Bluestone is a volcanic rock that is used widely throughout Australia, particularly in Victoria. It is a popular choice due to its very hard surface that offers fantastic scratch resistance. The fine grains caused by the rapid cooling of lava also provide great slip resistance whilst giving a beautiful silky feel under foot. The stone can be finished in several ways, the most popular being honed, polished, flamed and sandblasted which makes it ideal for a variety of purposes including interiors and pool surrounds.
How can Hamilton’s help with the cleaning of your bluestone?
While bluestone can be relatively easy for the homeowner to maintain, two things will occur over time. Firstly the grout lines and any contours or profiles in the stone will gradually collect dirt and cause build up and discolouration in these areas. Secondly after years of mopping there will be a gradual build up of product residue causing a greasy or smeary look to the stone itself. Our full water capture cleaning method will restore your grout lines and bluestone to their former glory.
What is Hamilton’s state of the art full water capture system?
State of the art full water capture cleaning sounds like quite a mouthful but essentially we are following the very basic cleaning techniques that have been shown to be very effective on all floors regardless of the materials used.
1.Chemicals-Cleaning is simple chemistry – the correct products must be used in order to achieve the perfect result.
2.Dwell time - Any product that is used for cleaning must be allowed time to work. The old method of simply mopping on and mopping off is out of date and ineffective in the long run. Residue build up causing a cloudy or ‘smeary’ appearance is the most common problem in any dirty flooring situation.
3.Agitation - Possibly the most important of the stages. Hamilton’s will, after adequate dwell time, use a slow speed scrubber to agitate the dirt from all the cracks,profiles and grout lines of your floor.
4.Water temperature and vacuum – The hotter the better. This simple rule really allows us to achieve a streak free perfectly clean surface. After agitation, our state of the art full water capture machine really comes into its own. As can be seen on the various videos here the machine provides very hot water at whatever pressure we require for the task at hand (very high pressure for a dirty driveway and lower pressure for interior flooring – we must always be aware not to damage the grout lines). Coupled with attached vacuum we can achieve perfect water management in any environment. The vacuum draws all dirty residues from the floor and deposits it into a holding tank in the van parked outside. A complete rinse can now be achieved with all contaminants removed from the premises.