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How to Polish Natural Stone Floor Tiles

When it comes to polishing your natural stone flooring, there is an entire process to accomplish before reaching this stage.  Polishing is what brings out the natural shine in your stone tiles.  This is usually the second to last step in the restoration process. Before you can even begin to do the polishing process, it is best to start the entire restoration process.  And that starts with cleaning your natural ...
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What is Stone Floor Refinishing

One thing that you will find that due to everyday use and traffic, you will start noticing wear and deterioration on your natural stone floors.  And without knowing the proper cleaning and maintenance that your floors need can leave them looking dull, worn, and dirty. That is where the refinishing or restoration process comes in.  It is about bringing back your natural stone flooring’s beauty back into it.  It is ...
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How To Seal Natural Stone Floor

We all know how much of an investment a natural stone floor can be to install into our home, but it always adds this beauty and character to whatever room we are placing it in.  Taking care and maintaining that investment is important.  Part of that maintenance and care is making sure that you have a sealant applied. It is always highly recommended to have this done when you have ...
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Why Does Terrazzo Crack

Terrazzo is made in a very unique way and has been around for several centuries.  It is a tile that was created out of frugal needs than anything.  The creators, Venetian marble workers, took the left over marble chips that they had and mixed it with the concrete to pour out on their terraces.  It had a beauty to it and allowed them to not waste any pieces of marble ...
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What Does Terrazzo Look Like

Before we divulge into what terrazzo tiles look like, let’s take a look at the history and where it came from.  Knowing a bit more about its history and how it came to be can help us get a better idea of terrazzo. Though some archaeologists have found some evidence of terrazzo tiling being used for floors in some old ruins in Turkey that date back about 8,000 to 10,000 ...
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What Cleans Terrazzo Floors

Terrazzo is that beautiful natural stone flooring that is made out of the marble chips mixed with either concrete or resin.  Once they are combined, it makes this really smooth and luxurious flooring that captures the beauty of marble.  It is very durable though made out of marble chips. It is a rather porous stone due to the concrete mixed in, it’s one of the most porous materials.  So it ...
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Which is Stronger Slate or Granite

Between slate and granite, the most popular of the two natural stones would be granite, especially when it comes down to countertops and flooring.  Though they have a few things in common such as them being a natural stone and are found in the earth, they are very different from one another.  One of the more popular questions are which is stronger than the other? Slate and granite have one ...
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Which Slate is Best

When choosing slate tiles for your floors, there are a few things to consider before just choosing any one.  We are all about finding the best deal, especially when it comes to such an expensive investment such as flooring. There are a few things that you need to consider when you check out the latest deals on slate tiles.  Like most other flooring materials, especially for natural stone, there are ...
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How to Clean Slate

One thing that you have to remember is that while slate is beautiful, like all natural stone it needs maintenance in order to avoid dirt build up and scratches.  It is not one of the harder stones, so without the extra protection of a sealant and regular maintenance, your slate tiles can be damaged. To be able to go about a regular cleaning routine, here are a few things that ...
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Where is Saltillo Tile Made

Saltillo tile has become very popular in both Mexico and the Southwest region of the United States.  Its popularity is quickly spreading across the entire US.  It is a unique and beautiful tile that is hand crafted down in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. It has become very popular in the cottage industry.  In that region, it is very common for many people to make the tiles right there in their backyards ...
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What is Saltillo Tile Flooring

One of the most beautiful and unique natural stone flooring are Saltillo tiles.  This is due to their imperfections that give them the unique beauty that you do not find in most other stones. Saltillo tiles are handcrafted down in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico.  The clay that the tiles are made out of are pulled from natural clay deposits within that region, which has one of the finest natural clay deposits ...
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How to Clean Saltillo Floor

When it comes to cleaning and maintaining your Saltillo tile floors, you must keep in mind that they are a soft and porous.  This tends to make it rather difficult to clean and maintain.  Saltillo tiles are one of the natural stone floors that require having a topical sealer applied to them, which makes them even tougher to keep clean. Before beginning to clean the Saltillo you must first test ...
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How to Clean Marble Floor Stains

One great way to think of how to explain how porous marble can be is to compare it to our own skin.  If we were to get a wound that became infected, we would need to place a poultice on it to draw out the infection so that it does not spread and can heal.  A poultice on a stain in marble works the exact same way. Though the recipe ...
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Why Do Marble Floor Tiles Crack

Nothing is more frustrating that seeing a crack start happening through your marble tile flooring.  One of the first things that flashes through your mind is how much will it cost to fix and what caused it to crack in the first place? One of the big reasons that cause marble tiles to crack is due to the sub-flooring not being even or clean before the marble tiles were installed.  ...
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How to Make Marble Floors Shine Again

When it comes to natural stone, this is including marble, it needs to be cleaned regularly and protected against staining and erosion.  Though if you purchased a new home that someone else neglected the marble floors, a good deep cleaning and polishing can restore them back to the shiny glory. There are some tools that you will need to get those marble floors shining again. Soft-bristled broom or clean untreated ...
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How to Polish Limestone Floor Tiles

Limestone is known to be a sedimentary rock that has a smooth and granular surface that has various hardness.  You will find that it is mostly used for floors, countertops, and other tiled surfaces such as bathrooms or fireplaces. The color choices that it comes in usually range from brown, gray, yellow, white, and black.  It can be easily polished like all other natural stones, but you can never get ...
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How to Grout Limestone Floor Tiles

Installing your own limestone tile flooring can be a DIY project, though it is highly recommended that you hire a professional for the installation process in case there are ever any issues or problems that can be run into. When limestone is in tile form, it can be installed in various areas throughout your home.  Limestone is a very porous stone and can be easily stained through the installation process.  ...
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How Clean Limestone Floor

It is important to take care of the investment you made in your tile flooring, especially if it made with a stone like limestone.  Over years of no regular cleaning or proper maintenance can leave your limestone tiles open to damages such as scratches, etching, and heat.  If left neglected severe damages can happen to where only a professional can repair them. When choosing the right cleanser, keep in mind ...
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Why Seal Granite Floor Tiles

When it comes to caring for your granite tile flooring, one thing that is asked about is if you should seal your granite floor tiles and why.  One of the main reasons why most installers apply a sealant is to give their clients that peace of mind than the real need for sealing the granite tiles. There are a few reasons that people believe sealant does for granite that they ...
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What Granite Goes With Slate Floor

When it comes to pulling your kitchen together when it comes to choosing colors for the floor, countertops, and cabinetry there are so many options that can lead to frustration. The best advice to give is to keep the color scheme as simple as possible and add highlights of color using smaller items or accessories. This makes it easier to change your theme over time that cost less to replace ...
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How to Clean Granite Floor Stains

When it comes to figuring out how best to remove stains and clean your granite floors, it is best to know more about the granite itself. Granite tends to be one of the more popular selections for natural stone. The stone itself is made out of grains of mica, quartz, feldspar, and other minerals. It adds its own natural beauty and is available in multiple colors. Granite itself can be ...
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Are Travertine Pavers Slippery

You are probably wondering just what exactly are travertine pavers?    In short, they are made out of natural stone and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  They can be easily matched to one another, to create a beautiful and unique look.  They are designed to be used in both pool and patio areas. Due to their unique look, this makes them stand out and different than those that ...
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What Are Travertine Tiles’ Pros and Cons

When it comes to choosing flooring tiles, travertine is a very popular choice. Due to its close resemblance to marble makes it very popular among homeowners. It is one of those that look very luxurious and beautiful, also coming in a variety of colors. There are many pros, as well as cons to consider before deciding on travertine for your new flooring. One of the big pros is that travertine ...
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Why Does Travertine Need To Be Sealed

When it comes to travertine, there’s been an on going debate about whether or not they should add the sealant.  Let’s better understand what a sealer actually does when applied. Sealant is a form of protection the travertine by creating a clear layer on the surface.  What it does is if a liquid or solid food is spilled on the floor, it slows down the absorption tremendously, which gives you ...
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Comparing Epoxy Coatings for Garage Floors Houston

You will find that as you start comparing different epoxy coatings that like paint, they are not all equal.  You will see that there are different types of epoxy too such as solvent based and water based epoxy.  Prices will vary as well with each kit, and bear in mind that if you are looking for quality, going for lower pricing is not best.  So with all these options, how ...
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What is Epoxy Floor Coating Houston

Epoxy is known for its durability, low maintenance, and strength, and because of this, it is commonly used in garages.  With it being very resistant towards many things such as dust, moisture, and more, applying it to a garage floor is perfect. Epoxy is made out of polymer materials that generally begin out as liquids and then are chemically changed into a solid.  These epoxy based polymer are mechanically strong, ...
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Why Epoxy Your Garage Floors Houston

Thinking about having epoxy coating applied to your garage floors?  There are so many advantages to having that done, and it is very low maintenance to keep up with.  It is especially nice to have in our garages down here in Houston, Texas where it seems that all dirt and debris from our yards tend to end up in the garage. You will find if you research epoxy garage floors ...
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How to Clean Epoxy Floor in the Garage Houston

One of the great reasons for having epoxy flooring in your garage here in Houston, Texas is just how low maintenance they are.  It is hard to find time to clean everything, especially if it is something that is suppose to be done nearly on a daily basis.  So having an epoxy garage flooring is one less thing on your to do list. Now even though epoxy floors are low ...
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How to Repair Concrete Floors Houston

To some of us living in Houston, Texas, finding a whopper of a crack in our garage may seem like the end of the world.  Thoughts of how much will this cost or does this mean we have to repave our garage fly through our minds and then we are on edge of panicking.  Or there are those that think that they will simply get a mixture at Home Depot ...
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Why Concrete Floors Crack Houston

When concrete is installed properly, it is one of the most durable and long lasting used in around your home.  When a concrete contractor follows the guidelines to the T, this is what makes the concrete ever lasting, durable, and crack resistant. Now, you may still be wondering what exactly can cause concrete to crack.  We will go over this with you throughout this post. Excess water in the mix: ...
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When To Stain Concrete Floors Houston

With stained concrete floorings becoming more and more popular, most everyone considering having them wonder just exactly how the entire process works.  When does the design work get laid out?  When do you add the stains to the concrete flooring?  And so on.  Well, here is a break down for you. Here is an idea of what the ideal schedule would look like when it comes to staining your concrete ...
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How to Stain Concrete Floors Houston

Staining your concrete floors will give it that beautiful finish that you are looking for, one that will not fade, crack, peel, or dull.  It’s a great way to add color to your room instead of settling with that dull grey.  Even using the same color of stain on two different floors, each floor will be unique in its own way because each concrete absorbs the stain differently. The process ...
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When to Seal Concrete Floors Houston

When it comes to installing decorative concrete flooring, it is not cheap.  It is an investment in your home and one that you should make sure that you take very good care of.  So keeping up with the general maintenance is a great way, but also making sure that a sealant is applied is another. Sealing your decorative concrete flooring adds to protecting your floors as helps prolong the lifespan ...
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How To Clean Concrete Flooring Houston

Its that time of year, spring cleaning time, getting the house back into shape from top to bottom before that heat wave hits here in Houston, Texas.  Spring cleaning is usually the deep cleaning of everything in the home that includes your concrete flooring. Before you dive into cleaning your concrete floors, it is best to figure out just what kind of concrete flooring you have, as the cleaning technique ...
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When to Polish Concrete Floors Houston

Polished concrete floorings are becoming quite popular thanks to its durability, low maintenance, and long lasting shine.  When a concrete flooring is polished, there is no need for waxes or coatings to bring out the shine, polishing does it naturally.  What is even better is that these polishes can last as long as 15 years before they would need to be re-polished. Polished concrete started out in retail stores, warehouses, ...
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Natural Stone Floor Cleaning Houston

When choosing beautiful and natural stone for your flooring, taking the proper care of it is taking care of your investment.  Giving your natural stone flooring the proper care has many positives.  One of the big ones is that it will give your flooring the expected lifespan of the natural stone. It’s very important to keep up with the proper maintenance for your natural stone flooring as well as be ...
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Tile and Grout Cleaning Tips

Cleaning tile and grout can be a major pain, especially when in high traffic areas such as an entry way, mudroom, or even in the shower.  Though the tiles themselves are very durable and easy to clean, the grout that links them together is another story.  Grout, especially one that is not sealed, catches a lot of dirt and grime, and due to most grout being light colored it makes ...
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Garage Floor Coating Tips

Throughout the course of years, our garage floors can take some abuse and usage, which leads it to be deeply stained and not very pretty to look at.  A great way to solve this issue and to prevent it from ever happening again is placing an epoxy coat on top of the cement.  It’s long lasting and helps keep your work place look nice as well as its easier to ...
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Terrazzo Floor Cleaning Houston

Terrazzo tiles that are used for flooring are made out of either marble, granite, or quartz chips mixed into either cement or resin.  You will find that though terrazzo flooring is very durable and very easy to care for, that it can easily stain as well. To help prevent the staining from happening, it is always recommended to apply a sealant.  Though this will need to be stripped and reapplied ...
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Terrazzo Floor Polishing Tips

Terrazzo flooring has become a popular favorite due to not only its durability, but also its beauty with art.  The name for this flooring came from the words Terrace or Terrazza, which are Italian.  They roughly translate into “A form of mosaic flooring made by embedding small pieces of marble in mortar and polishing.”  Terrazzo is formed from little pieces of marble, quartz, granite, glass, and many other types of ...
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Slate Floor Polishing Tips

Slate has been a long time popular choice in residential and commercial flooring, until more man-made floorings came out that are slightly cheaper.  Slate is still used often in flooring due to its attractive sparkle that is naturally given off because of the quartz and hematite minerals within the stone.  It can be fragile due to the tiles being made out of these minerals, though most people feel that this ...
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Garage Floor Cleaning Houston

One of the big bonuses and main reasons for epoxy garage floors is for the low maintenance on keeping them clean.  Not only are they low maintenance, but also if the cleaning maintenance on them is done properly and regularly, the epoxy can have a long lifespan. Though epoxy garage floors are low maintenance with cleaning, they are not able to avoid buildup with dust, dirt, and grime.  These items ...
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Tile and Grout Floor Cleaning Houston

You will find that tiles are rather easy to keep clean, with some nonabrasive cleanser and it will remove any soap scum, dirt, grime, and more from the tiles.  Then giving them a nice buff will help bring the shine back.  The only promise is grout is not as easily.  If regular cleaning maintenance is not done, then mold and discoloration can occur. Thankfully, there is a simply way of ...
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Slate Floor Cleaning Houston

Slate is a natural stone that is a mix of small silt and clay particles that bonded together in high heat and pressure.  This gives slate a smooth texture, and due to the particles being so small it makes it difficult for liquids to penetrate the slate.  This makes it stain resistant, which is perfect for areas that are high traffic, the kitchen, and bathrooms. The great news is that ...
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Saltillo Floor Cleaning Houston

Saltillo flooring is unique due to the special way the tiles that make up the flooring are created.  They are hand crafted tiles that are made out clay that is cleaned and sifted, then mixed with water and then formed into different shapes.  They are then dried in the sun and then fired up in kilns to finish the process. Due to the process of how Saltillo tiles are created, ...
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Marble Floor Cleaning Houston

Having a polished marble floor adds beauty and elegance to any room.  Marble flooring is durable, hard, and can last forever, but its beauty and lifespan can be marred by stains, abrasions, and chemicals.  Thankfully, having properly maintenance and care done to your marble flooring can prevent this. What can cause damages to your marble floors?  Dirt or debris that is carried in on the bottom of your shoes and ...
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Limestone Floor Cleaning Houston

When choosing the type of stone you wish to install in your home for flooring, choosing Limestone is a great choice.  Not only, if properly maintenance and cared for, limestone can last a long time, but it also brings beauty and elegance into your home with the variety of colors and textures. Limestone is part of the stone family that is mostly made up of a chemical compound of calcium ...
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Travertine Floor Cleaning Houston

Travertine, like most other stones, is rather easy to clean, but there is a specific “do’s and dont's” that are important to know and be aware of in order to prevent any damages from happening during the process of cleaning.  What is so nice about travertine and makes it so popular of a selection is the fact that it complements just about any design or layout in a home. One ...
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Granite Floor Cleaning Houston

When you think of granite flooring, you think an invincible stone.  You are not completely wrong in thinking that as granite stone is very durable, but it is not invincible.  Having properly maintenance of your granite flooring will certainly make it seem like it is invincible.  It will also give you that long lifespan that is expected from granite. One big tip that can be said about the care for ...
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Saltillo Floor Polishing Tips

Saltillo tiles are tiles made out of natural clay in northern Mexico.  Though it is very beautiful, and low costing it is also very fragile and hard to clean.  These tiles are created by hand and left in the sun to dry, then placed in a kiln to harden.  Generally they are left unglazed, but some can be found pre-treated or pre-sealed to add to their durability. As Saltillo is ...
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Limestone Floor Polishing Tips

Limestone is found to be a natural calcium carbonate which, like marble, you will find is sensitive to acid solutions.  The surface itself is very smooth, and it comes in various hardness, which some of the more dense can be polished.  Though you will find that it can be polished, it may never be as shiny as marble or granite.  Due to what the stone is made out of, it ...
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Granite Floor Polishing Tips

One of the more commonly used stones used now a days in flooring is polished granite.  It is best suited for floors due to its durability and also being available in various colors and patterns.  Usually no matter how much wear and tear is brought to the flooring, its shine and luster remain. With that being said, one thing to keep in mind is that though they are very durable ...
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Travertine Floor Polishing Tips

Your first question might be what exactly is Travertine?  It is a type of limestone that is all natural, usually found near mineral springs, especially hot springs.  The colors that are most common for Travertine are usually a tan or beige, though it can be found in white, cream, and even a burnt sienna.  Due to its beauty and durability, it is a popular source of building material with indoor ...
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Marble Floor Polishing Tips

Marble is a stone that has an alkaline mineral content, thus making it sensitive to any cleaners that have a heavy acid base. Marble has a make up of calcium carbonate, which reacts with various types of acid that eats away bits of its surface. When cleaning marble, it is best to use a cleaner that is alkaline based, this will clean the marble and not cause etching, or a ...
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The Restoration Process for Natural Stone Flooring

There will come a time where the beautiful stone surfaces within your home or business will be damaged or flawed.  This can easily happen from something as simple as dirt on the bottom of your shoe eroding slowly away from the stone surface, which then can eventually cause it to become damage. Acidic substances such as certain cleaning products or foods can slowly eat away the finishing sealant on the ...
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Secret Tips to Polish Concrete Floors

Polished Concrete Flooring is growing in popularity. It's quickly becoming the first choice as a durable, highly versatile, flooring option for homes and businesses. The demand for polished concrete is at an all-time high all around the world. The polishing method for this type of surface with grinders is very similar to refinishing wood with floor sander. Concrete grinders are easily used to grind down a surface with combination of ...
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