Stone Floor Cleaning Services In Leicester

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The Ultimate Stone Floor Cleaning Services In Leicester

Is ingrained soil stopping you enjoying your stone floor?

Hire Professional stone floor cleaning services in Leicester to create the clean, bright, new finish you’ve always dreamed about.


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We Have The Knowledge, Experience and Equipment To Transform Your Stone Floors

As well as looking beautiful, our cleaning services in Leicester will make 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 stone floor care, 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.

testimonial for Abbey Floor Caare Mrs Alhmbrasani Nottiingham

I hated my floor. It quickly lost its shine and soon after ugly spots started to appear all over it. I followed lots of advice about how to clean stone floors, but it was very difficult to clean.  Abbey Floor Care cleaned and polished my floor. My floor looks brand new and fabulous. I’m so pleased.

Mrs. Alhmbrasani
becky-kooner

David has restored floors at my home and offices. The work was excellent. As always, David is always courteous and just keeps on going until the work is done. 

Mrs. Kooner

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.

The Result Is A Beautiful Floor That Will Stay Cleaner For Longer

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You can always phone us on 0800 695 0180 about our cleaning services in Leicester, or just complete the simple contact form below for a free quotation.

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Marble Polishing

Expert Marble Polishing In Leicester

Marble floors are the ultimate in luxuriousness and genuinely provide a touch of class to any home.

Marble tiles are without a doubt at the top end of the natural stone flooring scale. The very best marble available on the market today is Italian, and we would recommend if possible, that you invest in Italian marble tiles that are likewise machined in Italy.

There are cheaper Italian marble tiles readily available that have been machined in China. These have sometimes been machined across-the-bed.

This means that slab is sliced perpendicular to the main direction of the veining and in eventually will start to flake and chip.

Always ensure your marble comes direct or was sourced from a trusted provider.

Marble is a hard-wearing natural stone. While luxurious and instantly recognisable, marble requires routine upkeep and sealers are needed to guard against staining and scratches.

Does Your Marble Floor Demand Professional Restoration?

Marble polishing and restoration is multi-step process, required when a floor has not been taken care of appropriately, or it needs to be restored as a result of heavy scratching and wear.

Diamond impregnated marble polishing tooling and heavy stone polishing devices are employed for marble floor restoration.

What makes marble shine is marble polishing powder in conjunction with marble polishing pads for a mirror-like gloss. Finally the marble is sealed employing a high quality impregnating marble sealer.

Customers typically call call us as a “fast polish” of their marble floor has not given them the initial shine and visual appeal. If a marble floor requires restoration, a simple lambswool buff of a marble floor will not restore it.

I wish it did. That would be so much simpler. But if that did work, there would be no demand for a marble restoration market.

If you are not caring for and polishing your marble floor to a good standard, you are not conserving any money.

In the short term you might conserve some loose change, however this misjudgment or oversight will cost you considerably in the long term.

You never ever should let your floor get so bad that you need to have expert restoration regularly.

Professional restoration ought to be a very unusual event for a well kept floor.

In reality, when it comes down to taking care of marble and other natural stone floors, you either pay a little bit now or you pay lots later.

If you presume that you are conserving extra money by not paying for consistent routine service, the charges will be much higher when you have to restore your floor.

When you invest in regular upkeep, choosing the best cleaners and equipment, your floor constantly look excellent and you can prevent expensive restoration completely, or if not, considerably extend time between restorations.

In the end regular maintenance is the better choice.

How Much Does Marble Cleaning Cost In Leicester

A typical question we get from customers in Nottingham is:

How much will it cost to clean and polish my marble?

The charge to clean and polish marble is dependent on the condition of the floor tiles, scratches, damage, soiling etc. In many cases, we can make an assessment from good quality photos. That’s why we ask you to send us photographs of your floor.

If we need additional info from you, we typically contact you by e-mail, for any additional information.

When we have all the information, we can provide a detailed cost and timescale for the work.

Travertine Cleaning

Leicester Travertine Tile Cleaning Services

Travertine is formed from hot underground water. The water liquifies the underlying travertine and other minerals. The dissolved minerals develop gas bubbles, similar to the bubbles in carbonated drinks.

As the water vaporizes, the dissolved minerals solidify around the gas bubbles, producing a brand-new layer of stone. This brand-new layer of stone is now loaded with various size holes, giving it a with a honeycomb texture just like cinder toffee.

Travertine is offered in a 3 grades.

High Premium Solid Travertine Tiles

This Travertine has very few or no holes and is usually supplied in 20mm thick tiles. The travertine is more expensive due to the fact that there is little of it per square metre of Travertine. Floors are frequently finished to a high shine and sealed with an impregnating sealer.

Cleaning Tumbled Travertine Tiles Leicester

Tumbled travertine is cut from the honeycomb rock and often supplied in 20mm thick tiles, nevertheless there are also 12mm thick tiles offered.

When tumbled travertine tiles are laid, the cavities are grouted as well as the area between the tiles. The final surface depends on the skill and dedication of the installer.

Unfortunately we have run across lots of setups where the tiler has not taken care and hurried the grout cleaning procedure, getting rid of a great deal of the grout out of the holes, leaving as much as 3mm deep fill.

With Tumbled travertine there can be holes that are only safeguarded by an eggshell layer of Travertine, that will appear as holes . These holes need to be filled as quickly as possible, as if overlooked the issue will deteriorate and the hole will get bigger.

Filling holes in Travertine is a simple job.

Mix a small amount of Jasmine coloured grout with water and fill the hole. Remove any grout residue off the surrounding tile working with a dry cloth.
Vacuum any residual grout dust. Ensure to apply a small amount of sealer to the grout repair using a little paint brush or a q-tip.

Tumbled Travertine Sealing Leicester

With tumbled travertine, we advise sealing the tiles with a topical coating.

Surface sealants do not wear as well as the stone itself, so the sealer will begin to display indications of wear in traffic areas. Expert cleaners are readily available that can top-up the sealer, helping it to last longer.

You can also use a new layer of sealer every 6 or 12 months. This will keep your Travertine looking great for years instead of months.

Cleaning Honed Travertine

Up to 50% of a honed Travertine tile can be filler and the tiles are typically provided in 12mm thick tiles.

When buying honed and filled travertine, it is extremely important to take a look at the side of the tile and see just how permeable and just how many air bubbles are present.

If holes exist near the surface of the tile, this can indicate they are only shielded on the surface with an eggshell layer of stone and may appear as holes at some time later.

These holes have to be filled as quickly as possible, because if left disregarded the issue will get worse and the hole will grow.

If you have the chance to choose the tiles yourself, attempt to use tiles with the least filler, because these tiles have the least quantity of holes.

Just like Tumbled travertine, you ought to fill brand-new holes as they appear, to stop soil entering the hole, making it look like a dirty black mark. Filling holes is finest done throughout regular maintenance of your floor.

Honed Travertine Sealing Leicester

If you have honed travertine tiles, you have the option of sealing the tiles with a surface sealer or an impregnating sealer. New tiles can be sealed with a penetrating.
We would recommend sealing old and worn travertine floors with a topical or surface finishing as with tumbled travertine.


Stone Floor Cleaning Services Nottingham

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Stone Floor Cleaning Services Nottingham

Welcome to Abbey Floor Care – professional, stone floor cleaning Nottingham. For safe, reliable stone cleaning, polishing and sealing service on all popular stone types.

We have the equipment and experience to bring the original finish back to worn, dull domestic and commercial stone floors.

As a starting point, get your free advice from our Marble and Stone Expert, David Allen


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We Have The Knowledge, Experience and Equipment To Transform Your Stone Floors

As well as looking beautiful, our stone floor cleaning Nottingham will make your marble, travertine or other floors 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 stone floor care, 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.

testimonial for Abbey Floor Caare Mrs Alhmbrasani Nottiingham

I hated my floor. It quickly lost its shine and soon after ugly spots started to appear all over it. I followed lots of advice about how to clean stone floors, but it was very difficult to clean.  Abbey Floor Care cleaned and polished my floor. My floor looks brand new and fabulous. I’m so pleased.

Mrs. Alhmbrasani
becky-kooner

David has restored floors at my home and offices. The work was excellent. As always, David is always courteous and just keeps on going until the work is done. 

Mrs. Kooner

The Result Is A Beautiful Floor That Will Stay Cleaner For Longer

The before and after photos below demonstrate how our specialist stone floor cleaning Nottingham can transform dull, scratched ugly floors into beautiful, shiny floors that make you proud.

From removing old surface coatings from quarry tiles and marble to re-surfacing dirty limestone, travertine and granite.

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.

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Stone Floor Cleaning Nottingham – Inclusive Services:  Stone Floor Cleaning, Polishing and Sealing Natural Stone Restoration And Tile

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Discover How To Polish Your Dull Limestone Floor So It Is The Envy Of Your friends And Neighbours

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Thinking about limestone cleaning honing polishing sealing seems a lot do do on a limestone floor. But polished limestone floors can be difficult to keep clean and retain the shine. Over time the surface starts to wear, loose its polish and get grimy. So the tiles will need work to restore the original finish.

I bet you didn’t realise that cleaning can contribute to the loss of shine.

Unfortunately,  standard floor cleaning chemicals are not made for cleaning natural stone like limestone. These chemicals contain ingredients that damage limestone.

Over time:

  • limestone will loose its shine
  • the limestone will become porous and absorb soil
  • the surface of the limestone will go rough and difficult to clean

The floor doesn’t just get attacked from cleaning chemicals. Many chemicals in your kitchen and bathroom are acidic. Acidic chemicals like vinegar, lemon juice and most liquid hand soaps will dissolve limestone, leaving ugly etch marks.

As well as suffering from chemical damage, limestone also suffers from mechanical damage. Most limestones are relatively soft stone compared to hard stones like granite. This means that grit from foot traffic will scuff and scratch the surface of the stone.

We have found that many people don’t really understand how to polish limestone floors or other stone floors like; marble, granite and travertine.

So don’t be too dismayed if your limestone floor has gradually gone dull and you can’t the original shine back.

In this post, we will

  • show you why you need the help of a professional stone restoration company to bring the original finish back to your floor
  • help you understand what’s involved in cleaning and polishing limestone.
  • show you how easy it is to keep your limestone floor looking beautiful for longer.

Limestone Polishing we recently completed in Kings Lynn Norfolk.


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This job has an interesting twist because we arrived at the job expecting to restore a Travertine tile floor.

The client bought the tiles from the supplier as Travertine, and I must admit that the floor can be mistaken for travertine by the unexperienced eye.

limestone cleaning honing polishing sealing can be mistaken for travertine by an unexperienced person

This was because the tiles in the photographs had filler in them making them look like filled and honed travertine.

Once I arrived it was obvious to me that the floor was Limestone. Only a few of the tiles had areas of filler and these were the tiles that the client had photographed. The majority of the tiles were solid without any filler.

The tiles were worn and dull, however, the floor had the beautiful, velvet finish that is a feature of limestone. Some of the tiles had filled holes, and these were the tiles that the client had photographed.

I was surprised that the supplier sold the tiles as Travertine, but it just goes to show how easy it is to make a mistake when dealing with stone.

With the change from Travertine to Limestone, I had to change the work schedule, because cleaning as cleaning honing polishing sealing a Limestone floor is a different process to restoring a filled, honed Travertine floor.

What is Limestone

Limestone is a dense, sedimentary rock, which means it was formed from the bones and shells of ocean-dwelling organisms. As these organisms die, their shells and bones settle on the ocean floor where they are compacted over millions of years, creating limestone from the sediments and the pressure of the ocean water.

Limestone floors can be resurfaced by grinding, honing and polishing. Machine grinding and honing can remove the deepest scratches and marks, leaving a beautiful new finish on the floor.  The floor can then be polished to a variety of finishes from dull smooth, through light sheen to a polish.

How Is Travertine Different To Limestone

Travertine is a natural stone like Limestone. However, it is not the same as Limestone because it is formed in a different way. Travertine is formed when water that has percolated through rock containing limestone, other minerals and organic matter. The dissolved limestone along with the other minerals and organic matter form into layers of stone. Over time, gases escape creating holes, giving the stone a honeycomb or sponge-like structure.

Filled, honed travertine is made by filling the holes in travertine with polyester fillers. The stone is then lightly abraded to smooth the filler and the stone, creating a highly attractive, light sheen finish.

I don’t recommend grinding or aggressively honing filled travertine because the process removes the fillers and reveals more holes in the stone, making restoration a costly process.

I normally restore filled travertine by lightly honing and polishing the surface, so no new holes appear. However, this process does not remove heavy scratches, so the finish is not as deep and clear as when we restore marble or limestone.

I explained the options now available because the floor was Limestone. We agreed on a polished finish.
We started, as always, by protecting the walls and adjoining floor from slurry splashes. We always ask that doors are removed from the work area to give free access to all the floor, for our equipment.
Limestone cleaning and restoration work is dependant on the condition of a floor and the amount of lippage. The lippage – difference in height between adjoining tiles, was generally below 1mm, which is very good, and quite unusual.

floor ready for limestone cleaning honing polishing sealing

The floor was generally in good shape. There were no deep scratches. These scratches are usually the result of dragging furniture across a floor. There were lots of small scratches consistent with foot traffic.

As the floor was not badly scratched and had minimal lippage, we did not need to grind the floor to achieve a high-quality finish. So we started the limestone cleaning honing polishing sealing work by honing the floor with aggressive 100 grit diamond tooling.

The image below shows how the 100 grit honing removes the surface of the floor, removing all the surface scratches.

limestone honing starting at 100 grit giving a dull smooth finish

This process took most of the rest of the first day. We finished off by cleaning areas of dirty grout around the cooker and the sink using a rotary scrubbing machine and 800 grit honing powder.

On the second day, we honed the floor with 200 grit, 400 grit and 800 grit diamonds, giving a lovely smooth light sheen finish.

We then honed an area of the floor to a 1,500 polished finish, so that our client could choose her preferred finish. After some deliberation, she decided on the 1,500 grit finish, finished off with limestone polishing powder.

limestone floor honed to 1500 grit ready for light polishing with limestone polishing powder

The floor could have been finished to a higher shine using a 3000-grit diamond pad, however, this finish will start to show scratches and scuff marks in high traffic areas around the kitchen.

The floor could have been finished to a higher shine using a 3000-grit diamond pad, however, this finish will start to show scratches and scuff marks in high traffic areas around the kitchen.

Once the floor was rinsed and dried, we applied a high-quality impregnating sealer.

Our client was delighted with the finish on her floor. The limestone now has a silky gloss finish. Mopping is so much easier because the mop glides over the smooth finish.

limestone floor polished and sealed

Before leaving we gave clear guidance on maintaining the limestone, the correct limestone cleaners to use and the right microfiber mopping schedule, so the floor will stay cleaner for longer.

If you your limestone floor or any other stone floor needs cleaning and polishing, please contact us at www.abbeyfloorcare.co.uk or call us on 0800 6965 0180, we will be happy to help

Travertine Cleaning Filling Sealing Tumbled Tiles Loughborough

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We are here in Shepshead, Loughborough LE12, cleaning travertine and resealing travertine tiles.

Our client, we will call her Lucy, chose tumbled travertine specifically for the natural holes and voids in the stone. She wanted the look to add a rustic beauty to the kitchen, hallway and w/c.

Tumbled travertine starts out its life in an exotic way:

cleaning tumbled travertine loughboroughThis image shows Mammoth Springs in Yellowstone National Park, where travertine is starting it’s journey from the guysers.

Cleaning Tumbled Travertine Tile Floor Brassington Matlock …

Cleaning Tumbled travertine tiles, here is similar work we carried out in Brassington, near Matlock in Derbyshire.

When the tiles were installed, they looked beautiful. Following the manufacturer’s recommendation, the tiles were sealed with an impregnating sealer.

Lucy used mop, bucket and strong flash floor cleaner for cleaning travertine.  However, over time, the holes started to fill with soil, spoiling the look of the floor.

 

cleaning travertine tiles in Loughborough Leicestershire

Over the years, Lucy also tried re-sealing the tiles, but this did not stop soil gathering in the holes.

As a last gasp effort, Lucy checked out our website and saw how we have transformed similar travertine floors.

We started by protecting the walls with plastic sheeting. We use powerful cleaning solutions. Splashes from cleaning travertine with these chemicals can damage delicate paintwork.

We left the cleaner on the floor for 20 minutes to start working its way into the soil.

Next we used a scrubbing machine with a medium brush to scrub the cleaner deep into the holes and reach the embedded soil.

Now we used our hot water pressurised rinse and capture equipment. This blasts hot water into the holes in the stone and sucks out all the dissolved soil.

There were ugly, dark areas on some of the tiles, where soil had migrated under the surface of the stone. This process is not designed to remove this soiling.

Cleaning Travertine Floor Tiles Your Simple How To Guide

Cleaning tumbled travertine floor tiles in’t too difficult, but as with all natural stone, it’s important to understand the characteristics of the material. This article gives you all the information you need to know to clean your travertine the right way. Once you know how to clean travertine, your floor will …

We can remove this soil by grinding off the top of the stone to reveal the holes. But this would have increased the cost of the work, taking it outside Lucy’s budget, so we opted for deep cleaning and filling optiontravertine

Next, after cleaning the travertine we used jasmine coloured grout to fill the holes.

filling travertine with grout

and when it dried, we cleaned removed the surface grout off the tiles, so the surface was ready for sealing.

Finally, we sealed the floor with a solvent base acrylic sealer.

grout filled tumbled travertine sealed with acrylic surface sealer

This kind of sealer gives a tough, hard wearing finish. This sealer  gives off strong fumes and is not a solution for everyone.

Where we can not use a solvent based sealer, we can use a water based sealer.

If you would like to find out how we can restore your tumbled travertine floor, call 0800 695 0180 or click here, we’ll be happy to help.

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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  • Dull spots and etch marks
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  • Dirty Tiles
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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
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The result is a beautiful clean floor that will stay clean for longer

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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.
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    • 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.

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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.