Stone floor cleaning, sealing and restoration Lancashire
We specialise in treating all varieties of natural stone floor, so that you can enjoy this strong, long lasting natural material.
Natural stone floors
We work with a huge range of types of natural stone that have been put to use in a wide range of contexts. The advantages and limits of each type of stone are very different, but our experience, equipment and hard work ensures that we always get the best possible results for your investment. All natural stone floors are worth protecting, we aim to deliver the best long term protection.
Each type of stone has its own strengths and challenges. The best solution for your floor depends on your unique situation. What we do know is, all stone floors suffer from general wear and tear. Most commonly we see dust, dirt and grime that has been trodden into the stone and left behind marks. Regular, careful dusting and vacuum cleaning helps limit how quickly these marks appear, but it’s near impossible to prevent them completely. Highly polished floors tend to deteriorate soonest, its hard not to notice when they lose their shine.
When dealing with more porous type of rock, or in cases where the sealant has completely worn away, water and other liquids can cause staining. Acidity commonly found in fruit juice, sauces and other household items can leave long lasting imprints on certain types of stone and the use of incorrect cleaning products and solutions can cause further irreparable damage.
All tiled floors tend to use grouting to secure the individual pieces. Grout is softer than tile so is often more vulnerable to deterioration than the tiles themselves. Being slightly recessed, the grout can collect dirt which discolours its porous surface.
How we maintain natural stone floors
The exact process we use is tailored according to the type of stone, the state of the floor and the finish that you would like to achieve. Here is an example workflow:
Tile and Stone Medic will assess the floor type that you have in order to decide the most suitable solutions to be used.
The solution is applied and left to dwell for a few minutes.
The cleaning solutions are worked into the floor using our rotary cleaners.
Once the dwell time has been reached, the floor is washed using powerful fresh water extractors. This ensures removal of all old sealers, dirt and other contaminants from the stone.
The floor’s surface is washed several times to neutralise it and free it of any soiling.
Once the floor has dried, the chosen sealers are carefully applied. The sealers range from impregnating sealers which will not affect the look of the tile or stone, to satin, reflective and matt finishes.
Tile and Stone Medic are happy to offer advice on the most appropriate sealer to use for maximum improvement to your stone floor. Advice on cost effective maintenance and safe products to enhance and maximise the life of your stone floor is 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.
We always work in the most considerate way possible. Work will be tailored to your needs and will fit around your schedule where possible. We avoid bringing loud or bulky machinery into your home and when a job is complete we thoroughly clean up after ourselves to leave your space looking as tidy as it did when we arrived.
Whilst we may use specialist chemicals in the course of our work, we can assure you that by the time we leave all residues will be gone and your tile or stone flooring will be perfectly safe for everyone to use. We work to extremely high standards of health and safety, conducting proper risk assessments where appropriate and never putting you or anyone else in danger.
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.