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Stone Care Tips

Marble, Terrazzo, Limestone, Granite, Stone & Wood Floor Repairs & Maintenance, Diamond Polishing Re-Surfacing & Re-Sealing

As many homeowners have discovered, the beauty of real stone flooring is well worth a bit of initial investment. Whether professionally installed or all your own work [using high quality hire equipment], these floors can substantially raise the profile of any property in places like South Ockendon. If properly looked after and maintained, natural materials like stone, marble, slate and granite can last a lifetime.

That said, we emphasise that, like most things of value, they need to be cared for in the correct way to ensure they aren’t damaged. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts : –

  • Try to keep the stone’s surface free from dust, sand and grit, as these can encourage scratches.
  • Mop up any spills as quickly as possible.
  • As with treated wood, always use drinks coaters to protect from permanent staining and marking, particularly with calcareous natural stones like onyx, marble or travertine.
  • Clean daily if you can, and carry out a deep clean periodically.
  • Avoid using lemon juice, vinegar and harsh cleaners designed for grout, tiles or bathrooms.
  • Place an effective barrier between the surface and hot items such as serving dishes, and use placemats under ceramics, china, silver or anything which could scratch.
  • Don’t use any abrasive substance and don’t mix bleach or ammonia [as this creates toxic gases].
  • Never blend different chemicals unless the floor cleaner instructions tell you to.

Caring for your Stone Flooring
– Make sure you have non slip rugs and mats near entrances, this gets rid of dust and debris from shoes.
– Regular dusting, sweeping and mopping of your floor will help them to look fabulous for longer.

Any damage can often be rectified by specialists in stone, marble, slate, granite maintenance. You will be amazed at what can be achieved when it comes to stone flooring with skill, experience and knowledge.

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Flooring Choices for your New Build

Marble, Terrazzo, Limestone, Granite, Stone & Wood Floor Repairs & Maintenance, Diamond Polishing Re-Surfacing & Re-Sealing

One of the advantages of a new build, is that you can start from scratch and carefully make choices like overall design, fittings and flooring. Trying to create a perfect balance between beauty and practicality is the key to success here, and a bit of thought will go a long way.

When it comes to flooring options there are a few hard and fast rules to consider before making your decision. Being aware of areas that will receive heavier foot traffic, or are liable to be in receipt of spills etc is important. Ignoring these points in favour of what looks nice or is on trend could end up costing you an arm and a leg before long. Here are some of the most popular forms of flooring, and their advantages and downsides:-

Carpet

This has been the floor covering of choice for years, until laminate became desirable with its easy clean surface. Asthma and similar problems have resulted in a lessening of carpet use too, although it is still on the agenda for many. Carpet is hard to beat for luxury, warmth, comfort, and these days their stain resistant nature is incredible. Bear in mind it isn’t the best choice for constantly wet areas or extremely high traffic.

Vinyl

This used to be a favourite with landlords as it was cheap, cheerful and practical, but vinyl is still very much around. There is also the high quality Luxury Vinyl Tile [LVT] which is more expensive but replicates materials like marble, stone and wood beautifully. It can often be used with underfloor heating but check with the manufacturer.

Wood

This choice feels warm, natural and is hard wearing, although maybe not the best for kitchens or bathrooms, plus it can be damaged by stiletto heels. You can find a wide selection of shades from dark to light, to compliment most decorating schemes. Works well with underfloor heating too!

Stone

Natural options like marble, granite, sandstone and slate can produce gorgeous results, and this type of flooring is well known for raising the profile and value of any home. They are not cheap, but if maintained properly these natural materials will last a lifetime and look even better with age. Underfloor heating also has the green light here.

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Elevate your living experience with an Orangery

Stone & Wood Floor Repairs & Maintenance, Marble, Terrazzo, Limestone, Granite, Diamond Polishing

For those who want something a little more substantial than a conservatory or sunroom, but without the hassle of an extension, an orangery is an ideal option. As summer approaches, we all naturally gravitate towards the garden to enjoy the bright sunshine [when we get it] and fresh air. Rather than stepping out of the home straight into the garden, it’s nice to have a structure that kind of represents both indoors and outdoors. An orangery performs this function very well, and is an extremely popular home improvement.

This light and airy, but solidly built room provides space for a range of purposes and activities, whether work or play related. They can be designed to compliment the rest of your home, or to display an individual look. These structures have all of the advantages of being part of the exterior or garden, as well as being highly versatile by adding a room to the home. If you decide to sell your property, most buyers are delighted to see home improvements of this kind, and the value of the home is typically increased.

Orangeries are elegance itself and advances in design and technology mean that they are innovative, thermally efficient and secure. If you’re wondering whether or not to invest in an orangery this year here are a few reasons why you should. An orangery will give you:-

  • More living space
  • A bright sunny room
  • The ability to customise the light with blinds
  • Energy efficiency
  • A place to work, rest or entertain
  • A smooth transition from indoors to outdoors
  • A valuable home improvement
  • A cosy area in wet or cold weather
  • A great view of the garden, birds, sunrises, sunsets, etc

There’s a wide choice of flooring options for orangeries with stone, slate or tile being favourites. These are great with luxury thick pile rugs scattered around, and comfortable, stylish furniture to complete the look.

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Restoration of Wood Flooring

Wood Flooring Repair, Polishing Re-Surfacing & Re-Sealing of Timber Floors, Wooden Floor Restoration

We not only provide spectacular results with repair and restoration work on stone, marble, concrete, terrazzo and slate floors, we also offer the same service for wood flooring. A beautiful, gleaming finish for your wooden floor will add a stunning dynamic to rejuvenate your rooms, giving them a shine that can last years.

Damage from heels, toys and pets along with problems like old peeling varnish will render wooden flooring unsightly and compromise it’s functionality. Sometimes the degraded varnish is a darker shade than the wood underneath, making it look even worse. In this case, you may consider dabbing a little fresh varnish over the top for a quick fix, but proper preparation and treatment will give a much longer lasting outcome.

We recently completed restorative work on a wood floor at a popular Social Club in Greater Manchester using our tried and tested methods. We of course use personal protection such as dust masks, ear protection and appropriate shoes while carrying out this type of work.

  • Masking – We masked all fixtures and fittings near the area in order to protect them from dust and debris accumulation, as well as contamination by other materials.
  • Sanding – The floor surface was then dry sanded using coarse, medium and fine heads (plant complete with dust control attachment). This process gets rid of any scratches, scuffs or old varnish, and leaves a gloriously smooth finish ready for the next step.
  • Epoxy Application – This two pack epoxy moisture curing floor seal was applied using short nap applicators, and allowed to cure.
  • Wet Sanding – Once cured the floor was wet sanded with fine Fabricut discs and wet vacuumed dry.
  • Finishing Application – The final application of seal was carried out and all protection removed.

As you can see the results are extremely impressive delivering a pleasing transformation. Call us to discuss how we can help with your wood flooring on 01942 674785.

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The Beauty of Stone Flooring

Professional Installation, Repair & Maintenance of Stone Floor, Flooring Restoration Domestic & Commercial

A favourite with home owners and businesses alike is natural stone flooring, as beautiful as it is functional. This type of flooring has many benefits and is perfect in a wide range of settings, including kitchens, bathrooms, hallways, conservatories and outdoor areas like porches. It brings a timeless elegance and sophistication to any space, and is practical, hard wearing, and a dream to keep clean.

Stone flooring in the form of tiles, is so popular and blends seamlessly into any interior design plan, that it compliments any style and design, and will not need to be replaced each time you decorate. Stone tiles come in materials including marble, granite, limestone, slate and travertine, each bringing it’s own character and aesthetic qualities. Whether you want a classic, rustic or chic look for your home, you will find your idea of perfection with real stone flooring.

Some of the advantages of choosing stone flooring include:-

  • A floor which is easy to clean just requiring a soft brush and a mop
  • An investment which will raise the value of your home
  • A home improvement that will never go out of fashion
  • A floor which always looks classy and stylish
  • Tiles which are all unique, featuring natural colouring, and characteristics like veining
  • They keep homes cool where the climate is warm
  • They can be decorated with luxurious rugs or even carpeted over for a change
  • These tiles require little or no maintenance
  • Stone flooring delivers a hygienic flooring solution and does not hold onto pet hairs, skin dust or debris
  • As it conducts heat well, this flooring option is ideal for use with underfloor heating

 
If you want the look of stone floors but would prefer a more affordable choice, there are some amazing products available which replicate stone, marble, slate and also wooden floors. Karndean have a range of stunning, high quality luxury vinyl tiles [LVT] in a variety of designs and colours, and can be found at reputable flooring specialists like Wood Street Carpets. Give them a call on 01245 358900.

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