Traverting Cleaning in Belfast
We arrived early at this domestic job to meet the clients and run through the details before the clients left for work. This also allowed us to beat the early traffic build – ups coming into Belfast from the motorway! The challenges with the floor were that there was widespread spalling or holes in the surface. The nature of the travertine tiles and the incorrect use of wall grade travertine on floors has made this a very common problem for householders and commercial clients alike. With all the details of the job ironed out the clients left for work and we got to make a start.
First job as always was to remove all the furniture from the kitchen floor and to mask up all the skirting boards and the attached kicker boards. Then we set about diamond grinding the floor with low grit metal bond diamonds from Klindex. This stage actually removed all scratching, lippage and dirt from the floor and left exposed a new surface. Unfortunately this stage also opened the pores of the floor and exposed a lot more pinholes and larger holes. When this stage was finished we had to wash the floor with a neutral detergent and dry with a wet vacuum to remove all sludge and soiling. Then we had to dry the floor with our floor driers to allow the next stage to go ahead.
Next we had to colour- match with the floor a two part epoxy resin. This was matched alternatively with the base matrix colour and with the graining colourations. It was important to overfill any voids, holes and cracks as this allows for slumping. In cases of larger holes it was useful to fill twice leaving only a few minutes between fillings. This allowed the second coat to adhere well to the first and also it ensured that any slumping is compensated for.
After a medium setting time for the resin we moved on to the next of the grinding stages. This removed the excess resin and left a very flat finish. It also removed the scratches caused in the first diamond grinding stage. We continued with this process being very careful to remove all the deeper scratching from earlier and also any other contamination.
Next we move to the semi – metal diamond grinding stage. This removed all the scratching and left an entirely flat and dull floor which was just ready for more work and polishing.
The diamond polishing started with a fifty grit resin bond diamond which we passed very slowly over the entire floor. This being the transitional stage between diamond grinding and diamond polishing we had to make sure to be very thorough to ensure a very even start to the polishing process. This stage left the floor very even but also very dull.
Next we resumed the polishing and continued up through each stage carefully and slowly. These stages were one hundred grit, two hundred grit, four hundred grit, eight hundred grit, eighteen hundred grit and three thousand. After three thousand grit, the floor was finished to a very high finish and was very full of character. Whilst not boasting the high shine of polished marble, travertine more than compensates with depth of character and colour richness and variation.
Our next job was to allow the floor to dry before applying a high quality solvent based sealer by Faber Chemicals. This is a penetrating sealer and as such does not change the appearance of the floor. It offers excellent water and liquid repulsion and is long-lasting and uv resistant.
Our last job was to buff the floor and remove all masking before replacing all furniture. The householder returned soon after for a short training course in how best to maintain their floor and what materials and systems best suited them. Another happy Client for Old 2 New Tiles Ltd !!!