Stone Floor Restoration Costs
There are various levels of service and costs for restoring stone floors; the service level will be dependent upon the condition of the floor. The levels range from a general stone clean and seal to full stone floor restoration by grinding the surface off with diamond disks and polishing to restore the smoothness of the surface.
The costs for stone floor cleaning will vary dependent upon the service selected. Some stone floors may require light restoration only by surface cleaning and the replacement of loose or discoloured grout. This will be quicker to achieve and considerably less in terms of costs and time than a floor that requires all the grout raked out and replaced with the stone completely ground down and re-honed or polished.
In assessing the condition of the stone a specialist stone floor cleaning company should explain the options and suggest the appropriate level of restoration required.
As a general rule stone flooring usually comes in a honed natural, tumbled or highly polished finish.
The first thing to determine if possible is what the original finish was. For instance, if you have a highly polished stone floor that has suffered wear or the polished surface has eroded by the use of inappropriate cleaning materials you should still be able to determine from the edges of the area or from behind a door if it had a high polish originally or not.
As stone wears the pours open up and trap soils and dirt, this may be noticeable when you have attempted cleaning only to find the results unsatisfactory. As the soiling works down into the surface it becomes hard to remove by normal means.
At this stage it may still be possible to deep clean the stone by either the use of a rotary machine fitted with diamond cleaning pads or the use of a pressure extraction cleaning machine that both cleans and lifts the soiling out simultaneously.
It is advisable also to lightly re-hone the stone to close the pours and prevent more soiling becoming trapped.
If the stone is heavily impregnated by soiling and the surface has suffered extensive wear it will be necessary to grind the stone down to remove the contamination as well as create a smooth surface again that can then be maintained.
If you have your stone floor deep cleaned to any of these levels it will require a stone sealer to help prevent the penetration of stains absorbing into the surface.
We find a lot of the stone floors we work upon do not necessarily require full stone floor restoration and can often be bought back to a clean and satisfactory finish by means of a deep clean or light resurface. Once cleaned and sealed previously polished stone can then be polished either using finer diamond pads or a compound polishing powder.
Many customers will often be delighted and surprised that this can be achieved within one service visit with the minimum of mess and disruption. The cost for a stone floor deep clean is usually in the region of half the cost of full restoration and it takes in general terms about a third of the time.
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