Terrazzo is a very durable hard wearing surface that will stand up to a lot of wear and tear before it starts to lose its appearance. Its made from chips of natural stone and glass held together with cement to form a very tough and unique surface that has proved to be very popular in public buildings.
We are experts in the field of Terrazzo cleaning, sealing and polishing in West London and Surrey using the best equipment and machinery. We are able to deliver top-rate service to your home, business and your lifestyle.
The cement and stone within the material is porous and therefore it’s important to seal Terrazzo to prevent dirt and stains becoming ingrained in the material.
Before sealing Terrazzo tiles it should be deep cleaned first, otherwise dirt will be trapped under the sealer and it will never give the desired appearance. Once the floor is completely dry it should be sealed with an impregnating sealer as opposed to topical. This will protect the Terrazzo from liquid based spills and it also makes on-going maintenance easier.
Terrazzo responds well to polishing and will provide a very shiny attractive appearance when subjected to the right methods.
Cleaning, Sealing and Polishing stone floors is an art and it’s what we do every day. We have the high level of skill and experience required to maintain your floor professionally, advise which products will work best for your floor, judge how much sealer to apply and are able to polish your Terrazzo floor to restore the shine.
Travertine is a beautiful, luxurious stone and a form of Limestone. It comes with wide range of wall or floor tiles including tumbled, honed and polished. Travertine is however much softer and more porous than Limestone, it can attract grease and grime soiling caused by foot traffic and so regular cleaning, vacuuming and sealing are required to keep it clean.
Common Issues with Travertine
All natural stone needs to be maintained and Travertine is not without its own set of problems.
The honeycomb structure of Travertine makes it porous like a sponge and if the pores are not protected with a sealer they will fill with dirt which becomes ingrained in the stone making it difficult to keep clean.
Travertine is acid sensitive and the use of acidic cleaning products will cause holes to appear especially with tumbled and honed Travertine tiles, which will need to be filled with a resin or grout then ground down to a honed finish.
Another common issue we often find with new floors is that tiles were not properly cleaned of grout after installation resulting in a smear of grout on the surface known as grout haze. This is actually a very common problem which is often not noticed by the owners of the property until well after the installer has left. Sealing the floor without removing the grout haze compounds the problem resulting in a floor that always looks patchy and hazy and never as depicted in the showroom.
If any of these issues sound familiar, then Contact Us, stone floors are an expensive investment and we can help you restore and maintain their appearance.
Travertine kitchen, bathroom floor and tiles can be polished just like Marble, removing etching marks caused by acidic liquids spilling onto the stone, hand soap spills, using our multi-step process with top quality diamond abrasive pads to carry out a Travertine floor restoration.
Our unique stone cleaning solution which will break down and remove seal/polish build-ups. Then using various grades of diamond brushes/pads and agitation machinery from coarse to medium to fine to very fine. Then we polish, if required, by powder polish.
To protect the body of the stone from stain and dirt penetration. There are several different types of sealer, each developed for a specific purpose and type of stone. For Travertine we recommend the use of colour enhancing impregnating sealer, you will find more information about sealing on the stone sealning page.
We are experts in the field of Travertine cleaning, sealing and polishing in west London using the best equipment and will be able to deliver top-rate service to your home, business and your lifestyle.
Limestone is a sedimentary rock that contains more than 50% calcium carbonate. It is much softer and more porous than other natural stones and calcium is easily dissolved by acids; as a result it’s much harder to maintain, clean and polish and care has to be taken not to use acidic cleaning products which will cause damage overtime.
Some Limestone tiles are more durable than others but because it is a highly porous stone it easily absorbs dirt and stains. Limestone is highly sensitive to acids such as vinegar, alcohol, and citrus like lemon juice which is why we recommend professional regular maintenance.
We are experts in the field of Limestone cleaning, sealing and polishing in West London and Surrey using the best equipment and machinery. We are able to deliver top-rate service to your home, business and your lifestyle.
Like all natural stone products it’s very important to seal Limestone to reduce the porosity of the tile and grout and prevent dirt and stains becoming ingrained in the pores of the stone.
Before sealing Limestone tiles it should be deep cleaned first, otherwise dirt will be trapped under the sealer and it will never give the desired appearance. Once the floor is completely dry it should be sealed with an impregnating sealer as opposed to topical. This will protect the limestone from liquid based spills and it also makes on-going maintenance easier.
Acidic cleaning solutions or using harsh cleaning chemicals will prematurely erode sealers and cause damage to your Limestone tiles over time resulting in a full professional restoration.
Cleaning, Sealing and Polishing stone floors is an art and it’s what we do every day. We have the high level of skill and experience required to maintain your floor professionally, advise which products will work best for your floor, judge how much sealer to apply and are able to polish your Limestone floor to restore the full natural beauty and colour of the stone.
Marble is a very desirable natural stone that conveys a premium feel to any building. Although a very hard material, daily use will eventually take it’s toll and will need to be restored to bring back its natural beauty. That is where we come in; we have many years of maintenance experience and can make your stone look as great as it can be using multi-skilled stages.
Marble Polishing Methods
There are a few basic methods used today to create a shine on natural stone floors including buffing with Marble polishing powders and compounds, grinding with diamond abrasives and crystallisation. Each method may not be effective on all stone types and the use of more than one may be necessary.
Polishing Powders: Fine grains of aluminium or tin oxide abrasive powder that are buffed or rubbed on the surface of the stone to create the shine. This process is actually the same as sanding with diamonds except that the powder is a much finer abrasive. This process is most often augmented by the addition of oxalic acid or oxalate to create a reaction similar to crystallisation. The powder is put on the surface and wet with water to make a paste or slurry that is buffed into the stone with 175 rpm weighted floor machine and a hogs hair or white pad.
Grinding with Diamond Abrasives: Done by grinding the surface of the stone with various grits of industrial grade diamonds that are usual in three to four inch diameter pads or discs. Three to six discs are placed on the bottom of a floor machine drive plate and held on with Velcro and sand the stone surface with the diamonds to remove scratches. The process is repeated with finer grits of diamond until a mechanical shine is achieved.
Crystallization: A process in which a chemical called fluorosilicate is sprayed on to the stone buffed in with steel wool pads causing new, glassy like, crystals to be formed on the surface. A standard 175 rpm floor machine with a special heavy drive plate is used to create the heat and friction needed to form and polish the crystals.
HOW TO POLISH MARBLE FLOOR STEP BY STEP:
Vacuum, cleaning, striping the floor from any dirt, grease, old wax or polish then vacuum and mop the floor now the marble is ready for grinding process.
Grinding process by using metallic diamond discs to remove any Lippage and to make the floor perfectly levelled, from this step you need 4hp machine with planetary disc to increase the speed to 1000 rpm.
Wash, rinse and vacuum the marble floor then use fine metallic diamond discs to eliminate the deep scratches created from step 2 , make sure to put enough water on the floor all the time.
Start with resin bond diamond disc 50 grit,120 grit,220 grit , now the floor should be smooth and all the scratches been eliminated and the marble ready for polishing.
Polishing steps start with resin bond diamond disc 400 grit, 600,800,1200, 1800,3500 and this is the end of water polishing.
Apply natural abrasive polishing powder to restore the shine on the marble, make sure the floor is clean change the planetary disc and fit tarmac disc that help to heat up the surface with the polishing powder for quick and better results, floor polishing hair pad, put some polishing powder with some water to make it as paste or yogurt moving the machine across the area keep squeegee the powder till you reach the required shine, then clean and buff the floor. Job is done.
A condition where edges of the tiles, pavers are not at the same level with each other. The most common way to see how much lippage there is, is by gauging the thickness of a 20p coin when placing it to the edge of the tile and if the next tile is higher than the coin this can be considered a lippage.
The main reason for lippage is inexperienced floor installation, uneven or years of years of wear and tear, we can remove the lippage and make the floor levelled by different process to easily maintain the floor and keep the shine. So it’s better to give us call then we can advise what your floor need, could be only cleaning, full restoration, half restoration, diamond polishing or crystallization.
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