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Stone Cleaning - The Ultimate Guide to Stone Floor Restoration

by Mark Sandwith

posted in Home Improvement

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Natural stone comes in a wide array of colors, styles and materials and includes marble, granite, slate and limestone. It is essential to use the correct method to care for natural stone to retain both the appearance and stability of your floor.
It is important to select a contractor who is experienced in restoring natural stone floors, as using the incorrect methods or chemicals can damage the material beyond repair. The fundamental goal of restoring stone is to reproduce the look and feel of a newly installed stone floor.
Stone floors are a beautiful accent to any home or office, if they are well-maintained. A stunning transformation is possible when floors dulled by dirt and scratches are cleaned, polished and restored by flooring professionals.
The first step is to remove any wax that may have been applied to surface which may have become very dirty especially in any pits that may be present. These pits are then filled with an epoxy to match the natural colour of the stone.
Next a grinding machine is used with numerous discs on the bottom of the machine while a steady flow of water is applied to maintain a dust free atmosphere as well as protect the discs as much as possible. This peels away the worn top surface to reveal a pristine layer underneath. This process is very time-consuming and it may take up to three different sets of discs to completely grind the floor to the level necessary.
The grinding process can also eliminate depressed grout joints. The grout will become level with the surface of the floor so that dirt can no longer develop in the recesses joint. A completely flat floor also gives the illusion of being monolithic and can enhance safety by reducing potential tripping hazards.
Grout lines are thoroughly cleaned using appropriate cleaning agents and brushes.
On removing the excess water the floor is then polished with compounds and powders to restore a brilliant luster. This enables the natural colour of the stone to come out, which is crucial to every polishing. Any excess polish is removed to prevent hazing.
Floors can be mopped dry to enable sealing, which protects the floor from staining and scratches and drastically improves the final look of the stone floor.
The above information works to provide you with the ultimate guide to stone floor restoration; a process that requires in-depth knowledge, skill and craftsmanship.
About the Author: Able Stonecare Wiltshire specialize in stone floor restoration and stone cleaning. For more details on natural stone restoration services please visit Able Stonecare Wiltshire.
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