Case Studies

Limestone floor restoration – before and after video

Limestone floor restoration project

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.

Please contact us with your limestone floor restoration and cleaning needs.

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Limestone stain removal

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

Limestone floor stain removal – before, during and after photo

Please contact us with your limestone cleaning requirements.

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French Limestone restoration & sealing

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

Limestone kitchen floor sealed & restored

French Limestone after restoration

French Limestone after restoration

This French limestone has a similar look to Cotswold stone while being a little harder, making it more durable.

French Limestone after photos

French Limestone

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

Tel 07775944596

Posted by Bruce Swait

Riven slate floor restoration

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 cleaning

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.

To find out more about Grinding & polishing natural stone please click this link.

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

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Cotswold limestone Floor Restoration customer review 

” 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

Stone floor cleaning

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Concrete polishing in the Cotswolds & 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. Showing concrete floor before the polishing process beingsThe concrete slab ready for polishingThe concrete polishing process starting to take effect

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

Polished concrete floor starting to shineThe beauty of a shiny polished concrete floorAfter the concrete polishing process is complete
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

If you like to know any more about our concrete polishing processes or concrete installation for polishing please get in contact:-

Tel 07775944596

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Some feed back from a Travertine grind, polish & seal

‘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;

Tel. 07775 944956

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Customer feedback from a Cotswold Flag stone floor restoration 

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

Info@cotswoldstonefloorcleaners.co.uk

 

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Sealing & protecting limestone 

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

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

Polishing & sealing natural limestone floor tiles

treated tiles closest to the glazing

Treated tiles closest to the glazing

If you think your stone floor could do with a lift, why not get in contact.

01242 577557

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York flag stone floor restoration at Slimbridge, Stroud, Gloucestershire

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.

York flag stone floor cleaning

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.

York stone

York stone floor

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.

Call (07775) 944596

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