The best work of the month
7 January 2021
The best job of the month: how to recover a Palladian floor?
The best job of the month takes us to ancient Rome and illustrates a magnificent restoration of a Palladian floor.
The best job of the month takes us on a timeless journey, for a walk in ancient Rome.
By observing this wonderful Palladian floor, the mind can do nothing but jump back in time and
imagine the majestic floors of the time.
This flooring brings with it a charm and an incredible portion of history.
The Palladian floor, in fact, comes from the homonymous technique, that is the creation of surfaces with stones of different, irregular cuts, juxtaposed without geometric rigor.
The stones used are usually in marble: hence the aesthetic value and the value of the flooring.
The stones used are large and of different colors: it is therefore possible to create a Palladian floor
characterized by different shades and perspective games.
Furthermore, the shape of the stones, more rounded or squared, gives the surface different aesthetic results.
Even if the Palladiana floor is born and adapts particularly well to external constructions,
such as sidewalks and driveways, after the 1960s it was highly appreciated and also used for interiors thanks to polishing, which allowed to get original and uniform floors.
Just as it can happen for cement tile floors,
sometimes it is possible to come across the purchase of a property with these floors.
Before eliminating them, we advise you to think carefully and evaluate whether it is not appropriate to restore these ancient and precious surfaces.
By following the intervention carried out by the talented artisans of the Pippolo di Timpano company, you will be able to better understand why.
Palladian floor: phases
The Palladian floor before the intervention was very damaged and dirty.
The entire surface was covered with residues of blackened and deteriorated metallized waxes, deposited over the years.
To eliminate these residues, the excellent artisans of the Pippolo di Timpano company performed a dewaxing treatment with METAL STRIP and SINGLE-BRUSH equipped with a RED DISC.
METAL STRIP: a detergent for the dewaxing washing of all stone materials,
which has an effective stripping action even at low concentrations.
Once the dewaxing was finished, the surface appeared “faded and devoid of light”; so, to give it back its natural color,
A highly professional treatment was carried out that only skilled craftsmen are able to achieve perfectly.
The surface was treated with OIL WET, a water-oil repellent impregnating agent with a wet effect for stone materials,
combined with DILUOIL, a solvent for diluting oily-waxy impregnating products and facilitating their absorption in low porous materials.
The mixture was spread with a monobrush equipped with a WHITE DISC
on the surface until the saturation of the material; this brought to light and enhanced the natural colors of the surface.
The use of heavy, invasive machinery and the use of lots of water was deliberately avoided.
Once the entire surface is clean and dry, to give the floor an extra shine,
a coat of POLIFIN, an anti-dirt, anti-wear finisher with excellent protective capacity and resistance to traffic, was applied over the entire surface.
It gives the material a very bright finish, resistant to water and detergents.
POLIFIN was given with a wax spreader fleece and was dry re-polished with a single brush equipped with a RED DISC.
The intervention was particularly demanding and brought to light the timeless beauty of this exceptional
Palladian floor, which seems to be smoothed with sanding machines that in reality, thanks to the skill of the craftsmen, have never been used.
COMPANY EXECUTING THE WORK
COMPANY PIPPOLO DI TIMPANO GIUSEPPE
PIAZZA DEI MARTIRI 5/2 40121 BOLOGNA