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/ Light Grey Grout Re-Colouring in a Wickersley Kitchen https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/light-grey-grout-re-colouring-in-a-wickersley-kitchen/ South Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:d977172d-6dc0-4fef-7224-a46630946003 Wed, 14 Apr 2021 13:34:24 +0000 <p>This Ceramic Tiled kitchen floor at a property in Wickersley was proving to be a pain for our clients, whatever they did the grout just looked dark, dirty, and unsightly. No amount of scrubbing would make a difference and eager to find a solution they wasted a lot of money on various products trying to [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/light-grey-grout-re-colouring-in-a-wickersley-kitchen/">Light Grey Grout Re-Colouring in a Wickersley Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This <b>Ceramic Tiled</b> kitchen floor at a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wickersley" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Wickersley</a></b> was proving to be a pain for our clients, whatever they did the <b>grout</b> just looked dark, dirty, and unsightly. No amount of scrubbing would make a difference and eager to find a solution they wasted a lot of money on various products trying to clean the grout lines, but nothing had worked. Ceramic tiles are glazed which makes them very easy to clean, grout however is a different story.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/04/Ceramic-Tiled-Floor-Before-Grout-ReColour-Wickersley-Rotherham-093913.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Floor Before Grout ReColour Wickersley Rotherham" width="" height="" alt="Ceramic Tiled Floor Before Grout ReColour Wickersley Rotherham" /></center></p> <p><b>Wickersley</b> is in Rotherham close to the 3 main motorways in South Yorkshire, the M1, M18 and A1. The village took its’ name from the Wickersley family who eventually moved to Sheffield and built the famous Broom Hall, incredibly we restored 100sqm of stone flooring in that very house not too long back. It was a beautiful restoration. </p> <p>On the first visit we tried a few of our products to clean the grout lines up but sometimes grout just can’t be cleaned, if the staining has penetrated the surface layer and gone right down into the grout it is stained forever. Grinding the grout out and putting in new grout is a big messy expensive job. For this reason, our grout recolouring service is an ideal option and the best thing about it is once it is recoloured the grout is protected and stain resistant. </p> <p>Tile Doctor have a range of ten grout colours to choose from and in this case our client chose the light grey colour. They were happy to go ahead with our quote and just thankful that we were able to do it relatively inexpensively and without making a huge mess! </p> <h2>Applying Light Grey Grout Colourant to Ceramic Kitchen Tiles</h2> <p>Work started by treating the grout lines with an acidic pre-treater that comes with the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant-kit/99/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Grout Colourant kit</a> that Tile Doctor sell, <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant-pre-treat-cleaner-750ml-with-trigger-spray/201/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Colourant Pre-Treat cleaner</a>, this gets rid of any contamination and prepares the grout for the colourant, so you get a superior bond. </p> <p>Once dry the Light Grey <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/grout-colouring/20/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Grout Colourant</a> was applied the grout lines with a small brush. A steady hand is required, and you need to ensure any excess is immediately wiped away before it dries. It is quite a slow job, but very satisfying when you see the difference it makes. Glazed tiles are sealed during manufacture, so we do not need to apply a sealer like we do on most of our jobs. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/04/Ceramic-Tiled-Floor-After-ReColour-Wickersley-Rotherham-164826.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Floor After Grout ReColour Wickersley Rotherham" width="" height="" alt="Ceramic Tiled Floor After ReColour Wickersley Rotherham" /></center></p> <p>The customer was over the moon with the transformation, the grubby grout lines had been irradicated and because the grout colourant forms a barrier over the grout, they will remain looking good for a long time to come. For aftercare cleaning I recommended using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> which is pH neutral and gentle enough to use on a regular basis, it also has a nice fresh smell. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Grout Cleaning Service in Rotherham</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/light-grey-grout-re-colouring-in-a-wickersley-kitchen/">Light Grey Grout Re-Colouring in a Wickersley Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating a Lapicida White Sandstone Kitchen Floor in Ilkley https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-lapicida-white-sandstone-kitchen-floor-in-ilkley/ North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:c6904b28-ffa9-0acd-6fae-a8379244c259 Sat, 10 Apr 2021 13:34:42 +0000 <p>These pictures are of a beautiful Sandstone floor in Ilkley, the tiles were sourced from Lapicida of Harrogate and installed around twelve years prior. If you take a look at their website now you will see they are selling a similar London White Sandstone for nearly £100 per m2. This floor was 35 square metres [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-lapicida-white-sandstone-kitchen-floor-in-ilkley/">Renovating a Lapicida White Sandstone Kitchen Floor in Ilkley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>These pictures are of a beautiful Sandstone floor in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilkley" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Ilkley</a></b>, the tiles were sourced from <a href="https://www.lapicida.com" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Lapicida of Harrogate</a> and installed around twelve years prior. If you take a look at their website now you will see they are selling a similar <a href="https://www.lapicida.com/product/london-white/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">London White Sandstone</a> for nearly £100 per m2. This floor was 35 square metres so clearly this was a significant investment for the owner at the time. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/04/Lapicida-Sandstone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Ilkley-09110015.jpg" alt="Lapicida Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning Ilkley" width="" height="" title="Lapicida Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning Ilkley" /></center></p> <p>After twelve years of use however the sealer had worn off the floor and dirt had become ingrained in the pores of the stone making it very difficult to keep clean. A good sealer takes a long time to wear off so the change to the appearance of the stone happens so slowly you don&#8217;t notice it. The floor was now looking permanently dirty, and the owner of the property had decided it was time to get it renovated.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/04/Lapicida-Sandstone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Ilkley-09110041.jpg" alt="Lapicida Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning Ilkley" width="" height="" title="Lapicida Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning Ilkley" /></center></p> <p>Before quoting I paid a visit to the property to survey the floor and conduct an initial test clean which came out well. The test cleaning did not go as quickly as I had hoped it might however, due to traces of old satin sealer on some of the stone. It’s important to remove all the old sealer before applying new or you can end up with a patchy appearance. The remnants of old sealer proved challenging to remove as a result I had to try several products and methods before working out the right approach. In the end I resulted to using a product called <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-wax-away-1-litre/228/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Wax Away</a>. I had considered applying diamond burnishing pads which would have been a quicker option, but the flagstones had a riven finish, and the dirt was deeply pitted. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/04/Lapicida-Sandstone-Floor-During-Test-Clean-Ilkley-09150120.jpg" alt="Lapicida Sandstone Floor During Test Clean Ilkley" width="" height="" title="Lapicida Sandstone Floor During Test Clean Ilkley" /></center></p> <p>With a successful cleaning plan worked out I provided the client with a which was accepted, and a date agreed for my return.</p> <h2> Cleaning a Sandstone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>The cleaning plan I had worked out was to apply a strong dilution of Tile Doctor Wax Away, leave it to soak into the stone for thirty minutes and then scrub it in with a rotary buffer fitted with a black scrubbing pad. The old sealer proved to be tough to remove and in total I used five litres of Tile Doctor Wax Away in the process, as I said it was a big floor!</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/04/Lapicida-Sandstone-Floor-After-Cleaning-Ilkley-11112037.jpg" alt="Lapicida Sandstone Floor After Cleaning Ilkley" width="" height="" title="Lapicida Sandstone Floor After Cleaning Ilkley" /></center></p> <h2> Sealing a Sandstone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>On day three, I sealed the floor using three coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go</a> which gave the Sandstone a lovely satin finish that the client liked. This product is also water based so it doesn’t leave a smell as it dries.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/04/Lapicida-Sandstone-Floor-After-Sealing-Ilkley-11112115.jpg" alt="Lapicida Sandstone Floor After Sealing Ilkley" width="" height="" title="Lapicida Sandstone Floor After Sealing Ilkley" /></center></p> <p>Once done the floor was completely transformed, and my client very pleased with the floor which looked so much lighter and cleaner. For aftercare cleaning I recommended the use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> for maintenance, it is pH neutral so will ensure the newly applied seal is protected. It has a nice fresh smell and is gentle enough to use frequently keeping the newly renovated floor looking lovely.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Sandstone Tiled Kitchen in North West Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-lapicida-white-sandstone-kitchen-floor-in-ilkley/">Renovating a Lapicida White Sandstone Kitchen Floor in Ilkley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating Patchy Grout on a Ceramic Tiled Floor in Shrewsbury https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-patchy-grout-on-a-ceramic-tiled-floor-in-shrewsbury/ Shropshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:8f78f7d0-b69c-c75e-5107-3116cfaf466a Thu, 08 Apr 2021 15:02:58 +0000 <p>These pictures were taken at a five-year-old property in Shrewsbury where the entire ground floor had been laid with Ceramic tiles. The owner was mainly unhappy with the grout which after five years of use had become patchy in appearance. Grout is usually the biggest problem when it comes to Ceramic and Porcelain floors, the [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-patchy-grout-on-a-ceramic-tiled-floor-in-shrewsbury/">Renovating Patchy Grout on a Ceramic Tiled Floor in Shrewsbury</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz">Shropshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>These pictures were taken at a five-year-old property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrewsbury" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Shrewsbury</a></b> where the entire ground floor had been laid with <b>Ceramic tiles</b>. The owner was mainly unhappy with the grout which after five years of use had become patchy in appearance. Grout is usually the biggest problem when it comes to Ceramic and Porcelain floors, the tiles themselves usually require very little maintenance, whereas the surface of grout is slightly porous and can be stained. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/04/Ceramic-Tiled-Floor-Before-Grout-Colouring-Shrewsbury-8893.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Floor Before Grout Colouring Shrewsbury" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Floor Before Grout Colouring Shrewsbury" /></center></p> <p>I recommended deep cleaning the floor and then re-colouring it with a Charcoal Grey colourant, not only would this resolve the appearance issue, but the colourant also acts as a protective barrier over the grout making it easier to clean and will ensure it had a consistent appearance. The alternative would be to slowly rake out the grout and replace with new which given the size of the floor would take a long time, also it would probably become stained again so we would be back to square one. My client was happy with my quote and agreed to go ahead, so we booked in a suitable time to carry out the work.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/04/Ceramic-Tiled-Floor-Before-Grout-Colouring-Shrewsbury-8894.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Floor Before Grout Colouring Shrewsbury" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Floor Before Grout Colouring Shrewsbury" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning a Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>To clean the tile and grout I first sprayed on a medium dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> then after ten minutes scrubbed it in with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black pad</a> fitted to a rotary buffer machine. I then followed this up with a manual scrub of the grout as the pads can struggle to reach into the recess of the grout line. This action lifted the dirt out of the floor which was then rinsed away with water and extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>The next step was to prepare the grout for the colourant by scrubbing it with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up</a>. This is an acidic product that cleans the grout further and etches the surface of the grout to ensure a better bond with the colourant. The solution was then rinsed away again and removed with the wet vacuum. This process was repeated with more water to neutralise the floor and remove any trace of cleaning products. </p> <h2>Colouring the grout on a Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>It was a large area, so I left the floor to dry off overnight and returned the following day to apply the Charcoal Grout Colourant. Applying the product is done with a small brush and any excess has to be cleaned off quickly before it dries which makes it quite a slow process. It certainly requires a steady hand and a lot of patience. </p> <p>The <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Colourant</a> is available in ten popular colours, so it is very versatile for all types of tiled areas. They also supply the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant-kit/99/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Colourant in a kit</a> form with a brush and bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant-pre-treat-cleaner-750ml-with-trigger-spray/201/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Grout Pre-Treater</a> so you have everything you need.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/04/Ceramic-Tiled-Floor-After-Grout-Colouring-Shrewsbury-8897.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Floor After Grout Colouring Shrewsbury" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Floor After Grout Colouring Shrewsbury" /></center></p> <p>It was fairly tedious work, but the discoloured and patchy grout looked great after I was finished and my client was really happy with the result, they even left the following testimonial.</p> <p><center><I>&#8220;Had the whole tiled ground floor of my house, cleaned, sealed and the grout darkened. Jozsef did a great job with no mess. I would highly recommend him&#8221;</I></center></p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/04/Ceramic-Tiled-Floor-After-Grout-Colouring-Shrewsbury-8896.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Floor After Grout Colouring Shrewsbury" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Floor After Grout Colouring Shrewsbury" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of a Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor in Shropshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-patchy-grout-on-a-ceramic-tiled-floor-in-shrewsbury/">Renovating Patchy Grout on a Ceramic Tiled Floor in Shrewsbury</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz">Shropshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Craven Dunnill Floor Restoration in Stoke Golding Nuneaton https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/craven-dunnill-floor-restoration-in-stoke-golding-nuneaton/ Warwickshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:17d82a66-c8df-ea24-8a9a-aca7c9236fde Sat, 03 Apr 2021 13:54:53 +0000 <p>The Victorian Floor was in Stoke Golding a small village near Nuneaton Warwickshire. Some years ago, the client had decided to tile over the original Victorian geometric tiled floor with a modern tile. Back to the present day and their tastes had changed and so they decided they preferred the classic look after all and [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/craven-dunnill-floor-restoration-in-stoke-golding-nuneaton/">Craven Dunnill Floor Restoration in Stoke Golding Nuneaton</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz">Warwickshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The <b>Victorian Floor</b> was in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoke_Golding" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Stoke Golding</a></b> a small village near Nuneaton Warwickshire. Some years ago, the client had decided to tile over the original Victorian geometric tiled floor with a modern tile. Back to the present day and their tastes had changed and so they decided they preferred the classic look after all and wanted the old floor restored. The process of removing the modern tiles however caused quite a bit of damage to the old floor and in the process managed to damage a large section of the sub floor. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/04/Victorian-Hallway-Before-Craven-Dunnill-Tile-Rebuild-Stoke-Golding-Nuneaton-2.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Before Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway Before Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" /></center></p> <p>After surveying the floor, I could see that as well as the obvious, the floor had dropped by the door to the lounge so this would need repairing and the tiles by the kitchen door had been removed and would also need replacing. Happy for me to do the work I worked out how many replacement tiles would be needed to renovate the floor. The tiles were then ordered from <b><a href="https://www.cdjackfield.com" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Craven Dunnill</a></b> who have been in operation since 1872 and still make the same tiles to this day.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/04/Victorian-Hallway-Before-Craven-Dunnill-Tile-Rebuild-Stoke-Golding-Nuneaton-1.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Before Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway Before Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning and Repairing a Craven Dunnill Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The first day on the job involved removing tiles and screed from the damaged sections, cleaning up the rubble as I went. The now exposed subfloor was built up to the right height by adding self-levelling screed which was left to set before more work could be done. Once the new screed had set the replacement tiles were cut and laid using a flexible adhesive. The damaged tiles in the floor where also removed and replaced where needed. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/04/Victorian-Hallway-During-Craven-Dunnill-Tile-Rebuild-Stoke-Golding-Nuneaton-1.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway During Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway During Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/04/Victorian-Hallway-During-Craven-Dunnill-Tile-Rebuild-Stoke-Golding-Nuneaton-4.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway During Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway During Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The next step involved deep cleaning the whole hallway floor, first using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> and then followed up with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a> using 200 and 400-Grit burnishing pads to really get the tiles clean and bright again. I hand finished the corners and edges with handheld burnishing blocks of different grades and then left the floor to dry overnight. </p> <h2>Sealing a Craven Dunnill Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The next morning, I inspected the floor to check it was clean and dry however, it also revealed a few more cracked tiles that were not obvious the day before. These were removed and replaced as before. </p> <p>The floor was then pre-sealed using a coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is an impregnating sealer followed up with a few coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-extra-1-litre/22/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go Extra</a>. The combination of the two sealers brings out the colours in the tiles whilst providing hard wearing protection that will keep the dirt out of the tiles. Both sealers are breathable which is an important consideration when sealing old floors like this one which don&#8217;t usually have a damp proof membrane.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/04/Victorian-Hallway-After-Craven-Dunnill-Tile-Rebuild-Stoke-Golding-Nuneaton-2.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway After Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway After Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/04/Victorian-Hallway-After-Craven-Dunnill-Tile-Rebuild-Stoke-Golding-Nuneaton-3.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway After Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway After Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Due to the amount of tiling work needed that job was completed over a two-week period however the floor looked amazing when finished and well worth the effort. Given the history of the floor I&#8217;m sure the fully restored floor will add a lot of value to the property, certainly my client was very happy with the finish.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/04/Victorian-Hallway-After-Craven-Dunnill-Tile-Rebuild-Stoke-Golding-Nuneaton-1.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway After Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway After Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Craven Dunnill Victorian Hallway Restoration in Warwickshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/craven-dunnill-floor-restoration-in-stoke-golding-nuneaton/">Craven Dunnill Floor Restoration in Stoke Golding Nuneaton</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz">Warwickshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Travertine Floor Cleaned and Sealed in Walton-On-Thames https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/travertine-floor-cleaned-and-sealed-in-walton-on-thames/ South Middlesex Tile Doctor urn:uuid:935fe0e8-f6ec-0778-1e35-de82e0dbf0c1 Mon, 29 Mar 2021 13:33:23 +0000 <p>Our client had inherited this Travertine floor when purchasing in a lovely street in Walton-On-Thames, close by was the River Thames which runs all the way into London. The new owners were unhappy with the floor in that it did not look very clean, and they were keen to get this rectified. I arranged a [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/travertine-floor-cleaned-and-sealed-in-walton-on-thames/">Travertine Floor Cleaned and Sealed in Walton-On-Thames</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz">South Middlesex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Our client had inherited this <b>Travertine</b> floor when purchasing in a lovely street in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walton-on-Thames" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Walton-On-Thames</a></b>, close by was the River Thames which runs all the way into London. The new owners were unhappy with the floor in that it did not look very clean, and they were keen to get this rectified. I arranged a site visit to survey the floor and see what could be done to restore its appearance. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2021/03/Travertine-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Walton-on-Thames-1106.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor Before Cleaning Walton-on-Thames" width="" height="" title="Travertine Floor Before Cleaning Walton-on-Thames" /></center></p> <p>The floor itself was in good physical condition, however, it was apparent from the level of dirt ingrained in the stone that it had not been maintained very well by the previous owner. I carried out a small test clean which came out well and they could see straight away what the floor should look really like! They were happy with my renovation quote and we agreed a mutually convenient time where I could work in relation to the COVID guidelines.</p> <h2> Cleaning a Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>The Travertine floor was scrubbed using a mixture of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro Clean</a> and <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Remove and Go</a>. These are heavy duty cleaning products designed for use on tile and stone can be combined to form a powerful cleaning/stripping solution which is left to dwell on the floor surface. After a short while the solution was worked into the stone using a rotary machine fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a>. </p> <p>This cleaning recipe works extremely well breaking down dirt, stains, and grease in the stone. Following a machine scrub and a more manual hand scrub of the grout lines, we then pressure rinsed the soil away and then it was extracted using an industrial wet vacuum. In a couple of areas, it was necessary to repeat the process to ensure it was completely clean. Once we were satisfied that the stone was fresh and clean, the floor was left to dry off overnight, so it would be ready for sealing the following day.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2021/03/Travertine-Floor-During-Cleaning-Walton-on-Thames-1104.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor During Cleaning Walton-on-Thames" width="" height="" title="Travertine Floor During Cleaning Walton-on-Thames" /></center></p> <h2> Sealing a Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>After drying overnight, the floor was checked with a damp meter to make sure it was dry. Once reassured I started with the application of the fresh sealer to the floor using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow Sealer</a> which is a colour enhancing sealer that works from within by soaking into the pores of the stone. Several coats were applied allowing each one to dry before applying the next. This sealer does not provide a glossy finish, just a nice natural sheen. This brought back the contrast and natural colours in the stone, whilst adding protection to stone for many years to come.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2021/03/Travertine-Floor-After-Cleaning-Walton-on-Thames-1107.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor After Cleaning Walton-on-Thames" width="" height="" title="Travertine Floor After Cleaning Walton-on-Thames" /></center></p> <p>The client was very happy with the work we carried out, the floor had come up much better than they had expected, and it really made a difference to the lovely kitchen space. The floor looked like new. I recommended the regular use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a> for future cleaning which will keep the floor in great condition and ensure the longevity of the newly applied sealant. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Travertine Tiled Kitchen in South Middlesex</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/travertine-floor-cleaned-and-sealed-in-walton-on-thames/">Travertine Floor Cleaned and Sealed in Walton-On-Thames</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz">South Middlesex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Tired Black Flagstone Floor Restored in Kendal Basement https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/tired-black-flagstone-floor-restored-in-kendal-basement/ South Cumbria Tile Doctor urn:uuid:961ccc52-114e-66ef-8981-56bebf9f33b3 Thu, 25 Mar 2021 13:46:49 +0000 <p>I was contacted by a client in Kendal to see if I could help with their Black Flagstone basement floor. As you can see from the photographs it was in a bit of a state and the stone looked mostly White rather than Black. I carried out a site visit, to survey the floor and [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/tired-black-flagstone-floor-restored-in-kendal-basement/">Tired Black Flagstone Floor Restored in Kendal Basement</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz">South Cumbria Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was contacted by a client in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kendal" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Kendal</a></b> to see if I could help with their <b>Black Flagstone</b> basement floor. As you can see from the photographs it was in a bit of a state and the stone looked mostly White rather than Black. </p> <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2021/03/Black-Flagstone-Floor-Before-Renovation-Kendal-4170.jpg" alt="Black Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Kendal" width="" height="" title="Black Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Kendal" /></p> <p>I carried out a site visit, to survey the floor and work out the best approach to restore its appearance. After testing a few different products and techniques I worked out an effective restoration plan and discussed this with the owner. Happy with my plan and costing’s we agreed a date to start the work. Being in the basement of the property had its challenges but it would mean we could work socially distanced from the owner.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2021/03/Black-Flagstone-Floor-Before-Renovation-Kendal-4162.jpg" alt="Black Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Kendal" width="" height="" title="Black Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Kendal" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2021/03/Black-Flagstone-Floor-Before-Renovation-Kendal-4168.jpg" alt="Black Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Kendal" width="" height="" title="Black Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Kendal" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2>Cleaning a Tired Black Flagstone Tiled Basement Floor</h2> <p>To restore the floors appearance, I started with a set of coarse wire (60 and 120 grit) brushes lubricated with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> which is a strong coatings remover. I had considered using milling pads on the tiles to reveal a new surface underneath but that does involve the use of an expensive set of coarse pads and given it was a basement the owners didn&#8217;t feel the extra expense would be justified. </p> <p>The wire grits work well on rough stone floors when attached to a weighted buffing machine and we add some Tile Doctor Remove and Go to the mix. Once clean the floor was rinsed with water and the slurry extracted using an industrial wet vacuum. After cleaning the floor, it looked transformed, some pointing was required so we carried this out after the main clean.</p> <h2> Sealing a Black Flagstone Tiled Basement Floor</h2> <p>The stone was left to dry out for a few days before returning to apply a sealer. For this floor I felt <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-x-tra-seal-1-litre/258/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor X-Tra seal</a> would be the best product and applied two coats. I chose X-Tra seal for this job as it ticks a lot of boxes, it’s a breathable oil-based resin sealer which being breathable will allow moisture to rise through the floor. Old floors like this don&#8217;t have a damp proof membrane so it is important to choose a sealer that can allow the floor to breath and not let damp build up under the floor where it can reach out to the walls and cause rising damp.</p> <p>I also chose X-Tra Seal as it has a great ability to bring out the colour of the darker stone due to its high oil content, the oil will deter salts from forming if efflorescence is an issue. This is a unique property of this sealer as we never know if <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/custom.aspx/efflorescence/10/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">efflorescent salts</a> are going to form or not so having this in place as a sealer is a great plus for a Tile Doctor, it is new to the market and is already proving popular on floors like this and for protecting external stone.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:40%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2021/03/Black-Flagstone-Floor-After-Renovation-Kendal-4221.jpg" alt="Black Flagstone Floor After Renovation Kendal" width="" height="" title="Black Flagstone Floor After Renovation Kendal" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:60%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2021/03/Black-Flagstone-Floor-After-Renovation-Kendal-4220.jpg" alt="Black Flagstone Floor After Renovation Kendal" width="" height="" title="Black Flagstone Floor After Renovation Kendal" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>If the tiles are smooth Tile Doctor X-Tra Seal adds a bit of a sheen to the appearance of the stone however this stone was very rough, so we didn’t manage a shine, but the customer was happy with the matt finish and the slightly honed effect.</p> <p>The floor looked great and much more appealing making the space more attractive and likely to be used. For aftercare I recommended <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> which will clean the floor without impacting the sealer which can be a problem with many of the stronger products you find in supermarkets.</p> <p><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2021/03/Black-Flagstone-Floor-After-Renovation-Kendal-4217.jpg" alt="Black Flagstone Floor After Renovation Kendal" width="" height="" title="Black Flagstone Floor After Renovation Kendal" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Black Flagstone Basement in Cumbria</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/tired-black-flagstone-floor-restored-in-kendal-basement/">Tired Black Flagstone Floor Restored in Kendal Basement</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz">South Cumbria Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Marble Kitchen Floor Grout Cleaned and Polished in Cardiff https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/marble-kitchen-floor-grout-cleaned-and-polished-in-cardiff/ South East Wales Tile Doctor urn:uuid:680311f8-7fc6-305d-0e1d-23064367ab16 Tue, 23 Mar 2021 13:52:43 +0000 <p>I took the pictures below during the renovation of a beautiful Marble floor that was installed in the kitchen and adjacent dinning area of a property in Cardiff. Busy family life had taken its toll on the floor and it had now lost most of its shine and the grout had darkened to an almost [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/marble-kitchen-floor-grout-cleaned-and-polished-in-cardiff/">Marble Kitchen Floor Grout Cleaned and Polished in Cardiff</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz">South East Wales Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I took the pictures below during the renovation of a beautiful <b>Marble floor</b> that was installed in the kitchen and adjacent dinning area of a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiff" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Cardiff</a></b>. Busy family life had taken its toll on the floor and it had now lost most of its shine and the grout had darkened to an almost black colour due to ingrained dirt. Marble however is an amazing stone that responds well to polishing so I knew I could restore its appearance. </p> <p>Covering Cardiff and the surrounding area I’m your local tile and stone restoration specialist covering the renovation of all types of Tile and Stone. My background is tiling, and I have been a member of the Tile Doctor restoration network for over ten years so if you need help do get in touch.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Marble Tiled Kitchen Floor in Cardiff</h2> <p>First, I deep cleaned the grout lines using a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a>, leaving it to soak into the grout for ten minutes before scrubbing it in by hand. I then rinsed off the solution with water and extracted the slurry with a wet vacuum to lift the deep staining. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2021/03/Marble-Kitchen-Floor-During-Grout-Cleaning-Cardiff-111446.jpg" alt="Marble Kitchen Floor During Grout Cleaning Cardiff" width="" height="" title="Marble Kitchen Floor During Grout Cleaning Cardiff" /></center></p> <p>With the grout now clean I turned my attention to the Marble tiles, I needed to remove any previous sealer and the ingrained marks. This was done using a 400-grit red <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">burnishing pad</a> applied to the rotary buffing machine. The pads are another Tile Doctor product and was the first in a series of four pads I would use to renovate this floor. After running the pad over each tile at least three times the floor was rinsed with water which was then extracted with the wet vacuum as before.</p> <p>This was followed by an 800-grit pad to prepare and smooth the surface of the tile again rinsing and extracting afterwards. I then continued the process using a 1500-grit pad to smooth more and prepare the surface for the final pad. By using the pads in sequence, it is a gradual process and ensures the tiles have a consistent surface. The floor was then left to dry overnight.</p> <h2>Sealing a Marble Tiled Kitchen Floor in Cardiff</h2> <p>I returned the next day to apply the final pad which brings up the polish on the floor. It is a very fine 3000-grit pad which creates a nice shine and is applied dry using a small amount of water using a process we call a &#8220;Spray Burnish&#8221;.</p> <p>Finally, the sealer was applied to the Marble, the sealer chosen was <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which soaks into the pores of the stone and protects it from within. Colour Grow is a very durable sealer that enhances the natural colours in the stone without making the surface shiny. In this instance however the client requested the floor to have a high shine, so I went back for the 3rd day to ensure the initial sealer was cured and then applied a coating of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-shine-powder-1kg-tub/18/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Shine Powder</a>. This is a crystal type substance which is ground into the tiles using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-white/30/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">white buffing pad</a> to build up a deep and durable polish on the Marble. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2021/03/Marble-Kitchen-Floor-After-Renovation-Cardiff-11093835.jpg" alt="Marble Kitchen Floor After Renovation Cardiff" width="" height="" title="Marble Kitchen Floor After Renovation Cardiff" /></center></p> <p>This final step gave the floor a very high shine with a deep lustre and the client was delighted with result. For the regular maintenance cleaning of polished stone, I recommend using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor stone soap</a> which is specifically designed for maintaining this type of floor and will help maintain its lustre.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of a Marble Tiled Kitchen Floor in South Wales</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/marble-kitchen-floor-grout-cleaned-and-polished-in-cardiff/">Marble Kitchen Floor Grout Cleaned and Polished in Cardiff</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz">South East Wales Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Original Quarry Tiled Floor Renovation at Lock Keepers Cottage in Northwich https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/original-quarry-tiled-floor-renovation-at-lock-keepers-cottage-in-northwich/ West Cheshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:b023ed84-30bc-bbad-1b25-c235188824fa Fri, 19 Mar 2021 13:18:34 +0000 <p>The client from Northwich got in touch regarding their Quarry tiled floor which ran throughout the ground floor and was in a bit of a sorry mess after renovations. Clearly in need of some attention it required a deep clean and new sealer to restore the colour and its general appearance. I went over to [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/original-quarry-tiled-floor-renovation-at-lock-keepers-cottage-in-northwich/">Original Quarry Tiled Floor Renovation at Lock Keepers Cottage in Northwich</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">West Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The client from <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northwich" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Northwich</a></b> got in touch regarding their <b>Quarry tiled floor</b> which ran throughout the ground floor and was in a bit of a sorry mess after renovations. Clearly in need of some attention it required a deep clean and new sealer to restore the colour and its general appearance. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i2.wp.com/west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2021/03/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Before-Renovation-Northwich-2.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor Before Renovation Northwich" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor Before Renovation Northwich" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2021/03/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Before-Renovation-Northwich-1.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor Before Renovation Northwich" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor Before Renovation Northwich" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I went over to do a site visit and discovered that although the location was rather idyllic it was going to present a challenge due to its location; this former lock-keepers cottage on the River Weaver had no vehicle access to it. The nearest road was a quarter of a mile away across two narrow footbridges and then a towpath. In the end I worked out the best way to get our equipment to the cottage would be in two wheelbarrows!</p> <p>None the less, were always up for a challenge so after survey the floor I worked out a price for the work which would take two days. Happy with my quote we agreed a date for the work to commence and I organised the wheelbarrows.</p> <h2> Cleaning a Quarry Tiled Ground Floor</h2> <p>We loaded up the wheelbarrows on the first day and set off across the footbridges to the cottage. We must have looked a little odd doing this as we got a few funny looks on the way. I guess with Tile Doctor you never know what the next job will be, but the effort was appreciated by the owner who had a nice coffee waiting when we arrived at the front door.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2021/03/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Lock-Keepers-Cottage-Northwich-5.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor Lock Keepers Cottage Northwich" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor Lock Keepers Cottage Northwich" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2021/03/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Lock-Keepers-Cottage-Northwich-6.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor Lock Keepers Cottage Northwich" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor Lock Keepers Cottage Northwich" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>We gave the floors a good brush removing the builders rubbish and plaster and then working in sections sprayed the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/quarry-tile-cleaning/6/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Quarry tiles</a> with a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a>. This product is a multipurpose alkaline stripper/cleaner specifically designed for use on tile and stone. It was left to dwell and soak into the dirt for twenty minutes before being mechanically scrubbed into the the tiles using a buffing machine fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black stripping pad</a> running at slow speed. This removed the dirt, plaster dust and traces of old red tile paint from the tiles. The slurry generated was then removed using an industrial wet vacuum. </p> <p>After the initial clean the floor was inspected and any stubborn areas were retreated using a repeat of the cleaning process, hand scrubbing where needed. Finally, the floor was given an acid wash with a dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up</a> to help further clean-up the tiles and neutralise any salts in tile which can be a problem on old floors like this that do not have a damp proof membrane. The floor was then left to dry over night before returning the next morning.</p> <h2>Sealing a Quarry Tiled Ground Floor</h2> <p>The next day we returned and started by testing the floors with a damp meter to make sure the floor was dry and ready to seal; if the floor is damp the sealer will not cure properly and can result and in a patchy appearance. </p> <p>The sealer which we selected to use on this floor was <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-extra-1-litre/22/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go Extra</a> which is a breathable low sheen sealer which will allow any moisture in the sub floor to rise unimpeded up through the tile and not become trapped underneath where it can spread to the walls and lead to rising damp.</p> <p>After a few coats, the floor looked transformed, and our client was over the moon with their restored original floor which was a great period feature. Cleaning up took a short while as we had to transport all our equipment back in the wheelbarrows, but we took a moment to admire the lovely view on the way out.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Quarry Tiled Ground Floor in West Cheshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/original-quarry-tiled-floor-renovation-at-lock-keepers-cottage-in-northwich/">Original Quarry Tiled Floor Renovation at Lock Keepers Cottage in Northwich</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">West Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Reviving a Classic Victorian Tiled Hallway in Haringey North London https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/reviving-a-classic-victorian-tiled-hallway-in-haringey-north-london/ North London Tile Doctor urn:uuid:293f4d1f-add6-70e2-7a1b-0dbd42a8149e Fri, 12 Mar 2021 14:28:48 +0000 <p>This client owned a property in Haringey, North London, which had a classic Victorian tiled floor laid in the hallway. Unfortunately, the floor was in a bad state, the tiles were dull and dirty and there was a missing section by the bottom of the stairs that had been back filled with cement. Fortunately for [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/reviving-a-classic-victorian-tiled-hallway-in-haringey-north-london/">Reviving a Classic Victorian Tiled Hallway in Haringey North London</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz">North London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This client owned a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Borough_of_Haringey" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Haringey</a></b>, North London, which had a classic <b>Victorian tiled floor</b> laid in the hallway. Unfortunately, the floor was in a bad state, the tiles were dull and dirty and there was a missing section by the bottom of the stairs that had been back filled with cement. Fortunately for him however his neighbour decided to remove their front path which was made with matching tiles and so he was able acquire replacements from him. He then contacted us to see if we could use those tiles to fill in the missing ones and revive the whole floor with a clean and seal at the same time.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/03/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-Before-Restoration-Haringey-1.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor Before Restoration Haringey" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Floor Before Restoration Haringey" /></center></p> <p>Before quoting for the restoration work, I paid a visit to the property to survey the floor. I can give quotes from photographs, but much prefer to visit and conduct a test clean, and in this case, I was able to check the spare tiles he had acquired. From that I emailed a quote which the client was happy with, so we arranged a date to return and do the work.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/03/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-Before-Restoration-Haringey-2.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor Before Restoration Haringey" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Floor Before Restoration Haringey" /></center></p> <h2> Cleaning and Reviving a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>This was a large job, so I teamed up with Jackson Davis the <a href="https://central-london.tiledoctor.biz" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Central London Tile Doctor</a> and whilst Jackson started on cleaning the floor, I took the reclaimed tiles outside and carefully grinded off the excess cement and adhesive from them and cleaned them by hand. We managed to do this by about 3pm. Jackson and I work on a lot of jobs together so it made sense to work as a bubble from the beginning of Covid so we could continue to work together, with two of us on the job it also means we can get the job done quicker. </p> <p>Cleaning the floor involved applying a 200-grit diamond burnishing pad to the tile lubricated with a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a>, the slurry was then rinsed off the floor with more water and then extracted with an industrial vacuum. The process was repeated on stubborn areas until we were satisfied the tiles were really clean.</p> <p>We then moved onto carefully removing the cement from the floor at the bottom of the stairs and cleaning up the base. Once done the newly renovated replacement tiles were laid in place using a rapid setting adhesive which meant they could be grouted later that day before heading home. The floor was then left overnight to dry off.</p> <h2> Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>We then returned the following day and took some moisture readings with the damp meter. The readings were within the expected range, so we were good to go ahead and apply the sealer. If the floor is not dry the seal will not cure properly, and this can lead to a patchy finish.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/03/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-After-Restoration-Haringey-3.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor After Restoration Haringey" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Floor After Restoration Haringey" /></center></p> <p>Three coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> were applied to seal the tiles. This is a colour intensifying impregnating sealer that works from with and will gives the Victorian tiles durable protection, ideal for a high traffic area such as the hallway. In addition, Colour Grow is a fully breathable sealer so it will allow for moisture to rise through the tile and evaporate, this is critical for floors of this age that will not have the benefit of a damp proof membrane installed under the floor.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/03/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-After-Restoration-Haringey-4.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor After Restoration Haringey" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Floor After Restoration Haringey" /></center></p> <p>The hallway is now looking transformed by the work we did, we certainly thought so, but more importantly our client was very happy with the result and now has the floor he hoped for. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Classic Victorian Tiled Hallway in North London</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/reviving-a-classic-victorian-tiled-hallway-in-haringey-north-london/">Reviving a Classic Victorian Tiled Hallway in Haringey North London</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz">North London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Restorative Cleaning and Sealing of a Quarry Tiled Floor in Stafford https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/restorative-cleaning-and-sealing-of-a-quarry-tiled-floor-in-stafford/ Staffordshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:5f4e1662-1839-c269-fe50-b0c6d8f1f2da Wed, 10 Mar 2021 13:43:58 +0000 <p>It had been some years since this Quarry tiled floor at a house in the market town of Stafford had been professionally cleaned and was now long overdue some TLC. The previous sealer had worn down allowing dirt to accumulate in the pores of the tile leaving it looking dull and dirty and difficult to [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/restorative-cleaning-and-sealing-of-a-quarry-tiled-floor-in-stafford/">Restorative Cleaning and Sealing of a Quarry Tiled Floor in Stafford</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz">Staffordshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>It had been some years since this <b>Quarry tiled floor</b> at a house in the market town of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stafford" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Stafford</a></b> had been professionally cleaned and was now long overdue some TLC. The previous sealer had worn down allowing dirt to accumulate in the pores of the tile leaving it looking dull and dirty and difficult to keep clean. There were also a couple of loose tiles that needed re-setting. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2021/03/Quarry-Tile-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Stafford-1.jpg" alt="Quarry Tile Floor Before Cleaning Stafford" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tile Floor Before Cleaning Stafford" /></center></p> <p>Before quoting I visited the property to inspect the floor and carry out a test clean on part of the floor. The test came out well which impressed my clients and gave me an accurate plan for cleaning the rest of the Quarry tiled floor. I quoted for two days work plus materials which was agreed, and we scheduled a date for the work to be done.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2021/03/Quarry-Tile-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Stafford-2.jpg" alt="Quarry Tile Floor Before Cleaning Stafford" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tile Floor Before Cleaning Stafford" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning and Repairing a Quarry Tiled Dining Room Floor</h2> <p>The first day I spent deep cleaning the Quarry tile and grout using a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> worked in with a rotary machine with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a> attached. The soil generated was extracted with a wet vacuum and the floor rinsed and extracted again.</p> <p>At this point I like to inspect the floor looking for any stubborn marks or areas that need repeat cleaning. Once identified I repeat the earlier cleaning process and if that doesn’t work, I resort to using neat Pro-Clean scrubbed in by hand with a lot of elbow grease until I’m satisfied that the tile and grout is as clean as possible.</p> <p>As mentioned before there were a couple of loose tiles that needed refitting and so before leaving, I spent time pulling those out, cleaning them up, preparing the base, relaying them with fresh adhesive and then grouting with matching grout. The floor was then left overnight to fully dry out and for the newly replaced tiles to set.</p> <h2>Sealing a Quarry Tiled Dining Room Floor</h2> <p>I returned the following day and first used a damp meter to check that the floor was suitably dry. I know from experience that for best results the floor needs to be dry before applying the sealer, to apply a sealer to a damp floor can result in a patchy appearance. In this case the readings were fine otherwise I would of arranged to come back on a different day or applied a bit of gentle heat from a heat gun until dry.</p> <p>I had discussed finishes with my client before starting work and it was clear their preference was for the Quarry tiles to have a nice shine, as it would have had originally so I selected to use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go</a>. This product is a specially formulated water-based blend of acrylic polymers that provides a stain resistant seal and being water based it doesn’t give off an unpleasant odour as it dries. Four coats of Seal and Go were applied allowing each coat to dry out before applying the next one. The result was the tiles were left with a lovely subtle shine as requested.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2021/03/Quarry-Tile-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Stafford-1.jpg" alt="Quarry Tile Floor After Cleaning Sealing Stafford" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tile Floor After Cleaning Sealing Stafford" /></center></p> <p>The client was very happy with the newly restored floor and for aftercare cleaning I recommended <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile cleaner</a>, this is pH balanced product that that isn’t overly strong and won’t prematurely degrade the newly applied sealer like most of the household cleaners you find in supermarkets. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2021/03/Quarry-Tile-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Stafford-2.jpg" alt="Quarry Tile Floor After Cleaning Sealing Stafford" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tile Floor After Cleaning Sealing Stafford" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Quarry Tiled Hallway in Staffordshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/restorative-cleaning-and-sealing-of-a-quarry-tiled-floor-in-stafford/">Restorative Cleaning and Sealing of a Quarry Tiled Floor in Stafford</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz">Staffordshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Rejuvenating White Metro Stye Bathroom Tiles in Dorking https://east-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/rejuvenating-white-metro-stye-bathroom-tiles-in-dorking/ East Surrey Tile Doctor urn:uuid:e0f9dbc9-e7e6-d495-d7ff-aaedd71368ab Mon, 08 Mar 2021 15:26:35 +0000 <p>These clients from Dorking were selling their house soon but were concerned about the appearance of the tile and grout in their shower room and bath. The tiles were White Ceramic laid in the popular Metro style, whilst the tiles looked fine, they were being let down by the grout which had discoloured and was [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/rejuvenating-white-metro-stye-bathroom-tiles-in-dorking/">Rejuvenating White Metro Stye Bathroom Tiles in Dorking</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">East Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>These clients from <b><a href="https://www.visitdorking.com/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Dorking</a></b> were selling their house soon but were concerned about the appearance of the tile and grout in their shower room and bath. The tiles were White Ceramic laid in the popular Metro style, whilst the tiles looked fine, they were being let down by the grout which had discoloured and was turning a shade of pink and brown. Also, the white mastic sealant was blackening and mouldy in places. Naturally, my clients were keen to ensure that potential buyers were not put off by the bathroom and wanted to get the maximum price for the house sale. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://east-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2021/03/Ceramic-Tiled-Bathroom-Before-Cleaining-Dorking-0588.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Bathroom Before Cleaining Dorking" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Bathroom Before Cleaining Dorking" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://east-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2021/03/Ceramic-Tiled-Bathroom-Before-Cleaining-Dorking-0587.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Bathroom Before Cleaining Dorking" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Bathroom Before Cleaining Dorking" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>This was a nice straight forward job, the tiles can be easily cleaned, and the mastic removed and reapplied, but it would make a massive difference to the overall look of the room. I gave them a price and they were happy for me to go ahead. </p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Ceramic Tile and Grout</h2> <p>Firstly, I sprayed the grout with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-duo-clean/200/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Duo Clean</a>. This breaks down the accumulated dirt and grime and is left to dwell for 10-15 minutes. Then I brushed the grout with a strong wire brush and showered away the dirt. Permanent discolouration is common so there were places the grout failed to return to its original white colour. To resolve this, I discussed colouring the grout with my customer as removing and re-grouting is a time consuming and expensive option. Additionally, the colourant provides an easy to clean barrier over the grout that will protect it from discolouration going forward.</p> <p>While waiting for the grout to dry following the cleaning I set about removing the mastic around the shower and walls with a sharp knife.</p> <p>After an hour of slow cutting the grout was ready for colouring. With a small, stiff paintbrush I painted a White <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Colourant</a> into the grout lines, wiping away any excess from the tiles. The colourant dries very quickly so I could apply a second coat where needed soon after.</p> <p>Once done my final task was to apply the white silicon mastic to all verticals and the bath surround to ensure the bath was watertight. This takes a while to cure so I advised the clients not to use the shower for 24 hours. I should mention the glaze on Ceramic tiles provides adequate protection from dirt, ensuring they are easy to clean and therefore do not require further sealing.</p> <p>By the end of the day the bathroom looked like a new installation, their trendy Metro style tiles were rejuvenated, and my clients loved the wall of white.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:40%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://east-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2021/03/Ceramic-Tiled-Bathroom-After-Cleaining-Dorking-0590.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Bathroom After Cleaining Dorking" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Bathroom After Cleaining Dorking" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:60%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://east-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2021/03/Ceramic-Tiled-Bathroom-After-Cleaining-Dorking-0589.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Bathroom After Cleaining Dorking" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Bathroom After Cleaining Dorking" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>As my client was selling the property there was little point in discussing aftercare, however for your benefit I would recommend cleaning with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-aqua-pro-with-trigger-spray/1/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Aqua-Pro</a>. This product will neutralise any acid build up caused by shampoos and shower products in the first place and it is these acids that cause discoloration over time. </p> <p>Now I don’t want to worry anyone about the word acids, the human skin is slightly acidic so the products we use on our skin are designed for this, but if your eyes sting slightly when they come into contact with the shampoo then that is the acid. Naturally, it washes out with water, but you can imagine what it will do to your grout, tiles, and silicone over a long period of time.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Cleaning of a Ceramic Bathroom Tiles in Surrey</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/rejuvenating-white-metro-stye-bathroom-tiles-in-dorking/">Rejuvenating White Metro Stye Bathroom Tiles in Dorking</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">East Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Giving a Travertine Kitchen Floor a Face Lift in Burgh Castle https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/giving-a-travertine-kitchen-floor-a-face-lift-in-burgh-castle/ Norfolk Tile Doctor urn:uuid:bb86be63-13c4-8b8e-44fd-dc6587932f82 Fri, 05 Mar 2021 14:14:02 +0000 <p>Located in Burgh Castle West of Great Yarmouth, this Travertine stone floor was a classic example of an incomplete installation. By incomplete I mean the tiler had done a fine job of laying and grouting the tiles but had left it at that and not sealed the stone. Natural stone like Travertine is porous and [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/giving-a-travertine-kitchen-floor-a-face-lift-in-burgh-castle/">Giving a Travertine Kitchen Floor a Face Lift in Burgh Castle</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz">Norfolk Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Located in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burgh_Castle" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Burgh Castle</a></b> West of Great Yarmouth, this Travertine stone floor was a classic example of an incomplete installation. By incomplete I mean the tiler had done a fine job of laying and grouting the tiles but had left it at that and not sealed the stone. Natural stone like Travertine is porous and needs a sealer to stop dirt becoming ingrained in its pores, a sealer will also improve its appearance. </p> <p>Without a sealer this floor now looked very dull, pale, rather damaged with pitting and heavily soiled with ingrained dirt. Pitting in stone like this is a natural feature of Travertine however it can be exacerbated with the use of acid cleaning products. This was a floor in urgent need of a face lift, and I was confident it could be transformed into a very beautiful floor.</p> <p>I think it is true to say that most tilers will skilfully lay a floor for you but usually don&#8217;t have the knowledge, experience or equipment to finish the surface properly and when it comes to sealing many will recommend a product and suggest you take care of it yourself. Naturally if your find yourself in that position don’t insist the tiler does it, better to give us a call and have it done properly. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/60/2021/03/Travertine-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Face-Lift-Burgh-Castle-scaled.jpg" alt="Travertine Kitchen Floor Before Face Lift Burgh Castle" width="" height="" title="Travertine Kitchen Floor Before Face Lift Burgh Castle" /></center></p> <h2>Filling Pitted Travertine Tiles</h2> <p>Our first job was to backfill the larger pits in the stone which as I mentioned are a natural feature of travertine material, but they can trap dirt and so its best if they are plugged with a suitably rigid filler. Also, if left alone the larger holes can quickly become larger as their edges crumble and break up leading to the entire tile becoming unstable. Replacing a tile in a floor like this is possible however its an extremely awkward job to do and it can be difficult to find an exact match for replacement. </p> <p>Filling was done using a two-part, neutral cream-coloured polyester compound which gels in about fifteen minutes after addition of the catalyst. After this initial period, the excess product is trimmed off level with the surface of the tile before it sets harder than the stone itself in around sixty minutes. The fully cured compound can then be cut and machined as though it were part of the stone structure.</p> <h2>Cleaning and Removing Scratches from a Travertine Floor Tiles</h2> <p>Our second job was to remove deep scratches caused by the unprotected feet of workmen&#8217;s ladders. This was done using Tile Doctor 50-grit and 100-grit diamond <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/diamond-hand-burnishing-block-set-greenblackred-yellow/31/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">hand burnishing pads</a> with a little water as a cutting medium. Shallower scratching present across the rest of the floor was removed using a Tile Doctor <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">200-grit soft milling pad</a> driven by our Klindex 17&#8243; rotary machine. </p> <p>This abrasive action produces a fine slurry which was then rinsed with water and extracted using our 400psi Ninja machine in preparation for the next stage of the refinishing process. These machines were an expensive investment for our business however they are very robust and effective producing a good result that saves time.</p> <p>Next task was to restore the polished appearance of the Travertine which was done using the application of a set of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor burnishing pads</a>. The process starts by applying a coarse 400-grit diamond pad, again fitted to the Klindex rotary machine. This cleans the tile and improves the matt finish left by the milling pad; again, the slurry was rinse-extracted before moving on to the next pad in the set. Next came the finer diamond polishing stages of 800 grit and 1500 grit, slurry being removed as before between the grades. By this time, all the scratches had been removed and the Travertine floor had visually pleasing even sheen across the whole surface. The last pad in the set is applied dry with a little water sprayed onto the tile so we left the area to dry out thoroughly overnight with the assistance of our large capacity dehumidifier.</p> <h2>Sealing a Travertine Kitchen Floor in Burgh Castle</h2> <p>Returning the following morning, we found that the floor had dried out perfectly and was ready to be vacuumed and spray burnished with the last pad in the set which is a 3000-grit very fine pad applied using a small amount of water sprayed from a trigger bottle resulting in a deep, rich shine across the floor surface.</p> <p>Last step in the face lift was to seal the floor with a generous coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal</a>, a premium grade penetrating sealer recommended for use in Kitchens and food preparation areas. Having left the floor to soak up as much of the Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal as it could, the excess product was removed and the whole area allowed to dry completely with the assistance of our industrial air moving fan. Finally, the floor was spray buffed to a deep shine using a white maintenance pad.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/60/2021/03/Travertine-Kitchen-Floor-After-Face-Lift-Burgh-Castle-scaled.jpg" alt="Travertine Kitchen Floor After Face Lift Burgh Castle" width="" height="" title="Travertine Kitchen Floor After Face Lift Burgh Castle" /></center></p> <p>The client was extremely pleased with our results and was amazed at the variation of colours within the stone which had never been visible previously.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor in Norfolk</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/giving-a-travertine-kitchen-floor-a-face-lift-in-burgh-castle/">Giving a Travertine Kitchen Floor a Face Lift in Burgh Castle</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz">Norfolk Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Full Restoration of a 150-Year-old Clay Quarry Tiled Floor in Askern https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/full-restoration-of-a-150-year-old-clay-quarry-tiled-floor-in-askern/ South Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:df9f34e3-191d-de3e-0c94-dc0574e1558f Thu, 25 Feb 2021 03:02:58 +0000 <p>The owner of this house in Askern north of Doncaster was unhappy with the state of its Quarry Tiled Kitchen floor and was contemplating having it ripped up. The house was around 150-years old so this would have been a real shame and after a long conversation I managed to persuade the owner into letting [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/full-restoration-of-a-150-year-old-clay-quarry-tiled-floor-in-askern/">Full Restoration of a 150-Year-old Clay Quarry Tiled Floor in Askern</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The owner of this house in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Askern" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Askern</a></b> north of <b>Doncaster</b> was unhappy with the state of its <b>Quarry Tiled Kitchen floor</b> and was contemplating having it ripped up. The house was around 150-years old so this would have been a real shame and after a long conversation I managed to persuade the owner into letting us restore it. Restoring the floor is not only a much cheaper option than having a new floor installed, but it is also much better for the environment. On top of that original features like these original clay Quarry tiles are much sought after and add character to the property which otherwise would have been lost.</p> <p>A previous owner of this property had taken out some of the old thick clay Quarry tiles and replaced them with some modern Quarry tiles that looked very out of place, they ruined the look of the floor and the current owner wanted them replacing as well as numerous tile which were damaged. In addition, there were two areas where renovations had taken place which had exposed concreted sections of floor which needed to be tiled too. All in all, about 150 tiles were to be installed, fortunately I managed to source a batch of suitable reclaimed tiles which would match well with originals.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/02/Clay-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Before-Restoration-Askern.jpg" alt="Clay Quarry Tiled Floor Before Restoration Askern" width="" height="" title="Clay Quarry Tiled Floor Before Restoration Askern" /></center></p> <p>Askern is right on the edge of the Borough of Doncaster and is only a stone’s throw away from the North Yorkshire border. The history of <b>Askern</b> can be traced back to the 14th century. It really started to grow however in the 19th century when this property was built, due to the local mineral water which made it famous as a Spa town. </p> <h2>Repairing a Clay Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>The restoration began with the removal of the poorly matched red Quarry tiles and the cracked tiles. Another factor I had to contend with here was the difference in the thickness of the more recent tiles compared with that of the original tiles which were much thicker.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/02/Clay-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Tile-Thickness.jpg" alt="Clay Quarry Tiled Floor Tile Thickness" width="" height="" title="Clay Quarry Tiled Floor Tile Thickness" /></center></p> <p>The concreted areas were also carefully dug out so they would be deep enough for a new level subfloor to be poured giving the replacement tiles a good bed to lay on. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/02/Clay-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-During-Tile-Removal-Askern3.jpg" alt="Clay Quarry Tiled Floor During Tile Removal Askern" width="" height="" title="Clay Quarry Tiled Floor During Tile Removal Askern" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/02/Clay-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Installing-New-Subfloor-Askern.jpg" alt="Clay Quarry Tiled Floor Installing New Subfloor Askern" width="" height="" title="Clay Quarry Tiled Floor Installing New Subfloor Askern" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>As I mentioned earlier there were roughly 150 tiles in different parts of the Kitchen to be installed, grouted, and finally left to set so it took some time to complete. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/02/Clay-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Fitting-Replacement-Tiles-Askern.jpg" alt="Clay Quarry Tiled Floor Fitting Replacement Tiles Askern" width="" height="" title="Clay Quarry Tiled Floor Fitting Replacement Tiles Askern" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning and repairing a Clay Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>We returned a few days later to start cleaning the floor. My process for this was to apply a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> to the floor and then leave it to soak in for about ten minutes. Then I followed up by scrubbing the floor with a rotary floor buffer fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black stripping pad</a>. </p> <p>After scrubbing each tile several times, the slurry generated was rinsed off with water and then extracted with an industrial wet vacuum. For the more stubborn areas this process was repeated until I was satisfied the floor was as clean as it could be and that all the decades of muck and grime stuck to the old tiles had been removed.</p> <h2> Sealing a Clay Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Once I was happy with the floor it was left to dry over a week, this is important as clay tiles can take a long time to dry and the floor needed to be bone dry to achieve the best results when sealing. When I eventually returned six coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-extra-1-litre/22/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal &#038; Go Extra</a> were applied to the floor giving the floor a beautifully satin look and protecting the floor for years to come. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/02/Clay-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-After-Restoration-Askern.jpg" alt="Clay Quarry Tiled Floor After Restoration Askern" width="" height="" title="Clay Quarry Tiled Floor After Restoration Askern" /></center></p> <p>The client was very happy with the work we had carried out and is looking forward to continuing the renovation of the property including the installation of a new kitchen. For after care I recommended <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a>. This is an effective cleaner that has a neutral pH formula that will not prematurely erode the newly applied sealer like many stronger supermarket products.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of Old Clay Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor in South Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/full-restoration-of-a-150-year-old-clay-quarry-tiled-floor-in-askern/">Full Restoration of a 150-Year-old Clay Quarry Tiled Floor in Askern</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Old Terrazzo Tiled Bakery Floor Renovated in Addingham Village https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/old-terrazzo-tiled-bakery-floor-renovated-in-addingham-village/ North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:9630b3e6-18ea-b246-c0d3-494b14a782f4 Tue, 23 Feb 2021 14:07:05 +0000 <p>The Terrazzo tiled floor at this house in Addingham, which sits between Skipton and Ilkley, had quite some history to it. Apparently, the property was once the village bakery and originally had a traditional Yorkshire stone floor. However, they struggled to keep the flags clean and as one of the bakers was half Italian, they [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/old-terrazzo-tiled-bakery-floor-renovated-in-addingham-village/">Old Terrazzo Tiled Bakery Floor Renovated in Addingham Village</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The <b>Terrazzo</b> tiled floor at this house in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Addingham" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Addingham</a></b>, which sits between Skipton and Ilkley, had quite some history to it. Apparently, the property was once the village bakery and originally had a traditional Yorkshire stone floor. However, they struggled to keep the flags clean and as one of the bakers was half Italian, they decided to tile over the stone with Italian Terrazzo tiles. All of this happened nearly 100 years ago but was discovered by the new owners who had managed to trace back the history of the 200-year-old building. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/02/Terrazzo-Tiled-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Addingham-West-Yorkshire-15092103.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Addingham West Yorkshire" width="" height="" title="Terrazzo Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Addingham West Yorkshire" /></center></p> <p>Clearly the Terrazzo had been down for a long time and was very overdue some care and attention. Terrazzo floors are a flooring material which is traditionally made by exposing marble chips on the surface of concrete and then polishing until smooth. They are now, often used in public buildings because the surface is so long-lasting, and it can be refinished repeatedly to bring it back to life. </p> <p>The client wanted the floor as shiny as possible however the floor was quite pitted due to heavy foot traffic, so it was clearly going to be a challenge. Having worked with all sorts of stone floors I was optimistic I could restore this one to a good standard and quoted for the work which would take two days. The quote was accepted, and we agreed a suitable time to carry out the work.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Terrazzo Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>To begin I taped up the skirting and plinths in the kitchen to protect them from splashing. Next, I gave the floor an initial clean with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a>, this is a concentrated, multi-purpose high-alkaline cleaner, which strips and degreases. We dilute it to varying strengths depending on the job requirements. It is a very effective Tile and Grout cleaner and is particularly good for areas that have been neglected or subjected to heavy use. </p> <p>This was ideal for this floor and the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Pro-Clean</a> was left to dwell for a short while before being agitated using a rotary machine fitted with a <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a>. The process was repeated on the stubborn areas, but it lifted all the ingrained dirt, the floor was rinsed with water, and the soiled solution removed using a wet vacuum. The floor was then left overnight to dry.</p> <h2> Polishing a Terrazzo Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Returning the next day, I set about improving the appearance of the Terrazzo tiles using a coarse 400-grit burnishing pad, again fitted to the rotary machine. Water is used to lubricate the process and the pad is run over each tile at least three times. <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Burnishing pads</a> are made from tiny industrial diamonds and lightly cut into the surface of the tile to remove pitting and scratches. The water quickly turns into a grey slurry that is rinsed off with water and extracted from the floor as before.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/02/Terrazzo-Tiled-Floor-During-Cleaning-Addingham-West-Yorkshire-15092029.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Tiled Floor During Cleaning Addingham West Yorkshire" width="" height="" title="Terrazzo Tiled Floor During Cleaning Addingham West Yorkshire" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/02/Terrazzo-Tiled-Floor-During-Cleaning-Addingham-West-Yorkshire-15092047.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Tiled Floor During Cleaning Addingham West Yorkshire" width="" height="" title="Terrazzo Tiled Floor During Cleaning Addingham West Yorkshire" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Once done the process was repeated with other finer grit burnishing pads which further refine the surface of the stone to give it a light polished appearance. The Terrazzo tiles benefited greatly from the polishing and I was pleased to see the pitting was gone and the tile was once again smooth.</p> <h2>Sealing Terrazzo Floor Tiles</h2> <p>The polishing process leaves the floor dry, so it wasn’t long before I was able to move onto the sealing the floor in order to protect it from ingrained dirt and staining. My initial thought was to use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal</a> for this however this product although ideal for Kitchens is almost invisible and the owner had specified a shine, so I opted for <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go</a>. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/02/Terrazzo-Tiled-Floor-After-Cleaning-Addingham-West-Yorkshire-16114307.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Tiled Floor After Cleaning Addingham West Yorkshire" width="" height="" title="Terrazzo Tiled Floor After Cleaning Addingham West Yorkshire" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/02/Terrazzo-Tiled-Floor-After-Cleaning-Addingham-West-Yorkshire-16114424.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Tiled Floor After Cleaning Addingham West Yorkshire" width="" height="" title="Terrazzo Tiled Floor After Cleaning Addingham West Yorkshire" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I applied the sealer to a small area first to see how it might look and to ensure the Terrazzo would take it without any issues. The tile took the sealer no problem and so three coats were applied, leaving them to dry before applying the next. The floor now had the shiny finish the client had requested.</p> <p>I was very pleased with the outcome as was the client. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/02/Terrazzo-Tiled-Floor-After-Cleaning-Addingham-West-Yorkshire-16114347.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Tiled Floor After Cleaning Addingham West Yorkshire" width="" height="" title="Terrazzo Tiled Floor After Cleaning Addingham West Yorkshire" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Terrazzo Tiled Kitchen Floor in West Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/old-terrazzo-tiled-bakery-floor-renovated-in-addingham-village/">Old Terrazzo Tiled Bakery Floor Renovated in Addingham Village</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Deep Cleaning a Mixed Chinese Slate Floor in Clifton near Penrith https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-a-mixed-chinese-slate-floor-in-clifton-near-penrith/ North Cumbria Tile Doctor urn:uuid:4e97c5ca-0c1d-7505-ca5b-ad826c508c3e Wed, 17 Feb 2021 13:07:54 +0000 <p>The pictures below are of Chinese Slate floor in the Kitchen of a property in the small village of Clifton just south of Penrith. We often get asked what the difference is between Rough and Semi Riven Slate, and this floor was a mixture of both. If you look closely at the pictures and check [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-a-mixed-chinese-slate-floor-in-clifton-near-penrith/">Deep Cleaning a Mixed Chinese Slate Floor in Clifton near Penrith</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz">North Cumbria Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The pictures below are of Chinese Slate floor in the Kitchen of a property in the small village of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clifton,_Cumbria" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Clifton</a></b> just south of Penrith. We often get asked what the difference is between Rough and Semi Riven Slate, and this floor was a mixture of both. </p> <p>If you look closely at the pictures and check out the darker parts of the floor you will see these smoother Semi Riven Slate, whereas the light copper-coloured parts of the floor were of the rougher textured variety. It’s not that unusual for stone to be mixed in this fashion as it can be supplied from different quarries in order to achieve a particular look. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/02/Rough-Chinese-Slate-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Clifton-Penrith-4123.jpg" alt="Rough Chinese Slate Floor Before Cleaning Clifton Penrith" width="" height="" title="Rough Chinese Slate Floor Before Cleaning Clifton Penrith" /></center></p> <p>The blend of different slates makes little difference when it comes to cleaning as the process is essentially the same. I would advise though if you intend to clean the floor using a mop then you should opt for Semi Riven Slate as Rough Slate can shred your mops and make it harder to maintain. We tend to use industrial floor buffing machines which work well on both surfaces so are less effected.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/02/Rough-Chinese-Slate-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Clifton-Penrith-4122.jpg" alt="Rough Chinese Slate Floor Before Cleaning Clifton Penrith" width="" height="" title="Rough Chinese Slate Floor Before Cleaning Clifton Penrith" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning a Rough Chinese Slate Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>There was a bit of wax on this floor so to remove this <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-wax-away-1-litre/228/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Wax Away</a> was applied. The product was left to stand for fifteen minutes before being scrubbed into the stone, rinsed and then the soil extracted with a wet vacuum. </p> <p>We then finished the cleaning with an Acid Rinse which involves scrubbing the Slate with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up</a>. This not only works well at cleaning up the stone and grout but also neutralises the alkaline pH left over from using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-wax-away-1-litre/228/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Wax Away</a>. I am very wary of the pH level of the floor as it could have an impact on the new sealer, giving the floor an acid rinse before sealing also ensures a better bond with the sealer. </p> <p>Naturally, you can&#8217;t leave a strong product like <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Grout Clean-up</a> on the Stone for long as it could etch the surface so once done the floor was thoroughly rinsed with water and extracted again with a wet vacuum. A mop and bucket and lots of sponges won’t do the job on a large area like this.</p> <h2> Sealing a Rough Chinese Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Once we finished the clean, we left it to dry off overnight and came back the next day to apply the sealer. We were originally going to apply a satin finish sealer, but the client had a big dog with sharp claws which could of scratched and marked the sealer so decided against it. I advised the client to use an Impregnating sealer called <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a>, which lifts the natural colours in the stone, but is not a topical shiny sealer as the seal soaks into the Slate and leaves a a nice matt finish instead. Only two coats of sealer were needed, and the floor looked like new again.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/02/Rough-Chinese-Slate-Floor-After-Cleaning-Clifton-Penrith-4201.jpg" alt="Rough Chinese Slate Floor After Cleaning Clifton Penrith" width="" height="" title="Rough Chinese Slate Floor After Cleaning Clifton Penrith" /></center></p> <p>My client was very happy with the difference in the appearance of the stone and how much cleaner the grout was, so much so they the following feedback for us, which is always appreciated.</p> <p><center><I>&#8220;Totally impressed with the team they couldn&#8217;t have been more professional and even left me with some cleaner. My horrible 12 year old slate tiles look fabulous&#8221;</I></center> </p> <p>As usual we left a free bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> for aftercare, it’s very important not to undo all that hard work by using a product which will damage the seal, using a pH neutral cleaner will keep the seal looking sharp and fresh for years to come.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/02/Rough-Chinese-Slate-Floor-After-Cleaning-Clifton-Penrith-4202.jpg" alt="Rough Chinese Slate Floor After Cleaning Clifton Penrith" width="" height="" title="Rough Chinese Slate Floor After Cleaning Clifton Penrith" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Rough Chinese Slate Tiled Kitchen in North Cumbria</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-a-mixed-chinese-slate-floor-in-clifton-near-penrith/">Deep Cleaning a Mixed Chinese Slate Floor in Clifton near Penrith</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz">North Cumbria Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Victorian Floor Renovation in Malvern Worcestershire https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-floor-renovation-in-malvern-worcestershire/ Worcestershire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:005a5010-45bd-124d-6a25-9ca2048f0ce0 Thu, 11 Feb 2021 14:29:38 +0000 <p>This enquiry was from a property owner in the picturesque Malvern hills who needed some help with a Victorian tiled hallway. The floor had an unsightly concrete door threshold that the client wanted tiling, several tiles throughout the floor were loose and needed restoration and the floor needed a deep clean and seal. All of [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-floor-renovation-in-malvern-worcestershire/">Victorian Floor Renovation in Malvern Worcestershire</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz">Worcestershire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This enquiry was from a property owner in the picturesque <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malvern,_Worcestershire" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Malvern</a></b> hills who needed some help with a <b>Victorian tiled</b> hallway. The floor had an unsightly concrete door threshold that the client wanted tiling, several tiles throughout the floor were loose and needed restoration and the floor needed a deep clean and seal. All of this was possible so after my site visit, I produced a quote which I sent by email and the work was scheduled.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2021/02/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Before-Renovation-Malvern-Hills-2206095652.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Before Renovation Malvern Hills" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Before Renovation Malvern Hills" /></center></p> <p>Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Malvern is a spa-town that lies at the foot of the Malvern Hills in in Worcestershire. The centre of Malvern, known as Great Malvern, is an historic conservation area and the town dramatically during Victorian times. So, it’s no surprise when I get called to maintain the many Victorian properties here.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2021/02/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Before-Renovation-Malvern-Hills-2206114040.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Before Renovation Malvern Hills" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Before Renovation Malvern Hills" /></center></p> <h2> Cleaning and Repairing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The first day was spent removing the concrete from the door threshold. I didn’t want to cause damage the surrounding area, so I had to proceed carefully and so this part was quite labour intensive. </p> <p>I then used cement boards which were cut to size to build the floor level, allowed to dry, and then tiled following the pattern from the opposite door. Fortunately, we had managed to source some reclaimed tiles which were very close in colour and size to match the existing floor. Once this was completed, I moved onto resetting the loose tiles. The floor was then left to dry overnight so the adhesive and grout would set.</p> <p>The following day I rotary cleaned the floor with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">200-grit milling pad</a> and a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a>, this gave the floor a really deep clean. The floor was rinsed, and the soil removed using a wet vacuum. The floor then needed to dry overnight before we could apply the sealer. </p> <p>There didn’t seem to be any signs of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/custom.aspx/efflorescence/10/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Efflorescence</a> on this floor, which is where salt deposits appear on the surface due to moisture. It can be particularly common in floors of this age which are too old to be fitted with a damp proof membrane. However, this floor appeared to be ok. </p> <h2>Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>We retuned the following day and tool a couple of moisture readings with a damp meter before concluding the floor was dry and ready to be sealed. First, I applied a coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-oil-1-litre/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Oil</a> which is an impregnating sealer that improves character and then followed this up with three coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> allowing plenty of drying time between each coat. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2021/02/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-After-Renovation-Malvern-Hills-2406111555.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor After Renovation Malvern Hills" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway Floor After Renovation Malvern Hills" /></center></p> <p>Colour Grow is also an impregnating sealer however this product is designed to improve colour as well as provides long lasting durable protection to the floor. This product is also breathable so any future moisture can rise through the tile and not become trapped underneath where it could cause problems.</p> <p>By the time I had finished the Victorian floor looked transformed, the colours were richer and most importantly my client was very pleased with the result and even left the following feedback.</p> <p><center>&#8220;We are very pleased with the work&#8221; </center></p> <p>Before leaving I recommended, they use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> to help keep the floor in the best condition, especially in a high traffic area such as the hallway. Using this product will ensure the sealant lasts longer. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2021/02/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-After-Renovation-Malvern-Hills-2406110739.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor After Renovation Malvern Hills" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway Floor After Renovation Malvern Hills" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in Worcestershire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-floor-renovation-in-malvern-worcestershire/">Victorian Floor Renovation in Malvern Worcestershire</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz">Worcestershire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Stained Encaustic Shower Tiles Renovated in Forest Hill SE23 https://kent.tiledoctor.biz/stained-encaustic-shower-tiles-renovated-in-forest-hill-se23/ West Kent Tile Doctor urn:uuid:0add3fb8-aec5-378a-0cf2-2eb512dbf036 Tue, 09 Feb 2021 13:31:49 +0000 <p>The client had recently moved into this property in Forest Hill SE23 and the previous owner had used a professional cleaning company to give the house a thorough clean prior to moving out. Unfortunately, they had used an aggressive acid based cleaner on the reclaimed encaustic tiles around the shower, causing white staining. I was [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://kent.tiledoctor.biz/stained-encaustic-shower-tiles-renovated-in-forest-hill-se23/">Stained Encaustic Shower Tiles Renovated in Forest Hill SE23</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://kent.tiledoctor.biz">West Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The client had recently moved into this property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forest_Hill,_London" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Forest Hill</a></b> SE23 and the previous owner had used a professional cleaning company to give the house a thorough clean prior to moving out. Unfortunately, they had used an aggressive acid based cleaner on the reclaimed encaustic tiles around the shower, causing white staining. I was contacted to see if it was possible to remove the stains and correctly seal the tiles to protect them.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2021/02/Encaustic-Shower-Tiles-Before-Renovation-SE23-1.jpg" alt="Encaustic Shower Tiles Before Renovation SE23" width="" height="" title="Encaustic Shower Tiles Before Renovation SE23" /></center></p> <p>I was pleased to tell them it was indeed possible to restore the tiles and we discussed how I would do this. I gave them my quote which they accepted, and we arranged a mutually convenient time to carry out the work. Encaustic tiles are quite unusual they were traditionally made from clay, but today, most modern versions of the tile are made using cement and are often referred to simply as cement tiles. </p> <h2>Cleaning and Restoring an Encaustic Tiled Shower</h2> <p>The first step was to scrub the tiles with a dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a>, an alkaline cleaner that is safe to use on Encaustics. The solution was scrubbed into the tile to ensure any remaining soap scum and surface grime was removed. Once done the tiles were rinsed off with water and I moved onto the next of renovating the appearance of the tiles with a set of handheld <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/6-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/41/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">burnishing pads</a>. </p> <p>These pads are made from industrial diamonds that clean and remove scratches renovating the surface and closing the pores of the stone. For general cleaning and honing I would normally start with a 400-grit, but with the staining on these tiles, I started with the 200-grit. Once I had gone over all the tiles with the 200-grit pad with water, I then repeated the process with the 400, 800 and 1500 and 3000 pads in sequence. The tiles were rinsed off after each pad and finally left to dry.</p> <h2>Sealing an Encaustic Tiled Shower</h2> <p>Once the tiles had dried it was time to apply a sealer that would further enhance their appearance and protect them. For this I chose to use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> as it’s an impregnating, colour enhancing product. It works by soaking into the pores of the tile where dirt can collect, thus protecting it from within. </p> <p>The sealer was applied thinly with a cloth to all the tiles and allowed to dry for 30 minutes before the next coat was applied. Due to the porosity of these tiles, I applied four coats until I was satisfied, they were fully sealed. Once the tiles were dry, I buffed them with a dry 3000 <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/6-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/41/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">burnishing pad</a> to leave them with an appealing satin sheen.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2021/02/Encaustic-Shower-Tiles-After-Renovation-SE23-3.jpg" alt="Encaustic Shower Tiles After Renovation SE23" width="" height="" title="Encaustic Shower Tiles After Renovation SE23" /></center></p> <p>The client was pleased with the result and I explained the best way to clean and maintain the tiles for the future would be to use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-aqua-pro-with-trigger-spray/1/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Aqua-Pro</a> which is designed for use in bathrooms and gentle enough to use every day. They needed to avoid using strong household cleaners on these tiles otherwise the same issue would occur. </p> <h3> Professional Renovation of Encaustic Shower Tiling in Kent</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://kent.tiledoctor.biz/stained-encaustic-shower-tiles-renovated-in-forest-hill-se23/">Stained Encaustic Shower Tiles Renovated in Forest Hill SE23</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://kent.tiledoctor.biz">West Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Slate Shower Wall Refurbished in Maida Vale W9 London https://central-london.tiledoctor.biz/slate-shower-wall-refurbished-in-maida-vale-w9-london/ Central London Tile Doctor urn:uuid:3fb91327-5c03-7c1a-4c28-cbfc2d79119c Sat, 06 Feb 2021 12:32:51 +0000 <p>The photographs below are from a bathroom in Maida Vale W9 which had a lovely Slate tiled wall over a bath with shower. Unfortunately, the Slate tiles had been ruined by the use of harsh cleaning chemicals in an attempt to remove the limescale caused by hard water. The slate had now lost all its [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://central-london.tiledoctor.biz/slate-shower-wall-refurbished-in-maida-vale-w9-london/">Slate Shower Wall Refurbished in Maida Vale W9 London</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://central-london.tiledoctor.biz">Central London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The photographs below are from a bathroom in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maida_Vale" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Maida Vale</a></b> W9 which had a lovely Slate tiled wall over a bath with shower. Unfortunately, the <b>Slate tiles</b> had been ruined by the use of harsh cleaning chemicals in an attempt to remove the limescale caused by hard water. The slate had now lost all its natural colour and looked completely washed out. The property had recently changed hands and the new owner was keen to have it renovated.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://central-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2021/02/Slate-Shower-Before-Refurb-Maida-Vale-London-W9-rotated.jpg" alt="Slate Shower Before Refurb Maida Vale London" width="" height="" title="Slate Shower Before Refurb Maida Vale London" /></center></p> <p>I went over to take a look and work out a solution, this in itself is a lot trickier these days with all the COVID precautions we need to take when working in someone&#8217;s house. It was clear that a strong acidic limescale remover had been used on the slate and this had etched the stone, leached all the natural oils away and generally ruined its appearance. </p> <p>Fortunately, we have a solution for this (see below) and after conducting a small test I was able to confirm the problem could be resolved and gave them a quote which included a day’s labour, abrasive pads, stone oil and sealer. Our quote was gratefully accepted, and we booked a time in to carry out the work.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Slate Tiled Bathroom</h2> <p>I returned to the property and I set about burnishing the slate wall tiles using a very coarse <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/6-inch-200-grit-coarse-stone-resurfacing-pad/176/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">200-grit six-inch burnishing pad</a> fitted to a handheld buffing machine. This process resurfaces the stone slightly to remove the etching caused by the limescale remover. I used a medium dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up</a> to lubricate the process and to remove the remaining limescale. Once done the slurry that is generated is rinsed off with more water. In a bathroom, it is easy the slurry can just be drained away. In other areas we would use a wet vacuum. </p> <p>After the 200-grit pad the surface of the Slate was further refined using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/6-inch-400-grit-coarse-red-no1-burnishing-pad/32/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">400-grit pad</a> and then an <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/6-inch-800-grit-medium-blue-no-2-burnishing-pad/33/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">800-grit pad</a>, this time only using water and giving the stone a thorough rinse after each pad to remove the soil.</p> <p>The slate was then left to dry off over lunch and given more encouragement with a heat gun afterwards so I could move onto the next step. This involved applying a coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-oil-1-litre/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Oil</a> which puts back the natural oils back into the stone improving its appearance.</p> <h2>Sealing a Slate Tiled Bathroom</h2> <p>Once the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-oil-1-litre/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Stone Oil</a> had fully dried, I moved onto sealing for which I applied two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal</a>; this is penetrating sealer that soaks into the stone to provide maximum stain protection without changing the colour of the stone. It is also an excellent grout sealer which is a bonus. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://central-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2021/02/Slate-Shower-After-Refurb-Maida-Vale-London-W9-rotated.jpg" alt="Slate Shower After Refurb Maida Vale London" width="" height="" title="Slate Shower After Refurb Maida Vale London" /></center><br /> <Slate-Shower-After-Refurb-Maida-Vale-London-W9.jpg></p> <p>Before leaving I talked the client about how best to maintain the Slate and left them a complimentary bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-aqua-pro-with-trigger-spray/1/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Aqua Pro tile cleaner</a> which will help keep the limescale at bay. It is gentle enough to use every day but will help prevent the previous build-up and unlike the previous products used will not damage the newly applied sealer. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Slate Tiled Bathroom in Central London</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://central-london.tiledoctor.biz/slate-shower-wall-refurbished-in-maida-vale-w9-london/">Slate Shower Wall Refurbished in Maida Vale W9 London</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://central-london.tiledoctor.biz">Central London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Restoring a Kitchen and Utility Quarry Tiled Floor in Oswestry https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-kitchen-and-utility-quarry-tiled-floor-in-oswestry/ Shropshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:72922950-a1bc-c772-679c-42dc036189d4 Wed, 03 Feb 2021 14:46:52 +0000 <p>This property in Oswestry was being converted from offices back into a home and I was contracted to renovate the Quarry tiles in the Kitchen. The kitchen had Red and Black Quarry tiles and an ugly piece of concrete sat where the old cooking range was. It did not look good with the new layout [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-kitchen-and-utility-quarry-tiled-floor-in-oswestry/">Restoring a Kitchen and Utility Quarry Tiled Floor in Oswestry</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz">Shropshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oswestry" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Oswestry</a></b> was being converted from offices back into a home and I was contracted to renovate the <b>Quarry tiles</b> in the Kitchen. The kitchen had Red and Black Quarry tiles and an ugly piece of concrete sat where the old cooking range was. It did not look good with the new layout of the kitchen, so they wanted the concrete dugout and red and black quarry tiles laid to match the existing. The utility room had the same red and black quarry tiles and the other half had older and larger format quarry tiles which they wanted to keep as a feature. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/02/Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Oswestry-Before-Restoration-1.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry Before Restoration" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry Before Restoration" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/02/Quarry-Tiled-Utility-Floor-Oswestry-Before-Restoration-3.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry Before Restoration" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry Before Restoration" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2> Cleaning and Restoration of a Quarry Tiled Kitchen and Utility Floor</h2> <p>On day one my first step was to dig out the concrete from the area where the old range had been by breaking it up with a hammer drill fitted with a chisel attachment. The hole in the floor was then brought to the right level using a fibre reinforced levelling compound called <a href="https://www.ctdtrade.co.uk/preparation/levelling-compounds/20kg-bal-level-max-floor-leveller" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bal level max</a> which sets in four hours. Once set I was able to tile with matching Quarry tiles that the client had provided together with others, I had managed to source from a reclamation yard. This process took up most of the first day and the newly laid tiles were left to set overnight.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/02/Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Oswestry-Before-Restoration-2.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry Before Restoration" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry Before Restoration" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/02/Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Oswestry-During-Repair-8712.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry During Repair" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry During Repair" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The utility floor was in the worst state and needed the most work. It had previously been covered with a self-levelling compound, probably so it could be covered in Vinyl. I removed the thin compound and then deep cleaned the floor. Apart from the self-levelling compound in the utility area, the entire area had a thick layer of plaster dust and residue from the building process. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/02/Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Oswestry-During-Cleaning.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry During Cleaning" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry During Cleaning" /></center></p> <p>To deep clean the Quarry tiles, I gave the floor a good scrub with a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> and then after extracting the resultant soil with a wet vacuum I followed up with another scrub of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up</a>. These products which helped to deal with the plaster dust, the levelling compound, and the cement-based residue. For best results I leave the cleaning products on the tiles for a good ten minutes before scrubbing in with a black scrubbing pad fitted to a rotary machine. Once done the tiles were rinsed down with water and then the soil was extracted again. In a few areas I needed to repeat the process to get the floor clean.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/02/Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Oswestry-After-Cleaning.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry After Cleaning" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry After Cleaning" /></center></p> <h2> Sealing a Quarry Tiled Kitchen and Utility Floor</h2> <p>I left the floor to dry off overnight and returned the next day to seal the tiles. The first job was to use the damp meter to ensure the floor was dry enough. If the floor is not dry, then the seal will not cure. I had chosen to seal with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a>, which is a solvent based sealer which is colour intensifying, it provides durable protection to the surface of the tiles as well as allowing the surface to breath. On this floor the colour of the red and black quarry tiles was really enhanced too. The floor was transformed, and the sealer really helped the old and new tiles blend in.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/02/Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Oswestry-After-Sealing-8723.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry After Sealing" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry After Sealing" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/02/Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Oswestry-After-Sealing-8724.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry After Sealing" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry After Sealing" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The client was very happy with restoration and couldn’t wait to get the new kitchen completed. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Quarry Tiled Kitchen and Utility in Shropshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-kitchen-and-utility-quarry-tiled-floor-in-oswestry/">Restoring a Kitchen and Utility Quarry Tiled Floor in Oswestry</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz">Shropshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor Restored in Cheam https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/vinyl-covered-quarry-tiled-floor-restored-in-cheam/ South London Tile Doctor urn:uuid:3ff2ad60-6c54-f674-8ae7-fd221fc43b76 Mon, 01 Feb 2021 14:55:07 +0000 <p>The owner of this property in the South London suburb of Cheam got in touch about restoring a Quarry tiled floor that had been covered with Vinyl tiles. After surveying the floor, it became clear that some of the original Quarry tiled floor was missing and had been replaced with concrete before covering with Vinyl. [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/vinyl-covered-quarry-tiled-floor-restored-in-cheam/">Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor Restored in Cheam</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz">South London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The owner of this property in the <b>South London</b> suburb of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheam" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Cheam</a></b> got in touch about restoring a Quarry tiled floor that had been covered with Vinyl tiles. After surveying the floor, it became clear that some of the original Quarry tiled floor was missing and had been replaced with concrete before covering with Vinyl. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2021/02/Vinyl-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Before-Restoration-Cheam-0204.jpg" alt="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor Before Restoration Cheam" width="" height="" title="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor Before Restoration Cheam" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2021/02/Vinyl-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Before-Restoration-Cheam-0205.jpg" alt="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor Before Restoration Cheam" width="" height="" title="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor Before Restoration Cheam" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>To fully restore the Quarry tiles floor, it would therefore be necessary to dig out the concrete sections and tile with matching quarry tiles which had been supplied by the client. Once done we would then need to renovate both the old and the new sections of floor and seal them to achieve a consistent appearance. I was also asked to dig out an old matwell and prepare it for a new mat as part of the work. </p> <p>This was a large job, but following a site visit I was able to provide my client with an accurate price and arranged a time to carry the work out which would take five days. </p> <h2>Removing Vinyl Tiles</h2> <p>The first part of the job was to lift the existing Vinyl tiles which had been laid on top of the Quarry tiles. I used a heat gun to help loosen the adhesive and then assisted with a steamer scrubbed <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-nanotech-hbu-remover-1-litre/10/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor HBU Nanotech stripper</a> into the floor to remove the glue and bitumen from the surface of the newly exposed Quarry tiles. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2021/02/Vinyl-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-During-Restoration-Cheam-0210.jpg" alt="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor During Restoration Cheam" width="" height="" title="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor During Restoration Cheam" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2021/02/Vinyl-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-During-Restoration-Cheam-0211.jpg" alt="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor During Restoration Cheam" width="" height="" title="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor During Restoration Cheam" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2>Restoring the Appearance of a Quarry Tiled Floor</h2> <p>The soiled solution was extracted with a wet vacuum and I followed up by giving the Quarry tiles an acid rinse using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a>. The Gel is applied to the tiles and then scrubbed in with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Black pad</a> fitted to a rotary machine. This process removes old traces of cement and grout from the quarry tiles and further cleans them up. After this the floor was rinsed thoroughly and the soil extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2021/02/Vinyl-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-During-Restoration-Cheam-0215.jpg" alt="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor During Restoration Cheam" width="" height="" title="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor During Restoration Cheam" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2021/02/Vinyl-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-During-Restoration-Cheam-0214.jpg" alt="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor During Restoration Cheam" width="" height="" title="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor During Restoration Cheam" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The next focus was on digging out the concrete areas mentioned earlier and then preparing the subfloor for tiling with self-levelling compound, which of course needs time to set. Once ready the replacement tiles were fixed in place making cuts as necessary and placing them to follow the original floor pattern. This may sound quite this sound straight forward, but this part of the job took some time to complete. The floor was left for a couple of days so the new tiles could set and the whole area could dry out before sealing. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2021/02/Vinyl-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-After-Cleaning-Cheam-0222.jpg" alt="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor After Cleaning Cheam" width="" height="" title="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor After Cleaning Cheam" /></center></p> <h2>Sealing a Quarry Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>I returned later to seal all the Quarry tiles with Tile Doctor Colour Grow which brings out the deep Orange colours in the tiles whilst adding protection from staining and ingrained dirt. This sealer works by occupying the pores in the tile so dirt cannot become ingrained there. Four coats of sealer where applied across the whole floor leaving a nice matt finish that was consistent across the whole floor. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2021/02/Vinyl-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-After-Sealing-Cheam-0231.jpg" alt="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor After Sealing Cheam" width="" height="" title="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor After Sealing Cheam" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2021/02/Vinyl-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-After-Sealing-Cheam-0233.jpg" alt="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor After Sealing Cheam" width="" height="" title="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor After Sealing Cheam" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Before leaving I discussed with the client the best way to maintain the floor in the future 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" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> which is a pH neutral cleaner. This is important as its gentle enough to use frequently and won’t strip off the newly applied sealer like many household floor cleaners will. Its supplied in concentrated form so a small amount of cleaner goes a long way.</p> <p>The client was delighted with the results, they were very pleased to see the back of the tired Vinyl floor and pleased the floor now looked consistent throughout.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2021/02/Vinyl-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-After-Sealing-Cheam-0230.jpg" alt="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor After Sealing Cheam" width="" height="" title="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor After Sealing Cheam" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3> Professional Restoration of a Quarry Tiled Hallway in South London</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/vinyl-covered-quarry-tiled-floor-restored-in-cheam/">Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor Restored in Cheam</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz">South London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Dirty Victorian Floor Tiles Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Twickenham https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/dirty-victorian-floor-tiles-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-twickenham/ South Middlesex Tile Doctor urn:uuid:5ec0d120-d9b7-af87-2644-d4ca78798c78 Fri, 22 Jan 2021 12:20:08 +0000 <p>This Victorian floor in Twickenham, Middlesex was in good physical condition for its age but needed a good deep clean. Our customer had informed us that they had never cleaned or sealed the floor in the sixteen years that they had lived there so it was well overdue. I went over to survey the floor [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/dirty-victorian-floor-tiles-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-twickenham/">Dirty Victorian Floor Tiles Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Twickenham</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz">South Middlesex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This Victorian floor in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twickenham" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Twickenham</a></b>, Middlesex was in good physical condition for its age but needed a good deep clean. Our customer had informed us that they had never cleaned or sealed the floor in the sixteen years that they had lived there so it was well overdue. </p> <p>I went over to survey the floor and completed a test clean on a small section of tiling to see which products/techniques would work best. I like to do this as it demonstrates to the client what can be done, and it allows me to come up with an accurate price for doing the work.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2021/01/Dirty-Victorian-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Twickenham-0983.jpg" alt="Dirty Victorian Floor Before Cleaning Twickenham" width="" height="" title="Dirty Victorian Floor Before Cleaning Twickenham" /></center></p> <p>As you can see from the pictures, there was quite a difference in the test patch compared to the rest of the floor. Years of foot traffic from the street had taken its’ toll and the floor was very dirty. Luckily, the floor was in very good condition and had not worn too badly. </p> <p>Once they had seen the test patch, they were confident that it would be worth go ahead with my quote. It would ensure that the period feature was retained for many years to come. The colours on the floor were quite faded so it would be nice to get it restored. </p> <h2>Cleaning a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>I started the cleaning process by first taping up the surrounding skirting boards and doors to ensure they were protected from potential splashing. Cleaning involved spraying the Victorian tiles with a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> which is a dedicated Tile and Grout cleaning product. This was left to soak in for about ten minutes and then scrubbed in using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black pad</a> fitted to a heavy-duty rotary scrubber.</p> <p>This gives the floor a good mechanical scrub and works wonders releasing the ground-in dirt and soil from the tiles. The strong dilution of Pro-Clean will also remove any remaining sealers from the tile, however after sixteen years I doubted there would much trace of sealer left. Once done the floor was rinsed with water and all the soils removed with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>Following the initial clean the colours were already much stronger. Next step however was to improve on that by giving the floor an acid rinse using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up</a>. This removes mineral deposits and generally brightens up the appearance of the tile. After another round of scrubbing the floor was rinsed with our high-pressure washer and then vacuumed, extracting all of the dirty water and dirt away in one go. The floor was looking a lot better and was left to dry overnight. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2021/01/Dirty-Victorian-Floor-During-Cleaning-Twickenham-0984.jpg" alt="Dirty Victorian Floor During Cleaning Twickenham" width="" height="" title="Dirty Victorian Floor During Cleaning Twickenham" /></center></p> <h2>Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>After allowing the floor to dry overnight, we returned the next day to seal the floor. First, checking the floor was dry using the damp meter. Floors of this age can take a little longer to dry as there is no damp-proof membrane so it’s always worth checking as applying a sealer to damp tiles is not a good idea. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2021/01/Dirty-Victorian-Floor-After-Cleaning-Twickenham-0986.jpg" alt="Dirty Victorian Floor After Cleaning Twickenham" width="" height="" title="Dirty Victorian Floor After Cleaning Twickenham" /></center></p> <p>Once I was satisfied it was dry eight coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go</a> sheen finish sealer were applied. This takes a while to do as each coat needs to dry before applying the next. The sealer will protect the Victorian tiles for dirt and stains, it also enhanced the colours in the tile and will make it easier to keep the floor clean going forward.</p> <p>My client was very pleased with the floor and mentioned that they should have called me in sooner! For aftercare cleaning I recommended <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Clean</a> which is an effective cleaner with a neutral pH, its designed for cleaning tiles without degrading the sealer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in South Middlesex</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/dirty-victorian-floor-tiles-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-twickenham/">Dirty Victorian Floor Tiles Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Twickenham</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz">South Middlesex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway Restored in Bedworth https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/geometric-victorian-tiled-hallway-restored-in-bedworth/ Warwickshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:7b22385f-da0f-5757-c38e-30a9160ba561 Wed, 20 Jan 2021 14:28:57 +0000 <p>This customer in Bedworth called me in to remove a matt tray from their Victorian Tied hallway and restore the floor back to its original condition. The house had been in the same family for some generations and at one point the owner’s father had covered the floor with a thin layer of bitumen to [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/geometric-victorian-tiled-hallway-restored-in-bedworth/">Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway Restored in Bedworth</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz">Warwickshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This customer in <b><a href="https://www.bedworth-society.co.uk/about-bedworth" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bedworth</a></b> called me in to remove a matt tray from their <b>Victorian Tied hallway</b> and restore the floor back to its original condition. The house had been in the same family for some generations and at one point the owner’s father had covered the floor with a thin layer of bitumen to secure a carpet. The carpet had since been removed but as a result the floor was very dark from bitumen stains.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/01/Geometric-Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Restoration-Bedworth-1.jpg" alt="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Bedworth" width="" height="" title="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Bedworth" /></center></p> <p>Bedworth is actually very close to my base in Coventry, so it wasn’t long before I was able to call round and survey the floor to provide a quote for doing the work. Naturally due to COVID I wear PPE and when working in the property increase ventilation and work out a schedule with the homeowner to maintain distance and minimise contact.</p> <h2>Restoring a Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>My first job was to remove the matt well and the surrounding tiles so I could fit replacements that match the existing geometric pattern. Finding replacements wasn&#8217;t difficult however as I&#8217;ve been restoring old floors like this one for many years and have built up a collection of old Victorian tiles from various manufacturers such as <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mintons" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Minton</a></b>. </p> <p>Matching the original pattern was a bit like building your own jigsaw puzzle as each replacement tile had to be shaped and hand cut until I had the design worked out. Once the replacements were fitted and secured in place with adhesive. Once done I left the property so the floor could set and be ready for deep cleaning the next day.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:33%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/01/Geometric-Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-During-Restoration-Bedworth-2.jpg" alt="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway During Restoration Bedworth" width="" height="" title="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway During Restoration Bedworth" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:33%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/01/Geometric-Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-During-Restoration-Bedworth-3.jpg" alt="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway During Restoration Bedworth" width="" height="" title="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway During Restoration Bedworth" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:33%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/01/Geometric-Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-During-Restoration-Bedworth-4.jpg" alt="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway During Restoration Bedworth" width="" height="" title="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway During Restoration Bedworth" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>To remove the staining and restore the appearance of the original tiles I milled them using very coarse <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/stone-burnishing/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">abrasive floor pads</a> fitted to a weighted floor buffer and applied to the floor using water to lubricate. The resulting slurry was removed using a wet vacuum and the floor given a deep clean using a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> which was scrubbed in using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black pad</a> fitted to the rotary machine. The soil was then rinsed away with water and extracted using a wet vacuum. </p> <p>These old floors don&#8217;t have damp proof membranes fitted and I was concerned that the old Bitumen and Carpet will have prevented moisture from rising through the tile trapping damp underneath the floor. This trapped moisture under the floor had been given chance to evaporate but this takes time, and I was concerned that salts contained within the moisture could rise through the tile later to be deposited on the surface later, a process known as <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/custom.aspx/efflorescence/10/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">efflorescence</a>. </p> <p>To counter this, I neutralise the salts by giving the tiles an acid wash with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a>. As well as neutralising salts it also removes other mineral deposits such as grout haze and prepares the tile to achieve a better bond with the sealer.</p> <h2> Sealing a Victorian Geometric Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>Due to my concerns over moisture, I left the floor two weeks to fully dry out before returning to seal the floor and protect it from dirt and staining going forward. For sealing I applied two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-x-tra-seal-1-litre/258/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Extra Seal</a> which has a breathable formula which will cope with any moisture rising through the floor. Two coats give the tiles an appealing glossy finish and helped the new and old sections of the floor blend well together so you would never know the difference.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/01/Geometric-Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Restoration-Bedworth-5.jpg" alt="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Bedworth" width="" height="" title="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Bedworth" /></center></p> <p>My client was very happy with the transformation of their hallway floor and before finishing up I took time to discuss how to care for the floor going forward. It’s important to use a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> on sealed floors like this as other products are simply too strong and can actually strip a sealer off the tiles over time.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in Warwickshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/geometric-victorian-tiled-hallway-restored-in-bedworth/">Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway Restored in Bedworth</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz">Warwickshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Marble Floor Repolished in Wokingham Show Home https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/marble-floor-repolished-in-wokingham-show-home/ Berkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:182b76f7-1721-568d-cf0b-5b23807906bc Thu, 14 Jan 2021 15:22:51 +0000 <p>I had a call out late last year to a property in the market town of Wokingham to survey a dull Marble floor which was installed throughout most of the ground floor. It turns out that the house was only built two years prior and had been the show home for a new development. The [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/marble-floor-repolished-in-wokingham-show-home/">Marble Floor Repolished in Wokingham Show Home</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz">Berkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I had a call out late last year to a property in the market town of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wokingham" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Wokingham</a></b> to survey a dull <b>Marble floor</b> which was installed throughout most of the ground floor. It turns out that the house was only built two years prior and had been the show home for a new development. The owner explained to me that to show off the potential of the new homes the developer had installed quality materials throughout, particularly the marble flooring, however the property had seen more than its fair share of foot traffic because of it.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/01/Marble-Floor-Before-Polishing-Wokingham-0311111356.jpg" alt="Marble Floor Before Polishing Wokingham" width="" height="" title="Marble Floor Before Polishing Wokingham" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/01/Marble-Floor-Before-Polishing-Wokingham-0311091050.jpg" alt="Marble Floor Before Polishing Wokingham" width="" height="" title="Marble Floor Before Polishing Wokingham" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Two years of wear later and the owner was concerned with how dull the Marble floor was and the appearance of small circular stains which had appeared throughout. I explained that Marble which is made from calcium is easily etched by the use of acidic cleaning products and that most tile cleaners you purchase in supermarkets are really only for use on Ceramic or Vinyl floor tiles. I suspect any sealer used on the floor to protect the stone had also been worn away for the same reason resulting in the now dull appearance.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/01/Marble-Floor-Before-Polishing-Wokingham-0311091103.jpg" alt="Marble Floor Before Polishing Wokingham" width="" height="" title="Marble Floor Before Polishing Wokingham" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/01/Marble-Floor-Before-Polishing-Wokingham-0311110357.jpg" alt="Marble Floor Before Polishing Wokingham" width="" height="" title="Marble Floor Before Polishing Wokingham" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>After explaining the process, I would use for burnishing the Marble to deep clean and restore the shine I measured up and worked out a quotation. I received a message later that evening comforting they would like to go ahead, and a date was booked in.</p> <h2>Cleaning and Polishing a Marble Tiled Floor</h2> <p>I should mention that this job was carried out in compliance with the Covid-19 restrictions to ensure it was a safe working environment for both myself and the customer. This includes the wearing of full PPE equipment, increasing air circulation, and ensuring we kept our distance.</p> <p>My first task was to protect the skirting and the fitted kitchen units from splashing by applying protective sheeting. Once this was done, I turned my attention to the grout which had become dark in places in accumulated dirt. To do this 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" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> which is a strong alkaline cleaner specifically designed to break down soils, grease and oils on Tile and Stone. The cleaner was sprayed onto the grout lines and left to soak in for a few minutes before being scrubbed in by hand. Some of the grout needed more attention than others and once done the soil was rinsed off the floor with water and extracted using a wet vacuum. </p> <p>Now the grout was cleaned I moved onto polishing the Marble floor tiles. I did this using the Tile Doctor four stage diamond burnishing system. This consists of applying a sequence 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" target="_blank">refinishing pads</a> fitted to a weighed buffing machine. You start with a coarse 400-grit pad and working through to a fine 1500-grit pad, each time removing the stone slurry with a wet vacuum. This process removed the acidic etching and repolished the surface of the Marble to a nice shine. I worked in sections room by room and then left the floors to fully dry off overnight.</p> <h2>Sealing Marble Tiled Flooring</h2> <p>I returned the next day and using a damp meter took a few readings from the floor to check the moisture levels to ensure it was dry and ready to be sealed. Before sealing though I went over the floor with a very fine 3000-grit pad which is applied dry with a little water sprayed onto to the floor, this final pad further builds up the polish and achieve the appearance desired by the customer. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/01/Marble-Floor-After-Polishing-Wokingham-0311142905.jpg" alt="Marble Floor After Polishing Wokingham" width="" height="" title="Marble Floor After Polishing Wokingham" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/01/Marble-Floor-After-Polishing-Wokingham-0311142919.jpg" alt="Marble Floor After Polishing Wokingham" width="" height="" title="Marble Floor After Polishing Wokingham" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Last step was to seal the floor with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a>, a colour enhancing seal designed to bring out the natural colours in the stone whilst adding protection from liquid and oil spills. Impregnating sealers like Colour Grow work by occupying the tiny pores in the stone thus preventing contaminates from becoming ingrained in them.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/01/Marble-Floor-After-Polishing-Wokingham-0311152733.jpg" alt="Marble Floor After Polishing Wokingham" width="" height="" title="Marble Floor After Polishing Wokingham" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/01/Marble-Floor-After-Polishing-Wokingham-0311142836.jpg" alt="Marble Floor After Polishing Wokingham" width="" height="" title="Marble Floor After Polishing Wokingham" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The customer could not believe with how well the floor had come up and were pleased they finally had the floor they had been promised prior to moving in. For aftercare I left them 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" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Cleaner</a> which is designed for the regular cleaning of tiled floors.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of a Polished Marble Flooring in Berkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/marble-floor-repolished-in-wokingham-show-home/">Marble Floor Repolished in Wokingham Show Home</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz">Berkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Kitchen Tile Replaced and Grout Recoloured on Ecclesall Road, Sheffield https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/kitchen-tile-replaced-and-grout-recoloured-on-ecclesall-road-sheffield/ South Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:013afc0d-f0dc-82a4-7a96-b30cb3cab12f Tue, 12 Jan 2021 14:22:15 +0000 <p>The owners of this property in Sheffield’s famous Ecclesall Road were so fed up with the discoloured White grout in their Porcelain Tiled Kitchen they decided to replace it themselves. So, armed with new grout and a grout removal tool from a budget supermarket chain they set about the work. Unfortunately, twelve of the tiles [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/kitchen-tile-replaced-and-grout-recoloured-on-ecclesall-road-sheffield/">Kitchen Tile Replaced and Grout Recoloured on Ecclesall Road, Sheffield</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The owners of this property in <b>Sheffield’s</b> famous <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecclesall_Road" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Ecclesall Road</a> were so fed up with the discoloured White grout in their <b>Porcelain Tiled Kitchen</b> they decided to replace it themselves. So, armed with new grout and a grout removal tool from a budget supermarket chain they set about the work. Unfortunately, twelve of the tiles became chipped at the edges during the process and what started as a good idea soon turned into a DIY disaster. </p> <p>Having given up on the project they called Tile Doctor to see if we could get it restored for them. Having completed a lot of tile renovation work in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheffield" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Sheffield</a> I got the call to visit the property and come up with a plan to resolve the situation. It’s difficult to repair chips in Porcelain tiles, especially along the edges so I recommended removing and replacing the chipped tiles and then give the floor a facelift by recolouring the grout back to white. I also recommended throwing the cheap grout removal tool in the bin in case they were tempted to use it again.</p> <p>If you’re not familiar with <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheffield" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Sheffield</a>, you should know that the <b>Ecclesall Road</b> stretches 3.6 miles from the city centre South West of <b>Sheffield</b> to Whirlow. It’s a busy trading area with shops, restaurants and many green spaces, its also considered to be one of the most affluent districts.</p> <h2>Cleaning and Repairing a Polished Porcelain Tiled Bathroom </h2> <p>We started by removing all the grout from around the damaged area taking care to avoid damaging the neighbouring tiles as we chiselled the damaged tiles out. Once all 12 polished Porcelain tiles were removed and the debris cleared up replacements were fixed in place then and grouted them. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/01/Porcelain-Tiled-Floor-During-Tile-Removal-2-Sheffield.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tiled Floor During Tile Removal Sheffield" width="" height="" title="Porcelain Tiled Floor During Tile Removal Sheffield" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/01/Porcelain-Tiled-Floor-During-Tile-Removal-3-Sheffield.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tiled Floor During Tile Removal Sheffield" width="" height="" title="Porcelain Tiled Floor During Tile Removal Sheffield" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Luckily, the client had been able to source some of the same tiles, which avoided the need for a complete renovation.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/01/Porcelain-Tiled-Floor-During-Tile-Removal-1-Sheffield.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tiled Floor During Tile Removal Sheffield" width="" height="" title="Porcelain Tiled Floor During Tile Removal Sheffield" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/01/Porcelain-Tiled-Floor-During-Tile-Replacement-Sheffield.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tiled Floor During Tile Replacement Sheffield" width="" height="" title="Porcelain Tiled Floor During Tile Replacement Sheffield" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>We left the tiles to set and dry overnight and returned the next morning to compete the next part of the job to renovate the grout. </p> <h2>Grout Colouring a Porcelain Tiled Kitchen</h2> <p>Before applying the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Grout Colourant</a>, the floor was given a general clean and then the grout given a scrub using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant-pre-treat-cleaner-750ml-with-trigger-spray/201/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor’s Grout Colourant Pre-Treater</a>. This product cleans and slightly etches the surface of the grout to ensure a stronger bond with the colourant. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/01/Porcelain-Tiled-Floor-During-Grout-Recolouring-Sheffield.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tiled Floor During Grout Recolouring Sheffield" width="" height="" title="Porcelain Tiled Floor During Grout Recolouring Sheffield" /></center></p> <p>Once the grout was dry a White <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Colourant</a> was applied over all the grout joints. This is a delicate job which needs patience, and you have to remember to remove any excess colourant off the tile quickly before it dries. It’s worth mentioning that the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Colourant</a> range is available in 10 different popular shades, so it is a very versatile product, which can bring back to life many tiled surfaces. In this instance it made the grout look sparkling white, now the grout lines have been coloured the grout will stay stain free and bright white.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/01/Porcelain-Tiled-Floor-After-Tile-Replacement-and-Grout-Colouring-Sheffield.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tiled Floor After Tile Replacement and Grout Colouring Sheffield" width="" height="" title="Porcelain Tiled Floor After Tile Replacement and Grout Colouring Sheffield" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Polished Porcelain Tiled Bathroom in South Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/kitchen-tile-replaced-and-grout-recoloured-on-ecclesall-road-sheffield/">Kitchen Tile Replaced and Grout Recoloured on Ecclesall Road, Sheffield</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating a Marble Handbasin Countertop in Swardeston https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-marble-handbasin-countertop-in-swardeston/ Norfolk Tile Doctor urn:uuid:8dc4f837-1f28-2297-a7dd-ed37e0150446 Thu, 07 Jan 2021 14:17:49 +0000 <p>My client in the village of Swardeston (just south of Norwich) had attempted to remove limescale deposits from a Marble bathroom countertop using a supermarket Limescale remover and ended up making the whole problem worse. The water in Norfolk is exceptionally hard and can quickly leave a thick build-up of limescale in kettles and bathroom [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-marble-handbasin-countertop-in-swardeston/">Renovating a Marble Handbasin Countertop in Swardeston</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz">Norfolk Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>My client in the village of <b><a href="https://www.norfolk-norwich.com/norfolk/villages/s/swardeston.php" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Swardeston</a></b> (just south of <b>Norwich</b>) had attempted to remove limescale deposits from a <b>Marble bathroom countertop</b> using a supermarket Limescale remover and ended up making the whole problem worse.</p> <p>The water in Norfolk is exceptionally hard and can quickly leave a thick build-up of limescale in kettles and bathroom fittings. This isn&#8217;t a problem to keep on top of using an acidic cleaner like Viakal or Limelite however these products are acidic and not recommended for use on or near an acid-sensitive natural stone such as Marble or Limestone. In-fact the surface of Marble and Limestone is instantly etched when they come into contact with these products thereby ruining the appearance of the stone. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/60/2021/01/Marble-Vanity-Unit-Worktop-Before-Renovation-Swardeston.jpg" alt="Marble Vanity Unit Worktop Before Renovation Swardeston" width="" height="" title="Marble Vanity Unit Worktop Before Renovation Swardeston" /></center></p> <p>This is exactly what had happened to our client in Swardeston and, over time, the surface of her marble vanity unit became severely etched leaving the stone completely dull, pitted, and unattractive. She had assumed the dullness was due to limescale build-up so just kept applying the product which of course exacerbated the problem to the point where the replacement of the large and very expensive twin-basin Marble countertop seemed to be the only option.</p> <h2>Removing Limescale and Acid Etching from a Marble Countertop</h2> <p>Looking for a solution we were asked to visit the property and whilst there immediately realised what had happened to the stone. </p> <p>Fortunately, we were able to offer a much cheaper option involving the application of a series of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/6-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/41/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">diamond burnishing pads</a> that could cut back the surface of the Marble and repolish it back to its original appearance. We are able to do this due to our investment in a Rotex hand-held random orbit polisher which is ideal for working on relatively small areas or confined spaces.</p> <p>First, using only water as a cutting medium, we removed the surface of the stone with a 90mm 400-grit diamond pad fitted to the Rotex machine. This cut the surface back, removing all the pitting and light scratching, leaving the stone perfectly smooth and ready for the repolishing process. The slurry produced by this process was thoroughly and carefully rinsed away and the next stage of repolishing begun. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/60/2021/01/Marble-Vanity-Unit-Worktop-During-Renovation-Swardeston.jpg" alt="Marble Vanity Unit Worktop During Renovation Swardeston" width="" height="" title="Marble Vanity Unit Worktop During Renovation Swardeston" /></center></p> <p>Polishing was done using the Rotex again, but this time fitted with an 800-grit diamond pad which cuts the stone more finely and start sto improve the dull surface left by the coarse 400-grit pad. Again, the slurry produced was rinsed away and a 1500-grit diamond pad was applied to the stone surface, cutting even more finely and beginning to restore the shine back to the marble top.</p> <p>Once the slurry from this stage had been rinsed and extracted, we dried the work area using a heat gun before finishing the burnishing operation using the Rotex with a very fine 3000-grit diamond pad. For this last stage, a small amount of water is misted over the surface of the stone surface from a trigger bottle. This produced the shine we were after and really brought the stone&#8217;s natural colours and features back to life. </p> <h2>Sealing a Marble Countertop</h2> <p>In order to provide the Marble countertop with good fluid resistance two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal</a> were applied to the stone. This is a premium grade penetrating sealer which soaks into the pores of the stone to seal it without leaving any kind of synthetic finish behind. This allows the natural beauty of the polished stone to shine through whilst protecting it from staining. A quick spray buff with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/6-inch-white-buffer-pads/139/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">white maintenance pad</a> to remove any smears from the sealing process and we were done.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/60/2021/01/Marble-Vanity-Unit-Worktop-After-Renovation-Swardeston.jpg" alt="Marble Vanity Unit Worktop After Renovation Swardeston" width="" height="" title="Marble Vanity Unit Worktop After Renovation Swardeston" /></center></p> <p>My client was staggered at the result we had achieved and was so relieved that replacement of the sizeable and very expensive Marble top had been avoided. For aftercare I recommended the use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-patina-spray-500ml/20/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Patina Spray</a> which is spray-and-buff cleaner that is designed to enhance the natural beauty and lustre of polished stone as it cleans.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Stone Countertop Professional Renovated in Norfolk</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-marble-handbasin-countertop-in-swardeston/">Renovating a Marble Handbasin Countertop in Swardeston</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz">Norfolk Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Chinese Slate Floor Revival in Harrogate https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/chinese-slate-floor-revival-in-harrogate/ North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:70a2f33a-5b28-010a-b7bf-17d5ffe47261 Tue, 05 Jan 2021 13:30:14 +0000 <p>The pictures above are of a 12 metre squared Chinese slate floor in the kitchen of a property in Harrogate which had been laid ten years prior. You can see from the photographs that the grout had darkened and the slate itself had lost a lot of its character and colour. Sealers typically last between [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/chinese-slate-floor-revival-in-harrogate/">Chinese Slate Floor Revival in Harrogate</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The pictures above are of a 12 metre squared Chinese slate floor in the kitchen of a property in <b><a href="https://www.visitharrogate.co.uk/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Harrogate</a></b> which had been laid ten years prior. You can see from the photographs that the grout had darkened and the slate itself had lost a lot of its character and colour.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/01/Chinese-Slate-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Harrogate-202011020835.jpg" alt="Chinese Slate Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Harrogate" width="" height="" title="Chinese Slate Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Harrogate" /></center></p> <p>Sealers typically last between three to five years so by now there was little protection left and so dirt had become trapped in the pores of the stone and grout making it difficult to keep clean. It was now overdue a deep clean and the application of a fresh seal.</p> <p>I went over to survey the floor and provide a quote for stripping off what was left of the original sealer, cleaning the floor, and then resealing. I had been recommended by a previous customer so happy with my track record and the price I quoted, they asked me to do the work. They had received a quote from another firm which as it turned out was a lot more expensive than mine.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Chinese Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Given there was little sealer left to remove I decided to start by scrubbing the floor with a strong concentration of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> which was left to soak into the slate for ten minutes. Then I worked the solution in with a rotary machine fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a>. <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Pro-Clean</a> is a very versatile product that will strip the sealer off a floor when used in a strong dilution with water, it will also remove deep seated dirt too.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/01/Chinese-Slate-Kitchen-Floor-During-Cleaning-Harrogate-202011020957.jpg" alt="Chinese Slate Kitchen Floor During Cleaning Harrogate" width="" height="" title="Chinese Slate Kitchen Floor During Cleaning Harrogate" /></center></p> <p>Due to the riven nature of the tiles however I found the black pad was struggling to reach into the crevices of the tile so to achieve the desired result I resorted to scrubbing the floor on my hands and knees with a scrubbing brush. Its important that the floor is as clean as it possibly can be before sealing otherwise you simply lock the dirt in and it will never look clean.</p> <h2>Sealing a Chinese Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>The floor was left to dry off overnight and I returned the next day to apply the new sealer. First, I checked to ensure that the floor was fully dry using a damp meter. The sealer would not cure properly if the floor damp and this can detract from the finished appearance. </p> <p>I was happy with the readings, so I started to apply the first coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go</a> which I felt was the best product sealing Slate. The stone needed four coats; each one being left to dry before applying the next. <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Seal and Go</a> is a stain resistant sealer which results in a low sheen silky appearance, it is good on surfaces such as the Chinese Slate which tend to be more porous and being water based it does not leave a smell as it dries.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/01/Chinese-Slate-Kitchen-Floor-After-Sealing-Harrogate-202011031041.jpg" alt="Chinese Slate Kitchen Floor After Sealing Harrogate" width="" height="" title="Chinese Slate Kitchen Floor After Sealing Harrogate" /></center></p> <p>The client was very happy with the result and mentioned to me that it had never looked that good even when new.</p> <p>For aftercare cleaning I recommended the use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> which will keep the floor in the best condition. This is a pH neutral cleaner which can be used daily and won’t compromise the newly laid sealer like many of the stronger products you find in supermarkets.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Cleaning of a Chinese Slate Kitchen Floor in North Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/chinese-slate-floor-revival-in-harrogate/">Chinese Slate Floor Revival in Harrogate</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Filthy Limestone Floor Deep Cleaned in a Godalming Kitchen https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/filthy-limestone-floor-deep-cleaned-in-a-godalming-kitchen/ West Surrey Tile Doctor urn:uuid:3f07777c-8b77-cd1a-9fbc-ebeb57840a3a Sat, 02 Jan 2021 03:46:32 +0000 <p>My client had recently moved into a bungalow in Godalming where they inherited the Limestone tiled kitchen floor pictured below. The previous owner had not looked after the floor very well and by the time they moved in it was pretty filthy. Limestone is a natural but porous stone where, unless sealed, attracts dirt into [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/filthy-limestone-floor-deep-cleaned-in-a-godalming-kitchen/">Filthy Limestone Floor Deep Cleaned in a Godalming Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>My client had recently moved into a bungalow in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godalming" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Godalming</a></b> where they inherited the Limestone tiled kitchen floor pictured below. The previous owner had not looked after the floor very well and by the time they moved in it was pretty filthy. Limestone is a natural but porous stone where, unless sealed, attracts dirt into its tiny holes and as you would expect Cream Limestone shows the dirt easily. The protective seal had long since worn off this floor and was now ingrained with dirt it was now looking permanently dirty. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/12/Filthy-Limestone-Tiled-Floor-Renovation-Before-Cleaning-Godalming-0348.jpg" alt="Filthy Limestone Tiled Floor Renovation Before Cleaning Godalming" width="" height="" title="Filthy Limestone Tiled Floor Renovation Before Cleaning Godalming" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/12/Filthy-Limestone-Tiled-Floor-Renovation-Before-Cleaning-Godalming-0349.jpg" alt="Filthy Limestone Tiled Floor Renovation Before Cleaning Godalming" width="" height="" title="Filthy Limestone Tiled Floor Renovation Before Cleaning Godalming" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Before quoting I conducted a small test clean to work out the best method to renovate the stone and this also gives the client a good idea of how the floor will look after its finished. They were delighted with the initial result and happy with my quote gave me the go ahead.</p> <h2> Cleaning a Limestone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>On arrival first I helped the customer remove his tables and chairs and I then set about tapping up the plinths in the kitchen and the skirtings to protect them from cleaning solutions and equipment. The cleaning equipment I have invested in works more efficiently in open spaces, so it’s worth spending time at the beginning preparing the area first.</p> <p>Next, I used a deck brush to apply a mixture of water and <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> to the dirtiest tiles. <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> works well when left to dwell for ten minutes or so. I also applied the same product to the grout over half the room so it could get a head start breaking down the dirt. Then using a stiff brush, I scrubbed the grout clean. Once it was worked loose, I extracted the now dirty solution with a wet vacuum. </p> <p>With the grout clean I turned my attention back to the tiles with where the Pro-Clean had been left to soak in. Giving them a quick brush, I noted that what appeared to be permanently ingrained dirt had now come loose. To get the tiles really clean I used a 17&#8243; rotary machine fitted with diamond encrusted buffer pads. This removes the tiny dots of dirt on the stone and with it comes any existing sealer and dirt. </p> <p>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" target="_blank">burnishing pads</a> were used, starting with a 400-grit, and finishing with a 3000-grit pad. The first 400-grit pad is coarse, and the grits become smoother as you work through the set. Water is used to lubricate the process and the released dirt is extracted in-between using the wet vacuum mentioned earlier. This process does take time but by the end of day one the floor was looking a lot better.</p> <p>The next step is sealing however the floor needs to be bone dry for that, so I left a couple of industrial fans in place and left the Limestone to dry off overnight. </p> <h2> Sealing a Limestone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Returning the following day my first job was to ensure the floor was dry by taking multiple moisture readings with a damp meter. The readings were good, so I was able to make a start applying the sealer which for this floor was <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra Seal</a>. </p> <p><a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Ultra-Seal</a> is an impregnating sealer that soaks into those small holes in the stone I mentioned earlier, I occupies the pores thus preventing dirt from becoming ingrained. The other feature of this sealer is it doesn’t change the appearance or colour of the stone leaving it with a very natural finish. Two coats of sealer were applied, leaving the seal to dry between each coat. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/12/Filthy-Limestone-Tiled-Floor-Renovation-After-Cleaning-Godalming-0352.jpg" alt="Filthy Limestone Tiled Floor Renovation After Cleaning Godalming" width="" height="" title="Filthy Limestone Tiled Floor Renovation After Cleaning Godalming" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/12/Filthy-Limestone-Tiled-Floor-Renovation-After-Cleaning-Godalming-0351.jpg" alt="Filthy Limestone Tiled Floor Renovation After Cleaning Godalming" width="" height="" title="Filthy Limestone Tiled Floor Renovation After Cleaning Godalming" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>After the final coat was dried, I gave it a final polish with a soft nylon pad and the floor was finished. Before leaving we discussed after care which for this floor, I recommended <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a> and I requested that the customer to stay out of the kitchen for a couple of hours while the sealer cured. They were over the moon with the new floor and could not believe the difference it had made to their kitchen. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/12/Filthy-Limestone-Tiled-Floor-Renovation-After-Cleaning-Godalming-0353.jpg" alt="Filthy Limestone Tiled Floor Renovation After Cleaning Godalming" width="" height="" title="Filthy Limestone Tiled Floor Renovation After Cleaning Godalming" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Limestone Tiled Kitchen in West Surrey</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/filthy-limestone-floor-deep-cleaned-in-a-godalming-kitchen/">Filthy Limestone Floor Deep Cleaned in a Godalming Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Unloved Victorian Hallway Floor Renovation in Barnsley https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/unloved-victorian-hallway-floor-renovation-in-barnsley/ South Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:32e0ff8c-93b6-264c-359c-fc56fe88dd43 Wed, 16 Dec 2020 15:24:38 +0000 <p>A young couple recently bought a house in Barnsley and were renovating it from top to bottom, included in the plan was the desire to have the previously unloved Victorian floor made beautiful again. The house stands in an area of Barnsley famous for its’ big Victorian villas and quite rightly they felt it was [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/unloved-victorian-hallway-floor-renovation-in-barnsley/">Unloved Victorian Hallway Floor Renovation in Barnsley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>A young couple recently bought a house in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barnsley" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Barnsley</a></b> and were renovating it from top to bottom, included in the plan was the desire to have the previously unloved Victorian floor made beautiful again. The house stands in an area of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barnsley" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Barnsley</a></b> famous for its’ big Victorian villas and quite rightly they felt it was important to ensure period features like this original floor were correctly maintained.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2020/12/Unloved-Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Before-Renovation-1.jpg" alt="Unloved Victorian Hallway Floor Before Renovation" width="" height="" title="Unloved Victorian Hallway Floor Before Renovation" /></center></p> <p>Due to the floor being covered up for many years the floor had developed damp staining, it also had a lot of paint splattered on it. There were also some loose tiles that needed fixing back in place and the layer of old floor polish was present which would need removing.</p> <h2> Cleaning a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>I started by protecting all the skirting boards, doors and carpets bordering the tiles from splashing. The loose tiles were then cleaned up and then secured back in place using a fast-setting adhesive.</p> <p>Once the adhesive was set, I turned my attention to stripping and cleaning the floor 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" target="_blank">200-grit diamond pad</a> fitted to a weighted rotary buffing machine. The pad was lubricated using a dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove &#038; Go</a> which was applied to small sections of the floor and left to soak in for ten minutes first. I run the buffing machine at a slow speed to minimise splashing. <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Remove &#038; Go</a> is amazing at removing old floor coatings (i.e. sealers), dirt and grime from the floor. When the diamond pad had been used on each section of the floor for five minutes the slurry was vacuumed up using a wet vac machine and I moved onto the next section. Once the whole floor had been cleaned in this way it was time to start the next step. </p> <p>Old floors like this which don’t have the benefit of a damp proof membrane, and have been covered up for a long time, can suffer from efflorescence issues due to moisture being trapped in the tile. This will result in white salt staining appearing on the tiles for days, weeks and sometimes months afterwards. To counter this the alkaline salts are neutralised by giving the floor an acid rinse using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a> and leaving it to dwell for five minutes before going over the floor again with the coarse diamond pad. The slurry was again removed with a wet vacuum and the floor was scrubbed clean with damp cloths.</p> <h2> Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>I returned a few days later once the floor had dried to seal the floor. The client wanted a satin finish so knowing the floor had damp and efflorescence issues I opted for <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-extra-1-litre/22/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go Extra</a>. This is a topical sealer which leaves a lovely satin finish but also allows for the floor to breathe. six coats were required to make the floor look perfect, allowing the lovely colours to come through.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2020/12/Unloved-Victorian-Hallway-Floor-After-Renovation-3.jpg" alt="Unloved Victorian Hallway Floor After Renovation" width="" height="" title="Unloved Victorian Hallway Floor After Renovation" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2020/12/Unloved-Victorian-Hallway-Floor-After-Sealing-2.jpg" alt="Unloved Victorian Hallway Floor After Sealing" width="" height="" title="Unloved Victorian Hallway Floor After Sealing" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Once complete the floor looked much brighter and the colours really shone through. The owners were really happy with the renovation we carried out and before leaving I took time to discuss how best to maintain the tiles going forward including the use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Neutral Tile cleaner</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in South Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/unloved-victorian-hallway-floor-renovation-in-barnsley/">Unloved Victorian Hallway Floor Renovation in Barnsley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating Flagstones Covered in Concrete Screed and Bitumen in Carnforth https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-flagstones-covered-in-concrete-screed-and-bitumen-in-carnforth/ Tile Doctor Lancashire urn:uuid:b06d98a8-96c5-30da-c3ad-114b190f981e Mon, 14 Dec 2020 14:50:29 +0000 <p>The owner of this Flagstone floor at a property in Carnforth was told by a damp specialist to remove the carpet and underlay and have the floor taken out and skipped. Then to install new hardcore and concrete put in place but with a Damp Proof Membrane installed in between, then once fully cured (four [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-flagstones-covered-in-concrete-screed-and-bitumen-in-carnforth/">Renovating Flagstones Covered in Concrete Screed and Bitumen in Carnforth</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Lancashire</a>.</p> <p>The owner of this <b>Flagstone floor</b> at a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnforth" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Carnforth</a></b> was told by a damp specialist to remove the carpet and underlay and have the floor taken out and skipped. Then to install new hardcore and concrete put in place but with a Damp Proof Membrane installed in between, then once fully cured (four weeks at least) they could have a new carpet, tile or wood floor etc. installed. All good advice, however, the owner of the house wanted to keep as many original features as possible and wasn’t keen on the proposal.</p> <p>Looking for an alternative solution they reached out to Tile Doctor and so I went over to take a look. After surveying the floor, I came up with a completely different solution which involved milling the stone with coarse abrasive pads to remove the screed and bitumen and then resurface with diamond encrusted burnishing pads of medium and fine grits which would result in a smooth finish. Not only would this be much easier to clean going forward it would also be much more attractive, especially once sealed.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:40%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/12/Flagstone-Floor-Before-Renovation-Carnforth-3799.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Carnforth" width="" height="" title="Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Carnforth" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:60%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/12/Flagstone-Floor-Before-Renovation-Carnforth-3797.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Carnforth" width="" height="" title="Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Carnforth" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Happy with our alternative we arranged a date to come and do the work which would take three days, two days to prepare the floor and a third to apply a sealer.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Flagstone Tiled Ground Floor</h2> <p>Milling a floor is arduous work and requires the use of a heavy rotary machine that can apply weight onto the stone so the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/stone-burnishing/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">milling pads</a> can really get a bite into the surface. Because of this I roped in a colleague to help take some of the strain. Some of the areas of bitumen and screed were so prominent we used an SDS hammer action drill with a flat bit to chisel them off first, this can leave a few marks in the stone which we then level out with the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/stone-burnishing/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">milling pads</a> starting with a 50 grit and go all the way up to a 400 grit</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i2.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/12/Flagstone-Floor-During-Renovation-Carnforth-3804.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Flagstone Floor During Renovation Carnforth" width="" height="" title="Flagstone Floor During Renovation Carnforth" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i2.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/12/Flagstone-Floor-During-Renovation-Carnforth-3801.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Flagstone Floor During Renovation Carnforth" width="" height="" title="Flagstone Floor During Renovation Carnforth" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>We used a lot of water during this process to help lubricate the abrasive action of the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/stone-burnishing/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">milling pads</a>, this also helps to rinse off the soil that is created, all of which is extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>Next step is to give the floor an acid rinse with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up</a> which is designed to neutralise any alkaline salts in the stone that could result in efflorescence later.</p> <p>With the floor cleaned up the last step was to re-point between the Flagstones using a breathable pointing product called <a href="https://www.kebur.co.uk/product/gftk-vdw-800-epoxy-paving-joint-mortar/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">GFtK 800</a>. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:40%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/12/Flagstone-Floor-After-Cleaning-Carnforth-3808.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Flagstone Floor After Cleaning Carnforth" width="" height="" title="Flagstone Floor After Cleaning Carnforth" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:60%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/12/Flagstone-Floor-After-Cleaning-Carnforth-3813.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Flagstone Floor After Cleaning Carnforth" width="" height="" title="Flagstone Floor After Cleaning Carnforth" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2> Sealing a Flagstone Tiled Ground Floor</h2> <p>Sealing was the next step however the floor was still quite damp after the initial renovation, so it was left for a few days to dry out first.</p> <p>We selected a fully breathable sealer for this floor, this is an important requirement for a floor with no damp proof membrane as it will allow moisture to rise through the flagstone and evaporate at the surface. The concrete screed and bitumen covering will have prevented this previously which is dangerous as a build up of moisture in the stone can lead to it crumbling and you risk moisture reaching out to the walls where it can lead to rising damp. </p> <p>Tile Doctor has three breathable sealers to choose from and in this case the customer decided to go with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is an impregnating sealer that protects from within and enhances the natural colours in the stone. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i2.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/12/Flagstone-Floor-After-Sealing-Carnforth-3816.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Flagstone Floor After Sealing Carnforth" width="" height="" title="Flagstone Floor After Sealing Carnforth" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/12/Flagstone-Floor-After-Sealing-Carnforth-3820.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Flagstone Floor After Sealing Carnforth" width="" height="" title="Flagstone Floor After Sealing Carnforth" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The floor was completely transformed by the end of the third day, you would not have known it was the same floor. It was now clear of all the previous coverings and now looked like a characterful old Flagstone floor should.</p> <p>Before leaving I recommended, they use <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Cleaner</a> for everyday cleaning, being pH neutral it won’t prematurely erode the sealer allowing it to work for longer. I also advised that it’s possible that parts of the stone may go a shade darker in winter and a shade lighter in summer due to the moisture rising through the floor.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3> Professional Restoration of a Flagstone Tiled Ground Floor in Lancashire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-flagstones-covered-in-concrete-screed-and-bitumen-in-carnforth/">Renovating Flagstones Covered in Concrete Screed and Bitumen in Carnforth</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Lancashire</a>.</p> Reviving a Beige Moleanos Limestone Floor in Harrogate https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/reviving-a-beige-moleanos-limestone-floor-in-harrogate/ North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:a830125c-7326-eaa4-a181-512e403f996f Mon, 30 Nov 2020 05:47:11 +0000 <p>I recently went to survey a floor in Harrogate which I immediately recognised as beige Moleanos Limestone which comes from Portugal. If you have been reading my previous posts you will remember I am not a fan of this type of stone as it is very difficult to clean, polish or seal. This particular floor [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/reviving-a-beige-moleanos-limestone-floor-in-harrogate/">Reviving a Beige Moleanos Limestone Floor in Harrogate</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I recently went to survey a floor in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrogate" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Harrogate</a></b> which I immediately recognised as beige <b>Moleanos Limestone</b> which comes from Portugal. If you have been reading my previous posts you will remember I am not a fan of this type of stone as it is very difficult to clean, polish or seal. This particular floor was laid around 5 years prior and was now looking quite dull and was in need of reviving.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2020/11/Moleanos-Limestone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Harrogate-26085403.jpg" alt="Moleanos Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Harrogate" width="" height="" title="Moleanos Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Harrogate" /></center></p> <p>The client didn&#8217;t want to spend much so l suggested l could spray burnish the floor to get her shine back again and remove the splash marks. We do this a lot for owners of polished stone floors as part of an annual maintenance package, it is a low cost option that uses a very fine 3,000 grit burnishing pad to renovate the stone and bring up the shine. However, I pointed out to her that this process wouldn&#8217;t clean her grout which was making her floor look scruffy.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2020/11/Moleanos-Limestone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Harrogate-26085424.jpg" alt="Moleanos Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Harrogate" width="" height="" title="Moleanos Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Harrogate" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2020/11/Moleanos-Limestone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Harrogate-26085338.jpg" alt="Moleanos Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Harrogate" width="" height="" title="Moleanos Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Harrogate" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I priced up the different options and after weighing up the quotes I’m pleased to say she decided to go for a full clean and seal. The full process involves the use of different grades 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 encrusted burnishing pads</a> from low to very fine grits to renovate the Limestone and also a chemical clean of the grout followed by a fresh seal.</p> <h2> Cleaning a Moleanos Limestone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>I returned on the scheduled date and after preparing the floor I started cleaning the Limestone by running over the tiles with a 400-grit coarse burnishing pad lubricated with water. The soil was rinsed off with more water and extracted with a wet vacuum. This process was repeated with the 800 and 1500-grit pads which starts to build-up the polish on the stone. </p> <p>I then turned my attention to the grout 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> which was left to soak into the grout for ten minutes before scrubbing it by hand with a stiff brush. After a final rinse and extraction with the wet vacuum the tile and grout were looking much cleaner and was left to dry off overnight.</p> <h2> Sealing a Limestone Moleanos Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>On Day 2 I stated with the application of the 3,000-grit pad which is the last step in the polishing processed and builds up a lovely satin finish on the stone floor. This is done using only a little water and is basically the spray burnish technique I referred to earlier. This process has the added advantage of leaving the floor dry.</p> <p>With the stone tiles looking lovely and the grout clean the last step was to seal it all in and protect it from dirt and future staining with the application of 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>.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2020/11/Moleanos-Limestone-Floor-After-Cleaning-Harrogate-27085727.jpg" alt="Moleanos Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Harrogate" width="" height="" title="Moleanos Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Harrogate" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2020/11/Moleanos-Limestone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Harrogate-26085338.jpg" alt="Moleanos Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Harrogate" width="" height="" title="Moleanos Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Harrogate" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>My client was very pleased she had spent the extra money to achieve the floor she had always wanted, apparently it had never looked this good even when new. We discussed the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/maintenance-plan-system-annual-fee/184/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">annual maintenance</a> plan to ensure the floor remained looking this good.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2020/11/Moleanos-Limestone-Floor-After-Cleaning-Harrogate-27085853.jpg" alt="Moleanos Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Harrogate" width="" height="" title="Moleanos Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Harrogate" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of a Limestone Tiled Kitchen Floor in North Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/reviving-a-beige-moleanos-limestone-floor-in-harrogate/">Reviving a Beige Moleanos Limestone Floor in Harrogate</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Restoring a Sandstone tiled kitchen floor in Farnham https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-sandstone-tiled-kitchen-floor-in-farnham/ West Surrey Tile Doctor urn:uuid:7ab3a8a3-1ae0-8e9a-a87e-cf0192b3ce7c Sun, 29 Nov 2020 04:32:41 +0000 <p>Laid six years ago at a house in Farnham this Sandstone tiled kitchen floor was routinely trampled on by two teenagers, gardening parents and two large dogs. All of this had taken its toll of the sealer which had worn off and without its protection the Sandstone tile and grout had turned an indistinguishable sea [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-sandstone-tiled-kitchen-floor-in-farnham/">Restoring a Sandstone tiled kitchen floor in Farnham</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Laid six years ago at a house in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farnham" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Farnham</a></b> this <b>Sandstone tiled kitchen floor</b> was routinely trampled on by two teenagers, gardening parents and two large dogs. All of this had taken its toll of the sealer which had worn off and without its protection the Sandstone tile and grout had turned an indistinguishable sea of brown.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/11/Sandstone-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Farnham-0237.jpg" alt="Sandstone Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Farnham" width="" height="" title="Sandstone Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Farnham" /></center></p> <p>The floor now needed a deep clean and reseal to restore it appearance and get it looking its best for which I had planned should take two days, the first day for cleaning and drying, the second for sealing and quoted accordingly. My client was happy with the quote and we scheduled a date to do the work.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/11/Sandstone-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Farnham-0238.jpg" alt="Sandstone Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Farnham" width="" height="" title="Sandstone Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Farnham" /></center></p> <p>Farnham is a market town in Surrey and is largest town in the borough of Waverley. It is quite a historic town, with many old buildings, including a number of Georgian houses. With good access links to the A3 and London by train its popular with commuters and I often get requests to work here.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Sandstone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>I began by taping up the wooden skirting and the plinths in the kitchen to protect them from splashing during the work. Then armed 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> and a stiff brush I set about cleaning up the grout. The dirt released was removed with a wet vacuum before it had a chance to dry then using more Pro-Clean and a 17” buffing machine fitted with a rotating black nylon pad I cleaned the tiles. </p> <p>The unamused dogs had been banished to the garden. I love dogs but they were chasing my machine around, so I needed to keep them out of the way. The floor tiles were surprisingly dirty, and the client was quite shocked by the amount of dirt I manged to extract.</p> <p>Once finished I left the floor to dry off fully overnight, sealing a damp floor is never recommended and can result in a patchy appearance.</p> <h2>Sealing a Sandstone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Returning the next day, I first checked for areas that needed further attention and then took several moisture readings with a damp meter to check the floor was dry. Satisfied that it was, I was ready to apply the sealer. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/11/Sandstone-Kitchen-Floor-During-Sealing-Farnham-0247.jpg" alt="Sandstone Kitchen Floor During Sealing Farnham" width="" height="" title="Sandstone Kitchen Floor During Sealing Farnham" /></center></p> <p>We had discussed choice of sealer previously and for this floor I had recommended a Tile Doctor sealer called <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 would be ideal for her traffic heavy floor. Sealing is an important step as it protects the tiles and grout from dirt becoming ingrained in the stone and improves the look of the stone. Seal and Go Extra is also super tough and should last for years if cleaned with the right product. It sets with a subtle sheen but not a shine which she definitely didn’t want. Three coats of sealer were applied which takes around two hours to be dry to the touch but really needs 24 hours for it to cure.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/11/Sandstone-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Farnham-0242.jpg" alt="Sandstone Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Farnham" width="" height="" title="Sandstone Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Farnham" /></center></p> <p>The sealer brought out the variety of colours in the stone floor and the family were happy with their new floor, now they just had to keep the dogs out of the way for 24 hours!</p> <p>For aftercare I recommended the use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> to keep the floor in great condition.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/11/Sandstone-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Farnham-0249.jpg" alt="Sandstone Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Sealing Farnham" width="" height="" title="Sandstone Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Sealing Farnham" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Sandstone Tiled Kitchen in West Surrey</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-sandstone-tiled-kitchen-floor-in-farnham/">Restoring a Sandstone tiled kitchen floor in Farnham</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Full Victorian Hallway Floor Restoration for Property Developer in Smethwick https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/full-victorian-hallway-floor-restoration-for-property-developer-in-smethwick/ Birmingham Tile Doctor urn:uuid:fb043da4-4443-900b-2663-ca38baccde55 Thu, 26 Nov 2020 14:13:51 +0000 <p>A property developer contacted me earlier this year regarding a Victorian tiled hallway they had discovered at a property in Smethwick in the West Birmingham district of Sandwell. The property was being renovated into apartments and a fully restored tiled hallway would give the property the wow factor when entering the property. I went over [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/full-victorian-hallway-floor-restoration-for-property-developer-in-smethwick/">Full Victorian Hallway Floor Restoration for Property Developer in Smethwick</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz">Birmingham Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>A property developer contacted me earlier this year regarding a Victorian tiled hallway they had discovered at a property in <a href="http://www.smethwicklocalhistory.co.uk/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Smethwick</a> in the West Birmingham district of Sandwell. The property was being renovated into apartments and a fully restored tiled hallway would give the property the wow factor when entering the property.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2020/11/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Restoration-Smethwick-29095423.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Smethwick" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Smethwick" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2020/11/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Restoration-Smethwick-29095536.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Smethwick" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Smethwick" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I went over to the site to take a look and could immediately see the floor really was in a real mess. The tiles were covered in old flooring, adhesive, paint, screed, and plaster etc, I could see it was going to take some work to shift that lot. There was also an interior doorway that needed retiling. None the less these old Victorian floors are durable so none of that phased me and I was confident of a good result.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2020/11/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Restoration-Smethwick-29095345.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Smethwick" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Smethwick" /></center></p> <h2>Restoring a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>I got the go-head from the developer and started work by tacking the loose tiles around one of the inner doorways. I seem to see a lot of this around door thresholds I can only assume its due some movement in the subfloor that can happen between different sections on a building.</p> <p>With that section out of the way I started removing the screen from some of the more stubborn areas. For this I applied a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up</a> and after letting it soak in for fifteen minutes to soften the compound, I was able to scrape it away with some assistance from a steamer.</p> <p>When this was completed, I covered the floor with a strong 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 &#038; Go</a> and left to dwell a good 20 minutes this time, topping it up every so often so it didn&#8217;t dry out. These products combine to make a powerful tile cleaner/coatings remover that would make quick work of cleaning up the floor. The cleaning cocktail was then scrubbed into the tile 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> fitted to rotary machine. The slurry was then then removed using a wet extraction vacuum.</p> <p>After reviewing the whole floor, I picked out those areas that needed more attention which were a few stubborn areas and the edges of the floor where the rotary machine can struggle to impact. I resolved those problems by hand with small <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> which come in several coarse grits. Once I was finished tackling those, I took a step back to look at the floor and was really pleased with how the restoration was going, it was unrecognisable from when I had first come to view it.</p> <p>Original Victorian floor were laid well before the invention of plastics and the damp proof membrane and in many cases are laid on top of compressed rubble. As a result, it’s important to allow moisture from the subfloor to be able to rise through the tile so it can evaporate at the surface. The previous coverings will have restricted this from happening and so I was concerned about the possibility of moisture and salts being trapped in the floor. Salts especially can be an issue as when they do make it to the surface, they can leave unsightly white deposits of the surface of the tile a process known as <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/custom.aspx/efflorescence/10/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Efflorescence</a>. </p> <p>To counter this, I gave the whole floor an acid rinse with more Grout Clean-up worked in with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-400-grit-coarse-red-no-1-burnishing-pad/36/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">400-grit diamond pad</a>, this would neutralise the salts and give the tiles a further clean. It will also help neutralise the pH levels in the tiles after the use of the alkaline cleaning products earlier. To do this I applied and scrubbed it in with a 400-grit diamond pad to help with any issues. The floor was then rinsed with water and extracted as before to remove any trace of product.</p> <h2>Sealing a Victorian Hallway Tiles</h2> <p>The floor was left to dry for two days and on my return, I checked the floor for moisture with a damp meter to satisfy myself it was fully dry and ready to accept a sealer which was the last step in the restoration.</p> <p>For this floor I chose to go 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 a hard-wearing impregnating sealer that will cope with the foot traffic you would expect in a busy hallway. Colour Grow is also fully breathable so will cope well with any potential moisture rising through the tile and being a colour enhancer, it would help to make the beautiful colours in the Victorian tiles stand out. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2020/11/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Restoration-Smethwick-31131255.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Smethwick" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Smethwick" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2020/11/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Restoration-Smethwick-31131441.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Smethwick" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Smethwick" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>My customer was very happy with the result which was a total transformation and should do well to attract new tenants to the property when its finished. For aftercare I 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">neutral tile cleaner</a> to maintain the floor, its important to use a neutral pH product on sealed tiles as stronger products will reduce the life of the sealer.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2020/11/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Restoration-Smethwick-31131212.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Smethwick" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Smethwick" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in Sandwell</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/full-victorian-hallway-floor-restoration-for-property-developer-in-smethwick/">Full Victorian Hallway Floor Restoration for Property Developer in Smethwick</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz">Birmingham Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Quarry Tile Repairs and Restoration at a period cottage Bozeat https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/quarry-tile-repairs-and-restoration-at-a-period-cottage-bozeat/ Northamptonshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:037f5dcb-efb2-58e6-c637-052e3de48984 Mon, 23 Nov 2020 15:23:58 +0000 <p>The following photos are of a Quarry tiled dining room floor in a period cottage located in the small village of Bozeat. My customer had removed a carpet and discovered them underneath, as you can see from the photographs however the tiles were in a poor state of repair. Undaunted the owner wanted to restore [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/quarry-tile-repairs-and-restoration-at-a-period-cottage-bozeat/">Quarry Tile Repairs and Restoration at a period cottage Bozeat</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz">Northamptonshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The following photos are of a <b>Quarry tiled</b> dining room floor in a period cottage located in the small village of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bozeat" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Bozeat</a></b>. My customer had removed a carpet and discovered them underneath, as you can see from the photographs however the tiles were in a poor state of repair. Undaunted the owner wanted to restore them as a lovely period feature and contacted Tile Doctor.</p> <p><Quarry-Tile-Floor-Before-Restoration-Bozeat-Cottage-824-min.JPG ><br /> <Quarry-Tile-Floor-Before-Restoration-Bozeat-Cottage-823-min.JPG></p> <p>I went over to survey the Quarry tiles and could see the floor had not faired well under the carpet over the years, several tiles were cracked and 40 to 50 tiles were loose and would needed resetting to stop them moving underfoot, especially in the high traffic areas. I discussed with them that Tile Doctor could repair the floor and clean it and would be able to restore in a few days. They were happy to go ahead with my quote and we arranged a mutually convenient time to carry the work out. </p> <h2> Cleaning and repairing a Quarry Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>My first course of action was to deep clean the floors 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 is an alkaline cleaner. Working in small areas the Gel was worked in using a stiff brush on a rotary machine using a little water. As this process was completed in each area, I rinsed off the resulting slurry away with water and then extracted using a wet vacuum. The initial clean removed most of the black staining and paint spots which had occurred over the years, but more work was needed. </p> <p>The next step was to apply <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 further clean up the tiles and tackle the cement residue and other staining. I used a repeat of the cleaning process and rinsed twice with plain water to ensure all traces of product were removed. The next step was to tackle the broken and loose tiles however it was now the end of day one, so after assessing the floor for all repairs required, I installed a portable dryer to aid drying and left for the day.</p> <p><Quarry-Tile-Floor-During-Repair-Bozeat-Cottage-830-min.JPG><br /> <Quarry-Tile-Floor-During-Repair-Bozeat-Cottage-829-min.JPG></p> <p>The next day I returned to begin repairs starting by lifting all the loose tiles, working in one square metre sections at a time. Fortunately, my customer had already managed to obtain reclaimed tiles from a reclamation yard so that saved me a job. The colours matched with the originals; however, the reclaimed tiles were slightly larger than the originals and needed to be cut into shape as required. Working methodically, I re-laid the tiles on a fresh bed of screed and grouted them in to match the original floor as best possible.</p> <p><Quarry-Tile-Floor-During-Repair-Bozeat-Cottage-832-min.JPG><br /> <Quarry-Tile-Floor-During-Repair-Bozeat-Cottage-831-min.JPG></p> <p>After the repairs were completed I allowed the floor to fully dry for four days, I needed the tiles dry and the newly laid adhesive and grout to set and bed in before the next step. Before leaving I gave my customer strict instructions not to walk over these areas whilst I was gone. </p> <h2> Sealing a Quarry Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>Returning later the following week, I first checked the floor was dry using a damp meter, once satisfied I was able to start the sealing process. The customer had requested a silk finish, however because of the age of the cottage and the possibility of damp in this old floor my choice of sealer was limited to those that are fully breathable. </p> <p><Quarry-Tile-Floor-After-Restoration-Bozeat-Cottage-839-min.JPG></p> <p>On this occasion I chose to apply several 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>, this product will allow the floor to breathe and provide the desired finish. It was a good decision, and as hoped it enhanced the appearance of the floor beautifully. </p> <p><Quarry-Tile-Floor-After-Restoration-Bozeat-Cottage-838-min.JPG></p> <p>My customer was very happy with the renovation and the transformed floor and left the following feedback:</p> <p><center><em>&#8220;Friendly service, reasonably priced and a good standard of work. Has breathed new life into my old quarry tile floor.&#8221; </em></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Quarry Tiled Floor in Northamptonshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/quarry-tile-repairs-and-restoration-at-a-period-cottage-bozeat/">Quarry Tile Repairs and Restoration at a period cottage Bozeat</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz">Northamptonshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Restoration of an iconic Terrazzo Floor in Doncaster https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoration-of-an-iconic-terrazzo-floor-in-doncaster/ South Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:3b60b04f-cc87-b8dc-74e4-5bd113a3dce7 Fri, 20 Nov 2020 02:16:50 +0000 <p>This beautiful Terrazzo floor was uncovered in the hallway of a house in Doncaster, as you can see it had taken a bit of a beating over the years, but the owners were keen on having it restored. Restoring period features like these are a great idea as they are very sought after and can [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoration-of-an-iconic-terrazzo-floor-in-doncaster/">Restoration of an iconic Terrazzo Floor in Doncaster</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This beautiful <b>Terrazzo floor</b> was uncovered in the hallway of a house in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doncaster" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Doncaster</a></b>, as you can see it had taken a bit of a beating over the years, but the owners were keen on having it restored. Restoring period features like these are a great idea as they are very sought after and can add a lot of value to a property.</p> <p>The floor had spent many years below carpet and nails had been hammered through the floor to hold carpet grippers in place. Along with this there was a lot of glue and paint to remove. However, I was confident that we could get the floor restored, I gave them a quotation for the work, and they were happy to proceed as soon as possible.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2020/11/Terrazzo-Hallway-Before-Renovation-0919_092108.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Hallway Before Renovation" width="" height="" title="Terrazzo Hallway Before Renovation" /></center></p> <p>Doncaster is a hot spot for terrazzo floors, apparently there was a big Italian community there in the early part of the 1900s. Doncaster is also famous for its rich rail heritage; the main Doncaster train station is on the East Coast mainline and you find many original station buildings have Terrazzo floors in the public areas.</p> <h2> Cleaning a Terrazzo Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The first job was to remove as much of the paint, glue and other contaminates as possible. These were scraped off the floor by hand using a razor-sharp scraper. </p> <p>We then moved onto using a set of five <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> of different grits to cut through the top layers and grime to eventually bring this floor back up to its’ former glory. Starting off with the most coarse pad first I started to go over the floor a pad at a time, each pad is fitted to a rotary machine which has extra weight added to it to make the pads work ever better. Each time a pad is changed, it is slightly less coarse, this starts to polish the floor up to a shine eventually ended with a very fine diamond pad. Water is added at each stage and removed with the wet vacuum before the next pad is used. </p> <p>Gradually the original floor started to shine through, the colours were quite pronounced, and you could see the floor was a lovely example of terrazzo. After a final rinse to remove the soiling generated by burnishing, I turned my attention to filling the many holes where the nails had been.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2020/11/Terrazzo-Hallway-Doncaster-During-Renovation-0919_152617.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Hallway Doncaster During Renovation" width="" height="" title="Terrazzo Hallway Doncaster During Renovation" /></center></p> <h2> Sealing a Terrazzo Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The floor was left to dry off overnight and the following morning I returned to seal the floor with several 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>. I choose this product as its designed to enhance the subtle colours in the floor and its fully breathable which is an important consideration when sealing floors in older properties. Damp proof membranes are a common feature these days but are a relatively recent invention. With older floors you need to allow the floor to breathe so the moisture in the sub floor can rise and evaporate at the surface, without this the moisture will reach out to the walls where it can cause rising damp.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2020/11/Terrazzo-Hallway-Doncaster-After-Renovation-0919_171549_927.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Hallway Doncaster After Renovation" width="" height="" title="Terrazzo Hallway Doncaster After Renovation" /></center></p> <p>The result was a highly polished floor just the way it would have looked when it was first installed 90 years ago. As you can imagine the owners were over the moon with the transformation.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2020/11/Terrazzo-Hallway-Doncaster-After-Renovation-0919_155318.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Hallway Doncaster After Renovation" width="" height="" title="Terrazzo Hallway Doncaster After Renovation" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Terrazzo Tiled Hallway in South Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoration-of-an-iconic-terrazzo-floor-in-doncaster/">Restoration of an iconic Terrazzo Floor in Doncaster</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Cleaning up Grout Haze on a new Porcelain Patio in Ely https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-up-grout-haze-on-a-new-porcelain-patio-in-ely/ Cambridge Tile Doctor urn:uuid:4964c58b-fbf7-3bd1-0721-ac6ecb608269 Wed, 11 Nov 2020 16:18:35 +0000 <p>Earlier this summer I was called out to this job in the garden of a house in the city of Ely to inspect a freshly laid porcelain tiled patio with grout haze issues. The builder who had installed the patio hadn&#8217;t removed all the grout from the textured surface of the tile before it had [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-up-grout-haze-on-a-new-porcelain-patio-in-ely/">Cleaning up Grout Haze on a new Porcelain Patio in Ely</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz">Cambridge Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Earlier this summer I was called out to this job in the garden of a house in the city of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ely,_Cambridgeshire" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Ely</a></b> to inspect a freshly laid porcelain tiled patio with grout haze issues. The builder who had installed the patio hadn&#8217;t removed all the grout from the textured surface of the tile before it had dried. This was probably due to the hot weather which reduces drying times and has caught many tilers out. Multiple repeat visits by the builder trying followed who spent countless hours trying to remove the grout haze, unfortunately due to the textured surface of the tile he was unable to remove it and the patio was left looking awful. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2020/11/Porcelain-Patio-Ely-Before-Grout-Haze-Removal-095228.jpg" alt="Porcelain Patio Ely Before Grout Haze Removal" title="Porcelain Patio Ely Before Grout Haze Removal" width="" height="" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" /></center></p> <p>Like the builder we are increasingly finding modern grouts, which although more durable, are very difficult to remove. Fortunately belonging to the Tile Doctor network, I had already been made aware of this problem and was able to offer a solution.</p> <p>I arranged to pay the property a visit to demonstrate a potential solution and quote for resolving the issues. Even though the grout haze was indeed difficult to remove it wasn’t impossible if you know how. The demonstration came out well and relieved that they had finally found a solution to the problem booked me in to get the work carried out.</p> <h2> Cleaning a Porcelain Tiled Patio Floor</h2> <p>On my return I started with the application of a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up</a>. This product is ideal for removing grout haze or smears as they often referred to; however, being acidic we don’t recommend it for use on every surface so if your using it yourself do check the label first. I left it to soak in for ten minutes before being agitated 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 buffer</p> <p>The weather was good, so it wasn&#8217;t a problem working outside and once all the grout smears were removed, I finished off by giving the whole patio a high-pressure rinse. I use a van mounted rinse/extraction system for this that applies warm water at high pressure onto the patio to dislodge dirt and then extracts the waste into a separate tank in the vehicle. It was an expensive investment but makes light work of jobs like this.</p> <p>It took around four to five cleans to complete the job, by the late afternoon the grout haze was gone, and the porcelain patio looked completely transformed. It was quite a warm day, so the patio soon dried allowing my client to use it later that day. I should mention that this variety of Porcelain tiles were not the micro porous type and therefore did not need to be sealed. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2020/11/Porcelain-Patio-Ely-After-Grout-Haze-Removal-145100.jpg" title="Porcelain Patio Ely After Grout Haze Removal" alt="Porcelain Patio Ely After Grout Haze Removal" width="" height="" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" /></center></p> <p>Relieved the problem was finally resolved and happy with the result my client left the following feedback:</p> <p><center><em>Amazing service, they were able to provide us with a quote and demo before we agreed to work. We are so happy with the results we have as our patio slabs looked ruined to the eye but the Tile Doctor managed to get them looking brand new.</em></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of a Porcelain Tiled Patio in Cambridgeshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-up-grout-haze-on-a-new-porcelain-patio-in-ely/">Cleaning up Grout Haze on a new Porcelain Patio in Ely</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz">Cambridge Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Red Wine Stains Removed from Travertine Floor in Swallowfield https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/red-wine-stains-removed-from-travertine-floor-in-swallowfield/ Berkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:4d018510-7b15-a65d-deb2-0792cb0c2e50 Fri, 06 Nov 2020 14:37:51 +0000 <p>Earlier this year I was contacted by a homeowner from the village of Swallowfield near Reading about the removal of Red Wine staining from their Travertine tiled floor. Normally these requests are related to a few slashes of wine following a party however in this case the problem was much bigger. It turns out that [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/red-wine-stains-removed-from-travertine-floor-in-swallowfield/">Red Wine Stains Removed from Travertine Floor in Swallowfield</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz">Berkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Earlier this year I was contacted by a homeowner from the village of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swallowfield" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Swallowfield</a></b> near Reading about the removal of <b>Red Wine staining</b> from their <b>Travertine tiled floor</b>. Normally these requests are related to a few slashes of wine following a party however in this case the problem was much bigger.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2020/11/Travertine-Floor-Before-Red-Wine-Stain-Removal-Swallowfield-Reading-091853.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor Before Red Wine Stain Removal Swallowfield Reading" width="" height="" title="Travertine Floor Before Red Wine Stain Removal Swallowfield Reading" /></center></p> <p>It turns out that their cottage was undergoing some renovations and had a variety of different trades working on various things throughout. After returning to the property following a weekend away it became apparent that an expensive wine rack had fallen over, and two bottles of red wine had been smashed in the process. Consequently, a litre and a half of red wine had spilt onto the Travertine tile and grout and rather than mopping up the spill the contractors threw over some kitchen roll and then left for the weekend. </p> <p>If you have a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/travertine-tile-cleaning/10/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Travertine</a> floor you will appreciate that its best to clean up a mess like immediately, leaving it any longer increases the chance the stain will breach the sealer and stain the stone and grout. In this case it had been left far too long and the red wine had penetrated the tile darkening its appearance, understandably my Customer was not happy.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2020/11/Travertine-Floor-Before-Red-Wine-Stain-Removal-Swallowfield-Reading-091847.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor Before Red Wine Stain Removal Swallowfield Reading" width="" height="" title="Travertine Floor Before Red Wine Stain Removal Swallowfield Reading" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2020/11/Travertine-Floor-Before-Red-Wine-Stain-Removal-Swallowfield-Reading-091842.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor Before Red Wine Stain Removal Swallowfield Reading" width="" height="" title="Travertine Floor Before Red Wine Stain Removal Swallowfield Reading" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>One of the advantages of being part of a group like Tile Doctor is they have developed numerous products and techniques for dealing with all types of situations related to the cleaning of stone, tile, and grout. Whilst the most popular work we do relates to the cleaning and sealing of floors sometimes we get asked to resolve more unusual issues such as this. Long story short I was able to arrange a visit to the property where I completed a successful cleaning demonstration, happy with the result from the demo the work was booked in. </p> <h2>Removing Red Wine Staining from Travertine</h2> <p>The first task was to clean the tiles to remove any remaining residue wine, I did this using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> rinsing with plenty of water and extracting the soil with a wet vacuum. Though this did improve the stain slightly it was obvious the wine had penetrated deep into the stone. At this time, the customer was quite concerned that it wasn’t going to budge however I reassured him this was only the first stage of the process and trick up my sleeve.</p> <p>I mentioned earlier Tile Doctor have developed numerous products and techniques and this includes <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-reduxa/16/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Reduxa</a> which is a specialised stain remover that’s sole purpose is to remove acidic stains from stone. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2020/11/Travertine-Floor-During-Red-Wine-Stain-Removal-Swallowfield-Reading-094154.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor During Red Wine Stain Removal Swallowfield Reading" width="" height="" title="Travertine Floor During Red Wine Stain Removal Swallowfield Reading" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2020/11/Travertine-Floor-During-Red-Wine-Stain-Removal-Swallowfield-Reading-100826.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor During Red Wine Stain Removal Swallowfield Reading" width="" height="" title="Travertine Floor During Red Wine Stain Removal Swallowfield Reading" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Working in small sections Reduxa is sprayed onto the stain tile, left to soak in and the dried out using a heat gun. Each time the treated area is dried in this manner the heat causes the product to evaporate taking the stain with it. It sounds simple but the process needed to be repeated six to eight times until the stain was invisible to the eye. </p> <p>Following the removal of the stain I needed to restore the finish of the stone in the affected area by applying 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> from 400 to 3000 grit. These pads remove old sealers and then re-build the finish on the Travertine. It’s necessary to lubricate with water and then rinse the floor and extract afterwards as the coarser grit pads do generates some soil.</p> <h2>Sealing a Travertine Tiled Floor</h2> <p>I returned the next day to reseal the stone however the floor needs to be dry before applying the sealer, so I checked the moisture levels first with a damp meter. Happily, the floor was dry, so I was able to move straight on to sealing by applying two good coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-5-litre/205/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal</a>.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2020/11/Travertine-Floor-After-Red-Wine-Stain-Removal-Swallowfield-Reading-144649.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor After Red Wine Stain Removal Swallowfield Reading" width="" height="" title="Travertine Floor After Red Wine Stain Removal Swallowfield Reading" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2020/11/Travertine-Floor-After-Red-Wine-Stain-Removal-Swallowfield-Reading-144639.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor After Red Wine Stain Removal Swallowfield Reading" width="" height="" title="Travertine Floor After Red Wine Stain Removal Swallowfield Reading" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Ultra-Seal is a no-sheen, natural-look penetrating sealer that provides maximum stain protection without darkening or changing the appearance of the stone. It’s also an excellent grout sealer.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2020/11/Travertine-Floor-After-Red-Wine-Stain-Removal-Swallowfield-Reading-144659.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor After Red Wine Stain Removal Swallowfield Reading" width="" height="" title="Travertine Floor After Red Wine Stain Removal Swallowfield Reading" /></center></p> <p>By the time I had finished the floor looked much fresher and any sign of the wine stain was now long gone, my customer was delighted and much relieved.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Removal of Wine Stains from Travertine in Berkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/red-wine-stains-removed-from-travertine-floor-in-swallowfield/">Red Wine Stains Removed from Travertine Floor in Swallowfield</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz">Berkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Re-colouring of Grout on Ceramic Tiled Worktops in Guildford https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/re-colouring-of-grout-on-ceramic-tiled-worktops-in-guildford/ West Surrey Tile Doctor urn:uuid:50b979fb-75c8-92a8-089f-51869d90b1b2 Wed, 04 Nov 2020 10:10:03 +0000 <p>The Splashback and Worktops in this Guilford Kitchen had been made from Glazed Ceramic tiles. However, the kitchen units had been extended several times and each time it seems a different shade of grout had been used. Dark grey, light grey and even grout with a brown tint in places. Naturally, she wanted a consistent [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/re-colouring-of-grout-on-ceramic-tiled-worktops-in-guildford/">Re-colouring of Grout on Ceramic Tiled Worktops in Guildford</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The Splashback and Worktops in this <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guildford" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Guilford</a></b> Kitchen had been made from <b>Glazed Ceramic tiles</b>. However, the kitchen units had been extended several times and each time it seems a different shade of grout had been used. Dark grey, light grey and even grout with a brown tint in places. Naturally, she wanted a consistent colour throughout, and the grout needed a good clean. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/11/Tiled-Worktop-Before-Grout-Colouring-in-Guilford-104212.jpg" alt="Tiled Worktop Before Grout Colouring in Guilford" width="" height="" alt="Tiled Worktop Before Grout Colouring in Guilford" /></center></p> <p>You don’t see so many tiled worktops these days, Granite, Marble, Corian and laminates are more popular however it was an interesting project, and I was happy to help. I was confident we could achieve a consistent appearance by recolouring the grout which would also make the grout easier to clean and give the appearance of the Kitchen a lift.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/11/Tiled-Worktop-Before-Grout-Colouring-in-Guilford-104218.jpg" alt="Tiled Worktop Before Grout Colouring in Guilford" width="" height="" alt="Tiled Worktop Before Grout Colouring in Guilford" /></center></p> <h2> Cleaning Ceramic Tiled Worktops </h2> <p>Firstly, I prepared the whole area by cleaning the grout. Grout colours achieve better adhesion when the grout is free of dirt and grease and <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant-pre-treat-cleaner-750ml-with-trigger-spray/201/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Colourant Pre-Treat Cleaner</a> is ideal for this. It’s an acid-based grout cleaner that cleans and etches the surface of the grout to make a superior bond with the colourant. </p> <p>Another option is to use <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> and as I already had a large bottle of this on the van, I decided to go with this instead diluted 50:50 with water. Working in sections I brushed it into the worktop and splashback grout and left it to dwell for thirty minutes before scrubbing it in with a firm wire brush. This action released the dirt which was then rinsed away with more water and then extracted with a wet vacuum to keep the mess to a minimum.</p> <p>Following the cleaning the grout was now wet, so for the next half an hour I speed dried the grout with a heat gun. The colourant needs to be applied to dry grout, so this was a necessary step to ensure the best result. </p> <p>The client had selected to use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant-kit/99/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Colourant</a> in Light Grey so once dried I started the colouring, brushing it in carefully with a narrow paint brush. The product dries quickly so any excess that gets onto the tile must be wiped off immediately. The process is quite slow and meticulous requiring a steady hand, but the results speak for themselves. </p> <p>There was no need to apply a sealant over the colourant and the nature of the product acts as a barrier over the grout making it much easier to keep clean. Tile Doctor has a range of Grout Colourants in ten popular colours so there is plenty of choice. Using a colourant is much easier and less labour intensive than scraping the old grout out and re grouting. My client was also keen to avoid the mess of this option.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/11/Tiled-Worktop-After-Grout-Colouring-in-Guilford-145553.jpg" alt="Tiled Worktop After Grout Colouring in Guilford" width="" height="" alt="Tiled Worktop After Grout Colouring in Guilford" /></center></p> <p>Once complete the tiles looked so much better, certainly my client was very pleased with the finish and left the following review.</p> <p><center><em>“I’m very happy with every aspect of Rupert’s work, he renovated my kitchen worktops and splash backs. Great job. Thank you.”</em></center></p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/11/Tiled-Worktop-After-Grout-Colouring-in-Guilford-145539.jpg" alt="Tiled Worktop After Grout Colouring in Guilford" width="" height="" alt="Tiled Worktop After Grout Colouring in Guilford" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of Tiled Worktops and Splashbacks in Surrey</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/re-colouring-of-grout-on-ceramic-tiled-worktops-in-guildford/">Re-colouring of Grout on Ceramic Tiled Worktops in Guildford</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Restoration Clean of a Limestone Tiled floor in York https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoration-clean-of-a-limestone-tiled-floor-in-york/ North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:140c1bf3-9ee6-ff3d-9e13-53ac6fb3ad69 Fri, 30 Oct 2020 16:01:44 +0000 <p>The pictures show a large Limestone floor laid through much of the ground floor of a property situated on the outskirts of York seventeen years prior. The owners had three dogs that slept in their own doggy room. The floor in this room was in the worst condition of the five rooms as it had [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoration-clean-of-a-limestone-tiled-floor-in-york/">Restoration Clean of a Limestone Tiled floor in York</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The pictures show a large <b>Limestone floor</b> laid through much of the ground floor of a property situated on the outskirts of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/York" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">York</a></b> seventeen years prior. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2020/10/Limestone-Tiled-Floor-Before-Cleaning-York-15082245.jpg" alt="Limestone Tiled Floor Before Cleaning York" title="Limestone Tiled Floor Before Cleaning York" width="" height="" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2020/10/Limestone-Tiled-Floor-Before-Cleaning-York-15082414.jpg" alt="Limestone Tiled Floor Before Cleaning York" title="Limestone Tiled Floor Before Cleaning York" width="" height="" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The owners had three dogs that slept in their own doggy room. The floor in this room was in the worst condition of the five rooms as it had been subject to significant wear and tear. The Limestone tiles looked dull with ingrained dirt and the grout was stained and patchy.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2020/10/Limestone-Tiled-Floor-Before-Cleaning-York-15082208.jpg" alt="Limestone Tiled Floor Before Cleaning York" width="" height="" title="Limestone Tiled Floor Before Cleaning York" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" /></center></p> <p>The original tiler had laid the floor well, but he had applied a satin topical sealer to the stone most of which had worn off over the years. A floor like this would need a little maintenance and the sealer reapplying from time to time to maintain it.</p> <p>I completed a test clean for the client to show them what could be achieved which came out well. Happy with the result they accepted my quote for the restoration work, and we booked in a suitable time to complete the work.</p> <h2> Cleaning a Limestone Tiled Floor</h2> <p>The area was quite large, so I separated the job into rooms and started by protecting the skirtings and woodwork from splashing etc. I decided to do a chemical clean first to remove what was left of the old sealer but more importantly to give the grout a thorough clean which was making the floor look scruffy. </p> <p>For this I opted to apply 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 was left to dwell for a short while and then worked in with a mechanical rotary cleaner. It gets to work on the ingrained dirt and sealer. It should also help to get rid of the doggy smells. This process turns the cleaning solution black and is then extracted using a wet vacuum keeping the mess to a minimum. I paid particular attention to the grout which was deeply discoloured and found that some areas required going over a couple of times to get them clean. I was only just getting started on the cleaning but immediately the floor was looking so much better.</p> <p>I then deep cleaned the Limestone with 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>, working in sequence from the 400 grit through to 1500 grit. A small amount of water was used to aid the lubrication and after each pad have been over the entire area few times the solution is rinsed off with more water and extracted with the wet vacuum. </p> <p>The floor came back to almost new and as the client wanted a satin finish, I ended by applying a 3000-grit pad to add a deeper polish to the Limestone. The floor was then left overnight to dry.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2020/10/Limestone-Tiled-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-York-19143831.jpg" alt="Limestone Tiled Floor After Cleaning Sealing York" width="" height="" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" title="Limestone Tiled Floor After Cleaning Sealing York" /></center></p> <h2> Sealing a Limestone Tiled Floor</h2> <p>The last step of polishing with the 3000-grit pad already leaves the floor quite dry however I always like to check before sealing so just to be sure I took some reading with a damp meter. The readings were fine, so I started applying the first of 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> to finish the floor. This is an impregnating sealer (as opposed to the previous topical sealer) that soaks into the stone protecting it from within but without affecting its appearance. This product was chosen in consultation with the client who was specific about how they wanted to floor to look. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2020/10/Limestone-Tiled-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-York-20091015.jpg" alt="Limestone Tiled Floor After Cleaning Sealing York" title="Limestone Tiled Floor After Cleaning Sealing York" width="" height="" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2020/10/Limestone-Tiled-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-York-19143733.jpg" alt="Limestone Tiled Floor After Cleaning Sealing York" title="Limestone Tiled Floor After Cleaning Sealing York" width="" height="" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The floor now looked superb. Both the client and l were very pleased with the finished floor and so where the dogs! For aftercare I recommended <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 cleaning polished stone floors like these, it’s a gentle stone cleaner that helps maintain the patina and ideal for this type of floor.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3> Professional Restoration of a Limestone Tiled Hallway in North West Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoration-clean-of-a-limestone-tiled-floor-in-york/">Restoration Clean of a Limestone Tiled floor in York</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Porcelain Tile & Grout Floor Renovation in a Shepperton Kitchen https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/porcelain-tile-grout-floor-renovation-in-a-shepperton-kitchen/ South Middlesex Tile Doctor urn:uuid:640a117a-e5b1-b6e1-8635-c040ad198877 Tue, 27 Oct 2020 14:17:58 +0000 <p>Our client had decided their Porcelain kitchen tiles were ready for a clean after having extensive work carried out at their home in Shepperton. Everything was now looking new except for the floor which resembled Travertine and was looking rather sorry for itself. Normally with Porcelain tiles I find it’s mainly the grout that needs [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/porcelain-tile-grout-floor-renovation-in-a-shepperton-kitchen/">Porcelain Tile &#038; Grout Floor Renovation in a Shepperton Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz">South Middlesex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Our client had decided their <b>Porcelain kitchen tiles</b> were ready for a clean after having extensive work carried out at their home in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shepperton" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Shepperton</a></b>. Everything was now looking new except for the floor which resembled Travertine and was looking rather sorry for itself. </p> <p>Normally with Porcelain tiles I find it’s mainly the grout that needs attention but, in this case, it was clear the sealer had worn down on the tile and that was also attracting dirt. Most Porcelain tiles won’t accept a sealer, but these were micro-porous which can trap dirt in the pores of the tile and so does need sealing to protect against that.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2020/10/Porcelain-Tiled-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Shepperton-0359.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tile Floor Before Cleaning Shepperton" width="" height="" title="Porcelain Tile Floor Before Cleaning Shepperton" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2020/10/Porcelain-Tiled-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Shepperton-0360.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tile Floor Before Cleaning Shepperton" width="" height="" title="Porcelain Tile Floor Before Cleaning Shepperton" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>To resolve the floor would need to be stripped of all remaining sealer, tile and grout cleaned and then resealed. The process is straightforward, so I didn’t anticipate any problems.</p> <h2> Cleaning a Porcelain Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>I started by spraying the floor with 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> and then left it to soak in for ten minutes. The tiles were then scrubbed using a floor buffing machine fitted 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> going over each tile at least three times. </p> <p>More Tile Doctor Pro-Clean was then applied to the grout lines which were a lot dirtier. These were hand scrubbed to get the grout nice and clean. Pads struggle to reach into the recesses of the grout lines so I find this is the most effective way to do it. The now soiled cleaning solution was then then rinsed away with water and extracted with an industrial wet vacuum. Immediately the floor looked a whole lot cleaner.</p> <h2> Sealing a Porcelain Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>To protect the now clean Porcelain tile and grout from future staining (especially in a busy Kitchen) the next step was to apply a sealer however the floor would need to be dry first. Fortunately, it was a hot day and after testing with a moisture meter I found the tiles were fully dry in four hours, which was good news as it meant we could seal on the same day as cleaning.</p> <p>To seal I applied a single 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> which is a natural look sealer that doesn’t darken the appearance of the tile. It’s a fine impregnating sealer that works by occupying the minute pores in the porcelain blocking any dirt from becoming ingrained there and subsequently making the floor much easier to clean.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2020/10/Porcelain-Tiled-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Shepperton-0364.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tile Floor After Cleaning Sealing Shepperton" width="" height="" title="Porcelain Tile Floor After Cleaning Sealing Shepperton" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2020/10/Porcelain-Tiled-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Shepperton-0361.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tile Floor After Cleaning Sealing Shepperton" width="" height="" title="Porcelain Tile Floor After Cleaning Sealing Shepperton" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The floor now looks great and the client was very happy that all the kitchen renovation work was 100% complete. For day to day cleaning I recommend 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> as this will keep the floor maintained but without prematurely degrading the sealer. This is a common problem with many household cleaners which are simply too strong for use on a sealed tile.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Cleaning of a Porcelain Tiled Kitchen Floor in Middlesex</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/porcelain-tile-grout-floor-renovation-in-a-shepperton-kitchen/">Porcelain Tile &#038; Grout Floor Renovation in a Shepperton Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz">South Middlesex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating a Victorian Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor in Hale Barns https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-victorian-quarry-tiled-kitchen-floor-in-hale-barns/ East Cheshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:6c945b9f-9b63-b702-49fd-553d6a3e7422 Mon, 26 Oct 2020 14:30:39 +0000 <p>The pictures below are of an old Quarry Tiled Floor in the Kitchen of a property in Hale Barns that date back to the Victorian era. The clients had tried to clean the tiles themselves but struggled to achieve a satisfactory result and thus decided to call Tile Doctor to have the floor professionally restored. [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-victorian-quarry-tiled-kitchen-floor-in-hale-barns/">Renovating a Victorian Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor in Hale Barns</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">East Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The pictures below are of an old <b>Quarry Tiled Floor</b> in the Kitchen of a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hale_Barns" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Hale Barns</a></b> that date back to the Victorian era. The clients had tried to clean the tiles themselves but struggled to achieve a satisfactory result and thus decided to call Tile Doctor to have the floor professionally restored. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i2.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/10/Old-Victorian-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Hale-Barns-1.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Old Victorian Quarry Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Hale Barns" width="" height="" title="Old Victorian Quarry Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Hale Barns" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>Close to the Trafford market town of Altrincham, Hale Barns village has a long history with many older properties with classic floors that need a lot of care and attention to keep them looking good. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i2.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/10/Old-Victorian-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Hale-Barns-2.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Old Victorian Quarry Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Hale Barns" width="" height="" title="Old Victorian Quarry Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Hale Barns" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>I went over to survey the floor and could see that as well as the usual build-up of ingrained dirt they had also some marks from decorating and plastering which can be hard to remove.<br /> I demonstrated the cleaning method I had planned to use on a small are of the floor which responded well to the treatment. They were happy to proceed with my quote and we booked the job in.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Victorian Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>My process was to give the floor a good scrub 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 is designed to remove old sealers and other coatings. This was initially scrubbed in with a stiff brush and then I followed this with the application of a coarse 200-Grit milling pad. These pads are made from industrial diamonds and being very coarse they really cut through the dirt. </p> <p>The paint and plaster was a real struggle to remove, I spent a lot of time dealing with these by hand using small <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/diamond-hand-burnishing-block-set-greenblackred-yellow/31/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">hand-held burnishing blocks</a> working through the 100, 200 and 400-grit in sequence until I got the desired result. A lot of water was added to aid the process of lubrication and rinsing, all liquids were then extracted off the floor with an industrial wet vacuum. The amount of dirt removed was remarkable, but the floor looked great.</p> <p>I was planning to seal the Quarry tiles the very next day so I left three floor industrial fans in situ overnight to ensure the floor would dry out. These also came in handy the next day to help speed up drying times during the sealing process.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/10/Old-Victorian-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-During-Cleaning-Drying-Hale-Barns.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Old Victorian Quarry Tiled Floor During Cleaning Drying Hale Barns" width="" height="" title="Old Victorian Quarry Tiled Floor During Cleaning Drying Hale Barns" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <h2>Sealing a Victorian Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>It’s not a good idea to apply sealer to a damp floor, for best results it needs to be dry. With that in mind when I returned the next day, I started by taking moisture readings from the floor with a damp meter. I am pleased to say the fans had done their job and the floor was dry so I was able to press on with sealing the floor with 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>. This is an impregnating colour intensifying sealer which provides durable protection as well as allowing the tile to breath which is an important consideration when working in older properties. Several coats were applied and true to its name the deep orange/red colours in the Quarry tiles really stood out.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/10/Old-Victorian-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-After-REnovation-Hale-Barns-7.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Old Victorian Quarry Tiled Floor After Renovation Hale Barns" width="" height="" title="Old Victorian Quarry Tiled Floor After Renovation Hale Barns" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>By the time I had finished the floor looked great and my client was over the moon with their newly restored Quarry tiled floor. For aftercare cleaning I recommended they use the <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 is pH neutral tile cleaner that will not degrade the new sealer which is important as many supermarket cleaning products are simply too strong for use on sealed tiles. (Always check the label!)</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/10/Old-Victorian-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-After-REnovation-Hale-Barns-8.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Old Victorian Quarry Tiled Floor After Renovation Hale Barns" width="" height="" title="Old Victorian Quarry Tiled Floor After Renovation Hale Barns" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Quarry Tiled Kitchen in East Cheshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-victorian-quarry-tiled-kitchen-floor-in-hale-barns/">Renovating a Victorian Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor in Hale Barns</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">East Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Quarry Tiled Floor Hidden Under Lino Restored in Ruislip https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/quarry-tiled-floor-hidden-under-lino-restored-in-ruislip/ South Buckinghamshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:42baf4d6-5cd2-f302-2474-54330d8f2d98 Fri, 23 Oct 2020 13:40:48 +0000 <p>This client in Ruislip had discovered a Quarry tiled floor hidden under two layers of old (and now horrible) lino. Unhappy with the Lino she decided the best thing to do would be to investigate having the Quarry tiles restored. It is amazing how tastes change over the years and classic period floors are definitely [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/quarry-tiled-floor-hidden-under-lino-restored-in-ruislip/">Quarry Tiled Floor Hidden Under Lino Restored in Ruislip</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Buckinghamshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This client in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruislip" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Ruislip</a></b> had discovered a <b>Quarry tiled floor</b> hidden under two layers of old (and now horrible) lino. Unhappy with the Lino she decided the best thing to do would be to investigate having the Quarry tiles restored. It is amazing how tastes change over the years and classic period floors are definitely making a comeback. Period features like these are quite sought after and can add a lot of value to a property, so restoring it was a wise decision and worth investigating. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2020/10/Lino-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-During-Restoration-Ruislip-2683.jpg" alt="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Floor During Restoration Ruislip" width="" height="" title="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Floor During Restoration Ruislip" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2020/10/Lino-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-During-Restoration-Ruislip-2684.jpg" alt="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Floor During Restoration Ruislip" width="" height="" title="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Floor During Restoration Ruislip" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>On inspection the lino was well stuck to the tiles, it was clear it would take some time to lift and we wouldn’t know what to fully expect beneath until we started work. Non the less I gave her a quote for the work which she was happy to go ahead with and a date was booked in the diary.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>We started by removing the lino using various methods such as scraping, cutting, and pulling always mindful not to cause any damage to the tiles underneath. Unfortunately, the lino had been secured in place with strong adhesive so once we had removed the lino we were left with a thick layer of glue and a thin concrete screed that had been used to level the floor.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2020/10/Lino-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-During-Restoration-Ruislip-2689.jpg" alt="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Floor During Restoration Ruislip" width="" height="" title="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Floor During Restoration Ruislip" /></center></p> <p>To deal with this the floor was soaked in 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 dwell for some time before being scrubbed in. We find doing this gives the product time to soften the compounds making it easier to remove. Hands scrapers were employed to scrape off the glue and again care was taken not to damage the tile. The process had to be repeated to get the glue off but overall, it did a good job dealing with the glue and cement.</p> <p>Once the Quarry tiles had been exposed however it was clear more work was needed to clean them up. The main problem was cement residue, so I used a combination of <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>, steam and a needle gun to remove the rest of the screed from the floor. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2020/10/Lino-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-During-Restoration-Ruislip-2691.jpg" alt="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Floor During Restoration Ruislip" width="" height="" title="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Floor During Restoration Ruislip" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2020/10/Lino-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-During-Restoration-Ruislip-2687.jpg" alt="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Floor During Restoration Ruislip" width="" height="" title="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Floor During Restoration Ruislip" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><center><i>The floor really did need a lot of work to restore it!</i></center></p> <p>Once all of the cement was removed the floor was given a thorough rinse with water, the soil was then extracted with a wet vacuum and once I was satisfied it was as clean as it could be the floor was left to dry out overnight.</p> <h2>Sealing a Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>On the second day the floor was first checked for moisture using a damp meter, its not a good idea to add sealer to damp tiles as it will effect the result. I was satisfied the floor was dry and began the process of applying 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> tile sealer. This is a colour intensifying sealer that will protect the Quarry tiles by soaking into the pores and occupying the space thereby preventing contaminates becoming ingrained in the tile. Additionally, Colour Grow is a fully breathable sealer which is an important consideration when sealing old floor like these which need to breath. Being covered in Vinyl for many years many also have trapped moisture under the floor.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2020/10/Lino-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-After-Restoration-Ruislip-2695.jpg" alt="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Floor After Restoration Ruislip" width="" height="" title="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Floor After Restoration Ruislip" /></center></p> <p>The newly revealed quarry tiled floor responded amazingly well to the restoration and once the sealer had drier the Quarry tiles had a nice sheen appearance without looking too shiny. It was a lot of work but well worth the effort and my customer was delighted. For aftercare I recommended cleaning the floor with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a>, this is pH balanced and will ensure the newly applied seal lasts and is not compromised.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2020/10/Lino-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-After-Restoration-Ruislip-2695.jpg" alt="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Floor After Restoration Ruislip" width="" height="" title="Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Floor After Restoration Ruislip" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Quarry Tiled Floor in South-Buckinghamshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/quarry-tiled-floor-hidden-under-lino-restored-in-ruislip/">Quarry Tiled Floor Hidden Under Lino Restored in Ruislip</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Buckinghamshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Travertine Floor Tiles Repaired and Polished in Old Near Brixworth https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/travertine-floor-tiles-repaired-and-polished-in-old-near-brixworth/ Northamptonshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:f426df87-760f-9b62-37fa-bd84b371a6fe Thu, 22 Oct 2020 13:04:02 +0000 <p>Polished Travertine is a popular tile which can look stunning, however without the correct maintenance regime in place it can soon turn dull and flat as my customer in the small village of Old near Brixworth discovered. In this case they had 40m2 of Travertine tiling installed in the living room and breakfast room which [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/travertine-floor-tiles-repaired-and-polished-in-old-near-brixworth/">Travertine Floor Tiles Repaired and Polished in Old Near Brixworth</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz">Northamptonshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p><b>Polished Travertine</b> is a popular tile which can look stunning, however without the correct maintenance regime in place it can soon turn dull and flat as my customer in the small village of Old near <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brixworth" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Brixworth</a></b> discovered. In this case they had 40m2 of Travertine tiling installed in the living room and breakfast room which in particular had become dull, sticky, and hard to clean. On top of that a couple of holes had appeared in the main kitchen walkway areas which was causing concern. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2020/10/Polished-Travertine-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Renovation-Brixworth-0681.jpg" alt="Polished Travertine Kitchen Floor Before Renovation Brixworth" width="" height="" title="Polished Travertine Kitchen Floor Before Renovation Brixworth" /></center></p> <p>I visited the property to carry out a site survey and conduct a test clean on the stained areas. My customer was relieved to see how well the grout and staining responded to the cleaning and we moved on to discuss how to repairs the holes. We see this a lot with Travertine where natural holes or pitting are usually filed with a resin before being sold but the problem can be exacerbated with the use of acidic cleaning products. Holes also trap dirt which can accumulates quickly as dirt is washed into the holes during cleaning detracting from the appearance of the stone.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2020/10/Polished-Travertine-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Renovation-Brixworth-0680.jpg" alt="Polished Travertine Kitchen Floor Before Renovation Brixworth" width="" height="" title="Polished Travertine Kitchen Floor Before Renovation Brixworth" /></center></p> <p>To resolve I planned on filling the holes with a resin and then re-polishing the floor to make it blend in. A quote was issued via e mail which was accepted, and a date booked in the diary for work to be carried.</p> <h2> Cleaning and Restoring Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>On the day I arrived the customer had prepared the work area by removing all small items of furniture. My first step was to brush and vacuum the area to remove any loose debris. I then sprayed the floor with a dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile doctor Pro-Clean</a> focusing on the heavily soiled areas and grout lines throughout the breakfast area and then left to soak in for ten minutes. After scrubbing the grout with a grout brush the area was rinsed with a small amount of water and the area dried using a wet vacuum. This process was then repeated in the kitchen. </p> <p>Tile Doctor has found the best way to renovate polished stone 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 encrusted burnishing pads</a> to hone the stone and build back the polish. Usually this involved applying a set of for or five pads of different grits depending on the severity of soiling and any surface scratches. I started with the coarsest grit and worked through in sequence to the finer grits to achieve a polished finish. Water is used to lubricate the process and the floor is rinsed and extracted between pads.</p> <p>Once this process was completed, I dried the damaged tiles with a heat gun so I could fill them. I mixed a resin that closely matched the white and brown colours of the Travertine and filled in the holes, smoothing, and polishing with <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 achieve a smooth finish.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2020/10/Polished-Travertine-Kitchen-Floor-After-Renovation-Brixworth-0683.jpg" alt="Polished Travertine Kitchen Floor After Renovation Brixworth" width="" height="" title="Polished Travertine Kitchen Floor After Renovation Brixworth" /></center></p> <h2> Sealing a Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>When we returned the next day, the floor had dried, and I was able to give the floor a final polish with a very fine 3000-grit burnishing pad applied with a little water sprayed onto the tile. Finally, the floor was then sealed with 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 provides excellent protection without changing the colour of the stone to provide a natural look.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2020/10/Polished-Travertine-Kitchen-Floor-After-Renovation-Brixworth-0684.jpg" alt="Polished Travertine Kitchen Floor After Renovation Brixworth" width="" height="" title="Polished Travertine Kitchen Floor After Renovation Brixworth" /></center></p> <p>Last step was to provide some advice on how to maintain the floor going forward for which I recommend <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 cleaning polished stone floors. The client was over the moon with the outcome and surprised at the improvement, they also left the following review for me which is always a nice surprise.</p> <p><center><I>Fantastic work, my floor looks wonderful it didn’t look this good when it was laid thirteen years ago, I will definitely look after the travertine now and have the floor cleaned and resealed every year.</I></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor in Northamptonshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/travertine-floor-tiles-repaired-and-polished-in-old-near-brixworth/">Travertine Floor Tiles Repaired and Polished in Old Near Brixworth</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz">Northamptonshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Cleaning and Sealing a Terracotta Tiled Floor in Witney https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-and-sealing-a-terracotta-tiled-floor-in-witney/ Oxfordshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:8ee85cd3-11af-d66d-f08b-22db2ba544ad Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:10:25 +0000 <p>I was called in by a client from the Cotswolds market town of Witney who had lifted up a carpet to discover a Terracotta tiled floor underneath. Although the floor was in good physical condition the carpet and underlay had been trapping moisture from evaporating resulting. Old floors like this one were laid before damp [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-and-sealing-a-terracotta-tiled-floor-in-witney/">Cleaning and Sealing a Terracotta Tiled Floor in Witney</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz">Oxfordshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was called in by a client from the Cotswolds market town of <b><a href="http://www.witney.net/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Witney</a></b> who had lifted up a carpet to discover a <b>Terracotta tiled floor</b> underneath. Although the floor was in good physical condition the carpet and underlay had been trapping moisture from evaporating resulting. Old floors like this one were laid before damp proof membranes became standard so covering them up can cause damp issues. It is important to allow moisture from underneath tiled floors to evaporate unimpeded otherwise moisture can reach out to the walls resulting in rising damp.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://i0.wp.com/oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2020/10/Terracotta-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Witney-091729-rotated.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Terracotta Floor Before Cleaning Witney" width="" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" height="" title="Terracotta Floor Before Cleaning Witney" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>Moisture can also penetrate the pores of the clay Terracotta tile potentially leading to its degradation over time and in this case resulted in the appearance of white efflorescent salts being deposited on the tile surface causing unsightly staining.</p> <h2>Cleaning Terracotta Tile</h2> <p>I started cleaning the Terracotta by doing applying 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 an effective alkaline tile cleaner. For best results I spread the solution on the floor and then leave it to dwell and soak in for up to twenty minutes. This gives the product time to eat into the dirt and old coatings 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 pad</a> fitted to a rotary floor machine. This worked very well on the floor and the cleaning solution was soon dirty with the released soil which was removed using a wet vacuum and more water to rinse it away and dry the floor as much as possible.</p> <p>To remove the white efflorescent staining 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> which is designed for removing grout and other mineral stains from tiling. This was brushed into the tile and grout by hand and left to fizz as it reacted with the efflorescence. After another rinse and extract with the wet vacuum the floor was left to dry out for a couple of days. The next step would be to seal the Terracotta and for best results the tile needs to be dry.</p> <h2>Sealing Terracotta Tile</h2> <p>On my return I checked the tiles were dry by taking a few moisture readings with a damp meter. The readings came back fine so I need not have been concerned however Terracotta tiles being made from clay are very porous so its always a good idea to check.</p> <p>Given the previous issues with damp I knew I would need to use a fully breathable sealer, so 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>. This product will cope well with the moisture and contains a colour enhancing formula that really brings out the red colour of the Terracotta.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i2.wp.com/oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2020/10/Terracotta-Floor-After-Cleaning-Witney-121612-rotated.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Terracotta Floor After Cleaning Witney" width="" height="" title="Terracotta Floor After Cleaning Witney" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>Except for a few deep efflorescent stains in the grout, the floor responded very well to the treatment and made a massive improvement to the overall appearance. My client was pleased with the transformation and the newly restored floor matched well with the character of the property.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Terracotta Floor Cleaned and Sealed in the Cotswolds</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-and-sealing-a-terracotta-tiled-floor-in-witney/">Cleaning and Sealing a Terracotta Tiled Floor in Witney</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz">Oxfordshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Maintaining a Slated Tiled Floor and Grout Recolouring in Epsom https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/maintaining-a-slated-tiled-floor-and-grout-recolouring-in-epsom/ West Surrey Tile Doctor urn:uuid:a4a12be2-033c-b60a-5ec0-186ac8769798 Sat, 10 Oct 2020 14:42:00 +0000 <p>I thought you might be interested to know that I have numerous clients that I visit every year to maintain the finish on their floor. We call this service “a maintenance program” and is ideal for clients who wish to maintain a deep polish on their stone which will diminish with use and over time. [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/maintaining-a-slated-tiled-floor-and-grout-recolouring-in-epsom/">Maintaining a Slated Tiled Floor and Grout Recolouring in Epsom</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I thought you might be interested to know that I have numerous clients that I visit every year to maintain the finish on their floor. We call this service “a maintenance program” and is ideal for clients who wish to maintain a deep polish on their stone which will diminish with use and over time. The example below details a recent maintenance visit to a client in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epsom" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Epsom</a></b> who has a <b>Slate tiled</b> Kitchen and Conservatory floor and likes the high gloss finish of the Slate topped up every year. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/10/Slate-Floor-Before-Annual-Maintenance-Epsom-Surrey-0509.jpg" alt="Slate Floor Before Annual Maintenance Epsom Surrey" width="" height="" title="Slate Floor Before Annual Maintenance Epsom Surrey" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/10/Slate-Floor-Before-Annual-Maintenance-Epsom-Surrey-0513.jpg" alt="Slate Floor Before Annual Maintenance Epsom Surrey" width="" height="" title="Slate Floor Before Annual Maintenance Epsom Surrey" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The process usually involves a basic clean and the reapplication of a fresh coat of sealer and polish. The big advantage with a maintenance plan is I know the history of the floor so there are no surprises and no need for a pre-site visit. On this occasion however my client wanted me to do something about the colour of the grout. The problem is he has three spaniels and three cats who gradually discolour the white grout with dirt. Although I clean it on each visit it was clear that the white grout was a problem and so he asked me to colour the grout in a charcoal colour to match the slate to make the problem less obvious.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Slate Tiled Kitchen and Conservatory Floor</h2> <p>Over the years I had probably applied 15 plus coats of sealer to these tiles and grout. There is no way I could paint the grout colourant on top of the sealer as it just wouldn&#8217;t adhere. To resolve this, I started by using a Fein tool with an occulting abrasive blade along the grout line. It was painstaking work but did the job of removing the sealer and ironically any dirt. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/10/Slate-Floor-During-Grout-Maintenance-Epsom-Surrey.jpg" alt="Slate Floor During Grout Maintenance Epsom Surrey" width="" height="" title="Slate Floor During Grout Maintenance Epsom Surrey" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/10/Slate-Floor-with-Cats-Maintenance-Epsom-Surrey-0512.jpg" alt="Slate Floor with Cats Maintenance Epsom Surrey" width="" height="" title="Slate Floor with Cats Maintenance Epsom Surrey" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I used a vacuum to clean up and then set about cleaning the floor and bringing up the polish on the Slate tiles using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-3000-grit-very-fine-green-no-4-burnishing-pad/39/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">3000-grit diamond pad</a> fitted to a rotary floor buffer. A small amount of water is squirted onto the tiles during buffing to help the process but essentially the floor is dry. Once done the Slate tiles were now ready for a new application of sealer but not the grout.</p> <h2>Colouring White Grout Charcoal in Epsom</h2> <p>For the next four hours I painstakingly painted charcoal grey grout colourant into the grout lines being careful not to touch the tiles. <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Grout colourant</a> is an excellent product but dries very quickly. Any excess must be removed immediately.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/10/Applying-Charcoal-Grout-Colourant-Epsom-Surrey-0544.jpg" alt="Applying Charcoal Grout Colourant Epsom Surrey" width="" height="" title="Applying Charcoal Grout Colourant Epsom Surrey" /></center></p> <p>Normally I recommend using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant-pre-treat-cleaner-750ml-with-trigger-spray/201/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Grout Colourant Pre-Treater</a> before applying the colourant as you get a better bond with the colourant. On this occasion however the Fein Tool had already cleaned and roughened the surface of the grout, so it wasn’t necessary.</p> <h2>Sealing a Slate Tiled Kitchen and Conservatory Floor</h2> <p>Once the grout colourant was dry, I was able to move onto the last phase of the visit and apply the sealer. The three 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> were used to seal the floor which I find works well on Slate and as you can see from the photos gave the desired gloss effect the customer wished for. Each coat is left to dry before applying the next one.</p> <p>I don&#8217;t normally recommend using a gloss effect sealer on Slate where you have pets who can scratch the tile, especially in a high traffic area such as a kitchen however he understands this but I guess he likes the shine.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/10/Slate-Floor-After-Maintenance-Epsom-Surrey_0545.jpg" alt="Slate Floor After Maintenance Epsom Surrey" width="" height="" title="Slate Floor After Maintenance Epsom Surrey" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/10/Slate-Floor-After-Maintenance-Epsom-Surrey-0516.jpg" alt="Slate Floor After Maintenance Epsom Surrey" width="" height="" title="Slate Floor After Maintenance Epsom Surrey" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Slate Tiled Kitchen and Conservatory in West Surrey</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/maintaining-a-slated-tiled-floor-and-grout-recolouring-in-epsom/">Maintaining a Slated Tiled Floor and Grout Recolouring in Epsom</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Classic Black and White Marble Floor Renovated in Bamber Bridge https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/classic-black-and-white-marble-floor-renovated-in-bamber-bridge/ Tile Doctor Lancashire urn:uuid:b825e3bd-e921-d84e-5b10-d2084802c2ee Fri, 09 Oct 2020 16:31:32 +0000 <p>The tiles shown in the photographs below are classic distressed Black and White Italian Marble installed in the kitchen of a property in Bamber Bridge which is South of Preston. Some of the tiles had an issue with loose grout which I suspect was due to the suspended wooden floor and a small amount of [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/classic-black-and-white-marble-floor-renovated-in-bamber-bridge/">Classic Black and White Marble Floor Renovated in Bamber Bridge</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Lancashire</a>.</p> <p>The tiles shown in the photographs below are classic distressed Black and White <b>Italian Marble</b> installed in the kitchen of a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bamber_Bridge" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Bamber Bridge</a></b> which is South of Preston. Some of the tiles had an issue with loose grout which I suspect was due to the suspended wooden floor and a small amount of movement had resulted in the grout cracking. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i2.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/10/Classic-Black-and-White-Marble-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Renovation-Bamber-Bridge-3212.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Classic Black and White Marble Kitchen Floor Before Renovation Bamber Bridge" width="" height="" title="Classic Black and White Marble Kitchen Floor Before Renovation Bamber Bridge" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>Ideally more support would be needed under the floor to prevent this, in the meantime however I recommended removing the grout and replacing with a flexible grout product that could cope with the movement. The tiles also needed a clean, polish and reseal so it made sense to address the issue with the grout as part of the work. </p> <h2>Cleaning and Re-grouting a Marble Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Working as a two-man team we started by cleaning the floor with 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> starting with a coarse 400-grit, followed by 800 and 1500 grit. Water was used to lubricate the process and the floor was rinsed with water between pads with the fine slurry generated by the process extracted using a wet vacuum. These pads remove ingrained dirt and then slowly refine the appearance of the Marble building up its polished appearance in the process.</p> <p>The next step was to rake out all the grout which as discussed was compromised and needed replacing. We had to be very careful when removing the grout due to the electric heating mat under the floor, any damage to that would require ripping the floor up. With the old grout removed and the floor cleaned the floor was then grouted using Mapei Ultra-colour which is a flexible and fully waterproof grout more than suitable for this situation.</p> <p>Between us we managed to pack a lot into day one which was tough, however with the hardest tasks out of the way day two should be a lot easier.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i2.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/10/Classic-Black-and-White-Marble-Kitchen-Floor-During-Grouting-Bamber-Bridge-3225.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Classic Black and White Marble Kitchen Floor During Grouting Bamber Bridge" width="" height="" title="Classic Black and White Marble Kitchen Floor During Grouting Bamber Bridge" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <h2> Sealing a Marble Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Day two started with an initial clean making sure to remove any excess grout smeared on the surface that can affect the look of the tile if not removed. This was followed by the application of the last of the set of burnishing pads which is a 3,000-grit pad that really brings up the polish on the marble. You only need a small amount of water sprayed onto the floor when applying this last pad so by late morning the floor was dry and ready for sealing. The customer wanted a better sheen appearance than they previously had, fortunately we find the Diamond burnishing pads do this well, they also tighten up the pores of the stone as well which means less sealer is needed.</p> <p>The floor was then 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 improves colour and soaks into the stone occupying the pores and thereby preventing dirt from becoming ingrained. Once complete the floor looked great and the client was very happy.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/10/Classic-Black-and-White-Marble-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Bamber-Bridge-3238.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Classic Black and White Marble Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Bamber Bridge" width="" height="" title="Classic Black and White Marble Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Bamber Bridge" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/10/Classic-Black-and-White-Marble-Kitchen-Floor-After-Renovation-Bamber-Bridge-3241.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Classic Black and White Marble Kitchen Floor After Renovation Bamber Bridge" width="" height="" title="Classic Black and White Marble Kitchen Floor After Renovation Bamber Bridge" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Sealers and Polish do wear down with use over time so before leaving I discussed our annual <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/maintenance-plan-system-annual-fee/184/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">maintenance plan</a> option which will ensure the appearance of the Marble floor always looks good. The plan involves returning once a year to further polish the floor with a high-grade burnishing pad and to add more sealer if required. We also discussed 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> for regular cleaning, it is a pH neutral cleaner which is ideal for stone floors like Marble which are acid sensitive.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i2.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/10/Classic-Black-and-White-Marble-Kitchen-Floor-After-Grouting-Renovation-Bamber-Bridge-3237.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Classic Black and White Marble Kitchen Floor After Grouting Renovation Bamber Bridge" width="" height="" title="Classic Black and White Marble Kitchen Floor After Grouting Renovation Bamber Bridge" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Marble Tiled Kitchen in Lancashire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/classic-black-and-white-marble-floor-renovated-in-bamber-bridge/">Classic Black and White Marble Floor Renovated in Bamber Bridge</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Lancashire</a>.</p> Gorgeous Yorkstone Floor uncovered at Sheffield Rental Property https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/gorgeous-yorkstone-floor-uncovered-at-sheffield-rental-property/ South Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:4b710518-4e8b-9ea4-e96e-6e5547cb5013 Thu, 08 Oct 2020 13:55:11 +0000 <p>A property investor recently purchased a house in Sheffield with a Yorkstone floor. His plan was to renovate the house and then let it as student accommodation. Not such a bad plan considering Sheffield is home to two universities and 60,000 students making it a real student city. The Universities here rank in the top [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/gorgeous-yorkstone-floor-uncovered-at-sheffield-rental-property/">Gorgeous Yorkstone Floor uncovered at Sheffield Rental Property</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>A property investor recently purchased a house in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheffield" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Sheffield</a></b> with a <b>Yorkstone floor</b>. His plan was to renovate the house and then let it as student accommodation. Not such a bad plan considering Sheffield is home to two universities and 60,000 students making it a real student city. The Universities here rank in the top 100 worldwide and Sheffield Hallam University is the 11th largest in the UK.</p> <p>The Yorkstone floor had been covered up for a very long time and having ripped out the kitchen units decided not only was it a lovely feature he’d like to keep but it also made financial sense to restore the floor as to replace it would have cost a lot more. Having searched the internet for a solution he came across Tile Doctor and I was asked to call in to quote for restoring the floor.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2020/10/Yorkstone-Floor-Before-Renovation-Sheffield-091558.jpg" alt="Yorkstone Floor Before Renovation Sheffield" width="" height="" title="Yorkstone Floor Before Renovation Sheffield" /></center></p> <p>On inspection the floor looked to be in good physical condition, it had been protected by the floor coverings but was very dirty. Additionally, I could see adhesive residue where the flooring had been laid on top of the stone. I conducted a test clean which went well so we agreed a price for the work and got the job booked in. Naturally, he was keen to fit in the work with the schedule of the new kitchen going in, fortunately we were able to work around the dates.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2020/10/Yorkstone-Floor-Before-Renovation-Sheffield-115632.jpg" alt="Yorkstone Floor Before Renovation Sheffield" width="" height="" title="Yorkstone Floor Before Renovation Sheffield" /></center></p> <h2> Cleaning and Restoring a Yorkstone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>A nice empty room always makes a job easier, as we don’t need to do too much preparation to protect existing fittings. We started 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> which was applied to the floor and left to dwell for ten minutes. During this time, 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> gets to work breaking down the old floor coatings including dirt and grime. The solution was then scrubbed into the floor using 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 rotary floor buffer. The Black pad does a fantastic job of scrubbing away all the old dirt and getting the stone clean. Once this was done the thick brown slurry generated was extracted using the wet vacuum and the floor was thoroughly rinsed with water. After inspecting the Yorkstone I repeated the process in a couple of the areas where there were some stubborn stains until I was happy the stone was as clean as it possible could be. After a final rinse and extraction, the floor was left overnight to dry. </p> <h2>Sealing a Yorkstone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Returning the following morning, I used a digital moisture meter to test if the floor was dry enough to seal. You shouldn’t apply a sealer if the floor has a high moisture reading as it will impact the sealer curing which can lead to unexpected results. </p> <p>To seal the Yorkstone and add protection from ingrained dirt I selected <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal &#038; Go</a> which leaves a beautiful satin finish that adds a protective barrier over the stone. This will ensure that the floor stands up to the heavy traffic of the new tenants moving in, additionally it’s a water-based sealer so it doesn’t give off a smell as it dries.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2020/10/Yorkstone-Floor-After-Renovation-Sheffield-140506.jpg" alt="Yorkstone Floor After Renovation Sheffield" width="" height="" title="Yorkstone Floor After Renovation Sheffield" /></center></p> <p>It was amazing to see the transformation of the Yorkstone flagstones and my client was very pleased with the work. For aftercare cleaning of these floors 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> however I find with rental properties there is no guarantee the tenants will use it.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Yorkstone Tiled Kitchen in South Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/gorgeous-yorkstone-floor-uncovered-at-sheffield-rental-property/">Gorgeous Yorkstone Floor uncovered at Sheffield Rental Property</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Cream Limestone Floor Refurbished in Cambridge https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/cream-limestone-floor-refurbished-in-cambridge/ Cambridge Tile Doctor urn:uuid:6d5f99c1-cd62-c010-483a-615cd7fbd7cf Tue, 06 Oct 2020 15:26:14 +0000 <p>The pictures below are of a Cream Limestone floor that I was recently asked to renovate in Cambridge. Limestone tile had been installed throughout much of the ground floor and due to the original sealer wearing off it had started absorbing dirt into the pores of the stone. This is an inevitable problem with natural [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/cream-limestone-floor-refurbished-in-cambridge/">Cream Limestone Floor Refurbished in Cambridge</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz">Cambridge Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The pictures below are of a <b>Cream Limestone floor</b> that I was recently asked to renovate in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambridge" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Cambridge</a></b>. Limestone tile had been installed throughout much of the ground floor and due to the original sealer wearing off it had started absorbing dirt into the pores of the stone. This is an inevitable problem with natural stone and once ingrained with dirt the tiles looked permanently dirty despite the efforts of the owner to clean them.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2020/10/Cream-Limestone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Cambridge-29130959.jpg" alt="Cream Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Cambridge" width="" height="" title="Cream Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Cambridge" /></center></p> <p>Having visited the property to survey the floor, I discussed with the owner the process required to deep clean and polish the stone back to health. Happy with my quotation we agreed a date for the work to be carried out.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:40%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2020/10/Cream-Limestone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Cambridge-01143445.jpg" alt="Cream Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Cambridge" width="" height="" title="Cream Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Cambridge" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:60%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2020/10/Cream-Limestone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Cambridge-29100448.jpg" alt="Cream Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Cambridge" width="" height="" title="Cream Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Cambridge" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2>Cleaning and Polishing a Large Limestone Tiled Floor</h2> <p>To renovate the stone back to its original condition it need to be honed with a series of floor <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> from 400 through to 3000 grit. Some areas were worse than others especially those which had a heavy traffic flow, i.e. kitchen, hallway, and dining room. For those areas I dropped right down to a very coarse a 200-grit burnishing pad to really get into the pores of the stone before moving on to the 400-grit.</p> <p>During the first stage of honing I also applied a 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 worked into the limestone with the burnishing pad. The process does generate a lot of soil which needs to be removed after each pad. For this I have a van mounted extraction system that applies hot pressurised water onto the floor and then simultaneously extracts the soil back into a collection tank using a vacuum. It is very efficient and saves a lot of time when cleaning a large floor like this, it also has the added benefit of keeping the floor reasonably dry and keeping the mess to a minimum. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:40%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2020/10/Cream-Limestone-Floor-During-Cleaning-Cambridge-30152208.jpg" alt="Cream Limestone Floor During Cleaning Cambridge" width="" height="" title="Cream Limestone Floor During Cleaning Cambridge" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:60%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2020/10/Cream-Limestone-Floor-During-Cleaning-Cambridge-02131535.jpg" alt="Cream Limestone Floor During Cleaning Cambridge" width="" height="" title="Cream Limestone Floor During Cleaning Cambridge" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I progressed through the other pads including 400, 800 and 1500-grit using water to lubricate the burnishing process and the van mounted cleaning system to clean up afterwards. The last 3000 grit pad is applied using a little water sprayed onto the floor which is a process we call a spray burnish and really brings up the polish on the Limestone. With the pad being applied dry it also leaves the tile dry and ready for sealing. </p> <h2> Sealing a Limestone Tiled Ground Floor</h2> <p>Once the honing was complete, I did a quick test with the moisture meter to ensure the floor was dry enough to seal. Due to only using minimum water during the burnishing and the large area of the floor the areas I had started on were dry enough to seal. I applied multiple 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 which gives the floor protection and a nice sheen. Any excess sealer was buffed off with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-red/28/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">red pad</a>.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:40%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2020/10/Cream-Limestone-Floor-After-Cleaning-Cambridge-01092906.jpg" alt="Cream Limestone Floor After Cleaning Cambridge" width="" height="" title="Cream Limestone Floor After Cleaning Cambridge" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:60%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2020/10/Cream-Limestone-Floor-After-Cleaning-Cambridge-03161936.jpg" alt="Cream Limestone Floor After Cleaning Cambridge" width="" height="" title="Cream Limestone Floor After Cleaning Cambridge" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>During the work there were multiple trades working on the house, so in all the work took five days to complete. The client was extremely pleased with the final finish and our flexibility in working around the other tradesmen. He also left the following testimonial on the Tile Doctor feedback system.</p> <p><center><I>“We cannot recommend Tom Conlon highly enough. Our indoor limestone floors hadn&#8217;t been attended to in 15 years and we are thrilled with the result. Our house is rejuvenated. Tom was always professional, punctual and accommodating over the five days the work took. We would definitely ask him back for any other work in the future. Thank you Tom.”</I></center></p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2020/10/Cream-Limestone-Floor-During-Cleaning-Cambridge-02091700.jpg" alt="Cream Limestone Floor During Cleaning Cambridge" width="" height="" title="Cream Limestone Floor During Cleaning Cambridge" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Limestone Tiled Floors in Cambridgeshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/cream-limestone-floor-refurbished-in-cambridge/">Cream Limestone Floor Refurbished in Cambridge</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz">Cambridge Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Removing Wax from 30-Year-Old Terracotta Flooring in Dursley https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/removing-wax-from-30-year-old-terracotta-flooring-in-dursley/ Gloucester Tile Doctor urn:uuid:3addf58f-80fa-21c8-fcd0-7d993e36884f Mon, 05 Oct 2020 12:29:46 +0000 <p>Our client contacted us to find out if anything could be done about his Terracotta tiled floor which has been laid thirty years prior in the Conservatory and Kitchen of his house in Dursley. I went over to survey the floors and conduct a test clean on part of the floor to see what would [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/removing-wax-from-30-year-old-terracotta-flooring-in-dursley/">Removing Wax from 30-Year-Old Terracotta Flooring in Dursley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz">Gloucester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Our client contacted us to find out if anything could be done about his <b>Terracotta tiled floor</b> which has been laid thirty years prior in the Conservatory and Kitchen of his house in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dursley" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Dursley</a></b>. I went over to survey the floors and conduct a test clean on part of the floor to see what would be needed to renovate it. Fortunately, the customer knew the maintenance history of the floor and had told me for the last thirty years they had been applying wax which can be tricky to remove. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2020/10/Terracotta-Conservatory-Floor-Dursley-Before-Cleaning-0615-084232.jpg" alt="Terracotta Conservatory Floor Dursley Before Cleaning" width="" height="" title="Terracotta Conservatory Floor Dursley Before Cleaning" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2020/10/Terracotta-Conservatory-Floor-Dursley-Before-Cleaning-0615-084234.jpg" alt="Terracotta Conservatory Floor Dursley Before Cleaning" width="" height="" title="Terracotta Conservatory Floor Dursley Before Cleaning" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The test clean went well and he was amazed how clean I managed to get the tile so confident in a good result a date was booked in for us to return to do the whole floor. We find surveying the floor before pricing is the most accurate way to provide a quotation as there are no surprises for all concerned. </p> <h2>Cleaning a Terracotta Tiled Conservatory Floor</h2> <p>On arrival the first task was to cover all the skirting boards, walls, and units to protect them. The floor was really dirty, and I could see we would need to conduct a lot of rinsing with water to remove the soiling. Having been informed about the wax covering from my earlier visit I was able to start stripping off the old layers of wax using a Tile Doctor product called <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-wax-away-1-litre/228/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Wax-Away</a> which is made for this type of work. The product was mopped onto the floor, left to soak in for ten minutes and then scrubbed in with a black burnishing pad fitted to a rotary floor buffing machine. The soil was then rinsed away with water and extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>This process was repeated until I was happy the wax had been removed and then I turned my attention to the grout which was really ingrained with dirt. For this I sprayed on <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>, left it to dwell for ten minutes as before and then set about scrubbing it clean. Once this was complete and I was happy with the results the floor was washed with fresh water twice to remove any trace of product and the floor dried with the wet vacuum.</p> <p>The floor was then covered with dust sheets so the customer could carry on using the floor as normal whilst we left it to dry out for three days. Terracotta is very porous and needs to be bone dry before sealing to achieve the best result. </p> <h2> Sealing a Terracotta Tiled Conservatory and Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>On our return 3 days later, I did a moisture test to ensure the floor was dry. The results were good, so I set about sealing the Terracotta with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go</a> which was the best sealer for this type of floor. I applied seven coats which takes some time as you need to ensure each coat has dried before applying the next. This sealer leaves a nice sheen but also allows the Orangey/Red colour in the Terracotta to come through. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2020/10/Terracotta-Conservatory-Floor-Dursley-During-Sealing-619_132149.jpg" alt="Terracotta Conservatory Floor Dursley During Sealing" width="" height="" title="Terracotta Conservatory Floor Dursley During Sealing" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2020/10/Terracotta-Kitchen-Floor-Dursley-During-Sealing-0619_132144.jpg" alt="Terracotta Kitchen Floor Dursley During Sealing" width="" height="" title="Terracotta Kitchen Floor Dursley During Sealing" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Once complete it was clear the deep clean and fresh seal had given the rooms a new lease of life and my client could not believe how well it had come up. For aftercare I recommend 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 designed for the day to day cleaning of sealed tiles.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2020/10/Terracotta-Conservatory-Floor-Dursley-After-Sealing-0619_120641.jpg" alt="Terracotta Conservatory Floor Dursley After Sealing" width="" height="" title="Terracotta Conservatory Floor Dursley After Sealing" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2020/10/Terracotta-Conservatory-Floor-Dursley-After-Sealing.jpg" alt="Terracotta Conservatory Floor Dursley After Sealing" width="" height="" title="Terracotta Conservatory Floor Dursley After Sealing" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3> Professional Renovation of a Terracotta Tiled Conservatory and Kitchen Floor in Gloucestershire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz/removing-wax-from-30-year-old-terracotta-flooring-in-dursley/">Removing Wax from 30-Year-Old Terracotta Flooring in Dursley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://gloucester.tiledoctor.biz">Gloucester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Red Sandstone Kitchen Flagstones Renovated in Kirkby Lonsdale https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/red-sandstone-kitchen-flagstones-renovated-in-kirkby-lonsdale/ South Cumbria Tile Doctor urn:uuid:b88cb487-78b6-7139-6c1d-58ef7ef096b0 Thu, 01 Oct 2020 11:57:19 +0000 <p>The client in Kirkby Lonsdale called us in to sort out deep staining on the kitchen and utility floor area which was laid with Red Sandstone throughout. The stone flags were in quite a state mainly due to a failed sealer which allowed dirt to become ingrained in the stone. Sealers do wear down off [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/red-sandstone-kitchen-flagstones-renovated-in-kirkby-lonsdale/">Red Sandstone Kitchen Flagstones Renovated in Kirkby Lonsdale</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz">South Cumbria Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The client in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirkby_Lonsdale" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Kirkby Lonsdale</a></b> called us in to sort out deep staining on the kitchen and utility floor area which was laid with <b>Red Sandstone</b> throughout. The stone flags were in quite a state mainly due to a failed sealer which allowed dirt to become ingrained in the stone. Sealers do wear down off over time especially in busy areas such as kitchens and once the sealer has gone the stone has little protection.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2020/10/Red-Sandstone-Floor-Before-Renovation-Kirkby-Lonsdale-3284.jpg" alt="Red Sandstone Floor Before Renovation Kirkby Lonsdale" title="Red Sandstone Floor Before Renovation Kirkby Lonsdale" width="" height="" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2020/10/Red-Sandstone-Floor-Before-Renovation-Kirkby-Lonsdale-3285.jpg" alt="Red Sandstone Floor Before Renovation Kirkby Lonsdale" title="Red Sandstone Floor Before Renovation Kirkby Lonsdale" width="" height="" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2>Cleaning a Red Sandstone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Work started by removing the kick boards under the kitchen units where we could, some were stuck fast so to protect them from water ingress during cleaning a silicone sealant was applied. We have learned from experience that although kitchen units are often sold as solid wood the kick boards underneath the units are often made from cheaper chipboard and thus very susceptible to water damage. They can blow within 15 to 20 minutes of water standing underneath, and we find silicone is a simple and effective answer to this issue.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2020/10/Red-Sandstone-Floor-During-Renovation-Kirkby-Lonsdale-3289.jpg" alt="Red Sandstone Floor During Renovation Kirkby Lonsdale" title="Red Sandstone Floor During Renovation Kirkby Lonsdale" width="" height="" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" /></center></p> <p>To renovate the sandstone, 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 milling pad</a> was worked into the floor using a heavy weighted floor buffer and water to lubricate the process. This process cuts into the surface of the sandstone to strip off a very thin layer to reveal uncontaminated stone underneath. The slurry generated is rinsed off with more water and extracted with a wet vacuum. The process is repeated 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 pad</a> that refines the surface. </p> <p>Following this the floor and especially the grout is given a scrub 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>. This is worked in with a black scrubbing pad and then rinsed off with more water and the wet vacuum. We always make a point to clean behind washing machines, tumble dryers, fridges etc wherever we can as you can see in the pictures.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2020/10/Red-Sandstone-Floor-Before-Renovation-Kirkby-Lonsdale-3297.jpg" alt="Red Sandstone Floor Before Renovation Kirkby Lonsdale" title="Red Sandstone Floor Before Renovation Kirkby Lonsdale" width="" height="" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" /></center></p> <p>Once the cleaning process was over the floor was dried as much as possible with the wet vacuum and it was left to dry out overnight.</p> <h2> Sealing a Red Sandstone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>The next day we returned to seal the floor before doing so however moisture readings were taken from the stone; we are a big believer in letting the stone or tiles fully dry out before they are sealed otherwise if the stone or tiles are still damp then the sealer won&#8217;t cure correctly. There are occasions where you can clean and seal the same day i.e. upright showers but when it comes to a thick stone like sandstone it really needs time to dry out before applying a sealer. </p> <p>I mention this because there are certain companies which will offer a clean and seal on the same day. At Tile Doctor we are trained to do the job correctly and not to cut corners, if there is a problem with the job you can rely on us to come back and put it right.</p> <p>On this occasion 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> were applied which is an impregnating sealer that soaks into the pores of the stone protecting it from within and enhancing the natural colours in the stone. It works really well on Red Sandstone and added a nice lift to the appearance of the floor.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2020/10/Red-Sandstone-Floor-After-Renovation-Kirkby-Lonsdale-3526.jpg" alt="Red Sandstone Floor After Renovation Kirkby Lonsdale" title="Red Sandstone Floor After Renovation Kirkby Lonsdale" width="" height="" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2020/10/Red-Sandstone-Floor-After-Renovation-Kirkby-Lonsdale-3524.jpg" alt="Red Sandstone Floor After Renovation Kirkby Lonsdale" title="Red Sandstone Floor After Renovation Kirkby Lonsdale" width="" height="" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The client was very happy with the renovated floor and before leaving I took time to discuss aftercare. I cannot stress how important it is to use the correct cleaning product when it comes to a cleaning a sealed floor, so for cleaning I always leave the customer 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>. Many regular floor cleaning products you find in supermarkets will strip the sealer off a floor, so it is well worth checking the label before choosing a cleaner.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2020/10/Red-Sandstone-Floor-After-Renovation-Kirkby-Lonsdale-3300.jpg" alt="Red Sandstone Floor After Renovation Kirkby Lonsdale" title="Red Sandstone Floor After Renovation Kirkby Lonsdale" width="" height="" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3> Professional Restoration of a Red Sandstone Kitchen in South Cumbria</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/red-sandstone-kitchen-flagstones-renovated-in-kirkby-lonsdale/">Red Sandstone Kitchen Flagstones Renovated in Kirkby Lonsdale</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz">South Cumbria Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Tile Restoration at Fishmongers Shop in Kingston https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/tile-restoration-at-fishmongers-shop-in-kingston/ West Surrey Tile Doctor urn:uuid:d0b7c78b-dd53-9a28-4ed2-5d59e6389378 Mon, 24 Aug 2020 15:11:29 +0000 <p>And now for something different. A customer called me in a flap before Christmas. He had just taken over the lease of a former fishmongers in Kingston Upon Thames and needed help renovating the white ceramic wall tiles and vinyl flooring which was in a state. But that was only part of the problem, his [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/tile-restoration-at-fishmongers-shop-in-kingston/">Tile Restoration at Fishmongers Shop in Kingston</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>And now for something different. A customer called me in a flap before Christmas. He had just taken over the lease of a former fishmongers in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingston_upon_Thames" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Kingston Upon Thames</a></b> and needed help renovating the white <b>ceramic wall tiles</b> and <b>vinyl flooring</b> which was in a state. But that was only part of the problem, his business was selling rugs and with the previous tenant being a fishmonger there was a fishy odour that also needed dealing with.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/08/Fishmonger-Shop-Unit-Wall-Tile-Before-Renovation-For-Kingston-Retailer-2252.jpg" alt="Fishmonger Shop Unit Wall Tile Before Renovation For Kingston Retailer" width="" height="" title="Fishmonger Shop Unit Wall Tile Before Renovation For Kingston Retailer" /></center></p> <p>The previous shop fittings had been glued and screwed to the wall so when they were ripped out it took some of the ceramic wall tiles with them, leaving gaps in the tiling, glue staining and trapped dirt. </p> <p>I popped in to have a look and was able to give him a quote for the cleaning and restoration work, he was happy with the cost and wanted to me to get started as soon as possible. </p> <h2>Restoring Ceramic Wall Tiles in a Fishmongers Retail Unit</h2> <p>I started by tackling the glue using sharp blades and a chisel combined with plenty of elbow grease. Then the ceramic tile and grout was 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 diluted with water and decanted into a spray bottle so it could be sprayed onto the wall tiles. Doing it this way mixes it with air making it lighter and allowing it to stick to the vertical tiling for longer. After ten minutes of soaking into the dirt it was scrubbed in by hand into the tile and especially the grout lines with a stiff brush. There was a lot to do and so more elbow grease needed. Afterwards the walls were carefully rinsed off with water to remove the soiling.</p> <p>The next task was to replace many tiles near the ceiling and electric sockets using rapid setting adhesive so they could be grouted later the same day. All holes and verticals were then filled with mastic. They were a generic white tile, so I was able to blend the replacement tiles in without too much trouble.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/08/Fishmonger-Shop-Unit-Wall-Tile-After-Renovation-For-Kingston-Retailer-2255.jpg" alt="Fishmonger Shop Unit Wall Tile After Renovation For Kingston Retailer" width="" height="" title="Fishmonger Shop Unit Wall Tile After Renovation For Kingston Retailer" /></center></p> <h2>Deep Cleaning Vinyl Flooring in a Fishmongers Retail Unit </h2> <p>Once the wall tiles were done, I moved my attention to the vinyl flooring which was in good physical condition but in need of a deep clean. To resolve this, I applied more Tile Doctor Pro-Clean solution which was scrubbed in with a rotating floor buffing machine fitted with a black scrubbing pad. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/08/Fishmonger-Shop-Unit-Vinyl-Tile-During-Renovation-For-Kingston-Retailer-2253.jpg" alt="Fishmonger Shop Unit Vinyl Tile During Renovation For Kingston Retailer" width="" height="" title="Fishmonger Shop Unit Vinyl Tile During Renovation For Kingston Retailer" /></center></p> <p>The soil was then extracted with a wet vacuum and left to dry off. There was a huge amount of dirt removed which had obviously built up over a long period of time. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/08/Fishmonger-Shop-Unit-Vinyl-Tile-After-Renovation-For-Kingston-Retailer-2254.jpg" alt="Fishmonger Shop Unit Vinyl Tile After Renovation For Kingston Retailer" width="" height="" title="Fishmonger Shop Unit Vinyl Tile After Renovation For Kingston Retailer" /></center></p> <p>The wall tiles were glazed ceramic so do not require a sealer to be applied, similarly the vinyl did not warrant any further treatment either so once everything was fully dry, I was done. I handed the unit back over to the new tenant who was ready to cover my carefully cleaned wall with rugs and start trading. Thankfully, the shop now smells good too.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in Worcestershire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/tile-restoration-at-fishmongers-shop-in-kingston/">Tile Restoration at Fishmongers Shop in Kingston</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p>