Stone Cleaning and Sealing
Stone Cleaning and Sealing Newcastle to North Sydney to Central Coast Hunter Valley and everyplace in between
Don’t make any decisions about replacing your flooring before considering whether you can rejuvenate your old one in any way. Natural stone floors may only need a good professional cleaning and maybe a sealing to revitalize it to it near original condition.
Before you decide on a new floor covering, consider what kind of wear and tear your room will under go–if you have children, if you are considering selling your home soon, if you are staying put–project a bit. If you have an old wood floor or peeling laminate, a newer natural stone floor will raise your homes value. If you have an old stone floor, it may just need some restoration.
Have you often wondered how to care for your stone flooring? You are not alone. It’s a good idea after installation of you stone floor to keep all the maintenance and care instructions tucked away and refer to them often the first few years of cleaning and then save those instructions, in case you sell you home.
Natural stone cleaning and sealing is important for your stone floors if you want to keep them beautiful and elegant. No matter the type, polished stone tiled floors create a sophisticated feeling in the home that you adore, and you’ll love how they look when those floors are sealed and clean looking like new.
It’s important that you take great care when cleaning your natural stone floors; using regular floor cleaners not made specifically for natural stone, can damage your gorgeous floors. Travertine, granite, sandstone, terracotta, porcelain, blue stone, marble and other types of stone flooring, can stain, mar, etch and sustain damage from the wrong chemicals.
Cleaning prior to sealing or Regular Maintenance
The rule to remember with cleaning natural stone, is if in doubt, don’t try it out! Unfortunately, as tough as stone is, some damage cannot be ground down or polished out, causing damage to be irreversible, always, always investigate the labels on every floor care product you are thinking of buying. Better yet, test an inconspicuous spot first to see what effects, if any, the product may have. The best applicator for cleaning is micro fibre mops.
Many people don’t realize that stone has a few potential weaknesses; they tend to think that stone is impossible to damage. Between cleaning chemicals and applicators, natural stone tiling is very different from porcelain or ceramic tiles. With much attention to the type of cleaning products your particular floor requires, beware of cleaners containing bleach or harsh chemical agents; as they may not agree with your sealer and produce a chemical reaction damaging the surface of your beautiful natural stone.
First realize, even with all of our warnings here on the website, stone flooring is one of the most hard-wearing versatile flooring materials on the market; it will withstand plenty of abuse. Most natural stone flooring can be scrubbed and mopped with the right tools. You can even vacuum if you wish, but take care to track the condition of the bottom of you vacuum to ensure it is not scraping the floor in any way.
In order to keep your stone floors clean and fresh looking, follow your after-care product instructions and understand the following natural stone maintenance terms.
Depending in the type of stone you have, you will hear about three different types of sealers. Of the dozens of products available for natural stone, some of them should probably not be used on your particular floor or surface.
When a sealer is incorrectly applied the cleanup process can be tedious. Before you consider sealer at all, it is probably a good idea to consult an accredited sealing applicator like ceramex. The three types sealers can usually be used in exterior and interior surface.
Types of Natural Stone Sealers
Invisible penetrating sealer: Professionally applied, this sealer is absorbed by the stone, it protects the stone from staining and soaking up any liquids spilled on the surface. It will not change the texture or colour of the stone. Often used in pool areas and doesn’t produce as slippery a surface as other sealers. Sealer products available in stores may be watered down, and may wear off sooner and not be as resilient as a professional stone sealers.
Penetration Enhanced Sealer: Used often on granite, limestone, sandstone and bluestone, for example, the benefits of this type of sealer is more apparent on darker stone flooring. If you want to deepen the color of your natural stone flooring or surface, then an enhancing sealer could be the right choice. Most enhancing sealers will not change the texture or make your floor slippery.
Water based interior sealer: This type of low sheen sealer is good on light colored floors or stone that requires no a visible colour change. Most professional stone restoration professionals recommend an additional gloss or stain sealer top coat for protection and ease of maintenance.
Gloss sealers: First, when this sealer is used incorrectly, it tends to be very slick when wet, so it is not an ideal sealer for outdoor use. Both water based and acrylic based, the result of these two gloss sealers will leave a high or low sheen, but makes the floor quite resilient to early dulling. Gloss sealers will totally revitalize a slate type flooring to new looking. Kitchen, bathrooms and dining rooms are popular places for application of gloss sealers.
Honing Travertine and Other Stones
Dust-free grinding will flatten the tile on the floor. It is an aggressive method of approach to stone restoration for a heavily damaged stone floor. A heavy weighted, metal bonded diamond grit floor buffer is used to remove the un-evenness of larger stone pieces, slippage and scratches.
Honing can be used instead of grinding, or in addition to grinding. Honing is less aggressive as the grit used is less coarse than grinding grits. Honing removes minor to moderate etching and scratches.
To finish the natural stone, polishing is the final phase. Like fine sandpaper is used to polish, a higher numbered grit compound is used to bring out the sheen of natural stone.
Travertine Stone Tile Characteristics
Getting to know Travertine
Travertine, a sedimentary stone, is highly porous, however, each piece is different in absorption rates, yet water is absorbed in seconds. Like marble and limestone, travertinie is subject to etching quickly.
Etching can be caused by acidic fluids such as pickle juice, lemon juice, carbonated beverages, and acid rain; due to acid rain, it is not usually used outdoors.
Because travertine tiles are so easily damaged by etching, the stone is usually honed. This gives the surface a satin look which will not show etch marks as a gloss sealer would.
Travertine stone tiles are sort of in-between Limestone and Marble. Travertine can be treated to produce different looks; filled, unfilled, tumbled or honed.
Travertine tiles are used as kitchen and bathroom flooring, as well as applied to surfaces. Travertine can be left natural, but many people prefer honed travertine for a smooth surface.