Tile Doctor Feeds http://feed.informer.com/digests/ASGM4HLNUE/feeder Tile Doctor Feeds Respective post owners and feed distributors Tue, 09 Apr 2019 01:41:13 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Black Limestone Patio Ruined with Brick Acid in Highclere Village https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/black-limestone-patio-ruined-with-brick-acid-in-highclere-village/ Berkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:37f28806-f362-afef-5446-57b345aabeb4 Wed, 21 Aug 2019 02:27:24 +0000 <p>Black Limestone has become very popular in recent years, unfortunately however we find installers ruin its appearance with the use of unsuitable cleaning products. This was the case with this relatively new property in Highclere Village near Newbury in Berkshire. &#8230; <a href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/black-limestone-patio-ruined-with-brick-acid-in-highclere-village/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/black-limestone-patio-ruined-with-brick-acid-in-highclere-village/">Black Limestone Patio Ruined with Brick Acid in Highclere Village</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz">Berkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p><b><a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/black-limestone/31/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Black Limestone</a></b> has become very popular in recent years, unfortunately however we find installers ruin its appearance with the use of unsuitable cleaning products. This was the case with this relatively new property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highclere" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Highclere</a> Village</b> near Newbury in Berkshire. </p> <p>Black Limestone had been installed throughout the exterior by a landscaping company, but the owner wasn’t satisfied with they had left the stone. It turns out they used brick acid to wash away the remaining residue that had been left from a messy installation. Limestone is acid sensitive, and this resulted in the stone being stripped of its natural oils that give it the rich black colour. The stone now looked very grey, bland and was extremely porous. It certainly wasn’t how the client expected the patio to look. </p> <p><center><img src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2019/08/Black-Limestone-Paved-Steps-Before-Renovation-Highclere-Village-084720.jpg" alt="Black Limestone Paved Steps Before Renovation Highclere Village" width="600" height="" title="Black Limestone Paved Steps Before Renovation Highclere Village" /></center></p> <p>I visited the house and conducted a test in a small inconspicuous area. Luckily the Limestone hadn’t been sealed which was fortunate as stripping back exterior stone sealers can be a very time-consuming process. After the demo was completed the client was very satisfied and a provisional date was booked in. The client was eager to have the Black Limestone patio looking lovely ready for the summer weather, but we would need a dry day to be able to complete the work.</p> <p><center><img src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2019/08/Black-Limestone-Paving-Before-Renovation-Highclere-Village-084743.jpg" alt="Black Limestone Paving Before Renovation Highclere Village" width="600" height="" title="Black Limestone Paving Before Renovation Highclere Village" /></center></p> <p>Highclere is a village situated in the North Wessex Downs, an area of natural outstanding beauty. It is also home to Highclere Castle, which has been used in many films and TV series, including Downtown Abbey. </p> <h2>Renovating Black Limestone Patio Tiles</h2> <p>The first job was to remove all the surface dirt that had built up on the surface of the stone since it had been laid. I did this using a cleaning and extraction system that’s run from my vehicle. It’s a high-pressure cleaner with long hoses that can clean and extract dirt keeping things as mess free as possible. Once the area was cleaned the stone was left to bake and dry out in the hot sun. </p> <p>Later that afternoon I conducted several moisture tests with a damp meter. The readings were good so I was happy the stone was dry, and I could move onto the next stage of re-oiling the stone. I used <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-oil-1-litre/19/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Oil</a> for this purpose, it’s a conditioning product that penetrates the stone and revives the colour. Two coats were applied throughout and any excess oil that hadn’t penetrated the stone was buffed off. The oil was then left to cure overnight. </p> <h2>Sealing a Black Limestone Patio</h2> <p>I returned the next day and was very pleased how the Limestone looked, the rich colour was now showing. The oil had cured, and the stone was ready to seal. Two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal</a> were applied to seal the stone. Rated for external use Ultra-Seal works by occupying the pores in the stone thereby preventing dirt from become ingrained there. This product doesn’t change the appearance of the stone, resulting in a completely natural look. </p> <p><center><img src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2019/08/Black-Limestone-Paving-After-Renovation-Highclere-Village-142205.jpg" alt="Black Limestone Paving After Renovation Highclere Village" width="600" height="" title="Black Limestone Paving After Renovation Highclere Village" /></center></p> <p>My client was over the moon with how her Black Limestone now looked and left the following feedback: <I>“Dennis oiled and sealed our newly laid black limestone paving. He transformed it from grey and stained looking into a beautiful black even colour. He takes great pride in his work and I would recommend him highly.”</I></p> <p><center><img src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2019/08/Black-Limestone-Paved-Steps-After-Renovation-Highclere-Village-142125.jpg" alt="Black Limestone Paved Steps After Renovation Highclere Village" width="600" height="" title="Black Limestone Paved Steps After Renovation Highclere Village" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Black Limestone Patio in Berkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/black-limestone-patio-ruined-with-brick-acid-in-highclere-village/">Black Limestone Patio Ruined with Brick Acid in Highclere Village</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz">Berkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Restoring Quarry Tiles Hidden Under Vinyl Flooring in Filton https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-quarry-tiles-hidden-under-vinyl-flooring-in-filton/ Gloucester Tile Doctor urn:uuid:52ed467d-ae21-3b5a-0cfd-823558757590 Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:15:45 +0000 <p>This client who lives in Filton had been informed by the previous owner of his property that there was a Quarry tiled floor in the Kitchen but it had been covered up with stone effect Vinyl flooring. Keen to have &#8230; <a href="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-quarry-tiles-hidden-under-vinyl-flooring-in-filton/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-quarry-tiles-hidden-under-vinyl-flooring-in-filton/">Restoring Quarry Tiles Hidden Under Vinyl Flooring in Filton</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz">Gloucester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This client who lives in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filton" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Filton</a></b> had been informed by the previous owner of his property that there was a <b>Quarry tiled floor</b> in the Kitchen but it had been covered up with stone effect Vinyl flooring. Keen to have it removed and have the original Quarry tiles brought back to life we were contacted to see if it could be done.</p> <p>I visited the property to survey the floor and work out a plan for the restoration. The lino was heavily stuck in place with about 5mm of adhesive so I could see this was going to be no easy restoration. It would be necessary to remove, the floor, adhesive compound and cement beneath it. </p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2019/08/Lino-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Restoration-in-Filton-082938990.jpg" alt="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Restoration in Filton" width="282" height="" title="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Restoration in Filton" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2019/08/Lino-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-During-Restoration-in-Filton-082919466.jpg" alt="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Restoration in Filton" width="282" height="" title="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Restoration in Filton" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I discussed the project with the client the project, explaining it was difficult to ascertain how long it would take but anticipated it would be around three days. The process would involve stripping off the Vinyl tiles, removing the adhesive, deep cleaning the Quarry tiles and the apply a sealer to protect them. The client agreed my quote and we arranged a convenient date to return to make a start.</p> <h2>Stripping Stone Effect Vinyl from a Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>After removing the kickboards from underneath, the kitchen units, and taping up the surrounding areas to protect them, I set about restoring the floor. I used a variety of different methods to remove the adhesive compound and cement but mainly hand tools and hard labour! After three long days we had managed to remove the Vinyl and one once all adhesive was removed it was starting to look like a Quarry tiled floor. It was actually quite rewarding to see the Quarry tiles emerge as we progressed.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2019/08/Lino-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-During-Restoration-in-Filton-082927723.jpg" alt="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor During Restoration in Filton" width="282" height="" title="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor During Restoration in Filton" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2019/08/Lino-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-During-Restoration-in-Filton-090112292.jpg" alt="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor During Restoration in Filton" width="282" height="" title="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor During Restoration in Filton" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Once the Quarry tiled floor was fully exposed, I applied <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a> which was worked in using a large buffing machine fitted with a black scrubbing pad. The soil was rinsed off with water and the waste extracted with a wet vacuum. I repeated this procedure until I was satisfied the floor was as clear of old adhesives and residue and as clean as possible. Actually, we had uncovered a really nice-looking floor, which considering the covering was generally in good condition. The floor was left for a few days to ensure it was totally dry, ready for the sealing process.</p> <h2>Sealing a Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>We used a lot of water during the cleaning process, so I left the floor to try out for two days before returning to apply the sealer. I had chosen to use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> for the sealer; it leaves a matt finish whilst intensifying the natural colours in the tile. It works by occupying the pores in the tile thus preventing dirt from becoming trapped resulting in durable protection. It also allows the surface to breathe which is important on a floor of this age. We applied 2 coats to the tiles allowing each to dry before applying the next, the lovely colours of the floor were now enhanced. </p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2019/08/Lino-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Restoration-in-Filton-132110283.jpg" alt="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor After Restoration in Filton" width="282" height="" title="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor After Restoration in Filton" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2019/08/Lino-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Restoration-in-Filton-132050280.jpg" alt="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor After Restoration in Filton" width="282" height="" title="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor After Restoration in Filton" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Our client was amazed at the results and so happy they were finally rid of the old lino which was passed its best. For aftercare I recommended they should use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> which is designed for cleaning sealed tile and stone. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Quarry Tiled Kitchen in Gloucestershire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-quarry-tiles-hidden-under-vinyl-flooring-in-filton/">Restoring Quarry Tiles Hidden Under Vinyl Flooring in Filton</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz">Gloucester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Changing Grey Grout to Cream at Nether Alderley New Build https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/changing-grey-grout-to-cream-at-nether-alderley-new-build/ East Cheshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:b8c50cba-7c5e-c429-0d4c-6448dcabe2fa Mon, 19 Aug 2019 05:37:48 +0000 <p>We were contacted by a national builder of luxury homes to see if we could help sort out a grout problem with an expensive Porcelain tiled floor. Whilst most the work we do relates to the cleaning and sealing of &#8230; <a href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/changing-grey-grout-to-cream-at-nether-alderley-new-build/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/changing-grey-grout-to-cream-at-nether-alderley-new-build/">Changing Grey Grout to Cream at Nether Alderley New Build</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">East Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>We were contacted by a national builder of luxury homes to see if we could help sort out a grout problem with an expensive <b>Porcelain tiled floor</b>. Whilst most the work we do relates to the cleaning and sealing of tile and stone we also get asked to consult on related issues. On this occasion it turns out their tiler had done a great job tiling the floor with 240m2 of large format porcelain tiles, but the grout used was the wrong colour. </p> <p>The property affected was in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nether_Alderley" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Nether Alderley</a></b> which is a very desirable part of East Cheshire about a mile south of Alderley Edge. An appointment was arranged with the property developer to inspect the problem and advise on a solution.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://i0.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/08/Porcelain-Tile-Before-Grout-Colouring-Grey-to-Ivory-in-Nether-Alderley-130628.jpg?w=282&#038;ssl=1" alt="Porcelain Tile Before Grout Colouring Grey to Ivory in Nether Alderley" height="" title="Porcelain Tile Before Grout Colouring Grey to Ivory in Nether Alderley" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://i2.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/08/Porcelain-Tile-Before-Grout-Colouring-Grey-to-Ivory-in-Nether-Alderley-130647.jpg?w=282&#038;ssl=1" alt="Porcelain Tile Before Grout Colouring Grey to Ivory in Nether Alderley" height="" title="Porcelain Tile Before Grout Colouring Grey to Ivory in Nether Alderley" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>On the day of the visit I was advised that they didn&#8217;t want to remove and relay the floor as the cost would be prohibitive and the inconvenience to the homeowner excessive. The developer suggested removing the grout and replacing with the right colour however I advised to do so would take a long time also there was a high risk of chipping the tiles. </p> <p>The remedy I suggested was to recolour the grout lines with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Colourant</a>. I have used this method successfully before and I could guarantee there would be no dust and minimal inconvenience to the family, it was an obvious solution. The original grout was grey which really stood out against the cream tile however being quite dark it was clear at least two coats of Ivory grout colourant would be needed.</p> <p>The builder was happy to go ahead with this solution and we arranged a time to come back. The floor was a very large area so the work would take some time to complete.</p> <h2>Recolouring the Grout on a Porcelain Tiled Floor</h2> <p>Working in sections the first job was to wash and scrub the grout lines with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant-pre-treat-cleaner-500ml-with-trigger-spray/201/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Colourant Pre- Treatment Cleaner</a> which lightly etches and cleans the grout lines to ensure an improved bond with the new colourant. </p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://i2.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/08/Porcelain-Tile-During-Grout-Colouring-Grey-to-Ivory-in-Nether-Alderley-082916.jpg?w=282&#038;ssl=1" alt="Porcelain Tile During Grout Colouring Grey to Ivory in Nether Alderley" height="" title="Porcelain Tile During Grout Colouring Grey to Ivory in Nether Alderley" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://i2.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/08/Porcelain-Tile-During-Grout-Colouring-Grey-to-Ivory-in-Nether-Alderley-082910.jpg?w=282&#038;ssl=1" alt="Porcelain Tile During Grout Colouring Grey to Ivory in Nether Alderley" height="" title="Porcelain Tile During Grout Colouring Grey to Ivory in Nether Alderley" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The grout was then dried off with some gentle assistance with a heat gun to speed up the process. Once dry the next task was to apply the first coat of Ivory colourant. The colourant is applied by dipping a small brush into the colourant then scrubbing it into the grout lines. Any residue left on the tiles is easily wiped off with a baby wipe to leave a nice crisp line. If you’re doing this yourself then it’s worth noting that Tile Doctor sell a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant-kit/99/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Grout Colourant Kit</a> that includes the pre-treater, colourant and the brush.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://i2.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/08/Porcelain-Tile-After-Grout-Colouring-Grey-to-Ivory-in-Nether-Alderley-162845.jpg?w=282&#038;ssl=1" alt="Porcelain Tile After Grout Colouring Grey to Ivory in Nether Alderley" height="" title="Porcelain Tile After Grout Colouring Grey to Ivory in Nether Alderley" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://i1.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/08/Porcelain-Tile-After-Grout-Colouring-Grey-to-Ivory-in-Nether-Alderley-184648.jpg?w=282&#038;ssl=1" alt="Porcelain Tile After Grout Colouring Grey to Ivory in Nether Alderley" height="" title="Porcelain Tile After Grout Colouring Grey to Ivory in Nether Alderley" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>It took two days to complete the work saving the house builder thousands of pounds, there was no mess and the family were only slightly inconvenienced. The builder was that impressed we did six more homes on that estate and I understand he has since used the same process with another Tile Doctor in Yorkshire.</p> <p>Another advantage of the grout colourant is that it forms an impervious layer over the grout, effectively sealing it in and making it much easier to keep clean going forward.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Recolour of Grout on a Porcelain Tiled Floor in East Cheshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/changing-grey-grout-to-cream-at-nether-alderley-new-build/">Changing Grey Grout to Cream at Nether Alderley New Build</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">East Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Victorian Tiled Hallway Restored in Camden https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-restored-in-camden/ North London Tile Doctor urn:uuid:66549484-70d5-618a-37eb-e3db86a440b6 Fri, 16 Aug 2019 00:46:23 +0000 <p>This detailed Victorian tiled hallway at a property in Camden was overdue some much-needed repair and maintenance. The owners of the property appreciated that original period features like this add a lot of value to a property and asked me &#8230; <a href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-restored-in-camden/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-restored-in-camden/">Victorian Tiled Hallway Restored in Camden</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz">North London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This detailed <b>Victorian tiled hallway</b> at a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camden_Town" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Camden</a></b> was overdue some much-needed repair and maintenance. The owners of the property appreciated that original period features like this add a lot of value to a property and asked me to visit the property to quote for renovating it. The property was in a terrace of similar properties most of which appeared to have retained their Victorian character. </p> <p><center><img src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2019/08/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Tile-Before-Restoration-Camden-1.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Tile Before Restoration Camden" width="500" height="" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Tile Before Restoration Camden" /></center></p> <p>I inspected the floor and found there were a couple of loose, cracked, worn and broken tiles that needed to be replaced. In addition, the floor tiles needed a deep clean and then seal to bring back the wow factor. I was confident we could renovate the floor but at that point unsure if we would be able to find exact match replacements for the damaged tiles. Fortunately, Victorian tiles are still in demand and I knew of several companies I could check with so I was confident they could be found. </p> <p><center><img src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2019/08/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Tile-Before-Restoration-Camden-2.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Tile Before Restoration Camden" width="500" height="" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Tile Before Restoration Camden" /></center></p> <p>We discussed how long the work would take and assuming I could source the replacements agreed a price for the full restoration of the floor. After doing some research I managed to find suitable replacements with a company called <a href="https://www.originalstyle.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Original Style</a> and the work was scheduled for the following month. </p> <h2>Cleaning/Repairing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>Firstly, we prepared all areas with protective tapes to threshold edges and skirting.<br /> This was followed by spaying the tiles with a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove &#038; Go</a> which is product designed to remove old sealers and coatings. After about ten minutes the tiles were scrubbed with <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">black scrubbing pads</a> and scrubbing brushes. Fresh water was used to rinse the floor and the slurry was extracted using a wet vacuum. </p> <p>The floor was inspected and then a second clean carried out, this time using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> which is a Tile and Grout cleaning agent. The same process of application was used and after rinsing and extracting the dirt the tiles were given a steam clean. This ensured all the dirt was lifted out of the pores of the tile and the floor was now as clean as it possible could be.</p> <p>The next step was the remove the loose and cracked tiles using the reclaimed tiles we had sourced earlier. Some cuts were necessary to get the replacements to match the originals but overall the plan worked. A quick drying adhesive was used to secure the tiles so we could apply the grout shortly after. The whole floor was then re-grouted and cleaned off to ensure a good match. The floor was left to dry off overnight, and you could already see it was now looking considerably improved.</p> <h2>Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>Returning the next morning we checked the floor was dry using a moisture meter, this is important as to apply a sealer to damp tiles will lead to a patchy experience. All was well so we were ready to apply the sealer. </p> <p>To start a single base coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow sealer</a> was applied to the floor and left to dry. This sealer is an impregnator that protects from within by occupying the pores in the clay tile improving colour in the process. This sealer does leave a matt finish however and the client wanted a subtle shine so one dry it was followed by four coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal &#038; Go</a>. The combination of the two sealers works really well to add long lasting protection to the tiles and provide the desired finish to the floor.</p> <p><center><img src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2019/08/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Tile-After-Restoration-Camden.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Tile After Restoration Camden" width="500" height="" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Tile After Restoration Camden" /></center></p> <p>The floor was much improved, and the client was delighted. The detailed pattern and colours were now much more prominent, and the hallway looked much more inviting for both the owner and their guests. For the aftercare of Victorian tiles, I recommended the use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Cleaner</a> which is pH neutral and won’t prematurely erode the life of the sealer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in North London</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-restored-in-camden/">Victorian Tiled Hallway Restored in Camden</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz">North London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Kitchen Slate Floor with Inlaid Granite Renovated in Harrogate https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/kitchen-slate-floor-with-inlaid-granite-renovated-in-harrogate/ North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:0ddd46ac-4b33-ab89-8f4b-d19c12027fde Thu, 15 Aug 2019 02:32:55 +0000 <p>I was recently asked to survey an unusual stone floor at a house in in Harrogate comprising of Slate inlaid with Granite. The client advised that it had not been cleaned properly for 20 years and wanted it renovating! It &#8230; <a href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/kitchen-slate-floor-with-inlaid-granite-renovated-in-harrogate/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/kitchen-slate-floor-with-inlaid-granite-renovated-in-harrogate/">Kitchen Slate Floor with Inlaid Granite Renovated in Harrogate</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was recently asked to survey an unusual stone floor at a house in in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrogate" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Harrogate</a></b> comprising of <b>Slate inlaid with Granite</b>. The client advised that it had not been cleaned properly for 20 years and wanted it renovating! It was now definitely overdue a deep clean and professional attention. Fortunately, having worked on these floors for many years I knew I could make a substantial impact and transform its appearance. Fossilized slate is a beautiful stone when cleaned and sealed correctly.</p> <p><center><img src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/08/Slate-and-Granite-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Harrogate-082925.jpg" alt=" Slate and Granite Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Harrogate" width="500" height="" title=" Slate and Granite Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Harrogate" /></center></p> <p>The owner confessed they had actually been sealing the floor every two years but without a deep clean first, so they were effectively sealing in the dirt each time. I discussed with them the process I would use to clean and re-seal the floor and we agreed a price to carry to out the work.</p> <h2>Cleaning Slate and Granite Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>To remove the layers of old sealer and dirt used a set of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Diamond Burnishing pads</a>. The pads are attached to a rotary floor machine starting with the coarse 400-grit pad which was lubricated with a dilution of Tile Doctor Remove and Go to help strip the floor of dirt and layers of sealer. After rinsing and extracting the soil I worked through the different grades of pads in sequence finishing with the 1500-grit and this time using just water for lubrication.</p> <p>A set of diamond handheld <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/diamond-hand-burnishing-block-set-greenblackred-yellow/31/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">burnishing blocks</a> were then used to clean up the edges and corners where the large 17” pads struggle to reach. This ensures all areas are treated and free of dirt and old sealer.</p> <p>The floor was then rinsed and extracted again to remove the remaining soil. I find a wet vacuum is an invaluable tool for this. The floor was then left to dry out overnight ready for sealing the next day.</p> <h2>Sealing a Granite and Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>I returned the next day to seal the floor, first checking with a damp meter that the floor was dry, and the moisture reading was below the acceptable level. These results were fine, so I had a green light to continue and seal the stone.</p> <p>The customer wanted a shine on the floor so rather than apply a satin sealer which I felt wouldn’t adhere to the stone properly I decided to polish the floor further with a the last of the four burnishing pads which is a very fine 3000-grit pad. You don’t need to use a lot of water with this last pad just a small amount sprayed onto the floor using a technique we refer to as a ‘Spray Burnish’. </p> <p>To seal the floor, two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> were applied. This is an impregnating matt sealer which intensifies the natural colours of this beautiful stone and provides long lasting durable protection. </p> <p><center><img src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/08/Slate-and-Granite-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Harrogate-114802.jpg" alt=" Slate and Granite Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Harrogate" width="500" height="" title=" Slate and Granite Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Harrogate" /></center></p> <p>Even I was impressed with the finished result but more importantly the client was over the moon. To keep the floor looking its best I recommended they use <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a> which is pH neutral. You should always read the label in detail when choosing a floor cleaning product as many are too strong and not recommended for sealed stone surfaces as they will prematurely erode the sealer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Slate and Granite Kitchen Floor in Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/kitchen-slate-floor-with-inlaid-granite-renovated-in-harrogate/">Kitchen Slate Floor with Inlaid Granite Renovated in Harrogate</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway Renovation in Sedbergh https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/geometric-victorian-tiled-hallway-renovation-in-sedbergh/ South Cumbria Tile Doctor urn:uuid:b244c3bb-4f6e-6bca-470a-60a1c7645186 Tue, 13 Aug 2019 00:36:05 +0000 <p>This beautiful Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway at a property in the small Cumbrian town of Sedbergh had been covered by carpet and then Vinyl beneath the carpet. Far from causing an issue with the floor however it had protected the &#8230; <a href="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/geometric-victorian-tiled-hallway-renovation-in-sedbergh/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/geometric-victorian-tiled-hallway-renovation-in-sedbergh/">Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway Renovation in Sedbergh</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz">South Cumbria Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This beautiful <b>Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway</b> at a property in the small Cumbrian town of <b><a href="https://www.sedbergh.org.uk/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Sedbergh</a></b> had been covered by carpet and then Vinyl beneath the carpet. Far from causing an issue with the floor however it had protected the beautiful old tiles, but they needed a deep clean and seal. The client really wanted to make the most of the character features of the property and the hall floor was their first priority.</p> <p><center><img src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2019/08/Geometric-Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Cleaning-Sedbergh-1256.jpg" alt="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Cleaning Sedbergh" width="500" height="" title="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Cleaning Sedbergh" /></center></p> <p>I discussed with the client the process of cleaning and we agreed a quote for the work, arranging a date for the work to be carried out later in the month. If you have never been Sedbergh is well worth a visit, it sits just within the Yorkshire Dales National Park at the foot of the Howgill Fells making it very popular with walkers.</p> <p><center><img src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2019/08/Geometric-Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Cleaning-Sedbergh-1248.jpg" alt="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Cleaning Sedbergh" width="500" height="" title="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Cleaning Sedbergh" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The floor had a lovely decorative tile border that ran along the perimeter of the hallway however some damage had occurred when fitting central heating pipers many years earlier. There were also small holes around the edges that I suspect were used to secure the carpet gripper. To resolve this my first task was to replace the damaged tiles and fill the small holes with grout in a matching colour.</p> <p>Once the repairs had set, I started the cleaning process with a coarse <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">200-grit Diamond pad</a> followed by a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-400-grit-coarse-red-no-1-burnishing-pad/36/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">400-grit pad</a> which were run over the floor using a weighed buffing machine. Only water is used during this process to add lubrication, no chemicals are needed and once done the floor is rinsed with water and the slurry removed with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>The corners and edges which were are not accessible with the machine had to be done by hand, so we used small <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/diamond-hand-burnishing-block-set-greenblackred-yellow/31/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">burnishing blocks</a> for these. The Green block is great at getting the dirt off the tiles, but leaves the pores of the clay open, so this needs to be finished with the Black 100, Red 200 and Yellow 400 Diamond Block used in sequence which then matches the pores of the clay tiles in the rest of the floor.</p> <p>We finished the clean, with a light acid rinse using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up</a>, left on the surface for no more than 5 minutes before rinsing and extracting. This process further cleans the floor and counters any potential <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/custom.aspx/efflorescence/10/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">efflorescence issues</a> by neutralising alkaline salts in the floor. This is a common problem with old Victorian tiles which don&#8217;t have a damp-proof membrane.</p> <h2>Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The floor was left to dry out overnight and the next day I came back to inspect the floor and make sure it was dry so it could be sealed. Usually one night to dry is fine during the summer although in the winter sometimes it takes two or even three days. Sealers don’t cure well on damp floors resulting in a patchy appearance so before sealing we always check the floor is fully dry with a damp meter in several areas. Only once we are happy that the moisture readings in the floor are below a certain level do go ahead and apply a sealer.</p> <p><center><img src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2019/08/Geometric-Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Cleaning-Sedbergh-2136.jpg" alt="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway After Cleaning Sedbergh" width="500" height="" title="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway After Cleaning Sedbergh" /></center></p> <p>To seal and protect the Victorian tile, a couple of coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> were applied to the floor. <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Colour Grow</a> is a fully breathable, colour enhancing sealer which ticks a lot of boxes for this type of floor as old floors don’t have a damp-proof membrane fitted. This is an important consideration as moisture will be also to rise through the tile from the subfloor and not get trapped underneath where it could spread to the walls. Other types of sealer such as acrylic, wax, polishes etc don’t last long if there is dampness in the floor. Tile Doctor Colour Grow copes well in these conditions and can be used in wet rooms, shower cubicles and external patio areas so its’s more than suitable for a slightly damp floor which is often the case with a Victorian base.</p> <p><center><img src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2019/08/Geometric-Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Cleaning-Sedbergh-2137.jpg" alt="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway After Cleaning Sedbergh" width="500" height="" title="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway After Cleaning Sedbergh" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in South Cumbria</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/geometric-victorian-tiled-hallway-renovation-in-sedbergh/">Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway Renovation in Sedbergh</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz">South Cumbria Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Restoring a Salt Satined Quarry Tiled Floor in Gamlingay https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-salt-satined-quarry-tiled-floor-in-gamlingay/ Cambridge Tile Doctor urn:uuid:c47bc906-bb9e-52cb-b2b2-6eac1637b3b7 Fri, 09 Aug 2019 02:29:51 +0000 <p>This quarry tiled floor in the village of Gamlingay had been subject to efflorescence salt staining over many years. This problem typically occurs in older houses where the floor has been laid without a damp-proof membrane allowing moisture to rise &#8230; <a href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-salt-satined-quarry-tiled-floor-in-gamlingay/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-salt-satined-quarry-tiled-floor-in-gamlingay/">Restoring a Salt Satined Quarry Tiled Floor in Gamlingay</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz">Cambridge Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This <b>quarry tiled floor</b> in the village of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamlingay" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Gamlingay</a></b> had been subject to <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/custom.aspx/efflorescence/10/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">efflorescence</a> salt staining over many years. This problem typically occurs in older houses where the floor has been laid without a damp-proof membrane allowing moisture to rise through the tile bringing with it salts from the sub floor. Gamlingay is located in South Cambridgeshire, near the border with Bedfordshire, is an ancient village which features in the Domesday Book. Not surprisingly a lot of the property here is quite old and includes sixty listed buildings.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/08/Salt-Stained-Quarry-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-Before-Cleaning-150149.jpg" alt="Salt Stained Quarry Tiled Hallway Floor Before Cleaning" width="282" height="" title="Salt Stained Quarry Tiled Hallway Floor Before Cleaning" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/08/Salt-Stained-Quarry-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-Before-Cleaning-150157.jpg" alt="Salt Stained Quarry Tiled Hallway Floor Before Cleaning" width="282" height="" title="Salt Stained Quarry Tiled Hallway Floor Before Cleaning" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Before the current owner moved in the property had been left dormant and empty with no heating which hadn’t helped the condition of the floor amongst other things. The white efflorescent salt staining was now very evident on the Quarry tiles and had caused a lot of damage to the surface of the floor. I discussed with the client how we could help and carried out a test clean. They were happy with the result and we agreed our quote to renovate the floor. We arranged to return later in the month.</p> <h2>Renovating a Salt Damaged Quarry Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The cleaning began with the application of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> which was sprayed onto the tile and left to soak in for about ten minutes. The tiles were then scrubbed with a very coarse 200-grit diamond pad fitted to a rotary machine. The soil was then extracted using our van mounted hot water extraction system which makes light work of rinsing the floor and keeps the mess to a minimum. The combination of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> and the coarse pad cleaned and resurfaced the tile improving the appearance of the floor and once the soil was removed you could really see the transformation.</p> <p>We finished the cleaning process by giving the whole floor an acid wash using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a>. The acid dissolves the alkaline salt still present in the floor and removes any grout haze still present on the tile. Once this had been scrubbed in it was rinse off and extracted using the hot water extraction system as before. The floor was then left to dry out which due to the lack of damp-proof membrane was expected to lake longer than usual, so we decided to leave the floor a few days.</p> <h2>Sealing an Old Quarry Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>We returned on a nice sunny day and first tested the floor with our damp-proof meter. This just tests the moisture levels in the floor to check they are to an acceptable level. If the floor is not dry the seal will not cure properly, and the process would be a waste. In this case the readings were fine, and I was happy the floor was dry enough to be sealed. </p> <p>The client had requested the floor have a low sheen appearance and they didn’t want it to look too shiny. Given the floors history with Efflorescence however I needed to choose a sealer that would give the desired appearance but was also fully breathable and allow for moisture to rise through the tile. Trapping moisture under the tile with a non-breathable sealer can result in moisture spreading to the walls leading to rising damp.</p> <p>On this occasion I opted to go with the application of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-extra-1-litre/22/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Seal and Go extra</a> which is fully breathable and leaves a subtle sheen appearance. The acid wash we gave the tiles should neutralise the alkaline salts and now the house was occupied the damp issues which had led to them occurring in the first place are less likely. I applied six coats of sealer, allowing each one to dry before applying the next. </p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/08/Salt-Stained-Quarry-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-After-Cleaning-174728.jpg" alt="Salt Stained Quarry Tiled Hallway Floor After Cleaning" width="282" height="" title="Salt Stained Quarry Tiled Hallway Floor After Cleaning" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/08/Salt-Stained-Quarry-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-After-Cleaning-174720.jpg" alt="Salt Stained Quarry Tiled Hallway Floor After Cleaning" width="282" height="" title="Salt Stained Quarry Tiled Hallway Floor After Cleaning" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>As you can see from the pictures, the work made a dramatic difference to the floor and my client was delighted with the transformation. </p> <p><center><img src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/08/Salt-Stained-Quarry-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-After-Cleaning-174724.jpg" alt="Salt Stained Quarry Tiled Hallway Floor After Cleaning" width="500" height="" title="Salt Stained Quarry Tiled Hallway Floor After Cleaning" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Quarry Tiled Hallway in Cambridgeshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-salt-satined-quarry-tiled-floor-in-gamlingay/">Restoring a Salt Satined Quarry Tiled Floor in Gamlingay</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz">Cambridge Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Large Travertine Floor Renovated at Whirlow Rental Property https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/large-travertine-floor-renovated-at-whirlow-rental-property/ South Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:d452f0a6-f79b-7d60-4144-4182951001e3 Tue, 06 Aug 2019 05:56:41 +0000 <p>Travertine tiled floors are a great feature but do need regular maintenance to keep them looking good. This rarely happens correctly in rental properties and this was certainly the problem at this property in the affluent Sheffield suburb of Whirlow. &#8230; <a href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/large-travertine-floor-renovated-at-whirlow-rental-property/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/large-travertine-floor-renovated-at-whirlow-rental-property/">Large Travertine Floor Renovated at Whirlow Rental Property</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p><b><a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/travertine-tile-cleaning/10/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Travertine tiled</a></b> floors are a great feature but do need regular maintenance to keep them looking good. This rarely happens correctly in rental properties and this was certainly the problem at this property in the affluent Sheffield suburb of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whirlow" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Whirlow</a>.</p> <p>My client had rented out their beautiful house for the last ten years but were now moving back in. The property had been given a deep clean following the last rental and they were very disappointed with the Travertine tiled floor which looked dull, dirty and generally un-inviting. They were contemplating have the floor replaced but thought they would contact Tile Doctor first to see if could be improved.</p> <p><center><img src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2019/08/Travertine-Tiled-Floor-Before-Cleaning-in-Whirlow-Sheffield-093149.jpg" alt="Travertine Tiled Floor Before Cleaning in Whirlow Sheffield" width="600" height="" title="Travertine Tiled Floor Before Cleaning in Whirlow Sheffield" /></center></p> <p>I popped into the property to inspect the floor and work out the best method to clean the floor by completing a test clean. The Travertine responded well to the test and I was confident that the floor could be restored. The client was also pleased with the result and the potential of the floor and agreed our quote. We also agreed a date for the work which would take two days and booked it in for later in the month.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Travertine Tile and Grout</h2> <p>To rejuvenate Travertine, we use a system known as burnishing which gradually cleans and hones the stone to restore its polished appearance. It involves using a set of four <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">diamond encrusted pads</a> of different grits from coarse to fine. Each diamond pad is fitted to a rotary floor buffer and run over the floor with water for lubrication. The resulting slurry is then rinsed away with water and extracted using the wet vacuum. </p> <p><center><img src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2019/08/Travertine-Tiled-Floor-During-Cleaning-in-Whirlow-Sheffield-110333.jpg" alt="Travertine Tiled Floor During Cleaning in Whirlow Sheffield" width="500" height="" title="Travertine Tiled Floor During Cleaning in Whirlow Sheffield" /></center></p> <p>Halfway through the pads I turned my attention to the grout which due to being recessed can be missed by the pads. To get this clean I apply a strong dilution of <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a>, leave it to soak into the grout for five minutes and then scrub it in by hand with a narrow brush. The soil was then rinsed away with water and extracted with a wet vacuum as before.</p> <p><center><img src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2019/08/Travertine-Tiled-Floor-During-Grout-Cleaning-in-Whirlow-Sheffield-.jpg" alt="Travertine Tiled Floor During Grout Cleaning in Whirlow Sheffield" width="600" height="" title="Travertine Tiled Floor During Grout Cleaning in Whirlow Sheffield" /></center></p> <p>It was a large area, so the tile and grout cleaning process took some time to complete. Once done the floor was given a final rinse and extraction and then left to dry out overnight.</p> <h2> Sealing a Travertine Tiled Downstairs Floor</h2> <p>The following morning, I returned to site ready to seal the floor first checking with a damp meter that the tiles were dry. We selected to use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> to seal the floor, this is a colour enhancing sealer which improved the colour in the stone whilst protecting it from the inside by occupying the pores. It provides durable protection but also allows the floor to breathe. Three coats were applied, each coat is left to dry before applying the next.</p> <p><center><img src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2019/08/Travertine-Tiled-Floor-After-Polishing-in-Whirlow-Sheffield-102114.jpg" alt="Travertine Tiled Floor After Polishing in Whirlow Sheffield" width="600" height="" title="Travertine Tiled Floor After Polishing in Whirlow Sheffield" /></center></p> <p>Our client was over the moon with the results and was so thankful they didn’t end up ripping the floor up. Not only had it saved them the additional cost but also the disruption of the work as they were keen to move back in. </p> <p>I suggested that to keep the floor maintained, they should invest in some <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a>. This product improves patina and is pH neutral so will ensure that the newly applied seal stays in place and the floor remains protected. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Travertine Tiled Downstairs in South Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/large-travertine-floor-renovated-at-whirlow-rental-property/">Large Travertine Floor Renovated at Whirlow Rental Property</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Removing Polymer Grout Haze from Wood Effect Ceramic tiles in Guildford https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/removing-polymer-grout-haze-from-wood-effect-ceramic-tiles-in-guildford/ West Surrey Tile Doctor urn:uuid:ba38b5b2-c278-2756-262a-a63272aa5c82 Mon, 05 Aug 2019 01:55:08 +0000 <p>Grout haze or grout smears as it is often called can be a huge problem when laying tiles. Grout haze is basically grout that has been left to dry on the surface of the tile after installation. It&#8217;s a common &#8230; <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/removing-polymer-grout-haze-from-wood-effect-ceramic-tiles-in-guildford/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/removing-polymer-grout-haze-from-wood-effect-ceramic-tiles-in-guildford/">Removing Polymer Grout Haze from Wood Effect Ceramic tiles in Guildford</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p><b>Grout haze</b> or <b>grout smears</b> as it is often called can be a huge problem when laying tiles. Grout haze is basically grout that has been left to dry on the surface of the tile after installation. It&#8217;s a common problem which is exacerbated by the use of quick drying products. Take for example this interesting <b>Wood Effect Ceramic Tile</b> installation at a house in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guildford" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Guildford</a></b> following installation by a builder.</p> <p>I was a bit slow in following up on the initial enquiry as we had been very busy so by the time, I got in touch I was told they had employed someone else to carry out the work. I apologised for my late response and said to call me if he needed help in the future. Three days later I got a call so we arranged a visit so that I could carry out a test and quote a price. </p> <p><center><img src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/08/Grout-Haze-on-Wood-Effect-Ceramic-Tiles-Before-Removal-Guildford-0872.jpg" alt="Grout Haze on Wood Effect Ceramic Tiles Before Removal Guildford" width="500" height="" title="Grout Haze on Wood Effect Ceramic Tiles Before Removal Guildford" /></center></p> <p>As it turns out the builder had returned and failed to remove the grout haze and so had a rival firm that seemed more interested in selling unnecessary sealer than fixing the problem. I was astonished to see what a state the builder had left his floor. Grout was all over the floor with footprints walked across thresholds and more. I could understand it if there was some grout was missed after installation but not to this level!</p> <p>I carried out a successful test and confirmed to the customer that there was absolutely no need to rip and replace his £2k floor. We agreed a date to resolve the problem and to say he was relieved was an understatement! </p> <p><center><img src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/08/Grout-Haze-on-Wood-Effect-Ceramic-Tiles-Before-Removal-Guildford-0873.jpg" alt="Grout Haze on Wood Effect Ceramic Tiles Before Removal Guildford" width="500" height="" title="Grout Haze on Wood Effect Ceramic Tiles Before Removal Guildford" /></center></p> <h2>Removing Polymer Grout Haze</h2> <p>The builders had used <a href="http://www.mapei.com/US-EN/Tile-&#038;-Stone-Installation-Systems/Cement-Grouts/Keracolor-S" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Mapei grout</a> which contains polymers. Polymers offer better flexibility and adhesion, however in order to remove the grout haze we would first need to break down the polymers in the grout first and this is why the rival firm failed. </p> <p>With that in mind, my first action was to apply <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> to the floor and leave it to dwell for five to ten minutes. I then worked it into the tile using a scrubbing pad fitted to a rotary machine. </p> <p>After washing the soil away with warm water and extracting with a wet vacuum I applied <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up</a> to treat the grout. <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Grout Clean-up</a> is an acid-based product that breaks down the grout so it can be rinsed away and extracted as before. Afterwards I rinsed the floor with warm water and extracted again to remove any trace of product and neutralise the floor. After removing as much moisture as possible with the wet vacuum I speed dried the tiles with a blower. </p> <h2>Wood Effect Ceramic Tile Installation Problem Resolved</h2> <p><a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/ceramic-tile-cleaning/2/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Ceramic tiles</a> won’t accept a sealer so once the floor had dried the job was finished and it took less than a day.</p> <p><center><img src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/08/Grout-Haze-on-Wood-Effect-Ceramic-Tiles-After-Removal-Guildford-0875.jpg" alt="Grout Haze on Wood Effect Ceramic Tiles After Removal Guildford" width="500" height="" title="Grout Haze on Wood Effect Ceramic Tiles After Removal Guildford" /></center></p> <p>The customer was over the moon with the difference. While his floor was in such a state, he has been unable to bring in new furniture as the serious possibility of removing the tiles was hanging over him. </p> <p>Relieved that the problem was now resolved he kindly left the following review:</p> <p><em>&#8220;I had a floor that had just been laid with very heavy grout haze. I had already had advice from two other professional floor cleaners who had advised me that the floor was irreparable and would need to be pulled up. As soon as I spoke with Rupert, it was clear he was extremely knowledgeable. He asked questions none of the other companies had. By understanding the specific nature of the problem, he was able to solve it by first removing the grout polymers and then applying an acid wash. The floor came up brilliantly. Rupert was the only person I spoke to that could fix this, everyone else told me I needed to replace my floor! Superbly knowledgeable, professional and did an excellent job. Don&#8217;t bother speaking to anyone else, just call Rupert! &#8220;</em></p> <p><center><img src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/08/Grout-Haze-on-Wood-Effect-Ceramic-Tiles-After-Removal-Guildford-0874.jpg" alt="Grout Haze on Wood Effect Ceramic Tiles After Removal Guildford" width="500" height="" title="Grout Haze on Wood Effect Ceramic Tiles After Removal Guildford" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Clean of a Wood Effect Ceramic Tiled Hallway in West Surrey</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/removing-polymer-grout-haze-from-wood-effect-ceramic-tiles-in-guildford/">Removing Polymer Grout Haze from Wood Effect Ceramic tiles in Guildford</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Cleaning of a Mexican Terracotta floor in Penrith https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-of-a-mexican-terracotta-floor-in-penrith/ North Cumbria Tile Doctor urn:uuid:d8d6bfb0-7a68-bf31-fd04-bc19731b6313 Fri, 02 Aug 2019 12:49:52 +0000 <p>I have lost count of how many Terracotta tiled floors we have cleaned and sealed over the years and the one thing it has taught me is to wary of Mexican Terracotta. This type of Terracotta is extremely hard to &#8230; <a href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-of-a-mexican-terracotta-floor-in-penrith/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-of-a-mexican-terracotta-floor-in-penrith/">Cleaning of a Mexican Terracotta floor in Penrith</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz">North Cumbria Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I have lost count of how many <b>Terracotta tiled floors</b> we have cleaned and sealed over the years and the one thing it has taught me is to wary of <b>Mexican Terracotta</b>. This type of Terracotta is extremely hard to work with, its porous and made of soft clay which has usually been badly fired. Even if you do have all the equipment, experience and the right products it can be a challenge.</p> <p><center><img src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2019/08/Mexican-Terracotta-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Penrith-1255.jpg" alt="Mexican Terracotta Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Penrith" width="600" height="" title="Mexican Terracotta Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Penrith" /></center></p> <p>If you look at these pictures of this Mexican Terracotta floor, we recently worked on in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penrith,_Cumbria" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Penrith</a></b> you will see the tiles looked very dull before we cleaned them. Testing indicated there was still a sealer present however we didn’t know what type it was. Knowing what your dealing with really helps narrow down the best cleaning products to use which for Terracotta tiles tends to fall into one of three different categories.</p> <ul> <li>To remove wax-based sealers, we use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-wax-away-1-litre/228/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Wax Away</a></li> <li>To remove acrylic based sealers, we use either <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro Clean</a> for light sealer coatings or <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-oxy-gel-1-litre/169/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Oxy-Gel</a> for heavier coatings.</li> <li>To remove solvent based matt sealers we use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> for light coatings or <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-nanotech-hbu-remover-1-litre/10/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Nanotech HBU</a> for thicker coatings.</li> </ul> <p>If you have the misfortune of having had Varnish laid on top of these tiles, then the job becomes significantly harder. Because of this we have to be flexible when pricing for the work, naturally if we give a quote and we use the wrong system then not only will we be out of product but also the extra labour time to get the job right for the customer.</p> <p><center><img src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2019/08/Mexican-Terracotta-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Penrith-1254.jpg" alt="Mexican Terracotta Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Penrith" width="500" height="" title="Mexican Terracotta Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Penrith" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning a Mexican Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>On this occasion the sealer at this property in <b>Penrith</b> was of the more common acrylic type, so we used a combination of Tile Doctor Pro-Clean and some <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-oxy-gel-1-litre/169/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Oxy-Gel</a> for the stubborn areas. The products are applied to the floor and then scrubbed in using a black pad fitted to a rotary buffing machine. This releases the old sealer and dirt from the tile resulting in a slurry that is then extracted off the floor using a wet vacuum. The floor is then rinsed with water and extracted again to make sure all the soil has been removed.</p> <p>Last step the cleaning is to treat the tiles to an Acid Rinse to further clean the tiles and equalise the floors pH level after the use of alkaline cleaners. We used Tile Doctor Acid Gel for this which was first scrubbed in, then rinsed with water and finally extracted as before. The floor is then rinsed down again with water to remove any trace of product and the wet vacuum used to extract as much moisture from the floor as possible so it can have a better chance of drying out overnight.</p> <h2>Sealing a Mexican Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>We called back the next day to seal the Terracotta first checking in several areas with a damp meter that the floor was nice and dry. All was well so several coats of a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go</a> were applied to the floor for a nice mid satin finish.</p> <p><center><img src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2019/08/Mexican-Terracotta-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Penrith-2129.jpg" alt="Mexican Terracotta Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Penrith" width="500" height="" title="Mexican Terracotta Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Penrith" /></center></p> <p>The finished floor looked fantastic and was doubly improved by the grout cleaning which had responded well to the Pro-Clean. The customer was over the moon with the transformation in their floor which now looked clean and bright. </p> <p>Before leaving we left the customer with a bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral cleaner</a> for aftercare. To get the best from their Terracotta tiles it’s important that customers use the correct product for regular maintenance cleaning from the start. </p> <p><center><img src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2019/08/Mexican-Terracotta-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Penrith-2126.jpg" alt="Mexican Terracotta Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Penrith" width="500" height="" title="Mexican Terracotta Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Penrith" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Clean and Seal of a Mexican Terracotta Tiled Kitchen in Cumbria</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-of-a-mexican-terracotta-floor-in-penrith/">Cleaning of a Mexican Terracotta floor in Penrith</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz">North Cumbria Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Deep Cleaning Grout in a Shepperton Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-grout-in-a-shepperton-ceramic-tiled-shower-cubicle/ South Middlesex Tile Doctor urn:uuid:d2ef675a-7f70-db61-776f-1bd15f82c93c Thu, 01 Aug 2019 12:07:25 +0000 <p>I was contacted by a client in Shepperton about refurbishing their Ceramic tiled shower cubicle. They longed for a room that they didn’t dread going into in the mornings and were considering having a new bathroom suite fitted. Their main &#8230; <a href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-grout-in-a-shepperton-ceramic-tiled-shower-cubicle/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-grout-in-a-shepperton-ceramic-tiled-shower-cubicle/">Deep Cleaning Grout in a Shepperton Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz">South Middlesex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was contacted by a client in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shepperton" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Shepperton</a></b> about refurbishing their <b>Ceramic tiled shower cubicle</b>. They longed for a room that they didn’t dread going into in the mornings and were considering having a new bathroom suite fitted. Their main concern was the shower cubicle where the tile and grout were well past their best and looking rather dated.</p> <p><center><img src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2019/08/Ceramic-Tiled-Shower-Cubicle-Before-Cleaning-Shepperton-0422.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle Before Cleaning Shepperton" width="500" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle Before Cleaning Shepperton" /></center></p> <p>I’m based in Shepperton so it wasn’t long before I was able to call in and take a look at the shower cubicle to see if it could be renovated. It turns out the shower cubicle was installed fifteen years prior and had not been professionally cleaned during that time. You can see from the adjacent photographs that the discoloured grout was the main issue which is not unusual as the top layer of grout is slightly porous and does attract dirt. Ceramic tiles on the other hand have a glazed surface which makes them very easy to keep clean</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2019/08/Ceramic-Tiled-Shower-Cubicle-Before-Cleaning-Shepperton-0423.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle Before Cleaning Shepperton" width="282" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle Before Cleaning Shepperton" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2019/08/Ceramic-Tiled-Shower-Cubicle-Before-Cleaning-Shepperton-0424.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle Before Cleaning Shepperton" width="282" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle Before Cleaning Shepperton" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I discussed with the client what could be done, and they were delighted to hear that the problem could be remedied, and that new life could be breathed into the old bathroom. The room had a timeless black and white tiled scheme so I was confident we could get it clean and in much better shape quite quickly. They agreed my price and we booked in a time to carry the work out. </p> <h2>Deep Cleaning of a Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle </h2> <p>Much of the Tile Doctor cleaning product range can be used to clean-up grout but probably the most popular is <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Pro-Clean</a> which is a strong alkaline cleaner. This was my first thought to get the grout clean so using a decanted a strong dilution into a spray bottle and sprayed it onto the tile and grout. It was left to soak in for about ten minutes before being hand scrubbed into the tile wall. Afterwards the shower cubicle was rinsed down with water to remove the soiling and then inspected.</p> <p>Whilst the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Pro-Clean</a> had removed a lot of the orange staining and accumulated dirt from both the tile and grout it had struggled to lighten up the grout lines which had darkened due to mould build-up, so more work was needed. </p> <p>To resolve this, I applied another Tile Doctor product called <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-duo-clean/200/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Duo-Clean</a> which is a fast and effective double action grout cleaner and mould remover. I used it as a spot cleaner spraying it onto the affected areas and leaving it to dwell for a few minutes before scrubbing it in. This second product handled the mould well and the grout was much cleaner and consistent. </p> <h2>Replacing Silicone Seal in a Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle</h2> <p>Once the cleaning was complete, I cut out the old silicone from around the base of the shower with a sharp knife. This is a job that has to be slowly done to avoid scratching the shower tray. Once the old silicone was removed, I ensured the area was then nice and dry and then replaced with a new mould resistant silicone in white to enhance the fresh new look.</p> <p>Naturally after 15 years it’s impossible to get the grout back to its original colour but we certainly got very close. I could however have applied a white <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">grout colourant</a> at this stage, but the client was already happy with the result, so it wasn’t really necessary. </p> <p>Last step was to spray the grout with aerosol <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/wall-tile-and-grout-sealer-aerosol-spray-500ml/137/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Grout sealer</a> which is very quick to apply and will protect the grout from further staining. The excess was wiped off the ceramic tiles which won’t take a sealer and the job was finished.</p> <p><center><img src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2019/08/Ceramic-Tiled-Shower-Cubicle-After-Cleaning-Shepperton-0425.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle After Cleaning Shepperton" width="500" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle After Cleaning Shepperton" /></center></p> <p>As you can see from the pictures, the transformation turned out very well and the customer was very pleased. For aftercare cleaning I recommended the use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-aqua-pro-with-trigger-spray/1/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Aqua-Pro</a> which is pH neutral tile and grout cleaner that will keep on top of future discolouration.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2019/08/Ceramic-Tiled-Shower-Cubicle-After-Cleaning-Shepperton-0427.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle After Cleaning Shepperton" width="282" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle After Cleaning Shepperton" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2019/08/Ceramic-Tiled-Shower-Cubicle-After-Cleaning-Shepperton-0428.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle After Cleaning Shepperton" width="282" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle After Cleaning Shepperton" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Deep Clean of a Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle in South Middlesex</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-grout-in-a-shepperton-ceramic-tiled-shower-cubicle/">Deep Cleaning Grout in a Shepperton Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz">South Middlesex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating a Bolivian Black Slate floor in Blackpool https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-bolivian-black-slate-floor-in-blackpool/ Tile Doctor Lancashire urn:uuid:85a6c20c-8a90-634b-2cfe-945a354d7507 Wed, 31 Jul 2019 02:15:33 +0000 <p>This kitchen floor in Blackpool was laid 20 years prior and comprised of Bolivian Black Slate inlaid with White Ceramic Tozzettos. The slate was now looking dull and unloved and the owner now wanted the floor deep cleaning and resealing &#8230; <a href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-bolivian-black-slate-floor-in-blackpool/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-bolivian-black-slate-floor-in-blackpool/">Renovating a Bolivian Black Slate floor in Blackpool</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Lancashire</a>.</p> <p>This kitchen floor in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackpool" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Blackpool</a></b> was laid 20 years prior and comprised of <b>Bolivian Black Slate</b> inlaid with <b>White Ceramic Tozzettos</b>. The slate was now looking dull and unloved and the owner now wanted the floor deep cleaning and resealing to restore its appearance. </p> <p>We visited the property in <b>Blackpool</b> to inspect the floor and discuss what would be needed to restore the floor. It was clear that the old seal had worn away with use which left the stone vulnerable to ingrained dirt and hard to keep clean. Additionally, there were a few broken tiles near the glazed patio doors that would need replacing but the rest of the floor was solid and just in need of some love and care. </p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://i0.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/07/Bolivian-Black-Slate-with-White-Ceramic-Tozzettos-Before-Cleaning-Blackpool-1213-min.jpg?w=282&#038;ssl=1" alt="Bolivian Black Slate with White Ceramic Tozzettos Before Cleaning Blackpool" height="" title="Bolivian Black Slate with White Ceramic Tozzettos Before Cleaning Blackpool" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://i1.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/07/Bolivian-Black-Slate-with-White-Ceramic-Tozzettos-Before-Cleaning-Blackpool-1211-min.jpg?w=282&#038;ssl=1" alt="Bolivian Black Slate with White Ceramic Tozzettos Before Cleaning Blackpool" height="" title="Bolivian Black Slate with White Ceramic Tozzettos Before Cleaning Blackpool" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>We discussed the process which would involve tile replacement, tile and grout cleaning and then sealing. I worked out a price to complete the job which was accepted and booked in for later in the month.</p> <h2>Cleaning and Repairing a Bolivian Slate Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>We cleaned the tiles with a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> which was sprayed onto the floor and left to soak in for ten minutes before being scrubbed in. To scrub the floor, I used a rotary buffing machine fitted with a with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a> and approximately 15kg of additional weight to give the pad more bite. This removed what was left of the original matt sealer which was still evident in the less used parts of the floor. This process released the ingrained dirt from the stone into the cleaning solution which was then rinsed off the floor and extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>The grout was then deep cleaned with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> which was scrubbed in with a narrow brush and finished with a wire brush on some of the more stained grout lines. After this the wet vacuum was used again machine to extract the loose dirt and sediment and the floor rinsed down with water a few times to restore the pH balance in the floor. With the cleaning finished the floor now needed to dry off so it would be ready for sealing the next day. </p> <p><center><img src="https://i2.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/07/Bolivian-Black-Slate-with-White-Ceramic-Tozzettos-During-Repair-Blackpool-1214-min.jpg?w=500&#038;ssl=1" alt="Bolivian Black Slate with White Ceramic Tozzettos During Repair Blackpool" height="" title="Bolivian Black Slate with White Ceramic Tozzettos During Repair Blackpool" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>Next step was to turn my attention to the cracked tiles near the patio door. I suspect the patio doors were not an original feature and there had been some settlement over the years in the underlying cement. The cracked tiles were removed, and old adhesive and grout scraped out. Fortunately, the customer still had some spares, so these were laid in place with rapid setting adhesive and then grouted in. </p> <p><center><img src="https://i0.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/07/Bolivian-Black-Slate-with-White-Ceramic-Tozzettos-Before-Cleaning-Blackpool-1217-min.jpg?w=500&#038;ssl=1" alt="Bolivian Black Slate with White Ceramic Tozzettos Before Cleaning Blackpool" height="" title="Bolivian Black Slate with White Ceramic Tozzettos Before Cleaning Blackpool" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <h2> Sealing a Bolivian Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>On the 2nd day we applied a tester of 2 coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go</a> in a corner area as the customer wasn&#8217;t sure if she should stick with a matt colour enhanced finish or satin. The customer liked the satin finish, so we applied four further coats of the Tile Doctor Seal and Go throughout. Each coat is left to dry before applying the next so this process can take some time. </p> <p>The floor looked fabulous when finished in fact the customer said it almost looked like new, which wasn&#8217;t bad for a floor that was 20 years old!</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://i0.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/07/Bolivian-Black-Slate-with-White-Ceramic-Tozzettos-After-Cleaning-Blackpool-2038-min.jpg?w=282&#038;ssl=1" alt="Bolivian Black Slate with White Ceramic Tozzettos After Cleaning Blackpool" height="" title="Bolivian Black Slate with White Ceramic Tozzettos After Cleaning Blackpool" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://i1.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/07/Bolivian-Black-Slate-with-White-Ceramic-Tozzettos-After-Cleaning-Blackpool-2040-min.jpg?w=282&#038;ssl=1" alt="Bolivian Black Slate with White Ceramic Tozzettos After Cleaning Blackpool" height="" title="Bolivian Black Slate with White Ceramic Tozzettos After Cleaning Blackpool" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>As usual before leaving we discussed aftercare which for the regular cleaning of the Slate I recommend <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Cleaner</a>. Neutral Cleaner as its name suggest is pH neutral so it won’t damage the sealer which can be a problem for cleaning products you find in supermarkets which are basically too strong. You really do need to check the label when choosing a cleaning product for a natural stone or sealed floor as many products are made from a derivative of a bleach which will erode the sealer prematurely with regular use.</p> <p><center><img src="https://i2.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/07/Bolivian-Black-Slate-with-White-Ceramic-Tozzettos-After-Cleaning-Blackpool-2041-min.jpg?w=500&#038;ssl=1" alt="Bolivian Black Slate with White Ceramic Tozzettos After Cleaning Blackpool" height="" title="Bolivian Black Slate with White Ceramic Tozzettos After Cleaning Blackpool" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of Black Slate Kitchen Tiles in Lancashire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-bolivian-black-slate-floor-in-blackpool/">Renovating a Bolivian Black Slate floor in Blackpool</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Lancashire</a>.</p> Cleaning a Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor in Moulton https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-a-terracotta-tiled-kitchen-floor-in-moulton/ Northamptonshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:6e5ba322-ca17-5847-8e1f-09389b23eb34 Tue, 30 Jul 2019 05:16:50 +0000 <p>We were contacted by the owner of a property in Moulton with a problematic Terracotta tiled kitchen floor. She was seriously considering ripping up the entire area of tiling and replacing it as she was having a new kitchen installed. &#8230; <a href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-a-terracotta-tiled-kitchen-floor-in-moulton/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-a-terracotta-tiled-kitchen-floor-in-moulton/">Cleaning a Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor in Moulton</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz">Northamptonshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>We were contacted by the owner of a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moulton" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Moulton</a></b> with a problematic <b>Terracotta tiled kitchen floor</b>. She was seriously considering ripping up the entire area of tiling and replacing it as she was having a new kitchen installed. Both her and her husband were concerned that unless I could restore this floor to somewhere near to its original condition, they would need to replace it.</p> <p><center><img src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/07/Terracotta-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Restoration-Moulton-0157.jpg" alt="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Restoration Moulton" width="600" height="" title="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Restoration Moulton" /></center></p> <p>I went over to inspect the Terracotta tiles and could see the entire surface was deeply ingrained with soiling and the grout lines were filthy. After carrying out a test it became obvious that the previous sealer had been applied very sparingly and had mostly worn away, leaving the stone prone to staining. Terracotta is a very porous tile and dirt had become ingrained in the pores leaving it looking very dull and difficult to clean. </p> <p><center><img src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/07/Terracotta-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Restoration-Moulton-0159.jpg" alt="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Restoration Moulton" width="600" height="" title="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Restoration Moulton" /></center></p> <p>I completed the test on a small part of the floor and the customer could see the results which could be achieved. Happy with the result they agreed my quote and we set a date for my return to complete the floor.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>The tiles turned out to be made of a fairly soft Terracotta which meant that we were able to deep clean them extremely effectively using a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a>. We used <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> in particularly stubborn areas.</p> <p>The process I use is to spray the Pro-Clean onto the floor and leave it to soak in for about ten minutes before being worked in using a heavy rotary machine fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a>. The resulting slurry is removed using a wet pick up vacuum. All the dirt and virtually all of the old sealer was removed at this stage; the remaining patches around the edges of the area being finished by hand with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/diamond-hand-burnishing-block-red-200-grit/237/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">200-grit burnishing block</a>. The grout lines were then cleaned by hand with an angled grout brush.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/07/Terracotta-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-During-Restoration-Moulton-0165.jpg" alt="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor During Restoration Moulton" width="282" height="" title="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor During Restoration Moulton" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/07/Terracotta-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-During-Restoration-Moulton-0166.jpg" alt="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor During Restoration Moulton" width="282" height="" title="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor During Restoration Moulton" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Finally, the deep-seated oil stains in front of the cooker were brought out using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-oxy-gel-1-litre/169/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Oxy-Gel</a> which was left to dwell on the marks for an hour before being agitated with a diamond burnishing pad and rinsed away with a wet pick up machine. The floor was rinsed with water and allowed to dry off overnight.</p> <p><center><img src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/07/Terracotta-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-During-Restoration-Moulton-0169.jpg" alt="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor During Restoration Moulton" width="600" height="" title="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor During Restoration Moulton" /></center></p> <h2>Sealing a Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>The following day I inspected the floor and checked it was ready to be sealed. All was well so I applied an initial coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is an impregnating sealer that occupies the pores in the tile enhancing the natural colours of the Terracotta and provide a base layer of protection from staining.</p> <p><center><img src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/07/Terracotta-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Restoration-Moulton-0176.jpg" alt="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor After Restoration Moulton" width="600" height="" title="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor After Restoration Moulton" /></center></p> <p>I returned at a convenient time once the kitchen was completely installed to finish the job. This involves carrying out a light maintenance clean with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Cleaner</a> and once the floor was dry, I applied 5 further coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go</a> which provides a pleasing satin finish which is really suited to this type of floor.</p> <p><center><img src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/07/Terracotta-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Restoration-Moulton-0278.jpg" alt="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor After Restoration Moulton" width="600" height="" title="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor After Restoration Moulton" /></center></p> <p>The customer was very happy with the results and has left the following feedback.</p> <p><em>&#8220;We were really pleased with the results, thank you!&#8221;</em></p> <p><center><img src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/07/Terracotta-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Restoration-Moulton-0279.jpg" alt="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor After Restoration Moulton" width="500" height="" title="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor After Restoration Moulton" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Terracotta Floor in Northamptonshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-a-terracotta-tiled-kitchen-floor-in-moulton/">Cleaning a Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor in Moulton</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz">Northamptonshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Refinishing a Black Limestone Patio After Installation in Cheltenham https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/refinishing-a-black-limestone-patio-after-installation-in-cheltenham/ Gloucester Tile Doctor urn:uuid:ef382906-44cd-71be-6619-be12691a024a Mon, 29 Jul 2019 05:56:09 +0000 <p>This client called Tile Doctor to see if anything could be done about the colour of their limestone patio which was laid about 6 months prior at their house in Cheltenham. It and had always looked grey rather than the &#8230; <a href="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/refinishing-a-black-limestone-patio-after-installation-in-cheltenham/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/refinishing-a-black-limestone-patio-after-installation-in-cheltenham/">Refinishing a Black Limestone Patio After Installation in Cheltenham</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz">Gloucester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This client called Tile Doctor to see if anything could be done about the colour of their <b>limestone patio</b> which was laid about 6 months prior at their house in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheltenham" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Cheltenham</a></b>. It and had always looked grey rather than the black they had expected and with summer on the way felt it was time to get it resolved. </p> <p><center><img src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2019/07/Black-Limestone-Patio-Before-Renovation-Cheltenham-083455621.jpg" alt="Black Limestone Patio Before Renovation Cheltenham" width="500" height="" title="Black Limestone Patio Before Renovation Cheltenham" /></center></p> <p>I went over to survey the Limestone paving and could see straight away that whoever had installed it had not cleaned off the cement and grout residue afterwards. Add on top of that the green algae and dirt build-up you get over winter and the Patio was now looking very sorry for itself. </p> <p>I conducted a test clean on a small area to work out the best method for restoring the appearance of the stone. The Limestone responded well to the test and it gave the customer the results he was looking for. Happy with the potential result and my quotation a date was booked for the work, although this was weather dependent. The job would take 3 days to complete.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2019/07/Black-Limestone-Patio-Before-Renovation-Cheltenham-083413352.jpg" alt="Black Limestone Patio Before Renovation Cheltenham" width="282" height="" title="Black Limestone Patio Before Renovation Cheltenham" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2019/07/Black-Limestone-Patio-Before-Renovation-Cheltenham-083450165.jpg" alt="Black Limestone Patio Before Renovation Cheltenham" width="282" height="" title="Black Limestone Patio Before Renovation Cheltenham" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2>Removing Cement and Grout from a Black Limestone Patio</h2> <p>We were quite fortunate with the weather and managed to find a few days without rain. Arriving on day one, the client had moved all the patio furniture out of the way, so we were able to get to work immediately starting with the application of a coarse <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">200 grit diamond pad</a> fitted to a large buffing machine. The pad is applied to each paving stone in turn and lubricated with plenty of water. This action slightly mills the Limestone to remove all the old cement and grout that had been left of the surface. After rinsing with water and extracting the soil the process was repeated using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-400-grit-coarse-red-no-1-burnishing-pad/36/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">400</a> and <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-800-grit-medium-blue-no-2-burnishing-pad/37/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">800-grit burnishing pad</a> to hone the stone and bring up its appearance. The area was quite large, so this took most of the first day.</p> <p>Returning the following morning, we moved onto cleaning the grout lines using a strong dilution of <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a>. Then the whole patio was rinsed with water and scrubbed using a wet vacuum to extract all the soil generated. The patio was left overnight to dry out, the weather remained good, so we were able to come back the next day to seal it and complete the job.</p> <h2>Sealing a Black Limestone Tiled Patio </h2> <p>To seal the Limestone and restore colour I selected to use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-oil-1-litre/19/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Oil</a>, this is an easy to apply impregnating sealer, ideal for low porosity stone such as Limestone. Stone Oil is designed to enhance the colour and texture of stone, it also improves mechanical strength once it is cured. </p> <p>One coat was applied to get the colour back in the stone, giving it the nice rich black it should have been. The stone was left to dry for two hours and then followed up with a coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal</a> to further seal the stone. Ultra-Seal is a no-sheen, natural-look, penetrating sealer formulated to provide maximum stain protection. It is also an excellent grout sealer.</p> <p><center><img src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2019/07/Black-Limestone-Patio-After-Renovation-Cheltenham-155616502.jpg" alt="Black Limestone Patio After Renovation Cheltenham" width="500" height="" title="Black Limestone Patio After Renovation Cheltenham" /></center></p> <p>As you can see from the pictures the results were fantastic and the customer was very happy that the patio now looked how they had expected it to when it was installed. The sealant should give it adequate protection from the elements but would need to be reapplied in future years. They were looking forward to making the most of the sunny weather and getting the barbeque out to make use of their lovely newly restored patio.</p> <p><center><img src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2019/07/Black-Limestone-Patio-After-Renovation-Cheltenham-155553649.jpg" alt="Black Limestone Patio After Renovation Cheltenham" width="500" height="" title="Black Limestone Patio After Renovation Cheltenham" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Black Limestone Tiled Patio in Gloucestershire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/refinishing-a-black-limestone-patio-after-installation-in-cheltenham/">Refinishing a Black Limestone Patio After Installation in Cheltenham</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz">Gloucester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Tumbled Marble Floor Honed and Sealed in Oxford https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/tumbled-marble-floor-honed-and-sealed-in-oxford/ Oxfordshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:5f666961-f7f0-8aa8-9f5c-7b47825baf70 Sat, 27 Jul 2019 12:48:45 +0000 <p>The owners of this house in the historic city of Oxford contacted Tile Doctor about their Tumbled Marble tiled floor which was not looking its best and was proving difficult to clean effectively. The floor is part of a kitchen/dining &#8230; <a href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/tumbled-marble-floor-honed-and-sealed-in-oxford/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/tumbled-marble-floor-honed-and-sealed-in-oxford/">Tumbled Marble Floor Honed and Sealed in Oxford</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz">Oxfordshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The owners of this house in the historic city of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxford" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Oxford</a></b> contacted Tile Doctor about their <b>Tumbled Marble tiled floor</b> which was not looking its best and was proving difficult to clean effectively. The floor is part of a kitchen/dining room where the grout had darkened substantially with dirt. Oxford is only 12 miles from by base in Chalgrove so I spoke to the client on the phone and arranged an appointment to visit the property and survey the floor.</p> <p>I could see that sealer had also worn off which is a common problem with natural stone floor and dirt was now trapped in the pores of the stone. They had tried multiple types of household floor cleaners and nothing was getting the floor to look clean, and as it was so light in colour it was really looking quite dirty. </p> <p><center><img src="https://i1.wp.com/oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/07/Tumbled-Marble-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Oxford-093650.jpg?w=500&#038;ssl=1" alt="Tumbled Marble Floor Before Cleaning Oxford" height="" title="Tumbled Marble Floor Before Cleaning Oxford" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>We find the best way to renovate hard stone flooring such as Marble is to use a set of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">diamond burnishing pads</a> which hone the stone and restore its appearance. I recommended this method to the homeowner and worked out a quote. The quote was agreed, and we set a date to do the work which given the size of the floor I calculated would take two days, one to burnish and one to seal.</p> <h2>Cleaning/Repairing a Tumbled Marble Tiled Kitchen/ Dining room Floor</h2> <p>The burnishing process starts with the application of a coarse 400-grit diamond pad which is applied using a rotary floor scrubber and lubricated with water. This pad is run over each tile two to three times and this effectively cleans the stone removing any old sealer in the process. </p> <p>After rinsing the fine slurry off the floor with more water and extracting with a wet vacuum I turned my attention to the grout. For this I applied a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> along the grout lines and scrubbed it into grout with a stiff brush. The cleaner was then rinsed away with water taking the dirt with it and extracted as before using the wet vacuum. </p> <p>I then continued to burnish and hone the Marble tiles starting with 800-grit pad and then followed by 1500-grit pad. Each pad was applied with water to lubricate and then the slurry rinsed and extracted off the floor as before. The floor was then left to dry out overnight.</p> <h2>Sealing a Tumbled Marble Tiled Kitchen/ Dining room Floor</h2> <p>On day two I returned and began work by checking the floor was dry enough to seal with a damp meter. All was well so I proceeded to apply the sealer. After discussing sealer options with the client, I opted to use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is a colour intensifying sealer which enhances the natural colours in the stone. It also provides durable protection by impregnating the pores of the stone preventing dirt from becoming engrained there. I applied two coats of Colour Grow allowing time in-between for the first coat to dry before applying the second. </p> <p>Before leaving for the day I buffed the floor with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-white/30/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">white pad</a> to remove any excess sealer and give the floor a lovely sheen.</p> <p><center><img src="https://i0.wp.com/oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/07/Tumbled-Marble-Floor-After-Cleaning-Oxford-130159.jpg?w=500&#038;ssl=1" alt="Tumbled Marble Floor After Cleaning Oxford" height="" title="Tumbled Marble Floor After Cleaning Oxford" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>After I had finished the floor looked pristine and my client was over the moon.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of a Tumbled Marble Tiled Floor in Oxfordshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/tumbled-marble-floor-honed-and-sealed-in-oxford/">Tumbled Marble Floor Honed and Sealed in Oxford</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz">Oxfordshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Restoring a Large Red Marble Patio at a Newbury Villa https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-large-red-marble-patio-at-a-newbury-villa/ Berkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:ca86eaf2-445b-73f6-5ebe-fd4fd1e514b2 Fri, 19 Jul 2019 02:43:25 +0000 <p>I recently had a call out to an unusual property in Newbury to renovate a large Red Marble Patio. The design of the house was clearly inspired by the Mediterranean and resembled a Spanish Villa. The UK winter had not &#8230; <a href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-large-red-marble-patio-at-a-newbury-villa/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-large-red-marble-patio-at-a-newbury-villa/">Restoring a Large Red Marble Patio at a Newbury Villa</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz">Berkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I recently had a call out to an unusual property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newbury,_Berkshire" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Newbury</a></b> to renovate a large <b>Red <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/marble-tile-cleaning/5/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Marble</a> Patio</b>. The design of the house was clearly inspired by the Mediterranean and resembled a Spanish Villa. The UK winter had not been very kind to the large Red Marble patio and now looked faded and lifeless. </p> <p><center><img src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2019/07/Marble-Tiled-Patio-Before-Renovation-Newbury-23160500.jpg" alt="Marble Tiled Patio Before Renovation Newbury" width="600" height="" title="Marble Tiled Patio Before Renovation Newbury" /></center></p> <p>I inspected the patio and could see that it had been previously sealed with a topical product that had deteriorated in parts over time leaving the stone looking patchy and dull. After having the same stone installed throughout the interior of the property she wanted to know if the exterior stone could be renovated to match. </p> <p>To get a better idea of what it would take to complete the work and produce an accurate quote I ran some cleaning tests on a spare tile. The demonstration went very well, and it gave the client a good idea of the outcome they could expect. Happy with the potential result and my quote I was booked to return and complete the renovation.</p> <p><center><img src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2019/07/Marble-Tiled-Patio-Before-Renovation-Newbury-23160505.jpg" alt="Marble Tiled Patio Before Renovation Newbury" width="600" height="" title="Marble Tiled Patio Before Renovation Newbury" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning a Red Marble Tiled Patio in Newbury</h2> <p>This was a large Patio to clean so I worked in sections and starting with brushing and vacuuming to remove all the surface dirt and debris that could impact the stone burnishing process. Then using water for lubrication, I started refinishing the Marble with a very coarse <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-100-grit-very-coarse-milling-pad/44/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">100-grit diamond pad</a> fitted to a weighted rotary machine. This pad cut through the layers of remaining topical sealant that had built up on the surface of the stone. After a rinse with more water I followed this with a less coarse <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">200-grit pad</a>. I found that in some areas, such as along the edges of the tile, a thick build-up of old sealer needed to be weakened first using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> before the pads could cut through.</p> <p><center><img src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2019/07/Marble-Tiled-Patio-During-Renovation-Newbury-23160707.jpg" alt="Marble Tiled Patio During Renovation Newbury" width="600" height="" title="Marble Tiled Patio During Renovation Newbury" /></center></p> <p>Once the old seal had been removed, I could focus on burnishing the stone which is a polishing process that hones the stone and brings back its polished appearance. I did this using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">set of diamond burnishing pads</a> starting with a 400-grit pad and working my way through the sequence of pads with 800 and 1500-grit. The pads are applied using a rotary floor buffer and again lubricated with water, the stone is rinsed with water afterwards and the slurry picked up with a wet vacuum. The last pad to be applied is an extra fine 3000-grit pad which leaves the stone with a good sheen, the pad is applied dry with only a little water sprayed onto the tile.</p> <p><center><img src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2019/07/Marble-Tiled-Patio-Before-Renovation-Newbury-26102653.jpg" alt="Marble Tiled Patio Before Renovation Newbury" width="600" height="" title="Marble Tiled Patio Before Renovation Newbury" /></center></p> <h2>Sealing a Red Marble Tiled Patio</h2> <p>I returned the following morning to check the stone had thoroughly dried and could be sealed. Fortunately, the warm weather had persisted, and I was able to finish the stone with three coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a>. This sealer is known for bringing out the natural colours in stone and it didn’t disappoint making the deep red colours in the Marble really stand out against the white veins. <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Colour grow</a> is also an impregnating sealer that seeps into the pores of the stone protecting it from within and will fare much better protecting the stone in the UK elements.</p> <p><center><img src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2019/07/Marble-Tiled-Patio-After-Renovation-Newbury-24170838.jpg" alt="Marble Tiled Patio After Renovation Newbury" width="600" height="" title="Marble Tiled Patio After Renovation Newbury" /></center></p> <p>This burnishing and sealing process was repeated in the numerous areas that made up the entire patio except for the stairs which had to be done using the same method but with a handheld polisher as the rotary machine was simply too large. Being external the work was weather dependant and so had to be done in stages as it rained between visits and the stone had to be left to dry out again before continuing. This slowed up the process, but we got there once the weather had improved.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2019/07/Marble-Tiled-Patio-Before-Renovation-Newbury-23093605.jpg" alt="Marble Tiled Patio Before Renovation Newbury" width="600" height="" title="Marble Tiled Patio Before Renovation Newbury" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2019/07/Marble-Tiled-Patio-During-Renovation-Newbury-23152102.jpg" alt="Marble Tiled Patio During Renovation Newbury" width="600" height="" title="Marble Tiled Patio During Renovation Newbury" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Overall the client was very pleased with the work and was happy that both the newly installed interior and the rejuvenated old stone looked uniform. </p> <p>For aftercare I recommended the use the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap Cleaner</a> which will clean and help maintain the patina on the stone, also it won’t prematurely erode the sealer like more aggressive cleaning products you find in supermarkets.</p> <p><center><img src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2019/07/Marble-Tiled-Patio-After-Renovation-Newbury-24175333.jpg" alt="Marble Tiled Patio After Renovation Newbury" width="600" height="" title="Marble Tiled Patio After Renovation Newbury" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Red Marble Tiled Patio in Berkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-large-red-marble-patio-at-a-newbury-villa/">Restoring a Large Red Marble Patio at a Newbury Villa</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz">Berkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Bathroom Floor Tile Grout Renovation in Romiley https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/bathroom-floor-tile-grout-renovation-in-romiley/ Greater Manchester Tile Doctor urn:uuid:1c99410e-0c23-a45e-061f-4a28c8dd46eb Thu, 18 Jul 2019 01:54:14 +0000 <p>This client in Romiley on the outskirts of Stockport was unhappy with the state of the grout in her bathroom and was looking to have it removed and replaced. This was complicated by the fact that the ceramic tiled floor &#8230; <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/bathroom-floor-tile-grout-renovation-in-romiley/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/bathroom-floor-tile-grout-renovation-in-romiley/">Bathroom Floor Tile Grout Renovation in Romiley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz">Greater Manchester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This client in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romiley" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Romiley</a></b> on the outskirts of <b>Stockport</b> was unhappy with the state of the grout in her bathroom and was looking to have it removed and replaced. This was complicated by the fact that the <b>ceramic tiled floor</b> had electric underfloor heating installed (UFH). Removing grout is an intensive process and there is a big risk of causing damage to the heating elements during the process. </p> <p><center><img src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2019/07/Bathroom-Floor-Grout-Before-Restoration-in-Romiley.jpg" alt="Bathroom Floor Grout Before Restoration in Romiley" width="500" height="" title="Bathroom Floor Grout Before Restoration in Romiley" /><center></p> <p>My solution to the problem was to give the grout a deep clean and then colour it. Grout colouring is by far the easiest and safest way to restore grout as it is applied to the surface of the existing grout without the need to use any invasive process to remove the grout first. There are a variety of colours available so we can get the floor restored to its original look quite easily. I discussed with the client what we needed to do, and we agreed a price for the work to be completed.</p> <h2>Renovating Bathroom Floor Tile Grout</h2> <p>The process I used was to apply <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant-pre-treat-cleaner-500ml-with-trigger-spray/201/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up</a> to the tiles and the grout and then scrub it in. This is an acidic product that cleans up grout and removes any mineral deposits and hard water marks on the tiles. Being an acidic product, it also etches the surface of the grout providing a better bond for the colourant to adhere to. The floor was then rinsed with water, and a steamer used to get as much of the staining out of the grout as possible. The soiled water was removed with the wet vacuum to minimise the mess.</p> <p><center><img src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2019/07/Bathroom-Floor-Grout-During-Steam-Cleaning-in-Romiley.jpg" alt="Bathroom Floor Grout During Steam Cleaning in Romiley" width="500" height="" title="Bathroom Floor Grout During Steam Cleaning in Romiley" /><center></p> <p>The tile and grout were then speed dried with an air mover whilst I went for lunch. This would ensure the floor would be ready for the colourant to be applied by the time I returned.</p> <h2> Colouring Grout in a Ceramic Tiled Bathroom</h2> <p>When I came back an hour or so later, I checked the grout was dry with the moisture meter before proceeding to apply the colourant. It was a small bathroom so only one bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Limestone Grout Colourant</a> Kit was needed we chose Limestone as this colour matched the tiles quite closely. The colourant is carefully applied with a small brush, and any residue is wiped off the tiles as we go.</p> <p><center><img src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2019/07/Bathroom-Floor-Grout-After-Restoration-with-Tile-Doctor-Limestone-Colourant-in-Romiley.jpg" alt="Bathroom Floor Grout After Restoration with Tile Doctor Limestone Colourant in Romiley" width="500" height="" title="Bathroom Floor Grout After Restoration with Tile Doctor Limestone Colourant in Romiley" /><center></p> <p>The client was very happy with the results and with the colourant forming a barrier over the grout it will prove much easier to clean and will stay looking good for quite some time to come. The process was quick and straight forward and as you can see from the picture below the tiled floor looked a lot more inviting once the work had been completed.</p> <p><center><img src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2019/07/Bathroom-Floor-Grout-After-Restoration-in-Romiley.jpg" alt="Bathroom Floor Grout After Restoration in Romiley" width="500" height="" title="Bathroom Floor Grout After Restoration in Romiley" /><center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3> Professional Restoration of a Ceramic Tiled Bathroom in Greater Manchester</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/bathroom-floor-tile-grout-renovation-in-romiley/">Bathroom Floor Tile Grout Renovation in Romiley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz">Greater Manchester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating a Multi Coloured Sandstone Hallway Floor in East Keswick https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-multi-coloured-sandstone-hallway-floor-in-east-keswick/ North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:9f8221ce-4727-57df-9929-67b40306852d Wed, 17 Jul 2019 06:21:25 +0000 <p>The pictures below are of a multi coloured sandstone floor installed at a property in East Keswick which is a village approximately halfway between Harrogate and Leeds. (Not to be confused with the more famous Keswick in the Lake District) &#8230; <a href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-multi-coloured-sandstone-hallway-floor-in-east-keswick/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-multi-coloured-sandstone-hallway-floor-in-east-keswick/">Renovating a Multi Coloured Sandstone Hallway Floor in East Keswick</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The pictures below are of a <b>multi coloured sandstone floor</b> installed at a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Keswick" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">East Keswick</a></b> which is a village approximately halfway between Harrogate and Leeds. (Not to be confused with the more famous Keswick in the Lake District)</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/07/Multicoloured-Sandstone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-East-Keswick-080722.jpg" alt="Multicoloured Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning East Keswick" width="282" height="" alt="Multicoloured Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning East Keswick" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/07/Multicoloured-Sandstone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-East-Keswick-080754.jpg" alt="Multicoloured Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning East Keswick" width="282" height="" alt="Multicoloured Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning East Keswick" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The stone floor had not been cleaned professionally for ten years and although the grout looked clean It was clear that any sealer that was once present had long since worn off leaving the stone unprotected. The result was dirt had become deeply ingrained in the Sandstone leading causing the stone to darken and hide its true beauty and rich colouring. The client had tried lots of different products to clean the floor but had not had any luck. </p> <p>I visited the property and carried out a few successful patch tests resulting in the floor becoming much cleaner. They were happy to go ahead with my quote and we arranged a time to return and complete the work.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Multi-Coloured Sandstone Hallway Floor</h2> <p>I prepared the area before starting, taping up the skirting boards and doors to protect them from the splashing that can happen during the intensive cleaning process.</p> <p>To get the sandstone clean I applied a medium dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> to the floor and allowed it to soak in for ten minutes. The solution was then worked into the Sandstone using a rotary floor machine fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a>. More Pro-Clean was applied with a hand-held scrubbing brush to get deep into the grout lines and to reach into the corners.</p> <p>Once done the floor was rinsed with water and the soil extracted with a wet vacuum. The floor was inspected, and the process repeated until I was satisfied that the stone and grout had released all the trapped dirt. After a final rinse, the wet vacuum was used to get as much moisture out of the stone as possible and then the floor left to dry out fully overnight.</p> <h2>Sealing a Multi Coloured Sandstone Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>Returning the following morning, I first checked that the floor was dry using a damp meter. The sealer won’t cure if there is any moisture in the stone and I’ve been known to reschedule sealing a floor if the readings are too high. On this occasion I was satisfied that the floor was within acceptable levels, so I was ready to seal the floor. </p> <p>I used three coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> to seal the floor, this is an impregnating sealer which intensifies natural colours whilst providing durable protection against stains, an essential feature in an area such as a hallway which is subject to constant foot traffic. </p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/07/Multicoloured-Sandstone-Floor-After-Cleaning-East-Keswick-081710.jpg" alt="Multicoloured Sandstone Floor After Cleaning East Keswick" width="282" height="" alt="Multicoloured Sandstone Floor After Cleaning East Keswick" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/07/Multicoloured-Sandstone-Floor-After-Cleaning-East-Keswick-081446.jpg" alt="Multicoloured Sandstone Floor After Cleaning East Keswick" width="282" height="" alt="Multicoloured Sandstone Floor After Cleaning East Keswick" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>As you can see from the photos the transformation was quite impressive, the floor became much lighter and almost unrecognisable, the natural colours of the stone were now visible, and the floor looked beautiful. The client was very happy with the end result and has said they would not hesitate to recommend me to others. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Multi Coloured Sandstone Tiled Hallway in North West Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-multi-coloured-sandstone-hallway-floor-in-east-keswick/">Renovating a Multi Coloured Sandstone Hallway Floor in East Keswick</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating an Acid Etched Limestone Tiled Shower in Huntingdon https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-an-acid-etched-limestone-tiled-shower-in-huntingdon/ Cambridge Tile Doctor urn:uuid:0ba6bed2-39aa-6c3a-36b0-98c52bab7320 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 23:16:10 +0000 <p>I was recently asked to take a look at a Limestone tiled shower cubicle at a house in the market town of Huntingdon. It turns out a cleaning company had tried to clean the tiles with an acidic product which &#8230; <a href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-an-acid-etched-limestone-tiled-shower-in-huntingdon/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-an-acid-etched-limestone-tiled-shower-in-huntingdon/">Renovating an Acid Etched Limestone Tiled Shower in Huntingdon</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz">Cambridge Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was recently asked to take a look at a <b>Limestone tiled shower cubicle</b> at a house in the market town of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huntingdon" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Huntingdon</a></b>. It turns out a cleaning company had tried to clean the tiles with an acidic product which was unsuitable for a calcium stone. I suspect they used a limescale remover which is very acidic. The owner was horrified by the damage that had been caused which as you can see from the pictures had ruined the appearance of the stone.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/07/Etched-Limestone-Tiled-Shower-Before-Renovation-Huntingdon-092822.jpg" alt="Etched Limestone Tiled Shower Before Renovation Huntingdon" width="282" height="" title="Etched Limestone Tiled Shower Before Renovation Huntingdon" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/07/Etched-Limestone-Tiled-Shower-Before-Renovation-Huntingdon-092838.jpg" alt="Etched Limestone Tiled Shower Before Renovation Huntingdon" width="282" height="" title="Etched Limestone Tiled Shower Before Renovation Huntingdon" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Always check the label before applying an unfamiliar product to natural stone as most household and commercial cleaning products are simply not suitable. It is essential that the correct product is used and if in doubt talk to Tile Doctor who have a product for everything related to maintaining stone. </p> <p>I discussed with the client what needed to be done to rectify the job. They were happy with my quote and were relieved that their Limestone tiles could be salvaged. </p> <h2>Renovating Damaged Limestone Shower Tiles</h2> <p>With the extent of the damage, most of the work to rectify was to be done by hand. I started by applying a set of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/diamond-hand-burnishing-block-set-greenblackred-yellow/31/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">handheld diamond blocks</a> to cut back the stone to remove the etching. This was then followed up with a set of small <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/6-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/41/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">diamond encrusted burnishing pads</a>. The pads are applied to the Limestone tiles in sequence using a handheld buffer with water for lubrication. The sequence runs from coarse to very fine and we rinsed with water between each pad to remove the soil.</p> <p>With a lot of man hours and elbow grease later, we had corrected the damage caused.</p> <h2>Sealing Limestone Shower Tiles</h2> <p>Once the stone had dried, I moved onto sealing the Limestone to prevent dirt and other stains from shampoo dyes affecting the stone going forward. To do this I applied several coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra Seal</a>, this is an impregnating sealer that seeps into the pores of the stone leaving a natural look yet leaving a delicate sheen. As you can see from the pictures the results were dramatic and very successful.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/07/Etched-Limestone-Tiled-Shower-After-Renovation-Huntingdon-130559.jpg" alt="Etched Limestone Tiled Shower After Renovation Huntingdon" width="282" height="" title="Etched Limestone Tiled Shower After Renovation Huntingdon" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/07/Etched-Limestone-Tiled-Shower-After-Renovation-Huntingdon-130610.jpg" alt="Etched Limestone Tiled Shower After Renovation Huntingdon" width="282" height="" title="Etched Limestone Tiled Shower After Renovation Huntingdon" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The client was impressed with the transformation I had managed to achieve and left the following feedback for me.</p> <p><em>“Tom was punctual on both the day he quoted and on the day he arrived to undertake the work. He was also very mindful of our semi house cats and made sure he did not let them out. That sounds simple but of the many tradesmen we have had around in the last six months for restorative work on the house he was one of a couple that did not need constant reminding. The work he undertook was to rectify, as he put it, “some of the worst damage to tiles I have seen to date”! The tiles were limestone and had been badly marked by an acid based cleaner. By the end of five solid hours work he had got the tiles back to looking brand new with not a mark to be seen. He did so with no mess, a very cheerful disposition and several cups of coffee! I would not hesitate to recommend Tom to all my own clients and friends” Bob H, Huntingdon</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of Damaged Limestone Shower Tiles in Cambridgeshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-an-acid-etched-limestone-tiled-shower-in-huntingdon/">Renovating an Acid Etched Limestone Tiled Shower in Huntingdon</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz">Cambridge Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Levelling an Uneven Limestone Kitchen Floor in Wickham https://hampshire.tiledoctor.biz/levelling-an-uneven-limestone-kitchen-floor-in-wickham/ Tile Doctor Hampshire urn:uuid:088e6ccd-baec-ec4f-c929-b33f38651cb1 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:59:40 +0000 <p>The client in the small village of Wickham had recently had a new Limestone tiled floor laid in his kitchen/conservatory on top of electric underfloor heating or UFH as its commonly known. Although the Limestone looked great the tiler had &#8230; <a href="https://hampshire.tiledoctor.biz/levelling-an-uneven-limestone-kitchen-floor-in-wickham/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://hampshire.tiledoctor.biz/levelling-an-uneven-limestone-kitchen-floor-in-wickham/">Levelling an Uneven Limestone Kitchen Floor in Wickham</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://hampshire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Hampshire</a>.</p> <p>The client in the small village of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wickham,_Hampshire" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Wickham</a></b> had recently had a new <b>Limestone tiled floor</b> laid in his kitchen/conservatory on top of electric underfloor heating or UFH as its commonly known. Although the Limestone looked great the tiler had not laid the tiles very level and there were many tiles with 2 to 5 mm lippage between them. Not only was this unsightly it also created a tripping hazard. It was unacceptable to the client and they were very disappointed with the new floor.</p> <p><center><img src="http://hampshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/2//sites/2/2019/07/Uneven-limestone-tiled-floor-Wickham-before-levelling-1078.jpg" alt="Uneven limestone tiled floor Wickham before levelling" width="600" height="" title="Uneven limestone tiled floor Wickham before levelling" /></center></p> <p>Wickham is a small village close to Fareham and actually only ten miles from our base in Portsmouth, so it wasn’t long before I was able to head over and survey the floor and come up with solutions.</p> <p>As I saw it, we had three options,</p> <ol> <li>Live with it as is.</li> <li>Rip it all up and damage the electric underfloor heating matt, which would then also need replacing.</li> <li>Mill the stone with abrasive pads to grind down the lippage.</li> </ol> <p>We discussed all three options and the cost implications; they really were not happy to live with it so that option was out and taking the floor up was going to cause huge disruption and cost. He chose wisely and went for option 3! We confirmed the price and arranged a time to return to carry out the work.</p> <p><center><img src="http://hampshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/2//sites/2/2019/07/Uneven-limestone-tiled-floor-Wickham-before-levelling-1083.jpg" alt="Uneven limestone tiled floor Wickham before levelling" width="600" height="" title="Uneven limestone tiled floor Wickham before levelling" /></center></p> <h2>Levelling an Uneven Stone Floor with Milling Pads</h2> <p>We returned a few weeks later to carry out the work. We used two technicians who very slowly they started grinding the floor level with a heavy rotary machine fitted with milling pads. The pads are applied in sequence with water from <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-50-grit-very-coarse-milling-pad/247/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">50-grit</a>, <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-100-grit-very-coarse-milling-pad/44/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">100-grit</a>, <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">200-grit</a>, 400-grit, 800-grit and then finally 1500-grit. The floor is rinsed with more water in between each pad to remove the fine slurry that is generated. This can be a messy job, but we make use of a wet vacuum to extract the slurry and try hard to keep the dust created to a minimum.</p> <p>The 50, 100 and 200 grit milling pads are very coarse and grind down the stone flattening the lippage difference between the tiles, the 400, 800 and 1500 grit <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">burnishing pads</a> then refine and hone the stone bringing back its polished appearance. Once we were satisfied that the floor had been milled successfully and the level of the floor was now acceptable, we gave the floor a final rinse and extraction, then left it to dry out.</p> <h2> Sealing a Limestone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>After a couple of days, we came back to seal it with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a>. The floor was checked before sealing with a moisture meter to ensure it was nice and dry. The seal would not cure property otherwise. </p> <p>Three coats of the Tile Doctor Colour Grow product were applied to the Limestones. This product is an impregnating sealer that works by occupying the pores in the stone thus preventing dirt from becoming ingrained there. Colour Grow enhances the natural colours in the stone and works well on Limestone where it brings out the cream and brown shades and really enhances the appearance of the stone. </p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://hampshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/2//sites/2/2019/07/Uneven-limestone-tiled-floor-Wickham-after-levelling-1236.jpg" alt="Uneven limestone tiled floor Wickham after levelling" width="282" height="" title="Uneven limestone tiled floor Wickham after levelling" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://hampshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/2//sites/2/2019/07/Uneven-limestone-tiled-floor-Wickham-after-levelling-1237.jpg" alt="Uneven limestone tiled floor Wickham after levelling" width="282" height="" title="Uneven limestone tiled floor Wickham after levelling" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>After completion the floor was completely level and it looked lighter and cleaner. You can see the results in the pictures, the floor was transformed, and the kitchen now looks stunning. The client was ecstatic and recommended Tile Doctor to the shop where he had purchased the stone as they had felt he would never get the finish he had hoped for. He also left the following testimonial on the Tile Doctor feedback system.</p> <p><em>We had a new limestone floor installed in a large and difficult area but the result was not satisfactory in that there was too much “lippage” from stone to stone in many parts of the floor. All the advice we received was that it would not be feasible to mill the floor level and that we would either have to live with it or lift and replace it – a terrible prospect. However, Charles persuaded us that it could be done and his team managed to mill it and polish it such that it now looks superb. The process was relatively quick and very clean. The team was thorough, professional and a pleasure to have around. We are delighted with the result and would recommend them strongly for any similar work<br /> Philip G., Wickham</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Milling of a Limestone Tiled Kitchen in Hampshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://hampshire.tiledoctor.biz/levelling-an-uneven-limestone-kitchen-floor-in-wickham/">Levelling an Uneven Limestone Kitchen Floor in Wickham</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://hampshire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Hampshire</a>.</p> Cleaning and Sealing a Limestone Patio in Farnham https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-and-sealing-a-limestone-patio-in-farnham/ West Surrey Tile Doctor urn:uuid:d5ea1f66-758d-687b-da31-77688e4abb17 Fri, 12 Jul 2019 05:36:20 +0000 <p>This customer from Farnham called me with three requests. First, can you clean and seal our Black Limestone patio? Secondly can you remove some scratches? and finally, can you make it less slippery as my children have slipped a couple &#8230; <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-and-sealing-a-limestone-patio-in-farnham/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-and-sealing-a-limestone-patio-in-farnham/">Cleaning and Sealing a Limestone Patio in Farnham</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This customer from <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farnham" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Farnham</a></b> called me with three requests. First, can you clean and seal our <b><a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/black-limestone/31/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Black Limestone patio</a></b>? Secondly can you remove some scratches? and finally, can you make it less slippery as my children have slipped a couple of times in the wet. </p> <p>After discussing the problems over the phone, we agreed a convenient date and I went along to the property to have a look. I could certainly do the first and second but not the third. There are products on the market but most Anti-slip products I&#8217;ve come across contain acids which etch and roughen the surface. Her patio was made of dark limestone which is acid sensitive and applying an acidic product would ruin the look of the stone leaving it looking washed out. I discussed with her the options and the process and we agreed a price, booking the work in for later in the month.</p> <p><center><img src="http://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/07/Limestone-Patio-Before-Cleaning-Farnham-0864.jpg" alt="Limestone Patio Before Cleaning Farnham" width="500" height="" title="Limestone Patio Before Cleaning Farnham" /></center></p> <h2> Cleaning a Black Limestone Tiled Patio Floor</h2> <p>First, I cleaned the grout lines with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro Clean</a> which was left to soak in for about ten minutes before being scrubbed with a nylon brush and being careful not to further scratch the stone. </p> <p>The next step was to clean the stone with a series of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">burnishing pads</a> starting with a coarse 400-grit lubricated with water then moving onto increasingly finer pads of 800 and 1500 grit. It’s important to rinse and extract the slurry after applying each pad. This process removes the existing sealer and slightly mills the tiles firstly opening the pores then slowly closing them as the process continues. I avoided the dark area in the picture where the table was situated as it had been protected from the weather, sun and small children. My aim was to get the same consistent colour across the whole patio. </p> <p>Once I had used the three pads, I completed a final rinse and extraction with a wet vacuum. I then checked surveyed the floor looking for any areas that needed more work and to verify that the scratched had been removed as part of the process. The work went well, and I was happy to see that the scratches had been lifted and the appearance of the stone looked much better and more even.</p> <h2>Sealing a Black Limestone Tiled Patio Floor</h2> <p>It was a warm day, so it wasn’t long before the stone had dried and were dry enough to be sealed. I talked through the customers options for sealing and recommended the application of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> as it contains a colour enhancer which would return the dark colour to the stone and match the original colour under the table. Colour Grow is also rated for external use.</p> <p><center><img src="http://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/07/Limestone-Patio-After-Cleaning-Farnham-0866.jpg" alt="Limestone Patio After Cleaning Farnham" width="600" height="" title="Limestone Patio After Cleaning Farnham" /></center></p> <p>Two coats of Colour Grow were applied, and this made a big improvement to the appearance of the stone resulting in a stunning transformation. The customer was over the moon and with the patio now ready for the summer she could not wait to get the patio furniture in place and enjoy the space.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of a Black Limestone Patio in West Surrey</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-and-sealing-a-limestone-patio-in-farnham/">Cleaning and Sealing a Limestone Patio in Farnham</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Restoring a Victorian Quarry Tiled Floor in Harborne https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-victorian-quarry-tiled-floor-in-harborne/ Birmingham Tile Doctor urn:uuid:0931342e-80a1-f9ed-ecf7-950682452568 Thu, 11 Jul 2019 00:16:32 +0000 <p>A property developer contacted me about an old Victorian Quarry tiled floor that they needed to make good at their customers house in Harborne following renovations. The work needed to be done professionally and more work was anticipated restoring the &#8230; <a href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-victorian-quarry-tiled-floor-in-harborne/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-victorian-quarry-tiled-floor-in-harborne/">Restoring a Victorian Quarry Tiled Floor in Harborne</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz">Birmingham Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>A property developer contacted me about an old Victorian Quarry tiled floor that they needed to make good at their customers house in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harborne" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Harborne</a></b> following renovations. The work needed to be done professionally and more work was anticipated restoring the original Victorian tiled floor in the adjacent hallway which I’ll detail in a separate article.</p> <p><center><img src="http://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/07/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Before-Renovation-Harborne-429-094621.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor Before Renovation Harborne" width="600" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor Before Renovation Harborne" /></center></p> <p>I went over to survey the floors and provide a quote for completing the work. The house dated from the 1800&#8217;s and the Quarry tiles in the front room were black and buff coloured. In fact, after I did a test clean the buff coloured tiles turned out to be deep red in colour, but the floor was that dirty you would never know it. There were also areas of missing tiles where replacements would be needed to match the rest of the floor. We discussed a price for the work, which was readily agreed, and the work booked in. </p> <p><center><img src="http://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/07/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Before-Renovation-Harborne-429-094605.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor Before Renovation Harborne" width="600" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor Before Renovation Harborne" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning and Repairing a Quarry Tiled Living Room Floor</h2> <p>Before starting work, I managed to source approximately 90 replacement tiles from a reclamation yard which were delivered to site. Once they had arrived, I began the tiling work by building up the sub floor with some levelling cement. When this had hardened, I started laying the tiles with a quick setting adhesive. Some needed cutting to size which was carefully completed. Once the tiles had been positioned, I grouted the area and the floor was then allowed to dry.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/07/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-During-Renovation-Harborne-429-122220.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor During Renovation Harborne" width="282" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor During Renovation Harborne" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/07/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-During-Renovation-Harborne-501-101558.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor During Renovation Harborne" width="282" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor During Renovation Harborne" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The floor was then cleaned using a combination of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> and <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Remove and Go</a>, scrubbed in with a <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a>. The floor needed a couple of goes to get it completely clean, and there were also some screed areas which were treated with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean Up</a>. The floor was then rinsed, next we applied more of the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean Up</a> this time to the whole floor to give it an acid rinse. The floor was then rinsed again and then allowed to dry for a couple of days. </p> <p><center><img src="http://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/07/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-During-Renovation-Harborne-430-115615.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor During Renovation Harborne" width="500" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor During Renovation Harborne" /></center></p> <h2>Sealing a Quarry Tiled Living Room Floor</h2> <p>On return the was sealed with three coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which was left to soak in and then buffed off. This product impregnates the pores if the Quarry tiles enhancing the red and black colours whilst proving protection from staining going forward.</p> <p><center><img src="http://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/07/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-After-Renovation-Harborne-508-190658.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor After Renovation Harborne" width="600" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor After Renovation Harborne" /></center></p> <p>You can see from the photographs the transformation that was achieved. If you look closely you can notice a difference between the original and reclaimed tiles but this will be less noticeable over time.</p> <p><center><img src="http://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/07/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-After-Renovation-Harborne-508-190839.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor After Renovation Harborne" width="600" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor After Renovation Harborne" /></center></p> <p>Before leaving I left the client with a complimentary bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> to help maintain the tiles appearance and protect the seal. He was over the moon with the job.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Quarry Tiled Living Room Floor in Birmingham</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-victorian-quarry-tiled-floor-in-harborne/">Restoring a Victorian Quarry Tiled Floor in Harborne</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz">Birmingham Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Deep Cleaning and Polishing a Terrazzo Hallway Floor in Doncaster https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-and-polishing-a-terrazzo-hallway-floor-in-doncaster/ South Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:b37cfc28-e535-ab4f-d318-23db312aff3e Wed, 10 Jul 2019 11:21:33 +0000 <p>We were working on a Victorian tiled floor at a property in Doncaster and were approached by a neighbour asking if we would look at their Terrazzo hallway to see if anything could be done with it. This often happens, &#8230; <a href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-and-polishing-a-terrazzo-hallway-floor-in-doncaster/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-and-polishing-a-terrazzo-hallway-floor-in-doncaster/">Deep Cleaning and Polishing a Terrazzo Hallway Floor in Doncaster</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>We were working on a Victorian tiled floor at a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doncaster" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Doncaster</a></b> and were approached by a neighbour asking if we would look at their <b>Terrazzo hallway</b> to see if anything could be done with it. This often happens, people see our van and come and see what it is we do. Once we have had a chat it often leads to more work. </p> <p><center><img src="http://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2019/07/Terrazzo-Hallway-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Doncaster.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Hallway Floor Before Cleaning Doncaster" width="500" height="" title="Terrazzo Hallway Floor Before Cleaning Doncaster" /></center></p> <p>The neighbour had tried everything to make their unusual floor look more presentable even resorting to wire wool and a vast selection of cleaning products. I could see immediately that any sealer that was once present had long since worn off allowing dirt to become trapped in the pores of the Terrazzo. It would need a deep clean and polish to get it looking good again and so I reassured them and arranged to return in a few weeks to do the work. We see a variety of floor types in this job and each one presents a different challenge. </p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Terrazzo Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>We started by taping up the surrounding areas, skirting boards and doors to ensure they were protected. A strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> was sprayed onto the Terrazzo and allowed to soak in for ten minutes so it could breakdown and soften the decades of dirt that had been ground into the floor. This is a multi-purpose high-alkaline cleaner, stripper and degreaser. It can be diluted to suit the requirement and it is a very effective cleaner that removes grease, mildew and algae from areas that have been neglected or subjected to heavy use. </p> <p>With the Pro-Clean still in place the Terrazzo was then honed and polished using a set of Tile Doctor 17in diamond encrusted <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">burnishing pads</a> starting with a coarse 400-grit. This coarse pad removed dirt and old sealers from the stone, its applied with water to lubricate the process and it wasn’t long before this turned into a dark slurry. The floor was then rinsed with more water and the slurry extracted with a wet vacuum. This process was repeated with the 800, 1500 and finally the 3000-grit pad which really brings up the appearance of the stone. The floor was then left to dry off overnight.</p> <h2>Sealing a Terrazzo Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>Returning the following day, I first checked the floor was dry using the moisture meter. Satisfied that all was in order I moved on to sealing, this would ensure the floor was protected and would help to prevent the built up they had experienced.</p> <p>We sealed the lighter areas with an impregnating sealer called <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra Seal</a>, this is a no-sheen, natural-look, solvent-based penetrating sealer which is formulated to provide maximum stain protection. To restore the colour and add protection to the black border <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-oil-1-litre/19/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Oil</a> was applied.</p> <p><center><img src="http://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2019/07/Terrazzo-Hallway-Floor-After-Cleaning-Doncaster.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Hallway Floor After Cleaning Doncaster" width="500" height="" title="Terrazzo Hallway Floor After Cleaning Doncaster" /></center></p> <p>The floors appearance was massively improved, and the client was delighted and very pleased that they had bumped into me. For aftercare I recommended the use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a> which is designed for the regulate cleaning of sealed and polished floors.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Deep Clean of a Terrazzo Tiled Hallway in South Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-and-polishing-a-terrazzo-hallway-floor-in-doncaster/">Deep Cleaning and Polishing a Terrazzo Hallway Floor in Doncaster</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Restoring a Terrazzo Porch in Newport https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-terrazzo-porch-in-newport/ Monmouthshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:b025b141-00a9-71a5-1f3a-1bc8b1996b86 Mon, 08 Jul 2019 23:13:32 +0000 <p>This was an unusual request to bring back to life a Terrazzo porch entrance that was installed by the customers father many years earlier at a house in Newport. The installation resembled very colourful crazy paving which was very popular &#8230; <a href="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-terrazzo-porch-in-newport/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-terrazzo-porch-in-newport/">Restoring a Terrazzo Porch in Newport</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz">Monmouthshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This was an unusual request to bring back to life a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/terrazzo-tile-cleaning/26/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Terrazzo</a> porch entrance that was installed by the customers father many years earlier at a house in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newport,_Wales" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Newport</a>. The installation resembled very colourful crazy paving which was very popular in the 70&#8217;s but if you look closely you can see it has more in common with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/terrazzo-tile-cleaning/26/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Terrazzo</a> due to the inlaid stone which has been ground down within the concrete base. </p> <p><center><img src="http://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2019/07/Terrazzo-Porch-Entrance-Before-Cleaning.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Porch Entrance Before Cleaning" width="500" height="" title="Terrazzo Porch Entrance Before Cleaning" /></center></p> <p>Years of exposure to the elements had left much of the stone and concrete discoloured and almost black in places. I discussed with the client how we would be able to clean the area and we agreed a price for the work which would take a day to complete assuming the weather held. Being an external job, I would need a warm day before coming back, this would ensure it dried easily.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Terrazzo Tiled Porch Floor</h2> <p>Thankfully for once the forecast was correct and the weather was good on the day, we had booked in to complete the job. To restore the appearance first I used a set of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">diamond burnishing pads</a> with water to grind off the dirt and refine the appearance of the stone and aggregate. I used a variety of pads with different grades of grit to ensure the floor was as clean as possible rinsing the slurry off the floor after each pad. The transformation was dramatic. The patio was then rinsed with water to remove the slurry that was generated, and I used a wet vacuum to extract it.</p> <p>This process took much of the morning, it made a pleasant change to work outside in the fresh air, most of our jobs tend to be indoors. After a final rinse I left the porch to dry out in the sun over lunch and came back in the afternoon to seal. </p> <h2> Sealing a Terrazzo Tiled Porch Floor</h2> <p>First, I checked the floor had dried out with a moisture meter, it was within the acceptable levels, so had the green light to processed and seal the floor. Since cleaning it really was starting to look like a nice feature.</p> <p>To seal the patio, I used a couple of coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which works well externally as it copes with damp conditions. It’s a colour intensifying impregnating sealer that provides durable protection to the surface as well as allowing the floor to breath. You can see from the photograph below how just how well Colour Grow improved the colours in the stone. Once I had finished it looked like a new installation.</p> <p><center><img src="http://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2019/07/Terrazzo-Porch-Entrance-After-Cleaning.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Porch Entrance After Cleaning" width="500" height="" title="Terrazzo Porch Entrance After Cleaning" /></center></p> <p>The client was over the moon I had managed to get the area looking this good. He said he could remember when it was laid, and his dad would be very proud of it now. It had definitely stood the test of time.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Terrazzo Tiled Porch in Monmouthshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-terrazzo-porch-in-newport/">Restoring a Terrazzo Porch in Newport</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz">Monmouthshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Restoration of an Edwardian Tiled Hallway in Finchley https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/restoration-of-an-edwardian-tiled-hallway-in-finchley/ North London Tile Doctor urn:uuid:82344b4f-054d-735b-c9bf-fb5707717d76 Mon, 08 Jul 2019 01:40:17 +0000 <p>After having their hallway carpeted for several years the owner of this Edwardian property in Finchley, North London decided they would like to restore their original tiled hallway floor. They asked me to visit and help lift the carpet to &#8230; <a href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/restoration-of-an-edwardian-tiled-hallway-in-finchley/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/restoration-of-an-edwardian-tiled-hallway-in-finchley/">Restoration of an Edwardian Tiled Hallway in Finchley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz">North London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>After having their hallway carpeted for several years the owner of this Edwardian property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finchley" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Finchley</a></b>, North London decided they would like to restore their original tiled hallway floor. They asked me to visit and help lift the carpet to see whether restoring would be feasible. They knew from before that a few areas of tiles were damaged and did not know if replacements could be sourced. </p> <p><center><img src="http://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2019/07/Edwardian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Restoration-Finchley.jpg" alt="Edwardian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Finchley" width="500" height="" title="Edwardian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Finchley" /></center></p> <p>As requested, I went over to have a look at the newly revealed floor and make some recommendations. After carefully removing the hallway carpet we found the floor to be very dirty but importantly intact with only a few sections of loose or missing tiles. It would certainly be possible to restore it and given the length of the hallway I was confident it would look impressive when finished and be a great addition to the property. </p> <p>We discussed the process and after confirming that sourcing matching reclaimed tiles as replacements was possible, we agreed a price and arranged a date to carry out the work.</p> <h2> Cleaning/Repairing a Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The carpet had left quite a lot of residue on the tiles as well as adhesive from the carpet glue, so our first task was to get the Edwardian tiles clean. We carried out a detailed clean over the whole floor using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove &#038; Go</a> to treat the adhesive followed by a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro Clean</a> to remove all the dirt and old sealers. The floor was rinsed off afterwards and the soils extracted using a wet vacuum. </p> <p>The next job was to begin the repairs starting with a complete inspection of the floor to lift the loose, broken and fractured tiles. The good ones were individually cleaned ready for re use. This left about 150-200 broken missing tiles that needed to be replaced. We had a number of reclaimed tiles and a selection of new style Victorian tiles we could cut to fit.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2019/07/Edwardian-Tiled-Hallway-During-Restoration-Finchley-1.jpg" alt="Edwardian Tiled Hallway During Restoration Finchley" width="282" height="" title="Edwardian Tiled Hallway During Restoration Finchley" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2019/07/Edwardian-Tiled-Hallway-During-Restoration-Finchley-3.jpg" alt="Edwardian Tiled Hallway During Restoration Finchley" width="282" height="" title="Edwardian Tiled Hallway During Restoration Finchley" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Prior to relaying we prepared the base with new cement and levelled the floor to give a good surface. The tiles were carefully laid to the quick set adhesive, once this was dry the floor was re grouted. Once all the tiles were re-grouted the floor was cleaned of any excess grout with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up</a> which is great for removing grout smears.</p> <p><center><img src="http://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2019/07/Edwardian-Tiled-Hallway-During-Restoration-Finchley-2.jpg" alt="Edwardian Tiled Hallway During Restoration Finchley" width="500" height="" title="Edwardian Tiled Hallway During Restoration Finchley" /></center></p> <h2> Sealing an Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The floor was then sealed with a coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is a colour enhancing sealer that impregnates the tile and protects it from within. The floor was left to dry overnight, and we returned the next day to apply five coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal &#038; Go</a> to give a natural satin finish, leaving each coat to dry prior to applying the next.</p> <p><center><img src="http://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2019/07/Edwardian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Restoration-Finchley-1.jpg" alt="Edwardian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Finchley" width="500" height="" title="Edwardian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Finchley" /></center></p> <p>The whole project took three and a half days to complete.</p> <p>The client was very happy with the result, in fact it was even better than they had expected. For aftercare I recommended that they use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> to keep the floor clean as it is pH balanced and will ensure the seal is not undermined which can happen with other household cleaners.</p> <p><center><img src="http://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2019/07/Edwardian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Restoration-Finchley-2.jpg" alt="Edwardian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Finchley" width="500" height="" title="Edwardian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Finchley" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of an Edwardian Tiled Hallway in North London</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/restoration-of-an-edwardian-tiled-hallway-in-finchley/">Restoration of an Edwardian Tiled Hallway in Finchley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz">North London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Cleaning Kitchen Wall Tile Splashback in Chorley https://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-kitchen-wall-tile-splashback-in-chorley/ South Lancashire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:f92ace18-331f-b73a-466d-d4b59a127349 Wed, 26 Jun 2019 02:17:02 +0000 <p>This customer from Chorley asked me to call round to clean-up their kitchen wall tiles. The tiles were ceramic and formed the splashback behind the kitchen units, so they experienced a lot of splashing from the worktop. Those directly behind &#8230; <a href="https://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-kitchen-wall-tile-splashback-in-chorley/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-kitchen-wall-tile-splashback-in-chorley/">Cleaning Kitchen Wall Tile Splashback in Chorley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">South Lancashire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This customer from <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chorley" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Chorley</a></b> asked me to call round to clean-up their kitchen <b>wall tiles</b>. The tiles were ceramic and formed the splashback behind the kitchen units, so they experienced a lot of splashing from the worktop. Those directly behind the sink and gas hob were subject to very heavy use and were quite badly soiled.</p> <p><center><img src="http://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/58/2019/06/Ceramic-Wall-Tile-Grout-Before-Cleaning-Chorley.jpeg" alt="Ceramic Wall Tile Grout Before Cleaning Chorley" width="600" height="" title="Ceramic Wall Tile Grout Before Cleaning Chorley" /></center></p> <p>Rather than being glazed these Ceramic tiles had the sort of rough riven surface you find on slate which looked interesting but had the side effect of trapping dirt more easily. Installed with the kitchen over ten years ago my customer was now very unhappy with the state of the backsplash tiles and especially the grout which had darkened. They had tried everything to clean them up including lots of household cleaners, including Bleach and Flash to name a few, but nothing had helped. Grease and grime can be particularly difficult to remove especially from grout and most cleaners will not do the job.</p> <p>I went to have a look at the problem myself and completed a test clean on a section of the tile and grout. By the time I had finished the grout looked white again the tiles much lighter in colour. Although I had only popped round to provide a quote for the work the customer was so happy with the result of the test clean it was agreed I complete the whole backsplash there and then. </p> <p><center><img src="http://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/58/2019/06/Ceramic-Wall-Tile-Grout-During-Test-Clean-Chorley.jpeg" alt="Ceramic Wall Tile Grout During Test Clean Chorley" width="600" height="" title="Ceramic Wall Tile Grout During Test Clean Chorley" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning a Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Splashback</h2> <p>The method I used was to spray the tiles using neat <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> mixed with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up</a> to create a very strong tile and grout cleaner. This was applied and allowed to soak in for a short while, then the tiles and grout were steam cleaned and hand scrubbed. I removed the now dirty cleaning residue with a wet vacuum and then wiped the tiles down. The effect was immediate. Ceramic tiles are sealed at the factory so there is no need to apply a sealant however its always worth sealing the grout which is easily done using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/wall-tile-and-grout-sealer-aerosol-spray-500ml/137/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">wall tile and grout aerosol sealer</a>.</p> <p><center><img src="http://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/58/2019/06/Ceramic-Wall-Tile-Grout-After-Cleaning-Chorley2.jpeg" alt="Ceramic Wall Tile Grout After Cleaning Chorley" width="500" height="" title="Ceramic Wall Tile Grout After Cleaning Chorley" /></center></p> <p>The method worked well, the tiles were lovely and clean, and the grout looked new. We had a great result which the customer was really happy with and left the following feedback.</p> <p><em>&#8220;Fantastic job! Tiles look as though they are new. I am so happy with it&#8221;</em></p> <p>Moving forward I suggested they ensured that spills were cleaned up immediately and that they used the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-aqua-pro-with-trigger-spray/1/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Aqua-Pro Cleaner</a> to keep on top of the tile and grout cleaning. Although primarily sold for bathroom tile cleaning it works equally as well in the kitchen. This will prevent the built up they had experienced, but of course they now know where to find us, so can always let us know when they next need a deep clean! </p> <p><center><img src="http://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/58/2019/06/Ceramic-Wall-Tile-Grout-After-Cleaning-Chorley1.jpeg" alt="Ceramic Wall Tile Grout After Cleaning Chorley" width="500" height="" title="Ceramic Wall Tile Grout After Cleaning Chorley" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Clean of a Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Splashback in South Lancashire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-kitchen-wall-tile-splashback-in-chorley/">Cleaning Kitchen Wall Tile Splashback in Chorley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">South Lancashire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Victorian Tiled Hallway Restoration at Jodrell Bank Farmhouse https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-restoration-at-jodrell-bank-farmhouse/ East Cheshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:bfb21cbb-8222-1ea4-3e13-fa679673a173 Tue, 25 Jun 2019 02:14:00 +0000 <p>We received an enquiry from a client who had just brought a farmhouse with a Victorian Tiled floor close to Jodrell Bank near the village of Goostrey. Jodrell Bank is a few miles north of Homes Chapel and famous around &#8230; <a href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-restoration-at-jodrell-bank-farmhouse/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-restoration-at-jodrell-bank-farmhouse/">Victorian Tiled Hallway Restoration at Jodrell Bank Farmhouse</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">East Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>We received an enquiry from a client who had just brought a farmhouse with a <b>Victorian Tiled floor</b> close to <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jodrell_Bank_Observatory" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Jodrell Bank</a></b> near the village of <a href="https://lovegoostrey.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Goostrey</a>. Jodrell Bank is a few miles north of Homes Chapel and famous around the world for the nearby Jodrell Bank Observatory which is an astrophysics centre and part of the University of Manchester. </p> <p><center><img src="https://i2.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/06/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Restoration-Jodrell-Bank.jpg?w=500" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Jodrell Bank" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Jodrell Bank" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>On restoring the farmhouse, the client discovered a Victorian tiled floor hidden under their hall carpet and wondered if it was worth saving. I rang the client up to arrange a day to do a test clean and talk through the process of restoring the floor. Turns out the floor was looking washed out and there were a few tiles that would need replacing. I went over to survey the floor and complete a test clean which worked out well. Certainly, the client was happy with the result and could now see the floors potential, so a date was arranged to start work.</p> <p><center><img src="https://i0.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/06/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Restoration-Jodrell-Bank-Zoom.jpg?w=584" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Jodrell Bank Zoom" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Jodrell Bank Zoom" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <h2> Cleaning/Repairing a Farmhouse Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The first job was to cut out the damaged tiles and replace them, this was done using spare tiles I had been saving over the years for replacements and they were fixed using rapid set tile adhesive which meant I was able to start cleaning the floor after two hours.</p> <p>To get the years of ingrained dirt out of the tiles I used <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a> which is a blend of phosphoric and hydrochloric acids in a gel form, so it stays on top of the tiles and does not run off. This was left to dwell for a good ten minutes before scrubbing the floor using a weighted floor buffer fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">200-grit resurfacing pad</a>. A little water was used to lubricate the resurfacing pad and dilute the acid gel which helps stop efflorescence which is often a problem with floors of this age. The solution soon turned into a dark slurry which was then removed using a vet vacuum. </p> <p>The next step was to repeat the process using more water and a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-400-grit-coarse-red-no-1-burnishing-pad/36/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">400-grit burnishing pad</a> which refines the surface after the application of the coarser 200-grit pad. After more rinsing and extracting the floor was wiped using a microfibre cloth and then left to dry out overnight so it would be ready for sealing the next day.</p> <h2>Sealing a Farmhouse Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The next morning, I took a couple of moisture readings with a damp meter to make sure the floor was dry and ready to seal. The results were good so three coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-extra-1-litre/22/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go Extra</a> were applied using a clean microfibre cloth rubbing in circles to blend the polymers together to leave a semi sheen to the floor. I chose Seal and Go Extra due to the fact that it’s a breathable sealer that will cope with any moisture rising through the floor, this is an important consideration with old floors as they don’t have a damp-proof membrane installed under the floor.</p> <p><center><img src="https://i0.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/06/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Restoration-Jodrell-Bank-Zoom.jpg?w=584" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Jodrell Bank Zoom" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Jodrell Bank Zoom" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>The client was very satisfied with the restoration, it looked better than they had expected and of course a lot nicer than the previous hall carpet! I recommended they should use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> to maintain the floor which is pH neutral and will ensure the longevity of the seal we had applied.</p> <p><center><img src="https://i1.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/06/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Restoration-Jodrell-Bank-1.jpg?w=500" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Jodrell Bank" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Jodrell Bank" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in East Cheshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-restoration-at-jodrell-bank-farmhouse/">Victorian Tiled Hallway Restoration at Jodrell Bank Farmhouse</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">East Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Minton Victorian Tiled Floor Restored in Kidderminster https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/minton-victorian-tiled-floor-restored-in-kidderminster/ Worcestershire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:1d84e1b6-4f5d-8367-711c-477abad7d36c Mon, 24 Jun 2019 00:56:00 +0000 <p>I was recently contacted by the owner of this Minton Victorian tiled floor in Kidderminster. The tiles had been covered over with carpet which I suspect was due to some the tiles being missing. Now uncovered it was stained with &#8230; <a href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/minton-victorian-tiled-floor-restored-in-kidderminster/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/minton-victorian-tiled-floor-restored-in-kidderminster/">Minton Victorian Tiled Floor Restored in Kidderminster</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz">Worcestershire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was recently contacted by the owner of this <b>Minton Victorian tiled floor</b> in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kidderminster" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Kidderminster</a></b>. The tiles had been covered over with carpet which I suspect was due to some the tiles being missing. Now uncovered it was stained with glue and carpet underlay was still stuck to the tiles in places. The owner was keen to have the floor fully restored including replacing damaged and missing tiles. We can replace missing or damaged tiles however the problem with old Victorian floors is finding matching replacements due to the unique patterns that many have. Fortunately, due to the popularity of Victorian tiles there are several suppliers who sell reproductions and occasionally you can find originals on ebay. </p> <p><center><img src="http://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2019/06/Minton-Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-Before-Repair-Renovation-Kidderminster-69.jpg" alt="Minton Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor Before Repair Renovation Kidderminster" width="500" height="" title="Minton Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor Before Repair Renovation Kidderminster" /></center></p> <p>I went over to survey the floor an could see the tiles were certainly in need of some love and care. As part of the visit I carried out a test clean on a patch of the floor and the results were very satisfactory, so the owner asked me to go ahead.</p> <h2>Cleaning/Repairing a Minton Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>On the day of arrival my first job was to spray the floor with neat <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a>, this is a powerful cleaner/stripper which set to work on removing the glue and carpet underlay, this product will also remove any old sealer. I then left the solution to dwell and worked the chemical in with my buffer and a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">black pad</a> removing the slurry with a wet and dry vacuum. </p> <p>The tiles were then treated to an acid wash using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a> to further clean them and counter any potential efflorescence problem which is a problem with floors of this age that were installed without a damp-proof membrane. The product was scrubbed into the tile and grout, rinsed off with water and then extracted with the wet vacuum. </p> <p><center><img src="http://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2019/06/Minton-Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-After-Repair-Kidderminster-70.jpg" alt="Minton Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor After Repair Renovation Kidderminster" width="500" height="" title="Minton Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor After Repair Renovation Kidderminster" /></center></p> <p>Once the floor was clean, I checked the colour of the tiles so I could cut and replace the missing section. I had managed to source some tiles that were a close match and set about cutting all the tiles to size and then fitted them using a flexible rapid set adhesive. The newly laid tiles needed to set, and the floor needed to dry out before we could apply the sealer.</p> <p><center><img src="http://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2019/06/Minton-Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-After-Repair-and-Clean-Kidderminster-71.jpg" alt="Minton Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor After Repair and Clean Kidderminster" width="500" height="" title="Minton Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor After Repair and Clean Kidderminster" /></center></p> <h2>Sealing a Minton Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The floor was left to dry overnight, on my return in the morning I tested the floor with a damp meter to check the moisture levels and ensure it was dry enough for sealing. I was satisfied it was dry so was able to proceed and seal the floor. Five coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-extra-1-litre/22/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go Extra</a> were applied which takes a lot of time as you need to wait for the previous coat to dry before applying the next. This product is a semi-gloss breathable sealer which gives a nice sheen to the tiles and fully protects them. It really allowed the colours and detail of the pattern to shine through and being breathable it will cope with any moisture rising though the floor.</p> <p><center><img src="http://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2019/06/Minton-Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-After-Repair-and-Renovation-Kidderminster-72.jpg" alt="Minton Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor After Repair and Renovation Kidderminster" width="500" height="" title="Minton Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor After Repair and Renovation Kidderminster" /></center></p> <p>The client was very happy with the overall finish and was really pleased that the Victorian tiles were now restored to their original appearance. It a fact that original features like these are in demand and add a lot of value to a property.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in Worcestershire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/minton-victorian-tiled-floor-restored-in-kidderminster/">Minton Victorian Tiled Floor Restored in Kidderminster</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz">Worcestershire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> 12-Year-Old Limestone Floor Renovation in Yelvertoft https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/12-year-old-limestone-floor-renovation-in-yelvertoft/ Northamptonshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:b71e88c0-8d6b-068d-533a-0218cf129fc6 Thu, 20 Jun 2019 01:37:57 +0000 <p>I was called in to look at this Limestone tiled kitchen and hallway floor that had been installed 12 years prior at a small cottage in Yelvertoft. Yelvertoft is a small village with a population of less than a 1000 &#8230; <a href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/12-year-old-limestone-floor-renovation-in-yelvertoft/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/12-year-old-limestone-floor-renovation-in-yelvertoft/">12-Year-Old Limestone Floor Renovation in Yelvertoft</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz">Northamptonshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was called in to look at this <b>Limestone</b> tiled kitchen and hallway floor that had been installed 12 years prior at a small cottage in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yelvertoft" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Yelvertoft</a></b>. Yelvertoft is a small village with a population of less than a 1000 people near Daventry, with the Grand Union Canal passing close by.</p> <p>I always like to do a site visit to survey the floor before recommending a solution, photographs help but you can never be certain until you have had chance to run some tests and discussed the history of the floor with the owner. As it turns out the stone had not been professionally cleaned and sealed since it was installed and was now in a bad state. So much so that my client was concerned it was beyond restoration and had considered replacing the floor. </p> <p><center><img src="http://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/06/Limestone-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Renovation-Yelvertoft-2174.jpg" alt="Limestone Kitchen Floor Before Renovation Yelvertoft" width="600" height="" title="Limestone Kitchen Floor Before Renovation Yelvertoft" /></center></p> <p>I carried out a cleaning test on a small area and although it was very badly soiled, I found the Limestone responded well to our cleaning processes. The client was quite surprised as they had almost given up on it! We discussed the process involved, which would take two days and worked out a cost for the works. Confident I would do the job well my quote was accepted, and a date set for my return.</p> <p><center><img src="http://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/06/Limestone-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Renovation-Yelvertoft-2176.jpg" alt="Limestone Kitchen Floor Before Renovation Yelvertoft" width="600" height="" title="Limestone Kitchen Floor Before Renovation Yelvertoft" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning a Limestone Tiled Kitchen and Hallway Floor</h2> <p>Arriving on the first day, we noted that there was a fairly new oak stairway and beam that had been fitted. I protected these and the kitchen units with a protective wrap to prevent any splashes from the cleaning process. </p> <p>To restore the appearance of the Limestone I started with the application of a set of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Burnishing pads</a> beginning with a very coarse 200-grit pad instead of the usual 400-grit. I reasoned that with the Stone being in such bad condition it could benefit from the coarser pad which gives a very deep clean, removing light and medium scratches by resurfacing the top of the tile. The pads are applied with water to lubricate and the fine slurry generated is rinsed off afterwards with more water and then extracted with a wet vacuum. After applying the 200-grit pad this process is repeated with increasingly higher grit pads to further hone the stone and eventually finishing with a very fine 3000 grit pad to achieve a polished finish. </p> <p>Once I was satisfied with the Limestone tiles a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> and <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Grout Clean-Up</a> was used to remove the stubborn staining from the grout lines. The floor was given a final rinse and extraction and you could see a huge improvement in the floor which looked lighter and much cleaner.</p> <h2>Sealing a Limestone Tiled Kitchen and Hallway Floor</h2> <p>I allowed the floors to dry off overnight and returned the next day to apply a sealer first checking for moisture with a damp meter to ensure the floor was dry and ready for sealing. </p> <p>To seal the Limestone, I chose <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra Seal Sealant</a> which is a no-sheen, natural-look, penetrating sealer that is formulated to provide maximum stain protection, especially in food preparation areas like the kitchen. It is also an excellent grout sealer, but mainly it gives a lovely natural finish allowing the variations in the natural Limestone to shine through.</p> <p><center><img src="http://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/06/Limestone-Kitchen-Floor-After-Renovation-Yelvertoft-2183.jpg" alt="Limestone Kitchen Floor After Renovation Yelvertoft" width="600" height="" title="Limestone Kitchen Floor After Renovation Yelvertoft" /></center></p> <p>The pictures and clients’ testimonial really do speak for themselves; I was really pleased that she was so satisfied with the result and had saved a fortune in relaying the floor.</p> <p><em>&#8220;I was about to replace my Limestone 12 year old floor &#8230; then Phil the Tile Doctor worked his magic&#8230; I now have a good as new lovely floor, I am absolutely delighted. Thanks, so much Phil.&#8221; Louise O, Yelvertoft </em></p> <p><center><img src="http://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/06/Limestone-Kitchen-Floor-After-Renovation-Yelvertoft-2178.jpg" alt="Limestone Kitchen Floor After Renovation Yelvertoft" width="600" height="" title="Limestone Kitchen Floor After Renovation Yelvertoft" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Limestone Tiled Floor Professionally Cleaned and Polished in Northamptonshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/12-year-old-limestone-floor-renovation-in-yelvertoft/">12-Year-Old Limestone Floor Renovation in Yelvertoft</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz">Northamptonshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Revealing Copper Tones in a Coloured Slate Kitchen Floor in Abingdon https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/revealing-copper-tones-in-a-coloured-slate-kitchen-floor-in-abingdon/ Oxfordshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:b0a1cd0d-a106-0a68-3583-b60d7387117b Tue, 18 Jun 2019 13:42:03 +0000 <p>This customer had recently moved into a property in Abingdon and got in touch about having the coloured Slate floor tiles in the kitchen cleaned and sealed. There was a big variation in appearance from one end of the kitchen &#8230; <a href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/revealing-copper-tones-in-a-coloured-slate-kitchen-floor-in-abingdon/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/revealing-copper-tones-in-a-coloured-slate-kitchen-floor-in-abingdon/">Revealing Copper Tones in a Coloured Slate Kitchen Floor in Abingdon</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz">Oxfordshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This customer had recently moved into a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abingdon-on-Thames" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Abingdon</a></b> and got in touch about having the coloured <b>Slate floor tiles</b> in the kitchen cleaned and sealed. There was a big variation in appearance from one end of the kitchen to the other and they had a hunch that the Slate had a lot more colours in it than they could see! </p> <p><center><img src="https://i2.wp.com/oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/06/Coloured-Slate-Floor-Tiles-Before-Cleaning-Abingdon-081928.jpg?w=500" alt="Coloured Slate Floor Tiles Before Cleaning Abingdon" height="" title="Coloured Slate Floor Tiles Before Cleaning Abingdon" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>I called in to survey the floor and could see that the main issue was the usual problem of the sealer wearing down in the high traffic areas allowing dirt to penetrate and build-up in the pores of the stone. I ran some tests on the tiles and carried out a test clean, the difference in the stone and grout was immediate, and the customer was happy to go ahead and have the whole floor done. We arranged to carry out the work later that month.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Coloured Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>To clean the floor, I first spread a dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> over a section of the slate tiles. It was then left to soak into the pores of the stone for ten minutes before working it into the slate with a mono rotary floor machine fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a>. I find the pad works well on tiles but can struggle in the recesses of the grout line, so I followed this up by running a stiff brush along the grout lines to get them clean as possible. </p> <p>After scrubbing the floor in this manner, the dirt was released from the pores of the stone into the cleaning solution and I was then able to extract the resulting slurry from the floor using a wet vacuum. I worked in sections like this until the whole floor was completed. It was surprising how much dirt had been lifted and the Slate floor was a different colour after I had finished.</p> <p>I then rinsed the floor with water a couple of times and then followed up by scrubbing the floor with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up</a> which is an acidic product which cleans the stone further and removes any mineral deposits including grout smears. Being an acidic product, it also counters the alkalinity of Tile Doctor Pro Clean effectively leaving the floor with a neutral pH. I rinsed the floor a couple of times with water and then mopped the floor with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Floor Cleaner</a>. </p> <p>That completed the first day, I left for the evening and the floor was left to dry overnight. </p> <h2>Sealing a Coloured Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>I returned on day two and tested the floor using the moisture meter to make sure it was dry. The readings were good, and I was satisfied it was dry enough to take a sealer. To seal the floor, I applied <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal &#038; Go</a> which leaves the floor with a sheen finish that the customer wanted. The Slate was quite porous, so it took seven coats to fully seal the floor which took some time and you have to allow for each coat to dry before applying the next. </p> <p><center><img src="https://i1.wp.com/oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/06/Coloured-Slate-Floor-Tiles-After-Cleaning-Abingdon-110053.jpg?w=500" alt="Coloured Slate Floor Tiles After Cleaning Abingdon" height="" title="Coloured Slate Floor Tiles After Cleaning Abingdon" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>The floor was transformed by the time I had finished, and you can see from the after picture how clean the grout is and how the lovely Copper tones in the stone were now evident; the natural variations in colour were now as they should be. Clearly their hunch had been right! </p> <p>The customer was very happy and left the following feedback which is always gratefully received as much of our work comes from recommendations.</p> <p><em>“Very happy with the service we received. Barry did an excellent job restoring our floor and we wouldn&#8217;t hesitate to recommend him.”</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Clean of a Coloured Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor in Oxfordshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/revealing-copper-tones-in-a-coloured-slate-kitchen-floor-in-abingdon/">Revealing Copper Tones in a Coloured Slate Kitchen Floor in Abingdon</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz">Oxfordshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Removing Grout Haze from a new Terracotta Conservatory floor in Bramhope https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/removing-grout-haze-from-a-new-terracotta-conservatory-floor-in-bramhope/ North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:d85b0236-e2dd-e7c2-da14-a2d9c73dde66 Tue, 18 Jun 2019 01:23:06 +0000 <p>I was asked to visit a property in the old Yorkshire village of Bramhope to view a Terracotta conservatory floor. The owners of the property been recently had the floor laid and were unhappy with its appearance. The Terracotta tiles &#8230; <a href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/removing-grout-haze-from-a-new-terracotta-conservatory-floor-in-bramhope/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/removing-grout-haze-from-a-new-terracotta-conservatory-floor-in-bramhope/">Removing Grout Haze from a new Terracotta Conservatory floor in Bramhope</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was asked to visit a property in the old Yorkshire village of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bramhope" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Bramhope</a></b> to view a <b>Terracotta conservatory floor</b>. The owners of the property been recently had the floor laid and were unhappy with its appearance. The Terracotta tiles looked faded and washed out and did not have the finish they were expecting; they were also finding it difficult to clean.</p> <p>I viewed the floor and went through with them what the tiler had done. Apparently, he started ok by giving each tile two coats of linseed oil which is a traditional approach but not something I would recommend these days. He then laid the floor and grouted it and told the customer that it didn’t need further sealing and that a good wash the next day would get rid of the grout and the dull appearance of the floor. Unfortunately, despite the customer washing the floor nothing he could do improved the appearance of the tiles and they remained dull and un-inviting.</p> <p><center><img src="http://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/06/Terracotta-Tiled-Conservatory-Floor-Before-Cleaning.jpg" alt="Terracotta Tiled Conservatory Floor Before Cleaning" width="600" height="" title="Terracotta Tiled Conservatory Floor Before Cleaning" /></center></p> <p>I was asked my opinion and having come from a tiling background of many years I can tell you his advice was completely wrong. Linseed oil is like a pre-seal so even touching it with greasy or dirty hands will permanently stain the tile so now grout was stuck in the linseed oil ruining the appearance of the terracotta. To clean up the tile and give it the appearance it deserved I would have to remove the grout haze and then seal with a more suitable product. The client was relieved that the floor could be salvaged and was happy to go ahead with my quote.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Terracotta Tiled Conservatory Floor</h2> <p>To remove the grout haze, I applied a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-400-grit-coarse-red-no-1-burnishing-pad/36/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">400-grit coarse diamond burnishing pad</a> to the floor which was run over the tiles with a dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up</a>. The acidic nature of Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up combined with the abrasive properties of the diamond pad dealt with the unwanted surface grout and helped close the pores of the tile improving its appearance. </p> <p>After thoroughly rinsing with water and extracting the soil with a wet vacuum the floor looked immediately better. The floor was inspected, and any problem areas retreated using the same process until I was happy with the floor. </p> <h2> Sealing a Terracotta Tiled Conservatory Floor</h2> <p>I left the floor to dry out for two days and then returned to seal with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go</a> which is ideal for Terracotta and being a water-based product, it doesn’t leave a smell as it dries. <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Seal and Go</a> is a specially formulated water-based blend of acrylic polymers that provides both a stain resistant surface seal and a durable low-sheen finish. It restored the natural colour of the terracotta and gave the floor the lovely sheen that the customer originally wanted.</p> <p><center><img src="http://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/06/Terracotta-Tiled-Conservatory-Floor-After-Cleaning.jpg" alt="Terracotta Tiled Conservatory Floor After Cleaning" width="600" height="" title="Terracotta Tiled Conservatory Floor After Cleaning" /></center></p> <p>The floor now looks as it should. The client was really pleased with the renovation, the conservatory is now a pleasure to use! </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Terracotta Tiled Conservatory in North West Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/removing-grout-haze-from-a-new-terracotta-conservatory-floor-in-bramhope/">Removing Grout Haze from a new Terracotta Conservatory floor in Bramhope</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Resurfacing Dirty Flagstone Flooring in an Oldham Kitchen https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/resurfacing-dirty-flagstone-flooring-in-an-oldham-kitchen/ Greater Manchester Tile Doctor urn:uuid:09e84deb-5814-e4cf-6732-c968fa8c05c8 Mon, 17 Jun 2019 04:50:42 +0000 <p>A customer from Oldham contacted us looking for a solution to their very dirty flagstone kitchen floor. They hadn&#8217;t lived in the property long and it seems the previous owner had neglected it completely. They had contacted several different stone &#8230; <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/resurfacing-dirty-flagstone-flooring-in-an-oldham-kitchen/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/resurfacing-dirty-flagstone-flooring-in-an-oldham-kitchen/">Resurfacing Dirty Flagstone Flooring in an Oldham Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz">Greater Manchester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>A customer from <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oldham" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Oldham</a></b> contacted us looking for a solution to their very <b>dirty flagstone kitchen floor</b>. They hadn&#8217;t lived in the property long and it seems the previous owner had neglected it completely. They had contacted several different stone restoration companies and had received varying advice and quotes that ranged from £500 to £3000. Some companies had said it was a lost cause and others recommended sandblasting. They hired one firm to do the work and were disappointed with the result, as I would have been given the photographs on this page. They had nearly given up but after finding us on-line decided to have one last attempt at having it renovated.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2019/06/Flagstone-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Oldham-1.jpg" alt="Flagstone Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Oldham" width="282" height="" title="Flagstone Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Oldham" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2019/06/Flagstone-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Oldham-2.jpg" alt="Flagstone Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Oldham" width="282" height="" title="Flagstone Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Oldham" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I went over to inspect the flagstones and recommended a process we call milling which has proved to be very effective in resurfacing stone floors in the past. It uses very coarse diamond encrusted floor pads which grind away the top layer of stone and unlike sand blasting doesn&#8217;t make a huge mess. I ran a small test whilst I was at the property and it was immediately obvious this solution would be effective. Another advantage of milling the floor in this way was that the stone would end up being smooth to the touch and not rough as before.</p> <p><center><img src="http://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2019/06/Flagstone-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Oldham-4.jpg" alt="Flagstone Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Oldham" width="500" height="" title="Flagstone Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Oldham" /></center></p> <p>It was a large job so I asked my neighbouring Tile Doctor Russell Taylor from <a href="http://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">North Lancaster Tile Doctor</a> to work with me on the floor for the first day, this would ensure my customer wouldn&#8217;t be overly inconvenienced and without the use of their kitchen for a long time. </p> <h2>Resurfacing a Flagstone Kitchen Floor in Oldham</h2> <p>On the first day the kitchen was prepped which included removing the kickboards underneath the units for better access. Once this was done the milling process began using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/drb-17-inch-50-grit-extra-coarse-milling-pad-with-segments/43/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">50-grit DRB milling pad</a> followed by <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/drb-17-inch-100-grit-very-coarse-diamond-milling-pad-with-segments/220/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">100-grit DRB</a> and <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/drb-17-inch-200-grit-coarse-diamond-milling-pad-with-segments/221/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">200-grit DRB pads</a>. The pads are fitted to a weighted floor buffer and run over the floor using water to lubricate the process. After each pad the floor is rinsed with water and the slurry removed with a wet vacuum. </p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2019/06/Flagstone-Kitchen-Floor-During-Cleaning-Oldham-1.jpg" alt="Flagstone Kitchen Floor During Cleaning Oldham" width="282" height="" title="Flagstone Kitchen Floor During Cleaning Oldham" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2019/06/Flagstone-Kitchen-Floor-During-Cleaning-Oldham-2.jpg" alt="Flagstone Kitchen Floor During Cleaning Oldham" width="282" height="" title="Flagstone Kitchen Floor During Cleaning Oldham" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>After the first day it was clear the floor was rapidly improving, the customer emailed me that evening thanking me for the improvement, and we weren&#8217;t even finished yet.</p> <p><i>&#8220;Ahh fabulous. Honestly, we can’t thank you enough for the work you’ve done. We are completely over the moon with it &#8211; thank you so much <img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/12.0.0-1/72x72/1f642.png" alt=" Old Quarry Tiled Floor Repaired and Renovated in Lancaster https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/old-quarry-tiled-floor-repaired-and-renovated-in-lancaster/ Tile Doctor Lancashire urn:uuid:90793c19-6922-54b2-4687-47abadade529 Sat, 15 Jun 2019 02:30:52 +0000 <p>The pictures below are taken from a property in Lancaster which had two areas of tiled flooring that needed work, one Quarry tiled and the other an original Victorian tiled hallway which was over 100 years old. We often get &#8230; <a href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/old-quarry-tiled-floor-repaired-and-renovated-in-lancaster/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/old-quarry-tiled-floor-repaired-and-renovated-in-lancaster/">Old Quarry Tiled Floor Repaired and Renovated in Lancaster</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Lancashire</a>.</p> <p>The pictures below are taken from a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lancaster,_Lancashire" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Lancaster</a></b> which had two areas of tiled flooring that needed work, one Quarry tiled and the other an original Victorian tiled hallway which was over 100 years old.</p> <p>We often get called out to restore broken tiles, replace missing pieces and then do a clean and seal afterwards to make it all look as good as possible. Tile Doctor covers both areas and our aim is to restore a tiled floor to its best possible condition, ideally making it look new or at least as close to new as is feasible with an old floor.</p> <p><center><img title="Quarry Tiled Floor Lancaster Before Repair" src="https://i0.wp.com/Lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/06/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Lancaster-Before-Repair-0519.jpg?w=584" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor Lancaster Before Repair" height="" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <h2>Repairing a Quarry Tiled Floor in Lancaster</h2> <p>The focus of this article will be the renovation of the <b>Quarry tiled floor</b> which required a lot of tiling work due to cracked and missing tiling. This presents a problem as it can be difficult to find exact match replacements, especially when the floor has been down for some time. There are a few companies that specialise in reproduction Victorian tiles however Quarry tiles don’t have a dedicated store or website where we can get matching tiles. In this case the client had scoured the internet and hunted down replacements which came close to matching the original.</p> <p><center><img title="Quarry Tiled Floor Lancaster During Repair" src="https://i0.wp.com/Lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/06/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Lancaster-During-Repair-5547.jpg?w=584" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor Lancaster During Repair" height="" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center>The first step in repairing a tiled floor is to carefully remove any damaged tiles and, in this case, there were quite a few. The exposed area is the cleaned of old adhesive and grout and the subbase is made good where required. Next the replacement tiles are laid onto a base of new rapid set flexible floor adhesive, I prefer to use a flexible adhesive as it will allow for any further moment in the floor. Once the adhesive had set the tiles were grouted in and we then left floor to fully set overnight.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Quarry Tiled Floor in Lancaster</h2> <p>I came back the next day with our cleaning equipment and products to get the floor clean which should help blend the new tile in with the original.</p> <p>I started by applying a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> to the Quarry tiles and then scrubbed it in with a rotary floor machine fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">black scrubbing pad</a>. Pro-Clean is a strong and effective alkaline cleaner which is safe to use on Tile and Stone and unlike acid wont damage the clay. The cleaning solution soon turned black with the dirt that had been released from the old Quarry Tiles, so I gave the floor a rinse with water and extracted the soil with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>The last job was to give the tiles a light acid rinse using Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up, this isn&#8217;t a strong acid like the brick acid you find in DIY stores so it’s safe to use on most surfaces if it isn’t left for too long. The Grout Clean-up removes any old grout and minerals such as efflorescent salts from the Quarry tiles and is then rinsed off with water and extracted with the wet vacuum. The other advantage of giving the floor an acid rinse is it counters the alkaline cleaning products used earlier effectively neutralising the pH level of the tiles. Lastly the acid slightly etches the clay tile ensuring a much stronger bond with the sealer.</p> <h2>Sealing a Quarry Tiled Floor in Lancaster</h2> <p>The Quarry tiled floor was then sealed with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is a matt sealer that impregnates the pores of the clay enhancing colour in the process and effectively adding protection to the tile from within.</p> <p><center><img title="Quarry Tiled Floor Lancaster After Repair" src="https://i2.wp.com/Lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/06/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Lancaster-After-Repair-1934.jpg?w=500" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor Lancaster After Repair" height="" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center>The quarry tiled floor looked much cleaner and fresher following the work, the cracked tiles were gone, and our customer was pleased with transformation we had managed to achieve.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of an Old Quarry Tiled Floor in Lancashire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/old-quarry-tiled-floor-repaired-and-renovated-in-lancaster/">Old Quarry Tiled Floor Repaired and Renovated in Lancaster</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Lancashire</a>.</p> Terracotta Effect Porcelain Tile & Grout Deep Cleaned in Ely https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/terracotta-effect-porcelain-tile-grout-deep-cleaned-in-ely/ Cambridge Tile Doctor urn:uuid:36bbf856-da58-6f87-285f-40f375b561f3 Thu, 13 Jun 2019 14:12:09 +0000 <p>We were called out to this property in Ely to carry out a deep clean on kitchen tiles that had the look of terracotta but were actually porcelain. The client had been cleaning the floor with household floor cleaner which &#8230; <a href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/terracotta-effect-porcelain-tile-grout-deep-cleaned-in-ely/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/terracotta-effect-porcelain-tile-grout-deep-cleaned-in-ely/">Terracotta Effect Porcelain Tile &#038; Grout Deep Cleaned in Ely</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz">Cambridge Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>We were called out to this property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ely,_Cambridgeshire" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Ely</a></b> to carry out a deep clean on kitchen tiles that had the look of terracotta but were actually porcelain. The client had been cleaning the floor with household floor cleaner which really wasn’t working, and the grout had now turned black with ingrained dirt. If you have never been then Ely is well worth a visit, it’s a small but beautiful city on the West side of Cambridgeshire with a stunning ancient Cathedral which attracts visitors from outside the area. </p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/06/Porcelain-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Ely-112708.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Ely" width="282" height="" title="Porcelain Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Ely" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/06/Porcelain-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Ely-112729.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Ely" width="282" height="" title="Porcelain Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Ely" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>My client had dogs and with the kitchen tile and grout not having had a deep clean for several years it was now overdue a clean. We popped round to do a site visit to survey the floor and tested a small area with different products to see what would work best. The results looked good, and we agreed a price to carry the work and arranged a suitable time to complete the work.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning Terracotta Effect Porcelain Tiles in Ely</h2> <p>We began by applying a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> to the floor and then worked it in with a stiff brush fitted to a rotary floor machine. The brush was run over the tiles and especially the grout lines where the recessed grout can be tricky to reach. Pro-Clean is a heavy duty alkaline cleaner that safe to use on Tile and Grout and works best when left to dwell for a short time so it can digest and breakdown the dirt.</p> <p>This cleaning solution soon turned black with the dirt that was released from the tile and grout, so the next task was to extract it from the floor. For this we have a special extraction machine that applies hot water under high pressure to the floor and then extracts the soil back to a recovery tank on the van. This machine keeps the mess made to the absolute minimum whilst ensuring a thorough result. </p> <p>The combination of the two processes had a remarkable effect on the tile and the grout which by now was looking much cleaner and lighter.</p> <h2>Grout Sealing a Porcelain Tiled Kitchen Floor in Ely</h2> <p>If these tiles were Terracotta then I the next step would be seal them once dry, however being made from nonporous Porcelain they won’t accept a sealer. The grout however has a porous cementitious top layer which attracts dirt so to keep the grout looking its best I set about speed drying it with air movers so it could be sealed.</p> <p>Once dry I sealed the grout using a couple of coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra Seal</a> which is an impregnating sealer that will soak into the pores of the grout and protect it from within. Any excess was removed afterwards from the surface with a <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-red/28/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">red buffing pad</a> fitted to a buffing machine. </p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/06/Porcelain-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Ely-151015.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Ely" width="282" height="" title="Porcelain Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Ely" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/06/Porcelain-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Ely-150948.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Ely" width="282" height="" title="Porcelain Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Ely" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>As you can see from the pictures the floor looked much cleaner and fresher and with the grout now properly sealed it should no longer attract the dirt. </p> <p>My Client gave us a 5 Star review with this feedback which we are always very grateful for.</p> <p><em>“The tiles look great at present. It remains to be seen if the sealer that was applied really does make them repel stains. Tony P, Ely”</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Porcelain Tiled Kitchen Floor in Cambridgeshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/terracotta-effect-porcelain-tile-grout-deep-cleaned-in-ely/">Terracotta Effect Porcelain Tile &#038; Grout Deep Cleaned in Ely</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz">Cambridge Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Professional clean of a Travertine Tiled floor in Sunbury-on-Thames https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/professional-clean-of-a-travertine-tiled-floor-in-sunbury-on-thames/ South Middlesex Tile Doctor urn:uuid:c14b3152-afff-f895-fd4a-cbacc824d33f Wed, 12 Jun 2019 14:50:21 +0000 <p>This client got in touch about cleaning their Travertine Tiled floor which they were struggling to get clean. They had been using all the usual household floor cleaners, but nothing was having the desired effect. The property was in the &#8230; <a href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/professional-clean-of-a-travertine-tiled-floor-in-sunbury-on-thames/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/professional-clean-of-a-travertine-tiled-floor-in-sunbury-on-thames/">Professional clean of a Travertine Tiled floor in Sunbury-on-Thames</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz">South Middlesex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This client got in touch about cleaning their <b>Travertine Tiled floor</b> which they were struggling to get clean. They had been using all the usual household floor cleaners, but nothing was having the desired effect. The property was in the lovely village of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunbury-on-Thames" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Sunbury On Thames</a></b> within the borough of Spelthorne. I’m based in nearby Shepperton and so it wasn’t long before I was able to pop over and take a look at the problematic floor.</p> <p><center><img src="http://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2019/06/Travertine-Tiled-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Sunbury-on-Thames-0302.jpg" alt="Travertine Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Sunbury-on-Thames" width="500" height="" title="Travertine Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Sunbury-on-Thames" /></center></p> <p>It turns out the Travertine floor which was installed throughout the hallway and kitchen had not been professionally cleaned since its’ installation twelve years prior. As you can see from the pictures, the old sealer that was protecting the Travertine had long since worn off and this in turn had allowed soils and spillages to penetrate deep into the pores of the stone and grout. The sealers demise may have been accelerated with the use of overly strong cleaning products but given it not been professionally cleaned for twelve years it was well overdue a deep clean and reseal.</p> <p>I discussed with the client what we could do to clean the floor and demonstrated my proposed cleaning process on part of the floor. They were very satisfied with the demonstration and were happy to go ahead with my quote. The work would take two days to complete, one day for cleaning and a second day for sealing.</p> <p><center><img src="http://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2019/06/Travertine-Tiled-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Sunbury-on-Thames-0299.jpg" alt="Travertine Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Sunbury-on-Thames" width="500" height="" title="Travertine Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Sunbury-on-Thames" /></center></p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Travertine Tiled Floor in Sunbury-on-Thames</h2> <p>Working in sections I started by spraying a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> on the floor and left if to soak in while I set up a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/viper-ls160hd-slow-speed-floor-polisher/241/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">floor buffing machine</a> with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a>. After about ten minutes I ran the buffing machine over the working area, the machine was set to run at slow speed to reduce splashing. This action broke down the soils and helped lift the marks and stains out of the stone. </p> <p>Tile Doctor Pro-Clean is a concentrated, multi-purpose high-alkaline cleaner, stripper and degreaser. The strong dilution of one-part cleaner to two parts water would ensure it would clean the floor and strip off any old sealers present on the tiles. Once the Travertine had been cleaned in this way, I ran a narrow brush along the grout lines to ensure they were also scrubbed clean.</p> <p><center><img src="http://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2019/06/Travertine-Tiled-Floor-During-Cleaning-Sunbury-on-Thames-0304.jpg" alt="Travertine Tiled Floor During Cleaning Sunbury-on-Thames" width="500" height="" title="Travertine Tiled Floor During Cleaning Sunbury-on-Thames" /></center></p> <p>After scrubbing a low-pressure rinsing machine was used to rinse the floor with water and extract all the dirt and cleaning products off the floor. After a final inspection the floor was then left to dry out overnight to leave the stone ready to receive a new seal the following day.</p> <h2>Sealing a Travertine Tiled Floor in Sunbury-on-Thames</h2> <p>I returned the next morning and tested the floor with a moisture meter to ensure the Travertine was dry. The results were good, so we set about applying two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is a colour enhancing sealer that soaks into the pores of the stone thus preventing dirt from becoming ingrained there. The sealer really brought put the contrast back into the stone by enhancing the colour whilst giving it the protection it needed to prevent future spillages staining the tiles.</p> <p><center><img src="http://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2019/06/Travertine-Tiled-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sunbury-on-Thames-0308.jpg" alt="Travertine Tiled Floor After Cleaning Sunbury-on-Thames" width="500" height="" title="Travertine Tiled Floor After Cleaning Sunbury-on-Thames" /></center></p> <p>The client was very happy with the result, the finished floor looked much lighter and 100% cleaner, the beauty of the natural stone was really apparent, and the grout which was once dark and was now white again.</p> <p>For aftercare I recommended they avoid purchasing supermarket floor cleaners, the majority of which are too strong for sealed stone and let them with a bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a>. This is a pH neutral solution that will not prematurely erode the sealer and is highly concentrated, so a small bottle lasts a long time. </p> <p><center><img src="http://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2019/06/Travertine-Tiled-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sunbury-on-Thames-0307.jpg" alt="Travertine Tiled Floor After Cleaning Sunbury-on-Thames" width="500" height="" title="Travertine Tiled Floor After Cleaning Sunbury-on-Thames" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Travertine Tiled Kitchen in South Middlesex</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/professional-clean-of-a-travertine-tiled-floor-in-sunbury-on-thames/">Professional clean of a Travertine Tiled floor in Sunbury-on-Thames</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz">South Middlesex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Ceramic Tile and Grout Cleaning in a Leatherhead Kitchen https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/ceramic-tile-and-grout-cleaning-in-a-leatherhead-kitchen/ West Surrey Tile Doctor urn:uuid:415b6d98-f4e3-985a-50a7-3e0f7e121222 Tue, 11 Jun 2019 15:22:03 +0000 <p>At this property in Leatherhead, in the Mole Valley district of Surrey there was ten years of dirt trapped in the grout and no end of cleaning by the owner could improve the situation. Now desperate to get the floor &#8230; <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/ceramic-tile-and-grout-cleaning-in-a-leatherhead-kitchen/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/ceramic-tile-and-grout-cleaning-in-a-leatherhead-kitchen/">Ceramic Tile and Grout Cleaning in a Leatherhead Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>At this property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leatherhead" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Leatherhead</a></b>, in the Mole Valley district of Surrey there was ten years of dirt trapped in the grout and no end of cleaning by the owner could improve the situation.</p> <p><center><img src="http://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/06/Ceramic-Tile-Grout-Before-Cleaning-Leatherhead-Kitchen-0183.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tile Grout Before Cleaning Leatherhead Kitchen" width="600" height="" title="Ceramic Tile Grout Before Cleaning Leatherhead Kitchen" /></center></p> <p>Now desperate to get the floor looking clean again she gave Tile Doctor a call and as their local representative I was asked to go round and survey the floor. Glazed ceramic tiles are very easy to clean and maintain and are a very practical choice for a kitchen floor, however what tends to happen is the dirt gets washed into the grout lines where the rough nature of the grout traps the dirt eventually turning it black.</p> <p><center><img src="http://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/06/Ceramic-Tile-Grout-Before-Cleaning-Leatherhead-Kitchen-0184.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tile Grout Before Cleaning Leatherhead Kitchen" width="600" height="" title="Ceramic Tile Grout Before Cleaning Leatherhead Kitchen" /></center></p> <p>I could see what needed to be done so I discussed the solution with the client who was relieved that we could help. She agreed to my quote and we booked the work in to be completed.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>I returned on the scheduled date and set about preparing the floor with an application of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> combined with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> and diluted with water. The cleaning cocktail was left to dwell for approximately fifteen minutes while I unloaded the equipment I would need from the van. <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> is a heavy-duty tile and grout cleaner which works best when left soak into the problem area, whilst <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> is a coatings stripper so I reasoned a combination of the two products would have maximum effect to deep clean the area.</p> <p>Using a hard wire brush, I rubbed the muck vigorously until the dirt became released into the cleaning solution. Sometimes it is necessary to roll up your sleeves and do some things manually! The resultant slurry was then extracted with a wet vacuum. You can see from the pictures the dirt being released. </p> <p><center><img src="http://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/06/Ceramic-Tile-Grout-During-Cleaning-Leatherhead-Kitchen-0185.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tile Grout During Cleaning Leatherhead Kitchen" width="500" height="" title="Ceramic Tile Grout During Cleaning Leatherhead Kitchen" /></center></p> <p>I had to repeat the process a few times before I was happy with the condition of the grout.<br /> Once the grout was clean, I applied more Tile Doctor Remove and Go to the tiles, scrubbing it in with a deck brush. After ten minutes, using a handheld buffer fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a> I cleaned the tiles. Again, I vacuumed up the slurry then neutralised with plain water. Following a final vacuum, I dried the whole kitchen with an air blower.</p> <p><center><img src="http://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/06/Ceramic-Tile-Grout-After-Cleaning-Leatherhead-Kitchen-0189.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tile Grout After Cleaning Leatherhead Kitchen" width="600" height="" title="Ceramic Tile Grout After Cleaning Leatherhead Kitchen" /></center></p> <p>The client was very happy with the newly cleaned floor, it had really made a big difference to the whole floor and given it a new lease of life. </p> <p><center><img src="http://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/06/Ceramic-Tile-Grout-After-Cleaning-Leatherhead-Kitchen-0188.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tile Grout After Cleaning Leatherhead Kitchen" width="600" height="" title="Ceramic Tile Grout After Cleaning Leatherhead Kitchen" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Clean of a Ceramic Tiled Kitchen in West Surrey</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/ceramic-tile-and-grout-cleaning-in-a-leatherhead-kitchen/">Ceramic Tile and Grout Cleaning in a Leatherhead Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in Edgbaston, Birmingham https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/restoration-of-a-victorian-tiled-hallway-in-edgbaston-birmingham/ Birmingham Tile Doctor urn:uuid:2c23c394-9339-5681-26b4-a5e19ad7af79 Mon, 10 Jun 2019 01:59:26 +0000 <p>This homeowner in Edgbaston contacted me about a Victorian tiled floor they had found under the hallway carpet since moving into the property a couple of months ago. The floor was stained with paint splatters, adhesive and had loose and &#8230; <a href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/restoration-of-a-victorian-tiled-hallway-in-edgbaston-birmingham/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/restoration-of-a-victorian-tiled-hallway-in-edgbaston-birmingham/">Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in Edgbaston, Birmingham</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz">Birmingham Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This homeowner in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgbaston" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Edgbaston</a></b> contacted me about a <b>Victorian tiled floor</b> they had found under the hallway carpet since moving into the property a couple of months ago. The floor was stained with paint splatters, adhesive and had loose and missing tiles. Original features such as Victorian floors can add a lot of value to a property so they wondered if it could look a lot better than its present state.</p> <p><center><img src="http://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/06/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Restoration-Edgbaston-094403.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Edgbaston" width="600" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Edgbaston" /></center></p> <p>I visited the property in Edgbaston which is a suburb of south Birmingham and best known for its Cricket ground which is home to the Warwickshire Cricket Club. I surveyed the floor and run a test clean on part of the floor to work out how best to clean it. The old Victorian tiles responded well to the treatment which impressed the homeowner and so the job was booked in. </p> <p><center><img src="http://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/06/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Restoration-Edgbaston-094344.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Edgbaston" width="600" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Edgbaston" /></center></p> <h2>Repairing a Victorian Tiled Hallway</h2> <p>On the first day I cut and laid replacement tiles around the door threshold that I had sourced before starting the job. Then I reset some loose tiles and added some replacements on another threshold.</p> <p><center><img src="http://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/06/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-During-Repair-Edgbaston-134136.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway During Repair Edgbaston" width="600" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway During Repair Edgbaston" /></center></p> <p>The front door had been replaced in the last couple of years, but it had been moved outwards which exposed part of the inner doorstep at the end of the hallway. I suggested that it would look better with tiles running right up to the door, so I removed part of the concrete with an SDS drill and cold chisel to allow space for new tiles to be laid level with the existing floor. The tiles were set in place using a quick setting adhesive which allows for grouting after only a few hours.</p> <p><center><img src="http://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/06/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-During-Repair-Edgbaston-140438.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway During Repair Edgbaston" width="600" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway During Repair Edgbaston" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning a Victorian Tiled Hallway</h2> <p>The next day I returned to deep clean the floor first checking the repairs I had made the day before were now secure and had dried nicely. My next job was to remove the paint splashes which I did by carefully scraping the paint off the tiles along with any old adhesive. </p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/06/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Restoration-Edgbaston-110600.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Edgbaston" width="282" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Edgbaston" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/06/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-During-Restoration-Edgbaston-110948.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway During Restoration Edgbaston" width="282" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway During Restoration Edgbaston" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Next, I covered the floor with a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> and allowed it to dwell on the floor for ten minutes. Then ran a 200-grit diamond pad over it which gets into the tiles pores and cleans them. The floor was then rinsed the floor with water and extracted the dirty slurry with a wet vacuum. </p> <p>Final stage of the cleaning process was to give the floor an acid rinse using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up</a> which helps neutralise the floor after using Pro-Clean which is alkaline. It also dissolves any unwanted salts trapped in the tile that might rise to the surface later, a process commonly known as efflorescence. I then rinsed and extracted the floor again before leaving for the day.</p> <h2>Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The cleaning process had been quite intensive so I left the floor for a couple of days before returning so it could dry out completely. The floor had dried well so I set about applying a sealer to the floor. </p> <p>I sealed the floor with six coats of <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-extra-1-litre/22/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal &#038; Go</a> extra which is a low sheen sealer which will protect the floor going forward. Seal and Go Extra also enhances the appearance of the tile adding colour and is also breathable so moisture can rise through the tile and not become trapped under the floor where it could cause problems. Using a breathable sealer is important for these old floors where no damp proof membrane exists under the floor. </p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/06/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Restoration-Edgbaston-140632.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Edgbaston" width="282" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Edgbaston" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/06/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Restoration-Edgbaston-140659.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Edgbaston" width="282" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Edgbaston" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The floor now looked fantastic and the customer had said originally that she wasn&#8217;t keen on the floor, but by the end she said she loved it. Before leaving I left the customer a bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-0-5-litre/181/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> to help maintain the tiles appearance without affecting the sealer.</p> <p><center><img src="http://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/06/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Restoration-Edgbaston-140605.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Edgbaston" width="600" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Edgbaston" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in Birmingham</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/restoration-of-a-victorian-tiled-hallway-in-edgbaston-birmingham/">Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in Edgbaston, Birmingham</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz">Birmingham Tile Doctor</a>.</p> 2018 Tile Doctor of the Year Winner https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/2018-tile-doctor-of-the-year-winner/ West Surrey Tile Doctor urn:uuid:46d1fc8e-5628-2a57-082a-0c4d3a338c97 Sat, 08 Jun 2019 16:37:41 +0000 <p>A huge thanks to all my customers who believed in me and left feedback for me in 2018. Most don&#8217;t realise this but its the customer survey we ask customers to complete at the end of a job that goes &#8230; <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/2018-tile-doctor-of-the-year-winner/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/2018-tile-doctor-of-the-year-winner/">2018 Tile Doctor of the Year Winner</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>A huge thanks to all my customers who believed in me and left feedback for me in 2018. Most don&#8217;t realise this but its the customer survey we ask customers to complete at the end of a job that goes into deciding who wins the Tile Doctor of the Year Award. In fact last year an incredible 84 people left feedback about my work and on average awarded me a customer service rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>The result is that I&#8217;m very proud to announce that I won the &#8220;Tile Doctor of the Year&#8221; award for the 2nd year running.</strong></p> <div id="attachment_842" style="width: 594px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-842" class="wp-image-842 size-large" src="http://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/06/Tile-Doctor-Conference-2019-Rupert-Mcleod-Tile-Doctor-of-the-Year-2018-1st-Place-0128-min-1024x685.jpg" alt="Rupert Mcleod Tile Doctor of the Year 2018" width="584" height="391" srcset="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/06/Tile-Doctor-Conference-2019-Rupert-Mcleod-Tile-Doctor-of-the-Year-2018-1st-Place-0128-min-1024x685.jpg 1024w, https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/06/Tile-Doctor-Conference-2019-Rupert-Mcleod-Tile-Doctor-of-the-Year-2018-1st-Place-0128-min-300x201.jpg 300w, https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/06/Tile-Doctor-Conference-2019-Rupert-Mcleod-Tile-Doctor-of-the-Year-2018-1st-Place-0128-min-768x514.jpg 768w, https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/06/Tile-Doctor-Conference-2019-Rupert-Mcleod-Tile-Doctor-of-the-Year-2018-1st-Place-0128-min-448x300.jpg 448w" sizes="(max-width: 584px) 100vw, 584px" /><p id="caption-attachment-842" class="wp-caption-text">Rupert Mcleod Tile Doctor of the Year 2018. Award presented by Tile Doctor director Russell Taylor</p></div> <p>The trophy was presented by Tile Doctor director Russell Taylor at the end of this years annual Tile Doctor conference which took place on June 1st at the Holiday Inn in Cambridge. There are over 50 Tile Doctors in the UK and as you can imagine there is lots of competition.</p> <div id="attachment_841" style="width: 594px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-841" class="wp-image-841 size-large" src="http://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/06/Tile-Doctor-Conference-2019-Rupert-Mcleod-Tile-Doctor-of-the-Year-2018-1st-Place-0133-1024x685.jpg" alt="Rupert Mcleod Tile Doctor of the Year 2018" width="584" height="391" srcset="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/06/Tile-Doctor-Conference-2019-Rupert-Mcleod-Tile-Doctor-of-the-Year-2018-1st-Place-0133-1024x685.jpg 1024w, https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/06/Tile-Doctor-Conference-2019-Rupert-Mcleod-Tile-Doctor-of-the-Year-2018-1st-Place-0133-300x201.jpg 300w, https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/06/Tile-Doctor-Conference-2019-Rupert-Mcleod-Tile-Doctor-of-the-Year-2018-1st-Place-0133-768x514.jpg 768w, https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/06/Tile-Doctor-Conference-2019-Rupert-Mcleod-Tile-Doctor-of-the-Year-2018-1st-Place-0133-448x300.jpg 448w" sizes="(max-width: 584px) 100vw, 584px" /><p id="caption-attachment-841" class="wp-caption-text">Rupert Mcleod Tile Doctor of the Year 2018</p></div> <p>So thanks again to my customers, I really appreciate your feedback and apologies for chasing you for feedback but after reading this you can understand why I do it. Customer feedback is still coming in strong so hopefully I can stay at the top of the league and win again in 2019 to make it a treble.</p> <div id="attachment_843" style="width: 594px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-843" class="size-large wp-image-843" src="http://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/06/Tile-Doctor-Conference-2019-Rupert-Mcleod-Tile-Doctor-of-the-Year-2018-1st-Place-0131-min-1024x685.jpg" alt="Rupert Mcleod Tile Doctor of the Year 2018." width="584" height="391" srcset="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/06/Tile-Doctor-Conference-2019-Rupert-Mcleod-Tile-Doctor-of-the-Year-2018-1st-Place-0131-min-1024x685.jpg 1024w, https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/06/Tile-Doctor-Conference-2019-Rupert-Mcleod-Tile-Doctor-of-the-Year-2018-1st-Place-0131-min-300x201.jpg 300w, https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/06/Tile-Doctor-Conference-2019-Rupert-Mcleod-Tile-Doctor-of-the-Year-2018-1st-Place-0131-min-768x514.jpg 768w, https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/06/Tile-Doctor-Conference-2019-Rupert-Mcleod-Tile-Doctor-of-the-Year-2018-1st-Place-0131-min-448x300.jpg 448w" sizes="(max-width: 584px) 100vw, 584px" /><p id="caption-attachment-843" class="wp-caption-text">Tile Doctor director Russell Taylor reviews my customer service performance at the 2019 conference in Cambridge.</p></div> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/2018-tile-doctor-of-the-year-winner/">2018 Tile Doctor of the Year Winner</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Tired Black Slate Kitchen Floor Renovated in High Wycombe https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/tired-black-slate-kitchen-floor-renovated-in-high-wycombe/ South Buckinghamshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:c14f7e49-5b0d-bb91-722f-4f195bfb8014 Fri, 07 Jun 2019 05:37:39 +0000 <p>This Customer moved into a property in High Wycombe around a year or so ago and the Black Slate floor in the kitchen was more grey than black. The slate looked tired and had clearly not been well maintained. They &#8230; <a href="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/tired-black-slate-kitchen-floor-renovated-in-high-wycombe/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/tired-black-slate-kitchen-floor-renovated-in-high-wycombe/">Tired Black Slate Kitchen Floor Renovated in High Wycombe</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Buckinghamshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This Customer moved into a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Wycombe" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">High Wycombe</a></b> around a year or so ago and the <b>Black Slate floor</b> in the kitchen was more grey than black. The slate looked tired and had clearly not been well maintained. They had recently had a new kitchen fitted and had decided to retain the existing floor, so I was asked to bring it back to life. High Wycombe is a large town in Buckinghamshire well situated as close to London with great links to nearby Reading and Maidenhead.</p> <p><center><img src="http://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2019/06/Kitchen-Slate-Floor-Tiles-Before-Renovation-High-Wycombe-1.jpg" alt="Kitchen Slate Floor Tiles Before Renovation High Wycombe" width="600" height="" title="Kitchen Slate Floor Tiles Before Renovation High Wycombe" /></center></p> <p>I initially went to survey the floor and confirmed my suspicion that any sealer that was once present on the floor had now completely worn off. This is a typical problem with stone floors and without a sealer in place the Slate had lost its protection allowing dirt to become ingrained in the pores of the stone and difficult to remove. I carried out a test clean which went well, my quote was accepted and arranged a date to return to renovate the floor.</p> <p><center><img src="http://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2019/06/Kitchen-Slate-Floor-Tiles-Before-Renovation-High-Wycombe-2.jpg" alt="Kitchen Slate Floor Tiles Before Renovation High Wycombe" width="600" height="" title="Kitchen Slate Floor Tiles Before Renovation High Wycombe" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning a Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>First, I taped up the plinths on the new kitchen and the skirting boards to ensure no solution would be splashed on them. I then applied a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> to the tiles, I left this to dwell for a short time so it could start working on breaking down the dirt and any old sealer. I then worked it in with a large black scrubbing pad fitted to a rotary buffing machine to get the dirt out of the slate. I also used a stiff hand brush along the grout lines with neat Tile Doctor Pro-Clean to really get the grout clean. The floor was then rinsed off with water and the slurry extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>There were a few problem tiles with stubborn marks which I managed to resolve with a further application of neat Tile Doctor Pro Clean and some assistance from a steamer. The floor was then inspected again and once I was happy it was left to dry off over the weekend. </p> <h2>Sealing a Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>I returned the following Monday to seal the Slate tiles first checking they were dry with a moisture meter; all was so I started applying the sealer. I selected to use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go</a> for this floor as it works really well on Slate. Seal and Go is a specially formulated water-based blend of acrylic polymers that provides both a stain resistant surface seal and a durable low-sheen finish. Four coats of Seal and Go were applied allowing each coat to dry before starting on the next one. Once done you could see the floor looked amazing and the new sealer gave the floor a lovely subtle sheen finish without being over shiny. </p> <p><center><img src="http://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2019/06/Kitchen-Slate-Floor-Tiles-After-Renovation-High-Wycombe-4.jpg" alt="Kitchen Slate Floor Tiles After Renovation High Wycombe" width="600" height="" title="Kitchen Slate Floor Tiles After Renovation High Wycombe" /></center></p> <p>The client was very happy with the result, the floor now appeared brand new and looked great under the new kitchen. </p> <p>Before leaving I took time to discuss aftercare with the client and advised her to use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a>, this is a pH neutral product that won’t prematurely erode the sealer which is a big problem with most supermarket cleaning products. This should make it easy for the client to maintain the floor and only a small amount of product it needed to clean the floor.</p> <p><center><img src="http://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2019/06/Kitchen-Slate-Floor-Tiles-After-Renovation-High-Wycombe-5.jpg" alt="Kitchen Slate Floor Tiles After Renovation High Wycombe" width="600" height="" title="Kitchen Slate Floor Tiles After Renovation High Wycombe" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Slate Tiled Floor in South Buckinghamshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/tired-black-slate-kitchen-floor-renovated-in-high-wycombe/">Tired Black Slate Kitchen Floor Renovated in High Wycombe</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Buckinghamshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Travertine Tiled Floor Cleaned, Polished and Filled in Priorslee https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/travertine-tiled-floor-cleaned-polished-and-filled-in-priorslee/ Shropshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:f41cfab8-1a70-c49a-552f-9483de65840a Thu, 06 Jun 2019 09:45:24 +0000 <p>This Travertine tiled floor was installed in the Kitchen, Hallway and downstairs WC at a property in the Telford suburb of Priorslee. It has been some time since it was last sealed and the sealer had now worn-down allowing dirt &#8230; <a href="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/travertine-tiled-floor-cleaned-polished-and-filled-in-priorslee/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/travertine-tiled-floor-cleaned-polished-and-filled-in-priorslee/">Travertine Tiled Floor Cleaned, Polished and Filled in Priorslee</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz">Shropshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This <b>Travertine tiled floor</b> was installed in the Kitchen, Hallway and downstairs WC at a property in the Telford suburb of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_George%27s_and_Priorslee" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Priorslee</a>. It has been some time since it was last sealed and the sealer had now worn-down allowing dirt to become ingrained in the stone, as a result the floor now looked flat and un-interesting. The floor also had several holes that were trapping dirt and needed filling.</p> <p><center><img src="http://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/06/Travertine-Floor-Before-Polishing-in-Priorslee-Telford-0137.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor Before Polishing in Priorslee Telford" width="600" height="" title="Travertine Floor Before Polishing in Priorslee Telford" /></center></p> <p>I surveyed the floor and recommended a process called burnishing which uses a series of abrasive pads to restore the polished appearance of the stone. Once done the floor would be sealed to protect it from dirt and staining going forward. The owner agreed my quote and we set a date for my return to restore the appearance of the floor.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/06/Travertine-Floor-Before-Polishing-in-Priorslee-Telford-0140.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor Before Polishing in Priorslee Telford" width="282" height="" title="Travertine Floor Before Polishing in Priorslee Telford" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/06/Travertine-Floor-Before-Polishing-in-Priorslee-Telford-0142.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor Before Polishing in Priorslee Telford" width="282" height="" title="Travertine Floor Before Polishing in Priorslee Telford" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2>Cleaning Travertine Floor Tile and Grout</h2> <p>Before starting the cleaning process, I spent time protecting the woodwork and removing the kickboards from underneath the kitchen units.<br /> Then working in sections I gave the floor a general wash to remove any grit and clean the grout. Focusing primarily on the grout I applied a medium dilution <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> and left it to soak in. The solution was left to dwell for roughly ten minutes in order for it to digest the dirt and remaining sealer. I then used a deck brush on the tiles and a stiff grout brush along the grout lines to scrub the solution in and release the dirty. The floor was then rinsed with water and the now soiled cleaning solution was removed using a wet vacuum.</p> <p>The next step was to burnish the stone using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">set of diamond encrusted pads</a> which are applied to the floor using a rotary floor buffer in sequence from coarse to super fine. First using the 400-grit coarse number 1 pad we put some clean water on the floor and using our rotary machine slowly burnished the area making sure that we passed over each tile 4 times, this coarse pad cuts into the surface grime of the floor and also removes sealers. The resultant soiled water is rinsed away with clean water which in turn is removed using a wet vacuum. This process is then repeated with the 800-grit medium and 1500-grit fine pads, rinsing between each pad until a nice polish is built up on the tile. The floor is then given a final rinse and once we were satisfied that all the slurry had been removed.</p> <p>Last job for the evening was to inspect the floor and fill the small holes using grout in a colour that matched that of the Travertine. The floor was then left to dry off overnight.</p> <h2>Polishing and Sealing Travertine Floor Tiles</h2> <p>On day two I continued the burnishing process by applying the very fine 3000 grit pad. This last pad is applied dry with only a small amount of water which is sprayed onto the floor and further builds on the polished appearance of the Travertine. This also has the advantage of leaving the floor completely dry and ready for sealing. </p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/06/Travertine-Floor-After-Polishing-in-Priorslee-Telford-0144.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor After Polishing in Priorslee Telford" width="282" height="" title="Travertine Floor After Polishing in Priorslee Telford" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/06/Travertine-Floor-After-Polishing-in-Priorslee-Telford-0154.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor After Polishing in Priorslee Telford" width="282" height="" title="Travertine Floor After Polishing in Priorslee Telford" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>We have several sealers that we recommend for use on Travertine and for this situation I applied two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is an impregnating sealer that occupies the pores in the stone thus preventing dirt from becoming ingrained there. Colour Grow as its name suggests enhances the colours in the stone and when applied to Travertine it does a good job of enhancing the natural brown colours in the stone. My client was certainly impressed with the improvement and was over the moon with when they saw the result.</p> <p><center><img src="http://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/06/Travertine-Floor-After-Polishing-in-Priorslee-Telford-0149.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor After Polishing in Priorslee Telford" width="500" height="" title="Travertine Floor After Polishing in Priorslee Telford" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Travertine Floor Professionally Polished in Shropshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/travertine-tiled-floor-cleaned-polished-and-filled-in-priorslee/">Travertine Tiled Floor Cleaned, Polished and Filled in Priorslee</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz">Shropshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Restoring Badly Stained Victorian Floor Tiles in Ramsbottom https://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-badly-stained-victorian-floor-tiles-in-ramsbottom/ South Lancashire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:f0d0e8c0-9e35-de50-3197-67e961ac6ef9 Wed, 05 Jun 2019 05:27:47 +0000 <p>A customer from Ramsbottom contacted us to see if we were able to help with the renovation of a small section of Victorian tiling in their hallway. Another company had already tried to treat them chemically but without making any &#8230; <a href="https://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-badly-stained-victorian-floor-tiles-in-ramsbottom/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-badly-stained-victorian-floor-tiles-in-ramsbottom/">Restoring Badly Stained Victorian Floor Tiles in Ramsbottom</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">South Lancashire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>A customer from <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramsbottom" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Ramsbottom</a></b> contacted us to see if we were able to help with the renovation of a small section of <b>Victorian tiling</b> in their hallway. Another company had already tried to treat them chemically but without making any progress in removing the stains.</p> <p><center><img src="http://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/58/2019/06/Stained-Victorian-Tiles-Before-Cleaning-Ramsbottom-2.jpg" alt="Stained Victorian Tiles Before Cleaning Ramsbottom" width="500" height="" title="Stained Victorian Tiles Before Cleaning Ramsbottom" /></center></p> <p>I visited the property to survey the problem tiles and recommend a way forward. In most cases we like to carry out a site visit to get an accurate idea of the problems before quoting for the work. Whilst there I ran a test clean on part of the tiles and slowly but surely, they responded to the treatment and they condition visibly improved. Impressed with the initial results I was asked to continue, fortunately my schedule was light that day, so I was able to work though without too much impact to my schedule.</p> <p><center><img src="http://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/58/2019/06/Stained-Victorain-Tiles-Before-Cleaning-Ramsbottom-3.jpg" alt="Stained Victorian Tiles Before Cleaning Ramsbottom" width="600" height="" title="Stained Victorian Tiles Before Cleaning Ramsbottom" /></center></p> <h2> Cleaning/Repairing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>My initial thought for cleaning was to try using <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> which is a cleaner and stripper which is safe to use on tiles and stone. The previous company had used a chemical product, but it wasn&#8217;t clear what they had used. Tile Doctor Remove and Go usually works well in these situations but it was clear my result would not have been enough of an improvement so a different solution would be needed.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/58/2019/06/Stained-Victorian-Tiles-During-Cleaning-Ramsbottom-6.jpg" alt="Stained Victorian Tiles During Cleaning Ramsbottom" width="282" height="" title="Stained Victorian Tiles During Cleaning Ramsbottom" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/58/2019/06/Stained-Victorian-Tiles-During-Cleaning-Ramsbottom-4.jpg" alt="Stained Victorian Tiles During Cleaning Ramsbottom" width="282" height="" title="Stained Victorian Tiles During Cleaning Ramsbottom" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>To resolve this, I tried hand-held abrasive <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/diamond-hand-burnishing-block-set-greenblackred-yellow/31/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">diamond blocks</a>, first 400-grit without improvement, then 200-grit without improvement, 100-grit no improvement and then eventually 50-grit and I started to see a result. It was clear only a very abrasive 50-grit pad would improve these tiles. It was a small area, so I set about using a combination of small coarse 50-grit pads and followed up with 100, 200 and 400-grit pads and blocks to remove scratches and renovate the tiles following the use of the very abrasive grits. The tiles were also rinsed repeatedly during this process to remove the slurry generated. The waste was extracted using the wet vacuum. It took forever to get the tiles clean, but the results were brilliant. </p> <p><center><img src="http://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/58/2019/06/Stained-Victorain-Tiles-During-Cleaning-Ramsbottom-5.jpg" alt="Stained Victorian Tiles During Cleaning Ramsbottom" width="500" height="" title="Stained Victorian Tiles During Cleaning Ramsbottom" /></center></p> <h2> Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>Once I was happy all the Victorian tiles were as clean as they could I gently speed dried them using a heat gun. The last step in restoring the tiles would be to apply a sealer and so it was important the tiles were dry first. Once I was happy the tiles were dry, they were sealed them with a couple of coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a>. This is an impregnating sealer that protects from within by occupying the pores in the tile where dirt can become ingrained. The sealer gave the tiles a nice sheen without being too shiny, this product also allows the floor to breath, which is vital on a floor of this age where no damp proof membrane will have been installed. Whilst I was there I also did some work re-grouting the adjacent York Stone floor which was of a similar age and needed some TLC. </p> <p><center><img src="http://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/58/2019/06/Stained-Victorian-Tiles-After-Cleaning-Ramsbottom-7.jpg" alt="Stained Victorian Tiles After Cleaning Ramsbottom" width="600" height="" title="Stained Victorian Tiles After Cleaning Ramsbottom" /></center></p> <p>The pictures really speak for themselves. The customer was beginning to think it couldn&#8217;t be done so I was glad to be able to get them in such a nice state, especially considering the previous company could not lift their appearance. </p> <p><center><img src="http://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/58/2019/06/Stained-Victorian-Tiles-After-Cleaning-Ramsbottom-9.jpg" alt="Stained Victorian Tiles After Cleaning Ramsbottom" width="500" height="" title="Stained Victorian Tiles After Cleaning Ramsbottom" /></center></p> <p>The customer was very happy and left the following feedback.</p> <p><em>&#8220;Kamila was a very professional and friendly person who has done an amazing job on my floor! Both cleaning and grouting! They look amazing!! I still have no idea how she managed it with little mess leaving the rooms clean and tidy! Thank you Kamila! I have already recommended her to friends!!&#8221;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of Stained Victorian Tiles in South Lancashire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-badly-stained-victorian-floor-tiles-in-ramsbottom/">Restoring Badly Stained Victorian Floor Tiles in Ramsbottom</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">South Lancashire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Levelling and Polishing a Travertine Tiled Floor in Ombersley https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/levelling-and-polishing-a-travertine-tiled-floor-in-ombersley/ Worcestershire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:e5ba2d72-0a2d-c8d3-193f-bb6facedf91e Tue, 04 Jun 2019 11:54:57 +0000 <p>I was contacted regarding a Travertine tiled floor which had been installed throughout a bungalow in the old Worcestershire village of Ombersley near Droitwich. The owner was unhappy that the tiles had not been laid completely flat and as such &#8230; <a href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/levelling-and-polishing-a-travertine-tiled-floor-in-ombersley/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/levelling-and-polishing-a-travertine-tiled-floor-in-ombersley/">Levelling and Polishing a Travertine Tiled Floor in Ombersley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz">Worcestershire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was contacted regarding a <b>Travertine tiled floor</b> which had been installed throughout a bungalow in the old Worcestershire village of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ombersley" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Ombersley</a></b> near Droitwich. The owner was unhappy that the tiles had not been laid completely flat and as such many were so uneven they presented a trip hazard. They were very disappointed with the floor and not sure if anything could be done about it. </p> <p><center><img src="http://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2019/06/Travertine-Floor-Before-Lippage-Removal-Ombersley32.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor Before Lippage Removal Ombersley" width="500" height="" title="Travertine Floor Before Lippage Removal Ombersley" /></center></p> <p>I went over to the property to survey the floor and discuss potential solutions with the client. Having seen the problem for myself I was able to confirm this issue is know in the trade as “Lippage”. Had the tiles been made of Ceramic or Porcelain then the whole floor would have had to have been re-laid. Fortunately, being Travertine its possible to grind down the stone using a process Tile Doctor has devised we call Milling. Not only will this rectify lippage problem, but it will also restore the appearance of the stone. </p> <p>The quote I provided was excepted and dates were arranged to complete the work.</p> <h2>Levelling a Travertine Tiled Floor</h2> <p>On the first day I started by adding protection to any vulnerable surfaces. This included adding a silicone bead to the bottom of the fixed kitchen units to avoid water damaging the wood and to shrink wrap any exposed kitchen appliances and white goods. Preparation is always vital as we do not want to damage anything during the renovation process.</p> <p>I then started the process of lippage removal. This is done with a weighted rotary buffer machine fitted with a series of large diamond pads of increasingly higher grits. The first a very coarse <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/drb-17-inch-50-grit-extra-coarse-milling-pad-with-segments/43/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">50-grit pad</a> that is segmented. The pad is worked over the area and each section is timed, water is used to lubricate the process and checks are made after the specified time to check the lippage has gone. This pad is run over the whole floor and the floor then rinsed with water and extracted using a wet vacuum to remove the slurry that is created during the process. </p> <p><center><img src="http://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2019/06/Travertine-Floor-During-Lippage-Removal-Ombersley-33.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor During Lippage Removal Ombersley" width="500" height="" title="Travertine Floor During Lippage Removal Ombersley" /></center></p> <p>On day two I worked through the other pads in the system including the 100 and 200-grit segmented pads to further the resurface the stone. Again, water is used to lubricate the process and there is a lot of rinsing and extracting required. Again, the process is applied over all the Travertine tiles and is very time consuming. No other products are needed at this stage just water and sweat.</p> <p><center><img src="http://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2019/06/Travertine-Floor-During-Lippage-Removal-Ombersley-16.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor During Lippage Removal Ombersley" width="500" height="" title="Travertine Floor During Lippage Removal Ombersley" /></center></p> <h2>Polishing a Travertine Tiled Floor</h2> <p>Once the lippage issue was resolved and the floor level the next step was to further refine the surface of the Travertine to fully restore its polished appearance. This is done using a set of four non-segmented <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">burnishing pads</a> which range from 400 through to 3000 grit. Again, the pads are applied in increasing grits from coarse to very fine rinsing and extracting in-between.</p> <p>The last 3000 grit pad is applied dry using a small amount of water which is sprayed onto the Travertine using a process we call a ‘Spray Burnish’, this pad really brings out the shine in the stone.</p> <h2>Sealing a Travertine Tiled Floor</h2> <p>The last step in the restoration process was to apply a durable surface protection to the stone so it would keep its appearance for some years to come. For polished stone where you want to bring up the shine, I recommend applying <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-shine-powder-1kg-tub/18/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Shine Powder</a>.</p> <p><center><img src="http://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2019/06/Travertine-Floor-After-Lippage-Removal-Ombersley-12.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor After Lippage Removal Ombersley" width="500" height="" title="Travertine Floor After Lippage Removal Ombersley" /></center></p> <p>The powder is applied to the floor and worked into the stone using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-white/30/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">white buffing pad</a> fitted to a rotary floor buffer. It provides a very high shine and tough durable finish which is exactly what my customer wanted. As you can see from the pictures the result was quite dramatic and I can confirm my client was delighted with the result. Finally, the uneven stone tiles were now polished and level and no longer presented a tripping hazard. </p> <p>For aftercare I recommended the use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a> which is a sealer friendly cleaning product which has been especially formulated for the regular cleaning of sealed polished stone and helps maintain the patina.</p> <p><center><img src="http://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2019/06/Travertine-Floor-after-Lippage-Removal-Ombersley-24.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor After Lippage Removal Ombersley" width="500" height="" title="Travertine Floor After Lippage Removal Ombersley" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Levelling a Travertine Tiled Floor in Worcestershire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/levelling-and-polishing-a-travertine-tiled-floor-in-ombersley/">Levelling and Polishing a Travertine Tiled Floor in Ombersley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz">Worcestershire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Black and White Marble Church Floor Tiles Renovated in Ely Cardiff https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/black-and-white-marble-church-floor-tiles-renovated-in-ely-cardiff/ South East Wales Tile Doctor urn:uuid:dfa97f99-0225-5504-4717-cc9d5fa44c0a Mon, 03 Jun 2019 06:56:07 +0000 <p>I was contacted by “The Church of the Resurrection” in the Ely suburb of Cardiff to ask if we would improve the appearance of their Marble floor. We are always up for a challenge at Tile Doctor, so I arranged &#8230; <a href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/black-and-white-marble-church-floor-tiles-renovated-in-ely-cardiff/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/black-and-white-marble-church-floor-tiles-renovated-in-ely-cardiff/">Black and White Marble Church Floor Tiles Renovated in Ely Cardiff</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz">South East Wales Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was contacted by “<a href="http://www.churchoftheresurrection.co.uk" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">The Church of the Resurrection</a>” in the <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ely,_Cardiff" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Ely</a></b> suburb of <b>Cardiff</b> to ask if we would improve the appearance of their <b>Marble floor</b>. We are always up for a challenge at Tile Doctor, so I arranged an appointment to visit the church, survey the floor and recommend a solution.</p> <p><center><img src="http://SE-Wales.TileDoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2019/06/Marble-Church-Floor-Before-Renovation-Ely-094854.jpg" alt="Marble Church Floor Before Renovation Ely" width="600" height="" title="Marble Church Floor Before Renovation Ely" /></center></p> <p>The church itself is relatively new and dates to 1934, the black and white Marble floor tiles were original however at some point in the past it had been covered in a carpet which had been glued down. The church committee now wanted to restore the Marble tiles back to its original beauty. I carried out a test sample which proved very successful and they were delighted with the results. I was very optimistic that this floor could be saved and would look pretty good at the end. We agreed a price and arranged the most convenient time to carry the work out when the church wasn’t in use.</p> <p><center><img src="http://SE-Wales.TileDoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2019/06/Marble-Church-Floor-Before-Renovation-Ely-094906.jpg" alt="Marble Church Floor Before Renovation Ely" width="600" height="" title="Marble Church Floor Before Renovation Ely" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning a Marble Tiled Church Floor</h2> <p>On my return I started the cleaning process by working in sections using a solution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove &#038; Go</a> worked in with a black pad fitted to a rotary machine to breakdown the glue. Next, I worked thorough a range of burnishing pads, first changing the pad to a coarse <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-100-grit-very-coarse-milling-pad/44/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">100-grit diamond pad</a> which was run over the floor using the Remove and Go as a lubricant. The soil was then rinsed off the floor with more water and extracted using a wet vacuum. The pad was then changed to a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">200-grit pad</a> and the process repeated. The combination of the Remove and Go and the pads cut into the surface of the tile and remove the adhesive staining.</p> <p><center><img src="http://SE-Wales.TileDoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2019/06/Marble-Church-Floor-During-Renovation-Ely-115902.jpg" alt="Marble Church Floor During Renovation Ely" width="600" height="" title="Marble Church Floor During Renovation Ely" /></center></p> <p>Then I continued with a 400-grit diamond burnishing pad this time applied with a dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a>. After rinsing and extracting the soil I moved onto an 800-grit, 1500 grit and finally the 3000-grit pad to achieve a finish that they desired. These <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">17-inch diamond burnishing pads</a> are available in set of four and really restore the deep polish of stone.</p> <p><center><img src="http://SE-Wales.TileDoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2019/06/Marble-Church-Floor-During-Renovation-Ely-174817.jpg" alt="Marble Church Floor During Renovation Ely" width="600" height="" title="Marble Church Floor During Renovation Ely" /></center></p> <p> Around the Altar there were two concrete areas which looked unsightly now that the floor was uncovered so I suggested that I carry on with the pattern of the floor using concrete paint. This proved very successful as it blended in well improving the general appearance of the area. </p> <p><center><img src="http://SE-Wales.TileDoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2019/06/Marble-Church-Floor-During-Renovation-Ely-115657.jpg" alt="Marble Church Floor During Renovation Ely" width="600" height="" title="Marble Church Floor During Renovation Ely" /></center></p> <p>Last step in the cleaning process was to improve the appearance of the Black Stone steps in front of the altar which were dull and marked from years of use. It was confined working space, so I polished these with a handheld machine fitted with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/6-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/41/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">6-inch diamond burnishing pads</a>. to restore the polished appearance of the stone.</p> <p><center><img src="http://SE-Wales.TileDoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2019/06/Marble-Church-Floor-During-Renovation-Ely-120842.jpg" alt="Marble Church Floor During Renovation Ely" width="600" height="" title="Marble Church Floor During Renovation Ely" /></center></p> <h2> Sealing a Marble Tiled Church Floor</h2> <p>After cleaning and polishing the areas I proceeded to seal the Marble with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal</a> which is an impregnating sealer that soaks into the pores of the stone protecting it from within. Additionally, this sealer doesn’t change the colour of the stone, so it preserves its natural appearance. The black steps were sealed with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-oil-1-litre/19/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Oil</a> which really did enhance the jet-black lustre it was so in need of. </p> <p><center><img src="http://SE-Wales.TileDoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2019/06/Marble-Church-Floor-After-Renovation-Ely-141246.jpg" alt="Marble Church Floor After Renovation Ely" width="600" height="" title="Marble Church Floor After Renovation Ely" /></center></p> <p>The work was carried out in April 2019 and was completed over the coarse of a few days. The floor now looks stunning and gives the whole church a lift. Certainly, the project management team were delighted with the results as they had thought the floor was unsalvageable. They said they would highly recommend Tile Doctor again for future church projects, which is always very pleasing to hear.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://SE-Wales.TileDoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2019/06/Marble-Church-Floor-After-Renovation-Ely-141336.jpg" alt="Marble Church Floor After Renovation Ely" width="282" height="" title="Marble Church Floor After Renovation Ely" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://SE-Wales.TileDoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2019/06/Marble-Church-Floor-After-Renovation-Ely-141352.jpg" alt="Marble Church Floor After Renovation Ely" width="282" height="" title="Marble Church Floor After Renovation Ely" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Marble Tiled Church Floor in South East Wales</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/black-and-white-marble-church-floor-tiles-renovated-in-ely-cardiff/">Black and White Marble Church Floor Tiles Renovated in Ely Cardiff</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz">South East Wales Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Cream and Black Victorian Hallway Floor Restoration in Ulverston https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/cream-and-black-victorian-hallway-floor-restoration-in-ulverston/ South Cumbria Tile Doctor urn:uuid:e6d35bd9-c079-b345-5e2a-9214830b4b1c Thu, 30 May 2019 02:27:08 +0000 <p>This property located near the pretty market town of Ulverston was built in 1874 as inscribed on the front of the building. The Victorian Tiled floor comprised of Cream and Black tiles was original from when the house was built &#8230; <a href="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/cream-and-black-victorian-hallway-floor-restoration-in-ulverston/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/cream-and-black-victorian-hallway-floor-restoration-in-ulverston/">Cream and Black Victorian Hallway Floor Restoration in Ulverston</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz">South Cumbria Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This property located near the pretty market town of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulverston" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Ulverston</a></b> was built in 1874 as inscribed on the front of the building. The <b>Victorian Tiled floor</b> comprised of Cream and Black tiles was original from when the house was built so that made the tiles at least 145 years old, in fact this was one of the oldest Victorian tiled floors I have ever worked on.</p> <p><center><img src="http://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2019/05/Cream-Black-Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Tiles-Before-Restoration-Ulverston-0620.jpg" alt="Cream Black Victorian Hallway Floor Tiles Before Restoration Ulverston" width="500" height="" title="Cream Black Victorian Hallway Floor Tiles Before Restoration Ulverston" /></center></p> <p>The floor was in good condition for its age but had experienced problems with broken and loose tiles around two of the door thresholds which is a common problem with floors of this age. Unfortunately, those tiles had been lost over the years and now the customer wanted this part of the floor rebuilding as part of the restoration. Fortunately, these tiles are still popular so finding suitable replacements wasn’t a big of a challenge as you might think. </p> <p><center><img src="http://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2019/05/Cream-Black-Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Tiles-Before-Restoration-Ulverston-0621.jpg" alt="Cream Black Victorian Hallway Floor Tiles Before Restoration Ulverston" width="600" height="" title="Cream Black Victorian Hallway Floor Tiles Before Restoration Ulverston" /></center></p> <p>I discussed with the client what needed to be done and after finding a suitable supplier for the replacement tiles was able to produce a quote which was accepted, and we agreed a price for the work.</p> <h2>Repairing a Cream and Black Victorian Hallway Floor</h2> <p>My first task was to rebuild the areas of broken and missing tiles. For the larger areas I mapped out a suitable pattern and set about cutting the replacement tiles to fit. A thick bed of flexible rapid set floor adhesive was applied to the floor and the replacement tiles bedded into the old cement base. Once the adhesive had hardened the tiles were grouted, cleaned-up and left to dry.</p> <p><center><img src="http://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2019/05/Cream-Black-Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Tiles-Before-Restoration-Ulverston-0624.jpg" alt="Cream Black Victorian Hallway Floor Tiles Before Restoration Ulverston" width="600" height="" title="Cream Black Victorian Hallway Floor Tiles Before Restoration Ulverston" /></center></p> <p>There were several areas that needed this treatment, so the work took some time to complete.</p> <p><center><img src="http://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2019/05/Cream-Black-Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Tiles-During-Restoration-Ulverston-0635.jpg" alt="Cream Black Victorian Hallway Floor Tiles During Restoration Ulverston" width="600" height="" title="Cream Black Victorian Hallway Floor Tiles During Restoration Ulverston" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning/Repairing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>Returning the next day, I first checked that the replacement tiles had set and that there were no further problems that needed addressing. All was well so I began cleaning the floor using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">200-grit</a> followed by a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-400-grit-coarse-red-no-1-burnishing-pad/36/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">400-grit Diamond pad</a> fitted to a weighted buffing machine running at slow speed and lubricated with water. The floor was rinsed with water after each pad and then the soil extracted using a wet vacuum.</p> <p>The floor was then given an acid wash using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up</a>, which at this stage acts in two ways for these old floors:</p> <p>1. The <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up</a> product is made from Phosphoric Acid (not a brick Acid, which is a lot cheaper, more widely available but too strong for use on tile.) The acid we use works with us not against us and gives us time to change the pH of the floor to a slightly acidic pH. This is important on old floors like these where no damp proof membrane has been installed and it’s important to counter any alkaline salts in the floor which could lead to efflorescence later.<br /> 2. The sealer will bond to the surface a lot better when it has had this treatment and as a result you get a sharper cleaner finish.</p> <p><center><img src="http://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2019/05/Cream-Black-Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Tiles-Before-Restoration-Ulverston-0646.jpg" alt="Cream Black Victorian Hallway Floor Tiles Before Restoration Ulverston" width="500" height="" title="Cream Black Victorian Hallway Floor Tiles Before Restoration Ulverston" /></center></p> <p>Once done the floor was given another rinse and extraction with water and the wet vacuum and then left to dry out for a few days,</p> <h2>Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>We returned as promised to seal the whole floor using a couple of coats of a breathable colour enhancing sealer called <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a>. As you can see form the pictures this really brought the hallway floor to life. <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Colour Grow</a> works from the inside by occupying the pores in the tile and will protect it from ingrained dirt staining going forward.</p> <p><center><img src="http://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2019/05/Cream-Black-Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Tiles-After-Restoration-Ulverston-1645.jpg" alt="Cream Black Victorian Hallway Floor Tiles After Restoration Ulverston" width="500" height="" title="Cream Black Victorian Hallway Floor Tiles After Restoration Ulverston" /></center></p> <p>It’s very important for a customer to use the correct cleaner after having there tiles cleaned and sealed professionally as using the wrong product can prematurely degrade the sealer. As a result, we recommend <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Concentrated Neutral Tile Cleaner</a>, its pH balanced and will not upset the sealer, thus getting maximum longevity out of the whole process.</p> <p><center><img src="http://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2019/05/Cream-Black-Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Tiles-After-Restoration-Ulverston-0659.jpg" alt="Cream Black Victorian Hallway Floor Tiles After Restoration Ulverston" width="600" height="" title="Cream Black Victorian Hallway Floor Tiles After Restoration Ulverston" /></center></p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in South Cumbria</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/cream-and-black-victorian-hallway-floor-restoration-in-ulverston/">Cream and Black Victorian Hallway Floor Restoration in Ulverston</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz">South Cumbria Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Troublesome Travertine Tiled Shower Enclosure Renovated in Totley https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/troublesome-travertine-tiled-shower-enclosure-renovated-in-totley/ South Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:b44b4127-2d0b-2998-5249-0d77b1728914 Wed, 29 May 2019 02:16:07 +0000 <p>I was asked to call into a property in the Sheffield suburb of Totley to renovate a troublesome Travertine tiled shower enclosure. The customer simply couldn&#8217;t keep the shower clean and the travertine was just getting dirtier and dirtier. I &#8230; <a href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/troublesome-travertine-tiled-shower-enclosure-renovated-in-totley/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/troublesome-travertine-tiled-shower-enclosure-renovated-in-totley/">Troublesome Travertine Tiled Shower Enclosure Renovated in Totley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was asked to call into a property in the <b>Sheffield</b> suburb of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Totley" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Totley</a></b> to renovate a troublesome Travertine tiled shower enclosure. The customer simply couldn&#8217;t keep the shower clean and the travertine was just getting dirtier and dirtier. I could see from the pictures that the stone tiles were becoming stained with the use of shampoo and soaps, also there was evidence of mould build-up which had led to some of the grout turning black.</p> <p>Once I was on site, I could see that any sealant that may have been present on the Travertine had broken down and worn off leaving the pores in the stone vulnerable to dirt etc. Once dirt has become ingrained you will find it very difficult to get rid of it using normal household cleaners. I discussed with the client the best course of action, we chatted about the cost and they were happy to go ahead with the work. The work would take less than a day to complete.</p> <p><center><img src="http://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2019/05/Travertine-Tiled-Shower-Enclosure-Before-Cleaning-Totley.jpg" alt="Travertine Tiled Shower Enclosure Before Cleaning Totley" width="" height="" title="Travertine Tiled Shower Enclosure Before Cleaning Totley" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning a Travertine Tiled Shower Enclosure</h2> <p>I started by applying <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-oxy-gel-1-litre/169/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctors Oxy-Gel</a> which is a Tile and Grout cleaning product in a Gel form that allows it to cling to walls without running off. This means you can leave it working on the Tile and Grout for as long as you want. Thirty minutes is normally enough to clean most stone and lift the underlying dirt. The <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-oxy-gel-1-litre/169/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Oxy-Gel</a> was then scrubbed in by hand and rinsed off with water. The first clean, removed most of the dirt and grime, however the really stained areas were treated twice. </p> <p>Once the stone was clean, I turned my attention to the mould stained silicone seal between the tile and shower tray. I worked carefully to remove the existing silicone with a sharp knife to ensure neither the tile or shower tray was damaged. After cleaning up the area and making sure it was dry new Limestone coloured silicone was inserted to match the grout. It’s important to use good quality silicone as the cheaper ones tend to discolour fast. </p> <h2>Sealing a Travertine Tiled Shower</h2> <p>Once the tiles were fully dry, I set about sealing the Travertine and Grout using two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra Seal</a>. This is a premium, no-sheen, natural-look, sealer which is formulated to provide maximum stain protection, it is also an excellent grout sealer. The natural colours of the now clean Travertine tiles were able to shine through and any water now runs off the wall instead of collecting in the pores of the stone.</p> <p><center><img src="http://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2019/05/Travertine-Tiled-Shower-Enclosure-After-Cleaning-Totley.jpg" alt="Travertine Tiled Shower Enclosure After Cleaning Totley" width="" height="" title="Travertine Tiled Shower Enclosure After Cleaning Totley" /></center></p> <p>As you can imagine my client was delighted with the result. To ensure they stopped using the household cleaners applied previously we left them with some free <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-aqua-pro-with-trigger-spray/1/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Aqua-Pro</a> shower cleaner and instruction on how to keep the shower area looking great. This product is pH neutral so will not prematurely erode the sealer which happens with stronger supermarket products.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of a Travertine Tiled Shower in South Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/troublesome-travertine-tiled-shower-enclosure-renovated-in-totley/">Troublesome Travertine Tiled Shower Enclosure Renovated in Totley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Lino Covered Geometric Victorian Floor Restored in Stoke, Coventry https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/lino-covered-geometric-victorian-floor-restored-in-stoke-coventry/ Warwickshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:4d17475d-58b7-31f1-ca56-2f314c0ed9fc Tue, 28 May 2019 01:16:22 +0000 <p>This Victorian hallway floor laid with a Geometric pattern was discovered under Lino at a property in the Stoke area of Coventry. At some point in the past the tiled floor had been covered over with a self-levelling screed and &#8230; <a href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/lino-covered-geometric-victorian-floor-restored-in-stoke-coventry/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/lino-covered-geometric-victorian-floor-restored-in-stoke-coventry/">Lino Covered Geometric Victorian Floor Restored in Stoke, Coventry</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz">Warwickshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This Victorian hallway floor laid with a Geometric pattern was discovered under Lino at a property in the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoke_Heath,_Coventry" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><b>Stoke</b> area of Coventry</a>. At some point in the past the tiled floor had been covered over with a self-levelling screed and then Karndean Vinyl which had since been removed. The floor was now looking a mess and the client wanted the Victorian floor restored and the hallway to look a lot more inviting! </p> <p><center><img src="http://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2019/05/Victorian-Geometric-Floor-Stoke-Coventry-During-Cleaning3.jpg" alt="Victorian Geometric Floor Stoke Coventry During Cleaning" width="500" height="" title="Victorian Geometric Floor Stoke Coventry During Cleaning" /></center></p> <p>The Stoke area of Coventry includes Stoke Park, Stoke Aldermoor, Stoke Heath, Copeswood, and Charterhouse. It has a long history and is well known for its contribution to the UK car manufacturing industry. I visited the property to survey the floor and run a small test clean to ensure we could get the residue from the floor. I was satisfied it could be successfully completed and we agreed a price for the work, they were happy to go ahead as soon as possible.</p> <h2> Cleaning a Victorian Geometric Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>On day one I set about removing the screed which took two days using various coarse pads fitted to a buffing machine and then by hand with a scraper. It was exhausting work, some of the screed had bonded to the surface of the tiles and I had to hand grind it off. </p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2019/05/Victorian-Geometric-Floor-Stoke-Coventry-During-Cleaning1.jpg" alt="Victorian Geometric Floor Stoke Coventry During Cleaning" width="282" height="" title="Victorian Geometric Floor Stoke Coventry During Cleaning" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2019/05/Victorian-Geometric-Floor-Stoke-Coventry-During-Cleaning2.jpg" alt="Victorian Geometric Floor Stoke Coventry During Cleaning" width="282" height="" title="Victorian Geometric Floor Stoke Coventry During Cleaning" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The floor was then deep cleaned with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> which was scrubbed in with a very coarse <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-100-grit-very-coarse-milling-pad/44/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">100-grit pad</a>. The floor was rinsed and extracted several times to remove all the soil. Old floors like these don&#8217;t have a damp-proof membrane fitted so I was concerned about the possibility of efflorescent salts rising through the tiles once I had left. To counter this I gave the floor an acid rinse using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a> which was scrubbed into the floor and then rinsed off with water. I then left the floor for a few weeks to dry out and settle before returning to carry out the sealing process.</p> <h2>Sealing a Victorian Geometric Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>When I returned the floor had dried out and the sealing could be carried out. I selected to use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which copes well with damp conditions which are a problem with old floors like these. The floor as you can see from the pictures was totally transformed. The colour really shone through, but the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> had given it a lovely finish without being too shiny.</p> <p><center><img src="http://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2019/05/Victorian-Geometric-Floor-Stoke-Coventry-After-Cleaning1.jpg" alt="Victorian Geometric Floor Stoke Coventry After Cleaning" width="500" height="" title="Victorian Geometric Floor Stoke Coventry After Cleaning" /></center></p> <p>The client was over the moon with the finish, it was much better than they had expected. I arranged to return a few months later to check on the floor and I’m pleased to say it had responded well to the treatment. I was happy no damp issues had surfaced so I then added a couple of coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-extra-1-litre/22/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go Extra</a>.</p> <p><center><img src="http://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2019/05/Victorian-Geometric-Floor-Stoke-Coventry-After-Cleaning2.jpg" alt="Victorian Geometric Floor Stoke Coventry After Cleaning" width="500" height="" title="Victorian Geometric Floor Stoke Coventry After Cleaning" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in Warwickshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/lino-covered-geometric-victorian-floor-restored-in-stoke-coventry/">Lino Covered Geometric Victorian Floor Restored in Stoke, Coventry</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz">Warwickshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Restorative Cleaning of Victorian Hallway Tiles in Wellingborough https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/restorative-cleaning-of-victorian-hallway-tiles-in-wellingborough/ Northamptonshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:c7d89ab2-3348-3ce0-e08d-1c26d0d1758f Fri, 24 May 2019 01:25:43 +0000 <p>I recently visited a property in Wellingborough to survey their Victorian Hallway floor and work out the best method and products to restore it. The tiles were extremely dirty as the sealant had worn off allowing dirt to become ingrained. &#8230; <a href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/restorative-cleaning-of-victorian-hallway-tiles-in-wellingborough/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/restorative-cleaning-of-victorian-hallway-tiles-in-wellingborough/">Restorative Cleaning of Victorian Hallway Tiles in Wellingborough</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz">Northamptonshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I recently visited a property in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wellingborough" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Wellingborough</a> to survey their Victorian Hallway floor and work out the best method and products to restore it. The tiles were extremely dirty as the sealant had worn off allowing dirt to become ingrained. They had not been maintained for many years and there was evidence of adhesive which was due to a carpet being stuck down at some point in the past. </p> <p><center><img src="http://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/05/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-Wellingborough-Before-Restoration-2279.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor Wellingborough Before Restoration" width="500" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor Wellingborough Before Restoration" /></center></p> <p>To restore the Victorian floor, I would need to remove the glue and give the tiles a professional deep clean to extract the years of ground-in dirt and staining. Following this the tiles would need sealing in order to protect them going forward. After discussing the work in detail with the owner I sent over a quotation by email which was accepted, and a date arranged for work to commence.</p> <p><center><img src="http://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/05/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-Wellingborough-Before-Restoration-2278.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor Wellingborough Before Restoration" width="500" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor Wellingborough Before Restoration" /></center></p> <h2>Restorative Cleaning of Victorian Hallway Tiles</h2> <p>On my return I applied a cocktail of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-oxy-gel-1-litre/169/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Oxy-Gel</a> and <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-nanotech-hbu-remover-1-litre/10/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Nano-Tech HBU</a> to the tiles. This creates a strong cleaning/coatings remover that would soften the embedded soiling and glue making it easier to remove. I left this to dwell on the floor for about an hour so it could break down the soil and adhesive. I then fitted a coarse <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-100-grit-very-coarse-milling-pad/44/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">100-grit diamond pad</a> to a rotary floor buffer and scrubbed the floor vacuuming up the resulting residue as I went along working in small sections of 2/3 metres at a time. I then repeated the process using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">200-grit pad</a>, rinsing and extracting afterwards with water to remove the fine slurry this process generates.</p> <p>Old floors like these were laid before the invention of the damp proof membrane which can result in moisture rising through the floor as it evaporates potentially leaving alkaline salt deposits on the surface. This process is known as Efflorescence and although I minimised the use of water during the cleaning process, I was concerned that this may still present a problem later. To neutralise any alkaline salts in the floor that could cause this problem my last action for the day was give the floor an acid wash using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a>. </p> <p>Once this was done and extracted from the floor, I followed up with a further clean using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor pH Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> which was applied with a microfibre cloth. I left the floor to dry off overnight so it could be sealed the next day.</p> <h2>Sealing Restored Victorian Hallway Tiles</h2> <p>On day two I used a damp meter to check the moisture levels in the floor to ensure it had dried overnight. The results were good, so I set about applying the sealer. For this floor I decided to go with three coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is an impregnating sealer that as well as protecting the Victorian tiles form staining also enhances the colours in the tile. This sealer is also fully breathable so any moisture will be able to evaporate up through the tile and not get trapped under the floor where it could cause problems.</p> <p><center><img src="http://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/05/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-Wellingborough-After-Restoration-2317.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor Wellingborough After Restoration" width="500" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor Wellingborough After Restoration" /></center></p> <p>Before leaving I also discussed maintenance cleaning with the customer and left them a bottle of Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner which is safe to use on sealed floors and will help keep the tiles looking at their best. It’s supplied in concentrated form so it should last them some time before they run out. The customer was very happy with the end results and has left positive comments on our website.</p> <p><I> Very happy with the restoration of my Victorian tiled floor, cleaned, sealed and polished bringing it back to life. Phil was prompt to get back to me with any aftercare questions/queries/visits. Paula B, Wellingborough</I></p> <p><center><img src="http://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/05/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-Wellingborough-After-Restoration-2315.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor Wellingborough After Restoration" width="500" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor Wellingborough After Restoration" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Victorian Hallway Tile Restoration in Northamptonshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/restorative-cleaning-of-victorian-hallway-tiles-in-wellingborough/">Restorative Cleaning of Victorian Hallway Tiles in Wellingborough</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz">Northamptonshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Polishing Black “Negro Marquina” Marble Shower Tiles in Thame https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/polishing-black-negro-marquina-marble-shower-tiles-in-thame/ Oxfordshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:7131badc-31f7-d020-ff66-bb7371960afe Wed, 08 May 2019 01:01:00 +0000 <p>I received a call regarding a Black Marble tiled shower that the customer thought he would clean himself and ended up unfortunately making worse. Black Marble adds a very opulent and elegant look to a bathroom, and I suspect this &#8230; <a href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/polishing-black-negro-marquina-marble-shower-tiles-in-thame/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/polishing-black-negro-marquina-marble-shower-tiles-in-thame/">Polishing Black &#8220;Negro Marquina&#8221; Marble Shower Tiles in Thame</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz">Oxfordshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I received a call regarding a <b>Black Marble</b> tiled shower that the customer thought he would clean himself and ended up unfortunately making worse. Black Marble adds a very opulent and elegant look to a bathroom, and I suspect this particular variety with the white veins is known as &#8220;Negro Marquina&#8221; which comes from the Basque region of Spain. I did a quick price check on-line and these tiles are priced around £60 each! </p> <p><center><img src="https://i1.wp.com/oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/05/Black-Negro-Marquina-Marble-Shower-Tiles-Before-Polishing-Thame-083002.jpg?w=500" alt="Black Negro Marquina Marble Shower Tiles Before Polishing Thame" height="" title="Black Negro Marquina Marble Shower Tiles Before Polishing Thame" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>If you look closely at the before picture you can see the Marble has lost its shine and has a cloudy appearance. This was due to the use of an acid based cleaner. <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thame" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Thame</a></b> and Oxford lie in a hard water area, so we often find customers seek to remove Limescale deposits off tile using household products such as Vikal or Cillit Bang. The trouble with these products is they are acidic, and marble is acid sensitive so is easily marked and damaged by their use. You should always read the label before using any cleaner to check if its safe to use on natural stone. </p> <p>The client was desperate to get the shower room looking how it should when he had selected this beautiful stone.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Marble Tiled Shower</h2> <p>To rectify the problem and restore the polished appearance of the marble I burnished the stone using a small 6 inch <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/6-inch-200-grit-coarse-stone-resurfacing-pad/176/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">200-grit diamond pad</a> attached to a handheld buffer. This coarse pad cuts back the stone surface to remove the etching, I then used a 400-grit pad which removed the fine scratches made by the first pad. This was followed up with an 800-grit pad which starts the honing process which restores the polished appearance. Water is used to lubricate the process and the tiles are rinsed with water after each stage to remove the fine slurry that is generated. </p> <p>This is further followed by 1500 and 3000 grit pads the last pad is applied dry with only a little bit of water and leaves the tiles dry and ready for the next stage.</p> <h2> Polishing a Marble Tiled Shower </h2> <p>To further build the polish and protect the stone I applied <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-shine-powder-1kg-tub/18/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Shine Powder</a> buffed in with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/6-inch-white-buffer-pads/139/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">white pad</a>. This was applied to the marble wall tiles and then rinsed with water and wiped dry with a clean cloth. When the tiles were fully dry, I buffed the tiles with a clean white pad to show the final polished finish. The tiles looked much improved and very shiny.</p> <p><center><img src="https://i0.wp.com/oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/05/Black-Negro-Marquina-Marble-Shower-Tiles-After-Polishing-Thame-164019.jpg?w=500" alt="Black Negro Marquina Marble Shower Tiles After Polishing Thame" height="" title="Black Negro Marquina Marble Shower Tiles After Polishing Thame" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>The job was completed in a day and the customer was much relieved that I was able to restore the appearance of the marble. I suggested that he should use <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-aqua-pro-with-trigger-spray/1/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Aqua Pro</a> as his tile cleaner of choice in future. This is pH neutral so will not damage the tiles like the acidic products he had used previously, and it should help him keep the shower room looking sparkling and opulent as initially intended!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Marble Tiled Shower in Oxfordshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/polishing-black-negro-marquina-marble-shower-tiles-in-thame/">Polishing Black &#8220;Negro Marquina&#8221; Marble Shower Tiles in Thame</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz">Oxfordshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Leaking Bath Mastic Replaced and Tile Renovated in Harrogate https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/leaking-bath-mastic-replaced-and-tile-renovated-in-harrogate/ North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:75b870eb-b0a7-b651-c32a-e46b154f6acc Tue, 07 May 2019 01:31:09 +0000 <p>I couldn&#8217;t believe the state of the mastic sealant that had been applied to this bathtub at a house in the North Yorkshire Spa town of Harrogate. As you can see from the pictures, it was a mess. There were &#8230; <a href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/leaking-bath-mastic-replaced-and-tile-renovated-in-harrogate/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/leaking-bath-mastic-replaced-and-tile-renovated-in-harrogate/">Leaking Bath Mastic Replaced and Tile Renovated in Harrogate</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I couldn&#8217;t believe the state of the mastic sealant that had been applied to this bathtub at a house in the North Yorkshire Spa town of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrogate" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Harrogate</a></b>. As you can see from the pictures, it was a mess. There were at least three layers of white silicon mastic sealant then a layer of clear silicone had been applied with a spatula then some grout on top of that! I feared the worst. </p> <p><center><img src="http://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/05/Renovating-White-Ceramic-Tiled-Bathroom-Harrogate-Before-082719.jpg" alt="Renovating White Ceramic Tiled Bathroom Harrogate Before" width="600" height="" title="Renovating White Ceramic Tiled Bathroom Harrogate Before" /></center></p> <p>It was the result of a succession of bodge jobs that didn’t work and continued to let water leak down to the room below where it had left brown stains on the ceiling. The client had unfortunately tried to get it patched up but had just made the problem worse. The problem needed to be resolved properly so the ceiling below could dry out, be repaired and then re-painted. </p> <p>Had the problem been dealt with immediately the damage would not have been so bad. By the time the water shows itself on the ceiling the leak has probably already been there for some time. The bathroom itself was in good condition but the mastic sealant was really letting it down. I discussed with the client what needed to be done and we agreed a price for the work and returned the following week.</p> <p><center><img src="http://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/05/Renovating-White-Ceramic-Tiled-Bathroom-Harrogate-Before-082734.jpg" alt="Renovating White Ceramic Tiled Bathroom Harrogate Before" width="600" height="" title="Renovating White Ceramic Tiled Bathroom Harrogate Before" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning/Repairing Bathroom Tiles</h2> <p>I first washed the Ceramic wall tile and grout surrounding the bath with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-oxy-gel-1-litre/169/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Oxy-Gel</a> to remove staining from the usual combination of dirt, grime, body oil, and soap scum. Being in gel form, this product sticks well to vertical surfaces where its best left for five to ten minutes before scrubbing in so it can get to work breaking down the dirt. I then rinsed the wall tiles with water and re-treated any stubborn stains with a repeat of the process until all the tile and grout was clean. </p> <p>Once happy with the tile and grout I began to strip off the layers of silicone mastic. This is a slow process by hand, with care not the damage the tiles or the bath. After 4 hours it was all off. The final layer of white silicon was jet black, so had come away from the bath a long time ago. It is essential to have a nice clean surface to apply new silicon to ensure the best result. Adding layer upon layer will not solve the underlying problem.</p> <p>Once l completely removed all traces of silicone l ran a heat gun over gap for about half an hour to remove the moisture. If any moisture had been left the new sealant wouldn’t adhere to the bath and tile properly causing it to peel off later and we would be back to square one.</p> <p>The last step of the renovation was to fill the bath with water before applying a fresh thin bead of white silicone sealant. Applying mastic well takes a lot of practice to get a nice smooth finish but having carried out numerous bathroom and kitchen refurbs over the years it’s a skill I’ve manage to acquire. Once the fresh mastic was dry the water was emptied from the bath, this technique ensures the silicone is positioned correctly.</p> <p><center><img src="http://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/05/Renovating-White-Ceramic-Tiled-Bathroom-Harrogate-After-115038.jpg" alt="Renovating White Ceramic Tiled Bathroom Harrogate After" width="600" height="" title="Renovating White Ceramic Tiled Bathroom Harrogate After" /></center></p> <p>As you can see from the pictures there was quite a remarkable transformation. The client was speechless, the difference to the overall look of the bathroom was astounding. It would no longer be a chore for them to use the bathroom. Now they just need to allow the downstairs ceiling to dry out so they can redecorate.</p> <p><center><img src="http://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/05/Renovating-White-Ceramic-Tiled-Bathroom-Harrogate-After-113707.jpg" alt="Renovating White Ceramic Tiled Bathroom Harrogate After" width="600" height="" title="Renovating White Ceramic Tiled Bathroom Harrogate After" /></center></p> <p>Glazed Ceramic tiles are easy to clean however Grout can be a problem due to its cementous nature which traps dirt therefore I recommend protecting the grout with <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/wall-tile-and-grout-sealer-aerosol-spray-500ml/137/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">grout sealer</a> which forms an invisible barrier over the grout and makes it easier to wash clean. For aftercare you can’t go wrong with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-aqua-pro-with-trigger-spray/1/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Aqua Pro</a> which is designed for cleaning shower tile where the grout has been sealed.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3> Professional Restoration of a Bathroom Tiles in North West Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/leaking-bath-mastic-replaced-and-tile-renovated-in-harrogate/">Leaking Bath Mastic Replaced and Tile Renovated in Harrogate</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Grubby Tiled Shower Cubicle Renovated in in Chorlton-cum-Hardy https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/grubby-tiled-shower-cubicle-renovated-in-in-chorlton-cum-hardy/ Greater Manchester Tile Doctor urn:uuid:c32e4d58-908c-a218-1284-f8bbcd051379 Mon, 06 May 2019 00:50:31 +0000 <p>Shower Tile and Grout renovation is a speciality of ours and has made us popular with landlords who understand properties are easier to rent when the bathrooms look fresh. This was the case with this shower cubicle at a rental &#8230; <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/grubby-tiled-shower-cubicle-renovated-in-in-chorlton-cum-hardy/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/grubby-tiled-shower-cubicle-renovated-in-in-chorlton-cum-hardy/">Grubby Tiled Shower Cubicle Renovated in in Chorlton-cum-Hardy</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz">Greater Manchester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Shower Tile and Grout renovation is a speciality of ours and has made us popular with landlords who understand properties are easier to rent when the bathrooms look fresh. This was the case with this shower cubicle at a rental property in <a href="https://www.chorlton-cum-hardy.gov.uk/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Chorlton-cum-Hardy</a> which is a popular suburb of Manchester south of Old Trafford. </p> <p><center><img src="http://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2019/05/Grubby-Shower-Cubicle-Before-Renovation-Chorlton-Cum-Hardy-Rental-Property-4314.jpg" alt="Grubby Shower Cubicle Before Renovation Chorlton Cum Hardy Rental Property" width="500" height="" title="Grubby Shower Cubicle Before Renovation Chorlton Cum Hardy Rental Property" /></center></p> <p>The shower cubicle was in quite a state and well overdue a deep clean. You can see from the photographs that the shower tray was very dirty, the white ceramic wall tiles were grubby, the white grout had gone black and the silicone sealant had darkened with mould.</p> <p><center><img src="http://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2019/05/Grubby-Shower-Cubicle-Before-Renovation-Chorlton-Cum-Hardy-Rental-Property-4316.jpg" alt="Grubby Shower Cubicle Before Renovation Chorlton Cum Hardy Rental Property" width="500" height="" title="Grubby Shower Cubicle Before Renovation Chorlton Cum Hardy Rental Property" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning a Grubby Shower Cubicle in Chorlton</h2> <p>Working in sections from top to bottom I began the cleaning process by treating the tile and grout with <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-duo-clean/200/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Duo-Clean</a> which a double action cleaning product. Duo-Clean is a recent addition to the Tile Doctor range and combines the properties of an effective tile and grout cleaner with a mould remover. It cleans and can remove mould and blackspot from grout and silicone, so an ideal product for cleaning up neglected shower cubicles.</p> <p>The spray attachment mixes the product with air making it light and allowing it to easily stick to vertical surfaces where it can get to work breaking down dirt and mould. It was sprayed onto the wall tile and grout and then left to dwell for five minutes before being scrubbed in with a stiff brush. The area was subsequently rinsed with water to remove the soil. In some stubborn places, I didn’t achieve the desired result right away, so I repeated the cleaning process a couple of times before moving onto the next section. I can tell you a lot of elbow grease was expended on this particular cubicle, I even cleaned up the shower tray which had gone green with an accumulation of soap scum.</p> <p>When the tile and grout was cleaned to the best of my abilities, I used a heat gun to dry the walls quickly. Next, I removed all the mouldy silicone around the shower tray with a sharp knife and then further dried the area.</p> <h2>Sealing Shower Grout</h2> <p>After everything was cleaned and dried, I sealed the grout using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/wall-tile-and-grout-sealer-aerosol-spray-500ml/137/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Wall Tile and Grout Sealer</a> Aerosol Spray. The tiles were glazed ceramic so won’t accept a sealer however the top layer of grout is porous which makes it vulnerable to dirt, grease, mould and limescale. Sealing will therefore ensure it keeps its appearance for longer and reduce the need for regular maintenance. Being a spray on sealer it’s very easy to apply, all you have to do is wipe it off the excess sealer from the adjacent tile afterwards.</p> <p><center><img src="http://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2019/05/Grubby-Shower-Cubicle-After-Renovation-Chorlton-Cum-Hardy-Rental-Property-4330.jpg" alt="Grubby Shower Cubicle After Renovation Chorlton Cum Hardy Rental Property" width="500" height="" title="Grubby Shower Cubicle After Renovation Chorlton Cum Hardy Rental Property" /></center></p> <p>When I had finished sealing the grout, I applied new, high quality and mould resistant silicone in White to match the tile and shower tray. With that, the restoration was complete. </p> <p>The whole process took less than a day and although it was hard work both myself and the landlord were very pleased with the outcome. If you didn’t know any better, you would think it was a brand-new installation.</p> <p><center><img src="http://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2019/05/Grubby-Shower-Cubicle-After-Renovation-Chorlton-Cum-Hardy-Rental-Property-4328.jpg" alt="Grubby Shower Cubicle After Renovation Chorlton Cum Hardy Rental Property" width="500" height="" title="Grubby Shower Cubicle After Renovation Chorlton Cum Hardy Rental Property" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Shower Cubicle Cleaning in Greater Manchester</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/grubby-tiled-shower-cubicle-renovated-in-in-chorlton-cum-hardy/">Grubby Tiled Shower Cubicle Renovated in in Chorlton-cum-Hardy</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz">Greater Manchester Tile Doctor</a>.</p>