Travertine Floor Cleaners
Travertine floor cleaners Kent covering Maidstone, Ashford, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells, Ashford, Canterbury, Medway, Thanet
Travertine is a natural stone material from the limestone family. It is made of calcium carbonate and is usually found in the form of deposits near warm or hot springs. It was frequently used in ancient times as a building material.
Because travertine is such a porous material, it should be sealed before use in construction or renovation projects. It is most commonly used for countertops and flooring, but may also be used in showers and tub surrounds as well as in exterior decor.
One might think that since stone can withstand the ravages of weather and outdoor elements, it is unlikely to be damaged when used in the home.
Aside from its obvious beauty, durability is one of the elements that lead people to choose natural stone for home building and home improvement projects.
The truth is that unpolished travertine is highly susceptible to heat, scratching, staining and acidity, including citric acid, so it should only be cleaned with special products designed for use on natural stone.
Firstly we come in and using diamond Pads a Rotary floor polisher and wet vac device we strip back the floor of any existing polishes and seals to where the floor resembles it’s Natural State.
Obviously being a Natural stone its prone to Acid erosion so no Acid based cleaners or bleaches should be used. We use a combination of Alkaline/Akali-Solvant based cleaners.
Once the floor is prepared we leave it to dry over night. This is highly important as the marble will retain moisture and will react with the seals/polishes. Beware any company who say they can do this all in a day!
Next day we come back and apply the Seals/Polishes. Sounds simple but take my word there is an absolute art to this especially when your talking polishing a floor. You need patience a keen eye and attention to detail.
Seals and polishes are built up some require 2 coats some 5, its the Technicians job to be able to judge this……..
After each coat the floor is buffed back to avoid application marks. Each coat will take 30-45 mins to dry the floor will be ready for light use (Walking on) 2 hours after last coat heavy traffic (Moving furniture around) that evening.