Floor Restoration



Our 5-Step System for Obtaining & Maintaining Beautiful Stone

Step #1 Consultation / Evaluation

First, we inspect your stone and perform a number of tests to determine type of stone. We will inspect the wear patterns and damage on the stone. After reviewing this data, we can restore a sample area for a nominal charge. This will allow us to be very precise in our diagnosis of the problem and give you a snapshot of what your stone surface should look like. We can also determine if your stone should be sealed.

Step #2 Floor Restoration

Through the use of trained stone technicians, state-of the-art equipment and materials, we will restore your stone surface to its original beauty. All work will be completed in a professional and timely manner.

Step #3 Impregnation/Protection

Many stones are susceptible to stains from spills of coffee, soft drinks, soiling from normal foot traffic, oils and many other things. It can be protected against these stains by the use of an impregnator. An impregnator is an integral part of an ongoing, proactive stone care program. We use only the best, sometimes most expensive impregnators available on the market. Impregnators facilitate an easier, cost effective maintenance program for all natural stone by offering long term protection against stains and dirt penetration.

Step #4 Daily Maintenance Training

Most people use what they consider to be "safe" techniques and chemicals on their stone to care for it on a daily basis. What may be safe for tile or ceramic, can be damaging to natural stone. After we restore your stone surface to its original beauty, we will train you or your cleaning people on how to maintain a restored appearance on a routine basis. We can even leave you with our recommended daily stone cleaner to use.

Step #5 Periodic Follow-Up Floor Restoration

Even after stone has been restored and impregnated, its new beautiful appearance is not permanent. Proper daily care will greatly extend the beautiful appearance, but on-going foot-traffic and other factors will always be wearing away at the bright, clean appearance. A periodic maintenance program will mean additional expense, but it will ensure a beautiful floor at all times and prevent the need for a complete restoration in the future. After restoration, we can design a periodic floor restoration schedule. The frequency will be determined by both the needs of your specific stone and the appearance level that you would like to maintain.

Types of Floor Restoration

Stone Restoration

Travertine Restoration

We are one of the few companies that specalize 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.

Following are the floor restoration services we offer and what they entail:

To remove deep scratches and remove lippage (uneven tile edges). Done by machine with diamond abrasive pads and water that creates no dust.
To remove minor scratches and wear from eveyday foot traffic. This process is also done by machine with diamond abrasive pads and water that creates no dust.
To give marble or stone the sheen you want, enhance the veining in marble and to protect the marble or stone from everyday traffic and spills. (Utilizing the same compounds that are used in the fabricating process.)
To remove dirt, stains and bacteria and to remove waxes and polymers that have become embedded.
To protect and preserve natural stone. (Using penetrating sealers / impregnators.)
The use of penetrating sealers / impregnators formulated to enhance or enrich the color of your stone.
To remove coatings that block stone's ability to breathe which causes spalling (when the stones crack, pop and shale). Some examples of common coatings are, crystallization, janitorial waxes, polyurethane, etc.
Dirt loves to hide in grout. Brushes cannot penetrate into the micro pores to get all of the contaminants out. We use a patented system to clean your grout to like new and then we seal it to facilitate easier maintenance for the long haul.

Travertine stone is a form of limestone, like Marble. Subterranean springs, underground rivers, and other water sources form travertine. These water sources carry mineral elements such as calcium carbonate that build up over thousands of years the same way stalactites and stalagmites in caves are formed. The resultant stone is smooth and very hard substance further characterized by its porous surface. Travertine comes in many beautiful colors including ivory, beige, walnut, noce, and gold.

Travertine has been used for and relied on for thousands of years in building homes and buildings. The roman coliseum was built with travertine. Travertine has a tendency to open new voids over time. Chairs with wheels or feet, areas of high traffic, or a high heel in the wrong spot and viola another hole. Like marble and limestone, travertine is susceptible to etching from acidic solutions such as vinegar, lemon juice, coffee, soda, and alcohol.
Travertine can be purchased with, or refinished in place, to polished, hi-honed (lo-gloss), or honed (satin) finishes. It can have a square edge or tumbled edge, and the face can be filled, unfilled or brushed. Travertine can be cut with the grain or crosscut against the grain (saturnia).
Deep cleaning will remove embedded soil from the pores of the tile and clean the grout. The cleaning process utilizes a stone detergent that is scrubbed into the stone surface to loosen embedded soils. Allowing 10 minutes to dissolved the heaviest of soils, the floor is cleaned and rinsed using a tool that applies pressurized steam spray within a simultaneous vacuum recovery system. This system captures and vacuums the soil, cleaning solution, and steam spray to the mobile truck unit outside. Portable units are available for high-rise or high security areas.
We can fill holes, cracks, and chips in your travertine and provide a perfect color match that will look and feel like a factory fill. There are different fillers that can be used depending on current finish, and amount required. The different types include traver-fil, epoxy, polyester, and acrylic.
This process will remove wear, scratches, and etches from your stone by using diamond abrasives. The diamond abrasives are used wet, so there is no dust created. This process will provide clarity in the stone and provide flat to a satin to a low-gloss depending on finish desired.
Polishing is meant to produce a gloss as high as possible on the stone surface. We will polish your travertine with only the finest diamond abrasives and polishing compounds available, we do not use crystalizers or stone waxes to polish your stone to make it shine. The polish we provide will not yellow or flake off since there is no coating on your stone, only a true optical clear polish.
The grinding of a stone floor in the first phase of the so-called flattening or delipping and will be followed by the honing and, optionally, the polishing. This process will remove lippage (un even tiles) and deep scratches and provide a floor that is flat. The grinding and honing process is done wet so there is no dust created. A floor that has been ground flat and filled, is the easiest to maintain, as there are no recessed grout lines, or raised tile edges.
Buffing of travertine is a general term that can include honing to polishing to sealing depending on the apparatus under the machine.
Time Machine Cleaning of Orlando specializes in sealing to manufactures recommendations. We are too often called out to correct incorrectly applied sealers. We recommend penetrating sealers that go into the stone and protect it from the inside out. Penetrating sealers are especially recommended in areas of moisture due to its ability to breath, or allow moisture transmission, allowing any trapped moisture from underneath to escape. Topical sealers are only used in rare situations. Enhancing sealers can be used to darken or highlight the stone depending on their absorbency rate
Dry soil removal using a vacuum with hepa filtration; preferably, as it does the best at removing not spreading, the fine grit and sand that causes the majority of wear on the stone surface. Cleaning should be done using neutral cleaners. Neutral cleaners are ph balanced and rinse free, meaning they won’t leave soil-attracting residue behind. Walk off mats at entry points and quick attention to acidic spills will also prolong the natural beauty of your floors.
Even after travertine has been restored and impregnated, its new beautiful appearance is not permanent. Proper daily care will greatly extend the beautiful appearance, but on-going foot-traffic and other factors will always be wearing away at the bright, clean appearance. A periodic maintenance program will mean additional expense, but it will ensure a beautiful floor at all times and prevent the need for a complete restoration in the future. After restoration, we can design a periodic restoration schedule. The frequency will be determined by both the needs of your specific stone and the appearance level that you would like to maintain.

Saltillo Restoration

Marble Restoration

Saltillo (Mexican Pavers) restoration/refinishing is a very specialized process that is much more different than any ceramic tile process.These tiles can be damaged very easy if the wrong cleaning or sealing process is used, we are specialists in cleaning, sealing and repairs of saltillo.

Commercially, any calcareous, dolomitic and serpentine base dimensional stone that can be polished is classified as Marble. True Marble is a metamorphic calcareous rock, originally Limestone that underwent a transformation (metamorphosis) by which, mostly through high pressure and high temperature, it changed into a rock hard and crystallized enough to be polished. This naturally decorative material is characterized by vein-like patterns which vary depending on which minerals, and which quantities of those minerals, were present during the re-crystallization of the original limestone parent rock.

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