We specialise in treatments for for a huge variety of natural stone floors so that you can get maximum enjoyment from this remarkable, long lasting natural material.
Natural stone floors
Over many years we’ve worked with almost all the different types of natural stone that have been put to use in home and business settings. The pros and cons of each type of stone are vastly different, but using our experience, equipment and dedication we always get the best possible results. All natural stone floors are unique investments worth protecting and we aim to help you get the most from your yours.
Each different type of stone has its own advantages and challenges, so the best solution for you will depend on your unique material and situation. At the very least, all stone floors suffer some form of general wear and tear. Most commonly we encounter dust, dirt and detritus trodden into the floor and leaving behind marks. Careful dusting and regular vacuum cleaning helps prevent this, but it’s impossible to stop it entirely. Highly polished floors tend to show wear most obviously, where minute scratches in the surface dull the shine.
When dealing with more porous type of rock, or in cases where the sealant has completely worn away, we often encounter liquid damage. Acidity commonly found in food and drinks such as fruit juices, sauces and similar liquids can leave long lasting damage on certain types of natural stone. The use of incorrect cleaning products and solutions can do even more harm.
Most stone floors use grout to secure the individual tiles. Grout is far softer than stone, so is usually more vulnerable to wear than the tiles themselves. Being slightly recessed, the grout can also trap dust and dirt, which can lead to its porous surface becoming discoloured, stained or distorted.
How we maintain natural stone floors
The specific process we use will be shaped according to the type of stone, the state of the floor and the finish that you would like to achieve. Here is an example of our workflow:
Tile and Stone Medic will examine the stone floor that you have so that we can identify the best solutions to be used.
The solutions are applied to the stone floor and left to dwell for a short period of time.
We use rotary cleaners to ensure the cleaning solutions are worked into the surface of the floor fully.
Once the dwell time has been reached, the floor is washed using high tech fresh water extractor systems. This ensures removal of all old sealers, dirt and other contaminants from the surface of the stone.
The surface is neutralised with several washes to free it of any soiling or residue from the previous stages of the process.
Once the floor has dried, the chosen sealers are applied to the stone. The sealers range from impregnating sealers which will not affect the look the stone, to matt, satin or high sheen glossy finishes depending on your preference.
Tile and Stone Medic Cheshire are happy to advise you on the most appropriate sealer to use for maximum improvement to your stone floor. Advice on best maintenance practise and appropriate products to enhance and maximise the life of your floor is also available on request.
Because all floors require their own individual needs, perhaps different cleaning solutions, strippers and sealers it is impossible to give an average cost. Some areas of floor are very large and again this will have an impact on the costings as they may take longer to restore. Tile & Stone Medic will either arrrange an onsite visit to assess the floor in question, or, if we do not have local cover in that area, we will talk to you in more detail over the phone and perhaps request that you down load some pictures of the floor to us.
We apply a sealer to a floor in order to protect it. Different types of floor, both manmade and natural stone, are vulnerable to different sorts of damage. They can all be harmed by chemicals to a certain degree, even by the acid in food and drink spillages, as they will be very slightly porous. As well as this, they can be worn away by physical damage. Even foot traffic can have a big impact if dust or grit has built up on the floor, since it increases abrasions. A sealant will reduce the chance of a spill becoming a stain by reducing the floor’s ability to absorb liquids. It can also help protect the appearance of the floor by forming a protective barrier. A sealant won’t prevent all damage and it will still wear away over time, but it will help your floors last longer, helping protect your investment. Sealants will even help protect your floor from UV radiation which can lead to fading over the lifespan of a high value stone or tiled floor. We can consult with you to find the best sealant for your floor and the type of use it gets to make sure it receives the best form of protection.
Absolutely. If this was not carried out by those who fitted the floor get in touch immediately to ensure that the appropriate protection can be applied as promptly as possible. We would recommend that this is carried out once the flooring is in place as this means the grout, which is generally more porous, will also be protected.
We have a range of high quality Faber products which will help protect your floors from damage. As every type of floor is different and has myriad uses, we will consult with you to work out the best way to protect your investment. We can apply topical sealants which form a protective layer on top of the floor, or if needed an impregnating sealant, which will be partially absorbed into the stone or tiles. There are many variations of these sealants and as each floor type has unique characteristics and vulnerabilities we can work with you to find and apply the the best kind of protection.
Firstly, a floor should always be sealed when it is first laid. Get in touch with us straight away if this hasn’t been carried out already. It will also need periodic sealing in order to protect the floor on an ongoing basis. How often sealing is required depends on a number of factors such as the specific material used for your flooring and the kind of use it has to survive. For example, a bathroom with natural tiles that is frequently exposed to water may require sealing more often than porcelain tiles in a kitchen. Frequent maintenance, such as sweeping and hoovering up the dust and grit that erodes floors when trodden on can help. Once the sealant is worn away, not only will scratches be more likely, the risk of staining or permanent damage from liquids is drastically increased as there is no protective layer to prevent absorption. If in doubt get in touch with our team of friendly technicians who can discuss your needs.
The process we carry out will depend on your specific floor and the use that it gets. There will be variations for different materials and the finish that you wish to achieve. The process will also be impacted by the full scale of work that we carry out, for example which types of cleaning and restoration are being performed. It is not unusual to apply several layers of sealant if this is necessary and appropriate.
Stone Floor Cleaning and Restoration Enquiries
We can appreciate you may not know where to start when cleaning floors and other hard surfaces. Don’t give up! We are your local professional Stone Floor Cleaning and Restoration service provider, so contact us today for expert advice and tips from our friendly operators.