Here we have a Limestone floor with an unsightly settlement crack. You can see some remnants of a repair done by another company. After removing the “bad repair” and preparing the crack for repair, Clean Image of Orlando was able to accurately match tile color using a specially formulated polyester epoxy that is specifically color matched to each individual job. This is a level 5/5 repair, meaning that we overfill the repair area and then diamond grind and hone to remove any tile deflection and excess epoxy so as the area is completely flat. Limestone can be a difficult repair due to the fact it can change colors, turns much darker as it gets wet, and slowly dries back.
This is a Limestone floor that had been sealed by the original owner before the new owner purchased it. Their main concern was getting the floor clean looking and maintainable. We ground the Limestone flat to best serve their goals. Grinding the floor flat removed the uneven tile edges; the Sealer coating that had been applied, and allows us to use our power float and stone fillers to fill all the holes that had opened up during in the traffic areas.
In the process of refinishing the stone, it was clear that there was allot of color and character being hid under the coating that appeared to turn cloudy white. This may have been due to some coating sealers will turn cloudy white when subject to moisture transmissions coming from most floors in Florida on a concrete slab. The results were spectacular, and the wife who had left during the refinishing process, could not believe they were the same floors upon her return. This floor was finished to a hi-hone finish.
When a stone floor is install “butt installation”, or no grout lines, it take a expert installer so there is no raised tile edges, as seen in this before picture. Some tiles can warp during the manufacturing process making installing a flat floor impossible. Not only do uneven tiles make daily cleaning more difficult, it also can have sharp edges.
Grinding stone floors flat not only allow the tiles to be flat with one another, when done correctly, you can have the grout lines filled and flat with the surrounding stone as well. This allows for one of the easiest to clean floors as there is no recessed areas for soil to get trapped.
Limestone can be one of the most difficult of the natural stones to clean properly. Clean Image of Orlando has many different methods in use to clean limestone, depending on the situation. In this case, we started by giving our detergents a five-minute dwell time on the surface. That’s followed by agitation to loosen the soil. Next, we used the Turbo-Hybrid, which utilizes a high pressure steam system within a simultaneous vacuum recovery. Using this system ensures a deeper clean and cleaner rinse than any on the market today. The picture says it all!
Most homeowner’s don’t realize how soiled their floors are until they start rearranging furniture or rugs, and then discover how clean it is under them. This was the case as you can see from the pictures. This customer in Winter Park had become accustom to the gradual soiling before discovering the difference under the rug.
You may think this is a wood floor, however this beautiful Limestone floor was ground flat, enhanced with a penetrating enhancing sealer, and polished. This floor in Orlando originally was sealed improperly leaving a waxy residue that clouded the natural beauty. This limestone was almost white before the enhancer darkened and highlighted its character.
This beautiful limestone is located in a high-rise in downtown Orlando. Another company had tried to polish and seal using a method known as crystallization. This process had discolored the grout and left the finish unacceptable, as there was a low, un-even gloss with circular marks. This compact limestone was quite thirsty for a penetrating sealer, which protects the stone from the inside out rather than a wax on the surface. This allows the light to penetrate the surface and reflect of the crystals under the surface rather than a wax on the surface. This imparts a much clearer reflective shine rather that a cloudy one.
Limestone can be cleaned without the use of damaging acids. At Clean Image of Orlando we use Stone specific detergents, correct agitation methods and Use of the Turbo Hybrid cleaning System. Proper maintenance cleaning using a backpack vacuum and neutral cleaner detergents will keep the floor from resoling prematurely.