Friday, 8 December 2017

Another Beautiful Polished Terrazzo Floor Project In Northampton - By Recommendation

This Terrazzo Floor Polishing Northampton project started after a neighbour, who had used our services, recommended my Terrazzo polishing services.


She had already spent a lot of money having her Terrazzo floor restored. However, the previous contractor told her the Terrazzo could not be polished. All they could do was clean the floor and apply a surface sealer.


terrazzo cleaning and polishing northampton


There were also a few cracks.


terrazzo cleaning polishing northampton


Once she saw the beautiful polish we achieved on her neighbour’s floor, she gave us a call.


With a floor of this age, deep cleaning will not remove ingrained soil from the marble chips and the porous Portland cement.terrazzo concrete polishing northampton


The photo above highlights the uneven worn surface and very dark, soiled portland cement after restoration by the previous contractor


The only way to completely remove the soiled surface is by grinding off the surface of the stone, to give a new clean surface.


terrazzo diamond polishing northampton


The new finish can then be honed and polished to give a smooth, bright finish.


Repairing Cracks In The Terrazzo


I cleaned out the cracks with diamond cutters. Then filled the cracks with colour matched epoxy fillers.


 


filling cracks in terrazzo floor


Terrazzo Floor Grinding


I used my planetary Terrazzo grinding machine with metal diamond tooling to remove around 2mm off the old Terrazzo surface.


terrazzo floor polishing and grinding equipment


The Terrazzo grinding process removed the soiled surface, leaving a clean, smooth finish


terrazzo after grinding


Terrazzo Floor Polishing


I honed and polished the new finish to a beautiful, smooth, shiny finish.


lovely polished terrazzo floor


Terrazzo Floor Sealing


astounding polished terrazzo floor


Finally, I sealed the Terrazzo with three coats of colour enhancing impregnating sealer. The sealer will help protect the floor from spills and stains. The sealer will also help make the Terrazzo easier to keep clean.


Terrazzo Floor Cleaning


The best way to clean the Terrazzo is by using a dry microfiber mop to remove the dry soil. Then use a microfiber damp mop and Terrazzo cleaner. It is essential to use the right detergent as standard floor cleaners will gradually degrade the sealer and damage the Terrazzo.


If you are looking to restore your Terrazzo floor, please contact us, for a free no-obligation Terrazzo grinding and polishing quotation




Learn more here http://www.abbeyfloorcare.co.uk/terrazzo/terrazzo-floor-polishing-northampton/

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Terrazzo Can Be Beautiful, Colourful And Shiny - It Does Not have to Be Dull, Cracked And Grimy

This Terrazzo Polishing Northampton project started after our client about our Terrazzo restoration services us to repair some cracks and polish the Terrazzo hallway floor.


The floor was around 100 years old and in good physical condition considering its age. But a build-up of soil over the years had dulled the finish. The owner was keen to have the floor restored to its best possible condition


dull terrazzo floor Northampton


Terrazzo Crack Repairs


We started by repairing the cracks across the floor.


crack in Terrazzo floor in Northampton


We cleaned the cracks with diamond burrs. Then filled the cracks with colour matching epoxy filler.


filling cracks in terrazzo floor with epoxy filler


Once the filler had cured and hardened, we ground the filler smooth to the floor.


terrazzo cracked floor repaired and polished


Terrazzo Grinding Work


Next, to restore the shine to the floor, I needed to grind the Terrazzo using metal diamond tooling.


Grinding Terrazzo Floor


The grinding levelled off uneven areas of the floor and removed embedded marks and stains.


Terrazzo Polishing Northampton


Once the floor was ground, I progressively honed the ground finish with diamond tooling to give the floor a high sheen, 1.500 grit finish.


I polished the travertine floor using superfine diamond tooling and marble polishing powder.


polished terrazzo floor in Northampton


Terrazzo Sealing Work


To help protect the Terrazzo, I sealed the floor with three coats of high-quality colour enhancing impregnating sealer. The sealer gives excellent water and oil protection and enhances the colours in the Terrazzo.


Terrazzo polishing Noprthampton before and after


The image above shows how I transformed the Terrazzo into a beautiful, bright and colourful entrance hallway. The Terrazzo is now so much easier to clean.


The client was delighted with the floor. He was also more than happy to recommend our Terrazzo polishing services to neighbours with similar Terrazzo Hallways.


If you have a dull Terrazzo floor and would like it restored to a super finish, please contact us for a free, no-obligation quotation, we will be happy to help.




Learn more here http://www.abbeyfloorcare.co.uk/terrazzo/terrazzo-polishing-northampton-nn1/

Monday, 4 December 2017

Discover How Our Tumbled Travertine Cleaning Service Saved This Soiled Floor

This Travertine Cleaning Moreton-In-Marsh project arose because the Travertine floors were soiled and dull.


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The soil came from three large dogs bringing in dirt and grit from the large garden surrounding the property.


dogs bring grit and garden soil to damage tumbled travertine floor


There were also some cracks across doorways.


Tumbled Travertine tiles are a beautiful natural stone; offer a striking appearance to suit many properties. However, the natural holes in the tiles will trap dirt and grit. In many cases, the only way to restore the finish is to hire a Travertine Cleaning Professional.


The homeowners also told me that they had used a variety of cleaning methods including bleach and a steam cleaner.


bleach and steam cleaning are nott good for tumbled travertine


But their cleaning efforts made little difference to the floor.


Natural stone should not be cleaned regularly with strong chemicals because the chemicals will damage the surface.


Steam cleaners are also not ideal as they make the floor damp without removing ingrained soils and the heat from a steam cleaner can damage sealers.


Tumbled Travertine Cleaning Moreton-In -Marsh Day 1


The project started with a thorough deep clean of the floor using a specialist Travertine Cleaner, which was allowed to dwell on the floor for an hour to help emulsify the ingrained soil.


rotary scrubbing Tumbled Travertine


Once the cleaner had done its job, we used a rotary cleaning machine to release the soils from the grout.


A lot of the holes in the Tumbled Travertine were too deep for the brush to reach the embedded soil.


pressure cleaning tumbled travertine


So we used our pressurised water rinse and capture equipment to clean the dirt out of the deeper holes.


As you can see in the picture below, the cleaning made a significant improvement and lightened up the room considerably.


tumbled travertine lovely and clean


The cleaning could not remove deep staining in the areas beneath the table legs. A number of different treatments and bleaches lightened the stains considerably, but we could not completely remove them.


Before sealing the floor we repaired the cracks in the doorways.


cracks in tumbled travertine filled with jasmine epoxy filler


We opened up hairline cracks with diamond burrs, just enough to allow the cracks to be filled with jasmine epoxy filler. Once the filler had cured, we sanded it smooth to the floor.


At the end of day one, we applied a single layer of water-based impregnating sealer. Travertine and grout can be porous, so the impregnating sealer acts as a primer for the finish sealer.


Also, the impregnating sealer will protect the floor against any accidental spills from our client, while using the room in the evening.


We left the floors to dry overnight ready for finish sealing on Day 2


Travertine Sealing Moreton-In-Marsh – Day 2


We advised our client to finish the floor with a surface sealer rather than an impregnating sealer.


A surface sealer sits on the surface of the stone and the grout, making it easier to clean. The sealer allows the stone to breathe whilst protecting the floor against accidental spills and acting


A surface sealer also protects the finish against abrasion from foot traffic and when an area shows signs of wear, it can be topped up again with a new coat of sealer.


Also, the Travertine Cleaner contains a small amount of finish sealer, helping maintain the finish every time the floor is damp mopped.


We applied six thin coats of mid-sheen surface sealer, giving the floor a lovely finish. Our client was over-the-moon with the appearance.


client delighted with results of tumbled travertine cleaning


She did not think that her floor would ever look so good again.


client did not think her floor would look so good again


We gave detailed cleaning instructions and left a container of Travertine cleaner. We explained the importance of daily cleaning to help remove dry soil and maintain the finish on the floor.


If you would like your tired, soiled Travertine floor to look like new again, click here for your free, no-obligation Travertine restoration quotation.




Learn more here http://www.abbeyfloorcare.co.uk/travertine/tumbled-travertine-cleaning-sealing-moreton-marsh-gloucestershire-gl56/

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

See Why Stripping And Sealing A Dirty Limestone Floor Was Not Enough

This Limestone Cleaning Atherstone project arose after our client moved to a home with a 20-year-old Limestone floor.


The old sealer had a lot of ingrained soil. In some areas, it was very discoloured. So they called on our Limestone Cleaning services to strip off the old sealer and re-seal their Limestone floor.


Limestone Cleaning Atherstone Warwickshire CV9


Limestone Cleaning Atherstone Warwickshire Project Start


We estimated that stripping and resealing the limestone tiles work would take two days. However, it turned into a job that took three days after the stripping and resealing turned into grinding, honing and sealing.


The photo below shows that the floor was very soiled, with quite a lot of abrasion in the form of scratches and surface pits, on the surface of the limestone.


Limestone Restoration Atherstone Warwickshire CV9


We tested the sealer to find that it was probably a urethane based sealer rather than a standard water based acrylic sealer.


We started by applying a specific gel-based stripper to soften the Urethane sealer ready for removal. The stripper was left for an hour to do its work.


Stripping Limestone Floor Tiles


We used a combination of rotary brush scrubbing and pad scrubbing to break the old sealer away from the surface of the stone. Then we vacuumed away the slurry containing the sealer residues.


Cleaning Limestone Floor Tiles Atherstone Warwickshire CV9


The edges of the floor were very soiled and had a thick build-up of old sealer, so we had to remove the sealer by hand with abrasive pads.


Limestone is a very porous stone, so we had to wait until the floor started to dry out before we could assess the effectiveness of the stripping.


Once the floor started to dry, we could see that the underlying stone surface was very rough, like sandpaper, still with ingrained soil, and marks.


Restoring Limestone Floor Tiles Atherstone Warwickshire CV9


The ingrained soil indicated that either the floor had not been sealed when installed or it was not sufficiently sealed. Dirt and stains had soaked into the surface of the stone. Then the old Sealer had been applied over the dirty, stained surface.


This Limestone Floor Needed Grinding And Honing


We explained the situation to our client and recommended that the rough, stained surface needed to be ground away, to create a new clean surface.


The floor was reasonably smooth, with little lippage, so we did not need to use metal diamonds to remove the lippage.


We started by grinding the tiles with 50 grit diamonds. The 50 grit diamonds removed the surface of the tiles, leaving a new clean finish.


Limestone Grinding Atherstone Warwickshire CV9


Then we honed the floor to a smooth 200 grit finish, matching the finish on other parts of the floor, which did not need restoring.


The grinding and honing equipment does not get right to the edge of the floor. So we had to hone the floor edges with electric hand tools


As the limestone is porous, we applied a layer of impregnating sealer to prime the floor ready for finish sealing. Finally, we applied six thin coats of acrylic water-based mid-sheen surface sealer.


We recommended the surface sealer as the floor is a high traffic area, which will suffer from a lot of tracked-in soil from both the homeowner’s family and their numerous pets. So the surface sealer will act as the wear layer and helps protect the Limestone.


Sealing Limestone floor tiles Atherstone Warwickshire CV9


As you can see, the result is a beautiful, easy to clean floor, with a finish that, with the correct cleaning, will last for years to come.


Our client was absolutely delighted with the results.


Cleaning Limestone Floor Tiles


The floors suffer from a lot of tracked-in soil, so we recommended that the rooms are dry swept at least once a day, and damp mopped daily with the recommended cleaner.


How To Clean A Limestone Floor In Atherstone Warwickshire CV9


The Limestone cleaner we recommended will help maintain the surface finish. Any areas showing wear can be topped up with new sealer, helping extend the life of the finish.


If you have a limestone floor, or any other stone floor in need of cleaning or restoration, please contact Abbey Floor Care for a free, no-obligation quotation, we will be happy to help.





Learn more here http://www.abbeyfloorcare.co.uk/limestone/limestone-cleaning-atherstone-warwickshire-cv9/

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Terrazzo Polishing Restoration Work Solihull B91 Abbey Floor Care

We were contacted about this Terrazzo polishing project in Solihull as our client was refurbishing a small “L” shaped cloakroom on the ground floor of their home.


terrazzo polishing Solihull Abbey Floor Care


 


There were a few holes from the old sanitary wear to be repaired. The cloakroom also had a couple of steps and Terrazzo skirtings to be restored.


Our client had reviewed other terrazzo cleaning work on our website and was confident that would give them a great result – which they did.


Terrazzo Polishing Solihull – Work Schedule


We started by filling the holes with a coloured hard filler. The filler is a two-part system that hardens in around an hour. Once it is hard it can be ground and polished with the rest of the floor to the desired finish.


terrazzo filler abbey floor care


Terrazzo Grinding Solihull


I ground the floor smooth with 50 grit diamond tooling to get the floor flat and remove the porous surface. Then I progressively honed the floor from 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1500 grit. This gave a smooth high-sheen surface.


terrazzo grinding Abbey Floor Care


I ground and honed the steps and Terrazzo skirtings with electric hand tools to give a similar high-sheen finish.


terrazzo hand grinding Abbey Floor Care


It looked as though the staircase risers and skirtings had never been finished smoothed, so the polishing made a real difference.


Terrazzo floor restoration work by Abbey Floor Care


Terrazzo Sealing Solihull


Finally, I applied a high quality impregnating sealer to help protect the floor against staining from spills and help make the floor easy to clean.


I explained the importance of regular cleaning using microfiber flat mops and Terrazzo cleaner. The high sheen will not last very long if the floor is neglected or cleaned with strong alkaline cleaners.


terrazzo cleaning instructions Abbey Floor Care


I gave the client detailed cleaning instructions, including the need to daily dry sweep and damp mop with the correct terrazzo cleaning solution.


If you have a terrazzo floor, or any other stone floor in need of cleaning and restoration, please contact Abbey floor Care, we will be happy to help.


Learn more here http://www.abbeyfloorcare.co.uk/terrazzo/terrazzo-polishing-solihull-west-midlands-b91/

Friday, 3 November 2017

Hallway Terrazzo Floor Polishing Walsall

This Terrazzo polishing Walsall project started after our client discovered a terrazzo floor underneath carpet in the hallway of their home.


The floor looked to be in good condition.


terrazzo polishing walsall west midlands ws3


However, there were cracks and areas of floor movement in the doorways.


Cracks in doorway of Terrazzo restoration walsall west midlands


There were also some holes caused by nails from gripper nails.


Gripper nail damage in terrazzo repair walsall west midlands


Our client checked travertine polishing companies online and saw How To Get A Beautiful Terrazzo Floor and what needs to be done when cleaning alone will not restore the finish. And found details of Abbey Floor Care’s Terrazzo polishing and restoration services.


Terrazzo Polishing Walsall – Work Schedule


On the first day, after discussing the work schedule with our client asked if we could give the floor a high polished finish to compliment the new decor in the room.


I explained that I could give the floor a high polish. However, a super high shine achieved by this process will not last very long unless they follow a proper maintenance cycle.


So I explained to the client the importance removing outdoor footwear before walking on the floor and the need for regular cleaning.


Fortunately, there is a large entrance porch, so it will be simple to keep the floor free of dust and grit. Our client was also more than happy to follow our recommended cleaning schedule.


I started by cleaning out the cracks and holes with diamond burrs. I filled the cracks and holes with red and black fillers. The fillers are a two-part filler that set very hard in a couple of hours.


filling holes in terrazzo floor walsall west midlands


Once the filler had hardened, I used hand grinding and polishing tools to remove the excess filler and polish the areas to a high shine.


terrazzo filler polishing walsall west midlands


After completing the repairs, I could start grinding.


I started by grinding the floor with my heavy-duty planetary grinding machine and 30 grit and 50 grit metal sintered diamond tooling.


terrazzo grinding machine walsall west midlands


As you can see from the slurry, this is a very aggressive process, removing the top of the floor. The grinding work took the remainder of the first day.


slurry from terrazzo grinding walsall west midlands


On the second day, I honed the floor starting with 100 grit diamond tooling, finishing at 3,000 grit.


The floor was then left overnight to dry ready for polishing.


Terrazzo Polishing Results – Fantastic!


I used hand polishing equipment to grind and polish the riser of the entrance step, leaving a beautiful, red finish.


hand polishing terazzo walsall west midlands


I polished the floor with a polishing machine and terrazzo polishing compounds. The polishing process gave the terrazzo a beautiful, deep lustrous shine.


After polishing, I sealed the floor with a high quality impregnating sealer.


My client was absolutely delighted with the finish.


terrazzo polishing results walsall west midlands


I gave the client detained cleaning instructions, including the need to daily dry sweep and damp mop with the correct terrazzo cleaning solution.


If you have a terrazzo floor in need of cleaning and restoration, please contact Abbey floor Care, we will be happy to help.




Learn more here http://www.abbeyfloorcare.co.uk/terrazzo/hallway-terrazzo-floor-polishing-walsall/

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

The Best Marble Polishing Service In Sandiacre Nottingham - Abbey Floor Care

This marble cleaning project came about because our client had a marble floor in desperate need of restoration.


After checking out a number of companies offering marble cleaning Nottingham Sandiacre online, he called on Abbey Floor Care’s marble polishing services


The floor was 10 years old and showed signs of its age. It had ingrained soil, scratches and had lost its original deep shine.


marble polishing nottingham sandiacre - before


There was excess lippage of up to 5mm in height difference between some tiles.


lots of excessive lippage


Click here for a more in-depth explanation of lippage and the impact it has on stone floor cleaning and polishing.


The home also has two dogs that have free access to the garden.


dogs can quickly damage polished marble


The dogs carry soil and grit onto the floor. Also, the oils from the dogs made the soil very sticky and even more difficult to remove.


The grout was also stained black from cleaning products, emulsified soil and oils soaking into the grout lines.


Our client tried lots of different cleaning methods to keep the floor clean, but he could not get it clean.


Marble Polishing Nottingham Sandiacre – Starts With Marble Grinding


marble grinding nottingham sandiacre - the start


The first job was to remove all the lippage and grind the floor flat using our planetary grinding machine and 30 grit sintered metal diamond tooling.


marble grinding is very aggressive


30 grit diamond tooling is very aggressive, and whilst it removes the lippage and makes the floor nice and flat, it does leave deep scratches.


So we used 50 grit metal diamond tools to remove the deep scratches and prepare the floor for honing.


polishing marble corners and edges


This corner image demonstrates how deep we had to grind to make the floor surface flat.


We used electric hand tools to grind and polish the corners and edges.


Marble Honing Steps


We started honing the floor with 100 grit diamonds. And progressively honed the floor with finer diamonds, finishing at 3,000 grit.


start marble powder polsihing


The floor now had a high sheen, ready for final polishing.


Marble Polishing Steps


The floor was polished with marble polishing powder, resulting in a brilliant lustrous shine.


Finally, we applied a high quality impregnating sealer to help protect the marble from staining and aid cleaning.


Marble Polishing Nottingham Sandiacre – The Results


The result of our marble polishing is a beautiful smooth polished floor that is so much easier to clean


marble restoration nottingham sandiacre the results


We explained the importance of daily dry cleaning and damp mopping with a microfiber flat mopping system and a marble cleaning chemical.


We provided the client with comprehensive instructions including the best cleaning equipment and marble cleaners.


If your marble floor has lost its shine and looks dull and grimy, please contact Abbey Floor Care for a free no-obligation marble polishing quotation




Learn more here http://www.abbeyfloorcare.co.uk/marble/marble-polishing-nottingham-sandiacre/