How to Measure Size in m²
It is simple to calculate the square metre size of an area.
When measuring rectangular shaped areas. Just multiply the length by the width in metres and you have the answer.
When measuring more complex shapes it is best to divide them into separate rectangles and then add them together to get a total area.
There are many old wives tales about the best ways to keep your tiles clean. However, many of these are no longer valid and can contribute to the build-up of grime on the surface or sometimes even damage the tile itself. These guides are based on our hard-won experience in dealing with all types of problems and now you can benefit from that experience.
It's important to note that these guides are intended for maintenance of surfaces in good condition. They may not help you to fully recover damaged or badly stained areas, and this may generally require the services of a professional company.
Acid-based cleaners will slowly damage the appearance of calcium-based stone. The acid creates bigger pores for increased staining potential. It also chemically reacts with the stone causing damage and etching. Some household cleaners can be labeled "tile cleaner" or "all-purpose cleaner", but can still be very acidic and will damage many types of stone and grout.
ACID CAN DAMAGE STONE
Because carbonates (marble, travertine or limestone) react to acid (acidic cleaners) to create carbon dioxide, the effects to the stone are permanent. The destruction of carbonates shows on the surface of stone as etching. Although the particles of stone cannot be recovered, they can be polished or refinished to match the finish of the stone. CaCO3 + acid = CO2 + H2O + Ca2+ Heavy-duty cleaners and strippers containing alkali are ideal for special circumstances requiring deep cleaning – but should only be used on an occasional basis to remove or strip acrylic finishes, waxes, dirt, oil, and penetrating sealers.
THE PH BALANCE SCALE
The pH (p=potential of, H=Hydrogen) balance scale measures the acidity or alkalinity of a solution on a scale from 1 to 14. Neutral solutions are rated as a 7. From 7, the number increases with alkalinity and decrease with acidity. Each number from 7 (neutral) is 10x stronger than the previous number.
The three golden rules of stone and tile cleaning:
- Don't use too much water - Flooding or heavy wet-mopping a stone or tiles surface when cleaning is the biggest source of tile and grout contamination. The surface dirt is collected into the detergent / water solution and can be absorbed into the grout lines or pores of the tiles if not extracted from the floor. Excess water is the 'enemy' of domestic tile cleaning!
- Always rinse off chemicals - Overuse of chemicals (not following dilution instructions) can leave chemical residues on the floor which become sticky and collect dirt. Rinsing off with clean water after cleaning removes any chemical residue and is strongly advised. Most daily-use tile cleaning can be done without chemicals.
- ALWAYS read the label - Abrasive and/or acid-based cleaning products are NOT suitable for use on most stone surfaces, and should be used with caution. Chemical labels can be unclear about this and warnings may be in the small print. Damage caused by use of incorrect cleaning products may not be recovered by daily cleaning, and restoration required by a specialist. Always check if it is unclear!
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