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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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Las Vegas Pressure Washing Service

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

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Tips For Cleaning Your Gutters With a Pressure Washing

Cleaning your gutters with a pressure washer can get them cleaner and do it faster. If you’re not worried about getting debris in the area you can simply aim the gun down the gutters and it blow them free of all debris. I find it faster and a little less messy to remove all large debris such as leaves, sticks, and other organic matter into a trash bag before using the pressure cleaning to blow them out.

One major advantage to using the las vegas pressure washing is that if you aim the gun down the downspout the high pressure can dislodge or unclog them completely. You will usually see a pile of gunk at the base of the downspout after this procedure and your downspouts will flow free again. Another advantage to pressure washing the inside of the gutter runs is the removal of grit buildup from asphalt roofing shingles. This sand-like buildup can weigh down your gutters and it is difficult to remove by hand.

In the fall after the majority of leaves have fallen it is important to do a thorough cleaning of your gutters to keep them flowing free. Over time buildup will clog your gutter system and make them susceptible to water and moisture build up which will damage the gutters and make them inoperable. Gutters are one of the major defenses against moisture problems, so make sure to keep them working properly.

One final tip: If you have time use your pressure washing service to clean the outside of your gutters. Gutters can stain if left unattended to the elements, so it is a good idea to clean the outsides each time you service the insides for buildup. This can be accomplished with a pressure washing detergent applied on a low pressure setting, wait 5 minutes, and remove with a higher pressure tip.

Be careful pressure washing can do damage to your home, so make sure you know how to safely operate your machine and read the owners manual before ever putting it to use. Always use safety glasses to clean your gutters with a pressure cleaner.

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