Stone floors have always been incredibly popular. Their popularity has not waned through the decades of use and they remain one of the most sought-after flooring alternatives in both domestic and commercial properties. As with other flooring alternatives, it is inevitable that over time both the tiles and the grout lines become ingrained with dirt. Why does this happen?
Essentially dirt and grime are carried in from outside. Even the cleanest of households will see a deterioration in the appearance of their stone floor. Dirt created within the home also adds to the issue. Even the process of routine cleaning can add to the problem. Why? As you clean you can be effectively pushing the dirt from the surface of the tile into the grout lines. Stone sealers applied upon installation also deteriorate. This means the tiles’ ability to defend against the build up of dirt is also reduced. These factors combined mean that tiles will start to look dull and dirty over time.
This is the point at which individuals will start to look for the help and support of a professional stone cleaning and restoration specialist. At this point an inspection or survey is advised. The following information has been put together in order to provide evidence why a stone survey is a necessity and can ensure the smooth running of the entire project.
It is important to realise that a pre-clean survey is often provided as standard for stone cleaning jobs. It is extremely important to do a survey and clean an area of the customer’s choice where possible for many reasons.
It is nice for the customer to know who they are dealing with. Furthermore, for the contractor to find out the requirements of the customer and to manage the expectations in relation to expected results. The information learned from doing a cleaning demonstration of a small area will give a good idea of what the finished floor will look like. A cleaning demonstration is really vital to the entire process and here is why.
Firstly, it will define the type of surface material by testing whether it is a man-made material or natural stone. This will offer information on what processes can be used and what products will best suit the restoration.
Secondly, the demonstration process will identify any unforeseen problems and difficulties. These may not be so evident in the visit prior to the survey. Time will allow your chosen professional familiarity, and this is incredibly important when identifying or anticipating problems and difficulties.
Thirdly, the process will likely indicate how long the job will take. Some clients really do like to know how long the process will take and need this information if requiring time off work. Some issues cannot be identified until the actual process is tested. This means a Company is able to provide accurate information rather than expected outcomes.
Fourthly, if Diamond grinding is required, the survey process will help the client decide whether a honed or polished finish is preferred. Actually, seeing the results allows for an informed decision.
Fifthly, the survey process allows the individual carrying out the work to decide what equipment, sealers, impregnators and cleaning products to use. With such variety available this provides valuable detail and will again ensure the best results are achieved. Being in the property also allows the individual to plan what protection will be needed prior to the job commencing.
Finally, the survey process allows a more accurate approach to generating a price for the job. Essentially all elements can be considered prior to providing a quotation. The operatives have the advantage of being informed and this will ensure jobs are not over-priced.