The only way to properly clean and restore travertine flooring in Paradise Valley, AZ is to have Prestige Floor and Carpet Care come into your home and inspected the marble flooring to accurately determine the condition of the marble and also what the customer wants their marble to like. Most travertine in Paradise Valley, AZ is a high (wet look) polish.
Honing is the process for smoothing the stone with the use of abrasives. We use a weighted buffing machine to complete this process. We place diamond pads on the bottom of our machine. The diamonds work to abrade the floor creating a slurry. This makes the floor smooth and clean. If the floor does not have deep scratches, often the restoration project can start here. The grit level starts at 30 and runs to 8500. Moderate scratch marks and etching can be removed through honing. Once you are into the higher grit numbers, a satin finish will be achieved. Some clients desire a satin look and wish to stop here. Others prefer a higher gloss and wish to move to the next phase, polishing.
Often when people think about travertine natural stone they assume that no care or maintenance is required. Travertine floors or marble countertops are ignored or the stone is cleaned with the wrong method or chemical. Because of misinformation or no education, the consumer is not in a good position to maintain their new stone; consequently, damage to the stones crystals sets in. The damaged crystals prevent light from being reflected evenly thereby giving you a dull look. Let’s go into this with a little more detail.
Travertine stone contains natural crystals. These crystals reflect light to provide a shine on the surface. When these crystals turn dull, crushed or broken, they cannot reflect light evenly. For example, when the lens of a flashlight breaks, it cannot reflect the light that is being emitted from the bulb.
Polished travertine stone in Paradise Valley, AZ becomes dull when heavy foot traffic along with sediment erodes the crystals. Normal footwear does not cause the main damage, sediment and grit do. The sediment and grit that finds its way inside from outside, is often harder than your stone. This becomes the main enemy of stone crystal. The damage to the crystals occurs when the pressure from the shoe forces the sediment to abrade or fracture the crystals.
Other issues that negatively affect the stone are etching from acidic substances such as food, alcohols, perfumes and certain cleaning materials. If the floor is not properly sealed, the travertine floors can easily stain from spills or accidents in Paradise Valley, AZ