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Limestone Cleaning Ashtead

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Just How Do We Go About Cleaning Your Limestone Floors In Ashtead

  • Professionals set out by using a Limestone floor cleaning chemical on the Limestone. The cleaner is left to work for around twenty minutes to allow the cleaner to breakdown the grease laden. They also use an industrial scrubbing machine to work the cleaner into the surface of the Limestone.
  • After the scrubbing stage, they clean out the slurry and check the condition of the floor. We scub the floor again until it has released all of the soil it can. On polished and honed Limestone, one scrubing stage is usually enough to clean out any ingrained dirt. But, with Tumbled Limestone floors and Brushed Limestone, the cleaning might need several applications.
  • After machine scrubbing, there can still be soil trapped within the surface of Brushed and Tumbled Limestone, and in the grout.
  • If there is still ingrained soil after machine scrubbing, we are able to use hot pressure rinsing machines. Hot pressurised rinsing drives heated water deep into the pores and holes in the tiles and the grout, to get at the soil that the floor scrubbing machine could not reach. It's frequently remarkable how much more dirt the hot pressure rinsing equipment removes.
  • pressurised rinsing may not be suitable for very porous or soft Limestone, as it could leave a shadow effect with the cleaning.
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Can Limestone Be Polished?

Limestone polishing is required once the shine has worn away from polsihed Limestone through wear and etch damage.

Polishing Limestone floors begins using diamond honing tools to remove surface flaws to prepare the Limestone for polishing.

Fine diamond tooling produces a honed and sheen appearance. If you prefer a polish, after the diamond polishing, we use Limestone polishing creams to give a high polished gloss.

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How We Go About Restoring Limestone Floors

Limestone restoration starts by inspecting the floor for any damage. Often cleaing with powerful detergents and shoe traffic degrades the surface over Limestone.

The end result is a scratched, permeable surface with microscopic, dirt-attracting holes. At these times, the original finish is removed by grinding and honing.

This technique is referred to as Limestone floor restoration. We use different Limestone floor restoration products including; diamonds for honing and also grinding, resin fillers, grouts and also polishing powders to generate a high finish.

Wear on older Limestone floors is a consequence of several years, perhaps decades, of being walked over. Laminations in the stone can splinter, tiles may well crack, and the linestone bed might move.

The wear is a reminder of the building’s history, so it is often preferable to accept these imperfections rather than disrupt a vintage Limestone floor. Most of the time, these heratige floors are laid in listed buildings and any tasks are strictly regulated by the Heritage authorities.

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Limestone Sealing In Ashtead

Limestone sealing starts out by evaluating the kind of Limestone in addition to the condition with the floor base.

Sealing A Limestone Floor With No A Damp Proof Membrane

Limestone has been used as from the stone age. Buildings before the 1950s may have their stone floors laid right onto compact earth, a chalk base or lime mortar.

These types of floors want to permit the passage of moisture from the sub-floor, which has an effect on the choice of the Limestone sealer.

These floors should be sealed with a penetrating or impregnating sealer to keep the free movement of moisture through the Limestone.

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Choosing A Sealer For Polished Limestone

Polished Limestone is generally sealed with a penetrating impregnating sealer. One or two coats of impregnating sealer is usually sufficient for polished Limestone. On polished Limestone, the sealer should really be topped up regularly. Be aware that an impregnating sealer will not restrict acid etching polished Limestone. {Which means that acid spills such as [xfield_acid-spills] will penetrate the impregnating sealer in your Limestone floor, leaving a dull etch mark.} Strong coloured acid spills will etch and stain the Limestone.

How We Can Seal Honed Limestone Floor Tiles

Limestone tiles with a honed finish will have a dull matt or sheen surface. The surface is much more permeable than polished Limestone, but less permeable than tumbled Limestone. If you want a natural matt-look, an impregnating sealer retains the initial finish. Just like polished Limestone, an impregnating sealer will not stop acid etching.

Honed Limestone tiles can have a film-forming or surface sealer. Just like name implies, the sealer forms a protective film the top of the tiles. The protectoive film provides extra protection against acid-etching. The film acts as a wear layer, accepting the damage from foot traffic Because opposed to the surface of the tile itself. Because the sealer is the top of the Limestone, we advise using an impregnating sealer first. An impregnating sealer helps protect the stone in places where the surface film wears .

A surface sealer can last for 2 to 4 years before it needs topping up. We recommend checking high wear areas every few months to test for wear. If an area is indicating wear, deep clean the area to get rid of any surface soil, then top the area up with one or two layers of new sealer.

Following this technique, a floor protective sealer will last for years and years, without struggling with an awful build-up of protective sealer in areas that don’t need any more sealer.

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