Ease Your Limestone Cleaning Worries
As a homeowner, there’s nothing more annoying than discovering spills, dirty marks and scratches your beautiful limestone floor.
Your mind quickly fills with questions about the possibility of regaining your beautiful finish, cleaning expenses, who should you call, and more.
Rest assured, Abbey Floor Care will help you get through it all with comprehensive advice and our superb cleaning and restoration service.
The complications surrounding limestone cleaning
There are several contributing factors that lead to dirty and stained limestone. They include:
- installation issues
- poor and inadequate cleaning
- no planned maintenance
- no protection from liquid spills
... and tracked-in grit.
It takes an experienced professional to analyse and develop a cleaning and restoration solution that best meets your situation and budget
That’s why you shouldn’t trust just anyone to clean your limestone floor. Because sometimes deep cleaning Limestone with an aggressive cleaning chemical will not solve your problems.
Trust the leaders in limestone floor cleaning. With over 17 years of experience, Abbey Floor Care has helped over 5,000 customers with their floor care issues.
Finding the right solution for you
All you need to do is to use our contact form below and send some photos of your floor.
Once we understand what you expect from your floor we will recommend a limestone floor restoration program to give you the finish you are looking for.
If the issue is just surface soiling, we'll recommend a deep clean and re-sealing or a light hone to restore a light glow. If the tiles are uneven with dirty grout, we may recommend diamond grinding to smooth the floor. It will be so easy to clean.
Polishing Limestone Floor Tiles
Limestone polishing will transform a dull limestone floor into a beautiful surface to enhance any home.
By polishing your limestone floor you will make it easier to maintain and keep clean.
If you are thinking about cleaning or polishing your limestone floor you will need to decide on the type of finish you want.
A high gloss is beautiful, luxurious finish. The finish is achieved by honing the floor with progressively finer diamonds to a grit size of 1,500 scratches per inch upwards. If the stone is dark, then the grit size may need to go to 3,000 scratches per inch.
With a high gloss, the colours in the stone are enhanced and the floor is beautifully smooth. But a high gloss shows scuffs and scratches much more quickly than lighter polish.
Limestone Honing - To Give A Beautiful Soft Sheen Or Velvet Dull Finish
Honing your limestone to give a softer polish , between 400 and 800 grit will still give a fantastic glow.
The cream limestone floor is finished to 400 grit and then lightly polished with polishing powder. I hope you agree that the finish is still beautiful
This lighter polish is more appropriate for higher traffic areas like kitchens and dining room. It stands up better to traffic and is less likely to show light scuff marks.
If you're looking for a superior finish, then your floor will need to be quite smooth. If the tiles are uneven, then the floor will need to be ground flat using heavy weight grinding equipment.
If you try to polish an uneven floor you will not get the clarity of finish and reflections will look distorted.
Limestone polishing equipment is heavy and expensive machinery, however, it does a fantastic job.
Some companies call themselves limestone polishing experts but they have neither the equipment not experience to back up their claims.
Limestone Sealing - Critical Information You Need To Know
You may be surprised at the number of telephone calls we get from distressed people who have cleaned and sealed their limestone floors but are unhappy with the results.
If only they had the advice you are going to get now!
Limestone sealing is not as simple as the instructions on the tin tell you. This is because the sealing process is only a small part of the process.
The preparation and choice of limestone sealer are the most important aspects of sealing your limestone.
Preparation for sealing limestone
Before you start sealing your limestone floor it must be cleaned thoroughly. A quick mop with a cleaning solution will not do.
Most limestone is porous, this means that water and dirty cleaning solutions will soak into the surface of the stone before you can completely remove them. The best way to clean porous limestone to mechanically release the soil and use pressurised rinse and extraction equipment.
A rotary cleaning machine with a soft brush is used to gently agitate the surface of the floor to release the ingrained soil. The pressurised rinse equipment sprays pressurised hot water onto the stone and immediately extracts the excess water and soil before it gets a chance to soak back into the stone again. Leaving your floor beautifully clean and ready for sealing.
Sealing your limestone floor
Before you start to seal your limestone floor make sure it is thoroughly dry. Best to leave the floor at least 24 hours after cleaning to allow the moisture to evaporate.
There are two types of limestone sealer you can choose from. A penetrating or impregnating sealer and a surface sealer.
The beauty of a penetrating sealer is that it will not affect the appearance of your floor, so it is ideal after polishing limestone floor tiles. A surface sealer will make the colour slightly darker as it sits on the surface of the stone.
Whichever sealer you use, a single coat will not suffice. In most cases, you will need to apply 2 or more coats, depending on the porosity of the stone.
You will know you have enough coats when the floor no longer soaks into the floor. At this stage, wipe off the excess sealer and leave to dry.
Preparation and cleaning equipment is not readily available from hire shops. So your best bet is to call on the services of a limestone sealing professional.
If you're looking for excellent service from a trustworthy tradesman then call Abbey, we will take all the headaches away.
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