The qualities and capabilities of your stone floor will be determined by what type of rock it is – this is directly linked to how old the stone is that has been mined.
Slate: This will be the youngest of all natural stone – it has been mined closer to the surface and has been condensed and squashed less than those below it – hence its features of ridges and a tendency to chip away in small pieces rather than simply break in half. Used often in kitchens due to its hard wearing capabilities.
Limestone and Travertine – This is a much harder stone than the Slate above it. You will see Limestone with lots of holes dotted around the stone. This is where the stone has been underground for a longer period of time and has been condensed more than slate – so overall it is a lot tougher and harder however it was mined before the metamorphic process has turned it to Marble. Often found in kitchens and bathrooms, both floor and wall tiles are a popular choice.
Marble – Marble is considered the optimum point for natural stone in terms of the ability to create a natural shine. Marble has delightful natural features offering a variety of colours and styles. Marble is the stone of choice for a lot of high end domestic and commercial properties.
Granite – The toughest of the lot. This stone will be the oldest, and compressed the most causing it to be incredibly strong. Again, containing lots of natural features Granite is very pleasing to the eye. It is most commonly used as a kitchen worktop due to its ability to withstand chemical etching more so than Marble and Limestone.
WHAT CAN WE DO FOR YOUR FLOOR?
The beauty of natural floors can sometimes be undermined by their ability to suffer scratches, etching and staining more than their man made equivalents. Using state of the art diamond abrasive technology we can bring these floors back to show room condition. Common areas of damage we see are:
Scratches in a curved arc underneath doors where debris has been caught and scratched across the floor.
Dull patches on the stone called Etching – this is where a liquid in acidic form has made contact with the stone (very common is using supermarket cleaning products incorrectly).
General fading and shine loss in higher traffic areas
These cannot be fixed by simply cleaning – time to call in the professionals!
Looking after your floor on an ongoing basis is just as important as the initial restoration. We will put a maintenance plan in place for you to ensure we keep the floor at its optimum appearance. We have a number of cleaning products we can provide to you for daily cleaning and maintenance and then return on an annual basis to re polish the floor and keep it as shiny as we left it!
OUR GUARANTEE TO YOU
We will give you the most thorough clean and polish possible. We will explain to you the possiblities and potential of your floor and the result we expect. If you are not 100% satisfied with the finish of your floor then we will immediately return to discuss with you and look over the floor, redoing any that we can to ensure you are happy. If you still don’t like what you see – then you don’t pay us a penny. We can’t say fairer than that can we? This is how confident we are with with the expertise and quality of our work.