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In preparation for the upcoming holiday season, we wanted to take a moment to provide you our Travertine Tile Care Guide. Follow these simple tips to help keep your beautiful tile floors clean throughout the fall and into the holidays.

Quick Tips:

  • Dust Mop frequently.  Dust and grit are the number one reason a floor begins to look dirty.
  • Damp Mop routinely with less soap and clean water.  (Normally 1-2 ounces of cleaner per gallon of water)
  • Spot Clean with a marble cleaner for immediate spills.

Did you know?

  • Vinegar and other acid cleaners damage the surface of the stone.
  • Topical sealers (wax, mop n glow, floor shine products) last 1-6 months and must be stripped to restore floors.
  • Impregnating sealers are great at repelling oil and water.  But they are only oil and water resistant.  Application effects performance.
  • Sealers will not prevent scratches, acid burns (etching), rusting.  Sealers will keep these effects at the surface of the stone, but cannot prevent.

Preventative Tips:

  • Place walk off mats at all entrances.  Routinely clean mats to ensure they are effective.
  • Use protective pads on moving furniture.  Furniture that moves frequently tends to wear scratches and holes into stone quickly.
  • Ensure area rugs and mats can breathe.  Folding a rug over for a couple hours a month can prevent rug stains later.
  • Do not set acidic drinks (wine, coke, juices) on Travertine surfaces.

If your Travertine floors are in need of a deeper cleaning, our Travertine Cleaning process may be exactly what you need.  Click here for more information on this cleaning process and to request a quote online Some special days are just around the corner so make your home shine this holiday season.

David Bizaillion, Owner

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Jenny’s Run for Hope 2014 was a huge success. We are still awaiting the final numbers in terms of money raised for the Gregg Pearson Foundation but this year was one of the best for this annual event honoring Jenny.

Jenny loved to provide hope to those who needed it. She had a sense of those in need and was there to offer it. Her life verse was Romans 15:13 and she lived that. If you want to know more about Jenny, click here to read her story.

If you are looking for race results, you can click here. For all those runners, walkers, volunteers and sponsors, a big thanks to all of you.

David B.

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At Bizaillion Floors, we restore marble floors in homes across DFW, from Frisco, to Colleyville, to Highland Park to Mansfield.

The image above is a recent job we did in Mansfield, south of Arlington. The before picture clearly shows a dull finish. In addition to polishing and cleaning the marble floors, we filled many holes and it looks great!  Marble honing is a sanding process to remove a thin layer of the stone. The thin layer may be equivalent to the thickness of a fingernail. All natural stone is mined from the earth and put through a diamond honing process to create a type of hone or polish look. Over time, the stone will wear down much like wood floors. We repeat this same process with the diamonds to restore your floors.

Click to read more about marble cleaning services

Another marble floor customer testimonial:

“Bizaillion Floors was able to remove stains from marble we thought would never come out. They were responsive, experienced, and competent. We are pleased with their services, and would use them again.” [Herrera, C.]
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Thanksgiving is a great time for family and friends to gather for either one or several days of fellowship. It’s one of America’s favorite holidays.

Did you also know its less than 50 days away? Yikes!

Is your home ready to host your in-laws or co-workers for the holiday season? Do your floors still have that “summer look” with grime and all of the shine gone the way of baseball cleats and hot July days?

It’s time to restore your floors in time for Thanksgiving. It’s time to impress your mother-in-law, your husband or your friends with beautiful restored tile floors.  If you are in Plano, Colleyville, Southlake, Trophy Club, Frisco or in any of the surrounding DFW cities, we would love to help make this Thanksgiving one of your home’s best yet!

David Bizaillion, Owner

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At Bizaillion Floors, we are in the business to make your master bathroom shine!

The image above is a recent job we did in Southlake, just north of Colleyville and south of Flower Mound. The before picture clearly shows the master bath with a very dull finish. In addition to polishing and cleaning the marble floors, we cleaned the grout lines – it looks great!

NOTE: Polishing marble will only make the surface appear more shiny and less dull but will not remove scratches, deep wear, or deep etching. In 90% of floors I see, the floors are dull as result of these factors. Therefore, the polishing marble will have minimal effect. Thus, the floor will require diamond honing (wet-sanding) prior to polishing.

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Another marble floor customer testimonial:

“David and his crew did an outstanding job. We had our marble floors refinished and polished in our master bath. David took extra time to make sure our floors looked brand new. We contemplated on having the floor replaced in our bathroom originally but are 100% happy we chose to have them refinished instead. We would not hesitate to recommend David to anybody who is in need of floor restoration.” [Cynthia S.]

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How do i clean my travertine floor? David Bizaillion of Bizaillion Floors will explain.

There are many websites that try and explain how to clean Travertine. Here are a few basic tips:

  • Travertine is delicate and will etch easily. Be careful or you can cause hard-to-repair damage.
  • Because Travertine is sensitive to acidic substances, you need to clean up juice and coffee spills immediately.
  • Never use harsh or abrasive cleaning towels, but rather just a soft cloth or sponge.
  • Never use vinegar, ammonia, lemon or orange when cleaning your Travertine.
  • Be aware many store-bought cleaners have abrasive particles which can scratch your Travertine.
  • If you have Travertine countertops, protect them by using coasters or soap dishes to keep your liquids and soaps from direct contact with the Travertine.

Sometimes, you need professional Travertine cleaning services. We help many Travertine customers from Plano to Highland Park, from Colleyville to Keller. Recently, a customer Sylvester K. said this about our services:

“Fabulous work! After 8 yrs of family life our travertine floors had been hit by the “triple D.” That is Dirty, Dull, and Deteriorating. David Bizaillion and his crew came in and made the floors look brand new and the deteriorating spots disappear. Even cleaned my travertine shower. Great professional service and I would use them again.”

Click here to learn about how we use diamonds to clean your Travertine!  [you can also request a quote]

We use diamond honing on marble and Travertine floors.

Here we are diamond honing a marble floor to remove a thin layer of the floor in Arlington.

 

 

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One of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of remodeling is designing the perfect master bathroom. With so many ideas on Pinterest and Instagram, dreaming big can be fun!

Adding natural stone or making natural stone the centerpiece of your master bathroom will bring elegance and an exciting wow factor to your new bathroom. Natural stone is also a great way to invest in the future re-sale value of a home.

In the stone restoration business, I have seen so many amazing master bathrooms, some with exciting detail and some which were simpler. However, I often see all these master bathrooms after 5-10 years use and wear. I have learned that some stones which are aesthetically breathtaking may be a nightmare functionally.

There are two approaches to having natural stone in your shower. The first approach is to accept that some stone requires more care and become educated about the effects of water on stone. Second approach is to go with stone that is relatively maintenance free.

Unfortunately, there is no stone shower that is maintenance free. Some may require less maintenance then other showers. But, neglect and improper use will cause any shower to stink, look dingy, mold and mildew.

I will attempt to provide you with information about the effects of water on stone.

First, water that never dries or dries very slowly will cause erosion. Erosion can take many forms in natural stone environment. Water can cause etching, mold and mildew and mineral deposits to develop.

Consider first that tap water can be acidic. The acid in water can react with calcium in stone cause etching. Since tap water is not typically know to be acidic, consider the following website. http://chemistry.about.com/od/ph/f/What-Is-The-Ph-Of-Water.htm Here is an excerpt from the website:

Although the pH of pure water is 7, drinking water and natural water exhibits a pH range because it contains dissolved minerals and gases. Surface waters typically range from pH 6.5 to 8.5 while groundwater ranges from pH 6 to 8.5.
Water with a pH less than 6.5 is considered acidic. This water typically is corrosive and soft. It may contain metal ions, such as copper, iron, lead, manganese and zinc. The metal ions may be toxic, may produce a metallic taste, and can stain fixtures and fabrics. The low pH can damage metal pipes and fixtures.
Water with a pH higher than 8.5 is considered basic or alkaline. This water often is hard water, containing ions that can form scale deposits in pipes and contribute an alkali taste.

Thus, if your water is softer or has a PH of 6.5 or less, the water is more likely to result in etching. This will cause your shower walls to dull or have lines running down the face of the tiles. Around your sinks (if you have marble or travertine), you will notice the vanity tops become dull.

However, if you have harder water, then you will notice water leaving minerals behind in your grout lines. Like lead, copper and/or iron. These minerals can build up leaving a very unsightly appearance. As stated in the above excerpt, you will even notice the minerals building up in and around your faucets.

As if these issues were not enough, water that is allowed to sit for a period of time will begin to grow mold and mildew, especially in cracks and holes in the grout lines, wall/floor joints, or within the stone.

Therefore, when selecting a stone for your shower, it is important to take learn how to minimize the damages of water on your stone. The easy answer is to towel dry and air out your shower after each use. Obviously, the easy answer is not always the most ideal or practical. Some people will be so diligent as to use a shower squeegee after each shower however, some people close the shower door and do not allow the shower to even air dry. Leaving the door open will go a long way in helping the moisture to dissipate.

When considering the type of stone to use in your shower, most people focus strictly on aesthetics. I would challenge people to also consider functionality. For example, polished marble is aesthetically a 10 but, its functionality is like a 3.

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How to Know if Your Travertine Installer Did a Good Job

I get a lot of questions from people wanting to know if their installer did a good job. Here, I will talk specifically about the installation of all Honed/Polished and Filled Travertine. The proper way to install unfilled and/or Chisel edge travertine is a bit different.

What to look for on a completed Travertine installation for quality:

• Lippage – unevenness of the tiles. Since the ground is not perfectly level and even after floating a floor, the installers will have a challenge getting it perfect. Thus, some grace must be accepted. How much grace? Use the credit card thickness to be your guide. Place a credit card on any tile installed in your home. If the adjacent tiles are flush with the credit card, this is borderline (typically accepted by industry standards, but obviously this is the highest the lippage should be).

• Straight grout lines

• Tight grout lines

• Cuts around walls

• Post-Installation (cleaning tiles and sealing)

• Hollow tiles

How to Find a Good Installer

In most cases, a good Travertine restoration can correct problems with a poor installation but, a finding an experienced and qualified installer is the best way to prevent these issues. I am going to talk about finding the right contractor for your renovation because an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

First, start by getting someone who has installed this type of Travertine. Experience is key. We are all human and we all make mistakes. With experience, an installer will be better prepared to handle what I call curve balls. However, the installer should possess quality experience.

Be hesitant to judge an installer’s qualifications by pictures alone. We have pictures on our website, but I have seen many companies who will display pictures that may be slightly out of focus. Sometimes the picture is taken from a wide angle to show the big picture of a project, but you, the customer, can not see the details of their work. Instead, ask for references. References from satisfied customers speak more about your installer’s competence but, make sure the references are from Travertine jobs.

One of the easiest ways to find a good installer is to go through a reputable tile store that sells Travertine (Key point, they should sell travertine on a regular basis). In general, tile stores will subcontract the work to installers. Be sure to ask the tile store to give you their best installer. They will have installers that have been working for them only a few short months, but they all have there go-to guy if Michael Jordan walked into the store to buy Travertine.

Now, the best guys develop a reputation and don’t come cheap. If you have negotiated for the tile stores cheapest price and taken advantage of every sell possible to get this remodeling project completed, the tile store may not be willing to commit their best guy to your job.

Something to Keep in Mind:
Let’s say you get 3 bids at $3, $3.75, $4.25 per foot to install. This is quite a large range of prices. Many people will jump for the best price. However, this is typically where I see most people getting frustrated with the installation. Let’s consider the true cost of hiring a cheap installer. Consider the overall cost of the job. There is the cost of tearing out the existing floor, the installation, new baseboards, painting, removing and replacing furniture and appliances. That is not even taking in account the time your house is upside-down and you are unable to live your life. When all is said and done, you could be spending nearly $20,000 for your new floors. There is nothing more frustrating then to get done and your floors are installed incorrectly because you were trying to save $1,000. Many times, I see homeowners try to sue or they will withhold 20% of the job from the installers. However, you still paid $18,000 for floor that looks bad.

As I said in the beginning of this article, in most cases, a good Travertine restoration can correct the problem. Our prices usually range from $2.50 – $4.50 per square foot depending on the problem. Thus, you are back to paying the same price you would have in the beginning. NOTE: the cost of you having to deal with this ugly situation and the extra week it takes to complete the project is not compensated.

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Granite is a resilient stone that will withstand wear better than most other stones however, over time, granite may lose its luster and become dull. Because granite is a dense material, it can be unforgiving in the restoration process and it may be difficult to achieve the desired look and shine using DIY kits. A badly scratched or worn granite surface should be restored by a very experienced and meticulous professional.

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Travertine is a natural stone that is formed in hot springs.  Holes in travertine are not only common but they are a key characteristic of the stone.  These holes form due to carbon dioxide evasion. Travertine tiles are sold filled and honed.  Over time, the factory resin used to fill these holes can turn loose from the stone and cause unsightly holes and dullness.  If you have noticed such unsightly holes in your floor, don’t fret.  We specialize in filling holes and restoring your floor to its original shine.  Call or email us for more details.

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