Nothing can replace the beauty of natural stone. That is why it is so widely used in home and office interiors. Natural stone is classy, elegant and gives off a feeling of luxury, and it lasts for centuries. To keep your natural stone looking the same way as it was when you first installed it, you need to maintain it.
Depending on how it is used(flooring, wall tiles, kitchen counter-tops) it can undergo a lot of wear and tear. So its appearance is bound to deteriorate over time. Replacing natural stone fixtures is neither easy nor cost-effective. It would also be a colossal waste of the investment that went into installing it in the first place. The solution is to maintain it properly, and have it restored when it is cracked, damaged, or faded.
If you have been doing this yourself and the signs of the stone aging are visible, it is time to call in the experts. Professional stone cleaners know exactly how to work with the natural stone present in your home/office. Each type of stone calls for a different approach when maintaining or restoring it.
Cleaning Marble Surfaces
Marble is literally unique. No two tiles will have the exact same ‘veining’ in them. The veining is also part of the problem – it is actually iron content. When the marble is laid in a wet/damp environment, such as a bathroom, the moisture combines with the iron to produce iron oxide, also known as rust. And that damages its appearance.
Marble is also an absorbent material. It gets stained easily when something colored, such as dye, is dropped on it in the bathroom. In the kitchen, there are several liquids that get spilled on a marble counter-top, the marble-tiled walls or the floor. The marble soaks up these liquids (and their color as well), leading to it subsequently becoming discolored as a result.
Using certain colored cleaning liquids may have contributed to the degradation in the appearance of your marble surface. If you have used abrasive cleaning solutions, there is a chance that they ate into the smoothness of your marble.
Severe damage cannot be undone without a professional restoration; which involves honing down the surface of your stone, and reapplying polish and sealer. The surfaces can be sealed, after they have been properly sanded down. We use impregnating sealers, which unlike topical sealers, allow the moisture to escape into the atmosphere. This is how we see to it that the stone does not incur any more damage owing to the moisture. With marble sealing, your surface is protected from discoloration for the next 5-7 years. So you don’t need to rip up your marble flooring, or kitchen countertop.
Our deep cleaning services see to that that the stone is literally freed from all dust and dirt particles present on the surface. We do this before the sealing process. We also clean the grout as well, all using professional cleaning equipment. Because of the marble’s absorbent properties, we do not use cleaning solutions that leave any residue behind for the stone to absorb. When we are finished, your marble surface will look brand new!
GRANITE stone restoration
Granite is one of the hardest surface materials known to man. It can take any amount of abuse you throw at it, and so there is comparatively lesser wear and tear compared to other natural stone. This is also the reason why it is more expensive. But you might have also noticed that the surface becomes less smooth over the years.
There are multiple grades of granite. The purest form is the least absorbent. However, certain grades may have calcite in them, which makes them more likely to soak up colored liquids. The pattern makes it hard to notice, but generally all the stains come together to cause a visible drop in the once-stunning appearance of your granite. Your use of certain colored cleaning agents could also contribute to the problem.
Our deep cleaning process makes use of professional equipment that not only removes the dust, dirt and grime from your granite surface, but also the stains. We then seal it to protect it against liquids that come into contact with it (this way, you can be assured that there will be no more staining). If you want, we can also polish it to make it shine like new!
The grout is the hardest area to clean and it becomes discolored faster, because it isn’t made of granite or any other stone. Our cleaning process also includes making the grout also looks like the way it once was, when the granite was installed.
Cleaning LIMESTONE surfaces
Pure limestone should be completely white, but it can assume many different colors due to various impurities. Regardless it still retains the appearance of natural stone and lends a natural charm to its surroundings. Because of this reason, it is widely used for flooring.
Limestone, however, is not as hard as other natural stone. Foot traffic is most unkind to limestone, especially is there are sand or grit particles present on the surface. Staining is another problem associated with limestone. It is highly absorbent, and even something as small and light as a soft drink spill could cause a lot of damage to its appearance. Over time, it becomes quite dull. You might even be considering replacing it with some other natural stone or flooring material.
Don’t worry. We can help. As a professional cleaning service, we know that limestone is susceptible to damage. This is why we first come over and inspect the condition of your limestone surfaces. To prevent further damage to your limestone surface(s), we usually take two working days to restore it. Limestone’s absorbency requires that you use multiple coats of sealer, and allow the limestone to absorb it overnight.
Limestone is chemically calcium carbonate(minus the impurities). So, acidic cleaning agents or bleach cannot be used on it. The only way to clean it properly, is to use pH neutral cleaning agents, that are made specifically for limestone.
Limestone is a natural stone that needs to breathe. This is why an impregnating sealer – the type we use – is better than a topical sealer, which forms a protective layer over the stone. An impregnating sealer prevents the limestone from absorbing stains, while still allowing it to breathe. It also enhances the appearance of your limestone surface(s) and ensures that it stays that way for years to come, irrespective of what the level of foot traffic or grime may be.
Cleaning TRAVERTINE stones
Travertine is a popular natural stone because working with it is easy. It can be tumbled, honed and polished into different finishes. But because of its soft nature, it gets scratched easily. The surface is also not smooth – gases continually escape from the stone and leave behind pores. The problem is that dust particles collect in these pores and diminishes travertine’s generally white, light and bright appearance. If you examine your travertine surface(s) with a magnifying lens, you would easily notice this.
Is there a solution? Thankfully, there is. Our deep cleaning restoration will eliminate all the grime and the dust particles from the surface. We are very careful when we do this, because using acidic cleaning agents will corrode the travertine. The cleaning agent that we use is pH-neutral, and we don’t use too much, because travertine can soak up liquids. Because of this we are quick to remove any residue after we are done, so that it is not absorbed by the travertine.
After cleaning, we recommend that you seal the stone with an impregnating sealer so that colored liquids are not absorbed by your travertine any more. Impregnating sealers have a life of 5-7 years, so you needn’t do this again in the near future. Because the surface your travertine is likely to have become scratched, we can also polish it for you, so that it shines like new!
Restoring FLAGSTONE professionally
Flagstone is commonly used as paving stones, by the pool or patio. They see an enormous amount of foot traffic, and because they are continually exposed to the elements, they lose their appearance over time. What was once the allure of natural stone is now no longer present. You try cleaning it yourself, but there seems to be only little change.
This is where we come in. We are professional natural stone cleaners, and we know the best way to clean your flagstone. Our natural stone experts bring back a lot of your flagstone’s original color. We do this is by removing any mildew and dirt from your stone’s surface.
After cleaning your flagstone, we can hone it so that the surfaces are all at the same level as the grout. This reveals an unaffected layer of flagstone that will look brand new, and will shine after it is polished. There is no need to call in professional cleaning services every time you want to clean your flagstone – just once will do.
We also seal it so that any dirt and/or grime that collects on the surface can be easily washed away with a garden hose. The sealing also sees to it that mold and mildew do not form on the surface.
Concrete, while not a “natural stone” is used frequently for flooring and pathways because it is hard, and relatively cheap to install. But you may be wondering how to clean them. It tends to absorb just about every liquid spill, and no amount of scrubbing seems enough to do away with the subsequent discoloration that happens. Over time, it becomes quite unappealing to look at. Foot traffic also contributes to the decline in appearance. The grit and the sand particles get rubbed into the concrete, and what might have been once smooth become coarse.
Some people think that once this happens, laying a new layer of concrete is the only way for a better, smoother appearance. Not necessarily. Concrete can be cleaned and polished. Just call us. We can come over with our professional equipment and deep clean your concrete surfaces for you to satisfaction.
The indoor flooring might also be concrete. But because it is not natural stone, you might have covered it with a carpet or other flooring material like linoleum. Have you heard of concrete polishing? With this process, you can have the appearance of gleaming natural stone in your home/office. It would look so much like natural stone that no one would be able to tell the difference. And with there being no grout – it is one uniform throughout – visitors will be amazed by how you managed to get a single slab of ‘stone’ customized to the dimensions of your interiors. Plus, any number of designs are possible – at a fraction of the cost it would take with natural stone! Polished concrete is easy to clean by yourself too. There is no need to worry about spills any more.
Maintaining TERRAZO floors
Terrazo, also known as mosaic, is a flooring material is that a combination of marble, granite, quartz and other natural stone chips. Depending on the number of different natural stones that has gone into the flooring, the appearance may be more or less uniform to look at. The lesser number of different natural stone there is, the more uniform it is.
But this is likely to fade over time as both the natural stone and the concrete absorb liquid spills and the terrazzo subsequently becomes discolored. It is always sealed at the time of installation, but years of using acid-based cleaning agents might have rubbed away the sealant and caused damage to the terrazzo floor.
Call us if you were wondering how to restore the glory of your terrazzo. We can help. We use professional cleaning equipment to remove all the dirt and the grime present in the cracks, pores and crevices and then we seal the terrazzo flooring so that it is impervious to further dirt/grime and liquid spills. Our terrazzo polishing service is guaranteed to leave your floor looking like new!
Slate generally comes in black or grey colors, but it could also be red or even purple, depending on the stone’s mineral content. Slate is not smooth. But its uneven surface is also what lends it the rustic look of natural stone. Slate is is also highly slip-resistant, and this functional property has made it all the more popular.
Slate is something that gets scratched easily. Because of this, the chances are that your slate surfaces were already sealed when they were installed. But years of using acid-based cleaners could have easily stripped the sealant and caused damage to the stone.
We take extreme care when cleaning your slate tiles, because we know that they can fracture easily. Our natural stone experts have restored many slate floors. Like all types of stone we restore, we base our cleaning process on the damage present.