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All You Need to Know About Porcelain Marks

By On October 26, 2017 No Comments

Our porcelain floors are like so many other elements of our home. When they look as they should, it is great. However, when marks start to appear it is often a conundrum as to how approach cleaning them.

Knowing how best to clean porcelain marks is an art but one that you can learn with ease. All that is required is the support and advice of a professional stone floor cleaner. Companies such as MCS Stonecare are time-served experts. Our tried and tested techniques and products lead seamlessly to exceptional cleaning results.

We created the following video that explains how best to clean porcelain marks. This aims to offer information and detail about the process in a simple and straightforward way.

It starts by discussing the fact that porcelain floor tiles can sometimes get to a point where they are just lack-lustred. They have lost all of their originally-laid appearance and become challenging to clean.

This deterioration can take some time and effectively mask how badly stained the floor has become. The video then goes onto discuss our top tips in order to clean porcelain tiles. These tips are vital to the overall success of the project.

Why are MCS Stonecare best to assist the cleaning of your stone floors? We are highly educated in the science relating to cleaning stone tiles. What we don’t know about stone floors is not worth knowing. We don’t stop there; we have heavily invested in start of the art machinery that allows us to achieve the highest-possible clean.

Once we have cleaned your stone tiles we then offer ongoing customer care. We will always be your go-to Company for all your stone care needs. Whether you need help with routine cleaning, stone polishing or full restoration, MCS Stonecare are equipped to take on your work. Call today on 01279 866838.



Stone Floor Cleaning Essex

By On October 13, 2017 No Comments

We were invited to fully restore this beautiful sandstone floor in The Bull Pub, Essex. This lovely country pub, out in the Essex country side, had a real problem with their sandstone flooring. The stone floor carried right through the whole pub including restaurant and toilet areas.

Cleaning Stone Floors EssexThese pictures were taken a few years ago as now MCS Stonecare re-clean the floor 2 x a year as part of a maintenance plan so that the pub floor always looks great and is easier to clean for the in house staff on a daily basis.

We were called to have a look at the stone flooring as attempts by other companies to clean it were not successful. Grease walked in from the kitchen area and an insufficient cleaning practice was the main problem, which had built up quickly in a very short period of time.

As always the first thing we did was a test patch to find the best solution to clean the floor. Grinding using carbon brushes was an option but the most cost effective way was to scrub a high alkaline solution on to the tile using a rotary floor machine.

High heat pressurised water using the Clean & Capture machinery was used to extract the remaining residue (on no account could acid cleaning solutions be used in this procedure as the pointing was constructed from Limestone and would have dissolved).

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The test area was then dried and a water based impregnator was applied to protect the floor and to make it easier to maintain.

The client was amazed at the result of the test patch and a date was set for us to return and clean the floor. The same procedure was carried out as done with the test patch for the whole floor. Our client was delighted with the outcome and asked us about a maintenance clean programme which we did and have continued to do ever since.

Contact us today to enquire about our specialist services for cleaning stone floors on 01279 866838.



Natural Stone Cleaning Hertfordshire

By On September 12, 2017 No Comments

slate flooring EssexNatural stone flooring is one of the most sought-after floor types available. Whatever the stone type, it offers an exquisite finish to any space. There are many intricacies that natural stone offers and an understanding of these will leave any homeowner well-educated in how best to approach regular cleaning.

Natural stone tiles are porous. While this can offer some challenges when aiming to keep the floor looking clean, this is all part of the tile’s make-up. Essentially this is what makes it special and why it offers such a unique appearance.

When approaching the deep cleaning of any natural stone it is vital that you are experienced in both the process needed and the products to use. Being a porous material, damage can easily be caused and may result in irreversible damage.

Our expertise in the field allows us to approach each job that we complete in a tailored way. Some floors may need more preparation so the knowledge of how to approach this is imperative when looking for a successful finish.

slate floor tiles eppingAn adapted approach continues through to the polishing or grinding of the stone floor. This process is used when a floor needs restoring to ensure that its finish is appropriate. This takes away the surface layers of the stone to reveal the undamaged lower layers.

Once stripped back, the tiles can be polished to a selected finish and then treated with a product to offer protection of the natural stone surface.

What does this protect against?

It is a specifically formulated product to offer resistance against wear, tear, staining, scratching and damage. It is important to remember that whilst it can offer resistance against these elements that care should always be taken when walking on or using your stone floor.

Are you considering stone floor restoration? Would you like a no obligation quotation? Call MCS Stonecare today on 01279 866838.



Setting Higher Standards for Stone Care

By On August 30, 2017 No Comments

To get the best from your stone floor there are key considerations that are needed. Knowledge is most certainly power with regards to achieving the best results. Without this you are likely to expend a lot of energy on achieving less than satisfactory results.

This is not an effective use of your time so it is important to seek the help of a specialist. This delegation should be viewed as a wise decision. Why? We are passionate about caring for stone floors.

terracotta tiles harlowWe have patented cleaning technology and cleaning solutions to suit all hard surface cleaning projects. We are independently owned which allows us to the opportunity to carefully select the machinery we use and the product formulations best suited for any job.

Our skilled operators have been carefully trained and are heavily qualified to achieve the best possible finish. This is accompanied by comprehensive insurances which offer confidence to our clients, both domestic and commercial.

terracotta restoration essexEach of the elements are really important in setting higher standards within our field. This starts from the initial point of enquiry through to the survey to completion of the work. How does the survey offer assurance of our high standards?

Our pre-clean survey is offered as standard. It’s a vital part of the process and cleans a specific area of the customer’s choice. It is our opportunity to find out the requirements of our customers and to discuss the goals that can be achieved.

The details that we learn during this process offers us vital information of what we can achieve. It also allows us to trial products and tried and tested techniques. This, in essence, is how we set such high standards as a definite plan is formulated on how we are going to achieve our incredible transformation.

If you would like to arrange a quotation for a stone restoration project you have please call today on 01279 866838.



Advice to Achieve Gleaming Grout

By On July 3, 2017 No Comments

When individuals are looking for advice on how to clean grout there is often too much information available. Much of the advice takes into consideration cleaning the surface of the surrounding tiles but not in fact the actual grout.

The cleanliness of your grout lines really is important and it is often unsightly grout that becomes more noticeable than slightly dirty tiles. The following information has been put together in order to offer comprehensive cleaning advice.

Porcelain Marks EssexIt is first important to remember that grout is a porous material. In effect, it soaks up the dirt and moisture from the cleaning process. Due to the fact that the grout lines are slightly recessed this is a process that can be difficult to avoid.

As dirt builds up naturally through use on floors it is therefore important that such particles are removed regularly. If dry particles are left on the floor when a liquid cleaning formula is applied, they will just combine with the formula and will likely be left and pool in the recesses when the process is complete. Full removal of such contaminants means that you will experience better results.

Another element to consider is the fact that the best-available solution should be selected. Not only should this be compatible with your stone tiles but it should be a formula that does not leave residue once cleaned. Any residue will instantly attract further dirt.

This is part of why our service offers such value for money. Once your tiles have been deep cleaned and restored we will offer you detailed advice on the best products to routinely clean your floor.

Grout Cleaning LoughtonOur Top Tip:

A top tip is to ensure that you avoid using bleach to clean your grout lines; as this is not an appropriate cleaning solution for grout. The intensity of bleach will likely break down the grout and will work to deteriorate it and damage it over time.

There are specially designed grout cleaning brushes available which are strong enough to deep clean the grout lines but will not damage the structure. Have you got any further questions about cleaning grout or would you like to enquire about stone floor restoration? We serve the Essex and Hertfordshire area; call today on 01279 866838.