By On September 24, 2014
By On August 15, 2014
Sandstone is a classic sedimentary rock that is really distinct and unique. It is a natural stone so no two tiles are exactly the same. This provides an opportunity for distinctive design when the stone floor is being laid and it will undoubtedly offer a really timeless-looking finish.
The great thing about sandstone tiles is that they can be restored and re-polished if, over time, the floor is ingrained with dirt or has become stained. It is inevitable that natural stone tiles are more prone to staining and have limited chemical resistance, which is why it is pivotal to the overall success of the restoration project that specialist knowledge of this tile type is used.
The initial images of this Indian sandstone floor in Leyland show how the tiles and grout had become grubby. The tiled floor had lost its lustre and the detailed and intricate patterning was no longer visible through this build-up. The above picture also shows a test area that we completed prior to the full restoration of this floor and the difference it made!
Our specialist floor restoration process quickly and efficiently lifted this dirt and grime. Stone-specific product formulations, coupled with our industrial machinery meant that the tiles were thoroughly cleaned, skilfully and carefully, providing a hygienically clean floor.
Natural stone requires sealing to offer resistance against dirt and further staining. This is the best way to prevent stains as natural stone is porous and quick to absorb any liquid spillages. A top-quality stone sealant repels spills on the surface, providing time for it to be wiped away. The liquid then has less opportunity to penetrate through the stone.
We offered our client information about routine cleaning of her restored stone flooring and she was really impressed at the results that we achieved. She commented on the detail of the stone tiles that was now revealed as she could not remember the last time her floor looked this good.
If you would like to find out more about the services we offer to clean and restore sandstone floor tiles we invite you to call on 01257 270775. We are happy to provide information and advice.
By On July 22, 2014
We are in an incredibly fortunate position that has lead us to be market leaders in our field of floor care and floor cleaning. We were invited to complete our tailored floor sanding process on this wooden floor in the Royal Mail Delivery Office in St. Annes.
To successfully and consistently win commercial floor restoration work we have to make sure that we are offering competitive services in terms of finishes and customer care. What is our winning formula?
Customer Service; this is intrinsic to every aspect of our business. It is inherent in all of our training and this makes sure that our ethos of exceeding expectations becomes a natural element of the services that we offer to all of our domestic and commercial clients.
Company Culture; the services that we offer start with the skilled craftsmen that we employ. We take pride in our work and set high standards for floor cleaning and restoration work. We are constantly looking to lead the field and our workforce drive this forward with enthusiasm.
Training; the field of floor care is constantly changing and it is therefore imperative that we embrace this continuous change. Continuous learning is an investment both in our workers and our clients as it enables us to offer the best available services consistently.
On inspection of the wooden flooring in the delivery office; we were faced with an incredibly worn and scratched finish. Through discussions it was identified that the dark finish was no longer wanted so we discussed the wood finishes available; a more natural finish was selected and the images show the transformation that was achieved.
If you would like more information on our comprehensive wood floor sanding services we invite you to call on 01257 270775.
By On June 24, 2014
An exciting element of our work is the opportunity for us to employ our time-served experience in stone cleaning and restoration. It is likely that if you have the chance to speak to our skilled craftsmen that you will automatically identify their clear passion for what we do and for providing the best level of service. It means so much that we receive such great positive customer feedback and this was evident on completion of these slate flagstones in Ambleside.
Slate flagstones offer an incredibly natural and rustic look to any property. The tiled floors in this home required a deep clean, however, the owner of the property was particularly worried about a large stain. Stain removal on natural stone flooring does require in-depth knowledge and understanding of the individual stone type.
Slate tiles are, through their composition, made up of a number of layers. This has meant that over time slate flooring has been known for peeling or flaking of these delicate layers. Our specialised stone restoration process carefully considers this, whilst achieving unrivalled levels of deep cleaning.
The above images show the area of the stain and how it had naturally soaked into the pores of this beautiful slate flagstone floor. Our trade-strength cleaning formulations allowed us to cut through the stain whilst making sure that there was no damage caused to the stone flooring.
The images show the end result and the stain has clearly been eliminated with no damage to the tile or grout around the original stain. When visiting the owner of this property for our initial inspection; they were fearful that their beautiful stone floor may need replacing. They were truly shocked with the results that we were able to provide.
We continued through the house to offer a full cleaning and restoration service for their tiles. If you have any questions about cleaning stone tiles or stain removal we invite you to call us on 01257 270775.
By On June 19, 2014
Marble is a metamorphic rock and is by far one of the most recognisable and most popular natural stone. It is striking in its appearance and, once fitted, will look incredible, be durable and will last a lifetime if maintained correctly.
We were invited to provide our comprehensive stone restoration process for these marble tiles in Warrington. The owners of the house were completely renovating the entire property and wanted us to fully clean and polish their marble flooring after the grouting application had left the tiles covered in grout residue.
The stone floor was completely cleaned and then we completed diamond resurfacing to the entire tiled floor. This process is completed by using a graduated range of abrasive pads, slowly grinding down the surface of the tile. This stone polishing process can be used to remove scratches, scuffs and some staining.
Finer and finer grades of abrasive pads were then used to hone the surface to create an incredibly smooth finish. This process repeated delivers a high-gloss shine as showcased in the images. Our clients had specifically requested that they wanted a reflective finish. We discussed the likely additional maintenance that is required for high-shine stone finishes so that they were left well-equipped.
Again, the marble tiles were then fully sealed to protect them further from daily wear and tear. Our clients commented that they did not think the glossy shine we achieved would be possible. They felt that it enhanced the natural beauty of their marble and commented that it set a high standard to which the remaining restoration work had to compliment.
This was another job that confidently showcased the incredible results that can be achieved by cleaning marble. If you have any questions on how to polish marble or our polishing marble services we invite you to call 1 Stop Floor Care on 01257 270775.
By On May 22, 2014
A great element of our business is being invited into clients’ homes and businesses where people are looking to carefully and skilfully restore their stone flooring.
There is such an incredible range of issues that can be experienced including marks, etching, scratches, scrapes, holes and general wear and tear to mention a few.
Our specialist stone restoration service provides a comprehensive provision that seeks to fully restore stone floor tiles, eliminating all of these. You will find that we take the time to discuss the process with you so that you are left feeling well-informed.
We were invited to clean and restore these marble tiles in Liverpool. This property was incredible example of traditional and classic use of natural stone flooring. The marble tiles swept elegantly through the hallway and up the stairs.
Our client had become frustrated with the dull appearance of her marble flooring. As the marble within her home was a real statement, she felt as though she wanted it to look its best.
Marble is an incredibly durable stone tile and it will stand up well against the daily wear and tear in high traffic areas of your home.
We fully cleaned and polished this marble flooring throughout. Our client wanted a high shine finish to her floor and this was achieved through grinding the marble and polishing it with varying grit sandpaper with our industrial-strength stone polishing machinery.
Our client was really impressed with the results that we achieved; she commented that she would be happy to pass on our details to friends and family because she felt as though she had received an overall level of service that exceeded her expectations.
If you have any questions about restoring your marble floor tiles or our general floor care services we invite you to call on 01257 270775.
By On May 13, 2014
Our stone cleaning and stone restoration blog boasts many images and information about restoring marble floors. We take great pride in our work and the way that we present ourselves and detail via our informative blog.
There is a huge sense of achievement in receiving such positive customer feedback and the influx of enquiries that we receive regularly. This has helped us to build up our existing client base through recommendation and referrals and we are frequently asked to travel further afield due to demand for our services.
The following images show the incredible transformation we achieved with this marble polishing project in Blackpool. Our client had become unsatisfied with the dull appearance of their stone tiles and they asked for us to clean and polish them to a high-shine finish.
Although the images show an instant result; hard work was put in to achieve this! After the tiles were thoroughly cleaned we began using a course-grit sanding paper, working through to a fine-grit paper to achieve the polished look.
The floor tiles were fully sealed to make sure that they were equipped to deal with every day wear and tear and any possible liquid spillages. Stone floor sealing is so important for any natural stone; it can both help your tiles look cleaner for longer and it will work to repel etching, water marks or staining that can easily be caused by any liquid touching the tile.
We hope that you agree that there was a radical improvement in the look and feel of these marble tiles. If you have any questions about what stone finishes can be achieved or want to discuss our stone restoration services we invite you to call 01257 270775 to find out more.
By On April 23, 2014
We take on a range of commercial stone cleaning and residential floor cleaning work throughout Lancashire. This enables us to build up an incredible portfolio of floor care work and this, combined with our experience, allows us to build up our reputation as being specialist floor restoration experts.
Terrazzo tiles are a unique stone tile that were originally formed by exposing aggregates and marble chips on the surface of an epoxy resin or concrete. A smooth finish is achieved by polishing the stone’s surface.
Terrazzo flooring is extremely durable due to its make-up which explains why it is well-suited to a commercial setting. We were invited to restore this Terrazzo floor in Lancashire. The before images show the deteriorated state that the tiles were in prior to our revolutionary stone restoration process, adapted over many years.
We were able to co-ordinate our scheduled restoration to fall in line with the shop’s planned renovation programme.
As you can imagine our industrial rotary machinery played a pivotal role with this project. It is hugely important to offer the best possible restoration services and this means that we need to invest in state-of-the-art machinery that can complete the work quickly and efficiently.
The science behind restoration of stone flooring has advanced so much in recent years and we are ensure that we are constantly well-informed of new machinery, products and techniques. The Terrazzo tiles were almost unrecognisable once restored.
The distinctive look of these tiles were revealed; we achieved a polished, high-shine finish which accurately promoted a hygienically clean environment. Our clients were stunned by the result!
If you would like more information on Terrazzo cleaning or any of the floor care services that we offer we ask you to call us on 01257 270775. We endeavour to answer your enquiries quickly and will always do all we can to offer as much information as possible and to ensure the smooth-running of your project.
By On March 22, 2014
Grout is a porous material; it is often found that dirt ingrains deeply into the grout lines of any stone flooring. This is unsightly and is often caused by dirt being pushed and collected into the lines of grout. There are a vast amount of grout cleaning products available that are more than likely to offer substandard results.
We were invited to restore these marble tiles in Birkenhead. The home owner was getting increasingly frustrated with the dull appearance of the stone tiles and for the increasingly dirty grout between the tiles. They had tried so many products that had never been able to offer the gleaming results that can be achieved with our professional restoration service.
We have industrial strength, eco-friendly products and solutions that ensure that the existing grout is not damaged. Many cleaning products are incredibly acidic and a lot should not be used with natural stone tiles such as marble, limestone or travertine.
So our in-depth understanding of the best products available is imperative to the overall success of our work. Our trade machinery and tools on this job allowed us the confidence that we can achieve unrivalled results for each and every client we work for.
We have built up a range of experience in dealing with staining and dirt build-up. Different grout colours and types provide us with individual challenges the light colouration of the grout on this job meant that we were required to pool our knowledge to achieve the best-possible results.
We left our client with detail of how best to approach routine cleaning. Dirt particles and moisture are a winning formula for quickly soiled grout. This marble floor was left both hygienically clean and strikingly attractive.
If you have any questions about cleaning grout please call Ian on 01257 270775.
By On February 11, 2014
It is inevitable that immediately after installation natural floor tiles are being marred by foot traffic. It is important that any cleaning products used to regularly maintain or clean your stone floor are formulated specifically for that stone type.
We were invited to fully restore these Travertine tiles in Chorley. After inspection of the travertine floor we offered information and advice about our stone restoration process and our client made the decision that they wanted a high-sheen, polished finish to their floor.
We have devised a tailored process that utilizes specialised trade compounds and machinery that have been specifically developed for this procedure. This offers reduced disintegration of the stone tiles once they have been treated.
Once the stone flooring has been fully cleaned and restored, diamond encrusted rotary pads are used; this starts with course pads, reducing down through coarseness to finer pads. These incredibly fine pads produce a reflective and smooth finish.
Our client was so pleased with her polished stone tiles. One true benefit is that it is a completely tailored procedure. Whilst working through the stone polishing process, you are able to continually monitor your progress in order to make sure that the finish achieved is matched to the vision of each individual client.
The final part of the process is the application of an impregnating stone-specific sealer. Polished floor tiles look incredible and our client commented on our professional approach to our work. If you have any questions about polishing travertine tiles we invite you to call Ian on 01257 270775.
An inspection of your stone floors will be arranged at a time convenient for you and we use this opportunity to discuss the stone restoration process, any limitations to the job, the finishes that can be achieved and to offer advice.
The below images show the results of a marble polishing job that we completed in Gisburn. This client requested that we achieve a high-gloss finish. Once the work had been completed, it was a great opportunity to take pictures to showcase the results.
We receive a large number of queries through our website and we enjoy taking the time to offer information and advice to our valued clients. We use every opportunity to discuss the ways in which we offer superior stone cleaning and stone restoration services throughout the Lancashire areas.
Stone Cleaning Products; natural and man-made stone tiles differ greatly in the products required to restore their originally-laid beauty. Incorrect usage of cleaning products can result in damaged tiles and our experience and training has meant that we are best-equipped to deal with every enquiry.
Stone Restoration Machinery; we are intensely passionate about the machinery that we use. Having the best available restoration machines sets us apart from our competition and ensures that we can achieve the best finish in the shortest time. We realise that having any home improvement work completed in your home or business means disruption and we look at reducing this in any way possible.
Time-Served Knowledge; our website shows the range of flooring that we work with. Floor care and floor cleaning in both domestic and commercial premises has allowed us incredible insight and the opportunity to hone our craft. It also allowed us to build up the reputation that we have to this day.
There is a range of finishes that can be achieved with stone polishing; this varies from honed to polished stone. We spend time discussing your individual requirements to make sure that the finish we achieve matches this.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss arranging a floor care quotation; please call Ian on 01257 270775.