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/ Renovating a large Travertine Kitchen Floor in Nantwich https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-large-travertine-kitchen-floor-in-nantwich/ East Cheshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:e0690cb4-3508-4101-1830-cae10b0aa06c Wed, 29 Sep 2021 16:07:38 +0000 <p>This client from Nantwich had a beautiful Travertine tiled floor installed in their very large kitchen and utility area. Realising that their tiles didn&#8217;t look as good as when they were installed, they got in touch to ask if I could clean and re-seal the tiles and grouting. I went over to survey the floor [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-large-travertine-kitchen-floor-in-nantwich/">Renovating a large Travertine Kitchen Floor in Nantwich</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">East Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This client from <b><a href="https://thenantwichnews.co.uk/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Nantwich</a></b> had a beautiful <b>Travertine tiled floor</b> installed in their very large kitchen and utility area. Realising that their tiles didn&#8217;t look as good as when they were installed, they got in touch to ask if I could clean and re-seal the tiles and grouting.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/09/Travertine-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Nantwich-1.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Travertine Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Nantwich" width="" height="" title="Travertine Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Nantwich" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>I went over to survey the floor and could see the grout had darkened (it was originally white) and the travertine was trapping dirt in the natural pits of the stone. I conducted a test clean on the grout and Travertine which responded well, the client was impressed, and I was asked to do the whole floor. Happy with my quote for restoring the tile and grout we scheduled a date to do the work.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/09/Travertine-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Nantwich-2.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Travertine Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Nantwich" width="" height="" title="Travertine Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Nantwich" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p><b>Nantwich</b> is a medieval market town in Cheshire, well known for its Tudor and Georgian architecture. It has one of the highest concentrations of listed buildings in England and many of these properties have very old floors.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>We scheduled in a date for the work, and I began by cleaning the floor with a strong solution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> worked into the grout and pitting with hand brushes. I then used a wire brush on the grout to get it really clean. The soiled solution was rinsed off with water and extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/09/Travertine-Kitchen-Floor-During-Grout-Cleaning-Nantwich-3.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Travertine Kitchen Floor During Grout Cleaning Nantwich" width="" height="" title="Travertine Kitchen Floor During Grout Cleaning Nantwich" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>Once done the Travertine was burnished using 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" target="_blank">Tile Doctor burnishing pads</a> from 400 through to 1500-grit attached to the rotary machine, rinsing with water in between to remove the soiling. The pads are encrusted with diamond and after being worked over each pad three times do an amazing job of removing ingrained dirt and bringing up the polish on the stone.</p> <p>The floor needs to be dry before I can apply the sealer so once the burnishing was done, I gave it a final finish and extracted as much moisture as possible with the wet vacuum.</p> <h2>Sealing a Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>The Travertine was left to dry off overnight and I returned the next day to apply a sealer, first checking the floor was dry with a damp meter. The readings were acceptable, so I was able to get on with the sealing. My client had requested a natural finish, so I had recommended <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal</a> which is almost invisible sealer that provides protection but doesn’t change the look of the stone. Only a couple of coats are required and being an impregnating sealer, it works by soaking into stone and occupying the pores so dirt can’t become ingrained there. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/09/Travertine-Kitchen-Floor-After-Renovation-Nantwich-6.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Travertine Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Nantwich" width="" height="" title="Travertine Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Nantwich" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>Once the sealer had dried the floor looked so much cleaner and I had a very happy customer who left the following feedback:</p> <p><center><I>&#8220;Kamilla has totally transformed our tumbled travertine kitchen floor. It looks like new again, we are so pleased. Kamilla explained the whole process and was a pleasure to deal with. We are delighted with the end result, Kamilla worked so hard, would highly recommend.&#8221;</I></center></p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/09/Travertine-Kitchen-Floor-After-Renovation-Nantwich-5.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Travertine Kitchen Floor After Renovation Nantwich" width="" height="" title="Travertine Kitchen Floor After Renovation Nantwich" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>For aftercare cleaning and maintenance, I recommended they use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a> which is pH neutral and mild enough to use every day. You must be careful when choosing a cleaner for sealed floors as many products are too strong and will reduce the lifespan of the sealer. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Clean and Seal of Travertine Floor Tiles in East Cheshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-large-travertine-kitchen-floor-in-nantwich/">Renovating a large Travertine Kitchen Floor in Nantwich</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">East Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Pitted Travertine Tiled Floor Restored at Kidlington Hair Salon https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/pitted-travertine-tiled-floor-restored-at-kidlington-hair-salon/ Oxfordshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:b6ab2611-51c2-b9c8-e0e2-c3deffb250b6 Wed, 22 Sep 2021 02:44:51 +0000 <p>The Travertine tiled floor installed at this busy hair salon in the village of Kidlington, had seen a lot of wear of the years and was now looking rather sorry for itself. I suspect the floor hadn’t been professionally maintained and the use of acidic cleaning products had caused holes to form Pitts in the [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/pitted-travertine-tiled-floor-restored-at-kidlington-hair-salon/">Pitted Travertine Tiled Floor Restored at Kidlington Hair Salon</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz">Oxfordshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The <b>Travertine tiled floor</b> installed at this busy hair salon in the village of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kidlington" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Kidlington</a></b>, had seen a lot of wear of the years and was now looking rather sorry for itself. I suspect the floor hadn’t been professionally maintained and the use of acidic cleaning products had caused holes to form Pitts in the stone which then trapped dirt. Owners of stone floors should be careful what they use to clean their floors with, as many products can dissolve the calcium in the stone over time. If a sealer has been applied, they will strip that off the floor first leaving the stone vulnerable to dirt which becomes ingrained in the stone and is difficult to remove.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2021/09/Travertine-Floor-Before-Clean-Seal-Kidlington-Hair-Salon.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Travertine Floor Before Clean Seal Kidlington Hair Salon" width="" height="" title="Travertine Floor Before Clean Seal Kidlington Hair Salon" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>The natural colours in this stone which were a mixture of red and green hues which are most unusual for travertine, however due to the accumulation of dirt in the pores of the stone it was difficult to appreciate. I discussed with the client the work needed to renovate the stone and agreed a price for the work. This salon was still closed at this point due to lockdown and the salon owner wanted to have the stone floor renovated as soon as possible in time for re-opening.</p> <h2> Cleaning a Travertine Tiled Hair Salon Floor</h2> <p>First, I gave the floor an initial clean using a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> which as per usual was left for ten minutes to soak into the pores before being scrubbed in with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black pad</a> fitted to a rotary floor buffer. The dirt was then rinsed away with water and extracted with a wet vacuum. </p> <p>The cleaning process was repeated several times and I then turned my attention to the holes in the Travertine. Holes trap dirt so I spent the rest of the morning carefully filling them with a resin filler in a matching colour. </p> <p>When the resin was set, I used a set of diamond encrusted buffing pads to hone the stone and blend the filled holes in with the rest of the floor. Lubricating the process with water the first pad to be applied was a very coarse 50-grit milling pad which was followed with a 100 and then 200 grit milling pad. This part of the process opens the pores in the stone so the dirt can be flushed out leaving the stone nice and clean. The next step is to refine the stone using a set of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/stone-burnishing/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Burnishing pads</a> from 400 up to 1500 grit which closes the pores and rebuilds the polished appearance of the stone. It’s worth mentioning that after each pad I rinsed with more water and the extracted the slurry with a wet vacuum.</p> <h2>Sealing a Travertine Tiled Hair Salon Floor</h2> <p>The floor was left to dry off overnight and I returned the next day to finish the polishing and protect the tiles with the application of a fresh seal. The final step of the polishing process is to apply a very fine 3,000-grit pad to the floor which is done with only a little water sprayed onto the tiles. This last pad really brings up the shine on the Travertine and more importantly it leaves the floor dry which is important when applying a sealer. </p> <p>With the polishing complete I started applying the first of two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is the perfect sealer for Travertine as it soaks into the pores of the stone to protect against ingrained dirt and enhances the natural colours in the stone in the process. Once the sealer had dried a buffed off the excess using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-white/30/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">white pad</a>.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2021/09/Travertine-Floor-After-Clean-Seal-Kidlington-Hair-Salon.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Travertine Floor After Clean Seal Kidlington Hair Salon" width="" height="" title="Travertine Floor After Clean Seal Kidlington Hair Salon" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>The floor was transformed, and the salon owner was very happy with the work we had carried out. For aftercare cleaning I recommended the use of <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a> which helps to maintain the patina and keep the floor looking its best. I also discussed our annual <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/maintenance-plan-system-annual-fee/184/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">maintenance plan</a>, where we return annually for a couple of hours to bring up the polish on the stone and top up the sealer, this is a cost-effective solution to keeping the floor in tip top condition. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Travertine Tiled Hallway in Oxfordshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/pitted-travertine-tiled-floor-restored-at-kidlington-hair-salon/">Pitted Travertine Tiled Floor Restored at Kidlington Hair Salon</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz">Oxfordshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Yorkstone Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Penistone https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/yorkstone-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-penistone/ South Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:3383f70d-4c5e-6ce4-13ac-25ead2046549 Thu, 16 Sep 2021 15:45:05 +0000 <p>The new owners of this converted old farmhouse in Penistone were struggling with its Yorkstone paved floor which continually looked dirty. They had tried to clean it themselves but whatever they tried seemed to have no effect. They found Tile Doctor on-line as their local representative I was asked to survey the floor and recommend [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/yorkstone-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-penistone/">Yorkstone Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Penistone</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The new owners of this converted old farmhouse in <b><a href="http://visitpenistone.co.uk/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Penistone</a></b> were struggling with its <b>Yorkstone paved floor</b> which continually looked dirty. They had tried to clean it themselves but whatever they tried seemed to have no effect. They found Tile Doctor on-line as their local representative I was asked to survey the floor and recommend a solution.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/09/Dirty-Yorkstone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-in-Penistone-123918.jpg" alt="Dirty Yorkstone Floor Before Cleaning in Penistone" width="" height="" title="Dirty Yorkstone Floor Before Cleaning in Penistone" /></center></p> <p>I paid a visit to the house and whilst there conducted a small test clean to show the owners what results could be achieved. I tested a few different products and methods to see what would work best and they were overjoyed with the difference. Happy and confident the stone floor could be renovated we agreed a price and booked at date in to do all 150 square meters.</p> <p><b>Penistone</b> is a small market town to the west of <b>Barnsley</b> nestled in the foothills of the Pennines, as it turns out there used to be a Sandstone quarry here so this Yorkstone floor could well have originated from that very quarry. </p> <h2> Cleaning a Yorkstone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Before doing any work, the area was prepped, woodwork was protected, and furniture was moved out of the way so there would be a clear space in which to work.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/09/Dirty-Yorkstone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-in-Penistone-141437.jpg" alt="Dirty Yorkstone Floor Before Cleaning in Penistone" width="" height="" title="Dirty Yorkstone Floor Before Cleaning in Penistone" /></center></p> <p>To get the floor clean 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/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> to the floor which was left to dwell and soak into the pores of the stone for about ten minutes. Then a rotary floor machine was fitted with various <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/stone-burnishing/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">diamond pads</a> and brushes to scrub the floor. The Pro-clean and scrubbing action released what felt like decades of dirt from the Yorkshire floor and the true beauty of the sandstone started to show through. The resulting brown slurry was then removed with a wet vacuum before a final rinse was done. The floor was large, the work had to be done in small sections scrubbing and extracting until the whole area was clean and repeating the process where necessary. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/09/Dirty-Yorkstone-Floor-During-Cleaning-in-Penistone-121303.jpg" alt="Dirty Yorkstone Floor During Cleaning in Penistone" width="" height="" title="Dirty Yorkstone Floor During Cleaning in Penistone" /></center></p> <p>There were a few areas with missing and loose mortar between the joints of the stone, so these were raked out and sympathetically repaired. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/09/Dirty-Yorkstone-Floor-During-Cleaning-in-Penistone-103541.jpg" alt="Dirty Yorkstone Floor During Cleaning in Penistone" width="" height="" title="Dirty Yorkstone Floor During Cleaning in Penistone" /></center></p> <p>By the end of the first day the floor was looking so much cleaner. The next step would be to seal the stone, but it would need to dry out before I could do that.</p> <h2>Sealing a Yorkstone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>To allow plenty of time for drying I returned a few days later to seal the floor, first checking the stone was dry with the help of a damp meter. I know from experience that applying sealer to damp stone is a bad idea as it will affect the way the sealer cures and mar the overall finish. </p> <p>The readings from the damp meter were fine so I proceeded to seal the Yorkstone flagstones with several coats of Tile Doctor Seal &#038; Go. Natural stone like this is slightly porous so it’s important to prevent dirt from becoming ingrained in the stone by applying a sealer and make the floor easier to keep clean. I recommend <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Seal and Go</a> for Sandstone floors as it adds a nice subtle shine and brings out the natural colours in the stone.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/09/Dirty-Yorkstone-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-in-Penistone.jpg" alt="Dirty Yorkstone Floor After Cleaning Sealing in Penistone" width="" height="" title="Dirty Yorkstone Floor After Cleaning Sealing in Penistone" /></center></p> <p>The client was over the moon with the result, the floor looked superb and to ensure it stayed that way I took time to discuss aftercare cleaning. I make a point of doing this as I often find homeowners with stone floors don’t realise that most supermarket floor cleaning products are simply too strong for a sealed floor. Its always worth reading the label before buying a cleaning product as many are so strong, they can strip a protective sealer away with constant use leaving it vulnerable.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/09/Dirty-Yorkstone-Floor-After-Cleaning-in-Penistone2.jpg" alt="Dirty Yorkstone Floor After Cleaning in Penistone" width="" height="" title="Dirty Yorkstone Floor After Cleaning in Penistone" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/09/Dirty-Yorkstone-Floor-After-Cleaning-in-Penistone3.jpg" alt="Dirty Yorkstone Floor After Cleaning in Penistone" width="" height="" title="Dirty Yorkstone Floor After Cleaning in Penistone" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For the regular cleaning of Sandstone type floors, we recommended the use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a>. This product is pH neutral and so won’t compromise the newly applied sealer. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Cleaning of a Yorkstone Tiled Hallway in South Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/yorkstone-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-penistone/">Yorkstone Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Penistone</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Welsh Slate Kitchen Floor Renovated in Holywell https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/welsh-slate-kitchen-floor-renovated-in-holywell/ West Cheshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:633dab72-da89-5c08-15ee-c67644c411ab Fri, 10 Sep 2021 02:27:07 +0000 <p>We were contacted by a client from the Welsh market town of Holywell asking for assistance with the renovation of a Welsh Slate floor. The stone floor was in their Kitchen and adjacent dining area and had not been professionally cleaned and resealed for several years. To prevent dirt from becoming ingrained in the pores [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/welsh-slate-kitchen-floor-renovated-in-holywell/">Welsh Slate Kitchen Floor Renovated in Holywell</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">West Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>We were contacted by a client from the Welsh market town of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holywell,_Flintshire" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Holywell</a></b> asking for assistance with the renovation of a <b>Welsh Slate floor</b>. The stone floor was in their Kitchen and adjacent dining area and had not been professionally cleaned and resealed for several years. To prevent dirt from becoming ingrained in the pores of natural stone its important to maintain the sealer which does wear off with use.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2021/09/Slate-Floor-Before-Cleaning-in-Holywell-0802140921.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Slate Floor Before Cleaning in Holywell" width="" height="" title="Slate Floor Before Cleaning in Holywell" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>I visited the property to survey the floor and identify any potential issues and could instantly see that the Slate tiles in the large kitchen and dining area had lost their appearance and were now looking very dull indeed. It was clear the sealer had worn away and the stone now needed some love and care to get it looking as it should. To prove to the point, I ran a small cleaning demonstration on part of the floor and straight away they could see an improvement. Happy with my quote to deep clean the Slate and Grout and then reseal the job was booked in. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2021/09/Slate-Floor-Before-Cleaning-in-Holywell-0802082554.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Slate Floor Before Cleaning in Holywell" width="" height="" title="Slate Floor Before Cleaning in Holywell" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <h2>Deep Cleaning Welsh Slate Tile Floor Tiles</h2> <p>The first job was to mop 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" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro Clean</a> which is a strong cleaner, stripper, and degreaser. A strong dilution is best for treating heavy soiled areas and after application it was left to dwell for ten minutes before being scrubbed in with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black pad</a> fitted to a rotary machine and water. This combination released the dirt and old sealer from the pores of the Slate. It normally works on grout lines too but in this case the grout was so dirty I had to use a wire brush to get it clean. </p> <p>The manual scrubbing is of course a slower process than using a machine but was the only way to get the grout clean. The dirty residue was removed with a wet vacuum and the process was repeated until we were satisfied the Slate and grout was as clean as it could be. After a final extraction with the wet vacuum the floor was then left to dry out naturally overnight.</p> <h2> Sealing a Welsh Slate Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Returning the next morning the floor was tested with a damp meter to make sure it was ready to seal. The readings were good, so a coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> was applied which is an impregnating and colour intensifying sealer. This was left to soak into the tiles for ten minutes before rubbing the excess off with a microfibre cloth. This brought out the different natural colours out in the slate and being an impregnator offers a great defence against ingrained dirt.</p> <p>Once the sealer was dry it was followed by the application of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go</a> to give the floor a nice gloss finish which the client had requested. I found it took five coats of Seal and Go to fully seal the floor but as you can see from the final photographs on this page it made an incredible difference. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2021/09/Slate-Floor-After-Renovation-in-Holywell-0803132726.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Slate Floor After Renovation in Holywell" width="" height="" title="Slate Floor After Renovation in Holywell" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i2.wp.com/west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2021/09/Slate-Floor-After-Renovation-in-Holywell-0803131204.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Slate Floor After Renovation in Holywell" width="" height="" title="Slate Floor After Renovation in Holywell" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>On their return from work, they were over the moon with the finished result, the floor really had been transformed and fully revived. For aftercare cleaning I recommended they use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Cleaner</a> which will keep the floor clean without damaging the sealer.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2021/09/Slate-Floor-After-Renovation-in-Holywell-0803131117.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Slate Floor After Renovation in Holywell" width="" height="" title="Slate Floor After Renovation in Holywell" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Welsh Slate Tiled Floor in Flintshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/welsh-slate-kitchen-floor-renovated-in-holywell/">Welsh Slate Kitchen Floor Renovated in Holywell</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">West Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Cleaning a Stunning Pale Limestone Hallway Floor in Toft https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-a-stunning-pale-limestone-hallway-floor-in-toft/ Cambridge Tile Doctor urn:uuid:44c9f084-ed08-ea10-274a-9987a2dc1c48 Sat, 04 Sep 2021 12:24:07 +0000 <p>This job was for a repeat client in Toft near Cambridge who had aa stunning large hallway that was tiled in beautiful pale Limestone. My client had asked me back to work on the floor having previously completed the deep clean and seal of a Terracotta floor previously. The Limestone tiling in the entrance hall [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-a-stunning-pale-limestone-hallway-floor-in-toft/">Cleaning a Stunning Pale Limestone Hallway Floor in Toft</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz">Cambridge Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This job was for a repeat client in <b><a href="https://www.toft.org.uk/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Toft</a></b> near Cambridge who had aa stunning large hallway that was tiled in beautiful pale Limestone. My client had asked me back to work on the floor having previously completed the deep clean and seal of a Terracotta floor previously.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2021/09/Polished-Limestone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Toft-03102124.jpg" alt="Polished Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Toft" width="" height="" title="Polished Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Toft" /></center></p> <p>The Limestone tiling in the entrance hall had years of some type of topical sealer applied to it. This caused the stone to look slightly discoloured and from certain lights showed up hundreds of scratches and smudges embedded in the seal. I’ve tried to capture this problem in the photographs on this page, but it was very difficult.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2021/09/Polished-Limestone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Toft-03102100.jpg" alt="Polished Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Toft" width="" height="" title="Polished Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Toft" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2021/09/Polished-Limestone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Toft-03102138.jpg" alt="Polished Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Toft" width="" height="" title="Polished Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Toft" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>A topical sealer sits on the surface of the tile where it is vulnerable to scratching, hallways are generally high traffic areas and so more likely to see this sort of problem. Ideally an impregnating sealer should have been applied, impregnators work by occupying the pores in the stone thus preventing soiling from becoming ingrained in the stone.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Limestone Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>Before starting we protected the woodwork against splashing with blue film, I don&#8217;t usually make a great deal of mess, but you can never be too careful when working in someone’s property especially one as beautiful as this.</p> <p>To strip off the old sealer I began by applying a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> to the Limestone tiles. I split the floor into sections and used a 400-grit diamond burnishing pad to work the Tile Doctor Remove and Go into the tiles. The floor was then rinsed off using our high-pressure cleaning system that applies pressurised hot water to the floor whilst simultaneously extracting the soil with its built-in vacuum. The system is quite heavy, so it is built into my van, and I run a large flexible hose to a spinner tool that does the cleaning. It is an expensive tool, but it saves a lot of time and leaves the floor fairly dry afterwards.</p> <p>The 400-grit pad had released a lot of the sealer but there were quite a few layers to get through, so I changed the <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" target="_blank">burnishing pad</a> to a coarse <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45" rel="noopener" target="_blank">200-grit pad</a> and repeated the process. After another rinse and extract I would see it had the desired effect and I was able to carry on building up the finish on the Limestone by apply the 400-grit followed by the 800, 1500 grit pads. It was a large floor and so this took up much of the day so once complete I left for the day so it could dry off overnight.</p> <h2> Sealing a Limestone Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The next day I finished the polishing process with the application of a 3000-grit burnishing pad which is applied with a little water sprayed onto the tile and really brings up the polish on the stone. This process has the added advantage of leaving the floor dry so not long afterwards I was able to move on to sealing.</p> <p>For this floor two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal</a> were applied, it is an impregnating sealer that won&#8217;t alter the colour of the tiles leaving a natural look. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2021/09/Polished-Limestone-Floor-After-Cleaning-Toft-05150406.jpg" alt="Polished Limestone Floor After Cleaning Toft" width="" height="" title="Polished Limestone Floor After Cleaning Toft" /></center></p> <p>My client was much happier with the new finish and has asked for another quotation on some more Terracotta flooring that needs attention. For aftercare I recommend using Tile Doctor stone soap, it’s a special formula that builds on the patina which will help maintain the polished appearance of the Limestone.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2021/09/Polished-Limestone-Floor-After-Cleaning-Toft-05150452.jpg" alt="Polished Limestone Floor After Cleaning Toft" width="" height="" title="Polished Limestone Floor After Cleaning Toft" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2021/09/Polished-Limestone-Floor-After-Cleaning-Toft-05150439.jpg" alt="Polished Limestone Floor After Cleaning Toft" width="" height="" title="Polished Limestone Floor After Cleaning Toft" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Limestone Tiled Hallway in Cambridgeshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-a-stunning-pale-limestone-hallway-floor-in-toft/">Cleaning a Stunning Pale Limestone Hallway Floor in Toft</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz">Cambridge Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Acid Damaged and Painted Black Limestone Patio Renovated in Sandbach https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/acid-damaged-and-painted-black-limestone-patio-renovated-in-sandbach/ East Cheshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:85d98e7c-99af-9292-61e9-e1d1875f3cf3 Wed, 01 Sep 2021 13:18:35 +0000 <p>The photographs below are of an 80m2 Black Limestone Patio that was laid in rear garden of a property in Sandbach. All was going well until the installer decided to clean up the stone and remove the excess grout (aka grout haze) using brick acid. This is common practice in the trade after laying a [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/acid-damaged-and-painted-black-limestone-patio-renovated-in-sandbach/">Acid Damaged and Painted Black Limestone Patio Renovated in Sandbach</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">East Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The photographs below are of an 80m2 <b>Black Limestone Patio</b> that was laid in rear garden of a property in <b><a href="https://www.visitcheshire.com/explore/sandbach-p33801" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Sandbach</a></b>. All was going well until the installer decided to clean up the stone and remove the excess grout (aka grout haze) using brick acid. This is common practice in the trade after laying a patio however what they failed to realise is that <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/black-limestone/31/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Limestone</a> can be marked by acids and in fact can be dissolved over time. This left the patio looking drained and in quite a state as you can imagine.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://i0.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/09/Black-Travertine-Patio-Before-Renovation-in-Sandbach.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Black Travertine Patio Before Renovation in Sandbach" width="" height="" title="Black Travertine Patio Before Renovation in Sandbach" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>In an attempt to restore the black colour of the stone, the tiler painted on a restoration product however with the grout haze still present on the stone all this did was to add to the problems. Frustrated the customer decided to call Tile Doctor and so I went over to see what could be done.</p> <p>I quickly deducted that the brick acid will have damaged the surface of the stone so to restore it I ran some tests on a small part of the patio that I been badly affected using a series of diamond encrusted <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/stone-burnishing/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">burnishing pads</a> of different grits. The pads successfully demonstrated that the appearance could be restored and impressed with the difference I was given the job of renovating all 80m2. </p> <h2>Restoring an Acid Damaged and Painted Limestone Patio</h2> <p>Being outside weather was an issue and I had to reschedule until a dry weather window appeared. Cleaning during damp weather isn’t a problem, it’s the sealer which needs to be applied when the sone is dry to get the right result.</p> <p>Made with industrial diamonds and available in different sizes and grits, burnishing pads are ideal for restoring the appearance of polished stone floors. The first step was to work on the most badly damaged tiles with a coarse 100 and then 200-grit diamond milling pad fitted to a weighted rotary machine and lubricated with water. This took off the ruined top layer of the limestone bringing up the virgin stone underneath.</p> <p>Next the patio was worked on with a 400-grit diamond burnishing pad, followed by 800-grit, and then 1500-grit pad. Each pad further renovates the appearance of the stone (Honing) and had to be rinsed after each pad to remove the slurry that is generated.</p> <p>With 80m2 of Limestone paving to cover it took four days to completely restore all the stone using this method. It was tough work, but it made an incredible difference and naturally was far more cost effective than replacing the patio.</p> <h2>Sealing Limestone Patio Tiles to Restore Colour</h2> <p>With the stone cleaned up the last step was to restore the natural black colour in the Limestone with an application of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-oil-1-litre/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone-Oil</a> which restores the deep black colour and adds texture to the stone, it’s also an impregnating sealer in its own right that adds protection and improves mechanical strength once cured. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://i0.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/09/Black-Travertine-Patio-During-Renovation-in-Sandbach.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Black Travertine Patio During Renovation in Sandbach" width="" height="" title="Black Travertine Patio During Renovation in Sandbach" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>I allowed this to dry overnight then returned the next day to finish the patio restoration with a further coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal</a>, a no-sheen natural-looking sealer formulated to provide maximum stain protection without altering the colour of the stone.</p> <p>The customer was delighted with the transformation, what was one an uninviting ugly area now looks fantastic and welcoming. Impressed with the result they left the following glowing feedback:</p> <p><center><i>&#8220;Kamila is A M A Z I N G! From discussing our issue over the phone to meeting her in person, her advice and professionalism was second to none. She worked hard to repair our outdoor patio and we are thrilled with her results! We would happily recommend Kamila and wish her every success with her business in the future! Thank you Kamila! X </i></center></p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://i2.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/09/Black-Travertine-Patio-During-After-Restoration-in-Sandbach.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Black Travertine Patio During After Restoration in Sandbach" width="" height="" title="Black Travertine Patio During After Restoration in Sandbach" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Black Limestone Patio in East Cheshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/acid-damaged-and-painted-black-limestone-patio-renovated-in-sandbach/">Acid Damaged and Painted Black Limestone Patio Renovated in Sandbach</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">East Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Ruined Slate Patio Beautifully Restored in Pembury https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/ruined-slate-patio-beautifully-restored-in-pembury/ South Kent Tile Doctor urn:uuid:910c0b50-e144-457c-2143-ba23fc11ea09 Fri, 27 Aug 2021 03:35:31 +0000 <p>Our client in the villager of Pembury was feeling really deflated after having a Slate Patio laid adjacent to the full length of her house, however the builder had not applied the sealer correctly creating a mess which ruined the appearance of the stone. Unfortunately, it is not that unusual to be contacted about this [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/ruined-slate-patio-beautifully-restored-in-pembury/">Ruined Slate Patio Beautifully Restored in Pembury</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Our client in the villager of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pembury" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Pembury</a></b> was feeling really deflated after having a <b>Slate Patio</b> laid adjacent to the full length of her house, however the builder had not applied the sealer correctly creating a mess which ruined the appearance of the stone. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/08/Slate-Patio-Before-Renovation-Pembury-31100517.jpg" alt="Slate Patio Before Renovation Pembury" width="" height="" title="Slate Patio Before Renovation Pembury" /></center></p> <p>Unfortunately, it is not that unusual to be contacted about this sort of situation, applying a sealer is not as easy as manufactures make out. There are lots of factors to consider, choosing the right sealer, is the stone damp, how do you know if you have applied too much, and it often catches tradesmen out. I was able to reassure them that with the right combination of products and equipment the problem could be rectified.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Slate Tiled Patio in Pembury</h2> <p>The first job was to strip off the old sealer which was done using a product called <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a>. The name of this product pretty much says it all and once applied to the stone it is left to soak in for ten to twenty minutes before being scrubbed in with a rotary machine fitted with an <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/stone-burnishing/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">abrasive burnishing pad</a>. </p> <p>Tile Doctor Remove and Go is a multi-purpose stripper which will remove most coatings and sealers, including epoxy grout haze which is another common problem we encounter when tradesmen have not cleaned up properly after grouting. It is also good for removing heavy build ups of grease. I used several burnishing pads of different grits going from coarse to smooth on this patio, rinsing and extracting the soil after each pad. </p> <p>It was a large area, so this process took up most of the day on its own, fortunately I use a van mounted high pressure cleaning and extraction system to remove the soil which is very efficient and leaves the stone bright clean and reasonably dry afterwards. This ensures the process can be carried out with minimal mess.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/08/Slate-Patio-During-Renovation-Pembury-31141633.jpg" alt="Slate Patio During Renovation Pembury" width="" height="" title="Slate Patio During Renovation Pembury" /></center></p> <h2>Sealing a Slate Patio in Pembury</h2> <p>It was a nice warm summers day and although cloudy we didn&#8217;t get any rain overnight, so after checking the forecast I was able to return the next day and apply a fresh sealer to the Slate. </p> <p>My client wanted a natural look, so I used <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra Seal</a>. This product is a no-sheen, natural-look, impregnating sealer which is formulated to provide maximum stain protection. These impregnating sealers work by penetrating the stone, occupying its pores, and thus preventing dirt from residing there.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/08/Slate-Patio-After-Renovation-Pembury-31171606.jpg" alt="Slate Patio After Renovation Pembury" width="" height="" title="Slate Patio After Renovation Pembury" /></center></p> <p>The client was so happy and relieved to see the results on what a very expensive patio and commented she was eager to get the first barbecue of the season underway.</p> <p>We recommended that a regular with the jet wash should keep the patio in good condition and in a few years time we could return to reapply the sealer for them.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/08/Slate-Patio-After-Renovation-Pembury-31171558.jpg" alt="Slate Patio After Renovation Pembury" width="" height="" title="Slate Patio After Renovation Pembury" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Slate Patio in South Kent</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/ruined-slate-patio-beautifully-restored-in-pembury/">Ruined Slate Patio Beautifully Restored in Pembury</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Pale Limestone Floor Tile Installation Issues Resolved in Brockdish https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/pale-limestone-floor-tile-installation-issues-resolved-in-brockdish/ Norfolk Tile Doctor urn:uuid:b45a14f1-6ef6-d69e-a583-35713a82c51c Tue, 24 Aug 2021 15:30:45 +0000 <p>If you have a pale stone floor such as this Limestone floor at a property in Brockdish you will find this article very interesting. Let me start by saying it’s always recommended that natural stone tiles such as Travertine or Limestone should be sealed after laying but before grouting. This is particularly important if the [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/pale-limestone-floor-tile-installation-issues-resolved-in-brockdish/">Pale Limestone Floor Tile Installation Issues Resolved in Brockdish</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz">Norfolk Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>If you have a pale stone floor such as this <b>Limestone<b> floor at a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brockdish" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Brockdish</a></b> you will find this article very interesting. Let me start by saying it’s always recommended that natural stone tiles such as Travertine or Limestone should be sealed after laying but before grouting. This is particularly important if the stone is very pale in colour as the water from the grouting compound can soak into the edges of the porous tiles leading to dark staining around the edges of each tile &#8211; this is referred to as &#8220;picture-framing&#8221; which is virtually impossible to correct as the staining is present throughout the whole depth of the tile.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/60/2021/08/Limestone-Floor-Before-Renovation-Brockdish-scaled.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor Before Renovation Brockdish" width="" height="" title="Limestone Floor Before Renovation Brockdish" /></center></p> <p>Also, without the protection of a sealer smears of grout left on the surface of the stone after grout can be extremely difficult to remove. This problem is often called &#8220;grout haze&#8221; or “grout smears” which you will find is slightly rough to the touch and because of this attracts dirt easily giving the pale floor a very unappealing dirty appearance which is impossible to wash away with generally available cleaning chemicals.</p> <p>In this case, and to avoid the problem with picture-framing, our client had decided to apply a penetrating sealer all-round the edges of each of the tiles using a paint brush to ensure a thorough soaking. Unfortunately, he left the main body of the tiles unprotected and although he was able to wipe away grout from around the edges of the tiles it left a fine, slightly opaque film of grout in the middle which set and became firmly bonded to the tile surface.</p> <p>Initially, all seemed to be fine but shortly afterwards our client noticed that the floor appeared to be developing lighter patches around the tile edges and the grout lines were becoming noticeably dirty; in reality, what was actually happening was that the middle area of the tile contaminated by grout haze were becoming dirtier by the day, whilst the sealed outer edges were responding well to cleaning. Additionally, because the grout itself had not been sealed the dirt from cleaning was becoming stained with the dirt that had been washed into the recesses during cleaning</p> <p>Ordinarily, the way to correct a grout haze issue is to apply an acidic solution to the haze which dissolves the calcium-based grout material and makes it simple to rinse away; this is fine on ceramic tiles but can cause all sorts of surface etching issues and problems if the tile material is also a calcium-based stone like travertine or limestone. It was at this point that our client decided to get some help from a stone flooring renovation specialist such as ourselves.</p> <h2>Removing Grout Haze and Dirt from Pale Limestone Tiles</h2> <p>Having contacted us through the Tile Doctor website and after a brief exchange of emails, it was obvious to me what the problem was, and being aware of the issues surrounding Limestone I was soon able to propose an effective solution.</p> <p>Our first job was to apply a strong solution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> which is an alkaline cleaning product designed for use on tile, stone, and grout. I used a strong dilution and applied it by hand to all the grout lines where it was allowed to dwell and soak in before being briefly agitated using a long-handled grout brush. Pro Clean is an extremely effective degreasing cleaner and, at higher concentrations, can also be used to strip acrylic floor finishes. It was the ideal product for sorting out the grout issues and in this instance made quick work of lifting the soiling pout of the grout lines. </p> <p>Rather than rinsing the Pro-Clean away, we left it in contact with the floor and proceeded to cut the surface using a Tile Doctor 400 grit diamond burnishing pad fitted to our 17&#8243; Klindex rotary machine. These coarse <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" target="_blank">diamond pads</a> applied in conjunction with the Pro-Clean removed all the grout haze and soiling. The resulting slurry was then power rinsed and extracted away using a Ninja 400psi machine, leaving the grout clean and the once picture-framed tile surface with an even and consistent colour. </p> <p>After the application of the coarse pad, it was time to restore the appearance of the stone and bring up the polish, first with an 800-grit diamond burnishing pad followed by a 1500-grit, power rinsing and extracting between the stages. This left the floor completely clean with the beginnings of a pleasing overall sheen. We then left the floor to dry out thoroughly overnight with assistance from our large capacity dehumidifier.</p> <h2>Sealing a Pale Limestone Tiled Floor</h2> <p>On our return the following day, we were pleased to find that the Limestone had dried up extremely well which we confirmed by taking moisture content readings with our damp meter just to make certain that it was ready to have a sealer applied.</p> <p>Before sealing, the surface sheen was improved further by spray burnishing the stone using the Klindex rotary fitted with a Tile Doctor 3000-grit burnishing pad. Lubricated by a fine mist of plain water from a trigger bottle this process raised the sheen level to a more noticeable shine and brought out areas of visually pleasing coloured veins within the structure of the stone which had been completely invisible up to now.</p> <p>Having completed the burnishing, we applied a liberal coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal</a> which is a penetrating sealer approved for use in food preparation areas which provides excellent fluid resistance yet is almost invisible. Having allowed the limestone to soak up as much of the sealer as it could, the excess product was removed, and the floor left to cure for an hour. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/60/2021/08/Limestone-Floor-After-Renovation-Brockdish-scaled.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor After Renovation Brockdish" width="" height="" title="Limestone Floor After Renovation Brockdish" /></center></p> <p>We then finished the process by spray buffing the floor with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-white/30/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">white nylon buffing pad</a> to remove any smears left by the sealing process and to polish the floor to a rich shine. Once vacuumed thoroughly, we conducted a series of fluid resistance tests to ensure that the whole floor had been sealed properly against liquid spills and our work was done leaving behind a very pleased, impressed, and grateful client.</p> <p>For aftercare cleaning of a polished stone like this floor I recommend the use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a> which gently cleans the floor whilst helping to maintain the patina.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Pale Limestone Kitchen Floor Professionally Cleaned in Norfolk</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/pale-limestone-floor-tile-installation-issues-resolved-in-brockdish/">Pale Limestone Floor Tile Installation Issues Resolved in Brockdish</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz">Norfolk Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Extended Multi-Coloured Riven Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor Given New Lease of Life in Lincoln https://lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/extended-multi-coloured-riven-slate-tiled-kitchen-floor-given-new-lease-of-life-in-lincoln/ Lincolnshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:3abe6155-3bf6-56eb-dfd1-4e61d15bb976 Tue, 17 Aug 2021 14:51:58 +0000 <p>This customer in Lincoln had a new kitchen fitted but the footprint of the new kitchen was different and so they had some new tiles installed to match the original Multicoloured Slate floor. The new tile and grouting stood out against the original floor, something needed to be done to get the flooring to blend [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/extended-multi-coloured-riven-slate-tiled-kitchen-floor-given-new-lease-of-life-in-lincoln/">Extended Multi-Coloured Riven Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor Given New Lease of Life in Lincoln</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz">Lincolnshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This customer in <b>Lincoln</b> had a new kitchen fitted but the footprint of the new kitchen was different and so they had some new tiles installed to match the original <b>Multicoloured Slate</b> floor. The new tile and grouting stood out against the original floor, something needed to be done to get the flooring to blend in together, so she called Tile Doctor.</p> <p>I popped over to survey the floor and could see the real problem was that the sealer on the original Slate tile and grouting had worn off was letting dirt in making it difficult to keep clean. I recommended deep cleaning all the Slate and especially the grouting and then sealing the whole floor. The new sealer would bring the old and new sections together and once complete you wouldn’t be able to tell the new from the old.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2021/08/Slate-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Lincoln-26092301.jpg" alt="Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Lincoln" width="" height="" title="Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Lincoln" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning Dirty and a Dull Riven Slate Tiles</h2> <p>First job was to protect the new kitchen at ground level where needed including the removal of the kickboards. This was followed with the application of a strong dilution of Tile Doctor Pro-Clean to the tile and grout where it was left to soak in for about fifteen minutes. </p> <p>Whilst the Pro-Clean was getting a head start on breaking down the soils and what was left of the original sealer, I set up a Rotovac machine which that scrubs the floor with soft brushes whilst rinsing and extracting all at the same time. It an expensive piece of kit but it’s very efficient and makes a very clean job of restoring the floor with two or three passes.</p> <p>The vacuum extraction build into the Rotovac also means most of the water is removed from the floor. I was therefore able to inspect the tile and grout and repeat the process where required. I could see that some grout needed some more attention, so I hand cleaned those areas with Pro-Clean and a grout brush. At the same time the floor was being speed dried with a blower and fans.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2021/08/Slate-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-During-Cleaning-Lincoln-26131005.jpg" alt="Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor During Cleaning Lincoln" width="" height="" title="Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor During Cleaning Lincoln" /></center></p> <p>Efficient drying was especially important here due to the amount of water used in the cleaning process. We know from experience that for best results it’s important not to apply a sealer to damp tiles, so I always make sure the floor is dry using a damp meter beforehand.</p> <h2>Sealing Multicoloured Slate Kitchen Tiles</h2> <p>Once the cleaning phase was complete the new and old tiles matched perfectly. Eight years of grime had been removed and with the help of the fans and the sunny warm weather the floor was drying out quickly. In-fact I tested the tiles with a damp meter shortly after lunch and it confirmed the floor was dry and ready for sealing.</p> <p>To seal the tile, I applied four coats of Tile Doctor Seal and Go. This adds a robust layer of protection to the floor, lifting the natural colours and adding a subtle finish that complements the natural stone. The new sealer also brought the new and old sections of tiling together making it impossible to determine the old from new. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2021/08/Slate-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Lincoln-26_143938.jpg" alt="Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Lincoln" width="" height="" title="Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Lincoln" /></center></p> <p>Looking at the photos of the floor before and after my work you can really get an idea of the transformation achieved in a short space of time. Certainly, my customer was delighted with the results and left the following review. </p> <p>&#8220;Amazing work, the slate floor looks better than I imagined it could look. Who knew there were all these amazing colours under all that old sealant? Phil did amazing work, even hand-scrubbing the grout to make it look as new. Would happily recommend to friends and family who want to refresh their tiles.&#8221;</p> <p>For the aftercare cleaning of Slate floors its important to remember not to use a product that isn’t too strong as it will prematurely erode the sealer on the tiles. Personally, I always recommend Tile Doctor Neutral Cleaner which is purpose made for the regular cleaning of sealed floors. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2021/08/Slate-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Lincoln-26_145544.jpg" alt="Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Lincoln" width="" height="" title="Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Lincoln" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Riven Slate Tiled Floor Restoration in Lincolnshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/extended-multi-coloured-riven-slate-tiled-kitchen-floor-given-new-lease-of-life-in-lincoln/">Extended Multi-Coloured Riven Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor Given New Lease of Life in Lincoln</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz">Lincolnshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Victorian Tiled Hallway Renovated in West Kirby https://merseyside.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-renovated-in-west-kirby/ Merseyside Tile Doctor urn:uuid:4a16106a-6e3c-8193-d9ba-0c3ea45d252f Fri, 13 Aug 2021 15:23:14 +0000 <p>We were contacted by a customer in West Kirby who needed help renovating a Victorian tiled hallway in a house they had just purchased. Kirby is a desirable seaside location North of Heswall that expanded with the arrival of the railway in 1848. The railway brought a demand for property and so it’s not unusual [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://merseyside.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-renovated-in-west-kirby/">Victorian Tiled Hallway Renovated in West Kirby</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://merseyside.tiledoctor.biz">Merseyside Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>We were contacted by a customer in <a href="https://westkirby.todaynews.co.uk/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">West Kirby</a> who needed help renovating a Victorian tiled hallway in a house they had just purchased. Kirby is a desirable seaside location North of Heswall that expanded with the arrival of the railway in 1848. The railway brought a demand for property and so it’s not unusual to find housing stock in this area dating back to the Victorian era.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://merseyside.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/72/2021/08/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Renovation-West-Kirby-202107080007.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Renovation West Kirby" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Renovation West Kirby" /></center></p> <p>The Victorian tiles at this property appear to have been neglected by the previous owner and were now looking very dull and marked by paint from decorating; all the colours looked washed out and the floor was now looking very unappealing. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://merseyside.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/72/2021/08/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Renovation-West-Kirby-202107080002.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Renovation West Kirby" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Renovation West Kirby" /></center></p> <p>The good news however is that this problem is not uncommon and with a deep clean and a fresh sealer applied it can be transformed. I gave the owner a quote which was accepted a date agreed for my return to do the work.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://merseyside.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/72/2021/08/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Renovation-West-Kirby-202107080006.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Renovation West Kirby" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Renovation West Kirby" /></center></p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>On the first day the floor was sprayed with a neat solution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> which is a powerful alkaline cleaning and stripping agent used to remove old seals and paint. The solution was left to dwell for about twenty minutes so it could soak in and get to work. It was then scrubbed into the tiles using a coarse 200-grit pad fitted to a heavy buffing machine. Water was then added to the floor for lubrication and the soils released from the pores of the tile during scrubbing was removed by with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>To treat the stubborn paint stains and remains of what I suspect was carpet adhesive a hand scraper and wire brush was used, this was made easier by the Remove and Go which had softened the paint etc. </p> <p>The next stage was to give the Victorian tiles a mild acid wash using Acid Gel which is applied to the floor, scrubbed in, and rinsed off with a little water then extracted using the wet vacuum. We always recommend an acid wash for old floors like these as it will counter any efflorescent salts resident in the tiles and helps to remove other mineral contaminates and old grout that can mask the true beauty of the tiles.</p> <h2>Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</p> <h2> I left the tiles to dry out for two days before returning to apply the sealer, first checking it was dry by testing for moisture in various places with an electronic damp tester. It’s not a good idea to apply a sealer to a damp floor so we always check first.<br /> Satisfied the floor was dry, I started applying a coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is a colour enhancing impregnating sealer that helps to bring out the true colours in the tile. This was allowed to dry for thirty minutes and then followed up five coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-extra-1-litre/22/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go Extra</a> which is a breathable sealer that leaves a lovely satin finish and builds on the protection.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://merseyside.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/72/2021/08/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Renovation-West-Kirby-20210806124101.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Renovation West Kirby" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Renovation West Kirby" /></center></p> <p>Once done the Victorian hallway tiles looked so much cleaner and healthier. It was quite a transformation and the new sealer had given the floor a nice low sheen shine which the customer was very happy with. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://merseyside.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/72/2021/08/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Renovation-West-Kirby-20210806123618.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Renovation West Kirby" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Renovation West Kirby" /></center></p> <p>For aftercare cleaning I left 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" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Cleaner</a> which is specially formulated for cleaning sealed tiles. We don’t recommend tile cleaning products you find on supermarket shelves as the are usually too strong and can strip a sealer off the floor prematurely. If your choosing another product to clean your floor always read the label to make sure its compatible.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Victorian Hallway Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Merseyside</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://merseyside.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-renovated-in-west-kirby/">Victorian Tiled Hallway Renovated in West Kirby</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://merseyside.tiledoctor.biz">Merseyside Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Victorian Tiled Hallway Repair and Restoration in Tonbridge https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-repair-and-restoration-in-tonbridge/ South Kent Tile Doctor urn:uuid:4b8589cc-cb44-da08-1c1d-d9c20a314186 Thu, 05 Aug 2021 05:30:53 +0000 <p>Many of our Southeast towns such as Tonbridge grew significantly in the Victorian era, especially with the arrival of the railways and so we come across original Victorian tiled floors a lot particularly in hallways and vestibules. Victorian tiled floors are very durable but over the years daily wear leaves them in poor condition, the [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-repair-and-restoration-in-tonbridge/">Victorian Tiled Hallway Repair and Restoration in Tonbridge</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Many of our Southeast towns such as <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonbridge" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tonbridge</a></b> grew significantly in the Victorian era, especially with the arrival of the railways and so we come across original <b>Victorian tiled floors</b> a lot particularly in hallways and vestibules. Victorian tiled floors are very durable but over the years daily wear leaves them in poor condition, the good news is thought they respond well to restoration.</p> <p>Here we have an entrance hallway which over the years has been butted with many different types of flooring and in the process had suffered. Additionally, there was a poor cement repair between the wooden floor and the Victorian tiles which was cracked, and the client wanted it removing and the area restored with matching tiles.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/08/Small-Victorian-Tiled-Vestibule-before-repair-Tonbridge-09093331.jpg" alt="Small Victorian Tiled Vestibule before repair Tonbridge" width="" height="" title="Small Victorian Tiled Vestibule before repair Tonbridge" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/08/Small-Victorian-Tiled-Vestibule-before-repair-Tonbridge-09093323.jpg" alt="Small Victorian Tiled Vestibule before repair Tonbridge" width="" height="" title="Small Victorian Tiled Vestibule before repair Tonbridge" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Sourcing replacement Victorian tiles is not a problem with our contacts in the industry so once a plan was agreed I set about looking for reclaimed tiles to match the existing. Once a I had managed to track down suitable matching replacements a date was set for the work to commence. </p> <h2> Cleaning and Repairing a Victorian Tiled Vestibule Floor</h2> <p>Before I could start cleaning the floor it made sense to do the repairs first. This in itself took two days of intricate work and involved carefully removing the cement and damaged tiles, cleaning up the subfloor. Once done I was able to cut the replacement tiles and then rebuilding the tiles into what was essentially a jigsaw puzzle. It was important to match the existing tile pattern to ensure the repair is invisible and to the highest standard. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/08/Small-Victorian-Tiled-Vestibule-during-repair-Tonbridge-09105102.jpg" alt="Small Victorian Tiled Vestibule during repair Tonbridge" width="" height="" title="Small Victorian Tiled Vestibule during repair Tonbridge" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/08/Small-Victorian-Tiled-Vestibule-during-repair-Tonbridge-09100149.jpg" alt="Small Victorian Tiled Vestibule during repair Tonbridge" width="" height="" title="Small Victorian Tiled Vestibule during repair Tonbridge" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Once that was done and the tile adhesive was set, I was able to clean the whole floor using a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> to remove the hundred years of worn in grime. I followed my usual process of allowing it to soak in for ten minutes before scrubbing it in with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a> fitted to a rotary machine. It is a very effective product particularly on heavy dirt build-up and removing old sealers as in this example. It wasn&#8217;t long before the cleaning solution turned black with the dirt released from the tiles. I was then able to use the pressure cleaning and extraction equipment fitted into my vehicle to remove the soiling whilst keeping the mess to a minimum.</p> <h2> Sealing a Victorian Tiled Vestibule Floor</h2> <p>Due to the age of the property, there was no damp-proof membrane installed beneath the floor. This limits the choice of sealer that you can use on the floor to one which is fully breathable. Choosing a non-breathable sealer will trap moisture in the floor which can lead spread out to the walls resulting in rising damp.</p> <p>Having previously discussed sealers with the owner I returned to seal the tiles the next day with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a>. This is a fully breathable impregnating sealer which soaks into the pores of the tile protecting it from with and enhancing the colours in the process. It’s a durable product that will protect the floor ingrained dirt and staining for many years to come.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/08/Small-Victorian-Tiled-Vestibule-after-repair-Tonbridge-06122437.jpg" alt="Small Victorian Tiled Vestibule after repair Tonbridge" width="" height="" title="Small Victorian Tiled Vestibule after repair Tonbridge" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/08/Small-Victorian-Tiled-Vestibule-after-repair-Tonbridge-06122444.jpg" alt="Small Victorian Tiled Vestibule after repair Tonbridge" width="" height="" title="Small Victorian Tiled Vestibule after repair Tonbridge" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Even though it was a small area once it was fully restored it had a big impact on the overall feel of the property in a Grand Designs way. Needless to say, the client was very pleased with the result.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Vestibule in South Kent</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-repair-and-restoration-in-tonbridge/">Victorian Tiled Hallway Repair and Restoration in Tonbridge</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Milling a Rough Sandstone Kitchen Floor Smooth in Bamber Bridge https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/milling-a-rough-sandstone-kitchen-floor-smooth-in-bamber-bridge/ Tile Doctor Lancashire urn:uuid:ad20b5cb-cb27-2017-c516-6adb048c30b6 Tue, 03 Aug 2021 16:40:22 +0000 <p>This client at a property in Bamber Bridge was really fed up with his Indian sandstone kitchen floor. The sandstone suited the age of the property but due to its course rough texture he was having issues keeping the stone clean and maintaining it to a decent standard. Ideally, he wanted something long lasting that [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/milling-a-rough-sandstone-kitchen-floor-smooth-in-bamber-bridge/">Milling a Rough Sandstone Kitchen Floor Smooth in Bamber Bridge</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Lancashire</a>.</p> <p>This client at a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bamber_Bridge" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bamber Bridge</a></b> was really fed up with his Indian sandstone kitchen floor. The sandstone suited the age of the property but due to its course rough texture he was having issues keeping the stone clean and maintaining it to a decent standard. Ideally, he wanted something long lasting that was easier to keep clean. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:40%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2021/08/Indian-Sandstone-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Bamber-Bridge-5025.jpg" alt="Indian Sandstone Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Bamber Bridge" width="" height="" title="Indian Sandstone Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Bamber Bridge" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:60%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2021/08/Indian-Sandstone-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Bamber-Bridge-5023.jpg" alt="Indian Sandstone Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Bamber Bridge" width="" height="" title="Indian Sandstone Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Bamber Bridge" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Sealers can only help so much on a rough stone like this, in my opinion really rough stone is best sold for use outside in patio&#8217;s etc. My client didn’t want to rip it up as it ran underneath the kitchen units and it cost them a lot of money to have it laid, so having been on our website and checked out our previous work they realised we could mill the stone and smooth down the rough texture to a much smoother finish and yet still leave enough texture in the stone for it to look very natural.</p> <h2> Milling an Indian Sandstone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>We have developed a system at Tile Doctor called “Milling” which is very similar to sanding rough wood to reveal the inner patina. Once done we then we give it one more clean before adding a fresh sealer to add protection. Milling does change the look of the stone as you will see on the before and after pictures on this page, so it is not for everyone. It is however a one-off process so once done it will never need to be milled again. Like all stone floors it will still benefit from a deep clean and re-seal every five years (depending on use) just to keep it looking its best but after milling you will be able to walk on the stone in bare feet or socks and slippers as it really does make a big difference to the finish. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2021/08/Indian-Sandstone-Kitchen-Floor-During-Cleaning-Bamber-Bridge-5026.jpg" alt="Indian Sandstone Kitchen Floor During Cleaning Bamber Bridge" width="" height="" title="Indian Sandstone Kitchen Floor During Cleaning Bamber Bridge" /></center></p> <p>By milling we mainly use coarse-grit burnishing pads that contain segments made from hard industrial diamonds. Working our way up the different grits the pads are applied using a weighted floor buffer which is run over each tile several times to cut the stone back. The process is so effective we often find that the pads are all you need to clean the stone so hardly ever use any chemicals with this process, apart from the sealer which is applied once fully dry.</p> <p>I should mention that Milling is not something a customer should consider doing themselves as you need invest in a heavy-duty weighted buffing machine which are rarely available for hire.</p> <h2>Sealing an Indian Sandstone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>To seal internal Sandstone floors, I usually use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which brings out the natural colours in the stone. On this occasion however two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-5-litre/205/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra Seal</a> were applied to the stone and grout which results in an invisible natural finish and better matched the clients’ requirements.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2021/08/Indian-Sandstone-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Bamber-Bridge-6579.jpg" alt="Indian Sandstone Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Bamber Bridge" width="" height="" title="Indian Sandstone Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Bamber Bridge" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2021/08/Indian-Sandstone-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Bamber-Bridge-6580.jpg" alt="Indian Sandstone Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Bamber Bridge" width="" height="" title="Indian Sandstone Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Bamber Bridge" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>My client was really pleased with the new floor and left the following feedback:</p> <p><center><I>&#8220;Only finished today but looks so good now. Russell did a great job milling the flags to a much smoother finish. Two coats of sealant applied by Heidi on last day which hopefully will keep it looking that way. Mark F. Bamber Bridge&#8221;</I></center></p> <p>For aftercare cleaning I left 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" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Cleaner</a> which is specially designed for cleaning sealed floors. You need to be very careful when using supermarket cleaners as many are tool strong and will slowly strip the sealer off the floor, always read the label.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Sandstone Kitchen Floor in Lancashire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/milling-a-rough-sandstone-kitchen-floor-smooth-in-bamber-bridge/">Milling a Rough Sandstone Kitchen Floor Smooth in Bamber Bridge</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Lancashire</a>.</p> Communal Travertine Floor Renovated at Douai School – Upper Woolhampton https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/communal-travertine-floor-renovated-at-douai-school-upper-woolhampton/ Berkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:0db254bc-9192-480f-4900-058df5244596 Sat, 31 Jul 2021 14:12:45 +0000 <p>This enquiry came from Douai School in Upper Woolhampton which is a listed building near Bucklebury that dates back to 1830. The building was converted in 2003 into a range of extremely individual and stylish apartments. Also nearby is Douai Abbey which is a monastery occupied by Benedictine Monks who used to run the school [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/communal-travertine-floor-renovated-at-douai-school-upper-woolhampton/">Communal Travertine Floor Renovated at Douai School &#8211; Upper Woolhampton</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz">Berkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This enquiry came from <a href="https://douaisociety.org/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Douai School</a> in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upper_Woolhampton" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Upper Woolhampton</a> which is a listed building near Bucklebury that dates back to 1830. The building was converted in 2003 into a range of extremely individual and stylish apartments. Also nearby is <a href="https://www.douaiabbey.org.uk/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Douai Abbey</a> which is a monastery occupied by Benedictine Monks who used to run the school until it closed.</p> <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://i0.wp.com/berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/07/Douai-School-Upper-Woolhampton-2607-153927.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Douai School Upper Woolhampton" width="" height="" title="Douai School Upper Woolhampton" data-recalc-dims="1" /></p> <p>I was called in inspect the impressive entrance and foyer area and main building itself. During the refurbishment in 2003 the whole area was installed with Travertine tiles with small slate inserts. Once an impressive floor it had deteriorated over the past eighteen years and had never been professionally cleaned since installation. Not only had the floor collected years’ worth of dirt in the pores of the stone the natural holes that were filled in during manufacture had started to pop out leaving an unsightly appearance. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/07/Douai-School-Travertine-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Upper-Woolhampton-0106-090637.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Douai School Travertine Floor Before Cleaning Upper Woolhampton" width="" height="" title="Douai School Travertine Floor Before Cleaning Upper Woolhampton" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i2.wp.com/berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/07/Douai-School-Travertine-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Upper-Woolhampton-0106-090801.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Douai School Travertine Floor Before Cleaning Upper Woolhampton" width="" height="" title="Douai School Travertine Floor Before Cleaning Upper Woolhampton" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>After surveying the Travertine floor, I carried out a test clean on a small inconspicuous area to demonstrate what would be involved and to verify which method and products would be the most efficient choice. From this I was able to provide an accurate quote, which was accepted, and a date was soon booked to carry out the work.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/07/Douai-School-Travertine-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Upper-Woolhampton-0106-090745.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Douai School Travertine Floor Before Cleaning Upper Woolhampton" width="" height="" title="Douai School Travertine Floor Before Cleaning Upper Woolhampton" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/07/Douai-School-Travertine-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Upper-Woolhampton-0106-090725.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Douai School Travertine Floor Before Cleaning Upper Woolhampton" width="" height="" title="Douai School Travertine Floor Before Cleaning Upper Woolhampton" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2>Cleaning and Polishing a Large Travertine Tiled Floor</h2> <p>Due to the size of the area, I allowed 7 working days it complete the floor, working in sections at a time. This allowed me to cordon off a safe working environment for myself without impacting the residents too much. </p> <p>I started the cleaning process with the application of a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> which is an alkaline based tile cleaner that breaks down heavy soils and old sealers. It was important to ensure as much dirt was removed from the pores, pockets, and holes in the Travertine as possible. I left it to soak in and get to work breaking down the dirt for roughly ten minutes before scrubbing it in with a rotary floor scrubbing machine. The soil released during this process is then rinsed off with water and extracted with a wet vacuum. The section of flooring is then inspected, and the process repeated if needed, stubborn stains were be dealt with by spot treating. Once cleaned air driers where left in place to help speed up the drying process. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:40%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/07/Douai-School-Travertine-Floor-During-Cleaning-Upper-Woolhampton-0106-103025.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Douai School Travertine Floor During Cleaning Upper Woolhampton" width="" height="" title="Douai School Travertine Floor During Cleaning Upper Woolhampton" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:60%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/07/Douai-School-Travertine-Floor-During-Filling-Upper-Woolhampton-0306-095708.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Douai School Travertine Floor During Filling Upper Woolhampton" width="" height="" title="Douai School Travertine Floor During Filling Upper Woolhampton" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The next task was to focus on filling the holes in the Travertine, I did this using an epoxy resin filler specifically designed to fill in stone. I used a combination of straw and light straw colours to compliment the different tones in the tiles. Once applied the product dries pretty fast however I like to leave a good hour before progressing onto the next stage of the refurbishment process. </p> <h2>Polishing Travertine Tiled Flooring</h2> <p>Now the area had been cleaned and filled my next task was to repolish the Travertine tiles that had lost its lustre over the years. Usually on sedimentary stone I would start with a 400-grit pad and work my way through the 4-stage burnishing system finishing on a 3000-grit. However, filling the holes leaves a residue on the tile which meant I needed to smooth back the surface first with a coarser 50, 100 and then 200-grit soft milling pads. This process generates a bit of soil which needs to be rinsed and extracted between each pad.</p> <p>I continued with the restoration of the floor by moving onto the burnishing process using a further set of finer pads starting with 400-grit. The <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" target="_blank">pads</a> are applied to the floor as before with a heavy floor buffing machine using water to lubricate the process. The pad is run over each tile around three times and the fine slurry this process generates is rinsed off afterwards with water and then extracted with a wet vacuum. You then move onto the 800-grit and then 1500-grit slowly building back the appearance of the stone.</p> <h2> Sealing Travertine Tiled Flooring</h2> <p>As I worked in sections at a time, I was able to allow a full day drying prior to sealing. Happy with the appearance of the floor I opted to seal the floor with one thin coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">colour grow</a>. I had a range of sealers to use however I felt the stone would benefit from the colour enhancement properties colour grow sealer provides. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/07/Douai-School-Travertine-Floor-After-Cleaning-Upper-Woolhampton-1006-131204.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Douai School Travertine Floor After Cleaning Upper Woolhampton" width="" height="" title="Douai School Travertine Floor After Cleaning Upper Woolhampton" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/07/Douai-School-Travertine-Floor-After-Cleaning-Upper-Woolhampton-1006-130706.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Douai School Travertine Floor After Cleaning Upper Woolhampton" width="" height="" title="Douai School Travertine Floor After Cleaning Upper Woolhampton" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Because this was a communal space it was necessary to tape the area I was sealing off to ensure there was no foot traffic whilst it was drying. This process was repeated throughout the job and at any one time I would have several areas sectioned for cleaning, drying, polishing, or sealing.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/07/Douai-School-Travertine-Floor-After-Cleaning-Upper-Woolhampton-1006-131514.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Douai School Travertine Floor After Cleaning Upper Woolhampton" width="" height="" title="Douai School Travertine Floor After Cleaning Upper Woolhampton" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/07/Douai-School-Travertine-Floor-After-Cleaning-Upper-Woolhampton-1006-130558.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Douai School Travertine Floor After Cleaning Upper Woolhampton" width="" height="" title="Douai School Travertine Floor After Cleaning Upper Woolhampton" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The staff, chairman and residents where over the moon with difference I was able to make. In fact, I have since been invited back to deep clean the chairman’s kitchen and do other jobs for three other residents as they were all installed with the same material. I should mention that for aftercare I leave a bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a> for maintenance cleaning. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of a Polished Travertine Flooring in Berkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/communal-travertine-floor-renovated-at-douai-school-upper-woolhampton/">Communal Travertine Floor Renovated at Douai School &#8211; Upper Woolhampton</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz">Berkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating a Mouldy Discoloured Shower Cubicle in Woodstock https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-mouldy-discoloured-shower-cubicle-in-woodstock/ Oxfordshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:fa829b90-cacd-6e4a-55d5-1794b78fba00 Wed, 28 Jul 2021 14:59:02 +0000 <p>Pictured below is a very mouldy Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle at a property in the picturesque market town of Woodstock, which is very close to the famous Blenheim Palace and has a long history that dates to the Domesday Book and have many 17th century buildings. As you can see mould had really got a [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-mouldy-discoloured-shower-cubicle-in-woodstock/">Renovating a Mouldy Discoloured Shower Cubicle in Woodstock</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz">Oxfordshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Pictured below is a very mouldy <b>Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle</b> at a property in the picturesque market town of <b><a href="http://www.visitwoodstock.co.uk" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Woodstock</a></b>, which is very close to the famous Blenheim Palace and has a long history that dates to the Domesday Book and have many 17th century buildings.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2021/07/Mouldy-Ceramic-Tiled-Shower-Woodstock-Before-Cleaning-1029.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Mouldy Ceramic Tiled Shower Woodstock Before Cleaning" width="" height="" title="Mouldy Ceramic Tiled Shower Woodstock Before Cleaning" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>As you can see mould had really got a grip on the white grout around the bottom of the shower and in most other places the grout had become discoloured. Mould and discolouration are a very common problem and is caused by a lack of ventilation in the bathroom as well as the dyes in soap and shampoos.</p> <p>Most ceramic tiles have a glazed surface and so are fairly impervious to these problems, grout however is a problem due to its cementitious rough nature. I discussed with the client what could be done to restore the appearance of the shower cubicle for them, and they were pleased to hear we could do something about it. Happy with my quotation it wasn’t long before I got instructed to go ahead with the work.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle</h2> <p>To resolve the problem, I first sprayed the whole shower with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-duo-clean/200/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Duo Clean</a> and left it to soak in. The bottle comes with a spray attachment that combines the product with air making it lighter and easier to stick to vertical surfaces. It is a fast effective cleaner which doubles up as a grout cleaner and mould remover. </p> <p>Whilst the Tile Doctor Duo Clean was doing its magic I fetched the other tools I would need to complete this job. After about 30 minutes I sprayed the cubicle again and started to hand scrub the grout and tiles to remove the mould and dirt. I then rinsed with water and went over the stubborn stains again until I was happy. The walls where then dried with a clean towelling cloth. It is amazing the difference you can achieve with the right grout cleaning product and a lot of elbow grease.</p> <p>The last step and &#8220;prise de la resistance&#8221; was to cut out all the original silicone sealant with a sharp knife and then replace with new white sealant which had an anti-mould formula. I am not convinced these anti-mould products work any better to be honest but with mould being such a problem it is definitely worth giving them a go.</p> <h2> Sealing a Ceramic Shower Tiles</h2> <p>The last step was to spray the grout with Tile Doctor Wall Tile and <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/wall-tile-and-grout-sealer-aerosol-spray-500ml/137/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Grout Sealer</a> to help protect the grout, it forms a protective barrier over the tile and the grout, so water just runs straight off the wall and into the shower tray. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i2.wp.com/oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2021/07/Mouldy-Ceramic-Tiled-Shower-Woodstock-After-Cleaning-1030.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Mouldy Ceramic Tiled Shower Woodstock After Cleaning" width="" height="" title="Mouldy Ceramic Tiled Shower Woodstock After Cleaning" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>For after care 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" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Aqua-Pro</a> which is pH neutral cleaner designed for showers and will help the sealer last longer. Stronger supermarket products can actually strip a sealer off the tile over time so we don’t recommend their use.</p> <p>I think you will agree the shower cubicle looked transformed by the time I had finished, certainly my client was very happy with the work we had carried out.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Shower Cubicle Cleaning in Oxfordshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-mouldy-discoloured-shower-cubicle-in-woodstock/">Renovating a Mouldy Discoloured Shower Cubicle in Woodstock</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz">Oxfordshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Removing Mould from a Ceramic Tiled Ensuite Shower Cubicle in Chelford https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/removing-mould-from-a-ceramic-tiled-ensuite-shower-cubicle-in-chelford/ East Cheshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:e502e645-25eb-351f-aec0-fcf0bab9fe94 Fri, 23 Jul 2021 15:32:00 +0000 <p>I was asked by a Chelford homeowner (near Alderley Edge) to renovate their Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle which had an unsightly mould problem. They say pictures speak louder than words, so I’ve added some photos on this page which show how the grout and silicone sealant had become discoloured with mould over the ten years [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/removing-mould-from-a-ceramic-tiled-ensuite-shower-cubicle-in-chelford/">Removing Mould from a Ceramic Tiled Ensuite Shower Cubicle in Chelford</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">East Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was asked by a <b><a href="https://www.chelfordvillage.org" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Chelford</a></b> homeowner (near Alderley Edge) to renovate their <b>Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle</b> which had an unsightly mould problem. They say pictures speak louder than words, so I’ve added some photos on this page which show how the grout and silicone sealant had become discoloured with mould over the ten years since it was installed.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/07/Mouldy-Ceramic-Tiled-Ensuite-Shower-Cubicle-Before-Renovation-Chelford-1.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Mouldy Ceramic Tiled Ensuite Shower Cubicle Before Renovation Chelford" width="" height="" title="Mouldy Ceramic Tiled Ensuite Shower Cubicle Before Renovation Chelford" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/07/Mouldy-Ceramic-Tiled-Ensuite-Shower-Cubicle-Before-Renovation-Chelford-3.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Mouldy Ceramic Tiled Ensuite Shower Cubicle Before Renovation Chelford" width="" height="" title="Mouldy Ceramic Tiled Ensuite Shower Cubicle Before Renovation Chelford" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Mould likes damp warm areas and shower cubicles make a perfect habitat for it, grout especially can be a problem due to its cementitious rough surface that mould can get a grip on. In this case the ventilation in the ensuite was inadequate and ideally there should have been an extraction vent over the cubicle itself. My advice in these situations is to leave doors and windows open after showering and to run the cold water afterwards. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i2.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/07/Mouldy-Ceramic-Tiled-Ensuite-Shower-Cubicle-Before-Renovation-Chelford-4.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Mouldy Ceramic Tiled Ensuite Shower Cubicle Before Renovation Chelford" width="" height="" title="Mouldy Ceramic Tiled Ensuite Shower Cubicle Before Renovation Chelford" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i2.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/07/Mouldy-Ceramic-Tiled-Ensuite-Shower-Cubicle-Before-Renovation-Chelford-7.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Mouldy Ceramic Tiled Ensuite Shower Cubicle Before Renovation Chelford" width="" height="" title="Mouldy Ceramic Tiled Ensuite Shower Cubicle Before Renovation Chelford" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2>Removing Mould from a Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle</h2> <p>To renovate the Tile and Grout I sprayed on <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-duo-clean/200/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Duo-Clean</a> which was left to soak into the grout line for ten minutes before being scrubbed in by hand. The Ceramic tiles cleaned quite easily but the grout had to be scrubbed hard and needed several applications before I was satisfied. </p> <p>The whole shower needed treating in this fashion and once rinsed and dried I set about stripping out all the old silicone sealant that had also been badly affected by mould. This is done carefully using a sharp knife. I removed the debris and moved onto applying a fresh mould resistant silicone sealant.</p> <h2>Sealing a Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle</h2> <p>Last step before leaving was to spray the Ceramic tile and especially the Grout and Silicone with a can of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/wall-tile-and-grout-sealer-aerosol-spray-500ml/137/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Aerosol Grout Sealer</a>. This doesn’t last as long as other sealants in the Tile Doctor range but its quick to apply, especially on wall tiles. The sealer ensures water will run straight off the walls into the shower tray and it also makes the shower easier to clean later.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/07/Mouldy-Ceramic-Tiled-Ensuite-Shower-Cubicle-After-Renovation-Chelford-1.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Mouldy Ceramic Tiled Ensuite Shower Cubicle After Renovation Chelford" width="" height="" title="Mouldy Ceramic Tiled Ensuite Shower Cubicle After Renovation Chelford" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/07/Mouldy-Ceramic-Tiled-Ensuite-Shower-Cubicle-After-Renovation-Chelford-2.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Mouldy Ceramic Tiled Ensuite Shower Cubicle After Renovation Chelford" width="" height="" title="Mouldy Ceramic Tiled Ensuite Shower Cubicle After Renovation Chelford" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The shower looked like a new installation by the time I had finished, and my client was delighted with the transformation. He was also thankful that I had replaced the silicone, this was something he had considered doing himself but applying it does take practice and you can get yourself into a mess.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of an Ensuite Shower Cubicle in East Cheshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/removing-mould-from-a-ceramic-tiled-ensuite-shower-cubicle-in-chelford/">Removing Mould from a Ceramic Tiled Ensuite Shower Cubicle in Chelford</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">East Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Dirty Kitchen Grout Renovated in Adwick Le Street https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/dirty-kitchen-grout-renovated-in-adwick-le-street/ South Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:cca4ce28-7092-1b39-cc98-c050d60adfa0 Tue, 20 Jul 2021 16:21:58 +0000 <p>The owners of this house in Adwick Le Street, which is North of Doncaster, were fed up with the appearance of the Grout in their Ceramic tiled kitchen floor. They had not been able to keep the grout clean and it was now patchy, discoloured, darker and consequently always looked dirty. I visited the property, [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/dirty-kitchen-grout-renovated-in-adwick-le-street/">Dirty Kitchen Grout Renovated in Adwick Le Street</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The owners of this house in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adwick_le_Street" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Adwick Le Street</a>, which is North of Doncaster, were fed up with the appearance of the <b>Grout</b> in their <b>Ceramic tiled kitchen floor</b>. They had not been able to keep the grout clean and it was now patchy, discoloured, darker and consequently always looked dirty.</p> <p>I visited the property, to survey the floor and could see the Ceramic tiles and where in good condition, but the grout lines were really letting the kitchen down. I discussed with my client the option of re-colouring the grout, which they agreed was sensible, anything to keep the impossible grout clean. The alternative of scraping out the grout and replacing would be a messy and time-consuming option which we both agreed was not the choice they wanted to go for. I gave them a price to complete the work which they were happy to go ahead with.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/07/Grout-During-Cleaning-with-Grout-Colourant-Pre-Treater-in-Adwick-le-Street.jpg" alt="Grout-During-Cleaning-with-Grout-Colourant-Pre-Treater-in-Adwick-le-Street" width="" height="" title="Grout-During-Cleaning-with-Grout-Colourant-Pre-Treater-in-Adwick-le-Street" /></center></p> <h2> Recolouring Grout on a Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Before any grout colouring could be done the grout first needed to be prepared, this was done using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant-pre-treat-cleaner-750ml-with-trigger-spray/201/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctors Grout Colourant Pre-Treater</a> which is an acid-based cleaner specially made for the job. This product cleans and prepares the grout for the colourant to ensure a better contact with the colourant later. It’s very simple to apply and is simply sprayed onto the grout lines, left to dwell for five minutes and then scrubbed into the grout by hand. Once done the soiled pre-treater is rinsed off with water and removed with a wet vacuum.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/07/Tile-Doctor-Grout-Colourant-Pre-Treater.jpg" alt="Tile Doctor Grout Colourant Pre-Treater" width="" height="" title="Tile Doctor Grout Colourant Pre-Treater" /></center></p> <p>Once the grout lines are dry, they are ready to be coloured, unfortunately this is a manual process which take a lot of attention to detail and can be quite tedious. The best way of doing it I have found is go get down on your hands and knees with a toothbrush and gently scrub the colourant into each grout line, any colourant that seeps over onto the tiles needs to be quicky wiped away before it dries. The one upside however is observing the highly satisfying transformation of the grout as the result is instant and you can see the improvement as you go along.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/07/Tile-Doctor-Natural-Grey-Grout-Colourant.jpg" alt="Tile Doctor Natural Grey Grout Colourant" width="500" height="888" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1045" srcset="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/07/Tile-Doctor-Natural-Grey-Grout-Colourant.jpg 500w, https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/07/Tile-Doctor-Natural-Grey-Grout-Colourant-169x300.jpg 169w" sizes="(max-width: 500px) 100vw, 500px" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/07/Grout-During-Colouring-with-Natural-Grey-Grout-Colourant-in-Adwick-le-Street.jpg" alt="Grout During Colouring with Natural Grey Grout Colourant in Adwick le Street" width="" height="" title="Grout During Colouring with Natural Grey Grout Colourant in Adwick le Street" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>There are ten grout colours of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Colourant</a> to choose from and in this case the owners had chosen Natural Grey. If you want to save a few points they also sell a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant-kit/99/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Grout Colourant kit</a> that contains both the colourant and the pre-treater. The grout colourant is epoxy based so it remains water and stain proof and will last for years. </p> <p>I’m not sure the pictures I took do the transformation justice, but my client was over the moon with the difference it had made to the floor. The patchy grout was gone and then whole room seemed brighter.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/07/Grout-After-Recolouring-with-Natural-Grey-Colourant-in-Adwick-le-Street.jpg" alt="Grout After Recolouring with Natural Grey Grout Colourant in Adwick le Street" width="" height="" title="Grout After Recolouring with Natural Grey Grout Colourant in Adwick le Street" /></center></p> <p>For regular cleaning 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" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> which will keep the floor looking good but is gentle enough to use every day and won’t compromise the colourant. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Grout Cleaning and Renovation in Worcestershire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/dirty-kitchen-grout-renovated-in-adwick-le-street/">Dirty Kitchen Grout Renovated in Adwick Le Street</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Deep Clean and Seal of a Multi-Coloured Slate Kitchen floor in Hythe https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/deep-clean-and-seal-of-a-multi-coloured-slate-kitchen-floor-in-hythe/ South Kent Tile Doctor urn:uuid:6522df46-c073-6d4e-0c41-16987789d52b Thu, 15 Jul 2021 16:12:39 +0000 <p>This Multi-Coloured Slate floor looks nice in the Kitchen of this property in Hythe, however due to the riven surface of the tile and the deep grout lines my customer had struggled to keep it clean. Additionally, the Slate has lost all of its lustre over the years since it had been installed and it [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/deep-clean-and-seal-of-a-multi-coloured-slate-kitchen-floor-in-hythe/">Deep Clean and Seal of a Multi-Coloured Slate Kitchen floor in Hythe</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This Multi-Coloured <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/slate-tile-cleaning/8/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Slate</a> floor looks nice in the Kitchen of this property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hythe,_Kent" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Hythe</a></b>, however due to the riven surface of the tile and the deep grout lines my customer had struggled to keep it clean. Additionally, the Slate has lost all of its lustre over the years since it had been installed and it was now due a deep clean and reseal.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/07/Multicoloured-Riven-Slate-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Hythe-094637.jpg" alt="Multicoloured Riven Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Hythe" width="" height="" title="Multicoloured Riven Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Hythe" /></center></p> <p>The combination of durability and price makes Slate a popular choice for floor covering, it is also available in a number of colours, ranging from plain black to a more diverse array of shades. Like any natural stone floor though it need sealing to keep the dirt out of the pores of the stone however sealers wear off with use </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/07/Multicoloured-Riven-Slate-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Hythe-100341.jpg" alt="Multicoloured Riven Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Hythe" width="" height="" title="Multicoloured Riven Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Hythe" /></center></p> <p>Hythe by the way is a lovely medieval coastal market town with its own beach on the edge of Romney Marsh and close to Folkestone.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning Multicoloured Slate Tiles</h2> <p>Before starting I removed the kickboards underneath the kitchen units and protected the exposed woodwork with a thin film. To deep clean the Slate floor and remove any remaining sealer I applied <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> and left it to soak in for ten minutes before scrubbing it in with a light carbide brush. As well as removing the old sealer this process releases the dirt from the pores of the stone and brings it to the surface where it can be extracted.</p> <p>I have probably mentioned this before, but I’ve invested in a powerful van mounted pressure extraction system for removing the dirt, old sealer and emulsified soils released from the stone. The system works by applying water at high pressure on the floor via a spinner tool and then simultaneously extracts the waste under suction back to a grey water tank on the van. From the customers point of view, it makes light work of cleaning the floor and more importantly leaves the floor dry and leaves no mess.</p> <p>Having a dry floor at this stage is important as it means I can usually seal the floor on the same day. Its not a good idea to apply a sealer to damp floor as it will affect the way it cures and lead to an undesirable finish. The way to make sure the floor its dry is to use a moisture meter and take readings in several places around the floor. You can use an air mover to improve drying times however older floors can take a very long time to dry and for those I tend to book another day to apply the sealer.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/07/Multicoloured-Riven-Slate-Tiled-Kitchen-Damp-Reading-After-Cleaning-Hythe-115614.jpg" alt="Multicoloured Riven Slate Tiled Kitchen Damp Reading After Cleaning Hythe" width="" height="" title="Multicoloured Riven Slate Tiled Kitchen Damp Reading After Cleaning Hythe" /></center></p> <h2>Sealing Multicoloured Slate Tiles</h2> <p>With the floor dry I set about applying the first of two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-x-tra-seal-1-litre/258/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor X-Tra Seal</a> which provides both a hardwearing sheen to the slate as well as enhancing its natural colourings. It has strong water repellency characteristics which makes it ideal for use in a kitchen where spillages are quite common.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/07/Multicoloured-Riven-Slate-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Hythe-122015.jpg" alt="Multicoloured Riven Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Hythe" width="" height="" title="Multicoloured Riven Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Hythe" /></center></p> <p>This was quite a small kitchen, so the work was completed in one day. My client was amazed at the transformation and grateful for our advice on continued maintenance which for this floor I recommended the use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a> for daily cleaning.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/07/Multicoloured-Riven-Slate-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Hythe-122016.jpg" alt="Multicoloured Riven Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Hythe" width="" height="" title="Multicoloured Riven Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Hythe" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Clean and Seal of a Multi-Coloured Slate Tiled Floor in South Kent</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/deep-clean-and-seal-of-a-multi-coloured-slate-kitchen-floor-in-hythe/">Deep Clean and Seal of a Multi-Coloured Slate Kitchen floor in Hythe</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Terracotta Kitchen Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Abingdon https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/terracotta-kitchen-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-abingdon/ Oxfordshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:ed7fa852-ed67-d82a-88f5-798c3c3b49b3 Fri, 09 Jul 2021 15:38:08 +0000 <p>The photos below are from a customer in Abingdon who had a Terracotta tiled floor in their Kitchen. Kitchens are high traffic areas and overtime the sealer had worn off and now dirt was becoming ingrained in the pores of the Terracotta. Once you get dirt in the pores of a clay tile or natural [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/terracotta-kitchen-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-abingdon/">Terracotta Kitchen Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Abingdon</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz">Oxfordshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The photos below are from a customer in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abingdon-on-Thames" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Abingdon</a></b> who had a <b>Terracotta tiled floor</b> in their Kitchen. Kitchens are high traffic areas and overtime the sealer had worn off and now dirt was becoming ingrained in the pores of the Terracotta. Once you get dirt in the pores of a clay tile or natural stone it becomes very difficult to remove and now the floor was not looking its best.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2021/07/Terracotta-Tiled-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Abingdon-111248.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Terracotta Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Abingdon" width="" height="" title="Terracotta Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Abingdon" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>Unhappy with the appearance of the tiles the owner of the property had been in touch requesting a deep clean and fresh sealer. It was a fairly straight forward job and I was able to provide a quick quotation which was accepted and a data agreed to do the work which would take two days. </p> <h2>Cleaning Terracotta Tile</h2> <p>I started cleaning the Terracotta by doing applying a 1:3 dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> which is our goto alkaline tile cleaner. For this floor I actually ended up using two litres of Pro-Clean diluted in six litres of water. The solution is left to soak into the tile for about ten minutes before being scrubbed in using a 180-grit silicon carbide brush attached to a weighted floor scrubber. These brushes are quite expensive however they do last a long time so well worth the investment for someone in my profession. If you were doing this work yourself a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Black Buffing pad</a> would do the trick.</p> <p>This process worked well on the floor and the cleaning solution was soon dirty with the soil that had been released from the pores of the Terracotta tile. The slurry was rinsed off the floor with water and extracted using Numatic wet vacuum.</p> <p>Final step of the cleaning process was to give the tiles an acid wash. This is done using a 10:1 dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up</a> which is applied to the tiles and then scrubbed in using a soft poly brush fitted to a floor scrubber. This process removes any old grout smears and traces of efflorescence and slightly roughens the surface of the Terracotta tile to ensure a better bond with the sealer. Once done the floor was rinsed with more water and extracted with the wet vacuum leaving the floor as dry as possible before leaving for the day.</p> <h2>Sealing Terracotta Tile</h2> <p>I left the floor to dry off overnight and I returned the next day to seal the floor first checking the tiles were dry by taking a few moisture readings with a damp meter. The readings came back fine so I need not have been concerned however Terracotta tiles being made from clay are very porous so it’s always a good idea to check.</p> <p>The floor was dry, so I set about applying the first coat of sealer which for this floor I used <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-extra-1-litre/22/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go Extra</a>. You need to leave around thirty minutes in-between coats and this floor took five coats before it was fully sealed.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2021/07/Terracotta-Floor-After-Cleaning-Abingdon-121612.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Terracotta Floor After Cleaning Abingdon" width="" height="" title="Terracotta Floor After Cleaning Abingdon" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>Once finished the Terracotta floor looked much cleaner, fresher and the sealer had given the tiles a nice subtle sheen. For aftercare I recommend <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Cleaner</a> which is ideal for the regular cleaning of sealed floors.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Terracotta Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Oxfordshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/terracotta-kitchen-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-abingdon/">Terracotta Kitchen Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Abingdon</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz">Oxfordshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating a Large Indian Sandstone Patio in Southborough https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-large-indian-sandstone-patio-in-southborough/ South Kent Tile Doctor urn:uuid:753bb023-33d9-60e0-ccae-41ad123a7af3 Sat, 26 Jun 2021 13:08:52 +0000 <p>A customer from the Tunbridge Wells borough of Southborough got in touch with me regarding the renovation of their Sandstone Paved Drive and Patio. The paving surrounded the property and since all the facias had recently been renewed on the house the stone was letting the overall appearance of the property down. It had been [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-large-indian-sandstone-patio-in-southborough/">Renovating a Large Indian Sandstone Patio in Southborough</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>A customer from the Tunbridge Wells borough of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southborough,_Kent" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Southborough</a></b> got in touch with me regarding the renovation of their <b>Sandstone Paved Drive and Patio</b>. The paving surrounded the property and since all the facias had recently been renewed on the house the stone was letting the overall appearance of the property down. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/06/Indian-Sandstone-Patio-Before-Cleaning-Southborough-090405.jpg" alt="Indian Sandstone Patio Before Cleaning Southborough" width="" height="" title="Indian Sandstone Patio Before Cleaning Southborough" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/06/Indian-Sandstone-Patio-Before-Cleaning-Southborough-090409.jpg" alt="Indian Sandstone Patio Before Cleaning Southborough" width="" height="" title="Indian Sandstone Patio Before Cleaning Southborough" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>It had been sometime since the Sandstone had been cleaned and as you can see from the photos what was once a beautiful stone had now darkened and lost much of its natural colour. I went to the property to do a quick site visit to check what needed to be done. I worked out a quote for cleaning to the stone which was accepted and a convenient time to carry out the work was agreed. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/06/Indian-Sandstone-Patio-Before-Cleaning-Southborough-090401.jpg" alt="Indian Sandstone Patio Before Cleaning Southborough" width="" height="" title="Indian Sandstone Patio Before Cleaning Southborough" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/06/Indian-Sandstone-Patio-Before-Cleaning-Southborough-090436.jpg" alt="Indian Sandstone Patio Before Cleaning Southborough" width="" height="" title="Indian Sandstone Patio Before Cleaning Southborough" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I have a very powerful high pressure cleaning system installed in my van which makes short work of cleaning stone and brick. Not only is it very effective at cleaning its designed as a closed system, so all the waste is extracted back to a large grey water tank in the van. Now you can use an everyday power washer to clean up external stone however they are not as powerful and so take much longer, also the result does not tend to be as good. </p> <h2>Deep Cleaning an Indian Sandstone Patio in Southborough</h2> <p>It was a large area, so I approached the job in sections and started by pre-wetting the stone with water. Then I applied <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-patio-brick-driveway-cleaner-5-litre/256/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Patio &#038; Brick Driveway Cleaner</a> which is a powerful outdoor cleaning solution formulated to power through patio blackspots, lichen, moss, and stains. This is a commercial product designed for professional use so if you are looking at using it yourself, please take care and use the right protection. </p> <p>The cleaner was left to soak into the really dirty areas whilst I focused on the cleaning the other parts of the drive and patio with the van mounted pressure washer. I was then able to return to the deeper stains later. Using a combination of the Tile Doctor Brick and Patio Cleaner along with our van mounted pressure cleaning system we were able to completely transform the properties kerb appeal. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/06/Indian-Sandstone-Patio-After-Cleaning-Southborough-111251.jpg" alt="Indian Sandstone Patio After Cleaning Southborough" width="" height="" title="Indian Sandstone Patio After Cleaning Southborough" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/06/Indian-Sandstone-Patio-After-Cleaning-Southborough-100828.jpg" alt="Indian Sandstone Patio After Cleaning Southborough" width="" height="" title="Indian Sandstone Patio After Cleaning Southborough" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Applying a sealer now the Sandstone was clean would have improved the look of the stone further and made the patio easier to keep clean going forward; however, it was a very large area which would require a lot of sealer. Keen to keep the cost down it was agreed not to apply a sealer and instead they intend to do more regular cleaning. The patio did look in great condition following the deep cleaning and so difficult to justify at this stage.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/06/Indian-Sandstone-Patio-After-Cleaning-Southborough-111244.jpg" alt="Indian Sandstone Patio After Cleaning Southborough" width="" height="" title="Indian Sandstone Patio After Cleaning Southborough" /></center></p> <p>My customer was very happy with the transformed patio and the look of delight was clearly visible. It’s a great feeling when you have a happy customer and this was one of those jobs where their satisfaction was so uplifting, especially during these times.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of an Indian Sandstone Patio in South Kent</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-large-indian-sandstone-patio-in-southborough/">Renovating a Large Indian Sandstone Patio in Southborough</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Black Spot Removed from an Indian Sandstone Patio in Bolton-Le-Sands https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/black-spot-removed-from-an-indian-sandstone-patio-in-bolton-le-sands/ Tile Doctor Lancashire urn:uuid:0f86f798-c6c5-accc-acf9-a61eb385f555 Wed, 23 Jun 2021 14:34:59 +0000 <p>This Indian Sandstone Patio in Bolton-Le-Sands near Lancaster had not been cleaned successfully for several years. Although the owner had power washed it on occasion, that won’t rid you of Black Spot, Mould, Lichen etc and this will build-up over the years. It does clean the stone up to a certain standard but at some [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/black-spot-removed-from-an-indian-sandstone-patio-in-bolton-le-sands/">Black Spot Removed from an Indian Sandstone Patio in Bolton-Le-Sands</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Lancashire</a>.</p> <p>This <b>Indian Sandstone Patio</b> in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolton-le-Sands" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bolton-Le-Sands</a></b> near Lancaster had not been cleaned successfully for several years. Although the owner had power washed it on occasion, that won’t rid you of Black Spot, Mould, Lichen etc and this will build-up over the years. It does clean the stone up to a certain standard but at some point, it will need further treatment. </p> <p>My client had now reached this point and decided to give Tile Doctor a call to have it renovated. We discussed the Patio which ran around the house and calculated that it measured approximately 60m2. With the measurements and a summary of the issues I was able to work out a quote which they were happy to accept.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2021/06/Indian-Sandstone-Patio-Before-Cleaning-in-Bolton-Le-Sands-4782.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Indian Sandstone Patio Before Cleaning in Bolton-Le-Sands" width="" height="" title="Indian Sandstone Patio Before Cleaning in Bolton-Le-Sands" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <h2>Removing Black Spot from an Indian Sandstone Patio</h2> <p>To improve the appearance of the stone I started by giving it a power wash to remove the general grime and dirt. I used a top of the range Karcher Pressure Washer for this which can apply up to 20 bars of pressure. The machine also comes with a spinner attachment results in a much more even clean than simply using the spray head. </p> <p>The patio was left to dry for thirty minutes before applying neat <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-patio-brick-driveway-cleaner-5-litre/256/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Patio &#038; Brick Driveway Cleaner</a>. Please note this is a very powerful product meant for professional use so if you’re using it always wear gloves and protective glasses. You leave it on the stone for ten minutes or longer before working it in. The directions on the back of the bottle say recommend leaving it for two to four hours, but its general advice. Personally, I find it is best to test the timing on a small inconspicuous area first, leave it on for say ten minutes then add a bit of water, scrub the surface and if the Black Spot disappears then that is all the time you need. If the stain is stubborn, increase the time. The two to four hour recommendation is really for difficult Black Spots that have become ingrained into the stone and then the product needs longer to digest the stain before it can work.</p> <p>Once that was done, I used the power washer on low pressure to wash the products off the stone and into the sewerage drain, a wet vacuum comes in handy for this. Don&#8217;t dispose of it into the grass or planting areas as the strong chemicals in the product could upset them. Many properties have a soak away to capture rainwater from gutters, so you need to make sure it&#8217;s the sewage drain you are using.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2021/06/Indian-Sandstone-Patio-After-Cleaning-in-Bolton-Le-Sands-4793.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Indian Sandstone Patio After Cleaning in Bolton-Le-Sands" width="" height="" title="Indian Sandstone Patio After Cleaning in Bolton-Le-Sands" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>As you can see on the pictures, this product really does work and got rid of the Black Spot completely. To maintain the patio a regular jet wash was recommended, the household versions are ideal for keeping it clean and tidy. </p> <p>Due to the size of the Sandstone patio the whole process took around six hours to complete. Once done though the patio looked transformed and was all ready for a barbeque and some guests. Hopefully, it will stop raining long enough for this to happen.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2021/06/Indian-Sandstone-Patio-After-Cleaning-in-Bolton-Le-Sands-4790.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Indian Sandstone Patio After Cleaning in Bolton-Le-Sands" width="" height="" title="Indian Sandstone Patio After Cleaning in Bolton-Le-Sands" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3> Professional Restoration of an Indian Sandstone Patio in Lancashire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/black-spot-removed-from-an-indian-sandstone-patio-in-bolton-le-sands/">Black Spot Removed from an Indian Sandstone Patio in Bolton-Le-Sands</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Lancashire</a>.</p> Victorian Hallway Floor Restoration in Wheatley Hills, Doncaster https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-hallway-floor-restoration-in-wheatley-hills-doncaster/ South Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:04643bd2-4da6-fb9d-03b6-f5f23ec63b6d Mon, 21 Jun 2021 01:39:39 +0000 <p>Our clients from the Doncaster suburb of Wheatley Hills contacted us to see if we could rescue their Victorian floor. They were a young professional couple who had recently purchased and renovated a beautiful Victorian terraced house. They loved the Victorian hallway tiles, but they did need some attention and we were asked to renovate [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-hallway-floor-restoration-in-wheatley-hills-doncaster/">Victorian Hallway Floor Restoration in Wheatley Hills, Doncaster</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Our clients from the Doncaster suburb of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheatley_Hills" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Wheatley Hills</a></b> contacted us to see if we could rescue their <b>Victorian floor</b>. They were a young professional couple who had recently purchased and renovated a beautiful Victorian terraced house. They loved the Victorian hallway tiles, but they did need some attention and we were asked to renovate them. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/06/Victorian-Floor-Before-Restoration-Wheatley-Doncaster-1765.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Wheatley Doncaster" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Wheatley Doncaster" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/06/Victorian-Floor-Before-Restoration-Wheatley-Doncaster-1766.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Wheatley Doncaster" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Wheatley Doncaster" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Victorian floors often have areas of damage, usually at the bottom of staircases and in doorways due to heavy usage. This floor was no different. We decided not to replace every cracked tile but to concentrate on the worst areas which was at the bottom of the staircase. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/06/Victorian-Floor-Before-Restoration-Wheatley-Doncaster-1767.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Wheatley Doncaster" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Wheatley Doncaster" /></center></p> <p>A nice little feature of Victorian floors you often find is an upside tile left by the original tiler, it is usually a small tile tucked away at the edge. The Victorians believed that only god could create something perfect so one small imperfection was normally left and in this case one tile had been installed upside down.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/06/Victorian-Floor-Before-Restoration-Wheatley-Doncaster-Upside-Down-Tile.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Wheatley Doncaster Upside Down Tile" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Wheatley Doncaster Upside Down Tile" /></center></p> <h2> Cleaning and Repairing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>Before starting, replica tiles were sourced to closely match the originals and as you will see from the final pictures its now impossible to tell the difference. Standard sizes have changed though so to achieve a perfect fit the old tiles were used as templates and new tiles cut to match the originals. In total around twenty badly damaged tiles were replaced, I could have replaced more however with an old floor like this its good to keep some character and history in the floor.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/06/Victorian-Floor-During-Tile-Repair-Wheatley-Doncaster.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor During Tile Repair Wheatley Doncaster" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor During Tile Repair Wheatley Doncaster" /></center></p> <p>Once the new tiles had set, work started on cleaning the floor which was done using a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> and <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> combined. This makes a powerful formula that can clean and strips old sealers from tiles and after being left to soak in for ten minutes is scrubbed into the floor with a coarse <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">200-grit pad</a>. Pads can struggle to get into the corners etc so for those tricky areas I use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/diamond-hand-burnishing-block-set-greenblackred-yellow/31/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">hand-held diamond blocks</a>. </p> <p>After rinsing the floor with water and extracting the soil with a wet vacuum I gave the floor an acid rinse with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a>. This removes mineral salts trapped in the tiles and cleans off old grout smears. I always recommend an acid wash for old floors like this one as they do not have a damp proof membrane installed under the floor and this can result in salts rising through the tile as moisture evaporates, a process commonly known as efflorescence. </p> <h2> Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The floor was left to dry off overnight and I returned the following day to seal the tiles with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a>. Before starting, moisture readings are taken from the tiles to ensure its dry, applying a sealer to a damp floor can cloud the sealer so it’s worth checking. </p> <p><a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Colour Grow</a> is an impregnating sealer that soaks into the pores of the tile protecting it from within and enhancing its colours in the process. Old Victorian tiles are quite porous after being deep cleaned so in total six coats were applied before the it was fully protected and waterproof. To check enough sealer has been applied I like to conduct a water test which should result in a water droplet forming a bubble on the tile as in the picture below.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/06/Victorian-Floor-After-Restoration-Sealer-Test-Wheatley-Doncaster.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor After Restoration Sealer Test Wheatley Doncaster" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor After Restoration Sealer Test Wheatley Doncaster" /></center></p> <p>Each coat of sealer needs to dry before applying the next, so it does take some time to fully apply the sealer. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/06/Victorian-Floor-After-Restoration-Wheatley-Doncaster-120333.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor After Restoration Wheatley Doncaster" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor After Restoration Wheatley Doncaster" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/06/Victorian-Floor-After-Restoration-Wheatley-Doncaster-120438.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor After Restoration Wheatley Doncaster" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor After Restoration Wheatley Doncaster" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Once sealed the Victorian floor looked much lighter, had a lovely natural sheen and the vibrant colours of the tiles really shone through. Our clients were overjoyed with the finished results and pictures of the floor were soon all over Instagram!</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/06/Victorian-Floor-After-Restoration-Wheatley-Doncaster-120510.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor After Restoration Wheatley Doncaster" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor After Restoration Wheatley Doncaster" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in South Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-hallway-floor-restoration-in-wheatley-hills-doncaster/">Victorian Hallway Floor Restoration in Wheatley Hills, Doncaster</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Rebuilding and Restoring a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor in Haringey N22 https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/rebuilding-and-restoring-a-victorian-tiled-hallway-floor-in-haringey-n22/ North London Tile Doctor urn:uuid:f8105b69-4b85-c63e-322a-5d6848024dad Thu, 17 Jun 2021 15:23:59 +0000 <p>Convinced that their Victorian tiled hallway was beyond repair they decided to give Tile Doctor a call just in case there was a chance it could be saved. The property was in the Turnpike Lane area of Haringey in North London (N22), amongst a similar style of properties. Victorian floor restorations are a speciality of [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/rebuilding-and-restoring-a-victorian-tiled-hallway-floor-in-haringey-n22/">Rebuilding and Restoring a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor in Haringey N22</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz">North London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Convinced that their <b>Victorian tiled hallway</b> was beyond repair they decided to give Tile Doctor a call just in case there was a chance it could be saved. The property was in the Turnpike Lane area of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Borough_of_Haringey" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Haringey</a></b> in North London (N22), amongst a similar style of properties. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/06/Victorian-Floor-Before-Restoration-Turnpike-Lane-N2-1.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Turnpike Lane N2" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Turnpike Lane N2" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/06/Victorian-Floor-Before-Restoration-Turnpike-Lane-N2-2.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Turnpike Lane N2" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Turnpike Lane N2" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Victorian floor restorations are a speciality of ours, so I went over to take a look at the hallway and survey the tiles. When I got there, I could see why they thought nothing could be done as a lot of the tiles had come loose. However, I was pleased to inform them that in fact it could be restored and that as an original feature doing so should add a lot of value to the property. Happy that the floor could indeed be renovated we were given instructions to go ahead with the work and agreed a date for the job to begin.</p> <h2>Cleaning and Repairing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>On Day 1 we set about lifting all the loose tiles. We then cleaned all the excessive adhesive from the subfloor and the loose tiles. With much of the subfloor now exposed we were also able to repair the badly damaged areas with quick drying cement. Some tiles were too badly damaged to relay, so these were replaced with matching reproduction tiles sourced from <a href="https://originalfeatures.co.uk/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Original Features</a> who are a specialist supplier of Victorian Tiles based in Crouch End.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/06/Victorian-Floor-Before-Restoration-Turnpike-Lane-N2-3.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Turnpike Lane N2" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Turnpike Lane N2" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/06/Victorian-Floor-During-Restoration-Turnpike-Lane-N2-4.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor During Restoration Turnpike Lane N2" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor During Restoration Turnpike Lane N2" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>On day two we re-laid all the tiles and grouted the floor. After allowing the tile adhesive and grout to set we returned a few days later to deep clean the floor.</p> <p>Cleaning involved applying a <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">200-grit burnishing pad</a> to the floor lubricated with water to remove ingrained dirt. The floor was rinsed with water and the soil removed with a wet vacuum. This was followed by giving the Victorian floor an acid wash using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up</a>. I always recommend an acid wash for tiled floors as it removes grout smears and other mineral deposits from the tiles and further improves their appearance as a result. The floor was given another rinse and again the soil was extracted with the wet vacuum.</p> <h2> Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>We then returned the next day and after checking the moisture readings were satisfactory, the floor was sealed with 3 coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which soaks into the pores of the tile improving colour and adding protection from within. This sealer gives the floor a lovely subtle finish, it would also give it great protection for some time to come particularly in a high traffic area such as the hallway. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/06/Victorian-Floor-After-Restoration-Turnpike-Lane-N2-5.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor After Restoration Turnpike Lane N2" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor After Restoration Turnpike Lane N2" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/06/Victorian-Floor-After-Restoration-Turnpike-Lane-N2-6.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor After Restoration Turnpike Lane N2" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor After Restoration Turnpike Lane N2" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Once done, the floor looked great the colours were really striking and most importantly my client was delighted and left some great feedback, see below:</p> <p><center><I>Excellent service. Top quality workmanship and they worked extra late without complaint and without additional charges as the job turned out to be bigger than initially estimated. Andrew responded to all our queries in a friendly and polite manner throughout the job. By Martin T, London.</I></center></p> <p>For aftercare cleaning of Sealed Victorian tiled floors, I always recommend <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Cleaner</a>. Most supermarket products are simply too strong for a sealed floor and will slowly strip away the sealer with use.</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/rebuilding-and-restoring-a-victorian-tiled-hallway-floor-in-haringey-n22/">Rebuilding and Restoring a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor in Haringey N22</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz">North London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Removing Grout Haze from Ceramic Tile and Grout in a Sandhurst Kitchen https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/removing-grout-haze-from-ceramic-tile-and-grout-in-a-sandhurst-kitchen/ Berkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:24d12422-d0a3-92c3-6803-4fe2c53361cb Sun, 13 Jun 2021 09:00:09 +0000 <p>I received an enquiry from a customer in Sandhurst regarding their Ceramic tiled kitchen floor that they were struggling to get “looking clean”. Ceramic tiles are glazed and usually very easy to keep clean so intrigued I arranged a time for me to pop over and assess the problem. Upon arrival the customer explained to [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/removing-grout-haze-from-ceramic-tile-and-grout-in-a-sandhurst-kitchen/">Removing Grout Haze from Ceramic Tile and Grout in a Sandhurst Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz">Berkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I received an enquiry from a customer in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binfield" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Sandhurst</a></b> regarding their <b>Ceramic tiled kitchen floor</b> that they were struggling to get “looking clean”. <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/ceramic-tile-cleaning/2/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Ceramic tiles</a> are glazed and usually very easy to keep clean so intrigued I arranged a time for me to pop over and assess the problem.</p> <p>Upon arrival the customer explained to me they had recently moved from Lancaster to be closer to their family and had inherited the ceramic tiled floor with the property. They had tried various solutions, but nothing seemed to get them clean. The Ceramic tiles had a slight texture to them which improves grip and makes them a popular choice in kitchens where the floor can get wet. The trouble with rougher surfaces though is they can trap dirt and as it turns out the previous homeowner had three dogs which no doubt had been kept in the kitchen.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/06/Ceramic-Tiled-Kithchen-Floor-Stained-With-Grout-Haze-Before-Cleaning-Sandhurst-023.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Stained With Grout Haze Before Cleaning Sandhurst" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Stained With Grout Haze Before Cleaning Sandhurst" /></center></p> <p>After measuring and surveying the floor I ran some cleaning tests on the tiles to see which combination of product and cleaning method would have the most impact. During this I discovered the tiles had a thin layer of grout haze imbedded within the textured surface that had becoming imbedded with dirt, this would explain why they had struggled to get them clean. This must of happened when the floor was originally installed, the tiler didn’t polish off the grout thoroughly enough thereby leaving a thin layer of grout over the surface ruining their appearance. Happy with the demo a price was agreed, and the work was booked in.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/06/Ceramic-Tiled-Kithchen-Floor-Stained-With-Grout-Haze-Before-Cleaning-Sandhurst-035.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Stained With Grout Haze Before Cleaning Sandhurst" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Stained With Grout Haze Before Cleaning Sandhurst" /></center></p> <h2>Removing Grout Haze from a Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Before starting I removed the kick boards from underneath the kitchen units and protected any exposed wooden areas with thin tape. Due to the previous cleaning tests, I knew exactly how to approach the floor and tackle the grout haze (aka grout smears). </p> <p>Basically, to remove the thin layer of grout I applied a strong dilution of the aptly named <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up</a>. It’s a mild acidic cleaner that breaks down the grout and allows it to be removed. The solution is applied to the floor and allowed five to ten minutes to dwell before being agitated using a black pad fitted to a buffing machine. The slurry was then rinsed off with water and vacuumed away using a wet vacuum. Some areas were worse than others so for heavy grout haze build up I used <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a> which is a more powerful acidic cleaner that comes in gel form. </p> <h2>Applying a Light Grey Grout Colourant</h2> <p>Though everything cleaned up well the grout was still looking a little tired, the years of dirt had resulted in some deep staining which could not be removed and was letting down the overall appearance of the floor. To achieve a uniform finish throughout a light grey <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Colourant</a> was carefully applied to each individual grout line, wiping away any excess that got onto the tiles. The colourant was left to dry for an hour before buffing the floor with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-white/30/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">white pad</a>. The colourant forms a permanent barrier over the grout sealing it in and making it much easier to clean.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/06/Ceramic-Tiled-Kithchen-Floor-Stained-With-Grout-Haze-After-Cleaning-Sandhurst-128.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Stained With Grout Haze After Cleaning Sandhurst" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Stained With Grout Haze After Cleaning Sandhurst" /></center></p> <p>One done the Ceramic tiles had never looked so good and the grout looked ever so fresh. As you can imagine my customer was very happy with the transformation achieved and left the following feedback:</p> <p><center><i>“Dennis did an excellent job of cleaning our kitchen floor and restoring the grout to it its original colour. This really lifted the room. Dennis was courteous and professional and would use him again.” </i> </center></p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/06/Ceramic-Tiled-Kithchen-Floor-Stained-With-Grout-Haze-After-Cleaning-Sandhurst-115.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Stained With Grout Haze After Cleaning Sandhurst" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Stained With Grout Haze After Cleaning Sandhurst" /></center></p> <p>Ceramic tiles are fairly robust and with the grout colourant providing a barrier over the grout the floor is set to stay looking good for some time to come. However, there are a lot of cleaners out there on the market, some of which are very strong and concerned they could have a negative impact on the grout colourant. As a result, I recommended they clean the floor with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Cleaner</a> going forward, it’s sold as a concentrate, so a small amount goes a long way. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor in Berkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/removing-grout-haze-from-ceramic-tile-and-grout-in-a-sandhurst-kitchen/">Removing Grout Haze from Ceramic Tile and Grout in a Sandhurst Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz">Berkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Removing Limescale from Granite Worktops in a Folkestone Kitchen https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/removing-limescale-from-granite-worktops-in-a-folkestone-kitchen/ South Kent Tile Doctor urn:uuid:b7b832fe-0fe0-e711-ee72-81cd06784562 Fri, 04 Jun 2021 16:14:04 +0000 <p>Although expensive Granite makes the most beautiful and practical stone worktop you can install in your kitchen. It gives real wow factor to a room and this kitchen in Folkestone was no different. Normally granite needs little maintenance however Folkestone has very hard water (often referred to as limescale) containing high levels of calcium and [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/removing-limescale-from-granite-worktops-in-a-folkestone-kitchen/">Removing Limescale from Granite Worktops in a Folkestone Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Although expensive <b>Granite</b> makes the most beautiful and practical stone worktop you can install in your kitchen. It gives real wow factor to a room and this kitchen in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folkestone" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Folkestone</a></b> was no different. Normally granite needs little maintenance however Folkestone has very hard water (often referred to as limescale) containing high levels of calcium and over time the calcium in the water gets deposited on nearby surfaces. According to the <a href="https://www.affinitywater.co.uk/my-water/water-quality/hardness" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Affinity Water</a> website the water in <b>Folkestone</b> contains 287.5 mg of calcium per litre which is classed as hard. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/06/Granite-Sink-and-Counter-top-Before-Limescale-Removal-Folkestone.jpg" alt="Granite Sink and Counter top Before Limescale Removal Folkestone" width="" height="" title="Granite Sink and Counter top Before Limescale Removal Folkestone" /></center></p> <p>The owner of the property contacted us explaining that due to this problem the build-up of calcium deposits had overtaken her sink and countertop to a degree that she couldn`t deal with it through normal cleaning and a restoration was required. There are several household products on the market that can remove limescale however you need to be very careful when using these on natural stone as they use acids to break down the calcium and this can etch stone making the problem worse (always read the label). I went and had a look at the problem and gave her a quote for resolving the problem, which she was happy to accept.</p> <h2>Removing Limescale from a Granite Worktop and Sink</h2> <p>Before starting the renovation, I protected the floor with dust sheets and the walls with a blue film that is easy to remove. Then to tackle the limescale I carefully went over each part of the Granite counter using a set of <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" target="_blank">six-inch Tile Doctor Burnishing pads</a> applying them in sequence from coarse to extra fine. To give extra cleaning power the coarser pads were applied with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-oxy-gel-1-litre/169/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Oxy-Gel</a> which is an alkaline cleaning gel. The pads were fitted to a hand buffer and the soil generated by the abrasive pads was rinsed off between pads with water. For the finer detail such as the groves in the granite draining board, I used <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/diamond-hand-burnishing-block-set-greenblackred-yellow/31/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">diamond encrusted handheld burnishing blocks</a> of various grits. With the combination of diamond tooling and lots of elbow grease the job took around five hours to complete and the granite now has the polished look it deserves.</p> <h2>Granite Kitchen Worktop Aftercare</h2> <p>The granite worksurface does not require an actual sealer to be applied. However, maintenance is the key to keeping the stone in great condition so for aftercare I left the owner with a bottle of <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-patina-spray-500ml/20/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Patina Spray</a>. This product is designed for cleaning stone worktops and contains a special ingredient that maintains the lustre. This should ensure the Limescale becomes manageable and can be cleaned more easily. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/06/Granite-Sink-and-Counter-top-After-Limescale-Removal-Folkestone.jpg" alt="Granite Sink and Counter top After Limescale Removal Folkestone" width="" height="" title="Granite Sink and Counter top After Limescale Removal Folkestone" /></center></p> <p>I made a striking difference to the appearance of the Granite Worktop and the owner was over the moon with the result.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Removal of Limescale Staining from Granite Worktop in South Kent</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/removing-limescale-from-granite-worktops-in-a-folkestone-kitchen/">Removing Limescale from Granite Worktops in a Folkestone Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Marble Entrance Hall Floor Polished in Tattenhall Listed Building https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/marble-entrance-hall-floor-polished-in-tattenhall-listed-building/ West Cheshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:52202e60-e0fb-27a7-29a1-c68e7aab64bb Wed, 02 Jun 2021 15:09:04 +0000 <p>This Black and White Marble tiled hallway floor at a Grade II listed property in the village of Tattenhall has quite a history. The building was constructed in 1865 and at one time it has been the home to the high sheriff of Cheshire, and the family home of Edith Wignall the daughter of Sir [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/marble-entrance-hall-floor-polished-in-tattenhall-listed-building/">Marble Entrance Hall Floor Polished in Tattenhall Listed Building</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">West Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This Black and White Marble tiled hallway floor at a Grade II listed property in the village of <b><a href="https://www.tattenhall.org/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tattenhall</a></b> has quite a history. The building was constructed in 1865 and at one time it has been the home to the high sheriff of Cheshire, and the family home of Edith Wignall the daughter of Sir Henry Tate the founder of the sugar company Tate and Lyle. </p> <p>In more recent years the property had been used as a council building and even a nursing home for the elderly. After a long history of decline it has now been restored to a lavish family mansion however the marble floor had suffered over the years and still need attention. The current owner had been in touch as they wanted it restoring and basically brought back to life. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i2.wp.com/west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2021/06/Marble-Tiled-Floor-Before-Renovation-Grade-II-Listed-Building-Tattenhall1.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Marble Tiled Floor Before Renovation Grade II Listed Building Tattenhall" width="" height="" title="Marble Tiled Floor Before Renovation Grade II Listed Building Tattenhall" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>As it turns out I had already planned to go to Tattenhall the following week to work on another listed building which was formerly the village bank. After discussing the Marble floor over the phone, I agreed a date and time to pop over from the bank and inspect the floor in detail. I can provide a rough quote from photographs, which has been especially useful recently, but it’s far better for all concerned if I’m able to properly survey the floor first. </p> <p>The Marble floor consisted of Black and White Mable tiles laid in a diamond pattern, it wasn&#8217;t a very large area perhaps 9 square metres in total. The tiles were well worn as described but also stained and scratched. I would see they would need a deep burnish and polish to bring them back to life and then protected with a fresh sealer. Following on from that visit I was able to provide an accurate quote which was accepted, and a date agreed for my return.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2021/06/Marble-Tiled-Floor-Before-Renovation-Grade-II-Listed-Building-Tattenhall2.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Marble Tiled Floor Before Renovation Grade II Listed Building Tattenhall" width="" height="" title="Marble Tiled Floor Before Renovation Grade II Listed Building Tattenhall" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <h2>Removing Scratches and Stains from a Marble Tiled Entrance Hall Floor</h2> <p>The first job was to protect the surrounding heavy wooden panelling with masking film. The floor was very heavily stained yellow with deep scratches, to remove these I would have to grind the marble back until a clean fresh tile was left. To start I used a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">200-grit coarse pad</a> fitted to a weighted buffing machine, the abrasive action of the pad was lubricated with water. After inspection I found that the staining and scratches were still there, so I needed to use stronger pads, so I worked my way through a set of very coarse milling pads starting at a 50, 100 and finishing with a 200-grit pad. Again, water was used to lubricate, and the resultant slurry was removed by a powerful wet vacuum and washed down between each pad.<br /> The milling pads had the desired effect, and I was then able to bring back the polished appearance of the Marble surface using a set of finer burnishing pads with the same process. The 400 and 800-grit pads helped to clean and remove the fine scratches left by the milling pads and then the next 1500-grit pad started to build the shine back on the marble tile. </p> <p>After finishing with 1500-grit pad I washed the Marble with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a> and vacuumed up the residue with the wet vacuum. I left an industrial blower in place overnight to dry out the floor ready for the next morning when it would be sealed.</p> <h2>Sealing a Marble Tiled Entrance Hall Floor</h2> <p>The next morning, I used the last of the 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" target="_blank">burnishing pads</a> which is a very fine 3000-grit to polish the floor further. This last pad is applied dry with just a spray of water to create a high gloss finish. </p> <p>When I was happy, I sealed the floor with two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is an impregnating sealer that soaks into the fine pores of the Marble to protect it from within. This product also improves colour and after application it was left to soak into the tile for five minutes before polishing off and then leaving it to dry.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i2.wp.com/west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2021/06/Marble-Tiled-Floor-After-Renovation-Grade-II-Listed-Building-Tattenhall-144028.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Marble Tiled Floor After Renovation Grade II Listed Building Tattenhall" width="" height="" title="Marble Tiled Floor After Renovation Grade II Listed Building Tattenhall" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>The last step was to I buff the floor with a white pad. The finish was impressive, and the family were very happy with the work we had carried out. For aftercare I recommended they use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Stone Soap</a> as its designed for the regular cleaning of sealed and polished stone, as well as cleaning it also helps build the patina.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Mable Tiled Hallway in West Cheshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/marble-entrance-hall-floor-polished-in-tattenhall-listed-building/">Marble Entrance Hall Floor Polished in Tattenhall Listed Building</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">West Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Old Sandstone Flagstone Restoration at Pirbright Mill https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/old-sandstone-flagstone-restoration-at-pirbright-mill/ West Surrey Tile Doctor urn:uuid:663b7454-ad2d-559c-d59f-9f0fd11c9389 Sat, 29 May 2021 14:14:13 +0000 <p>The pictures of a Sandstone floor below were taken at a 300-year-old mill house in the very picturesque village of Pirbright between Woking and Guildford. My client was selling the property which was really beautiful with many original features. During the week before my arrival, the owner had a restoration company remove the grout surrounding [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/old-sandstone-flagstone-restoration-at-pirbright-mill/">Old Sandstone Flagstone Restoration at Pirbright Mill</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The pictures of a <b>Sandstone</b> floor below were taken at a 300-year-old mill house in the very picturesque village of <b><a href="http://300 Year Old Sandstone Floor Renovation at Pirbright Mill" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Pirbright</a></b> between Woking and Guildford. My client was selling the property which was really beautiful with many original features. </p> <p><300-Year-Old-Sandstone-Flagstone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Pirbright_Mill-1536.JPG></p> <p>During the week before my arrival, the owner had a restoration company remove the grout surrounding her Sandstone flags and had them lifted so a damp proof course could be laid beneath. The flagstones were then re-laid and regrouted, I assume this was something that had come up in a survey and needed to be rectified as a condition of the sale. I certainly didn&#8217;t envy the guy chipping away at the grout for days on end. </p> <p>Unfortunately, cleaning was not part of the process and by the time I turned up the old Sandstone flagstones were looking washed out and had lost a lot of their character. I was tasked with cleaning them up and sealing them after they had been re-laid, fortunately I wouldn&#8217;t need to clean the grout which can be quite a task on old floors like these. </p> <p><300-Year-Old-Sandstone-Flagstone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Pirbright_Mill-1548.JPG></p> <p>Normally old floors are notorious for damp issues and I usually have to take steps to neutralise efflorescent salt issues however due to the damp proofing work recently completed this would not be a problem. I was very conscious however that the flagstones were very old and so had to be handled with care. So, after running some cleaning tests in a small area behind the mill I worked out the best way forward would be to give the Sandstone a deep clean with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> which is an effective alkaline tile and grout cleaning product. She was happy with the testing and agreed my quote, so we were good to go ahead.</p> <h2>Cleaning an Old Sandstone Flagstone Floor</h2> <p>My method was to spray a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> onto the floor, it was left to soak in for ten minutes and then agitated with a nylon scrubbing pad fitted to a rotary floor buffer. This process released the ingrained dirt from the pores of the stone which was then extracted using a wet vacuum. I inspected the stone flagstones after each scrub and repeated the process where necessary until I was satisfied the stones were as clean as they could be. Once done the floor was left to dry off ready for the next stage of applying a protective sealer.</p> <h2>Sealing Old Sandstone Paving Flagstones</h2> <p>Old buildings are often very cold and damp, so I used as little water as possible during cleaning, however Sandstone is quite porous, so I left the stone floor for three days to dry out before returning to seal. </p> <p>For sealing I chose to apply <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a>, this is a colour intensifying sealer that will add durable protection to the stone whilst enhancing the natural colours of the very old sandstone flags. </p> <p><300-Year-Old-Sandstone-Flagstone-Floor-After-Sealing-Pirbright_Mill-1550.JPG></p> <p>The client has since sold the house with the new owners benefitting from some considerable restoration. I am sure they will be very pleased to live here, I left a bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> to get them started.</p> <p><300-Year-Old-Sandstone-Flagstone-Floor-After-Sealing-Pirbright_Mill-1551.JPG></p> <h3>Professional Renovation of old Sandstone Flagstone Paving in a Surrey Mill</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/old-sandstone-flagstone-restoration-at-pirbright-mill/">Old Sandstone Flagstone Restoration at Pirbright Mill</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Cleaning Concrete Paving and Steps in Folkestone https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-concrete-paving-and-steps-in-folkestone/ South Kent Tile Doctor urn:uuid:2d5338dc-3b04-eb60-c395-eba0c98b5c6c Thu, 20 May 2021 15:44:13 +0000 <p>I am sure you will be able relate to this client in Folkstone who had a concrete and brick path and steps to the side of their house that had turned black with dirt. I know many of you reading this post will probably own a Karcher pressure washer and would be happy to do [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-concrete-paving-and-steps-in-folkestone/">Cleaning Concrete Paving and Steps in Folkestone</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I am sure you will be able relate to this client in <b><a href="http://SouthKent2021" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Folkstone</a></b> who had a concrete and brick path and steps to the side of their house that had turned black with dirt. I know many of you reading this post will probably own a Karcher pressure washer and would be happy to do this job themselves, however for those that do not it’s good to know that we don&#8217;t just cover expensive patios and driveways and happily deep clean concrete paths as well. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/05/Concrete-Path-and-Steps-Before-Cleaning-Folkstone-29123046.jpg" alt="Concrete Path and Steps Before Cleaning Folkstone" width="" height="" title="Concrete Path and Steps Before Cleaning Folkstone" /></center></p> <p>The machine I use for this type of work operates at very high pressure, far higher than that of a Karcher and is so large and heavy its actually installed in a van. This type of machine is known in the trade as a Truck Mount and results in a much deeper clean that cleans and extracts the waste at the same time.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/05/Concrete-Path-and-Steps-Before-Cleaning-Folkstone-29123041.jpg" alt="Concrete Path and Steps Before Cleaning Folkstone" width="" height="" title="Concrete Path and Steps Before Cleaning Folkstone" /></center></p> <p>I popped over to see the client to see what needed to be done and gave them a quote for the work. Having looked round the property I was confident of making a difference. I also noted that steps were not only black with dirt but had become green with algae in places which is slippery when wet and dangerous for the elderly.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/05/Concrete-Path-and-Steps-Before-Cleaning-Folkstone-29123044.jpg" alt="Concrete Path and Steps Before Cleaning Folkstone" width="" height="" title="Concrete Path and Steps Before Cleaning Folkstone" /></center></p> <h2> Cleaning an Outdoor Concrete Path and Steps </h2> <p>Before going over with the machine, I wetted the path with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-patio-brick-driveway-cleaner-5-litre/256/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Patio &#038; Brick Driveway Cleaner</a> and left it to soak into the concrete for a good twenty to thirty minutes so it could breakdown the dirt and deal with blackspots, lichen, moss, and general staining. </p> <p>The concrete path was in several sections so whilst I was waiting for the cleaner to soak into one section, I was able to run the Truck Mount pressure washer over another section. When you use the jet wash at home, it can be a very messy business, bringing up all the dirt and spreading it around the nearby walls and usually the user. With our machine washing and extracting the dirt at the same time there is zero mess, and you can literally see the path become transformed in front of your eyes which is very satisfying. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/05/Concrete-Path-and-Steps-After-Cleaning-Folkstone-31100815.jpg" alt="Concrete Path and Steps After Cleaning Folkstone" width="" height="" title="Concrete Path and Steps After Cleaning Folkstone" /></center></p> <p>Once done the concrete path looked like it was laid yesterday. The client was amazed saying it now complimented the work they had recently done on the front and back patios. It does show up the neighbour’s path though so I would not be surprised if I get a call soon to do their path as well! </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/05/Concrete-Path-and-Steps-After-Cleaning-Folkstone-31100810.jpg" alt="Concrete Path and Steps After Cleaning Folkstone" width="" height="" title="Concrete Path and Steps After Cleaning Folkstone" /></center></p> <p>There was no need to apply any type of sealer to this path. Regular cleaning will maintain it and a once a year deep clean like this would keep it in great shape.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Clean of a Brick and Concrete Path and Steps in South Kent</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-concrete-paving-and-steps-in-folkestone/">Cleaning Concrete Paving and Steps in Folkestone</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Greasy Slate Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Harrogate https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/greasy-slate-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-harrogate/ North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:25200e32-68cf-bae5-e308-2cc6776deac4 Tue, 18 May 2021 13:38:55 +0000 <p>This Slate floor was laid twelve years ago in the kitchen of a property in the spa town of Harrogate. It had never been cleaned professionally since installation and by now it was really in need of a good clean. I went to the property to do a site visit; some areas were sticky to [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/greasy-slate-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-harrogate/">Greasy Slate Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Harrogate</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This <b>Slate floor</b> was laid twelve years ago in the kitchen of a property in the spa town of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrogate" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Harrogate</a></b>. It had never been cleaned professionally since installation and by now it was really in need of a good clean. I went to the property to do a site visit; some areas were sticky to walk on and thick with grease particularly around the cooker area! </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/05/Multi-Coloured-Chinese-Slate-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Harrogate-085616.jpg" alt="Multi-Coloured Chinese Slate Floor Before Cleaning Harrogate" width="" height="" title="Multi-Coloured Chinese Slate Floor Before Cleaning Harrogate" /></center></p> <p>I conducted a test clean on an inconspicuous patch of floor to demonstrate to the client what could be achieved. The test went well and they were very happy to be reminded what the floor should actually look like. I supplied my quote, and they were happy to go ahead, I booked in a time to carry out the work, which would take a couple of days.</p> <h2> Cleaning a Multi-Coloured Chinese Slate Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Initially l used a scraper to remove the worst of the grease and then a wire brush. Next, I spot cleaned the badly stained Grout with neat <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a>, scrubbing it in by hand, rinsing with water and extracting afterwards with a wet vacuum. Some areas were so dirty they needed redoing to really get them clean. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/05/Multi-Coloured-Chinese-Slate-Floor-During-Cleaning-Harrogate-123637.jpg" alt="Multi-Coloured Chinese Slate Floor During Cleaning Harrogate" width="" height="" title="Multi-Coloured Chinese Slate Floor During Cleaning Harrogate" /></center></p> <p>The whole floor was then thoroughly cleaned with more Tile Doctor Pro-Clean diluted one part cleaner to two parts water and scrubbed in with a black scrubbing pad fitted to a rotary floor buffer. I had to do most of the floor twice to achieve a good result. </p> <p>I then cleaned all the grout by hand with a scrubbing brush and gave the floor a good rinse with water and extracted all the soils with the wet vacuum. The difference even at this stage was remarkable.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/05/Multi-Coloured-Chinese-Slate-Floor-After-Cleaning-Harrogate-080655.jpg" alt="Multi-Coloured Chinese Slate Floor After Cleaning Harrogate" width="" height="" title="Multi-Coloured Chinese Slate Floor After Cleaning Harrogate" /></center></p> <h2> Sealing a Multi-Coloured Chinese Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>The floor was left to dry off overnight and I returned the next day to apply the sealer. Before sealing though I like to check the floor is dry with a moisture meter, sealing a damp floor can lead to a patchy finish. </p> <p>Four coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go</a> were applied to the Slate to seal in, you have to wait for the first coat to dry before applying the next so this can take a while. I chose this sealer as it provides both a stain resistant seal along and leaves a durable low-sheen finish. Another reason for using Seal and Go is its water based so doesn’t give off a smell as it dries.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/05/Multi-Coloured-Chinese-Slate-Floor-After-Sealing-Harrogate-122704.jpg" alt="Multi-Coloured Chinese Slate Floor After Sealing Harrogate" width="" height="" title="Multi-Coloured Chinese Slate Floor After Sealing Harrogate" /></center></p> <p>By the end of day two the floor looked excellent, the multi colours of the slate now shone through and it was a long way from the sticky greasy floor that had greeted us the day before. As you can imagine the client was very happy with the results. </p> <p>For aftercare 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" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile cleaner</a> for maintenance. This tile and grout cleaning product is pH neutral so it won’t degrade the sealer like many harsher cleaning products. Most Supermarket cleaning products are simply too strong for use on sealed surfaces and will prematurely strip the seal off the tiles over time. The sealer protects the stone from dirt becoming ingrained in its pores so once it’s worn off you will find the floor becomes difficult to clean.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor in North Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/greasy-slate-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-harrogate/">Greasy Slate Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Harrogate</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Modern Sandstone Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in High Green, Sheffield https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/modern-sandstone-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-high-green-sheffield/ South Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:caa15ba5-151c-9f9c-d701-147593b67e71 Sat, 15 May 2021 08:48:16 +0000 <p>The photos on this page are of a Sandstone Kitchen floor at a house in the High Green suburb of Sheffield. The Sandstone tiles looked grubby and needed some love and attention. Our client was getting fed up trying to keep the stone clean, particularly around the kitchen area where cleaning didn’t seem to make [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/modern-sandstone-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-high-green-sheffield/">Modern Sandstone Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in High Green, Sheffield</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The photos on this page are of a <b>Sandstone</b> Kitchen floor at a house in the <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Green" rel="noopener" target="_blank">High Green</a></b> suburb of <b>Sheffield</b>. The Sandstone tiles looked grubby and needed some love and attention. Our client was getting fed up trying to keep the stone clean, particularly around the kitchen area where cleaning didn’t seem to make much. You can see how dirty it had become on the before picture below, this is stark contrast to the middle of the of the kitchen where the portable kitchen island normally sits.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/05/Modern-Sandstone-Floor-Before-CleaningHigh-Green-Sheffield.jpg" alt="Modern Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning High Green Sheffield" width="" height="" title="Modern Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning High Green Sheffield" /></center></p> <p>I went to the property to get a better look at the problem floor and carried out a small test clean to see which products and methods would have the best impact. The patch came up really clean without much difficulty, so I was confident on being able to restore its appearance. </p> <p>It was clear to me the original protective sealer had worn off and dirt had become ingrained in the pores of the stone where it was proving difficult to remove. My client was very encouraged by the test clean initial result and agreed to go ahead with the quote. We arranged a suitable time to carry out the work on a day when the family would be out of the way.</p> <h2> Cleaning/Repairing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>I started by taping up the area to make sure the skirting and woodwork were protected from splashing. Once done a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> was sprayed onto Sandstone tile and grout. It was left to dwell for approximately ten minutes to help break down all the grime and dirt and was then worked into the stone using a rotary floor machine fitted with a stiff bristled brush. </p> <p>This method totally transformed the dull sandstone, the stunning sandstone colours started to leap out and I could see the stone was well on its way to being transformed. The floor was then rinsed several times with water and the now soiled cleaning solution carefully removed with an industrial wet vacuum. </p> <p>With the floor clean I inspected all the tiles and repeated the process until I was happy the floor was total clean. I should mention It’s not always this easy to clean a stone floor and quite often I find myself having to utilise all sorts of products and methods before I’m totally satisfied it’s as clean as it could possibly be.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/05/Modern-Sandstone-Floor-Drying-After-Cleaning-High-Green-Sheffield.jpg" alt="Modern Sandstone Floor Drying After Cleaning High Green Sheffield" width="" height="" title="Modern Sandstone Floor Drying After Cleaning High Green Sheffield" /></center></p> <p>With the cleaning done I left the floor to dry out overnight aided with heaters and air blowers.</p> <h2> Sealing a Sandstone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>I returned to seal the floor the next day checking first that the stone was dry with a damp meter. Leaving the blowers on overnight had helped and the readings I took from the floor confirmed it was now ready for sealing. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/05/Modern-Sandstone-Floor-During-Sealing-High-Green-Sheffield.jpg" alt="Modern Sandstone Floor During Sealing High Green Sheffield" width="" height="" title="Modern Sandstone Floor During Sealing High Green Sheffield" /></center></p> <p>Earlier I had discussed the different types of sealer available with my clients and they had chosen to have the floor sealed with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal &#038; Go</a>. This works really well on Sandstone, enhancing its appearance, improving colour and of course adding protection to the stone to prevent grime and dirt stuck in the pores of the stone. Several coats were applied until I could see if was fully sealed and the right level of finish had been achieved. Sealing a floor can take some time as you need to allow each coat to dry before applying the next.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/05/Modern-Sandstone-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-High-Green-Sheffield.jpg" alt="Modern Sandstone Floor After Cleaning Sealing High Green Sheffield" width="" height="" title="Modern Sandstone Floor After Cleaning Sealing High Green Sheffield" /></center></p> <p>Once done the floor looked meticulously clean and the new sealer had added a lovely subtle sheen to the stone. My client was very please with the transformation and left the following feedback.</p> <p><center><I>‘Very professional approach, friendly, and offered great advice throughout the job. Very pleased with the finish Cheers Matt we will see you again’</I></center></p> <p>One of the problems we find with many homeowners is that for cleaning they use strong bleach-based cleaning product on their sealed tiles, and this actually strips off the sealer leaving the stone vulnerable to ingrained dirt. As a result, Tile Doctor has developed <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a>, it is pH neutral and gentle enough for everyday use without affecting the sealer. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Sandstone Tiled Kitchen in South Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/modern-sandstone-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-high-green-sheffield/">Modern Sandstone Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in High Green, Sheffield</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor Restored in Finchley https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/edwardian-tiled-hallway-floor-restored-in-finchley/ North London Tile Doctor urn:uuid:13d64ecc-3534-2f20-b13b-f3ab646679a1 Wed, 12 May 2021 16:12:46 +0000 <p>The owners of this Edwardian property in Finchley had purchased it a couple of years prior and since then had slowly been renovating it to restore its original character. The project was almost complete and now attention had turned to the tiled floor. The tiles were in quite a state and I was asked to [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/edwardian-tiled-hallway-floor-restored-in-finchley/">Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor Restored in Finchley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz">North London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The owners of this Edwardian property in <b><a href="https://www.finchleysociety.org.uk/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Finchley</a></b> had purchased it a couple of years prior and since then had slowly been renovating it to restore its original character. The project was almost complete and now attention had turned to the tiled floor. The tiles were in quite a state and I was asked to work our Tile Doctor magic and bring it back to its original condition.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/05/Edwardian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-Before-Renovation-Finchley-2.jpg" alt="Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor Before Renovation Finchley" width="" height="" title="Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor Before Renovation Finchley" /></center></p> <p>When they moved in the hallway had been covered with carpet which gave the tiles underneath some protection. Unfortunately, however the carpet has been secured with carpet grippers that had been glued to the tiles around the edges. There were also paint splashes on the surface that would need dealing with. On top of that the floor had a few missing tiles that had been back filled by cement to provide a level base for the carpet, the client wanted like them replaced if possible.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/05/Edwardian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-Before-Renovation-Finchley-1.jpg" alt="Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor Before Renovation Finchley" width="" height="" title="Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor Before Renovation Finchley" /></center></p> <p>After surveying the floor, I explained what could be done and ever completed a small test clean to demonstrate how the tiles would look once deep cleaned. I was confident on being able to source very similar reclaimed tiles so replacing the missing should not be a problem. The client was very happy with the initial test result and my quotation so booked me in to restore the floor.</p> <h2>Cleaning and Repairing an Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>On my return I started by applying <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> to soften up the glue which allowed it to be carefully peeled off the tiles with scrappers. Once all the carpet adhesive was gone, I worked a strong dilution of Tile Doctor Remove and Go into the tiles using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black pad</a> to work the cleaning solution deeper into the tiles. A wet vacuum was used to remove the slurry created, and I followed this by giving the tiles an extra clean using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">200-grit diamond burnishing pad</a> lubricated with water.</p> <p>The last step in 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" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up</a>, I did this for several reasons, first it removes old grout smears from the surface of the tile and second it neutralised any efflorescent salts lying dormant in the floor. This can be quite a problem for old floors which don&#8217;t have the benefit of a protective damp proof membrane under the floor. The floor was given a final rinse with water which was again extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>I then set about lifting all the loose tiles (approximately ten) and carefully removing the concrete infills. I had previously managed to source replacements for these holes from <a href="https://originalfeatures.co.uk/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">original features</a>. Unfortunately, they didn&#8217;t sell the correct sized octagon tiles, so I had bought 150mm square tiles and then needed to cut them on site to get the right size.</p> <p>After cutting and fixing the tiles I fixed them in place and regrouted the rest of the floor.</p> <h2>Sealing an Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>I then left the floor to dry out overnight and returned in the morning. Before applying a sealer, I took several moisture readings with the damp meter to make sure the tiles were dry enough to take the sealer. </p> <p>I was able to confirm the floor was dry, so went ahead and applied three coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow sealant</a>. Colour Grow is an impregnating sealer that is fully breathable sealer which is important when it comes to old floors like these that don’t have a damp proof membrane installed. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/05/Edwardian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-After-Renovation-Finchley-3.jpg" alt="Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor After Renovation Finchley" width="" height="" title="Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor After Renovation Finchley" /></center></p> <p>My client was very happy with the renovated floor and for aftercare I left 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" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> and gave advice on how best to clean the floor going forward. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/05/Edwardian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-After-Renovation-Finchley-4.jpg" alt="Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor After Renovation Finchley" width="" height="" title="Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor After Renovation 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/edwardian-tiled-hallway-floor-restored-in-finchley/">Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor Restored in Finchley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz">North London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Faded Slate Patio Renovated in Twickenham https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/faded-slate-patio-renovated-in-twickenham/ South Middlesex Tile Doctor urn:uuid:dbb510ac-d811-e543-d9dd-e64126ac1752 Mon, 10 May 2021 15:23:41 +0000 <p>Our client in Twickenham, Middlesex was about put their house on the market and was concerned about the condition of their Slate patio which was not looking its’ best. Although they felt they had been maintaining it correctly by jet washing it every year, this in fact did help as they had been washing the [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/faded-slate-patio-renovated-in-twickenham/">Faded Slate Patio Renovated in Twickenham</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz">South Middlesex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Our client in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twickenham" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Twickenham</a></b>, Middlesex was about put their house on the market and was concerned about the condition of their <b>Slate patio</b> which was not looking its’ best. Although they felt they had been maintaining it correctly by jet washing it every year, this in fact did help as they had been washing the natural oils out of the stone. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2021/05/Slate-Patio-Before-Cleaning-Twickenham-1078.jpg" alt="Slate Patio Before Cleaning Twickenham" width="" height="" title="Slate Patio Before Cleaning Twickenham" /></center></p> <p>I visited the property and and explained the process needed to get it looking as it should and of course make it more appealing to new house buyers. I provided my quote which they were happy to accept and agreed a date to return and complete the work.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Slate Tiled Patio</h2> <p>The day we had chosen to return, the weather was nice and dry which would make our job easier. Initially a strong dilution of <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> was applied and then after ten minutes to allow it to soak into the dirt the cleaner was worked into the stone using a heavy-duty floor scrubbing machine fitted with a black pad. </p> <p>This process helped loosen the dirt and allowed the removal of deep-seated dirt and grime that had built up over the years. After a rinse with water the soil was extracted, and I moved onto the next stage. </p> <p>Stage 2 involved removing limescale deposits and improving the appearance of the stone by applying a combination of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up</a> and <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a>, again leaving it to soak into the stone for ten minutes before working it in. Limescale and other mineral deposits can build-up over time and leave a white deposit and make the patio look very dull. Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up is designed to remove light grout smears and mineral deposits such as limescale, when combined with Tile Doctor Acid Gel it is super effective. Finally, a low-pressure rinse and vacuum was then performed, removing all of the cleaning solution and dirt from the patio. By the end of stage 2 the Slate patio was already looking significantly improved.</p> <h2> Sealing a Slate Tiled Patio </h2> <p>The warm weather window held and by the second day the Slate had dried, and I was able to move onto the final stage of sealing the stone in order to protect it going forward. For this I applied three coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow sealer</a> which as you can see from the pictures, gave a lovely rich finish to the stone. </p> <p><a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Colour Grow</a> is a durable impregnating sealer that works by occupying the small pores in the Slate thus preventing dirt from becoming ingrained there. It will protect the stone from the elements and being a colour enhancer also improves the look of the Slate bringing out its natural colours and beauty.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2021/05/Slate-Patio-After-Renovation-Twickenham-1082.jpg" alt="Slate Patio After Renovation Twickenham" width="" height="" title="Slate Patio After Renovation Twickenham" /></center></p> <p>By the time I had finished the patio looked as good as new; my client was very happy with the work carried out. In fast as soon as the sealer had dried, they wasted no time putting the garden furniture back in place to make a good impression and compliment the lovely garden. </p> <p>I suggested that they passed on our card to the new occupiers as resealing the patio annually would keep it in great condition and maintain the longevity of the patio. We offer annual <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/custom.aspx/maintenance-plan/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">maintenance plans</a> for just this, I also suggested that if there were planning on using the jet wash, then use it on a nice low setting.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Slate Tiled Patio in Middlesex</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/faded-slate-patio-renovated-in-twickenham/">Faded Slate Patio Renovated in Twickenham</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz">South Middlesex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Textured Ceramic Tile and Grout Clean and Colouring in a Keswick Kitchen https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/textured-ceramic-tile-and-grout-clean-and-colouring-in-a-keswick-kitchen/ North Cumbria Tile Doctor urn:uuid:bac38cd1-8c18-41de-f7f9-ee702fcff8f3 Thu, 06 May 2021 15:55:34 +0000 <p>The owner of this property in Keswick had twenty-year-old Textured Ceramic Tiles installed in the Kitchen which have the advantage of increasing grip. However, the textured nature of the tile has the disadvantage of trapping dirt, making them difficult to keep clean. More importantly the Grout which was originally white had also trapped turned causing [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/textured-ceramic-tile-and-grout-clean-and-colouring-in-a-keswick-kitchen/">Textured Ceramic Tile and Grout Clean and Colouring in a Keswick Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz">North Cumbria Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The owner of this property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keswick,_Cumbria" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Keswick</a></b> had twenty-year-old <b>Textured Ceramic Tiles</b> installed in the Kitchen which have the advantage of increasing grip. However, the textured nature of the tile has the disadvantage of trapping dirt, making them difficult to keep clean. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/05/Ceramic-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Grout-Colouring-Keswick-4163.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Grout Colouring Keswick" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Grout Colouring Keswick" /></center></p> <p>More importantly the Grout which was originally white had also trapped turned causing it to darken over the years and it had now turned black as you can see in the photos. Although waterproof the top layer of grout is cementitious and slightly porous and so it does attract dirt over time. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/05/Ceramic-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Grout-Colouring-Keswick-4165.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Grout Colouring Keswick" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Grout Colouring Keswick" /></center></p> <p>The floor now needed a thorough clean to remove the trapped dirt from the textured tile and the grout. Whilst we can deep clean the grout using products like <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> it won&#8217;t prevent the problem from happening again. We therefore recommended applying a grout colourant to the floor which adds a protective epoxy barrier over the grout in the colour of the client’s choice. This makes the grout look new and fresh and of course protects the grout going forward, its also much easier to keep clean.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning Textured Ceramic Tile and Grout</h2> <p>To start we used <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant-pre-treat-cleaner-750ml-with-trigger-spray/201/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Colourant Pre-Treat Cleaner</a> which was scrubbed into the floor with a particular focus on the grout. This cleaned up the ceramic tiles and grout and being slightly acidic etches the surface of the grout to improve the bond with the colourant. I always recommend doing this as it does achieve a superior bond with the colourant helping it to last.</p> <p>After the grout was pre-treated, cleaned, and dried using air blowers and a heat gun I started the lengthy process of applying the grout colourant. The kitchen was a good size and there were lots of grout lines that needed colouring, so it did take some time. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/05/Ceramic-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-During-Grout-Colouring-Keswick-4170.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor During Grout Colouring Keswick" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor During Grout Colouring Keswick" /></center></p> <p>The colourant comes in ten different popular colours and on this occasion, I advised the client that Sandstone <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Grout colourant</a> would work best. To prove my point, I demonstrated how it would look on a few of the grout lines so they could get a better idea of how it would look.</p> <p>They agreed with my choice and I spent the rest of the day meticulously applying two coats of Sandstone Grout Colorant, which is tedious work but very rewarding. You can see the progress we made during the day on the pictures below, the only issue encountered was a free flying Quaker parrot which had a habit of dive bombing every time someone stood up!</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/05/Ceramic-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Grout-Colouring-Quaker-Parrot-Keswick-4168.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Grout Colouring Quaker Parrot Keswick" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Grout Colouring Quaker Parrot Keswick" /></center></p> <p>We finished the clean and left the client with a bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Cleaner</a> for future cleaning of the floor. It’s very important not to use bleaching agents on the grout colourant or it will fade, you will find bleaching agents in all types of household products. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/05/Ceramic-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Grout-Colouring-Keswick-4172.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor After Grout Colouring Keswick" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor After Grout Colouring Keswick" /></center></p> <p>My client was very happy with the completed work and left the following feedback:</p> <p><center><em>“Russell and his mate (sorry I didn&#8217;t catch his name) arrived on time and made an excellent job of rejuvenating our kitchen floor in the day even though this required a late finish for them. They were no trouble to have in the house.”</em></center></p> <p>It is always nice to get positive feedback from a customer, feedback is like icing on the cake.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/05/Ceramic-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Grout-Colouring-Keswick-4172.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor After Grout Colouring Keswick" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor After Grout Colouring Keswick" /></center><br /> <Ceramic-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Grout-Colouring-Keswick-4173.jpg></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor in North Cumbria</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/textured-ceramic-tile-and-grout-clean-and-colouring-in-a-keswick-kitchen/">Textured Ceramic Tile and Grout Clean and Colouring in a Keswick Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz">North Cumbria Tile Doctor</a>.</p> White Marble Hallway Renovation in Cardiff Bay Listed Building https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/white-marble-hallway-renovation-in-cardiff-bay-listed-building/ South East Wales Tile Doctor urn:uuid:a77061b2-4ffe-b391-a59c-fd8d12a1dc90 Mon, 03 May 2021 16:53:22 +0000 <p>This beautiful Marble Tiled Hallway can be found in a listed building in the heart of Cardiff Bay. Situated on a very grand corner plot the property was previously occupied by various banks which served the financial markets of shipping and coal import/export businesses for over 200 years. The building has now been converted into [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/white-marble-hallway-renovation-in-cardiff-bay-listed-building/">White Marble Hallway Renovation in Cardiff Bay Listed Building</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz">South East Wales Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This beautiful <b>Marble Tiled Hallway</b> can be found in a listed building in the heart of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiff_Bay" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cardiff Bay</a></b>. Situated on a very grand corner plot the property was previously occupied by various banks which served the financial markets of shipping and coal import/export businesses for over 200 years.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width: 90%; object-fit: cover;" title="White Mable Hallway Before Polishing Cardiff Bay Listed Building" src="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2021/05/White-Mable-Hallway-Before-Polishing-Cardiff-Bay-Listed-Building-04113648.jpg" alt="White Mable Hallway Before Polishing Cardiff Bay Listed Building" width="" height="" /></center>The building has now been converted into fourteen very desirable apartments one being the penthouse on the top floor with panoramic views of the bay and even a private lift accessed from the main hallway directly to the lounge! Very impressive.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width: 90%; object-fit: cover;" title="White Mable Hallway Before Polishing Cardiff Bay Listed Building" src="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2021/05/White-Mable-Hallway-Before-Polishing-Cardiff-Bay-Listed-Building-04113627.jpg" alt="White Mable Hallway Before Polishing Cardiff Bay Listed Building" width="" height="" /></center>The Marble floor was mostly original and has been added to with similar Marble tiles during previous renovation works. The stone was an off-white marble with various colour veins running through the body. The area of the restoration was the main entrance and hallway to access the staircase and lift to the apartments.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a White Marble Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The main method I used to restore the floor was to apply 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/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tile Doctor diamond encrusted burnishing pads</a> of various grits to rebuild the polish on the floor. Before starting that process however I gave the tiles a general clean with a dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> scrubbed in with a <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">coarse black pad</a> fitted to a rotary floor machine (also supplied by Tile Doctor). Afterwards the floor was rinsed with clean water and the soil extracted using an industrial wet vacuum. This was followed by scrubbing the grout lines with more <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> to get them clean, again extracting the soil afterwards.</p> <p>I then proceeded to apply the first pad in the four-pad set which is a very course 400-grit pad which removes any light scratches and previous sealers or waxes. Using water to lubricate the process I run the pad over each tile around three times before moving on to the next. Once that section of floor has been completed the soil generated is rinsed off with more water and extracted with the wet vacuum.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" title="White Mable Hallway During Polishing Cardiff Bay Listed Building" src="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2021/05/White-Mable-Hallway-During-Polishing-Cardiff-Bay-Listed-Building-05095352.jpg" alt="White Mable Hallway During Polishing Cardiff Bay Listed Building" width="" height="" /></center>This process is repeated with an 800-grit pad which also cuts slightly into the surface of the tile and is the first step in rebuilding the polish on Marble. Finally, a finer 1500-grit diamond pad was applied which further brings up the polish on the tile. Again, after each pad was applied the floor was rinsed and extracted to remove the soil.</p> <p>After allowing the section of floor to dry for 24 hours I applied the last of the four Tile Doctor burnishing pads which is a 3000-grit very fine pad. This last pad is applied dry with only a sprinkle of water to further build the polished appearance of the Marble and produce a pleasing shiny finish.</p> <h2>Sealing a Marble Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>With the floor dry I was able to move quickly onto the final stage which involves applying a sealer to further improve the look of the floor and most importantly to protect it from staining. For this floor I chose to apply a couple of coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is an impregnating sealer that protects the tile so it’s impervious to liquid spills and making it much easier to keep clean.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width: 90%; object-fit: cover;" title="White Mable Hallway After Polishing Cardiff Bay Listed Building" src="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2021/05/White-Mable-Hallway-After-Polishing-Cardiff-Bay-Listed-Building-08135806.jpg" alt="White Mable Hallway After Polishing Cardiff Bay Listed Building" width="" height="" /></center>Just to be thorough once the sealed section of Marble was dry, I then lightly went over the floor again with the 3000-grit polishing pad to remove any light smears and finished by buffing with a White buffing pad to bring up the shine even further.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width: 90%; object-fit: cover;" title="White Mable Hallway After Polishing Cardiff Bay Listed Building" src="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2021/05/White-Mable-Hallway-After-Polishing-Cardiff-Bay-Listed-Building-08135923.jpg" alt="White Mable Hallway After Polishing Cardiff Bay Listed Building" width="" height="" /></center>After four days the Marble floor was looking immaculately clean with a high polish. They say first impressions count when selling property and the polished floor added that extra wow factor for those looking to buy.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Marble Floor Renovation and Polishing in South East Wales</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/white-marble-hallway-renovation-in-cardiff-bay-listed-building/">White Marble Hallway Renovation in Cardiff Bay Listed Building</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz">South East Wales Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Stained Limestone Fireplace Facelift in New Romney https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/stained-limestone-fireplace-facelift-in-new-romney/ South Kent Tile Doctor urn:uuid:b1320421-2b64-55eb-56f5-c88125c5a822 Thu, 22 Apr 2021 16:24:14 +0000 <p>If you have a Stone Fireplace like this Limestone Fireplace at a house in New Romney, you will no doubt be very careful what you place on it in case it becomes stained. Water ring marks are an obvious problem, and you probably find yourself rushing for a coaster when a guest puts a glass [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/stained-limestone-fireplace-facelift-in-new-romney/">Stained Limestone Fireplace Facelift in New Romney</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>If you have a Stone Fireplace like this Limestone Fireplace at a house in <a href="https://theromneymarsh.net/newromney" rel="noopener" target="_blank">New Romney</a>, you will no doubt be very careful what you place on it in case it becomes stained. Water ring marks are an obvious problem, and you probably find yourself rushing for a coaster when a guest puts a glass on it. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/04/Limestone-Fireplace-Before-Cleaning-New-Romney-090959.jpg" alt="Limestone Fireplace Before Cleaning New Romney" width="" height="" title="Limestone Fireplace Before Cleaning New Romney" /></center></p> <p>If can relate to that you will sympathise with my customer who being a divorcee faces a similar issue with his children when they come to stay every other weekend. Naturally, he loves having them over, but you can imagine his despair when fruit juices and mucky fingers came into contact with his Limestone fireplace. After several attempts cleaning the fireplace himself he gave up trying and called Tile Doctor instead.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/04/Limestone-Fireplace-Staining-Before-Cleaning-New-Romney-091012.jpg" alt="Limestone Fireplace Staining Before Cleaning New Romney" width="" height="" title="Limestone Fireplace Staining Before Cleaning New Romney" /></center></p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Limestone Fireplace</h2> <p>After protecting the wooden floor from splashing I set about cleaning the Fireplace and removing the staining using <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-oxy-gel-1-litre/169/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Oxy-Gel</a>. Being a Gel this stone cleaner sticks well to vertical surfaces allowing for longer dwell times which allow it to dissolve stains and dirt that get trapped in the pores of the stone. </p> <p>That may sound straightforward but in fact it took several attempts and three hours of hard work and elbow grease to scrub the Limestone clean at the same time careful rinsing with water extracting the resultant soil as I went.</p> <h2>Sealing a Limestone Fireplace</h2> <p>After cleaning and drying the fireplace with a hot air gun I set about applying a sealer to protect it from future grubby fingers. For this I used <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal</a> which is an impregnating sealer that works by soaking into the stone occupying the pores thereby protecting it from within. This product is an invisible sealer that does not change the colour of the stone leaving it with a very natural appearance. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/04/Limestone-Fireplace-After-Cleaning-New-Romney-122452.jpg" alt="Limestone Fireplace After Cleaning New Romney" width="" height="" title="Limestone Fireplace After Cleaning New Romney" /></center></p> <p>As you can see the Limestone Fireplace looked new again after my visit much to my customers relief. The sealer will make it much easier to clean the stone, the benefit of which will definitely become apparent the next time the kids pay their dad a visit!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Clean of a Limestone Fireplace in South Kent</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/stained-limestone-fireplace-facelift-in-new-romney/">Stained Limestone Fireplace Facelift in New Romney</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Grubby Honed Limestone Floor restored in Highgate https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/grubby-honed-limestone-floor-restored-in-highgate/ North London Tile Doctor urn:uuid:7652a8af-c3b9-adba-a679-d5a1968cc7f4 Wed, 21 Apr 2021 13:26:59 +0000 <p>This client from Highgate in North London, N6 contacted us about their large honed Limestone tiled floor that was installed throughout the ground floor. It had been laid seven years prior and was now grubby and in need of a deep clean and seal including the grout which had turned black with dirt. I visited [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/grubby-honed-limestone-floor-restored-in-highgate/">Grubby Honed Limestone Floor restored in Highgate</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz">North London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This client from <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highgate" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Highgate</a></b> in North London, N6 contacted us about their large honed <b>Limestone tiled floor</b> that was installed throughout the ground floor. It had been laid seven years prior and was now grubby and in need of a deep clean and seal including the grout which had turned black with dirt. </p> <p>I visited the property to survey and assess what was required and provided the owner with a quotation for the renovation. The hallway pictured was in the worst condition, it was a busy house with young children and dogs and over the years the sealer had worn down leaving it vulnerable to ingrained dirt. Without a sealer to protect the stone it had become heavily soiled and lost its original polished appearance. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/04/Honed-Limestone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Highgate-scaled.jpg" alt="Honed Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Highgate" width="" height="" title="Honed Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Highgate" /></center></p> <p>Happy with the quote we scheduled a date for the work to go ahead. The quote included deep cleaning and burnishing the stone to bring back the polish, grout cleaning and re-sealing the Limestone to protect it.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Honed Limestone Tiled Floor</h2> <p>We arrived on the first day and prepared the area by taping up the skirting and woodwork to protect them from potential splashing. Next step was to burnish the floor using 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" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Diamond Burnishing Pads</a>, specifically the 400, 800 and 1500 grit pads fitted to a rotary machine, these were used in sequence running each pad over the tiles several times with water to lubricate the process. The water turns into a fine slurry as pores in the stone are opened and the dirt is released, the slurry is rinsed off with more water and extracted using an industrial wet vacuum after each pad. The finer 800 and 1500-grit pads slowly close the pores and refine the appearance of the stone building up the polish in the process.</p> <p>A strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> was then applied to the grout lines, leaving it for a short while to soak in and then hand scrubbing with a grout brush. The dirty cleaning solution and were then removed from the floor with the wet vacuum. </p> <p>This process was repeated across the different sections of the Limestone floor until I was satisfied with its appearance. Before leaving for the day, I rinsed the floor again using a buffing machine fitted with a brush fitted to give it a final clean. The floor was dried as much as possible using the wet vacuum and then allowed it to dry off fully overnight.</p> <h2>Sealing a Honed Limestone Tiled Ground Floor</h2> <p>The following day the final 3000-grit pad in the four-pad set was applied to the floor to bring up the polish even further. The pad is applied dry with only a little water sprayed onto the tile. We call this process a “Spray Burnish” and as well as leaving the floor nice and dry ready for sealing it adds a nice subtle shine to the stone.</p> <p>The floor was then sealed with two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow sealer</a>. This is a colour intensifying impregnating sealer that works by occupying the pores in the stone so dirt cannot become ingrained there. It will provide durable protection and make the floor much easier to keep clean. It worked well on the pale Limestone and beautifully enhanced the colour and features in stone. Once complete the floor looked brand new again.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/04/Honed-Limestone-Floor-After-Renovation-Highgate-scaled.jpg" alt="Honed Limestone Floor After Renovation Highgate" width="" height="" title="Honed Limestone Floor After Renovation Highgate" /></center></p> <p>I left a complimentary bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a> with the client and gave them some information about how best to maintain the floor. This product is pH neutral and cleans whilst maintaining the patina on the stone helping to keep the floor in great condition. </p> <p>The client was delighted with the result and left us a great review.</p> <p><center><em>&#8220;Andrew is excellent and gets on with the job and we got a fantastic result. Highly recommend. By Aaron S, Highgate, 15 March 2021&#8221;</em></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Honed Limestone Tiled Ground Floor in North London</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/grubby-honed-limestone-floor-restored-in-highgate/">Grubby Honed Limestone Floor restored in Highgate</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz">North London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Large Sandstone Floor Renovated at Crowthorne Rental Property https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/large-sandstone-floor-renovated-at-crowthorne-rental-property/ Berkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:8c93770b-8111-ad4e-50cf-d98f57e768f0 Mon, 19 Apr 2021 14:14:49 +0000 <p>I received an enquiry from a property in Crowthorne to come and survey an unknown Flagstone Floor in a converted barn that was ready to be rented out. The owners where concerned the stone was letting the rest of the property down due to it being dirty and heavily stained, particularly around the kitchen and [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/large-sandstone-floor-renovated-at-crowthorne-rental-property/">Large Sandstone Floor Renovated at Crowthorne Rental Property</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz">Berkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I received an enquiry from a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowthorne" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Crowthorne</a></b> to come and survey an unknown <b>Flagstone Floor</b> in a converted barn that was ready to be rented out. The owners where concerned the stone was letting the rest of the property down due to it being dirty and heavily stained, particularly around the kitchen and entrance areas. If your selling or renting out a property it really needs to look its best if you want to achieve a good price. Having spoken over the phone we agreed a date for me to pop over to complete a survey.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/04/Dirty-Sandstone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Crowthorne-Barn-Conversion-085417.jpg" alt="Dirty Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning Crowthorne Barn Conversion" width="" height="" title="Dirty Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning Crowthorne Barn Conversion" /></center></p> <p>From further inspection I confirmed the stone was in fact a <b>Sandstone</b>, it was also clear that the sealer protecting the stone from ingrained dirt had worn away and was now allowing dirt and staining to ruin the appearance of the flagstones. It was a large floor so I measured up so I could work out the quantities of cleaning and sealing products needed and then walked the customer through the cleaning process. Later that day I sent over a detailed quotation which was accepted, and a date agreed for my return.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/04/Dirty-Sandstone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Crowthorne-Barn-Conversion-085344.jpg" alt="Dirty Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning Crowthorne Barn Conversion" width="" height="" title="Dirty Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning Crowthorne Barn Conversion" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/04/Dirty-Sandstone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Crowthorne-Barn-Conversion-085440.jpg" alt="Dirty Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning Crowthorne Barn Conversion" width="" height="" title="Dirty Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning Crowthorne Barn Conversion" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I should mention this work took place during the Covid restrictions, fortunately being a rental property, I was able to work in the property alone.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning the Sandstone Tiled Floor</h2> <p>To deep clean the floor and remove the ingrained dirt and staining I used a strong dilution of <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a>. It is sprayed onto the floor and left to soak in for five minutes before agitating with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Black scrubbing pad</a> fitted to a weighted buffing machine. The resultant slurry was then wet extracted away using a powerful high-pressure van mounted extracting system. </p> <p>This action cleaned up most of the stone nicely however certain areas where heavily stained, particularly in the kitchen area where food and drink stains were more apparent. To tackle this, I applied a stronger cleaner/stripper product called <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> this time allowing ten minutes for it to soak in before scrubbing the surface with a very coarse 100-grit soft milling pad. This took quite a few attempts each time extracting the slurry away and then inspecting the floor to see if more work was needed. </p> <p>Happy the stains have been removed, I then focused on renovating the surface Sandstone after the application of the coarse pad. This involves the application of several finer 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" target="_blank">burnishing pads</a> which close the pores and adds a subtle polish to the Sandstone. As I started with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-100-grit-very-coarse-milling-pad/44/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">100-grit pad</a> it was necessary to gradually refine the surface with an incremental series of pads that included 200, 400 and finally 800-grit pads. Then to ensure a uniform finish across the floor I continued the 400 and 800 grit pads throughout the property. Water is used to lubricate the process and this turns into a fine slurry that is rinse extracted as before. </p> <p>The cleaning process took up the whole of the first day and I am pleased to say the Sandstone floor looked very clean after I had finished. </p> <h2>Sealing the Sandstone Floor</h2> <p>The stone was then allowed dry off overnight with the aid of an industrial air mover and I returned later the next day to apply a new protective seal. In the meantime, my customer had been over to check out the floor and were over the moon with how it looked and wanted to keep the finish as natural as possible. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/04/Sandstone-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Crowthorne-Barn-Conversion-152430.jpg" alt="Sandstone Floor After Cleaning Sealing Crowthorne Barn Conversion" width="" height="" title="Sandstone Floor After Cleaning Sealing Crowthorne Barn Conversion" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/04/Sandstone-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Crowthorne-Barn-Conversion-152448.jpg" alt="Sandstone Floor After Cleaning Sealing Crowthorne Barn Conversion" width="" height="" title="Sandstone Floor After Cleaning Sealing Crowthorne Barn Conversion" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>With this in mind, I applied <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal sealer</a> to the Sandstone throughout, only two coats were needed. This is a premium sealer that is almost invisible and works by penetrating the stone thus preventing dirt from becoming ingrained. Once done the floor looked very clean and much brighter than before, it now had that wow factor which will help it attract a good yield in the rental market.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/04/Sandstone-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Crowthorne-Barn-Conversion-152415.jpg" alt="Sandstone Floor After Cleaning Sealing Crowthorne Barn Conversion" width="" height="" title="Sandstone Floor After Cleaning Sealing Crowthorne Barn Conversion" /></center></p> <p>The trouble with rental properties of course is making sure the tenant uses the right product to maintain the floor and not a typical supermarket tile cleaner that are only designed for use on Ceramic and Porcelain tiles. In fact, these types of cleaning product can slowly strip the sealer off the floor so it’s always worth checking the label before purchasing. Fortunately Tile Doctor sells a product called <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Neutral Cleaner</a> that is ideal for maintaining sealed stone floors, so I left them with a complimentary bottle and recommended they get some more to leave under the sink for the new tenant.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Sandstone Floor Renovation in Crowthorne</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/large-sandstone-floor-renovated-at-crowthorne-rental-property/">Large Sandstone Floor Renovated at Crowthorne Rental Property</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz">Berkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Original Red & Black Victorian Tiled Floor Fully Restored in Lancaster https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/original-red-black-victorian-tiled-floor-fully-restored-in-lancaster/ Tile Doctor Lancashire urn:uuid:10288a63-f5d4-84f9-ceae-1b3a6fdeee83 Fri, 16 Apr 2021 14:24:32 +0000 <p>This old Red and Black Victorian tiled floor at a property in Lancaster was in a bit of a state and had numerous issues that needed resolving as part of the restoration. This included dealing with an old, tiled fireplace hearth, but as the fireplace had been removed years ago it was now a bit [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/original-red-black-victorian-tiled-floor-fully-restored-in-lancaster/">Original Red &#038; Black Victorian Tiled Floor Fully Restored in Lancaster</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Lancashire</a>.</p> <p>This old Red and Black Victorian tiled floor at a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lancaster,_Lancashire" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Lancaster</a></b> was in a bit of a state and had numerous issues that needed resolving as part of the restoration. This included dealing with an old, tiled fireplace hearth, but as the fireplace had been removed years ago it was now a bit of an eyesore as it did not match the rest of the floor. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2021/04/Victorian-Black-and-Red-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Lancaster-4286.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Victorian Black and Red Floor Before Cleaning Lancaster" width="" height="" title="Victorian Black and Red Floor Before Cleaning Lancaster" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>Additionally, some of the tiles had been ripped up along one edge of the floor to make way for a gas pipe, but this was now capped off. This area would need replacement tiles matching the original to be sourced and put in place.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i2.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2021/04/Victorian-Black-and-Red-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Lancaster-4285.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Victorian Black and Red Floor Before Cleaning Lancaster" width="" height="" title="Victorian Black and Red Floor Before Cleaning Lancaster" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>Lastly the whole Quarry tiles floor had previously been covered in carpet so there were adhesive stains all over the floor, not to mention the ingrain dirt that had accumulated in the tile itself. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2021/04/Victorian-Black-and-Red-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Lancaster-4287.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Victorian Black and Red Floor Before Cleaning Lancaster" width="" height="" title="Victorian Black and Red Floor Before Cleaning Lancaster" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>We specialise in restoring old Victorian tiled floors like this one and you will find lots of examples of this sort of work on our website. Our service is quite unique as we generally find other companies either offer a cleaning service or just a repair service; Tile Doctors on the other hand offer a full solution. </p> <h2>Removing Carpet Adhesive from a Victorian Tiled Floor</h2> <p>The first job was to remove the carpet glue and old splashes of paint which we tackled by spraying the floor with a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a>. Designed for use on tile and stone this product is a coatings remover combined with a cleaning agent. This was left to soak into the tiles for ten minutes before it was worked in with a <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">coarse 200-grit pad</a> fitted to a rotary buffer machine. The floor was rinsed with water and then an industrial wet vacuum extracted all the soils away.</p> <p>Stubborn marks were retreated and then once happy with the initial clean the tiles were treated to an acid rinse using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up</a>. Not only does this product remove old grout smears from the tiles it also helps to restore the natural pH of the floor after the use of an alkaline cleaner such as Remove and Go. The acid in this product also slightly etches the clay tile which will allow for a better bond with the sealer later.</p> <p>Lastly, I had noticed evidence of efflorescent salt staining which is a common issue on old Victorian floors that don’t have a damp proof membrane. It’s caused by salts being carried up through the floor as moisture evaporates from the subfloor and results in unsightly white salt deposits being left on the surface of the tile. An acidic cleaning product such as Grout Clean-up can counter the alkaline salts but for best results, we like to use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a>, it’s a slightly stronger product and being a gel allows it to sit in place for longer. After finishing the floor, it was given another rinse with water to remove any trace of product and then dried as much as possible with the wet vacuum. </p> <h2> Sealing a Victorian Tiled Floor</h2> <p>A lot of water was used in the cleaning process, so the floor was left for four days before returning to add the sealer. For best results, It’s not a good idea to apply sealer to a damp floor and to avoid any doubt use a damp meter to obtain a moisture reading and compare it with one taken before cleaning.</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" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> were applied, this is a fully breathable sealer and if the salts do come back this sealer will let the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/custom.aspx/efflorescence/10/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">efflorescence</a> breathe through to the surface where it can be easily mopped off the floor, we use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Concentrated Neutral Cleaner</a> for this. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2021/04/Victorian-Black-and-Red-Floor-After-Restoration-Lancaster-4161.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Victorian Black and Red Floor After Restoration Lancaster" width="" height="" title="Victorian Black and Red Floor After Restoration Lancaster" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>In the after pictures, you will see the difference we have made to this floor, bringing it back to its former glory, the house was built in 1901 so the floor is original and that makes it 120 years old. not all floors would look this good after that length of time.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2021/04/Victorian-Black-and-Red-Floor-After-Restoration-Lancaster-4155.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Victorian Black and Red Floor After Restoration Lancaster" width="" height="" title="Victorian Black and Red Floor After Restoration Lancaster" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Floor in Lancashire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/original-red-black-victorian-tiled-floor-fully-restored-in-lancaster/">Original Red &#038; Black Victorian Tiled Floor Fully Restored in Lancaster</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Lancashire</a>.</p> Light Grey Grout Re-Colouring in a Wickersley Kitchen https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/light-grey-grout-re-colouring-in-a-wickersley-kitchen/ South Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:d977172d-6dc0-4fef-7224-a46630946003 Wed, 14 Apr 2021 13:34:24 +0000 <p>This Ceramic Tiled kitchen floor at a property in Wickersley was proving to be a pain for our clients, whatever they did the grout just looked dark, dirty, and unsightly. No amount of scrubbing would make a difference and eager to find a solution they wasted a lot of money on various products trying to [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/light-grey-grout-re-colouring-in-a-wickersley-kitchen/">Light Grey Grout Re-Colouring in a Wickersley Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This <b>Ceramic Tiled</b> kitchen floor at a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wickersley" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Wickersley</a></b> was proving to be a pain for our clients, whatever they did the <b>grout</b> just looked dark, dirty, and unsightly. No amount of scrubbing would make a difference and eager to find a solution they wasted a lot of money on various products trying to clean the grout lines, but nothing had worked. Ceramic tiles are glazed which makes them very easy to clean, grout however is a different story.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/04/Ceramic-Tiled-Floor-Before-Grout-ReColour-Wickersley-Rotherham-093913.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Floor Before Grout ReColour Wickersley Rotherham" width="" height="" alt="Ceramic Tiled Floor Before Grout ReColour Wickersley Rotherham" /></center></p> <p><b>Wickersley</b> is in Rotherham close to the 3 main motorways in South Yorkshire, the M1, M18 and A1. The village took its’ name from the Wickersley family who eventually moved to Sheffield and built the famous Broom Hall, incredibly we restored 100sqm of stone flooring in that very house not too long back. It was a beautiful restoration. </p> <p>On the first visit we tried a few of our products to clean the grout lines up but sometimes grout just can’t be cleaned, if the staining has penetrated the surface layer and gone right down into the grout it is stained forever. Grinding the grout out and putting in new grout is a big messy expensive job. For this reason, our grout recolouring service is an ideal option and the best thing about it is once it is recoloured the grout is protected and stain resistant. </p> <p>Tile Doctor have a range of ten grout colours to choose from and in this case our client chose the light grey colour. They were happy to go ahead with our quote and just thankful that we were able to do it relatively inexpensively and without making a huge mess! </p> <h2>Applying Light Grey Grout Colourant to Ceramic Kitchen Tiles</h2> <p>Work started by treating the grout lines with an acidic pre-treater that comes with the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant-kit/99/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Grout Colourant kit</a> that Tile Doctor sell, <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant-pre-treat-cleaner-750ml-with-trigger-spray/201/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Colourant Pre-Treat cleaner</a>, this gets rid of any contamination and prepares the grout for the colourant, so you get a superior bond. </p> <p>Once dry the Light Grey <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/grout-colouring/20/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Grout Colourant</a> was applied the grout lines with a small brush. A steady hand is required, and you need to ensure any excess is immediately wiped away before it dries. It is quite a slow job, but very satisfying when you see the difference it makes. Glazed tiles are sealed during manufacture, so we do not need to apply a sealer like we do on most of our jobs. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/04/Ceramic-Tiled-Floor-After-ReColour-Wickersley-Rotherham-164826.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Floor After Grout ReColour Wickersley Rotherham" width="" height="" alt="Ceramic Tiled Floor After ReColour Wickersley Rotherham" /></center></p> <p>The customer was over the moon with the transformation, the grubby grout lines had been irradicated and because the grout colourant forms a barrier over the grout, they will remain looking good for a long time to come. For aftercare cleaning I recommended using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> which is pH neutral and gentle enough to use on a regular basis, it also has a nice fresh smell. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Grout Cleaning Service in Rotherham</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/light-grey-grout-re-colouring-in-a-wickersley-kitchen/">Light Grey Grout Re-Colouring in a Wickersley Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating a Lapicida White Sandstone Kitchen Floor in Ilkley https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-lapicida-white-sandstone-kitchen-floor-in-ilkley/ North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:c6904b28-ffa9-0acd-6fae-a8379244c259 Sat, 10 Apr 2021 13:34:42 +0000 <p>These pictures are of a beautiful Sandstone floor in Ilkley, the tiles were sourced from Lapicida of Harrogate and installed around twelve years prior. If you take a look at their website now you will see they are selling a similar London White Sandstone for nearly £100 per m2. This floor was 35 square metres [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-lapicida-white-sandstone-kitchen-floor-in-ilkley/">Renovating a Lapicida White Sandstone Kitchen Floor in Ilkley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>These pictures are of a beautiful Sandstone floor in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilkley" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Ilkley</a></b>, the tiles were sourced from <a href="https://www.lapicida.com" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Lapicida of Harrogate</a> and installed around twelve years prior. If you take a look at their website now you will see they are selling a similar <a href="https://www.lapicida.com/product/london-white/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">London White Sandstone</a> for nearly £100 per m2. This floor was 35 square metres so clearly this was a significant investment for the owner at the time. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/04/Lapicida-Sandstone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Ilkley-09110015.jpg" alt="Lapicida Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning Ilkley" width="" height="" title="Lapicida Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning Ilkley" /></center></p> <p>After twelve years of use however the sealer had worn off the floor and dirt had become ingrained in the pores of the stone making it very difficult to keep clean. A good sealer takes a long time to wear off so the change to the appearance of the stone happens so slowly you don&#8217;t notice it. The floor was now looking permanently dirty, and the owner of the property had decided it was time to get it renovated.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/04/Lapicida-Sandstone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Ilkley-09110041.jpg" alt="Lapicida Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning Ilkley" width="" height="" title="Lapicida Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning Ilkley" /></center></p> <p>Before quoting I paid a visit to the property to survey the floor and conduct an initial test clean which came out well. The test cleaning did not go as quickly as I had hoped it might however, due to traces of old satin sealer on some of the stone. It’s important to remove all the old sealer before applying new or you can end up with a patchy appearance. The remnants of old sealer proved challenging to remove as a result I had to try several products and methods before working out the right approach. In the end I resulted to using a product called <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-wax-away-1-litre/228/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Wax Away</a>. I had considered applying diamond burnishing pads which would have been a quicker option, but the flagstones had a riven finish, and the dirt was deeply pitted. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/04/Lapicida-Sandstone-Floor-During-Test-Clean-Ilkley-09150120.jpg" alt="Lapicida Sandstone Floor During Test Clean Ilkley" width="" height="" title="Lapicida Sandstone Floor During Test Clean Ilkley" /></center></p> <p>With a successful cleaning plan worked out I provided the client with a which was accepted, and a date agreed for my return.</p> <h2> Cleaning a Sandstone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>The cleaning plan I had worked out was to apply a strong dilution of Tile Doctor Wax Away, leave it to soak into the stone for thirty minutes and then scrub it in with a rotary buffer fitted with a black scrubbing pad. The old sealer proved to be tough to remove and in total I used five litres of Tile Doctor Wax Away in the process, as I said it was a big floor!</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/04/Lapicida-Sandstone-Floor-After-Cleaning-Ilkley-11112037.jpg" alt="Lapicida Sandstone Floor After Cleaning Ilkley" width="" height="" title="Lapicida Sandstone Floor After Cleaning Ilkley" /></center></p> <h2> Sealing a Sandstone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>On day three, I sealed the floor using three coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go</a> which gave the Sandstone a lovely satin finish that the client liked. This product is also water based so it doesn’t leave a smell as it dries.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/04/Lapicida-Sandstone-Floor-After-Sealing-Ilkley-11112115.jpg" alt="Lapicida Sandstone Floor After Sealing Ilkley" width="" height="" title="Lapicida Sandstone Floor After Sealing Ilkley" /></center></p> <p>Once done the floor was completely transformed, and my client very pleased with the floor which looked so much lighter and cleaner. For aftercare cleaning 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" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> for maintenance, it is pH neutral so will ensure the newly applied seal is protected. It has a nice fresh smell and is gentle enough to use frequently keeping the newly renovated floor looking lovely.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Sandstone Tiled Kitchen in North West Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-lapicida-white-sandstone-kitchen-floor-in-ilkley/">Renovating a Lapicida White Sandstone Kitchen Floor in Ilkley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating Patchy Grout on a Ceramic Tiled Floor in Shrewsbury https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-patchy-grout-on-a-ceramic-tiled-floor-in-shrewsbury/ Shropshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:8f78f7d0-b69c-c75e-5107-3116cfaf466a Thu, 08 Apr 2021 15:02:58 +0000 <p>These pictures were taken at a five-year-old property in Shrewsbury where the entire ground floor had been laid with Ceramic tiles. The owner was mainly unhappy with the grout which after five years of use had become patchy in appearance. Grout is usually the biggest problem when it comes to Ceramic and Porcelain floors, the [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-patchy-grout-on-a-ceramic-tiled-floor-in-shrewsbury/">Renovating Patchy Grout on a Ceramic Tiled Floor in Shrewsbury</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz">Shropshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>These pictures were taken at a five-year-old property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrewsbury" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Shrewsbury</a></b> where the entire ground floor had been laid with <b>Ceramic tiles</b>. The owner was mainly unhappy with the grout which after five years of use had become patchy in appearance. Grout is usually the biggest problem when it comes to Ceramic and Porcelain floors, the tiles themselves usually require very little maintenance, whereas the surface of grout is slightly porous and can be stained. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/04/Ceramic-Tiled-Floor-Before-Grout-Colouring-Shrewsbury-8893.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Floor Before Grout Colouring Shrewsbury" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Floor Before Grout Colouring Shrewsbury" /></center></p> <p>I recommended deep cleaning the floor and then re-colouring it with a Charcoal Grey colourant, not only would this resolve the appearance issue, but the colourant also acts as a protective barrier over the grout making it easier to clean and will ensure it had a consistent appearance. The alternative would be to slowly rake out the grout and replace with new which given the size of the floor would take a long time, also it would probably become stained again so we would be back to square one. My client was happy with my quote and agreed to go ahead, so we booked in a suitable time to carry out the work.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/04/Ceramic-Tiled-Floor-Before-Grout-Colouring-Shrewsbury-8894.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Floor Before Grout Colouring Shrewsbury" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Floor Before Grout Colouring Shrewsbury" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning a Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>To clean the tile and grout I first sprayed on a medium dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> then after ten minutes scrubbed it in with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black pad</a> fitted to a rotary buffer machine. I then followed this up with a manual scrub of the grout as the pads can struggle to reach into the recess of the grout line. This action lifted the dirt out of the floor which was then rinsed away with water and extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>The next step was to prepare the grout for the colourant by scrubbing it with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up</a>. This is an acidic product that cleans the grout further and etches the surface of the grout to ensure a better bond with the colourant. The solution was then rinsed away again and removed with the wet vacuum. This process was repeated with more water to neutralise the floor and remove any trace of cleaning products. </p> <h2>Colouring the grout on a Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>It was a large area, so I left the floor to dry off overnight and returned the following day to apply the Charcoal Grout Colourant. Applying the product is done with a small brush and any excess has to be cleaned off quickly before it dries which makes it quite a slow process. It certainly requires a steady hand and a lot of patience. </p> <p>The <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Colourant</a> is available in ten popular colours, so it is very versatile for all types of tiled areas. They also supply the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant-kit/99/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Colourant in a kit</a> form with a brush and bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant-pre-treat-cleaner-750ml-with-trigger-spray/201/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Grout Pre-Treater</a> so you have everything you need.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/04/Ceramic-Tiled-Floor-After-Grout-Colouring-Shrewsbury-8897.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Floor After Grout Colouring Shrewsbury" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Floor After Grout Colouring Shrewsbury" /></center></p> <p>It was fairly tedious work, but the discoloured and patchy grout looked great after I was finished and my client was really happy with the result, they even left the following testimonial.</p> <p><center><I>&#8220;Had the whole tiled ground floor of my house, cleaned, sealed and the grout darkened. Jozsef did a great job with no mess. I would highly recommend him&#8221;</I></center></p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/04/Ceramic-Tiled-Floor-After-Grout-Colouring-Shrewsbury-8896.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Floor After Grout Colouring Shrewsbury" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Floor After Grout Colouring Shrewsbury" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of a Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor in Shropshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-patchy-grout-on-a-ceramic-tiled-floor-in-shrewsbury/">Renovating Patchy Grout on a Ceramic Tiled Floor in Shrewsbury</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz">Shropshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Recently Laid Black Limestone Patio Renovated in Ashford https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/black-limestone-patio-we-were-called-to-correct-at-a-house-in-ashford/ South Kent Tile Doctor urn:uuid:c631a313-959e-3ba4-50be-e9609ddbf54a Tue, 06 Apr 2021 02:52:53 +0000 <p>We were called out to look at this new Black Limestone patio in Ashford which was not looking as it should. The client had laid it himself but unfortunately had not managed to polish off all the grout from the surface of the Limestone thereby degrading the appearance of the stone. Grout Smearing or Grout [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/black-limestone-patio-we-were-called-to-correct-at-a-house-in-ashford/">Recently Laid Black Limestone Patio Renovated in Ashford</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>We were called out to look at this new <b>Black Limestone patio</b> in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashford,_Kent" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ashford</a></b> which was not looking as it should. The client had laid it himself but unfortunately had not managed to polish off all the grout from the surface of the Limestone thereby degrading the appearance of the stone.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width: 90%; object-fit: cover;" title="Black Limestone Patio Before Cleaning Ashford" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/04/Black-Limestone-Patio-Before-Cleaning-Ashford-084309.jpg" alt="Black Limestone Patio Before Cleaning Ashford" width="" height="" /></center>Grout Smearing or Grout Haze is a common problem when it comes to tiling and this problem seems to be on the increase due to new grout formula’s which are tougher but dry a lot faster. Usually, the excess grout can be removed using a mild acid however it is not possible to do that on Limestone as this Stone is acid sensitive and as well as etching the stone can cause it to turn white. I know Tile Doctor has resolved a few jobs like this in the past for builders who do not always understand the unique characteristics of the stone.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width: 90%; object-fit: cover;" title="Black Limestone Patio Before Cleaning Ashford" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/04/Black-Limestone-Patio-Before-Cleaning-Ashford-084307.jpg" alt="Black Limestone Patio Before Cleaning Ashford" width="" height="" /></center>I discussed with the client how Tile Doctor could help and gave him a quote for the work to be carried out. He was happy to go ahead so having consulted the weather forecast for a couple of dry days we agreed a date to return.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Black Limestone Patio Floor</h2> <p>To remove the Grout Haze and clean the appearance of the Limestone I applied a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-patio-brick-driveway-cleaner-5-litre/256/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tile Doctor Brick and Patio Cleaner</a> and worked it in with a coarse 400 grit diamond encrusted burnishing pad. The coarse pad does leave the stone looking a little rough, so the surface was then renovated using the finer <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">burnishing pads</a> of 800 and 1500 grit using water for lubrication. By using the pads in sequence, it gradually smooths the surface of the stone. Once done the tiles were rinsed with water and the soil removed with an industrial wet vacuum. The patio was looking good, the day was nice and bright, so we left the patio for a few hours to dry in the sun.</p> <h2>Sealing a Black Limestone Patio</h2> <p>Once the stone was dry the patio was sealed with single coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-oil-1-litre/19/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tile Doctor Stone Oil</a> which is an impregnating sealer that improves strength and restores colour to the stone.</p> <p>Once dry the Stone Oil was followed by a coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> sealer which like the Stone Oil penetrates the pores of the stone improving colour and adding protection. The treatment and combination of products transformed the appearance of the patio and provided the client with exactly the look he required.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width: 90%; object-fit: cover;" title="Black Limestone Patio After Cleaning Ashford" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/04/Black-Limestone-Patio-After-Cleaning-Ashford-103632.jpg" alt="Black Limestone Patio After Cleaning Ashford" width="" height="" /></center>As you can see from the after pictures the patio had a rich black colour and looked as it should. The client was over the moon with the result and was thankful that we had managed to rescue his work. Lesson learned for any future project he might take on, beware of grout haze!</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width: 90%; object-fit: cover;" title="Black Limestone Patio After Cleaning Ashford" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/04/Black-Limestone-Patio-After-Cleaning-Ashford-095336.jpg" alt="Black Limestone Patio After Cleaning Ashford" width="" height="" /></center>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Black Limestone Patio in South Kent</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/black-limestone-patio-we-were-called-to-correct-at-a-house-in-ashford/">Recently Laid Black Limestone Patio Renovated in Ashford</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Craven Dunnill Floor Restoration in Stoke Golding Nuneaton https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/craven-dunnill-floor-restoration-in-stoke-golding-nuneaton/ Warwickshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:17d82a66-c8df-ea24-8a9a-aca7c9236fde Sat, 03 Apr 2021 13:54:53 +0000 <p>The Victorian Floor was in Stoke Golding a small village near Nuneaton Warwickshire. Some years ago, the client had decided to tile over the original Victorian geometric tiled floor with a modern tile. Back to the present day and their tastes had changed and so they decided they preferred the classic look after all and [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/craven-dunnill-floor-restoration-in-stoke-golding-nuneaton/">Craven Dunnill Floor Restoration in Stoke Golding Nuneaton</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz">Warwickshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The <b>Victorian Floor</b> was in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoke_Golding" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Stoke Golding</a></b> a small village near Nuneaton Warwickshire. Some years ago, the client had decided to tile over the original Victorian geometric tiled floor with a modern tile. Back to the present day and their tastes had changed and so they decided they preferred the classic look after all and wanted the old floor restored. The process of removing the modern tiles however caused quite a bit of damage to the old floor and in the process managed to damage a large section of the sub floor. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/04/Victorian-Hallway-Before-Craven-Dunnill-Tile-Rebuild-Stoke-Golding-Nuneaton-2.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Before Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway Before Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" /></center></p> <p>After surveying the floor, I could see that as well as the obvious, the floor had dropped by the door to the lounge so this would need repairing and the tiles by the kitchen door had been removed and would also need replacing. Happy for me to do the work I worked out how many replacement tiles would be needed to renovate the floor. The tiles were then ordered from <b><a href="https://www.cdjackfield.com" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Craven Dunnill</a></b> who have been in operation since 1872 and still make the same tiles to this day.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/04/Victorian-Hallway-Before-Craven-Dunnill-Tile-Rebuild-Stoke-Golding-Nuneaton-1.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Before Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway Before Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning and Repairing a Craven Dunnill Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The first day on the job involved removing tiles and screed from the damaged sections, cleaning up the rubble as I went. The now exposed subfloor was built up to the right height by adding self-levelling screed which was left to set before more work could be done. Once the new screed had set the replacement tiles were cut and laid using a flexible adhesive. The damaged tiles in the floor where also removed and replaced where needed. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/04/Victorian-Hallway-During-Craven-Dunnill-Tile-Rebuild-Stoke-Golding-Nuneaton-1.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway During Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway During Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/04/Victorian-Hallway-During-Craven-Dunnill-Tile-Rebuild-Stoke-Golding-Nuneaton-4.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway During Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway During Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The next step involved deep cleaning the whole hallway floor, first using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> and then followed up with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a> using 200 and 400-Grit burnishing pads to really get the tiles clean and bright again. I hand finished the corners and edges with handheld burnishing blocks of different grades and then left the floor to dry overnight. </p> <h2>Sealing a Craven Dunnill Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The next morning, I inspected the floor to check it was clean and dry however, it also revealed a few more cracked tiles that were not obvious the day before. These were removed and replaced as before. </p> <p>The floor was then pre-sealed using a coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is an impregnating sealer followed up with a few coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-extra-1-litre/22/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go Extra</a>. The combination of the two sealers brings out the colours in the tiles whilst providing hard wearing protection that will keep the dirt out of the tiles. Both sealers are breathable which is an important consideration when sealing old floors like this one which don&#8217;t usually have a damp proof membrane.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/04/Victorian-Hallway-After-Craven-Dunnill-Tile-Rebuild-Stoke-Golding-Nuneaton-2.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway After Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway After Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/04/Victorian-Hallway-After-Craven-Dunnill-Tile-Rebuild-Stoke-Golding-Nuneaton-3.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway After Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway After Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Due to the amount of tiling work needed that job was completed over a two-week period however the floor looked amazing when finished and well worth the effort. Given the history of the floor I&#8217;m sure the fully restored floor will add a lot of value to the property, certainly my client was very happy with the finish.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/04/Victorian-Hallway-After-Craven-Dunnill-Tile-Rebuild-Stoke-Golding-Nuneaton-1.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway After Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway After Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Craven Dunnill Victorian Hallway Restoration in Warwickshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/craven-dunnill-floor-restoration-in-stoke-golding-nuneaton/">Craven Dunnill Floor Restoration in Stoke Golding Nuneaton</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz">Warwickshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Travertine Floor Cleaned and Sealed in Walton-On-Thames https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/travertine-floor-cleaned-and-sealed-in-walton-on-thames/ South Middlesex Tile Doctor urn:uuid:935fe0e8-f6ec-0778-1e35-de82e0dbf0c1 Mon, 29 Mar 2021 13:33:23 +0000 <p>Our client had inherited this Travertine floor when purchasing in a lovely street in Walton-On-Thames, close by was the River Thames which runs all the way into London. The new owners were unhappy with the floor in that it did not look very clean, and they were keen to get this rectified. I arranged a [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/travertine-floor-cleaned-and-sealed-in-walton-on-thames/">Travertine Floor Cleaned and Sealed in Walton-On-Thames</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz">South Middlesex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Our client had inherited this <b>Travertine</b> floor when purchasing in a lovely street in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walton-on-Thames" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Walton-On-Thames</a></b>, close by was the River Thames which runs all the way into London. The new owners were unhappy with the floor in that it did not look very clean, and they were keen to get this rectified. I arranged a site visit to survey the floor and see what could be done to restore its appearance. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2021/03/Travertine-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Walton-on-Thames-1106.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor Before Cleaning Walton-on-Thames" width="" height="" title="Travertine Floor Before Cleaning Walton-on-Thames" /></center></p> <p>The floor itself was in good physical condition, however, it was apparent from the level of dirt ingrained in the stone that it had not been maintained very well by the previous owner. I carried out a small test clean which came out well and they could see straight away what the floor should look really like! They were happy with my renovation quote and we agreed a mutually convenient time where I could work in relation to the COVID guidelines.</p> <h2> Cleaning a Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>The Travertine floor was scrubbed using a mixture of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro Clean</a> and <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Remove and Go</a>. These are heavy duty cleaning products designed for use on tile and stone can be combined to form a powerful cleaning/stripping solution which is left to dwell on the floor surface. After a short while the solution was worked into the stone using a rotary machine fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a>. </p> <p>This cleaning recipe works extremely well breaking down dirt, stains, and grease in the stone. Following a machine scrub and a more manual hand scrub of the grout lines, we then pressure rinsed the soil away and then it was extracted using an industrial wet vacuum. In a couple of areas, it was necessary to repeat the process to ensure it was completely clean. Once we were satisfied that the stone was fresh and clean, the floor was left to dry off overnight, so it would be ready for sealing the following day.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2021/03/Travertine-Floor-During-Cleaning-Walton-on-Thames-1104.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor During Cleaning Walton-on-Thames" width="" height="" title="Travertine Floor During Cleaning Walton-on-Thames" /></center></p> <h2> Sealing a Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>After drying overnight, the floor was checked with a damp meter to make sure it was dry. Once reassured I started with the application of the fresh sealer to the floor using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow Sealer</a> which is a colour enhancing sealer that works from within by soaking into the pores of the stone. Several coats were applied allowing each one to dry before applying the next. This sealer does not provide a glossy finish, just a nice natural sheen. This brought back the contrast and natural colours in the stone, whilst adding protection to stone for many years to come.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2021/03/Travertine-Floor-After-Cleaning-Walton-on-Thames-1107.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor After Cleaning Walton-on-Thames" width="" height="" title="Travertine Floor After Cleaning Walton-on-Thames" /></center></p> <p>The client was very happy with the work we carried out, the floor had come up much better than they had expected, and it really made a difference to the lovely kitchen space. The floor looked like new. I recommended the regular use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a> for future cleaning which will keep the floor in great condition and ensure the longevity of the newly applied sealant. </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/travertine-floor-cleaned-and-sealed-in-walton-on-thames/">Travertine Floor Cleaned and Sealed in Walton-On-Thames</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz">South Middlesex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Old Tea Room Brick Floor Renovation in Royal Tunbridge Wells https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/old-tea-room-brick-floor-renovation-in-royal-tunbridge-wells/ South Kent Tile Doctor urn:uuid:2caa89b9-d8b0-69de-6f79-ed47e1c2403d Fri, 26 Mar 2021 03:09:47 +0000 <p>This Brick and Quarry tiled floor belongs to an eighteenth-century property used as a Tea Room in Royal Tunbridge Wells. Over the years the property had experienced numerous building works leaving the floor surface a mixture of Concrete, Brick, and Quarry tiles. At some point thereafter the floor was painted in doorstep red paint which [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/old-tea-room-brick-floor-renovation-in-royal-tunbridge-wells/">Old Tea Room Brick Floor Renovation in Royal Tunbridge Wells</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This <b>Brick</b> and <b>Quarry</b> tiled floor belongs to an eighteenth-century property used as a Tea Room in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Tunbridge_Wells" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Royal Tunbridge Wells</a></b>. Over the years the property had experienced numerous building works leaving the floor surface a mixture of Concrete, Brick, and Quarry tiles. At some point thereafter the floor was painted in doorstep red paint which gave the different materials a more uniform appearance but had now become unsightly and had removed the floors character in the process. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/03/Brick-Quarry-Floor-Before-Renovation-Royal-Tunbridge-Wells-161512.jpg" alt="Brick Quarry Floor Before Renovation Royal Tunbridge Wells" width="" height="" title="Brick Quarry Floor Before Renovation Royal Tunbridge Wells" /></center></p> <p>With the business being closed due to the COVID lockdown the manager had decided it was a good time to have the property renovated and as part of the work I was asked to restore the floor and its ‘old world’ charm. This worked well for me as all the fixtures had been removed so I was able to access the whole floor without obstruction and as I was on my own, I didn&#8217;t have to worry about COVID too much.</p> <p><b>Royal Tunbridge Wells</b> is a historic spa town, it was a very fashionable resort in the 1700s due to its’ spas which attracted many visitors. These declined over the years as people took to bathing in the sea. However, it still claims 30% of its income is from the tourist industry so I’m sure the Tea Room was a popular haunt.</p> <h2>Removing Paint from a Brick and Quarry Tiled Floor</h2> <p>The first step was to remove the red tile paint which I was able to tackle using a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> worked into the floor using a heavy buffing machine fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a>. There was a quirky mix of substrates and I had to repeat this process of scrubbing, rinsing, and extracting numerous times before I was satisfied all the paint was gone. The floor was then left to dry out over the weekend.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/03/Brick-Quarry-Floor-During-Renovation-Royal-Tunbridge-Wells-163246.jpg" alt="Brick Quarry Floor During Renovation Royal Tunbridge Wells" width="" height="" title="Brick Quarry Floor During Renovation Royal Tunbridge Wells" /></center></p> <h2> Sealing a Brick and Quarry Tiled Tea Room Floor</h2> <p>I returned on Monday morning to apply a sealer that would protect the floor and make it easier to maintain. Commercial floors like this one see a lot of daily foot traffic and so need good protection. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/03/Brick-Quarry-Floor-During-Renovation-Royal-Tunbridge-Wells-100036.jpg" alt="Brick Quarry Floor During Renovation Royal Tunbridge Wells" width="" height="" title="Brick Quarry Floor During Renovation Royal Tunbridge Wells" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/03/Brick-Quarry-Floor-During-Sealing-Royal-Tunbridge-Wells-100054.jpg" alt="Brick Quarry Floor During Sealing Royal Tunbridge Wells" width="" height="" title="Brick Quarry Floor During Sealing Royal Tunbridge Wells" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The sealer of choice for this floor was <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-high-shine-sealer-1-litre/8/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor High Shine sealer</a> which works well on quarry and brick and added a nice shine. Hopefully, once lockdown ends people will be able to continue to drink tea, eat cake and appreciate the quirky floor.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/03/Brick-Quarry-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Royal-Tunbridge-Wells-120506.jpg" alt="Brick Quarry Floor After Cleaning Sealing Royal Tunbridge Wells" width="" height="" title="Brick Quarry Floor After Cleaning Sealing Royal Tunbridge Wells" /></center></p> <p>For aftercare cleaning I recommend the use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile cleaner</a>. This is a pH neutral cleaning product specifically designed for use on sealed floors and will be much kinder on the floor than the commercial cleaners that they may normally use. These tend to strip the sealer from the floor over time and then in turn let the dirt get in. Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner is mild but effective and will be perfect for their everyday cleaning needs. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of an Old Brick and Quarry Tiled Floor in South Kent</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/old-tea-room-brick-floor-renovation-in-royal-tunbridge-wells/">Old Tea Room Brick Floor Renovation in Royal Tunbridge Wells</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Tired Black Flagstone Floor Restored in Kendal Basement https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/tired-black-flagstone-floor-restored-in-kendal-basement/ South Cumbria Tile Doctor urn:uuid:961ccc52-114e-66ef-8981-56bebf9f33b3 Thu, 25 Mar 2021 13:46:49 +0000 <p>I was contacted by a client in Kendal to see if I could help with their Black Flagstone basement floor. As you can see from the photographs it was in a bit of a state and the stone looked mostly White rather than Black. I carried out a site visit, to survey the floor and [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/tired-black-flagstone-floor-restored-in-kendal-basement/">Tired Black Flagstone Floor Restored in Kendal Basement</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz">South Cumbria Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was contacted by a client in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kendal" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Kendal</a></b> to see if I could help with their <b>Black Flagstone</b> basement floor. As you can see from the photographs it was in a bit of a state and the stone looked mostly White rather than Black. </p> <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2021/03/Black-Flagstone-Floor-Before-Renovation-Kendal-4170.jpg" alt="Black Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Kendal" width="" height="" title="Black Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Kendal" /></p> <p>I carried out a site visit, to survey the floor and work out the best approach to restore its appearance. After testing a few different products and techniques I worked out an effective restoration plan and discussed this with the owner. Happy with my plan and costing’s we agreed a date to start the work. Being in the basement of the property had its challenges but it would mean we could work socially distanced from the owner.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2021/03/Black-Flagstone-Floor-Before-Renovation-Kendal-4162.jpg" alt="Black Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Kendal" width="" height="" title="Black Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Kendal" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2021/03/Black-Flagstone-Floor-Before-Renovation-Kendal-4168.jpg" alt="Black Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Kendal" width="" height="" title="Black Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Kendal" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2>Cleaning a Tired Black Flagstone Tiled Basement Floor</h2> <p>To restore the floors appearance, I started with a set of coarse wire (60 and 120 grit) brushes lubricated with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> which is a strong coatings remover. I had considered using milling pads on the tiles to reveal a new surface underneath but that does involve the use of an expensive set of coarse pads and given it was a basement the owners didn&#8217;t feel the extra expense would be justified. </p> <p>The wire grits work well on rough stone floors when attached to a weighted buffing machine and we add some Tile Doctor Remove and Go to the mix. Once clean the floor was rinsed with water and the slurry extracted using an industrial wet vacuum. After cleaning the floor, it looked transformed, some pointing was required so we carried this out after the main clean.</p> <h2> Sealing a Black Flagstone Tiled Basement Floor</h2> <p>The stone was left to dry out for a few days before returning to apply a sealer. For this floor I felt <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-x-tra-seal-1-litre/258/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor X-Tra seal</a> would be the best product and applied two coats. I chose X-Tra seal for this job as it ticks a lot of boxes, it’s a breathable oil-based resin sealer which being breathable will allow moisture to rise through the floor. Old floors like this don&#8217;t have a damp proof membrane so it is important to choose a sealer that can allow the floor to breath and not let damp build up under the floor where it can reach out to the walls and cause rising damp.</p> <p>I also chose X-Tra Seal as it has a great ability to bring out the colour of the darker stone due to its high oil content, the oil will deter salts from forming if efflorescence is an issue. This is a unique property of this sealer as we never know if <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/custom.aspx/efflorescence/10/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">efflorescent salts</a> are going to form or not so having this in place as a sealer is a great plus for a Tile Doctor, it is new to the market and is already proving popular on floors like this and for protecting external stone.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:40%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2021/03/Black-Flagstone-Floor-After-Renovation-Kendal-4221.jpg" alt="Black Flagstone Floor After Renovation Kendal" width="" height="" title="Black Flagstone Floor After Renovation Kendal" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:60%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2021/03/Black-Flagstone-Floor-After-Renovation-Kendal-4220.jpg" alt="Black Flagstone Floor After Renovation Kendal" width="" height="" title="Black Flagstone Floor After Renovation Kendal" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>If the tiles are smooth Tile Doctor X-Tra Seal adds a bit of a sheen to the appearance of the stone however this stone was very rough, so we didn’t manage a shine, but the customer was happy with the matt finish and the slightly honed effect.</p> <p>The floor looked great and much more appealing making the space more attractive and likely to be used. For aftercare I recommended <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> which will clean the floor without impacting the sealer which can be a problem with many of the stronger products you find in supermarkets.</p> <p><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2021/03/Black-Flagstone-Floor-After-Renovation-Kendal-4217.jpg" alt="Black Flagstone Floor After Renovation Kendal" width="" height="" title="Black Flagstone Floor After Renovation Kendal" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Black Flagstone Basement in Cumbria</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/tired-black-flagstone-floor-restored-in-kendal-basement/">Tired Black Flagstone Floor Restored in Kendal Basement</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz">South Cumbria Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Marble Kitchen Floor Grout Cleaned and Polished in Cardiff https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/marble-kitchen-floor-grout-cleaned-and-polished-in-cardiff/ South East Wales Tile Doctor urn:uuid:680311f8-7fc6-305d-0e1d-23064367ab16 Tue, 23 Mar 2021 13:52:43 +0000 <p>I took the pictures below during the renovation of a beautiful Marble floor that was installed in the kitchen and adjacent dinning area of a property in Cardiff. Busy family life had taken its toll on the floor and it had now lost most of its shine and the grout had darkened to an almost [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/marble-kitchen-floor-grout-cleaned-and-polished-in-cardiff/">Marble Kitchen Floor Grout Cleaned and Polished in Cardiff</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz">South East Wales Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I took the pictures below during the renovation of a beautiful <b>Marble floor</b> that was installed in the kitchen and adjacent dinning area of a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiff" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Cardiff</a></b>. Busy family life had taken its toll on the floor and it had now lost most of its shine and the grout had darkened to an almost black colour due to ingrained dirt. Marble however is an amazing stone that responds well to polishing so I knew I could restore its appearance. </p> <p>Covering Cardiff and the surrounding area I’m your local tile and stone restoration specialist covering the renovation of all types of Tile and Stone. My background is tiling, and I have been a member of the Tile Doctor restoration network for over ten years so if you need help do get in touch.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Marble Tiled Kitchen Floor in Cardiff</h2> <p>First, I deep cleaned the grout lines using a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a>, leaving it to soak into the grout for ten minutes before scrubbing it in by hand. I then rinsed off the solution with water and extracted the slurry with a wet vacuum to lift the deep staining. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2021/03/Marble-Kitchen-Floor-During-Grout-Cleaning-Cardiff-111446.jpg" alt="Marble Kitchen Floor During Grout Cleaning Cardiff" width="" height="" title="Marble Kitchen Floor During Grout Cleaning Cardiff" /></center></p> <p>With the grout now clean I turned my attention to the Marble tiles, I needed to remove any previous sealer and the ingrained marks. This was done using a 400-grit red <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" target="_blank">burnishing pad</a> applied to the rotary buffing machine. The pads are another Tile Doctor product and was the first in a series of four pads I would use to renovate this floor. After running the pad over each tile at least three times the floor was rinsed with water which was then extracted with the wet vacuum as before.</p> <p>This was followed by an 800-grit pad to prepare and smooth the surface of the tile again rinsing and extracting afterwards. I then continued the process using a 1500-grit pad to smooth more and prepare the surface for the final pad. By using the pads in sequence, it is a gradual process and ensures the tiles have a consistent surface. The floor was then left to dry overnight.</p> <h2>Sealing a Marble Tiled Kitchen Floor in Cardiff</h2> <p>I returned the next day to apply the final pad which brings up the polish on the floor. It is a very fine 3000-grit pad which creates a nice shine and is applied dry using a small amount of water using a process we call a &#8220;Spray Burnish&#8221;.</p> <p>Finally, the sealer was applied to the Marble, the sealer chosen was <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which soaks into the pores of the stone and protects it from within. Colour Grow is a very durable sealer that enhances the natural colours in the stone without making the surface shiny. In this instance however the client requested the floor to have a high shine, so I went back for the 3rd day to ensure the initial sealer was cured and then applied a coating of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-shine-powder-1kg-tub/18/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Shine Powder</a>. This is a crystal type substance which is ground into the tiles using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-white/30/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">white buffing pad</a> to build up a deep and durable polish on the Marble. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2021/03/Marble-Kitchen-Floor-After-Renovation-Cardiff-11093835.jpg" alt="Marble Kitchen Floor After Renovation Cardiff" width="" height="" title="Marble Kitchen Floor After Renovation Cardiff" /></center></p> <p>This final step gave the floor a very high shine with a deep lustre and the client was delighted with result. For the regular maintenance cleaning of polished stone, I recommend using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor stone soap</a> which is specifically designed for maintaining this type of floor and will help maintain its lustre.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of a Marble Tiled Kitchen Floor in South Wales</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/marble-kitchen-floor-grout-cleaned-and-polished-in-cardiff/">Marble Kitchen Floor Grout Cleaned and Polished in Cardiff</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz">South East Wales Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Original Quarry Tiled Floor Renovation at Lock Keepers Cottage in Northwich https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/original-quarry-tiled-floor-renovation-at-lock-keepers-cottage-in-northwich/ West Cheshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:b023ed84-30bc-bbad-1b25-c235188824fa Fri, 19 Mar 2021 13:18:34 +0000 <p>The client from Northwich got in touch regarding their Quarry tiled floor which ran throughout the ground floor and was in a bit of a sorry mess after renovations. Clearly in need of some attention it required a deep clean and new sealer to restore the colour and its general appearance. I went over to [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/original-quarry-tiled-floor-renovation-at-lock-keepers-cottage-in-northwich/">Original Quarry Tiled Floor Renovation at Lock Keepers Cottage in Northwich</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">West Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The client from <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northwich" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Northwich</a></b> got in touch regarding their <b>Quarry tiled floor</b> which ran throughout the ground floor and was in a bit of a sorry mess after renovations. Clearly in need of some attention it required a deep clean and new sealer to restore the colour and its general appearance. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i2.wp.com/west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2021/03/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Before-Renovation-Northwich-2.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor Before Renovation Northwich" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor Before Renovation Northwich" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2021/03/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Before-Renovation-Northwich-1.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor Before Renovation Northwich" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor Before Renovation Northwich" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I went over to do a site visit and discovered that although the location was rather idyllic it was going to present a challenge due to its location; this former lock-keepers cottage on the River Weaver had no vehicle access to it. The nearest road was a quarter of a mile away across two narrow footbridges and then a towpath. In the end I worked out the best way to get our equipment to the cottage would be in two wheelbarrows!</p> <p>None the less, were always up for a challenge so after survey the floor I worked out a price for the work which would take two days. Happy with my quote we agreed a date for the work to commence and I organised the wheelbarrows.</p> <h2> Cleaning a Quarry Tiled Ground Floor</h2> <p>We loaded up the wheelbarrows on the first day and set off across the footbridges to the cottage. We must have looked a little odd doing this as we got a few funny looks on the way. I guess with Tile Doctor you never know what the next job will be, but the effort was appreciated by the owner who had a nice coffee waiting when we arrived at the front door.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2021/03/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Lock-Keepers-Cottage-Northwich-5.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor Lock Keepers Cottage Northwich" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor Lock Keepers Cottage Northwich" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2021/03/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Lock-Keepers-Cottage-Northwich-6.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor Lock Keepers Cottage Northwich" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor Lock Keepers Cottage Northwich" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>We gave the floors a good brush removing the builders rubbish and plaster and then working in sections sprayed the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/quarry-tile-cleaning/6/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Quarry tiles</a> with a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a>. This product is a multipurpose alkaline stripper/cleaner specifically designed for use on tile and stone. It was left to dwell and soak into the dirt for twenty minutes before being mechanically scrubbed into the the tiles using a buffing machine fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black stripping pad</a> running at slow speed. This removed the dirt, plaster dust and traces of old red tile paint from the tiles. The slurry generated was then removed using an industrial wet vacuum. </p> <p>After the initial clean the floor was inspected and any stubborn areas were retreated using a repeat of the cleaning process, hand scrubbing where needed. Finally, the floor was given an acid wash with a dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up</a> to help further clean-up the tiles and neutralise any salts in tile which can be a problem on old floors like this that do not have a damp proof membrane. The floor was then left to dry over night before returning the next morning.</p> <h2>Sealing a Quarry Tiled Ground Floor</h2> <p>The next day we returned and started by testing the floors with a damp meter to make sure the floor was dry and ready to seal; if the floor is damp the sealer will not cure properly and can result and in a patchy appearance. </p> <p>The sealer which we selected to use on this floor was <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-extra-1-litre/22/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go Extra</a> which is a breathable low sheen sealer which will allow any moisture in the sub floor to rise unimpeded up through the tile and not become trapped underneath where it can spread to the walls and lead to rising damp.</p> <p>After a few coats, the floor looked transformed, and our client was over the moon with their restored original floor which was a great period feature. Cleaning up took a short while as we had to transport all our equipment back in the wheelbarrows, but we took a moment to admire the lovely view on the way out.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Quarry Tiled Ground Floor in West Cheshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/original-quarry-tiled-floor-renovation-at-lock-keepers-cottage-in-northwich/">Original Quarry Tiled Floor Renovation at Lock Keepers Cottage in Northwich</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">West Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Limestone Floor Refurbished in Tenterden Ready for Kitchen Installation https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/limestone-floor-refurbished-in-tenterden-ready-for-kitchen-installation/ South Kent Tile Doctor urn:uuid:2645d355-fe86-e682-4dde-7acd46f3e44d Tue, 16 Mar 2021 14:06:37 +0000 <p>The owner of this Limestone tiled floor in Tenterden was having a new Kitchen installed and called Tile Doctor to have it renovated beforehand. Consideration was given to replacing the floor, but this would have worked out to be far more expensive than renovation. Renovating natural stone floors such as Limestone involves deep cleaning, polishing [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/limestone-floor-refurbished-in-tenterden-ready-for-kitchen-installation/">Limestone Floor Refurbished in Tenterden Ready for Kitchen Installation</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The owner of this <b><a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/limestone-tile-cleaning/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Limestone</a> tiled floor</b> in <a href="https://www.tenterdenkent.co.uk" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tenterden</a> was having a new Kitchen installed and called Tile Doctor to have it renovated beforehand. Consideration was given to replacing the floor, but this would have worked out to be far more expensive than renovation. Renovating natural stone floors such as Limestone involves deep cleaning, polishing and then sealing. Stone floors respond very well to this treatment so it’s an option well worth considering and is better for the environment.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/03/Limestone-Floor-Before-Polishing-Tenterden-093900.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor Before Polishing Tenterden" width="" height="" title="Limestone Floor Before Polishing Tenterden" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/03/Limestone-Floor-Before-Polishing-Tenterden-093922.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor Before Polishing Tenterden" width="" height="" title="Limestone Floor Before Polishing Tenterden" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I was able to visit the property beforehand, inspect the floor and work out a quote for the work which would take two days. We then agreed a date do the renovation which would sit between the old kitchen being stripped out and the new one being installed. With the old kitchen removed it would be a perfect time to do the work as I would have full access to the floor and wouldn’t need to tape up the kitchen units to protect them. </p> <h2>Deep Cleaning Tumbled Limestone Tiles</h2> <p>The first part of the job involved giving the floor a thorough clean to remove what was left of old sealers etc that were still present on the floor. To do this a strong solution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> was applied to the floor and left to soak in for about ten minutes before being actively worked in with a rotary machine fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a>. The solution soon darkened as dirt was flushed out of the pores of the stone, it was then rinsed off with water and extracted with an industrial wet vacuum.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/03/Limestone-Floor-During-Cleaning-Tenterden-112324.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor During Cleaning Tenterden" width="" height="" title="Limestone Floor During Cleaning Tenterden" /></center></p> <p>Following this, I moved on to a process known as burnishing that hones the Limestone to bring up the polished. This is done through the application of 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" target="_blank">diamond encrusted burnishing pads</a> from coarse through to very fine.</p> <p>The coarse 400-grit pad fitted to the rotary floor buffer and run over each tile at least three times using only water for lubrication. The water turns into a slurry as the pad does its job removing dirt and this is rinsed off the floor and extracted with the wet vacuum before applying the next pad. The process was then repeated with medium 800 grit pad for an initial polish followed by the Fine 1500 grit pad for the second polish using water for lubrication and rinsing and extracting in between each pad. </p> <p>This process took up much of the day and so after a final rinse and extraction the floor was left to dry off overnight.</p> <h2>Sealing Limestone Tiles</h2> <p>The next morning I started with the application of the last pad in the four-pad set which is a very fine 3000 grit pad. The pad and is applied with only a little water sprayed onto the floor using a technique we call a Spray Burnish. This last pad really brings up the polished appearance of the stone.</p> <p>To bring up the appearance of the stone even further and add a really durable polish <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-shine-powder/18/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Shine Powder</a> was applied. This is a crystallising powder sealer that ensures a very high shine and a tough, durable finish. This powder is applied directly to the tiles in combination with approximately ½ a litre of water and a soft <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-white/30/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">white buffing pad</a>.</p> <p>Last step was to add to the protection provided by the Shine Powder with two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal</a> which is a natural look sealer that doesn’t change the look of the stone and is applied to the stone and grout. This sealer works by seeping into the stone, occupying the pores and preventing dirt from becoming ingrained.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/03/Limestone-Floor-After-Polishing-Tenterden-153311.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor After Polishing Tenterden" width="" height="" title="Limestone Floor After Polishing Tenterden" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/03/Limestone-Floor-After-Polishing-Tenterden-153443.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor After Polishing Tenterden" width="" height="" title="Limestone Floor After Polishing Tenterden" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>By the end of the 2nd day the Limestone floor had an amazing deep shine which was a massive improvement on how it looked when we started. For aftercare cleaning I recommended a product called <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a> which will help maintain its appearance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of a Tumbled Limestone Tiled Floor in East Surrey</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/limestone-floor-refurbished-in-tenterden-ready-for-kitchen-installation/">Limestone Floor Refurbished in Tenterden Ready for Kitchen Installation</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Reviving a Classic Victorian Tiled Hallway in Haringey North London https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/reviving-a-classic-victorian-tiled-hallway-in-haringey-north-london/ North London Tile Doctor urn:uuid:293f4d1f-add6-70e2-7a1b-0dbd42a8149e Fri, 12 Mar 2021 14:28:48 +0000 <p>This client owned a property in Haringey, North London, which had a classic Victorian tiled floor laid in the hallway. Unfortunately, the floor was in a bad state, the tiles were dull and dirty and there was a missing section by the bottom of the stairs that had been back filled with cement. Fortunately for [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/reviving-a-classic-victorian-tiled-hallway-in-haringey-north-london/">Reviving a Classic Victorian Tiled Hallway in Haringey North London</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz">North London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This client owned a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Borough_of_Haringey" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Haringey</a></b>, North London, which had a classic <b>Victorian tiled floor</b> laid in the hallway. Unfortunately, the floor was in a bad state, the tiles were dull and dirty and there was a missing section by the bottom of the stairs that had been back filled with cement. Fortunately for him however his neighbour decided to remove their front path which was made with matching tiles and so he was able acquire replacements from him. He then contacted us to see if we could use those tiles to fill in the missing ones and revive the whole floor with a clean and seal at the same time.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/03/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-Before-Restoration-Haringey-1.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor Before Restoration Haringey" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Floor Before Restoration Haringey" /></center></p> <p>Before quoting for the restoration work, I paid a visit to the property to survey the floor. I can give quotes from photographs, but much prefer to visit and conduct a test clean, and in this case, I was able to check the spare tiles he had acquired. From that I emailed a quote which the client was happy with, so we arranged a date to return and do the work.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/03/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-Before-Restoration-Haringey-2.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor Before Restoration Haringey" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Floor Before Restoration Haringey" /></center></p> <h2> Cleaning and Reviving a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>This was a large job, so I teamed up with Jackson Davis the <a href="https://central-london.tiledoctor.biz" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Central London Tile Doctor</a> and whilst Jackson started on cleaning the floor, I took the reclaimed tiles outside and carefully grinded off the excess cement and adhesive from them and cleaned them by hand. We managed to do this by about 3pm. Jackson and I work on a lot of jobs together so it made sense to work as a bubble from the beginning of Covid so we could continue to work together, with two of us on the job it also means we can get the job done quicker. </p> <p>Cleaning the floor involved applying a 200-grit diamond burnishing pad to the tile lubricated with a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a>, the slurry was then rinsed off the floor with more water and then extracted with an industrial vacuum. The process was repeated on stubborn areas until we were satisfied the tiles were really clean.</p> <p>We then moved onto carefully removing the cement from the floor at the bottom of the stairs and cleaning up the base. Once done the newly renovated replacement tiles were laid in place using a rapid setting adhesive which meant they could be grouted later that day before heading home. The floor was then left overnight to dry off.</p> <h2> Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>We then returned the following day and took some moisture readings with the damp meter. The readings were within the expected range, so we were good to go ahead and apply the sealer. If the floor is not dry the seal will not cure properly, and this can lead to a patchy finish.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/03/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-After-Restoration-Haringey-3.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor After Restoration Haringey" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Floor After Restoration Haringey" /></center></p> <p>Three coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> were applied to seal the tiles. This is a colour intensifying impregnating sealer that works from with and will gives the Victorian tiles durable protection, ideal for a high traffic area such as the hallway. In addition, Colour Grow is a fully breathable sealer so it will allow for moisture to rise through the tile and evaporate, this is critical for floors of this age that will not have the benefit of a damp proof membrane installed under the floor.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/03/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-After-Restoration-Haringey-4.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor After Restoration Haringey" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Floor After Restoration Haringey" /></center></p> <p>The hallway is now looking transformed by the work we did, we certainly thought so, but more importantly our client was very happy with the result and now has the floor he hoped for. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Classic Victorian Tiled Hallway in North London</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/reviving-a-classic-victorian-tiled-hallway-in-haringey-north-london/">Reviving a Classic Victorian Tiled Hallway in Haringey North London</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz">North London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Restorative Cleaning and Sealing of a Quarry Tiled Floor in Stafford https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/restorative-cleaning-and-sealing-of-a-quarry-tiled-floor-in-stafford/ Staffordshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:5f4e1662-1839-c269-fe50-b0c6d8f1f2da Wed, 10 Mar 2021 13:43:58 +0000 <p>It had been some years since this Quarry tiled floor at a house in the market town of Stafford had been professionally cleaned and was now long overdue some TLC. The previous sealer had worn down allowing dirt to accumulate in the pores of the tile leaving it looking dull and dirty and difficult to [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/restorative-cleaning-and-sealing-of-a-quarry-tiled-floor-in-stafford/">Restorative Cleaning and Sealing of a Quarry Tiled Floor in Stafford</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz">Staffordshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>It had been some years since this <b>Quarry tiled floor</b> at a house in the market town of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stafford" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Stafford</a></b> had been professionally cleaned and was now long overdue some TLC. The previous sealer had worn down allowing dirt to accumulate in the pores of the tile leaving it looking dull and dirty and difficult to keep clean. There were also a couple of loose tiles that needed re-setting. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2021/03/Quarry-Tile-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Stafford-1.jpg" alt="Quarry Tile Floor Before Cleaning Stafford" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tile Floor Before Cleaning Stafford" /></center></p> <p>Before quoting I visited the property to inspect the floor and carry out a test clean on part of the floor. The test came out well which impressed my clients and gave me an accurate plan for cleaning the rest of the Quarry tiled floor. I quoted for two days work plus materials which was agreed, and we scheduled a date for the work to be done.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2021/03/Quarry-Tile-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Stafford-2.jpg" alt="Quarry Tile Floor Before Cleaning Stafford" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tile Floor Before Cleaning Stafford" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning and Repairing a Quarry Tiled Dining Room Floor</h2> <p>The first day I spent deep cleaning the Quarry tile and grout using a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> worked in with a rotary machine with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a> attached. The soil generated was extracted with a wet vacuum and the floor rinsed and extracted again.</p> <p>At this point I like to inspect the floor looking for any stubborn marks or areas that need repeat cleaning. Once identified I repeat the earlier cleaning process and if that doesn’t work, I resort to using neat Pro-Clean scrubbed in by hand with a lot of elbow grease until I’m satisfied that the tile and grout is as clean as possible.</p> <p>As mentioned before there were a couple of loose tiles that needed refitting and so before leaving, I spent time pulling those out, cleaning them up, preparing the base, relaying them with fresh adhesive and then grouting with matching grout. The floor was then left overnight to fully dry out and for the newly replaced tiles to set.</p> <h2>Sealing a Quarry Tiled Dining Room Floor</h2> <p>I returned the following day and first used a damp meter to check that the floor was suitably dry. I know from experience that for best results the floor needs to be dry before applying the sealer, to apply a sealer to a damp floor can result in a patchy appearance. In this case the readings were fine otherwise I would of arranged to come back on a different day or applied a bit of gentle heat from a heat gun until dry.</p> <p>I had discussed finishes with my client before starting work and it was clear their preference was for the Quarry tiles to have a nice shine, as it would have had originally so I selected to use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go</a>. This product is a specially formulated water-based blend of acrylic polymers that provides a stain resistant seal and being water based it doesn’t give off an unpleasant odour as it dries. Four coats of Seal and Go were applied allowing each coat to dry out before applying the next one. The result was the tiles were left with a lovely subtle shine as requested.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2021/03/Quarry-Tile-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Stafford-1.jpg" alt="Quarry Tile Floor After Cleaning Sealing Stafford" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tile Floor After Cleaning Sealing Stafford" /></center></p> <p>The client was very happy with the newly restored floor and for aftercare cleaning I recommended <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile cleaner</a>, this is pH balanced product that that isn’t overly strong and won’t prematurely degrade the newly applied sealer like most of the household cleaners you find in supermarkets. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2021/03/Quarry-Tile-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Stafford-2.jpg" alt="Quarry Tile Floor After Cleaning Sealing Stafford" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tile Floor After Cleaning Sealing Stafford" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Quarry Tiled Hallway in Staffordshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/restorative-cleaning-and-sealing-of-a-quarry-tiled-floor-in-stafford/">Restorative Cleaning and Sealing of a Quarry Tiled Floor in Stafford</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz">Staffordshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p>