Professional restoration cleaning & sealing work carried out on a limestone floor in Winchcombe near Cheltenham. This Limestone floor restoration project is one of a number we have done recently where we have been able to transform the Limestone surface using professional tools and techniques.
A common issue on limestone and other calcite based stones is marking that looks like staining or watermarks on the surface of the tile. These marks cannot be wiped or cleaned away. They are more noticeable on polished stone surfaces. We offer professional limestone stain removal services.
The before picture on the left shows where vinegar has been dropped onto grey limestone. The acid in the vinegar attacked the stone causing an etch mark to the surface. The limestone has been physically altered by the vinegar no amount of buffing cleaning scrubbing will improve it.
Limestone floor stain removal – before, during and after photo
The French limestone tiles were sealed & installed four years ago. As with most kitchen floors the stone has been subjected to food and drinks spills and needed our French Limestone restoration experience. The tiles were beginning to show signs of wear & tear including some acid etching and minor scratches.
After we had removed the remnants of sealer and soils from the natural stone & grout, we then repaired the etching and scratch marks. This was done with several grades of Diamond abrasives. Initial harsher grades repaired the damage to the stone. Following Diamond work polished stone giving a warm natural satin sheen to the Stones surface.
Limestone kitchen floor sealed & restored
French Limestone after restoration
This French limestone has a similar look to Cotswold stone while being a little harder, making it more durable.
We can improve & restore almost all natural stone floors. Please get in Contact with us if you have any flooring issues you would like some professional help or advice
Cotswold Stone Floor Cleaners are experts in Riven slate floor restoration. This kitchen floor just south of Oxford had been suffering from moisture build-up beneath the varnish that had been applied to the floor.
The seal build up can be seen around the edges of the tiles in the ‘before’ pictures below. The moisture had forced the varnish sealer away from the slate surface. Leaving an unfortunate ‘sunburnt skin’ look to the floor:
Riven slate floor restoration
We used metal sintered grinding diamonds to remove the seal along with the uneven riven nature to the floor. Once the floor was flush with the grout lines we then set about improving the stone surface to bring it up to a natural low sheen honed finish. The floor is all now on the same level making ongoing maintenance simple and displaying a natural stone at its best.
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while repelling any bills in stains from the surface the floor was also able to breve and allow evaporation of any moisture that may come from the subfloor.
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If you would like us to come and see your floor and offer some options for improving the look and maintenance of it please Contact us by calling 07775944596
” Our entrance hall floor was old Cotswold stone flags & grout which had not been treated in any way for many years. It was stained and beginning to flake. Cotswold Stone Floors came promptly, gave good advice on the right treatment, finish and how to look after it in future. It now looks really good and is resilient to all the mud and other stuff which comes on peoples feet into a country cottage. A simple wash over with cold water brings it right back. Cotswold Stone Floors were totally professional and very pleasant to deal with. I would recommend them.”
Nic Dummett Coln valley, Cirencester, Gloucestershire
We wanted to share some concrete polishing process photographs of our latest concrete polishing project.
The first three pictures show the concrete slab after installation as the builders left it.
The client request was to polish the concrete cream. To do this the slab must be laid and finished extremely well with no high or low spots to allow the machinery to agitate the surface without removing much of the top layer. The cream is the most fragile part of the slab and often requires hardening and densifying to give it the consistency to polish.
The floor was not as level as we may have hoped however we were able to retain 90% of the cream exposing minimal aggregate leaving this old blacksmiths unit with a contemporary and slightly rustic looking highly durable floor
The finish is created by running have a high powered machines over and over the concrete. With the concrete polishing process complete there is no synthetic topping on the floor which will increase the durability and life time of the slab. Polished concrete is arguably the most durable floor finish available to the the commercial and domestic market. This floor also has under floor heating installed
‘Thank you again for making such a good job of the floor. The old travertine tiles were quite uneven and tatty, being in a high traffic area. You have done a great job of grinding and ‘de-lipping’ the surface. We now have a pristine, level floor which looks like new and will hopefully last for many more years. Thanks again.’ – Oliver
We were really pleased to receive this feed back after a few days working on these Travertine floor tiles. This good quality polished Travertine had been poorly laid. The height difference between the tiles was up to 2mm. This is known as lippage & can make the floor very uneven. Rather than taking the floor up & relaying it. We were asked to remove the uneven surface. Hone, fill, polish & seal the Travertine to make the floor all level
Now the polished Travertine floor is totally level, re-polished & sealed. Making it like one complete piece of stone; a monolith. It is now simple to maintain & very durable.
If we can help you revive your natural stone floor please let us know;
We finished a job today stripping, cleaning & sealing a floor of reclaimed Cotswold limestone flags. I was very pleased to receive the following email:-
Thank you so much for the work you and John have done. We built our house and moved in four years ago. Our biggest luxury was the stone floor. We were on a tight budget at the time so the floor didn’t ever get sealed but we thought if we’re careful it will be fine. Unfortunately it doesn’t work like that. Fours years down the line and the stains and general dirt were well and truly ingrained. I don’t know how you’ve done it but you’ve managed to restore it to it’s original colour, it looks how it did when we moved in, and of course it is now at long last sealed. The quote you gave us was very reasonable and I have to say worth every single penny. I can’t thank you enough and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending your company to anyone!
If you would like some help or advice with your floor, please get in contact:- 07775944596
Sealing and protecting limestone: Cotswold Stone Floor Cleaners were fortunate to be asked to help with the finishing on this beautiful project. The floor installers had sealed the stone making it fully serviceable but it lacking a little something;
limestone fully sealed, but looking a little dry
We set to work applying a polish by hand to allow us to enhance the natural beauty of each individual limestone tile.
Polishing & sealing natural limestone floor tiles
Treated tiles closest to the glazing
If you think your stone floor could do with a lift, why not get in contact.
York flag stone floor restoration: Cotswold stone floor cleaners were lucky enough to be asked to refurbish this beautiful traditional flagstone floor in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire near Stroud.
It would seem many years of regular family use without any proper maintainence. So we had to use all of our stone cleaning restoration techniques to begin to prise away the years of grime from the sandstone floor tiles
After removing the bulk of the dirt with weighted stone cleaning machines. We set to work removing specific stains and marks from a stone tile surface. Once floor had been fully cleaned and restored we applied a high quality sealing solution into the stone tiled surface to protect the stone from spills of food & drink for the next 10 to 15 years.
If you have a York flag stone floor restoration requirement in the south of England the Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset or Worcestershire. Please do get in contact with us and we will advise you of the possibilities available to you.