Specialized Floor Care ServicesNatural Stone - Tile & Grout - Custom Tile Shower Services
Call the Experts For Marble Floor Polishing, Repair and Refinishing to Include Granite, Limestone, and Travertine. Tile and Grout Cleaning and Repair. Custom Tile Shower Cleaning and Repair. Shower Floor Leak Repair and Remodeling.
SPECIALIZED FLOOR CARE SERVICES
Experienced and Professional Natural Stone – Tile & Grout – Custom Tile Shower Services
Call the Experts For Marble, Granite, Limestone, Travertine Floor Polishing, Refinishing, and Restoration – Tile and Grout Cleaning and Repair – Custom Tile Shower Cleaning, Repair, and Remodeling.
For over 17 years, Specialized Floor Care Services has been providing our clients with the most reliable and professional natural stone floor and countertop, tile and grout, and custom tiled shower services.
Our clients rave about our wonderful marble floor polishing service and how expertly we can repair shower floor leaks and the money and time we save them by preventing full replacements.
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 expertly clean or restore the original look of your marble floors, marble countertops or showers.
We are a full marble polishing service company. We use time-proven methods to safely and effectively polish your marble floors or countertops to like new.
We start the marble polishing process with a light honing using diamond honing pads mounted on a marble polishing machine followed by finer and finer diamond honing grits. To obtain a deep polishing result, the polishing process is followed by fine diamond polishing pads until the desired gloss is obtained.
Many marble polishing professionals opt to use diamond polishing powder or marble polishing compounds instead of the diamond polishing pads. Polishing powders are preferred because they produce a much richer and deep gloss on marble floors or countertops.
If your marble floors or marble countertops are in need of repair or poilishing, you will be happy to call us.
Marble Refinishing Service
Experienced Marble Refinishing Services Guaranteed! Marble refinishing is the process of removing medium to light scratches and is conducted when a marble floor or countertop has been previously restored or has some lippage after initial installation.
Refinishing a marble floor usually involves a more aggressive diamond honing step, starting with a coarse diamond grit followed by medium honing and then final polishing.
Marble countertops can be refinished by sanding the marble counters with diamond honing pads mounted on a handheld marble polishing machine or small buffing machine. The deep gloss is achieved by buffing the marble counters with marble polishing powders or compounds.
You can feel comfortable knowing that we can return your marble floor or counters to like new with our professional marble floor refinishing service.
Marble Restoration Service
Marble floor or countertop restoration is a more aggressive method to restore the original look of your marble floors or countertops.
When a marble floor or marble countertop has been damaged due to heavy traffic, with deep scratches or has lippage, the marble restoration process is a must.
This process will involve grinding, honing and polishing steps. This process is conducted when the marble surface has never been treated or it is severely worn.
The first step in deciding to restore the original look of the marble floors, countertops or marble walls, is to conduct a visual inspection. This will enable us to determine which one the above-mentioned steps to use, what materials, supplies, and equipment are needed, timing required to complete, cost.
Marble Grinding – This step is the first step in the restoration process. Grinding a must when a marble floor is severely 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 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 honing compound. This is very effective in removing the swirl marks from the buffing diamond pads.
Marble 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 remove the swirl marks from the diamond pads.
An inherent disadvantage of marble is that it is sensitive to acidic products and it is very porous. Acidic products such as general cleaning products, wine, vinegar, pop-soda, can cause the marble to etch. The etching is a result of the calcium in marble reacting to the acid. Etching is described as a light dull and rough spot on the marble. It can not be cleaned with any cleaning product. Etching normally has to be repaired by honing and polishing the affected areas of the marble.
Marble is also 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.
The best way to clean marble floors, marble countertops or other marble surfaces is to first remove heavy debris or sand using a vacuum with a soft bristle brush. Then wipe or damp mop the surface with a neutral non-rinse marble floor cleaner.
Trust Specialized Floor Care Services to safely clean your marble floors, marble countertops or marble showers. We use trade-specific cleaning products along with the right tools and equipment to effectively and properly clean your marble.
Marble Repair Service
Chips, scratches, and cracks on marble tiles or countertops can be repaired quite easily by a trained and experienced marble repair 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.
Do not replace! Call us to properly repair those marble chips, cracked tiles, broken countertops or fill gaps in your marble floor
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 clean 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 used 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.
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Cleaning and Repair of Custom Tile Shower
A properly designed and constructed tile shower is a beautiful thing. It adds beauty and elegance to a home or a commercial building.
A shower helps to relieve the stress of a hard day or to hide away whenever you have to or want privacy.
If you have a custom tile shower, you may have some questions:
- How to properly clean your shower
- What are the best shower cleaning products
- How to repair broken grout lines in your shower
- What is the cost of regrouting a shower
- How to inspect a leaking shower floor
- How to repair a leaking shower floor
With over 17 years in cleaning, sealing, repair and installing custom tile shower system, we will answer each one o these ones by one.
1. Shower Cleaning Methods.
The first thing we want to discuss is how to keep the shower clean in order to avoid or reduce the amount of soiling in your tile shower.
Keep your shower dry – it is recommended that you have a properly working exhaust fan installed in your bathroom. The fan not only fan-out the musty orders but also the humidity from showering. It is recommended that you run the fan for at least 30 minutes after every shower, keep the shower door or curtains open to allow air to circulate.
Use a squeegee to squeegee down the wall and glass in the shower after every use. Again, this helps keep the shower dry.
Use a penetrating sealer to seal the grout lines and floor every couple of years. Sealing the grout lines or natural stone tiles prevent water or moisture entering the surfaces. This will help keep the shower clean.
The two major soiling reasons are soaps and mildew.
Some soaps and shampoos are heavy in soap and will leave a residue after every shower. This residue will build up after a while making the shower walls and floor look dingy. If you have porcelain or ceramic tile, we use a razor blade to remove the gross build up and finish cleaning with a high alkaline cleaning solution and a gentle scrubbing pad.
Mildew or mold – These fungi grow in dark, damp and warm areas. Once they are allowed to spread, it is very difficult to clean. Most people use a mix of bleach and water to kill the fungi. If you see signs of black mold, it is recommended to seek the help of a professional.
To clean grout lines, use a high alkaline cleaner and a grout brush to scrub the cleaning solution into the grout lines. The use of a steam cleaner will make cleaning the shower grout lines easier and more effective.
2. What are the best shower cleaning products?
When selecting an effective cleaning product for your shower, consider the source or cause of the soiling. In the shower, you will find heavy soap build up combined with body oils and other organic soilings.
Whenever we are trying to clean an oil-based stain or soil, we must use a degreaser. For homemade porcelain or ceramic shower tile and grout cleaning, you can use a mix of vinegar and dishwashing liquid, spray it in the affected area, let it dwell and then scrub with a soft brush or white scrubbing pad. Follow this by rinsing thoroughly. Caution: this mix is not safe for natural stone tiles.
3. How to repair damaged or broken grout lines in the shower.
Best way to repair those broken grout lines is to scrape the damaged grout line and replace with new grout. This depends on several factors.
The width of the grout lines and type of grout lines. If you have thick grout lines, you can use a box cutter knife to scrape the lines. If the grout lines are thicker, then a grout scrapper will do very nicely.
The type of grout. Grout is normally found in sanded or unsanded. If you have thin grout lines, you probably have unsanded grout. Ensure that you use the correct type when replacing the grout.
4. What is the cost of replacing or regrouting a shower?
Obviously, this can vary from region to region, size of the shower, amount of grout, size of grout lines and depending on the experience and size of the grout repair company or contractor.
Most contractors will charge by the hour or the job.
5. Dealing with a leaking shower floor
This is and can be the most troublesome. There are several causes and areas for shower floor leaks.
Type of construction – what system was used to build the shower system. Most older custom tile showers are built using a copper pan to collect any water that breaks through the grout lines and floor seams.
Level of experience the contractor has. When building a custom tile shower, there may be several contractors involved. The General contractor, the plumber, and tile contractor. At some point one, they will probably miss an aspect of proper shower construction.
When a shower is showing signs of leaks, it is better to consult with an experienced shower system contractor who can properly assess the situation and make proper recommendations for a repair or replacement.
We are hoping that these few tips will help you with your shower. But if you feel you can not tackle the project on your own, feel free to contact us in Massachusetts or Rhode Island.