FRONTIER OF PALM BEACH, INC. TILE & MARBLE INSTALLATIONS & RESTORATIONS. SERVING: WEST PALM BEACH,
SINGER ISLAND JUNO BEACH, PGA, JUPITER FLORIDA. LIC. U-12504, PHONE 561-339-628
1. NATURAL STONE RESTORATIONS:
We are one of the few
South Florida companies that specialize in the use of diamond abrasives in the restoration of your stone surfaces. The use
of diamonds in the grinding and honing phase of restoration will give you better clarity and more reflectivity after polishing.
We also provide cleaning, sealing, crack/chip repair and stain removal for marble, granite, travertine, terrazzo and all other
natural stone surfaces.
Powder Polishing: A metallic element power with oxalic acid and water create a slurry which is polished over the marble using a standard floor machine and a nylon pad. The slurry is then vacuumed up, then on to the next area or repeat area if necessary.
Power polishing changes the compostion of the top layer of marble to calcium oxalate which is of generally the same hardness as calcium carbonate and will allow the stone to breathe naturally. This method can be done as much as needed on most marbles, if the acid content is not to high.
Crystallization: This method a magnesium fluorosilicate acid is sprayed onto the floor surface and burnished into the marble using a specially designed and weighted floor machine and a steel wool pad.
It is a one man operation and is fairly easy to do. Crystallization changes the composition of the top layer of marble to calcium fluoride which is slightly harder than calcium carbonate.
This method is very popular and highly controversial. When used properly, this method can produce a very durable floor and a brilliant shine. It all hinges on the products used.
IV. Daily Maintenance
Dust mop as often as you can in residences; 3 times a day in commercial buildings. You can not dust mop enough--it is the single most important maintenance step you can take.
Mop as needed with a good marble cleaner or stone soap. I prefer soaps because they tend to keep the seal of the floor much better than detergents. Cleaners should be pH7 (neutral). Marble is alkaline, so no acids. Towel or buff dry after; drops of water that are allowed to sit can leave etch spots.
Acrylic polymer sealers or "sacrificial coatings" are designed to take the beating rather than the marble itself and are commonly used commercially.
The weakness with these coatings is that they are so soft that they have to constantly be stripped and re-applied, and the high alkalinity of these strippers harm the stone.
Some sealers yellow and can soak into the stone itself causing the stone to change color. The finish that acrylic coatings leave has an undesirable "painted on" look but is sometimes required by building managers to meet the strict new slip co-efficient standards set by the Dept. of Building and Safety.
These slip standards can be met by using the right kind of sealer (silicone impregnating) which sits below the surface of the stone and allows the natural beauty to shine through.
This about covers a little of everything in terms as "layman" as possible. I hope the information is this article is absorbed and taken seriously, if not for your own education and professionalism, but to protect the Marble industry itself.
With over 27 years of experience in South Florida, Our Tile and Marble services render the finest quality craftsmanship available - as well as competitive pricing that assures you of enduring value for your home or commercial investments. We also install ceramic tile, porcelain, rectified porcelain, natural stone, slate, tumbled stone, marble, and mexican tile.
Saltillo tile, or mexican tile, is a beautiful tile made of firedclay. The many color variations and rugged appearance make saltillo a bold
statement in your home. Those who have saltillo love it, but are often overcome with how to maintain or refinish it. That is where we can
help! We know how to clean, strip, restore and refinish your saltily to it's original beauty, making it easier to maintain. You will
soon remember how beautiful your floor used to be! See our pictures below of saltillo jobs we have done in the West Palm Beach area.
Frontier of Palm Beach is licensed in Palm Beach County Florida. Specializing in the installation, restoration, stripping, repairing, staining, sealing of Mexican (Saltillo) terra cotta tiles. You have two options with the Saltillo tiles. The first part of regular maintenance which you should do every 1-2 years depending on the amount of usage. And that is aggressively cleaning the Saltillo tiles by hand and the resealing the pavers with a matt (low sheen) or glossy finish depending on the homeowners preference. The other option if for Saltillo tiles that have gotten pretty dirty over the years and need to be stripped, cleaned, and resealed. This is a lot more labor intensive but can bring back the beauty of your floor without having to replace it.
Saltillo tiles are beautiful tiles and with proper cleaning practices and products and good cleaning and resealing every 1-2 years they should remain one of the staples of your home for many years to come. We also demo, repair and replace any cracked or broken tiles. As well as matching grout colors and staining the Saltillo tiles to match existing tiles or custom tile installation. I have included some images of my many Saltillo tile projects.
Please call us at 561-339-6282 for any questions at all. Frontier of Palm Beach, Inc. U-12504