September 3, 2013
Repairing My Kitchen Floor
Several years before buying my Bedford farm, I purchased a house on Long Island. By the garden, there had been a white marble stepping-stone path. I removed the big, thick slabs and left them stacked, untouched, for several years. Both the tops and bottoms of all the pavers were nicely aged, stained green in places by grass and brown from earth and wood, and almost looked like an old cathedral floor. I had the top and bottom inch of each paver cut off, and the "dirty," worn sides were used as flooring stones. There were just enough for the kitchen and I was thrilled with how it turned out.
1 I'm not the only one who loves this marble floor. My Chow Chow GK spends a great deal of time stretched out on it, absorbing the coolness of the stone.
2 This floor is now more than 10 years old and it has really held up quite nicely. This entrance is a heavy traffic area and shows no sign of wear.
3 You can see the brown staining that I was referring to on these stones. I find this kind of natural patina to be quite pleasing.
4 Unfortunately, the grout between the stones doesn't hold up as well and it needs to be patched about every 2 years. I asked Gyurme Sherpa to help with this task.
5 With so many animals, this floor gets washed and vacuumed frequently and the grout loosens and chips away. All loose and disintegrated material was removed from in between the stones.
6 This is the original grout formula that was used when the floor was installed. It's a combination of 1-part concrete and 3-parts sand, moistened with water.
7 Then, 1-part Acryl 60 was stirred in. This product improves adhesion, cohesion, tensile, compressive, and flexural strengths of cement-based materials.
8 Using protective gloves, Gyurme forced the cement mixture into the joints.
9 This material dries quickly, so Gyurme worked small areas at a time.
10 Another joint
11 And another
12 He then filled in at the door frame.
13 The dogs desperately wanted to come inside, but I didn't want them to get any of this on their feet.
14 Gyurme then wiped up the excess with a damp sponge.
15 When Gyurme had completed the entire kitchen floor, I asked my housekeeper, Maria, to give it a good washing.
16 The housekeepers like using Libman mops on this stone floor.
17 The mop is made of a special fiber that picks up hair and grit extremely well.
18 It's also very soft and doesn't hurt the painted surfaces.