This job in the suburbs of Oxford was a really enjoyable job for us on a number of fronts: There were a number of different types of floor in the job and there was plenty of floor area to work with. (And it was very local to us which is always a bonus!)
First there was a crema marfil floor in the large open-plan kitchen, utility room and front hall/lobby. Crema marfil is generally referred to as marble and very popular both in domestic and commercial settings. The problems with the floor were that the original factory finish had been badly scratched with numerous micro scratches and the general appearance of the surface was lacklustre and dull.
Next we set about a very large travertine bathroom. The issues we encountered here are very common to travertine tiles and to travertine bathrooms in particular. There was very obvious staining from false tan in and around the shower and vanity sink areas. Also there was acid etching around the grout lines as a result of efforts to remove dirt and staining in the grout.
We enjoyed this job in that while it had its challenges it was improved vastly from its poor initial condition to a beautiful and long lasting thing of beauty. Our job was only complete when the householder was made fully aware of a simple programme of cleaning and maintenance.