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Stone Tile Colors

Friday, May 28th, 2010

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Stone tile is a beautiful and durable building material that has been used for many years all over the country. The problem is when it’s not taken care of properly, its color can be muted or altered, making it less attractive than when it was installed. With a material that can theoretically last as long as stone tile, cleaning is a task that will eventually take its toll unless you use the proper techniques.

Why Stone Tile Fading Occurs
The delicate colors of stone can definitely be altered by the improper use of cleaning chemicals, but there are other factors that can cause stone tile fading, as well. Mopping with dirty solution, using chemicals that are not designed for stone care, and large amounts of direct sunlight can each affect the color of natural minerals within the tile. This causes fading and color changes that most homeowners simply don’t want.

Chemicals used in Stone Tile Cleaning
In the stone maintenance industry, there are two main types of chemicals that are utilized: water-based and solvent-based.

Water-based chemicals are chemicals that contain water and have a pH balance. There are a variety of water-based chemicals on the market such as neutral cleaners, ammonia, and bleach. Basically, this group includes most chemicals that have a pH balance. Water-based chemicals are generally considered more environmentally-friendly than solvent-based chemicals.

Solvent-based chemicals do not contain any water and do not register a pH balance. Their ingredients are only soluble in other solvents. Some examples of solvent chemicals are paint thinners, most penetrating sealers, D-Limonene, and alcohol.

No one cleanser is right for every job. Make sure to carefully read the labels of any product you purchase to make sure that it is recommended for the type of stone that’s in your home.

Proper Stone Tile Cleaning and Care
Stone is a natural material which should be cared for with proper maintenance procedures. The hardness and absorbency of the stone will help decide which chemicals, pads, brushes, and equipment are necessary to maintain the stone.

For day-to-day stone tile cleaning, you should be okay as long as you are using a solution that is approved for the kind of tile you’re working on, and you don’t let that solution get too dirty before you replenish it. If you are moving into a new place that hasn’t been well-maintained, you might consider hiring professionals to come in and clean not just the stone, but other areas of the home, as well.

Cleaning Continuous Surface Stone and Concrete
Stone flooring can be found in both modern and classic construction. When dealing with this kind of surface, you most likely need to take into account the finish and top coating of your floor. Especially when dealing with the concrete flooring that is becoming ever more popular in new homes and condos, using a cleaning solution that is designed for this surface is very important if you want to keep your floor looking its best. Though stone tile cleaning is a fairly straightforward job, a polished and sealed continuous concrete or stone floor will often require a professional hand every once in a while to maintain and protect the surface.

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Why Choose a Professional for Natural Stone Care?

Friday, May 28th, 2010

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Why Choose a Professional for Natural Stone Care?

Your home’s beautiful stone surfaces deserve the best professional care. ABC Real‘s high-quality, proven stone cleaning process gives you just that!

First, our experienced technicians will complete a detailed inspection of your home’s stone surfaces and then they will recommend the best overall cleaning process.

For most surfaces the treatment may involve the following steps:

  • Preparation and pre-cleaning surfaces including masking of non-treatment areas
  • Pre-sealing – In some cases, to maintain surface as dry as possible
  • Honing – Using a laboratory-developed and filed-tested combination of abrasive compounds, cleaning agents and grease cutters, the stone surface is gently honed to remove scratches, etches, and wear marks.
  • Polish – After a thorough rinse following the honing process, special machinery and compounds are used to bring original shine back to treated stone surfaces.
  • Sealing – One or more coats of special sealant are applied and buffed, to protect against future staining.

Whether your stone renewal needs are for your floor, kitchen or bathroom surfaces, ABC Real has the experience and proven treatment options to revitalize and renew all of your stone surfaces, including:

  • Granite
  • Marble
  • Slate
  • Travertine
  • Terrazzo
  • Saltillo
  • And many others, just ask our technicians

By the way, we can handle your grout repair or grout color sealing needs as well. And if your tile is ceramic or porcelain, we can clean that too!

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Cleaning Kitchen Tile and Grout, by Lee Wyatt

Thursday, May 27th, 2010
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Your kitchen may have a significant portion of its area covered in tile and grout—that’s common nowadays. The tile and grout plan can look great on a kitchen floor, walls, and countertop backsplash but you do need to be aware of how to effectively and efficiently clean it. Let’s face facts here, the kitchen isn’t exactly a room that can stay clean very easily is it? Kitchens need to be cleaned on a regular basis for them to really be clean. If you want the tile and grout in your kitchen to stay clean and looking great, then you need to clean it on a regular basis and use the proper techniques.

The tile itself is super easy to clean and doesn’t take too much scrubbing. If the tile is on the floor, you just need to mop the floor with soapy water and let it air dry. When cleaning backsplash tile, you just need to use a rag instead, and make sure that you really wipe down the tile surfaces to remove any stains or mysterious substances.

A word of advice, though, as you clean your kitchen’s tile and grout—it is strongly advised that you use bleach as your cleaning agent. The reason for this is that bleach is going to help you kill and remove any germs, mold, bacteria, or other forms of general yuckiness that you may not easily see. However, if you are going to use bleach to clean then you are going to want to conduct a close inspection of the tile.

Once the tile and grout dries, if you happen to see a thin film on the tiles, then you need to rinse again. This is because as bleach dries, it can leave a powdery film that can present a serious health risk to you and your family. To prevent this health risk, while still being able to use the strength of bleach to help you clean and sanitize your floors, rinse your kitchen tile and grout as often as necessary to make sure that you have removed the bleach residue. Often this entails about two to three rinse cycles before it has been accomplished.

Cleaning your grout—the cement that holds the tiles together—is often more of a project since it takes a few more specialized tools. Begin by putting on a pair of latex gloves since you are going to be using some harsh abrasive materials, and you might just want to keep your hands nice and clean. Next, if your grout isn’t particularly dirty, you can use regular grout cleaner. However, if the grout is particularly dirty or grimy you are going to want to use a more heavy-duty grout cleaner, which can be purchased at any local department store.Once you have your cleaner, spray some of it onto the grout, and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, you are going to take a stiff brush, or a grout brush, and scrub at the grout. Something that you will need to remember is that you may need to spend a lot of time scrubbing a small particular section of grout in order to get it completely clean; don’t settle for semi-clean grout, but rather persevere until your grout is completely clean. After you’ve done the initial scrub, rinse the grout then spray hard-to-clean spots with an intense bleach cleaner and let it sit for about ten more minutes. This “bleach rinse” ensures that the mold, mildew, and bacteria are completely killed.

Finish off the job by doing one more intense scrub with the scrub brush, rinse, and you’ll be good to go! If you want to keep your grout clean and sparkling, then apply some grout sealant to protect it and do minor cleaning touch ups every now and again to make sure that the grout stays fresh and clean.

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Professional Pressure Washing Services

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Las Vegas Tile Cleaning

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

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Contrary to popular belief, maintenance of ceramic tiles and grout is not a very difficult task for you. Fairly easy to maintain following a few tips that most homeowner and home makers should know. In fact such maintenance is mainly related to tile cleaning tactics. Before that it would be convenient learning about a couple of terminologies. Grout for instance is the stuff that is place between the tile lines on the walls.

Similar to the appliances used for concrete structures, las vegas tile & grout is a bit softer in comparison and takes the form of soft paste. With the passage of time the soft paste hardens. Maintenance of grout is important so that shower or tub area prevents leakage of water into the walls behind the tile. Caulk is another rubber like stuff that is put around the edges of the shower or tube or at the base of the doors. .

They are also placed on any of the edges. Maintenance in this case will depend on the use of the shower and gaps between the uses. Caulk is often made white or colored for matching with the grout applied. Remember; cleaning and maintaining tiles is different from the carpet cleaning Melbourne or the rug cleaning.  The difference is one between the fiber and hard material. Tiles are stronger yet brittle while carpet or rugs are softer and unbreakable.

Going back to the issues relating to tile cleaning it is important remembering that such cleaning or maintenance is general cleaning. The process is largely dependent on the ventilation and the atmosphere of the room where they are laid. If the room is not dry and exposed to moisture, there could be growth of mold on the tiles blackening and darkening its features.

It is very important for you to prevent such occurrences. Not only the tiles get blackened and darkened due to such happenings but also become dangerous especially for kids and pets that can easily slip and fall on the slippery surface those results due to development of molds. Using quality cleaning materials and accessories will prevent this from happening.

One of the elements that could be effectively used for tile cleaning is hydrogen peroxide. Additional advantage of using hydrogen peroxide is that it kills germs that help growth of mold and the mold won’t come back as easily as in case of tile structures not maintained. But tiles are not used for flooring alone. They are also used in tubs, fixtures, doors etc and for these particular areas the Bon Ami cleanser could be used with Teflon scrub sponge or any soft brush to get the best results.

Using cleaners for las vegas tile cleaning that are green, which means they do not emit any harmful gaseous emissions that would adversely affect the health or physique of the inhabitants in the rooms or environment around are the only precaution that you need taking.

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