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The Limestone Cleaning Process

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We begin by putting on a Limestone cleaning solution over the Limestone. The cleaner should be left to work for around twenty minutes in order to emulsify the greasy soil. They also use scrubbing machines to scrub the cleaning tratment deep into the floor.

Once the scrubbing is done, they get rid of the cleaning slurry and check out the state of the Limestone. They scub the floor again until the floor has released all of the soil. On polished and honed Limestone floors, one scrubbing and rinsing stage is usually enough to clean out the ingrained sloil. Having said that, with Tumbled Limestone floors and Brushed Limestone tiles, the scrubbing may need to be repeated several times.

After machine scrubbing, there may be trapped soil in the surface of Brushed and Tumbled Limestone, and the grout.

If there is still ingrained soil after machine scrubbing, we can make use of hot pressure rinsing apparatus. Hot pressure rinsing forces hot water deep into the pores and holes in the Limestone and the grout, to get at the dirt that the scrubbing machine could not clear away. It is frequently surprising how more soil the hot rinsing process extracts.

pressurised rinsing may not be suited to very porous or soft Limestone, as it can certainly leave a shadow pattern with the rinsing..

Limestone Polishing

Limestone floor Polishing services Surrey

Limestone polishing is required as soon as the shine has worn off polsihed Limestone through wear and etch damage.

Polishing Limestone begins using diamond honing tools to take out any surface defects to prepare the Limestone for polishing.

Fine diamond grits creates a honed polish. If you prefer a high , after diamond polishing, we use Limestone polishing powders to provide a polished luster.

Limestone Restoration

Limestone Restoration Work In Surrey

Limestone restoration starts by examining the Limestone for any problems. Often the use of powerful detergents and shoe traffic damages the finish on Limestone.

The end result is a scratched, porous surface with minute, holes that attract soil. When this occurs, the initial finish is removed by grinding and honing.

This process is known as restoraion. We use a variety of Limestone floor restoration products such as; diamonds for honing and also grinding, resin fillers, grout and also polishing creams to produce a high finish.

The wear on older Limestone floors is a result of years, perhaps centuries, of being walked over. Laminations within the stone can break up, tiles may well crack, and the tile bed can move.

The wear is also a reminder of the floor's historical past, so it is often better to welcome these flaws rather than disrupt an old floor. Quite often, these aged floors are laid in listed heritage buildings and any work is stringently controlled via the Heritage authorities.

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Limestone Sealing

Limestone sealing commences with assessing the kind of Limestone plus the condition with the floor base.

Sealing Limestone Floors Lacking A Damp Proof Membrane Layer

Limestone Sealing Services In Surrey

Limestone has been a flooring for thousands of years. Buildings prior to the 1950s can have stone floors laid straight onto well-rammed soil, a chalk base or lime-based mortar.

These types of floors need certainly to permit the flow of moisture through the floor base, which affects the choice for a Limestone sealer.

These types of floors should be sealed with an impregnating sealer to maintain the movement of moisture.

Sealing A Polished Limestone Floor

Polished Limestone should be sealed with an impregnating sealer, to protect and keep the natural appearance of the stone. A polished Limestone needs less sealer than other finishes, so a couple of costs of sealer usually sufficient. On polished Limestone, the sealer should be re-applied yearly. Acid spills will penetrate an impregnating sealer, leaving an etch mark. {Which means that acid spills for instance [xfield_acid-spills] will penetrate the impregnating sealer in your Limestone floor, leaving a dull etch mark.} Coloured acid spills will also stain tyour Limestone floor.

Sealing Honed Limestone Floor Tiles

Honed Limestone tiles will have a matt or sheen finish. The surface is much more porous than a polished Limestone, but less porous than a tumbled Limestone. If you prefer a natural matt-look, an impregnating sealer retains the initial finish. Much like polished Limestone, an impregnating sealer does not stop acid etching.

Honed Limestone tiles may have film-forming or surface sealers. Because name implies, the sealer forms a protective film the outer lining of the tiles. The film gives extra protection from etch damage. The film will act Because a wear surface, taking damage from shoe traffic rather than the tile . Because the protective sealer is the top of the Limestone, we recommend applying an impregnating sealer first. An impregnating sealer helps to protect the stone in places where the surface film wears away.

A surface sealer lasts for 2 to 4 years before it needs topping up. We advise keeping track of high wear regions every 6 months to check on for wear. If a region is displaying wear, clean areas to get rid of any surface soil, then top the areas up with a few coats of new sealer.

Using this technique, a sealer will last for a long time, without struggling with an unsightly accumulation of floor sealer on parts of the floor that don’t need more sealer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you clean dirty limestone?

First, remove any loose dirt/debris. Then mix two to three drops of neutral stone cleaner in a bucket of warm water. Be sure to use neutral stone cleaner and not household cleaning products, because these can damage the stone.

Can you use vinegar to clean limestone?

Don't use vinegar, lemon juice, or other cleaners containing acids on marble, limestone, travertine, or onyx surfaces. Don't use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners, or tile cleaners. Don't use abrasive cleaners.

How do you clean unsealed limestone?

Scrub the surface with a with a soft-bristled, non-metallic scrub brush ans a ph neutral Limestone cleaner. Rinse the stone with clean water and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.

What causes black stains on limestone?

Chemicals from air pollution react with the stone to stain the stone. Also lichen develops to make black and white coloured spots.

Will bleach damage limestone?

Bleach should never be used on any limestone surface as it will damage the finish. If you accidentally spill bleach on Limestone, rinse with penty of clean water and dry.

Does limestone stain easily?

Limestone is more porous than other stone, and usually light in color, so is more easily stained.

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