We specialise in cleaning, restoration and sealing for a huge variety of natural stone floors. Our services provide outstanding results than last longer so you enjoy outstanding value for money.
With many years experience behind us we’ve restored and repaired almost all types of natural stone put to use in both domestic and commercial settings. From kitchen and bathroom floors through to giant commercial spaces. The pros and cons of each type of stone are vastly different but thanks to our range of solutions and equipment we always use the best methods and achieve first rate results. All natural stone floors are unique investments you should be proud of and we aim to help you get the most enjoyment from yours.
Each different type of stone presents its own advantages and challenges, so the best service for you will depend what type of stone you have as well as the degree of use it faces and its location. If you’re not sure what type of stone you have we’d be happy to check any images or descriptions you provide. At the very least, all stone floors suffer some form of general wear and tear from footfall. Most commonly we see dust, dirt and detritus which has been walked into the floor and left behind marks unsightly marks. These may be difficult to spot at first but get worse over time and result in dull, lifeless looking stone. Careful dusting and regular vacuum cleaning helps slow down this decay, but it can’t be stopped entirely. Highly polished floors tend to show wear most quickly since the loss of shine is more noticeable than wear to a matt finish.
Some types of rock are naturally more vulnerable to the effects of moisture than others. Where sealant hasn’t been correctly applied to these floors staining and liquid damage is common. Acidity frequently found in common items such as fruit juices and sauces can leave behind long lasting damage on certain types of natural stone. Beware of DIY solutions too, since using the wrong chemicals on natural stone can leave behind irreparable damage.
Grout used to secure stone tiles is far softer than the stone itself. Grout therefore tends to be the first part of a floor to show wear. Being slightly recessed, the grout can trap dust and dirt which over time becomes ground in. This weakens the hold of the grout on the tiles and discolours its appearance. We offer a range of grout repair services for natural stone floors and are proud to be able to offer over 20 different colours of grouting to satisfy even the most unique requirements.
How we maintain natural stone floors
Tile and Stone Medic will analyse the floor type that you have before we decide as to the appropriate solutions that should be used.
The solution is then left to dwell for a short period of time.
Once the relevant solutions are applied to the floor, they are worked into the surface using rotary cleaners.
Once the dwell time has been achieved, the floor is then washed with our powerful fresh water extractor systems to ensure that all old sealers, dirt and other contaminants are removed from the tile or stone surface.
The surface is washed over a few times to ensure that the floor is completely neutralised and free of any soiling.
Once the floor is dry the appropriated sealers are applied, the sealers range from impregnating sealers which will not affect the look of the tile or stone, to matt, satin or high solid gloss finishes.
Tile & Stone Medic Warwickshire will give you advice on the most appropriate sealer to use for maximum effect on your tile or stone floor. Advice on cost effective maintenance programmes and products to enhance and maximise your tile or stone floor’s life are 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.