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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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Las Vegas Stone Cleaning

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

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How often should stone resealing be done?
Sealers do not last forever. Father Time, Mother Nature, cleaning, accidents, wear & tear all impact sealers. Resins in impregnators break down, and acrylics wear thin. Resealing is determined by traffic, stone porosity and sealer quality. For most active homes, sealed with a good sealer, every-other-year in high traffic and wet areas is sufficient. When re-surface maintenance is done, areas that absorb should be resealed. Exterior applications will have a fluctuating sealer life depending on climate and maintenance. consult our stone care professionals.

How do you know your stone was cleaned & sealed properly?
You can’t always tell by looking. Appearances can be deceiving. Many stones have rustic, old-world finishes, which appear ragged and worn by design. Cleaning and sealing stone does not change their appearance. If desired, re-honing or polishing upgrades can offer a more consistent finish to alter the appearance. However, improper procedures or using the wrong type of sealer can adversely effect the stone finish. Topical sealers or enhancers are often misapplied to smooth stones leaving blotchy, cloudy areas where scuffing and tracking can easily occur. If the stone has a rough surface, aggressive cleaning is necessary, otherwise haze and debris can remain on the stone. A visit from a qualified stone care professional is often needed to determine a diagnosis.

My stone is sealed but I’m getting dull spots that look like watermarks. What’s wrong?
Anything acidic etches the surface of marble, travertine and limestone. These dull, hazy, white looking marks are actually etches from foods, liquids, cleaners or other products containing acid. Etching can happen instantly. Like when lemon juice hits your eye and burns, the stone shows it just as quickly. Only routine polishing or honing can remove these spots. See the las vegas stone cleaning section for more info.

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