Travertine, Limestone, Slate, Sandstone, Granite, Marble, Ceramic, Victorian Tiles, Terracotta, Yorkshire Stone
A natural stone floor can keeps its good looks and natural finish for a life time, if it’s looked after properly. Most floor installation companies don’t seal the stone floors they install , simply because sealing cannot take place until after the floor has settled , which is at least three days, therefore they would have to come back to do it.
Most natural stone floors are very porous and will soak up everyday spillages such as tea, coffee, wine, oil etc, and as such are extremely vulnerable to staining and damage, unless they are sealed correctly.
Customers often don’t realise that there floors are not sealed or have been sealed with an inferior product, until the floor starts to look dirty, dingy or stained with the passage of time, and they often say
“ No matter what I clean my floor with and how often I do it, the floor just doesn’t look right”
Williams Floor restoration can dramatically improve the looks of heavily soiled floors, our service includes, stripping the floor to remove any residue,thoroughly deep cleaning, minor repairs and filling,sealing with a superior quality impregnating sealer which acts as a barrier to protect the floor and advice on the correct maintenance procedures and products to keep the floor looking good for years to come.
Restoration of Terracotta and Quarry Tiles
Terracotta is a red clay based material that has been used throughout history for sculptures and pottery, as well as bricks and roof and floor tiles. Often old terracotta tiles can look very tired and worn with patches of white (salt) on the surface following years of foot traffic.
To begin the floor restoration project we firstly need to strip back the old finish of polish and layers of old floor sealant, followed by a thorough deep clean and stain removal to remove all the dirt and residue, which is collected by a machine that scrubs, dries and vacuums the terracotta tiles until they are beautifully clean and back to their natural state.
As these tiles are porous we then need to allow the floor to completely dry,before applying a high quality impregnating sealer,specially developed for terracotta floor tiles,which will enhance the natural colour of the terracotta and protect the tiles by creating a barrier against spillage and dirt.The floor restoration is then complete.
A maintenance sheet is provided,giving advise on cleaning methods and products to use to maintain the floor and ensure it remains a beautiful feature of your home for many years.
Although made up of clay and Similar in composition to terracotta, quarry tiles are normally thinner,denser and far less porous than terracotta tiles.
Old quarry tiles have usually been subjected to years of heavy foot traffic, with ground in grime and dirt, the floor may have been covered with linoleum when lino was considered a more cost effective option to floor restoration .The quarry tiles could have been covered by bitumen, or they may have cementation stains, glue, in fact a whole host of problems.
Many customers may think floors in this condition they can never be restored to their former beauty; however Williams Floor Restoration have dealt with many floor restoration projects of this nature and successfully restored many floors which our customers may think is impossible.
Our Methods for restoring your quarry tiled floor will be very similar to the restoration of terracotta tiles. With the stripping off of the residue on top whether this be old sealant, polish or bitumen etc. Dependent on what type of materials are on the surface of the quarry tiles we may need to strip the floor with chemicals to remove the residue. Followed by a thorough scrub down and deep clean, then re sealed with an impregnating sealant specially recommended for Quarry tiles.
Limestone cleaning and restoration
Limestone flooring is quite porous and prone to scratching, staining and cracking . It also needs to be allowed to breathe, instead of being covered by synthetic sealers or urethane. Williams floor Restoration offer the right solution to protect your Limestone by using highly penetrating impregnators for lime stone cleaning which penetrates the surface of the stone but retains the natural colours of the stone.
The main cause for polished stone floors becoming dull is foot traffic, which carries dust grit ,sand dirt etc and causes fine scratches to appear on the floor these scratches eventually covers the majority of the floor and dulls the finish to the point where it loses its reflective properties. To make your stone surfaces smooth and clean again we thoroughly deep clean and then using specialist diamond grinding pads to smooth and shine the surface,this is followed by a superior impregnating sealer to complete the restoration.
Travertine cleaning and restoration
Travertine is a compact type of limestone that contains many little holes , the holes have been formed by the continual flow of water through the stone. This creates bands that streak the travertine. It is the holes that exist in the bands of travertine, creating its unique qualities .However these holes tend to open up over time and need to be re filled and again as with limestone the surface of the travertine can become dirty and dull with foot traffic , therefore needs to be cleaned and restored back to its former glory.
Firstly the travertine will be stripped back to remove any old sealant, thoroughly deep cleaned and re filled using travertine epoxy then using specialist diamond abrasive pads to remove the old surface of your travertine floor which will be ground back and polished back to its original lustrewe will then apply two coats of superior impregnating sealer to complete, this protects the stone from within.
Marble Cleaning and Restoration. The main difference between limestone and marble is that limestone is a sedimentary rock, typically composed of calcium carbonate fossils,and marble is a metamorphic rock. Limestone forms when shells, sand, and mud are deposited at the bottom of oceans and lakes and over time solidify into rock. Marble forms when sedimentary limestone is heated and squeezed by natural rock-forming processes so that the grains recrystallize. Marble is recognizable from other polished stone by the heavy veins running through the stone, and the variety of different colours. Over time polished marble will require cleaning,it will become dull with both surface and deep scratches,cracks,stains and grout damage. The cleaning and restoration process is similar to that of Limestone, with the marble needing to be deep cleaned, then polished back to a high gloss shine, using the HTC twister diamond griding pads and marble polishing compound to achieve a smooth finish, polished to a shine and resealed with a natural high quality impregnating sealant to protect the floor