Limestone floor cleaning and polishing is one of our most requested services. In some cases, you may merely need to polish your limestone floors to achieve a like new shine, providing it has been well maintained.
For our clients who want their limestone to look better than new, inquire about our Diamond Polishing service. Diamond Polishing is our elite service which leaves your limestone with a mirror finish for a fraction of the cost of a newly installed limestone.
Masking to Protect Your Home
Our limestone cleaning process starts with a careful and thorough masking of your wood cabinets, doors, wood floors and carpet. Our goal is to protect your home as we restore your floor.
Appling a natural stone degreaser to break down and dissolve dirt/grease is very important and highly effective. We know that limestone, with all of its pores and highs and lows can allow dirt to build up over time. Even the best degreasers can only be somewhat effective. Because of this we take our cleaning process one step further. We use a specially designed rotary scrubber and agitator to work with the degreaser to break free the grime and grease. This process aggressively removes the dirt from your limestone floor and grout joints.
Extracting the Dirt
Once the dirt on your stone floor has been broken free and suspended we extract it.
Critical to this process is having the specialized and powerful equipment. The typical equipment for stone floor cleaning is called a “truck-mount” unit. Truck-mount machines offer extraction/vacuum power and moderate heat and moderate cleaning ability.
We want more than moderate cleaning. Our Paradise Valley tile cleaning and extraction units have been designed to our specifications by a local Phoenix manufacturer. They are super effective at cleaning stone floors because they use higher pressure and heat than truck mount units. Our machines have the ability to reach 3,000 psi and 275 degrees continually! We will get your floors clean!
We relish our client’s “Aha Moment” when they see their fresh clean limestone tile floors.
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Repairing Your Limestone Floor
Due to how soft limestone is, almost every floor we have worked on has cracks, chips, holes and hollow tiles throughout. When your limestone tile was cut at the quarry, they repaired cracks, chips and holes with Epoxy. We use the same type of Epoxy product that the quarry uses when we repair your floor. The use of any other product would result in an inferior match and result in reducing the value of your floor.
It’s not uncommon for us to see repairs done that incorporated grout, latex grout and even a liquid nails adhesive to fill holes and cracks.
Using epoxy to repair and restore your limestone floor is not easy or quick, but it is something we take great pride in doing, and it looks great! Every hole and every crack is carefully treated with epoxy that is specifically color matched to that particular tile. It is repaired, heated, polished and melted into the tile so that it looks beautiful!
Honing Your Floor
Honing is a wet sanding process that removes scratches and acidic etches throughout the floor. Limestone honing is most necessary in high traffic areas and kitchens. By going through a careful process of using several different each of these different grits of sandpaper we will reveal your floor’s true beauty.
We start with the process with 400-grit sanding belt and thoroughly go over the entire area. Then we clean the area and repeat the process with 800-grit, then 1500-grit and finally 3000-grit. Each step removes finer and finer scratches and allows the true beauty of your tile floor to shine.
Unfortunately, deep gouges that heavy furniture can create when it is dragged across the tile generally cannot be removed through honing.
Polishing Your Floor
Polishing is wet process that works a polishing compound from a powder into a slurry. This step takes time and requires great patience.
As we are working this compound into the limestone and bringing out the luster, we take time check each and every tile to make sure it passes our reflectively test. Each limestone tile must reach its full reflective potential. If not, when you step back and look at the floor certain tiles will appear more polished than others. This is not an acceptable option to our customers or us. This attention to detail is another step of quality control that we implement on every project, which sets us apart from our competition.
We use high-grade penetrating solvent-based sealers to seal your limestone surfaces. Sealers are designed to be absorbed into the pores of the stone and fill them up. Tight pores help keep spills on the surface so they won’t soak in. This process effectively creates a barrier of protection between the stone and the open air and liquids.
Although penetrating sealers are not bulletproof, they are essential in keeping acidic spills on the surface, which prevents the acids from eating away the underlying stone layers. This protective layer ensures that if there is a resulting etch, or dull spot, it can often be re-honed with the proper abrasives. Common liquids containing acids are: Citrus, vinegar, wine, soda, some perfumes and medicines.
How you maintain your limestone will impact on how long your sealer lasts, but in general, you can expect the sealer coating to last between 3 and 5 years. We use only the best “Stonetech Professional” stone sealers on the floors we service.
Limestone Grout Restoration
Your grout unmistakably influences how your floor, countertop or other surfaces will look in the end. In the end we will instruct you on how to clean your limestone tile floors, showers or counter-tops, what products to use and which to stay away from and how to maintain your grout’s pristine appearance.
As you can see, the professionals at Arizona Stone Care know how to make your limestone floor look its best and last for a lifetime.