Limestone Kitchen Floor Polished in Lyndhurst, New Forest

Limestone is a beautiful flooring material however it’s a porous sedimentary rock which is not as tough as its cousins, Marble and Travertine, and therefore will need more Maintenance over time. This Limestone tiled kitchen floor in Lyndhurst is a great example of how this material can lose its appearance without a regular maintenance regime in place.

Limestone floor before cleaning Lyndhurst New Forest Limestone floor during cleaning Lyndhurst New Forest

Cleaning Limestone Kitchen Tiles

To restore the appearance of polished Limestone we use a set of diamond encrusted Burnishing Pads which effectively cut back the layer of dirt on the floor and then build back up the polish. It was a reasonably large kitchen with an island worktop to so we worked in sections removing the kick boards as we went.

You can see the effectiveness of the process from the test patch below.

Limestone floor before cleaning Lyndhurst New Forest

We stated the burnishing process with the coarse pad fitted to a rotary machine and applied with a little water. The coarse pad is very good at removing dirt and old sealers from stone and once completed the resultant surface water and loose dirt is removed using a wet vacuum.

At this point the grout was also cleaned by applying a strong solution of Tile Doctor Pro-Clean which was scrubbed in along the grout lines, this is necessary as the recessed nature of the grout makes it difficult for the pads to reach it.

Limestone floor during cleaning Lyndhurst New Forest

I mentioned earlier there are four pads in the burnishing system, so once the floor was rinsed with water following the grout cleaning the other three pads were applied to the stone floor in sequence finishing on the finer polishing pads one after the other until we were left with a high shine finish.

Sealing Limestone Tiled Floor

We left the floor to dry and came back later to seal the floor, the floor must be dry before sealing otherwise it can effect the performance of the sealer. Once we were happy the floor was dry we proceeded to seal the Limestone tile using two coats of Tile Doctor Colour Grow which is a colour enhancing product that impregnates the pores of the stone bringing out the natural colours and protecting it from within.

Limestone floor after polishing Lyndhurst New Forest Limestone floor after polishing Lyndhurst New Forest

 
 

Maintaining Limestone Floor Tiles in the Hampshire New Forest

Mosaic Tiled Pool Deep Cleaned in the New Forest

Here’s a quick account of a Mosaic tiled pool cleaning I completed in the grounds of a grand house situated in the New Forest which is a national park on the west side of Hampshire. Mosaic tiles have been in use for thousands of years and are a popular choice for swimming pools, the tiles used in this pool were glazed ceramic which are very hard wearing and don’t generally need that much maintenance.

Mosaic tiled Pool Before Cleaning in the New Forest

My client had just drained the pool in order to repair some cracked tiles, and so took the opportunity to have the entire tiled surface professionally cleaned and we were called in to get the job done.

Cleaning a Mosaic tiled pool

To get these tiles cleaned I mixed a strong solution of Tile Doctor Pro Clean, which is a high alkaline, versatile cleaner, suitable for use tile, stone and grout and ideal for this job. The cleaner is sprayed onto the surface and then allowed to soak in to the dirt and grime breaking it down and making it easier to remove.

The solution was applied, and working in sections, the tile and grout were scrubbed with the aid of a hand-held rotary machine fitted with a small scrubbing pad. Once the tiles had been scrubbed they were then washed down with water under high pressure.

As you can imagine given the size of the pool, the cleaning process certainly took some to complete. However, it was definitely worth it, as we were able to achieve some amazing results although I’m not sure you will appreciate that with these photographs. Ceramic tiles won’t take a sealer so there was no need for any further work.

Mosaic tiled Pool After Cleaning in the New Forest

My client was also pleased with the results, and will no doubt be happy to have a clean pool ready for when the warm weather finally comes back around – whenever that will be!
 
 

Mosaic Tiled Swimming Pool Cleaning in Hampshire