It’s not uncommon to see floors that are constantly etched by dirt, wear and even cleaning. Almost all travertine marble floors are etched, but they can all be fixed. Scrape under 15 years of dirt and dull and you’ll find a beautiful natural stone floor.
“I love travertine,” says Roz. “I think it’s a great floor, when it’s clean.”
Her floor was not neglected. In fact, it was cleaned. That’s what did the damage.
“It’s dull, it’s dirty, the grout lines are dirty,” says Jeff Hammonds of Modern Stone Care. ”There’s a lot of soap film buildup on the floor.”
When cleaning your stone floor goes wrong
Sometimes cleaning stone floors the wrong way leaves things dirtier. Roz had tried steam cleaners and other products she could do herself
“But, it never came really clean.” Roz added.
Soap can leave scum and residue, further dulling the floor.
“People say they want their floor cleaned. What they really want is that they want to look new again,” says Jeff. “I think oftentimes they really mean polished.”
That new again look happens after a floor is truly cleaned.
“In order to sell the house, I think it needed to be more presentable than it was.” Roz remarked
The Nature of stone floor care
Polished natural stone is a beautiful thing, clear and highly reflective. To that happen means having knowledge of geology. That means knowing mineral content, the type of stone it is. Professionals like our HomeShow Pros at Modern Stone Care use polishing compounds that are appropriate for each particular stone.
Different stones also demand different techniques. Stone is durable to a point. Even so, using the wrong chemicals can do damage.
“If you put an acidic cleaner on travertine floor, you will etch it,” Jeff warns. “It would need to be completely refurbished.”
Once cleaned and polished, Roz’s floor, on the other hand, is nothing but shine. Roz Liked what she saw.
“It’s remarkable. It’s a transformation. The floor looks great.”
Cleaning and polishing natural stone demands skill and know-how. That’s what makes Modern Stone Care a certified HomeShow Pro.