Concrete & Self Levelling Compound Removal.
Im sure you’ve all seen the DIY programmes on tv showing house owner removing their carpets, tiles, vinyls etc from farm houses, cottages, barns to discover beautiful Pennant & Limestone Flags.
It was very fashionable in the 70’s to have these floors covered , mainly because they either looked dirty and were difficult to clean or had unsightly built up varnishes or Linseed oils covering them or the stone had blown its surface and was loose and flaking.
Roll the clock forward, now these once forgotten floors, generally has a new owner who wants to put their personal touch to their new abode.
The first thing that gets torn up is the Carpet, Wooden boards, Carpet Tiles etc to find a small area of Flagstone, these will have self level compounds/ concrete filling the voids.
After a few taps with a hammer and chisel some beautiful Grey or golden yellow is exposed, you get excited and chip away some more and all or some is revealed.
Don’t feel disheartened that the task is beyond you, concrete is difficult to remove but not impossible. You can carry on removing the levelling compound or in most cases black bitumen with the hammer & chisel or you can give a professional company a call to remove these coverings.
We at Inside Out Cleaning & Restoration Ltd are specialist in Flagstone cleaning, restoration & sealing. If you have a half finished project or even if you have just pulled up the coverings from the floor and feel thats its just too big a task, don’t despair. We have machines that can remove theses coatings to an as new finish, the machines are fitted with diamond tools which have dust shrouds and extraction systems attached to them to make an almost dust free environment. it is not unusual to find some broken or even missing flags, these can be sourced from local reclamation yards, cut and bedded back in position, in most cases the pointing will need to be replaced.
Traditionally Flagstones were butted up to each other with no pointing but over time these slight voids have been filled to avoid being blocked by every day debris to make it easier to maintain. The voids were there to allow the moisture to escape as they are mainly laid onto earth with no membrane.
Some floors have been taken up over time with a membrane and relaid with pointing through the joints, this is not unusual.
Once the entire floor has been resurfaced & repointed, a natural stone sealer is needed to protect for easy maintenance. An average of 5-6 coats will give years of protection with a subtle glow, you can even wash the floor with water no harsh chemicals are needed.