Do you need urgent stone floor repairs to fix grout issues?

One of the most common stone floor repairs is grout re-colouring or replacement. Marble, limestone, travertine, slate, granite, and engineered Terrazzo tiles add value to a home or commercial building, and look magnificent when maintained, however over time the grout in between the stone tiles can become discoloured, stained and loose.

Often the stone floor tiles are in good condition and don’t need to be replaced,  In this case the grout can simply be repaired to restore the appeal of an area.

Repairing the grout is possible and when done correctly and professionally, will restore the magnificent look of your natural stone floors. It will also prevent moisture from penetrating underneath the tiles and causing damage, which can occur when they are mopped. The entire floor will look clean and fresh.

Before the coloured grout is applied between the stone tiles, damaged grout is removed and the stone floor is cleaned.  The new grout, which comes pre-coloured is matched to the existing grout and inserted with a brush tool.  It is left for 12 hours to cure.

If polishing or honing is also to be done to enhance the restoration, this will be completed the next day.

Sealing to protect the floor will occur on the following day to allow moisture in the tiles from polishing to dry.

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Do your marble tiles need stone floor repairs to remove scratches?

In some cases stone floor repairs are required, when natural marble, limestone or travertine floor tiles have been laid incorrectly or on an uneven base. The tiles and grout can look uneven. This small raised edge between the tile and the grout is called ‘lippage’ and can change the look of an entire room or foyer.

Lippage can be removed through the process of resurfacing the stone tiles. Using the latest diamond abrasive technology and floor resurfacing equipment, The Marble Man can grind the stone surface to make the tiles and grout flush and the overall surface of the area more even. This will enhance the look of the area and make the tiles easier to clean.

The process of resurfacing a stone tile floor is similar to polishing or honing. Surrounding furniture and flooring is protected first then a wet grinding system and diamond abrasive compounds are used to grind the stone.

Once the tiles are flush with the grout and the desired finish is achieved, the excess liquid is removed and the floor is thoroughly cleaned then dried. A wet vacuum cleaner and towels are used to leave the stone floor looking clean and bright.

Sealing is recommended the day after the floor has been resurfaced to ensure it is protected from future staining and discolouration.

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Do you need stone floor repairs to fix chipped and cracked tiles?

The most common stone tiles requiring stone floor repairs, due to chips, pits and cracks, are made from marble, limestone and travertine.  Chips, pits and cracks in natural stone can occur as a result of heavy items being dropped on the stone, furniture catching the edge of a tile, or movement in the slab.  Travertine tiles can have naturally occurring pits or if they have been previously filled with resin, these can ‘pop out’.

The exposed broken areas can be rough and sharp and also compromise the protection of the stone, as they can allow moisture to penetrate into the tiles.  This can cause causing staining and discolouration.  Stone floor repairs are urgently required to avoid long term damage.

Naturally occurring travertine pits can be filled with resin to achieve a smoother more uniform appearance and to prevent dirt and moisture from being trapped.

Prior to carrying out stone floor repairs, the chip, pit or cracked stone floor must be thoroughly cleaned with a special detergent and an anti-bacterial cleaner. The epoxy resin used to fill the chip, pit or crack is colour matched to the stone by adding a pigment then the damaged area is filled. Once dry, the repaired area is sanded smooth. Depending on the size of the stone floor repairs the whole floor may need to be polished or honed.

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Does the grout on your stone floor tiles look dirty and stained?

Grout re-colouring is one of the most popular stone floor repairs, used to improve the look of a stone floor, when tiles don’t need to e replaced. Grout on marble, limestone, travertine, slate, granite or engineered Terrazzo stone floors can become stained or discoloured over time and detract from the look of a room.

If the tiles are in good condition and don’t require polishing or honing, grout re-colouring can restore the vibrancy and appeal of a stone floor, lifting the look of an entire room.

Often grout re-colouring is required in high traffic floor areas in kitchens, corridors, bathrooms, dining rooms and foyers where there is constant, daily exposure to dirt from shoes, oil and drink spills, make up, toiletries and damaging cleaning products such as bleach. The staining and discolouration left on the grout even after heavy duty cleaning is not attractive.

If the grout is in good condition and is not loose, the whole floor will be cleaned to remove soap scum, excess products, oils and dirt. One to two coats of coloured epoxy glue will be applied to the damaged area with a brush applicator to match the colour of the existing grout. The excess is washed off and the area dried with towels then the grout must be left for 24 hours to cure.  To achieve the best results the area should not be used during that time.

Sealing of the stone floor tiles and the grout is recommended after any grout repairs.

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