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July 14, 2014

Amazing Aggregate Cleaning


Yes! These are real pictures of a real home where Aaron’s Quality Cleaners has really cleaned! Even knowing how great our cleaning process is, I still find myself amazed when our carpet cleaning technicians send in contrast pictures like these.


One of the reasons aggregate flooring gets so dirty is that it is rarely sealed properly, or re-sealed often enough. What most people with aggregate find, is that this type of flooring is extremely porous. That means the water goes down into those pebbles and just keeps on going down and being absorbed into the great unknown area between the pebbles. And what happens when water sits too long? Mildew, and the completely awful odor that comes with it.


If you know that cleaning your aggregate floor today may cause it to smell for days to come, I bet you would have second thoughts about cleaning it at all. If you’ve spilled something, milk being the worst, on the pebbles, then you know that no matter how quick and thorough you are, it was too late as soon as the liquid hit the floor. There’s just no way to clean between and under those rocks well enough unless you have professional equipment and products.


So why does anyone install this floor to begin with? Well, in an ideal world, the aggregate is sealed perfectly with the right thickness of epoxy and in the right manner. Then, ideally again, it is re-sealed perfectly every five years. This process means that water and moisture cannot get through to the pebbles, but will sit on top as though it were a laminate floor, until you can clean it up.


Unfortunately, in our experience, the reality rarely matches the theory. We find most aggregate floors to be excessively porous and require specialized care to maintain. When we come in to clean this type of flooring, we are always sure to heat our water to 240 degrees in order to first kill whatever may be lurking amidst the pebbles, and second to help break down the grime and dirt that have accumulated on the floor.


After allowing a cleaning agent to sit atop the floor for a few minutes, we next scour the floor in much the same way that you would power scrub the walkway in front of your home.  When the floor is clean, we rinse it, again with the 240 degree water. When finished, we spray a specially made product over the entire area to keep mildew from growing while the floor has a chance to dry.


It’s a great process and it works really well. So if you find your reality not quite living up to your dreams, give us a call and let us come make your world right again!


Julie Rosenfeld serves as an Administrative Assistant for Aaron’s Quality Cleaners, a carpet-cleaning company that services the Fresno and Clovis (CA) areas.  She is the author of “Julie’s Corner” and provides information and perspective on topics related to the carpet-cleaning industry.


Aaron’s Quality Cleaners performs carpet cleaning, tile cleaning, aggregate cleaning and upholstery cleaning in Fresno, Clovis, Madera and Sanger.

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