External stone cleaning
At Tile & Stone Medic our expertise goes beyond just interior tile and stone maintenance services, we also provide cutting edge outdoor hard floor services too. We can service damaged patios, repair worn driveways and destroy the moss and lichen that can flourish on outdoor ornaments and pathways. Our jet wash systems offer a highly efficient and powerful way to cut through even years of accumulated dirt to revitalise the look of your home, business or garden.
Outdoor natural stone surfaces have a lot to endure. Temperature changes, repeated freezing conditions and direct sunlight can take their toll on the appearance of even the toughest stone installations and at worst can create cracks and chipping. In the right conditions moss and lichen can thrive on stone surfaces and removing it without the proper professional equipment can be exhausting. Depending on the particular type of stone used, care must be also taken to not use chemicals and techniques which damage the underlying stone.
Benefits of our external cleaning services
Our services can restore tarmac to a stunning condition, which will leave a great impression on visitors to your home. Restoring outdoor stonework can even increase the value of your property. Our restoration services can also save you the expense of new outdoor stonework. We’ve worked with customers who believed their stonework to be beyond repair and have restored several years more life to their stone.
We have a complete knowledge of professional outdoor sealant options and can use them to create a protective barrier against dirt and detritus. This ensures you enjoy the best value for money from our services and that your results will last as long as possible. A good seal can also prevent the build up of rainwater and provide better grip underfoot; comfort and safety benefits that are always welcome.
Depending on the your individual case; the types of stone you have, it’s use and location, we will select the most effective approach. Generally we begin by washing and removing any contaminants from your surfaces with our high quality solutions and equipment. We then proceed with any sanding, if required. External areas can then finally be treated with a range of different sealers such as matt, satin or gloss. You can chat with us about the specific finish you would like to achieve and we’ll be happy to offer advice on your options. Some of the sealer that we use lasts between 12-15 years and not only prevents staining and discolouration but will also inhibit regrowth of moss and lichen.
Call now for advice on the most effective outdoor tile and stone maintenance programmes to suit your needs, as well as specialist products to enhance and maximise the lifespan of your external hard flooring.
Examples of this floor-type from our work
Yes – our cleaning solutions and equipment works wonders on outdoor sandstone, we’d be happy to clean your sandstone patio, driveway or ornaments.
Yes, we can provide the same high level stone cleaning service on outdoor stone floors including flagstone patios.
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.
Yes, our sealers and treatments are formulated to minimise the growth of moss and lichen and other intruders to keep your outdoor stonework looking great for longer
The jet washers we use aren’t much louder than a running car engine. We’ll always be as considerate as possible to you and your neighbours and we can even schedule our works around your timetable and neighbourhood requirements, such as weekend, weekday out of hours etc.
Winter can be especially hard on external surfaces, so we generally recommend a maintenance clean once a year or so. That said, we use the most advanced sealers to protect against moisture, frost and whatever else the weather can throw at your surfaces. Rest assured your results will be of the highest quality.
Our external floor cleaning services do require driveways and patios to dry out before the service can be completed. For larger areas that are impossible to shield from the weather we may need to plan our work according the weather forecast.
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.
Will Tile & Stone Medic’s cleaning services cause noise, disruption, dirt or debris in my home/business?
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.