Stone Floor Cleaning, And Restoration, Stirling
Stone floor cleaning and restoration of a stone floor can make all the difference to a home, transforming your home into something that bit more special! Now, dependent on your stone selection natural stone floors, over time, suffer from ingrained dirt and liquid (acidic) spills on the surface and in the grout lines. At Acleanerplace Cleaning Services (ACS) we provide a stone cleaning and restoration service that will bring ‘new life’ to anyone’s stone floor and the grout lines!
Your stone floor will (may) have had an impregnating or a topical seal applied at the time of installation. The sealant is essentially a barrier against this daily wear and tear and as such will gradually wear down (2-3 years).
The wearing down of the sealant may leave all-natural floor tiles looking dull, and also more susceptible to staining; particularly the grout lines. It is therefore vital to ensure the floor’s sealer is topped up. By contacting ACS we can offer you a stone cleaning and restoration (sealing ) service for any of the types of natural stone floors listed below:
Common Problems With Stone Floors?
One of the most common issues we find with queries we get is in the difficulty in not being able to identify what type of stone floor type you have! If you suffer from this dilemma, then don’t worry, with our experience and training we will be able to identify what the stone type is and advise you accordingly before we proceed with your stone cleaning and restoration.
Some floors and ceramic can become unsightly due to many things, the most common being the lack of proper cleaning: the grout becomes extremely dirty and the tiles look dirty no matter what you do!
The seal, whether, topical or impregnated becomes worn or nonexistent due to wear-and-tear. This can cause the stone to deteriorate over time. It is recommended that all stone floors have their seal replaced every 3-5 years- although some sealants have a warranty of up to 15 years.
In many cases, where the stone is porous, or the sealant has completely worn away, you’ll find there is damage from water and another liquid ingress.
The acidity level, commonly found in some food and drinks, can leave long-lasting stains (etching) on certain types of stone, eg. marble, granite, and porcelain. the grout lines become ingrained with dirt and water ingress, and no matter what product you use they never seem to get clean!
There are 3 remedial options 1. have the grout lines cleaned by a professional, using professional products, and have the grout sealed. 2. have the grout ‘re-coloured’ to a colour of your choice and 3. have the grout replaced with fresh grout.
- Floors That Have Excessive Dirty Grout Lines 40% 40%
- Customers That Cannot Identify Their Floor Type 30% 30%
- Floors With A Badly Worn Sealant 20% 20%
- Floors With An Unsightly Appearance (worn, scratched etc) 10% 10%
Our Stone Cleaning And Restoration Process:
We start with an initial inspection and quotation. We visit your home or premises at a convenient time in order to inspect your floors, determine the correct process that is best for the stone. And, in regard, to sealing, what is the correct method of application to reach the maximum potential of the stone sealer.
ACS does not recommend the use of ‘topical’ sealers on natural stone as these sealers form a layer (film) on the stone surface thereby not allowing it to ‘breath’ which may lead to problems. At ACS, we will only ever recommend using impregnating (penetrating) sealers on natural stone as our preferred choice that doesn’t change the natural look of your floor while allowing it to ‘breathe’.
During our visit, we will, where possible, provide a demonstration (test) patch which assists us to determine what process and materials are needed to restore the floor correctly. The area is measured and an initial estimate is given, followed by a full written quotation.
On The Day-Step1
Having agreed on a start day and time we arrive and begin our floor preparations: masking up oof areas not to be cleaned, vacuuming. We then apply our specialist products to the stone, tiles, and grout lines to dwell and soften the soiling. We then use our equipment to agitate the product and scrub the stone floor, getting into all the crevices. This is followed by the wet vacuuming (extraction) of all the dirty soils (slurry) from the floor. The floor is then rinsed to make sure all cleaning products and dirt are removed, leaving the floor perfectly clean.
On The Day-Step 2
To assist the drying process we use multiple air movers (fans) that leave the floors to dry naturally (Note: some floors, e.g. Victorian Milton may require between overnight – 2-5 days to dry out).
On The Day-Step 3
Dependent on the required drying time of the stone (each stone type has a different drying requirement -See Step 3) and then only after taking a moisture reading to determine that the stone is at the correct level of ‘dryness’ will we then seal it using the (agreed) sealer – from impregnating sealers – which will not affect the look of the tile or stone – to matt, satin, or gloss finishes.
On The Day-Step 4
We then leave the stone floor to dry and cure with the use of our air movers (fans) if required.
Our Maintenance Offer
ACS can offer our customer’s a maintenance regime if required: An initial clean and seal; advice on how to maintain your floor and advice on any problems. Bi-annual cleans and seals or just an annual clean and ‘top-up’ of the seal. We are only too pleased to discuss the above options that will keep your stone floor in pristine condition.
Types Of Stone Floor We Clean And Restore:
Limestone is a sedimentary stone as such it is porous and acid-sensitive. It is best cleaned using honing pads and sealed with a colour impregnating sealer. is not recommended for use in wet rooms or shower cubicles.
Marble is a sedimentary stone and as such it is quite porous and acid-sensitive and can be damaged through the use of mildly acidic soaps. Marble is best cleaned by ‘burnishing’ pads and can be polished by the use of diamond pads before being sealed with a water-based impregnating sealer.
Travertine tile is a natural, very porous, tone material that has unique features and colouring that others cannot offer. It can suffer from ‘holes’ that may be filled, before cleaning by ‘burnishing and also it can be polished to a high degree of shine by use of diamond pads. it is further enhance by the use of a water-based impregnating sealer suitable for all types of honed stone including Travertine.
Terracotta means ‘burned earth’. Terracotta Tiles have been around for over two millennia. Terracotta has no glaze on the surface and can pick up and store grime and dirt very quickly. Any old sealers 9wax) may need removal, followed by a deep clean by a rotary cleaner. Terracotta needs to ‘dry-out’ prior to being sealed with either an impregnating sealer which may have a ‘wax’ dressing applied over the top of this sealer if required.
Terrazzo is the by-product of broken pieces of stone, often Marble, Limestone, and Granite, which rather than being wasted are set into a cement screed and poured onto the floor. Then once the screed is set it is ground to a polish. Terrazzo is best cleaned by the use of ‘burnishing’ pads and a good alkaline cleaner. When dry, brought to a high sheen with a final polish. Finally, a water-based impregnating sealer is suitable for all types of honed stone including Terrazzo is used.
Granite is an Igneous Rock and makes for a great countertop stone, hard to mark, impervious to almost all chemicals, and usually comes with a highly polished finish, the exception being ‘flamed granite’ which is rougher. granite is cleaned using an alkaline type cleaner followed by a solvent-based (colour-intensifying) sealer for ‘flame granite’ and a for polished granite a ‘natural sheen’ solvent sealer.
Slate is a very popular floor and wall tile due to its low porosity. The removal of any previous sealer, followed by cleaning with a professional alkaline cleaner, rinsed, and when dry an impregnating sealer to bring out the colours of this stone.
Quarry tiles are a classic hard wearing tile often utilized in high traffic areas such as reception areas, toilets, and outdoor patio areas. As hard-wearing, as they are, quarry tiles are often neglected and end up being hidden under years of dirt. Quarry tile requires to be deep cleaned and any old seals removed and the dirt build-up cleaned with the use of a professional standard alkaline cleaner. dependent on whether indoor or outdoor a bespoke sealer is used to seal quarry tiles.
Sandstone is just another type of ‘flagstone’ which is a term used to describe large blocks of stone that are normally made from different types of sandstone. All previous sealers need removing followed by cleaning with a high alkaline, professional, cleaner. As they are a porous stone they require to be fully ‘dried-out’ prior to sealing this stone with a ‘colour enhancing’ sealant
Flagstone is just another type of ‘sandstone’ which is a term used to describe large blocks of stone that are all normally made from different types of sandstone. All previous sealers need removing followed by cleaning with a high alkaline, professional, cleaner. As they are a porous stone they require to be fully ‘dried-out’ prior to sealing this stone with a ‘colour enhancing’ sealant
Porcelain is harder than ceramic. Modern production methods have increased the growth in the availability of Porcelain tiles which are known for their durability and water resistance making them a popular option for floors. Porcelain tiles are usually ‘fully glazed’, even the ‘matt’ porcelain tile is fully glazed! This means they won’t need to be sealed unless they are textured. A water-based acrylic sealer is of benefit on textured porcerlain.
- Victorian / Milton
Victorian tiles are the modern form of quarry tiles. The standard-bearer of these types of tiles for quality was a company called ‘Minton’ Hollins.This type of tile can suffer from efflorescence which needs treating at the latter stage of cleaning with an acid-based rinse. After drying (4-7 days) Victorian tiles can be sealed with either a colour enhancing or ‘satin’ enhancing, water based-sealer.