Our process for cleaning interior or exterior flagstone flooring consists of using appropriate equipment and machinery, as well as hand washing the corners, edges and hard to reach areas. We use a combination of neutral ph cleaners and degreasers that are safe for your stone, your family and the environment.
We ensure the most thorough and detailed cleaning possible. Improper or aggressive cleaning can cause unnecessary delaminating to the flagstone or damage the flagstone by opening the stone’s pores. This makes it more susceptible to staining from pet accidents, dirty mop water, spills, and grime/asphalt from shoe traffic. Our 18+ years of experience with flagstone and knowledge of the stone itself will avoid these issues. For interior cleaning, as with all of our work, our technicians move most furniture, excluding breakables and smaller items. We pay close attention to detail and ensure there is no dust and no mess created. We are extremely careful not to cause any damage to adjacent surfaces such as walls, baseboards, cabinets, appliances and carpets. For exterior cleaning we are careful against landscaping and plants, avoiding damage to them.
Flagstone sometimes cracks with expansion and contraction of the substrate (surface underneath). This is usually caused by temperature change. Depending on the severity of the damage, we can repair it or arrange to replace it.
Being a sedimentary stone, flagstone will naturally “shed” or “peel” in areas that are most likely getting exposed to moisture or water from plants or rain. Although there is no fix for this, a majority of the time we can improve the appearance by removing these layers.
Using appropriate cleaners and fresh water, interior flagstone flooring should be maintained through frequent sweeping and mopping. Be sure to change mop bucket water multiple times. This keeps the water clean, ensuring that the stone will continue to look great for years to come.
On average and depending on traffic and usage, professional cleaning and sealing is recommended every 3-5 years.
Exterior flagstone is best maintained by sweeping or simply using a leaf blower to get of dust. If necessary, flagstone can occasionally by sprayed with a garden hose.