Samples can be helpful in so many ways and we usually suggest one on most larger floors for the following reasons:
- To show you how clean we can get your floor. A lot of customers do not realise how dirty their floor actually is until we do them a sample for them which usually shows a massive difference!
- To help us determine what can and can’t be achieved and how long it will take. Every floor is different and what we use to strip and clean the floor depends on type of floor, what has been applied to the floor in the past, how dirty it is, if anything is on the surface i.e. paint, plaster, glue, wax etc. Sometimes it is not possible to remove all marks/stains from a floor particularly on the more porous stones and on very uneven surfaces such as some slates, or stone that is very pitted such as some travertine, we cannot always remove dirt from into all the undulations and pits so this can be demonstrated to the customer also.
- To demonstrate different finishes i.e. different topical seals for a matt, light sheen or high gloss finish, polishing and impregnating vs topical seal, grinding vs polishing or sealing, honing etc. There are so many different options and not all finishes always suit your floor i.e. natural stone can vary in porosity across a floor and be more open in places than others and so therefore a topical seal can sometimes look patchy as it gets absorbed differently.