WHAT IS TRAVERTINE?
Travertine is a natural stone such as marble, granite, onyx, Limestone, Slate etc. The key difference between travertine and other natural stones lies in the formation of the rock, the hardness of the stone and the appearance. Travertine if formed in hot springs and/or limestone caves. Travertine is not the same as marble or limestone which falls in the metamorphic rock category. Key characteristics of travertine stone are the holes within the stone which are caused by carbon dioxide evasion.
WHAT IS LIMESTONE?
Limestone is an organic, sedimentary rock. This means it was formed from the remains of tiny shells and micro-skeletons deposited on the sea bed. They were compressed to form solid rock. Limestone is made up of calcium carbonate and reacts with diluted hydrochloric acid. Limestone is formed in layers – called bedding planes. These bedding planes contain vertical cracks called joints. Joints and bedding planes make the rock permeable.
CARE AND RESTORATION
Special attention needs to be placed on care and maintenance – this is a consideration that cannot be ignored. Being a stone, travertine/limestone is more hard-wearing then most floor materials but it is still susceptible to damage if not treated correctly. Running a vacuum cleaner or broom over the floor will minimise the build up of sand particles and grit, which when combined with people walking on the surface can damage and scrape the pits. Most people believe that running a damp mop over their travertine/limestone floor is ok, but in actual fact this can tend to leave residues on the surface. The mop needs to be cleaned an dried out frequently and when finished rinse the surface with clean water. In the event that water marks develop; buff the floor with a dry tea towel.
Acid based liquids such as wine and fruit juices rich in vitamin C can score the travertine/limestone’s surface if left to stand after spilling. In such an instance rub the area with fine grade emery paper and then have it resealed. This stone is also a favourite for fireplaces, table tops and counters – combining these with the flooring creates a beautiful elegant environment.
Call us today on 01954 211752 if you require Travertine or Limestone floor cleaning in any of the following areas & surrounding villages, Cambridge, Newmarket, Ely, Royston, Peterborough, Huntingdon, Saffron Walden.
Process of Cleaning
- We inspect your floor on our arrival, Why? To identify any possible problem areas i.e staining, loose of lose grout and surrounding surfaces sensitive to cleaning solutions and any other areas that need consideration before cleaning commences.
- We Protect your walls and furniture with our décor wall protector tape, this is used to protect your walls against any over spray from water or chemical. We do how ever can not guarantee there wont be any slight damage to paint work or any sensitive materials in the immediate area of cleaning due to the need to clean right up to the edge, in this particular case the only protection needed was the doorway.
- Once your walls and furniture are protected, we will commence with Dry Soil & Sealant Removal. This is the removal of any dry soil/dirt & any previous sealers on the surface of the tile. This is achieved by using our very own chemical from Tile Doctor. It is applied using a pump spray.
- Honing, Once the marble has had a deep clean, we begin with the honing of the tile. We hone the marble to remove any defects from spillages or scratches as well as tightening the surface tension of the stone making the surface smooth. This is achieved by using a rotary machine with Diamond Encrusted pads from Tile Doctor which consist of 4 different grit grade pads.
- Polishing, To give the Stone a richer look and high reflectivity it needs to be polished. we achieve this by using a rotary machine with a fine pad & a Crystallising powder.
- Rinse, We use a Truck mounted hot water extraction machine with a high pressurised cleaning tool. This allows us to give your floors a deep penetrating clean. All the waste chemical slurry and dirt are collected & stored in the vans waste tank.
- After we have completed the final cleaning stage, we will dry the area of any free standing water and place a air mover to speed dry the stone before sealing commences
- Application of Sealer. We use a Impregnating sealer on Marble which is a solvent based sealer. This sealer impregnates the stone & after 30-45mins all excess residue is removed from the surface.
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