Santa Fe Floor Care

Santa-Fe-New-Logo

How To Remove A Terrazzo Stain

How To Remove a Stain on Terrazzo

Stains on terrazzo can be unsightly and may lead you to decide you have no choice but to have tile or carpet installed over it, but often stains on terrazzo can be effectively removed. You can attempt to remove the stain yourself or contact a professional stone restoration contractor. Here is what will need to be done.

Are your terrazzo floors waxed or coated?

It is not uncommon for a terrazzo floors to be coated or waxed with a topical finish. The only way to know whether the stain is in the topical finish or in the terrazzo itself is to remove any old finish. If you are certain that your terrazzo has a natural, honed or polished finish then you can skip the stripping process described below and move on to the poultice application.

Also note that most modern terrazzo is made with a resin matrix that will soften if stripped. If you are sure that your terrazzo has an older cementitious matrix, you can safely proceed with stripping. If you have any doubts or know that you have a newer, resin matrix terrazzo floor, do not apply a stripper to your terrazzo. Please contact your stone restoration contractor for guidance.

Stripping Waxes and Coatings

It is very important to note that floor stripper is very caustic and can cause injury or damage. You must wear heavy latex gloves and eye protection and use masking tape and plastic to protect the floor surrounding your work area.

Mix one part water-based floor stripper (the same kind used for vinyl tile or polymer finishes) with six parts water and apply to the stained area. Allow five minutes dwell time. Agitate the solution with a green scrubbing pad. Use an absorbent white cloth or paper towels to soak up the solution. Then, repeat this entire process.

At this point, if the coating was stained and not the terrazzo itself, it is possible that the stain may be gone. If so, use a pH-neutral, stone-safe cleaner to remove any remaining stripper and clean the area. If the stain is still there, that means it is in the terrazzo, and you can try to remove it using a poultice application.

The Poulticing Method of Stain Removal

A poultice is a combination of a dry, absorbent medium and a liquid chemical or cleaning agent. The ingredients for your poultice will depend on what type of stain you are trying to remove. Please visit our Stain Removal Application for the specific ingredients and directions for mixing and applying a poultice.

Restoring Your Terrazzo Finish

Please note: If your terrazzo has a natural, honed or polished finish, there is no need to strip or reapply coatings.

If you stripped the stained area, you removed the topical finish. That means you now have a small area that looks dull compared to the surrounding floor. To resolve this problem, use a paint brush to reapply a water-based finish. It may take up to eight coats to give the work area a nice, even sheen that blends with the surrounding area.

Professional Terrazzo Stain Removal and Refinishing

An experienced natural stone restoration contractor can use a floor machine with an aggressive pad to strip your entire floor, if needed. Depending on the severity of the stain, the technician can either apply a poultice or grind the affected area, removing a very thin upper layer and virtually erasing the stain. Then, the floor can be deep scrubbed and recoated to rejuvenate the existing finish or honed and polished for a beautiful, natural finish that eliminates the need for any future stripping or recoating.

This is one of a series of articles written and published  on behalf of surpHaces Partners.

Limestone

We’re Limestone Care Experts

Limestone that has become dull and damaged will need professional services to restore its elegant luster and keep it looking its best. At Santa Fe Floor Care, we know what it takes to make your limestone surfaces look sensational… all over again! If your limestone is dirty or dull-looking, scratched, etched, cracked, chipped, or otherwise damaged, don’t replace it! Our cleaning, polishing, restoration and protection services can make an incredible difference.

Do you have limestone countertops, walls, or other limestone surfaces? What limestone services do you need? We provide complete limestone care and professional maintenance services for floors, countertops, walls, and other surfaces, including both interior and exterior limestone surfaces for residential and commercial clients. Keep reading to learn more about how we can meet your needs.

Honing, Polishing, and Refinishing

Does your limestone floor have dull areas associated with wear patterns, scratches, etches or spots? An uneven finish, dull spots or etches can diminish the elegant appearance of your limestone floors and surfaces. Santa Fe Floor Care can hone your limestone surfaces to eliminate these imperfections, resulting in a new limestone surface free of damage. With our limestone honing and polishing services, our expert technicians can achieve a honed or soft matte finish that is warm, inviting, and velvety smooth. We can also polish your limestone using the appropriate diamonds or polishing powders to achieve a semi-gloss or gloss finish.

Lippage Removal

Are your limestone tiles uneven? Do you want your tile floor flattened to the grout lines to facilitate easier cleaning? We can grind away the excess stone (a process called lippage removal) to create a flat, level surface using state-of-the art diamond grinding technology. Once ground to the level and shape desired, the limestone is honed and polished to the finish you want.

Repair and Replacement

Do you have chipped, cracked, or broken limestone tiles? Our expert limestone repair services include filling in chipped areas in limestone, fixing limestone cracks, blending the repair site with the surrounding area, and honing and polishing it to match the finish on the rest of your limestone floor, countertop or other stone surface. Although it is rare for a limestone tile to be beyond repair, sometimes tile replacement is necessary. Santa Fe Floor Care craftsmen can, in many cases, remove your affected tile without damaging neighboring tiles, reinstall the new tile, level the installed tile with the surrounding area, and then match the finish as closely as possible.

Stain Removal

Whether you are seeking guidance on how to remove limestone stains or discolorations yourself or want us to treat your limestone, the original finish of your stone can be restored.

Cleaning and Sealing

Some natural stone types are more porous than others, and the more porous a natural stone is, the more susceptible it is to staining. Your marble will be easier to keep clean with periodic professional deep cleaning services, using non-acidic, highly-effective cleaning solutions. Once your marble is cleaned and restored, we may recommend you have us seal it to enhance its stain resistance. We say, “May” because not all stone needs to be sealed. Highly polished stone may not even take an impregnating sealer. But, if sealing is recommended, know that sealing represents an inexpensive, preventative measure against stain damage, because it buys you time to wipe up spills before they become stains.

Caring For It…

At Santa Fe Floor Care, we can instruct you on the proper day-to-day care of your natural stone and tile floors, countertops, and other surfaces. We offer a free, downloadable Stone and Tile Care Guide and can recommend stone-safe care products to help you keep your home or business looking great. We also provide a regularly scheduled maintenance program, upon request.

For a FREE estimate on cleaning, sealing, repair, honing, polishing, restoration, care, and maintenance services for your limestone in the Austin, Texas area, contact us online or call (512) 632 1621 today.

What Causes Carpet Traffic Patterns?

Minimizing Wear From Carpet Traffic Patterns

Carpet fibers are designed to reflect light, giving carpets a rich, luxurious appearance. When this reflective quality is obscured, carpets look dull and dirty. Dirt is the main cause of compromised fabric light reflection, not only because it accumulates and settles in carpeting, obstructing light reflection, but also because sharp dirt particles grind against carpet fibers and cause matting and abrasive damage. In fact, the illusion of dirty, soiled carpeting may persist even after the carpet is cleaned, because matting and abrasion are permanent carpet damage.

How to Prevent Premature Wear

Although all carpeting eventually wears out and needs to be replaced, there are a few preventative measures you can take that will make a world of difference on how many years of use you will get from your carpeting. Dirt and grit lodged in carpeting will scratch and tear carpet fibers as people walk across the carpet. Reducing or removing that dirt and grit is incredibly important for avoiding premature wear of carpeting. How? Through the use of door mats, regular vacuuming, and professional cleaning…

Door Mats

You can dramatically reduce the amount of dirt your carpets are exposed to by placing door mats in entrances. Different materials for door mats, such as nylon, polyester, wool, rubber, or vinyl, offer different looks and benefits, but any door mat is better than none. Door mats help absorb moisture, dirt, and debris that would otherwise end up on your carpet.

Vacuuming

Regular vacuuming, even when carpets don’t look like they need to be vacuumed, will not only lift and rejuvenate the shape of carpet fibers, but it will also reduce the accumulation and settling of dry soils and dirt that causes carpet fibers to break down.

Professional Cleaning

Even with regular vacuuming, moist soils and sharp dirt particles can remain lodged in carpet fibers. Professional carpet cleaning removes embedded dirt and other clingy contaminants, such as grease, oil particles, and gasses. Although professional cleaning will not undo existing abrasive damage and matting, it will help minimize
further damage and refresh the appearance of your carpeting.

This is one of a series of articles written and published  on behalf of surpHaces Partners.

Marble

We can restore the timeless elegance of your marble.

Marble that has become dull and damaged will need professional services to restore its elegant luster and keep it looking its best. At Santa Fe Floor Care we know what it takes to make your marble floors, countertops, walls, backsplashes, and other marble surfaces look sensational.

If your marble is dirty or dull-looking, scratched, etched, cracked, chipped, or otherwise damaged, don’t replace it! Let us restore it, instead. You’ll be amazed at what our cleaning, polishing, restoration and protection services can do for your marble.

Refinishing

Is your marble floor too dull or too shiny? If you have a new floor with some tiles that look more glossy than others – let us even out the finish for you. Whether you have or are seeking to acquire a gloss, semi-gloss or matte finish, we can deliver a beautifully restored or changed marble finish.

Honing

Does your marble floor have dull areas associated with wear patterns, scratches, etches or spots? Santa Fe Floor Care can hone your marble surfaces to eliminate these imperfections, resulting in a new marble surface free of damage. With our marble honing services, our expert technicians can achieve a honed or soft matte finish that is warm, inviting, and velvety smooth.

Polishing

An uneven finish, dull spots or etches can diminish the elegant appearance of your marble floors and surfaces. Santa Fe Floor Care can polish your marble using the appropriate diamond-infused pads or polishing powders to restore the finish you want, whether matte, semi-gloss or gloss finish. With our marble polishing services, our expert technicians can achieve the exact finish you are looking for.

Grinding (Lippage Removal)

Are your marble tiles uneven? Do you want your tile floor flattened to the grout lines to facilitate easier cleaning? Santa Fe Floor Care can grind away the excess stone to create a flat, level surface using state-of-the art diamond grinding technology. Once ground to the level and shape desired, the marble is honed and polished to the finish you want.

Repair and Tile Replacement

Do you have chipped marble tiles? Are there cracks in your floor? What about broken marble tiles? Before you replace your marble, consider having us provide expert marble repair services. Santa Fe Floor Care can fill holes in marble, fix marble cracks and chips, blending the repair site with the surrounding area, and honing and polishing it to match the finish on the rest of your marble floor, countertop or other stone surface.

Sometimes tile replacement is unavoidable. Santa Fe Floor Care can, in many cases, remove your affected tile without damaging neighboring tiles, reinstall the new tile, level the installed tile with the surrounding area, and then match the finish as closely as possible.

Stain Removal

We can remove marble stains, as well as marble discolorations. Whether you are seeking guidance on how to do this yourself or want us to treat your marble, the finish of your stone can be beautifully restored.

Cleaning and Sealing

Marble cleaning processes vary based on the surface condition and type of dirt or oil being removed. Marble is easier to keep clean with periodic professional deep cleaning services, using non-acidic, highly-effective cleaning solutions. Once your marble floors, showers, tub surrounds, walls, and other marble surfaces are cleaned and restored, we highly recommend you have us seal them to inhibit staining.

While most stains can be removed, marble stain removal can be a time consuming, expensive and often frustrating process. Sealing is an excellent preventative measure.

What You Should Know…

At Santa Fe Floor Care, we can instruct you on the proper day-to-day care of your floors and recommend cleaning products that are safe for day to day care of your marble. We also provide a regularly scheduled maintenance program, upon request.


For a FREE estimate on marble floor repair, polishing, restoration, and maintenance services throughout the Austin, TX area, contact us online or call (512) 632 1621 today.

How to Clean and Protect Limestone Floors

Limestone floors are relatively easy to maintain and can bring a timeless elegance to any kitchen, bath, or living area. However, limestone can become dull and dirty with time and use. Here are some tips to keep your floors looking their best.

Dealing with Dull Spots and Etching

First and foremost, it’s important to use a pH-balanced cleanser that is formulated specifically for marble and limestone floors. Chemical abrasives and acidic cleansers can cause etching, a phenomenon that occurs when a calcium-based stone like limestone, travertine, or marble comes in contact with anything acidic and creates what looks like a cloudy white watermark. Spills from acidic liquids like vinegar, soda, tomato sauce, and lemon juice can also cause etching. Limestone polishing compounds or etch removers for getting rid of light etching are available for DIY use on polished (not honed) limestone. Ask us about specific product recommendations. For more information, view How to Polish Out Etch Marks. Heavier etch marks, that is, any etching that has a texture, as well as etching that covers larger areas, should be removed by an experienced stone care professional.

Getting Rid of Stains

Stains that leave dark spots on natural stone can usually be removed with a poultice. A poultice safely absorbs stains from the surface without discoloring the stone. You can buy a ready-to-use poultice or make one yourself. For more information, visit our Stain Removal Application.

The Problem with DIY Finishes

Over-the-counter finishes and lacquers can create that desired “wet look” and a temporary guarantee to protect your floors, but in reality, they may actually cause more harm than good. These finishes eventually flake away, leaving your floor vulnerable to damage from foot traffic. They can also block the pores of limestone and cause premature degradation and dullness over time.

If you already have such a finish, it’s best not to remove it yourself because the process can be very difficult and may cause permanent damage to the stone if done incorrectly. An experienced stone restoration professional will be able to remove the finish with the appropriate equipment and stripping agents, and then hone and polish your floor to a low sheen or even a high-gloss, depending on your preference.

Sealing Your Limestone Floors

Limestone floors may need to be sealed periodically, to inhibit staining. Keep in mind that sealers will wear away over time, so it’s best to have sealed limestone floors cleaned and resealed by a professional restoration contractor every two years or so.

Restoring Worn Floors to Like-New

If your limestone floor is worn, scratched, or damaged, don’t replace it. One of the most wonderful features of natural stone is that your floor can be professionally refinished to look brand new again.

Keeping Them Looking New

With the right care and maintenance your limestone floors can always look like the day they were installed and give you a lifetime of beautiful service.

This is one of a series of articles written and published  on behalf of surpHaces Partners.