Marble Floor Polishing, Shower Floor Leak Repair, Tile and Grout Cleaning and Sealing, Limestone Floor Cleaning and Sealing Service Company serving Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
For over 17 years, Specialized Floor Care Services has been providing our clients with the most reliable and professional natural tone floor and countertop, tile and grout, and custom tiled shower services.
We are located in Taunton, Massachusets and serve the residential and commercial sectors in Eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and parts of New Hampshire.
Our goal is the earn the appreciation and trust of each client by providing prompt and reliable marble, limestone, travertine, granite, tile, grout, and shower cleaning and repair services.
Marble is a very soft stone and sensitive to acidic products making it prone to scratching and etching. We specialize in cleaning, sealing, repair, polishing, refinishing and restoration of marble floors, countertops and showers. We use time proven methods combined with the right equipment to expectly clean or restore the original look of your marble floors, marble countertops or showers.
As mentioned previously, marble is a very soft material that will be scratched with daily traffic and heavy objects. The good news is that marble can be restored to its original look with the following methods.
- Marble Floor Restoration – When a marble floor has been damaged due to heavy traffic, with deep scratches or has lippage, the marble restoration process is a must. This process will involve the marble grinding, honing and polishig steps. This process conducted when the floor has never been treated or it is severly worn.
- Marble Floor Refinising – Marlbe floor refinishing is the process of removing medium to light scratches and conducted when a marble floor has been restored before. This process usually involves honing and polishing.
- Marble Floor Polishing – Marble polishing is the final step of a restoration or refinishing a marble floor. Polishing marble floors usually starts with a light hone to remove light scratches. Final marble polishing is achieved by buffing the marble floor with a marble floor polishing machine and marble floor polishing pads. Marble polishing powder or polishing compounds if ofter used after the polishing pads to give the floors that final deep beautiful gloss.
The first step in deciding to restore the original look of the marble floors is to conduct a visual inspection. This will enable us to determine wich one the above-mentioned steps to use, what materials, supplies, and equipment are needed, timing required to complete, cost, and which one of the following steps to use.
Marble Floor Grinding – This step is the first step in the restoration process. Grinding a must when a marble floor is severly damaged or has lippage. Lippage is when the edge some or many tiles are higher than the adjacent tiles. The grinding step removes the lippage proving and even and flat finish and at the same time removing any excessive scratching.
Marble Floor Honing – The honing step is needed to properly refinish or polish a marble floor. It is used to remove medium to light scratches prior to polishing. If the desired finish is honed look, the honing process is completed by buffing the marble floor with a buffing compound. This is very effective in removing the swirl marks from the buffing diamond pads.
Marble Floor Polishing – This final step is the one that provides that deep and beautiful shine in marble. Normally this step is preceded by honing the floors. Honing is used to removed the swirl marks from the diamond pads.
Another inherent disadvantage of marble is that it is sensitive to acidic products and it is very porous. Acidic products as general cleaning products, wine, vinegar, pop-soda, can cause the marble to etch. Etching is a result of the calcium in marble reacting to the acid. Etching is described a light dull and rough spot on the marble. It can not be cleaning with any cleaning product. Etching normally has to be repaired by honing and polishing the affected areas of the marble.
Marlble is als very porous, this means that it can stain quite easily. It is recommended that all marble surfaces to protected with a generous application of penetrating stone sealer.
Chips, scratches and cracks on marble tiles or countertops can be repaired quite easily by a trained and experienced marble professional. Chips can be filled with stone epoxy, scratches can be repaired by sanding the scratches and polishing the affected areas and cracked tiles can either be replaced or fill the cracks with epoxy and matching colorants.
If you need help with your marble floors, kitchen marble countertops, bathroom marble vanitytops or other marble, we can help. We have over 17 years of experience in restoring original look of marble floors and countertops.
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Granite is one of the most beautiful types of natural stones, it is also very hard and durable compared to other natural stone. Granite can also be found in many different colors. These characteristics make granite one of the most preferred materials for use on countertops and other surfaces in the residential and commercial settings. Another great characteristic of granite is that it is very dense, meaning that it is almost waterproof.
If you have granite floors or countertops in your kitchen, bathroom or other areas of your home, we can help you with cleaning, sealing and repair of your granite surfaces. Our list of granite services include:
We use safe and effective methods to expertly cleaning your marble counter-tops or floors
Since granite is very dense, most granite do not need to be sealed. We understand the composition of each type of granite and the different types of stone penetrating sealers to effectively seal your granite surfaces.
Although granite is very durable, it can scratch or chip at the edges. We can effectively repair chips and scratches in your granite countertops.
Granite Countertop Tuneup
Kitchen and bathroom Granite countertops serve very special purposes. They are use to prepare foods, cut, slice on and place holder for decorative items and small kitchen appliances. Over time, soaps and oils build up on the surface of the granite countertop. This build-up can make your granite surface look hazy and soiled. Our exclusive Granite Countertop Tuneup service is designed to remove all those accumulated oils, soaps and even in many cases layers of granite sealers.
If you need help with your granite floors, kitchen granite countertops, bathroom granite vanitytops or other granite, we can help. We have over 17 years of experience in cleaning, sealing and repairs of floors and countertops.
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Tile and Grout Services
Tile is a very versatile material that lends itself to be used in any part of your home or building. It makes a great material for floor covering, tiling bathrooms, walls and kitchen backsplashes, and even countertops. Just like any other type building material it is prone to soiling and damage.
We have received specialized training and certification from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Cerfication in Floor Care Technician; Stone, Masonry & Ceramic Tile Cleaning Technician, Carpet Cleaning Technician, and more.
We are proactive in looking to learn and obtain professional instruction and certifications such the ones mentioned above in order to provide our clients with dependable and professional tile and grout cleaning, sealing and repair.
Tile and Grout Cleaning
Tile is the most cost effective material for covering floors or walls. They are very durable and can be found in an large number of colors, styles and textures. Although tile is a very durable material, it also can become scratched, cracked or break. As part of the tile installation, the lines between the tiles are filled with grout. This grout if not installed properly, it can deteriorate over time and in most cases because its porosity, it will soil if not seal or properly maintain.
Our tile and grout cleaning service uses trade specific cleaning products that designed to re-emulsify soils, we follow with scrubbin the tile and grout lines and presure washing and rinse. We have been very successful in cleaning many tile and grout floors and showers since 2001.
Tile and Grout Sealing
There are four main types of tile; ceramic, porcelain, glass and stone. The only one that need to be sealed are the stone or non glaces tiles. It is recommended that the grout in any tile installation be professionaly sealed right after installations and as continued maintenance everytime the tiled surface is sealed.
Tile and Grout Repair
There are sever reasons why a tile or tile floor would need repair. Tile floors would need repair when a heavy object falls and cracks the tile, there may be stress lines on the floor or there is an issue with the installations that have cuased the tiles to delaminate from the sub-floor. A tell tail sign of an issue with the installation is when there are many broken tiles or loose grout lines. At this point the entire floor installation will have to be removed and reinstalled.
We are experienced in installing tile in showers, floors, and backsplashes.
If you need help with your tiled floors, custom tiled showers, or tiles walls we can help. We have over 17 years of experience in cleaning, sealing and repairs of tiled surfaces.
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A shower is that special place from where one can start an invogorating day or take comfort and refuge from an exhausting day. Custom tiled showers come in many sizes and shapes, nevertheless, they all need cleaning, sealing, repair and maintenance.
Custom Tiled Shower Cleaning and Sealing
Due to the frequency of use, the amount of water, the different types of soap, shampoos, body oils and creams used. Any shower is doomed to become very soiled and in many cases damaged if not properly maintained. We have many years helping property owners in Massachusetts and Rhode Island with professional and reliable tiled shower cleaning and sealing services.
Custom Tiled Shower Repair
A tiled shower system is very complex. There are several parts that need to go together just right to make it water leak proof. Most of the calls for repairs are loose tiles, broken grout lines or damaged grout where the walls meet the floor or tub. Since 2001, we have been helping property owners in Massachusetts and Rhode Island with professional and reliable repair of broken shower tile, shower grout repair and caulking.
Shower Floor Pan Leak Repair
As mentioned above, a custom tiled shower is a complex system composed of several critical parts. Tiled walls, shower dam, shower door, glass enclosures and the floor. The shower floor is the most critical since the part of the shower that receives most of the water.
An improperly build shower floor can lead to shower floor leaking to floor below causing severe damage. There are several types of material used for the construction of shower floor pans. The most common and oldest material is copper, the other is flexible linner and a newer material is the panless pre-formed ready to tile shower floor.
One of the most important aspects of properly constructing a shower floor pan is to give it the ability to weep water as it makes it to the bottom of the pan. The pan should be outfitted with weep holes that should allow the collected water in the pan to weep into the drain. If the shower floor pan is lacking the weep holes, water collected in the pan can overflow over the edges of the pan walls.
Specialized Floor Care Services has received specialized training from top shower system manufactures such as Laticrete and Schluter. We can conduct a visual inspection as well as a shower pan text to pinpoint the source or cause of the shower floor leak.
Custom Tiled Shower Remodeling
Walking in to a clean, beautiful, and leak proof shower is conforting and pleasant. We are experienced reconstructing damaged or showers that are in need of replacement.
If you need help with your custom tiled shower or looking to remodel your existing shower, we can help. We have over 17 years of experience in cleaning, sealing and repairs of shower systems.
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Natural Stone Services
Besides providing expert and professional services on marble and granite, we also provide the same kind of services for Limestone, Travertine, Slate, Bluestone, and Soap Stone.
Limestone is a sedimentary rock is mostly found low and warm marine waters. It is mostly composed of small rocks, shells, coral and animal waste. These types of material are compacted by earth pressure and formed into rock. Limestone is a popular material used in the construction of buildings and generally found installed on floors and showers.
Limestone is a little bit harder than marble but it is still prone to scratching. Limestone is also very porous and sensitive to acid. Due to its porosity, limestone is prone to soiling and very difficult to clean.
We have over 17 years of experience in cleaning, sealing, repair and installation of limestone tiles.
Travertine Floor Cleaning and Sealing
Travertine is also a sedimentary rock that is formed in hot springs or limestone caves. Due to its high concentration of calcium, travertine can take a polish similar to marble. The most common characteristic of travertine are the holes caused by air pockets escaping as it is settling and straight wide beige vein running accross it.
Slate, Blue Stone and Soap Stone Cleaning and Sealing
Specialized Floor Care Services provides complete cleaning, sealing and repair of these natural stones.
If you need help with your limestone, slate, bluestone, soapstone, travertine or other natural stone, we can help. We have over 17 years of experience in cleaning, sealing and repairs natural stone.
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Why we are different
We have received specialized training and certification from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (iicrc) in care and maintenance of floor systems, tile and grout cleaning, and repair. We are one of the few companies that have attended specialized training in the proper construction of Custom Tiled Shower Systems.
What Our Clients Say
Our clients love that we are experienced in effectively diagnosing their concerns and providing cost-effective solutions.
I looked to find a contractor to fix an issue with my tiled shower. After checking with several companies, I felt most at ease with Willy at Specialized Floor Care Services due to his professionalism, his expert knowledge of probable causes, his specialty of working with tiled shower repairs, and all the positive BBB reviews.
I recently hired Mr. Willy De Castro, the owner of Specialized Floor Care Services, Taunton, MA to clean and restore a marble bathroom countertop and marble floor. He did an outstanding job. The countertop and floor look brand new. I also had a large tile floor cleaned where the grout had been stained. He also did an
Hello, Willy I want to express my appreciation for your restoration work in our bathroom, removing the acid (CLR!) etching from the limestone floor and counter and the stain as well. I am so pleased with the outcome and would happily recommend
This document serves as a testament to the services as well as the materials used by the company Specialized Floor Care Services Co. The services performed, were not only professionally performed, but they were accomplished within a timeline established and in a fashion acceptable to the
After moving recently into our new house, our upstairs shower began leaking into our kitchen. My husband did some extensive research and came across many positive reviews online for Specialized Floor Care Services. Willy came out to diagnose the problem and gave us a very reasonable quote for the work that had
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Caring and Protecting Marble
Floors by nature take a terrific beating, and it takes about eight steps for the dirt and grime to come off the soles of shoes when coming in from the outside. To care and protect marble from those scratches and abrasions, it is always a good idea to keep a non-slip rug stationed at entry doors.
Three of the standard cleaners for natural stone are stone soap, a neutral cleaner, and a small amount of mild non-citrus dishwashing detergent. Less is always best with cleaners because they can leave a buildup which will dull the shine and cause streaking. Cleaners used on marble must be ph neutral (ph7).
Never clean marble with products that contain vinegar or lemon. Do not use scouring pads or steel wool to clean marble as they will damage the polish and leave spots. It is also a good idea to test a cleaner on a scrap marble piece before applying it to the entire surface.
Use warm water with the cleaner and rinse it thoroughly when finished. It will take several changes of clean water to get the entire residue left from the cleaning solution.
In bathrooms, soap scum will build up on marble tub and shower surfaces. This requires removal with a non-acidic soap scum remover. Ammonia mixed sparingly with water is another way to remove soap scum, but too much ammonia will dull the finish on natural stone.
Cleaning and Sealing Marble Counter Tops
Part of caring for countertops is applying a penetrating sealer. It is important to research any sealer carefully to be sure that it is suitable for marble. A sealer used in a bathroom might be different from what goes on a kitchen counter because of food preparation concerns. Some sealers are toxic and should not be used in the kitchen.
Outdoor Marble Areas
Cleaning outdoor marble areas usually require some amount of bleach to control algae and moss. A pressure washer will remove some of the stains and clean away grime. When exterior marble surfaces are cleaned, it is a good time to apply a sealer to prevent more staining and make the surface simpler to clean on successive occasions.
The Difficulty of Stains on Marble
When stains develop on marble, a poultice can be used to remove some of them. It is important to know what caused the stains so the proper product can be applied in the poultice. Iron, copper, oil-based, organic, and biological stains all need to be addressed differently. It is much better to employ a professional for tough marble stains who already know which cleaners are best and how to effectively remove various types of stains and polish the marble back to its original luster.
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