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By: GROUT MAGNIFICENT | Created 03/20/2020

The main purpose of sealing your tiles and grout is to protect them from discoloration and stains. However, accidents are bound to happen and there is no way to avoid them completely.

You can clean sealed tiled floors with a mild cleaning solution. If you find a stain on your sealed tiles or grout, rub the area using a mild bleach mixture. You should be cautious not to use anything too abrasive, strong, or stiff like a metal brush, for instance. Such material will leave scratches on the surface of your tile and grout.

The problem with grout is that it needs to cured for at least a month before you can seal it. This is the duration during which you must be extra cautious since there will be no sealing to protect your grout against stains. If you discover a stain on your grout during this time, you should clean it up with a mild bleach mixture.

Whatever you do, don’t seal the stained grout. If you seal grout without removing the stain, it might not be possible to remove the discoloration later on.

Cleaning Sealed Porcelain and Ceramic Tiles

Make sure that you vacuum or mop your ceramic or porcelain sealed tiles every day. Although these tiles are very resilient, they can lose their luster due to a build-up of sand and grit.

Instead of using a sponge type mop, it is better to use a chamois or rag-type mop. These kinds of mops are recommended since sponge mops tend to fill up the grout lines with dirty water. Make sure that you change the water often during cleaning. You may get a dull-looking or mucky floor if you don’t change the water frequently.

Need professional help to clean sealed tile floors? Contact us today.

Cleaning Sealed Stone Tiles

When cleaning natural stones like marble, granite, or slate, you need to exercise caution since the wrong kind of cleaner can ruin their surface. Therefore, you should use cleaners specifically formulated for stone tiles.

There are different kinds of stone tiles that require different cleaning methods.

·         Slate Tile

Make use of a mild detergent that does not contain acidic ingredients like vinegar or lemon. You should dry the tiles quickly after you have cleaned them to avert water spots.

·         Marble Tile

Although marble has a stunning appearance, it requires plenty of maintenance. Do not clean marble tile with an acidic solution.

You should not apply vinegar or lemon based cleaning solutions for marble. Don’t use anything that may be abrasive, such as scouring powders and brushes with stiff bristles, as these will scratch the delicate marble surface.

·         Granite Tile

You need a neutral pH solution for cleaning granite tiles. Just like marble and slate tiles, you need a mild cleaner for granite. Harsh or acidic cleaners will create discoloration or streaks on the surface of granite tiles.

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By: GROUT MAGNIFICENT | Created 03/20/2020

After grout has set, you must remove the haze that develops on the grout surface. You should not wait for more than three hours after the grout has set to remove the haze. If you remove the grout haze within three hours of setting, you can do so with the help of a clean damp sponge. However, if you cannot clean the grout haze, you must buy a tile haze remover from a home improvement store or hardware store.

Tile Floor

If you want to renovate your room, you can create a clean, crisp, and tidy look by replacing the carpet with tiles. In case you already have a tile floor, then you can return it to its pristine look simply by cleaning up the discolored grout.

After you have your old grout replaced or repaired, you must ensure that the freshly laid out grout and the grout sealing are fully cured before you mop the floor again.

Kinds of Grout

Two kinds of tile grout are commonly used. They are the sanded type and the non-sanded variety.

Tile grout protects the integrity of your tile by securing your tiles firmly at their correct positions. Thus, with the help of grout, you can safeguard floors, walls, counters, or anything else that you are adding tiles to. In short, wherever you have tiles, you need grout to secure them with a strong foundation.

Non-sanded grout works well for finely-detailed mosaic work and also for closely packed tiles that have less than 1/8 inch gap between them.

Since sanded grout is much stronger as compared to non-sanded grout, it is the best choice for floor tiles.

Cleaning Up Grout

You must remove any grout that has spilled beyond the gap between the tiles.  The most convenient way of doing this is to make use of the grout float. You must ensure that you remove the excess grout while it is still fresh. Once the grout cures, you cannot remove it no matter how many times you mop the floor.

After scraping away extra grout that spilled on the tiles, you should apply a damp sponge to the area. Make sure that you rinse the sponge often. You should have two buckets of water at hand for this purpose. Use water from one bucket for cleaning the floor using the sponge. Use another bucket for rinsing the sponge after you have scrubbed the floor with it.

Make sure to squeeze the sponge firmly before scrubbing the floor. Squeezing the sponge thoroughly will leave the sponge damp enough to clean up the excess grout. However, water from the sponge will not drip onto the fresh grout.

While the grout is setting, you may notice a thin white film. This is the grout haze. You can remove it following the above-mentioned steps.

Conclusion

Whether it is cleaning, repairing, or laying out fresh grout, we can do it all. We can give a grout makeover to your tile floor that will leave it as good as new.

Contact us today.

By: CLASSIC MARBLE RESTORATION INC | Created 03/20/2020

Marble is one of the few stones that has many uses. Thanks to its chemical properties, marble has applications in agriculture, pharmaceuticals, paper, paint, and cosmetics among others. One of its chiefs uses is in construction. Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful landmarks in the world. Built between 1632 and 1653 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, it was constructed with marble.

The Lincoln Memorial was built between 1914 and 1932 and was constructed using marble from different locations. The statue of Lincoln himself is built with white marble from Georgia. Marble is a beautiful natural stone but due to wear and tear, its finish can be diminished over time. To bring back the beauty and shine of marble, you need a professional restoration expert.

In this article, we highlight everything you need to know about the marble floor restoration process.

Marble Floor Restoration Process – Step by Step Guide

There are four steps involved in the marble floor refinishing process. They are:

  • Grinding
  • Honing
  • Polishing
  • Sealing

Let’s take an in-depth look at the steps above.

Step One- Grinding

Ever wondered why marble is shiny? Well, it is a translucent material. As such, it allows light to enter resulting in a soft glow. Marble is also soft and fine-grained. Grinding is a process whereby experts remove all ledges and roughness. This step highlights the smooth look we’re accustomed to with marble floors. Aside from adding shine and smoothing out surface imperfections, the grinding process removes stains and scratches too.

Step Two – Honing

Honing is a marble floor restoration process that helps to smooth the floor. In this process, experts use industrial diamond pads to bring back the shine on dull marble. This process is particularly useful in high traffic areas where stone erodes as a result of abrasion between shoes and the stone. The industrial diamond pads remove deep scratches and stains and help give the marble a uniform appearance.

Step Three – Polishing

In the polishing stage, experts will apply marble stripper. After application of the marble stripper, experts will rinse the floor with clean water and will then allow the surface to dry completely before polishing. Marble restoration experts will use a floor buffer to polish your marble floor. To achieve that high, even gloss, they’ll apply the buffer and polish the floor three times.

Step Four – Sealing

Kitchen floors and counter tops come into contact with greasy and acidic substances- like lemons, vinegar- that can damage your natural marble over time. To protect the mirror-like finish, ask our experts about applying stone sealants to your natural stone counter tops or floors annually. The sealant helps close pores on the marble surface and protect it against damage for a longer period of time, which means you won’t need to have it polished as frequently.

Keeping Your Marble Floor Clean and Shiny

Our restoration experts can clean, polish and seal your marble floors. With the proper care and restoration as needed, the beauty of marble floors will last for many years to come.

Looking for professional marble restoration experts? Talk to us and restore beauty back to your floors.

By: CLASSIC MARBLE RESTORATION INC | Created 03/20/2020

Marble floors are a gorgeous feature in your home. They go with many of the latest interior design trends, but if marble floors aren’t properly maintained, they’ll lose their luster over time. But how do you clean marble floors?

Let’s give your floors a little TLC with these five essential marble restoration tips for a beautiful finish.

1.DO A LITTLE PREP

Before doing anything to bring back your floor’s shine, remove dust and dirt by sweeping and mopping.

Next, you’ll wash it. Here’s how to wash a marble floor:

Mop with a simple, non-abrasive cleaning solution like a mix of baking soda, dishwashing liquid, and water.

In a quart of warm water, mix about three tablespoons of baking soda and a squirt or two of mild dishwashing detergent.

Be sure and rinse the floor after mopping with the home-made cleaning solution. Then let the floor dry.

2.STAIN-AWAY

After you clean, you’ll see if any stains remain on your marble floor.

One of the best ways of removing stains while cleaning marble floors is with a poultice.

Find a powder, like a talc, plaster of Paris, baby powder, or even flour. Mix it with water until it has the consistency of sour cream, then apply it on top of the stain.

Cover it with plastic and tape down the edges. Wait until the poultice is hard over the next day or two. Then remove with water.

Don’t worry if the stain isn’t completely gone the first time. Tough stains might need more than one application.

3.DON’T BE TOO HARD ON IT

It might be tempting to scrub tougher stains. But avoid that temptation.

Using harsh chemicals or abrasive sponges and scrubbers can damage your beautiful floors.

Acidic chemicals can leave an etched spot on your tile. Check the pH balance of chemicals before applying to your marble.

4.IF YOU HAVE ETCH

Don’t scratch an etch. If you’re already dealing with an etch in your floor, treat it carefully.

Use a light fine-grit sandpaper. Start with 800-1000 grit and sand gently. Once the etched spot matches the finish of the surrounding tile, finish with 1500 and 2000 grit paper.

Be patient. This is a slow process when done correctly.

5.SHINE ON

Once your floor is clean, stain-free, and the etches are smooth, it’s time to add some shine.

Knowing how to shine marble floors isn’t hard. Try a mix of baking soda and water combined into a paste. Use a microfiber cloth to apply the paste, then allow it to dry.

Rinse it with water. Then buff to a shine with a clean, dry microfiber cloth.

Show Off Your Home With Marble Restoration

Most marble floors need a little TLC to bring back their shine. With a little time and effort, these simple home marble restoration tips return floors back to life.

But some marble floors next more love.

If your floors need heavy duty care, we’re here to help. From scratch repair to sealing, no job is too big or small for our team.

Contact us for a free consultation on cleaning and polishing your home’s marble!

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