Category Archives: Stone Flooring

Restoring Beautiful Limestone Floors

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

 

Limestone floors can look stunning, and give any home its own impressive character wherever they are laid. Some people are under the impression that their damaged limestone floor will have to be ripped up and replaced. This is seldom the case, as most natural stone floors in Manchester and Cheshire can often be seamlessly repaired. We see floor tiles that are chipped or cracked, and even movement of grout which can cause problems. These issues won’t sort themselves out and will only get worse, so it’s time to get the experts in.

Loose grout can be caused by either sub floor movement or inadequate adhesive application on installation. Once the reason has been identified, the problem can be specifically remedied. If stone tiles have not been sealed or the seal has worn away, they can appear dull and dirty. Cleaning doesn’t seem to help this situation, so initial sealing is extremely important. Spills on unprotected stone floors can become permanent and require specialist removal.

Using harsh chemicals to clean limestone tiles is a big mistake too, resulting in a surface with an etched and scratched effect. Normal strong household cleaners will burn limestone, marble or other stone floors giving an unattractive look. PH neutral soap and water are the best products to use, and provide a gentle cleaning action. Proper maintenance and repair carried out by skilled experts will ensure your limestone floors look as good as new.

At Lawco, we love a challenge, successfully completing jobs that other contractors have turned down, saying they were too complex. There is usually a solution to even the most hopeless of cases, which is where our many years of experience comes in. We have repaired several limestone floors in Manchester and Cheshire, leaving the customers delighted. Give our friendly team a call for more information on 01942 674785

 

 

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Prevention is Better than Cure!

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

 

This is so true, especially in relation to stone flooring, which needs to be looked after carefully to retain its beauty. Here are a few tips to help keep your stone floors in Liverpool in tip top condition :-

  • Firstly dry dust all surfaces frequently with a dry mop or soft bristle broom before cleaning .
  • Mild detergent or special stone soap [widely available online], should be used to clean the floor.
  • Dry the surface immediately and avoid allowing liquid of any kind, even water, to sit and dry.
  • Where there are spills, blot carefully rather than wiping, so that the smallest area is affected.
  • Adjust your vacuum to the hard floor setting, so that the brushes are in contact with the floor as opposed to the plastic or metal. Scratches are not easy to remove, and re-polishing will be probably required.
  • Non slip mats and rugs are a good idea in places that are likely to get wet, but take care to keep the underneath as dry as possible to prevent staining.
  • Ensure that people carrying out work in your home use protective groundsheets so that no damage occurs.
  • Continue to clean stone flooring regularly even if sealed.

With natural stone floors always avoid :

  • Using vinegar, lemon juice or anything acidic to clean limestone, marble etc, as these will eat into the stone.
  • Scouring pads, wire wool or other abrasives.
  • Any product with abrasive additives in them, as these will strip off any sealant and damage the surface.
  • Dragging items across your stone floor as this may cause scratches, or drop heavy items which can result in chips or cracks.
  • Leaving dust on the floor surface as this can be slippery and cause falls.

 
For more advice on care of stone floors and to find out about what we offer call Lawco on 01942 674785.

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