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Boxworth is a very small village situated to the north-west of Cambridge. In the Middle Ages, it had a significant population, but in the modern day there are only around 100 houses in the area including one belonging to my customer. I was there to take a look at a large installation of

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Boxworth is a very small village situated to the north-west of Cambridge. In the Middle Ages, it had a significant population, but in the modern day there are only around 100 houses in the area including one belonging to my customer. I was there to take a look at a large installation of Polished Limestone floor tiles which had been laid throughout the ground floor including the Kitchen, Dining, Utility room and hallway. Many people will already know that Limestone is a premium, yet

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Boxworth is a very small village situated to the north-west of Cambridge. In the Middle Ages, it had a significant population, but in the modern day there are only around 100 houses in the area including one belonging to my customer.

I was there to take a look at a large installation of Polished Limestone floor tiles which had been laid throughout the ground floor including the Kitchen, Dining, Utility room and hallway.

Limestone Tiled Kitchen Before Polishing Boxworth Limestone Tiled Dining Room Before Polishing Boxworth

Many people will already know that Limestone is a premium, yet somewhat sensitive natural stone. It’s also porous, meaning that dirt can easily become ingrained if the tiles are not sealed properly, or if the sealant has worn away. This leads eventually to a very unappealing, dirty, and dull appearance which often happens so slowly it hardly get’s noticed until one day you think, “I’m sure my floor looked better than that before!”.

Limestone Tiled Hallway Before Polishing Boxworth Limestone Tiled Utility Before Polishing Boxworth

In this case the sealer had degraded over time and my customer had called me in because she was now no longer happy with the appearance of the tiles. The lustre the tiles once had eventually disappeared and there was also damage in some areas caused by the placement of table and chair legs. I was asked to restore a high-quality polished finish to the tiles.

Cleaning and Burnishing Limestone Tiles

Before beginning the restoration, I took the necessary precaution of covering the walls and kitchen units to protect them from exposure to any cleaning products or mess.

To begin, I applied Tile Doctor Remove and Go, which is a high-performance stripping agent, to break down any old sealant remaining of the tiles. This product can also be used to clean the stone itself, as well as the grout lines.

After completing the initial cleaning process, I moved on to restoring the polish to the tiles. At Tile Doctor, we do this using a system we have developed called Burnishing. This system involves the application of Diamond encrusted pads – each possessing a different level of grit – to grind away the dirt from the stone, which is often stained or damaged. The process effectively resurfaces the stone leaving it looking new and fresh.

Firstly, I applied the Coarse 400 grit pad, fitted to a rotary machine, to grind away any excess muck and sealant lubricated with a little water. The resultant slurry was rinsed away and I followed up with the application of the Medium 800 grit pad to start the restoration of the polish again with a small amount of water, followed by the Fine 1500 grit pad for the second polish.

Finally, I applied the Very Fine 3000 grit pad to achieve the most refined and highest quality polish possible. The process of burnishing is a gradual but highly effective means of achieving this kind of finish.

Any slurry that was created through this process was removed using my truck-mounted hot water cleaning and extraction machine, resulting in minimum mess.

Sealing Limestone Tiles

After burnishing the tiles and to achieve a really hard wearing and high polish I covered the floor in Tile Doctor Shine Powder crystals and buffed them into the Limestone tiles using a White buffing pad. Then to give the floor extra protection I applied a coat of Tile Doctor Colour Grow, which impregnates the pores of the stone to prevent ingrained dirt.

Colour Grow also intensifies the natural colours in the Limestone, thus improving the appearance of the stone to an even greater extent. Following the application of Colour Grow, I gave the tiles a final light buffing with a soft red pad.

Limestone Tiled Kitchen After Polishing Boxworth Limestone Tiled Utility After Polishing Boxworth

The customer was extremely happy with the outcome, remarking that the work was carried “quickly and efficiently with no fuss.” I took lots of photographs of the process, so you can really appreciate the difference that was made.

Limestone Tiled Hallway After Polishing Boxworth Limestone Tiled Dining Room After Polishing Boxworth

 
 
Source: Limestone Floor Cleaning and Polishing Service in Cambridgeshire

Looking at the pictures below you might think this Quarry Tiled kitchen floor at a cottage in Rotherfield was as old as the village which dates back to the 8th Century and is mentioned in the Doomsday book. It really was in a bad state with I don’t know what covering the tiles which had gone black as a result but were actually very pretty as you will see later. The client was having a new kitchen fitted and wanted the tile and grout restored so as not to incur the cost of replacing it. This

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If you have recently spilled oil on your vinyl floors, you do not have to panic. Here are a few materials and steps that you can use to get that oil off the floor quickly and safely.

What You’ll Need:
Rag
Water
Sponge
Vinyl cleaner
Paper towels

Step 1 – Use Warm Water
The first thing that you want to do is try warm water. You can either wet the sponge with warm water or use a rag. Wipe down the spot to get as much off as possible without rubbing it in too much. You basically want to try to soak up as much as you can. Use paper towels to make sure that any excess water gets soaked up with the oil as you go along.

Step 2 – Use Vinyl Cleaner
When choosing a vinyl cleaner you may want to first speak with the company or store where you bought your flooring for a recommended brand. Otherwise you can find a generic or other vinyl cleaner at most grocery or general stores. You want to make sure that it is specifically for vinyl instead of a multi-purpose cleaner as you will end up soaking the area and will not want to ruin the floor around the spot that has the oil spill while cleaning. Once you have cleaned the stain off with water as much as possible, you can try using a vinyl cleaner. If it is a spray nozzle then you will just want to spray until you cover the area completely. If you need to pour or squirt, then use about a quarter size and rub it into the area. Let this solution sit and soak for about 15 to 20 minutes depending how big the stain is. Then use a sponge or rag again to wipe off the oil in a circular motion being careful not to spread it any further. Be sure to keep washing off and rinsing the sponge or rag.

Step 3 – Continue with Warm Water and Repeat
Once you have gotten a good amount of the oil out you can use a warm rag again to mop off the spot. You will want to continue these steps until the oil is completely off of the floor. You may need to do it a few times, make sure that each time you use the vinyl cleaner you let it soak long enough and then after you wipe it off you wash the area with warm water.

These steps should help you to remove any oil from your vinyl flooring. You want to keep in mind that if this does not work you can use a sponge that is a little rougher however you do not want to use steel wool or anything that is going to harm the surface of your flooring. The best way, although it may be time consuming, is to continue to soak and wipe off the area until it is completely clean.
 
 
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