Frequently Asked Questions

Stone Surface Cleaning and Restoration FAQs

Blue Steam will always do a walk through evaluation with the customer to identify problem areas and concerns. Once identified a detailed plan is written and presented to the customer outlining the steps needed to clean, restore and enhance the natural stone. All estimates are free.

With state of the art machinery including truck mounted High pressure steam cleaners along with, Marble machines, grinding, honing, polishing pads, powders neutralizers and sealers) Blue Steam can generally restore a floor in a couple of days or less. A crew (2 to 3) stone technicians will move all furniture, protect cabinets and stainless steel appliances with plastic sheeting.

Yes, and the process is very similar to restoring a floor. Polishes are used as well as grinding and sanding pads to remove scratches, stains, watermarks and etchings. Sealers are always applied once completed.

After a thorough professional cleaning and polishing a lite polish and a reseal should happen between 3-5 years. This process usually takes 1/3 the time or less than the original restoration.

The Blue Steam Restoration process is different depending on the tile and its condition. There are three main types of tiles (Saltillo, Lincoln, and Terra cotta ) Stripping machines, strippers and degreasers are used to clean and remove layers of dirt, film, calcium, efflorescence and sealers. At the completion of the restoration, sealers are re-applied in accordance with the customer’s specifications on desired shine.

Tile and grout generally speaking are the simplest to clean. This is due to the fact that porcelain and ceramic are man made and are so dense that dirt and grime does not penetrate into the tile. Grout on the other hand is very porous and can soak stains up like a sponge if not properly sealed. Blue Steam uses high pressure steam cleaners along with tile scrubbing machines to ensure that every nook and cranny gets cleaned, while at the same time removing any residue from the cleaned area. Grout sealing is recommended to properly insure your grout will never stain.

We have a variety of colors to choose from and can even layer colors for a look with plenty of dimension. Please contact the office and they will be happy to email you a color chart and some sample photos.

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