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/ Victorian Tiled Lobby Floor Rebuild in Lytham St Annes https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-lobby-floor-rebuild-in-lytham-st-annes/ Tile Doctor Lancashire urn:uuid:177fa13b-ee1d-a1a6-5381-69f45041a620 Sat, 19 Oct 2019 11:54:15 +0000 <p>I visited this property in Lytham St Annes to survey a small Victorian tiled lobby which was in a sorry state. The client was keen to have it restored and wanted to know if it was possible. I discussed with &#8230; <a href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-lobby-floor-rebuild-in-lytham-st-annes/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-lobby-floor-rebuild-in-lytham-st-annes/">Victorian Tiled Lobby Floor Rebuild in Lytham St Annes</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Lancashire</a>.</p> <p>I visited this property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lytham_St_Annes" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Lytham St Annes</a></b> to survey a small <b>Victorian tiled lobby</b> which was in a sorry state. The client was keen to have it restored and wanted to know if it was possible. I discussed with them what we could do, and I gave them a quote for the work. Although it was only a small lobby, I could see the job could be quite involved and would be subject to the replacement tiles which I was confident we could source.</p> <p><center><img src="https://i2.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/10/Victorian-Tiled-Lobby-Before-Rebuild-Lytham-St-Annes-1804.jpg?w=584&#038;ssl=1" alt="Victorian Tiled Lobby Before Rebuild Lytham St Annes" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Lobby Before Rebuild Lytham St Annes" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <h2>Repairing a Victorian Tiled Lobby Floor</h2> <p>This is one of those jobs you wish you hadn&#8217;t started as there were a lot more tiles to remove than anticipated and it mushroomed into replacing half the floor. Once the area was cleaned up, I applied a self-levelling compound to bring up the height of the base. </p> <p><center><img src="https://i2.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/10/Victorian-Tiled-Lobby-During-Rebuild-Lytham-St-Annes-1806.jpg?w=584&#038;ssl=1" alt="Victorian Tiled Lobby During Rebuild Lytham St Annes" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Lobby During Rebuild Lytham St Annes" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>Once the levelling compound had set, I was able relay the Victorian tiles using a combination of original tiles and replacements which had to be cut to shape. Cutting tiles to fit is quite intricate and time-consuming work especially when you consider new tiles are all metric in size and a 2mm difference becomes very telling after a foot or so! My solution was to use 150 mm tiles which are the biggest the stockist offers and then cut them down on my Rubi cutter using a template made from the original tiles. This the only way I could get it to look tight, it takes longer but it makes for a thorough job and a better finish.</p> <p><center><img src="https://i2.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/10/Victorian-Tiled-Lobby-During-Rebuild-Lytham-St-Annes-1805.jpg?w=584&#038;ssl=1" alt="Victorian Tiled Lobby During Rebuild Lytham St Annes" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Lobby During Rebuild Lytham St Annes" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>I always use flexible floor adhesive when laying tiles, my preference is Keraquick Grey from Mapei. There are other brands off course but this one is quite easy to get hold of and as the term grouting is a relatively modern invention (in the past it was called pointing ) I find it looks right with this type of tile and similar to the screed cement the Victorians used in the past.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Victorian Tiled Lobby Floor</h2> <p>After the tiling had been completed, I left the floor to cure and fully dry and returned at a later date to give the floor an overall clean. For this I ran a coarse <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">200-grit diamond floor pad</a> across the floor lubricated with water and used handheld <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/diamond-hand-burnishing-block-set-greenblackred-yellow/31/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">diamond blocks</a> for the edges where the pad can&#8217;t reach. The slurry was rinsed off with water and extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>With old floors like this, which don&#8217;t have a damp-proof membrane installed under the floor, <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/custom.aspx/efflorescence/10/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">efflorescence</a> is always a concern and can lead to white salts appearing on the surface of the tile as moisture rises through the floor. To counter this, I finished cleaning the floor by scrubbing it with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a>. This was then rinsed off with water and the soil extracted using a wet vacuum. </p> <h2>Sealing a Victorian Tiled Lobby Floor</h2> <p>The client was happy to seal the floor themselves (they wanted to save some money and it wasn&#8217;t a big area) so I supplied them with a bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a>. I recommended this sealer as it will enhance the dark colours and being fully breathable it will cope with any moisture rising through the base. I recommended they apply two coats to start leaving time to allow the first coast to dry they could also then decide to leave it at that if they were happy with the finish.</p> <p><center><img src="https://i1.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/10/Victorian-Tiled-Lobby-After-Rebuild-Lytham-St-Annes-1835.jpg?w=584&#038;ssl=1" alt="Victorian Tiled Lobby After Rebuild Lytham St Annes" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Lobby After Rebuild Lytham St Annes" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in Lancashire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-lobby-floor-rebuild-in-lytham-st-annes/">Victorian Tiled Lobby Floor Rebuild in Lytham St Annes</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Lancashire</a>.</p> Nine Year Old Chinese Slate Floor Renovated in Chepstow https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/nine-year-old-chinese-slate-floor-renovated-in-chepstow/ Monmouthshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:8cf2460a-a2d8-5a4c-8b7a-dfa6ddb83370 Thu, 17 Oct 2019 11:55:23 +0000 <p>The tiles pictured are Chinese Slate which were laid in the Kitchen of a house in Chepstow around nine years ago. The town of Chepstow is located on the Welsh side of the River Seven and has the River Wye &#8230; <a href="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/nine-year-old-chinese-slate-floor-renovated-in-chepstow/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/nine-year-old-chinese-slate-floor-renovated-in-chepstow/">Nine Year Old Chinese Slate Floor Renovated in Chepstow</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz">Monmouthshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The tiles pictured are <b>Chinese Slate</b> which were laid in the Kitchen of a house in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chepstow" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Chepstow</a> around nine years ago. The town of <b>Chepstow</b> is located on the Welsh side of the River Seven and has the River Wye running through it. </p> <p><center><img src="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2019/10/Chinese-Slate-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Chepstow-2.jpg" alt="Chinese Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Chepstow" width="500" height="" title="Chinese Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Chepstow" /></center></p> <p>The floor had not been professionally cleaned and sealed since installation. During this time the old sealer had mostly worn off allowing dirt to get into the pores of the stone leaving it looking dull, uninviting and dirty. The grout lines had also collected dirt and many of the lines had darkened.</p> <p><center><img src="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2019/10/Chinese-Slate-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Chepstow-1.jpg" alt="Chinese Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Chepstow" width="500" height="" title="Chinese Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Chepstow" /></center></p> <p>I discussed with the client the process to get the floor cleaned and restored and demonstrated the effectiveness of the process on a small test area. They were impressed and were happy to go ahead with my quote, so we scheduled in the work which would take two days.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Chinese Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>To get the floor clean and remove what was left of the old sealer I first made the floor wet and then added a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> mixed with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> to give it extra power. This cleaning cocktail was left to soak into the tiles 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 noreferrer" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a> fitted to a rotary machine and by hand where necessary. This combination works well on really dirty floors such as this. </p> <p>The scrubbing action released the years of dirt from the pores of the Slate and it wasn’t long before the cleaning solution turned black. This was then extracted off the floor using a wet vacuum. We then gave the floor a thorough inspection. There were one or two areas that were particularly stubborn, so these areas were retreated using the same process and the grout scrubbed by hand using more Tile Doctor Pro Clean. </p> <p>The floor was then given another rinse with water and then dried as much as possible with the wet vacuum. This got the floor dry, but it would need to be completely dry before sealing so it was then left to dry off fully overnight.</p> <h2>Sealing a Chinese Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>I came back the next day to seal the floor first checking the moisture level of the stone by taking readings with a damp meter to ensure it was dry. I chose to use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> for the sealer as the colour enhancing formula would be the best product to bring out the natural colours in the Chinese slate. Colour Grow is an impregnating sealer which will provides durable protection as well as allowing the surface to breath. Three coats were applied, allowing each to dry before applying the next one.</p> <p><center><img src="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2019/10/Chinese-Slate-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Chepstow-1.jpg" alt="Chinese Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Chepstow" width="500" height="" title="Chinese Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Chepstow" /></center></p> <p>The client was so happy, so much that she said it looked better than when first laid!</p> <p>I discussed aftercare with her and recommended the use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a>, it’s pH balanced so it won’t prematurely erode the sealer which can be the problem with stronger products you find in supermarkets. It comes in concentrated form so one bottle lasts a long time.</p> <p><center><img src="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2019/10/Chinese-Slate-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Chepstow-2.jpg" alt="Chinese Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Chepstow" width="500" height="" title="Chinese Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Chepstow" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Chinese Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor in Monmouthshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/nine-year-old-chinese-slate-floor-renovated-in-chepstow/">Nine Year Old Chinese Slate Floor Renovated in Chepstow</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz">Monmouthshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating a Large Travertine Patio in Stonely https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-large-travertine-patio-in-stonely/ Cambridge Tile Doctor urn:uuid:f2709d09-e1b4-d979-a157-ad5e74594a13 Wed, 16 Oct 2019 10:29:18 +0000 <p>I recently paid a visit to a property in the small and sleepy hamlet of Stonely on the outskirts of St Neots to survey a large Travertine patio which needed renovating. As you can see from the photos the patio &#8230; <a href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-large-travertine-patio-in-stonely/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-large-travertine-patio-in-stonely/">Renovating a Large Travertine Patio in Stonely</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz">Cambridge Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I recently paid a visit to a property in the small and sleepy hamlet of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stonely" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Stonely</a></b> on the outskirts of St Neots to survey a large Travertine patio which needed renovating. As you can see from the photos the patio was looking tired and needed some work. </p> <p><center><img src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/10/Travertine-Patio-Before-Cleaning-Stonely-090910.jpg" alt="Travertine Patio Before Cleaning Stonely" width="500" height="" title="Travertine Patio Before Cleaning Stonely" /></center></p> <p>After an inspection I could see that the stone patio had three main problems:</p> <ul> <li>First it needed a deep clean to remove a build-up of dirt and algae making them slippery.</li> <li>Second there was areas of loose grout which had become dislodge over time and now needed raking out replacing.</li> <li>Third some of the Travertine tiles had become loose over the years and needed lifting, cleaning up and relaying.</li> </ul> <p>We always try and do a site visit where possible as photos don’t always give us the true picture and we always want to give the client an accurate quote as possible. The client was happy to go ahead with the remedial work and keen to have the Patio in full working order so they could make use of the space whilst the weather was good. </p> <p><center><img src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/10/Travertine-Patio-Before-Cleaning-Stonely-090824.jpg" alt="Travertine Patio Before Cleaning Stonely" width="500" height="" title="Travertine Patio Before Cleaning Stonely" /></center></p> <h2>Deep Cleaning and Repairing a Travertine Patio</h2> <p>My first task was to give the patio a deep clean using a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> which was left to soak into the patio. After ten minutes it was scrubbed in with a medium <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-1500-grit-fine-yellow-no-3-burnishing-pad/38/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">1500-grit burnishing pad</a> fitted to a rotary machine. This action lifted the ingrained dirt out of the stone and cleaned up the surface.</p> <p><a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> is a multi-purpose coatings remover formulated to remove old sealers and other coverings. This product also draws out ingrained stains and can remove heavy grease build-up, so it was perfect for this job. I then used a truck mounted hot water extraction machine to remove the dirt and slurry which is extracted to grey water tank on the van. It was a large patio, so the cleaning process took up most of day one. </p> <p>I came back the following day to carry out the necessary repairs which consisted of filling in holes, cracks and raking out and replacing loose grout. In addition, one whole length of tiles on the step had to be removed, cleaned then relayed as all of them had become loose over the years. Once all repairs where complete I arranged to return the following day to complete the renovation with the application of a sealer. </p> <h2>Sealing a Travertine Patio</h2> <p>I returned on day three to seal the entire Travertine Patio, fortunately we had picked a good week to do the work and the weather remained dry. For the sealer I chose <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is an impregnating sealer that is externally rated and should cope well with the UK weather. This gave the patio a lovely finish and will give the stone protection from staining and make it much easier to keep clean, in fact a rinse with a hose should do the job.</p> <p><center><img src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/10/Travertine-Patio-After-Cleaning-Stonely-153023.jpg" alt="Travertine Patio After Cleaning Stonely" width="500" height="" title="Travertine Patio After Cleaning Stonely" /></center></p> <p>The client was very happy with the outcome and is now able to finally get the garden furniture out and start using the outside space without fear of slipping or tripping on the loose stone. I was even asked to come back again to clean and seal another stone patio at the rear of the garden, which I will now doubt follow up later with a separate article.</p> <p>The client left the following Five Star feedback, for which we are always very grateful as so much of our work comes from recommendations. </p> <p><em>&#8220;A very professional attitude, and a job well done and on time&#8221;</em></p> <p><center><img src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/10/Travertine-Patio-After-Cleaning-Stonely-153046.jpg" alt="Travertine Patio After Cleaning Stonely" width="500" height="" title="Travertine Patio After Cleaning Stonely" /></center></p> <h3>Professional Travertine Patio Maintenance in Cambridgeshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-large-travertine-patio-in-stonely/">Renovating a Large Travertine Patio in Stonely</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz">Cambridge Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Carpet Covered Quarry Tiled Hallway Renovated in Stourport-on-Severn https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/carpet-covered-quarry-tiled-hallway-renovated-in-stourport-on-severn/ Worcestershire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:5a46907e-b8cf-5429-3c24-86d80841dbc4 Tue, 15 Oct 2019 11:57:20 +0000 <p>I was contacted by a client from the Georgian canal town of Stourport-on-Severn regarding their Quarry tiled hallway floor. The client had moved into the property sometime in the past and unhappy with the appearance of the tiled floor decided &#8230; <a href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/carpet-covered-quarry-tiled-hallway-renovated-in-stourport-on-severn/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/carpet-covered-quarry-tiled-hallway-renovated-in-stourport-on-severn/">Carpet Covered Quarry Tiled Hallway Renovated in Stourport-on-Severn</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz">Worcestershire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was contacted by a client from the Georgian canal town of <b><a href="http://stourporttown.co.uk/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Stourport-on-Severn</a></b> regarding their <b>Quarry tiled hallway floor</b>. The client had moved into the property sometime in the past and unhappy with the appearance of the tiled floor decided to have it covered up with carpet. The carpet was now due for a change and rather than replace it she looked around to see if anyone could restore the original quarry tiles. </p> <p>Having found Tile Doctor, I was asked to pay the property a visit and quote for the restoration. I arranged a convenient time and went over to survey the tiles which although dirty were in good physical condition. The carpet however had secured to the floor with a carpet gripped screwed through the grout and a strong carpet adhesive all of which would need rectifying as part of the restoration.</p> <p><center><img src="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2019/10/Quarry-tiled-hallway-floor-Stourport-on-Severn-Before-Restoration-1.jpg" alt="Quarry tiled hallway floor Stourport-on-Severn Before Restoration" width="500" height="" title="Quarry tiled hallway floor Stourport-on-Severn Before Restoration" /></center></p> <p>After reviewing the whole floor and completing a few tests I was confident we could remove the old glue and restore the floor back to its original condition. My quote was accepted, and a date agreed to start the work.</p> <p>If you have never been, I can recommend a visit to Stourport, close to Kidderminster and famous for its canal junction location it was once one of the principal distribution centres for goods to and from the rest of the West Midlands. </p> <h2>Cleaning a Quarry Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The first job was to remove the carpet, underlay and carpet grippers. I then applied a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> to breakdown the adhesives and to remove any old sealers. It was left to soak into the Quarry tile and grout for about ten minutes before being worked into the floor with a scrubbing rotary machine fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">black pad</a>. It wasn’t long before the solution went dark with all the dirt that had been released from the pores of the tiles and the slurry was removed with a wet and dry vacuum. </p> <p><center><img src="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2019/10/Quarry-tiled-hallway-floor-Stourport-on-Severn-During-Restoration-2.jpg" alt="Quarry tiled hallway floor Stourport-on-Severn During Restoration" width="500" height="" title="Quarry tiled hallway floor Stourport-on-Severn During Restoration" /></center></p> <p>I then applied <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a> to remove some cement residue and combat any potential <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/custom.aspx/efflorescence/10/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">efflorescence issues</a> which are quite common in old floors like these that don’t have a damp-proof membrane installed. The floor was then rinsed down with water to remove any trace of cleaning products, then then left to dry off overnight. Before leaving I spent time filling in the holes left by the screws of the carpet rods with a dark coloured grout which was as close a match to the colour of the tile as possible.</p> <h2>Sealing a Quarry Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>On my return the following day I checked the moisture readings on the floor using a damp meter and as the readings were good, I proceeded to seal the floor. For a sealer I had chosen to use the tried and tested <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-extra-1-litre/22/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go Extra</a>. This sealer allows for moisture vapour transmission making it partially breathable and ideal for situations where no damp proof membrane has been installed and where there is risk of moisture being trapped under the floor. It also allows the colour of the tiles to shine through without leaving a shiny finish. I gave the floor five coats allowing ample drying time in-between coats.</p> <p><center><img src="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2019/10/Quarry-tiled-hallway-floor-Stourport-on-Severn-After-Restoration-3.jpg" alt="Quarry tiled hallway floor Stourport-on-Severn After Restoration" width="500" height="" title="Quarry tiled hallway floor Stourport-on-Severn After Restoration" /></center></p> <p>As you can see from the pictures the floor looked great and my client was extremely happy with the result and so pleased, they had finally taken the old hallway carpet up. For aftercare I recommended <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> to keep the floor in the best condition and ensure maximum longevity for the new sealer.</p> <p><center><img src="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2019/10/Quarry-tiled-hallway-floor-Stourport-on-Severn-After-Restoration-5.jpg" alt="Quarry tiled hallway floor Stourport-on-Severn After Restoration" width="500" height="" title="Quarry tiled hallway floor Stourport-on-Severn After Restoration" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Quarry Tiled Hallway in Worcestershire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/carpet-covered-quarry-tiled-hallway-renovated-in-stourport-on-severn/">Carpet Covered Quarry Tiled Hallway Renovated in Stourport-on-Severn</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz">Worcestershire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Replacing Cracked Travertine Floor Tiles in Cobham https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/replacing-cracked-travertine-floor-tiles-in-cobham/ West Surrey Tile Doctor urn:uuid:9c85851a-399f-2848-3a76-37d61e69d231 Fri, 11 Oct 2019 12:23:30 +0000 <p>This client from Cobham contacted me in despair, she was quite concerned about her Travertine tiled floor which was cracking. She had the Kitchen and Dining room tiled with Travertine six years ago and recently several cracks had begun to &#8230; <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/replacing-cracked-travertine-floor-tiles-in-cobham/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/replacing-cracked-travertine-floor-tiles-in-cobham/">Replacing Cracked Travertine Floor Tiles in Cobham</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This client from <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobham,_Surrey" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Cobham</a></b> contacted me in despair, she was quite concerned about her Travertine tiled floor which was cracking. She had the Kitchen and Dining room tiled with Travertine six years ago and recently several cracks had begun to appear in a long line crossing five tiles. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/10/Travertine-Floor-Issues-Before-Restoration-Cobham-0193.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor Issues Before Restoration Cobham" width="" height="" title="Travertine Floor Issues Before Restoration Cobham" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/10/Travertine-Floor-Issues-Before-Restoration-Cobham-0194.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor Issues Before Restoration Cobham" width="" height="" title="Travertine Floor Issues Before Restoration Cobham" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Several holes had also begun to appear and across the threshold to the kitchen from the dining area a serious lip had formed where a tile had risen above its neighbour causing a trip hazard. </p> <p><center><img src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/10/Travertine-Floor-Issues-Before-Restoration-Cobham-0195.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor Issues Before Restoration Cobham" width="600" height="" title="Travertine Floor Issues Before Restoration Cobham" /></center></p> <p>After removing a tile from an unobtrusive area, I began to see where the issues lay. The tiler had dabbed the adhesive. This mean that instead of spreading the adhesive equally across the tile and floor they had splurged four lumps in each corner then set the tile down. This is poor working practice that will sooner or later become apparent. It means the areas were no adhesive was applied are eventually compromised resulting in cracking. This could take years or weeks to surface. </p> <p><center><img src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/10/Travertine-Floor-Issues-Before-Restoration-Cobham-0190.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor Issues Before Restoration Cobham" width="600" height="" title="Travertine Floor Issues Before Restoration Cobham" /></center></p> <p>After some discussion we decided that I would remove and replace six tiles in total. The client was happy for me to go ahead and agreed a cost for the works to be done.</p> <h2>Repairing a Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Returning the following week, firstly I had to remove the grout. This was done with a handheld <a href="https://fein.com/en_uk/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Fein tool</a> fitted with an oscillating blade. I thought this would be good experience from my son during the holidays, so I took him along and whilst I was working on the grout, he was able to gather the dust in a vacuum cleaner.</p> <p><center><img src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/10/Travertine-Floor-Issues-During-Restoration-Cobham-0197.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor Issues During Restoration Cobham" width="600" height="" title="Travertine Floor Issues During Restoration Cobham" /></center></p> <p>Next, I started to remove the cracked tiles with a chisel, starting from the cracks where the tiles would be weakest. This was noisy and messy work which required ear defenders and safety goggles. The process took several hours with the help of my son on general assistance duties. Once the tiles were removed this just left the remaining adhesive attached to the floor to get removed. This was the hardest part of the job, a lot of hammer and chisel work with as much dust gathered as possible to try and contain the mess. I had warned the customer that a considerable amount of mess would be produced and request that she should remove as much items as possible and to tape up her cupboards. Finally, I filled several holes in the sub floor so I would have a flat surface to lay the new tiles on. I left it there for the night to solidify.</p> <p><center><img src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/10/Travertine-Floor-Issues-During-Restoration-Cobham-0198.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor Issues During Restoration Cobham" width="600" height="" title="Travertine Floor Issues During Restoration Cobham" /></center></p> <p>Returning the next day, I began laying the replacement tiles down. Colour matching replacement tiles is a difficult task as Travertine is a natural product and colours vary greatly so these were a pretty good match.</p> <h2>Sealing a Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Once the adhesive had set, I grouted in the newly laid tiles and once that was dry set about applying a sealer. For this I used two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra Seal</a> which is an impregnating sealer that doesn’t alter the colour of the stone. This would ensure they were nicely protected and hopefully the client will not experience any further issues.</p> <p><center><img src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/10/Travertine-Floor-Issues-After-Restoration-Cobham-0200.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor Issues After Restoration Cobham" width="600" height="" title="Travertine Floor Issues After Restoration Cobham" /></center></p> <p>She was very happy with the result and was pleased the floor no long looked unsightly or posed a tripping hazard.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Cracked Travertine Floor Tiles Replaced in West Surrey</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/replacing-cracked-travertine-floor-tiles-in-cobham/">Replacing Cracked Travertine Floor Tiles in Cobham</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Cleaning of Polished Limestone Kitchen Floor Tiles in Stanwick https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-of-polished-limestone-kitchen-floor-tiles-in-stanwick/ Northamptonshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:98ecebed-e302-642d-0769-d0e917cb65aa Fri, 11 Oct 2019 06:21:14 +0000 <p>I was contacted by a client from the village of Stanwick regarding their Limestone tiled floors, which were installed throughout the kitchen area and steps leading to the hallway. Polished stone does lose its appearance over time due to wear &#8230; <a href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-of-polished-limestone-kitchen-floor-tiles-in-stanwick/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-of-polished-limestone-kitchen-floor-tiles-in-stanwick/">Cleaning of Polished Limestone Kitchen Floor Tiles in Stanwick</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz">Northamptonshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was contacted by a client from the village of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanwick,_Northamptonshire" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Stanwick</a></b> regarding their <b>Limestone tiled floors</b>, which were installed throughout the kitchen area and steps leading to the hallway. Polished stone does lose its appearance over time due to wear and this floor was now in need of re-polishing. An appointment was made to visit the client and carry out a survey of the floor.</p> <p><center><img src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/10/Limestone-Floor-Tiles-Before-Polishing-Stanwick-0212.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor Tiles Before Polishing Stanwick" width="600" height="" title="Limestone Floor Tiles Before Polishing Stanwick" /></center></p> <p>On my arrival I could see that the Limestone tiles had as suspected become dull and the grout needed attention; it was clear that the sealer had worn off in the busier area and dirt was now becoming ingrained in the stone and grout. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/10/Limestone-Floor-Tiles-Before-Polishing-Stanwick-0213.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor Tiles Before Polishing Stanwick" width="" height="" title="Limestone Floor Tiles Before Polishing Stanwick" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/10/Limestone-Floor-Tiles-Before-Polishing-Stanwick-0214.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor Tiles Before Polishing Stanwick" width="" height="" title="Limestone Floor Tiles Before Polishing Stanwick" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>To bring back its polished appearance the floor would need to be honed with burnishing and then re-sealed to protect it. This is a straightforward task which would take two days and so I provided a quote to do the work. The quote was accepted, and the job booked in.</p> <p><center><img src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/10/Limestone-Floor-Tiles-Before-Polishing-Stanwick-0216.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor Tiles Before Polishing Stanwick" width="600" height="" title="Limestone Floor Tiles Before Polishing Stanwick" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning and Honing Limestone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>My first course of action was to protect the walls and kitchen units using a protective wrap before scrubbing the first area using a hot solution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> using a rotary scrubbing machine fitted with a brush head attachment. This process lifted the dirt from the grout and surface of the tiles.</p> <p>The floor was then rinsed thoroughly with water to remove the released dirt and cleaning solution which was then extracted off the floor with a wet vacuum. I then proceeded to burnish the Limestone using a set of four <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Burnishing Pads</a> fitted to a rotary floor machine. As usual I started with the application of a 400-grit coarse pad lubricated with water, this removes any remaining sealers and ingrained dirt from the stone. The slurry generated was then rinsed away using a wet pick up machine. I then repeated this process using the medium 800-grit and fine 1500-grit burnishing pads which slowly polish the stone, rinsing and extracting after each pad. The floor was then allowed to dry off overnight</p> <h2>Sealing a Limestone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>I returned the following day and continued the process using the superfine 3000-grit polishing pad which is the last stage in the polishing process and bought back the polished surface. In this instance I polished the floor to a high shine as requested by the customer. Only a small amount of water is used with this last pad, so it leaves the floor dry and ready for sealing.</p> <p>To seal I applied two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal</a> Sealant which is an impregnating sealer that protects from within and gives the floor a natural look. The last step once the sealer was dry was to buff the floor to a nice shine with a rotary machine fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-white/30/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">white pad</a>.</p> <p><center><img src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/10/Limestone-Floor-Tiles-After-Polishing-Stanwick-0219.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor Tiles After Polishing Stanwick" width="600" height="" title="Limestone Floor Tiles After Polishing Stanwick" /></center></p> <p>As the photos show, the floors were bought back to life with a gleaming high shine finish, the clients were extremely pleased with the results as you can see from their feedback below. </p> <p><I>&#8220;Phil is a very hardworking and pleasant guy who kept me fully informed at all stages and the floors and patios look great. Many thanks. Michael B, Stanwick&#8221;</I></p> <p><center><img src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/10/Limestone-Floor-Tiles-After-Polishing-Stanwick-0218.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor Tiles After Polishing Stanwick" width="600" height="" title="Limestone Floor Tiles After Polishing Stanwick" /></center></p> <p>Whilst I was at the property the client asked me if I was able to clean their flagstone patio, I was able to do this and carried out the work for them, you can see the results achieved in the patio section of my website.</p> <p><center><img src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/10/Limestone-Floor-Tiles-After-Polishing-Stanwick-0221.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor Tiles After Polishing Stanwick" width="600" height="" title="Limestone Floor Tiles After Polishing Stanwick" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Limestone Tiled Kitchen Honed and Polished in Northamptonshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-of-polished-limestone-kitchen-floor-tiles-in-stanwick/">Cleaning of Polished Limestone Kitchen Floor Tiles in Stanwick</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz">Northamptonshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Old Brick Floor Renovated in Church Minshull Wash House https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/old-brick-floor-renovated-in-church-minshull-wash-house/ West Cheshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:86279fa8-2277-7798-117a-1e8b41581867 Tue, 08 Oct 2019 09:52:13 +0000 <p>We were contacted by an existing client who lives in the lovely Cheshire village of Church Minshull regarding a Brick tiled floor. We had already worked on restoring floors at their property before and on this occasion, they wanted us &#8230; <a href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/old-brick-floor-renovated-in-church-minshull-wash-house/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/old-brick-floor-renovated-in-church-minshull-wash-house/">Old Brick Floor Renovated in Church Minshull Wash House</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">West Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>We were contacted by an existing client who lives in the lovely Cheshire village of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_Minshull" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Church Minshull</a></b> regarding a <b>Brick tiled floor</b>. We had already worked on restoring floors at their property before and on this occasion, they wanted us to improve the appearance of the bricks that comprised the floor in their old wash house.</p> <p><center><img src="https://i0.wp.com/west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2019/10/Brick-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Church-Minshull-02082353.jpg?w=500&#038;ssl=1" alt="Brick Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Church Minshull" height="" title="Brick Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Church Minshull" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>Like the village in which it’s situated the property was pretty old, and they were not sure when the floor had been laid. You can see from the photographs however it was stained, dull and now well overdue a facelift. Having used our services previously, they knew how we worked and were happy with the quote which would take two days to complete. Although it wasn’t a particularly large floor it was an awkward shape, tight to work in and would result a lot of manual work.</p> <p>The village of Church Minshull is approximately 5 miles north west of Crewe, just West of the River Weaver and Shropshire Union Canal. The modern village centre is a designated conservation area which contains many houses of Tudor style architecture so it really is a lovely place to visit and to work in.</p> <h2> Cleaning a Brick Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>The first task was to give the floor a good sweep to remove any debris. After this I applied a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> which is a high alkaline cleaner/coatings striper and left it to soak in. This product gets to work on ingrained dirt and grime as well as removing any existing sealers. </p> <p>The solution was left to dwell on the brick floor for about twenty minutes before being scrubbed in with a <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Black pad</a> fitted to a slow speed rotary machine and by hand. This process lifted the dirt out of the brick nicely and the resultant slurry was then removed with assistance of a wet vacuum. </p> <p>After rinsing the remaining residue off the floor, it was given a thorough inspection. I noticed there were a few stubborn areas so the process was repeated until I was satisfied the floor could be as clean as it possible could be. After a final rinse with water the floor was dried as much as possible with the wet vacuum and left to dry off fully overnight. </p> <h2>Sealing a Brick Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>The next morning, I was on site early and the first job was to test the floor with a damp meter to make sure it was dry enough to start sealing. The results were good, so I set about sealing the brick floor starting with a single coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is an impregnating sealer that enhances colour. Once this had dried, I applied four further coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-extra-1-litre/22/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go Extra</a> which adds a subtle sheen that enhances the appearance of the old bricks even further. </p> <p>Old floors like this don’t have a damp-proof membrane under the floor so it’s important to use breathable sealers that allow the moisture to rise through the brick and evaporate. Using a non-breathable sealer could lead to damp building up below the floor where it can spread to the walls and cause rising damp. </p> <p><center><img src="https://i0.wp.com/west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2019/10/Brick-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Church-Minshull-03114832.jpg?w=500&#038;ssl=1" alt="Brick Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Church Minshull" height="" title="Brick Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Church Minshull" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>The floor looked much healthier after I had finished, and the new sealer will make it so much easier to keep clean going forward. For aftercare I recommended they use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> to maintain the floor. It’s a pH neutral product which won’t prematurely erode the sealer like some of the stronger tile cleaning products you find in supermarkets which are only for use on Ceramic tiles and Vinyl flooring. It comes in a concentrate, so you only need to dilute a small amount in a bucket of warm water.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Brick Tiled Floor in Cheshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/old-brick-floor-renovated-in-church-minshull-wash-house/">Old Brick Floor Renovated in Church Minshull Wash House</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">West Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Rust Stained Marble Mosaic Shower Tiles Renovated in Church Preen https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/rust-stained-marble-mosaic-shower-tiles-renovated-in-church-preen/ Shropshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:3fb466ba-8236-9e3a-291d-b8f8372cac46 Mon, 07 Oct 2019 11:44:05 +0000 <p>We were contacted by a homeowner near Shrewsbury about the Marble wall tiles in their shower which were looking particularly grubby. They had tried to clean the area with a multitude of household products but were unable to improve their &#8230; <a href="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/rust-stained-marble-mosaic-shower-tiles-renovated-in-church-preen/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/rust-stained-marble-mosaic-shower-tiles-renovated-in-church-preen/">Rust Stained Marble Mosaic Shower Tiles Renovated in Church Preen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz">Shropshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>We were contacted by a homeowner near <b>Shrewsbury</b> about the <b>Marble wall tiles</b> in their shower which were looking particularly grubby. They had tried to clean the area with a multitude of household products but were unable to improve their appearance and had decided to call in some professional help. </p> <p>I went over to do a site visit, run some tests and recommend a solution, I like to do this where possible as it ensures I can provide an accurate quote and it also gives me an opportunity to demonstrate a workable solution. The tiles were the small two inch square <b>Marble Mosaics</b> which from my point of view means there’s a log of grout to clean. </p> <p><center><img src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/10/Marble-tiled-shower-before-Cleaning-Church-Preen-0957.jpg" alt="Marble tiled shower before Cleaning Church Preen" width="500" height="" title="Marble tiled shower before Cleaning Church Preen" /></center></p> <p>More importantly whilst there I discovered their water is pumped up from a well and the water is rich in Iron deposits. You can see on the picture where the water has dried on the walls and then the Iron deposits have turned rusty resulting in a large rust stain.</p> <p>The property was in the old village of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_Preen" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Church Preen</a></b> which a small Hamlet in Shropshire which only has around 30 properties, it is approximately 12 miles from the county town of Shrewsbury. </p> <p><center><img src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/10/Marble-tiled-shower-before-Cleaning-Church-Preen-0955.jpg" alt="Marble tiled shower before Cleaning Church Preen" width="500" height="" title="Marble tiled shower before Cleaning Church Preen" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning Rust Stained Marble Shower Tiles</h2> <p>Normally I would remove the iron and rust deposits with an acid-based product such as <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Acid Gel</a> or <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Grout Clean-up</a> but Marble is acid sensitive and doing so would etch and damage the tiles. So, to work around this problem I selected to use <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-rust-away-1-litre/15/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Rust Away</a> which worked really well. This product is an effective ready to use cleaner specifically designed to remove rust stains particularly when it has become heavily embedded. In the pictures it is clearly visible how the solution turns purple when it reacts to the rust and iron deposits. </p> <p><center><img src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/10/Marble-tiled-shower-during-Cleaning-Church-Preen-0959.jpg" alt="Marble tiled shower during Cleaning Church Preen" width="500" height="" title="Marble tiled shower during Cleaning Church Preen" /></center></p> <p>After the rust was removed, I set about cleaning the Marble tile and grout with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-oxy-gel-1-litre/169/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Oxy-Gel</a> which being a gel sticks well to wall tiles allowing for a longer dwell time. After ten minutes the solution was scrubbed into the tile and grout by hand and then rinsed off with water. I repeated this process a couple of times where necessary until I was satisfied the tile and grout were as clean as could be and then rinsed the tiles down thoroughly to ensure all any traces of cleaning product has been removed. Once done the Marble tile and grout looked so much cleaner.</p> <h2>Sealing Mosaic Marble Shower Tiles</h2> <p>It was a hot day and with a little encouragement from my air move I was able to dry out the tiles and grout quite quickly as verified by testing with a damp meter. This meant I could complete the job in one day without the need for any additional drying time. </p> <p>I sealed the Marble and grout with two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is an impregnator that seeps into the pores of the stone intensifying the natural colours and providing durable protection. With a fresh sealer in place water now runs off the shower wall and no longer accumulates on the tile where the Iron in the water can cause staining as it rusts.</p> <p><center><img src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/10/Marble-tiled-shower-after-Cleaning-Church-Preen-0961.jpg" alt="Marble tiled shower after Cleaning Church Preen" width="500" height="" title="Marble tiled shower after Cleaning Church Preen" /></center></p> <p>They were over the moon with their revamped shower, it now looked much more inviting for them to use and less embarrassing when guests come to stay.</p> <p>Before leaving we discussed aftercare and I recommended the use of <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-aqua-pro-with-trigger-spray/1/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Aqua-Pro</a> for general cleaning, it’s a pH neutral product so its safe to use on sealed surfaces. Also I suggested that should the find water starting to collect on the shower wall after use it’s wiped off with a squeegee. </p> <p><center><img src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/10/Marble-tiled-shower-after-Cleaning-Church-Preen-0960.jpg" alt="Marble tiled shower after Cleaning Church Preen" width="500" height="" title="Marble tiled shower after Cleaning Church Preen" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of Stained Marble Shower Tiles in Shropshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/rust-stained-marble-mosaic-shower-tiles-renovated-in-church-preen/">Rust Stained Marble Mosaic Shower Tiles Renovated in Church Preen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz">Shropshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating a Damaged Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor in Stourbridge https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-damaged-victorian-tiled-hallway-floor-in-stourbridge/ Birmingham Tile Doctor urn:uuid:09f8efe1-9246-66e0-5e8e-5bf0e56823c0 Fri, 04 Oct 2019 02:42:48 +0000 <p>This client in the old industrial market town of Stourbridge contacted me about a Victorian tiled floor they had recently discovered under their hall carpet. They wanted to have it restored to its former glory but were concerned about the &#8230; <a href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-damaged-victorian-tiled-hallway-floor-in-stourbridge/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-damaged-victorian-tiled-hallway-floor-in-stourbridge/">Renovating a Damaged Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor in Stourbridge</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz">Birmingham Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This client in the old industrial market town of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stourbridge" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Stourbridge</a></b> contacted me about a <b>Victorian tiled floor</b> they had recently discovered under their hall carpet. They wanted to have it restored to its former glory but were concerned about the small holes all along the border. These holes were for the nails that secured the carpet grip rod and the best course of action would be to remove and replace the tiles. We are usually able to source replacement tiles, either replica or reclaimed so I was reasonably confident we could manage it, however in order to be certain I needed to survey the floor and do some research. </p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/10/Victorian-Hallway-Tile-Border-Before-Replacement-Stourbridge-20100235.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Tile Border Before Replacement Stourbridge" width="282" height="" alt="Victorian Hallway Tile Border Before Replacement Stourbridge" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/10/Victorian-Hallway-Tile-Border-Before-Replacement-Stourbridge-20100306.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Tile Border Before Replacement Stourbridge" width="282" height="" alt="Victorian Hallway Tile Border Before Replacement Stourbridge" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Once I was able to take a detailed look at the tiles it was clear that the floor would also need a deep clean due to being covered up by the carpet for so long, there was also some glue and residue from the floor covering which we agreed to remove. I prepared a quote for the work which the client was happy to accept, and the job was booked in.</p> <p><center><img src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/10/Victorian-Hallway-Door1-Threshold-Before-Tile-Replacement-Stourbridge-20_125249.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Door Threshold Before Tile Replacement Stourbridge" width="600" height="" alt="Victorian Hallway Door Threshold Before Tile Replacement Stourbridge" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning/Repairing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The first day was spent removing the border tiles and replacing them, these are tricky to do as the skirting can be a hinderance. The tiles needed to be carefully removed so we didn’t damage the skirting. Thankfully they were all coloured black which was a bonus as replacement black tiles match very well. After cutting to size and replacing all the border, a doorway threshold was rebuilt with a mixture of original and replacement tiles. </p> <p><center><img src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/10/Victorian-Hallway-Door1-Threshold-During-Tile-Replacement-Stourbridge-21_121803.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Door Threshold During Tile Replacement Stourbridge" width="600" height="" alt="Victorian Hallway Door Threshold During Tile Replacement Stourbridge" /></center></p> <p>To finish off the first day loose tiles were reset, and the replacement tiles grouted in along with the other repaired areas. The floor was already started to look good and the colours in the Victorian tiles which were particularly vivid were really starting to come alive as the work progressed.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/10/Victorian-Hallway-Tile-Border-During-Replacement-Stourbridge-20141634.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Tile Border Before Replacement Stourbridge" width="282" height="" alt="Victorian Hallway Tile Border Before Replacement Stourbridge" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/10/Victorian-Hallway-Tile-Border-After-Grouting-Stourbridge-21_103209.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Tile Border After Grouting Stourbridge" width="282" height="" alt="Victorian Hallway Tile Border After Grouting Stourbridge" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The next day the floor was cleaned with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">200-grit diamond pad</a> attached to a rotary floor machine. We use water to lubricate the cleaning process and this turns to a grey slurry as the dirt is released from the tiles. The slurry is then rinsed off and then removed using a wet vacuum. </p> <p>Next the floor was given an acid wash using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up</a> to remove any grout haze and treat any salty deposits (efflorescence) which are often present in floors of this age due to the lack of a damp-proof membrane. It also helps make a stronger bond with the sealer which would be applied later. </p> <p>The floor was rinsed with water, then dried as much as possible with the wet vacuum and allowed to dry for a couple of days. </p> <h2>Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>Returning a few days later, we checked with the moisture readings of the floor in several places using a damp meter. It confirmed that the floor had dried out fully and was ready to be sealed. Applying a sealer to a damp floor is never recommended.</p> <p>To seal the Victorian tiles, I used multiple coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-extra-1-litre/22/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal &#038; Go Extra</a> which is a low sheen breathable sealer that will allow moisture to rise through the tiles, it also added a lovely subtle sheen to the tiles making the colours stand out. Using a breathable sealer is important on old floors with no damp proof membrane as to use a non-breathable sealer can lead to moisture being trapped under the floor where it could build-up and spread to the walls leading to rising damp.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/10/Victorian-Hallway-Tile-Border-After-Cleaning-Stourbridge-21121708.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Tile Border After Cleaning Stourbridge" width="282" height="" alt="Victorian Hallway Tile Border After Cleaning Stourbridge" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/10/Victorian-Hallway-Tile-Border-After-Replacement-Stourbridge-23_130733.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Tile Border After Replacement Stourbridge" width="282" height="" alt="Victorian Hallway Tile Border After Replacement Stourbridge" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The floor was now complete and looked great. The client was over the moon and especially pleased that we had managed to replace the border tiles with the nail holes in.</p> <p><center><img src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/10/Victorian-Hallway-Door1-Threshold-After-Tile-Replacement-Stourbridge-23130852.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Door Threshold After Tile Replacement Stourbridge" width="600" height="" alt="Victorian Hallway Door Threshold After Tile Replacement Stourbridge" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in Birmingham</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-damaged-victorian-tiled-hallway-floor-in-stourbridge/">Renovating a Damaged Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor in Stourbridge</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz">Birmingham Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Finishing a Large Mottled Brown Limestone Tiled Floor in Hindolveston https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/finishing-a-large-mottled-brown-limestone-tiled-floor-in-hindolveston/ Norfolk Tile Doctor urn:uuid:d2fe4b21-f25a-675b-1ea7-2e506aa8e4b4 Mon, 30 Sep 2019 12:35:33 +0000 <p>Now here&#8217;s a problem we regularly come across with natural stone floors such as this Mottled Brown Limestone floor installed at a house in Hindolveston; it should have a deep rich shine but without regular maintenance the polish wears off &#8230; <a href="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/finishing-a-large-mottled-brown-limestone-tiled-floor-in-hindolveston/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/finishing-a-large-mottled-brown-limestone-tiled-floor-in-hindolveston/">Finishing a Large Mottled Brown Limestone Tiled Floor in Hindolveston</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz">Norfolk Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Now here&#8217;s a problem we regularly come across with natural stone floors such as this <b> Mottled Brown Limestone</b> floor installed at a house in <b><a href="https://hindolvestonparishcouncil.norfolkparishes.gov.uk/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Hindolveston</a></b>; it should have a deep rich shine but without regular maintenance the polish wears off and it becomes dull and uninviting.</p> <p>Hindolveston is a small village near the North Norfolk coast east of Fakenham. There are several large old houses in the area, and we had been invited by the owner of one of them to advise on the renovation of their recently laid and hugely expensive Brown Limestone floor. Measuring approximately 110 square metres the Limestone tiles had been installed throughout the lounge, dining area and spacious kitchen which featured an enormous AGA range. </p> <p><center><img src="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/60/2019/09/Limestone-Tiled-Floor-Before-Renovation-in-Hindolveston.jpg" alt="Limestone Tiled Floor Before Renovation in Hindolveston" width="500" height="" title="Limestone Tiled Floor Before Renovation in Hindolveston" /></center></p> <p>The floor tiles themselves had been very well laid but had an odd milky film across the surface which completely masked the beautiful deep brown mottled nature of the stone. A builder had put down some protective coverings during renovations which became damp and had left a distinct pattern in the film when they were removed. After carrying out appropriate testing to determine what this was, we found that the grout haze had not been completely removed before the floor was sealed and allowed to cure across the whole surface. This combination resulted in the milky film which was impervious to all the cleaning and stripping chemicals the builder had tried.</p> <h2>Removing Grout Haze and Cleaning a Brown Limestone Floor</h2> <p>Our solution to the problem was to burnish and re-polish the stone with a 4-piece set of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Burnishing Pads</a> which with the addition of a coarser grade <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">200-grit pad</a> when we found the thick film to be extremely tenacious. </p> <p>The pads were applied with a 17&#8243; rotary floor machine in sequence from 400-grit to 1500-grit. No chemicals are needed for this only water to lubricate, rinsing and extracting after each pad. We make use of a Ninja high-pressure cleaning machine to rinse and extra the soil released from the floor; it runs at 400psi so its very effective. </p> <p>The pads struggle to reach into the internal corners so the last step of the cleaning process was to treat them by hand using Tile Doctor burnishing blocks. The whole floor was then left to dry off thoroughly overnight with assistance from our large capacity dehumidifier.</p> <h2>Sealing Brown Limestone Floor Tiling</h2> <p>On our return, we checked across the whole floor with a moisture meter to ensure that there was no significant moisture left in the tiles which would adversely affect the performance of the sealer before it had time to cure fully. </p> <p>Satisfied that this was the case, we vacuumed the floor to remove any dust and grit before spray burnishing the surface with the last of the four burnishing pads which is a very fine 3000-grit diamond pad. Again, this is applied using the rotary floor machine and run over the Limestone floor to produce a deep shine, much to the delight of the client. </p> <p>Finally, the tiles were sealed using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal</a> which is a no-sheen penetrating sealer which provides excellent fluid resistance without altering the appearance of the stone itself. One last vacuuming and the job was done!</p> <p><center><img src="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/60/2019/09/Limestone-Tiled-Floor-After-Renovation-in-Hindolveston.jpg" alt="Limestone Tiled Floor After Renovation in Hindolveston" width="500" height="" title="Limestone Tiled Floor After Renovation in Hindolveston" /></center></p> <p>A very relieved and happy client who then promptly booked us in to renovate the limestone and encaustic tiled floors in all her bathrooms.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Large Mottled Brown Limestone Floor Professionally Renovated in Norfolk</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/finishing-a-large-mottled-brown-limestone-tiled-floor-in-hindolveston/">Finishing a Large Mottled Brown Limestone Tiled Floor in Hindolveston</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz">Norfolk Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Travertine Tiled Floor Renovated in Bishop’s Cleeve https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/travertine-tiled-floor-renovated-in-bishops-cleeve/ Gloucester Tile Doctor urn:uuid:9e2c3e6b-64cf-e72c-9ff8-c62bec031f0f Tue, 24 Sep 2019 03:31:54 +0000 <p>The client in Bishops Cleave contacted me as she was so frustrated with her Travertine tiled floor she was thinking of having it taken up. The tiles had been laid throughout the Hallway and into the Kitchen many years prior. &#8230; <a href="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/travertine-tiled-floor-renovated-in-bishops-cleeve/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/travertine-tiled-floor-renovated-in-bishops-cleeve/">Travertine Tiled Floor Renovated in Bishop&#8217;s Cleeve</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz">Gloucester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The client in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishop%27s_Cleeve" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Bishops Cleave</a></b> contacted me as she was so frustrated with her <b>Travertine tiled floor</b> she was thinking of having it taken up. The tiles had been laid throughout the Hallway and into the Kitchen many years prior. The appearance of the floor had slowly deteriorated over the years to the extent that she was now having real trouble getting it clean. </p> <p><center><img src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2019/09/Travertine-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-before-polishing-Bishops-Cleave-090304003.jpg" alt="Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor before polishing Bishops Cleave" width="500" height="" title="Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor before polishing Bishops Cleave" /></center></p> <p>I arranged to visit the property in <b>Bishops Cleave</b> which is a small village between Cheltenham and Tewkesbury. The floor was indeed in need of attention, the sealant had clearly broken down and dirt had become ingrained in the pores of the stone. I discussed with the client what could be done to restore the appearance and demonstrated the cleaning process on part of the floor. She was thrilled with the result and about the possibility of getting the floor restored. Better still she would avoid all the disruption of relaying the floor and of course the cost. We agreed a price to carry out the work and I arranged a suitable date to return and complete the work which would take two days.</p> <p><center><img src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2019/09/Travertine-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-before-polishing-Bishops-Cleave-090326188.jpg" alt="Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor before polishing Bishops Cleave" width="500" height="" title="Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor before polishing Bishops Cleave" /></center></p> <h2>Renovating a Dirty Travertine Tiled Floor</h2> <p>Returning to the property the first task was to protect the kitchen units and wooden stairs with masking film. I then started cleaning with floor with a coarse 400-grit <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Diamond burnishing pad</a> fitted to a rotary floor buffer using water to lubricate the abrasive process. The pad is run over each tile a few times and then once the section is completed the floor is rinsed with more water and fine slurry extracted with a wet vacuum. </p> <p>This process is then repeated with the medium 800-grit pad and fine 1500 grit pads, again rinsing with water and extracting after each pad with the wet vacuum. it’s a slow process but burnishing the floor in this opens the pores in the stone so the dirt can be removed and then closes them up again so restore its appearance. </p> <p>The grout lines were quite heavily soiled with dirt, so my next task was to scrub them with a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a>. The area was then again rinsed, and the soil extracted leaving the floor to dry off overnight.</p> <h2>Sealing a Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Returning the following morning, I then spray burnished the floor with a 3000-grit polishing pad to remove any residue that might have been left behind and to further bring up the polished appearance of the Travertine. </p> <p>This final pad is applied dry with only a little water, so it leaves the floor nice and dry and ready for sealing. For the sealer I had selected <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra Seal</a> which is a no-sheen, penetrating sealer which doesn’t change the appearance of the stone leaving a natural finish. It is formulated to provide maximum stain protection, so is particularly good in kitchens. It is also an excellent grout sealer. The sealer was applied and left to dry for an hour then buffed again with the 3000-grit pad. This gave the floor a lovely finish and the natural beauty of the Travertine was at last able to shine through. I was very pleased with this restoration.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2019/09/Travertine-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-after-polishing-Bishops-Cleave-131946079.jpg" alt="Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor after polishing Bishops Cleave" width="282" height="" title="Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor after polishing Bishops Cleave" /></td> <td style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2019/09/Travertine-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-after-polishing-Bishops-Cleave-131949702.jpg" alt="Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor after polishing Bishops Cleave" width="282" height="" title="Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor after polishing Bishops Cleave" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The client was delighted and very pleased the she had contacted Tile Doctor, the floor looked great. She was very happy she had not needed to replace the floor. I suggested to her to maintain the floor she should use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a> which is a pH balanced product which you dilute. It will ensure the seal is not compromised and will keep the floor in great condition.</p> <p><center><img src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2019/09/Travertine-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-after-polishing-Bishops-Cleave-131957976.jpg" alt="Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor after polishing Bishops Cleave" width="500" height="" title="Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor after polishing Bishops Cleave" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Travertine Tiled Kitchen in Gloucestershire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/travertine-tiled-floor-renovated-in-bishops-cleeve/">Travertine Tiled Floor Renovated in Bishop&#8217;s Cleeve</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz">Gloucester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating a Mouldy White Limestone Shower Cubicle in Manchester https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-mouldy-white-limestone-shower-cubicle-in-manchester/ Greater Manchester Tile Doctor urn:uuid:05a28750-6e0d-043f-b2f0-bd1e04cc3908 Mon, 23 Sep 2019 06:03:10 +0000 <p>I was asked to look at renovating a shower cubicle at a property in in Manchester city centre that had been clad in White Limestone tiles. I understood the bathroom had been installed 12 years prior, but now the tiles &#8230; <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-mouldy-white-limestone-shower-cubicle-in-manchester/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-mouldy-white-limestone-shower-cubicle-in-manchester/">Renovating a Mouldy White Limestone Shower Cubicle in Manchester</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz">Greater Manchester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was asked to look at renovating a shower cubicle at a property in in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manchester" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Manchester</a></b> city centre that had been clad in <b>White Limestone</b> tiles. I understood the bathroom had been installed 12 years prior, but now the tiles were looking grubby, mouldy and dirty.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2019/09/Limestone-Tiled-Shower-Cubicle-Before-Mould-Removal-Manchester-City-Centre-6002.jpg" style="width: 282; object-fit: cover;" alt="Limestone Tiled Shower Cubicle Before Mould Removal Manchester City Centre" width="" height="" title="Limestone Tiled Shower Cubicle Before Mould Removal Manchester City Centre" /></td> <td style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2019/09/Limestone-Tiled-Shower-Cubicle-Before-Mould-Removal-Manchester-City-Centre-6001.jpg" style="width: 282; object-fit: cover;" alt="Limestone Tiled Shower Cubicle Before Mould Removal Manchester City Centre" width="" height="" title="Limestone Tiled Shower Cubicle Before Mould Removal Manchester City Centre" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The client had lived at the property for the last two years and in an attempt to resolve the problems had used a few different household products such as flash and bleach, they had tried everything, and nothing had helped. I suspected that these strong acidic cleaners had actually made the problem worse by stripping off what was left of the sealer that was protecting the Limestone, allowing dirt to become ingrained in the stone.</p> <p>I visited the property and ran a few cleaning tests in the shower cubicle with Tile Doctor products. This allows me to see which product will have the best results and gives the customer confidence that we can resolve their issues. The results were immediate, they could see the difference and they were happy to accept my quote and agree a date for my return to complete the work.</p> <h2>Removing Mould from a White Limestone Tiled Shower Cubicle</h2> <p>I arrived several weeks later and made a start. The tiles were scrubbed by hand with a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> with excellent results. This product is designed to remove coatings and sealers, and in this case, it did a great job of drawing out the ingrained stains and dirt build-up. This removed what was left of the sealer and took off most of the dirt and mould. The Limestone tiles and grout were then rinsed with water to remove the soil.</p> <p>Next I needed to restore the smooth surface of the limestone which had been etched by the use of strong acidic cleaning products. To do this I used a set of six-inch diamond burnishing pads attached to a hand buffer to hone and restore the stone. </p> <p>I then dried the shower tiles and grout with a heat gun checking the moisture levels with damp meter until I was satisfied it was completely dry.</p> <h2>Sealing a Limestone Tiled Shower Cubicle</h2> <p>The last step was to re-seal the Limestone and Grout using a couple of coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a>. This is natural coloured intensifying sealer which provides durable protection to the surface allowing it to breathe and enhancing the colours.</p> <p>The Customer was amazed with the difference and left the following feedback!</p> <p><I>&#8220;Kamila was friendly, professional and kept me informed about what to expect before she took on the job and during the tile cleaning. The tiles look absolutely amazing after her work &#8211; I feel as though I have a brand new bathroom! Kamila also gave me helpful tips on looking after limestone tiles. I can&#8217;t recommend her highly enough.&#8221;</I></p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2019/09/Limestone-Tiled-Shower-Cubicle-After-Mould-Removal-Manchester-City-Centre-6017.jpg" style="width: 282; object-fit: cover;" alt="Limestone Tiled Shower Cubicle After Mould Removal Manchester City Centre" width="" height="" title="Limestone Tiled Shower Cubicle After Mould Removal Manchester City Centre" /></td> <td style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2019/09/Limestone-Tiled-Shower-Cubicle-After-Mould-Removal-Manchester-City-Centre-6016.jpg" style="width: 282; object-fit: cover;" alt="Limestone Tiled Shower Cubicle After Mould Removal Manchester City Centre" width="" height="" title="Limestone Tiled Shower Cubicle After Mould Removal Manchester City Centre" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For future cleaning I recommended the use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-aqua-pro-with-trigger-spray/1/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Aqua-Pro</a> which is a pH neutral shower tile cleaner designed for use on sealed surfaces. Most cleaning products you find in supermarkets are overly strong and will erode the sealer prematurely, so when choosing a cleaning product always read the label and make sure it’s safe to use on Sealed Stone tiles. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of White Limestone Shower Tiles in Manchester</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-mouldy-white-limestone-shower-cubicle-in-manchester/">Renovating a Mouldy White Limestone Shower Cubicle in Manchester</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz">Greater Manchester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Deep Cleaning Kitchen Quarry Tile and Grout in Royston https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-kitchen-quarry-tile-and-grout-in-royston/ South Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:2d5c0e4a-e335-0512-a0f5-341353387d36 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 22:22:15 +0000 <p>We were contacted about this modern quarry tile floor in the kitchen of a farmhouse in Royston, Barnsley. They were fed up of the grout making the floor look grotty and whatever they tried they couldn’t get the grout to &#8230; <a href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-kitchen-quarry-tile-and-grout-in-royston/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-kitchen-quarry-tile-and-grout-in-royston/">Deep Cleaning Kitchen Quarry Tile and Grout in Royston</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>We were contacted about this modern quarry tile floor in the kitchen of a farmhouse in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royston,_South_Yorkshire" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Royston</a></b>, Barnsley. They were fed up of the grout making the floor look grotty and whatever they tried they couldn’t get the grout to look any better. They explained they had used lots of different cleaning products on the market, and had spent a fortune, but the floor still looked the same. Royston is a village right on the border of Barnsley and Wakefield, it’s situated in South Yorkshire but is historically a part of the West Riding of Yorkshire. </p> <p>The trouble with Grout is its cementitious texture which traps dirt and I suspect that they were using a single bucket to apply and rinse their mop during cleaning. This results in the mop being rinsed in increasingly dirty water which is put back on the floor where it is brushed into the grout where it gets trapped. Ideally you should use two buckets, one containing the cleaning fluid and the second containing water where you rinse your mop afterwards.</p> <p><center><img src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2019/09/Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-09424x.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning" width="500" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning" /></center></p> <p>There are several solutions ranging from continual grout cleaning through to replacing the grout which is expensive. In this case the Quarry tiles were the small 6in x 6in format which covered the entire ground floor of this old farmhouse and with the grout lines being 10mm wide replacing the grout would have been a mammoth effort.</p> <p>My recommendation was to deep clean the Quarry tiles and grout, removing any sealer from the tiles in the process and then reseal the tiles and the grout to protect both from ingrained dirt. I demonstrated the process on a small test area to see how the floor would respond and much to the client’s surprise there was an immediately and dramatic improvement. They were more than happy to go ahead with my quote and get the floor sorted.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning Quarry Tiled Kitchen Tiles and Grout Floor</h2> <p>We started by soaking manageable areas of the floor in a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a>, it was left to work its magic for ten minutes before a rotary machine fitted with a rotary brush was used to scrub the floor. The slurry was then extracted using a wet vac before the floor was thoroughly rinsed with clean water then extracted with the wet vac again. </p> <p><center><img src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2019/09/Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-During-Cleaning-094251.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor During Cleaning" width="500" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor During Cleaning" /></center></p> <p>The floor was quite large, so it took most of the day to repeat this process across the entire area scrubbing by hand where necessary to remove stubborn staining. By the end of the day the Quarry tile and grout was looking much cleaner and brighter and I had now doubt that once the floor had been sealed the customer would be really pleased with the result. The floor was left overnight so it would be ready for sealing the next day.</p> <p><center><img src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2019/09/Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-During-Cleaning-123844.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor During Cleaning" width="600" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor During Cleaning" /></center></p> <h2>Sealing a Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>I returned the following morning and started by testing the floor was dry using a moisture meter. Applying a sealer to a damp floor would be counter productive as the seal would not cure. The floor was dry, so we applied an impregnating sealer to the Quarry tile and Grout called <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal</a>. This is a penetrating sealer which doesn’t affect the look of the tile or darken the grout. It’s a natural look sealer which won’t make the floor shiny but is formulated to provide maximum stain protection. It is also an excellent grout sealer so will help keep the grout lines looking great.</p> <p><center><img src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2019/09/Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-14285x.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning" width="550" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning" /></center></p> <p>They were over the moon with the new look floor! </p> <p>For after I recommended the use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> which will keep the floor in the best condition. It is pH balanced so will won’t prematurely erode the sealer like the stronger products you find in supermarkets which can break down sealers with constant use.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Quarry Tiled Kitchen in South Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-kitchen-quarry-tile-and-grout-in-royston/">Deep Cleaning Kitchen Quarry Tile and Grout in Royston</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> White Moleanos Limestone Kitchen Floor Renovated in Leeds https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/white-moleanos-limestone-kitchen-floor-renovated-in-leeds/ North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:8756b2dd-f0aa-d307-dcae-7e636ee36de7 Wed, 18 Sep 2019 15:19:17 +0000 <p>Moleanos Limestone is a very difficult stone to work with due to its’ porous chalky nature and needs to be sealed to prevent dirt accumulating in the stone. Without a sealer in place dirt builds up in the pores leaving &#8230; <a href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/white-moleanos-limestone-kitchen-floor-renovated-in-leeds/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/white-moleanos-limestone-kitchen-floor-renovated-in-leeds/">White Moleanos Limestone Kitchen Floor Renovated in Leeds</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Moleanos Limestone is a very difficult stone to work with due to its’ porous chalky nature and needs to be sealed to prevent dirt accumulating in the stone. Without a sealer in place dirt builds up in the pores leaving it looking dirty and this is exacerbated in the case of <b>White Moleanos Limestone</b> which really shows up the dirt. I mention this as I was asked to visit a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leeds" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Leeds</a></b> which had White Moleanos Limestone installed in the Kitchen and was now suffering this exact problem with the client unable to get it clean. The grout was also quite badly discoloured. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;" width="50%"><img src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/09/White-Moleanos-Limestone-Kitchen-Floor-Leeds-Before-Cleaning082028.jpg" alt="White Moleanos Limestone Kitchen Floor Leeds Before Cleaning" width="" height="" style="width:282; object-fit: cover;" title="White Moleanos Limestone Kitchen Floor Leeds Before Cleaning" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;" width="50%"><img src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/09/White-Moleanos-Limestone-Kitchen-Floor-Leeds-Before-Cleaning-082020.jpg" alt="White Moleanos Limestone Kitchen Floor Leeds Before Cleaning" width="" height="" style="width:282; object-fit: cover;" title="White Moleanos Limestone Kitchen Floor Leeds Before Cleaning" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I visited the property to survey the floor and quote for renovating the stone. I ran some tests and could see that as suspected the original sealer had broken down leaving the stone vulnerable. Sealers typically last around three to five years depending on use, but this can be significantly reduced if a strong household cleaning product is used to clean the floor. </p> <p>Without a seal in place dirt was able to get into the porous stone and once ingrained it can be very difficult to remove without the right products and equipment. I completed a demonstration clean on a small area to show how the floor should look and the result was immediate. Confident I was able to get the floor clean my client booked me in and we agreed a date to complete the work.</p> <h2>Cleaning White Moleanos Limestone Kitchen Tiles</h2> <p>To restore the appearance of the stone I used a set of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctors Burnishing Pads</a> which are encrusted with industrial diamonds and are used to hone the stone, remove dirt and restore its appearance. This is a slow steady process and involves working through the different grades of burnishing pads from coarse to very fine. The pads are applied with a small amount of water to lubricate and the soil generated by the process is extracted with a wet vacuum afterwards, to keep the mess to a minimum.</p> <p>All the grout was cleaned by hand using a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> which is scrubbed into the grout lines by hand with a stiff brush. For best results I leave it to dwell for ten minutes before scrubbing, this allows it more time to break down and lift the dirt from the cementitious grout lines.</p> <p>After cleaning I left the floor to dry off fully overnight.</p> <h2>Sealing a Moleanos Limestone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>The following morning, I returned to the property and checked the floor was dry using a moisture meter. This is always worth checking as applying a sealer to a damp floor can result in a patchy appearance. </p> <p>I had discussed the effects of the different sealers suitable for use on Limestone and the client specified they were after a natural look that wasn’t over shiny. With this in mind I selected <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra Seal</a> which is a penetrating sealer formulated to provide maximum stain protection and is especially recommended for use in kitchen areas. Ultra-seal doesn’t change the look of the stone which made it a nice match for the client’s needs, it’s also a good grout sealer and will ensure the grout looks cleaner for longer. </p> <p>Three coats of Ultra-Seal where applied allowing each one to dry before applying the next. With the new sealer in place the stone is protected from ingrained dirt and would prove to be much easier to keep clean in future. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;" width="50%"><img src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/09/White-Moleanos-Limestone-Kitchen-Floor-Leeds-After-Cleaning-085547.jpg" alt="White Moleanos Limestone Kitchen Floor Leeds After Cleaning" width="" height="" style="width:282; object-fit: cover;" title="White Moleanos Limestone Kitchen Floor Leeds After Cleaning" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;" width="50%"><img src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/09/White-Moleanos-Limestone-Kitchen-Floor-Leeds-After-Cleaning-085444.jpg" alt="White Moleanos Limestone Kitchen Floor Leeds After Cleaning" width="" height="" style="width:282; object-fit: cover;" title="White Moleanos Limestone Kitchen Floor Leeds After Cleaning" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The client was very pleased with the finished result and before leaving I recommended, they maintain the floor using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a> which is designed for the cleaning of polished stone. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Moleanos Limestone Tiled Kitchen in North West Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/white-moleanos-limestone-kitchen-floor-renovated-in-leeds/">White Moleanos Limestone Kitchen Floor Renovated in Leeds</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> 400 Year Old Dirty Flagstone Floor Renovated in Ripley https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/400-year-old-dirty-flagstone-floor-renovated-in-ripley/ West Surrey Tile Doctor urn:uuid:46c68429-5965-f544-6694-56863a3ecc8b Sun, 15 Sep 2019 12:37:29 +0000 <p>This property in the lovely Surrey village of Ripley near Woking was over 400 years old and featured an amazingly dirty flagstone floor. The village itself has a long history that dates to Norman times so I wouldn’t surprise me &#8230; <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/400-year-old-dirty-flagstone-floor-renovated-in-ripley/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/400-year-old-dirty-flagstone-floor-renovated-in-ripley/">400 Year Old Dirty Flagstone Floor Renovated in Ripley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This property in the lovely Surrey village of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ripley,_Surrey" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Ripley</a></b> near Woking was over 400 years old and featured an amazingly dirty <b>flagstone floor</b>. The village itself has a long history that dates to Norman times so I wouldn’t surprise me if the stone in this floor was original or potentially older.</p> <p>The house was a family property with a large garden that the kids and dog used and liked to walk through the house bringing the garden inside! It was fair to say the area was subject to heavy traffic and attracted a fair amount of dirt. I recommended a deep and thorough clean and then the application of a durable sealer to protect the stone going forward. </p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/09/400-Year-Old-Flagstone-Floor-Before-Restoration-Ripley-0836.jpg" alt="400 Year Old Flagstone Floor Before Restoration Ripley" width="282" height="" title="400 Year Old Flagstone Floor Before Restoration Ripley" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/09/400-Year-Old-Flagstone-Floor-Before-Restoration-Ripley-0837.jpg" alt="400 Year Old Flagstone Floor Before Restoration Ripley" width="282" height="" title="400 Year Old Flagstone Floor Before Restoration Ripley" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>To demonstrate the potential of the flagstones I applied different Tile Doctor cleaning products on a small test area to see which would work best. It wasn’t long before the dirt was lifted out of the pores of the stone and you could really get an ideal of how the stone could be could transformed. They agreed my quote for the work, and we arranged a time to carry out the work which would take two days. I would start the cleaning on a Friday then we would return on the following Tuesday to seal leaving it to dry for more than two days in between.</p> <h2> Cleaning and Restoring a Flagstone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>The first job was to clean the grout using a strong dilution <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> which turned it from a dark brown to a sandy yellow colour. This work was done by hand with a hard-scrubbing brush and due to the wide joints took three hours to complete before finally rinsing and extracting the dirt off the floor with a wet vacuum.</p> <p><center><img src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/09/400-Year-Old-Flagstone-Floor-During-Restoration-Ripley-0838.jpg" alt="400 Year Old Flagstone Floor During Restoration Ripley" width="500" height="" title="400 Year Old Flagstone Floor During Restoration Ripley" /></center></p> <p>Next task was to clean the flagstones. They were so dirty I decided to use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> which is a stronger product to breakdown the ingrained dirt. Fortunately, I was able to use a standard <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a> attached to my rotary buffer to work the product into the stone. The dirt was removed with the wet vacuum cleaner as I progressed however the stone was so dirty that the soil ran back down into the grout. So, after cleaning the tiles I had to go over the grout again. </p> <p>Once completed, the client was astonished at the difference. I used a lot of water in the cleaning process so the floor was left for three days so it would thoroughly dry out before I returned to apply the sealer.</p> <h2>Sealing a Flagstone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Returning on the Tuesday, first I checked the floor was dry with a moisture meter. My plan to leave the floor for three days had worked well and I confirmed the floor was dry and ready to be sealed. </p> <p>To seal the floor, I applied three coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-extra-1-litre/22/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go Extra</a> with a paint pad and a soft brush. There was a lot to cover and each coat is left to dry before applying the next, so it took some time before I was done. <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-extra-1-litre/22/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Seal and Go</a> Extra is a breathable sealer so it will allow moisture to rise through the floor this is an important consideration when sealing old floors which don’t have a damp-proof membrane. The sealer worked well on the stone really bringing out the colours, so the stones now looked like stones rather than black rocks.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/09/400-Year-Old-Flagstone-Floor-After-Restoration-Ripley-0869.jpg" alt="400 Year Old Flagstone Floor After Restoration Ripley" width="282" height="" title="400 Year Old Flagstone Floor After Restoration Ripley" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/09/400-Year-Old-Flagstone-Floor-After-Restoration-Ripley-0870.jpg" alt="400 Year Old Flagstone Floor After Restoration Ripley" width="282" height="" title="400 Year Old Flagstone Floor After Restoration Ripley" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The client was over the moon with the difference, they had literally never seen the floor looking like this. The children and dog were firmly told they would be wiping their feet before traipsing the garden through the house in future!</p> <p><center><img src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/09/400-Year-Old-Flagstone-Floor-After-Restoration-Ripley-0868.jpg" alt="400 Year Old Flagstone Floor After Restoration Ripley" width="600" height="" title="400 Year Old Flagstone Floor After Restoration Ripley" /></center></p> <p>For aftercare I recommended they used <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> which will keep the floor clean and is not overly strong like many supermarket cleaning products which can prematurely erode the protection provided by the sealer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Flagstone Tiled Floor in West Surrey</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/400-year-old-dirty-flagstone-floor-renovated-in-ripley/">400 Year Old Dirty Flagstone Floor Renovated in Ripley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Victorian Tiled Floor Repaired and Restored in Newport https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-floor-repaired-and-restored-in-newport/ Monmouthshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:968eeab8-113e-e1c7-9214-f717e685a737 Wed, 11 Sep 2019 11:49:51 +0000 <p>Our client had recently moved to a property in Newport, Gwent and when removing the carpet in the hallway she discovered this beautiful Victorian Tiled floor. The property had numerous period features and realising the value that the floor could &#8230; <a href="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-floor-repaired-and-restored-in-newport/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-floor-repaired-and-restored-in-newport/">Victorian Tiled Floor Repaired and Restored in Newport</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz">Monmouthshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Our client had recently moved to a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newport,_Wales" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Newport</a></b>, Gwent and when removing the carpet in the hallway she discovered this beautiful <b>Victorian Tiled floor</b>. The property had numerous period features and realising the value that the floor could add to the property she was keen to have it restored and so contacted Tile Doctor for help. </p> <p><center><img src="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2019/09/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-Newport-Before-Cleaning.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor Newport Before Cleaning" width="500" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor Newport Before Cleaning" /></center></p> <p>We popped round to survey the floor and except for a couple of broken tiles it had preserved well under the carpet. It was a shame the previous owner had covered the floor over but I was confident we could source some matching tiles to replace the broken ones and then restore the overall appearance. We gave the client a quote for the work which would take a couple of days. Pleased to hear that the floor could be restored and that it could soon be on show the quote was accepted and a date set to do the work.</p> <h2>Repairing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>We returned later the same month to renovate the floor and started by removing the broken tiles, cleaning out the old grout and adhesive and then relaying matching replacements. There are several specialist suppliers that can supply Victorian tiles so we can usually source reclaimed or reproduction tiles. </p> <p>Some of the grout lines had dropped so as well as grouting around the replacement tiles more renovation work was needed to ensure the grout was level. We used quick setting products for this work, so I was able to move on to cleaning the floor later that afternoon. </p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>To restore the appearance of the Victorian Tiles I used a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> combined with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> which was left to soak in for ten minutes before being scrubbed into the tiles. This created a powerful cleaner/stripper cocktail which gets to work at removing dirt, grime and breaking down old sealers paint splashes. </p> <p>After extracting the soil using a wet vacuum the floor was inspected. There were a few stubborn areas which were treated to a repeat clean and a wire brush to get the floor as clean as possible.</p> <p>The floor was rinsed with water to remove any trace of cleaning products and then as much moisture as possible was extracted using a wet vacuum. The floor was left to dry off overnight and we arranged to return the next day to apply a sealer.</p> <h2>Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The following morning, we checked the floor was dry using a damp meter and this confirmed we were good to apply the sealer. The floor was sealed with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is an impregnating sealer that protects the floor and enhances the beautiful colours in the tile. Three coats of the sealer were applied allowing each coat to dry before applying the next.</p> <p><center><img src="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2019/09/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-Newport-After-Cleaning.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor Newport After Cleaning" width="500" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor Newport After Cleaning" /></center></p> <p>The client was very happy with the result and how beautiful the floor looked as you can see from the picture.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in Monmouthshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-floor-repaired-and-restored-in-newport/">Victorian Tiled Floor Repaired and Restored in Newport</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz">Monmouthshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Light Grey Grout Recolouring on a Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor in Worcester https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/light-grey-grout-recolouring-on-a-ceramic-tiled-kitchen-floor-in-worcester/ Worcestershire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:12acdab4-47ba-ae53-1941-0387d3fe5132 Sat, 07 Sep 2019 10:59:18 +0000 <p>If you don’t like the colour of your grout or it’s severely stained, we usually recommend Grout Colouring which can be done with a kit from Tile Doctor and is available in ten popular colours. This was the case with &#8230; <a href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/light-grey-grout-recolouring-on-a-ceramic-tiled-kitchen-floor-in-worcester/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/light-grey-grout-recolouring-on-a-ceramic-tiled-kitchen-floor-in-worcester/">Light Grey Grout Recolouring on a Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor in Worcester</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz">Worcestershire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>If you don’t like the colour of your grout or it’s severely stained, we usually recommend <b>Grout Colouring</b> which can be done with a kit from Tile Doctor and is available in ten popular colours. This was the case with a client of mine who wanted her <b>Ceramic tiled Kitchen floor</b> renovated. </p> <p><center><img style="width: 500px; object-fit: cover;" src="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2019/09/Patchy-Grout-Before-Recolouring-in-Worcester-Kitchen-27.jpg" alt="Patchy Grout Before Recolouring in Worcester Kitchen" title="Patchy Grout Before Recolouring in Worcester Kitchen" /></center></p> <p>I visited the property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worcester" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Worcester</a></b> to survey the floor and discuss it with the owner. My client was mainly unhappy with the dark patchy floor grout and wanted the tiles cleaned and the grout deep cleaned to bring back the original lighter colour. We have multiple products for cleaning grout available but in this case the staining was so deep I recommended Grout Colouring. I usually keep a range of colours in my vehicle so I was able to demonstrate how it would look on an inconspicuous part of the floor and light grey was chosen. </p> <p><center><img style="width: 500px; object-fit: cover;" src="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2019/09/Patchy-Grout-Before-Recolouring-in-Worcester-Kitchen-26.jpg" alt="Patchy Grout Before Recolouring in Worcester Kitchen" title="Patchy Grout Before Recolouring in Worcester Kitchen" /></center></p> <h2> Grout Recolouring of a Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>I returned on the agreed date to renovate the floor and started by applying protective sheets to the kitchen units. Next I cleaned the floor with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-green/27/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">green pad</a> fitted to a rotary scrubbing machine. I used <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> to cut through the grime and this soon darkened with the dirt that was released from the tile and grout. The soiled cleaning solution was then rinsed with water and extracted using a wet and dry vacuum, keeping the mess to a minimum. </p> <p>The next step was to ready the grout joints for the recolouring process, this is done by spraying <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant-pre-treat-cleaner-500ml-with-trigger-spray/201/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Colourant Pre-Treat Cleaner</a> into the joints, leaving it to dwell for a few minutes and then scrubbing it in by. As well as cleaning, the solution etches the grout which ensures a strong bond with the grout colourant. </p> <p>The floor was then speed dried with blowers and a heat gun. The grout was then given two coats of the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Light Grey Grout Colourant</a>. This product is painted onto the grout line using a small brush, it takes a little time to complete and any residue is removed with a baby wipe before it has time to dry. Although tedious to apply the result is worth waiting for and it left the floor looking so much lighter and fresher. </p> <p><center><img style="width: 500px; object-fit: cover;" src="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2019/09/Patchy-Grout-After-Recolouring-in-Worcester-Kitchen-37.jpg" alt="Patchy Grout Before Recolouring in Worcester Kitchen" title="Patchy Grout Before Recolouring in Worcester Kitchen" /></center></p> <p>The client was extremely happy and left a glowing review </p> <p><em>&#8220;Mark proved to be a good choice for the three different floors that we needed to renovate. He explained clearly what he could do for each of them, carried out the work efficiently, and produced a finished job of a high standard. Mark is a good worker who is also easy to have around the house which is always an important aspect in the middle of major work being done. Adrian G, Worcester &#8220;</em></p> <p>The grout colourant adds a tough barrier over the grout so it will keep its looks for a very long time, it also makes it much easier to clean. 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 noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> which is a pH neutral product designed for the maintenance cleaning of tile and grout. </p> <p><center><img style="width: 500px; object-fit: cover;" src="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2019/09/Patchy-Grout-After-Recolouring-in-Worcester-Kitchen-36.jpg" alt="Patchy Grout Before Recolouring in Worcester Kitchen" title="Patchy Grout Before Recolouring in Worcester Kitchen" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3> Professional Recolouring of grout on a Ceramic Tiled Kitchen in Worcestershire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/light-grey-grout-recolouring-on-a-ceramic-tiled-kitchen-floor-in-worcester/">Light Grey Grout Recolouring on a Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor in Worcester</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz">Worcestershire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Victorian Tiled Hallway Repaired after Pipe Installation in St Neots https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-repaired-after-pipe-installation-in-st-neots/ Cambridge Tile Doctor urn:uuid:72a225da-bc7b-c724-e6fd-43438a563914 Thu, 05 Sep 2019 00:56:52 +0000 <p>Earlier this year I was asked to quote for repairing and restoring a Victorian Tile Hallway in St Neots. The floor was in good physical condition for its age however a section of tiling had been removed so facilitate the &#8230; <a href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-repaired-after-pipe-installation-in-st-neots/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-repaired-after-pipe-installation-in-st-neots/">Victorian Tiled Hallway Repaired after Pipe Installation in St Neots</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz">Cambridge Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Earlier this year I was asked to quote for repairing and restoring a <b>Victorian Tile Hallway</b> in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Neots" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">St Neots</a></b>. The floor was in good physical condition for its age however a section of tiling had been removed so facilitate the installation of a new pipe. The contractor was not very sympathetic to the old floor and after removing the tiles and installing the pipe they had simply back filled with concrete ruining the overall look of the floor.</p> <p><center><img src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/09/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Repair-Restoration-in-St-Neots-100156.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Repair Restoration in St Neots" width="600" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Repair Restoration in St Neots" /></center></p> <p>The rest of the Victorian Tiled Hallway had not been properly cleaned and sealed in some time and any protective sealer had long since worn off in the busier parts of the hallway. Without a sealer in place dirt had penetrated the pores of the tile leaving them looking dull and impossible to keep clean. </p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/09/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Restoration-in-St-Neots-093740.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration in St Neots" width="282" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration in St Neots" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/09/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Restoration-in-St-Neots-093748.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration in St Neots" width="282" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration in St Neots" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Period features like this floor are very desirable these days and understandably the owner was every enthusiastic to have the floor fully restored back to its best possible condition.<br /> I discussed with him the work we needed to do, which included repairing the concreted sections, deep cleaning the floor and then finish with the application of a protective sealer. I was confident I could source similar tiles and would be able to get the floor looking great again. We agreed a price and booked the work in to be carried out.</p> <p><center><img src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/09/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Restoration-in-St-Neots-093829.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration in St Neots" width="500" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration in St Neots" /></center></p> <h2>Repairing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>I started by manually removing all the concrete at the back of the hall with a bolster and hammer. Once cleaned of rubble the hole was filled with a self-levelling compound to even out the area in order to get the surface to the right level ready for tiling.</p> <p><center><img src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/09/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-During-Restoration-in-St-Neots-093806.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway During Restoration in St Neots" width="600" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway During Restoration in St Neots" /></center></p> <p>Fortunately, I had managed to source nearly identical tiles to replace the missing ones. There are a few places that keep stock, so it makes it easier to restore this type of floor.<br /> The border was laid first followed by filling in the middle with the correct pattern.</p> <p><center><img src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/09/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-During-Restoration-in-St-Neots-192822.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway During Restoration in St Neots" width="600" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway During Restoration in St Neots" /></center></p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>Once grouted the whole floor was stripped and cleaned using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> which is a coatings remover that is designed to clean and remove old sealers from tile and stone. The product is diluted with water, sprayed onto the tiles and then allowed to soak in for ten minutes before scrubbing it in. The solution soon turns into a dark slurry as the dirt is released from the pores of the tile and this is then rinsed off with water and extracted with a wet vacuum. </p> <p><center><img src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/09/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-During-Restoration-in-St-Neots-193247.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway During Restoration in St Neots" width="600" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway During Restoration in St Neots" /></center></p> <p>The next step was to treat any potential efflorescence problems that may appear later due to the lack of a damp-proof membrane under the floor. This is quite a common issue with old floors where moisture can rise through the tile carrying with it salts from the sub floor. To counter this problem and neutralise the alkaline salts the floor is further cleaned with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up</a> which is an acidic product. To remove the product another round of rinsing and extracted is carried out. </p> <p>During the cleaning I noticed that some of the tiles had damage to the surface from being concreted over, so I renovated the surface using a <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">200-grit burnishing pad</a> that hones the tile. Once I was happy the floor was clean, I left it to dry off for two days.</p> <h2> Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>I came back to seal the floor first checking with a damp meter that the moisture levels in the tile were below an acceptable level. All was well so I started the application of the sealer with a base coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is an impregnating sealer that will deepen the colours and add an extra layer of protection.</p> <p>Once the first dry coat of Colour Grow was dry, I followed up with five coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go</a> which adds further layers of protection and leaves the tiles with a nice subtle sheen.</p> <p><center><img src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/09/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Restoration-in-St-Neots-172307.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration in St Neots" width="600" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration in St Neots" /></center></p> <p>The job took five days in total, three days to sympathetically repair the floor followed by two days to clean and seal. You can see from the pictures that the repaired area looked very original and overall the floor looked great and the pattern is stunning. For aftercare I recommended they kept the floor clean using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tiles Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a>, this will keep the floor clean and ensure the sealant isn’t eroded prematurely which can happen with stronger floor cleaning products.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/09/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Restoration-in-St-Neots-161051.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration in St Neots" width="282" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration in St Neots" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/09/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Restoration-in-St-Neots-172418.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration in St Neots" width="282" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration in St Neots" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The customer over the moon with the results and left the following glowing testimonial for me on the Tile Doctor feedback system. </p> <p><I>”Tom was professional, meticulous, polite and hard working. We would have no qualms about recommending his service to others &#8211; especially with mosaic Victorian flooring like ours. Good value and plenty of expert advice and guidance thrown in for free. Thanks Tom. By Alden W, St Neots”</I></p> <p><center><img src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/09/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-After-During-Restoration-in-St-Neots-172356.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway After During Restoration in St Neots" width="600" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway After During Restoration in St Neots" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in Cambridgeshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-repaired-after-pipe-installation-in-st-neots/">Victorian Tiled Hallway Repaired after Pipe Installation in St Neots</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz">Cambridge Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating Amtico Vinyl Flooring in Silverdale https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-amtico-vinyl-flooring-in-silverdale/ Tile Doctor Lancashire urn:uuid:70b848c8-fc89-c350-4a35-b98d02bfe33e Wed, 04 Sep 2019 02:46:02 +0000 <p>This client from Silverdale had called us over to renovate their 12-year-old Amtico vinyl floor that runs from the back door, through the kitchen and then over to the dining room. Although modern brands of Vinyl are much more durable &#8230; <a href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-amtico-vinyl-flooring-in-silverdale/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-amtico-vinyl-flooring-in-silverdale/">Renovating Amtico Vinyl Flooring in Silverdale</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Lancashire</a>.</p> <p>This client from <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silverdale,_Lancashire" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Silverdale</a></b> had called us over to renovate their 12-year-old <b>Amtico vinyl floor</b> that runs from the back door, through the kitchen and then over to the dining room. Although modern brands of Vinyl are much more durable than in the past, they do require a sealer to protect the surface from marking, enhance the colour and general appearance. This floor had not been retreated for twelve years and so its appearance had become dull and patchy in places. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;" width="55%"><img src="https://i2.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/09/Amtico-Floor-Silverdale-Before-Cleaning-1508.jpg?w=584&#038;ssl=1" alt="Amtico Floor Silverdale Before Cleaning" width="" height="" title="Amtico Floor Silverdale Before Cleaning" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;" width="45%"><img src="https://i2.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/09/Amtico-Floor-Silverdale-Before-Cleaning-1506.jpg?w=584&#038;ssl=1" alt="Amtico Floor Silverdale Before Cleaning" width="" height="" title="Amtico Floor Silverdale Before Cleaning" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Tile Doctors are trained in the renovation of all types of Tile and this includes Vinyl flooring with which we use the same methods and equipment to strip the old sealer away and replace with new. Vinyl if a manufactured material so the products we use are different and Tile Doctor supply a Stripper and Sealer which are designed for the job.</p> <h2>Cleaning and Stripping an Amtico Vinyl Floor</h2> <p>We started by applying a clear mastic silicone around the base of the MDF panels in the kitchen, we would be using water in the cleaning process, so this was done to prevent any moisture being absorbed via capillary action which would ruin the panels.</p> <p><center><img src="https://i0.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/09/Amtico-Floor-Silverdale-Prep-Before-Cleaning-1503.jpg?w=584&#038;ssl=1" alt="Amtico Floor Silverdale Prep Before Cleaning" height="" title="Amtico Floor Silverdale Prep Before Cleaning" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>Once the area was prepped, we started stripping the old sealer off the Amtico using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-vinyl-strip-5-litre/163/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Vinyl Strip</a> diluted with five parts warm water. The solution was gradually applied as a slow speed buffing machine fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a> was run over the surface. The soil generated was rinsed off the floor with water and then extracted using a wet vacuum</p> <p>The floor was then steam cleaned to remove any excess product from the Vinyl, as well as making sure the floor area was as clean and dust free as possible before moving onto the next step of applying a fresh sealer. </p> <p><center><img src="https://i2.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/09/Amtico-Floor-Silverdale-During-Steam-Cleaning-1512.jpg?w=584&#038;ssl=1" alt="Amtico Floor Silverdale During Steam Cleaning" height="" title="Amtico Floor Silverdale During Steam Cleaning" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>The Amtico would need to be dry in order to seal it so as much moisture as possible was removed using the wet vacuum and then left to dry for about an hour with air blowers in place. This is very important as applying sealer to a damp Vinyl floor can cause issues with the bonding process resulting in the affected area turning white and feeling sticky.</p> <p><center><img src="https://i0.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/09/Amtico-Floor-Silverdale-Drying-After-Cleaning-1513.jpg?w=500&#038;ssl=1" alt="Amtico Floor Silverdale Drying After Cleaning" height="" title="Amtico Floor Silverdale Drying After Cleaning" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <h2>Sealing Amtico Vinyl Flooring</h2> <p>Once I was satisfied the floor was dry three thin coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-vinyl-shine-5-litre/162/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Vinyl Shine</a> applied to the Amtico leaving the floor to dry for up to forty minutes between coats. Thin coats are the key, if it has a blueish tinge to the seal (what we call pooling) then the coat is too thick and needs to be thinned out which is best done with a paint pad. If the first coat is patchy, we just let it dry and then add a second coat to which will even out the patchiness. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;" width="55%"><img src="https://i0.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/09/Amtico-Floor-Silverdale-After-Cleaning-1516.jpg?w=584&#038;ssl=1" alt="Amtico Floor Silverdale After Cleaning" width="" height="" title="Amtico Floor Silverdale After Cleaning" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;" width="45%"><img src="https://i2.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/09/Amtico-Floor-Silverdale-After-Cleaning-1519.jpg?w=584&#038;ssl=1" alt="Amtico Floor Silverdale After Cleaning" width="" height="" title="Amtico Floor Silverdale After Cleaning" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Tile Doctor Vinyl Shine is a modern high solids polymer floor seal and polish designed to protect and enhance the appearance of Vinyl floor tiles. It works well on all types of Vinyl including Amtico and Karndean and the optional third coat adds a super high gloss finish. </p> <p>The floor looked great and really lifted the room. The client was very happy with the result and was kind enough to leave the following feedback.</p> <p><em>”Very professional, efficient service, with an excellent end result. Very clean and tidy, punctual and made sure the job was finished to a high standard. Very pleased with the finish on my Amtico floor. &#8211; Sheila and Kevin S” </em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Clean and Seal of an Amtico Tiled Kitchen in Lancashire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-amtico-vinyl-flooring-in-silverdale/">Renovating Amtico Vinyl Flooring in Silverdale</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Lancashire</a>.</p> Limestone Tiled Floor Cleaned and Sealed in Bushy Park Teddington https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/limestone-tiled-floor-cleaned-and-sealed-in-bushy-park-teddington/ South Middlesex Tile Doctor urn:uuid:5257f250-dcfe-d3f9-2d64-8bdde3996cef Mon, 02 Sep 2019 04:39:02 +0000 <p>This Limestone tiled floor had been installed in the kitchen of a property in Teddington three years before and due to the use of the wrong cleaning product was now stripped of its protective sealer. Limestone like any natural stone &#8230; <a href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/limestone-tiled-floor-cleaned-and-sealed-in-bushy-park-teddington/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/limestone-tiled-floor-cleaned-and-sealed-in-bushy-park-teddington/">Limestone Tiled Floor Cleaned and Sealed in Bushy Park Teddington</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz">South Middlesex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This <b>Limestone tiled floor</b> had been installed in the kitchen of a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teddington" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Teddington</a></b> three years before and due to the use of the wrong cleaning product was now stripped of its protective sealer. Limestone like any natural stone is porous and without a sealer in place dirt becomes trapped in the stone making it very difficult to keep clean. The property was close to Bushy Park situated in South West London on the North bank of the Thames which is only about seven miles from my base in Shepperton. </p> <p>I discovered all of this after visiting the property to quote for deep cleaning and resealing the floor. It turns out they have been using Flash multi-surface &#038; floor cleaner which has an acidic pH of 10.3, compare this to <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> which we use to strip sealers off floors and has a pH of 12. Needless to say, this was not the right product to use and the old sealer had been completely stripped off the floor and probably within the first few months. </p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2019/09/Limestone-Tiled-Floor-Before-Cleaning-in-Teddington-0315.jpg" alt="Limestone Tiled Floor Before Cleaning in Teddington" width="282" height="" title="Limestone Tiled Floor Before Cleaning in Teddington" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2019/09/Limestone-Tiled-Floor-Before-Cleaning-in-Teddington-0314.jpg" alt="Limestone Tiled Floor Before Cleaning in Teddington" width="282" height="" title="Limestone Tiled Floor Before Cleaning in Teddington" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>On top of this our customer had 3 children and a dog running in and out of the garden and was therefore transferring quite a lot of dirt into the stone. After surveying the floor, I discussed the renovation process with the customer which would take two days and include a deep clean of the Limestone followed by the application of a sealer to ensure it did not hold onto the dirt. They were after a sheen finish for the floor and were keen to have natural brown and cream variations in the stone highlighted. We agreed a price for the work and booked a date for the work to start.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Limestone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>To start with, we machine scrubbed the floor with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> to break down the dirt and release it from the stone. We find the best process is to spray the Pro-Clean onto the floor first and then leave to dwell for ten minutes before scrubbing. It’s not long before the cleaning solution turns dark with the dirt released from the pores of the stone and this soil is then rinsed with water and vacuumed off the floor with a low-pressure hard floor cleaning machine. </p> <p>Following the cleaning, we honed the Limestone using a sequence of 800, 1500 and finally 3000-grit <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Burnishing Pads</a>. The pads are applied with water to lubricate and the slurry generated is rinsed off the floor as before. This burnishing process brings up the natural sheen of the stone and tightens up its pores prior to sealing. I left the floor overnight to allow it to dry out.</p> <h2>Sealing a Limestone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>The next day I returned to the property and checked the floor for moisture using a damp meter. The readings were fine, so I proceeded with the application of the sealer for which I used two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a>. This is an impregnating sealer that enhances the colours and contrast on the stone while protecting it against future soiling and spillages. It gave a lovely sheen finish to the floor as requested by the customer.</p> <p>As you can see from the pictures the process made a huge difference to the floor which now looks lighter and brighter, certainly the customer was more than happy. Before leaving I recommended, they should clean the floor using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a>, this is a pH neutral product that will ensure the seal does not get broken down like it previously had using the household cleaners. It is gentle enough to use every day if you wish is designed to help maintain the patina of the burnished stone.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2019/09/Limestone-Tiled-Floor-After-Cleaning-in-Teddington-0325.jpg" alt="Limestone Tiled Floor After Cleaning in Teddington" width="282" height="" title="Limestone Tiled Floor After Cleaning in Teddington" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2019/09/Limestone-Tiled-Floor-After-Cleaning-in-Teddington-0323.jpg" alt="Limestone Tiled Floor After Cleaning in Teddington" width="282" height="" title="Limestone Tiled Floor After Cleaning in Teddington" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Clean of a Limestone Tiled Kitchen Floor in South West London</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/limestone-tiled-floor-cleaned-and-sealed-in-bushy-park-teddington/">Limestone Tiled Floor Cleaned and Sealed in Bushy Park Teddington</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz">South Middlesex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating a Paint Spotted Victorian Hallway Floor in Dinnington https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-paint-spotted-victorian-hallway-floor-in-dinnington/ South Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:f6751e60-b09a-0adc-e919-ecc6fd755049 Thu, 29 Aug 2019 16:08:58 +0000 <p>The owner of this beautiful Victorian tiled hallway floor in Dinnington had wanted the floor restored for quite some time. The property had many Victorian features, but this floor had an unusual design which made it very special. The owners &#8230; <a href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-paint-spotted-victorian-hallway-floor-in-dinnington/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-paint-spotted-victorian-hallway-floor-in-dinnington/">Renovating a Paint Spotted Victorian Hallway Floor in Dinnington</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The owner of this beautiful <b>Victorian tiled hallway floor</b> in Dinnington had wanted the floor restored for quite some time. The property had many Victorian features, but this floor had an unusual design which made it very special. The owners had researched how to clean it themselves but hadn’t managed to achieve the result they were hoping for. The main problem was that the floor had been spotted with small paint splashes from decades of decorating. </p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2019/08/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Dinnington.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Dinnington" width="282" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Dinnington" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2019/08/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-During-Cleaning-Dinnington-100700.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor During Cleaning Dinnington" width="282" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Floor During Cleaning Dinnington" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinnington,_South_Yorkshire" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Dinnington</a></b> officially forms part of in Rotherham and is the same distance from Rotherham as it is from Sheffield. The area was a big coal mining and steel producing area and unfortunately suffered huge job losses throughout the 80’s and 90’s so its not surprising that the local housing stock suffered for many years as a result.</p> <h2>Cleaning/Repairing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>We first treated the floor with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a>, this acts quickly to break down any old sealers still present on the tiles and softens the old paint splashes. After a ten-minute dwell time a coarse <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">200-grit burnishing pad</a> fitted to rotary floor buffer was applied to the tiles. More water was applied where required to help lubricate the process and make the pad really work its magic. The slurry generated was extracted using a wet vacuum and the floor inspected. The process was the repeated to ensure all the dirt was removed and the floor was as clean as possible. </p> <p><center><img src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2019/08/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-During-Cleaning-Dinnington-105614.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor During Cleaning Dinnington" width="600" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Floor During Cleaning Dinnington" /></center></p> <p>Once happy the Victorian tiles were as clean as the could be it was time to give the floor an acid wash which would remove any old mineral deposits including grout smears. We also recommended this for old Victorian floors which do not have a damp-proof membrane installed and can suffer from white efflorescent salt deposits as moisture rises through the tile. To do this <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a> was scrubbed into the to the floor using a 200-grit burnishing pad to make the acid gel work hard. Afterwards we rinsed the floor several times removing the slurry with a wet vacuum. This kept the mess to a minimum and the floor was already looking great. </p> <p><center><img src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2019/08/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-During-Cleaning-Dinnington.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor During Cleaning Dinnington" width="600" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Floor During Cleaning Dinnington" /></center></p> <p>The floor was left to dry over the weekend, and we would return the following week to carry out the sealing process.</p> <h2>Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The following Monday we returned to seal the floor. First, we used the moisture meter to test the floor, we needed to ensure it was as dry as possible before sealing it. The client wanted a traditional look, so we opted for <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is a colour enhancing sealer that leaves matt finish. This product is perfect for this type of floor as it is fully breathable allowing moisture to pass through the tile and sealer and not become trapped under the floor where it could spread to the walls and cause rising damp. </p> <p>Four coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Colour Grow</a> were applied in total allowing each to dry before applying the next. The sealer works by occupying the pores in the tile thereby protecting the floor and preventing dirt from becoming trapped making it much easier to clean. </p> <p><Victorian-Tiled-Floor-After-Sealing-Dinnington-150136.jpg></p> <p>I was very happy with the result; the floor was now in great condition and was one of the more dramatic in colour and pattern that I had come across. My customer also felt the same and left the following feedback for me.</p> <p><em>&#8220;Matt did a professional and thorough job: our Victorian hall tiles really &#8216;pop&#8217; with colour. Highly recommend. Karen T, Dinnington&#8221;</em></p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2019/08/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-After-Cleaning-Dinnington-151622.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor After Cleaning Dinnington" width="282" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Floor After Cleaning Dinnington" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2019/08/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Dinnington.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor After Cleaning Sealing Dinnington" width="282" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Floor After Cleaning Sealing Dinnington" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in Rotherham</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-paint-spotted-victorian-hallway-floor-in-dinnington/">Renovating a Paint Spotted Victorian Hallway Floor in Dinnington</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating a Twenty Year Old Flagstone Patio in Stanwick https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-twenty-year-old-flagstone-patio-in-stanwick/ Northamptonshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:4c9439a0-9d79-23ad-24ee-a241a384d061 Wed, 28 Aug 2019 11:41:42 +0000 <p>I often get asked whilst I am on site what other services I offer; recently when I was polishing a Limestone floor at a house in the small village of Stanwick the client enquired if there was anything I could &#8230; <a href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-twenty-year-old-flagstone-patio-in-stanwick/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-twenty-year-old-flagstone-patio-in-stanwick/">Renovating a Twenty Year Old Flagstone Patio in Stanwick</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz">Northamptonshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I often get asked whilst I am on site what other services I offer; recently when I was polishing a Limestone floor at a house in the small village of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanwick,_Northamptonshire" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Stanwick</a></b> the client enquired if there was anything I could do with their 20 year old <b>Flagstone Patio</b> which was unfortunately no longer looking its best. </p> <p>I advised him this is something I would be able to do, and that as well as cleaning all types of internal tile, grout and stone I also offer external stone cleaning using a professional pressure washing machine using up to date equipment such as the <a href="https://www.spinaclean.com/honda-slip-stream-pro-21-the-dualiner-package" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Honda Pro 2100 Pressure Washer</a> which was an expensive but worthwhile investment.</p> <p><center><img src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/08/Flagstone-Patio-Before-Cleaning-Stanwick-0222.jpg" alt="Flagstone Patio Before Cleaning Stanwick" width="600" height="" title="Flagstone Patio Before Cleaning Stanwick" /></center></p> <p>The patio had not been professionally cleaned since installation and now moss was growing between the pavers and the stone had darkened over the years, although the customer had used an electric jet washer a couple of times it had not made significant improvement and a thorough clean was now well overdue. The interior Limestone floor had come up well and they were very satisfied with that work, I was confident that they would be pleased with the patio outcome too. </p> <p>Although the area was large, the benefit of working outside is there is no concerns about making a mess, so the job can be done relatively quickly. I gave the client a quote for the work and we arranged a time for me to return, although it was dependent on the weather. </p> <h2>Cleaning a Large Flagstone Patio in Stanwick</h2> <p>Thankfully the date we had selected turned out to by dry so a day in the fresh air was due. My first course of action was to pre wet the stone with a diluted 3:1 solution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> to help break down the heavy soiling and soften the moss. Tile Doctor Pro-Clean is a concentrated, multi-purpose high-alkaline cleaner, which strips and degreases heavily soiled areas. It is particularly good on mildew and algae on patios such as this where it makes light work of breaking down the soiling. </p> <p>The product is left to dwell for a short time, once I could see that the soil was starting to lift, I then used the petrol driven <a href="https://www.spinaclean.com/honda-slip-stream-pro-21-the-dualiner-package" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Honda Pro 2100 pressure washer</a> connected to a spinning tool to clean the stone. This is a very powerful piece of machinery and the difference was immediate. The patio tiles looked a completely different colour, in fact the client couldn’t recall ever seeing them this colour! </p> <p><center><img src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/08/Flagstone-Patio-After-Cleaning-Stanwick-0232.jpg" alt="Flagstone Patio After Cleaning Stanwick" width="600" height="" title="Flagstone Patio After Cleaning Stanwick" /></center></p> <p>This work was carried out to the customers satisfaction who left the following feedback on my website.</p> <p><em>&#8220;Phil is a very hardworking and pleasant guy who kept me fully informed at all stages and the floors and patios look great. Many thanks &#8211; Michael B, Stanwick, &#8220;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Clean of a Flagstone Patio in Northamptonshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-twenty-year-old-flagstone-patio-in-stanwick/">Renovating a Twenty Year Old Flagstone Patio in Stanwick</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz">Northamptonshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Reviving a Multi-Coloured Slate Floor in Camberley https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/reviving-a-multi-coloured-slate-floor-in-camberley/ West Surrey Tile Doctor urn:uuid:5496f31a-ec7b-abac-64bf-44deafe2391b Thu, 22 Aug 2019 00:58:14 +0000 <p>This was a relatively straightforward job renovating a multi-coloured Slate floor in the kitchen and adjacent dining area of a house in Camberley. I can quote from a photograph, but I prefer to visit the property, survey the floor and &#8230; <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/reviving-a-multi-coloured-slate-floor-in-camberley/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/reviving-a-multi-coloured-slate-floor-in-camberley/">Reviving a Multi-Coloured Slate Floor in Camberley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This was a relatively straightforward job renovating a <b>multi-coloured Slate floor</b> in the kitchen and adjacent dining area of a house in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camberley" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Camberley</a></b>. I can quote from a photograph, but I prefer to visit the property, survey the floor and carry out a test clean so I can be 100% confident in my quote. I cover all the towns and villages in West Surrey so it usually isn’t long before I’m passing in the direction of a client and can usually call in on the way to or from a nearby job.</p> <p><center><img src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/08/Slate-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Camberley-0719.jpg" alt="Slate Floor Before Cleaning Camberley" width="500" height="" title="Slate Floor Before Cleaning Camberley" /></center></p> <p>The client had recently had a new kitchen fitted where a lot of plastering had been taking place. It seems very little dust sheeting was used, and the result was the stone absorbed a lot of plaster dust which completely flattened its appearance. The Slate floor now looked very uninviting and it was really bringing down the appearance of the new kitchen. </p> <p><center><img src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/08/Slate-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Camberley-0720.jpg" alt="Slate Floor Before Cleaning Camberley" width="500" height="" title="Slate Floor Before Cleaning Camberley" /></center></p> <p>I discussed with the client the process we would follow to get the flooring back in shape. We agreed a cost for the work and booked in a suitable date to carry out the work, it would take a day to renovate the stone floor.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Multi-Coloured Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>I first sprayed the floor with a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro Clean</a>. The product was left on the surface to dwell then after around ten minutes I scrubbed the product into the floor using a black pad attached to a rotary floor buffer. The Slate tiles were slightly riven so overtime as the machine passed over the ridges the pad became torn, so I went through a few pads cleaning this floor. </p> <p>The abrasive action of the pads combined with the Pro-Clean proved to be very effective causing the cleaning solution to turn black as the dirt was lifted out of the stone. The now soiled cleaning solution was extracted using a wet vacuum and the floor inspected to make sure it was clean. </p> <h2>Sealing a Multi-Coloured Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Now I don’t usually recommend sealing a floor on the same day as cleaning, however it was a warm day and only a small floor so after a couple of hours of encouraged drying the floor was ready for sealing. </p> <p>I suggested three coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-extra-1-litre/22/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go Extra</a> for this floor. It&#8217;s a super tough sealer, perfect for a kitchen with lots of through traffic and an owner with a large dog. The formula improves the look adding a subtle sheen that transforms their appearance and brings out the variety of natural colours in the stone. </p> <p><center><img src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/08/Slate-Floor-After-Cleaning-Camberley-0724.jpg" alt="Slate Floor After Cleaning Camberley" width="500" height="" title="Slate Floor After Cleaning Camberley" /></center></p> <p>The client was very happy with the result, the floor was looking so much more inviting and in keeping with the new kitchen. Before leaving I discussed with them the best way to keep the floor looking in great condition. In this case I recommended a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> which is a pH balanced cleaner. It’s perfect for the regular cleaning of sealed stone as it won’t compromise the sealer like many household products, it leaves a fresh and minty smell and being concentrated a small amount goes a long way.</p> <p><center><img src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/08/Slate-Floor-After-Cleaning-Camberley-0726.jpg" alt="Slate Floor After Cleaning Camberley" width="500" height="" title="Slate Floor After Cleaning Camberley" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor in West Surrey</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/reviving-a-multi-coloured-slate-floor-in-camberley/">Reviving a Multi-Coloured Slate Floor in Camberley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Black Limestone Patio Ruined with Brick Acid in Highclere Village https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/black-limestone-patio-ruined-with-brick-acid-in-highclere-village/ Berkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:37f28806-f362-afef-5446-57b345aabeb4 Wed, 21 Aug 2019 02:27:24 +0000 <p>Black Limestone has become very popular in recent years, unfortunately however we find installers ruin its appearance with the use of unsuitable cleaning products. This was the case with this relatively new property in Highclere Village near Newbury in Berkshire. &#8230; <a href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/black-limestone-patio-ruined-with-brick-acid-in-highclere-village/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/black-limestone-patio-ruined-with-brick-acid-in-highclere-village/">Black Limestone Patio Ruined with Brick Acid in Highclere Village</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz">Berkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p><b><a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/black-limestone/31/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Black Limestone</a></b> has become very popular in recent years, unfortunately however we find installers ruin its appearance with the use of unsuitable cleaning products. This was the case with this relatively new property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highclere" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Highclere</a> Village</b> near Newbury in Berkshire. </p> <p>Black Limestone had been installed throughout the exterior by a landscaping company, but the owner wasn’t satisfied with they had left the stone. It turns out they used brick acid to wash away the remaining residue that had been left from a messy installation. Limestone is acid sensitive, and this resulted in the stone being stripped of its natural oils that give it the rich black colour. The stone now looked very grey, bland and was extremely porous. It certainly wasn’t how the client expected the patio to look. </p> <p><center><img src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2019/08/Black-Limestone-Paved-Steps-Before-Renovation-Highclere-Village-084720.jpg" alt="Black Limestone Paved Steps Before Renovation Highclere Village" width="600" height="" title="Black Limestone Paved Steps Before Renovation Highclere Village" /></center></p> <p>I visited the house and conducted a test in a small inconspicuous area. Luckily the Limestone hadn’t been sealed which was fortunate as stripping back exterior stone sealers can be a very time-consuming process. After the demo was completed the client was very satisfied and a provisional date was booked in. The client was eager to have the Black Limestone patio looking lovely ready for the summer weather, but we would need a dry day to be able to complete the work.</p> <p><center><img src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2019/08/Black-Limestone-Paving-Before-Renovation-Highclere-Village-084743.jpg" alt="Black Limestone Paving Before Renovation Highclere Village" width="600" height="" title="Black Limestone Paving Before Renovation Highclere Village" /></center></p> <p>Highclere is a village situated in the North Wessex Downs, an area of natural outstanding beauty. It is also home to Highclere Castle, which has been used in many films and TV series, including Downtown Abbey. </p> <h2>Renovating Black Limestone Patio Tiles</h2> <p>The first job was to remove all the surface dirt that had built up on the surface of the stone since it had been laid. I did this using a cleaning and extraction system that’s run from my vehicle. It’s a high-pressure cleaner with long hoses that can clean and extract dirt keeping things as mess free as possible. Once the area was cleaned the stone was left to bake and dry out in the hot sun. </p> <p>Later that afternoon I conducted several moisture tests with a damp meter. The readings were good so I was happy the stone was dry, and I could move onto the next stage of re-oiling the stone. I used <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-oil-1-litre/19/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Oil</a> for this purpose, it’s a conditioning product that penetrates the stone and revives the colour. Two coats were applied throughout and any excess oil that hadn’t penetrated the stone was buffed off. The oil was then left to cure overnight. </p> <h2>Sealing a Black Limestone Patio</h2> <p>I returned the next day and was very pleased how the Limestone looked, the rich colour was now showing. The oil had cured, and the stone was ready to seal. Two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal</a> were applied to seal the stone. Rated for external use Ultra-Seal works by occupying the pores in the stone thereby preventing dirt from become ingrained there. This product doesn’t change the appearance of the stone, resulting in a completely natural look. </p> <p><center><img src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2019/08/Black-Limestone-Paving-After-Renovation-Highclere-Village-142205.jpg" alt="Black Limestone Paving After Renovation Highclere Village" width="600" height="" title="Black Limestone Paving After Renovation Highclere Village" /></center></p> <p>My client was over the moon with how her Black Limestone now looked and left the following feedback: <I>“Dennis oiled and sealed our newly laid black limestone paving. He transformed it from grey and stained looking into a beautiful black even colour. He takes great pride in his work and I would recommend him highly.”</I></p> <p><center><img src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2019/08/Black-Limestone-Paved-Steps-After-Renovation-Highclere-Village-142125.jpg" alt="Black Limestone Paved Steps After Renovation Highclere Village" width="600" height="" title="Black Limestone Paved Steps After Renovation Highclere Village" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Black Limestone Patio in Berkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/black-limestone-patio-ruined-with-brick-acid-in-highclere-village/">Black Limestone Patio Ruined with Brick Acid in Highclere Village</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz">Berkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Restoring Quarry Tiles Hidden Under Vinyl Flooring in Filton https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-quarry-tiles-hidden-under-vinyl-flooring-in-filton/ Gloucester Tile Doctor urn:uuid:52ed467d-ae21-3b5a-0cfd-823558757590 Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:15:45 +0000 <p>This client who lives in Filton had been informed by the previous owner of his property that there was a Quarry tiled floor in the Kitchen but it had been covered up with stone effect Vinyl flooring. Keen to have &#8230; <a href="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-quarry-tiles-hidden-under-vinyl-flooring-in-filton/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-quarry-tiles-hidden-under-vinyl-flooring-in-filton/">Restoring Quarry Tiles Hidden Under Vinyl Flooring in Filton</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz">Gloucester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This client who lives in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filton" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Filton</a></b> had been informed by the previous owner of his property that there was a <b>Quarry tiled floor</b> in the Kitchen but it had been covered up with stone effect Vinyl flooring. Keen to have it removed and have the original Quarry tiles brought back to life we were contacted to see if it could be done.</p> <p>I visited the property to survey the floor and work out a plan for the restoration. The lino was heavily stuck in place with about 5mm of adhesive so I could see this was going to be no easy restoration. It would be necessary to remove, the floor, adhesive compound and cement beneath it. </p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2019/08/Lino-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Restoration-in-Filton-082938990.jpg" alt="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Restoration in Filton" width="282" height="" title="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Restoration in Filton" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2019/08/Lino-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-During-Restoration-in-Filton-082919466.jpg" alt="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Restoration in Filton" width="282" height="" title="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Restoration in Filton" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I discussed the project with the client the project, explaining it was difficult to ascertain how long it would take but anticipated it would be around three days. The process would involve stripping off the Vinyl tiles, removing the adhesive, deep cleaning the Quarry tiles and the apply a sealer to protect them. The client agreed my quote and we arranged a convenient date to return to make a start.</p> <h2>Stripping Stone Effect Vinyl from a Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>After removing the kickboards from underneath, the kitchen units, and taping up the surrounding areas to protect them, I set about restoring the floor. I used a variety of different methods to remove the adhesive compound and cement but mainly hand tools and hard labour! After three long days we had managed to remove the Vinyl and one once all adhesive was removed it was starting to look like a Quarry tiled floor. It was actually quite rewarding to see the Quarry tiles emerge as we progressed.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2019/08/Lino-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-During-Restoration-in-Filton-082927723.jpg" alt="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor During Restoration in Filton" width="282" height="" title="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor During Restoration in Filton" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2019/08/Lino-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-During-Restoration-in-Filton-090112292.jpg" alt="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor During Restoration in Filton" width="282" height="" title="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor During Restoration in Filton" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Once the Quarry tiled floor was fully exposed, I applied <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a> which was worked in using a large buffing machine fitted with a black scrubbing pad. The soil was rinsed off with water and the waste extracted with a wet vacuum. I repeated this procedure until I was satisfied the floor was as clear of old adhesives and residue and as clean as possible. Actually, we had uncovered a really nice-looking floor, which considering the covering was generally in good condition. The floor was left for a few days to ensure it was totally dry, ready for the sealing process.</p> <h2>Sealing a Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>We used a lot of water during the cleaning process, so I left the floor to try out for two days before returning to apply the sealer. I had chosen to use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> for the sealer; it leaves a matt finish whilst intensifying the natural colours in the tile. It works by occupying the pores in the tile thus preventing dirt from becoming trapped resulting in durable protection. It also allows the surface to breathe which is important on a floor of this age. We applied 2 coats to the tiles allowing each to dry before applying the next, the lovely colours of the floor were now enhanced. </p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2019/08/Lino-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Restoration-in-Filton-132110283.jpg" alt="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor After Restoration in Filton" width="282" height="" title="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor After Restoration in Filton" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2019/08/Lino-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Restoration-in-Filton-132050280.jpg" alt="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor After Restoration in Filton" width="282" height="" title="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor After Restoration in Filton" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Our client was amazed at the results and so happy they were finally rid of the old lino which was passed its best. For aftercare I recommended they should use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> which is designed for cleaning sealed tile and stone. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Quarry Tiled Kitchen in Gloucestershire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-quarry-tiles-hidden-under-vinyl-flooring-in-filton/">Restoring Quarry Tiles Hidden Under Vinyl Flooring in Filton</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz">Gloucester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Changing Grey Grout to Cream at Nether Alderley New Build https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/changing-grey-grout-to-cream-at-nether-alderley-new-build/ East Cheshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:b8c50cba-7c5e-c429-0d4c-6448dcabe2fa Mon, 19 Aug 2019 05:37:48 +0000 <p>We were contacted by a national builder of luxury homes to see if we could help sort out a grout problem with an expensive Porcelain tiled floor. Whilst most the work we do relates to the cleaning and sealing of &#8230; <a href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/changing-grey-grout-to-cream-at-nether-alderley-new-build/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/changing-grey-grout-to-cream-at-nether-alderley-new-build/">Changing Grey Grout to Cream at Nether Alderley New Build</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">East Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>We were contacted by a national builder of luxury homes to see if we could help sort out a grout problem with an expensive <b>Porcelain tiled floor</b>. Whilst most the work we do relates to the cleaning and sealing of tile and stone we also get asked to consult on related issues. On this occasion it turns out their tiler had done a great job tiling the floor with 240m2 of large format porcelain tiles, but the grout used was the wrong colour. </p> <p>The property affected was in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nether_Alderley" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Nether Alderley</a></b> which is a very desirable part of East Cheshire about a mile south of Alderley Edge. An appointment was arranged with the property developer to inspect the problem and advise on a solution.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://i0.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/08/Porcelain-Tile-Before-Grout-Colouring-Grey-to-Ivory-in-Nether-Alderley-130628.jpg?w=282&#038;ssl=1" alt="Porcelain Tile Before Grout Colouring Grey to Ivory in Nether Alderley" height="" title="Porcelain Tile Before Grout Colouring Grey to Ivory in Nether Alderley" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://i2.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/08/Porcelain-Tile-Before-Grout-Colouring-Grey-to-Ivory-in-Nether-Alderley-130647.jpg?w=282&#038;ssl=1" alt="Porcelain Tile Before Grout Colouring Grey to Ivory in Nether Alderley" height="" title="Porcelain Tile Before Grout Colouring Grey to Ivory in Nether Alderley" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>On the day of the visit I was advised that they didn&#8217;t want to remove and relay the floor as the cost would be prohibitive and the inconvenience to the homeowner excessive. The developer suggested removing the grout and replacing with the right colour however I advised to do so would take a long time also there was a high risk of chipping the tiles. </p> <p>The remedy I suggested was to recolour the grout lines with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Colourant</a>. I have used this method successfully before and I could guarantee there would be no dust and minimal inconvenience to the family, it was an obvious solution. The original grout was grey which really stood out against the cream tile however being quite dark it was clear at least two coats of Ivory grout colourant would be needed.</p> <p>The builder was happy to go ahead with this solution and we arranged a time to come back. The floor was a very large area so the work would take some time to complete.</p> <h2>Recolouring the Grout on a Porcelain Tiled Floor</h2> <p>Working in sections the first job was to wash and scrub the grout lines with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant-pre-treat-cleaner-500ml-with-trigger-spray/201/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Colourant Pre- Treatment Cleaner</a> which lightly etches and cleans the grout lines to ensure an improved bond with the new colourant. </p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://i2.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/08/Porcelain-Tile-During-Grout-Colouring-Grey-to-Ivory-in-Nether-Alderley-082916.jpg?w=282&#038;ssl=1" alt="Porcelain Tile During Grout Colouring Grey to Ivory in Nether Alderley" height="" title="Porcelain Tile During Grout Colouring Grey to Ivory in Nether Alderley" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://i2.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/08/Porcelain-Tile-During-Grout-Colouring-Grey-to-Ivory-in-Nether-Alderley-082910.jpg?w=282&#038;ssl=1" alt="Porcelain Tile During Grout Colouring Grey to Ivory in Nether Alderley" height="" title="Porcelain Tile During Grout Colouring Grey to Ivory in Nether Alderley" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The grout was then dried off with some gentle assistance with a heat gun to speed up the process. Once dry the next task was to apply the first coat of Ivory colourant. The colourant is applied by dipping a small brush into the colourant then scrubbing it into the grout lines. Any residue left on the tiles is easily wiped off with a baby wipe to leave a nice crisp line. If you’re doing this yourself then it’s worth noting that Tile Doctor sell a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant-kit/99/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Grout Colourant Kit</a> that includes the pre-treater, colourant and the brush.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://i2.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/08/Porcelain-Tile-After-Grout-Colouring-Grey-to-Ivory-in-Nether-Alderley-162845.jpg?w=282&#038;ssl=1" alt="Porcelain Tile After Grout Colouring Grey to Ivory in Nether Alderley" height="" title="Porcelain Tile After Grout Colouring Grey to Ivory in Nether Alderley" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://i1.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/08/Porcelain-Tile-After-Grout-Colouring-Grey-to-Ivory-in-Nether-Alderley-184648.jpg?w=282&#038;ssl=1" alt="Porcelain Tile After Grout Colouring Grey to Ivory in Nether Alderley" height="" title="Porcelain Tile After Grout Colouring Grey to Ivory in Nether Alderley" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>It took two days to complete the work saving the house builder thousands of pounds, there was no mess and the family were only slightly inconvenienced. The builder was that impressed we did six more homes on that estate and I understand he has since used the same process with another Tile Doctor in Yorkshire.</p> <p>Another advantage of the grout colourant is that it forms an impervious layer over the grout, effectively sealing it in and making it much easier to keep clean going forward.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Recolour of Grout on a Porcelain Tiled Floor in East Cheshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/changing-grey-grout-to-cream-at-nether-alderley-new-build/">Changing Grey Grout to Cream at Nether Alderley New Build</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">East Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Victorian Tiled Hallway Restored in Camden https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-restored-in-camden/ North London Tile Doctor urn:uuid:66549484-70d5-618a-37eb-e3db86a440b6 Fri, 16 Aug 2019 00:46:23 +0000 <p>This detailed Victorian tiled hallway at a property in Camden was overdue some much-needed repair and maintenance. The owners of the property appreciated that original period features like this add a lot of value to a property and asked me &#8230; <a href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-restored-in-camden/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-restored-in-camden/">Victorian Tiled Hallway Restored in Camden</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz">North London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This detailed <b>Victorian tiled hallway</b> at a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camden_Town" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Camden</a></b> was overdue some much-needed repair and maintenance. The owners of the property appreciated that original period features like this add a lot of value to a property and asked me to visit the property to quote for renovating it. The property was in a terrace of similar properties most of which appeared to have retained their Victorian character. </p> <p><center><img src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2019/08/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Tile-Before-Restoration-Camden-1.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Tile Before Restoration Camden" width="500" height="" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Tile Before Restoration Camden" /></center></p> <p>I inspected the floor and found there were a couple of loose, cracked, worn and broken tiles that needed to be replaced. In addition, the floor tiles needed a deep clean and then seal to bring back the wow factor. I was confident we could renovate the floor but at that point unsure if we would be able to find exact match replacements for the damaged tiles. Fortunately, Victorian tiles are still in demand and I knew of several companies I could check with so I was confident they could be found. </p> <p><center><img src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2019/08/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Tile-Before-Restoration-Camden-2.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Tile Before Restoration Camden" width="500" height="" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Tile Before Restoration Camden" /></center></p> <p>We discussed how long the work would take and assuming I could source the replacements agreed a price for the full restoration of the floor. After doing some research I managed to find suitable replacements with a company called <a href="https://www.originalstyle.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Original Style</a> and the work was scheduled for the following month. </p> <h2>Cleaning/Repairing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>Firstly, we prepared all areas with protective tapes to threshold edges and skirting.<br /> This was followed by spaying the tiles with a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove &#038; Go</a> which is product designed to remove old sealers and coatings. After about ten minutes the tiles were scrubbed with <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">black scrubbing pads</a> and scrubbing brushes. Fresh water was used to rinse the floor and the slurry was extracted using a wet vacuum. </p> <p>The floor was inspected and then a second clean carried out, this time using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> which is a Tile and Grout cleaning agent. The same process of application was used and after rinsing and extracting the dirt the tiles were given a steam clean. This ensured all the dirt was lifted out of the pores of the tile and the floor was now as clean as it possible could be.</p> <p>The next step was the remove the loose and cracked tiles using the reclaimed tiles we had sourced earlier. Some cuts were necessary to get the replacements to match the originals but overall the plan worked. A quick drying adhesive was used to secure the tiles so we could apply the grout shortly after. The whole floor was then re-grouted and cleaned off to ensure a good match. The floor was left to dry off overnight, and you could already see it was now looking considerably improved.</p> <h2>Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>Returning the next morning we checked the floor was dry using a moisture meter, this is important as to apply a sealer to damp tiles will lead to a patchy experience. All was well so we were ready to apply the sealer. </p> <p>To start a single base coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow sealer</a> was applied to the floor and left to dry. This sealer is an impregnator that protects from within by occupying the pores in the clay tile improving colour in the process. This sealer does leave a matt finish however and the client wanted a subtle shine so one dry it was followed by four coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal &#038; Go</a>. The combination of the two sealers works really well to add long lasting protection to the tiles and provide the desired finish to the floor.</p> <p><center><img src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2019/08/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Tile-After-Restoration-Camden.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Tile After Restoration Camden" width="500" height="" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Tile After Restoration Camden" /></center></p> <p>The floor was much improved, and the client was delighted. The detailed pattern and colours were now much more prominent, and the hallway looked much more inviting for both the owner and their guests. For the aftercare of Victorian tiles, I recommended the use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Cleaner</a> which is pH neutral and won’t prematurely erode the life of the sealer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in North London</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-restored-in-camden/">Victorian Tiled Hallway Restored in Camden</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz">North London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Kitchen Slate Floor with Inlaid Granite Renovated in Harrogate https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/kitchen-slate-floor-with-inlaid-granite-renovated-in-harrogate/ North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:0ddd46ac-4b33-ab89-8f4b-d19c12027fde Thu, 15 Aug 2019 02:32:55 +0000 <p>I was recently asked to survey an unusual stone floor at a house in in Harrogate comprising of Slate inlaid with Granite. The client advised that it had not been cleaned properly for 20 years and wanted it renovating! It &#8230; <a href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/kitchen-slate-floor-with-inlaid-granite-renovated-in-harrogate/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/kitchen-slate-floor-with-inlaid-granite-renovated-in-harrogate/">Kitchen Slate Floor with Inlaid Granite Renovated in Harrogate</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was recently asked to survey an unusual stone floor at a house in in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrogate" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Harrogate</a></b> comprising of <b>Slate inlaid with Granite</b>. The client advised that it had not been cleaned properly for 20 years and wanted it renovating! It was now definitely overdue a deep clean and professional attention. Fortunately, having worked on these floors for many years I knew I could make a substantial impact and transform its appearance. Fossilized slate is a beautiful stone when cleaned and sealed correctly.</p> <p><center><img src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/08/Slate-and-Granite-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Harrogate-082925.jpg" alt=" Slate and Granite Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Harrogate" width="500" height="" title=" Slate and Granite Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Harrogate" /></center></p> <p>The owner confessed they had actually been sealing the floor every two years but without a deep clean first, so they were effectively sealing in the dirt each time. I discussed with them the process I would use to clean and re-seal the floor and we agreed a price to carry to out the work.</p> <h2>Cleaning Slate and Granite Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>To remove the layers of old sealer and dirt used a set of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Diamond Burnishing pads</a>. The pads are attached to a rotary floor machine starting with the coarse 400-grit pad which was lubricated with a dilution of Tile Doctor Remove and Go to help strip the floor of dirt and layers of sealer. After rinsing and extracting the soil I worked through the different grades of pads in sequence finishing with the 1500-grit and this time using just water for lubrication.</p> <p>A set of diamond handheld <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/diamond-hand-burnishing-block-set-greenblackred-yellow/31/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">burnishing blocks</a> were then used to clean up the edges and corners where the large 17” pads struggle to reach. This ensures all areas are treated and free of dirt and old sealer.</p> <p>The floor was then rinsed and extracted again to remove the remaining soil. I find a wet vacuum is an invaluable tool for this. The floor was then left to dry out overnight ready for sealing the next day.</p> <h2>Sealing a Granite and Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>I returned the next day to seal the floor, first checking with a damp meter that the floor was dry, and the moisture reading was below the acceptable level. These results were fine, so I had a green light to continue and seal the stone.</p> <p>The customer wanted a shine on the floor so rather than apply a satin sealer which I felt wouldn’t adhere to the stone properly I decided to polish the floor further with a the last of the four burnishing pads which is a very fine 3000-grit pad. You don’t need to use a lot of water with this last pad just a small amount sprayed onto the floor using a technique we refer to as a ‘Spray Burnish’. </p> <p>To seal the floor, two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> were applied. This is an impregnating matt sealer which intensifies the natural colours of this beautiful stone and provides long lasting durable protection. </p> <p><center><img src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/08/Slate-and-Granite-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Harrogate-114802.jpg" alt=" Slate and Granite Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Harrogate" width="500" height="" title=" Slate and Granite Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Harrogate" /></center></p> <p>Even I was impressed with the finished result but more importantly the client was over the moon. To keep the floor looking its best I recommended they use <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a> which is pH neutral. You should always read the label in detail when choosing a floor cleaning product as many are too strong and not recommended for sealed stone surfaces as they will prematurely erode the sealer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Slate and Granite Kitchen Floor in Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/kitchen-slate-floor-with-inlaid-granite-renovated-in-harrogate/">Kitchen Slate Floor with Inlaid Granite Renovated in Harrogate</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway Renovation in Sedbergh https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/geometric-victorian-tiled-hallway-renovation-in-sedbergh/ South Cumbria Tile Doctor urn:uuid:b244c3bb-4f6e-6bca-470a-60a1c7645186 Tue, 13 Aug 2019 00:36:05 +0000 <p>This beautiful Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway at a property in the small Cumbrian town of Sedbergh had been covered by carpet and then Vinyl beneath the carpet. Far from causing an issue with the floor however it had protected the &#8230; <a href="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/geometric-victorian-tiled-hallway-renovation-in-sedbergh/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/geometric-victorian-tiled-hallway-renovation-in-sedbergh/">Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway Renovation in Sedbergh</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz">South Cumbria Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This beautiful <b>Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway</b> at a property in the small Cumbrian town of <b><a href="https://www.sedbergh.org.uk/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Sedbergh</a></b> had been covered by carpet and then Vinyl beneath the carpet. Far from causing an issue with the floor however it had protected the beautiful old tiles, but they needed a deep clean and seal. The client really wanted to make the most of the character features of the property and the hall floor was their first priority.</p> <p><center><img src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2019/08/Geometric-Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Cleaning-Sedbergh-1256.jpg" alt="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Cleaning Sedbergh" width="500" height="" title="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Cleaning Sedbergh" /></center></p> <p>I discussed with the client the process of cleaning and we agreed a quote for the work, arranging a date for the work to be carried out later in the month. If you have never been Sedbergh is well worth a visit, it sits just within the Yorkshire Dales National Park at the foot of the Howgill Fells making it very popular with walkers.</p> <p><center><img src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2019/08/Geometric-Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Cleaning-Sedbergh-1248.jpg" alt="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Cleaning Sedbergh" width="500" height="" title="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Cleaning Sedbergh" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The floor had a lovely decorative tile border that ran along the perimeter of the hallway however some damage had occurred when fitting central heating pipers many years earlier. There were also small holes around the edges that I suspect were used to secure the carpet gripper. To resolve this my first task was to replace the damaged tiles and fill the small holes with grout in a matching colour.</p> <p>Once the repairs had set, I started the cleaning process with a coarse <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">200-grit Diamond pad</a> followed by a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-400-grit-coarse-red-no-1-burnishing-pad/36/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">400-grit pad</a> which were run over the floor using a weighed buffing machine. Only water is used during this process to add lubrication, no chemicals are needed and once done the floor is rinsed with water and the slurry removed with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>The corners and edges which were are not accessible with the machine had to be done by hand, so we used small <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/diamond-hand-burnishing-block-set-greenblackred-yellow/31/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">burnishing blocks</a> for these. The Green block is great at getting the dirt off the tiles, but leaves the pores of the clay open, so this needs to be finished with the Black 100, Red 200 and Yellow 400 Diamond Block used in sequence which then matches the pores of the clay tiles in the rest of the floor.</p> <p>We finished the clean, with a light acid rinse using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up</a>, left on the surface for no more than 5 minutes before rinsing and extracting. This process further cleans the floor and counters any potential <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/custom.aspx/efflorescence/10/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">efflorescence issues</a> by neutralising alkaline salts in the floor. This is a common problem with old Victorian tiles which don&#8217;t have a damp-proof membrane.</p> <h2>Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The floor was left to dry out overnight and the next day I came back to inspect the floor and make sure it was dry so it could be sealed. Usually one night to dry is fine during the summer although in the winter sometimes it takes two or even three days. Sealers don’t cure well on damp floors resulting in a patchy appearance so before sealing we always check the floor is fully dry with a damp meter in several areas. Only once we are happy that the moisture readings in the floor are below a certain level do go ahead and apply a sealer.</p> <p><center><img src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2019/08/Geometric-Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Cleaning-Sedbergh-2136.jpg" alt="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway After Cleaning Sedbergh" width="500" height="" title="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway After Cleaning Sedbergh" /></center></p> <p>To seal and protect the Victorian tile, a couple of coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> were applied to the floor. <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Colour Grow</a> is a fully breathable, colour enhancing sealer which ticks a lot of boxes for this type of floor as old floors don’t have a damp-proof membrane fitted. This is an important consideration as moisture will be also to rise through the tile from the subfloor and not get trapped underneath where it could spread to the walls. Other types of sealer such as acrylic, wax, polishes etc don’t last long if there is dampness in the floor. Tile Doctor Colour Grow copes well in these conditions and can be used in wet rooms, shower cubicles and external patio areas so its’s more than suitable for a slightly damp floor which is often the case with a Victorian base.</p> <p><center><img src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2019/08/Geometric-Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Cleaning-Sedbergh-2137.jpg" alt="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway After Cleaning Sedbergh" width="500" height="" title="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway After Cleaning Sedbergh" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in South Cumbria</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/geometric-victorian-tiled-hallway-renovation-in-sedbergh/">Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway Renovation in Sedbergh</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz">South Cumbria Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Restoring a Salt Satined Quarry Tiled Floor in Gamlingay https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-salt-satined-quarry-tiled-floor-in-gamlingay/ Cambridge Tile Doctor urn:uuid:c47bc906-bb9e-52cb-b2b2-6eac1637b3b7 Fri, 09 Aug 2019 02:29:51 +0000 <p>This quarry tiled floor in the village of Gamlingay had been subject to efflorescence salt staining over many years. This problem typically occurs in older houses where the floor has been laid without a damp-proof membrane allowing moisture to rise &#8230; <a href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-salt-satined-quarry-tiled-floor-in-gamlingay/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-salt-satined-quarry-tiled-floor-in-gamlingay/">Restoring a Salt Satined Quarry Tiled Floor in Gamlingay</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz">Cambridge Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This <b>quarry tiled floor</b> in the village of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamlingay" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Gamlingay</a></b> had been subject to <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/custom.aspx/efflorescence/10/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">efflorescence</a> salt staining over many years. This problem typically occurs in older houses where the floor has been laid without a damp-proof membrane allowing moisture to rise through the tile bringing with it salts from the sub floor. Gamlingay is located in South Cambridgeshire, near the border with Bedfordshire, is an ancient village which features in the Domesday Book. Not surprisingly a lot of the property here is quite old and includes sixty listed buildings.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/08/Salt-Stained-Quarry-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-Before-Cleaning-150149.jpg" alt="Salt Stained Quarry Tiled Hallway Floor Before Cleaning" width="282" height="" title="Salt Stained Quarry Tiled Hallway Floor Before Cleaning" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/08/Salt-Stained-Quarry-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-Before-Cleaning-150157.jpg" alt="Salt Stained Quarry Tiled Hallway Floor Before Cleaning" width="282" height="" title="Salt Stained Quarry Tiled Hallway Floor Before Cleaning" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Before the current owner moved in the property had been left dormant and empty with no heating which hadn’t helped the condition of the floor amongst other things. The white efflorescent salt staining was now very evident on the Quarry tiles and had caused a lot of damage to the surface of the floor. I discussed with the client how we could help and carried out a test clean. They were happy with the result and we agreed our quote to renovate the floor. We arranged to return later in the month.</p> <h2>Renovating a Salt Damaged Quarry Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The cleaning began with the application of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> which was sprayed onto the tile and left to soak in for about ten minutes. The tiles were then scrubbed with a very coarse 200-grit diamond pad fitted to a rotary machine. The soil was then extracted using our van mounted hot water extraction system which makes light work of rinsing the floor and keeps the mess to a minimum. The combination of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> and the coarse pad cleaned and resurfaced the tile improving the appearance of the floor and once the soil was removed you could really see the transformation.</p> <p>We finished the cleaning process by giving the whole floor an acid wash using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a>. The acid dissolves the alkaline salt still present in the floor and removes any grout haze still present on the tile. Once this had been scrubbed in it was rinse off and extracted using the hot water extraction system as before. The floor was then left to dry out which due to the lack of damp-proof membrane was expected to lake longer than usual, so we decided to leave the floor a few days.</p> <h2>Sealing an Old Quarry Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>We returned on a nice sunny day and first tested the floor with our damp-proof meter. This just tests the moisture levels in the floor to check they are to an acceptable level. If the floor is not dry the seal will not cure properly, and the process would be a waste. In this case the readings were fine, and I was happy the floor was dry enough to be sealed. </p> <p>The client had requested the floor have a low sheen appearance and they didn’t want it to look too shiny. Given the floors history with Efflorescence however I needed to choose a sealer that would give the desired appearance but was also fully breathable and allow for moisture to rise through the tile. Trapping moisture under the tile with a non-breathable sealer can result in moisture spreading to the walls leading to rising damp.</p> <p>On this occasion I opted to go with the application of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-extra-1-litre/22/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Seal and Go extra</a> which is fully breathable and leaves a subtle sheen appearance. The acid wash we gave the tiles should neutralise the alkaline salts and now the house was occupied the damp issues which had led to them occurring in the first place are less likely. I applied six coats of sealer, allowing each one to dry before applying the next. </p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/08/Salt-Stained-Quarry-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-After-Cleaning-174728.jpg" alt="Salt Stained Quarry Tiled Hallway Floor After Cleaning" width="282" height="" title="Salt Stained Quarry Tiled Hallway Floor After Cleaning" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/08/Salt-Stained-Quarry-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-After-Cleaning-174720.jpg" alt="Salt Stained Quarry Tiled Hallway Floor After Cleaning" width="282" height="" title="Salt Stained Quarry Tiled Hallway Floor After Cleaning" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>As you can see from the pictures, the work made a dramatic difference to the floor and my client was delighted with the transformation. </p> <p><center><img src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/08/Salt-Stained-Quarry-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-After-Cleaning-174724.jpg" alt="Salt Stained Quarry Tiled Hallway Floor After Cleaning" width="500" height="" title="Salt Stained Quarry Tiled Hallway Floor After Cleaning" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Quarry Tiled Hallway in Cambridgeshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-salt-satined-quarry-tiled-floor-in-gamlingay/">Restoring a Salt Satined Quarry Tiled Floor in Gamlingay</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz">Cambridge Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Large Travertine Floor Renovated at Whirlow Rental Property https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/large-travertine-floor-renovated-at-whirlow-rental-property/ South Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:d452f0a6-f79b-7d60-4144-4182951001e3 Tue, 06 Aug 2019 05:56:41 +0000 <p>Travertine tiled floors are a great feature but do need regular maintenance to keep them looking good. This rarely happens correctly in rental properties and this was certainly the problem at this property in the affluent Sheffield suburb of Whirlow. &#8230; <a href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/large-travertine-floor-renovated-at-whirlow-rental-property/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/large-travertine-floor-renovated-at-whirlow-rental-property/">Large Travertine Floor Renovated at Whirlow Rental Property</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p><b><a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/travertine-tile-cleaning/10/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Travertine tiled</a></b> floors are a great feature but do need regular maintenance to keep them looking good. This rarely happens correctly in rental properties and this was certainly the problem at this property in the affluent Sheffield suburb of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whirlow" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Whirlow</a>.</p> <p>My client had rented out their beautiful house for the last ten years but were now moving back in. The property had been given a deep clean following the last rental and they were very disappointed with the Travertine tiled floor which looked dull, dirty and generally un-inviting. They were contemplating have the floor replaced but thought they would contact Tile Doctor first to see if could be improved.</p> <p><center><img src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2019/08/Travertine-Tiled-Floor-Before-Cleaning-in-Whirlow-Sheffield-093149.jpg" alt="Travertine Tiled Floor Before Cleaning in Whirlow Sheffield" width="600" height="" title="Travertine Tiled Floor Before Cleaning in Whirlow Sheffield" /></center></p> <p>I popped into the property to inspect the floor and work out the best method to clean the floor by completing a test clean. The Travertine responded well to the test and I was confident that the floor could be restored. The client was also pleased with the result and the potential of the floor and agreed our quote. We also agreed a date for the work which would take two days and booked it in for later in the month.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Travertine Tile and Grout</h2> <p>To rejuvenate Travertine, we use a system known as burnishing which gradually cleans and hones the stone to restore its polished appearance. It involves using a set of four <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">diamond encrusted pads</a> of different grits from coarse to fine. Each diamond pad is fitted to a rotary floor buffer and run over the floor with water for lubrication. The resulting slurry is then rinsed away with water and extracted using the wet vacuum. </p> <p><center><img src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2019/08/Travertine-Tiled-Floor-During-Cleaning-in-Whirlow-Sheffield-110333.jpg" alt="Travertine Tiled Floor During Cleaning in Whirlow Sheffield" width="500" height="" title="Travertine Tiled Floor During Cleaning in Whirlow Sheffield" /></center></p> <p>Halfway through the pads I turned my attention to the grout which due to being recessed can be missed by the pads. To get this clean I apply a strong dilution of <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a>, leave it to soak into the grout for five minutes and then scrub it in by hand with a narrow brush. The soil was then rinsed away with water and extracted with a wet vacuum as before.</p> <p><center><img src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2019/08/Travertine-Tiled-Floor-During-Grout-Cleaning-in-Whirlow-Sheffield-.jpg" alt="Travertine Tiled Floor During Grout Cleaning in Whirlow Sheffield" width="600" height="" title="Travertine Tiled Floor During Grout Cleaning in Whirlow Sheffield" /></center></p> <p>It was a large area, so the tile and grout cleaning process took some time to complete. Once done the floor was given a final rinse and extraction and then left to dry out overnight.</p> <h2> Sealing a Travertine Tiled Downstairs Floor</h2> <p>The following morning, I returned to site ready to seal the floor first checking with a damp meter that the tiles were dry. We selected to use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> to seal the floor, this is a colour enhancing sealer which improved the colour in the stone whilst protecting it from the inside by occupying the pores. It provides durable protection but also allows the floor to breathe. Three coats were applied, each coat is left to dry before applying the next.</p> <p><center><img src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2019/08/Travertine-Tiled-Floor-After-Polishing-in-Whirlow-Sheffield-102114.jpg" alt="Travertine Tiled Floor After Polishing in Whirlow Sheffield" width="600" height="" title="Travertine Tiled Floor After Polishing in Whirlow Sheffield" /></center></p> <p>Our client was over the moon with the results and was so thankful they didn’t end up ripping the floor up. Not only had it saved them the additional cost but also the disruption of the work as they were keen to move back in. </p> <p>I suggested that to keep the floor maintained, they should invest in some <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a>. This product improves patina and is pH neutral so will ensure that the newly applied seal stays in place and the floor remains protected. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Travertine Tiled Downstairs in South Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/large-travertine-floor-renovated-at-whirlow-rental-property/">Large Travertine Floor Renovated at Whirlow Rental Property</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Removing Polymer Grout Haze from Wood Effect Ceramic tiles in Guildford https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/removing-polymer-grout-haze-from-wood-effect-ceramic-tiles-in-guildford/ West Surrey Tile Doctor urn:uuid:ba38b5b2-c278-2756-262a-a63272aa5c82 Mon, 05 Aug 2019 01:55:08 +0000 <p>Grout haze or grout smears as it is often called can be a huge problem when laying tiles. Grout haze is basically grout that has been left to dry on the surface of the tile after installation. It&#8217;s a common &#8230; <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/removing-polymer-grout-haze-from-wood-effect-ceramic-tiles-in-guildford/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/removing-polymer-grout-haze-from-wood-effect-ceramic-tiles-in-guildford/">Removing Polymer Grout Haze from Wood Effect Ceramic tiles in Guildford</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p><b>Grout haze</b> or <b>grout smears</b> as it is often called can be a huge problem when laying tiles. Grout haze is basically grout that has been left to dry on the surface of the tile after installation. It&#8217;s a common problem which is exacerbated by the use of quick drying products. Take for example this interesting <b>Wood Effect Ceramic Tile</b> installation at a house in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guildford" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Guildford</a></b> following installation by a builder.</p> <p>I was a bit slow in following up on the initial enquiry as we had been very busy so by the time, I got in touch I was told they had employed someone else to carry out the work. I apologised for my late response and said to call me if he needed help in the future. Three days later I got a call so we arranged a visit so that I could carry out a test and quote a price. </p> <p><center><img src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/08/Grout-Haze-on-Wood-Effect-Ceramic-Tiles-Before-Removal-Guildford-0872.jpg" alt="Grout Haze on Wood Effect Ceramic Tiles Before Removal Guildford" width="500" height="" title="Grout Haze on Wood Effect Ceramic Tiles Before Removal Guildford" /></center></p> <p>As it turns out the builder had returned and failed to remove the grout haze and so had a rival firm that seemed more interested in selling unnecessary sealer than fixing the problem. I was astonished to see what a state the builder had left his floor. Grout was all over the floor with footprints walked across thresholds and more. I could understand it if there was some grout was missed after installation but not to this level!</p> <p>I carried out a successful test and confirmed to the customer that there was absolutely no need to rip and replace his £2k floor. We agreed a date to resolve the problem and to say he was relieved was an understatement! </p> <p><center><img src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/08/Grout-Haze-on-Wood-Effect-Ceramic-Tiles-Before-Removal-Guildford-0873.jpg" alt="Grout Haze on Wood Effect Ceramic Tiles Before Removal Guildford" width="500" height="" title="Grout Haze on Wood Effect Ceramic Tiles Before Removal Guildford" /></center></p> <h2>Removing Polymer Grout Haze</h2> <p>The builders had used <a href="http://www.mapei.com/US-EN/Tile-&#038;-Stone-Installation-Systems/Cement-Grouts/Keracolor-S" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Mapei grout</a> which contains polymers. Polymers offer better flexibility and adhesion, however in order to remove the grout haze we would first need to break down the polymers in the grout first and this is why the rival firm failed. </p> <p>With that in mind, my first action was to apply <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> to the floor and leave it to dwell for five to ten minutes. I then worked it into the tile using a scrubbing pad fitted to a rotary machine. </p> <p>After washing the soil away with warm water and extracting with a wet vacuum I applied <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up</a> to treat the grout. <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Grout Clean-up</a> is an acid-based product that breaks down the grout so it can be rinsed away and extracted as before. Afterwards I rinsed the floor with warm water and extracted again to remove any trace of product and neutralise the floor. After removing as much moisture as possible with the wet vacuum I speed dried the tiles with a blower. </p> <h2>Wood Effect Ceramic Tile Installation Problem Resolved</h2> <p><a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/ceramic-tile-cleaning/2/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Ceramic tiles</a> won’t accept a sealer so once the floor had dried the job was finished and it took less than a day.</p> <p><center><img src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/08/Grout-Haze-on-Wood-Effect-Ceramic-Tiles-After-Removal-Guildford-0875.jpg" alt="Grout Haze on Wood Effect Ceramic Tiles After Removal Guildford" width="500" height="" title="Grout Haze on Wood Effect Ceramic Tiles After Removal Guildford" /></center></p> <p>The customer was over the moon with the difference. While his floor was in such a state, he has been unable to bring in new furniture as the serious possibility of removing the tiles was hanging over him. </p> <p>Relieved that the problem was now resolved he kindly left the following review:</p> <p><em>&#8220;I had a floor that had just been laid with very heavy grout haze. I had already had advice from two other professional floor cleaners who had advised me that the floor was irreparable and would need to be pulled up. As soon as I spoke with Rupert, it was clear he was extremely knowledgeable. He asked questions none of the other companies had. By understanding the specific nature of the problem, he was able to solve it by first removing the grout polymers and then applying an acid wash. The floor came up brilliantly. Rupert was the only person I spoke to that could fix this, everyone else told me I needed to replace my floor! Superbly knowledgeable, professional and did an excellent job. Don&#8217;t bother speaking to anyone else, just call Rupert! &#8220;</em></p> <p><center><img src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/08/Grout-Haze-on-Wood-Effect-Ceramic-Tiles-After-Removal-Guildford-0874.jpg" alt="Grout Haze on Wood Effect Ceramic Tiles After Removal Guildford" width="500" height="" title="Grout Haze on Wood Effect Ceramic Tiles After Removal Guildford" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Clean of a Wood Effect Ceramic Tiled Hallway in West Surrey</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/removing-polymer-grout-haze-from-wood-effect-ceramic-tiles-in-guildford/">Removing Polymer Grout Haze from Wood Effect Ceramic tiles in Guildford</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Cleaning of a Mexican Terracotta floor in Penrith https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-of-a-mexican-terracotta-floor-in-penrith/ North Cumbria Tile Doctor urn:uuid:d8d6bfb0-7a68-bf31-fd04-bc19731b6313 Fri, 02 Aug 2019 12:49:52 +0000 <p>I have lost count of how many Terracotta tiled floors we have cleaned and sealed over the years and the one thing it has taught me is to wary of Mexican Terracotta. This type of Terracotta is extremely hard to &#8230; <a href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-of-a-mexican-terracotta-floor-in-penrith/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-of-a-mexican-terracotta-floor-in-penrith/">Cleaning of a Mexican Terracotta floor in Penrith</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz">North Cumbria Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I have lost count of how many <b>Terracotta tiled floors</b> we have cleaned and sealed over the years and the one thing it has taught me is to wary of <b>Mexican Terracotta</b>. This type of Terracotta is extremely hard to work with, its porous and made of soft clay which has usually been badly fired. Even if you do have all the equipment, experience and the right products it can be a challenge.</p> <p><center><img src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2019/08/Mexican-Terracotta-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Penrith-1255.jpg" alt="Mexican Terracotta Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Penrith" width="600" height="" title="Mexican Terracotta Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Penrith" /></center></p> <p>If you look at these pictures of this Mexican Terracotta floor, we recently worked on in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penrith,_Cumbria" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Penrith</a></b> you will see the tiles looked very dull before we cleaned them. Testing indicated there was still a sealer present however we didn’t know what type it was. Knowing what your dealing with really helps narrow down the best cleaning products to use which for Terracotta tiles tends to fall into one of three different categories.</p> <ul> <li>To remove wax-based sealers, we use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-wax-away-1-litre/228/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Wax Away</a></li> <li>To remove acrylic based sealers, we use either <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro Clean</a> for light sealer coatings or <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-oxy-gel-1-litre/169/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Oxy-Gel</a> for heavier coatings.</li> <li>To remove solvent based matt sealers we use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> for light coatings or <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-nanotech-hbu-remover-1-litre/10/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Nanotech HBU</a> for thicker coatings.</li> </ul> <p>If you have the misfortune of having had Varnish laid on top of these tiles, then the job becomes significantly harder. Because of this we have to be flexible when pricing for the work, naturally if we give a quote and we use the wrong system then not only will we be out of product but also the extra labour time to get the job right for the customer.</p> <p><center><img src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2019/08/Mexican-Terracotta-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Penrith-1254.jpg" alt="Mexican Terracotta Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Penrith" width="500" height="" title="Mexican Terracotta Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Penrith" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning a Mexican Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>On this occasion the sealer at this property in <b>Penrith</b> was of the more common acrylic type, so we used a combination of Tile Doctor Pro-Clean and some <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-oxy-gel-1-litre/169/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Oxy-Gel</a> for the stubborn areas. The products are applied to the floor and then scrubbed in using a black pad fitted to a rotary buffing machine. This releases the old sealer and dirt from the tile resulting in a slurry that is then extracted off the floor using a wet vacuum. The floor is then rinsed with water and extracted again to make sure all the soil has been removed.</p> <p>Last step the cleaning is to treat the tiles to an Acid Rinse to further clean the tiles and equalise the floors pH level after the use of alkaline cleaners. We used Tile Doctor Acid Gel for this which was first scrubbed in, then rinsed with water and finally extracted as before. The floor is then rinsed down again with water to remove any trace of product and the wet vacuum used to extract as much moisture from the floor as possible so it can have a better chance of drying out overnight.</p> <h2>Sealing a Mexican Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>We called back the next day to seal the Terracotta first checking in several areas with a damp meter that the floor was nice and dry. All was well so several coats of a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go</a> were applied to the floor for a nice mid satin finish.</p> <p><center><img src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2019/08/Mexican-Terracotta-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Penrith-2129.jpg" alt="Mexican Terracotta Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Penrith" width="500" height="" title="Mexican Terracotta Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Penrith" /></center></p> <p>The finished floor looked fantastic and was doubly improved by the grout cleaning which had responded well to the Pro-Clean. The customer was over the moon with the transformation in their floor which now looked clean and bright. </p> <p>Before leaving we left the customer with a bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral cleaner</a> for aftercare. To get the best from their Terracotta tiles it’s important that customers use the correct product for regular maintenance cleaning from the start. </p> <p><center><img src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2019/08/Mexican-Terracotta-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Penrith-2126.jpg" alt="Mexican Terracotta Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Penrith" width="500" height="" title="Mexican Terracotta Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Penrith" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Clean and Seal of a Mexican Terracotta Tiled Kitchen in Cumbria</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-of-a-mexican-terracotta-floor-in-penrith/">Cleaning of a Mexican Terracotta floor in Penrith</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz">North Cumbria Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Deep Cleaning Grout in a Shepperton Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-grout-in-a-shepperton-ceramic-tiled-shower-cubicle/ South Middlesex Tile Doctor urn:uuid:d2ef675a-7f70-db61-776f-1bd15f82c93c Thu, 01 Aug 2019 12:07:25 +0000 <p>I was contacted by a client in Shepperton about refurbishing their Ceramic tiled shower cubicle. They longed for a room that they didn’t dread going into in the mornings and were considering having a new bathroom suite fitted. Their main &#8230; <a href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-grout-in-a-shepperton-ceramic-tiled-shower-cubicle/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-grout-in-a-shepperton-ceramic-tiled-shower-cubicle/">Deep Cleaning Grout in a Shepperton Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz">South Middlesex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was contacted by a client in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shepperton" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Shepperton</a></b> about refurbishing their <b>Ceramic tiled shower cubicle</b>. They longed for a room that they didn’t dread going into in the mornings and were considering having a new bathroom suite fitted. Their main concern was the shower cubicle where the tile and grout were well past their best and looking rather dated.</p> <p><center><img src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2019/08/Ceramic-Tiled-Shower-Cubicle-Before-Cleaning-Shepperton-0422.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle Before Cleaning Shepperton" width="500" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle Before Cleaning Shepperton" /></center></p> <p>I’m based in Shepperton so it wasn’t long before I was able to call in and take a look at the shower cubicle to see if it could be renovated. It turns out the shower cubicle was installed fifteen years prior and had not been professionally cleaned during that time. You can see from the adjacent photographs that the discoloured grout was the main issue which is not unusual as the top layer of grout is slightly porous and does attract dirt. Ceramic tiles on the other hand have a glazed surface which makes them very easy to keep clean</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2019/08/Ceramic-Tiled-Shower-Cubicle-Before-Cleaning-Shepperton-0423.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle Before Cleaning Shepperton" width="282" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle Before Cleaning Shepperton" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2019/08/Ceramic-Tiled-Shower-Cubicle-Before-Cleaning-Shepperton-0424.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle Before Cleaning Shepperton" width="282" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle Before Cleaning Shepperton" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I discussed with the client what could be done, and they were delighted to hear that the problem could be remedied, and that new life could be breathed into the old bathroom. The room had a timeless black and white tiled scheme so I was confident we could get it clean and in much better shape quite quickly. They agreed my price and we booked in a time to carry the work out. </p> <h2>Deep Cleaning of a Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle </h2> <p>Much of the Tile Doctor cleaning product range can be used to clean-up grout but probably the most popular is <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Pro-Clean</a> which is a strong alkaline cleaner. This was my first thought to get the grout clean so using a decanted a strong dilution into a spray bottle and sprayed it onto the tile and grout. It was left to soak in for about ten minutes before being hand scrubbed into the tile wall. Afterwards the shower cubicle was rinsed down with water to remove the soiling and then inspected.</p> <p>Whilst the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Pro-Clean</a> had removed a lot of the orange staining and accumulated dirt from both the tile and grout it had struggled to lighten up the grout lines which had darkened due to mould build-up, so more work was needed. </p> <p>To resolve this, I applied another Tile Doctor product called <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-duo-clean/200/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Duo-Clean</a> which is a fast and effective double action grout cleaner and mould remover. I used it as a spot cleaner spraying it onto the affected areas and leaving it to dwell for a few minutes before scrubbing it in. This second product handled the mould well and the grout was much cleaner and consistent. </p> <h2>Replacing Silicone Seal in a Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle</h2> <p>Once the cleaning was complete, I cut out the old silicone from around the base of the shower with a sharp knife. This is a job that has to be slowly done to avoid scratching the shower tray. Once the old silicone was removed, I ensured the area was then nice and dry and then replaced with a new mould resistant silicone in white to enhance the fresh new look.</p> <p>Naturally after 15 years it’s impossible to get the grout back to its original colour but we certainly got very close. I could however have applied a white <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">grout colourant</a> at this stage, but the client was already happy with the result, so it wasn’t really necessary. </p> <p>Last step was to spray the grout with aerosol <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/wall-tile-and-grout-sealer-aerosol-spray-500ml/137/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Grout sealer</a> which is very quick to apply and will protect the grout from further staining. The excess was wiped off the ceramic tiles which won’t take a sealer and the job was finished.</p> <p><center><img src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2019/08/Ceramic-Tiled-Shower-Cubicle-After-Cleaning-Shepperton-0425.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle After Cleaning Shepperton" width="500" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle After Cleaning Shepperton" /></center></p> <p>As you can see from the pictures, the transformation turned out very well and the customer was very pleased. For aftercare cleaning I recommended the use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-aqua-pro-with-trigger-spray/1/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Aqua-Pro</a> which is pH neutral tile and grout cleaner that will keep on top of future discolouration.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2019/08/Ceramic-Tiled-Shower-Cubicle-After-Cleaning-Shepperton-0427.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle After Cleaning Shepperton" width="282" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle After Cleaning Shepperton" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2019/08/Ceramic-Tiled-Shower-Cubicle-After-Cleaning-Shepperton-0428.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle After Cleaning Shepperton" width="282" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle After Cleaning Shepperton" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Deep Clean of a Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle in South Middlesex</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-grout-in-a-shepperton-ceramic-tiled-shower-cubicle/">Deep Cleaning Grout in a Shepperton Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz">South Middlesex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating a Bolivian Black Slate floor in Blackpool https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-bolivian-black-slate-floor-in-blackpool/ Tile Doctor Lancashire urn:uuid:85a6c20c-8a90-634b-2cfe-945a354d7507 Wed, 31 Jul 2019 02:15:33 +0000 <p>This kitchen floor in Blackpool was laid 20 years prior and comprised of Bolivian Black Slate inlaid with White Ceramic Tozzettos. The slate was now looking dull and unloved and the owner now wanted the floor deep cleaning and resealing &#8230; <a href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-bolivian-black-slate-floor-in-blackpool/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-bolivian-black-slate-floor-in-blackpool/">Renovating a Bolivian Black Slate floor in Blackpool</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Lancashire</a>.</p> <p>This kitchen floor in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackpool" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Blackpool</a></b> was laid 20 years prior and comprised of <b>Bolivian Black Slate</b> inlaid with <b>White Ceramic Tozzettos</b>. The slate was now looking dull and unloved and the owner now wanted the floor deep cleaning and resealing to restore its appearance. </p> <p>We visited the property in <b>Blackpool</b> to inspect the floor and discuss what would be needed to restore the floor. It was clear that the old seal had worn away with use which left the stone vulnerable to ingrained dirt and hard to keep clean. Additionally, there were a few broken tiles near the glazed patio doors that would need replacing but the rest of the floor was solid and just in need of some love and care. </p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://i0.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/07/Bolivian-Black-Slate-with-White-Ceramic-Tozzettos-Before-Cleaning-Blackpool-1213-min.jpg?w=282&#038;ssl=1" alt="Bolivian Black Slate with White Ceramic Tozzettos Before Cleaning Blackpool" height="" title="Bolivian Black Slate with White Ceramic Tozzettos Before Cleaning Blackpool" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://i1.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/07/Bolivian-Black-Slate-with-White-Ceramic-Tozzettos-Before-Cleaning-Blackpool-1211-min.jpg?w=282&#038;ssl=1" alt="Bolivian Black Slate with White Ceramic Tozzettos Before Cleaning Blackpool" height="" title="Bolivian Black Slate with White Ceramic Tozzettos Before Cleaning Blackpool" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>We discussed the process which would involve tile replacement, tile and grout cleaning and then sealing. I worked out a price to complete the job which was accepted and booked in for later in the month.</p> <h2>Cleaning and Repairing a Bolivian Slate Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>We cleaned the tiles with a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> which was sprayed onto the floor and left to soak in for ten minutes before being scrubbed in. To scrub the floor, I used a rotary buffing machine fitted with a with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a> and approximately 15kg of additional weight to give the pad more bite. This removed what was left of the original matt sealer which was still evident in the less used parts of the floor. This process released the ingrained dirt from the stone into the cleaning solution which was then rinsed off the floor and extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>The grout was then deep cleaned with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> which was scrubbed in with a narrow brush and finished with a wire brush on some of the more stained grout lines. After this the wet vacuum was used again machine to extract the loose dirt and sediment and the floor rinsed down with water a few times to restore the pH balance in the floor. With the cleaning finished the floor now needed to dry off so it would be ready for sealing the next day. </p> <p><center><img src="https://i2.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/07/Bolivian-Black-Slate-with-White-Ceramic-Tozzettos-During-Repair-Blackpool-1214-min.jpg?w=500&#038;ssl=1" alt="Bolivian Black Slate with White Ceramic Tozzettos During Repair Blackpool" height="" title="Bolivian Black Slate with White Ceramic Tozzettos During Repair Blackpool" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>Next step was to turn my attention to the cracked tiles near the patio door. I suspect the patio doors were not an original feature and there had been some settlement over the years in the underlying cement. The cracked tiles were removed, and old adhesive and grout scraped out. Fortunately, the customer still had some spares, so these were laid in place with rapid setting adhesive and then grouted in. </p> <p><center><img src="https://i0.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/07/Bolivian-Black-Slate-with-White-Ceramic-Tozzettos-Before-Cleaning-Blackpool-1217-min.jpg?w=500&#038;ssl=1" alt="Bolivian Black Slate with White Ceramic Tozzettos Before Cleaning Blackpool" height="" title="Bolivian Black Slate with White Ceramic Tozzettos Before Cleaning Blackpool" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <h2> Sealing a Bolivian Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>On the 2nd day we applied a tester of 2 coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go</a> in a corner area as the customer wasn&#8217;t sure if she should stick with a matt colour enhanced finish or satin. The customer liked the satin finish, so we applied four further coats of the Tile Doctor Seal and Go throughout. Each coat is left to dry before applying the next so this process can take some time. </p> <p>The floor looked fabulous when finished in fact the customer said it almost looked like new, which wasn&#8217;t bad for a floor that was 20 years old!</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://i0.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/07/Bolivian-Black-Slate-with-White-Ceramic-Tozzettos-After-Cleaning-Blackpool-2038-min.jpg?w=282&#038;ssl=1" alt="Bolivian Black Slate with White Ceramic Tozzettos After Cleaning Blackpool" height="" title="Bolivian Black Slate with White Ceramic Tozzettos After Cleaning Blackpool" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://i1.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/07/Bolivian-Black-Slate-with-White-Ceramic-Tozzettos-After-Cleaning-Blackpool-2040-min.jpg?w=282&#038;ssl=1" alt="Bolivian Black Slate with White Ceramic Tozzettos After Cleaning Blackpool" height="" title="Bolivian Black Slate with White Ceramic Tozzettos After Cleaning Blackpool" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>As usual before leaving we discussed aftercare which for the regular cleaning of the Slate I recommend <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Cleaner</a>. Neutral Cleaner as its name suggest is pH neutral so it won’t damage the sealer which can be a problem for cleaning products you find in supermarkets which are basically too strong. You really do need to check the label when choosing a cleaning product for a natural stone or sealed floor as many products are made from a derivative of a bleach which will erode the sealer prematurely with regular use.</p> <p><center><img src="https://i2.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/07/Bolivian-Black-Slate-with-White-Ceramic-Tozzettos-After-Cleaning-Blackpool-2041-min.jpg?w=500&#038;ssl=1" alt="Bolivian Black Slate with White Ceramic Tozzettos After Cleaning Blackpool" height="" title="Bolivian Black Slate with White Ceramic Tozzettos After Cleaning Blackpool" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of Black Slate Kitchen Tiles in Lancashire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-bolivian-black-slate-floor-in-blackpool/">Renovating a Bolivian Black Slate floor in Blackpool</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Lancashire</a>.</p> Cleaning a Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor in Moulton https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-a-terracotta-tiled-kitchen-floor-in-moulton/ Northamptonshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:6e5ba322-ca17-5847-8e1f-09389b23eb34 Tue, 30 Jul 2019 05:16:50 +0000 <p>We were contacted by the owner of a property in Moulton with a problematic Terracotta tiled kitchen floor. She was seriously considering ripping up the entire area of tiling and replacing it as she was having a new kitchen installed. &#8230; <a href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-a-terracotta-tiled-kitchen-floor-in-moulton/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-a-terracotta-tiled-kitchen-floor-in-moulton/">Cleaning a Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor in Moulton</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz">Northamptonshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>We were contacted by the owner of a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moulton" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Moulton</a></b> with a problematic <b>Terracotta tiled kitchen floor</b>. She was seriously considering ripping up the entire area of tiling and replacing it as she was having a new kitchen installed. Both her and her husband were concerned that unless I could restore this floor to somewhere near to its original condition, they would need to replace it.</p> <p><center><img src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/07/Terracotta-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Restoration-Moulton-0157.jpg" alt="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Restoration Moulton" width="600" height="" title="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Restoration Moulton" /></center></p> <p>I went over to inspect the Terracotta tiles and could see the entire surface was deeply ingrained with soiling and the grout lines were filthy. After carrying out a test it became obvious that the previous sealer had been applied very sparingly and had mostly worn away, leaving the stone prone to staining. Terracotta is a very porous tile and dirt had become ingrained in the pores leaving it looking very dull and difficult to clean. </p> <p><center><img src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/07/Terracotta-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Restoration-Moulton-0159.jpg" alt="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Restoration Moulton" width="600" height="" title="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Restoration Moulton" /></center></p> <p>I completed the test on a small part of the floor and the customer could see the results which could be achieved. Happy with the result they agreed my quote and we set a date for my return to complete the floor.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>The tiles turned out to be made of a fairly soft Terracotta which meant that we were able to deep clean them extremely effectively using a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a>. We used <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> in particularly stubborn areas.</p> <p>The process I use is to spray the Pro-Clean onto the floor and leave it to soak in for about ten minutes before being worked in using a heavy rotary machine fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a>. The resulting slurry is removed using a wet pick up vacuum. All the dirt and virtually all of the old sealer was removed at this stage; the remaining patches around the edges of the area being finished by hand with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/diamond-hand-burnishing-block-red-200-grit/237/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">200-grit burnishing block</a>. The grout lines were then cleaned by hand with an angled grout brush.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/07/Terracotta-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-During-Restoration-Moulton-0165.jpg" alt="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor During Restoration Moulton" width="282" height="" title="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor During Restoration Moulton" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/07/Terracotta-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-During-Restoration-Moulton-0166.jpg" alt="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor During Restoration Moulton" width="282" height="" title="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor During Restoration Moulton" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Finally, the deep-seated oil stains in front of the cooker were brought out using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-oxy-gel-1-litre/169/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Oxy-Gel</a> which was left to dwell on the marks for an hour before being agitated with a diamond burnishing pad and rinsed away with a wet pick up machine. The floor was rinsed with water and allowed to dry off overnight.</p> <p><center><img src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/07/Terracotta-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-During-Restoration-Moulton-0169.jpg" alt="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor During Restoration Moulton" width="600" height="" title="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor During Restoration Moulton" /></center></p> <h2>Sealing a Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>The following day I inspected the floor and checked it was ready to be sealed. All was well so I applied an initial coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is an impregnating sealer that occupies the pores in the tile enhancing the natural colours of the Terracotta and provide a base layer of protection from staining.</p> <p><center><img src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/07/Terracotta-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Restoration-Moulton-0176.jpg" alt="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor After Restoration Moulton" width="600" height="" title="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor After Restoration Moulton" /></center></p> <p>I returned at a convenient time once the kitchen was completely installed to finish the job. This involves carrying out a light maintenance clean with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Cleaner</a> and once the floor was dry, I applied 5 further coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go</a> which provides a pleasing satin finish which is really suited to this type of floor.</p> <p><center><img src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/07/Terracotta-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Restoration-Moulton-0278.jpg" alt="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor After Restoration Moulton" width="600" height="" title="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor After Restoration Moulton" /></center></p> <p>The customer was very happy with the results and has left the following feedback.</p> <p><em>&#8220;We were really pleased with the results, thank you!&#8221;</em></p> <p><center><img src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/07/Terracotta-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Restoration-Moulton-0279.jpg" alt="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor After Restoration Moulton" width="500" height="" title="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor After Restoration Moulton" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Terracotta Floor in Northamptonshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-a-terracotta-tiled-kitchen-floor-in-moulton/">Cleaning a Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor in Moulton</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz">Northamptonshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Refinishing a Black Limestone Patio After Installation in Cheltenham https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/refinishing-a-black-limestone-patio-after-installation-in-cheltenham/ Gloucester Tile Doctor urn:uuid:ef382906-44cd-71be-6619-be12691a024a Mon, 29 Jul 2019 05:56:09 +0000 <p>This client called Tile Doctor to see if anything could be done about the colour of their limestone patio which was laid about 6 months prior at their house in Cheltenham. It and had always looked grey rather than the &#8230; <a href="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/refinishing-a-black-limestone-patio-after-installation-in-cheltenham/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/refinishing-a-black-limestone-patio-after-installation-in-cheltenham/">Refinishing a Black Limestone Patio After Installation in Cheltenham</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz">Gloucester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This client called Tile Doctor to see if anything could be done about the colour of their <b>limestone patio</b> which was laid about 6 months prior at their house in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheltenham" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Cheltenham</a></b>. It and had always looked grey rather than the black they had expected and with summer on the way felt it was time to get it resolved. </p> <p><center><img src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2019/07/Black-Limestone-Patio-Before-Renovation-Cheltenham-083455621.jpg" alt="Black Limestone Patio Before Renovation Cheltenham" width="500" height="" title="Black Limestone Patio Before Renovation Cheltenham" /></center></p> <p>I went over to survey the Limestone paving and could see straight away that whoever had installed it had not cleaned off the cement and grout residue afterwards. Add on top of that the green algae and dirt build-up you get over winter and the Patio was now looking very sorry for itself. </p> <p>I conducted a test clean on a small area to work out the best method for restoring the appearance of the stone. The Limestone responded well to the test and it gave the customer the results he was looking for. Happy with the potential result and my quotation a date was booked for the work, although this was weather dependent. The job would take 3 days to complete.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2019/07/Black-Limestone-Patio-Before-Renovation-Cheltenham-083413352.jpg" alt="Black Limestone Patio Before Renovation Cheltenham" width="282" height="" title="Black Limestone Patio Before Renovation Cheltenham" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2019/07/Black-Limestone-Patio-Before-Renovation-Cheltenham-083450165.jpg" alt="Black Limestone Patio Before Renovation Cheltenham" width="282" height="" title="Black Limestone Patio Before Renovation Cheltenham" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2>Removing Cement and Grout from a Black Limestone Patio</h2> <p>We were quite fortunate with the weather and managed to find a few days without rain. Arriving on day one, the client had moved all the patio furniture out of the way, so we were able to get to work immediately starting with the application of a coarse <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">200 grit diamond pad</a> fitted to a large buffing machine. The pad is applied to each paving stone in turn and lubricated with plenty of water. This action slightly mills the Limestone to remove all the old cement and grout that had been left of the surface. After rinsing with water and extracting the soil the process was repeated using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-400-grit-coarse-red-no-1-burnishing-pad/36/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">400</a> and <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-800-grit-medium-blue-no-2-burnishing-pad/37/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">800-grit burnishing pad</a> to hone the stone and bring up its appearance. The area was quite large, so this took most of the first day.</p> <p>Returning the following morning, we moved onto cleaning the grout lines using a strong dilution of <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a>. Then the whole patio was rinsed with water and scrubbed using a wet vacuum to extract all the soil generated. The patio was left overnight to dry out, the weather remained good, so we were able to come back the next day to seal it and complete the job.</p> <h2>Sealing a Black Limestone Tiled Patio </h2> <p>To seal the Limestone and restore colour I selected to use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-oil-1-litre/19/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Oil</a>, this is an easy to apply impregnating sealer, ideal for low porosity stone such as Limestone. Stone Oil is designed to enhance the colour and texture of stone, it also improves mechanical strength once it is cured. </p> <p>One coat was applied to get the colour back in the stone, giving it the nice rich black it should have been. The stone was left to dry for two hours and then followed up with a coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal</a> to further seal the stone. Ultra-Seal is a no-sheen, natural-look, penetrating sealer formulated to provide maximum stain protection. It is also an excellent grout sealer.</p> <p><center><img src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2019/07/Black-Limestone-Patio-After-Renovation-Cheltenham-155616502.jpg" alt="Black Limestone Patio After Renovation Cheltenham" width="500" height="" title="Black Limestone Patio After Renovation Cheltenham" /></center></p> <p>As you can see from the pictures the results were fantastic and the customer was very happy that the patio now looked how they had expected it to when it was installed. The sealant should give it adequate protection from the elements but would need to be reapplied in future years. They were looking forward to making the most of the sunny weather and getting the barbeque out to make use of their lovely newly restored patio.</p> <p><center><img src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2019/07/Black-Limestone-Patio-After-Renovation-Cheltenham-155553649.jpg" alt="Black Limestone Patio After Renovation Cheltenham" width="500" height="" title="Black Limestone Patio After Renovation Cheltenham" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Black Limestone Tiled Patio in Gloucestershire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/refinishing-a-black-limestone-patio-after-installation-in-cheltenham/">Refinishing a Black Limestone Patio After Installation in Cheltenham</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz">Gloucester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Tumbled Marble Floor Honed and Sealed in Oxford https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/tumbled-marble-floor-honed-and-sealed-in-oxford/ Oxfordshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:5f666961-f7f0-8aa8-9f5c-7b47825baf70 Sat, 27 Jul 2019 12:48:45 +0000 <p>The owners of this house in the historic city of Oxford contacted Tile Doctor about their Tumbled Marble tiled floor which was not looking its best and was proving difficult to clean effectively. The floor is part of a kitchen/dining &#8230; <a href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/tumbled-marble-floor-honed-and-sealed-in-oxford/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/tumbled-marble-floor-honed-and-sealed-in-oxford/">Tumbled Marble Floor Honed and Sealed in Oxford</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz">Oxfordshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The owners of this house in the historic city of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxford" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Oxford</a></b> contacted Tile Doctor about their <b>Tumbled Marble tiled floor</b> which was not looking its best and was proving difficult to clean effectively. The floor is part of a kitchen/dining room where the grout had darkened substantially with dirt. Oxford is only 12 miles from by base in Chalgrove so I spoke to the client on the phone and arranged an appointment to visit the property and survey the floor.</p> <p>I could see that sealer had also worn off which is a common problem with natural stone floor and dirt was now trapped in the pores of the stone. They had tried multiple types of household floor cleaners and nothing was getting the floor to look clean, and as it was so light in colour it was really looking quite dirty. </p> <p><center><img src="https://i1.wp.com/oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/07/Tumbled-Marble-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Oxford-093650.jpg?w=500&#038;ssl=1" alt="Tumbled Marble Floor Before Cleaning Oxford" height="" title="Tumbled Marble Floor Before Cleaning Oxford" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>We find the best way to renovate hard stone flooring such as Marble is to use a set of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">diamond burnishing pads</a> which hone the stone and restore its appearance. I recommended this method to the homeowner and worked out a quote. The quote was agreed, and we set a date to do the work which given the size of the floor I calculated would take two days, one to burnish and one to seal.</p> <h2>Cleaning/Repairing a Tumbled Marble Tiled Kitchen/ Dining room Floor</h2> <p>The burnishing process starts with the application of a coarse 400-grit diamond pad which is applied using a rotary floor scrubber and lubricated with water. This pad is run over each tile two to three times and this effectively cleans the stone removing any old sealer in the process. </p> <p>After rinsing the fine slurry off the floor with more water and extracting with a wet vacuum I turned my attention to the grout. For this I applied a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> along the grout lines and scrubbed it into grout with a stiff brush. The cleaner was then rinsed away with water taking the dirt with it and extracted as before using the wet vacuum. </p> <p>I then continued to burnish and hone the Marble tiles starting with 800-grit pad and then followed by 1500-grit pad. Each pad was applied with water to lubricate and then the slurry rinsed and extracted off the floor as before. The floor was then left to dry out overnight.</p> <h2>Sealing a Tumbled Marble Tiled Kitchen/ Dining room Floor</h2> <p>On day two I returned and began work by checking the floor was dry enough to seal with a damp meter. All was well so I proceeded to apply the sealer. After discussing sealer options with the client, I opted to use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is a colour intensifying sealer which enhances the natural colours in the stone. It also provides durable protection by impregnating the pores of the stone preventing dirt from becoming engrained there. I applied two coats of Colour Grow allowing time in-between for the first coat to dry before applying the second. </p> <p>Before leaving for the day I buffed the floor with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-white/30/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">white pad</a> to remove any excess sealer and give the floor a lovely sheen.</p> <p><center><img src="https://i0.wp.com/oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/07/Tumbled-Marble-Floor-After-Cleaning-Oxford-130159.jpg?w=500&#038;ssl=1" alt="Tumbled Marble Floor After Cleaning Oxford" height="" title="Tumbled Marble Floor After Cleaning Oxford" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>After I had finished the floor looked pristine and my client was over the moon.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of a Tumbled Marble Tiled Floor in Oxfordshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/tumbled-marble-floor-honed-and-sealed-in-oxford/">Tumbled Marble Floor Honed and Sealed in Oxford</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz">Oxfordshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Restoring a Large Red Marble Patio at a Newbury Villa https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-large-red-marble-patio-at-a-newbury-villa/ Berkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:ca86eaf2-445b-73f6-5ebe-fd4fd1e514b2 Fri, 19 Jul 2019 02:43:25 +0000 <p>I recently had a call out to an unusual property in Newbury to renovate a large Red Marble Patio. The design of the house was clearly inspired by the Mediterranean and resembled a Spanish Villa. The UK winter had not &#8230; <a href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-large-red-marble-patio-at-a-newbury-villa/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-large-red-marble-patio-at-a-newbury-villa/">Restoring a Large Red Marble Patio at a Newbury Villa</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz">Berkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I recently had a call out to an unusual property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newbury,_Berkshire" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Newbury</a></b> to renovate a large <b>Red <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/marble-tile-cleaning/5/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Marble</a> Patio</b>. The design of the house was clearly inspired by the Mediterranean and resembled a Spanish Villa. The UK winter had not been very kind to the large Red Marble patio and now looked faded and lifeless. </p> <p><center><img src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2019/07/Marble-Tiled-Patio-Before-Renovation-Newbury-23160500.jpg" alt="Marble Tiled Patio Before Renovation Newbury" width="600" height="" title="Marble Tiled Patio Before Renovation Newbury" /></center></p> <p>I inspected the patio and could see that it had been previously sealed with a topical product that had deteriorated in parts over time leaving the stone looking patchy and dull. After having the same stone installed throughout the interior of the property she wanted to know if the exterior stone could be renovated to match. </p> <p>To get a better idea of what it would take to complete the work and produce an accurate quote I ran some cleaning tests on a spare tile. The demonstration went very well, and it gave the client a good idea of the outcome they could expect. Happy with the potential result and my quote I was booked to return and complete the renovation.</p> <p><center><img src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2019/07/Marble-Tiled-Patio-Before-Renovation-Newbury-23160505.jpg" alt="Marble Tiled Patio Before Renovation Newbury" width="600" height="" title="Marble Tiled Patio Before Renovation Newbury" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning a Red Marble Tiled Patio in Newbury</h2> <p>This was a large Patio to clean so I worked in sections and starting with brushing and vacuuming to remove all the surface dirt and debris that could impact the stone burnishing process. Then using water for lubrication, I started refinishing the Marble with a very coarse <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-100-grit-very-coarse-milling-pad/44/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">100-grit diamond pad</a> fitted to a weighted rotary machine. This pad cut through the layers of remaining topical sealant that had built up on the surface of the stone. After a rinse with more water I followed this with a less coarse <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">200-grit pad</a>. I found that in some areas, such as along the edges of the tile, a thick build-up of old sealer needed to be weakened first using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> before the pads could cut through.</p> <p><center><img src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2019/07/Marble-Tiled-Patio-During-Renovation-Newbury-23160707.jpg" alt="Marble Tiled Patio During Renovation Newbury" width="600" height="" title="Marble Tiled Patio During Renovation Newbury" /></center></p> <p>Once the old seal had been removed, I could focus on burnishing the stone which is a polishing process that hones the stone and brings back its polished appearance. I did this using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">set of diamond burnishing pads</a> starting with a 400-grit pad and working my way through the sequence of pads with 800 and 1500-grit. The pads are applied using a rotary floor buffer and again lubricated with water, the stone is rinsed with water afterwards and the slurry picked up with a wet vacuum. The last pad to be applied is an extra fine 3000-grit pad which leaves the stone with a good sheen, the pad is applied dry with only a little water sprayed onto the tile.</p> <p><center><img src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2019/07/Marble-Tiled-Patio-Before-Renovation-Newbury-26102653.jpg" alt="Marble Tiled Patio Before Renovation Newbury" width="600" height="" title="Marble Tiled Patio Before Renovation Newbury" /></center></p> <h2>Sealing a Red Marble Tiled Patio</h2> <p>I returned the following morning to check the stone had thoroughly dried and could be sealed. Fortunately, the warm weather had persisted, and I was able to finish the stone with three coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a>. This sealer is known for bringing out the natural colours in stone and it didn’t disappoint making the deep red colours in the Marble really stand out against the white veins. <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Colour grow</a> is also an impregnating sealer that seeps into the pores of the stone protecting it from within and will fare much better protecting the stone in the UK elements.</p> <p><center><img src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2019/07/Marble-Tiled-Patio-After-Renovation-Newbury-24170838.jpg" alt="Marble Tiled Patio After Renovation Newbury" width="600" height="" title="Marble Tiled Patio After Renovation Newbury" /></center></p> <p>This burnishing and sealing process was repeated in the numerous areas that made up the entire patio except for the stairs which had to be done using the same method but with a handheld polisher as the rotary machine was simply too large. Being external the work was weather dependant and so had to be done in stages as it rained between visits and the stone had to be left to dry out again before continuing. This slowed up the process, but we got there once the weather had improved.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2019/07/Marble-Tiled-Patio-Before-Renovation-Newbury-23093605.jpg" alt="Marble Tiled Patio Before Renovation Newbury" width="600" height="" title="Marble Tiled Patio Before Renovation Newbury" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2019/07/Marble-Tiled-Patio-During-Renovation-Newbury-23152102.jpg" alt="Marble Tiled Patio During Renovation Newbury" width="600" height="" title="Marble Tiled Patio During Renovation Newbury" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Overall the client was very pleased with the work and was happy that both the newly installed interior and the rejuvenated old stone looked uniform. </p> <p>For aftercare I recommended the use the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap Cleaner</a> which will clean and help maintain the patina on the stone, also it won’t prematurely erode the sealer like more aggressive cleaning products you find in supermarkets.</p> <p><center><img src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2019/07/Marble-Tiled-Patio-After-Renovation-Newbury-24175333.jpg" alt="Marble Tiled Patio After Renovation Newbury" width="600" height="" title="Marble Tiled Patio After Renovation Newbury" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Red Marble Tiled Patio in Berkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-large-red-marble-patio-at-a-newbury-villa/">Restoring a Large Red Marble Patio at a Newbury Villa</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz">Berkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Bathroom Floor Tile Grout Renovation in Romiley https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/bathroom-floor-tile-grout-renovation-in-romiley/ Greater Manchester Tile Doctor urn:uuid:1c99410e-0c23-a45e-061f-4a28c8dd46eb Thu, 18 Jul 2019 01:54:14 +0000 <p>This client in Romiley on the outskirts of Stockport was unhappy with the state of the grout in her bathroom and was looking to have it removed and replaced. This was complicated by the fact that the ceramic tiled floor &#8230; <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/bathroom-floor-tile-grout-renovation-in-romiley/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/bathroom-floor-tile-grout-renovation-in-romiley/">Bathroom Floor Tile Grout Renovation in Romiley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz">Greater Manchester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This client in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romiley" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Romiley</a></b> on the outskirts of <b>Stockport</b> was unhappy with the state of the grout in her bathroom and was looking to have it removed and replaced. This was complicated by the fact that the <b>ceramic tiled floor</b> had electric underfloor heating installed (UFH). Removing grout is an intensive process and there is a big risk of causing damage to the heating elements during the process. </p> <p><center><img src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2019/07/Bathroom-Floor-Grout-Before-Restoration-in-Romiley.jpg" alt="Bathroom Floor Grout Before Restoration in Romiley" width="500" height="" title="Bathroom Floor Grout Before Restoration in Romiley" /><center></p> <p>My solution to the problem was to give the grout a deep clean and then colour it. Grout colouring is by far the easiest and safest way to restore grout as it is applied to the surface of the existing grout without the need to use any invasive process to remove the grout first. There are a variety of colours available so we can get the floor restored to its original look quite easily. I discussed with the client what we needed to do, and we agreed a price for the work to be completed.</p> <h2>Renovating Bathroom Floor Tile Grout</h2> <p>The process I used was to apply <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant-pre-treat-cleaner-500ml-with-trigger-spray/201/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up</a> to the tiles and the grout and then scrub it in. This is an acidic product that cleans up grout and removes any mineral deposits and hard water marks on the tiles. Being an acidic product, it also etches the surface of the grout providing a better bond for the colourant to adhere to. The floor was then rinsed with water, and a steamer used to get as much of the staining out of the grout as possible. The soiled water was removed with the wet vacuum to minimise the mess.</p> <p><center><img src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2019/07/Bathroom-Floor-Grout-During-Steam-Cleaning-in-Romiley.jpg" alt="Bathroom Floor Grout During Steam Cleaning in Romiley" width="500" height="" title="Bathroom Floor Grout During Steam Cleaning in Romiley" /><center></p> <p>The tile and grout were then speed dried with an air mover whilst I went for lunch. This would ensure the floor would be ready for the colourant to be applied by the time I returned.</p> <h2> Colouring Grout in a Ceramic Tiled Bathroom</h2> <p>When I came back an hour or so later, I checked the grout was dry with the moisture meter before proceeding to apply the colourant. It was a small bathroom so only one bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Limestone Grout Colourant</a> Kit was needed we chose Limestone as this colour matched the tiles quite closely. The colourant is carefully applied with a small brush, and any residue is wiped off the tiles as we go.</p> <p><center><img src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2019/07/Bathroom-Floor-Grout-After-Restoration-with-Tile-Doctor-Limestone-Colourant-in-Romiley.jpg" alt="Bathroom Floor Grout After Restoration with Tile Doctor Limestone Colourant in Romiley" width="500" height="" title="Bathroom Floor Grout After Restoration with Tile Doctor Limestone Colourant in Romiley" /><center></p> <p>The client was very happy with the results and with the colourant forming a barrier over the grout it will prove much easier to clean and will stay looking good for quite some time to come. The process was quick and straight forward and as you can see from the picture below the tiled floor looked a lot more inviting once the work had been completed.</p> <p><center><img src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2019/07/Bathroom-Floor-Grout-After-Restoration-in-Romiley.jpg" alt="Bathroom Floor Grout After Restoration in Romiley" width="500" height="" title="Bathroom Floor Grout After Restoration in Romiley" /><center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3> Professional Restoration of a Ceramic Tiled Bathroom in Greater Manchester</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/bathroom-floor-tile-grout-renovation-in-romiley/">Bathroom Floor Tile Grout Renovation in Romiley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz">Greater Manchester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating a Multi Coloured Sandstone Hallway Floor in East Keswick https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-multi-coloured-sandstone-hallway-floor-in-east-keswick/ North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:9f8221ce-4727-57df-9929-67b40306852d Wed, 17 Jul 2019 06:21:25 +0000 <p>The pictures below are of a multi coloured sandstone floor installed at a property in East Keswick which is a village approximately halfway between Harrogate and Leeds. (Not to be confused with the more famous Keswick in the Lake District) &#8230; <a href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-multi-coloured-sandstone-hallway-floor-in-east-keswick/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-multi-coloured-sandstone-hallway-floor-in-east-keswick/">Renovating a Multi Coloured Sandstone Hallway Floor in East Keswick</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The pictures below are of a <b>multi coloured sandstone floor</b> installed at a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Keswick" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">East Keswick</a></b> which is a village approximately halfway between Harrogate and Leeds. (Not to be confused with the more famous Keswick in the Lake District)</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/07/Multicoloured-Sandstone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-East-Keswick-080722.jpg" alt="Multicoloured Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning East Keswick" width="282" height="" alt="Multicoloured Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning East Keswick" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/07/Multicoloured-Sandstone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-East-Keswick-080754.jpg" alt="Multicoloured Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning East Keswick" width="282" height="" alt="Multicoloured Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning East Keswick" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The stone floor had not been cleaned professionally for ten years and although the grout looked clean It was clear that any sealer that was once present had long since worn off leaving the stone unprotected. The result was dirt had become deeply ingrained in the Sandstone leading causing the stone to darken and hide its true beauty and rich colouring. The client had tried lots of different products to clean the floor but had not had any luck. </p> <p>I visited the property and carried out a few successful patch tests resulting in the floor becoming much cleaner. They were happy to go ahead with my quote and we arranged a time to return and complete the work.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Multi-Coloured Sandstone Hallway Floor</h2> <p>I prepared the area before starting, taping up the skirting boards and doors to protect them from the splashing that can happen during the intensive cleaning process.</p> <p>To get the sandstone clean I applied a medium dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> to the floor and allowed it to soak in for ten minutes. The solution was then worked into the Sandstone using a rotary floor machine fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a>. More Pro-Clean was applied with a hand-held scrubbing brush to get deep into the grout lines and to reach into the corners.</p> <p>Once done the floor was rinsed with water and the soil extracted with a wet vacuum. The floor was inspected, and the process repeated until I was satisfied that the stone and grout had released all the trapped dirt. After a final rinse, the wet vacuum was used to get as much moisture out of the stone as possible and then the floor left to dry out fully overnight.</p> <h2>Sealing a Multi Coloured Sandstone Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>Returning the following morning, I first checked that the floor was dry using a damp meter. The sealer won’t cure if there is any moisture in the stone and I’ve been known to reschedule sealing a floor if the readings are too high. On this occasion I was satisfied that the floor was within acceptable levels, so I was ready to seal the floor. </p> <p>I used three coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> to seal the floor, this is an impregnating sealer which intensifies natural colours whilst providing durable protection against stains, an essential feature in an area such as a hallway which is subject to constant foot traffic. </p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/07/Multicoloured-Sandstone-Floor-After-Cleaning-East-Keswick-081710.jpg" alt="Multicoloured Sandstone Floor After Cleaning East Keswick" width="282" height="" alt="Multicoloured Sandstone Floor After Cleaning East Keswick" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2019/07/Multicoloured-Sandstone-Floor-After-Cleaning-East-Keswick-081446.jpg" alt="Multicoloured Sandstone Floor After Cleaning East Keswick" width="282" height="" alt="Multicoloured Sandstone Floor After Cleaning East Keswick" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>As you can see from the photos the transformation was quite impressive, the floor became much lighter and almost unrecognisable, the natural colours of the stone were now visible, and the floor looked beautiful. The client was very happy with the end result and has said they would not hesitate to recommend me to others. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Multi Coloured Sandstone Tiled Hallway in North West Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-multi-coloured-sandstone-hallway-floor-in-east-keswick/">Renovating a Multi Coloured Sandstone Hallway Floor in East Keswick</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating an Acid Etched Limestone Tiled Shower in Huntingdon https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-an-acid-etched-limestone-tiled-shower-in-huntingdon/ Cambridge Tile Doctor urn:uuid:0ba6bed2-39aa-6c3a-36b0-98c52bab7320 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 23:16:10 +0000 <p>I was recently asked to take a look at a Limestone tiled shower cubicle at a house in the market town of Huntingdon. It turns out a cleaning company had tried to clean the tiles with an acidic product which &#8230; <a href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-an-acid-etched-limestone-tiled-shower-in-huntingdon/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-an-acid-etched-limestone-tiled-shower-in-huntingdon/">Renovating an Acid Etched Limestone Tiled Shower in Huntingdon</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz">Cambridge Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was recently asked to take a look at a <b>Limestone tiled shower cubicle</b> at a house in the market town of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huntingdon" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Huntingdon</a></b>. It turns out a cleaning company had tried to clean the tiles with an acidic product which was unsuitable for a calcium stone. I suspect they used a limescale remover which is very acidic. The owner was horrified by the damage that had been caused which as you can see from the pictures had ruined the appearance of the stone.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/07/Etched-Limestone-Tiled-Shower-Before-Renovation-Huntingdon-092822.jpg" alt="Etched Limestone Tiled Shower Before Renovation Huntingdon" width="282" height="" title="Etched Limestone Tiled Shower Before Renovation Huntingdon" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/07/Etched-Limestone-Tiled-Shower-Before-Renovation-Huntingdon-092838.jpg" alt="Etched Limestone Tiled Shower Before Renovation Huntingdon" width="282" height="" title="Etched Limestone Tiled Shower Before Renovation Huntingdon" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Always check the label before applying an unfamiliar product to natural stone as most household and commercial cleaning products are simply not suitable. It is essential that the correct product is used and if in doubt talk to Tile Doctor who have a product for everything related to maintaining stone. </p> <p>I discussed with the client what needed to be done to rectify the job. They were happy with my quote and were relieved that their Limestone tiles could be salvaged. </p> <h2>Renovating Damaged Limestone Shower Tiles</h2> <p>With the extent of the damage, most of the work to rectify was to be done by hand. I started by applying a set of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/diamond-hand-burnishing-block-set-greenblackred-yellow/31/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">handheld diamond blocks</a> to cut back the stone to remove the etching. This was then followed up with a set of small <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/6-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/41/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">diamond encrusted burnishing pads</a>. The pads are applied to the Limestone tiles in sequence using a handheld buffer with water for lubrication. The sequence runs from coarse to very fine and we rinsed with water between each pad to remove the soil.</p> <p>With a lot of man hours and elbow grease later, we had corrected the damage caused.</p> <h2>Sealing Limestone Shower Tiles</h2> <p>Once the stone had dried, I moved onto sealing the Limestone to prevent dirt and other stains from shampoo dyes affecting the stone going forward. To do this I applied several coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra Seal</a>, this is an impregnating sealer that seeps into the pores of the stone leaving a natural look yet leaving a delicate sheen. As you can see from the pictures the results were dramatic and very successful.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/07/Etched-Limestone-Tiled-Shower-After-Renovation-Huntingdon-130559.jpg" alt="Etched Limestone Tiled Shower After Renovation Huntingdon" width="282" height="" title="Etched Limestone Tiled Shower After Renovation Huntingdon" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/07/Etched-Limestone-Tiled-Shower-After-Renovation-Huntingdon-130610.jpg" alt="Etched Limestone Tiled Shower After Renovation Huntingdon" width="282" height="" title="Etched Limestone Tiled Shower After Renovation Huntingdon" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The client was impressed with the transformation I had managed to achieve and left the following feedback for me.</p> <p><em>“Tom was punctual on both the day he quoted and on the day he arrived to undertake the work. He was also very mindful of our semi house cats and made sure he did not let them out. That sounds simple but of the many tradesmen we have had around in the last six months for restorative work on the house he was one of a couple that did not need constant reminding. The work he undertook was to rectify, as he put it, “some of the worst damage to tiles I have seen to date”! The tiles were limestone and had been badly marked by an acid based cleaner. By the end of five solid hours work he had got the tiles back to looking brand new with not a mark to be seen. He did so with no mess, a very cheerful disposition and several cups of coffee! I would not hesitate to recommend Tom to all my own clients and friends” Bob H, Huntingdon</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of Damaged Limestone Shower Tiles in Cambridgeshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-an-acid-etched-limestone-tiled-shower-in-huntingdon/">Renovating an Acid Etched Limestone Tiled Shower in Huntingdon</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz">Cambridge Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Levelling an Uneven Limestone Kitchen Floor in Wickham https://hampshire.tiledoctor.biz/levelling-an-uneven-limestone-kitchen-floor-in-wickham/ Tile Doctor Hampshire urn:uuid:088e6ccd-baec-ec4f-c929-b33f38651cb1 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:59:40 +0000 <p>The client in the small village of Wickham had recently had a new Limestone tiled floor laid in his kitchen/conservatory on top of electric underfloor heating or UFH as its commonly known. Although the Limestone looked great the tiler had &#8230; <a href="https://hampshire.tiledoctor.biz/levelling-an-uneven-limestone-kitchen-floor-in-wickham/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://hampshire.tiledoctor.biz/levelling-an-uneven-limestone-kitchen-floor-in-wickham/">Levelling an Uneven Limestone Kitchen Floor in Wickham</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://hampshire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Hampshire</a>.</p> <p>The client in the small village of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wickham,_Hampshire" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Wickham</a></b> had recently had a new <b>Limestone tiled floor</b> laid in his kitchen/conservatory on top of electric underfloor heating or UFH as its commonly known. Although the Limestone looked great the tiler had not laid the tiles very level and there were many tiles with 2 to 5 mm lippage between them. Not only was this unsightly it also created a tripping hazard. It was unacceptable to the client and they were very disappointed with the new floor.</p> <p><center><img src="http://hampshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/2//sites/2/2019/07/Uneven-limestone-tiled-floor-Wickham-before-levelling-1078.jpg" alt="Uneven limestone tiled floor Wickham before levelling" width="600" height="" title="Uneven limestone tiled floor Wickham before levelling" /></center></p> <p>Wickham is a small village close to Fareham and actually only ten miles from our base in Portsmouth, so it wasn’t long before I was able to head over and survey the floor and come up with solutions.</p> <p>As I saw it, we had three options,</p> <ol> <li>Live with it as is.</li> <li>Rip it all up and damage the electric underfloor heating matt, which would then also need replacing.</li> <li>Mill the stone with abrasive pads to grind down the lippage.</li> </ol> <p>We discussed all three options and the cost implications; they really were not happy to live with it so that option was out and taking the floor up was going to cause huge disruption and cost. He chose wisely and went for option 3! We confirmed the price and arranged a time to return to carry out the work.</p> <p><center><img src="http://hampshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/2//sites/2/2019/07/Uneven-limestone-tiled-floor-Wickham-before-levelling-1083.jpg" alt="Uneven limestone tiled floor Wickham before levelling" width="600" height="" title="Uneven limestone tiled floor Wickham before levelling" /></center></p> <h2>Levelling an Uneven Stone Floor with Milling Pads</h2> <p>We returned a few weeks later to carry out the work. We used two technicians who very slowly they started grinding the floor level with a heavy rotary machine fitted with milling pads. The pads are applied in sequence with water from <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-50-grit-very-coarse-milling-pad/247/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">50-grit</a>, <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-100-grit-very-coarse-milling-pad/44/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">100-grit</a>, <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">200-grit</a>, 400-grit, 800-grit and then finally 1500-grit. The floor is rinsed with more water in between each pad to remove the fine slurry that is generated. This can be a messy job, but we make use of a wet vacuum to extract the slurry and try hard to keep the dust created to a minimum.</p> <p>The 50, 100 and 200 grit milling pads are very coarse and grind down the stone flattening the lippage difference between the tiles, the 400, 800 and 1500 grit <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">burnishing pads</a> then refine and hone the stone bringing back its polished appearance. Once we were satisfied that the floor had been milled successfully and the level of the floor was now acceptable, we gave the floor a final rinse and extraction, then left it to dry out.</p> <h2> Sealing a Limestone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>After a couple of days, we came back to seal it with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a>. The floor was checked before sealing with a moisture meter to ensure it was nice and dry. The seal would not cure property otherwise. </p> <p>Three coats of the Tile Doctor Colour Grow product were applied to the Limestones. This product is an impregnating sealer that works by occupying the pores in the stone thus preventing dirt from becoming ingrained there. Colour Grow enhances the natural colours in the stone and works well on Limestone where it brings out the cream and brown shades and really enhances the appearance of the stone. </p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://hampshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/2//sites/2/2019/07/Uneven-limestone-tiled-floor-Wickham-after-levelling-1236.jpg" alt="Uneven limestone tiled floor Wickham after levelling" width="282" height="" title="Uneven limestone tiled floor Wickham after levelling" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://hampshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/2//sites/2/2019/07/Uneven-limestone-tiled-floor-Wickham-after-levelling-1237.jpg" alt="Uneven limestone tiled floor Wickham after levelling" width="282" height="" title="Uneven limestone tiled floor Wickham after levelling" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>After completion the floor was completely level and it looked lighter and cleaner. You can see the results in the pictures, the floor was transformed, and the kitchen now looks stunning. The client was ecstatic and recommended Tile Doctor to the shop where he had purchased the stone as they had felt he would never get the finish he had hoped for. He also left the following testimonial on the Tile Doctor feedback system.</p> <p><em>We had a new limestone floor installed in a large and difficult area but the result was not satisfactory in that there was too much “lippage” from stone to stone in many parts of the floor. All the advice we received was that it would not be feasible to mill the floor level and that we would either have to live with it or lift and replace it – a terrible prospect. However, Charles persuaded us that it could be done and his team managed to mill it and polish it such that it now looks superb. The process was relatively quick and very clean. The team was thorough, professional and a pleasure to have around. We are delighted with the result and would recommend them strongly for any similar work<br /> Philip G., Wickham</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Milling of a Limestone Tiled Kitchen in Hampshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://hampshire.tiledoctor.biz/levelling-an-uneven-limestone-kitchen-floor-in-wickham/">Levelling an Uneven Limestone Kitchen Floor in Wickham</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://hampshire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Hampshire</a>.</p> Cleaning and Sealing a Limestone Patio in Farnham https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-and-sealing-a-limestone-patio-in-farnham/ West Surrey Tile Doctor urn:uuid:d5ea1f66-758d-687b-da31-77688e4abb17 Fri, 12 Jul 2019 05:36:20 +0000 <p>This customer from Farnham called me with three requests. First, can you clean and seal our Black Limestone patio? Secondly can you remove some scratches? and finally, can you make it less slippery as my children have slipped a couple &#8230; <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-and-sealing-a-limestone-patio-in-farnham/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-and-sealing-a-limestone-patio-in-farnham/">Cleaning and Sealing a Limestone Patio in Farnham</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This customer from <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farnham" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Farnham</a></b> called me with three requests. First, can you clean and seal our <b><a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/black-limestone/31/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Black Limestone patio</a></b>? Secondly can you remove some scratches? and finally, can you make it less slippery as my children have slipped a couple of times in the wet. </p> <p>After discussing the problems over the phone, we agreed a convenient date and I went along to the property to have a look. I could certainly do the first and second but not the third. There are products on the market but most Anti-slip products I&#8217;ve come across contain acids which etch and roughen the surface. Her patio was made of dark limestone which is acid sensitive and applying an acidic product would ruin the look of the stone leaving it looking washed out. I discussed with her the options and the process and we agreed a price, booking the work in for later in the month.</p> <p><center><img src="http://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/07/Limestone-Patio-Before-Cleaning-Farnham-0864.jpg" alt="Limestone Patio Before Cleaning Farnham" width="500" height="" title="Limestone Patio Before Cleaning Farnham" /></center></p> <h2> Cleaning a Black Limestone Tiled Patio Floor</h2> <p>First, I cleaned the grout lines with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro Clean</a> which was left to soak in for about ten minutes before being scrubbed with a nylon brush and being careful not to further scratch the stone. </p> <p>The next step was to clean the stone with a series of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">burnishing pads</a> starting with a coarse 400-grit lubricated with water then moving onto increasingly finer pads of 800 and 1500 grit. It’s important to rinse and extract the slurry after applying each pad. This process removes the existing sealer and slightly mills the tiles firstly opening the pores then slowly closing them as the process continues. I avoided the dark area in the picture where the table was situated as it had been protected from the weather, sun and small children. My aim was to get the same consistent colour across the whole patio. </p> <p>Once I had used the three pads, I completed a final rinse and extraction with a wet vacuum. I then checked surveyed the floor looking for any areas that needed more work and to verify that the scratched had been removed as part of the process. The work went well, and I was happy to see that the scratches had been lifted and the appearance of the stone looked much better and more even.</p> <h2>Sealing a Black Limestone Tiled Patio Floor</h2> <p>It was a warm day, so it wasn’t long before the stone had dried and were dry enough to be sealed. I talked through the customers options for sealing and recommended the application of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> as it contains a colour enhancer which would return the dark colour to the stone and match the original colour under the table. Colour Grow is also rated for external use.</p> <p><center><img src="http://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/07/Limestone-Patio-After-Cleaning-Farnham-0866.jpg" alt="Limestone Patio After Cleaning Farnham" width="600" height="" title="Limestone Patio After Cleaning Farnham" /></center></p> <p>Two coats of Colour Grow were applied, and this made a big improvement to the appearance of the stone resulting in a stunning transformation. The customer was over the moon and with the patio now ready for the summer she could not wait to get the patio furniture in place and enjoy the space.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of a Black Limestone Patio in West Surrey</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-and-sealing-a-limestone-patio-in-farnham/">Cleaning and Sealing a Limestone Patio in Farnham</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Restoring a Victorian Quarry Tiled Floor in Harborne https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-victorian-quarry-tiled-floor-in-harborne/ Birmingham Tile Doctor urn:uuid:0931342e-80a1-f9ed-ecf7-950682452568 Thu, 11 Jul 2019 00:16:32 +0000 <p>A property developer contacted me about an old Victorian Quarry tiled floor that they needed to make good at their customers house in Harborne following renovations. The work needed to be done professionally and more work was anticipated restoring the &#8230; <a href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-victorian-quarry-tiled-floor-in-harborne/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-victorian-quarry-tiled-floor-in-harborne/">Restoring a Victorian Quarry Tiled Floor in Harborne</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz">Birmingham Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>A property developer contacted me about an old Victorian Quarry tiled floor that they needed to make good at their customers house in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harborne" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Harborne</a></b> following renovations. The work needed to be done professionally and more work was anticipated restoring the original Victorian tiled floor in the adjacent hallway which I’ll detail in a separate article.</p> <p><center><img src="http://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/07/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Before-Renovation-Harborne-429-094621.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor Before Renovation Harborne" width="600" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor Before Renovation Harborne" /></center></p> <p>I went over to survey the floors and provide a quote for completing the work. The house dated from the 1800&#8217;s and the Quarry tiles in the front room were black and buff coloured. In fact, after I did a test clean the buff coloured tiles turned out to be deep red in colour, but the floor was that dirty you would never know it. There were also areas of missing tiles where replacements would be needed to match the rest of the floor. We discussed a price for the work, which was readily agreed, and the work booked in. </p> <p><center><img src="http://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/07/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Before-Renovation-Harborne-429-094605.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor Before Renovation Harborne" width="600" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor Before Renovation Harborne" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning and Repairing a Quarry Tiled Living Room Floor</h2> <p>Before starting work, I managed to source approximately 90 replacement tiles from a reclamation yard which were delivered to site. Once they had arrived, I began the tiling work by building up the sub floor with some levelling cement. When this had hardened, I started laying the tiles with a quick setting adhesive. Some needed cutting to size which was carefully completed. Once the tiles had been positioned, I grouted the area and the floor was then allowed to dry.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/07/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-During-Renovation-Harborne-429-122220.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor During Renovation Harborne" width="282" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor During Renovation Harborne" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/07/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-During-Renovation-Harborne-501-101558.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor During Renovation Harborne" width="282" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor During Renovation Harborne" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The floor was then cleaned using a combination of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> and <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Remove and Go</a>, scrubbed in with a <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a>. The floor needed a couple of goes to get it completely clean, and there were also some screed areas which were treated with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean Up</a>. The floor was then rinsed, next we applied more of the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean Up</a> this time to the whole floor to give it an acid rinse. The floor was then rinsed again and then allowed to dry for a couple of days. </p> <p><center><img src="http://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/07/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-During-Renovation-Harborne-430-115615.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor During Renovation Harborne" width="500" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor During Renovation Harborne" /></center></p> <h2>Sealing a Quarry Tiled Living Room Floor</h2> <p>On return the was sealed with three coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which was left to soak in and then buffed off. This product impregnates the pores if the Quarry tiles enhancing the red and black colours whilst proving protection from staining going forward.</p> <p><center><img src="http://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/07/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-After-Renovation-Harborne-508-190658.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor After Renovation Harborne" width="600" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor After Renovation Harborne" /></center></p> <p>You can see from the photographs the transformation that was achieved. If you look closely you can notice a difference between the original and reclaimed tiles but this will be less noticeable over time.</p> <p><center><img src="http://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2019/07/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-After-Renovation-Harborne-508-190839.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor After Renovation Harborne" width="600" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor After Renovation Harborne" /></center></p> <p>Before leaving I left the client with a complimentary bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> to help maintain the tiles appearance and protect the seal. He was over the moon with the job.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Quarry Tiled Living Room Floor in Birmingham</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-victorian-quarry-tiled-floor-in-harborne/">Restoring a Victorian Quarry Tiled Floor in Harborne</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz">Birmingham Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Deep Cleaning and Polishing a Terrazzo Hallway Floor in Doncaster https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-and-polishing-a-terrazzo-hallway-floor-in-doncaster/ South Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:b37cfc28-e535-ab4f-d318-23db312aff3e Wed, 10 Jul 2019 11:21:33 +0000 <p>We were working on a Victorian tiled floor at a property in Doncaster and were approached by a neighbour asking if we would look at their Terrazzo hallway to see if anything could be done with it. This often happens, &#8230; <a href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-and-polishing-a-terrazzo-hallway-floor-in-doncaster/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-and-polishing-a-terrazzo-hallway-floor-in-doncaster/">Deep Cleaning and Polishing a Terrazzo Hallway Floor in Doncaster</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>We were working on a Victorian tiled floor at a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doncaster" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Doncaster</a></b> and were approached by a neighbour asking if we would look at their <b>Terrazzo hallway</b> to see if anything could be done with it. This often happens, people see our van and come and see what it is we do. Once we have had a chat it often leads to more work. </p> <p><center><img src="http://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2019/07/Terrazzo-Hallway-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Doncaster.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Hallway Floor Before Cleaning Doncaster" width="500" height="" title="Terrazzo Hallway Floor Before Cleaning Doncaster" /></center></p> <p>The neighbour had tried everything to make their unusual floor look more presentable even resorting to wire wool and a vast selection of cleaning products. I could see immediately that any sealer that was once present had long since worn off allowing dirt to become trapped in the pores of the Terrazzo. It would need a deep clean and polish to get it looking good again and so I reassured them and arranged to return in a few weeks to do the work. We see a variety of floor types in this job and each one presents a different challenge. </p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Terrazzo Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>We started by taping up the surrounding areas, skirting boards and doors to ensure they were protected. A strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> was sprayed onto the Terrazzo and allowed to soak in for ten minutes so it could breakdown and soften the decades of dirt that had been ground into the floor. This is a multi-purpose high-alkaline cleaner, stripper and degreaser. It can be diluted to suit the requirement and it is a very effective cleaner that removes grease, mildew and algae from areas that have been neglected or subjected to heavy use. </p> <p>With the Pro-Clean still in place the Terrazzo was then honed and polished using a set of Tile Doctor 17in diamond encrusted <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">burnishing pads</a> starting with a coarse 400-grit. This coarse pad removed dirt and old sealers from the stone, its applied with water to lubricate the process and it wasn’t long before this turned into a dark slurry. The floor was then rinsed with more water and the slurry extracted with a wet vacuum. This process was repeated with the 800, 1500 and finally the 3000-grit pad which really brings up the appearance of the stone. The floor was then left to dry off overnight.</p> <h2>Sealing a Terrazzo Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>Returning the following day, I first checked the floor was dry using the moisture meter. Satisfied that all was in order I moved on to sealing, this would ensure the floor was protected and would help to prevent the built up they had experienced.</p> <p>We sealed the lighter areas with an impregnating sealer called <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra Seal</a>, this is a no-sheen, natural-look, solvent-based penetrating sealer which is formulated to provide maximum stain protection. To restore the colour and add protection to the black border <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-oil-1-litre/19/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Oil</a> was applied.</p> <p><center><img src="http://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2019/07/Terrazzo-Hallway-Floor-After-Cleaning-Doncaster.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Hallway Floor After Cleaning Doncaster" width="500" height="" title="Terrazzo Hallway Floor After Cleaning Doncaster" /></center></p> <p>The floors appearance was massively improved, and the client was delighted and very pleased that they had bumped into me. For aftercare I recommended the use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a> which is designed for the regulate cleaning of sealed and polished floors.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Deep Clean of a Terrazzo Tiled Hallway in South Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-and-polishing-a-terrazzo-hallway-floor-in-doncaster/">Deep Cleaning and Polishing a Terrazzo Hallway Floor in Doncaster</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Restoring a Terrazzo Porch in Newport https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-terrazzo-porch-in-newport/ Monmouthshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:b025b141-00a9-71a5-1f3a-1bc8b1996b86 Mon, 08 Jul 2019 23:13:32 +0000 <p>This was an unusual request to bring back to life a Terrazzo porch entrance that was installed by the customers father many years earlier at a house in Newport. The installation resembled very colourful crazy paving which was very popular &#8230; <a href="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-terrazzo-porch-in-newport/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-terrazzo-porch-in-newport/">Restoring a Terrazzo Porch in Newport</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz">Monmouthshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This was an unusual request to bring back to life a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/terrazzo-tile-cleaning/26/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Terrazzo</a> porch entrance that was installed by the customers father many years earlier at a house in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newport,_Wales" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Newport</a>. The installation resembled very colourful crazy paving which was very popular in the 70&#8217;s but if you look closely you can see it has more in common with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/terrazzo-tile-cleaning/26/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Terrazzo</a> due to the inlaid stone which has been ground down within the concrete base. </p> <p><center><img src="http://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2019/07/Terrazzo-Porch-Entrance-Before-Cleaning.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Porch Entrance Before Cleaning" width="500" height="" title="Terrazzo Porch Entrance Before Cleaning" /></center></p> <p>Years of exposure to the elements had left much of the stone and concrete discoloured and almost black in places. I discussed with the client how we would be able to clean the area and we agreed a price for the work which would take a day to complete assuming the weather held. Being an external job, I would need a warm day before coming back, this would ensure it dried easily.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Terrazzo Tiled Porch Floor</h2> <p>Thankfully for once the forecast was correct and the weather was good on the day, we had booked in to complete the job. To restore the appearance first I used a set of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">diamond burnishing pads</a> with water to grind off the dirt and refine the appearance of the stone and aggregate. I used a variety of pads with different grades of grit to ensure the floor was as clean as possible rinsing the slurry off the floor after each pad. The transformation was dramatic. The patio was then rinsed with water to remove the slurry that was generated, and I used a wet vacuum to extract it.</p> <p>This process took much of the morning, it made a pleasant change to work outside in the fresh air, most of our jobs tend to be indoors. After a final rinse I left the porch to dry out in the sun over lunch and came back in the afternoon to seal. </p> <h2> Sealing a Terrazzo Tiled Porch Floor</h2> <p>First, I checked the floor had dried out with a moisture meter, it was within the acceptable levels, so had the green light to processed and seal the floor. Since cleaning it really was starting to look like a nice feature.</p> <p>To seal the patio, I used a couple of coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which works well externally as it copes with damp conditions. It’s a colour intensifying impregnating sealer that provides durable protection to the surface as well as allowing the floor to breath. You can see from the photograph below how just how well Colour Grow improved the colours in the stone. Once I had finished it looked like a new installation.</p> <p><center><img src="http://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2019/07/Terrazzo-Porch-Entrance-After-Cleaning.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Porch Entrance After Cleaning" width="500" height="" title="Terrazzo Porch Entrance After Cleaning" /></center></p> <p>The client was over the moon I had managed to get the area looking this good. He said he could remember when it was laid, and his dad would be very proud of it now. It had definitely stood the test of time.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Terrazzo Tiled Porch in Monmouthshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-terrazzo-porch-in-newport/">Restoring a Terrazzo Porch in Newport</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz">Monmouthshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Restoration of an Edwardian Tiled Hallway in Finchley https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/restoration-of-an-edwardian-tiled-hallway-in-finchley/ North London Tile Doctor urn:uuid:82344b4f-054d-735b-c9bf-fb5707717d76 Mon, 08 Jul 2019 01:40:17 +0000 <p>After having their hallway carpeted for several years the owner of this Edwardian property in Finchley, North London decided they would like to restore their original tiled hallway floor. They asked me to visit and help lift the carpet to &#8230; <a href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/restoration-of-an-edwardian-tiled-hallway-in-finchley/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/restoration-of-an-edwardian-tiled-hallway-in-finchley/">Restoration of an Edwardian Tiled Hallway in Finchley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz">North London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>After having their hallway carpeted for several years the owner of this Edwardian property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finchley" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Finchley</a></b>, North London decided they would like to restore their original tiled hallway floor. They asked me to visit and help lift the carpet to see whether restoring would be feasible. They knew from before that a few areas of tiles were damaged and did not know if replacements could be sourced. </p> <p><center><img src="http://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2019/07/Edwardian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Restoration-Finchley.jpg" alt="Edwardian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Finchley" width="500" height="" title="Edwardian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Finchley" /></center></p> <p>As requested, I went over to have a look at the newly revealed floor and make some recommendations. After carefully removing the hallway carpet we found the floor to be very dirty but importantly intact with only a few sections of loose or missing tiles. It would certainly be possible to restore it and given the length of the hallway I was confident it would look impressive when finished and be a great addition to the property. </p> <p>We discussed the process and after confirming that sourcing matching reclaimed tiles as replacements was possible, we agreed a price and arranged a date to carry out the work.</p> <h2> Cleaning/Repairing a Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The carpet had left quite a lot of residue on the tiles as well as adhesive from the carpet glue, so our first task was to get the Edwardian tiles clean. We carried out a detailed clean over the whole floor using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove &#038; Go</a> to treat the adhesive followed by a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro Clean</a> to remove all the dirt and old sealers. The floor was rinsed off afterwards and the soils extracted using a wet vacuum. </p> <p>The next job was to begin the repairs starting with a complete inspection of the floor to lift the loose, broken and fractured tiles. The good ones were individually cleaned ready for re use. This left about 150-200 broken missing tiles that needed to be replaced. We had a number of reclaimed tiles and a selection of new style Victorian tiles we could cut to fit.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2019/07/Edwardian-Tiled-Hallway-During-Restoration-Finchley-1.jpg" alt="Edwardian Tiled Hallway During Restoration Finchley" width="282" height="" title="Edwardian Tiled Hallway During Restoration Finchley" /></td> <td style="text-align:center;"><img src="http://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2019/07/Edwardian-Tiled-Hallway-During-Restoration-Finchley-3.jpg" alt="Edwardian Tiled Hallway During Restoration Finchley" width="282" height="" title="Edwardian Tiled Hallway During Restoration Finchley" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Prior to relaying we prepared the base with new cement and levelled the floor to give a good surface. The tiles were carefully laid to the quick set adhesive, once this was dry the floor was re grouted. Once all the tiles were re-grouted the floor was cleaned of any excess grout with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up</a> which is great for removing grout smears.</p> <p><center><img src="http://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2019/07/Edwardian-Tiled-Hallway-During-Restoration-Finchley-2.jpg" alt="Edwardian Tiled Hallway During Restoration Finchley" width="500" height="" title="Edwardian Tiled Hallway During Restoration Finchley" /></center></p> <h2> Sealing an Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The floor was then sealed with a coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is a colour enhancing sealer that impregnates the tile and protects it from within. The floor was left to dry overnight, and we returned the next day to apply five coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal &#038; Go</a> to give a natural satin finish, leaving each coat to dry prior to applying the next.</p> <p><center><img src="http://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2019/07/Edwardian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Restoration-Finchley-1.jpg" alt="Edwardian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Finchley" width="500" height="" title="Edwardian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Finchley" /></center></p> <p>The whole project took three and a half days to complete.</p> <p>The client was very happy with the result, in fact it was even better than they had expected. For aftercare I recommended that they use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> to keep the floor clean as it is pH balanced and will ensure the seal is not undermined which can happen with other household cleaners.</p> <p><center><img src="http://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2019/07/Edwardian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Restoration-Finchley-2.jpg" alt="Edwardian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Finchley" width="500" height="" title="Edwardian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Finchley" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of an Edwardian Tiled Hallway in North London</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/restoration-of-an-edwardian-tiled-hallway-in-finchley/">Restoration of an Edwardian Tiled Hallway in Finchley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz">North London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Cleaning Kitchen Wall Tile Splashback in Chorley https://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-kitchen-wall-tile-splashback-in-chorley/ South Lancashire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:f92ace18-331f-b73a-466d-d4b59a127349 Wed, 26 Jun 2019 02:17:02 +0000 <p>This customer from Chorley asked me to call round to clean-up their kitchen wall tiles. The tiles were ceramic and formed the splashback behind the kitchen units, so they experienced a lot of splashing from the worktop. Those directly behind &#8230; <a href="https://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-kitchen-wall-tile-splashback-in-chorley/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-kitchen-wall-tile-splashback-in-chorley/">Cleaning Kitchen Wall Tile Splashback in Chorley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">South Lancashire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This customer from <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chorley" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Chorley</a></b> asked me to call round to clean-up their kitchen <b>wall tiles</b>. The tiles were ceramic and formed the splashback behind the kitchen units, so they experienced a lot of splashing from the worktop. Those directly behind the sink and gas hob were subject to very heavy use and were quite badly soiled.</p> <p><center><img src="http://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/58/2019/06/Ceramic-Wall-Tile-Grout-Before-Cleaning-Chorley.jpeg" alt="Ceramic Wall Tile Grout Before Cleaning Chorley" width="600" height="" title="Ceramic Wall Tile Grout Before Cleaning Chorley" /></center></p> <p>Rather than being glazed these Ceramic tiles had the sort of rough riven surface you find on slate which looked interesting but had the side effect of trapping dirt more easily. Installed with the kitchen over ten years ago my customer was now very unhappy with the state of the backsplash tiles and especially the grout which had darkened. They had tried everything to clean them up including lots of household cleaners, including Bleach and Flash to name a few, but nothing had helped. Grease and grime can be particularly difficult to remove especially from grout and most cleaners will not do the job.</p> <p>I went to have a look at the problem myself and completed a test clean on a section of the tile and grout. By the time I had finished the grout looked white again the tiles much lighter in colour. Although I had only popped round to provide a quote for the work the customer was so happy with the result of the test clean it was agreed I complete the whole backsplash there and then. </p> <p><center><img src="http://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/58/2019/06/Ceramic-Wall-Tile-Grout-During-Test-Clean-Chorley.jpeg" alt="Ceramic Wall Tile Grout During Test Clean Chorley" width="600" height="" title="Ceramic Wall Tile Grout During Test Clean Chorley" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning a Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Splashback</h2> <p>The method I used was to spray the tiles using neat <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> mixed with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up</a> to create a very strong tile and grout cleaner. This was applied and allowed to soak in for a short while, then the tiles and grout were steam cleaned and hand scrubbed. I removed the now dirty cleaning residue with a wet vacuum and then wiped the tiles down. The effect was immediate. Ceramic tiles are sealed at the factory so there is no need to apply a sealant however its always worth sealing the grout which is easily done using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/wall-tile-and-grout-sealer-aerosol-spray-500ml/137/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">wall tile and grout aerosol sealer</a>.</p> <p><center><img src="http://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/58/2019/06/Ceramic-Wall-Tile-Grout-After-Cleaning-Chorley2.jpeg" alt="Ceramic Wall Tile Grout After Cleaning Chorley" width="500" height="" title="Ceramic Wall Tile Grout After Cleaning Chorley" /></center></p> <p>The method worked well, the tiles were lovely and clean, and the grout looked new. We had a great result which the customer was really happy with and left the following feedback.</p> <p><em>&#8220;Fantastic job! Tiles look as though they are new. I am so happy with it&#8221;</em></p> <p>Moving forward I suggested they ensured that spills were cleaned up immediately and that they used the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-aqua-pro-with-trigger-spray/1/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Aqua-Pro Cleaner</a> to keep on top of the tile and grout cleaning. Although primarily sold for bathroom tile cleaning it works equally as well in the kitchen. This will prevent the built up they had experienced, but of course they now know where to find us, so can always let us know when they next need a deep clean! </p> <p><center><img src="http://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/58/2019/06/Ceramic-Wall-Tile-Grout-After-Cleaning-Chorley1.jpeg" alt="Ceramic Wall Tile Grout After Cleaning Chorley" width="500" height="" title="Ceramic Wall Tile Grout After Cleaning Chorley" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Clean of a Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Splashback in South Lancashire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-kitchen-wall-tile-splashback-in-chorley/">Cleaning Kitchen Wall Tile Splashback in Chorley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">South Lancashire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Victorian Tiled Hallway Restoration at Jodrell Bank Farmhouse https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-restoration-at-jodrell-bank-farmhouse/ East Cheshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:bfb21cbb-8222-1ea4-3e13-fa679673a173 Tue, 25 Jun 2019 02:14:00 +0000 <p>We received an enquiry from a client who had just brought a farmhouse with a Victorian Tiled floor close to Jodrell Bank near the village of Goostrey. Jodrell Bank is a few miles north of Homes Chapel and famous around &#8230; <a href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-restoration-at-jodrell-bank-farmhouse/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-restoration-at-jodrell-bank-farmhouse/">Victorian Tiled Hallway Restoration at Jodrell Bank Farmhouse</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">East Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>We received an enquiry from a client who had just brought a farmhouse with a <b>Victorian Tiled floor</b> close to <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jodrell_Bank_Observatory" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Jodrell Bank</a></b> near the village of <a href="https://lovegoostrey.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Goostrey</a>. Jodrell Bank is a few miles north of Homes Chapel and famous around the world for the nearby Jodrell Bank Observatory which is an astrophysics centre and part of the University of Manchester. </p> <p><center><img src="https://i2.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/06/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Restoration-Jodrell-Bank.jpg?w=500" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Jodrell Bank" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Jodrell Bank" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>On restoring the farmhouse, the client discovered a Victorian tiled floor hidden under their hall carpet and wondered if it was worth saving. I rang the client up to arrange a day to do a test clean and talk through the process of restoring the floor. Turns out the floor was looking washed out and there were a few tiles that would need replacing. I went over to survey the floor and complete a test clean which worked out well. Certainly, the client was happy with the result and could now see the floors potential, so a date was arranged to start work.</p> <p><center><img src="https://i0.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/06/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Restoration-Jodrell-Bank-Zoom.jpg?w=584" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Jodrell Bank Zoom" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Jodrell Bank Zoom" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <h2> Cleaning/Repairing a Farmhouse Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The first job was to cut out the damaged tiles and replace them, this was done using spare tiles I had been saving over the years for replacements and they were fixed using rapid set tile adhesive which meant I was able to start cleaning the floor after two hours.</p> <p>To get the years of ingrained dirt out of the tiles I used <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a> which is a blend of phosphoric and hydrochloric acids in a gel form, so it stays on top of the tiles and does not run off. This was left to dwell for a good ten minutes before scrubbing the floor using a weighted floor buffer fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">200-grit resurfacing pad</a>. A little water was used to lubricate the resurfacing pad and dilute the acid gel which helps stop efflorescence which is often a problem with floors of this age. The solution soon turned into a dark slurry which was then removed using a vet vacuum. </p> <p>The next step was to repeat the process using more water and a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-400-grit-coarse-red-no-1-burnishing-pad/36/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">400-grit burnishing pad</a> which refines the surface after the application of the coarser 200-grit pad. After more rinsing and extracting the floor was wiped using a microfibre cloth and then left to dry out overnight so it would be ready for sealing the next day.</p> <h2>Sealing a Farmhouse Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The next morning, I took a couple of moisture readings with a damp meter to make sure the floor was dry and ready to seal. The results were good so three coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-extra-1-litre/22/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go Extra</a> were applied using a clean microfibre cloth rubbing in circles to blend the polymers together to leave a semi sheen to the floor. I chose Seal and Go Extra due to the fact that it’s a breathable sealer that will cope with any moisture rising through the floor, this is an important consideration with old floors as they don’t have a damp-proof membrane installed under the floor.</p> <p><center><img src="https://i0.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/06/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Restoration-Jodrell-Bank-Zoom.jpg?w=584" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Jodrell Bank Zoom" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Jodrell Bank Zoom" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>The client was very satisfied with the restoration, it looked better than they had expected and of course a lot nicer than the previous hall carpet! I recommended they should use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> to maintain the floor which is pH neutral and will ensure the longevity of the seal we had applied.</p> <p><center><img src="https://i1.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/06/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Restoration-Jodrell-Bank-1.jpg?w=500" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Jodrell Bank" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Jodrell Bank" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in East Cheshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-restoration-at-jodrell-bank-farmhouse/">Victorian Tiled Hallway Restoration at Jodrell Bank Farmhouse</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">East Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p>