SarahBeenySpringIssue2017 - 145
Pick the right material
The choice of stone for any given room
should be made not simply for its looks,
but also for how easy it will be to keep
looking clean and new.
Different rooms will have different
risks. In a kitchen, for example, a porous
limestone would be at greater risk of
a permanent stain than a less porous
option such as granite. But with the right
advice, installation and maintenance,
you can protect almost any material
against grease, liquids, stains and dirt.
However, advice on the subject and
materials can vary greatly in quality.
A simple decision, such as choosing a
marble worktop over a granite one,
could engage you in more detailed
maintenance in the long run. Something
as seemingly harmless as lemon juice
can 'burn' the marble if spilt on it and
not cleaned off immediately.
Materials such as slate can scratch
easily, so if they are used on floors
where hard heels are likely, it is probably
a poor choice. Stones with wide open
pores, such as some types of bath stone,
can absorb lots of water. If used for
outdoor paving, the water can freeze
and thaw during the winter, causing
the stone to split.
Natural stone will lose some of its
original lustre over time - stains can cause
disfiguration, grout can deteriorate, and
ingrained dust and grime will build up,
causing the sheen to fade.
Specialist Stone Care - the interior
division of Thomann-Hanry® that looks
after stonework - highlights a number of
variables to consider when cleaning and
maintaining internal natural stone:
The type of stone being treated
Any wear and tear
The finish of the stone
Whether it is in an area of high footfall.
A professionally applied sealant will give
your floor breathable and impregnable
protection. This will not only preserve
the substrate (underlying layer), but will
Whether you choose
slate, marble or granite,
a stone floor will add
character to your home
CALL IN the experts
Specialist Stone Care is the interior
stonework division at ThomannHanry®, an award-winning main
contractor for building cleaning
Established in 1946 as a stone
restoration company in France,
Thomann-Hanry® has spent
many years perfecting its 'façade
gommage®' masonry cleaning
system - a highly effective,
eco-friendly and cost-effective
cleaning process that does not
require the use of scaffolding.
It's operated in the UK for more
than 10 years and recent high-profile
projects have included cleaning and
restoring the Bank of England and
The Ritz Hotel, in London.
make the ongoing housekeeping role
significantly easier to perform.
There are many different types of
sealant and selecting the right one for
your particular stone is paramount to
increase its lifespan.
Specialist Stone Care regularly applies
Aqua Fend®, an all-in-one invisible
surface and flooring protection, which
forms and impenetrable but breathable
barrier against surface contaminants
without affecting surface colour.
It extends the aesthetic life of your
flooring, ensuring that future cleaning
and maintenance costs are minimised
for up to eight years.
Thanks to Aqua Fend®, pollution, oil,
grime, grease, bird droppings, algae and
other surface contaminants are no
longer an issue or expensive to remedy.
Post-treatment care of your stone
floor remains the same - and using
the right product is essential for daily
maintenance. Avoid general detergents
because they can leave a residue that
detracts from the stone's natural beauty.
Unlike modern floor coverings,
well-maintained stone will stand the
test of time. So whether there are
muddy footprints in the entrance hall
or spillages on the terrace, your floor
will be protected from damage.
For advice on stone floor maintenance
or to see the effects of Aqua Fend® for
yourself, contact Specialist Stone Care
through the Thomann-Hanry® website
using the details below.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Call 020 8453 1494