiles, nevertheless there are also 12mm thick tiles offered.


When tumbled travertine tiles are laid, the cavities are grouted as well as the area between the tiles. The final surface depends on the skill and dedication of the installer.


Unfortunately we have run across lots of setups where the tiler has not taken care and hurried the grout cleaning procedure, getting rid of a great deal of the grout out of the holes, leaving as much as 3mm deep fill.


With Tumbled travertine there can be holes that are only safeguarded by an eggshell layer of Travertine, that will appear as holes . These holes need to be filled as quickly as possible, as if overlooked the issue will deteriorate and the hole will get bigger.


Filling holes in Travertine is a simple job.


Mix a small amount of Jasmine coloured grout with water and fill the hole. Remove any grout residue off the surrounding tile working with a dry cloth.
Vacuum any residual grout dust. Ensure to apply a small amount of sealer to the grout repair using a little paint brush or a q-tip.


Tumbled Travertine Sealing Leicester


With tumbled travertine, we advise sealing the tiles with a topical coating.


Surface sealants do not wear as well as the stone itself, so the sealer will begin to display indications of wear in traffic areas. Expert cleaners are readily available that can top-up the sealer, helping it to last longer.


You can also use a new layer of sealer every 6 or 12 months. This will keep your Travertine looking great for years instead of months.


Cleaning Honed Travertine


Up to 50% of a honed Travertine tile can be filler and the tiles are typically provided in 12mm thick tiles.


When buying honed and filled travertine, it is extremely important to take a look at the side of the tile and see just how permeable and just how many air bubbles are present.


If holes exist near the surface of the tile, this can indicate they are only shielded on the surface with an eggshell layer of stone and may appear as holes at some time later.


These holes have to be filled as quickly as possible, because if left disregarded the issue will get worse and the hole will grow.


If you have the chance to choose the tiles yourself, attempt to use tiles with the least filler, because these tiles have the least quantity of holes.


Just like Tumbled travertine, you ought to fill brand-new holes as they appear, to stop soil entering the hole, making it look like a dirty black mark. Filling holes is finest done throughout regular maintenance of your floor.


Honed Travertine Sealing Leicester


If you have honed travertine tiles, you have the option of sealing the tiles with a surface sealer or an impregnating sealer. New tiles can be sealed with a penetrating.
We would recommend sealing old and worn travertine floors with a topical or surface finishing as with tumbled travertine.



Sunday, 11 June 2017

Stone Floor Cleaning Services Nottingham

Stone Floor Cleaning Services Nottingham


Welcome to Abbey Floor Care – professional, stone floor cleaning Nottingham. For safe, reliable stone cleaning, polishing and sealing service on all popular stone types.


We have the equipment and experience to bring the original finish back to worn, dull domestic and commercial stone floors.


As a starting point, get your free advice from our Marble and Stone Expert, David Allen




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We Have The Knowledge, Experience and Equipment To Transform Your Stone Floors


As well as looking beautiful, our stone floor cleaning Nottingham will make your marble, travertine or other floors so much easier to clean. High-quality sealers and finishes make your stone highly water and soil repellent, which means that they are easier to clean.


Our technical experts will also give you a stone floor care, showing you:


  • how often you should clean your floor

  • the best way to clean your floor

  • the best equipment to use

  • the right floor cleaners that will help protect your floor rather than damage it.

testimonial for Abbey Floor Caare Mrs Alhmbrasani Nottiingham


I hated my floor. It quickly lost its shine and soon after ugly spots started to appear all over it. I followed lots of advice about how to clean stone floors, but it was very difficult to clean.  Abbey Floor Care cleaned and polished my floor. My floor looks brand new and fabulous. I’m so pleased.


Mrs. Alhmbrasani
becky-kooner


David has restored floors at my home and offices. The work was excellent. As always, David is always courteous and just keeps on going until the work is done. 


Mrs. Kooner



The Result Is A Beautiful Floor That Will Stay Cleaner For Longer


The before and after photos below demonstrate how our specialist stone floor cleaning Nottingham can transform dull, scratched ugly floors into beautiful, shiny floors that make you proud.


From removing old surface coatings from quarry tiles and marble to re-surfacing dirty limestone, travertine and granite.


In Just Four Easy Steps Your Stone Floors Can Look Beautiful Again


1. Contact Us By Email Or Phone


Call 0800 6795 0180 or click right here to contact us.


2. Tell Us All About Your Problems


Our contact form gives you the opportunity to tell us all about the issues with your floor. A picture speaks a thousand words, so please send photos of your floors highlighting the issues. We may call you to have a chat about your floor to understand your problems.


3. Receive A Free Of Charge Cost Estimate


In most situations we can give you a reasonable guide of the costs included in any restoration.


We sill send you full documentation, detailing;


  • The costs.
    • There’ll be no covert costs or surcharges, our rates will be completely up front.


  • The work involved.
    • We will include details about similar work we have done so you can get an idea of what’s involved and the finish you will get.


  • The timescale.

So you are armed with all the information you need to make a considered, informed decision.


4. Agree A Date To Start The Work


If you feel that the estimated cost is within your budget, we’ll organize an appointment to start the work. A couple of days prior to your job, if you prefer, we can give you a call to confirm that is ok and validate the details.


We will show up on the agreed date and at the agreed to start work.



Get In Touch


You can always phone us on 0800 695 0180 or just complete the simple contact form below for a free quotation.







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Stone Floor Cleaning Nottingham – Inclusive Services:  Stone Floor Cleaning, Polishing and Sealing Natural Stone Restoration And Tile


Marble, travertine, terrazzo, limestone, granite, sandstone, flagstone, quarry tiles, minton style clay tiles, porcelain, ceramic tile, dirty grout






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Friday, 9 June 2017

Discover How To Polish Your Dull Limestone Floor So It Is The Envy Of Your friends And Neighbours

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Thinking about limestone cleaning honing polishing sealing seems a lot do do on a limestone floor. But polished limestone floors can be difficult to keep clean and retain the shine. Over time the surface starts to wear, loose its polish and get grimy. So the tiles will need work to restore the original finish.


I bet you didn’t realise that cleaning can contribute to the loss of shine.


Unfortunately,  standard floor cleaning chemicals are not made for cleaning natural stone like limestone. These chemicals contain ingredients that damage limestone.


Over time:


  • limestone will loose its shine

  • the limestone will become porous and absorb soil

  • the surface of the limestone will go rough and difficult to clean

The floor doesn’t just get attacked from cleaning chemicals. Many chemicals in your kitchen and bathroom are acidic. Acidic chemicals like vinegar, lemon juice and most liquid hand soaps will dissolve limestone, leaving ugly etch marks.


As well as suffering from chemical damage, limestone also suffers from mechanical damage. Most limestones are relatively soft stone compared to hard stones like granite. This means that grit from foot traffic will scuff and scratch the surface of the stone.


We have found that many people don’t really understand how to polish limestone floors or other stone floors like; marble, granite and travertine.


So don’t be too dismayed if your limestone floor has gradually gone dull and you can’t the original shine back.


In this post, we will


  • show you why you need the help of a professional stone restoration company to bring the original finish back to your floor

  • help you understand what’s involved in cleaning and polishing limestone.

  • show you how easy it is to keep your limestone floor looking beautiful for longer.

Limestone Polishing we recently completed in Kings Lynn Norfolk.



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This job has an interesting twist because we arrived at the job expecting to restore a Travertine tile floor.


The client bought the tiles from the supplier as Travertine, and I must admit that the floor can be mistaken for travertine by the unexperienced eye.


limestone cleaning honing polishing sealing can be mistaken for travertine by an unexperienced person


This was because the tiles in the photographs had filler in them making them look like filled and honed travertine.


Once I arrived it was obvious to me that the floor was Limestone. Only a few of the tiles had areas of filler and these were the tiles that the client had photographed. The majority of the tiles were solid without any filler.


The tiles were worn and dull, however, the floor had the beautiful, velvet finish that is a feature of limestone. Some of the tiles had filled holes, and these were the tiles that the client had photographed.


I was surprised that the supplier sold the tiles as Travertine, but it just goes to show how easy it is to make a mistake when dealing with stone.


With the change from Travertine to Limestone, I had to change the work schedule, because cleaning as cleaning honing polishing sealing a Limestone floor is a different process to restoring a filled, honed Travertine floor.


What is Limestone


Limestone is a dense, sedimentary rock, which means it was formed from the bones and shells of ocean-dwelling organisms. As these organisms die, their shells and bones settle on the ocean floor where they are compacted over millions of years, creating limestone from the sediments and the pressure of the ocean water.


Limestone floors can be resurfaced by grinding, honing and polishing. Machine grinding and honing can remove the deepest scratches and marks, leaving a beautiful new finish on the floor.  The floor can then be polished to a variety of finishes from dull smooth, through light sheen to a polish.


How Is Travertine Different To Limestone


Travertine is a natural stone like Limestone. However, it is not the same as Limestone because it is formed in a different way. Travertine is formed when water that has percolated through rock containing limestone, other minerals and organic matter. The dissolved limestone along with the other minerals and organic matter form into layers of stone. Over time, gases escape creating holes, giving the stone a honeycomb or sponge-like structure.


Filled, honed travertine is made by filling the holes in travertine with polyester fillers. The stone is then lightly abraded to smooth the filler and the stone, creating a highly attractive, light sheen finish.


I don’t recommend grinding or aggressively honing filled travertine because the process removes the fillers and reveals more holes in the stone, making restoration a costly process.


I normally restore filled travertine by lightly honing and polishing the surface, so no new holes appear. However, this process does not remove heavy scratches, so the finish is not as deep and clear as when we restore marble or limestone.


I explained the options now available because the floor was Limestone. We agreed on a polished finish.

We started, as always, by protecting the walls and adjoining floor from slurry splashes. We always ask that doors are removed from the work area to give free access to all the floor, for our equipment.

Limestone cleaning and restoration work is dependant on the condition of a floor and the amount of lippage. The lippage – difference in height between adjoining tiles, was generally below 1mm, which is very good, and quite unusual.


floor ready for limestone cleaning honing polishing sealing


The floor was generally in good shape. There were no deep scratches. These scratches are usually the result of dragging furniture across a floor. There were lots of small scratches consistent with foot traffic.


As the floor was not badly scratched and had minimal lippage, we did not need to grind the floor to achieve a high-quality finish. So we started the limestone cleaning honing polishing sealing work by honing the floor with aggressive 100 grit diamond tooling.


The image below shows how the 100 grit honing removes the surface of the floor, removing all the surface scratches.


limestone honing starting at 100 grit giving a dull smooth finish


This process took most of the rest of the first day. We finished off by cleaning areas of dirty grout around the cooker and the sink using a rotary scrubbing machine and 800 grit honing powder.


On the second day, we honed the floor with 200 grit, 400 grit and 800 grit diamonds, giving a lovely smooth light sheen finish.


We then honed an area of the floor to a 1,500 polished finish, so that our client could choose her preferred finish. After some deliberation, she decided on the 1,500 grit finish, finished off with limestone polishing powder.


limestone floor honed to 1500 grit ready for light polishing with limestone polishing powder


The floor could have been finished to a higher shine using a 3000-grit diamond pad, however, this finish will start to show scratches and scuff marks in high traffic areas around the kitchen.


The floor could have been finished to a higher shine using a 3000-grit diamond pad, however, this finish will start to show scratches and scuff marks in high traffic areas around the kitchen.


Once the floor was rinsed and dried, we applied a high-quality impregnating sealer.


Our client was delighted with the finish on her floor. The limestone now has a silky gloss finish. Mopping is so much easier because the mop glides over the smooth finish.


limestone floor polished and sealed


Before leaving we gave clear guidance on maintaining the limestone, the correct limestone cleaners to use and the right microfiber mopping schedule, so the floor will stay cleaner for longer.


If you your limestone floor or any other stone floor needs cleaning and polishing, please contact us at www.abbeyfloorcare.co.uk or call us on 0800 6965 0180, we will be happy to help


Travertine Cleaning Filling Sealing Tumbled Tiles Loughborough

We are here in Shepshead, Loughborough LE12, cleaning travertine and resealing travertine tiles.


Our client, we will call her Lucy, chose tumbled travertine specifically for the natural holes and voids in the stone. She wanted the look to add a rustic beauty to the kitchen, hallway and w/c.


Tumbled travertine starts out its life in an exotic way:


cleaning tumbled travertine loughboroughThis image shows Mammoth Springs in Yellowstone National Park, where travertine is starting it’s journey from the guysers.




Cleaning Tumbled Travertine Tile Floor Brassington Matlock …


Cleaning Tumbled travertine tiles, here is similar work we carried out in Brassington, near Matlock in Derbyshire.




When the tiles were installed, they looked beautiful. Following the manufacturer’s recommendation, the tiles were sealed with an impregnating sealer.


Lucy used mop, bucket and strong flash floor cleaner for cleaning travertine.  However, over time, the holes started to fill with soil, spoiling the look of the floor.


 


cleaning travertine tiles in Loughborough Leicestershire


Over the years, Lucy also tried re-sealing the tiles, but this did not stop soil gathering in the holes.


As a last gasp effort, Lucy checked out our website and saw how we have transformed similar travertine floors.



We started by protecting the walls with plastic sheeting. We use powerful cleaning solutions. Splashes from cleaning travertine with these chemicals can damage delicate paintwork.


We left the cleaner on the floor for 20 minutes to start working its way into the soil.


Next we used a scrubbing machine with a medium brush to scrub the cleaner deep into the holes and reach the embedded soil.


Now we used our hot water pressurised rinse and capture equipment. This blasts hot water into the holes in the stone and sucks out all the dissolved soil.


There were ugly, dark areas on some of the tiles, where soil had migrated under the surface of the stone. This process is not designed to remove this soiling.




Cleaning Travertine Floor Tiles Your Simple How To Guide


Cleaning tumbled travertine floor tiles in’t too difficult, but as with all natural stone, it’s important to understand the characteristics of the material. This article gives you all the information you need to know to clean your travertine the right way. Once you know how to clean travertine, your floor will …




We can remove this soil by grinding off the top of the stone to reveal the holes. But this would have increased the cost of the work, taking it outside Lucy’s budget, so we opted for deep cleaning and filling optiontravertine


Next, after cleaning the travertine we used jasmine coloured grout to fill the holes.


filling travertine with grout


and when it dried, we cleaned removed the surface grout off the tiles, so the surface was ready for sealing.


Finally, we sealed the floor with a solvent base acrylic sealer.


grout filled tumbled travertine sealed with acrylic surface sealer


This kind of sealer gives a tough, hard wearing finish. This sealer  gives off strong fumes and is not a solution for everyone.


Where we can not use a solvent based sealer, we can use a water based sealer.


If you would like to find out how we can restore your tumbled travertine floor, call 0800 695 0180 or click here, we’ll be happy to help.




Learn more here http://www.abbeyfloorcare.co.uk/travertine/cleaning-travertine-loughborough-leicestershire/

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Natural Stone Restoration Cleaning Sealing UK

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David Allen Natural Stone Restoration SpecialistYou may try to restore your natural stone floor yourself. Or you may ignore the problem, in the hope that your family, guests and visitors will not see it.


However, it is unlikely that you will have any lasting success.


This is because when a stone floor problem becomes visible, it is often way past a do it yourself solution.


This is because we look at our floors when we are standing.


So when a floor looks dirty it is absolutely packed with dirt, because the dirt has become ingrained in the surface.


When a stone floor starts to look dull it will be full of scratches and soils that mopping will not solve.


Over the years, stone floor tiles can lose their lustre, requiring a deep clean and reseal, generally referred to as natural stone restoration. You have made a significant investment in your stone floors, so the last thing you want to do is change them when they get dirty.


Daily cleaning and maintenance are critical to maintaining a beautiful, clean surface. But cleaning alone is not enough. A well organised, consistent cleaning schedule will not prevent stains and scratches making the floor dull and difficult to clean.


To make sure your floor is always looking at its best, you will need to hire a professional natural stone restoration company to help bring back the original finish.


Abbey Floor Care offers a range of cleaning and sealing solutions for your stone floors at reasonable costs. Floor cleaning and sealing costs depend on the type of floor and the level of cleaning you want.


When thinking about natural stone restoration, it is easier to split it into two broad categories, calcium and non-calcium stones.


Popular calcuim stones are Limestone, Marble, Travertine and Terrazzo.


Limestone

Calcite Stones started their life as the shells and skeletons of sea creatures. Over time the shells and skeletons accumulated on the seabed. Eventually, with pressure and time, the calcium carbonate sediment hardens into limestone.


Limestone is mostly used in flooring with a natural, matte, or honed, mid to high sheen finish.


Travertine

When water passes through limestone; it dissolves the calcium into the water. Eventually, the water deposits the dissolved calcium along with other minerals, forming a stone called Travertine. The presence of water causes with calcium to give off gases that give Travertine its honeycombed structure


The other mineral deposits contribute to travertine’s colouring. So, travertine is available in a variety of shades, from the lightest ivory and darker walnut shades to dark browns and deep reds.


Travertine is mostly used in flooring with a natural, matte, or honed mid to high sheen finish. The honeycomb structure means that the stone is filled to allow a smooth uniform finish. However, over time, the filler can come loose, leaving holes to fill with soil.


Marble

Marble is a recrystallized form of limestone, transformed by heat or pressure deep inside the earth. The dense crystalline structure means that you can polish Marble to a lustrous, beautiful shine.


Mineral impurities in Marble allow it to come in a variety of colours including but not limited to, white, cream, pink, green, brown, grey and black.


The metamorphosis from limestone does not make it harder. So, compared to granite, marble is a relatively soft stone, so it has little resistance to scratched and damage.


Terrazzo

Terrazzo is a composite flooring made from mixing Portland stone or epoxy with marble chips. The presence of marble means that the terrazzo must be cleaned and maintained as if it were marble.


Most people consider Limestone, Marble, Travertine and Terrazzo as wearing and durable. But the properties that make them attractive contribute to their vulnerability.


Strong acids and alkalis will dissolve calcium, so they will damage these surface of these stones Vinegar, wine, lemon juice, tea and coffee will etch the surface and remove the polish. Repeated exposure to acid spills will erode the surface still further.


While some types of limestone such as Staffordshire Limestone can be considered as hard, in general limestone, marble, travertine and terrazzo are relatively soft compared to a hard stone like Granite.


This means that they are easily damaged by abrasion from foot traffic and scratching from dragging furniture across a floor.


Professional natural stone restoration of limestone, marble, travertine and granite usually starts with grinding or honing the surface of the floor to remove scratches and deep soiling.


Limestone, terrazzo and travertine can be honed to light or high sheen finish.


Marble is generally honed and polished to a deep lustrous shine.


Finally the floor is sealed with an appropriate sealer.


Considerable experience and specialised equipment are needed for this kind of natural stone restoraiton. So you should take care to hire the services of a company you can trust.


All other types of stone come under the classification of Non-Calcilus Stones


Granite


Granite is an igneous rock, which means that it is formed from molten lava as it cools.


Granite is hard enough to resist most abrasion, strong enough to bear significant weight, inert enough to withstand chemical attack and it can be polished to a deep shine. Granite is also one of the more expensive stones.


These characteristics make it a highly desirable stone counter tops and luxurious floors.


If you are considering granite, make sure you know which stone you are considering. Commercial granite is used to cover a range of igneous rocks including gabbro, basalt, pegmatite, schist, gneiss, syenite, monzonite, anorthosite, granodiorite, diabase, diorite.


These stones may not have the wear characteristics you expect from a traditional granite.


In most cases, granite can be repolished with fine abrasives and polishing equipment. In rare cases, the surface may be badly scratched or damaged. In this case, the damage will need to be ground away before the floor can be re-polished.


Sandstone/Flagstone


Sandstone is formed from the grains of weathered stone. Clay or silt acts as a cement binding the sand grains together.


Sandstone is generally used for flooring in its natural state. This means that the surface of the stone is left rough.


The surface finish means that it is not easy to mop sandstone without leaving some of the dirty water on the surface or in the grout. Over time the soil builds up, hiding the natural colours.


Professional sandstone cleaning usually starts with scrubbing a high alkali cleaner into the surface of the floor. The cleaner will emulsify the soil and lift it away from the stone. Hot water pressurised rinsing removes the dirty slurry, leaving a pristine clean floor.


Once the floor has dried, it should be sealed. An impregnating sealer will leave the original surface. A surface sealer will leave an easier to clean smoother surface.


Slate, Quarry Tile, Victorian Minton Tile


While slate is a natural stone and quarry tile and minton tile are man made, they all have similar characteristics regarding cleaning, because they are all formed from clay.


Historically, linseed oil and waxes were used to finish these floors after installation.


Professional cleaning starts with removing any existing finish residues. However, we have come across a variety of finish residues, that we could only remove with the most powerful paint removers.


Experience is essential to make sure that the cleaning does not damage the tiles. Clay is a soft material that can be damaged by aggressive cleaning and over-wetting.


Very often the issue with old floors is not the flooring itself, but the sub-floor.


Quarry tiles, Victorian clay tiles, as well as flagstones, were often laid on nothing more than earth, ash or sand. While this in itself is not a huge problem, the lack of any insulation makes for a cold floor underfoot.


These floors were designed to be ‘breathable’. Covering them with non-breathable coverings like vinyl or heavy rugs will cause problems. The cover will stop the floor breathing, causing cement like deposits on the surface of the tiles and the surface breaking away on some tiles.


We can restore the majority of “breathable” floors to a beautiful finish. Once finished they can be sealed with impregnating sealers that enhance the natural colour of the tiles, while still allowing the floor to breathe.


If the floor tiles on an insulating base, they can be finished with a natural wax or acrylic surface finish.




Learn more here http://www.abbeyfloorcare.co.uk/natural-stone-restoration-cleaning-sealing-uk/

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David Allen Natural Stone Restoration SpecialistYou may try to restore your natural stone floor yourself. Or you may ignore the problem, in the hope that your family, guests and visitors will not see it.


However, it is unlikely that you will have any lasting success.


This is because when a stone floor problem becomes visible, it is often way past a do it yourself solution.


This is because we look at our floors when we are standing.


So when a floor looks dirty it is absolutely packed with dirt, because the dirt has become ingrained in the surface.


When a stone floor starts to look dull it will be full of scratches and soils that mopping will not solve.


Over the years, stone floor tiles can lose their lustre, requiring a deep clean and reseal, generally referred to as natural stone restoration. You have made a significant investment in your stone floors, so the last thing you want to do is change them when they get dirty.


Daily cleaning and maintenance are critical to maintaining a beautiful, clean surface. But cleaning alone is not enough. A well organised, consistent cleaning schedule will not prevent stains and scratches making the floor dull and difficult to clean.


To make sure your floor is always looking at its best, you will need to hire a professional natural stone restoration company to help bring back the original finish.


Abbey Floor Care offers a range of cleaning and sealing solutions for your stone floors at reasonable costs. Floor cleaning and sealing costs depend on the type of floor and the level of cleaning you want.


When thinking about natural stone restoration, it is easier to split it into two broad categories, calcium and non-calcium stones.


Popular calcuim stones are Limestone, Marble, Travertine and Terrazzo.


Limestone

Calcite Stones started their life as the shells and skeletons of sea creatures. Over time the shells and skeletons accumulated on the seabed. Eventually, with pressure and time, the calcium carbonate sediment hardens into limestone.


Limestone is mostly used in flooring with a natural, matte, or honed, mid to high sheen finish.


Travertine

When water passes through limestone; it dissolves the calcium into the water. Eventually, the water deposits the dissolved calcium along with other minerals, forming a stone called Travertine. The presence of water causes with calcium to give off gases that give Travertine its honeycombed structure


The other mineral deposits contribute to travertine’s colouring. So, travertine is available in a variety of shades, from the lightest ivory and darker walnut shades to dark browns and deep reds.


Travertine is mostly used in flooring with a natural, matte, or honed mid to high sheen finish. The honeycomb structure means that the stone is filled to allow a smooth uniform finish. However, over time, the filler can come loose, leaving holes to fill with soil.


Marble

Marble is a recrystallized form of limestone, transformed by heat or pressure deep inside the earth. The dense crystalline structure means that you can polish Marble to a lustrous, beautiful shine.


Mineral impurities in Marble allow it to come in a variety of colours including but not limited to, white, cream, pink, green, brown, grey and black.


The metamorphosis from limestone does not make it harder. So, compared to granite, marble is a relatively soft stone, so it has little resistance to scratched and damage.


Terrazzo

Terrazzo is a composite flooring made from mixing Portland stone or epoxy with marble chips. The presence of marble means that the terrazzo must be cleaned and maintained as if it were marble.


Most people consider Limestone, Marble, Travertine and Terrazzo as wearing and durable. But the properties that make them attractive contribute to their vulnerability.


Strong acids and alkalis will dissolve calcium, so they will damage these surface of these stones Vinegar, wine, lemon juice, tea and coffee will etch the surface and remove the polish. Repeated exposure to acid spills will erode the surface still further.


While some types of limestone such as Staffordshire Limestone can be considered as hard, in general limestone, marble, travertine and terrazzo are relatively soft compared to a hard stone like Granite.


This means that they are easily damaged by abrasion from foot traffic and scratching from dragging furniture across a floor.


Professional natural stone restoration of limestone, marble, travertine and granite usually starts with grinding or honing the surface of the floor to remove scratches and deep soiling.


Limestone, terrazzo and travertine can be honed to light or high sheen finish.


Marble is generally honed and polished to a deep lustrous shine.


Finally the floor is sealed with an appropriate sealer.


Considerable experience and specialised equipment are needed for this kind of natural stone restoraiton. So you should take care to hire the services of a company you can trust.


All other types of stone come under the classification of Non-Calcilus Stones


Granite


Granite is an igneous rock, which means that it is formed from molten lava as it cools.


Granite is hard enough to resist most abrasion, strong enough to bear significant weight, inert enough to withstand chemical attack and it can be polished to a deep shine. Granite is also one of the more expensive stones.


These characteristics make it a highly desirable stone counter tops and luxurious floors.


If you are considering granite, make sure you know which stone you are considering. Commercial granite is used to cover a range of igneous rocks including gabbro, basalt, pegmatite, schist, gneiss, syenite, monzonite, anorthosite, granodiorite, diabase, diorite.


These stones may not have the wear characteristics you expect from a traditional granite.


In most cases, granite can be repolished with fine abrasives and polishing equipment. In rare cases, the surface may be badly scratched or damaged. In this case, the damage will need to be ground away before the floor can be re-polished.


Sandstone/Flagstone


Sandstone is formed from the grains of weathered stone. Clay or silt acts as a cement binding the sand grains together.


Sandstone is generally used for flooring in its natural state. This means that the surface of the stone is left rough.


The surface finish means that it is not easy to mop sandstone without leaving some of the dirty water on the surface or in the grout. Over time the soil builds up, hiding the natural colours.


Professional sandstone cleaning usually starts with scrubbing a high alkali cleaner into the surface of the floor. The cleaner will emulsify the soil and lift it away from the stone. Hot water pressurised rinsing removes the dirty slurry, leaving a pristine clean floor.


Once the floor has dried, it should be sealed. An impregnating sealer will leave the original surface. A surface sealer will leave an easier to clean smoother surface.


Slate, Quarry Tile, Victorian Minton Tile


While slate is a natural stone and quarry tile and minton tile are man made, they all have similar characteristics regarding cleaning, because they are all formed from clay.


Historically, linseed oil and waxes were used to finish these floors after installation.


Professional cleaning starts with removing any existing finish residues. However, we have come across a variety of finish residues, that we could only remove with the most powerful paint removers.


Experience is essential to make sure that the cleaning does not damage the tiles. Clay is a soft material that can be damaged by aggressive cleaning and over-wetting.


Very often the issue with old floors is not the flooring itself, but the sub-floor.


Quarry tiles, Victorian clay tiles, as well as flagstones, were often laid on nothing more than earth, ash or sand. While this in itself is not a huge problem, the lack of any insulation makes for a cold floor underfoot.


These floors were designed to be ‘breathable’. Covering them with non-breathable coverings like vinyl or heavy rugs will cause problems. The cover will stop the floor breathing, causing cement like deposits on the surface of the tiles and the surface breaking away on some tiles.


We can restore the majority of “breathable” floors to a beautiful finish. Once finished they can be sealed with impregnating sealers that enhance the natural colour of the tiles, while still allowing the floor to breathe.


If the floor tiles on an insulating base, they can be finished with a natural wax or acrylic surface finish.




Learn more here http://www.abbeyfloorcare.co.uk/natural-stone-restoration-cleaning-sealing-uk/

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Cleaning Travertine Floor Tiles Your Simple How To Guide

Cleaning travertine floor tiles is not too difficult, but as with all natural stone, it’s important to understand the characteristics of the material. This article gives you all the information you need to know to clean your travertine the right way. Once you know how to clean travertine, your floor will look beautiful for years to come.


Travertine is a beautiful natural stone that compliments any interior. It is recognised as a being durable ideal for flooring. But it is not as hardwearing as dense stones like granite.


 


But, travertine does have its sensitivities.


Problems With Etching And Staining


Travertine is mainly composed of calcium-based minerals. The calcium in the stone means that it is sensitive to acids like fruit juice, tea, coffee, vinegar, liquid soap, bathroom cleaning products, which will etch and dull the polish. Marble and limestone suffer from the same problems because they are also calcium-based stones.


The etch damage will show as a dull spot on the tile, which will be very obvious on honed and polished travertine


Travertine is less susceptible to staining from coloured liquids. Most times, staining happens in combination with etching, when a coloured acid attacks the travertine.


For example, if you spill a red fruit juice on your travertine, the acid will etch the surface and open it up, allowing the red stain to penetrate into the surface.


Helpful Travertine CleaningTip


Marble, travertine and limestone are all made from calcium minerals, which means that cleaning and maintenance for all three types of stone are very similar.


Because of the acid sensitivity, we would not recommend using travertine for a kitchen or bathroom worktop, nor as flooring in a high-use kitchen or bathroom.


However, because of its warm, beautiful finish, travertine is mostly used in kitchens and bathrooms, proving that beauty overrides practicality. However, in these situations, it is essential to apply a travertine sealer


Sealing Travertine Floor Tiles


Sealing natural stone is not a difficult task. However, the key to success is using the right sealer at the right time.


If you are concerned about cost, I can assure you that the cost involved with sealing stone is small compared to how well your travertine will look for years to come


Sealing Polished Travertine Tiles


You will come across people on the web who claim that honed and polished travertine is stain-proof and doesn’t need sealing.


This is nonsense…


A good quality sealer makes the floor much easier to clean, and helps prevent soil from binding to the surface of the stone.


Sealing Honed And Tumbled Travertine


Honed and tumbled travertine has a more “open” and porous surface that can absorb soil and stains. So sealing is a must for these stones.


Helpful Tip: Sealing travertine tiles will protect against stains, but not etching. Etching is physical damage which happens when acids dissolve the surface of the stone. At this time impregnating sealers can not prevent etch damage. However, surface sealers will give you more time to remove the spill before it causes damage.


7 Important Travertine Cleaning Tips


By following the cleaning guidelines below will help minimise the chances of damage and help your travertine look beautiful for much longer.


1. Dry mop your travertine floor tiles regularly.


Use a clean, dry, non-treated dust mop or a microfiber dust mop. You can use a vacuum cleaner, but make sure to use a soft cleaning head because hard, sharp edges on a cleaning head can scratch the travertine.


2. Mop Up Spills As Quickly As Possible


Acidic spills are corrosive to marble floor tiles, and they will quickly cause etch damage. The quicker you clean up any spills, the greater the chance that your marble will not be damaged.


3. Use Travertine Cleaners


Don’t use generic floor cleaners. Many standard floor cleaning products contain ingredients that can damage travertine floor tiles and travertine worktops. They can also weaken and eventually remove sealers, leaving the stone vulnerable to staining and damage from spills.


Cleaning travertine with products bought at your local store that contain acids, alkalis, and other chemicals can etch or damage the countertop or tile surface or degrade the sealant leaving the stone more vulnerable to staining.


If you use generic floor cleaners, you will not see the damage they cause immediately. However, over time, your travertine will start to look dull and marked.


4. Use Microfiber Mop


Damp mop your floor regularly with a microfiber floor mop. Microfiber lifts soil off the floor and traps it inside the fibres of the mop, leaving the floor clean and nearly dry. Don’t use a cotton round mop to clean your floors. These old-style mops just move soil over the surface of the floor tiles and leave the dirt in grout lines and crevices.


Steam Cleaners – Should You Use Them On Travertine


It is my opinion as a stone restoration professional that a damp microfiber cleaning mop is much better to use than a steam cleaner. A mop is lighter, more manoeuvrable and gives you greater control over the moisture in the mop head.


5. Maintain The Travertine Sealer


Travertine sealers will eventually break down as s a result of poor cleaning and or wear. So you should “top-up” your sealer in traffic areas every year. Applying a sealer is quite simple if you already have a clean floor.


6. Use Door Mats


Stop dry abrasive soil coming onto your travertine floor. The best way to achieve this is to use dirt trapping mats at the entrance and remove outdoor footwear.


7. Use Furniture Protectors


Moving tables, chairs and other standing furniture will scratch your travertine. So to prevent scratching make sure to use felt protective pads under any furniture. Also, make sure to clean the pads to stop them trapping grit as and soil. You should also use protectors on countertops or worktops.


Travertine has been used as a decorative flooring for centuries. The inmformation contained in this article will help you keep your travertine floors looking beautiful for years to come.


However, if your travertine is in need of professional help call 0800 695 0810 or contact us for a free no-obligation travertine floor cleaning quotation.




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