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. We also provide a variety of PV tile cleaning services for residents throughout the Valley, including marble etching sealers, Scottsdale ceramic tile cleaning, limestone tile sealing, Queen Creek stone floor cleaning, flagstone tile sealing contractors, travertine patio tile cleaning, and much more.