Thursday, 30 March 2017

Natural Stone Restoration Cleaning Sealing UK

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Marble



Travertine



Limestone



Terrazzo



Granite



Slate



Sandstone



Let’s restore your natural stone floor to its original beauty!




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“My floor looks brand new and fabulous. I’m so pleased.”


 


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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/

Natural Stone Restoration Cleaning Sealing UK

Image of David Allen Owner of Abbey Floor Care


I’m David Allen – The Owner Of Abbey Floor Care


Natural Stone Restoration Cleaning & Sealing Services




Get in touch


How Can I Help You?


All The Pictures Show Actual Natural Stone Restoration Jobs By Abbey Floor Care


Marble



Travertine



Limestone



Terrazzo



Granite



Slate



Sandstone



Let’s restore your natural stone floor to its original beauty!




Get your free quote


“My floor looks brand new and fabulous. I’m so pleased.”


 


Mrs. Alhmbrasani

Contact Us


Complete This Simple Contact Form For A Free Quotation







Your Name (required)


Your Email (required)


Your Town or Post Code (required)


Subject(required)


Your Message (required)

Please give the approximate sizes of your floors, the condition - (chips, scratches, marks, lippage, dity grout} etc.


If you have any images, please upload them below, max 4 images








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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Friday, 20 January 2017

Marble Stone Cleaning Leicester





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Monday, 3 October 2016

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Information About Travertine Repair

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Check out this video showing how different kinds of Travertine has been used over the ages and the restoration work that can be done. The video is from Travertine Repair and Restoration New Jersey.

If you’re looking for travertine floor restoration here in the UK call 0800 695 0810 and we will be more than happy to help you.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Norwex Cleaning Floor System; Ceramic, Slate, Hardwood, Marble, Linoleum, Laminate & Tile.

deloresvan.com Order yours MOP today: http://bit.ly/deloresvanmopset RUBBER BRUSH: http://bit.ly/deloresvanmopset The Norwex dry mop pads employs a static charge that attracts dust to the mop like a magnet. They are excellent for cleaning floors, ceilings, walls, ceiling fans and high windows. The pads are statically charged attracting dirt, dust, pet hair, crumbs and micro particles like a silent vacuum cleaner.
Dust from outside can enter your home in many ways. Generally, the less dust you have in your home, the fewer allergens you will also be exposed to.

Dust is often produced inside the house by:
* Dead skin cells
* Food and plant fibers
* Pet dander and hair
* Dust mite feces and dead dust mites
Routinely dry mopping will minimize the amount of dust on your floors that could be picked up by airflow and carried to all other surfaces.

SUPERIOR DRY MOP:
STEP 1:
Attach the Mop Pad to the Velcro an the aluminum base

STEP 2:
Adjust the handle to your preferred height ~ turn to the right to tighten, to the left to loosen.

STEP 3:
Start by dusting the edges from the furthest point in the room back toward the exit or door, then move the Dry Mop in a figure 8 pattern keeping the leading edge of the mop forward at all times. This will keep all the dust collected on the same side of the mop. Cleaning with a "push-pull" of the mop can result in the mop base flipping over and potentially scratching a surface.

STEP 4:
When you have finished, brush the collected dust and hair out of the mop using the Rubber Brush and pick up all the dust with your dust pan and broom (or simply brush the dirt from the Dry Mop head directly into the garbage can). Launder in washing machine.

WET MOP PAD:

STEP 1:
Always dry mop the floor first using our Dry Mop Pads.

STEP 2:
Moisten the microfiber Wet Mop Pad under running tap water. Wring out well by hand before attaching it to the aluminum base.

STEP 3:
Start by mopping around the edges from the furthest point and mop toward the door keeping the leading edge of the mop forward at all times. Spray more water with a Norwex Spray Bottle if necessary.

* For Laminate and hardwood flooring, always go with the grain
* Putting excess water on mop pads can result in streaks on flooring

STEP 4:
Rinse the Mop Pad in the sink, if necessary, however you will be surprised to see that one mop head will clean your entire floor. When finished, simply hang to dry. Launder when necessary.
Advantages of the Norwex Mop:
* No pails
* Use water and a spray bottle
* Mop lifts and traps dirt & debris
* Floor dries very quickly
* Tall, telescopic adjustable handle - no bending!
* No toxic chemicals
* Saves time
Norwex Cleaning Floor System; Ceramic, Slate, Hardwood, Marble, Linoleum, Laminate & Tile.

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