Friday, 7 June 2013

Marble floor restoration Cambridge

Last week we were commissioned to work on a marble floor that hadn't been cleaned by Art of Clean for approximately six years. Since then cleaning techniques have improved and our technicians have used these new techniques to enhance their skills, enabling them to grind and polish stone in and around the Cambridge area.
Before cleaning the grout and marble floor was stained and dull looking

To clean the marble floor we started by cutting the stone with a diamond disc to achieve a uniform finish, which also reduces lippage. The lippage is where a floor has been laid unevenly and there is a protrusion between the slabs.
For more info. concerning lippage here is a previous stone cleaning blog post.
Once this stage of the marble cleaning process had been finished we then started cutting the dirty grout lines out between the marble tiles. This was a time consuming task, carefully cutting the grout from between the slabs needs some precision work. We carry out this process when the grout has been permanently stained, to ensure the best finish at the end of the cleaning process.
Re-grouting the tiles after cleaning

After this part of the process we then finished cutting the marble using 3 more grades of diamond pads.
Then next part of the marble cleaning process was to polish the stone floor using a special polishing powder, once we were happy, and the client was happy with the finish we then grouted the floor, being careful to ensure we did a colour match with the marble floor.
After cleaning, re-grouting and applying a finish to the marble floor

The final stage was to clean the floor with a soft sponges and cloths to apply the sealer. The floor now looks as good as new and it should be much easier to keep it clean.
The finished result

How to wash a marble floor:

You will require the following:
2 compartment mob bucket
Clean mop
Cleaning solution - We advise using a near neutral stone floor cleaner and strictly following the dilution rates.

Step 1

Make the cleaning solution mix in the one side of your 2 compartment mop bucket. On the other side – The side where you will wring your mop in – fill it with cold clean water.

Step 2

Place your mop in the clean water and wring the mop head out in the wringer (making sure the clean water in the mop head is wrung into the water only compartment)

Step 3
Dip the mop fingers (about 6 inches into the cleaning solution (note – not the whole mop head!)

Step 4

Wring the mop again a bit to remove excess cleaner

Step 5

Now start mopping your floor and do about 4 foot wide and 4 – 6 foot deep working in a figure 8 motion.

Rinse your mop head in the clean water and repeat step 3 – 5

By following this process you will not contaminate your cleaning solution with the dirt you mop off your marble or stone floor and your floors will stay cleaner for much longer.

If you need any advice on how to clean and protect your marble floor then please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team.