Thursday, 20 July 2017

Travertine Cleaning Menheniot Liskeard Cornwall - Abbey Floor Care

Project: Travertine Cleaning Menheniot near Liskeard Cornwall.

This project was in a beautiful part of Cornwall called Menheniot, details at the end of this post.

The customer sent some photographs of the floor, identifying it as a high quality filled travertine tile floor. The photos indicated that the tiles grout and filler was soiled and needed cleaning.

Travertine Cleaning Menheniot

Our original quotation for the work was too deep clean the floor, fill any areas of lost grout and then seal the floor with a water based surface sealer.

However, on arrival, I found that the adjoining dining room, hallway and lounge had the same Travertine tile flooring.

The other floors were finished in a natural mid-sheen and sealed with an impregnating sealer.

So I suggested we change the specification to hone the floor to a similar natural sheen and seal the floor with an impregnating sealer.

I started by cleaning the floor with a rotary floor machine, stone floor cleaner combined with our smooth cleaning sand. The sand works into the holes and crevices, helping to remove ingrained soil without scratching the surface of the stone.

Video Showing The Process For Travertine Cleaning Menheniot

The rotary floor machine has a soft brush attachment that gently agitates special cleaning sand into the surface of the floor to release ingrained soil.

Video Showing The Pressurised Hot water Rinsing Process

We removed the remaining soil using our hot water pressurised rinse and capture equipment, leaving a clean floor ready for honing.

loor aftertravertine floor cleaning before the honing process

The image above shows the floor after deep cleaning

We finished the floor to an 800 grit finish using diamond honing pads. The sheen was slightly less than the rest of the floor. So we lightly polished the tiles with 1500 grit diamonds. The 1500 grit finish gave the tiles the same natural sheen as the other floors. Although the kitchen floor now looks cleaner than the rest of the flooring.

Finally, we sealed the floor with a high-quality impregnating sealer.

travertine polishing to a mid sheen finish


The image above shows the floor after honing to a mid sheen finish.

We suggested that once the sealer had dried and cured, it would be a good idea to wax the floor near to the cooker and sink with a thin layer of LTP Clear Wax. The floor wax will help protect the finish against strong chemical damage from cooking and washing splashes.

We explained the need to maintain the floor properly, using microfiber cleaning equipment and the correct stone floor cleaners. In this case, the ideal stone floor cleaning chemical is LTP Floor Shine

If you are looking for Travertine Cleaning Menheniot or any other kind of stone floor cleaning and sealing, please use the simple contact form below to get a free, no obligation quotation

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Menheniot (Cornish: Mahunyes) is a civil parish and village in Cornwall.  The meaning of the name is “sanctuary of Neot”.  The village has a primary school, a pub, a shop and a post office.

The village of Menheniot, lies about two miles south-east of Liskeard, close to the A38 and main railway line to the west of Cornwall. It is bounded on the north by St Cleer and St Ive, on the east by Quethiock and St Germans, on the south and west by Morval and Liskeard.

This largely agricultural area has good, fertile soil. The area is also renowned for the quality of its slate.

Lead was discovered in Menheniot parish in the 1840′s, the mining boom that followed saw the population double in a very short period of time.

The enormous social consequences for the village were matched only by the dramatic physical change, with massive engine houses soon dominating the skyline. By the 1870s the boom had collapsed. The miners moved away causing the village to revert to the agricultural life that we see today.

Menheniot had a population of 1,605 in the 2001 census.


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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Travertine Cleaning Abbots Bromley Staffordshire - How To Clean Travertine

This is a Travertine cleaning project we carried out on a 10-year-old Travertine tile floor in Abbots Bromley,  Staffordshire.

There were around 120 square metres of travertine tiles installed in an Orangery, kitchen and dining area.

cleaning travertine tiles in Abbotts Bromley Staffordshire

The household also had two Labradors and a Dachshund with access to a large surrounding garden

The tiles in the kitchen diner area had suffered from typical issues suffered by honed and filled Travertine with a family plus 3 dogs.

  • every tile had numerous holes from lost filler

  • many of the holed were filled with dark soil

  • a few large holes were over 75mm diameter

  • cracks from the subfloor settling

  • ingrained soil in the tiles and grout

The orangery was a later installation and the tiles were much cleaner, with fewer holes. However, there were a number of long hairline cracks and smaller but more apparent cracks at the edges of the floor.

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After discussing the situation with the homeowner we decided to open up and fill the large cracks on the edges of the floor and leave the hairline cracks.

The Travertine Cleaning Process

I started the Travertine cleaning by deep cleaning the tiles and grout using a rotary floor machine, honing powder and cleaning chemicals.

The floor was then left overnight to dry ready for filling with hard filler.

Filling Holes in Travertine Tiles  – Repairing Cracks In Travertine Tiles

I filled around 200 large holes ranging from 1omm diameter to 100mm diameter with hard jasmine filler.

I used a diamond grinding wheel to open the large cracks ready for filling with the hard filler.

cleaning travertine tiles abbots bromley staffordshire Abbey Floor Care 0800 695 0180

This picture shows travertine tile repair in progress. The left hand of the image shows the crack opened with a diamond grinding wheel. The right hand side shows the filler ready for smoothing.

A number of tiles with cracks were heavily filled. At least 50% of the tiles was filler and I was concerned that the cracks may have weakened the surrounding area. So before filling the tiles with the jasmine filler, I injected a free flowing epoxy resin deep into the cracks in an attempt to strengthen the tile and stop more cracks appearing.

As the picture below show, I used adhesive tape around the cracks. The tape makes it easier and quicker to grind the filler smooth with the travertine.

travertine restoration abbotts bromley staffordshire Abbey Floor Care 0800 695 0180

The key to successful smoothing of the filler is to get the filler smooth without damaging the surrounding tile. If you do not take care travertine, aggressive honing will reveal holes around the repair that will need to be filled in.

Honing Travertine Floor Tiles

Once all of the cracks and holes were filled and smoothed, I honed the floor with 400 grit diamond tools to smooth areas roughened by traffic. The honing element of the travertine cleaning gives the floor an even appearance.

The short video below shows the honing process.

After honing the floor, I filled the smaller holes with a jasmine coloured grout. I had to grout fill all of the tiles in the kitchen area. The tiles in the orangery had fewer holes and the picture below shows the grout filler.

After grout filling, I removed all of the grout haze and the floor was ready for sealing.

Travertine Sealing

A new honed and filled travertine floor is usually sealed with an impregnating sealer because the fillers have a similar sheen to the honed travertine. However, the grout filler has a matt finish, so I recommended the best travertine sealer to be a water based Acrylic surface sealer.

The Travertine sealer gave the floor a beautiful, low sheen finish.

The key to cleaning Travertine tiles is to use the right cleaning products and cleaning equipment. So I recommended a microfiber mopping system the correct Travertine cleaner. The Travertine cleaner is ph neutral, so it will not soften and damage the sealer. The Travertine cleaner also contains a small amount of polymer to help maintain the sealer.

If you would like your Travertine floor cleaned and restored to its original finish, please complete our simple contact form for a free, no-obligation quotation.

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Friday, 7 July 2017

Marble Cleaning Polishing Sealing Services UK

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Banish Your Marble Cleaning Nightmares Forever

To Enjoy An Easy To Clean Beautiful Marble Floor

Marble Cleaning UK

If your marble floor is dull and difficult to clean, it’s a sign that the surface has been damaged by scratches and chemical etch damage.

You need to call on the services of a professional marble cleaning company.

However, this can be daunting task… where do you start… what do you ask… who can you trust?

We have been cleaning and restoring marble floors for over 20 years and built up an enviable reputation for service and quality.

Get a free no-obligation consultation be a trained and experienced marble restoration expert as the first step in cleaning your marble floor



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Answered: Your Most Burning Questions About Marble Polishing

As with many cleaning terms, marble polishing is a general term that describes a range of marble cleaning services to restore a shiny, scratch and blemish free finish.

A common question we get is:

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

The cost to clean and polish marble depends on the condition of the floor tiles, scratches, damage, soiling etc. In most cases, we can make an assessment fro good quality photographs. That’s why we ask you to send us photographs of your floor.

If we need further information from you, we generally contact you by email, giving you time to give us the information.

Marble Cleaning And Polishing Tiles In Reasonable Condition

The cost can range from £15.00 to £25.00 per square metre.

This floor was in good condition but had lost its shine.

The surface of the marble tiles was dulled by small scratches and light etching.  A sample of marble cleaning and marble polishing (just above our watermark) shows a new beautiful clean and polished finish. The picture also shows the effect of removing soil from the grout lines.

The polishing process can remove scuffs and light scratches on light marbles, however, if you look closely, you may still see scratches, but they will be shiny and less visible.

This floor had lost its shine from grit brought into the home by a pet. Whilst methodical cleaning will help keep a shine, the grit will eventually dull the shine. So we suggested that the floor was lightly polished rather than being fully restored. See more here:...

Polishing Marble Tiles In Poor Condition

The cost generally ranges from £30 to £45 per square metre.

marble cleaning and polishing giving a beautiful finish

This marble was in poor condition. It had lost its deep gloss through surface scratches, blemishes and some light etch mark damage. The polishing started by cleaning the grout with a rotary scrubbing machine and 1,200 grit honing powder

Whilst the floor was poor, there was little lippage, so we didn’t need to grind the floor smooth. So the floor was honed using diamond honing tooling. Honing tools range from coarse to fine grit, just like sandpaper for wood finishing.

The floor was then polished using marble polishing powder to transform the shiny surface into a deep, lustrous gloss.Finally, we apply the penetrating impregnating sealer to help protect the finish and make it easier to keep clean.

Honing will remove scuffs and light scratches on the lighter coloured marbles, however, it will not deep scratches, damage or lippage.

Polishing Floors Starting With Deep Grinding

The cost can range from £45+ per square metre, which we call a full restoration.

Originally I had called this section Polishing Tiles In Bad Condition. However, floors that need grinding are not necessarily in “bad” condition. They can be in  good condition, even with a good polish, but these floors suffer from being poorly laid and have “lippage” problems.

Lippage is the term for tiles that are not laid flat, with a height difference between adjacent tiles. The difference in height means that the floor can not be honed, because “honing” diamond tooling can not deal with lippage.

Before the floor can be honed and polished, it needs to be made smooth by grinding the floor to make it smooth, so the tile edges are all the same height.

In general, floors with lippage above 2mm will need to be ground smooth before the floor can be honed and polished.

A floor will also need to be ground if it has deep scratches and damage that can not be removed by honing.

Gray marble that needs grinding
gray marble polished to a beautiful smile

This marble was in reasonable condition, with light scratches that could have been polished by honing. But there was a lot of lippage over the floor. So the floor needed to be ground smooth.

The photo was taken after a couple of passes. You can still see the edge of a tile that has not been ground, so the floor eventually needed 4 passes to make it smooth and ready for honing.

The photo on the right shows the finished polished floor.


This black marble was badly scratched plus there was quite a lot of lippage. So the floor had to be ground smooth with 30 grit diamonds before honing and polishing a final shine as shown in the photo on the right.

Make Sure To Hire Professionals

As you can see, marble polishing is a considered investment. It needs experience, training and the right equipment. Mistakes are costly, so getting it right the first time is crucial.

    • For kitchens, bathrooms and closets, we recommend 400 to 800 grit finish. This gives a soft shine that resists showing light scratches and scuff marks.

    • If you want a deeper gloss, then the marble can be honed to a 1,500 grit finish. This gives natural gloss and is better suited to visually high impact floors.

    • Marble comes in a multitude of colours and if you have dark marble, brown marble, grey marble, black marble, then they must be honed to 3,000 grit before the right colour starts to show itself.

    • The floor should be re-polished and sealed on an annual basis

    • The wrong cleaning chemicals will break down the impregnating sealer.

What Causes Dirty Marble?

Now you have an idea of the costs to restore marble, you may be wondering what made your marble floor dull in the first place, especially if you feel that you have looked after your floor.

Many issues can cause a problem for your marble tiles. Common problems are:

  • soil and grit

  • acid spills

  • furniture damage

  • poor installation

  • uneven tiles

  • no sealer

  • the wrong marble sealer

  • cleaning chemicals

  • cleaning equipment

  • not enough cleaning

But you needn’t worry because we will carefully explain how your marble has got into its current condition.

Then we can advise you on the different finish options and costs. So you can choose the solution that fits your budget. We always try to suggest a solution that is best suited to your situation.

If you have pets and small children, you may be better off cleaning and polishing your floor to an “acceptable” finish, rather than a high perfect finish.

We will also give you comprehensive advice; covering cleaning chemicals, equipment and methods, so keeps its looks for a long time.

How To Clean Marble Tiles – A Quick Introduction

Once your floor is restored to its original beauty, you will only keep it looking beautiful and shiny if you clean it properly.

That means you need to dry sweep your floors on a daily basis to remove grit and surface soil. Ideally you should also damp mop on a daily basis with specialist marble cleaning chemicals and a microfiber mop. You can find out more here..

The Solution To 3 Common Marble Polishing Problems

Chipped Floor Tiles – Lippage

Chipped tile edges are usually caused by the marble tiles being uneven. We call this lippage. Where the lippge is small, say under 1mm, and then the tiles can be honed flat. In most cases this will remove small chips. Colour matched epoxy filler can repair holes and larger chips.

If the lippage is over 1mm, then the floor will need to be ground to make it smooth. Then the floor can be honed to remove the scratch marks from the grinding. Again any remaining chips can be filled with an epoxy filler,

Dirty Grout

Sometimes the investigation will show dirty grout.  Dirty grout is usually a result of not understanding how to clean marble floors; the importance of using a clean mop and using too much water.

A wet mop will just move surface soil into the grout lines, causing a buildup that is difficult to remove. In these cases, we use specialist chemicals. We can then apply a grout sealer.

The grout will stay cleaner if you damp mop using a microfiber mop system.

Alternatively, we can grind the marble tiles down to the grout. The floor will be smooth and much easier to keep clean.

Take advantage of a free consultation and estimate by a trained and experienced Floor Restoration Expert as the first step in cleaning your marble floor.

If you’re looking for an excellent service from a trustworthy tradesman then call Abbey, we will take all your headaches away.

Spots and Stains

Marble  installed in a bathroom, toilet, kitchen or dining room often suffers from ugly etch spots and stains. The majority of food spills contain dyes and have chemicals that can affect marble. Check out our guide to stain identification and removal.

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Terrazzo Floor Restoration Stourbridge - Abbey Floor Care

This terrazzo floor restoration Stourbridge project is the completion of a project shown here.

The onset of rain meant that we could not complete the terrazzo floor polishing work on the outdoor patio area until there was a period of sustained dry weather.

When we returned to the site to complete the terrazzo skirting, edges and facings.

terrazzo restoration stourbridge - Abbey Floor Care


This image above shows the terrazzo weather damaged and stained skirting.

terrazzo floor restoration stourbridge - Abbey Floor Care

The image above shows how the weather has worn and stained the Portland cement in the terrazzo.

We are often asked “how to clean Terrazzo floors yourself” from do it yourself enthusiasts. This project is a great example of why terrazzo floor restoration is best left to professionals.

The first reason is the need for the right equipment and the cost of this equipment.

  • An M  class vacuum for the fine grinding dust

  • A variable speed hand grinder

  • An eccentric sanding machine with a soft head attachment

  • Dry use diamond grinding and honing pads

  • 110v transformer

  • personal protective equipment

The equipment cost alone for this work is over £2,000.

Terrazzo Floor Restoration Process

We started the project by polishing the horizontal faces of the skirting with the  variable speed hand grinder and diamond grinding pads.

The curved section at the base of the skirting and the face was restored with  the eccentric sanding machine  using a soft head attachment for the internal curves in the skirting.

image of how to clean terrazzo skirting - Abbey Floor Care

The image above shows the finished results following the restoration of the terrazzo skirting.

I ground and honed the terrazzo edges and faces using the hand held grinder and diamond pads.

The pictures below show the finished terrazzo stone floor renovation.

cleaning terrazzo floors stourbridge

The image above shows the facing of the terrazzo patio during the restoration process. The dark area of the facing shows the original staining on the stone.

how to clean old terrazzo floors stourbridge - Abbey Floor Care

The pictures above and below shows the terrazzo patio facing after grinding and honing, revealing a beautiful clean terrazzo finish.

showing how to clean terrazzo stourbridge - Abbey Floor Care

As the floor is outdoors, I applied a high quality synthetic sealer specially made for outdoor use. These sealers have a strong solvent smell as they dry, so they are not recommended for use indoors. The sealers also contain ingredients to protect them from the damaging effects of ultra violet light.

I hope you found this project interesting and informative. If you are looking for help with terrazzo floor restoration or terrazzo floor polishing please use the simple contact form below and we will be happy to help you.

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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Terrazzo Floor Polishing Kinver Stourbridge DY7 Abbey Floor Care

This is a terrazzo floor polishing project in Kinver, Stourbridge. The terrazzo flooring is laid in 300mm square terrazzo tiles on an indoor and outdoor patio area.

The outdoor has suffered from the weather and poor maintenance.

terrazzo floor polishing kinver stourbridge dy4 before picture

This close-up of the terrazzo floor shows how the portland cement in the terrazzo has been worn away by a combination of weather, chemicals, moss etc.

The indoor terrazzo was in much better condition, but it was still soiled with a soiled, patchy finish. The finish probably happened before the conservatory was built over it.  When the area was still an outdoor patio, exposed to the elements and cleaned with strong cleaning chemicals.

Terrazzo Floor Polishing Kinver – The Polishing Process

We started on the outdoor area first, deep grinding the terrazzo with 30 grit diamonds and 50 grit diamonds.

The grinding removed the damaged surface and smoothed any uneven tiles, leaving the floor smooth and ready for honing.

There was quite a lot of grinding as we needed to remove around 3mm of tile to account for uneven tiles and reveal a new even surface.

We then honed the floor with 100 grit diamonds and 200 grit diamonds. The honing closed the stone, leaving a smooth, non-slip hard wearing finish, ideal for and outdoor floor.


We then sealed the floor with a high quality impregnating sealer.

Before we could start work on the edges of the patio, it started to rain, so we had to stop work on the outside and start work on the indoor area.

The weather was still against us after finishing the indoor area, so we had to wait a few months before we could guarantee good weather.

We used a similar process on the indoor terrazzo floor. The floor was in much better condition, so we did not need to grind the floor as much as the outdoor floor.

Although the indoor area was four times larger than the outdoor area, it only took twice the time to grind and hone the floor because it was in much better condition.

The only issue with the indoor floor was that it was laid on a slight incline and grinding a floor uphill is hard work when you are over 60.

As the work was indoors, I could hone and clean the skirting tiles.

After the floor was cleaned and dry, we applied 2 coats of high quality impregnating sealer.

We also supplied the customer with microfiber cleaning equipment and chemicals. If you look after a terrazzo floor, it will look beautiful and be easy to clean for years. If you don’t look after your terrazzo floor then it will quickly degrade into a dull, hard to clean nightmare.

If you are looking for terrazzo polishing we will be delighted to help. Use the simple contact form below for a free, no-obligations quotation to restore your travertine floor

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Monday, 3 July 2017

Cheap Simple Kit To Repair Holes In Travertine Floor Tiles For Under £20

Are you looking for a simple, cheap travertine repair kit to fill holes appearing in your beautiful Travertine Floor?

This article will show you how to get an easy to use repair kit for travertine for under £20, that will last you for years to come.

Before we start, it is worth wile understanding why holes appear and more importantly why they will continue to appear.

Why Do Holes Appear In Honed Travertine Tiles

Natural travertine is full of holes , caused by gas bubbled trapped in the stone when it first formed, leaving the stone sponge like, with a honeycomb structure.

If you look at the underside of the tile you will see the natural holes in the stone.

Back face of filled travertine tile

Back face of a filled travertine tile

Front face of filled travertine tile

Front face of a filled travertine tile

When the stone is processed into floor tiles, the holes on the facing surface of the tile are filled before smoothing and polishing.

That is why the tiles are called filled travertine.

Holes appear in filled travertine tiles for two reasons:

  • a hole just below the surface is exposed when the thin layer of stone above it is damaged.

  • filler in an existing hole breaks down.

The problem with holes is that they fill with dirt, making your floor look ugly.

There are two ways to fill holes in travertine tiles.

Two-part resin based filler or sanded grout.

We recommend homeowners to use sanded grout for a travertine repair kit. Even if you enjoy diy, we still suggest that you use sanded grout because grout filling is much cheaper, easier to do and gives you excellent results.

Filling Travertine Holes With Sanded Grout

You Will Need

  1. 5kg bag Mapei Keracolour FF, available here  £6.20

  2. Some water or 1 litre bottle of Mapei Fugolastic available here for £4.60. The Fugolastic makes the grout harder and more improves its water resistance.

  3. A few disposable party cups or bowls and plastic spoons  etc for around £1.50

  4. A few pairs of disposable vinyl or plastic gloves, £1.50

  5. A dry microfiber cloth £1.00

  6. The bowls, spoons, gloves and cloth are all available from Wickes or your local supermarket; Azda, Testo, Sainsburys etc.

I suggest you keep all the items ready in a box ready for use.

Most hole repairs will need one to three teaspoons of grout, so the grout will last you a long time.

How to mix the grout

Mix one or two teaspoons of grout with the recommended amount of water or fugolistic additive With small quantities like this, I use a pair of electronic kitchen scales, because you will be working in grams of water or additive.

Thoroughly mix the grout and then leave it undisturbed for around five minutes. This is a critical step to allow the grout to slake.

Slaking is an industry term for allowing the liquid to completely penetrate the grout.

The grout will usually stiffen during the slake time and appear unworkable and difficult to spread. To return the grout to a workable consistency, all you need to do is remix the grout without adding any more liquid. The action of the mixing will return the grout to a workable consistency

If you want to understand more about slaking watch this video.

Put some grout into the holes and smooth them off with the back of the spoon or your gloved fingers.

travertine repair kit

If the hole is large, you can use a decorating knife

cheap repair kit for travertine

Don’t spend much time trying to smooth the grout, that will come later.

Leave the grout until you see the grout residue around the repair start to dry and opaque.

travertine filler

Use the dry microfiber cloth and gently rub the cloth over the repair to remove the excess grout and opaque grout haze off the tile. This process will smooth the grout.

wipe away excess travertine filler

Use a vacuum cleaner nozzzle to vacuum up the grout dust.

vacuum away dry dust

Leave the grout to go hard overnight.

Voila -you will have a hard wearing, long lasting repair just like the repair in this video

Filling Travertine Holes With Two Part Resin Fillers

If you search online for a travertine repair kit you will see plenty excellent resin-based filler alternatives such as:

Tenax travertine filler




We use all of these fillers, and they do an excellent job of filling holes, however they are best used by professional restorers because they are not simple to use.

  • the resins in them have a strong smell that you may find unpleasant.

  • if you get these resins on your skin, you need acetone to remove them, which will irritate your skin

  • the resins will start to set after around 5 minutes, so if you have a lot of holes to fill, you will need to mix a number of batches.

  • there will be a small amount of resin above the repair that needs to be smoothed flat with the surface of the tile. There are two options for smoothing resin.

Grinding Travertine Filler

Grinding the filler smooth is done with a slow speed grinding machine and special carbide pads. The machines cost over £200.00 (Our machines cost over £400.00) and the disks cost at least £50.00 per pack. You also need a vacuum to remove the dust. Also, you need to take care not to damage the surrounding surface of the stone.

Scraping Travertine Filler

Small repairs, under 10mm diameter, can be scraped using a sharp blade. Again this is not as easy as the instructions lead you to believe. First you need to kneel or lie down on the floor while you work. Next you need to scrape backwards and forward over the filler, gradually shaving off small amounts until the filler is smooth with the stone. Filler is a hard material and this can easily take 30 mins to achieve. Finally, it is extremely difficult not to scratch the surrounding tile, especially when your fingers are tired.

If you are an enthusiastic diy’er, then these issues should be of little concern to you. But is you are not keen on diy, then we recommend you use a sanded grout.

This information on a cheap simple travertine repair kit is ideal for filling the odd hole that appears in your travertine. However if your travertine floor has lots of holes filled with soil, then please contact us here for our professional travertine restoration service.

This post is an update to our post on travertine tile repair following requests for a more in-depth explanation of the process.


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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.



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

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.