Tumbled Travertine Floor Cleaning Brassington Matlock Derbyshire DE4

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This article is about cleaning tumbled travertine tile floor, we recently completed in Brassington, near Matlock in Derbyshire.

We were contacted because the homeowner had recently purchased the property and she wanted the travertine floors cleaning and sealing.

As you can see from the photos, the travertine tiles were in need of cleaning and filling:

cleaning tumbled travertine tile in Brassington Matlock Derbyshire

  • Holes and pores in the tiles were filled with soil
  • Most of the tiles had holes from collapsed surface and lost filler
  • Some tiles had deep holes from furniture damage

cleaning tumbled travertine tile Brassington Matlock Derbyshire DE4

The new owners were also concerned that the soil was contributing to a strong “doggy” smell in the property.

The “doggy smell” may have been contained in the soil because dog oil from their body can build up on the floor. Over time the body oil starts to oxidise and go rancid, just like butter, giving off a strong unpleasant smell. So they hoped that the smell would go after the cleaning tumbled travertine tile.

The homeowners specified that the floor was sealed with an impregnating sealer as the floor needs to breathe because there is no damp proof membrane.

Deep Cleaning Tumbled Travertine – Stage 1 – Scrubbing

We started by applying a soil remover and left it for 30 minutes to soak into the floor.

Scrubbing the floor with a medium brush and gentle abrasive cleaning powders. The cleaning powder helps agitate the soil out of holes and crevice without scratching and damaging the surface of the tiles.

Deep Cleaning Tumbled Travertine – Stage 2 – Pressure  Rinsing

The cleaning was followed with our hot water pressurised “no-mess rinse and capture” equipment. Hot water is sprayed onto the surface of the floor at 1,000psi. The pressure turns the hot water into a strong scrubbing solution, lifting embedded soil off the floor. The slurry is immediately vacuumed out of the house into our truck mounted recovery tank.

The cleaning also has the benefit of removing loose filler that will come loose over the coming months.

Light Polishing Tumbled Travertine

We gave the floor a light polish using marble polishing powder.

light polishing tumbled travertine to enhance th appearance and make it easire to clean

This gives two benefits.

  • The polishing brings out the colours in the travertine
    The polishing makes the tiles smoother and so easier to dry sweep and mop.

The floor was then finish rinsed and vacuumed dry using our truck mounted vacuum generator.

Grout Filling Filling Tumbled Travertine

We used Mapei Jasmine grout to re-fill the holes. The grout was allowed to dry overnight, leaving the floor ready for sealing.

filling tumbled travertine with new grout

Sealing Tumbled Travertine

We sealed the travertine tiles with a high quality colour enhancing impregnating sealer.

sealing tumbled travertine tiles with impregnating sealer Abbey Floor Care 0800 695 0180

We also provided the homeowner with a microfiber mopping system and the right travertine cleaning solution. This means that the travertine will stay cleaner for years rather than months.

If your tumbled travertine floor needs cleaning, please click here to contact us, we will be happy to help.

How Professional Terrazzo Floor Polishing Transforms An Old Terrazzo Floor

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This terrazzo polishing work in Much Wenlock came to our attention after our client discovered a Terrazzo tile floor underneath brown ceramic floor tiles.

Much Wenlock is in Shropshire, located between Shrewsbury and Bridgnorth. It is close to historic Ironbridge and Telford.

Discovering A Hiden Terrazzo Floor

The client was refurbishing an old farmhouse with dark brown glazed floor tiles in the kitchen and hallways. They had planned to dig out the existing floor and replace it with flagstones to match flagstones in other rooms.

However, as they started to remove the tiles they found a Terrazzo tiled floor in the kitchen and quarry tile floors in the hallways. The floors looked to be in good condition. So the plans were changed to restore the floors rather than replace them.

After removing the old tiles and adhesive, they cleaned and finished the quarry tiles with red floor wax. However, their cleaning could not remove the ingrained soil from the surface of theTerrazzo tiles.

So it was time for the Simon, the homeowner to seek out professional assistance. Simon searched for Terrazzo floor polishing services online, found our website and saw that we restore both quarry tile and Terrazzo floors.

Simon emailed me photos of the floors. I identified the floors as terrazzo marble with black and white marble chips. I knew at once that I could meet Simon’s desire to have the terrazzo restored to a beautiful polished finish.

terrazzo polishing much wenlock shropshire

The contractor who had removed the old tiles and tile adhesive met me at the property. He told me that that it had taken him a number of days to remove the adhesive and he was interested to see how I was going to restore and polish the tiles.

I told him that it was a pity they had not contacted me earlier because I could have removed the old tile adhesive in a matter of hours and it would not have added significantly to the cost of the job as I had to grind the floor anyway to remove the lippage.
This photo of polished floors shows Terrazzo polishing work in Birmingham, where we removed the floor grinding machine removing the old tile adhesive before grinding and polishing the floor.
(Picture of Birmingham)

 

There were three main problems with this terrazzo floor

  • Poor cleaning using the wrong cleaning chemicals made the cement surface porous allowing soil and tile adhesive to soak into the surface.
  • Throughout the floor, there were uneven tiles and lippage between 1 and 3mm in height.

 

terrazzo floor before being restored by abbey floor care

The terrazzo polishing work had to start with grinding the floor smooth using a planetary grinding machine and metal diamond tooling.

Terrazzo Floor Grinding And Polishing – The Work Starts

The grinding process removed around 4mm from the surface of the floor, solving a number of issues:

  • removed the lippage and made the floor smooth
  • removed the porous surface, revealing a new, solid surface
  • removed the ingrained soil
  • removed the tile adhesive that had soaked into the surface of the tiles.

terrazzo floor being ground by abbey floor care

The grinding process areas revealed porosity in the new surface of the tiles throughout the floor. The hole sizes ranged from 1mm diameter to 3mm diameter.

I needed to fill the holes with a hard resin before honing.  So I left the floor overnight to dry ready for filling he next day.

The homeowner helped me by sticking tape on the porous areas.

terrazzo floor with markers showing areas of porosity

I started the next day by filling the holes in the white tiles with a white hard filler. There was probably some porosity in the black tiles, but it was practically impossible to see owing to the black background.

abbey floor care filling holes in terrazzo tiles

The filler starts to harden after a few minutes. So the key here is to make up small quantities of filler and use it before it starts to harden.

It took me around 2 hours to fill the holes and then the floor was left for a few hours to allow the filler to cure sufficiently to start honing.

terrazzo floor after filler has set hard

Before starting the terrazzo polishing I needed to hone the floor starting with 50 grit resin diamond pads, followed by 100 grit pads.

I left the floor to dry again overnight ready for applying an impregnating sealer.

The next day I applied a solvent based impregnating sealer and left it for a couple of hours to soak deep into the floor.

Then I started honing the floor with 200 grit resin diamonds followed by 400 and 800 grit.

We used 1,500 3,000 grit pads in the polishing phase to give the floor a deep shine.

polished terrazzo floor in much wenlock displaying a beautiful deep shine

The room is quite dark, so the photos don’t show the beautiful gloss of the final finish. However, the reflections from the windows and the lights give an indication of the beauty of the final polish.

The grinding machine does not get beneath kitchen furniture and leaves a 3mm gap at the edge of the floor.

So I used an edging machine and the same diamond grits to grind and polish these difficult to reach areas.

edging machine grinding and polishing under kitchen cuboards

Quarry Tile Floor Polishing

quarry tile floor much wenlock shropshire abbey floor careIt looked to me as if the homeowner did a good job of restoring the quarry tiles, the only issue I could see was efflorescence on some of the tiles.

Considering the tiles were covered for at least 30 years, it isn’t surprising that there is some efflorescence. I am confident that once the floor has settled and regained its moisture balance, the efflorescence will subside.

They may need to remove the wax from the affected tiles as the wax can trap the efflorescence. However only around 5% of the flooring was affected, so removing the wax is a simple diy job.

 

If you have a terrazzo floor in need of polishing please don’t hesitate to contact me here, I’ll be happy to help.

Stone Floor Cleaning Sealing Restoration Birmingham

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Stone Floor Cleaning Birmingham For A Wonderful Clean Look

  • Is Your Messy, Dull Tile Floor Giving You Sleepless Nights
  • Planning To Restore A Slate Floor.
  • Has Your Indian Sandstone Floor Lost Its Appeal.


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Reviews From Some Of Our Happy Customers

Check Out How We Solve These Stone Floor Problems

  • Dull spots and etch marks
  • Grimy Lifeless Finish
  • Scuffs and Scratches
  • Ugly Holes
  • Horrible Grout
  • Loss Of Colour
  • Worn Sealer
  • Dirty Tiles
  • Deep Scratches and Chips
  • Uneven tiles and Lippage

As well as looking beautiful, your floor will be so much easier to clean. High-quality sealers and finishes make your stone highly water and soil repellent, which means that they are easier to clean.

Our technical experts will also give you a tailored care guide, showing you:

  • how often you should clean your floor
  • the best way to clean your floor
  • the best equipment to use
  • the right floor cleaners that will help protect your floor rather than damage it.

The result is a beautiful clean floor that will stay clean for longer

In Just Four Easy Steps Your Stone Floors Can Look Beautiful Again

1. Contact Us By Email Or Phone

Call 0800 6795 0180 or click right here to contact us.

2. Tell Us All About Your Problems

Our contact form gives you the opportunity to tell us all about the issues with your floor. A picture speaks a thousand words, so please send photos of your floors highlighting the issues. We may call you to have a chat about your floor to understand your problems.

3. Receive A Free Of Charge Cost Estimate

In most situations we can give you a reasonable guide of the costs included in any restoration.

We sill send you full documentation, detailing;

  • The costs.
    • There’ll be no covert costs or surcharges, our rates will be completely up front.
  • The work involved.
    • We will include details about similar work we have done so you can get an idea of what’s involved and the finish you will get.
  • The timescale.

So you are armed with all the information you need to make a considered, informed decision.

4. Agree A Date To Start The Work

If you feel that the estimated cost is within your budget, we’ll organize an appointment to start the work. A couple of days prior to your job, if you prefer, we can give you a call to confirm that is ok and validate the details.

We will show up on the agreed date and at the agreed to start work.

Get In Touch
You can always phone us on 0800 695 0180 or just complete the simple contact form below for a free quotation.

We service the following postal code districts in Birmingham

B1–B4 (Birmingham City Centre, Ladywood), B5 (Digbeth), B6 (Aston), B7 (Nechells), B8 (Washwood Heath, Ward End, Saltley), B9 (Bordesley Green), B10 (Small Heath), B11 (Sparkhill, Tyseley), B12 (Balsall Heath, Sparkbrook), B13 (Moseley, Billesley), B14 (Kings Heath, Yardley Wood, Brandwood, Druids Heath, Warstock), B15 (Edgbaston, Chad Valley), B16 (Edgbaston, Ladywood), B17 (Harborne), B18 (Winson Green), B19 (Lozells, Newtown, Birchfield), B20 (Birchfield, Handsworth Wood), B21 (Handsworth), B23-B23 (Erdington, Short Heath), B24 (Erdington, Tyburn), B25 (Yardley), B26 (Sheldon, Yardley), B27 (Acocks Green), B28 (Hall Green), B29 (Selly Oak, Bournbrook), B30 (Bournville, Cotteridge, Stirchley), B31 (Northfield), B32 (Woodgate, Bartley Green, Quinton), B33 (Kitts Green), B34 (Shard End, Buckland End), B35 (Castle Vale), B36 (Hodge Hill, Castle Bromwich), B37 (Chelmsley Wood, Marston Green), B38 (Kings Norton), B40 (National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham International Airport), B42 (Perry Barr, Great Barr, Hamstead), B43 (Great Barr), B44 (Perry Barr, Kingstanding, Great Barr), B45 (Rednal, Rubery), B46 (Water Orton, Coleshill), B47 (Hollywood, Wythall), B48 (Alvechurch), B49–B50 (Alcester), B60–B61 (Bromsgrove), B62–B63 (Halesowen), B64 (Cradley Heath), B65 (Rowley Regis), B66–B67 (Smethwick), B68–B69 (Oldbury), B70–B71 (West Bromwich), B72 (Sutton Coldfield town centre, Maney, Wylde Green), B73 (Boldmere, New Oscott, Wylde Green), B74 (Four Oaks, Mere Green, Little Aston, Streetly), B75 (Sutton Trinity, Falcon Lodge, Rectory), B76 (Walmley), B77–B79 (Tamworth), B80 (Studley), B90 (Shirley, Wythall, Majors Green, Dickens Heath), B91–B94 (Olton, Solihull), B95 (Henley-in-Arden), B96–B98 (Redditch)

Birmingham was known as the “city of  a thousand trades” as it was a world leader in the manufacturing items like buckles, guns, jewlery and pens.

The history of Birmingham dates back 10,500 years ago with habitation along the valley of the river Rea. The Doomsday Book of 1086, records Birmingham having 9 houses valued at £1. However in 1166 Peter de Birmingham was granted the rights to hold a weekly market, transforming the prospects of the small settlement. The market was located around St.Martin’s church, one of the oldest buildings in Birmingham. The markets still exist in the same place over 800 years later.

In the 16th century Birmingham gradually transformed from a market town into a major industrial centre. With the benefit of it’s location in the centre of the country, road links and natural resources, the area drew industries such as cutlery, weapons and guns.

In the 18th century, Birmingham had become a major European centre for metalworking, producing buckles, buttons and small metal fabrications. The industry was dominated by the manufacturers Matthew Boulton and JohnTaylor. Boulton, along with James Watt and Erasmus Darwin founded the Lunar Society, recognised worldwide for  innovative and pioneering ideas in science, arts, philosophy and commerce. The Lunar Society got its name because it gathered during the full moon at Soho House , which is today a museum.

This period saw a great expansion of the canal network into Birmingham. The canals allowed quick and easy transport of raw materials and finished goods, giving Birmingham a major competitive edge over other rival manufacturing areas. Birmingham quickly became a worldwide “powerhouse” of manufacturing and invention, becoming “the City of a Thousand Trades’ and the “Toyshop of Europe”.

In 1850, Ralph Heaton set up the Birmingham mint to strike coins and medals. In1853, owing to a lack of capacity at the Royal Mint in London, the Birmingham mint won it’s first contract to strike British coins. In two years the mint struck over 500 tons of copper. During their peak the Birmingham mint was striking around 1100,000 coins per day.

Birmingham was also a major manufacturer of steel pen nibs, claiming that 75% of everything written in the world at the time was written with a  pen made in Birmingham.

Today, over 40% of the UK’s hand made jewelry products are made in Birmigham’s world famous Jewelry Quarter.

The rapid economic growth of the 19th century led to massive growth in the city’s population. The mid 19th century saw the development of  Back to Back housing as aresponse to the rapidly increasing population. Economic growth brought great propserity  a small number of people, but many people saw little benefit.  The increase in population saw housing conditions fall, with poor education and health worstening during the Industrial Revolution. Thankfully there were people who set out to make changes. Reform had started in 1799 when Dr John Ash, supported by wealthy individuals such as Matthew Boulton, built a the Birmingham free hospital.

In the late 19th century, lead by Joseph Chamberlain, Birmingham became an international leader in social reform.  Over half of the population of Birmingham was dependant on well sewage polluted well water. In 1876, through compulsory purchase of  the city’s water works,  Chamberlain created the Birmingham Corporation Water Department.  During his tenure clean water and gas was made available to more people, public schools, municipal swimming pools and museums were built and major slum cleanance undertaken.

In 1893, George Cadbury bought 120 acres of land close to his Bournville chocolate works and built at his own expense a village to ‘alleviate the evils of modern more cramped living conditions’. By 1900, the estate included 313 cottages and houses set on 330 acres

Post-war boom

In the 20th century Birmingham developed new industries to meet changing demands for electrical goods and car manufacturing.  Birmingham also continued as a major munitions manufacturer to meet the demands of the First and Second World Wars. As  important munitions centre, Birmingham was bombed heavily during the second world war, resulting in 2,214 people in the city dying.

The 1950’s saw a post war boom, causing a huge growth in employment in the engineering and motor industries that could not be met from the UK population. So new communities from the Indian sub-continent and the Carribean came to make Bmingham their home .

Today

Since the worldwide  economic upheavals of the 1970’s and 1980’s Birmingham has shifted its focus from manufacturing to a service based economy, benefiting from being the regional capital and centre for employment and commerce. Innovative new industries are rapidly making Birmingham their home, from graphic designers to computer game programmers,  supported by Birmingham’s world-renowned universities and colleges.

Stone Floor Cleaning Sealing Restoration Birmingham

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Stone Floor Cleaning Birmingham For A Wonderful Clean Look

  • Is Your Messy, Dull Tile Floor Giving You Sleepless Nights
  • Planning To Restore A Slate Floor.
  • Has Your Indian Sandstone Floor Lost Its Appeal.


LET ME HELP


CLICK TO START

Reviews From Some Of Our Happy Customers

Check Out How We Solve These Stone Floor Problems

  • Dull spots and etch marks
  • Grimy Lifeless Finish
  • Scuffs and Scratches
  • Ugly Holes
  • Horrible Grout
  • Loss Of Colour
  • Worn Sealer
  • Dirty Tiles
  • Deep Scratches and Chips
  • Uneven tiles and Lippage

As well as looking beautiful, your floor will be so much easier to clean. High-quality sealers and finishes make your stone highly water and soil repellent, which means that they are easier to clean.

Our technical experts will also give you a tailored care guide, showing you:

  • how often you should clean your floor
  • the best way to clean your floor
  • the best equipment to use
  • the right floor cleaners that will help protect your floor rather than damage it.

The result is a beautiful clean floor that will stay clean for longer

In Just Four Easy Steps Your Stone Floors Can Look Beautiful Again

1. Contact Us By Email Or Phone

Call 0800 6795 0180 or click right here to contact us.

2. Tell Us All About Your Problems

Our contact form gives you the opportunity to tell us all about the issues with your floor. A picture speaks a thousand words, so please send photos of your floors highlighting the issues. We may call you to have a chat about your floor to understand your problems.

3. Receive A Free Of Charge Cost Estimate

In most situations we can give you a reasonable guide of the costs included in any restoration.

We sill send you full documentation, detailing;

  • The costs.
    • There’ll be no covert costs or surcharges, our rates will be completely up front.
  • The work involved.
    • We will include details about similar work we have done so you can get an idea of what’s involved and the finish you will get.
  • The timescale.

So you are armed with all the information you need to make a considered, informed decision.

4. Agree A Date To Start The Work

If you feel that the estimated cost is within your budget, we’ll organize an appointment to start the work. A couple of days prior to your job, if you prefer, we can give you a call to confirm that is ok and validate the details.

We will show up on the agreed date and at the agreed to start work.

Get In Touch
You can always phone us on 0800 695 0180 or just complete the simple contact form below for a free quotation.

We service the following postal code districts in Birmingham

B1–B4 (Birmingham City Centre, Ladywood), B5 (Digbeth), B6 (Aston), B7 (Nechells), B8 (Washwood Heath, Ward End, Saltley), B9 (Bordesley Green), B10 (Small Heath), B11 (Sparkhill, Tyseley), B12 (Balsall Heath, Sparkbrook), B13 (Moseley, Billesley), B14 (Kings Heath, Yardley Wood, Brandwood, Druids Heath, Warstock), B15 (Edgbaston, Chad Valley), B16 (Edgbaston, Ladywood), B17 (Harborne), B18 (Winson Green), B19 (Lozells, Newtown, Birchfield), B20 (Birchfield, Handsworth Wood), B21 (Handsworth), B23-B23 (Erdington, Short Heath), B24 (Erdington, Tyburn), B25 (Yardley), B26 (Sheldon, Yardley), B27 (Acocks Green), B28 (Hall Green), B29 (Selly Oak, Bournbrook), B30 (Bournville, Cotteridge, Stirchley), B31 (Northfield), B32 (Woodgate, Bartley Green, Quinton), B33 (Kitts Green), B34 (Shard End, Buckland End), B35 (Castle Vale), B36 (Hodge Hill, Castle Bromwich), B37 (Chelmsley Wood, Marston Green), B38 (Kings Norton), B40 (National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham International Airport), B42 (Perry Barr, Great Barr, Hamstead), B43 (Great Barr), B44 (Perry Barr, Kingstanding, Great Barr), B45 (Rednal, Rubery), B46 (Water Orton, Coleshill), B47 (Hollywood, Wythall), B48 (Alvechurch), B49–B50 (Alcester), B60–B61 (Bromsgrove), B62–B63 (Halesowen), B64 (Cradley Heath), B65 (Rowley Regis), B66–B67 (Smethwick), B68–B69 (Oldbury), B70–B71 (West Bromwich), B72 (Sutton Coldfield town centre, Maney, Wylde Green), B73 (Boldmere, New Oscott, Wylde Green), B74 (Four Oaks, Mere Green, Little Aston, Streetly), B75 (Sutton Trinity, Falcon Lodge, Rectory), B76 (Walmley), B77–B79 (Tamworth), B80 (Studley), B90 (Shirley, Wythall, Majors Green, Dickens Heath), B91–B94 (Olton, Solihull), B95 (Henley-in-Arden), B96–B98 (Redditch)

Birmingham was known as the “city of  a thousand trades” as it was a world leader in the manufacturing items like buckles, guns, jewlery and pens.

The history of Birmingham dates back 10,500 years ago with habitation along the valley of the river Rea. The Doomsday Book of 1086, records Birmingham having 9 houses valued at £1. However in 1166 Peter de Birmingham was granted the rights to hold a weekly market, transforming the prospects of the small settlement. The market was located around St.Martin’s church, one of the oldest buildings in Birmingham. The markets still exist in the same place over 800 years later.

In the 16th century Birmingham gradually transformed from a market town into a major industrial centre. With the benefit of it’s location in the centre of the country, road links and natural resources, the area drew industries such as cutlery, weapons and guns.

In the 18th century, Birmingham had become a major European centre for metalworking, producing buckles, buttons and small metal fabrications. The industry was dominated by the manufacturers Matthew Boulton and JohnTaylor. Boulton, along with James Watt and Erasmus Darwin founded the Lunar Society, recognised worldwide for  innovative and pioneering ideas in science, arts, philosophy and commerce. The Lunar Society got its name because it gathered during the full moon at Soho House , which is today a museum.

This period saw a great expansion of the canal network into Birmingham. The canals allowed quick and easy transport of raw materials and finished goods, giving Birmingham a major competitive edge over other rival manufacturing areas. Birmingham quickly became a worldwide “powerhouse” of manufacturing and invention, becoming “the City of a Thousand Trades’ and the “Toyshop of Europe”.

In 1850, Ralph Heaton set up the Birmingham mint to strike coins and medals. In1853, owing to a lack of capacity at the Royal Mint in London, the Birmingham mint won it’s first contract to strike British coins. In two years the mint struck over 500 tons of copper. During their peak the Birmingham mint was striking around 1100,000 coins per day.

Birmingham was also a major manufacturer of steel pen nibs, claiming that 75% of everything written in the world at the time was written with a  pen made in Birmingham.

Today, over 40% of the UK’s hand made jewelry products are made in Birmigham’s world famous Jewelry Quarter.

The rapid economic growth of the 19th century led to massive growth in the city’s population. The mid 19th century saw the development of  Back to Back housing as aresponse to the rapidly increasing population. Economic growth brought great propserity  a small number of people, but many people saw little benefit.  The increase in population saw housing conditions fall, with poor education and health worstening during the Industrial Revolution. Thankfully there were people who set out to make changes. Reform had started in 1799 when Dr John Ash, supported by wealthy individuals such as Matthew Boulton, built a the Birmingham free hospital.

In the late 19th century, lead by Joseph Chamberlain, Birmingham became an international leader in social reform.  Over half of the population of Birmingham was dependant on well sewage polluted well water. In 1876, through compulsory purchase of  the city’s water works,  Chamberlain created the Birmingham Corporation Water Department.  During his tenure clean water and gas was made available to more people, public schools, municipal swimming pools and museums were built and major slum cleanance undertaken.

In 1893, George Cadbury bought 120 acres of land close to his Bournville chocolate works and built at his own expense a village to ‘alleviate the evils of modern more cramped living conditions’. By 1900, the estate included 313 cottages and houses set on 330 acres

Post-war boom

In the 20th century Birmingham developed new industries to meet changing demands for electrical goods and car manufacturing.  Birmingham also continued as a major munitions manufacturer to meet the demands of the First and Second World Wars. As  important munitions centre, Birmingham was bombed heavily during the second world war, resulting in 2,214 people in the city dying.

The 1950’s saw a post war boom, causing a huge growth in employment in the engineering and motor industries that could not be met from the UK population. So new communities from the Indian sub-continent and the Carribean came to make Bmingham their home .

Today

Since the worldwide  economic upheavals of the 1970’s and 1980’s Birmingham has shifted its focus from manufacturing to a service based economy, benefiting from being the regional capital and centre for employment and commerce. Innovative new industries are rapidly making Birmingham their home, from graphic designers to computer game programmers,  supported by Birmingham’s world-renowned universities and colleges.

Stone Floor Cleaning Sealing Restoration Birmingham

This post was first shown on http://www.abbeyfloorcare.co.uk/stone-restoration-birmingham/

lady-in-leicester-worried-about-her-dirty-stone-floor

Stone Floor Cleaning Birmingham For A Wonderful Clean Look

  • Is Your Messy, Dull Tile Floor Giving You Sleepless Nights
  • Planning To Restore A Slate Floor.
  • Has Your Indian Sandstone Floor Lost Its Appeal.


LET ME HELP


CLICK TO START

Reviews From Some Of Our Happy Customers

Check Out How We Solve These Stone Floor Problems

  • Dull spots and etch marks
  • Grimy Lifeless Finish
  • Scuffs and Scratches
  • Ugly Holes
  • Horrible Grout
  • Loss Of Colour
  • Worn Sealer
  • Dirty Tiles
  • Deep Scratches and Chips
  • Uneven tiles and Lippage

As well as looking beautiful, your floor will be so much easier to clean. High-quality sealers and finishes make your stone highly water and soil repellent, which means that they are easier to clean.

Our technical experts will also give you a tailored care guide, showing you:

  • how often you should clean your floor
  • the best way to clean your floor
  • the best equipment to use
  • the right floor cleaners that will help protect your floor rather than damage it.

The result is a beautiful clean floor that will stay clean for longer

In Just Four Easy Steps Your Stone Floors Can Look Beautiful Again

1. Contact Us By Email Or Phone

Call 0800 6795 0180 or click right here to contact us.

2. Tell Us All About Your Problems

Our contact form gives you the opportunity to tell us all about the issues with your floor. A picture speaks a thousand words, so please send photos of your floors highlighting the issues. We may call you to have a chat about your floor to understand your problems.

3. Receive A Free Of Charge Cost Estimate

In most situations we can give you a reasonable guide of the costs included in any restoration.

We sill send you full documentation, detailing;

  • The costs.
    • There’ll be no covert costs or surcharges, our rates will be completely up front.
  • The work involved.
    • We will include details about similar work we have done so you can get an idea of what’s involved and the finish you will get.
  • The timescale.

So you are armed with all the information you need to make a considered, informed decision.

4. Agree A Date To Start The Work

If you feel that the estimated cost is within your budget, we’ll organize an appointment to start the work. A couple of days prior to your job, if you prefer, we can give you a call to confirm that is ok and validate the details.

We will show up on the agreed date and at the agreed to start work.

Get In Touch
You can always phone us on 0800 695 0180 or just complete the simple contact form below for a free quotation.

We service the following postal code districts in Birmingham

B1–B4 (Birmingham City Centre, Ladywood), B5 (Digbeth), B6 (Aston), B7 (Nechells), B8 (Washwood Heath, Ward End, Saltley), B9 (Bordesley Green), B10 (Small Heath), B11 (Sparkhill, Tyseley), B12 (Balsall Heath, Sparkbrook), B13 (Moseley, Billesley), B14 (Kings Heath, Yardley Wood, Brandwood, Druids Heath, Warstock), B15 (Edgbaston, Chad Valley), B16 (Edgbaston, Ladywood), B17 (Harborne), B18 (Winson Green), B19 (Lozells, Newtown, Birchfield), B20 (Birchfield, Handsworth Wood), B21 (Handsworth), B23-B23 (Erdington, Short Heath), B24 (Erdington, Tyburn), B25 (Yardley), B26 (Sheldon, Yardley), B27 (Acocks Green), B28 (Hall Green), B29 (Selly Oak, Bournbrook), B30 (Bournville, Cotteridge, Stirchley), B31 (Northfield), B32 (Woodgate, Bartley Green, Quinton), B33 (Kitts Green), B34 (Shard End, Buckland End), B35 (Castle Vale), B36 (Hodge Hill, Castle Bromwich), B37 (Chelmsley Wood, Marston Green), B38 (Kings Norton), B40 (National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham International Airport), B42 (Perry Barr, Great Barr, Hamstead), B43 (Great Barr), B44 (Perry Barr, Kingstanding, Great Barr), B45 (Rednal, Rubery), B46 (Water Orton, Coleshill), B47 (Hollywood, Wythall), B48 (Alvechurch), B49–B50 (Alcester), B60–B61 (Bromsgrove), B62–B63 (Halesowen), B64 (Cradley Heath), B65 (Rowley Regis), B66–B67 (Smethwick), B68–B69 (Oldbury), B70–B71 (West Bromwich), B72 (Sutton Coldfield town centre, Maney, Wylde Green), B73 (Boldmere, New Oscott, Wylde Green), B74 (Four Oaks, Mere Green, Little Aston, Streetly), B75 (Sutton Trinity, Falcon Lodge, Rectory), B76 (Walmley), B77–B79 (Tamworth), B80 (Studley), B90 (Shirley, Wythall, Majors Green, Dickens Heath), B91–B94 (Olton, Solihull), B95 (Henley-in-Arden), B96–B98 (Redditch)

Birmingham was known as the “city of  a thousand trades” as it was a world leader in the manufacturing items like buckles, guns, jewlery and pens.

The history of Birmingham dates back 10,500 years ago with habitation along the valley of the river Rea. The Doomsday Book of 1086, records Birmingham having 9 houses valued at £1. However in 1166 Peter de Birmingham was granted the rights to hold a weekly market, transforming the prospects of the small settlement. The market was located around St.Martin’s church, one of the oldest buildings in Birmingham. The markets still exist in the same place over 800 years later.

In the 16th century Birmingham gradually transformed from a market town into a major industrial centre. With the benefit of it’s location in the centre of the country, road links and natural resources, the area drew industries such as cutlery, weapons and guns.

In the 18th century, Birmingham had become a major European centre for metalworking, producing buckles, buttons and small metal fabrications. The industry was dominated by the manufacturers Matthew Boulton and JohnTaylor. Boulton, along with James Watt and Erasmus Darwin founded the Lunar Society, recognised worldwide for  innovative and pioneering ideas in science, arts, philosophy and commerce. The Lunar Society got its name because it gathered during the full moon at Soho House , which is today a museum.

This period saw a great expansion of the canal network into Birmingham. The canals allowed quick and easy transport of raw materials and finished goods, giving Birmingham a major competitive edge over other rival manufacturing areas. Birmingham quickly became a worldwide “powerhouse” of manufacturing and invention, becoming “the City of a Thousand Trades’ and the “Toyshop of Europe”.

In 1850, Ralph Heaton set up the Birmingham mint to strike coins and medals. In1853, owing to a lack of capacity at the Royal Mint in London, the Birmingham mint won it’s first contract to strike British coins. In two years the mint struck over 500 tons of copper. During their peak the Birmingham mint was striking around 1100,000 coins per day.

Birmingham was also a major manufacturer of steel pen nibs, claiming that 75% of everything written in the world at the time was written with a  pen made in Birmingham.

Today, over 40% of the UK’s hand made jewelry products are made in Birmigham’s world famous Jewelry Quarter.

The rapid economic growth of the 19th century led to massive growth in the city’s population. The mid 19th century saw the development of  Back to Back housing as aresponse to the rapidly increasing population. Economic growth brought great propserity  a small number of people, but many people saw little benefit.  The increase in population saw housing conditions fall, with poor education and health worstening during the Industrial Revolution. Thankfully there were people who set out to make changes. Reform had started in 1799 when Dr John Ash, supported by wealthy individuals such as Matthew Boulton, built a the Birmingham free hospital.

In the late 19th century, lead by Joseph Chamberlain, Birmingham became an international leader in social reform.  Over half of the population of Birmingham was dependant on well sewage polluted well water. In 1876, through compulsory purchase of  the city’s water works,  Chamberlain created the Birmingham Corporation Water Department.  During his tenure clean water and gas was made available to more people, public schools, municipal swimming pools and museums were built and major slum cleanance undertaken.

In 1893, George Cadbury bought 120 acres of land close to his Bournville chocolate works and built at his own expense a village to ‘alleviate the evils of modern more cramped living conditions’. By 1900, the estate included 313 cottages and houses set on 330 acres

Post-war boom

In the 20th century Birmingham developed new industries to meet changing demands for electrical goods and car manufacturing.  Birmingham also continued as a major munitions manufacturer to meet the demands of the First and Second World Wars. As  important munitions centre, Birmingham was bombed heavily during the second world war, resulting in 2,214 people in the city dying.

The 1950’s saw a post war boom, causing a huge growth in employment in the engineering and motor industries that could not be met from the UK population. So new communities from the Indian sub-continent and the Carribean came to make Bmingham their home .

Today

Since the worldwide  economic upheavals of the 1970’s and 1980’s Birmingham has shifted its focus from manufacturing to a service based economy, benefiting from being the regional capital and centre for employment and commerce. Innovative new industries are rapidly making Birmingham their home, from graphic designers to computer game programmers,  supported by Birmingham’s world-renowned universities and colleges.