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Limestone Cleaning Walton on Thames

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Just How Do We Clean A Limestone Floors In Walton on Thames

  • Specailists start by putting on a Limestone cleaning chemical over the floor. We leave the cleaner to work for upto twenty minutes to allow the cleaner to break-down any grease laden. They also use industrial scrubbing machines to work the cleaner deep into the surface of the Limestone.
  • After the scrubbing phase, they rinse off the slurry and check the state of the floor. They keep scrubbing and rinsing the floor until the floor has released all the soil. On polished and honed Limestone, a single scrubing step is normally sufficient to clean out the ingrained sloil. Having said that, with Tumbled Limestone floors and Brushed Limestone tiles, the cleaning and scrubbing might need to be repeated several times.
  • After machine scrubbing, there can still be trapped soil within the surface of Brushed and Tumbled Limestone, and the grout.
  • If there is still residual dirt after the scrubbing, we have hot pressure rinsing machinery. Hot pressurised rinsing drives hot water deep into the pores and holes in the Limestone and the grout, to access the dirt that the scrubbing machine could not reach. It's frequently surprising how more soil the pressurised rinsing equipment extracts.
  • pressurised rinsing is almost certainly not suitable for soft or very porous Limestone, as it could leave a shadow effect from the cleaning.
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Limestone Polishing Walton on Thames

Limestone polishing will become necessary if the shine has worn off the polished Limestone through wear and etch damage.

Limestone polishing commences using diamond honing tools to clear away the surface defects to prepare the Limestone for diamond polishing.

Fine diamond tooling generates a honed and sheen polish. If you prefer a polish, after diamond polishing, we use Limestone polishing compound to give the Limestone a polished gloss.

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How We Restore Limestone Floors

Limestone restoration work starts by checking out the Limestone for problems. Often using strong detergents and foot traffic damages the finish over Limestone.

The effect is a scratched, permeable finish with minute, dirt-attracting holes. At these times, the initial surface is removed by grinding and then honing.

This technique is called restoraion. We use a variety of Limestone floor restoration products such as; diamonds for grinding and honing, epoxy fillers, grout and also polishing powders to generate a high shine.

Wear over aged Limestone floors is a result of several years, perhaps decades, of footfall. Laminations in the stone can break up, tiles may crack, and also the stone subfloor can move.

This wear is a reminder of the floor's history, so it's often better to accept these defects rather than disturb a vintage floor. Quite often, these vintage floors are in listed heritage buildings and any work is strictly controlled by the Heritage authorities.

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Limestone Sealing In Walton on Thames

Sealing Limestone begins with examining the type of Limestone plus the condition with the sub-floor.

Sealing Limestone Floors Lacking A Damp-Proof Membrane Layer

Limestone has been used as from the stone age. Buildings before the mid-1950s may have their stone floors set right onto well-rammed soil, chalk or lime mortar.

These types of floors want to let the passage of moisture from the sub-floor, which has an effect on the selection for a Limestone sealer.

These kinds of floors are sealed with a penetrating or impregnating sealer to allow the movement of moisture.

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Sealing Polished Limestone

Polished Limestone is generally sealed with a penetrating impregnating sealer. One or two coats of impregnating sealer is usually sufficient to protect against water soaking into the stone. An annual application of sealer helps keep the degree of protection on polished Limestone. Acid spills will penetrate an impregnating sealer, leaving etch damage. {This means that acid spills such as [xfield_acid-spills] will penetrate the impregnating sealer on your Limestone floor, leaving a dull etch mark.} Strong coloured acid spills will etch and stain the Limestone.

How We Can Seal Honed Limestone Tiles

Limestone tiles with a honed finish will have a dull matt or sheen finish. Stone is much more permeable than a 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 does not stop acid etching.

Honed Limestone can have a film-forming or surface sealer. As the name implies, the sealer produces a protective film on top top of the Limestone tiles. This protectoive film gives you extra protection from damage from etching. The protective film acts as a sacrificial wear layer, absorbing the damage from shoe traffic rather than the surface of the tile itself. As the sealer is on top of the Limestone, we recommend using a couple of coats of impregnating sealer first. An impregnating sealer helps protect the stone in areas where the surface film wears .

A surface sealer can last for 2 to four years before it needs to be re-applied. We recommend keeping track of wear regions every few months to test for wear. If an area is showing wear, dep-clean the region to get rid of surface soil, then top the spot up with a couple coats of new sealer.

Following this method, a protective sealer can last for a long time, without suffering from an awful accumulation of floor sealer on parts of the floor that don’t need more sealer.

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