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Friday, 23 July 2010

Sealing Natural Stone:  Travertine, Limestone, & Slate

If you are a natural stone fan you may have one of the above mentioned stones in your home or business. Natural stone such as Travertine, Limestone, or Slate can add beauty to any surface not to mention real value. Unfortunately no one ever gets a manual and how to best take care of their natural stone floor.

Not a month goes by where I will receive a call or email from someone here in Sacramento wanting my help with sealing problems. They attempted to seal the floor themselves, or maybe hired a so called 'expert', and now the floor has a sticky residue. When you own a natural stone floor such as travertine, limestone, or slate you have to know what you are doing or you will end with a sticky mess, or worse,  every time.

Before sealing a floor like travertine you have to know what is its porosity. In other words, what kind of pores does the stone have and how dense are the pores. Travertine, Slate, and Limestone all have varying degrees of porosity and you must have a sealer that will penetrate the surface.

The second thing your going to have to be able to do is successfully remove all of the dirt, grime, bacteria and yuck from the floor's surface and grout lines before sealing. If there is old sealer on the floor you will want to remove this as well. Keep in mind that you should NEVER use any kind of acid when cleaning natural stone. Acid will etch and permanently damage the stone. Removing old sealer, and or types of waxes, can be very grueling work. It usually requires lots of 'elbow grease', so get into shape.

Third, you will want the stone and the grout to be DRY! Excess moisture on your tile and grout could weaken the sealer before it dries. Most sealers today are water based and with few exceptions solvent based. Water based sealers will usually NOT change the appearance of the stone, but solvent based sealers will often darken the stone. Make sure you, or your expert, know what they are doing.

Sealers, when properly applied, can enhance the natural beauty of your stone floors for years to come if done properly. As always, if you have a question or concern about this article please contact me at paddle@frontiernet.net.

Michael Hull

Posted by: Michael Hull AT 09:28 pm   |  Permalink   |  1 Comment  |  Email
Monday, 12 July 2010

Are You Ready?

If you are considering hiring a professional cleaning company for tile and grout cleaning or carpet cleaning here are some suggestions that will help both of us before we arrive:

1). Please remove any small items such as dining room chairs, magazine racks, floor plants, etc. from any areas that are going to be cleaned.

2). Please remove all breakable items from furniture which will have to be temporarily moved, cleaned under, and placed back.

3). Please pin up any full length draperies so that they will be at least 6 inches off the floor.

4). Please pin up any skits on upholstered furniture, which may be touching the floor to be cleaned.

5). Computer equipment, china cabinets, sectional sofas, entertainment centers, antique and fragile furniture as a rule cannot be moved. We will attempt to clean as far as possible underneath such items, or we can edge around the base. *When cleaning tile we can often move more furniture than when cleaning carpet.

6). During the pre-inspection walk through with us and please advise us of any special instructions to follow when moving furniture. It is helpful to know about weak legs, loose tops or previous repairs.

7). Please call attention to any spots or stains which may require special cleaning techniques. This list would include mustard stains, red stains, wine stains, and of course pet urine.

8). Please put your pet(s) in a safe quite place where our cleaning won't disturb them.

9). ODORS: We do everything possible to reduce or eliminate pet odors, smoke odors, etc. However, due to the depth of contamination, 100% success may not be attained. Also, for several after cleaning you may notice an elevated odor due to higher humidity levels.

10). Finally, be sure to keep a very close eye on your children.

If you have questions about this article please email me at paddle@frontiernet.net.

Michael Hull

Posted by: Michael Hull AT 12:32 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
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