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Marble, Limestone, Travertine and Granite Floor Polishing
"Floor Care Cleaning Services" provide professional floor refurbishment, restoration and polishing services for all Marble, Limestone, Travertine, Terrazzo and Granite floors.
These floors come in a variety of colours, patterns, textures and come in both honed or polished finishes.
These types of floors are a great investment and add a touch of elegance to many properties but these floors require maintenance to keep them looking clean and polished all year round.
Incorrect cleaning processes and materials can quickly dirty and dull the floor, grout lines and holes can become very dirty and stand out.
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What Causes the floors to dull and lose their polished finish
The primary cause of polished stone floors becoming dull is walking on them, prolonged foot traffic grinds the dust, sand, and grit from your shoes on to the floor. Although the scratching that occurs is very fine, it eventually covers the majority of the surface and over time dulls the finish to the point where it loses its reflective properties.
Sand and grit carried from outside by shoes can easily scratch and abrade the stone surface like sandpaper. Unprotected furniture legs may leave scratches too. Dragging heavy objects or sharp items on the floor can cause very deep scratches or gouges that may be permanent.
Stains and etching
Stone floors have different levels of porosity but can easily be discoloured by spills from food. Spills from drinking liquids or food containing acid will etch (dull mark) the surfaces. These include orange juice, carbonated beverages, wine, tomato, etc.
Another source for etch marks are cleaning products containing acid or high levels of alkaline or bleach.
Local water may contain chlorine, salts, magnesium, potassium and other minerals.
When water is used continuously to clean the stone floor it may ruin certain types of marble by causing pitting, spalling and yellowing.
Improper Maintenance Procedures
Continuous use of water as the sole cleaning agent (without chemicals), or using dirty mops, or not changing the cleaning solution frequently enough, can cause the floors to look dingy, streaky and unattractive.
Improper Maintenance Program
Not having a steady use of dust mop and damp mop may cause a decrease of the shine.
In addition a 6 monthly maintenance is required to renew the shine especially when the floor is exposed to medium or heavy foot traffic.
Once we have carried out a survey of the floor we can provide you with a quotation specifying the way we will refurbishment the floor, generally these floors can be refurbished using the same or similar methods.
The process used really depends on the state of the floor when surveyed, the majority of the floors need light scratches removed and a deep clean followed by diamond polishing and a seal.
We generally hone the floor with various grades of diamond pads up to a polished finish, we then apply a powder polish which reacts with the stone floor and produces that high gloss finish, then the floor is sealed.
We also repair cracks, holes, clean grout lines and remove stains from the floors during this process.
Once we have refurbished and polished the floor we will provide you with a maintenance program to keep the floor looking good all year round, we also provide you with our maintenance pack which contains information on how to clean the floors weekly.
The Refurbishment Process
To make your stone surfaces clean, smooth and reflective, we employ the use of floor grinders and polishers.
The stone restoration process consists of a three step process that starts with grinding the surface of the stone with a course grade diamond abrasive pad.
The second step is to hone the surface of the stone with a finer diamond abrasive pad.
Honing makes the surface of the stone very smooth but results in very little shine.
The final step is to polish the surface of the stone with a powder polish compound that reacts with the stone and produces the desired polished finish.
The floor is then sealed to provide added protection to the stone from spills, allowing you time to remove the spillage before it enters the stone.
Stone floor types
Marble is a metamorphic rock made famous by the buildings of Ancient Rome and Greece.
This crystallized limestone comes in many different colour variations and usually includes a dazzling vein pattern of colour that contrasts with its base colour.
On one hand, marble is hard, durable and lasts for years. On the other hand, the polished surface can be marred by chemicals, stains and abrasion.
Keeping marble in its magnificent, original state will require regular maintenance.
Limestone is actually a “young” marble, formed from the consolidation of seashells and sediment. Each stone can be expected to have a certain amount of surface pitting, fossilized shells, fissures and mineral striations. There may also be degree of edge chipping.
Limestone should be sealed to protect the stone’s natural beauty and performance.
A limestone floor is actually quite porous and prone to scratching, staining and fracturing. It also needs to be allowed to breathe, instead of being covered by synthetic sealers or urethane.
Travertine is a crystallized, partially metamorphosed limestone, formed by natural mineral springs. It has a honeycombed structure and a lot of surface pitting. It typically comes in two basic varieties: natural or filled. The pits can be filled with resin or grout to give each tile a solid surface or left unfilled for a more highly textured surface. The filled-in areas won’t polish out, which creates an interesting contrast.
Travertine is a compact variety of limestone that contains various sized holes that are formed as a result of the continual flow of water through the stone. This creates bands that streak the travertine.
The holes that were created due to the water running through the travertine over time are easy targets for dirt and grime.
Terrazzo is a combination of marble chips and Portland or epoxy-based binders, the surface layer of a terrazzo floor has extra marble chips that have been added during the installation process to cover nearly 70% of the exposed area, which gives it its elegant finish.
Terrazzo is cured and then ground and polished to a smooth surface or otherwise finished to produce a uniformly textured surface.
Apart from periodic restoration of the wear surface area, terrazzo will last forever.
Granite is the hardest of all flooring stones with a very dense grain, making it virtually impervious. Formed from liquid magma it has nearly the hardness and durability of a diamond. If polished, its high-gloss finish will resist scratching and etching, making it an ideal choice for your kitchen floor.
We also refurbish and restore Slate, Terracotta, Sand Stone, York Stone and Quarry tiles.
We also Polish bathroom vanity units and marble fire places.
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Floor Care Cleaning Services
Tel 01273 358591
57 Homeleigh, London Road, Patcham, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 8QA
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