Floor waterproofing is achieved in most cases by painting the concrete floor with a water-proofing membranes. This membranes is a flexible cementitious product that fills the pores in the concrete and prevents water from seeping through.
A typical floor waterproofing job will require at least two coats, with the first coat being allowed to dry thoroughly before application of the second coat. Floor waterproofing is typically done to prevent moisture from entering a basement floor or water from seeping through to the lower floor.
Floors that are not waterproofed can often weep water through the concrete.
Walls are sometimes affected by the water weeping through the floor and being wicked up the wall studs. This can cause damage to drywall and paint, as well as to wallpaper.
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A clean sweep
For most of us there’s always temptation to leave cleaning the floor until it really has to be done. But the longer everyday dirt and stains are left, the more ingrained they become.So quick regular cleaning is less work and more effective than a once-a-month blitz and it will keep your floors looking good and lasting longer.
Vacuum or wipe with a dry mop. Ideally, you should wipe the floor all over every couple of weeks with a damp (not wet) mop sprayed with a laminate cleaning solution. Finish with a quick wipe with a dry mop or cloth.
One of the most important aspects of cleaning your tile floor is making sure dirt and spills do not have a chance to get comfortable. These things happen; instead of banning everyone but yourself from walking on your floor, clean up spills or tracks as soon as possible. This is easy enough to do with a mop or cloth, hot water, and a mild household detergent (be sure to do a spot test with any detergent before use.
Regular maintenance is important as well. The easiest, quickest and most effective step you can take is to regularly sweep, vacuum, and damp mop your bathroom, entryway or kitchen tile floors. A quick sweeping or vacuuming removes dirt and debris before it can become embedded in the tile or grout. Mopping with warm water and using a tiles cleaning product also enhances your tile’s gloss, shine, and color. One of the best floor cleaning products , though, is one that is readily available in your home. Water is effective in keeping your tile floor looking great. You can also mix a cup of white vinegar with a gallon of water for a wonderfully effective, odor-eliminating cleanser.
If you have children or pets, you may not want to use harsh chemicals, and this is wonderful alternative.
Caring for Spills.
Accidents will happen in your home. The way you react to these accidents is what will make a difference in the upkeep of your stone flooring. Reacting quickly will prevent spills from penetrating your stone and turning into stains. A quality seal on your stone will afford you more time between spills and stain, but you should always tend to spills quickly and as they happen.
It is good, and necessary, to give your stone floors consistent, lighting and cleaning. But from time to time, you should give your floors a deep clean that calls a higher level of dedication. This is only necessary once or twice a year. Use a high alkaline cleaner, leaving it on your floor anywhere from five to 15 minutes and then scrubbing your floor. Follow this with a rinse of your floors with simply water to assure the entire cleaner has been removed as well as any excess dirt or grime. Always remember to rinse with clean water.
This helps protect you flooring. But only for a certain length of time. You shouldn’t assume a few years after your floors have been sealed that the are still receiving the same amount of protection. Over time, traffic and cleaning chemicals will eat away at your sealer. Therefore, you should check and reseal your stone flooring when necessary. Typically, for a coating type sealer this will be around the one year mark while for an impregnator it I best to check anywhere between one year and two. You can check by dropping a small amount of water one your floor and letting it sit for ten minutes. If it soaks into the stone darkens it, leaving a wet patch, it is best to top your sealer at that point. Water is effective in keeping your stone floor looking great. You can also mix a cup of white vinegar with a gallon of water for a wonderfully effective, odor-eliminating cleanser.
Real marble tiles have a beautiful, unique look like no other surface, with all their whirling patterns and shade variations. But the same pattern that make marble beautiful can be a real headache to match from tile to tile. To ensure patterns match, we recommends dry lay before installing so you can approve the result. All your tiles should come from the same original batch.
Marble, like most stone tiles, has high maintenance requirements. It must be sealed and cleaned regularly; for cleaning, use only a mild detergent solution or a product specially designed for marble. Never set your drink down on a marble surface (it will leave a ring) and wipe up any spills immediately as they can stain or etch marble? Given that marble is more susceptible to staining by many foods, spilled liquids and other household materials, we do not recommend their use for kitchen countertops. Softer and more porous than granite, marble is more suitable for less-trafficked, formal areas.
This stone is among the most elegant and luxurious of stones. Marble’s beauty will last for generations and is versatile enough for use throughout the home in such places as fireplace surrounds, ornamental furnishings, walls, flooring, and bathrooms. Marble especially stands out in the bath. It can be applied on almost every surface, including vanities, shower walls, tub decks and flooring.
Born from molten magma, granite is a much more durable and functional stone than marble. Granit’s crystalline structure is far more resistant to abrasions, staining and discoloration than most marbles. Denser and stronger than all natural stones, granite is an excellent choice for high trafiic areas where class and style is desired.
Granite feels at home in a country farm house as well as a modern high rise. The variety of colors and texture are traits that set granite apart form the rest. This remarkable stone is ideal for kitchen countertops, accent islands, bar tops, dining tables, flooring- the options are endless!
The choice between marble and granite depends on the aesthetic effects you want to achieve and how much use or abuse the stone will be subjected to. Although both are natural stones and quarried from the earth, granite and marble (and marble’s relative-limestone, onyx and travertine) are very different from each other. The greatest difference between granite and marbles lies in their porosity, softness and durability.
Ceramic tile is a mixture of clay and quartz ferrous sand materials along with water. The special clays are mined from the earth, shaped, coloured and then fired in kilns. They can be coloured and the surfaces can be glazed either in a high gloss or matte finish. Most ceramic tiles have either a white or red body colour underneath the glazed finish.
Many people like to use ceramic tiles to make flooring. There are a number of advantages to tile flooring. It tends to be extremely durable. Many people also find tile flooring aesthetically pleasing, and its easy to clean.
Homogeneous tile is a form of ceramic tile composed of fine porcelain clays but fired at much higher temperatures than ceramic tile. This process make homogeneous tiles denser, harder, less porous and therefore less prone to moisture and stain absorption than ceramic tiles. They have a consistent property throughout the entire section of the tile. For these reasons, most homogeneous tiles are harder to cut due to their density and hardness.
The body of ceramic tile, called bisque, may be coated with or without a glaze depending on its intended purpose. The glazed coating comprise of liquid coloured glass which is applied and baked to the surface of the bisque under very high temperatures. The liquid glass coating can be fashioned with texture and design. The main features of glazed tiles are ease in cleaning and protection of the bisque from staining.
Glazed tile is a type of ceramic tile to which a glaze has been applied. After the glaze is painted or sprayed on, the tile is filed at high temperatures, causing a chemical reaction which makes the glaze vitrify, essentially turning into glass. The resulting tile is resistant to water and stains because of the glaze, and it has attractive look, as a wide variety of colours and designs can be created with glaze, with finishes ranging from extremely glossy t matte. Any store which stocks tile flooring will carry glazed tile, typically in a range of configurations for people to choose from.
Parquetry is a collection of wood pieces joined together to create a decorative effect, rather like a mosaic. Strictly speaking, all parquet flooring patterns are angular, while the use of curved shapes is marquetry. This distinction is not usually observed, and any kind of wood block pattern is usually called parquet flooring.
Original parquet flooring was made from solid blocks of different wood species, laid in patterns over tie bars and nailed in place. A fine example was installed at Versailles in 1684, where it replaced a patterned marble floor. Parquet flooring become enormously popular among the rich, because it did not trap moisture and encourage rotting joists the way marble flooring did.
Popular words for solid parquet flooring include teak, oak, walnut, cherry, pine and maple. Rare woods like mahogany, ebony, and rosewood were sometimes used for very special floors. Stains and finishes enhance the contrasting colors and grains of the different woods.
Popular parquet flooring patterns include basket, herringbone, chevron, and brick, although ornate parquet flooring used many geometric shapes to create intricate and beautiful patterns. Fine parquet flooring was often laid by a wood flooring specialist.
A transparent, protective, wear layer is highly resistant to dogs, cats, chairs and even high heels.
The decorative layer provides a high definition, highly detailed image. Today’s laminate flooring manufacturers have the technology and capability to realistically simulate everything from hardwood to marble to stone.
A high-density fibreboard core (or HDF) offers impact resistance, stability and long-lasting durability.
A layer comprised of melamine resin offers additional structural stability and moisture resistance.
Underlayment (which may or may not be built into the laminate floor product) is a requirement for any installation. Its helpful in absorbing some of the minor imperfections in the sub-floor, reducing some noise when walking on the floor, and softening some of the impact. Some underlayments also offer a moisture barrier on one side, which is a good idea for bathroom and wet area installations.