Tile Doctor Feed 2 http://feed.informer.com/digests/IKSTLYZLVD/feeder Tile Doctor Feed 2 Respective post owners and feed distributors Thu, 18 Apr 2024 04:38:06 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ New Sealer adds Life to a Dull Multi Coloured Slate Floor in Stock https://south-essex.tiledoctor.biz/new-sealer-adds-life-to-a-dull-multi-coloured-slate-floor-in-stock/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-sealer-adds-life-to-a-dull-multi-coloured-slate-floor-in-stock South Essex Tile Doctor urn:uuid:751694c3-128c-3046-7088-904b5df20b3a Mon, 27 May 2024 06:00:26 +0000 <p>This multi-coloured Slate kitchen floor had been laid fifteen years prior and although in very good condition the owner was unhappy with the finish. Basically, it looked dull, un-inviting and the owner wanted some life putting back in the stone. It was clear to me that the sealer that had provided previously provided the sheen [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://south-essex.tiledoctor.biz/new-sealer-adds-life-to-a-dull-multi-coloured-slate-floor-in-stock/">New Sealer adds Life to a Dull Multi Coloured Slate Floor in Stock</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-essex.tiledoctor.biz">South Essex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This <b>multi-coloured Slate</b> kitchen floor had been laid fifteen years prior and although in very good condition the owner was unhappy with the finish. Basically, it looked dull, un-inviting and the owner wanted some life putting back in the stone.</p> <p>It was clear to me that the sealer that had provided previously provided the sheen finish had simply worn off with use. Without a sealer in place dirt was now becoming ingrained into the pores of the slate making the problem worse. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-essex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/16/2024/05/Multicoloured-Slate-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Stock-Essex-9146-473x1024.jpg" alt="Multicoloured Slate Floor Before Cleaning Stock Essex" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Multicoloured Slate Floor Before Cleaning Stock Essex" /></p> <p>I visited the property to survey the tiles and provide a quote for renovating the floor. The work would take two days and would include removing what remained of the old sealer, deep cleaning the Slate and then re-sealing the tiles with a sheen finish sealer. The quote was accepted, and a date arranged to do the work.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Multi-Coloured Slate Tiled Floor</h2> <p>I started by applying a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> and let it soak into the stone for ten minutes. This product is a coatings remover and cleaner that is safe to use on all type of stone or tile. Then using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">200-grit milling pad</a> fitted to a rotary floor buffer the solution was worked into the stone to strip off what remained of the remaining sealer and pull the dirt out of the stone. The floor was then rinsed, and the soiled solution was removed using a wet vacuum. </p> <p>Next, I treated the floor to an acid wash using another Tile Doctor product called <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>. This is great for removing grout smears left over from tiling and neutralises the pH level of the floor after the use of Remove and Go which is alkaline. After scrubbing in the solution with a deck brush the floor was then rinsed and extracted again with the wet vacuum.</p> <h2> Sealing a Multi Coloured Slate Tiled Floor</h2> <p>I left the floor to dry out overnight and returned the next days later to apply the sealer. Before doing so I checked the moisture level of the tiles with a damp meter to ensure they had dried sufficiently. This is always worth doing as applying sealer to a floor that is still damp can lead to an inconsistent finish.</p> <p>All was well with the readings so I started applying the first coat of sealer which for this floor we used <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal &#038; Go</a>. This product will protect the stone from ingrained dirt and adds a lovely subtle shine to the floor which matched the customers’ requirements exactly. After about forty minutes of drying time, I applied a second cost and as expected this resulted in a healthy sheen.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-essex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/16/2024/05/Multicoloured-Slate-Floor-After-Cleaning-Stock-Essex-9145-473x1024.jpg" alt="Multicoloured Slate Floor After Cleaning Stock Essex" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Multicoloured Slate Floor After Cleaning Stock Essex" /></p> <p>My client was very happy with the result and left 5-star feedback along with the following comment.</p> <p><center><em>Very Professional</em></center></p> <p>For the aftercare cleaning of sealed slate floors, 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" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> which is a gentle but effective product that won’t upset the sealer like many of the bleach based products you find in supermarkets.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Multi Coloured Slate Tiled Kitchen, Hallway and WC Floor in North Lincolnshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://south-essex.tiledoctor.biz/new-sealer-adds-life-to-a-dull-multi-coloured-slate-floor-in-stock/">New Sealer adds Life to a Dull Multi Coloured Slate Floor in Stock</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-essex.tiledoctor.biz">South Essex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Blackspot-Stained Grubby Sandstone Patio Restored in Caistor https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/blackspot-stained-grubby-sandstone-patio-restored-in-caistor/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=blackspot-stained-grubby-sandstone-patio-restored-in-caistor North Lincolnshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:b83765f4-8977-0a07-a91f-a0a84c1a9a27 Thu, 23 May 2024 06:21:02 +0000 <p>These photographs are from a client in Caistor whose Sandstone Patio hadn&#8217;t been cleaned for years and was covered in blackspot and sap from overhanging trees from the churchyard next door. It was so dirty and un-inviting they had decided it was overdue a deep clean and so got in touch with Tile Doctor to [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/blackspot-stained-grubby-sandstone-patio-restored-in-caistor/">Blackspot-Stained Grubby Sandstone Patio Restored in Caistor</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz">North Lincolnshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>These photographs are from a client in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caistor" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Caistor</a></b> whose <b>Sandstone Patio</b> hadn&#8217;t been cleaned for years and was covered in blackspot and sap from overhanging trees from the churchyard next door. It was so dirty and un-inviting they had decided it was overdue a deep clean and so got in touch with Tile Doctor to have it restored, if possible. Deep cleaning a patio is certainly cheaper than replacing it so it’s always worth investigating that option first.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/05/Sandstone-Patio-Before-Cleaning-Caistor-093458-768x1024.jpg" alt="Sandstone Patio Before Cleaning Caistor" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Sandstone Patio Before Cleaning Caistor" /></p> <p>After discussing the patio over the phone, I made an appointment to visit the property and survey the patio. I could see that the Sandstone had turned black with all the absorbed dirt and blackspot staining and was unrecognisable from what it once was. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/05/Sandstone-Patio-Before-Cleaning-Caistor-093523-768x1024.jpg" alt="Sandstone Patio Before Cleaning Caistor" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Sandstone Patio Before Cleaning Caistor" /></p> <p>Undeterred I was confident of being able to renovate its condition and worked out a quote for the work which shouldn’t take longer than a day. Happy with the quote and the prospect of enjoying the patio again in time for the summer we set a date with an eye on the weather forecast.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Sandstone Patio</h2> <p>There was a lot of dirt to remove so I started by giving the whole area a thorough jet wash using an industrial pressure washer. The machine generates pressurised hot water and worked well to cut through the dirt. It comes with several wand accessories including a spinner attachment that is the most efficient way to cut through the dirt. </p> <p>With most of the surface debris removed I followed up with an application of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-patio-brick-driveway-cleaner-5-litre/256/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Patio &#038; Driveway Cleaner</a> which was left to soak into the stone for some time before being rinsed off with the pressure washer. This dwell time is important as the strong chemicals need time to break down the staining and especially the blackspot which ran deep into the Sandstone.</p> <p>I had to repeat the process several times to get rid of all the staining experimenting with different dwell times on each occasion but as can be seen in the pictures it made an amazing difference. Just goes to show that a little patience can make a big difference.</p> <p>My client was blown away in the transformation and most relieved that they wouldn’t have to look at replacing it.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/05/Sandstone-Patio-After-Cleaning-Caistor-160137-768x1024.jpg" alt="Sandstone Patio After Cleaning Caistor" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Sandstone Patio After Cleaning Caistor" /></p> <p>I’ve mentioned this before but it’s worth knowing that Tile Doctor can deal with all types of tiles, both internal and external. We do not just tackle tiles, patios form a lot of our work in the spring and summer time, along with driveways. Cleaning and recolouring of grout is also a popular request for internal wall and floor tiles.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/05/Sandstone-Patio-After-Cleaning-Caistor-160229-768x1024.jpg" alt="Sandstone Patio After Cleaning Caistor" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Sandstone Patio After Cleaning Caistor" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Sandstone Patio in Lincolnshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/blackspot-stained-grubby-sandstone-patio-restored-in-caistor/">Blackspot-Stained Grubby Sandstone Patio Restored in Caistor</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz">North Lincolnshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Stained Marble Shower Tray Deep Cleaned in Bristol City Centre Apartment https://bristol.tiledoctor.biz/stained-marble-shower-tray-deep-cleaned-in-bristol-city-centre-apartment/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=stained-marble-shower-tray-deep-cleaned-in-bristol-city-centre-apartment Bristol Tile Doctor urn:uuid:10c3cf4e-58e8-8025-f9d5-f6a359dc489a Mon, 20 May 2024 08:50:03 +0000 <p>The owner of a high-end apartment in Bristol City Centre called us in to take a look at a black marble shower tray in their ensuite bathroom. The marble was stained with years of use and realising they had to be careful how it was cleaned decided to call in Tile Doctor. Marble is a [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://bristol.tiledoctor.biz/stained-marble-shower-tray-deep-cleaned-in-bristol-city-centre-apartment/">Stained Marble Shower Tray Deep Cleaned in Bristol City Centre Apartment</a> appeared first on <a href="https://bristol.tiledoctor.biz">Bristol Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The owner of a high-end apartment in <b>Bristol</b> City Centre called us in to take a look at a black marble shower tray in their ensuite bathroom. The marble was stained with years of use and realising they had to be careful how it was cleaned decided to call in Tile Doctor. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bristol.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/81/2024/05/Black-Marble-Shower-Tray-Before-Cleaning-Bristol-City-Centre-9688.jpg" alt="Black Marble Shower Tray Before Cleaning Bristol City Centre" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Black Marble Shower Tray Before Cleaning Bristol City Centre" /></p> <p>Marble is a metamorphic rock and as such is acid sensitive, Marble is really just a denser version of Limestone but it’s still sensitive. Most don’t realise this but there are lots of acids in use in the home, especially so in a bathroom where its prevalent in soaps, shampoos and body washes. Once used these really need to be washed away from sensitive surfaces with lots of water. </p> <p>Even the glass in the shower doors can be affected by acids as can the grout lines and silicone sealer. Although the acids used in these products are weak and designated safe for the human skin, long term use can cause the staining which you will see on the before picture on this post.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Polished Marble Black Shower Tray</h2> <p>I was able to rectify the problem using a set of 6-inch diamond burnishing pads fitted to a handheld polishing machine. No other products are required as the pads are applied using water to help lubricate the process. </p> <p>The cleaning started with the application of a coarse 400-grit burnishing pad which deep cleans and re-surfaces the stone to remove etching and other stains. The soiling generated is then rinsed off and the pad is changed to the 800 and then 1500 grit using the same process. This action refines the surface and then re-builds the polish on the exterior. </p> <p>The marble was then dried with a heat gun, and the process repeated using a very fine 3000-grit pad. This last pad is applied dry with just a squirt of water from a spray bottle where needed and results in a deeper shine.</p> <h2>Sealing a Polished Marble Black Shower Tray </h2> <p>The polished marble was then sealed to protect it and keep dirt on the surface where its easily cleaned away. I chose to use Tile Doctor X-Tra Seal for this as its oil based and it’s the oil that restores the dark tones to the stone, it is also rated for external use, so it is ideal for wet areas. </p> <p>This sealer does have a caveat however, it needs to be polished in well after it’s been applied, otherwise the oil base wicks up and it can turn tacky, or slippery if not polished off well enough, only one coat is needed.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bristol.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/81/2024/05/Black-Marble-Shower-Tray-After-Renovation-Bristol-City-Centre-9691.jpg" alt="Black Marble Shower Tray After Renovation Bristol City Centre" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Black Marble Shower Tray After Renovation Bristol City Centre" /></p> <p>The client was very happy with the finish, in fact they made a comment that it never looked this good when it was installed three years ago. We get this comment a lot and we think it’s down to the fact that the installers do not have enough experience with the application of sealers or in fact choosing the right sealer for the job.</p> <p>For aftercare I recommended they spray on Tile Doctor Aqua-Pro after showering, it’s a mild alkaline shower cleaner that’s ideal for use with sealed stone.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of a Black Marble Shower Tray in Bristol</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://bristol.tiledoctor.biz/stained-marble-shower-tray-deep-cleaned-in-bristol-city-centre-apartment/">Stained Marble Shower Tray Deep Cleaned in Bristol City Centre Apartment</a> appeared first on <a href="https://bristol.tiledoctor.biz">Bristol Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Ceramic Bathroom Tile and Grout Renovated for New Colchester Homeowners https://north-essex.tiledoctor.biz/ceramic-bathroom-tile-and-grout-renovated-for-new-colchester-homeowners/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ceramic-bathroom-tile-and-grout-renovated-for-new-colchester-homeowners North Essex Tile Doctor urn:uuid:22e3047b-afa5-9e30-e5b1-de3a72480a90 Fri, 17 May 2024 05:59:57 +0000 <p>This fine example of a Ceramic tiled bathroom is from a house in the city of Colchester. The property had just changed hands and the new owner didn’t know how to restore the tile, grout, and silicone to their standards. It was clear that the tile and grout had been neglected by the previous owner [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://north-essex.tiledoctor.biz/ceramic-bathroom-tile-and-grout-renovated-for-new-colchester-homeowners/">Ceramic Bathroom Tile and Grout Renovated for New Colchester Homeowners</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-essex.tiledoctor.biz">North Essex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This fine example of a <b>Ceramic tiled bathroom</b> is from a house in the city of <b><a href="https://www.visitcolchester.com/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Colchester</a></b>. The property had just changed hands and the new owner didn’t know how to restore the tile, grout, and silicone to their standards. It was clear that the tile and grout had been neglected by the previous owner and mould had started to form. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-essex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2024/05/Ceramic-Bath-Tile-and-Grout-Before-Cleaning-Colchester-2666-768x1024.jpg" alt="Ceramic Bath Tile and Grout Before Cleaning Colchester" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Ceramic Bath Tile and Grout Before Cleaning Colchester" /></p> <p>Refreshing stained tile and grout is such a quick thing to do and gives maximum benefit, especially if your selling a property as it will help achieve more interest. So, it always surprises me that many sellers don’t chose to do this before putting their house on the market.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-essex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2024/05/Ceramic-Bath-Tile-and-Grout-Before-Cleaning-Colchester-2667-768x1024.jpg" alt="Ceramic Bath Tile and Grout Before Cleaning Colchester" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Ceramic Bath Tile and Grout Before Cleaning Colchester" /></p> <h2>Cleaning a Ceramic Bathroom Tiles </h2> <p>Work started with a deep clean of the grout lines with a generous application of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-duo-clean/200/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Duo Clean</a> which is a fast and effective grout cleaner and mould remover. This product is designed for this purpose and comes with a trigger attachment so it can easily be sprayed onto the wall. The solution was then left for five minutes before being scrubbed into the wall tile and grout with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/green-handheld-scrubbing-brush/250/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">scrubbing brush</a>. This action brought out a lot of dirt and staining from the grout which was then rinsed off.</p> <p>After reviewing my handywork I decided more work was needed to the grout so I followed this up with an application of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-oxy-gel-1-litre/169/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Oxy-Gel</a>. This is a gel cleaner that sticks well to vertical surfaces allowing for longer dwell times. After ten minutes it was worked into the grout as before and then rinsed off. </p> <p>The Tile and Grout was now as clean as it could be but there were some deep-seated stains in the grout that simply couldn’t be removed. However, I always knew this could be the case and had already agreed I would apply a grout colourant if this proved to be the case.</p> <h2>Grout Colouring Ceramic Bath Tiles</h3> <p>Before applying the colourant though I needed to prepare the grout to achieve a stronger bond with the colourant. I did this with another Tile Doctor product called <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Acid Gel</a> which is applied as before. This etches the grout at a microscopic level and being acidic further cleans the surface by removing limescale deposits.</p> <p>I then set about stripping out the silicone mastic sealant between the bathtub and wall tiles with a sharp knife; the sealant was heavily stained almost black in places so very much in need of replacement. Once all the rubbish was swept out, I dried any remaining dampness from the grout and tiles.</p> <p>This left the grout ready to be recoloured. I did this over the course of a few hours, using a White colourant from the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Colourant</a> range. White is just one of eleven colours available in the range and was chosen in this case to give the grout a really fresh look and to blend in with the Ceramic tiles. The Grout Colourant not only colours the grout joints – it also seals and rejuvenates them leaving it looking new.</p> <p>Once the restoration was finished, I filled the bath with water and resealed the shower base with fresh silicone mastic again in White to match the tile and grout. This last step finished the renovation leaving it looking like a new installation. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-essex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2024/05/Ceramic-Bath-Tile-and-Grout-After-Cleaning-Colchester-2670-768x1024.jpg" alt="Ceramic Bath Tile and Grout After Cleaning Colchester" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Ceramic Bath Tile and Grout After Cleaning Colchester" /></p> <p>The Customer was amazed by the transformation of their bathroom and left the following five-star review.</p> <p><center><I>Dean did an excellent job of getting the mould off my bathroom tiles and re-grouting them. It&#8217;s like having a new bathroom! I&#8217;m very grateful and would highly recommend North Essex Tile doctor. Georgina D, Colchester</I></center></p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-essex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2024/05/Ceramic-Bath-Tile-and-Grout-After-Cleaning-Colchester-2669-768x1024.jpg" alt="Ceramic Bath Tile and Grout After Cleaning Colchester" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Ceramic Bath Tile and Grout After Cleaning Colchester" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle Cleaning and Grout Recolouring in Derbyshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://north-essex.tiledoctor.biz/ceramic-bathroom-tile-and-grout-renovated-for-new-colchester-homeowners/">Ceramic Bathroom Tile and Grout Renovated for New Colchester Homeowners</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-essex.tiledoctor.biz">North Essex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Restoring a Multi Coloured Slate Kitchen Floor in Penarth https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-multi-coloured-slate-kitchen-floor-in-penarth/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=restoring-a-multi-coloured-slate-kitchen-floor-in-penarth South East Wales Tile Doctor urn:uuid:309bfc06-9de7-ef1f-4d3f-417df24c5361 Thu, 16 May 2024 10:10:22 +0000 <p>Tile Doctor was contacted by a homeowner in Penarth to see if anything could be done to salvage this multi-coloured Slate floor which had been revealed during a kitchen refurb. As the local Tile Doctor covering Cardiff and the surrounding areas, I was asked to get in touch. I went over to the property to [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-multi-coloured-slate-kitchen-floor-in-penarth/">Restoring a Multi Coloured Slate Kitchen Floor in Penarth</a> appeared first on <a href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz">South East Wales Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Tile Doctor was contacted by a homeowner in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penarth" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Penarth</a></b> to see if anything could be done to salvage this multi-coloured <b>Slate floor</b> which had been revealed during a kitchen refurb. As the local Tile Doctor covering Cardiff and the surrounding areas, I was asked to get in touch. </p> <p>I went over to the property to survey the floor, work out what needed to be done and put a quote together for its restoration. The slate was multi-coloured and didn&#8217;t look that old, however, it had been laid around the previous kitchen units and once they had been removed it left quite a few gaps in the flooring. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2024/05/Slate-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Restoration-Penarth-104628-766x1024.jpg" alt="Slate Kitchen Floor Before Restoration Penarth" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Slate Kitchen Floor Before Restoration Penarth" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2024/05/Slate-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Restoration-Penarth-104455-766x1024.jpg" alt="Slate Kitchen Floor Before Restoration Penarth" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Slate Kitchen Floor Before Restoration Penarth" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I managed to track down similar tiles from a specialist slate supplier and once I had all the prices, I was able to provide a quote for fully restoring the floor. Naturally the owner was keen to progress the work as soon as possible and it wasn&#8217;t long before the quote was accepted, and a date arranged for my return visit. </p> <h2> Cleaning and Repairing a Multi Coloured Slate Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Work started with the repairs; the replacement tiles were bigger than the tiles laid on the floor, so they had to be trimmed by 10mm from two edges to make them fit correctly. Once cut they were fixed into place with quick setting adhesive and then grouted in.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2024/05/Slate-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Restoration-Penarth-104609-766x1024.jpg" alt="Slate Kitchen Floor Before Restoration Penarth" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Slate Kitchen Floor Before Restoration Penarth" /></p> <p>My attention then turned to addressing the plaster and paint splatters which stained the floor from the previous decorating work. This proved more difficult than expected, but I persisted and managed to remove the debris with a sharp bladed tool taking care not to scratch the slate. </p> <p>Once most of the plaster was removed, I set about with the next stage of restoration work, deep cleaning the floor. The products I used were <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> mixed 50:50 with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-nanotech-hbu-remover-1-litre/10/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Nanotech HBU cleaner</a>, I&#8217;ve used this combination before as it results in a very powerful tile cleaner.</p> <p>The solution was applied to the floor 1m2 at a time and scrubbed with a handheld brush, working it into the tiles and the grout lines also. I rinsed off the soiling with clean water and vacuumed off the waste as I worked.</p> <p>Once completely clean, the floor was left to dry overnight ready for sealing the next day.</p> <h2> Sealing a Multi Coloured Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>The desired finish was matt, so I applied <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is a colour enhancing impregnator sealer. It works by soaking into the stone, occupying its pores, and thereby ensuring dirt remains on the surface where it can be easily cleaned away.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2024/05/Slate-Kitchen-Floor-After-Restoration-Penarth-114133-766x1024.jpg" alt="Slate Kitchen Floor After Restoration Penarth" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Slate Kitchen Floor After Restoration Penarth" /></p> <p>As well as adding durable protection the new sealer truly brought out the natural colours of the stone. Needless to say, the clients were delighted with the finish on their newly renovated stone floor and were relieved it could be salvaged as they considering having it replaced. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2024/05/Slate-Kitchen-Floor-After-Restoration-Penarth-114215-766x1024.jpg" alt="Slate Kitchen Floor After Restoration Penarth" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Slate Kitchen Floor After Restoration Penarth" /></p> <p>Before leaving I took time to discuss aftercare cleaning 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>. This product is a mild yet effective tile cleaner that is safe to use on sealed floors, this is important as many of the cleaning products you find in supermarkets are simply too strong and will erode the sealer. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Multi Coloured Slate Tiled Kitchen in South Wales</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-multi-coloured-slate-kitchen-floor-in-penarth/">Restoring a Multi Coloured Slate Kitchen Floor in Penarth</a> appeared first on <a href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz">South East Wales Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Stained Sandstone Fireplace Renovated in Chatsworth https://derbyshire.tiledoctor.biz/stained-sandstone-fireplace-renovated-in-chatsworth/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=stained-sandstone-fireplace-renovated-in-chatsworth Derbyshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:f2c04048-431d-02a7-ebf7-e063007ff3a1 Wed, 15 May 2024 06:27:29 +0000 <p>Earlier this year I paid a visit to the beautiful village of Chatsworth to visit a client who had asked me to look at the Sandstone Hearth and Mantle that enclosed their fireplace. The hearth was grubby with dirt and soot from the log burner and the large stone mantle was soot stained and marked [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://derbyshire.tiledoctor.biz/stained-sandstone-fireplace-renovated-in-chatsworth/">Stained Sandstone Fireplace Renovated in Chatsworth</a> appeared first on <a href="https://derbyshire.tiledoctor.biz">Derbyshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Earlier this year I paid a visit to the beautiful village of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chatsworth,_Derbyshire" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Chatsworth</a></b> to visit a client who had asked me to look at the <b>Sandstone Hearth</b> and Mantle that enclosed their fireplace. The hearth was grubby with dirt and soot from the log burner and the large stone mantle was soot stained and marked with candle wax.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://derbyshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2024/05/Sandstone-Hearth-and-Mantle-Before-Cleaning-Chatsworth-6036.jpg" alt="Sandstone Hearth and Mantle Before Cleaning Chatsworth" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Sandstone Hearth and Mantle Before Cleaning Chatsworth" /></p> <p>We discussed the problem areas and I went through the cleaning options. I was confident of removing the staining and worked out a quote to carry out a deep clean of the stone. The client agreed the price and the works were scheduled.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://derbyshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2024/05/Sandstone-Hearth-and-Mantle-Before-Cleaning-Chatsworth-6035.jpg" alt="Sandstone Hearth and Mantle Before Cleaning Chatsworth" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Sandstone Hearth and Mantle Before Cleaning Chatsworth" /></p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Sandstone Fireplace Hearth and Mantle</h2> <p>On arrival I prepared the area surrounding the fireplace by laying dust sheets and taping around the hearth. The protection would prevent any damage to the adjacent timber floor and ensure they wouldn’t get splashed during the cleaning process.</p> <p>To deep clean the Sandstone several coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-oxy-gel-1-litre/169/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Oxy-Gel</a> were applied with a large brush and left it to soak in. Being a gel, this cleaning product is very easy to manage and ideal for working in small areas, it also sticks well to vertical surfaces such as the mantle.</p> <p>After about fifteen to twenty minutes the gel was then agitated and scrubbed into the stone with a stiff brush to release the staining. I also spent quite some time scraping away the candle wax that had dripped onto the hearth and mantel top.</p> <p>The stone was then wiped to clean away the slurry and the process repeated until I was satisfied that the stone had come up as best it could. I then sprayed it with water to remove any remaining Oxy-Gel.</p> <p>The Sandstone hearth and mantle were then inspected and stubborn stains were treated to a further clean using different grits from a set of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/diamond-hand-burnishing-block-set-greenblackred-yellow/31/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">hand-held diamond blocks</a>.</p> <h2>Sealing a Sandstone Fireplace Hearth and Mantle</h2> <p>The fireplace was then left to dry which didn’t take long due to the use of low moisture cleaning products and small amounts of water. Once dry I applied two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> sealer which is an impregnating sealer that adds protection and improves the colour of natural stone.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://derbyshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2024/05/Sandstone-Hearth-and-Mantle-After-Cleaning-Chatsworth-6046.jpg" alt="Sandstone Hearth and Mantle After Cleaning Chatsworth" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Sandstone Hearth and Mantle After Cleaning Chatsworth" /></p> <p>The client was delighted with the finish.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Clean of a Sandstone Fireplace in Derbyshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://derbyshire.tiledoctor.biz/stained-sandstone-fireplace-renovated-in-chatsworth/">Stained Sandstone Fireplace Renovated in Chatsworth</a> appeared first on <a href="https://derbyshire.tiledoctor.biz">Derbyshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> 3D Patterned Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor Renovated in Guildford https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/3d-patterned-geometric-victorian-tiled-hallway-floor-renovated-in-guildford/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=3d-patterned-geometric-victorian-tiled-hallway-floor-renovated-in-guildford West Surrey Tile Doctor urn:uuid:75678828-8de9-4069-d6cb-d72f3aa1c92d Tue, 14 May 2024 04:04:50 +0000 <p>I’ve cleaned many interesting geometric Victorian tiled floors in my career but none so eye catching as this example at a property in Guildford which featured a beautiful 3D pattern. My client had got in touch to see if I could restore the floor back to its original, it was currently looking quite grubby but [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/3d-patterned-geometric-victorian-tiled-hallway-floor-renovated-in-guildford/">3D Patterned Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor Renovated in Guildford</a> appeared first on <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I’ve cleaned many interesting geometric <b>Victorian tiled floors</b> in my career but none so eye catching as this example at a property in <b><a href="https://www.guildford.org.uk/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Guildford</a></b> which featured a beautiful 3D pattern. My client had got in touch to see if I could restore the floor back to its original, it was currently looking quite grubby but thankfully appeared to be physically intact with no loose or broken tiles. </p> <p>I was confident the floor would look great with a bit of love and care and all it needed was a deep clean to extract all the ingrained dirt and then sealing. I provided a quote for the work and arranged a convenient time to complete the work for them. </p> <h2> Cleaning a Victorian Tiled Mosaic Hallway Floor</h2> <p>It was quite soiled to start with, so I gently sprayed <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> over all the tiles, leaving the product to dwell for twenty minutes whilst keeping the tiles moist. Whilst this has happening I setup a weighted buffing machine fitted with a coarse <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-100-grit-very-coarse-milling-pad/44/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">100-grit diamond pad</a>. I’m able to attach three heavy iron bars to the front of this machine to add more heft to the machine; increasing the weight improves downward pressure and traction to equal a better result. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2024/05/Victorian-Tiled-3D-Geometric-Patterned-Floor-During-Cleaning-Guildford-3107085916-768x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled 3D Geometric Patterned Floor During Cleaning Guildford" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Victorian Tiled 3D Geometric Patterned Floor During Cleaning Guildford" /></p> <p>Applied with water for lubrication the pad is run over each of the tiles in turn. This is quite an aggressive process that cuts a thin layer from the tile which is absorbed into the water turning it into a slurry and ensuring no dust is generated. Marching up and down, slowly from front to rear I slowly deep cleaned the tiles. Once I was satisfied, they were as clean as they could possible be all the waste with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>The floor was then washed with hot water and then extracted with the wet vacuum again, this was done a couple of times to remove any remaining soiling. Hot water is preferable for this as it evaporates quickly. </p> <p>The buffing machine doesn’t reach into the corners, so to make sure they were not missed I used handheld diamond blocks; again, rinsing the soil created away with water and extracting with the wet vacuum afterwards. </p> <p>The floor was then left to dry out overnight and I asked the owners to try and avoid walking on it. </p> <h2> Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>Having discussed the clients&#8217; needs and expectations of the final finish earlier it was clear they wanted the floor to have a subtle shine to it. They had said that a matte finish was a little boring but they thought a shiny finish was a little too much, so we opted for a sheen finish. To provide this effect I had recommended <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 Extra</a> which is a fine compromise that offers a subtle shine and is tough wearing. It’s actually my personal favourite that I use on many types of tiled floor. </p> <p>So, the following day I applied several coats until I was satisfied the finish was as hoped. The floor looked great and created a stunning entrance to the property. This was now more in keeping with the rest of the original features in the period property. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2024/05/Victorian-Tiled-3D-Geometric-Patterned-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Guildford-0108075101-768x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled 3D Geometric Patterned Floor After Cleaning Sealing Guildford" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Victorian Tiled 3D Geometric Patterned Floor After Cleaning Sealing Guildford" /></p> <p>My client was over the moon with the work and before leaving I took time to discuss aftercare. I recommended the use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> for regular cleaning; this product won’t impact the newly applied sealer. It’s also mild enough to use every day which is always a possibility in high traffic areas such as a hallway. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in West Surrey</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/3d-patterned-geometric-victorian-tiled-hallway-floor-renovated-in-guildford/">3D Patterned Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor Renovated in Guildford</a> appeared first on <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating Heavily Soiled Reclaimed Pamment Tiled Flooring in Gissing https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-heavily-soiled-reclaimed-pamment-tiled-flooring-in-gissing/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=renovating-heavily-soiled-reclaimed-pamment-tiled-flooring-in-gissing Norfolk Tile Doctor urn:uuid:04180ca4-bed4-63c7-5f56-be7bd5143ab6 Mon, 13 May 2024 11:19:04 +0000 <p>I was contacted by clients with a Pamment Tiled Flooring who were living in Gissing, a small village in the centre of South Norfolk which has a long history dating back to Saxon times. The Pamments were reclaimed suffering from heavy soiling and in need of considerable expert attention. All the old protective coatings had [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-heavily-soiled-reclaimed-pamment-tiled-flooring-in-gissing/">Renovating Heavily Soiled Reclaimed Pamment Tiled Flooring in Gissing</a> appeared first on <a href="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz">Norfolk Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was contacted by clients with a Pamment Tiled Flooring who were living in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gissing,_Norfolk Gissing" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Gissing</a>, a small village in the centre of South Norfolk which has a long history dating back to Saxon times. The Pamments were reclaimed suffering from heavy soiling and in need of considerable expert attention. All the old protective coatings had pretty much worn completely off the surface of the tiles which had then allowed many years of dirt to become ingrained in the pores of the clay, making it almost impossible to clean for the homeowner using ordinary methods.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/60/2024/05/Reclaimed-Pamment-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Gissing-20101759-768x1024.jpg" alt="Reclaimed Pamment Floor Before Cleaning Gissing" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Reclaimed Pamment Floor Before Cleaning Gissing" /></p> <p>Pamment tiles were very popular in older Norfolk homes; they are made from locally sourced clay and, like terracotta, are extremely porous and therefore need to be thoroughly sealed against fluids and general soiling. When correctly cleaned and sealed, they are quite versatile and can be used for internal floors as well as external areas such as patios and pathways.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Pamment tiled floor</h2> <p>To remove all traces of the old sealers and clean the tiles I decided to apply <a href="http://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 diluted with water to form a medium strength solution. I applied a generous coat of this solution to the floor, leaving it to soak into the pores of the tiles for approximately ten minutes. The solution was then worked into the Pamments using a Black nylon scrubbing pad fitted to a 17&#8243; rotary machine. Remove &#038; Go is a powerful and versatile cleaner which is safe to use on natural stone floors, kiln-fired tiles and all types of grout.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/60/2024/05/Reclaimed-Pamment-Floor-During-Cleaning-Gissing-20103444-768x1024.jpg" alt="Reclaimed Pamment Floor During Cleaning Gissing" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Reclaimed Pamment Floor During Cleaning Gissing" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/60/2024/05/Reclaimed-Pamment-Floor-During-Cleaning-Gissing-20110106-768x1024.jpg" alt="Reclaimed Pamment Floor During Cleaning Gissing" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Reclaimed Pamment Floor During Cleaning Gissing" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I rinsed the solution off the floor with clean water once it had worked its magic and extracted the resulting dirty residue with a wet-vacuum machine. In order to tackle some particularly stubborn stains, I repeated this process until I was satisfied that the floor had been cleaned to the highest standard possible. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/60/2024/05/Reclaimed-Pamment-Floor-During-Cleaning-Gissing-20103241.jpg" alt="Reclaimed Pamment Floor During Cleaning Gissing" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Reclaimed Pamment Floor During Cleaning Gissing" /></p> <p>The whole area was then given an acid wash using 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>. This further cleans the tiles to remove old grout stains and neutralises the pH level of the floor following the use of alkaline cleaning products, lastly it also ensures optimal adhesion of the new sealer.</p> <p>The floor was then left to dry overnight before returning the next day to complete the seal. I left a dehumidifier running overnight to assist the drying process and ensure that the floor would be completely dry on the following day. It’s imperative that a tiled floor is completely dry before sealing as any excess moisture left in the floor can potentially adversely affect the overall performance of the sealer as it evaporates. </p> <h2>Sealing a Pamment tiled floor</h2> <p>To seal and protect the Pamment tiles I applied a total of five coats of <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal &#038; Go</a>, which provided a robust, durable surface seal along with an aesthetically pleasing, mid-sheen finish (as you can see from the photos). Seal &#038; Go is the go-to sealer for internal, unsealed porous surfaces such as Terracotta, Sandstone or Slate.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/60/2024/05/Reclaimed-Pamment-Floor-During-Sealing-Gissing-21105054-768x1024.jpg" alt="Reclaimed Pamment Floor During Sealing Gissing" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Reclaimed Pamment Floor During Sealing Gissing" /></p> <p>The clients had left us to work our magic over the two days, returning at the end of the sealing day and were absolutely staggered at the results we had achieved with a floor they had thought beyond help.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/60/2024/05/Reclaimed-Pamment-Floor-After-Renovation-Gissing-21132054-768x1024.jpg" alt="Reclaimed Pamment Floor After Renovation Gissing" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Reclaimed Pamment Floor After Renovation Gissing" /></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>, it’s a gentle yet effective product that won’t upset the sealer which can be the problem with many of the stronger products you find in supermarkets.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Deep Cleaning and Restoration of Reclaimed Pamment Tiles in Norfolk</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-heavily-soiled-reclaimed-pamment-tiled-flooring-in-gissing/">Renovating Heavily Soiled Reclaimed Pamment Tiled Flooring in Gissing</a> appeared first on <a href="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz">Norfolk Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Victorian Hallway restoration in Warwick https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-hallway-restoration-in-warwick/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=victorian-hallway-restoration-in-warwick Warwickshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:ddcdb4e0-d4f6-b0b4-6b54-b37a010d0e17 Fri, 10 May 2024 03:29:24 +0000 <p>I took these photographs of an original Victorian tiled floor at a 1900&#8217;s house in Warwick, near the racecourse. The floor had been covered in vinyl for many years and had decided to replace it. However, after realising the value a restored period floor can add to a property, they investigated having it restored and [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-hallway-restoration-in-warwick/">Victorian Hallway restoration in Warwick</a> appeared first on <a href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz">Warwickshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I took these photographs of an original <b>Victorian tiled floor</b> at a 1900&#8217;s house in <b><a href="https://www.visitwarwick.co.uk/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Warwick</a></b>, near the racecourse. The floor had been covered in vinyl for many years and had decided to replace it. However, after realising the value a restored period floor can add to a property, they investigated having it restored and consequently contacted Tile Doctor.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2024/05/Vinyl-Covered-Victorian-Floor-Before-Restoration-Warwick-4235-764x1024.jpg" alt="Vinyl Covered Victorian Floor Before Restoration Warwick" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Vinyl Covered Victorian Floor Before Restoration Warwick" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2024/05/Vinyl-Covered-Victorian-Floor-Before-Restoration-Warwick-4236-764x1024.jpg" alt="Vinyl Covered Victorian Floor Before Restoration Warwick" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Vinyl Covered Victorian Floor Before Restoration Warwick" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Before quoting I went over to the house to survey the floor and work out what would be needed to renovate it. I could see that the main issues would be the self-levelling screed and adhesive that had been used to secure the vinyl. There were also numerous tiles that would need replacing. None of this concerned me though as I have worked through these sorts of issues many times before. </p> <p><Vinyl Covered Victorian Floor Before Restoration Warwick 4237.jpg></p> <p>I reassured the client that the original floor could absolutely be restored back to its original condition and worked out a price for the work which would take two days, one to clean/repair, and one to seal. My quote was accepted, and a date was arranged for my return.</p> <h2>Cleaning and Repairing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>Old floors like this one don&#8217;t have a damp proof membrane under the tiles so I was immediately concerned about increasing the moisture levels in the floor itself, especially as it was previously covered in vinyl which can prevent moisture rising through the floor. As a result, I decided to use as little water as possible when cleaning the floor by using low moisture gel cleaning products.</p> <p>To remove the screed and adhesive I applied <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> to the floor and then left it to soak in for ten minutes before working it in with a 100 and then <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">200-grit abrasive pad</a>. The acidic nature of the gel is really good at breaking down cement and mineral based contaminates allowing them to be removed more easily. After each pad I used a little water to help sluice away the soiled gel and extracted with a wet vacuum. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2024/05/Vinyl-Covered-Victorian-Floor-During-Restoration-Warwick-4244-764x1024.jpg" alt="Vinyl Covered Victorian Floor During Restoration Warwick" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Vinyl Covered Victorian Floor During Restoration Warwick" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2024/05/Vinyl-Covered-Victorian-Floor-During-Restoration-Warwick-4333-764x1024.jpg" alt="Vinyl Covered Victorian Floor During Restoration Warwick" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Vinyl Covered Victorian Floor During Restoration Warwick" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>After cleaning I then turned my attention to the 23 or so tiles that were either loose or in a bad condition and needed changing. These were carefully removed, and the foundation cleaned up before being replaced with a matching tile that I had managed to source earlier. The replacements were secured with fresh adhesive and then grouted. The floor was then given a quick clean and then left to dry out fully overnight.</p> <h2> Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The next day I returned and sealed 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> which leaves a matt finish and contains a colour enhancing formula that really brings out the colours in the tile. Additionally Colour Grow is also fully breathable and will allow moisture to rise unhindered through the floor and evaporate at the surface, a crucial feature when sealing old floors like this one. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2024/05/Vinyl-Covered-Victorian-Floor-After-Restoration-Warwick-4252-764x1024.jpg" alt="Vinyl Covered Victorian Floor After Restoration Warwick" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Vinyl Covered Victorian Floor After Restoration Warwick" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2024/05/Vinyl-Covered-Victorian-Floor-After-Restoration-Warwick-4251-764x1024.jpg" alt="Vinyl Covered Victorian Floor After Restoration Warwick" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Vinyl Covered Victorian Floor After Restoration Warwick" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>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 is an effective tile cleaner that is safe to use on sealed tiled floors.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in Worcestershire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-hallway-restoration-in-warwick/">Victorian Hallway restoration in Warwick</a> appeared first on <a href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz">Warwickshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Original Victorian Tiled Porch Deep Cleaned in Clifton Bristol https://bristol.tiledoctor.biz/original-victorian-tiled-porch-deep-cleaned-in-clifton-bristol/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=original-victorian-tiled-porch-deep-cleaned-in-clifton-bristol Bristol Tile Doctor urn:uuid:8ebf2c24-997e-bb4b-3f4c-f0d85727af57 Thu, 09 May 2024 04:57:15 +0000 <p>This customer from the Clifton area of Bristol contacted Tile Doctor about a small Victorian Tiled Porch at the entrance to their property that needed renovating. Happy to assist I went over to take a look and survey the tiles. You can see from the photos the tiles were in quite a state and would [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://bristol.tiledoctor.biz/original-victorian-tiled-porch-deep-cleaned-in-clifton-bristol/">Original Victorian Tiled Porch Deep Cleaned in Clifton Bristol</a> appeared first on <a href="https://bristol.tiledoctor.biz">Bristol Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This customer from the <b><a href="https://visitbristol.co.uk/your-visit/areas/clifton" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Clifton</a></b> area of Bristol contacted Tile Doctor about a small <b>Victorian Tiled Porch</b> at the entrance to their property that needed renovating. Happy to assist I went over to take a look and survey the tiles.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bristol.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/81/2024/05/Original-Victorian-Tiled-Porch-Before-Cleaning-Clifton-Bristol-0543.jpg" alt="Original Victorian Tiled Porch Before Cleaning Clifton Bristol" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Original Victorian Tiled Porch Before Cleaning Clifton Bristol" /></p> <p>You can see from the photos the tiles were in quite a state and would need a deep clean to pull out all the dirt that had become ingrained in the pores of the tile. I was happy to deep clean the tiles to restore the appearance but there were two cracked tiles in the middle that needed replacing. I don’t cover tiling work at the moment so I asked the customer to arrange for those two tiles to be replaced and then I would return to do the deep clean.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bristol.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/81/2024/05/Original-Victorian-Tiled-Porch-Before-Cleaning-Clifton-Bristol-0544.jpg" alt="Original Victorian Tiled Porch Before Cleaning Clifton Bristol" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Original Victorian Tiled Porch Before Cleaning Clifton Bristol" /></p> <p>Happy with the plan we agreed a price for the cleaning and waited for them to let me know when the tiling work had been completed.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning Victorian Porch Tiles</h2> <p>I deep cleaned the tiles with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-oxy-gel-1-litre/169/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Oxy-Gel</a> scrubbed in 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 diamond milling pad</a>. The Oxy-Gel is great for breaking down the dirt in small areas as being a gel its very easy to control and the industrial diamonds in the pads get right into the dirt. A little water is used with the Oxy-Gel to help lubricate the process and this soon begins to turn black as the dirt becomes released from the tiles. This soiling was then extracted from the floor using a wet vacuum.</p> <p>I then switched over to a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black pad</a> and applied another Tile Doctor product called <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Acid Gel</a>. This further cleans the floor and being acidic will remove old grout smears and other mineral deposits, it also neutralises the pH level of the floor from the use of Oxy-Gel which is a strong alkaline. Lastly being acidic it microscopically etches the clay tiles allowing for a stronger bond for the sealer. Once done the floor was rinsed with water and wet vacuumed again. This time I just used a deck brush for the final clean down. </p> <p>The clean-up didn’t take long, just a few hours but it certainly improved the appearance of the tiles.</p> <h2>Sealing a Victorian Tiled Vestibule </h2> <p>To save money my customer said they would seal the floor themselves so before leaving I discussed the process with them and recommended, they leave it to dry off overnight before applying the sealer. I left them a couple of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/cotton-sealing-cloths-pack-of-10/263/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">sealing cloths</a> and a partly used tin 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> for this. I recommended applying the sealer with a brush and then polishing off any excess with the cloths within five minutes of it being applied. Colour Grow contains a colour enhancing formula and is also fully breathable so ideal for exposed porches like this one. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bristol.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/81/2024/05/Original-Victorian-Tiled-Porch-After-Cleaning-Clifton-Bristol-0546.jpg" alt="Original Victorian Tiled Porch After Cleaning Clifton Bristol" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Original Victorian Tiled Porch After Cleaning Clifton Bristol" /></p> <p>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> which as its name suggests is a pH neutral tile cleaner. It’s important to use a pH neutral product like this as many of the products you find in supermarkets are simply too strong and can strip off a sealer with repeated use.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Small Victorian Tiled Porch in Bristol</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://bristol.tiledoctor.biz/original-victorian-tiled-porch-deep-cleaned-in-clifton-bristol/">Original Victorian Tiled Porch Deep Cleaned in Clifton Bristol</a> appeared first on <a href="https://bristol.tiledoctor.biz">Bristol Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Restoring the Appearance of a Heavily Soiled Marble Tabletop in Pangbourne https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-the-appearance-of-a-heavily-soiled-marble-tabletop-in-pangbourne/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=restoring-the-appearance-of-a-heavily-soiled-marble-tabletop-in-pangbourne Berkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:0e6dec67-bcc3-39ef-9975-3d64f7dd5526 Wed, 08 May 2024 06:10:19 +0000 <p>I received an enquiry from a customer in Pangbourne regarding a heavy soiled Marble stone table. The customer was downsizing and thought the marble tabletop would make a great addition to the balcony at the new property. However, as you can see from the photographs below it was in a very bad condition, in fact [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-the-appearance-of-a-heavily-soiled-marble-tabletop-in-pangbourne/">Restoring the Appearance of a Heavily Soiled Marble Tabletop in Pangbourne</a> appeared first on <a href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz">Berkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I received an enquiry from a customer in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pangbourne" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Pangbourne</a></b> regarding a heavy soiled <b>Marble stone table</b>. The customer was downsizing and thought the marble tabletop would make a great addition to the balcony at the new property. However, as you can see from the photographs below it was in a very bad condition, in fact the customer described the tabletop as “not fit enough for the skip let alone the garden”.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://i0.wp.com/berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2024/05/Marble-Tabletop-Before-Restoration-Pangbourne-125836.jpg?w=1200&#038;ssl=1" alt="Marble Tabletop Before Restoration Pangbourne" width="" height="" class="alignnone " title="Marble Tabletop Before Restoration Pangbourne" data-recalc-dims="1" /></p> <p>The tabletop was in such dire condition I wasn’t even sure it was Marble. However, after taking a more detailed look, I was able to confirm It was indeed marble and therefore confident it could be renovated to a good standard. </p> <p>Time was of the essence as the customer was due to move in the following weekend so I quickly worked out a quote for doing the work, which was agreed, and I took the table home so it could be worked on in the evenings.</p> <h2>Repairing and Cleaning a Marble Stone Table</h2> <p>The outside elements had taken its toll on this tabletop and it was covered in algae, black spot and lichens. Tile Doctor have a wide variety of products that help us tackle various issues with stone however I figured a good start would be to use their <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-patio-brick-driveway-cleaner-5-litre/256/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Patio &#038; Driveway Cleaner</a>. </p> <p>This product is seriously strong and designed specially to remove algae, lichens and black spot. It’s not what I would usually use on Marble however due to the severity of contamination it was my best option. Returning the next morning the results were incredible, about 80% of the contaminant’s had been removed but I knew if we repeated the process, we could achieve an even better result. I continued with the same method as before and left it to work overnight again. Happy with results I could continue with the next stage. </p> <p>The next stage was to polish the Marble using a series of pads from Tile Doctors inventory of 6-inch diamond burnishing pads. The first pad in the set to be applied was a coarse <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/flexi-segment-6-inch-100-grit-diamond-floor-pad/1283/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">100-grit pad</a> followed by a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/flexi-segment-6-inch-200-grit-diamond-floor-pad/1284/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">200-grit</a>. The pads are applied with water to help lubricate the process and are designed to repair damage left behind as a result of removing the algae and lichens. </p> <p>The process was then repeated with a coarse <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</a> and <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/6-inch-1500-grit-fine-yellow-no-3-burnishing-pad/34/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">fine 1500-grit pads</a> which gradually closed the pores and return the shine. This is a messy process which generates a slurry which is removed with after each pad with the wet vacuum.</p> <h2>Sealing a Marble Stone Table </h2> <p>With the Marble surface restored the last step was to protect the stone with a sealer which will keep any dirt or contaminates on the surface where they can be easily wiped away. So once the table was dry, I applied a thin coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal</a> which is an almost invisible impregnator that soaks into the Marble occupying its fine pores and thereby preventing dirt from becoming lodged there. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://i0.wp.com/berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2024/05/Marble-Tabletop-After-Restoration-Pangbourne-170020.jpg?w=1200&#038;ssl=1" alt="Marble Tabletop After Restoration Pangbourne" width="" height="" class="alignnone " title="Marble Tabletop After Restoration Pangbourne" data-recalc-dims="1" /></p> <p>The transformation was incredible, and both the customer and I were astonished by the outcome. My clients her husband even joked that I must have ‘swapped it out with a new one!’</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://i0.wp.com/berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2024/05/Marble-Tabletop-After-Restoration-Pangbourne-165905.jpg?w=1200&#038;ssl=1" alt="Marble Tabletop After Restoration Pangbourne" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Marble Tabletop After Restoration Pangbourne" data-recalc-dims="1" /></p> <p>For aftercare of polished stone worktops and tabletops I recommend 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>. Its a 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>Professional Repair and Renovation of a Stone Table in Berkshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-the-appearance-of-a-heavily-soiled-marble-tabletop-in-pangbourne/">Restoring the Appearance of a Heavily Soiled Marble Tabletop in Pangbourne</a> appeared first on <a href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz">Berkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Restoration in Goulceby near Louth https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/lino-covered-quarry-tiled-kitchen-floor-restoration-in-goulceby-near-louth/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lino-covered-quarry-tiled-kitchen-floor-restoration-in-goulceby-near-louth North Lincolnshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:579b5803-3b88-a694-9ace-5d40185efc37 Thu, 25 Apr 2024 13:01:55 +0000 <p>I was asked to look at this Quarry tiled floor at a property in the village of Goulceby near Louth for a client who was renovating their kitchen. Previously it had been covered with lino and they lifted that to reveal the tiles underneath. Realising this floor was original to the property they decided to [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/lino-covered-quarry-tiled-kitchen-floor-restoration-in-goulceby-near-louth/">Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Restoration in Goulceby near Louth</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz">North Lincolnshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was asked to look at this <b>Quarry tiled floor</b> at a property in the village of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goulceby" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Goulceby</a></b> near Louth for a client who was renovating their kitchen. Previously it had been covered with lino and they lifted that to reveal the tiles underneath. Realising this floor was original to the property they decided to see if it could be restored and hence contacted Tile Doctor.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/04/Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Goulceby-Louth-391-1024x1024.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Goulceby Louth" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Goulceby Louth"/></p> <p>I went over to survey the Quarry tiles and could see there was quite a lot of cement screed staining on the tiles, a lot of which was quite thick. The installers of the linoleum will have done this to provide a completely level base. Although difficult I knew it could be removed and provided the client with a quote for restoring the floor. This was accepted, and a date scheduled for the work to commence.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/04/Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Goulceby-Louth-488-1024x1024.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Goulceby Louth" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Goulceby Louth"/></p> <h2> Cleaning a Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>From experience I know the quickest way to remove old screed is to soften it with a steamer and then scrape it off carefully with a large scraper. It is not quick, and the work is quite laborious, but it is effective, in fact removing the screed took the best part of two days.</p> <p>With the bulk of the screed removed I gave the floor an acid wash using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up</a>, this product breaks down mineral based contaminates such as the remnants of the cement screed and old grout smears. Being acidic it will also neutralise alkaline salts that may have built up in the tiles. Old floors like this are designed to breathe and the previous coverings would have prevented that. This can lead to moisture being trapped under the floor where it can potentially reach out to the walls and cause rising damp. The <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> was scrubbed in with a mechanical buffer and then the soiling was rinsed off and extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>I then gave the floor a deep clean 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> to get rid of any old sealants and dirt trapped in the tiles itself. I used the previous method of scrubbing with the buffer followed by rinsing and extracting. Last step on day two was to spot treat any remaining problem areas by hand until I was satisfied the floor was as clean as it possible.</p> <p>I used a lot of water during those two days so despite removing as much of it as possible with the wet vacuum I was concerned it may take a long time to dry out completely, so I left a couple of dehumidifiers in place for a further two days before I returned to apply the sealer.</p> <h2> Sealing a Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>On my return I checked the moisture levels of the tiles with a damp meter, taking readings from different parts of the floor to confirm it was dry. All was well so I set about applying the first of two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a>. This is a breathable colour enhancing impregnating sealer that works by soaking into clay tiles, occupying the pores and ensuring dirt remains on the surface where it is easily cleaned away.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/04/Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Restoration-Goulceby-Louth-560-1024x1024.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor After Restoration Goulceby Louth" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor After Restoration Goulceby Louth"/></p> <p>Once complete the Quarry tiled floor was transformed and as you can imagine my client was very happy with the result. They commented that they really didn’t think a tiled floor in this condition could be restored but figured it would be worth giving it a go. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/04/Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Restoration-Goulceby-Louth-631-1024x1024.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor After Restoration Goulceby Louth" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor After Restoration Goulceby Louth"/></p> <p>Before leaving I took time to discuss aftercare, and recommended they use a sealer safe Tile Cleaning product such as <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>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Lincolnshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/lino-covered-quarry-tiled-kitchen-floor-restoration-in-goulceby-near-louth/">Lino Covered Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Restoration in Goulceby near Louth</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz">North Lincolnshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Bathroom Grout Recolour, Repair and Silicone in Matlock Bath https://derbyshire.tiledoctor.biz/bathroom-grout-recolour-repair-and-silicone-in-matlock-bath/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bathroom-grout-recolour-repair-and-silicone-in-matlock-bath Derbyshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:0da2c80e-fcd1-27d4-ad22-47714f224924 Tue, 23 Apr 2024 13:15:09 +0000 <p>I arranged to visit a property in the Derbyshire Dales village of Matlock Bath, to renovate the Ceramic bathroom tiles and grout. This is a beautiful area in the Peak District and consequently very popular with tourists. I could see there was damage and missing grout to some areas of wall tiling, and this was [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://derbyshire.tiledoctor.biz/bathroom-grout-recolour-repair-and-silicone-in-matlock-bath/">Bathroom Grout Recolour, Repair and Silicone in Matlock Bath</a> appeared first on <a href="https://derbyshire.tiledoctor.biz">Derbyshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I arranged to visit a property in the Derbyshire Dales village of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matlock_Bath" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Matlock Bath</a></b>, to renovate the <b>Ceramic</b> bathroom tiles and grout. This is a beautiful area in the Peak District and consequently very popular with tourists.</p> <p>I could see there was damage and missing grout to some areas of wall tiling, and this was resulting in damp staining to the hall ceiling below. The grout that was there was heavily stained even though it was only 2 years old. The client couldn’t understand why it had gotten so bad. I reassured him I could resolve the issue and get it looking like new again.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://derbyshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2024/04/Bathroom-Tile-Grout-Before-Renovation-Matlock-Bath-5364-768x1024.jpg" alt="Bathroom Tile Grout Before Renovation Matlock Bath" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Bathroom Tile Grout Before Renovation Matlock Bath" /></p> <p>I cleaned down a small area of grout and applied a small amount of Tile Doctor Grout recolour in White. Instantly the client could see how good the finish would be. He agreed my quotation and booked me in the following week to do the work.</p> <h2>Cleaning and Repairing the Grout in a Ceramic Tiled Bathroom</h2> <p>I started by raking out any areas of loose or cracked grout and cleaning up the resultant debris. I then replaced all the missing grout with Mapei’s fast setting waterproof grout in White and left to dry.</p> <p>Once dry I turned my attention to the rest of the grout which had discoloured from the use of soaps etc. To tackle this, I sprayed on a 3:1 dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-duo-clean-1-litre/200/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Duo Clean</a> and left it to work its magic for approximately ten to fifteen minutes. This was followed by scrubbing the stained grout lines with a stiff grout brush and also wiping over the Ceramic tiles to ensure they were equally clean. The whole area was then rinsed down with water and dried with a cotton cloth.</p> <p>Next was to spray the same areas with <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-Treater</a> and re-scrub the grout joints again. This prepares the grout for the colouring fluid to achieve a superior bond. I rinsed again with clean water to remove all traces and after another wipe down with a dry cloth I left the area to dry and went for a cup of tea.</p> <p>After my cuppa I began to strip the stained silicone around the bath ensuring all traces of mould or grime build up was wiped away using Tile Doctor Duo Clean sprayed onto a cloth. </p> <h2> Sealing the Grout in a Tiled Bathroom </h2> <p>Once this was complete the grout areas were dry, so I started the application of a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Colourant</a> in White. This is done using a small brush and literally painted on to all the joints including the newly grouted areas to ensure a consistent finish. The excess is wiped off the tile as you go along and after two coats of colourant the grout was looking bright and sparkling clean again.</p> <p>I finished the job by reapplying new sealant between the tiles and the bath using a mould resistant sanitary silicone in White.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://derbyshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2024/04/Bathroom-Tile-Grout-After-Renovation-Matlock-Bath-5368.jpg" alt="Bathroom Tile Grout After Renovation Matlock Bath" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Bathroom Tile Grout After Renovation Matlock Bath" /></p> <p>As you can see, the bathroom was transformed by the work, in fact it looked like a new installation. Needless to say my client was delighted. Another benefit of the rough grout Colourant is it adds a smooth barrier over the grout making it very easy to clean. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://derbyshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2024/04/Bathroom-Tile-Grout-After-Renovation-Matlock-Bath-5369-768x1024.jpg" alt="Bathroom Tile Grout After Renovation Matlock Bath" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Bathroom Tile Grout After Renovation Matlock Bath" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Bathroom Tile and Grout Renovation in Derbyshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://derbyshire.tiledoctor.biz/bathroom-grout-recolour-repair-and-silicone-in-matlock-bath/">Bathroom Grout Recolour, Repair and Silicone in Matlock Bath</a> appeared first on <a href="https://derbyshire.tiledoctor.biz">Derbyshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle Refreshed for new Tenants in Swanwick https://derbyshire.tiledoctor.biz/ceramic-tiled-shower-cubicle-refreshed-for-new-tenants-in-swanwick/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ceramic-tiled-shower-cubicle-refreshed-for-new-tenants-in-swanwick Derbyshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:085849bd-8b9b-8791-0356-799dea46cae6 Wed, 10 Apr 2024 10:47:05 +0000 <p>A private landlord got in touch recently to ask if there was anything that could be done to improve the tiles around the bath and shower in one of his rental properties in Swanwick just North of Ripley. There had been a long-term tenant living in the house who hadn’t maintained the area and as [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://derbyshire.tiledoctor.biz/ceramic-tiled-shower-cubicle-refreshed-for-new-tenants-in-swanwick/">Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle Refreshed for new Tenants in Swanwick</a> appeared first on <a href="https://derbyshire.tiledoctor.biz">Derbyshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>A private landlord got in touch recently to ask if there was anything that could be done to improve the tiles around the bath and shower in one of his rental properties in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swanwick,_Derbyshire" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Swanwick</a> just North of Ripley. There had been a long-term tenant living in the house who hadn’t maintained the area and as you can see from the photographs below the tiles were looking drab and the grout lines were heavily stained with grime, shampoo, and soap.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://derbyshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2024/04/Ceramic-Bathroom-Wall-Tiles-Before-Cleaning-Swanwick-Rental-Property-Derbyshire-4548-768x1024.jpg" alt="Ceramic Bathroom Wall Tiles Before Cleaning Swanwick Rental Property Derbyshire" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Ceramic Bathroom Wall Tiles Before Cleaning Swanwick Rental Property Derbyshire" /></p> <p>When renting property out a property it makes a lot of sense to give a bathroom a facelift to ensure it’s more attractive to future tenants, not only will it rent faster but it should also command a better price, after all no-one wants to rent a place with grotty tiles! </p> <p>I arranged to visit to they property to determine a plan of action and provide a quote for the work. Whilst there I carried out a test clean and was able to reassure the landlord that it wouldn’t be a problem and I was confident that the tile and grout could be renovated to a very high standard. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://derbyshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2024/04/Ceramic-Bathroom-Wall-Tiles-Before-Cleaning-Swanwick-Rental-Property-Derbyshire-4549-768x1024.jpg" alt="Ceramic Bathroom Wall Tiles Before Cleaning Swanwick Rental Property Derbyshire" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Ceramic Bathroom Wall Tiles Before Cleaning Swanwick Rental Property Derbyshire" /></p> <p>Happy with the test clean and my quote my client gave the go ahead and asked for the work to be scheduled in ASAP so the search for a new tenant could begin.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle</h2> <p>I began by cleaning the grout lines with a generous application of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-duo-clean/200/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Duo Clean</a> which is a fast and effective double action grout cleaner and mould remover. This product is designed for this purpose and comes with a trigger attachment so it can easily be sprayed onto the wall. The solution was then left for five minutes before being scrubbed into the wall tiles and grout with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/green-handheld-scrubbing-brush/250/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">scrubbing brush</a>. This action brought out a lot of dirt and staining from the grout which was then rinsed off.</p> <p>I then reviewed the wall tiles and concluded that even though they did look a lot cleaner there was some deep-seated staining in the grout that could not be shifted. I had planned for this though possibility though, given the original state of the grout it was clear to me from the start that the best solution would be to colour the grout with a White grout colourant and this had been factored into the quote.</p> <p>For best results the grout needs to be further cleaned with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant-pre-treat-cleaner-750ml-with-trigger-spray/201/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Pre-Treater</a> which is a slightly acidic cleaner that prepares the grout and ensures a better bond with the colourant. This is applied to the grout and left for 5 minutes before being scrubbed in with the grout brush. It is then rinsed away with water and left to dry.</p> <p>Before applying the grout colourant, I set about stripping out the silicone mastic sealant between the bathtub and wall tiles with a sharp knife; the sealant was heavily stained and damaged in places so very much in need of replacement. Once all the rubbish was swept out, I dried any remaining dampness from the grout and tiles.</p> <h2> Grout Colouring a Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle</h3> <p>This left the grout ready to be recoloured. I did this over the course of a few hours, using a White colourant from the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Colourant</a> range. White is just one of eleven colours available in the range and was chosen in this case to give the grout a really fresh look and to blend in with the White Ceramic tiles. </p> <p>The application of Grout Colourant not only colours the grout joints – it also seals and rejuvenates them. It also dries quickly, so I could apply a second coat quite soon after the first, removing any excess as I went. </p> <p>Once the restoration was finished, I resealed the shower base with fresh silicone mastic again in White to match the tile and grout. This last step finished the renovation and the result was quite a transformation. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://derbyshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2024/04/Ceramic-Bathroom-Wall-Tiles-After-Cleaning-Swanwick-Rental-Property-Derbyshire-4550-768x1024.jpg" alt="Ceramic Bathroom Wall Tiles After Cleaning Swanwick Rental Property Derbyshire" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Ceramic Bathroom Wall Tiles After Cleaning Swanwick Rental Property Derbyshire" /></p> <p>The Landlord was delighted and so was the Letting Agent.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://derbyshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2024/04/Ceramic-Bathroom-Wall-Tiles-After-Cleaning-Swanwick-Rental-Property-Derbyshire-4551-768x1024.jpg" alt="Ceramic Bathroom Wall Tiles After Cleaning Swanwick Rental Property Derbyshire" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Ceramic Bathroom Wall Tiles After Cleaning Swanwick Rental Property Derbyshire" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle Cleaning and Grout Recolouring in Derbyshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://derbyshire.tiledoctor.biz/ceramic-tiled-shower-cubicle-refreshed-for-new-tenants-in-swanwick/">Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle Refreshed for new Tenants in Swanwick</a> appeared first on <a href="https://derbyshire.tiledoctor.biz">Derbyshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Restoration of a Carpet Covered Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor in Lincoln https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoration-of-a-carpet-covered-victorian-tiled-hallway-floor-in-lincoln/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=restoration-of-a-carpet-covered-victorian-tiled-hallway-floor-in-lincoln North Lincolnshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:bd535a23-429d-3259-6d26-5bcc74374f69 Tue, 09 Apr 2024 11:18:51 +0000 <p>This client contacted me because they were renovating their house in Lincoln and wanted to know it was possible to restore the Victorian tiled floor they found underneath the carpet. They had seen previous work of mine on-line and so confident I could help they decided to get in touch to see what could be [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoration-of-a-carpet-covered-victorian-tiled-hallway-floor-in-lincoln/">Restoration of a Carpet Covered Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor in Lincoln</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz">North Lincolnshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This client contacted me because they were renovating their house in <a href="https://www.visitlincoln.com/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Lincoln</a> and wanted to know it was possible to restore the Victorian tiled floor they found underneath the carpet. They had seen previous work of mine on-line and so confident I could help they decided to get in touch to see what could be done.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center; width: 50%; padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/04/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-Before-Renovation-Lincoln-11085652-766x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor Before Renovation Lincoln" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor Before Renovation Lincoln" /></td> <td style="text-align: center; width: 50%; padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/04/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-Before-Renovation-Lincoln-11085658-766x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor Before Renovation Lincoln" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor Before Renovation Lincoln" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I went over to survey the floor and could immediately see it needed a lot of work. The floor was covered in all sorts of contamination, carpet adhesive, paint, plaster, cement, years of dirt and there were several areas of crumbled tiles that would need replacing.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center; width: 50%; padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/04/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-Before-Renovation-Lincoln-11085709-766x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor Before Renovation Lincoln" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor Before Renovation Lincoln" /></td> <td style="text-align: center; width: 50%; padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/04/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-Before-Renovation-Lincoln-13101415-766x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor Before Renovation Lincoln" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor Before Renovation Lincoln" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I measured up and worked out a restoration plan along with the materials I would need to get the job done. Later that day I emailed over a quote to the owner, and they gave me go ahead to get the work done.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning and Repairing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor in Lincoln</h2> <p>I started work by deep cleaning the floor tiles 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>, this as its name suggests is a coatings remover that can deal with quite a lot of problems. A strong dilution was made and sprayed onto one section of floor at a time where it was left to soak in for roughly twenty minutes. The tiles were then scrubbed to soften the contaminates and I used a steamer and a scraper to get off as much of the glue as possible. Once done the soiling was rinsed off with water and extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>The initial treatment did well to remove the glue etc, but I could see more work was needed to really deep clean the years of dirt out of the Victorian tiles. For this I applied another Tile Doctor product called <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-nanotech-hbu-remover-1-litre/10/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Nanotech HBU Remover</a>, HBU stands for Heavy Build-Up. This was applied and extracted in the same way as before.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/04/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-During-Renovation-Lincoln-11171239-766x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor During Renovation Lincoln" width="80%" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor During Renovation Lincoln" class="aligncenter "/></p> <p>Next step was to carry out the repairs that were required which were mainly around the door thresholds. I’m not sure what it is with thresholds, but I guess this is generally where two floors meet, and the floor can experience some movement. To ensure a perfect match the owner had agreed for tiles to be removed from under the stairs so they could be re-used for the repairs. The space under the stairs was due to be boxed in as part of the renovations so you would never know.</p> <p>With that done I moved onto the next step of 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>. This cleans up the tiles further by removing grout smears, dissolving efflorescent salts in the floor and the acidic nature of the product also neutralises the pH level of the floor after the use of strong alkaline cleaning products earlier. The floor was rinsed again afterwards, and then dried as much as possible with the wet vacuum before leaving it to dry off overnight.</p> <h2>Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor in Lincoln</h2> <p>I left the floor to dry out for several days before returning to seal the tiles. Applying a sealer to damp tiles can result in a patchy appearance to on my return I checked the moisture levels first with a damp meter to ensure they were dry enough. The readings were fine, so I was able to apply a couple of coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is a breathable colour enhancing sealer. This is a super durable product which will give great protection to the floor, especially when it is in a high traffic area such as a hallway.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center; width: 50%; padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/04/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-After-Restoration-Lincoln-13142459-766x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor After Restoration Lincoln" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor After Restoration Lincoln" /></td> <td style="text-align: center; width: 50%; padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/04/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-After-Restoration-Lincoln-13141143-766x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor After Restoration Lincoln" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor After Restoration Lincoln" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Once the work was completed the floor looked so much better and I’m happy to report that both the husband and wife were amazed at the transformation. Before leaving I took time to discuss aftercare 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> to maintain the floor. This is a pH neutral product which will is mild enough to use every day and won’t harm the sealer. It’s supplied as a concentrate so you only need a small amount of cleaning fluid to clean the floor and so a one litre bottle will last some time.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center; width: 50%; padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/04/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-After-Restoration-Lincoln-13141137-766x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor After Restoration Lincoln" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor After Restoration Lincoln" /></td> <td style="text-align: center; width: 50%; padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/04/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-After-Restoration-Lincoln-13145942-766x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor After Restoration Lincoln" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor After Restoration Lincoln" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in Lincolnshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoration-of-a-carpet-covered-victorian-tiled-hallway-floor-in-lincoln/">Restoration of a Carpet Covered Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor in Lincoln</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz">North Lincolnshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Cleaning and Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor in Cardiff https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-and-sealing-a-victorian-tiled-hallway-floor-in-cardiff/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cleaning-and-sealing-a-victorian-tiled-hallway-floor-in-cardiff South East Wales Tile Doctor urn:uuid:d9b4040e-6ade-865c-b413-553bd75db3c4 Mon, 08 Apr 2024 18:43:11 +0000 <p>A homeowner from Cardiff was in touch earlier this year regarding their 1930’s Geometric tiled floor more commonly referred to a Victorian. These floors are created using encaustic cement tiles benefit greatly from being sealed to prevent dirt from becoming ingrained in the tile and in this case the sealer had worn off some years [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-and-sealing-a-victorian-tiled-hallway-floor-in-cardiff/">Cleaning and Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor in Cardiff</a> appeared first on <a href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz">South East Wales Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>A homeowner from <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiff" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Cardiff</a></b> was in touch earlier this year regarding their 1930’s <b>Geometric tiled floor</b> more commonly referred to a Victorian. These floors are created using encaustic cement tiles benefit greatly from being sealed to prevent dirt from becoming ingrained in the tile and in this case the sealer had worn off some years ago.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2024/04/1930-Geometric-Tiled-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Cardiff-18113256-765x1024.jpg" alt="1930 Geometric Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Cardiff" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" title="1930 Geometric Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Cardiff"/></p> <p>I paid a visit to the property to survey the floor and come up with a restoration plan and produce a quote for work. It was clear that the floor had seen many years of heavy foot traffic since it had been last renovated and now you could see black staining building up on the tile. This had not gone unnoticed by the owner and wanted the floor restoring to its former glory. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2024/04/1930-Geometric-Tiled-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Cardiff-18114756-765x1024.jpg" alt="1930 Geometric Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Cardiff" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" title="1930 Geometric Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Cardiff"/></p> <p>I worked out a quote which was accepted and we agreed a date for the work to start.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>To get the floor clean I created a 50:50 solution of two Tile Doctor products, <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Pro-Clean</a> and <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-nanotech-hbu-remover-1-litre/10/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Nanotech HBU Remover</a>. The two products combine to create a very powerful alkaline tile cleaning product. The solution was applied neat to approximately one square meter at a time and after leaving it to soak for ten minutes it was worked in using a hand size scrubbing pad cut from a Black 17-inch floor pad.</p> <p>This is an aggressive pad which helps shift the dirt with the help of the products which penetrate the pores of the tile to lift out the ingrained dirt. After working on the area for around five to ten minutes at a time it was rinsed with water and the soiling extracted with a wet vacuum. </p> <p>The next step was to repeat the process using <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> which is an acidic cleaning product that helps to further clean up the tiles, removing old cement residues and will dissolve any efflorescent salts that may be present in the floor. After another rise and extraction, I was able to move on to the next square meter. </p> <p>Hallways lend themselves well to this approach as you can start at one end and progress down the floor, working in this manner also ensures each meter is checked and any issues are resolved as you progress.</p> <p>One the whole floor had been cleaned in this way it was left to dry off overnight.</p> <h2> Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The following day I returned and first used the damp meter to check that the floor was dry enough to seal. Satisfied with the results I began with the application of the first coat of sealer which for this floor we used <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 sealer provides a satin shine finish which also enhances the deep vibrant colours of the tiles.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2024/04/1930-Geometric-Tiled-Floor-After-Cleaning-Cardiff-20120635-765x1024.jpg" alt="1930 Geometric Tiled Floor After Cleaning Cardiff" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" title="1930 Geometric Tiled Floor After Cleaning Cardiff"/></p> <p>The customer was delighted with the results so much that they asked me to return later to restore the Red Quarry tiled floor in there dining room. Before leaving I took time to discuss aftercare cleaning for which 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>, this is a gentle but effective tile cleaning product designed for use on sealed floors that will ensure easy maintenance and keep the floor in great condition.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2024/04/1930-Geometric-Tiled-Floor-After-Cleaning-Cardiff-20120721-765x1024.jpg" alt="1930 Geometric Tiled Floor After Cleaning Cardiff" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" title="1930 Geometric Tiled Floor After Cleaning Cardiff"/></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in South Wales</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-and-sealing-a-victorian-tiled-hallway-floor-in-cardiff/">Cleaning and Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor in Cardiff</a> appeared first on <a href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz">South East Wales Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Neglected Slate Tiled Utility Room Floor Cleaned and Sealed in Farnham https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/neglected-slate-tiled-utility-room-floor-cleaned-and-sealed-in-farnham/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=neglected-slate-tiled-utility-room-floor-cleaned-and-sealed-in-farnham West Surrey Tile Doctor urn:uuid:74b1d4be-9a6f-8960-f88f-0917afb0610e Fri, 05 Apr 2024 14:13:54 +0000 <p>The Slate floor in this room at a property in Farnham was in quite a state. “Heavily soiled” is a polite description. The floor was situated in the utility room and hadn’t been cleaned properly since the house was constructed ten years ago. The room was mainly used as a dumping ground for walking boots [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/neglected-slate-tiled-utility-room-floor-cleaned-and-sealed-in-farnham/">Neglected Slate Tiled Utility Room Floor Cleaned and Sealed in Farnham</a> appeared first on <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The <b>Slate floor</b> in this room at a property in <b><a href="https://farnhamsociety.org.uk/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Farnham</a></b> was in quite a state. “Heavily soiled” is a polite description. The floor was situated in the utility room and hadn’t been cleaned properly since the house was constructed ten years ago. </p> <p>The room was mainly used as a dumping ground for walking boots and was also where the dog slept. Being out of sight it was therefore out of mind but eventually they decided it was time to do something about it and reached out to Tile Doctor for help.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2024/04/Slate-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Farnham-Kitchen-083758-768x1024.jpg" alt="Slate Floor Before Cleaning Farnham Kitchen" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Slate Floor Before Cleaning Farnham Kitchen" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2024/04/Slate-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Farnham-Kitchen-083808-768x1024.jpg" alt="Slate Floor Before Cleaning Farnham Kitchen" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Slate Floor Before Cleaning Farnham Kitchen" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I visited the property, surveyed the tiles and was confident the floor could be restored! From my survey I was also able to provide a quote for a deep clean and seal of the Slate tiles which was accepted and a date set for my return.</p> <h2> Cleaning a Slate Tiled Utility Room Floor</h2> <p>I cleaned the grout first 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 was done using the usual method of applying it directly to the grout and leaving it to soak in for ten minutes before using an abrasive wire brush to scrub the grout clean. The floor was then rinsed then the waste extracted with a wet vacuum. This was repeated until I was happy the grout was as clean as possible. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2024/04/Slate-Floor-During-Cleaning-Farnham-Kitchen-090406-768x1024.jpg" alt="Slate Floor During Cleaning Farnham Kitchen" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Slate Floor During Cleaning Farnham Kitchen" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2024/04/Slate-Floor-During-Cleaning-Farnham-Kitchen-091638-768x1024.jpg" alt="Slate Floor During Cleaning Farnham Kitchen" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Slate Floor During Cleaning Farnham Kitchen" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Next up, I sprayed a strong dilution of more Tile Doctor Pro Clean over the tiles and left it to dwell this time for twenty minutes. The surface gradually turned yellow indicating that the product was working. Then using a tough carbide brush attached to a handheld polisher I slowly cleaned the tiles. Slate has a riven surface with lots of nooks and crannies that the brush can get into. All the waste soil was removed again with a wet vacuum and I then neutralised the floor rinsing it twice with hot water. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2024/04/Slate-Floor-During-Cleaning-Farnham-Kitchen-093132-768x1024.jpg" alt="Slate Floor During Cleaning Farnham Kitchen" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Slate Floor During Cleaning Farnham Kitchen" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2024/04/Slate-Floor-During-Cleaning-Farnham-Kitchen-103824-768x1024.jpg" alt="Slate Floor During Cleaning Farnham Kitchen" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Slate Floor During Cleaning Farnham Kitchen" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2> Sealing a Slate Tiled Utility Room Floor </h2> <p>For the next hour or so I dried the floor with a heater and while waiting I cleaned the small brick patio by the front door which made the entrance look a lot more inviting! </p> <p>Once the floor looked dry, I tested with the damp meter to make sure it was ready to seal. Satisfied the levels were good, I applied three coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-extra-1-litre/22/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go Extra</a>. This is a moder tough sealer that’s ideal for busy floors that leaves an attractive sheen finish. </p> <p>Once dry the floor looked so much clear and appealing, much to the relief of my client who was very happy with the work we carried out- and so was the dog! </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2024/04/Slate-Floor-During-Sealing-Farnham-Kitchen-114052-768x1024.jpg" alt="Slate Floor During Sealing Farnham Kitchen" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Slate Floor During Sealing Farnham Kitchen" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2024/04/Slate-Floor-During-Sealing-Farnham-Kitchen-114138-768x1024.jpg" alt="Slate Floor During Sealing Farnham Kitchen" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Slate Floor During Sealing Farnham Kitchen" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For aftercare 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 Cleaner</a> which is a Neutral pH tile and grout cleaner and will help ensure the floor stays in great condition for many years to come. It always worth readying the label of a Tile Cleaning product to check its suitable for use on a sealed floor as most household products are usually acidic and can trip a sealant off a floor with repeated use. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Slate Tiled Utility Room in West Surrey</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/neglected-slate-tiled-utility-room-floor-cleaned-and-sealed-in-farnham/">Neglected Slate Tiled Utility Room Floor Cleaned and Sealed in Farnham</a> appeared first on <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Discoloured Grout Restored with Limestone Grout Colourant in Redland Bristol https://bristol.tiledoctor.biz/discoloured-grout-restored-with-limestone-grout-colourant-in-redland-bristol/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=discoloured-grout-restored-with-limestone-grout-colourant-in-redland-bristol Bristol Tile Doctor urn:uuid:77685a65-c4b2-d67d-0404-6e9a0e59fa6f Mon, 01 Apr 2024 07:33:32 +0000 <p>This is a ceramic tiled hallway floor at a property in the Redland area of Bristol, where the grout had suffered discolouration and darkened. The owner was unhappy about the way it looked as it made each tile more obvious and made the rooms look narrower. We often get called out to cover grout cleaning [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://bristol.tiledoctor.biz/discoloured-grout-restored-with-limestone-grout-colourant-in-redland-bristol/">Discoloured Grout Restored with Limestone Grout Colourant in Redland Bristol</a> appeared first on <a href="https://bristol.tiledoctor.biz">Bristol Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This is a ceramic tiled hallway floor at a property in the <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redland,_Bristol" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Redland</a></b> area of Bristol, where the grout had suffered discolouration and darkened. The owner was unhappy about the way it looked as it made each tile more obvious and made the rooms look narrower.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://bristol.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/81/2024/04/Discoloured-Ceramic-Floor-Tile-Grout-in-Redland-Bristol-Before-Colouring-8126-764x1024.jpg" alt="Discoloured Ceramic Floor Tile Grout in Redland Bristol Before Colouring" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Discoloured Ceramic Floor Tile Grout in Redland Bristol Before Colouring" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://bristol.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/81/2024/04/Discoloured-Ceramic-Floor-Tile-Grout-in-Redland-Bristol-Before-Colouring-8127-764x1024.jpg" alt="Discoloured Ceramic Floor Tile Grout in Redland Bristol Before Colouring" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Discoloured Ceramic Floor Tile Grout in Redland Bristol Before Colouring" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>We often get called out to cover grout cleaning on a ceramic or porcelain floor tile as these tiles are glazed and are easy to clean but the grout will often discolour. Even if cleaned well, the grout can still be patchy due to staining and potentially due to chemical misuse. </p> <p>By chemical misuse I’m talking about coloured grouts which have a colour dye added to them and this dye is stripped away with the use of strong bleach-based cleaning products or degreasers such as a washing up liquid. </p> <p>To resolve discolouration issues there are only two options, either you rake out the old grout and start again or clean the grout and re-colour it back the way it was. </p> <h2> Cleaning a Ceramic Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>As the client had no spare tiles and had electric under floor heating installed removing the grout was not a feasible option. The reason being that during the grout removal it’s quite possible the edge of a tile will get chipped and need replacing which in turn would damage the heating element. Also, there’s always the danger that the matt could be cut through when removing the grout. </p> <p>It was decided grout colouring was the best option as it won&#8217;t cause any damage to the tiles, or the underfloor heating and it is long lasting. It can be upset by degreasers and bleaches which is what has upset the main grout in the first place, so we like to leave the client a complimentary bottle of Tile Doctor Neutral Cleaner after every job. This is designed to clean the tiles and has a nice, pleasant lemon scent.</p> <p>First, we applied <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 Pre-Treater</a> which cleans the grout and provides an improved bond for the new colourant to adhere to. There are eleven popular grout colours to choose from an on this occasion Limestone was chosen which was a good match for the tiles. Naturally this is down to the customers preference but our advice is that the grout shouldn&#8217;t be obvious, it should be the tiles that you see as grout is just secondary and not meant to be all that visible.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">colourant</a> is simply painted onto the grout lines using an <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-brush-and-wheel-set-4mm-and-8mm/1297/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">applicator tool</a> that screws directly onto the grout bottle which makes the job much faster. Once applied the excess is wiped off the adjacent tile shortly after. Two coasts are usually all that’s needed depending on how badly stained the grout is.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://bristol.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/81/2024/04/Discoloured-Ceramic-Floor-Tile-Grout-in-Redland-Bristol-After-Colouring-8128-764x1024.jpg" alt="Discoloured Ceramic Floor Tile Grout in Redland Bristol After Colouring" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Discoloured Ceramic Floor Tile Grout in Redland Bristol After Colouring" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://bristol.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/81/2024/04/Discoloured-Ceramic-Floor-Tile-Grout-in-Redland-Bristol-After-Colouring-8129-764x1024.jpg" alt="Discoloured Ceramic Floor Tile Grout in Redland Bristol After Colouring" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Discoloured Ceramic Floor Tile Grout in Redland Bristol After Colouring" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Once the grout colour had dried completely the job was complete, there’s no need to seal the ceramic tiles as they are sealed with a glaze at the factory during production. </p> <p>My client was very happy with transformation and before leaving I arranged for 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 Tile Cleaner</a> to be sent to the client. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Ceramic Tile Grout in Bristol</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://bristol.tiledoctor.biz/discoloured-grout-restored-with-limestone-grout-colourant-in-redland-bristol/">Discoloured Grout Restored with Limestone Grout Colourant in Redland Bristol</a> appeared first on <a href="https://bristol.tiledoctor.biz">Bristol Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Soiled Limestone Floor Tile and Grout Renovated in Southam https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/soiled-limestone-floor-tile-and-grout-renovated-in-southam/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=soiled-limestone-floor-tile-and-grout-renovated-in-southam Warwickshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:9eb33f37-fb73-c126-c9f5-06385063a120 Wed, 27 Mar 2024 05:38:33 +0000 <p>Details below of an impressive Limestone Floor installed at a large county house in the historic market town of Southam. I had been asked to deep clean the limestone floor tiles and grout lines in the kitchen and adjacent hallway. They had been previously cleaned by another company a few years ago and they now [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/soiled-limestone-floor-tile-and-grout-renovated-in-southam/">Soiled Limestone Floor Tile and Grout Renovated in Southam</a> appeared first on <a href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz">Warwickshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Details below of an impressive <b>Limestone Floor</b> installed at a large county house in the historic market town of <b><a href="https://southam.co.uk/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Southam</a></b>. I had been asked to deep clean the limestone floor tiles and grout lines in the kitchen and adjacent hallway. They had been previously cleaned by another company a few years ago and they now needed doing again.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2024/03/Limestone-Floor-Tile-and-Grout-Before-Cleaning-Southam-2-768x1024.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor Tile and Grout Before Cleaning Southam" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Limestone Floor Tile and Grout Before Cleaning Southam" /></p> <p>I went over to survey the tiles and provide a quote as requested. The stone was dirty but in good shape, I could see the previous sealer had started to fail in the busiest areas and this was now letting dirt become trapped in the pores of the stone. The main problem though was the grout which had a very rough surface and was heavy contaminated with acrylic sealer. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2024/03/Limestone-Floor-Tile-and-Grout-Before-Cleaning-Southam-3-768x1024.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor Tile and Grout Before Cleaning Southam" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Limestone Floor Tile and Grout Before Cleaning Southam" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2024/03/Limestone-Floor-Tile-Grout-Before-Cleaning-Southam-768x1024.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor Tile Grout Before Cleaning Southam" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Limestone Floor Tile Grout Before Cleaning Southam" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2>Cleaning and Burnishing Limestone Tiles</h2> <p>Before beginning the work, I took the precaution of adding a clear silicone sealant between the kitchen units and tile. This is needed to prevent any water used during the cleaning process from soaking into the woodwork and damaging it. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2024/03/Limestone-Floor-Tile-and-Grout-During-Preparation-Southam2-768x1024.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor Tile and Grout During Preparation Southam" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Limestone Floor Tile and Grout During Preparation Southam" /></p> <p>Once that was done work started on talking the grout which had to be rubbed back using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/diamond-hand-burnishing-block-set-greenblackred-yellow/31/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">handheld diamond blocks</a> which was able to cut through and remove the acrylic sealer and dirt along with it. All the grout lines had been treated in this way and so realising it was going to be a tough job I had arranged for Steve Carpenter from Nottinghamshire Tile Doctor to lend me a hand for two days.</p> <p>After resolving the grout issues, I moved on to restoring the appearance of the Limestone tiles themselves. This was done coarse diamond encrusted Burnishing Pads. Each pad has a different level of grit to grind away the dirt from the stone and build up the polished appearance. The process effectively resurfaces the stone leaving it looking new and fresh. </p> <p>The process started 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 pad</a>, fitted to a rotary machine, to grind away any excess muck and sealant lubricated with a little water and <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Stone Soap</a> cleaning fluid. The resultant slurry was rinsed away and I followed up with the application of the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-400-grit-coarse-red-no-1-burnishing-pad/36/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">400-grit pad</a> again with a small amount of water and <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Stone Soap</a>.</p> <h2>Sealing Limestone Tiles</h2> <p>The last step was to seal the floor and after discussing this with the owner previously it was clear they wanted the Limestone to keep its light appearance and look as natural as possible. With that requirement in mind, we sealed the floor using a couple of coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra Seal</a> which is a premium impregnating sealer that is almost invisible and doesn’t alter the look of the stone. It works by soaking into the stone, occupying the pores, and thereby preventing dirt from becoming lodged there, this keeps the dirt on the surface where it can be easily cleaned away. Ultra-seal is also an excellent grout sealer.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2024/03/Limestone-Floor-Tile-and-Grout-After-Cleaning-Southam-5-768x1024.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor Tile and Grout After Cleaning Southam" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Limestone Floor Tile and Grout After Cleaning Southam" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2024/03/Limestone-Floor-Tile-and-Grout-After-Sealing-Southam-7-768x1024.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor Tile and Grout After Sealing Southam" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Limestone Floor Tile and Grout After Sealing Southam" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>After three days of hard work by the team working the Limestone and Grout was looking so much better and was a massive improvement. The new sealer will also ensure the stone and the grout is much easier to maintain going forward.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2024/03/Limestone-Floor-Tile-and-Grout-After-Cleaning-Southam-4-768x1024.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor Tile and Grout After Cleaning Southam" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Limestone Floor Tile and Grout After Cleaning Southam" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2024/03/Limestone-Floor-Tile-and-Grout-After-Cleaning-Southam-7-768x1024.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor Tile and Grout After Cleaning Southam" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Limestone Floor Tile and Grout After Cleaning Southam" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><Limestone Floor Tile and Grout After Cleaning Southam 4.jpg><br /> <Limestone Floor Tile and Grout After Cleaning Southam 7.jpg></p> <p>My customer was very happy with the floor and pleased it would be easier to clean from now on. Regarding cleaning, I recommended they use Tile Doctor Stone Soap which is a gentle yet effective tile cleaner that won’t impact the sealer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Cleaning of a Limestone Tiled Floor in Warwickshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/soiled-limestone-floor-tile-and-grout-renovated-in-southam/">Soiled Limestone Floor Tile and Grout Renovated in Southam</a> appeared first on <a href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz">Warwickshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Victorian Tiled Hallway Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Portobello Edinburgh https://edinburgh.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-portobello-edinburgh/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=victorian-tiled-hallway-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-portobello-edinburgh Edinburgh Tile Doctor urn:uuid:bef40d97-7e88-5f4c-fbc6-69c1e3c1ec3d Tue, 26 Mar 2024 06:35:03 +0000 <p>This Victorian Tiled Hallway floor at a property in Portobello which is on the coast, East of Edinburgh. It had not been deep cleaned for some time and was looking very neglected. The owner felt it was time to get it renovated so we were asked to do the work. Any sealer protecting the tiles [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://edinburgh.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-portobello-edinburgh/">Victorian Tiled Hallway Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Portobello Edinburgh</a> appeared first on <a href="https://edinburgh.tiledoctor.biz">Edinburgh Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This <b>Victorian Tiled Hallway floor</b> at a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portobello,_Edinburgh" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Portobello</a></b> which is on the coast, East of Edinburgh. It had not been deep cleaned for some time and was looking very neglected. The owner felt it was time to get it renovated so we were asked to do the work.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://edinburgh.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2024/03/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Cleaning-Portobello-Edinburgh-06100925-766x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Cleaning Portobello Edinburgh" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Cleaning Portobello Edinburgh" /></p> <p>Any sealer protecting the tiles had long since worn off resulting in dirt becoming ingrained into the pores where it’s very difficult to shift. The dirt had built-up in the tiles, and they were also stained with a few paint splashes from decorating. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://edinburgh.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2024/03/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Cleaning-Portobello-Edinburgh-06100930-766x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Cleaning Portobello Edinburgh" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Cleaning Portobello Edinburgh" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://edinburgh.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2024/03/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Cleaning-Portobello-Edinburgh-06112735-766x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Cleaning Portobello Edinburgh" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Cleaning Portobello Edinburgh" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Additionally, there were three small tile repairs that were needed and some grouting to do. Happy to assist I came up with a restorative cleaning plan for the floor that was considerate of its age and provided a quote for doing the work.</p> <h2>Renovating a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor in Portobello Edinburgh</h2> <p>Old floors like this one don’t have a damp proof membrane under the floor so you have to be wary of how much water you use during cleaning, if you use too much it could take a long time to dry out and you can seal it. </p> <p>To start the cleaning I have the whole floor an Acid Wash using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up</a>. The product is applied to the floor and left to soak in for ten minutes before being worked in with low grit brushes fitted to a rotary buffer. Then after going over the floor a few times the floor was wiped with damp cloths and speed dried with air movers. The paint splashes had now been softened by the cleaning were be scraped off. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://edinburgh.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2024/03/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-During-Cleaning-Portobello-Edinburgh-07134749-766x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway During Cleaning Portobello Edinburgh" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Victorian Tiled Hallway During Cleaning Portobello Edinburgh" /></p> <p>Giving a floor like this an acid wash also has the advantage of neutralising any efflorescent salts in the tiles which can be an issue with old floors like this one.</p> <p>With that complete I started with repairs which involved carefully removing the three broken tiles, cleaning up the base and then laying replacements which I had managed to source earlier. Your really have to be careful when removing tiles on a floor of this age as it doesn’t take much to upset the neighbouring tiles and before you know it your re-tiling a area much larger than you had originally planned for.</p> <p>Once the replacement tiles had set and grouted in, I was able to move onto the next step of scrubbing the floor with a 200, 400 and then 800-grit <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/stone-burnishing/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Diamond burnishing pad</a>. A little water is used to help lubricate the process which opens and then closes the pores on the surface allowing the dirt to be flushed out and makes the tiles slightly smoother. We find doing this also speeds up drying times. The water turns into a slurry which is removed with a wet vacuum after each pad is applied.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://edinburgh.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2024/03/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-During-Cleaning-Portobello-Edinburgh-06112722-766x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway During Cleaning Portobello Edinburgh" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Victorian Tiled Hallway During Cleaning Portobello Edinburgh" /></p> <h2>Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>With the floor clean it was left to dry off for a week before returning to seal the tiles, applying a sealer to a damp floor can result in a cloudy appearance so it’s always best to wait. </p> <p>The sealer chosen for this floor was <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>, it’s an oil-based long lasting breathable impregnator that’s rated for external as well as internal use; these are perfect credentials for a Hallway floor at the front of the house which is likely to get wet often. </p> <p>The sealer brought the floor to life enhancing the deep colours giving the floor hardwearing protection that should last many years to come. The fresh sealer will ensure dirt remains on the surface where it can be cleaned away easily. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://edinburgh.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2024/03/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Cleaning-Portobello-Edinburgh-06112641-766x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Cleaning Portobello Edinburgh" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Cleaning Portobello Edinburgh" /></p> <p>Before leaving I took time to explain the importance of using a neutral pH tile cleaning product such as <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Cleaner</a> for day-to-day cleaning. A lot of products you find in supermarkets contain bleach and are simply too strong for cleaning a sealed surface and will quickly erode the sealer with use.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://edinburgh.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2024/03/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Cleaning-Portobello-Edinburgh-06103749-766x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Cleaning Portobello Edinburgh" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Cleaning Portobello Edinburgh" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://edinburgh.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2024/03/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Cleaning-Portobello-Edinburgh-767x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Cleaning Portobello Edinburgh" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Cleaning Portobello Edinburgh" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in Portobello Edinburgh</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://edinburgh.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-portobello-edinburgh/">Victorian Tiled Hallway Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Portobello Edinburgh</a> appeared first on <a href="https://edinburgh.tiledoctor.biz">Edinburgh Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Large Limestone Tiled Floor Stripped and Resealed in Weybridge https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/large-limestone-tiled-floor-stripped-and-resealed-in-weybridge-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=large-limestone-tiled-floor-stripped-and-resealed-in-weybridge-2 West Surrey Tile Doctor urn:uuid:331c2205-791c-500a-e48e-02b576b2094c Mon, 18 Mar 2024 10:32:35 +0000 <p>The photographs below were taken at a property in Weybridge where the owner had Limestone tiles installed throughout the Kitchen and adjacent dining room. Like any stone floor the sealer and appearance will degrade with use and in this case the tiles and especially the grout had become darker with ingrained dirt. The owners had [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/large-limestone-tiled-floor-stripped-and-resealed-in-weybridge-2/">Large Limestone Tiled Floor Stripped and Resealed in Weybridge</a> appeared first on <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The photographs below were taken at a property in <b><a href="http://www.allaboutweybridge.co.uk/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Weybridge</a></b> where the owner had <b>Limestone tiles</b> installed throughout the Kitchen and adjacent dining room. Like any stone floor the sealer and appearance will degrade with use and in this case the tiles and especially the grout had become darker with ingrained dirt. The owners had decided it was time to the floor professionally cleaned and asked me to quote for the work.</p> <p>Limestone is a beautiful stone that cleans up really well but to get the best out of it needs to be polished with burnishing pads using heavy equipment, something the tile shop salesman usually forgets to mention. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2024/03/Limestone-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Weybridge-16083311-768x1024.jpg" alt="Limestone Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Weybridge" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Limestone Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Weybridge" /></p> <p>Having surveyed the floor I worked out a renovation plan which included tile and grout cleaning, stone polishing and finally sealing to protect it going forward. Happy with my quote we set a date for the work to begin.</p> <h2>Resealing a Polished Limestone Floor</h2> <p>My first job was to protect the kitchen cabinets from splashing with a sheet of decorator’s plastic about a foot from the ground upwards. I also like to apply a thin line of transparent mastic at the base of the cabinets where they meet the tile as this is usually a place where unwanted water can find its way in.</p> <p>Once the kitchen woodwork was protected, I set about deep cleaning the grout. To do this I run 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> along the grout lines then leave it to dwell for five minutes and then scrubbed by hand using a wire brush until clean. All the waste is then rinsed off and extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>With the grout now clean and the soil removed I set up my rotary floor cleaning machine ready to burnish the stone tile and restore the finish 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" target="_blank">set of diamond encrusted burnishing pads</a>.</p> <p>The first pad in the set to be applied is a coarse 400 grit pad that is designed to open the pores of the stone allowing dirt to be flushed out and removes existing sealers in the process. Water is used for lubrication and the during the following hours the process was repeated with the medium 800 grit and fine 1500 grit pads which gradually close the pores, buildup the polish and return the shine. This is a wet process which generates a slurry which is removed with after each pad with the wet vacuum. </p> <p>Once the whole floor had been burnished it was given a final rinse and dried as much as possible with the wet vacuum. It was then left to fully dry off fully overnight.</p> <h2>Sealing Limestone Tiles</h2> <p>Returning the next day, I tested the floor was dry with a damp meter which confirmed the floor ready for sealing. The customer wanted a natural look to the floor so we chose to apply <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal</a> which adds almost invisible protection. This sealer is an impregnator which soaks into the pores of the stone preventing dirt from becoming ingrained and keeping it on the surface where it can be easily removed. Two coats were applied and this should keep the floor protected for many years to come.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2024/03/Limestone-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-and-Polishing-Weybridge-17104800-768x1024.jpg" alt="Limestone Kitchen Floor After Cleaning and Polishing Weybridge" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Limestone Kitchen Floor After Cleaning and Polishing Weybridge" /></p> <p>Once complete I advised the owner to stay off the floor for an hour or so and then they can return the furniture. For aftercare cleaning I recommend <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 a gentle but effective cleaner that will keep the floor clean whilst maintaining the patina and without harming the sealer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Stripping and Resealing a Polished Limestone Floor in West Surrey</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/large-limestone-tiled-floor-stripped-and-resealed-in-weybridge-2/">Large Limestone Tiled Floor Stripped and Resealed in Weybridge</a> appeared first on <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Polishing a Limestone Hallway Floor in Ainsdale https://merseyside.tiledoctor.biz/polishing-a-limestone-hallway-floor-in-ainsdale/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=polishing-a-limestone-hallway-floor-in-ainsdale Merseyside Tile Doctor urn:uuid:400e174c-2cc1-2e8e-d788-d6ebcfbe7c36 Fri, 15 Mar 2024 04:24:02 +0000 <p>A homeowner from Ainsdale was in touch recently regarding the Limestone floor in their hallway which needed attention. The floor had been laid six years prior and over that time its appearance had degraded significantly losing its colour and almost turning white in places. I visited the property to survey the floor and it was [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://merseyside.tiledoctor.biz/polishing-a-limestone-hallway-floor-in-ainsdale/">Polishing a Limestone Hallway Floor in Ainsdale</a> appeared first on <a href="https://merseyside.tiledoctor.biz">Merseyside Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>A homeowner from <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ainsdale" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Ainsdale</a></b> was in touch recently regarding the <b>Limestone </b> floor in their hallway which needed attention. The floor had been laid six years prior and over that time its appearance had degraded significantly losing its colour and almost turning white in places.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://merseyside.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/72/2024/03/Limestone-Floor-Ainsdale-Before-Cleaning-Polishing-06080306-768x1024.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor Ainsdale Before Cleaning Polishing" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Limestone Floor Ainsdale Before Cleaning Polishing" /></p> <p>I visited the property to survey the floor and it was clear to me that the original sealer and polish had long since worn off. Additionally, I suspect they may have been using the wrong product to clean the floor with. </p> <p>I recommended giving the floor a deep clean to remove ingrained dirt and what was left of the original sealer and then polishing the stone with burnishing pads to bring up the appearance of the stone and then finishing with the application of a protective sealer. Happy with my quote a date was set for the work to start.</p> <h2>Cleaning and Polishing a Limestone Tiled Floor</h2> <p>On arrival the first step was to give the floor a general clean with a focus on cleaning the grout lines and removing any grit from the floor. I used a 1:4 dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> which is an alkaline tile cleaning product that is safe to use on grout and stone. The cleaning solution was applied by sponge mop and left to soak in for fifteen minutes before being scrubbed in along the grout line using a stiff narrow brush to get them really clean. Once done the floor was then rinsed with clean water and the now soiled cleaning solution removed with a wet vacuum. </p> <p>The next step was 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" target="_blank">Tile Doctor burnishing pads</a> to polish the stone back to a deep shine. The pads which are encrusted with industrial diamonds are applied with a rotary floor buffer in sequence from coarse to extra fine. The first pad has a Coarse 400 grit which is applied with only water for lubrication, removes minor scratches, sealers, and the top surface dirt. Working in small areas, I applied the pad across the Limestone, rinsing in between and picking up the soiled solution with a wet-vac machine. I then repeated this same procedure with the Medium 800 grit pad which is the first stage polishing pad again rinsing with water after use. The next two pads are a Fine 1500 grit and Extra Fine 3,000 grit which really build up a high-quality polish on the stone.</p> <h2>Sealing a Polished Limestone Tiled Floor</h2> <p>The floor was left to dry off fully overnight and I returned the next day to seal the Limestone first checking with a damp meter that the stone was dry. The Limestone had some lovely brown colours so I had recommended we 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> to seal the floor as this brings out the colour and it certainly didn’t disappoint. This sealer is an impregnating sealer that works under the surface by occupying the pores in the stone thus preventing dirt from becoming ingrained there. This ensures dirt remains on the surface where it can be easily removed with regular cleaning. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://merseyside.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/72/2024/03/Limestone-Floor-Ainsdale-After-Cleaning-Polishing-07110527-768x1024.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor Ainsdale After Cleaning Polishing" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Limestone Floor Ainsdale After Cleaning Polishing" /></p> <p>A couple of floor fans were used to help speed up the drying process and after about an hour the floor gently buffed with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-white/30/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">White pad</a> to bring up the shine even further. Once complete the floor looked amazing.</p> <p>For the aftercare cleaning of a polished stone floor like this we 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>. It’s a gentle yet effective cleaner that helps maintain the patina and won’t damage the sealer ensuring it lasts a long time.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Limestone Floor Polishing in Merseyside</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://merseyside.tiledoctor.biz/polishing-a-limestone-hallway-floor-in-ainsdale/">Polishing a Limestone Hallway Floor in Ainsdale</a> appeared first on <a href="https://merseyside.tiledoctor.biz">Merseyside Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Bathroom Floor Tile Grout Restoration in Tooting SW17 https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/bathroom-floor-tile-grout-restoration-in-tooting-sw17/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bathroom-floor-tile-grout-restoration-in-tooting-sw17 South London Tile Doctor urn:uuid:90451bc1-1160-eece-4859-b22af047107a Tue, 12 Mar 2024 08:05:00 +0000 <p>A client was renovating a house in Tooting and wanted to see what could be done to improve the Ceramic floor tiles in the bathroom without the expense of a major overhaul. Having discussed the floor over the phone I was confident it could be improved and agreed a date to come over and survey [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/bathroom-floor-tile-grout-restoration-in-tooting-sw17/">Bathroom Floor Tile Grout Restoration in Tooting SW17</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz">South London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>A client was renovating a house in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tooting" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tooting</a></b> and wanted to see what could be done to improve the <b>Ceramic floor tiles</b> in the bathroom without the expense of a major overhaul. Having discussed the floor over the phone I was confident it could be improved and agreed a date to come over and survey the tiles and provided a quote for their renovation.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2024/03/Bathroom-Floor-Grout-Before-Restoration-in-Tooting-SW17-1221214010-779x1024.jpg" alt="Bathroom Floor Grout Before Restoration in Tooting SW17" width="80%" height="" title="Bathroom Floor Grout Before Restoration in Tooting SW17" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>Except for one cracked tile, the tiles were in good condition and I could see it was really the grout that was bringing the bathroom down. The grout was generally discoloured and some had cracked and become loose. This cracking issue is indicative of using an inflexible grout when tiling on a wooden floor as these floors tend to have a bit of movement in them. </p> <p>I discussed my renovation plan with the customer and provided a quote for carrying out the work which was accepted. </p> <h2>Renovating Bathroom Floor Grout</h2> <p>On the first day I set about raking out the cracked grout and stripping out the silicone between the tile and the bath. Silicone seems to attract mould and although it can be cleaned to some extent, I usually find its more effective to simply replace it. I then tidied up the bathroom to remove the waste grout and silicone, so the area was ready for grouting. I used a flexible White grout for this in order to match the original, although most of that was no longer White due to the staining. </p> <p>I left the grout to set overnight and returned the next day to complete the job starting with the re-application of the silicone sealant, again in White but this time using an anti-mould variety. My attention then turned to the floor tile grouting which of course was now a mixture of fresh new grout and stained grout. I had realised this would be the result, so I had come prepared and was ready to apply <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant-kit/99/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Colourant</a> in white to make everything uniform. </p> <p>Before applying the colourant, I prepped the grout joint with <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 Pre-treat cleaner</a> that is an acidic cleaning solution that is sprayed onto the grout and then scrubbed in. This cleans the grout joints, and the acidic nature of the cleaner helps prepare the grout to achieve a better bond with the colourant. The grout was then wiped with a wet sponge to remove the dirt and then dried ready for the colourant. Although the cleaner had helped to clean the grout and remove surface dirt it can&#8217;t do anything about deep seated staining, so colouring was still necessary.</p> <p>Once the grout was dry the White grout colourant was painted onto the grout using a small brush wiping off any excess from the tile as I went. The Tile Doctor range of Grout Colourants come in eleven different colours and form an epoxy barrier over the grout preventing dirt from reaching the grout line and making it much easier to keep clean.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2024/03/Bathroom-Floor-Grout-After-Restoration-in-Tooting-SW17-1221214020-765x1024.jpg" alt="Bathroom Floor Grout After Restoration in Tooting SW17" width="80%" height="" title="Bathroom Floor Grout After Restoration in Tooting SW17" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>Once the colourant had dried, I gave the floor a quick clean with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> to get the ceramic tiles clean and the job was complete. The refreshed grout now has a consistent white appearance, and it really lifted the appearance of the bathroom.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3> Professional Restoration of a Bathroom Floor Grout in South London</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/bathroom-floor-tile-grout-restoration-in-tooting-sw17/">Bathroom Floor Tile Grout Restoration in Tooting SW17</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz">South London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Honed Jura Cream Limestone Tiled Floor Renovated in South Kilworth https://leicestershire.tiledoctor.biz/honed-jura-cream-limestone-tiled-floor-renovated-in-south-kilworth/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=honed-jura-cream-limestone-tiled-floor-renovated-in-south-kilworth Leicestershire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:be52777b-f178-8a22-29b8-6012714be335 Sat, 09 Mar 2024 16:44:01 +0000 <p>This is a Honed Cream Jura Limestone floor in the Kitchen of a property in the village of South Kilworth outside of Lutterworth. Our customer asked us to renovate the floor and resolve a couple of issues they were having. The grout was the main area of concern, some parts had failed and needed replacing [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://leicestershire.tiledoctor.biz/honed-jura-cream-limestone-tiled-floor-renovated-in-south-kilworth/">Honed Jura Cream Limestone Tiled Floor Renovated in South Kilworth</a> appeared first on <a href="https://leicestershire.tiledoctor.biz">Leicestershire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This is a Honed <b>Cream Jura Limestone floor</b> in the Kitchen of a property in the village of <b><a href="https://www.southkilworth.co.uk/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">South Kilworth</a></b> outside of Lutterworth. Our customer asked us to renovate the floor and resolve a couple of issues they were having. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://leicestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2024/03/Jura-Cream-Honed-Limestone-Floor-Before-Renovation-South-Kilworth-3531-768x1024.jpg" alt="Jura Cream Honed Limestone Floor Before Renovation South Kilworth" title="Jura Cream Honed Limestone Floor Before Renovation South Kilworth" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>The grout was the main area of concern, some parts had failed and needed replacing and the rest just needed cleaning. There were scratches on some of the Limestone tiles that also needed attention. The stone itself was in good condition but as it hadn’t been professionally cleaned and sealed for seven years it was overdue a refresh. </p> <h2>Renovating Grout on a Jura Limestone Floor</h2> <p>Work started with cleaning the grout lines which was done by manually scrubbing in a 1:4 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> with a stiff brush. This product is a very effective alkaline tile and grout cleaner product that releases the dirt ingrained into the cementous surface of the grout. When we were happy with the result the soiled cleaning solution was removed with a wet vacuum and the floor washed with clean water.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://leicestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2024/03/Jura-Cream-Honed-Limestone-Floor-During-Grout-Cleaning-South-Kilworth-3542-768x1024.jpg" alt="Jura Cream Honed Limestone Floor During Grout Cleaning South Kilworth" title="Jura Cream Honed Limestone Floor Before Renovation South Kilworth" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://leicestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2024/03/Jura-Cream-Honed-Limestone-Floor-During-Grout-Cleaning-South-Kilworth-3541-768x1024.jpg" alt="Jura Cream Honed Limestone Floor During Grout Cleaning South Kilworth" title="Jura Cream Honed Limestone Floor Before Renovation South Kilworth" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The next step was to sort out the cracked and heavily stained grout by raking it out with a special tool and then replacing. I also dealt with several structural movement cracks in the limestone tiles at this point by filling with a colour matching stone resin filler. </p> <h2>Removing Scratches from Honed Jura Limestone Tiles</h2> <p>Attention then turned to removing the light scratches and etching with an abrasive <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>. This pad is applied using a weighted rotary floor machine that can grind, hone &#038; polish natural stone. It’s applied with water for lubrication which turns into a creamy slurry that is rinsed off with water and then extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>With the scratches removed the tiles were then burnished with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/flexi-segment-17-inch-400-grit-diamond-floor-pad/1289/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">400-grit pad</a> to create a satin low light reflection finish across the whole floor. As before the resulting slurry was removed with a thorough rinsing and wet vacuuming.</p> <h2>Sealing Cream Jura Limestone Floor Tiles</h2> <p>After the floor had dried the stone and grout was sealed using <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>, several coats were applied until the stone had reaches its saturation point. We chose Ultra-Seal for this floor as its almost invisible and doesn’t darken the colour of the stone at all, which is exactly that natural look finish the customer wanted.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://leicestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2024/03/Jura-Cream-Honed-Limestone-Floor-After-Renovation-South-Kilworth-3551-768x1024.jpg" alt="Jura Cream Honed Limestone Floor During Grout Cleaning South Kilworth" title="Jura Cream Honed Limestone Floor Before Renovation South Kilworth" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://leicestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2024/03/Jura-Cream-Honed-Limestone-Floor-After-Renovation-South-Kilworth-3554-768x1024.jpg" alt="Jura Cream Honed Limestone Floor During Grout Cleaning South Kilworth" title="Jura Cream Honed Limestone Floor Before Renovation South Kilworth" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Although it’s probably difficult to appreciate the improvement to the floor from these pictures my customer was certainly happy. In fact, they mentioned that it had never looked as good as it does now. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://leicestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2024/03/Jura-Cream-Honed-Limestone-Floor-After-Renovation-South-Kilworth-3555-1024x894.jpg" alt="Jura Cream Honed Limestone Floor During Grout Cleaning South Kilworth" title="Jura Cream Honed Limestone Floor Before Renovation South Kilworth" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>We recommend re-sealing every five years as sealers will eventually wear down, especially in high traffic areas. We do however offer an <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/custom.aspx/maintenance-plan/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">annual maintenance</a> clean &#038; top up sealer treatment which is ideal for maintaining the appearance of highly polished natural stone floors.</p> <p>This particular sealer is an impregnator that soaks into the pores of the stone, thereby preventing dirt from becoming ingrained there. This will protect from liquid-based surface spills &#038; soil penetration ensuring dirt remains on the surface where it can be easily cleaned away.</p> <p>On the subject of cleaning, I left a bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctors pH Neutral Stone Soap</a> with the customer. This product is designed for the cleaning of sealed stone floors and will help maintain the integrity of the sealer whilst building a slight patina on the stone. It’s important to use the correct maintenance cleaner as stronger products will weaken the sealer and if correctly used the sealer may last up to five years</p> <p>The post <a href="https://leicestershire.tiledoctor.biz/honed-jura-cream-limestone-tiled-floor-renovated-in-south-kilworth/">Honed Jura Cream Limestone Tiled Floor Renovated in South Kilworth</a> appeared first on <a href="https://leicestershire.tiledoctor.biz">Leicestershire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Flood Damaged Victorian Hallway Renovated at Cleethorpes Guest House https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/flood-damaged-victorian-hallway-renovated-at-cleethorpes-guest-house/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=flood-damaged-victorian-hallway-renovated-at-cleethorpes-guest-house North Lincolnshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:229eb850-740a-aaf9-13aa-59928c2dadd3 Mon, 04 Mar 2024 08:21:55 +0000 <p>I was asked to look at renovating a Victorian tiled hallway floor for a guesthouse owner in Cleethorpes. There had been a flood at the property and the tiles had developed a White blooming which is usually a sign of Efflorescence. Also, a wooden floor in an adjoining corridor had been damaged and had to [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/flood-damaged-victorian-hallway-renovated-at-cleethorpes-guest-house/">Flood Damaged Victorian Hallway Renovated at Cleethorpes Guest House</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz">North Lincolnshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was asked to look at renovating a <b>Victorian tiled hallway floor</b> for a guesthouse owner in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleethorpes" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Cleethorpes</a></b>. There had been a flood at the property and the tiles had developed a White blooming which is usually a sign of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/custom.aspx/efflorescence/10/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Efflorescence</a>. Also, a wooden floor in an adjoining corridor had been damaged and had to be lifted and in doing so the discovered that the Victorian floor actually continued along the corridor, which was a nice surprise. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/03/Victorian-Floor-Before-Renovation-Cleethorpes-07092715-766x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor Before Renovation Cleethorpes" width="" height="" class="alignnone " title="Victorian Floor Before Renovation Cleethorpes" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/03/Victorian-Floor-Before-Renovation-Cleethorpes-07134438-766x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor Before Renovation Cleethorpes" width="" height="" class="alignnone " title="Victorian Floor Before Renovation Cleethorpes" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Another issue was the old mat well by the front door where the tiles around the edge were coming away. I could have repaired that with salvaged tiles, but the client wanted a cheaper option, so I suggested making several repairs with the tiles we had available and rebuilding the matt well with a new piece of matting. This was the option she was happy with.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/03/Victorian-Floor-Before-Renovation-Cleethorpes-08105355-1024x766.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor Before Renovation Cleethorpes" width="" height="" class="alignnone " title="Victorian Floor Before Renovation Cleethorpes" /></p> <h2> Cleaning and Repairing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>I first carried out a deep clean to Victorian tiles in the adjoining corridor to remove the glue that had been used to secure the wooden floor, it was also covered in paint splashed from decorating, however, my method should take care of both these problems. </p> <p>I used a combination of Tile Doctor Remove and Go mixed 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> to create a strong coatings remover/tile cleaning solution and left it to soak on the tiles for ten to twenty minutes. This gave it time to break down and soften the paint and glue, it was then removed using a hand scraper with some assistance from a steamer. The mess generated from the process was then rinsed off and extracted with a wet vacuum. </p> <p>To counter the efflorescence and further clean up both the corridor tiles and the main hallway I treated the tiles to 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>. This is left for another ten minutes before being worked into the floors and then rinsed off and extracted as before. Being an acid, it will neutralise the alkaline efflorescent salts in the floor, it also cleans the tiles to remove old cement and grout.</p> <h2>Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The next day the corridor floor was dry enough to seal with Tile Doctor Colour Grow and between coats I carried on with the cleaning the rest of the hallway which needed more attention.</p> <p>The problem I had with the hallway was that the white blooming wasn&#8217;t just efflorescence, it turns out it still had traces of an old topical sealer on the tiles and that would need to be stripped off. I used more <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> for this, working in a strong dilution until all the sealer had gone. Again, this was rinsed off with water and extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>Once this was all done, I reset all the tiles around the mat well. Finally, I laid some self-levelling compound within the well to get it to the required height. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/03/Victorian-Floor-During-Renovation-Cleethorpes-08160726-766x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor During Renovation Cleethorpes" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Victorian Floor During Renovation Cleethorpes" /></p> <p>On the third day I made up a wooden frame for the mat well and secured it down before cutting a piece of matting to fit in snuggly. I then finished off sealing the hallway 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</a> to get a consistent look between the corridor and main hallway. While I was waiting for everything to dry, I even gave the front entrance tiles a complimentary clean. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/03/Victorian-Floor-After-Renovation-Cleethorpes-09122749-766x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor After Renovation Cleethorpes" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Victorian Floor After Renovation Cleethorpes" /></p> <p>The floor was completely transformed by the work, and I&#8217;m pleased to say my client was over the moon with what had been carried out. 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> which is safe to use on sealed floors and will help keep the floor looking beautiful for many years to come.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/03/Victorian-Floor-After-Renovation-Cleethorpes-08101336-703x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor After Renovation Cleethorpes" width="" height="" class="alignnone " title="Victorian Floor After Renovation Cleethorpes" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/03/Victorian-Floor-After-Renovation-Cleethorpes-09122806-766x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor After Renovation Cleethorpes" width="" height="" class="alignnone " title="Victorian Floor After Renovation Cleethorpes" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in North Lincolnshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/flood-damaged-victorian-hallway-renovated-at-cleethorpes-guest-house/">Flood Damaged Victorian Hallway Renovated at Cleethorpes Guest House</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz">North Lincolnshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Porcelain Tiled Bathroom Grout Renovation in Wandsworth https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/porcelain-tiled-bathroom-grout-renovation-in-wandsworth/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=porcelain-tiled-bathroom-grout-renovation-in-wandsworth South London Tile Doctor urn:uuid:e627383c-fa38-4917-b8fb-40153e60bad3 Mon, 26 Feb 2024 08:22:48 +0000 <p>This is a great example of how easy it is to improve the appearance of a tiled bathroom. In this case the property was in Wandsworth and the tiles were Porcelain. My client had originally asked if I could re-grout their bathroom tiles which included the shower, wall and floor tiles in a room that [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/porcelain-tiled-bathroom-grout-renovation-in-wandsworth/">Porcelain Tiled Bathroom Grout Renovation in Wandsworth</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz">South London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This is a great example of how easy it is to improve the appearance of a tiled bathroom. In this case the property was in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wandsworth" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Wandsworth</a></b> and the tiles were <b>Porcelain</b>. My client had originally asked if I could re-grout their bathroom tiles which included the shower, wall and floor tiles in a room that was around 5sqm.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2024/02/Porcelain-Bathroom-Tile-Before-Grout-Renovation-Wandsworth-15085609.jpg" alt="Porcelain Bathroom Tile Before Grout Renovation Wandsworth" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Porcelain Bathroom Tile Before Grout Renovation Wandsworth" /></p> <p>We discussed the bathroom, and I pointed out that if we re-grout the tiles it would only get grubby again at some point. The problem is that the grout is cementitious which leaves it rough and attracts dirt easily. I recommended cleaning up the grout and then applying a grout colourant which would seal the grout in making it much easier to clean. I also offered to remove the silicone sealant between the edges of the bath and tiles. Unfortunately, once mould gets into the silicone, you’re fighting a losing battle, and it is best to just replace it.</p> <h2> Re grouting a Porcelain Tiled Bathroom Floor</h2> <p>Before colouring the grout, it needs to be prepared with an acidic cleaner that will not only remove any dirt but also etch the surface of the grout to improve the bond. <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 Pre-Treat Cleaner</a> is the product we use for this purpose, but I decided in this case to go with a different product as the floor tiles had some old silicone on them which had been left to dry out. To resolve this, I used a different product in the range called <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 primarily designed for removing grout haze.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2024/02/Porcelain-Bathroom-Tile-During-Grout-Renovation-Wandsworth-15101002.jpg" alt="Porcelain Bathroom Tile During Grout Renovation Wandsworth" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Porcelain Bathroom Tile During Grout Renovation Wandsworth" /></p> <p>It was only a small area, so I worked the <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> into the tiles and grout by hand and then rinsed it off with water and extracted with a wet vacuum. The grout was then dried, and I started applying the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant-kit/99/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Colourant</a> in white with a small brush wiping off the excess as I went. The colourant is available in a range of eleven colours so there is usually a match for most situations. The colourant adds an epoxy barrier over the grout; this then prevents dirt from going into the grout line and means the floor is much easier to keep clean. </p> <p>The last step in the renovation involved carefully stripping out the old silicone and replacing it with a new anti-mould variety. This last step really finished off the bathroom giving the impression it was a new installation.</p> <p>My clients were very happy with the result, the bathroom was transformed, and they were relieved that the problem was solved so easily.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2024/02/Porcelain-Bathroom-Tile-After-Grout-Renovation-Wandsworth-15105125.jpg" alt="Porcelain Bathroom Tile After Grout Renovation Wandsworth" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Porcelain Bathroom Tile After Grout Renovation Wandsworth" /></p> <p>For aftercare cleaning I recommended regular 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 mild yet effective tile and grout cleaning product that would help keep the bathroom looking good going forward.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Porcelain Tiled Bathroom Grout in South London</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/porcelain-tiled-bathroom-grout-renovation-in-wandsworth/">Porcelain Tiled Bathroom Grout Renovation in Wandsworth</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz">South London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating a Classic Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Stained with Adhesive in Ripley https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-classic-ceramic-tiled-kitchen-stained-with-adhesive-in-ripley/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=renovating-a-classic-ceramic-tiled-kitchen-stained-with-adhesive-in-ripley West Surrey Tile Doctor urn:uuid:116c8937-66c2-b35f-47c8-c9cd8ca99a3f Mon, 19 Feb 2024 03:23:13 +0000 <p>This 1940’s Black and White Ceramic tiled floor at a property in the Surrey village of Ripley was covered in adhesive and the owner needed our help in cleaning them up. Originally, they had been covered in hideous blue tiles which the customer decided to remove to see what was underneath. They started pulling them [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-classic-ceramic-tiled-kitchen-stained-with-adhesive-in-ripley/">Renovating a Classic Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Stained with Adhesive in Ripley</a> appeared first on <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This 1940’s Black and White <b>Ceramic tiled</b> floor at a property in the Surrey village of <b><a href="https://discoverripley.co.uk/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Ripley</a></b> was covered in adhesive and the owner needed our help in cleaning them up. Originally, they had been covered in hideous blue tiles which the customer decided to remove to see what was underneath. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2024/02/Adhesive-Stained-Ceramic-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Ripley-083258-768x1024.jpg" alt="Adhesive Stained Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Ripley" title="Adhesive Stained Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Ripley" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " /></p> <p>They started pulling them up only to uncover a classic chessboard pattern ceramic tiled floor underneath. The blue tiles came up quite easily however the tile adhesive that was left underneath had heavily stained them and proved much too difficult to remove. Overwhelmed with the size of the task now faced and unsure how to renovate the ceramic tiles a decision was made to ask for professional help. They contacted Tile Doctor to get a quote. </p> <p>I popped over to the house to have a look at the job and estimated it would only take around a day to complete the work, which would be a bit of a manual task to remove the remnants of the adhesive. They were happy to accept my quote and pleased that I was confident the floor could be restored. </p> <h2>Removing Adhesive from a Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Donning safety glasses and ear defenders my approach was to carefully remove the bulk of the adhesive with a power chisel. It took several hours to remove most of it and the rest I scraped off with sharp blades leaving some residue and dirt. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2024/02/Adhesive-Stained-Ceramic-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-During-Cleaning-Ripley-083304-768x1024.jpg" alt="Adhesive Stained Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor During Cleaning Ripley" title="Adhesive Stained Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor During Cleaning Ripley" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " /></p> <p>To deal with the remaining adhesive I covered the tiles 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 left it to soak in. I then brought in a weighted buffer fitted 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" target="_blank">coarse diamond pad</a> and ran it over the tiles. This removed all the remaining adhesive and lifted out the dirt. </p> <p>The resultant slurry was then rinsed off and extracted with a wet vacuum. The floor was then thoroughly rinsed with warm water then dried. Before finishing I cleaned up around the edges with a handheld diamond block. </p> <p>Generally ceramic tiles don’t need sealing as they are sealed within the factory process. So, once all the adhesive was gone, the job was finished. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2024/02/Adhesive-Stained-Ceramic-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Ripley-162045-768x1024.jpg" alt="Adhesive Stained Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Ripley" title="Adhesive Stained Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Ripley" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " /></p> <p>The floor was transformed by the work, and my customer was very happy with the finish. They were pleased to see the nasty blue tiles gone and very happy to see the classic original floor restored. </p> <p>Little maintenance is required for a floor like this, normal regular mopping will suffice. They can 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> for this, it has a minty fresh fragrance and is mild enough to be used daily, keeping the floor in great condition. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2024/02/Adhesive-Stained-Ceramic-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Ripley-162046-768x1024.jpg" alt="Adhesive Stained Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Ripley" title="Adhesive Stained Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Ripley" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor in Surrey</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-classic-ceramic-tiled-kitchen-stained-with-adhesive-in-ripley/">Renovating a Classic Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Stained with Adhesive in Ripley</a> appeared first on <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Terracotta Brick Tiled Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in a Harwich Kitchen https://north-essex.tiledoctor.biz/terracotta-brick-tiled-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-a-harwich-kitchen/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=terracotta-brick-tiled-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-a-harwich-kitchen North Essex Tile Doctor urn:uuid:26543f2e-3012-38d5-3a13-1b40127e56e8 Sun, 18 Feb 2024 17:19:30 +0000 <p>This Terracotta Brick tiled floor had been laid in the kitchen of a house in the port town of Harwich less than a year prior. I suspect the floor hadn’t been sealed very well after installation as it was already proving difficult to keep clean and was beginning to mark easily. Terracotta is made from [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://north-essex.tiledoctor.biz/terracotta-brick-tiled-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-a-harwich-kitchen/">Terracotta Brick Tiled Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in a Harwich Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-essex.tiledoctor.biz">North Essex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This Terracotta Brick tiled floor had been laid in the kitchen of a house in the port town of <a href="https://www.historicharwich.co.uk/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Harwich</a> less than a year prior. I suspect the floor hadn’t been sealed very well after installation as it was already proving difficult to keep clean and was beginning to mark easily.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-essex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2024/02/Terracotta-Brick-Tiled-Kitchen-floor-Before-Cleaning-Harwich-3412.jpg" alt="Terracotta Brick Tiled Kitchen floor Before Cleaning Harwich" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Terracotta Brick Tiled Kitchen floor Before Cleaning Harwich" /></p> <p>Terracotta is made from clay and as a result a very porous material that needs to be sealed to prevent dirt becoming trapped in its pores. Sealing keeps the dirt on the surface where it can be easily cleaned away. I recommended giving the floor a deep clean to remove dirt ingrained dirt from the pores of the bricks and then sealing with a stronger product that could take some wear. Kitchens are after all one of the busiest rooms in the house. </p> <p>Happy with my quote a date was agreed for the work to start and the products needed were ordered in time for my arrival. </p> <h2> Cleaning a Brick Terracotta Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>To get the brick tile and grout clean I sprayed the floor with a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> and left it to soak in for ten minutes. The dwell time is important as it gives the product time to start breaking down old sealers and ingrained dirt. </p> <p>The next step was to run a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a> fitted to a rotary machine over the floor which in turn with the Pro-Clean lifts out the dirt to the surface. The pads can struggle to get into the recesses of the grout lines and along the edges so I like to follow this up with a handheld scrubbing brush.</p> <p>The floor was rinsed with clean water to remove all the dirt and soiling using a wet vacuum. I carried out an inspection of the floor at this point looking for stubborn marks and staining and then re-treated those areas to a spot clean using the same process.</p> <p>I used a full litre of Pro-Clean on the floor getting it clean and then once satisfied it was as clean as it could be I left it to dry off fully overnight assisted with a couple of down blowers. </p> <h2> Sealing a Brick Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Returning on the 2nd day the tiles were tested for moisture using a damp meter to check they were dry enough to accept a sealer. The blowers had done the job and the meter confirmed all was well.</p> <p>Work then started on sealing the Terracotta bricks using <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>, this is a modern acrylic based sealer that improves the appearance of the brick tile bringing out the colour. Terracotta is as mentioned earlier quite a porous material so it took the application of five coats to fully seal the floor, fortunately it was only a small area so only 1 litre of sealer was needed.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-essex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2024/02/Terracotta-Brick-Tiled-Kitchen-floor-After-Cleaning-Harwich-3414.jpg" alt="Terracotta Brick Tiled Kitchen floor After Cleaning Harwich" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Terracotta Brick Tiled Kitchen floor After Cleaning Harwich" /></p> <p>The work made a big improvement to the appearance of the floor and what was once a dull almost grey herringbone pattern brick floor is now a colourful attractive feature that will prove much easier to keep clean.</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 is a mild but effective, neutral ph cleaner. We recommend this as many of the products you find in supermarkets are simply too strong and bleach based which will slowly strip off the sealer and allow dirt back into the floor.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Brick Tiled Kitchen Floor in Essex</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://north-essex.tiledoctor.biz/terracotta-brick-tiled-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-a-harwich-kitchen/">Terracotta Brick Tiled Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in a Harwich Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-essex.tiledoctor.biz">North Essex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Sandstone Flooring and Staircase Renovated at a Gainsborough Mansion https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/sandstone-flooring-and-staircase-renovated-at-a-gainsborough-mansion/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sandstone-flooring-and-staircase-renovated-at-a-gainsborough-mansion North Lincolnshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:835203f8-33ac-9841-ef33-62c0e1839d7d Fri, 09 Feb 2024 07:39:26 +0000 <p>Earlier this year I completed a job at an old mansion south of Gainsborough which had a unique Sandstone staircase and flooring. The home had been in the family for generations and my client was in the process of having it renovated. My involvement related to the Sandstone hallway and staircase which needed deep cleaning [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/sandstone-flooring-and-staircase-renovated-at-a-gainsborough-mansion/">Sandstone Flooring and Staircase Renovated at a Gainsborough Mansion</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz">North Lincolnshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Earlier this year I completed a job at an old mansion south of <b><a href="https://www.discovergainsborough.com/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Gainsborough</a></b> which had a unique <b>Sandstone staircase</b> and flooring. The home had been in the family for generations and my client was in the process of having it renovated. My involvement related to the Sandstone hallway and staircase which needed deep cleaning and sealing. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/02/Sandstone-Floor-Tiles-Before-Cleaning-Gainsborough-12105534-766x1024.jpg" alt="Sandstone Floor Tiles Before Cleaning Gainsborough" title="Sandstone Floor Tiles Before Cleaning Gainsborough" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " /></p> <p>I visited the property first to survey the stone and it was clear it hadn&#8217;t been cleaned in decades so there was quite a bit to do. As an added problem there were old strips of adhesive on the steps that had been used to secure a stair carpet and the adhesive had absorbed into the stone staining it.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/02/Sandstone-Staircase-Before-Cleaning-Gainsborough-10093723-766x1024.jpg" alt="Sandstone Staircase Before Cleaning Gainsborough" title="Sandstone Staircase Before Cleaning Gainsborough" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " /></p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Sandstone Hallway and Staircase</h2> <p>My first task was to deep clean everything and my choice of product for this was <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 is a strong alkaline cleaner and coatings remover that’s designed for stripping off sealers and other contaminates such as adhesives; in this case however I suspect any sealer may have been work off years ago. I worked in sections and used a strong dilution decanted into a sprayer and applied to the stone; it was then left to soak in for a good ten to fifteen minutes before being scrubbed in. </p> <p>For the sandstone floor tiles I used a 17-inch black scrubbing pad fitted to a weighted rotary floor buffer, the extra weight increases surface traction on the stone; I use the machine with a plastic skirt around the pad to minimise splashing. Once done the soiled solution was rinsed away with water and extracted with a wet vacuum. This process was very effective, and you can clearly see the difference in the photographs between the dirty and clean floor.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/02/Sandstone-Floor-Tiles-During-Cleaning-Gainsborough-12132328-766x1024.jpg" alt="Sandstone Floor Tiles During Cleaning Gainsborough" title="Sandstone Floor Tiles During Cleaning Gainsborough" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/02/Sandstone-Floor-Tiles-During-Cleaning-Gainsborough-12132316-766x1024.jpg" alt="Sandstone Floor Tiles During Cleaning Gainsborough" title="Sandstone Floor Tiles During Cleaning Gainsborough" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The large buffer machine wasn&#8217;t a practical choice for scrubbing the stone staircase so to tackle that, I used back 6-inch scrubbing pads fitted to a hand buffer. It is a slower process but combined with more Tile Doctor Remove and Go it got the job done. </p> <p>After rising and extracting I inspected the staircase and it was clear that the marks from the adhesive strips would need more attention to completely remove the staining. I turned to another Tile Doctor product for this called <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-nanotech-hbu-remover-1-litre/10/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Nanotech HBU Remover</a>, HBU stands for Heavy Build-up and it is a real problem solver for issues like this. Again, the product was left to soak in for ten minutes and then scrubbed in using a similar process as before using the handheld machine. I had to do this a few times until we were happy with the results. I then used coarse 200 and 400 grit diamond burnishing pads to even out the surface.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/02/Sandstone-Staircase-During-Cleaning-Gainsborough-15101049-766x1024.jpg" alt="Sandstone Staircase During Cleaning Gainsborough" title="Sandstone Staircase During Cleaning Gainsborough" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " /></p> <h2> Sealing a Sandstone Tiled Hallway and Staircase Floor </h2> <p>After a final rinse and extraction, the floor was left to dry out completely for a few days; a lot of water is used in the cleaning process and the stone needs to be dry before applying the sealer.</p> <p>On my return I took moisture readings with a damp meter to confirm the floor had dried and then started applying the sealer which for this floor I used <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal</a>. This is an impregnating sealer that soaks into the pores of the stone adding protecting it from within, it leaves the stone with a natural finish and is almost undetectable. This product is also fully breathable which is an important point when dealing with old floors that don’t have the benefit of a damp proof membrane. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/02/Sandstone-Floor-Tiles-After-Cleaning-Gainsborough-15112313-766x1024.jpg" alt="Sandstone Floor Tiles After Cleaning Gainsborough" title="Sandstone Floor Tiles After Cleaning Gainsborough" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " /></p> <p>The client was amazed by the transformation and said she had never seen the stone so much lighter and clean. 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 is a gentle but effective cleaning product that is safe to use on sealed stone.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/02/Sandstone-Staircase-After-Cleaning-Gainsborough-15090059-766x1024.jpg" alt="Sandstone Staircase After Cleaning Gainsborough" title="Sandstone Staircase After Cleaning Gainsborough" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a a Sandstone Tiled Hallway and Staircase in North Lincolnshire </h3> <p>The post <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/sandstone-flooring-and-staircase-renovated-at-a-gainsborough-mansion/">Sandstone Flooring and Staircase Renovated at a Gainsborough Mansion</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz">North Lincolnshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Edwardian Terrazzo Hallway Floor Renovated in Mapperley Nottingham https://nottinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/edwardian-terrazzo-hallway-floor-renovated-in-mapperley-nottingham/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=edwardian-terrazzo-hallway-floor-renovated-in-mapperley-nottingham Nottinghamshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:2368ecb3-71b0-b140-8c73-87faba047f9f Mon, 05 Feb 2024 07:33:29 +0000 <p>Here we have an Edwardian Era Terrazzo floor in the hallway of a property in Mapperley Nottingham. I was asked to retore the floor which would involve a restorative deep cleaning to remove years of ingrained dirt and then seal it to add protection going forward. I went over to the property to survey the [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://nottinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/edwardian-terrazzo-hallway-floor-renovated-in-mapperley-nottingham/">Edwardian Terrazzo Hallway Floor Renovated in Mapperley Nottingham</a> appeared first on <a href="https://nottinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz">Nottinghamshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Here we have an Edwardian Era Terrazzo floor in the hallway of a property in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mapperley" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Mapperley</a> Nottingham. I was asked to retore the floor which would involve a restorative deep cleaning to remove years of ingrained dirt and then seal it to add protection going forward. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://nottinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/38/2024/02/Terrazzo-Hallway-Floor-Before-Renovation-Mapperley-Nottingham1-768x1024.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Hallway Floor Before Renovation Mapperley Nottingham" title="Terrazzo Hallway Floor Before Renovation Mapperley Nottingham" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>I went over to the property to survey the Terrazzo and create a quotation for the work. Whilst there I noticed the floor has had experienced some structural movement at some point in its 100-year history which has resulted in several cracks. I have a system for repairing this using marble &#038; granite chips with colour matched Portland cement however this can take longer and does increase the cost, so I put it as an option. </p> <p>After the reviewing the quote, they decided to go ahead with the restorative clean and then call me back later to deal with the cracks if they felt it was needed. </p> <h2> Cleaning and Repairing a Terrazzo Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>To deep clean the Terrazzo, I started with the application 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> diluted four parts with water to make a strong cleaning solution that breaks down both soiling, and old coatings. The was allowed to dwell on the Terrazzo for fifteen to twenty minutes before being worked in, this gives it time to soak to get to work. Then I started on cleaning the edges first using 100 and 200-grit hand burnishing blocks which are metal bonded diamond abrasives.</p> <p>Once I was satisfied the edges were clean, I proceeded to mechanically hone the floor with a 400-grit diamond <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/stone-burnishing/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">burnishing pad</a> fitted to a weighted Italian Floor rotary grinding machine. The resulting slurry was removed with a wet vacuum, and the floor checked to ensure contamination, including paint spots were fully removed.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://nottinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/38/2024/02/Terrazzo-Hallway-Floor-During-Renovation-Mapperley-Nottingham2-768x1024.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Hallway Floor During Renovation Mapperley Nottingham" title="Terrazzo Hallway Floor During Renovation Mapperley Nottingham" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>I then repeated this process with finer 800 and 1500-grit diamond pads that slowly burnish the stone and restores the polished lustre of the floor, these pads also close down the porosity of the stone, making it more hard wearing to foot traffic. As before the resulting slurry was rinsed and extracted after each pad.</p> <h2> Sealing a Terrazzo Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The next step would be to seal and protect the floor however it needed to be fully dry first, so it was left to dry overnight and when I returned the next day, I took several moisture readings with a damp meter to confirm it was ready. </p> <p>The sealer of choice for this floor 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 is a fully breathable impregnating sealer which also enhances the colour of the stone chippings in the Terrazzo. This sealer is an impregnator that works by soaking into the pores of the floor rather than sittings on the surface, thus protecting it from ingrained dirt. Hallways are by their very nature a high traffic area so the sealer will provide adequate protection from both ingrained dirt and moisture and keep the floor in good condition.</p> <p>The final process was to complete the polishing of the Terrazzo with the last pad in the set which is 3000-grit. This creates a lustrous hard wearing polished finish to the stone and is applied with a fine mist of water using a process we call a spray burnish.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://nottinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/38/2024/02/Terrazzo-Hallway-Floor-After-Renovation-Mapperley-Nottingham4.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Hallway Floor After Renovation Mapperley Nottingham" title="Terrazzo Hallway Floor After Renovation Mapperley Nottingham" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>Once cleaned, sealed and polished the Terrazzo look great and the colours in particular really came to life. The new sealer will keep the dirt on the surface where it can be easily cleaned away and if maintained correctly should last for up to five years. </p> <p>On the subject of maintenance, I recommend the use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctors Stone Soap</a> for this floor. It’s an effect sealer friendly product that will also help maintain the patina. There are many products you can use for cleaning floors, but you do have to be careful as many are simply too strong for the sealer, always check the label.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://nottinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/38/2024/02/Terrazzo-Hallway-Floor-After-Renovation-Mapperley-Nottingham3.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Hallway Floor After Renovation Mapperley Nottingham" title="Terrazzo Hallway Floor After Renovation Mapperley Nottingham" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Terrazzo Tiled Hallway in Nottinghamshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://nottinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/edwardian-terrazzo-hallway-floor-renovated-in-mapperley-nottingham/">Edwardian Terrazzo Hallway Floor Renovated in Mapperley Nottingham</a> appeared first on <a href="https://nottinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz">Nottinghamshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Aldous Red Sandstone Floor Milled Back to Health in Greystoke https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/aldous-red-sandstone-floor-milled-back-to-health-in-greystoke/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=aldous-red-sandstone-floor-milled-back-to-health-in-greystoke North Cumbria Tile Doctor urn:uuid:bd1e6c6a-3c80-cf86-b67c-c2cffa5faa70 Wed, 31 Jan 2024 08:38:26 +0000 <p>The customer at this 200-year-old property near Greystoke asked if we could do anything for their old Stone floor as a new Kitchen was to be fitted and a decision had to be made to either rip up the old floor or have it restored. The stone was Aldous Red Sandstone which if you have [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/aldous-red-sandstone-floor-milled-back-to-health-in-greystoke/">Aldous Red Sandstone Floor Milled Back to Health in Greystoke</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz">North Cumbria Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The customer at this 200-year-old property near <b><a href="https://www.greystokevillage.co.uk/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Greystoke</a></b> asked if we could do anything for their old <b>Stone floor</b> as a new Kitchen was to be fitted and a decision had to be made to either rip up the old floor or have it restored.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2024/01/Aldous-Red-Sandstone-Floor-Before-Renovation-Greystoke-9472-1024x768.jpg" alt="Aldous Red Sandstone Floor Before Renovation Greystoke" title="Aldous Red Sandstone Floor Before Renovation Greystoke" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>The stone was Aldous Red Sandstone which if you have read our website is something we are quite familiar with. One thing we have learned from restoring these floors over the years is that they are very forgiving and the best way to renovate them is to grind off the old and often badly stained surface. We call this process Milling and it involves applying different grades of coarse diamond pads, the result is a fresh new surface that smoother and much easier to maintain. We can also re-point the mortar which is often past its best on these old stone floors.</p> <p>Having discussed my recommendation, they agreed to go ahead, and we set a date in the diary for the work to start.</p> <h2>Milling Aldous Red Sandstone</h2> <p>Milling involves the application of several coarse grades of hard diamond pads to the stone using water to lubricate the process, the water also helps make the removal of the soil easier and reduces dust. I followed our usual method of starting with a very coarse 50-grit pad and then moved up to 100 and then 200-grit <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/stone-milling/34/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">milling pads</a> rinsing and extracting the soiling in-between each pad with a wet vacuum. These 17-inch pads fit a rotary floor buffer that has weight added to ensure maximum traction between the pad and the stone floor. </p> <p>Once done the next step was to rake out the loose mortar between the slabs, cleanup the area and then repoint with a breathable pointing mix in Light Grey. That was left to set and the floor was given a light 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> to remove any dust and get it ready for sealing.</p> <h2>Sealing a Red Sandstone Tiled Floor</h2> <p>We returned the following day and checked the floor was dry using the moisture meter, we don’t recommend applying a sealer to a damp floor as the sealer will not cure properly. All was well, so we then applied <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-x-tra-seal-1-litre/258/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor X-Tra Seal</a> which is an oil based Breathable Colour enhancing sealer.</p> <p>Using a breathable sealer on old stone floors like this is highly recommend as these floors rarely have a damp proof membrane installed and so it’s important to give moisture a way of rising through the floor naturally and evaporating rather than being trapped under the floor where it can eventually build up in the walls.</p> <p>You can see from the photos that the work was transformational and have added new life to a 200-year-old floor which I’m sure will look even more stunning once the new kitchen has been fitted.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2024/01/Aldous-Red-Sandstone-Floor-After-Renovation-Greystoke-9479-1024x768.jpg" alt="Aldous Red Sandstone Floor After Renovation Greystoke" title="Aldous Red Sandstone Floor After Renovation Greystoke" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>For aftercare cleaning of a sealed floor, we recommend 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>, it’s a mild but effective cleaning product that won’t impact the sealer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of an Aldous Red Sandstone Paved Floor in North Cumbria</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/aldous-red-sandstone-floor-milled-back-to-health-in-greystoke/">Aldous Red Sandstone Floor Milled Back to Health in Greystoke</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz">North Cumbria Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Restoring the Appearance of a Marble Coffee Tabletop in Putney https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-the-appearance-of-a-marble-coffee-tabletop-in-putney/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=restoring-the-appearance-of-a-marble-coffee-tabletop-in-putney South London Tile Doctor urn:uuid:258f5e7f-d013-4ed2-0008-4fe61eabbdfc Tue, 30 Jan 2024 07:29:35 +0000 <p>The photographs below are from a client in Putney, and show what will happen to a Polished Marble tabletop if you try and clean it with Viakal. Marble is made from calcium and magnesium carbonate which makes it acid sensitive, Viakal on the other hand is an acid cleaner blended from Formic and Citric acids [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-the-appearance-of-a-marble-coffee-tabletop-in-putney/">Restoring the Appearance of a Marble Coffee Tabletop in Putney</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz">South London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The photographs below are from a client in <a href="http://www.putneysw15.com/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Putney</a>, and show what will happen to a <b>Polished Marble</b> tabletop if you try and clean it with Viakal. Marble is made from calcium and magnesium carbonate which makes it acid sensitive, Viakal on the other hand is an acid cleaner blended from Formic and Citric acids resulting in a pH level of 2.2. This product uses the acid to dissolve the calcium and magnesium deposits in Limescale. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2024/01/Acid-Etched-Polished-Marble-Table-Before-Renovation-Putney.jpg" alt="Acid Etched Polished Marble Table Before Renovation Putney" title="Acid Etched Polished Marble Table Before Renovation Putney" width="90%" height="" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>To be fair to Viakal the label does state not to use it on natural stone, but who reads the label, certainly my clients cleaner hadn’t. The result was the acid had etched the lovely, polished Marble surface and it appeared to be ruined.</p> <p>I was happy to re-assure my client that the etching could be removed, however, to do this the table would need to be burnished with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/stone-burnishing/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">set of diamond pads</a> of different grades. This process cuts into the stone with a coarse pad to remove the etching and then slowly builds back the polished appearance using finer grades of pad. The table was very heavy however so the work would need to be done on-site.</p> <h2>Polishing a Marble Tabletop</h2> <p>Due to the weight of the stone table, it couldn&#8217;t really be moved so my first job was to relocate nearby furniture, roll up the rug and cover everything in blankets and a drop cloth. The last thing I wanted was any other possessions getting splashed during the burnishing process. </p> <p>When polishing Marble floor tiles, I would normally use large 17-inch diamond pads fitted to a rotary floor buffer, however that simply wouldn&#8217;t work on a table, so I ordered a set of 6-inch burnishing pads from Tile Doctor instead. These smaller pads fit nicely on a hand-held buffer that would be perfect for this situation.</p> <p>The burnishing process involves working through the pads in sequence. I started with the coarse 100, 200 and then 400-grit pads applied with a little water, these coarse pads were able to remove the etching and ingrained dirt. The table was rinsed down and then the 800-grit medium pad was applied which is the first step in the polishing process. Again, this pad is applied with water to lubricate, and the table was rinsed down afterwards. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2024/01/Acid-Etched-Polished-Marble-Table-During-Renovation-Putney.jpg" alt="Acid Etched Polished Marble Table During Renovation Putney" title="Acid Etched Polished Marble Table During Renovation Putney" width="90%" height="" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>The process was repeated with the 1500-grit fine pad and then the 3000-grit very fine pad to bring up a really nice shine to the Marble table, I should mention the last pad is applied dry with only a tiny amount of water sprayed onto the surface.</p> <h2> Sealing a Marble Table </h2> <p>The last step was to seal the stone to protect it going forward. I used <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> for this, it’s an oil-based impregnator and I figured the oil in the sealer would mask any marks that I wouldn&#8217;t be able to remove, however I actually ended up removing all the etching so the sealer just gave the stone a really nice colour and gloss.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2024/01/Acid-Etched-Polished-Marble-Table-After-Renovation-Putney.jpg" alt="Acid Etched Polished Marble Table After Renovation Putney" title="Acid Etched Polished Marble Table After Renovation Putney" width="90%" height="" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>My customer was very pleased with the work and said that the table looked better than it ever had before. NB. For the aftercare cleaning of a polished Marble coffee table like this I recommend 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 has been especially formulated for the regular cleaning of stone worktops. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Marble Tabletop in South London</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-the-appearance-of-a-marble-coffee-tabletop-in-putney/">Restoring the Appearance of a Marble Coffee Tabletop in Putney</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz">South London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Travertine Floor Tiles Cleaned and Sealed in a Cobham Kitchen https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/travertine-floor-tiles-cleaned-and-sealed-in-a-cobham-kitchen/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=travertine-floor-tiles-cleaned-and-sealed-in-a-cobham-kitchen West Surrey Tile Doctor urn:uuid:a55caa5c-a33b-156c-1013-a01e319bf419 Sun, 28 Jan 2024 15:32:02 +0000 <p>The property in Cobham had a large Travertine tiled floor in the kitchen, which was not looking its best, and was now in need of a deep clean and re-seal to bring it back to life. Travertine is a beautiful, natural stone that needs some regular attention to keep it looking at its best. Like [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/travertine-floor-tiles-cleaned-and-sealed-in-a-cobham-kitchen/">Travertine Floor Tiles Cleaned and Sealed in a Cobham Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobham,_Surrey" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Cobham</a></b> had a large <b>Travertine tiled floor</b> in the kitchen, which was not looking its best, and was now in need of a deep clean and re-seal to bring it back to life. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2024/01/Travertine-Kitchen-Tile-Before-Cleaning-Cobham-27082407-1024x768.jpg" alt="Travertine Kitchen Tile Before Cleaning Cobham" title="Travertine Kitchen Tile Before Cleaning Cobham" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>Travertine is a beautiful, natural stone that needs some regular attention to keep it looking at its best. Like any natural stone its vulnerable to dirt becoming ingrained in the pores and to prevent this it needs to be sealed. A sealer keeps the dirt on the surface where it can be easily removed through regular cleaning, however a sealer will usually only last for three to four years depending on how the floor is used and maintained.</p> <p>Another issue specific to Travertine is its acid sensitivity which comes from the calcium carbonate that it’s formed from. You need to be careful not to use acidic products on the stone as this can cause it to dissolve over time leading to pitts and potentially holes forming in the surface. If the pitts are not filled they will attract dirt easily making the floor hard to keep clean.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2024/01/Travertine-Kitchen-Tile-Before-Cleaning-Cobham-27082416-768x1024.jpg" alt="Travertine Kitchen Tile Before Cleaning Cobham" title="Travertine Kitchen Tile Before Cleaning Cobham" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2024/01/Travertine-Kitchen-Tile-Before-Cleaning-Cobham-27082434-768x1024.jpg" alt="Travertine Kitchen Tile Before Cleaning Cobham" title="Travertine Kitchen Tile Before Cleaning Cobham" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I visited the property to survey the floor and gave the client a price for its renovation which would take two days. Whilst there I also carried out a small cleaning test to ascertain the best cleaning method and to demonstrate what could be achieved. They were happy to go ahead with the quote so we agreed a suitable date for the work to start.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>On day one I started by wrapping the kitchen cabinets in decorator’s plastic to protected them and applied a thin line of mastic where the tiles meet the floor. This is done to keep unwanted water out during the cleaning process. </p> <p>The travertine floor had been laid using different sizes of tile in an irregular pattern which resulted in a lot of grout lines that needed cleaning. I find the best way to do this is 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>, scrubbing it in by hand with a wire brush, its hard work but its effective although it did take up most of the morning. Afterwards the grout was rinsed with water and the waste removed with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>After lunch, I turned my attention to the tiles which needed to be burnished using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">series of diamond pads</a> fitted to a buffing machine fitted with extra weight to increase traction. Work started with the application of a coarse 400-grit pad which is run over each tile three to four times using only water for lubrication. The floor was then rinsed and the soiling extracted before moving onto the next pad in the series which is 800-grit and then onto 1500-grit. </p> <p>This wet process pores in the stone allowing the dirt to be flushed out and then slowly closes them again leaving the floor clean and ready for sealing. By the end of day one all the Stone and Grout was clean and was left to dry out overnight.</p> <h2>Sealing a Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>The following day I checked the moisture levels of the floor with a damp meter to make sure it was dry and ready to accept a sealer. The results were good, so I set about applying the first of what would be 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 sealer is an impregnator that soaks into the pores of the stone preventing dirt from becoming ingrained there, it doesn’t contain a colour enhancer so leaves a very natural finish. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2024/01/Travertine-Kitchen-Tile-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Cobham-28103755-1024x768.jpg" alt="Travertine Kitchen Tile After Cleaning Sealing Cobham" title="Travertine Kitchen Tile After Cleaning Sealing Cobham" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>The floor was then once polished with the final burnishing pad in the set which is a very fine 3000-grit, this last pad removes any excess sealer and leaves a nice subtle appealing shine on the floor. The client was very happy with the finish we had achieved, the floor now has a lovely sheen and should stay looking good for some time. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2024/01/Travertine-Kitchen-Tile-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Cobham-28103030-768x1024.jpg" alt="Travertine Kitchen Tile After Cleaning Sealing Cobham" title="Travertine Kitchen Tile After Cleaning Sealing Cobham" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>For aftercare cleaning I recommended the use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a> which is ideal for sealed stone floors. Not only is it pH neutral so its safe to use on sealed travertine but it also includes a patina enhancer that will help maintain the shine.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of a Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor in West Surrey</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/travertine-floor-tiles-cleaned-and-sealed-in-a-cobham-kitchen/">Travertine Floor Tiles Cleaned and Sealed in a Cobham Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Encaustic Tiled Bathroom – Saffron Walden, Essex https://north-essex.tiledoctor.biz/encaustic-tiled-bathroom-saffron-walden-essex/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=encaustic-tiled-bathroom-saffron-walden-essex North Essex Tile Doctor urn:uuid:e92c6c11-5e46-05c6-c534-8112b4236403 Thu, 25 Jan 2024 02:17:00 +0000 <p>This modern Encaustic tiled floor had been laid in the bathroom of a house in Saffron Walden about a year prior to my visit. It was now beginning to mark easily and its appearance had diminished, additionally my customer was finding it hard to keep clean. All these issues are classic symptoms of the sealer [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://north-essex.tiledoctor.biz/encaustic-tiled-bathroom-saffron-walden-essex/">Encaustic Tiled Bathroom – Saffron Walden, Essex</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-essex.tiledoctor.biz">North Essex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This modern <b>Encaustic tiled floor</b> had been laid in the bathroom of a house in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saffron_Walden" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Saffron Walden</a></b> about a year prior to my visit. It was now beginning to mark easily and its appearance had diminished, additionally my customer was finding it hard to keep clean. All these issues are classic symptoms of the sealer wearing down, so I recommended giving the floor a deep clean with <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> and then resealing. It was only a small floor so the process should only take a day.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-essex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2024/01/Encaustic-Tiled-Bathroom-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Saffron-Walden-6643.jpg" alt="Encaustic Tiled Bathroom Floor Before Cleaning Saffron Walden" title="Encaustic Tiled Bathroom Floor Before Cleaning Saffron Walden" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>Modern Encaustic tiles are very popular these days due to the spectacular colours and patterns available and they do look great in smaller areas such as bathrooms. Many varieties do require you to maintain the sealer though and this requirement is often overlooked when being sold. This is not usually a problem when used to create a wall feature, however when installed on a floor you can expect the sealer to wear down with foot traffic. Once the sealer wears down it allows dirt to become ingrained in the tile and this becomes difficult to remove, thereby making the floor difficult to keep clean.</p> <p>Another problem we find with sealed tiles in bathrooms and kitchens is the use of bleach-based cleaning products, the products are very strong and will quickly erode the sealer with regular use leaving the tiles vulnerable. This is why we always recommend the use of pH neutral tile maintenance products such as <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>.</p> <h2> Cleaning an Encaustic Tiled Bathroom Floor </h2> <p>To resolve the problem, I started with the application of a coarse 400-grit burnishing pad fitted to a rotary machine and lubricated with water. The floor was just big enough to squeeze the buffer machine in, and it made quick work of removing what was left of the old sealer and ingrained dirt. After a rinse with more water, the soiling was extracted with a wet vacuum and I repeated the process with the 800 and 1500-grit pads, rinsing and extracting after each pad. These pads gradually refine the tile and slowly build-up a polish on its surface. </p> <p>Finally, I moved onto the very fine 3000-grit pad which is applied with only a mist of water sprayed onto the surface to bring up the final polished appearance. This last pad has the added advantage of leaving the tiles fairly dry, however, just to be sure I installed a couple of down blowers to fully dry out the floor before sealing. </p> <h2> Sealing an Encaustic Tiled Bathroom Floor</h2> <p>The blowers worked well, and I was able to seal the floor later that day using four 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> using around a litre of sealer. This is an impregnating sealer that works by soaking into the tiles, where it occupies the pores to prevent dirt from becoming ingrained there.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-essex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2024/01/Encaustic-Tiled-Bathroom-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Saffron-Walden-6645.jpg" alt="Encaustic Tiled Bathroom Floor After Cleaning Sealing Saffron Walden" title="Encaustic Tiled Bathroom Floor After Cleaning Sealing Saffron Walden" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>The appearance of the encaustic tiles now looks great with a nice even, easy to maintain sheen. I also left them 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> to maintain their floor after we had finished.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3> Professional Restoration of an Encaustic Tiled Bathroom Floor in North Essex</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://north-essex.tiledoctor.biz/encaustic-tiled-bathroom-saffron-walden-essex/">Encaustic Tiled Bathroom – Saffron Walden, Essex</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-essex.tiledoctor.biz">North Essex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Victorian Tiled Hallway Restored in Lincoln https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-restored-in-lincoln/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=victorian-tiled-hallway-restored-in-lincoln North Lincolnshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:3f8d46f8-7cd6-4303-42b7-e03b5585eca6 Mon, 15 Jan 2024 09:38:59 +0000 <p>I was asked to restore this Victorian tiled hallway floor at a property in Lincoln which as you can see was in quite a state. I don&#8217;t have the full history of the floor but essentially there were two large sections of missing tiles including under and in front of the stairs. these areas had [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-restored-in-lincoln/">Victorian Tiled Hallway Restored in Lincoln</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz">North Lincolnshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was asked to restore this <b>Victorian tiled hallway</b> floor at a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Lincoln</a></b> which as you can see was in quite a state. I don&#8217;t have the full history of the floor but essentially there were two large sections of missing tiles including under and in front of the stairs. these areas had been back filled with cement to level the floor so it could be covered with lino.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/01/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-Before-Restoration-Lincoln-13093910-766x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor Before Restoration Lincoln" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Victorian Tiled Floor Before Restoration Lincoln" /></p> <p>I&#8217;ve seen plenty of Victorian floors in my career, but I&#8217;ve never seen anything quite like it before. I discussed a price for the work which they were happy to accept and booked in a date to start.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/01/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-Before-Restoration-Lincoln-13093924-766x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor Before Restoration Lincoln" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Victorian Tiled Floor Before Restoration Lincoln" /></p> <h2> Cleaning and Repairing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The first job was to carefully remove all the cement from in front of the staircase and cut back the cement around the back of the staircase along the hall. The owner planned to create an understairs cupboard so there was no need to remove all of it as the cement floor would eventually be hidden.</p> <p>With the ugly cement removed, the floor sections were brought level ready for tiling with a self-levelling compound. I had managed to source replacement tiles ready for the restoration, so then the next task was to use these to tile the floor following the existing pattern. Once they had set, I then grouted the floor.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/01/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-During-Restoration-Lincoln-13114324-766x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor During Restoration Lincoln" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Victorian Tiled Floor During Restoration Lincoln" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/01/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-During-Restoration-Lincoln-15100714-766x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor During Restoration Lincoln" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Victorian Tiled Floor During Restoration Lincoln" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The next step was to deep clean the old and new sections of tiling for which I used <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 was left to dwell and soak in for fifteen minutes before being scrubbed in with a Black pad. The residue generated was then rinsed off and then extracted with a wet vacuum. The tiles were then inspected, and stubborn paint splashes were spot treated with more product until I was happy the floor looked clean.</p> <p>The next step was 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>, this counters potential efflorescence and neutralises the pH level of the floor after using Tile Doctor Remove and Go which is alkaline. Efflorescence is a common problem with these old floors which don&#8217;t have a damp proof membrane and have been covered with rubber underlay or lino which prevents moisture rising through the floor. The floor was then rinsed and extracted again and left to dry out for a couple of days.</p> <h2> Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>On my return I checked the moisture level of the tiles with a damp meter to make sure the floor was dry before starting. All was well so I sealed the floor with four coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which enhanced the colours in the tile and produced a lovely matt finish. Colour Grow is a breathable sealer which will allow for any moisture to rise through the tile and evaporate at the surface, this is an important feature for old floors that don’t have the benefit of a damp proof membrane.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/01/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-After-Restoration-Lincoln-766x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor After Restoration Lincoln" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Victorian Tiled Floor After Restoration Lincoln" /></p> <p>The floor looked so much better after the work was complete and my client was amazed at the transformation that had taken place. For aftercare I recommended the use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> which is a gentle but effective tile cleaning product that won’t harm the sealer.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2024/01/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-After-Restoration-Lincoln-17104049-766x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor After Restoration Lincoln" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Victorian Tiled Floor After Restoration Lincoln" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in North Lincolnshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-restored-in-lincoln/">Victorian Tiled Hallway Restored in Lincoln</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz">North Lincolnshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Historically Important Victorian Hallway Floor Restored in Handbridge Chester https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/historically-important-victorian-hallway-floor-restored-in-handbridge-chester/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=historically-important-victorian-hallway-floor-restored-in-handbridge-chester West Cheshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:da339b4e-eac4-4e9c-443d-691c70abb385 Mon, 08 Jan 2024 02:41:39 +0000 <p>I was first asked to restore the large Victorian tiled hallway floor at this mansion type property in Handbridge, Cheshire two years ago. The floors had a lot of history and had been used as a template for the famous Minton Hollins encaustic tiled floor at St George’s Hall in Liverpool that was built in [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/historically-important-victorian-hallway-floor-restored-in-handbridge-chester/">Historically Important Victorian Hallway Floor Restored in Handbridge Chester</a> appeared first on <a href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">West Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was first asked to restore the large <b>Victorian tiled hallway</b> floor at this mansion type property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handbridge" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Handbridge, Cheshire</a></b> two years ago. The floors had a lot of history and had been used as a template for the famous Minton Hollins encaustic tiled floor at <a href="https://www.stgeorgeshallliverpool.co.uk/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">St George’s Hall</a> in Liverpool that was built in 1854. Unfortunately, however my work was put on hold as other restoration works including repairing dry rot took priority.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://i0.wp.com/west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2024/01/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-Before-Renovation-Handbridge-Cheshire-1207082101.jpg?w=1200&#038;ssl=1" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor Before Renovation Handbridge Cheshire" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Victorian Tiled Floor Before Renovation Handbridge Cheshire" data-recalc-dims="1" /></p> <p>I kept in touch with the owners whilst the other works progressed and kept a look out for 22 beige Octagon shaped tiles that were needed to replace some of the damaged tiles in the floor. In fact, it wasn’t until later in 2023 that I was called back to start the renovation work to the floor, by which time I had managed to source all the replacement tiles needed. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://i0.wp.com/west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2024/01/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-Before-Renovation-Handbridge-Cheshire-1207082004-scaled.jpg?w=1200&#038;ssl=1" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor Before Renovation Handbridge Cheshire" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Victorian Tiled Floor Before Renovation Handbridge Cheshire" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://i0.wp.com/west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2024/01/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-Before-Renovation-Handbridge-Cheshire-1207082016-scaled.jpg?w=1200&#038;ssl=1" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor Before Renovation Handbridge Cheshire" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Victorian Tiled Floor Before Renovation Handbridge Cheshire" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Handbridge is a district of Chester with a mixture of large Victorian mansion type properties on the South bank of the river Dee and workers cottages built to service the water powered factories that sprung up along the river. </p> <h2>Repairing and Cleaning a Victorian Hallway Tiles</h2> <p>Before starting the cleaning process my first task was to replace all the broken tiles. This needs to be done carefully so as not to dislodge any adjacent tiles and make more work for myself. Once removed the base is cleared of old cement and then the replacement tiles fitted using rapid set adhesive and cut to size where required. </p> <p>Once the repairs were complete and the adhesive set, I began the cleaning process which is designed to remove and remaining protective sealer and flush out ingrained dirt from the pores of the tile. This is done by applying a strong dilution of <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> with a mop and then leaving it to soak into the tile for ten minutes. The floor was then scrubbed 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 pad</a> and lubricated with water. The cleaning alkaline cleaning solution soon turns black with the dirt and then floor is then rinsed with water and the residue extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>Attention then turned to the decorative historical piece of flooring at the entrance to the hallway. This only needed to be cleaned with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> which is used for regular cleaning and maintenance of tiled floors. this was applied with a two-minute dwell time before cleaning by hand using soft scrubbing brush then wiped down with damp microfiber cloths then left to dry.</p> <h2> Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The next day damp meter readings were taken from both floors to make sure they had dried and were ready to be sealed. The readings were within tolerance so work could begin on applying the first of what would be three coats of sealer. </p> <p><a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> was chosen to seal the tiles, it’s an impregnating colour intensifier sealer which is fully breathable so it will allow for moisture to rise through tile, an important consideration for old floors that don’t have a damp proof membrane. </p> <p>The sealer was applied using a paint pad and any excess is wiped off after five minutes with microfiber cloths before leaving it to dry for twenty minutes. I use air blowers around the floor to increase the drying speed.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://i0.wp.com/west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2024/01/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-After-Renovation-Handbridge-Cheshire-1208142119-scaled.jpg?w=1200&#038;ssl=1" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor After Renovation Handbridge Cheshire" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Victorian Tiled Floor After Renovation Handbridge Cheshire" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://i0.wp.com/west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2024/01/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-After-Renovation-Handbridge-Cheshire-1208142224-scaled.jpg?w=1200&#038;ssl=1" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor After Renovation Handbridge Cheshire" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Victorian Tiled Floor After Renovation Handbridge Cheshire" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The owner of the property was over the moon with the work and pleased that the work to restore the property to its former condition was nearing completion after what had been four years of restoration. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://i0.wp.com/west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2024/01/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-After-Renovation-Handbridge-Cheshire.jpg?w=1200&#038;ssl=1" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor Before Renovation Handbridge Cheshire" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Victorian Tiled Floor Before Renovation Handbridge Cheshire" data-recalc-dims="1" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in West Cheshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/historically-important-victorian-hallway-floor-restored-in-handbridge-chester/">Historically Important Victorian Hallway Floor Restored in Handbridge Chester</a> appeared first on <a href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">West Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle Refreshed in Battersea https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/ceramic-tiled-shower-cubicle-refreshed-in-battersea/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ceramic-tiled-shower-cubicle-refreshed-in-battersea South London Tile Doctor urn:uuid:b00737c3-b342-154f-6411-795085780876 Tue, 02 Jan 2024 13:41:33 +0000 <p>I was contacted by a customer in Battersea who was concerned about the state of their Ceramic Tiled shower cubicle. Ceramic tiles are glazed so usually very easy to keep clean however grout has a rough surface and attracts dirt easily. Where this happens it best to keep on top of the problem with regular [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/ceramic-tiled-shower-cubicle-refreshed-in-battersea/">Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle Refreshed in Battersea</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz">South London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was contacted by a customer in <b><a href="https://www.batterseasociety.org.uk/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Battersea</a></b> who was concerned about the state of their <b>Ceramic Tiled</b> shower cubicle. Ceramic tiles are glazed so usually very easy to keep clean however grout has a rough surface and attracts dirt easily. Where this happens it best to keep on top of the problem with regular cleaning as once you get a deep-seated stain on grout it’s very difficult to get it clean again.</p> <p>The photograph below shows the worst of the problem where dirt had collected behind a wire basket that was fixed to the wall. The basket allowed dirt to build-up behind it and had deposited rust on the tile and grout.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2024/01/Ceramic-Shower-Before-Tile-Cleaning-Battersea-1024x1018.jpg" alt="Ceramic Shower Before Tile Cleaning Battersea" title="Ceramic Shower Before Tile Cleaning Battersea" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>Maintaining grout is a large part of the work Tile Doctor does and we have several tried and tested products and processes for doing this. Having spoken to the client over the phone and having been sent photographs via email I created a quote for the work which should only take a few hours. My customer was happy with the quote and we agreed a date to do the work.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle</h2> <p>To begin, I cleaned the grout lines using our acidic cleaning product, <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>. The product is decanted into a spray bottle and sprayed onto the tile and grout where it was left to dwell for ten minutes before being scrubbed in with a handheld scrubbing brush. Spraying the solution onto the wall mixes it with air to make it lighter and more able to stick to the wall. </p> <p>Being a concentrated phosphoric acid cleaner, Grout Clean-Up effectively removes mineral deposits including rust and old grout smears from the tile surface to leaving it looking much fresher, it also prepares the grout for a superior bond with the grout colourant that was to be added later. </p> <p>Following this, I rinsed down the tile and grout with water to remove the dislodged dirt. The next step was to remove all the existing silicone mastic with a sharp knife; the mastic sealant stained with mould and much in need of replacement. Once all the rubbish was swept out, I dried any remaining dampness from the grout and tiles with a heat gun.</p> <p>I then moved onto to recolouring the grout using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Colourant</a> which is simply painted onto the grout lines using a small brush and any excess wiped of the tile before it dries. There are eleven colours available in the Tile Doctor colourant range and in this case, we chose a colour to match the tiles. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2024/01/Ceramic-Shower-After-Tile-Cleaning-Battersea-1016x1024.jpg" alt="Ceramic Shower After Tile Cleaning Battersea" title="Ceramic Shower Before Tile Cleaning Battersea" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>The application of Grout Colourant not only colours the grout joints – it also seals the grout in so dirt can’t become stuck in its rough surface, this also makes it very easy to clean going forward.</p> <p>Once the restoration was finished, I resealed the shower base with fresh mould resistant silicone mastic to match the tile and grout. Tile Doctor don’t sell this but there are many makes available from local DIY stores.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle Cleaning and Grout Recolouring in South London</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/ceramic-tiled-shower-cubicle-refreshed-in-battersea/">Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle Refreshed in Battersea</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz">South London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Victorian Tiled Hallway Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Farnham https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-farnham/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=victorian-tiled-hallway-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-farnham West Surrey Tile Doctor urn:uuid:df198d23-e19c-b268-dcd9-0c2ca8a71eaa Wed, 20 Dec 2023 13:33:28 +0000 <p>This client from Farnham had been in touch regarding their Victorian tiled hallway which needed deep cleaning and re-sealing. As usual I paid them a visit, surveyed the floor, and provided a quote for renovating it which they were happy to accept, there were no broken tiles to remove and replace so it was a [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-farnham/">Victorian Tiled Hallway Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Farnham</a> appeared first on <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This client from <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farnham" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Farnham</a></b> had been in touch regarding their Victorian tiled hallway which needed deep cleaning and re-sealing. As usual I paid them a visit, surveyed the floor, and provided a quote for renovating it which they were happy to accept, there were no broken tiles to remove and replace so it was a straightforward clean and seal. It was a lovely floor which had been laid in a herringbone pattern with lovely black and gold floral inserts and a beautiful green border.</p> <p>Whilst discussing dates it became apparent that they were planning on having some decorating done in the same area, so I recommended they book me in for a date after the decorators had left. It’s always good practice to get the floor cleaned after your last tradesperson has left, decorators especially have a habit of not covering floors properly.</p> <h2> Cleaning a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>I turned up on the agreed date and was pleasantly surprised to see there were only a few paint splashes on the floor so I wondered if my comments to the owner must have been passed onto the decorators. The hallway led onto several rooms many of which had new carpets, so with my own advice in mind I made sure to cover them with a plastic sheet before starting work.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2023/12/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-During-Cleaning-Farnham-093118-768x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor During Cleaning Farnham" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2023/12/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-During-Cleaning-Farnham-093130-768x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor During Cleaning Farnham" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The first job was to remove any existing sealer from the tiles 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>, this is brushed onto the tiles, left for ten to fifteen minutes, 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 floor machine running at slow speed. The resultant slurry was then rinsed off and extracted with a wet vacuum. It was a small floor so I planned to seal the floor later that day and so I only used a minimal amount of water and used the wet vacuum to remove as much moisture as possible.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2023/12/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-During-Cleaning-Farnham-093539-768x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor During Cleaning Farnham" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2023/12/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-During-Cleaning-Farnham-094404-768x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor During Cleaning Farnham" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Next, I gave the floor an acid rinse by carefully smearing <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> over the tiled surface. Leaving it to dwell for half an hour yet keeping it moist with water. I then introduced my weighted burnishing machine. Circling the floor, it slightly cuts the tile creating a slurry of tile and dirt. The pads can struggle to get right into the corners so once that was done, I scooted around the edges hand cleaning them with a scrubbing brush and ensuring any paint splashes the decorators had left were removed. </p> <p>All the waste was extracted, and the floor given a rinse with hot water. I left a small heater on them while I had my lunch. As the gel doesn’t penetrate the tiles like fluid it didn&#8217;t take long for the floor to dry sufficiently enough for sealing.</p> <h2> Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>Finally, I applied three coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-extra-1-litre/22/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go Extra</a>. This is a hard-wearing colour enhancing sealer. Each coat takes twenty to thirty minutes to dry. After the final coat I ask that it’s not walked on for a good hour.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2023/12/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Farnham-114940-768x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor After Cleaning Sealing Farnham" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor After Cleaning Sealing Farnham" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>Once done to the floor looked really clean and the new sealer should keep it that way for many years to come. Before leaving I took time to discuss maintenance cleaning and of course get their feedback which they gladly gave and is copied below:</p> <p><center><I>“Great service. Rupert was professional, informative, friendly clean worker who made a great job of cleaning our original Victorian tiled floor. Tile Doctor were recommended to me by a friend, and I would definitely recommend them and Rupert for tile cleaning.”</I></center></p> <p>For the aftercare of Victorian tiled 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" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> which due to its neutral ph makes it idea for the regular cleaning of sealed tiles. Many of the products you will find in supermarkets are simply too strong and will prematurely erode the sealer on a tile and so best avoided.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in West Surrey</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-farnham/">Victorian Tiled Hallway Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Farnham</a> appeared first on <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Black Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor Renovated in Tooting https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/black-slate-tiled-kitchen-floor-renovated-in-tooting/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=black-slate-tiled-kitchen-floor-renovated-in-tooting South London Tile Doctor urn:uuid:8d0e98a7-710a-ec28-d3f5-f645612dd833 Tue, 19 Dec 2023 11:43:38 +0000 <p>The photos below are of a Black Slate Kitchen floor at a property in Tooting SW17, which as you can see had lost all its colour and character. I went over to survey the floor and discussed a renovation plan with the owner. One of the problems was the grout which like the tile hadn’t [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/black-slate-tiled-kitchen-floor-renovated-in-tooting/">Black Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor Renovated in Tooting</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz">South London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The photos below are of a <b>Black Slate</b> Kitchen floor at a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tooting" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tooting</a></b> SW17, which as you can see had lost all its colour and character. I went over to survey the floor and discussed a renovation plan with the owner. </p> <p>One of the problems was the grout which like the tile hadn’t faired very well over the years and being in the Kitchen was subject to staining. I explained that like all stone floors the Slate needed to be sealed in order to keep the dirt out of its pores and keep it looking its best. Sealers however wear down with use and in this case the floor hadn’t been deep cleaned and sealed for some time. </p> <p>I costed out a renovation plan which included deep cleaning the Slate tile removing any remaining sealer in the process, renovating the grout, and then re-sealing the whole floor to bring back the appearance of the stone and protect it going forward. Happy with the quote we agreed a date to start the work.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Natural Black Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Normally I would use a Tile Doctor product called Remove and Go to remove the sealer, however in this case testing had shown that what was left of the sealer could be removed with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Pro-Clean</a> which is also our go to Tile and Grout Cleaner.</p> <p>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">Pro-Clean</a> to do this, spraying it onto the floor and leaving it to soak in for ten minutes and break down the dirt etc. Then using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a> fitted to a heavy rotary buffer machine it was worked into the Slate to release the dirt and old sealer. The floor was then rinsed with water and the soiling extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>The pads can struggle to get into the corners and edges of the floor and the recesses of the grout line. So, to complete the cleaning a handheld scrubbing brush was used and a wire brush run along the grout lines, again with more <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>. After another rinse and extraction with the wet vacuum the floor was left to dry aided with a couple of floor blowers. </p> <h2>Grout Colouring and Sealing Black Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Once dry the grout was coloured with a Black <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor grout colourant</a> which is basically painted onto the grout with a small brush and any excess wiped off the tile. This grout colourant gives the grout a uniform appearance and adds an impenetrable barrier over the grout sealing it in and keeping it safe from further staining. Keeping grout clean in a kitchen is always a problem so the colourant will protect it and make it very easy to clean.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2023/12/Black-Slate-During-Cleaning-Grout-Colouring-Tooting-1024x911.jpg" alt="Black Slate During Cleaning Grout Colouring Tooting" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Black Slate During Cleaning Grout Colouring Tooting" /></p> <p>The last step was to seal the Slate for which I used <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>. This was chosen because it’s an impregnating oil-based sealer that will restore the beautiful dark colour in the stone. Impregnators work by occupying the tiny pores in the stone thereby forcing dirt to remain on the surface where they can easily be cleaned away.</p> <p><img fetchpriority="high" decoding="async" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2023/12/Black-Slate-During-Sealing-Tooting-1024x888.jpg" alt="Black Slate During Sealing Tooting" width="1024" height="888" class="aligncenter" title="Black Slate During Sealing Tooting" /></p> <p>In the subject of maintenance cleaning, I recommend the use of <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 Tile Cleaner</a> which is a gentle but effective cleaner that won’t harm the sealer. Many of the floor cleaning products you find in supermarkets etc are not for use on sealed stone, they contain strong chemicals such as bleach etc which will strip off the sealer prematurely so best avoided.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2023/12/Black-Slate-After-Renovation-Tooting-1024x1021.jpg" alt="Black Slate After Renovation Tooting" width="1024" height="888" class="aligncenter" title="Black Slate After Renovation Tooting" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of Black Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor in South London</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/black-slate-tiled-kitchen-floor-renovated-in-tooting/">Black Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor Renovated in Tooting</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz">South London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Replacing a Blown and Sticky Sealer on Slate Floors in Wragby https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/replacing-a-blown-and-sticky-sealer-on-slate-floors-in-wragby/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=replacing-a-blown-and-sticky-sealer-on-slate-floors-in-wragby North Lincolnshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:c6f53bec-83b1-1d07-f758-36a63bd71c9e Sun, 03 Dec 2023 15:57:05 +0000 <p>This client from Wragby contacted me because their Slate tiled shower room floor was covered in limescale and despite trying numerous products they couldn&#8217;t get rid of it. Also, for some reason the slate kitchen floor was always sticky, and they wanted this resolving as well. If you haven’t been, Wragby is just East of [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/replacing-a-blown-and-sticky-sealer-on-slate-floors-in-wragby/">Replacing a Blown and Sticky Sealer on Slate Floors in Wragby</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz">North Lincolnshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This client from <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wragby" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Wragby</a></b> contacted me because their <b>Slate tiled</b> shower room floor was covered in limescale and despite trying numerous products they couldn&#8217;t get rid of it. Also, for some reason the slate kitchen floor was always sticky, and they wanted this resolving as well. If you haven’t been, Wragby is just East of Lincoln on route to the Lincolnshire Wolds which is an area of outstanding natural beauty.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2023/12/Slate-Shower-Floor-Wragby-Before-Renovation-23143505-766x1024.jpg" alt="Slate Shower Floor Wragby Before Renovation" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Slate Shower Floor Wragby Before Renovation" /></p> <p>I went over to the property to survey the tiles and produce a quote for rectifying the problems. I discovered that the Kitchen floor had been over sealed with a solvent based topical seal and that had turned tacky, and in the shower room it wasn&#8217;t limescale that was the issue, in fact it was a moisture problem that had bloomed the seal. The tiles needed to be completely dry before applying a sealer or it can cause problems, also because the dining room followed from the kitchen it would need to be stripped as well of sealer and resealed otherwise the two floors would look different in colour. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img fetchpriority="high" decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2023/12/Slate-Kitchen-Floor-Wragby-Before-Renovation-23111558-766x1024.jpg" alt="Slate Kitchen Floor Wragby Before Renovation" width="766" height="1024" class="aligncenter" title="Slate Kitchen Floor Wragby Before Renovation" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2023/12/Slate-Dining-Room-Floor-Wragby-Before-Cleaning-23112520-766x1024.jpg" alt="Slate Dining Room Floor Wragby Before Cleaning" width="766" height="1024" class="aligncenter" title="Slate Dining Room Floor Wragby Before Cleaning" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I quoted for stripping and cleaning all three floors, and then re-sealing. The quote was accepted, and the job was booked in for a few weeks later. </p> <h2> Cleaning a Slate Tiled Kitchen, Dining and Shower Room Floor</h2> <p>To remove the sealer, I used a combination 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> mixed 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 was applied to the floor in the usual way, allowing it to soak in for ten minutes before being scrubbed in with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Black pad</a>. This action removes the old sealer and further cleaned the floor. </p> <p>The soiling was then rinsed away with water and extracted with a wet vacuum. A couple of the areas were more stubborn that others, so the process was repeated until I was satisfied the sealer was gone and the Slate was as clean.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2023/12/Slate-Dining-Room-Floor-Wragby-After-Cleaning-24115818-766x1024.jpg" alt="Slate Dining Room Floor Wragby After Cleaning" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Slate Dining Room Floor Wragby After Cleaning" /></p> <p>I setup a couple of air blowers in place to assist with drying and then left the floor to dry out fully overnight. </p> <h2> Sealing a Slate Tiled Kitchen, Dining and Shower Room Floor</h2> <p>Returning the following day, I used a damp meter to take moisture readings and ensure the stone was dry before applying the new sealer, as mentioned earlier it is not a good idea to seal a wet floor. </p> <p>My client wanted a shine on the floor so for the Kitchen and Dining room I used a topical water-based sealer called <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>. For the shower floor I explained that due to the moisture it would have to be sealed with a fully breathable impregnating sealer however it would leave a matt finish, they didn’t want a repeat of before so happy to accept my recommendation the shower room floor was sealed 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>. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2023/12/Slate-Dining-Room-Floor-Wragby-After-Sealing-24145030-766x1024.jpg" alt="Slate Dining Room Floor Wragby After Sealing" width="766" height="1024" class="aligncenter" title="Slate Kitchen Floor Wragby Before Renovation" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2023/12/Slate-Kitchen-Floor-Wragby-After-Renovation-25120525-766x1024.jpg" alt="Slate Kitchen Floor Wragby After Renovation" width="766" height="1024" class="aligncenter" title="Slate Kitchen Floor Wragby After Renovation" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The whole process took 3 days, and all the floors were transformed by the work, certainly my clients were extremely happy with the result. For the aftercare cleaning of Slate floors, 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" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> which an effective tile and grout cleaner but gentle enough not to effect the sealer.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2023/12/Slate-Shower-Floor-Wragby-After-Renovation-25105640-766x1024.jpg" alt="Slate Shower Floor Wragby Before Renovation" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Slate Shower Floor Wragby Before Renovation" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3> Professional Restoration of a Slate Tiled Kitchen, Dining and Shower Room in North Lincolnshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/replacing-a-blown-and-sticky-sealer-on-slate-floors-in-wragby/">Replacing a Blown and Sticky Sealer on Slate Floors in Wragby</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz">North Lincolnshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Ceramic Tile and Grout Cleaning in a Woking Kitchen https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/ceramic-tile-and-grout-cleaning-in-a-woking-kitchen/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ceramic-tile-and-grout-cleaning-in-a-woking-kitchen West Surrey Tile Doctor urn:uuid:394e7a8a-ad46-a5cb-8a23-e6904ac130aa Fri, 01 Dec 2023 12:07:03 +0000 <p>I took the photographs below of a Ceramic Tiled kitchen floor at a property in Woking. Two adults, two children and a dog so a lot of foot fall coming in and out of the patio doors that opened to the garden. Ceramic tiles are an ideal choice for a busy floor like this however [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/ceramic-tile-and-grout-cleaning-in-a-woking-kitchen/">Ceramic Tile and Grout Cleaning in a Woking Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I took the photographs below of a <b>Ceramic Tiled</b> kitchen floor at a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woking" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Woking</a></b>. Two adults, two children and a dog so a lot of foot fall coming in and out of the patio doors that opened to the garden. Ceramic tiles are an ideal choice for a busy floor like this however we all know that children and animals don’t tend to wipe their feet and so they were struggling to keep the tile and grout clean.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2023/12/Ceramic-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Woking-085404.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Woking" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Woking" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2023/12/Ceramic-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Woking-085351.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Woking" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Woking" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Ceramic tiles are usually very easy to keep clean however grout has a rough cementitious surface and so easily attracts dirt turning it black. Also, we find that dirt is washed into the grout line during cleaning which doesn’t help.</p> <p>Happy to assist I quoted for deep cleaning the tile and grout with a weighted mechanical floor buffer which would scrub the floor clean again, the work would also involve manually cleaning the grout as the pads can struggle to reach into the recesses of the grout line.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning Kitchen Ceramic Tile and Grout</h2> <p>On arrival I ran a thin line of transparent mastic along the kickboards where they meet the tiles. Unwanted water can be destructive and cause the boards to warp. I leave the mastic in place once I’ve finished as it looks subtle and offers added protection.</p> <p>With that done I sprayed the tiles with and 1:5 dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> and left this to soak into the floor for twenty minutes. The Pro-Clean breaks down the dirt turning it a shade of yellow. While this was happening, I retrieved a weighted floor polisher from the van. The iron bars I use as weights improves traction to make the clean more.</p> <p>Once the Pro-Clean had soaked in I went around the grout lines giving them a good scrub with more Pro-Clean and a wire brush. I’m yet to find a machine that does this as effectively as hand brushing so for best results I get on my hands and knees and give it a good scrub. You can see from the pictures the dirt being released.</p> <p><img decoding="async" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2023/12/Ceramic-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-During-Grout-Cleaning-Woking-083624.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor During Grout Cleaning Woking" class="aligncenter" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor During Grout Cleaning Woking" /></p> <p>Once the grout was done the buffing machine was brought in 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> that won’t scratch the tiles but does a job of releasing the dirt. All the dirt is vacuumed up with a wet vax. Then just to be sure I neutralise with fresh, warm water. This is also removed leaving the tiles to dry.</p> <p><img decoding="async" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2023/12/Ceramic-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-During-Cleaning-Woking-091243.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor During Cleaning Woking" class="aligncenter" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor During Cleaning Woking" /><br /> <Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor During Cleaning Woking 091243.jpg></p> <p>Once dry the floor was inspected and any stubborn areas spot treated until both I and the customer were satisfied the tile and grout was as clean as it could be. </p> <p>Normally after cleaning the final step would be to seal the tiles, however Ceramic tiles won’t take a sealer so once the cleaning was done the job was completed, and in less than a day. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2023/12/Ceramic-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Woking-114038.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Woking" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Woking" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2023/12/Ceramic-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Woking-094136.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Woking" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Woking" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Clean of a Ceramic Tiled Kitchen in West Surrey</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/ceramic-tile-and-grout-cleaning-in-a-woking-kitchen/">Ceramic Tile and Grout Cleaning in a Woking Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Flood Damaged Red Sandstone Hallway Floor Renovated in Penrith https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/flood-damaged-red-sandstone-hallway-floor-renovated-in-penrith/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=flood-damaged-red-sandstone-hallway-floor-renovated-in-penrith North Cumbria Tile Doctor urn:uuid:4ec41680-6475-f871-f738-b509ac2c5e03 Sun, 26 Nov 2023 16:49:05 +0000 <p>The customer from Penrith called us in to see if we could improve the appearance of their Red Sandstone hallway floor. Several weeks earlier it had been covered in mud and water from flooding. Once the flood waters had subsided the floor was given a general clean, but the stone looked terrible and completely washed [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/flood-damaged-red-sandstone-hallway-floor-renovated-in-penrith/">Flood Damaged Red Sandstone Hallway Floor Renovated in Penrith</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz">North Cumbria Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The customer from <b><a href="https://www.visiteden.co.uk/explore-eden/the-eden-valley/penrith/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Penrith</a></b> called us in to see if we could improve the appearance of their <b>Red Sandstone</b> hallway floor. Several weeks earlier it had been covered in mud and water from flooding. Once the flood waters had subsided the floor was given a general clean, but the stone looked terrible and completely washed out. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2023/11/Flood-Damaged-Red-Sandstone-Hallway-before-Cleaning-Penrith-9651-764x1024.jpg" alt="Flood Damaged Red Sandstone Hallway before Cleaning Penrith" width="80%" height="" title="Flood Damaged Red Sandstone Hallway before Cleaning Penrith" class="aligncenter size-large" /></p> <p>Its important to let everything dry out before attempting any renovation work and this is especially the case with Stone and Clay tiles. When the floors this bad there’s no point trying to get a decent clean just by using chemicals alone, so we often offer a system we have perfected at Tile Doctor called &#8220;Milling&#8221;. We discussed the project in detail with the client and agreed a price and a time to complete the work.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img fetchpriority="high" decoding="async" src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2023/11/Flood-Damaged-Red-Sandstone-Hallway-before-Cleaning-Penrith-9649-764x1024.jpg" alt="Flood Damaged Red Sandstone Hallway before Cleaning Penrith" width="764" height="1024" title="Flood Damaged Red Sandstone Hallway before Cleaning Penrith" class="aligncenter size-large" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2023/11/Flood-Damaged-Red-Sandstone-Hallway-before-Cleaning-Penrith-9650-764x1024.jpg" alt="Flood Damaged Red Sandstone Hallway before Cleaning Penrith" width="764" height="1024" title="Flood Damaged Red Sandstone Hallway before Cleaning Penrith" class="aligncenter size-large" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2>Restoring Flood Damaged Red Sandstone</h2> <p>Milling pads are encrusted with very coarse industrial diamonds and allow you to cut deeper into the stone than the burnishing pads we use for polishing. We use them to remove a thin layer of stone from the floor to reveal new stone underneath. </p> <p>Tile Doctor supply these pads in different sizes, types and grits and on this occasion, we used a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">17 inch 200-grit milling pad</a> fitted to a Numatic buffing machine running on low speed. Extra weight was added to the machine to improve the depth of clean and the process was 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 edges were then cleaned with a set of handheld Diamond Blocks which allow you to get right into the corners. Once the whole floor had been treated it was rinsed with water and the soiling extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>The Sandstone floor was then given 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> to remove stone resins and neutralise alkaline salts which can build up in the stone and present themselves as White Efflorescence later. The floor was then given a final rinse and dried as much as possible with the wet vacuum before allowing it to dry off overnight.</p> <h2>Sealing Red Sandstone Flooring</h2> <p>The stone floor was left to dry out for a full 24 hours and we called back on the 3rd day to apply a coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-x-tra-seal-1-litre/258/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor X-Tra Seal</a>, which is an oil-based sealer that improves colour and structure to the stone. This product is fully breathable and rated for external use and so will cope with any further dampness coming up from the ground.</p> <p>The sealer really brought out the true red colour of the Sandstone and completely transformed its appearance. The customer has only lived in the house a short time and had no idea of what colour the stone should be as it was Grey when they moved in.</p> <h2>Re-Pointing Red Sandstone Flooring</h2> <p>It was quite rewarding to bring the stone back to life and to finish the renovation of the floor our attention turned to the pointing which had been compromised by the flooring and was in a bad state. </p> <p>The old pointing was carefully knocked out and after cleaning up the floor was re-pointed using a modern breathable pointing product called VDW 800 which comes in four different colours, it’s very easy to apply, copes well with wide gaps and fully hardens in 48 hours.</p> <p>Traditionally a Lime mortar was used for this but there are several draw backs with this as it never really sets, and if you mop or clean the floor then traces of White pointing stain the stone. This is very noticeable on darker stones and secondly, it’s difficult to work with and remove after it has dried.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2023/11/Flood-Damaged-Red-Sandstone-Hallway-after-Renovation-Penrith-2018-764x1024.jpg" alt="Flood Damaged Red Sandstone Hallway after Renovation Penrith" width="764" height="1024" title="Flood Damaged Red Sandstone Hallway after Renovation Penrith" class="aligncenter size-large" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2023/11/Flood-Damaged-Red-Sandstone-Hallway-after-Renovation-Penrith-2016-764x1024.jpg" alt="Flood Damaged Red Sandstone Hallway after Renovation Penrith" width="764" height="1024" title="Flood Damaged Red Sandstone Hallway after Renovation Penrith" class="aligncenter size-large" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><Flood Damaged Red Sandstone Hallway after Renovation Penrith 2018.jpg><br /> <Flood Damaged Red Sandstone Hallway after Renovation Penrith 2016.jpg></p> <p>All in all, the Sandstone floor responded very well to our restoration methods and sealer, needless to say the customer was very happy with the result. For aftercare cleaning of Sandstone flooring 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" target="_blank">Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> which is gentle enough not to impact the sealer yet an effective floor cleaning product that can be used regularly.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2023/11/Flood-Damaged-Red-Sandstone-Hallway-after-Renovation-Penrith-2019-764x1024.jpg" alt="Flood Damaged Red Sandstone Hallway after Renovation Penrith" width="80%" height="" title="Flood Damaged Red Sandstone Hallway after Renovation Penrith" class="aligncenter size-large" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Red Sandstone Hallway Floor in North Cumbria</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/flood-damaged-red-sandstone-hallway-floor-renovated-in-penrith/">Flood Damaged Red Sandstone Hallway Floor Renovated in Penrith</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz">North Cumbria Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor Repaired and Restored in Scunthorpe https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-floor-repaired-and-restored-in-scunthorpe/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=victorian-tiled-hallway-floor-repaired-and-restored-in-scunthorpe North Lincolnshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:b83b3d6c-5d95-680b-6d6b-c02dda289770 Fri, 24 Nov 2023 16:44:26 +0000 <p>This Victorian tile floor was found under a carpet in a property in Scunthorpe during redecoration. The client asked if it could be cleaned up and some minor repairs carried out so we scheduled a date for me to go over and survey the floor. Whilst at the property I took some measurements so I [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-floor-repaired-and-restored-in-scunthorpe/">Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor Repaired and Restored in Scunthorpe</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz">North Lincolnshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This Victorian tile floor was found under a carpet in a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scunthorpe" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Scunthorpe</a></b> during redecoration. The client asked if it could be cleaned up and some minor repairs carried out so we scheduled a date for me to go over and survey the floor. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2023/11/Victorian-Floor-Before-Restoration-Scunthorpe-11081624.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Scunthorpe" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Scunthorpe" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2023/11/Victorian-Floor-Before-Restoration-Scunthorpe-11081643.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Scunthorpe" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Scunthorpe" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Whilst at the property I took some measurements so I could create an accurate quote for doing the work. Sometimes I can price the work off photographs but with old floors like this I prefer to take a detailed look as you never know what you might find. Another consideration is efflorescence due to it being covered in carpet and probably rubber backed underlay, materials like this prevent the floor from breathing. Old floors like this one don&#8217;t have a damp-proof membrane it is best to let the floor dry out before doing any further work.</p> <h2> Cleaning and Repairing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>My quotation was accepted, and the work started by addressing the the repairs using the tiles provided. The repairs however turned out to be more than expected as I discovered lots of patches that required lifting and re-fixed in place using a rapid setting adhesive and grout; this was unexpected but had to be done. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2023/11/Victorian-Floor-During-Restoration-Scunthorpe-1151532.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor During Restoration Scunthorpe" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor During Restoration Scunthorpe" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2023/11/Victorian-Floor-During-Restoration-Scunthorpe-11143535.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor During Restoration Scunthorpe" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor During Restoration Scunthorpe" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The next day with the floor now stable, I started the cleaning process 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> which is a strong alkaline product that cleans tiles and removes coatings. This is sprayed onto the floor and left to dwell for twenty minutes before being worked into the tiles using a buffer 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>. This process breaks down old sealers and soils lifting them to the surface where they can be removed. The residue was then rinsed away using minimal water and extracted with a wet vacuum. </p> <p>After rinsing I then repeated the process 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> which further cleans up the tiles and dissolves any alkaline salts in the floor that might result in efflorescence later. As the name suggests this is an acidic product, it also neutralises the pH level of the floor after the use of alkaline cleaning products earlier.</p> <h2> Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The hallway was then left to dry for a couple of days before returning 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 has a matt finish. This is a hardwearing sealer which will ensure the high traffic area is protected and allows the natural colours of the Victorian tiles to shine through. The other reason this sealer was chosen though was that its fully breathable and will allow moisture to rise through the floor.</p> <p><img decoding="async" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2023/11/Victorian-Floor-After-Restoration-Scunthorpe-11171009.jpg" class="aligncenter" alt="Victorian Floor After Restoration Scunthorpe" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor After Restoration Scunthorpe" /></p> <p>The client was over the moon with the result especially as I had kept to the quote and not charged for the additional tiling work. Before leaving I took time to discuss ongoing maintenance cleaning of the Victorian tiles and recommend 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> which won’t affect the sealer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in Lincolnshire </h3> <p>The post <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-floor-repaired-and-restored-in-scunthorpe/">Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor Repaired and Restored in Scunthorpe</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz">North Lincolnshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Repairing a Stone Table for Repeat Client in Swallowfield Reading https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/repairing-a-stone-table-for-repeat-client-in-swallowfield-reading/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=repairing-a-stone-table-for-repeat-client-in-swallowfield-reading Berkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:dafe4331-54d9-0652-7545-445bdfa67315 Thu, 16 Nov 2023 11:17:06 +0000 <p>I received a rather fraught text message followed by a bunch of pictures from a client in Swallowfield regarding a broken stone table. My client lets out properties in the Thames Valley and Berkshire areas so over time we have built a nice relationship as maintenance work is constantly needed within these properties. Unfortunately, my [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/repairing-a-stone-table-for-repeat-client-in-swallowfield-reading/">Repairing a Stone Table for Repeat Client in Swallowfield Reading</a> appeared first on <a href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz">Berkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I received a rather fraught text message followed by a bunch of pictures from a client in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swallowfield" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Swallowfield</a></b> regarding a broken <B>stone table</b>. My client lets out properties in the Thames Valley and Berkshire areas so over time we have built a nice relationship as maintenance work is constantly needed within these properties. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://i0.wp.com/berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2023/11/Damaged-Stone-Table-Before-Repair-Reading-132213.jpg?w=1200&#038;ssl=1" alt="Damaged Stone Table Before Repair Reading" width="" height="" class="aligncenter size-full" title="Damaged Stone Table Before Repair Reading" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://i0.wp.com/berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2023/11/Damaged-Stone-Table-Before-Repair-Reading-132209.jpg?w=1200&#038;ssl=1" alt="Damaged Stone Table Before Repair Reading" width="" height="" class="aligncenter size-full" title="Damaged Stone Table Before Repair Reading" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Unfortunately, my client and his son dropped the large stone table while preparing the property for new tenants causing significant damage to one corner. Time was of the essence as the new tenants were due to move in the following weekend. </p> <p>Having reviewed the pictures and discussed the damage in detail over the phone I was confident I could significantly improve the damage, so we booked in a date that was mutually convenience. Fortunately, they had the good sense to collect the pieces of broken table which would make the task easier.</p> <h2>Repairing and Cleaning a Travertine Stone Table</h2> <p>My first job was to reconstruct the puzzle of broken pieces to ensure the table would all fix together again. Happy I had all the parts I began the reconstruction using a two-part epoxy resin that binds rock hard in about 15-30 minutes, clamping each part in place while the resin hardened. </p> <p>Once I was happy with the repair, I gave the table a deep clean using <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 product is a strong alkaline cleaner that breaks down dirt, grease, and contaminations. After scrubbing in a strong dilution by hand it was then rinsed off with water and the table was left to dry. </p> <h2>Sealing a Travertine Stone Table </h2> <p>I returned later that day and happy it was thoroughly dry 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> which is an impregnating sealer that works by occupying the pores in the stone thereby preventing dirt from taking up residence there. This ensures contaminates remain on the surface where they can easily be wiped away. This product is almost invisible and so doesn’t change the appearance of the stone, so it keeps its natural appearance. </p> <p>They were impressed with the repair work and as you can see from the pictures there is very little evidence of the previous damage. They were also relieved that it could be repaired as a piece like this is expensive to replace. More importantly the property was also ready for the new tenant to move in. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://i0.wp.com/berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2023/11/Damaged-Stone-Table-After-Repair-Reading-145846.jpg?w=1200&#038;ssl=1" alt="Damaged Stone Table After Repair Reading" width="" height="" class="aligncenter size-full" title="Damaged Stone Table After Repair Reading" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://i0.wp.com/berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2023/11/Damaged-Stone-Table-After-Repair-Reading-145858.jpg?w=1200&#038;ssl=1" alt="Damaged Stone Table After Repair Reading" width="" height="" class="aligncenter size-full" title="Damaged Stone Table After Repair Reading" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>We have already carried out lots of work for this client previously, maintaining the various tiled floors that they have in the various properties, floors you wouldn’t want to trust with a standard cleaning service.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Repair and Renovation of a Stone Table in Berkshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/repairing-a-stone-table-for-repeat-client-in-swallowfield-reading/">Repairing a Stone Table for Repeat Client in Swallowfield Reading</a> appeared first on <a href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz">Berkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Polishing a Limestone table in Burford, Oxfordshire https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/polishing-a-limestone-table-in-burford-oxfordshire/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=polishing-a-limestone-table-in-burford-oxfordshire Oxfordshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:4f0958ab-90c2-2e11-ecca-3a9255e9a0bb Sun, 12 Nov 2023 15:37:48 +0000 <p>This client from Burford in the Cotswold hills contacted us to see if I could polish up a Limestone table which was now surplus to requirements, and they wanted to sell it. They realised though that the polished appearance was dull and unappealing, so if it was to achieve the best price if would need [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/polishing-a-limestone-table-in-burford-oxfordshire/">Polishing a Limestone table in Burford, Oxfordshire</a> appeared first on <a href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz">Oxfordshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This client from <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burford" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Burford</a></b> in the Cotswold hills contacted us to see if I could polish up a <b>Limestone table</b> which was now surplus to requirements, and they wanted to sell it. They realised though that the polished appearance was dull and unappealing, so if it was to achieve the best price if would need polishing first. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://i0.wp.com/oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2023/11/Limestone-Table-Before-Polishing-Burford-133555.jpg?w=1200&#038;ssl=1" alt="Limestone Table Before Polishing Burford" width="" height="" class="aligncenter size-full" title="Limestone Table Before Polishing Burford" data-recalc-dims="1" /></p> <p>We discussed the project over the phone and I explained that although we are more used to polishing stone floors with large diamond burnishing pads there was no reason why the same technique wouldn’t work on the table. For this project we would use smaller <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/6-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/41/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">six-inch pads</a> that can be fitted to a hand-held buffer machine. Confident I could complete the work and get the table back to its former glory I agreed to call in and demonstrate the process.</p> <h2>Polishing a Limestone Tiled Table</h2> <p>Using a set of small diamond burnishing pads of increasing grits and water I was able to quickly polish a sample area of the table to a nice shine. This newly polished section really highlighted just how dull the rest of the table had become. Like any polished surface it will lose its lustre over time with regular use and potentially cleaning with the wrong products. </p> <p>Happy my solution was effective, and the price was right, he asked me to continue and polish the whole table. I put tape around the edge of the table to prevent splashes and had a dust sheet on the floor. </p> <p>Next using a flex polishing machine fitted a six-inch 200-grit pad the stone was lightly cut back to remove the staining and cup marks. A little water is used during this process to help lubricate and a sponge with more water is used afterwards to remove the slurry which is generated. This process was then repeated using 400, 800, 1500 and finally a 3000-grit pads until the Limestone was polished to a honed finish. Again, the slurry was sponged away after each pad.</p> <h2>Sealing a Limestone Table </h2> <p>Then to get a very deep durable <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> was applied which is ground into the stone using a White buffing pad. Once this had dried, I buffed the table with another White pad to leave table looking like new. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://i0.wp.com/oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2023/11/Limestone-Table-After-Polishing-Burford-143524.jpg?w=1200&#038;ssl=1" alt="Limestone Table After Polishing Burford" width="" height="" class="aligncenter size-full" title="Limestone Table After Polishing Burford" data-recalc-dims="1" /></p> <p>The client was delighted with the finished result and considered keeping it for a moment! However, they were satisfied that they could now sell it for a good price. For the maintenance cleaning of polished stone tables and countertops we recommend <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 very easy to apply and helps protect the polish.</p> <p>Although we specialise in the maintenance of tiles, stone or grout, mainly involving floors, but from time to time we do get asked to do something different such as resurfacing stone tables or work surfaces. It makes a nice change to complete something different and is very satisfying when the results are as good as this. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Limestone Table in Oxfordshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz/polishing-a-limestone-table-in-burford-oxfordshire/">Polishing a Limestone table in Burford, Oxfordshire</a> appeared first on <a href="https://oxfordshire.tiledoctor.biz">Oxfordshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Neglected Black & White Victorian Tiled Pathway Restored in Surbiton https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/neglected-black-white-victorian-tiled-pathway-restored-in-surbiton/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=neglected-black-white-victorian-tiled-pathway-restored-in-surbiton West Surrey Tile Doctor urn:uuid:7644ca8a-faf0-7ee1-2402-a2d4790abaa4 Sat, 04 Nov 2023 13:57:20 +0000 <p>Over the past ten years I’ve restored many tiled pathways, however none were in such a poor state as this example in Surbiton. Unfortunately, it had been badly installed and then further “repairs” by the customers ex father In-law hadn’t helped. I certainly had my work cut out and working outside of course has its [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/neglected-black-white-victorian-tiled-pathway-restored-in-surbiton/">Neglected Black &#038; White Victorian Tiled Pathway Restored in Surbiton</a> appeared first on <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Over the past ten years I’ve restored many <b>tiled pathways</b>, however none were in such a poor state as this example in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surbiton" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Surbiton</a></b>. Unfortunately, it had been badly installed and then further “repairs” by the customers ex father In-law hadn’t helped. I certainly had my work cut out and working outside of course has its own challenges. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img fetchpriority="high" decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2023/11/Victorian-Black-White-Pathway-Before-Restoration-Surbiton-2303081730-768x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Black White Pathway Before Restoration Surbiton" title="Victorian Black White Pathway Before Restoration Surbiton" width="768" height="1024" class="aligncenter size-large" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2023/11/Victorian-Black-White-Pathway-Before-Restoration-Surbiton-2303081739-768x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Black White Pathway Before Restoration Surbiton" title="Victorian Black White Pathway Before Restoration Surbiton" width="768" height="1024" class="aligncenter size-large" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2>Repairing a Neglected Victorian Tiled Pathway</h2> <p>The first task was to clear the area of plant life and other detritus, all the existing holes had to be totally cleaned out so I could see exactly what I was dealing with. I discovered the foundation of the path was not very deep and this had allowed it to be disturbed by adjacent rose bushes so these had to be chopped back and the roots removed. I also had to rope-off the area as anyone treading on the path would dislodge further tiles resulting in Amazon and the postwoman having to take a more cumbersome route.</p> <p>The next step was to remove the existing concrete edging, now normally I wouldn’t do this as I’m not a building contractor however given the problems with the path foundations it made sense. Additionally new steel edging would form an excellent base and straight line from which I could re-build the path. I had to break the concrete edging out with a power chisel and left the pieces in building sacks for the customer to dispose of. The customer supplied the replacement metal edging which is joined together, worked into the ground with a sledgehammer and then secured with foot long metal stakes.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2023/11/Victorian-Black-White-Pathway-During-Restoration-Surbiton-2303133255.jpg" alt="Victorian Black White Pathway During Restoration Surbiton" title="Victorian Black White Pathway During Restoration Surbiton" width="768" height="1024" class="aligncenter size-large" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2023/11/Victorian-Black-White-Pathway-During-Restoration-Surbiton-2403094839.jpg" alt="Victorian Black White Pathway During Restoration Surbiton" title="Victorian Black White Pathway During Restoration Surbiton" width="768" height="1024" class="aligncenter size-large" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The next day were spent cleaning up three buckets of loose tiles in the rear garden. These had been reclaimed over the years. I knew we would be short of replacements so I also ordered matching Victorian tiles from the <a href="https://thevintagefloortilecompany.co.uk/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Vintage Tile Company</a> in Margate. The only way to clean them up effectively is with a wet tile cutting machine whizzing down the edges. It’s a wet, messy, noisy business made harder by the incoming rain. It took all day to make 100’s of tiles acceptable. It was tedious work but made more enjoyable by the numerous cups of tea that were made available.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2023/11/Victorian-Black-White-Pathway-During-Restoration-Surbiton-2303084453.jpg" alt="Victorian Black White Pathway During Restoration Surbiton" title="Victorian Black White Pathway During Restoration Surbiton" width="768" height="1024" class="aligncenter size-large" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2023/11/Victorian-Black-White-Pathway-During-Restoration-Surbiton-2803092511.jpg" alt="Victorian Black White Pathway During Restoration Surbiton" title="Victorian Black White Pathway During Restoration Surbiton" width="768" height="1024" class="aligncenter size-large" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The next day was spent removing and cleaning up the existing broken base. Once removed I filled the holes and gaps with self-levelling compound. Thankfully the new metal straight edges allowed the compound to level out nicely. It was then left to set over night.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2023/11/Victorian-Black-White-Pathway-During-Restoration-Surbiton-0104143222.jpg" alt="Victorian Black White Pathway During Restoration Surbiton" title="Victorian Black White Pathway During Restoration Surbiton" width="768" height="1024" class="aligncenter size-large" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2023/11/Victorian-Black-White-Pathway-During-Restoration-Surbiton-0804151917.jpg" alt="Victorian Black White Pathway During Restoration Surbiton" title="Victorian Black White Pathway During Restoration Surbiton" width="768" height="1024" class="aligncenter size-large" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The next two days were spent tiling. I had three buckets and two boxes of tiles to use. It’s a slow process that sometimes you need to step away from to make sure you’d used the correct colour and pattern. The customers ex father in-law hadn’t done this so rogue tiles were removed.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Neglected Victorian Tiled Pathway</h2> <p>Once I had finished repairing the tiles on the pathway, I was able to move onto what I know best, i.e., cleaning and sealing the whole area. This work began by coating the path in 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 as the name suggests is a coatings remover that breaks down dirt, old sealers and other contaminates. As usual it was left to dwell for ten to fifteen minutes to give it time to break down the soils. </p> <p>Then I introduced a heavily weighted buffing machine fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-100-grit-very-coarse-milling-pad/44/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">100-grit diamond pad</a> to scrub the product into the tile. The industrial diamonds in the pad slightly cut the tiles resulting in a Black and White slurry. This is then rinsed with water then extracted with a wet vacuum cleaner. </p> <h2>Sealing a Victorian Tiled Pathway</h2> <p>Once the tiles had dried from the warm Sun, I was able to start applying the sealer which for these tiles I applied <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>. This is a modern oil-based sealer that is rated for external use and contains UV protection thereby providing excellent protection and making the tiles very easy to maintain. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2023/11/Victorian-Black-White-Pathway-After-Restoration-Surbiton-1005141022.jpg" alt="Victorian Black White Pathway After Restoration Surbiton" title="Victorian Black White Pathway After Restoration Surbiton" width="768" height="1024" class="aligncenter size-large" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2023/11/Victorian-Black-White-Pathway-After-Restoration-Surbiton-1005140926.jpg" alt="Victorian Black White Pathway After Restoration Surbiton" title="Victorian Black White Pathway After Restoration Surbiton" width="768" height="1024" class="aligncenter size-large" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>This was a long job that due to being outside I had to come back to due to the weather, so it took longer expected but I think the transformation speaks for itself. Lastly 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>. Most tile cleaning products you find in supermarkets are simply too strong for the sealer and can degrade them prematurely.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Victorian Tiled Pathway Repaired and Restored in Surrey</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/neglected-black-white-victorian-tiled-pathway-restored-in-surbiton/">Neglected Black &#038; White Victorian Tiled Pathway Restored in Surbiton</a> appeared first on <a href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Victorian Porch Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Edinburgh https://edinburgh.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-porch-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-edinburgh/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=victorian-porch-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-edinburgh Edinburgh Tile Doctor urn:uuid:bacf02d2-b8b7-3896-a61e-f4b241fee176 Thu, 26 Oct 2023 13:06:32 +0000 <p>This is a small job we did recently to renovate a Victorian Tiled Porch floor at a property in Edinburgh that was extremely dirty and stained. Situated at the front of the house the porch was exposed to most of the traffic coming into the property and over time the sealer had worn off the [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://edinburgh.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-porch-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-edinburgh/">Victorian Porch Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Edinburgh</a> appeared first on <a href="https://edinburgh.tiledoctor.biz">Edinburgh Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This is a small job we did recently to renovate a <b>Victorian Tiled Porch floor</b> at a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edinburgh" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Edinburgh</a></b> that was extremely dirty and stained. Situated at the front of the house the porch was exposed to most of the traffic coming into the property and over time the sealer had worn off the tiles allowing dirt to become trapped into its pores.</p> <p><img decoding="async" class="aligncenter size-full" title="Victorian Tiled Porch Before Cleaning Edinburgh" src="https://edinburgh.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2023/10/Victorian-Tiled-Porch-Before-Cleaning-Edinburgh-18215851.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Porch Before Cleaning Edinburgh" width="80%" height="" /></p> <h2>Renovating a Victorian Tiled Porch Floor in Edinburgh</h2> <p>If you have read any of my posts before you will know I’m vary of old Victorian tiled floors like this one. Older floors don’t have a damp-proof membrane so you have to minimise the use of water otherwise it can take days or even weeks before the floor dries out, it can also exacerbate <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/custom.aspx/efflorescence/10/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">efflorescence</a> issues.</p> <p>To work around this issue, we have adopted a “Low Moisture Cleaning” system that uses Gel based cleaning products. To start we apply <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a> which being a gel is very easy to control. The gel is applied to the floor and left to dwell for a while before it is worked in with a coarse <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-100-grit-very-coarse-milling-pad/44/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">100-grit burnishing pad</a> that opens the pores in the tile so the dirt can be flushed out. Then after going over the floor a few times with the pad the slurry was extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p><center><div style="width: 500px;" class="wp-video"><!--[if lt IE 9]><script>document.createElement('video');</script><![endif]--> <video class="wp-video-shortcode" id="video-826-1" width="500" height="500" preload="metadata" controls="controls"><source type="video/mp4" src="https://edinburgh.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2023/10/Victorian-Tiled-Porch-Floor-During-Cleaning-Edinburgh-512849.m4v?_=1" /><a href="https://edinburgh.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2023/10/Victorian-Tiled-Porch-Floor-During-Cleaning-Edinburgh-512849.m4v">https://edinburgh.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2023/10/Victorian-Tiled-Porch-Floor-During-Cleaning-Edinburgh-512849.m4v</a></video></div></p> <p></center><br /> The porch floor was then inspected and stubborn stains were spot treated until I was happy with the condition of the tiles. I also had to scrape off some paint splashes from decorating.</p> <p>The next step was to further improve the condition of the Victorian tiles by applying 200, 400 and then an 800-grit burnishing pads. This closes the surface pores and makes the tiles slightly smoother. We find doing this also speeds up drying times. I used minimal water to help lubricate the burnishing process and wipe the floor after each pad using damp cloths.</p> <h2>Sealing a Victorian Tiled Porch Floor</h2> <p>The floor was then left to dry off for a week before I returned to seal the floor using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-x-tra-seal-1-litre/258/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tile Doctor X-Tra Seal</a>. This is a modern oil-based sealer that improves structure and is rated for external use so ideal for an area like a porch that gets wet, its also fully breathable so perfect for floors without a damp-proof membrane.</p> <p><img decoding="async" class="aligncenter size-full" title="Victorian Tiled Porch Floor After Renovation Edinburgh" src="https://edinburgh.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2023/10/Victorian-Tiled-Porch-Floor-After-Renovation-Edinburgh-851836.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Porch Floor After Renovation Edinburgh" width="80%" height="" /></p> <p>For the regular cleaning of sealed floors, I recommend the use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tile Doctor Neutral Cleaner</a> which is a gentle yet effective tile cleaner. It’s important to choose a neutral pH cleaner for cleaning sealed tiles as a lot of products you find in supermarkets contain bleach and are simply too strong for cleaning a sealed surface and will quickly erode the sealer with use.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in Edinburgh</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://edinburgh.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-porch-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-edinburgh/">Victorian Porch Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Edinburgh</a> appeared first on <a href="https://edinburgh.tiledoctor.biz">Edinburgh Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovation of a Beautiful Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor in Gainsborough https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovation-of-a-beautiful-victorian-tiled-hallway-floor-in-gainsborough/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=renovation-of-a-beautiful-victorian-tiled-hallway-floor-in-gainsborough North Lincolnshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:68dff12b-dca5-ce70-b37f-41b5450e8852 Tue, 24 Oct 2023 16:30:43 +0000 <p>The photographs below were taken during the renovation of a Victorian tiled hallway floor at a property near Gainsborough. The floor was in good condition except for several areas of missing tiles which had been back filled with cement. There were also two doorway sections where the owner wanted additional tiles adding to match the [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovation-of-a-beautiful-victorian-tiled-hallway-floor-in-gainsborough/">Renovation of a Beautiful Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor in Gainsborough</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz">North Lincolnshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The photographs below were taken during the renovation of a <b>Victorian tiled hallway floor</b> at a property near <b><a href="https://www.discovergainsborough.com/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Gainsborough</a></b>. The floor was in good condition except for several areas of missing tiles which had been back filled with cement. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2023/10/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Before-Renovation-Gainsborough-7844.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Before Renovation Gainsborough" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Before Renovation Gainsborough" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2023/10/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Before-Renovation-Gainsborough-7848.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Before Renovation Gainsborough" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Before Renovation Gainsborough" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>There were also two doorway sections where the owner wanted additional tiles adding to match the original. Fortunately, there was a large entrance matting covering more tiles, so I was able to take what I wanted from there to carry out the repairs.</p> <p><img decoding="async" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2023/10/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Before-Renovation-Gainsborough-7845.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Before Renovation Gainsborough" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Before Renovation Gainsborough" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></p> <h2>Repairing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>Work commenced with the tiling work carefully removing the tiling from under the entrance matting and then cleaning them up. The matting was then dropped into the floor so it was level with the tiles.</p> <p>The sections that had been replaced with concrete were then carefully scraped out and then prepped to take the tiles level with the existing floor. I dry fitted the tiles first cutting some of them as required to match the existing pattern. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2023/10/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-During-Renovation-Gainsborough-19103416.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor During Renovation Gainsborough" title="Victorian Hallway Floor During Renovation Gainsborough" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2023/10/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-During-Renovation-Gainsborough-19105024.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor During Renovation Gainsborough" title="Victorian Hallway Floor During Renovation Gainsborough" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Once I was happy with the pattern, they were then secured in place with a rapid setting adhesive and then grouted. There were a couple of areas that needed this attention and the two door thresholds so this work took up the whole of day one.</p> <h2>Repairing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The next day the adhesive and grout had set and I was able to turn my attention to getting the floor clean and removing any remaining sealer. To do this I applied 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 left it to soak in for twenty minutes. The dwell time gives the product time to work into the tile and break down the old sealants and dirt. The floor was then scrubbed 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 rotary machine and you could see the dirt lifting out of the tiles. </p> <p>I worked in sections and used a wet vacuum to extract the dirt that had been released from the tiles. Once done I inspected the floor and spot treated any areas that needed more work. </p> <p>With that done I moved onto the next step of 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>. This cleans up the tiles further by removing grout smears, dissolving efflorescent salts in the floor and the acidic nature of the product also neutralises the pH level of the floor after the use of strong alkaline cleaning products earlier. The floor was rinsed again afterwards, and then dried as much as possible with the wet vacuum before leaving it to dry off overnight.</p> <h2>Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The next day the moisture levels of the tiles were checked with a damp meter to ensure they were dry enough to be sealed. The readings were fine, so I was able to apply a couple of coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is a breathable colour enhancing sealer. This is a super durable product which will give great protection to the floor, especially when it is in a high traffic area such as a hallway.</p> <p><img decoding="async" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2023/10/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-After-Repair-and-Renovation-Gainsborough-20112907.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor After Repair and Renovation Gainsborough" title="Victorian Hallway Floor After Repair and Renovation Gainsborough" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>My client was very happy with the result and hadn’t really expected it to come out as well as it did. Before leaving I took time to discuss aftercare 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> to maintain the floor. This is a pH neutral product which will is mild enough to use every day and won’t harm the sealer. It’s supplied as a concentrate so you only need a small amount of cleaning fluid to clean the floor and so a one litre bottle will last some time.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2023/10/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-After-Repair-and-Renovation-Gainsborough-19153951.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor After Repair and Renovation Gainsborough" title="Victorian Hallway Floor After Repair and Renovation Gainsborough" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/77/2023/10/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-After-Repair-and-Renovation-Gainsborough-19154002.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor After Repair and Renovation Gainsborough" title="Victorian Hallway Floor After Repair and Renovation Gainsborough" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in Lincolnshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovation-of-a-beautiful-victorian-tiled-hallway-floor-in-gainsborough/">Renovation of a Beautiful Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor in Gainsborough</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz">North Lincolnshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Extending a Victorian Tiled Conservatory floor in Malvern https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/extending-a-victorian-tiled-conservatory-floor-in-malvern/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=extending-a-victorian-tiled-conservatory-floor-in-malvern Worcestershire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:5ac629a2-102a-6309-f549-0b4fea0e2cca Fri, 13 Oct 2023 16:44:56 +0000 <p>I was contacted by a homeowner in Malvern who had a conservatory floor that was tiled in Quarry and Victorian tiles. They wanted a quote for removing the Red Quarry tiles and replacing with matching Victorian tiles. The Victorian floor tiles looked so much more interesting and beautiful than the Quarry so it was definitely [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/extending-a-victorian-tiled-conservatory-floor-in-malvern/">Extending a Victorian Tiled Conservatory floor in Malvern</a> appeared first on <a href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz">Worcestershire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was contacted by a homeowner in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malvern,_Worcestershire" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Malvern</a></b> who had a conservatory floor that was tiled in <b>Quarry and Victorian tiles</b>. They wanted a quote for removing the Red Quarry tiles and replacing with matching Victorian tiles. The Victorian floor tiles looked so much more interesting and beautiful than the Quarry so it was definitely the right thing to do.</p> <p><img fetchpriority="high" decoding="async" src="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2023/10/Victorian-Conservatory-Floor-Before-Extending-Malvern-064734.jpg" alt="Victorian Conservatory Floor Before Extending Malvern 064734" width="600" height="800" title="Victorian Conservatory Floor Before Extending Malvern 064734" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-948" srcset="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2023/10/Victorian-Conservatory-Floor-Before-Extending-Malvern-064734.jpg 600w, https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2023/10/Victorian-Conservatory-Floor-Before-Extending-Malvern-064734-225x300.jpg 225w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px" /></p> <p>My background is tiling so undertaking this sort of work is not a problem, my only concern was tracking down Victorian tiles that would match the original. With this in mind I popped over to the house and took all the necessary measurements and tile colour samples. I was then able to use this to research suitable matching replacements and put together a quote for the work. Happy with my price my quote was accepted and agreed a date for the work to commence.</p> <h2>Extending a Victorian Tiled Conservatory Floor</h2> <p>The first step was to remove the Quarry tiles and prepare the base to accept the new tiles making sure to get the level just right. This can be a messy and dusty job but fortunately being in a conservatory there was plenty of ventilation through the patio doors. The floor was then cleaned up ready to take the replacement tiles which as it turned out wasn’t that difficult to source as they are still very popular. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2023/10/Victorian-Conservatory-Floor-During-Extension-Malvern-102041.jpg" alt="Victorian Conservatory Floor During Extension Malvern 064734" width="600" height="800" title="Victorian Conservatory Floor During Extension Malvern 064734" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-948" /></p> <p>I then set out spirit and laser levels and tiled the inset of the main floor, this is meticulous work as many of the tiles had to be cut to just the right size to match the original pattern. The tiles are then laid dry onto the floor so ensure they pattern is exactly right before being fixed permanently in place with adhesive.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2023/10/Victorian-Conservatory-Floor-During-Extension-Malvern-112419.jpg" alt="Victorian Conservatory Floor During Extension Malvern 064734" width="" height="" title="Victorian Conservatory Floor During Extension Malvern 064734" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-948" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2023/10/Victorian-Conservatory-Floor-During-Extension-Malvern-211012.jpg" alt="Victorian Conservatory Floor During Extension Malvern 064734" width="" height="" title="Victorian Conservatory Floor During Extension Malvern 064734" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-948" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Once this central section was dry, I moved onto the borders making sure to replicate the existing border pattern along the walls, again this was meticulous work and it took 3 days before all the tiling work was complete and I was able to grout the floor.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Victorian Tiled Conservatory Floor</h2> <p>On the fourth day the tiling work was complete, and I set about giving the original Victorian floor a thorough clean starting with the application of <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> to remove any remnants of sealer, paint splashes from decorating and other marks. The solution was left to soak into the tile and grout for ten minutes before being worked in with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-100-grit-very-coarse-milling-pad/44/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">100-grit diamond pad</a> to really get the dirt off. </p> <p>After a rinse with water the soiling was then removed with a wet vacuum. This was followed up 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 diamond pad</a> applied only with water for lubrication and again the soiling generated was rinsed off and extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>The whole floor was then treated to an acid wash using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a>. This final step in the cleaning process removes any grout smears left over from tiling and further cleans up the tiles. After a final rinse and extraction, the floor was left to dry off overnight.</p> <h2>Sealing a Victorian Tiled Conservatory Floor</h2> <p>I returned the next day to seal the tiles checking first that the floor was dry by taking a few moisture readings with a damp tester. This confirmed the floor was dry and ready for sealing for which I used <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-x-tra-seal-1-litre/258/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor X-Tra Seal</a> which is an oil-based sealer that adds character and a subtle shine to Victorian tiles. It’s also fully breathable sealer with built in UV protect that is rated for internal and external use and so ideal for a conservatory floor.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2023/10/Victorian-Conservatory-Floor-After-Extension-Malvern-220440.jpg" alt="Victorian Conservatory Floor After Extension Malvern 064734" width="600" height="800" title="Victorian Conservatory Floor After Extension Malvern 064734" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-948" /></p> <p>Over the course of the five days the floor was transformed, and my customer was very happy with result and confirmed it was the right decision. For aftercare of Victorian floor tiles, I recommended the use of Tile Doctor Neutral Cleaner which is an effective yet gentle floor cleaning product that won’t degrade the sealer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Extension of a Victorian Tiled Conservatory Floor in Worcestershire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/extending-a-victorian-tiled-conservatory-floor-in-malvern/">Extending a Victorian Tiled Conservatory floor in Malvern</a> appeared first on <a href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz">Worcestershire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Dirty Silver Travertine Kitchen floor in Spencer’s Wood, Reading https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/dirty-silver-travertine-kitchen-floor-in-spencers-wood-reading/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dirty-silver-travertine-kitchen-floor-in-spencers-wood-reading Berkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:b3081fb5-ee2f-5747-00d6-cd462b17e967 Wed, 11 Oct 2023 04:25:42 +0000 <p>This client in Spencer’s Wood, a small civil parish village located south of Reading within Berkshire, had a spectacular Silver Travertine tiled floor that had become grimy, stained and generally dull from use. Unhappy with how it now looked I was asked to quote for renovating it. I called in to survey the floor and [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/dirty-silver-travertine-kitchen-floor-in-spencers-wood-reading/">Dirty Silver Travertine Kitchen floor in Spencer’s Wood, Reading</a> appeared first on <a href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz">Berkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This client in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spencers_Wood" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Spencer’s Wood</a></b>, a small civil parish village located south of Reading within Berkshire, had a spectacular <b>Silver Travertine tiled floor</b> that had become grimy, stained and generally dull from use. Unhappy with how it now looked I was asked to quote for renovating it. </p> <p>I called in to survey the floor and I could see how the grout had become badly stained and the natural pits in the travertine had trapped a lot of dirt which had accumulated over time. Kitchen floors are generally the busiest in any house and with a build-up of dirt, grease and other soils ingrained into the pores of the travertine.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://i0.wp.com/berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2023/10/Silver-Travertine-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Spencers-Wood-Reading-090855.jpg?w=1200&#038;ssl=1" alt="Silver Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Spencers Wood Reading" width="" height="" title="Silver Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Spencers Wood Reading" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1612" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/Berkshire.TileDoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2023/10/Silver-Travertine-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Spencers-Wood-Reading-090855.jpg?w=807&amp;ssl=1 807w, https://i0.wp.com/Berkshire.TileDoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2023/10/Silver-Travertine-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Spencers-Wood-Reading-090855.jpg?resize=300%2C225&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/Berkshire.TileDoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2023/10/Silver-Travertine-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Spencers-Wood-Reading-090855.jpg?resize=768%2C576&amp;ssl=1 768w" sizes="(max-width: 807px) 100vw, 807px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></p> <p>It was clear any sealer that had once protected the stone was no longer effective. Though the kitchen was the worse effected area the client wanted the whole tiled area cleaned which included the hallway and cloakroom. I worked out a quote for doing the work, which was accepted and a date was booked in. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2023/10/Silver-Travertine-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Spencers-Wood-Reading-091102.jpg?w=1200&#038;ssl=1" alt="Silver Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Spencers Wood Reading" width="" height="" title="Silver Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Spencers Wood Reading" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2023/10/Silver-Travertine-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Spencers-Wood-Reading-090927.jpg?w=1200&#038;ssl=1" alt="Silver Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Spencers Wood Reading" width="" height="" title="Silver Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Spencers Wood Reading" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2> Cleaning a Silver Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>On arrival I applied a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> which was left to dwell for ten minutes so it could soak into the pores and break down the dirt, grease, and any remaining sealer. For best results I then went over the floor with a rotary buffing machine fitted with a nylon scrubbing brush. Personally, I find nylon brushing perfect for cleaning grout and pitted travertine as the brush gets into the depressions releasing the contaminations. The resulting slurry was then vacuumed off the floor using a wet vacuum, the floor was then rinsed with water and vacuumed again.</p> <p>To improve the appearance of the Travertine and remove any potential imperfections caused by wear and tear, it was given a light burnish using a 400-grit then 800-grit <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/stone-burnishing/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">burnishing pads</a> this left the floor with a gentle satin sheen. We could then improve the shine further by adding a 1500-grit followed by 3000-grit however, it was the client’s request that they didn’t want the floor to look “too shiny”. </p> <p>The <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/stone-burnishing/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">burnishing pads</a> are attached to the rotary machine and then run over each tile several times using only water for lubrication. After another rinse and extraction to remove the slurry, the floor was left to dry off overnight.</p> <h2> Sealing a Silver Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Returning the next day, the floor had dried out and looked stunning. I damp meter was used to test the floor for moisture and after confirming it was dry, I proceeded to seal the Travertine using two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a>.</p> <p>Tile Doctor Colour Grow is an impregnating sealer that enhances and improves the colour and texture of natural travertine whilst providing durable protection. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://i0.wp.com/berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2023/10/Silver-Travertine-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Spencers-Wood-Reading-145030.jpg?w=1200&#038;ssl=1" alt="Silver Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Spencers Wood Reading" width="" height="" title="Silver Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Spencers Wood Reading" class="aligncenter size-full" data-recalc-dims="1" /></p> <p>The client was thrilled with the outcome of the floor and was glad to have it back to how they remembered it. Before leaving I took time to discuss aftercare and recommended the client to use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a> as a maintenance cleaner. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2023/10/Silver-Travertine-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Spencers-Wood-Reading-145116.jpg?w=1200&#038;ssl=1" alt="Silver Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Spencers Wood Reading" width="" height="" title="Silver Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Spencers Wood Reading" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2023/10/Silver-Travertine-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Spencers-Wood-Reading-145051.jpg?w=1200&#038;ssl=1" alt="Silver Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Spencers Wood Reading" width="" height="" title="Silver Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Spencers Wood Reading" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Silver Travertine Tiled Kitchen in Berkshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/dirty-silver-travertine-kitchen-floor-in-spencers-wood-reading/">Dirty Silver Travertine Kitchen floor in Spencer’s Wood, Reading</a> appeared first on <a href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz">Berkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p>