Tile Doctor Feed 1 http://feed.informer.com/digests/SM6XVSPE5T/feeder Tile Doctor Feed 1 Respective post owners and feed distributors Thu, 18 Apr 2024 03:25:07 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ High Gloss Marble Effect Porcelain Kitchen Floor in Atherton https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/high-gloss-marble-effect-porcelain-kitchen-floor-in-atherton/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=high-gloss-marble-effect-porcelain-kitchen-floor-in-atherton Greater Manchester Tile Doctor urn:uuid:8e4bfc46-0776-bb65-f6eb-f7ca6e34227b Tue, 21 May 2024 06:25:07 +0000 <p>The tiled floor shown isn&#8217;t Marble, it is actually high gloss Porcelain made to look like Marble installed in a house near Atherton. This was my second visit to the property after originally resolving several issues with another Porcelain tiled floor that was laid with wood grain effect Porcelain planks. I had noticed the floor [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/high-gloss-marble-effect-porcelain-kitchen-floor-in-atherton/">High Gloss Marble Effect Porcelain Kitchen Floor in Atherton</a> appeared first on <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz">Greater Manchester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The tiled floor shown isn&#8217;t Marble, it is actually <b>high gloss Porcelain</b> made to look like Marble installed in a house near <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atherton,_Greater_Manchester" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Atherton</a></b>. This was my second visit to the property after originally resolving several issues with another Porcelain tiled floor that was laid with wood grain effect Porcelain planks. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/05/High-Gloss-Marble-Effect-Porcelain-Floor-Atherton-Before-Polishing-095239-768x1024.jpg" alt="High Gloss Marble Effect Porcelain Floor Atherton Before Polishing" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="High Gloss Marble Effect Porcelain Floor Atherton Before Polishing" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/05/High-Gloss-Marble-Effect-Porcelain-Floor-Atherton-Before-Polishing-095235-768x1024.jpg" alt="High Gloss Marble Effect Porcelain Floor Atherton Before Polishing" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="High Gloss Marble Effect Porcelain Floor Atherton Before Polishing" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I had noticed the floor in the Kitchen whilst working at the property on my first visit and so I offered to improve its appearance using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-3000-grit-very-fine-salmon-no-4-burnishing-pad/39/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">3000-grit polishing pad</a>. Impressed with the difference I was able to achieve I was booked in to do the whole floor.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Marble Effect Porcelain Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>On arrival I took some readings with a gloss meter so I could assess the gloss levels before and after the work, this would enable me to assess the level of improvement once finished. Sometimes it is difficult to see the difference, so this meter is useful for validating the process actually made an improvement, in this case however I need not have worried!</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/05/High-Gloss-Marble-Effect-Porcelain-Floor-Atherton-During-Polishing-133009-768x1024.jpg" alt="High Gloss Marble Effect Porcelain Floor Atherton During Polishing" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="High Gloss Marble Effect Porcelain Floor Atherton During Polishing" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/05/High-Gloss-Marble-Effect-Porcelain-Floor-Atherton-During-Polishing-124952-768x1024.jpg" alt="High Gloss Marble Effect Porcelain Floor Atherton During Polishing" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="High Gloss Marble Effect Porcelain Floor Atherton During Polishing" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>This was a large area, but I was confident that the polishing could be done in a day. The process involves fitting a 3000-grit diamond burnishing pad to a floor buffer and slowly running the pad over each tile at least three times. This very fine diamond pad gently cleans and brings up the polished appearance of the Porcelain. The whole area is polished in this manner and then followed up with a soft <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-white/30/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">white buffing pad</a> just to further refine the polished appearance. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/05/High-Gloss-Marble-Effect-Porcelain-Floor-Atherton-During-Polishing-140157.jpg" alt="High Gloss Marble Effect Porcelain Floor Atherton During Polishing" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="High Gloss Marble Effect Porcelain Floor Atherton During Polishing" /></p> <p>In addition, we removed some silicone sealant that had spread onto tiles from the adjoining expansion joints. </p> <p>The gloss meter readings confirmed an improvement and as the owner pointed out the floor now looked like it had water on the surface, such was the deep nature of the polish I had managed to achieve. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/05/High-Gloss-Marble-Effect-Porcelain-Floor-Atherton-Before-Polishing-095239-768x1024.jpg" alt="High Gloss Marble Effect Porcelain Floor Atherton Before Polishing" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="High Gloss Marble Effect Porcelain Floor Atherton Before Polishing" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/05/High-Gloss-Marble-Effect-Porcelain-Floor-Atherton-During-Polishing-133009-768x1024.jpg" alt="High Gloss Marble Effect Porcelain Floor Atherton During Polishing" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="High Gloss Marble Effect Porcelain Floor Atherton During Polishing" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2>Sealing High Gloss Porcelain Tiles</h2> <p>In this instance there was no need to seal the floor as this type of Porcelain is sealed in the factory during production. However, the last step before leaving was to discuss aftercare cleaning. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/05/High-Gloss-Marble-Effect-Porcelain-Floor-Atherton-After-Polishing-151227-768x1024.jpg" alt="High Gloss Marble Effect Porcelain Floor Atherton After Polishing" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="High Gloss Marble Effect Porcelain Floor Atherton After Polishing" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/05/High-Gloss-Marble-Effect-Porcelain-Floor-Atherton-After-Polishing-135152-768x1024.jpg" alt="High Gloss Marble Effect Porcelain Floor Atherton After Polishing" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="High Gloss Marble Effect Porcelain Floor Atherton After Polishing" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For this floor I recommended <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a>, whilst I appreciate this is not a stone floor this product contains a patina enhancer that will help maintain the polished appearance of the tile.</p> <p>My clients were delighted with the work we carried out. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Polishing of a High Gloss Porcelain Tiled Kitchen Floor in Greater Manchester</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/high-gloss-marble-effect-porcelain-kitchen-floor-in-atherton/">High Gloss Marble Effect Porcelain Kitchen Floor in Atherton</a> appeared first on <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz">Greater Manchester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Colour Restored to a Newly Installed Black Limestone Patio in Horsforth https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/colour-restored-to-a-newly-installed-black-limestone-patio-in-horsforth/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=colour-restored-to-a-newly-installed-black-limestone-patio-in-horsforth North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:a4e7d067-9fd0-2cc3-7219-b28c276d5e31 Wed, 24 Apr 2024 09:25:06 +0000 <p>I was recently asked to work some Tile Doctor magic on a Black Limestone patio at a property in Horsforth, Leeds. The gentleman had just had the patio and steps paved with Black Limestone in time for the summer, however it had lost its rich dark colour due to the use of the wrong cleaning [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/colour-restored-to-a-newly-installed-black-limestone-patio-in-horsforth/">Colour Restored to a Newly Installed Black Limestone Patio in Horsforth</a> appeared first on <a href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was recently asked to work some Tile Doctor magic on a <b>Black Limestone patio</b> at a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horsforth" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Horsforth</a></b>, Leeds. The gentleman had just had the patio and steps paved with Black Limestone in time for the summer, however it had lost its rich dark colour due to the use of the wrong cleaning products and methods. The installer had literally bleached the colour out of the stone as well as etching it. The client had attempted to rectify this himself and made matters worse, so he called us in to see if we could put this right.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2024/04/Faded-Black-Limestone-Patio-Before-Renovation-Horsforth-Leeds-104105-573x1024.jpg" alt="Faded Black Limestone Patio Before Renovation Horsforth Leeds" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Faded Black Limestone Patio Before Renovation Horsforth Leeds" /></p> <p>This is in fact a common problem with Black Limestone and Slate patios; builders typically use brick acid after laying a patio to remove excess grout or mortar, but this washes out the oils in the stone which give it that desirable Black colour. Also, many types of stone are sensitive to harsh chemicals such as acids and they can etch the stone. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2024/04/Faded-Black-Limestone-Patio-Before-Renovation-Horsforth-Leeds-004-1024x768.jpg" alt="Faded Black Limestone Patio Before Renovation Horsforth Leeds" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Faded Black Limestone Patio Before Renovation Horsforth Leeds" /></p> <p>I reassured my client that there was no need to worry and that I would be able to renovate the patio and restore the colour. We agreed a price, which he said he would pass onto the builder, and we arranged a time for the work to be carried out. We selected a couple of options, subject to the weather. </p> <h2>Cleaning and Restoring a Faded Black Limestone Tiled Patio Floor</h2> <p>Due to the etching the stone surface had experienced, my first job was to renovate the surface using a series of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/stone-milling/34/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Milling pads</a>. These are fitted to a rotary buffer machine that has had extra weights added to increase traction. This was tricky on the steps but with a bit of persistence I endeavoured and successfully completed the first stage. The slurry generated by the pads was then rinsed off with water and this was then extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2024/04/Faded-Black-Limestone-Patio-During-Renovation-Horsforth-Leeds-104109-573x1024.jpg" alt="Faded Black Limestone Patio During Renovation Horsforth Leeds" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Faded Black Limestone Patio During Renovation Horsforth Leeds" /></p> <h2>Sealing a Black Limestone Tiled Patio Floor</h2> <p>The patio was then left to dry, luckily, we had picked a good weather window, and the temperature was quite mild for this time of year. Once the moisture readings of the stone had dropped within the correct tolerance, I was able to start the second stage of the restoration which involved applying a sealer. </p> <p><Faded Black Limestone Patio During Renovation Horsforth Leeds 104109.jpg></p> <p>I chose <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> to seal this stone, applying two coats. This is an oil-based product that restores the beautiful Black colour to the limestone resulting in a nice finish. This product is also rated for external as well as internal use so ideal for this application.</p> <p>My client was very happy with the result and relieved that we had managed to achieve the finish he had originally hoped for. They were delighted they could now use the new patio to its full potential throughout the summer. </p> <p>Before leaving I recommended avoiding acidic cleaning products going forward and suggested they make use of our <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/maintenance-plan-system-annual-fee/184/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">annual maintenance</a> offering, we would then return every spring to get the patio ready for the summer. </p> <p><Faded Black Limestone Patio After Renovation Horsforth Leeds 120719.jpg></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Black Limestone Tiled Patio in North Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/colour-restored-to-a-newly-installed-black-limestone-patio-in-horsforth/">Colour Restored to a Newly Installed Black Limestone Patio in Horsforth</a> appeared first on <a href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Sandstone Tiled Kitchen Floor Renovated in Maidstone https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/sandstone-tiled-kitchen-floor-renovated-in-maidstone/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sandstone-tiled-kitchen-floor-renovated-in-maidstone North Kent Tile Doctor urn:uuid:f2e54438-cd11-606f-a0c1-01b1aa4129f2 Mon, 22 Apr 2024 16:50:21 +0000 <p>A couple from Maidstone contacted Tile Doctor earlier this year regarding their Sandstone tiled floors which needed rejuvenating. After a brief exchange of emails, we arranged a date for a site visit so I could survey the floors and come up with a renovation plan. They had two tiled floors that required attention, totalling around [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/sandstone-tiled-kitchen-floor-renovated-in-maidstone/">Sandstone Tiled Kitchen Floor Renovated in Maidstone</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz">North Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>A couple from <b><a href="https://visitmaidstone.com/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Maidstone</a></b> contacted Tile Doctor earlier this year regarding their <b>Sandstone tiled floors</b> which needed rejuvenating. After a brief exchange of emails, we arranged a date for a site visit so I could survey the floors and come up with a renovation plan.</p> <p>They had two tiled floors that required attention, totalling around 30m2. There were two rooms that required attention, that larger of which was covered by a carpet and the other was a utility room. Tests in the Utility Room proved that the stone and grout would clean up well and demonstrated that the varied natural colours in the stone would result in a lovely finish.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2024/04/Sandstone-Floor-Tiles-Before-Cleaning-Maidstone-8320.jpg" alt="Sandstone Floor Tiles Before Cleaning Maidstone" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Sandstone Floor Tiles Before Cleaning Maidstone" /></p> <p>Based on the tests I put together a renovation plan and quote which was readily accepted, and a date agreed for the work to commence. My only proviso was that the carpet needed to be taken up prior to my arrival.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2024/04/Sandstone-Floor-Tiles-Before-Cleaning-Maidstone-8321.jpg" alt="Sandstone Floor Tiles Before Cleaning Maidstone" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Sandstone Floor Tiles Before Cleaning Maidstone" /></p> <h2>Cleaning a Sandstone Tiled Floor</h2> <p>Upon arrival for the start of the work, it was clear that the carpet had been protecting the floor and keeping the Sandstone in good condition. However, there were some stubborn adhesive marks where the carpet gripper had been stuck to the tile that would need dealing with. I had anticipated this and was able to soften the glue with an application 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> so it could be removed with a stiff brush.</p> <p>Given the uneven, riven nature of the stone and the wide grout lines, I opted to use a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-mega-240-grit-carborundum-silicone-carbide-brush/1270/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Silicon Carbide Brush</a> to clean the floor. The pad is applied with a rotary floor buffer in conjunction with plenty of water and <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> which is a strong alkaline tile and grout cleaning agent.</p> <p>The process pulled the dirt out of the Sandstone turning the water black and this was the removed using a wet vacuum as I went along. The floor was then inspected, and it was onto my hands and knees to clean the grout, stubborn marks and any areas that the buffer had been unable to get to.</p> <p>Last step of the cleaning process was to give the floor and 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 further clean the floor and neutralise its pH level after the alkaline cleaner. Another rinse with water, extraction with the wet vacuum and the cleaning was complete. </p> <p>Both floors were then left to allow them to dry out overnight so they would be ready for sealing the next day which is when the magic happens.</p> <h2>Sealing Sandstone Floor Tiles</h2> <p>The next day, I returned and although the floors looked dry, I tested several areas with my moisture meter to be sure. Its not a good idea to apply a sealer to a damp floor as it can affect the result. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2024/04/Sandstone-Floor-Tiles-During-Sealing-Maidstone-8334.jpg" alt="Sandstone Floor Tiles During Sealing Maidstone" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Sandstone Floor Tiles During Sealing Maidstone" /></p> <p>To seal this floor, 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 impregnator sealer that contains a colour intensifier. It’s a hard-wearing sealer that’s perfect for enhancing the natural colours within the stone. Only one coat of sealer was needed which was applied by rubbing into the stone with a cloth, it dries very quickly however it can take up to twelve hours to fully cure. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2024/04/Sandstone-Floor-Tiles-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Maidstone-8339.jpg" alt="Sandstone Floor Tiles After Cleaning Sealing Maidstone" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Sandstone Floor Tiles After Cleaning Sealing Maidstone" /></p> <p>Being an impregnator, X-Tra Seal soaks into stone occupying the pores and preventing dirt from residing there. This ensures dirt remains on the surface where its easily cleaned away.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2024/04/Sandstone-Floor-Tiles-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Maidstone-8340.jpg" alt="Sandstone Floor Tiles After Cleaning Sealing Maidstone" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Sandstone Floor Tiles After Cleaning Sealing Maidstone" /></p> <p>As I progressed, I was pleased to see that my expectations on the outcome were being met! One tile, when sealed, even showed evidence of a prehistoric, fossilised plant that wasn’t obvious before.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2024/04/Sandstone-Floor-Tiles-After-Cleaning-Sealing-with-Fossil-8331.jpg" alt="Sandstone Floor Tiles After Cleaning Sealing with Fossil" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Sandstone Floor Tiles After Cleaning Sealing with Fossil" /></p> <p>With the floor cleaned and sealed, all that remained was to advise the couple on aftercare cleaning for which I left them with a bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral pH Tile Cleaner</a>.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2024/04/Sandstone-Floor-Tiles-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Maidstone-8341.jpg" alt="Sandstone Floor Tiles After Cleaning Sealing Maidstone" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Sandstone Floor Tiles After Cleaning Sealing Maidstone" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Sandstone Tiled Floor in Kent</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/sandstone-tiled-kitchen-floor-renovated-in-maidstone/">Sandstone Tiled Kitchen Floor Renovated in Maidstone</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz">North Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovation of Victorian Hearth in Altrincham https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/renovation-of-victorian-hearth-in-altrincham/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=renovation-of-victorian-hearth-in-altrincham Greater Manchester Tile Doctor urn:uuid:31cee3e7-4e68-3fdc-f666-705b20666043 Wed, 17 Apr 2024 16:59:28 +0000 <p>Our client was renovating the front room of her Victorian home including the old Fireplace in Altrincham South of Sale in Manchester. After lifting the carpet directly in front of the fireplace with a view to stripping back the wooden floorboards she found an original tiled hearth which she liked and decided she wanted to [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/renovation-of-victorian-hearth-in-altrincham/">Renovation of Victorian Hearth in Altrincham</a> appeared first on <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz">Greater Manchester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Our client was renovating the front room of her Victorian home including the old Fireplace in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altrincham" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Altrincham</a></b> South of Sale in Manchester. After lifting the carpet directly in front of the fireplace with a view to stripping back the wooden floorboards she found an original tiled hearth which she liked and decided she wanted to have restored. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/04/Victorian-Fireplace-Hearth-Tiles-Before-Cleaning-Altrincham-125546-1024x768.jpg" alt="Victorian Fireplace Hearth Tiles Before Cleaning Altrincham" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Victorian Fireplace Hearth Tiles Before Cleaning Altrincham"/></p> <p>The property had several other original features, so my client was very keen to try and retain as many as she could. After trying several specialist fireplace restorers without any success, she contacted us.</p> <p>The tiles were in quite a state, but the main issue was the adhesive that the carpet has been secured with. With reasonable expectations of what could be achieved she hoped we could improve this little bit of history and we offered to see what we could do to improve them.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/04/Victorian-Fireplace-Hearth-Tiles-Before-Cleaning-Altrincham-125549-1024x768.jpg" alt="Victorian Fireplace Hearth Tiles Before Cleaning Altrincham" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Victorian Fireplace Hearth Tiles Before Cleaning Altrincham"/></td> <td style="text-align: center;"><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/04/Victorian-Fireplace-Hearth-Tiles-Before-Cleaning-Altrincham-125551-1024x768.jpg" alt="Victorian Fireplace Hearth Tiles Before Cleaning Altrincham" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Victorian Fireplace Hearth Tiles Before Cleaning Altrincham"/></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Armed with a range of Tile Doctor products we sampled various options before settling on a combination 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> 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 cleaner</a>. HBU stands for Heavy Build Up and is especially effective on textured surfaces. I gave her a quote for the work which she was happy to accept, and we booked in a time to carry out the work. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/04/Victorian-Fireplace-Hearth-Tiles-During-Renovation-Altrincham-130037-768x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Fireplace Hearth Tiles During Renovation Altrincham" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Victorian Fireplace Hearth Tiles During Renovation Altrincham"/></p> <h2> Cleaning a Victorian Tiled Hearth Floor</h2> <p>The combined products were applied to the hearth tiles and left to for fifteen minutes so they could get to work breaking down the old adhesive and dirt. Then the solution was gently agitated with a small brush to work it in further and loosen the adhesive, mortar, dirt and grime allowing it to be carefully scraped off. I used a wet vacuum to extract the resultant soiling followed by rinsing and more vacuuming. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/04/Victorian-Fireplace-Hearth-Tiles-During-Renovation-Altrincham-133252-1024x768.jpg" alt="Victorian Fireplace Hearth Tiles During Renovation Altrincham" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Victorian Fireplace Hearth Tiles During Renovation Altrincham"/></p> <p>With the tiles clean the next step was to fill any gaps that had now appeared before drying. As the area was small there was only a short time needed to dry the tiles, enough time for a cuppa. </p> <h2> Sealing Victorian Hearth Tiles in Greater Manchester</h2> <p>To improve the look of the tiles even further I gave them a very gentle dry burnish using a six inch 3000-grit diamond polishing pad fitted to a small buffer running at slow speed. This was used to remove light scratches and bring back a gentle sheen to the tile. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/04/Victorian-Fireplace-Hearth-Tiles-During-Renovation-Altrincham-133233-1024x768.jpg" alt="Victorian Fireplace Hearth Tiles During Renovation Altrincham" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Victorian Fireplace Hearth Tiles During Renovation Altrincham"/></p> <p>Finally, I gave then tiles a coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> sealer to improve colour and add protection. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/04/Victorian-Fireplace-Hearth-Tiles-After-Renovation-Altrincham-135103-1024x768.jpg" alt="Victorian Fireplace Hearth Tiles After Renovation Altrincham" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Victorian Fireplace Hearth Tiles After Renovation Altrincham"/></p> <p>The hearth tiles were transformed by the work and my client commented it was so much better than they had dared hope could be achieved and plans to dress the area with candles or a fire basket. It is amazing what a small feature can do to the overall look of the room, and it really brought the colours out of the patterned tiles which surround the fireplace. </p> <p>For their next project they are planning to strip the wood floorboards back, hoping for similar success, however I can’t help them with that. </p> <p>Later my client posted the following 5 Star review on the internet:</p> <p><center><I>“Kevin cleaned the hearth tiles on my Victorian fireplace which had been hidden by carpet and underlay for many years and they now look beautiful. All done quickly and efficiently and at a reasonable cost.”</I></center></p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/04/Victorian-Fireplace-Hearth-Tiles-After-Renovation-Altrincham-144159-768x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Fireplace Hearth Tiles After Renovation Altrincham" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Victorian Fireplace Hearth Tiles After Renovation Altrincham"/></p> <p>For aftercare cleaning of any sealed tile, 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>. It’s a gentle but effective tile and grout cleaner that won’t impact the sealer which can be the problem with some of the more aggressive products you find in supermarkets.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Hearth Tiles in Greater Manchester</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/renovation-of-victorian-hearth-in-altrincham/">Renovation of Victorian Hearth in Altrincham</a> appeared first on <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz">Greater Manchester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Party-Stained Limestone Floor Renovated in Sleaford https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/party-stained-limestone-floor-renovated-in-sleaford/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=party-stained-limestone-floor-renovated-in-sleaford South Lincolnshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:97aea9cb-58d4-270d-0f45-1ae668f4878b Fri, 12 Apr 2024 07:50:55 +0000 <p>Recently we were called to deep clean and seal a semi polished Limestone floor at a property near the Lincolnshire market town of Sleaford. Unfortunately, a teenage party had become rather boisterous and resulted in the floor getting in quite a state during their enthusiastic celebrations. The main culprit was alcohol from split drinks and [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/party-stained-limestone-floor-renovated-in-sleaford/">Party-Stained Limestone Floor Renovated in Sleaford</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Lincolnshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Recently we were called to deep clean and seal a semi polished <b>Limestone floor</b> at a property near the Lincolnshire market town of <b><a href="https://sleafordheritage.co.uk/about/about-sleaford/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Sleaford</a></b>. Unfortunately, a teenage party had become rather boisterous and resulted in the floor getting in quite a state during their enthusiastic celebrations.</p> <p>The main culprit was alcohol from split drinks and as you can see from the pictures it had soaked into the stone and stained it and would not simply wipe or clean off. Having visited the property to survey the floor I came up with a restorative cleaning plan and provided a quote for restoring the floor back to its polished and clean look.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/78/2024/04/Dirty-Limestone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Sleaford-093610-577x1024.jpg" alt="Dirty Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Sleaford" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Dirty Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Sleaford" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/78/2024/04/Dirty-Limestone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Sleaford-093557-577x1024.jpg" alt="Dirty Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Sleaford" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Dirty Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Sleaford" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Happy with the quote we set a date for my return.</p> <h2>Polishing Limestone Flooring</h2> <p>To clean the floor and remove stains Limestone needs to be stripped back and then polished using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/stone-burnishing-pads/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">set of diamond burnishing pads</a>. The pads come is a set of four and you start with the coarse pad which fitted to a buffing machine running on slow speed, the coarse 400-grit pad which removes old sealers and opens the pores in the stone so the dirt can be flushed out. Once the pad has been run over each Limestone tile at least three times you move onto the medium 800-grit and then fine 1500-grit pads which then close the pores again and build-up the polish. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/78/2024/04/Dirty-Limestone-Floor-During-Cleaning-Sleaford-093624-1024x577.jpg" alt="Dirty Limestone Floor During Cleaning Sleaford" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Dirty Limestone Floor During Cleaning Sleaford" /></p> <p>The pads generate a lot of slurry which is then rinsed off with water and then extracted using a wet vacuum. The burnishing process is then finished with the application of a very fine 3000-grit pad which is applied in the same way but with only a little water sprayed into the floor.</p> <p>The last step is to use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/diamond-hand-burnishing-block-set-greenblackred-yellow/31/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">handheld burnishing blocks</a> to get the same result in those places where the pads struggle to reach such as floor edges and corners. </p> <p>Once complete a floor dryers was setup and left to run overnight to ensure the floor would be nice and dry and ready for sealing the next day. The customer can still use the floor in-between; they just have to be careful not to spill anything on it before it&#8217;s sealed.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/78/2024/04/Dirty-Limestone-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sleaford-120755-1024x577.jpg" alt="Dirty Limestone Floor After Cleaning Sleaford" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Dirty Limestone Floor After Cleaning Sleaford" /></p> <h2>Limestone Floor Tile Sealing</h2> <p>On our return the Limestone was checked for moisture using a damp meter. This confirmed the stone was dry and work could then start to apply the sealer to the floor. </p> <p>I used a quality sealer called Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal for this which is a natural finish sealer that is virtually invisible. It’s also an impregnator which means it works by soaking into the stone, occupying the pores, and thereby preventing dirt from residing there. This ensures dirt remains on the surface where it can easily be cleaned away.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/78/2024/04/Dirty-Limestone-Floor-After-Cleaning-and-Sealing-Sleaford-134315-1024x577.jpg" alt="Dirty Limestone Floor After Cleaning and Sealing Sleaford" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Dirty Limestone Floor After Cleaning and Sealing Sleaford" /></p> <p>The customer was over the moon that we had not only removed the etching from the partying but also fully restored the floor to its original shine. The new sealer should ensure the floor is easily cleaned going forward using a mop and a suitable cleaning product which for this floor I recommended <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Limestone Tiled Floor Professionally Polished in Sleaford</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/party-stained-limestone-floor-renovated-in-sleaford/">Party-Stained Limestone Floor Renovated in Sleaford</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Lincolnshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> New Porcelain Patio Ruined During Installation Restored in Wendover https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/new-porcelain-patio-ruined-during-installation-restored-in-wendover/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-porcelain-patio-ruined-during-installation-restored-in-wendover South Buckinghamshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:b2cb9293-8d8d-d853-9582-100c21009b38 Thu, 11 Apr 2024 07:03:56 +0000 <p>The pictures below are of a newly laid Porcelain patio at a property in Wendover. The builder had done a decent job of laying a level tiled patio, but completely ruined it when applying the grouting. At the customer’s request the builder had used a modern cement-based grout and applied it as a slurry so [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/new-porcelain-patio-ruined-during-installation-restored-in-wendover/">New Porcelain Patio Ruined During Installation Restored in Wendover</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Buckinghamshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The pictures below are of a newly laid <b>Porcelain patio</b> at a property in <b><a href="https://www.welcometowendover.co.uk/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Wendover</a></b>. The builder had done a decent job of laying a level tiled patio, but completely ruined it when applying the grouting. </p> <p>At the customer’s request the builder had used a modern cement-based grout and applied it as a slurry so he could use a squeegee to spread it into the grout lines. Unfortunately, he did not have much experience using this method or type of grouting and as he began grouting it started to rain heavily. Then instead of trying to rinse it all off before it could set, he and the customer left in place. The grout then hardened on the surface where it proved impossible to remove.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2024/04/Porcelain-Tiled-Patio-Before-Cleaning-Wendover-171417-807x1024.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tiled Patio Before Cleaning Wendover" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Porcelain Tiled Patio Before Cleaning Wendover" /></p> <p>Having spoken to the customer over the phone I agreed to pop over and take a more detailed look at the problem. When coming to have a look at the job I knew how difficult it would be however after evaluating a couple of options I worked out a plan for cleaning away the excess grout and provided the customer with a quote. Happy to hear the situation could be resolved my quote was accepted and a date scheduled for the work to begin.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2024/04/Porcelain-Tiled-Patio-Before-Cleaning-Wendover-090449-768x1024.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tiled Patio Before Cleaning Wendover" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Porcelain Tiled Patio Before Cleaning Wendover" /></p> <h2>Removing Grout Staining from a New Porcelain Tiled Patio</h2> <p>From the testing earlier I knew the only product that would have a chance of removing the thick layer of grout would be <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up</a>. It’s an acidic cleaning agent designed for this sort of problem and it this case it needed to be as strong as possible so I applied it neat. </p> <p>Once applied I left it a few minutes before running over the Porcelain Tiles with a Rocky floor buffer fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-mega-120-grit-carborundum-silicone-carbide-brush/1269/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Silicon Carbide brush</a>. I added extra weights to the machine to increase traction so in total it weighed in at about 65kg. All that weight going onto the patio helped scrub in the cleaning agent and although it did remove some of the cement-based grout it was not as much as expected. </p> <p>The solution was to scrape off the thicker chunks of grout and I then follow up with a rotary hand tool fitted with an 80-grit brush on the end. Using the hand tool allowed me to get into the grooves of the tiles making it easier to clean as it was a rough textured porcelain tile. As I was cleaning with the hand tool, I also added more Grout Clean-up onto the tile to help soften the grout. By the end of day one we had two sections left however I know had a working solution and knew exactly what was needed to restore the patio.</p> <p>By the end of day one with about 45m2 of patio remaining I realised it would be quicker with an extra pair of hands so I called neighbouring Tile Doctor Barry Woodward who covers Oxfordshire. Fortunately, Barry was available and so the next day we set about repeating the previous days method of scrapping off as much grout as possible and then going round with the hand tool spraying more Grout Clean-up on every inch of the patio. Slowly but surely, we made it through the last two sections and removed all the grout staining. </p> <p>After that we gave the patio one last clean with a <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 neutralise any acid which might still be on the surface of the Porcelain tile. In total twenty litres of Grout Clean-up were used on this job, not to mention the sweat.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2024/04/Porcelain-Tiled-Patio-After-Renovation-Wendover-171502-768x1024.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tiled Patio After Renovation Wendover" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Porcelain Tiled Patio After Renovation Wendover" /></p> <p>Once complete the patio was completely transformed and looked like it had come out of a showroom. I’m pleased to say my customer was over the moon and later that day sent the following message:</p> <p><center><I>My apologies when you left, I was slightly distracted by a work issue but I wanted to add my heartfelt Thanks to you and Barry for helping sort this patio out. The patio Situation has been a constant stress for the last 2 months And I’m amazed to see it in such great shape I realise it wasn’t easy and a great deal of effort was spent, you guys really are magicians. Once again thank You so much for your hard work. </I></center></p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2024/04/Porcelain-Tiled-Patio-After-Renovation-Wendover-171325-768x1024.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tiled Patio After Renovation Wendover" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Porcelain Tiled Patio After Renovation Wendover" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Porcelain Patio in Buckinghamshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/new-porcelain-patio-ruined-during-installation-restored-in-wendover/">New Porcelain Patio Ruined During Installation Restored in Wendover</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Buckinghamshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Victorian Tiled Hallway restoration in Urmston https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-restoration-in-urmston/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=victorian-tiled-hallway-restoration-in-urmston Greater Manchester Tile Doctor urn:uuid:0642988c-b1d7-ace0-1705-e9576ff83215 Thu, 28 Mar 2024 17:45:42 +0000 <p>I was contacted by a couple from London who were relocating to a 1850&#8217;s Victorian property in Urmston, Manchester which they were renovating before the move. During the renovation they uncovered a Victorian tiled floor in the hallway and having decided to retain as many original features in the property as possible they made a [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-restoration-in-urmston/">Victorian Tiled Hallway restoration in Urmston</a> appeared first on <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz">Greater Manchester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was contacted by a couple from London who were relocating to a 1850&#8217;s Victorian property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urmston" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Urmston</a></b>, Manchester which they were renovating before the move. During the renovation they uncovered a Victorian tiled floor in the hallway and having decided to retain as many original features in the property as possible they made a decision to renovate the floor. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/03/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Cleaning-Urmston-15101555-768x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Cleaning Urmston" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Cleaning Urmston" /></p> <p>With our clients wanting to move in early Feb 2024 I quickly arranged to survey the floor and work out what could be done. Whilst there I was able to re-assure them that the tiles could indeed be restored however, we would need to minimise the use of water in case it leaked through into the cellar below.</p> <p>To work around the cellar issue, I recommended using Tile Doctor low moisture products to strip and clean the floor of old sealer, dirt and grime and then to apply a sealer to protect it going forward. As part of the work, I agreed to complete several minor repairs which included re-sitting some loose tiles and replacing the worst of the missing/broken tiles.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/03/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Cleaning-Urmston-15101454-768x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Cleaning Urmston" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Cleaning Urmston" /></p> <h2> Cleaning/Repairing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>Before starting work, I took a moisture reading from the floor so I could establish a base level. This followed with the 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> cleaner, which because it’s a gel it is very easy to control and won&#8217;t cause any issues with the cellar below. The gel is applied to the tile and grout, brushed in and then left for ten to fifteen minutes so it can get to work breaking down old sealers and dirt. The gel is then scrubbed into the tiles using a rotary machine and the soiling generated is removed with wet vacuum.</p> <p>The floor was then inspected, and I used more <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> with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/diamond-hand-burnishing-block-set-greenblackred-yellow/31" rel="noopener" target="_blank">handheld diamond burnishing pads</a> along the edges. Further work was also needed to remove stubborn marks so for this I used a scraper and small amounts 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 <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-nanotech-hbu-remover-1-litre/10/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Nanotech HBU cleaner</a> which are stronger products. The floor was then given a quick rinse with minimal water and then extracted quickly with the wet vacuum.</p> <p>Finally, I gave the floor an acid rinse with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a> which can remove old grout smears that can detract from the tile’s appearance. This product also neutralises the ph level of the floor following the use of the alkaline cleaners used earlier. </p> <p>Work then started on the repairs which involved lifting the loose and broken tiles, cleaning out the subfloor of old adhesive and then re-fitting with fresh adhesive. The broken tiles were replaced with tiles I had managed to source before starting the job.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/03/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Cleaning-Urmston-16160647-923x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Cleaning Urmston" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Cleaning Urmston" /></p> <p>With the bulk of the work done the floor was left to dry off fully overnight.</p> <h2> Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>Before beginning the work the next day, I took several moisture readings to ensure the floor was as dry as it was the previous morning. All was well and I was able to apply the first coat of sealer for which I used <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 as its name suggests contains a colour enhancer that really brings out the colours in Victorian tiles. This product is also an impregnator which works by soaking into the pores of the tile adding protection from within.</p> <p>Once the base layer of sealer had dried, I added 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> to add further protection and add a satin sheen to the floor. I left this to dry and then gave the floor a quick buff with a white pad to remove any excess sealer and bring up the appearance of the tiles even further.</p> <p>The results where exactly what our customers wanted with them commenting “Wow what a difference the tiles look beautiful ?? thank you so much for your work”.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/03/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Sealing-Urmston-17134311-768x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Sealing Urmston" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Sealing Urmston" /></p> <p>For aftercare cleaning I made a point to recommend they use Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner, it’s especially formulated for cleaning sealed floors and won’t impact the sealer which can be an issue with the products you find in supermarkets.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/03/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Sealing-Urmston-17133731-768x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Sealing Urmston" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Sealing Urmston" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3> Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in Greater Manchester</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-tiled-hallway-restoration-in-urmston/">Victorian Tiled Hallway restoration in Urmston</a> appeared first on <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz">Greater Manchester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Removing Staining from a Terracotta Floor Due to a Leaking Dishwater in Green Hammerton https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/removing-staining-from-a-terracotta-floor-due-to-a-leaking-dishwater-in-green-hammerton/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=removing-staining-from-a-terracotta-floor-due-to-a-leaking-dishwater-in-green-hammerton North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:4a2674fd-a397-9a9c-c0d5-57eaf4d69d8e Mon, 25 Mar 2024 13:05:27 +0000 <p>These photos came from a property in the village of Green Hammerton on the outskirts of York. The terracotta floor tiles were fairly old, we believe around 30 years and had been the victim of a leaking dishwasher which had resulted in staining and efflorescent salt deposits. You can see this next on the tiles [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/removing-staining-from-a-terracotta-floor-due-to-a-leaking-dishwater-in-green-hammerton/">Removing Staining from a Terracotta Floor Due to a Leaking Dishwater in Green Hammerton</a> appeared first on <a href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>These photos came from a property in the village of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Hammerton" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Green Hammerton</a></b> on the outskirts of York. The terracotta floor tiles were fairly old, we believe around 30 years and had been the victim of a leaking dishwasher which had resulted in staining and <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/custom.aspx/efflorescence/10/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">efflorescent salt deposits</a>. You can see this next on the tiles next to the kitchen kick boards in the photograph below.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2024/03/Stained-Terracotta-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Green-Hammerton-York-0325093307-1024x1010.jpg" alt="Stained Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Green Hammerton York" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Stained Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Green Hammerton York" /></p> <p>The client wanted the staining removed and the tiles restored to their original condition, however they were happy with a large part of the floor and so only wanted the impacted section cleaning. I was happy to do this however, I did raise a concern that the section I would be working on wouldn&#8217;t blend in with the rest of the floor.</p> <h2> Cleaning a Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>I first treated the 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> to clean and remove the old sealers. This was applied in the usual way of spraying the affected section with a strong dilution, letting it soak in for ten minutes and then scrubbing it in with a black pad fitted to a rotary machine. The resultant slurry was then removed using a wet vacuum.</p> <p>To cure the efflorescent salt problems the tiles was then treated 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>. The gel was applied to the floor and scrubbed in with a deck brush before being rinsed off and extracted as before. Being a gel its is very easy to control allowing the acid to dissolve the alkaline salts in the floor and further cleans the Terracotta to remove old grout stains.</p> <h2> Sealing a Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>I let the tiles dry out for a few days, then used a handheld polishing machine to remove any residues and prepare the surface for a fresh sealer. I used a few 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> as a base and then a light coat 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> for the finish to match the rest of the floor. This saved the client the expense of having all the floor stripped, deep cleaned and re-sealed. My client was happy with the result which had solved their problem.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2024/03/Stained-Terracotta-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Renovation-Green-Hammerton-York-0711144739-1024x1016.jpg" alt="Stained Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor After Renovation Green Hammerton York" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Stained Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor After Renovation Green Hammerton York" /></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> to keep the floor in great condition. This is a pH neutral product which means it ill not strip the newly applied sealer like an acidic household cleaner would. It is mild enough to use daily if needed and has a lovely fresh fragrance. It is therefore perfect for a heavy traffic area such as the kitchen. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of a Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor in North Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/removing-staining-from-a-terracotta-floor-due-to-a-leaking-dishwater-in-green-hammerton/">Removing Staining from a Terracotta Floor Due to a Leaking Dishwater in Green Hammerton</a> appeared first on <a href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Green Riven Slate Floor Cleaned and Sealed in Chepstow https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/green-riven-slate-floor-cleaned-and-sealed-in-chepstow/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=green-riven-slate-floor-cleaned-and-sealed-in-chepstow Monmouthshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:a5d6c033-35a3-f92c-905c-0154b71df242 Sun, 24 Mar 2024 08:49:03 +0000 <p>This client in</p> <p>The post <a href="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/green-riven-slate-floor-cleaned-and-sealed-in-chepstow/">Green Riven Slate Floor Cleaned and Sealed in Chepstow</a> appeared first on <a href="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz">Monmouthshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This client in <b<<a href="https://visitchepstow.wales/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Chepstow</a></b> had a beautiful <b>Green Riven Slate Tiled floor</b> installed in their living room some year prior but were now unhappy with its appearance. What was once a real feature of the property had lost its deep shine and now looked flat and unappealing. </p> <p>The client called us in to see what could be done to put the life back in the stone and so I went over to survey the floor and come up with a renovation plan. The owner explained that the floor was sealed with a satin finish sealer and although they liked the way that looked it had deteriorated over time and now the floor looked patchy.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2024/03/Green-Riven-Slate-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Chepstow-5784-768x1024.jpg" alt="Green Riven Slate Floor Before Cleaning Chepstow" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Green Riven Slate Floor Before Cleaning Chepstow" /></p> <p>This is a common problem with sealed stone floors, sealers do wear off in the busiest parts of the floor and once this happens, they will lose their appearance as dirt gets trapped in the pores of the stone where its difficult to flush out with regular cleaning. The other problem we see is the use of harsh unsuitable cleaning products which can reduce the life of the sealer.</p> <p>To resolve I recommended stripping off all the old sealer back to the natural stone, deep cleaning the pores and then re-sealing with a product that would give them the satin finish they had before. Happy with my proposal and quote a date was agreed for the work to start which would take two days, one to strip and clean and the other to seal.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Green Riven Slate Tiled Floor</h2> <p>Work started by stripping off the old sealer with a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> which was brushed over the tile and grout, and then left to soak in for ten minutes. This dwell time gives the product time to start breaking down the old sealer and dirt. The solution was then agitated with a poly brush fitted to a large buffer machine which was run over each tile several times. This process released the remaining sealer and dirt from the stone resulting in lots of soiling which was rinsed off with water and extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>The tile and grout were then inspected and spot treated with a hand scrubbing brush where needed. This is especially useful to get right into the grout and tight corners where a machine will struggle. This was then followed by more rinsing and extracting to remove the resultant soiling and neutralising the entire floor to remove all trace of cleaning products prior to sealing.</p> <p>The floor was then left to dry off overnight.</p> <h2> Sealing a Green Riven Slate Tiled Floor</h2> <p>The next day I returned to the property and checked several sections of the floor with a damp meter to ensure the Slate had dried off and was ready to be sealed. Sealing a damp floor is never a good idea as it can affect the sealer curing and result in a patchy appearance.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2024/03/Green-Riven-Slate-Floor-During-Sealing-Chepstow-5796-768x1024.jpg" alt="Green Riven Slate Floor During Sealing Chepstow" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Green Riven Slate Floor During Sealing Chepstow" /></p> <p>To seal the floor four coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go</a> were applied which is a water-based sealer that has the advantage of not leaving a smell as it dries. This produced the appealing satin finish they were after and brought out the best in the stone as you will see in the photos. The sealer will protect the stone from everyday use and can last up to five years if maintained correctly. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2024/03/Green-Riven-Slate-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Chepstow-5806-768x1024.jpg" alt="Green Riven Slate Floor After Cleaning Sealing Chepstow" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Green Riven Slate Floor After Cleaning Sealing Chepstow" /></p> <p>After the job was completed, the Green Slate looked fantastic and my customer was beyond happy. I took time to explain how to clean the floor and recommended they 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 pH neutral product that is effective yet won’t impact the newly applied sealer. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2024/03/Green-Riven-Slate-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Chepstow-5812-768x1024.jpg" alt="Green Riven Slate Floor After Cleaning Sealing Chepstow" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Green Riven Slate Floor After Cleaning Sealing Chepstow" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Cleaning of a Green Black Slate Tiled in South Cumbria</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/green-riven-slate-floor-cleaned-and-sealed-in-chepstow/">Green Riven Slate Floor Cleaned and Sealed in Chepstow</a> appeared first on <a href="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz">Monmouthshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> 100 Year Old Red and Black Victorian Tiled Floor Restored in Edenbridge https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/100-year-old-red-and-black-victorian-tiled-floor-restored-in-edenbridge/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=100-year-old-red-and-black-victorian-tiled-floor-restored-in-edenbridge North Kent Tile Doctor urn:uuid:4c53bdab-0f22-57f2-6dce-76de4ce3308b Fri, 22 Mar 2024 12:16:12 +0000 <p>I was recently asked to renovate a Red and Black Tiled floor at a Victorian era house near Edenbridge. The property had recently been purchased and the new owner was performing a complete makeover before he and his wife moved in. The tiled floor in question in the building site was to be the Kitchen [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/100-year-old-red-and-black-victorian-tiled-floor-restored-in-edenbridge/">100 Year Old Red and Black Victorian Tiled Floor Restored in Edenbridge</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz">North Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was recently asked to renovate a <b>Red and Black Tiled</b> floor at a Victorian era house near <b><a href="https://www.visitedenbridge.com/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Edenbridge</a></b>. The property had recently been purchased and the new owner was performing a complete makeover before he and his wife moved in.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2024/03/Red-Black-Victorian-Tiled-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Edenbridge-8157-1024x768.jpg" alt="Red Black Victorian Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Edenbridge" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Red Black Victorian Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Edenbridge" /></p> <p>The tiled floor in question in the building site was to be the Kitchen floor. It was a heavily soiled however the good news was that the tiles themselves were in good physical condition. They were thick tiles at approximately 18mm deep and this undoubtedly contributed to them withstanding the rigours of time. I worked out a comprehensive price for the restoration, submitted the quote and was awarded the work.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2024/03/Red-Black-Victorian-Tiled-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Edenbridge-8161-1024x768.jpg" alt="Red Black Victorian Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Edenbridge" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Red Black Victorian Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Edenbridge" /></p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Red and Black Victorian Tiled Floor</h2> <p>This was a two-day job and the first day was all about the clean. Upon arrival, and fearing drying issues, I organised for heaters and a dehumidifier to be supplied. Old floors like these don’t have the benefit of a damp proof membrane under the floor so can take much longer to dry out.</p> <p>With plenty of water and a strong solution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a>, a powerful alkaline cleaner, I worked them in with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-mega-120-grit-carborundum-silicone-carbide-brush/1269/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Carbide brush</a> attached to the big buffer. This gave a good initial clean and the brush was able to flex into the pits of the 100-year-old worn tiles. The resultant slurry was removed with a wet vacuum as I went. Then, it was a hands and knees job with the rotary with a smaller brush attachment to get right up to the edges and into the corners.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2024/03/Red-Black-Victorian-Tiled-Floor-During-Cleaning-Edenbridge-8169-1024x768.jpg" alt="Red Black Victorian Tiled Floor During Cleaning Edenbridge" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Red Black Victorian Tiled Floor During Cleaning Edenbridge" /></p> <p>The floor has some remnants of cement remaining which I removed with a chisel as I went along. I then changed the brush attachment on the big buffer for 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">400-grit burnishing pad</a> and repeated the process, giving the floor a 2nd treatment, followed by hands and knees and a six-inch version of the same pad.</p> <p>Another issue I had to deal with were old paint marks which were spot treated 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>. The last thing to do was neutralise the alkalinity of the floor after using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Pro-Clean</a> with 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 was mopped onto the floor and then rinsed off. </p> <p>Normally, with newer floors, I would return the next day to seal the tiles but given my concerns over the floor conditions and thickness of the tiles, I felt more time was needed. The tiles needed to fully dry with the aid of the heaters and dehumidifier.</p> <h2>Sealing a 100-Year-Old Victorian Tiled Floor</h2> <p>Two days later, I returned and took damp readings from several areas using a moisture meter. This showed the tiles were dry enough but my more immediate issue was the prolific efflorescence that had appeared. <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/custom.aspx/efflorescence/10/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Efflorescence</a> can occur when wet tiles dry and soluble salts come to the surface as a white foam and dry as a White salt.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2024/03/Red-Black-Victorian-Tiled-Floor-During-Efflorescence-Cleaning-Edenbridge-8171-768x1024.jpg" alt="Red Black Victorian Tiled Floor During Efflorescence Cleaning Edenbridge" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Red Black Victorian Tiled Floor During Efflorescence Cleaning Edenbridge" /></p> <p>I consider this to be a good thing, as if it is going to happen then you want it to happen on your terms. i.e. before the sealing process starts. A very hot bucket of water and a wrung-out mop with another dose of <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> shifted the efflorescence and left the floor to dry for a while to allow the tiles to dry again.</p> <p>Later, more moisture tests proved the floor was ready to be sealed and I was able to make a start on sealing the tiles. For this type of tile and situation, my strong preference is <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-x-tra-seal-1-litre/258/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor&#8217;s X-Tra Seal</a>, an oil-based, impregnator sealer which is formulated with a colour intensifier. Additionally, this sealer is fully breathable so any moisture will rise through the tile and evaporate at the surface un-hindered. I applied one liberal coat, allowed it to soak in and buffed off the excess 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> and allowed the floor to dry once again.</p> <p>I then returned to apply a very thin second layer and buffed that off, too. The colour intensifier ensured that the black became blacker and red tiles a deeper red resulting in a very satisfying finish!</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2024/03/Red-Black-Victorian-Tiled-Floor-After-Cleaning-Edenbridge-8184-1024x768.jpg" alt="Red Black Victorian Tiled Floor After Cleaning Edenbridge" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Red Black Victorian Tiled Floor After Cleaning Edenbridge" /></p> <p>With the job done, I left the premises having texted the owner photos of the finished floor. Later, I got the following response: </p> <p><center><em>“Just went and had a look. Really pleased with it thanks.”</em></center></p> <p>For aftercare cleaning of Victorian tiles 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 designed for the maintenance of sealed floor tiles.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2024/03/Red-Black-Victorian-Tiled-Floor-After-Cleaning-Edenbridge-8185-1024x768.jpg" alt="Red Black Victorian Tiled Floor After Cleaning Edenbridge" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Red Black Victorian Tiled Floor After Cleaning Edenbridge" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Cleaning of a Victorian Tiled Floor in North Kent</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/100-year-old-red-and-black-victorian-tiled-floor-restored-in-edenbridge/">100 Year Old Red and Black Victorian Tiled Floor Restored in Edenbridge</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz">North Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> White Staining Removed from Slate Wet Room in Stafford https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/white-staining-removed-from-slate-wet-room-in-stafford/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=white-staining-removed-from-slate-wet-room-in-stafford Staffordshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:0ca208a0-9fd4-9b0e-af33-53760e03ca1e Thu, 21 Mar 2024 08:26:07 +0000 <p>This client from Stafford needed some help with the Slate tiles in their bathroom wet room which as you can see from the photos had suffered with lot of white staining. The staining was either Limescale or efflorescent salts which are salts deposits on the tile which appear as the stone became wet and then [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/white-staining-removed-from-slate-wet-room-in-stafford/">White Staining Removed from Slate Wet Room in Stafford</a> appeared first on <a href="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz">Staffordshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This client from <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stafford" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Stafford</a></b> needed some help with the <b>Slate tiles</b> in their bathroom wet room which as you can see from the photos had suffered with lot of white staining. The staining was either Limescale or <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/custom.aspx/efflorescence/10/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">efflorescent salts</a> which are salts deposits on the tile which appear as the stone became wet and then dries out.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2024/03/Slate-Wet-Room-Tiles-Before-Cleaning-Stafford-00-768x1024.jpg" alt="Slate Wet Room Tiles Before Cleaning Stafford" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Slate Wet Room Tiles Before Cleaning Stafford" /></p> <p>The staining had built up over time and was all over the wet floor and wall areas. I quoted for cleaning the tiles, removing all the staining in the process, and then sealing to prevent this happening in the future. Happy with my plan and quote I got the go ahead and we agreed a date for the work to start.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2024/03/Slate-Wet-Room-Tiles-Before-Cleaning-Stafford-01-768x1024.jpg" alt="Slate Wet Room Tiles Before Cleaning Stafford" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Slate Wet Room Tiles Before Cleaning Stafford" /></p> <h2> Cleaning a Slate Tiled Bathroom Wet Room</h2> <p>The first job was to clean the wall and floor tile and grout with a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a>. This was decanted into a spray bottle and sprayed onto the Slate tile and Grout where it was left to soak in for five to ten minutes before being scrubbed in using a stiff brush and small <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/6-inch-black-buffer-pads/159/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black scrubbing pads</a>. </p> <p>The soiling was then vacuumed away with a wet and dry vacuum. For stubborn staining Tile Doctor also sell a product called <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-oxy-gel-1-litre/169/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Oxy-Gel</a> which is a gel-based version of Pro-Clean that really sticks well to wall tiles allowing for longer dwell times.</p> <p>The next step was to tackle the White staining so I repeated the cleaning 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>. Like Oxy-Gel this is a gel-based product that sticks well to wall tiles. This product however is acid based and so can dissolve the salt staining allowing it to be removed with the wet vacuum as before. </p> <p>Last step was to inspect the bathroom for any further staining and repeat the relevant process until I was satisfied. I then rinsed all the tiles with cold water to remove any trace of product and then left the bathroom to dry out overnight. </p> <h2> Sealing a Slate Tiled Bathroom Wet Room</h2> <p>The next day 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> to the Slate which is an oil-based sealing product that is rated for internal and external use. This sealer restores oil into the stone improving its general appearance and improving the colour in the stone. </p> <p>X-Tra Seal is a breathable impregnating sealer that works by soaking into the pores of the stone preventing dirt from residing there and thereby leaving it on the surface where it can be rinsed away. It creates a strong water repellency over the tile so will ensure water simply drains off and doesn’t collect. If you apply the second coat as we did, it gives the tiles a nice sheen, allowing the colour of the tiles to shine through. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2024/03/Slate-Wet-Room-Tiles-After-Cleaning-Stafford-03-768x1024.jpg" alt="Slate Wet Room Tiles After Cleaning Stafford" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Slate Wet Room Tiles After Cleaning Stafford" /></p> <p>The lighting in the wet room wasn’t great so I don’t think the photos on this page have done the job any justice however it was certainly a massive improvement, my customer certainly thought so and left the flowing glowing feedback:</p> <p><center><em>Great communication start to finish. Attention to detail and pride in workmanship. Really happy with the result. Our slate wet room tiles look like new!</em></center></p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2024/03/Slate-Wet-Room-Tiles-After-Cleaning-Stafford-04-768x1024.jpg" alt="Slate Wet Room Tiles After Cleaning Stafford" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Slate Wet Room Tiles After Cleaning Stafford" /></p> <p>For after care cleaning I recommended the regular use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-aqua-pro-with-trigger-spray/1/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Aqua-Pro</a>, which is pH neutral and is designed for the daily cleaning of sealed bathroom tiles. This will keep the wet room looking as good as it is now. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of a Slate Tiled Wet Room in Staffordshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/white-staining-removed-from-slate-wet-room-in-stafford/">White Staining Removed from Slate Wet Room in Stafford</a> appeared first on <a href="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz">Staffordshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Stained Limestone Fireplace Renovated in Great Barr https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/stained-limestone-fireplace-renovated-in-great-barr/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=stained-limestone-fireplace-renovated-in-great-barr Birmingham Tile Doctor urn:uuid:c50f992b-e5ea-a7c3-f8ac-5de5f2d781cd Thu, 14 Mar 2024 13:47:55 +0000 <p>I recently cleaned and sealed a stone floor for a customer in Great Barr who called me a couple of weeks later and asked if I could restore his Limestone fireplace. The hearth was heavily stained and that along with the usual soot markings made him decide it was overdue a clean. Having been to [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/stained-limestone-fireplace-renovated-in-great-barr/">Stained Limestone Fireplace Renovated in Great Barr</a> appeared first on <a href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz">Birmingham Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I recently cleaned and sealed a stone floor for a customer in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Barr" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Great Barr</a></b> who called me a couple of weeks later and asked if I could restore his <b>Limestone fireplace</b>. The hearth was heavily stained and that along with the usual soot markings made him decide it was overdue a clean. </p> <p>Having been to the house before I was able to quote for the work quite easily. It was just a matter of explaining the process and agreeing a date for the work which should only take a day.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2024/03/Limestone-Fireplace-Before-Cleaning-Great-Barr-093711.jpg" alt="Limestone Fireplace Before Cleaning Great Barr" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Limestone Fireplace Before Cleaning Great Barr" /></p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Limestone Fireplace</h2> <p>After protecting the surrounding woodwork, I set about cleaning the fireplace first using hand-held <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/diamond-hand-burnishing-block-green-60-grit/240/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">60 grit diamond blocks</a> with only water for lubrication. The water is sprayed onto the stone and the block is worked in using a circular action to get deep into the pores. </p> <p>The whole fireplace was cleaned using this method before turning my attention to the hearth. The staining on the hearth was worse so for this I first applied a coating 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> to help breakdown the stains. Being in a gel form makes this cleaning product much easier to handle in a tight space. The gel was left to soak in for fifteen minutes before being scrubbed with a black pad. The hearth was then carefully rinsed and the released soiling extracted with a wet vacuum. </p> <p>I followed up with further cleaning using the 60-grit diamond block to get the stone hearth as clean as possible. I then rinsed the fireplace, and went through the process again with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/diamond-hand-burnishing-block-black-120-grit/239/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">120</a>, <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/diamond-hand-burnishing-block-red-200-grit/237/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">200</a> and finally a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/diamond-hand-burnishing-block-yellow-400-grit/238/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">400-grit block</a> to bring up the appearance of the stone. Only was I was satisfied did I give the Fireplace a final rinse and then dried it off with towels, air movers and a heat gun until the stone was fully dry.</p> <h2>Sealing a Limestone Fireplace</h2> <p>To seal the Limestone and make it easier to clean going forward I applied two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra Seal</a>. This product is almost invisible and leaves a natural finish, it works by soaking into the stone, occupying the pores, and thereby preventing dirt from becoming ingrained there. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2024/03/Limestone-Fireplace-After-Cleaning-Great-Barr-130023.jpg" alt="Limestone Fireplace After Cleaning Great Barr" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Limestone Fireplace After Cleaning Great Barr" /></p> <p>For aftercare cleaning I left the customer with a bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor pH Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> which will help maintain the appearance of the fireplace. The customer was delighted with the results and said that it even looked better than when it was installed over 15 years ago!&#8221;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Clean of a Limestone Fireplace in Birmingham</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/stained-limestone-fireplace-renovated-in-great-barr/">Stained Limestone Fireplace Renovated in Great Barr</a> appeared first on <a href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz">Birmingham Tile Doctor</a>.</p> 1850’s Flaking Flagstone Flooring Renovated in Saddleworth https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/1850s-flaking-flagstone-flooring-renovated-in-saddleworth/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=1850s-flaking-flagstone-flooring-renovated-in-saddleworth Greater Manchester Tile Doctor urn:uuid:93f13ffd-05b9-05d6-9685-fe14dc76942e Mon, 11 Mar 2024 04:52:50 +0000 <p>A couple from Saddleworth contacted us about their flagstone flooring which was laid throughout the ground floor in their home which was built around 1850. Since buying their home they had decided to take up the carpets and floor coverings to most of the ground floor (approx. 60sqm) to allow the floor to breathe and [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/1850s-flaking-flagstone-flooring-renovated-in-saddleworth/">1850’s Flaking Flagstone Flooring Renovated in Saddleworth</a> appeared first on <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz">Greater Manchester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>A couple from <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saddleworth" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Saddleworth</a></b> contacted us about their <b>flagstone flooring</b> which was laid throughout the ground floor in their home which was built around 1850. Since buying their home they had decided to take up the carpets and floor coverings to most of the ground floor (approx. 60sqm) to allow the floor to breathe and help with some damp issues in the walls. In addition, it would be in keeping with the house to have its original floor back in use and make a great period feature.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/03/Flagstone-Floor-Before-Renovation-Saddleworth-7657-1024x768.jpg" alt="Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Saddleworth" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Saddleworth" /></p> <p>With the stone covered for such a long period the main issue was ingrained dirt and grime as well as the remnants of self-levelling compound and paint. The whole floor also had flaking issues on numerous stones and was very uneven in parts. </p> <p>After some discussion over the phone around the options of cleaning, stone milling, repointing, and sealing I scheduled a survey. I recommended the floor needed the render removed, stone milled (and possibly repointing) before cleaning and finally sealing. An impregnating sealer which provided a matt, colour-enhancing finish was recommended in view of the damp and animals. In addition, we suggested the use of breathable pointing. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/03/Flagstone-Floor-Before-Renovation-Saddleworth-7660-768x1024.jpg" alt="Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Saddleworth" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Saddleworth" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/03/Flagstone-Floor-Before-Renovation-Saddleworth-7655-768x1024.jpg" alt="Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Saddleworth" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Saddleworth" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Whilst the work was more involved than initially anticipated, they fully understood the scale of the problems and what was needed and so decided to go ahead.</p> <h2> Cleaning/Repairing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>Work started with the application of 50-Grit Extra Coarse Milling pads which were fitted to a weighted rotary floor machine. The pads were run over each of the rough Yorkshire flagstones to remove the top of the flaking stone and reveal new stone underneath. The process was lubricated with water and <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a>, the water helps keep the dust down and the Tile Doctor Remove and Go helps clean up the stone. We used quite a lot of these pads to clean up the whole floor. The resultant slurry was rinsed away with water and extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/03/Flagstone-Floor-During-Renovation-Saddleworth-1024x1024.jpg" alt="Flagstone Floor During Renovation Saddleworth" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Flagstone Floor During Renovation Saddleworth" /></p> <p>Once done, the process was then repeated using 100-grit and then 200-grit <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/stone-milling/34/ Lancashire Tile Doctor: https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">milling pads</a> to improve the surface of the stone. I must give credit to Russell Taylor from Lancashire Tile Doctor for his experience and assistance on this job, an extra pair of hands were needed given the scale of the work and to speed up work given the owners were still living in the property. </p> <p>We next used an acid wash <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up</a>, this is to counter any <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/custom.aspx/efflorescence/10/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">efflorescence</a> salts that can be generated with floors like this that have no damp proof course. After application it was rinsed off and extracted with the wet vacuum.</p> <p>After this the pointing was then redone using a modern flexible product.</p> <h2> Sealing a Flagstone Tiled Floor</h2> <p>The floor was then left to dry out for a few days before returning to seal the floor using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is an impregnating sealer that contains a colour enhancer to bring out the natural colours in the stone. This product is also breathable which is an important consideration for old floors like this.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/03/Flagstone-Floor-After-Renovation-Saddleworth-7688-768x1024.jpg" alt="Flagstone Floor After Renovation Saddleworth" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Flagstone Floor After Renovation Saddleworth" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/03/Flagstone-Floor-After-Renovation-Saddleworth-768x1024.jpg" alt="Flagstone Floor After Renovation Saddleworth" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Flagstone Floor After Renovation Saddleworth" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The project went well, and the floor was completely transformed. My clients were very happy with the work and left the following feedback for us.</p> <p><center><I>&#8220;Kevin and Russell did a great job on our flagstone floor. They regularly checked in with us throughout the process and worked around us being in the house most of the time with no problems! Highly recommend.&#8221;</I></center></p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/03/Flagstone-Floor-After-Renovation-Saddleworth-7809-768x1024.jpg" alt="Flagstone Floor After Renovation Saddleworth" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Flagstone Floor After Renovation Saddleworth" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/03/Flagstone-Floor-After-Renovation-Saddleworth-7787-768x1024.jpg" alt="Flagstone Floor After Renovation Saddleworth" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Flagstone Floor After Renovation Saddleworth" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>For aftercare cleaning I recommend they use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> which is a mild yet effective tile cleaner that won’t harm the sealer.</p> <h3> Professional Restoration of a Flagstone Tiled Floor in Greater Manchester</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/1850s-flaking-flagstone-flooring-renovated-in-saddleworth/">1850’s Flaking Flagstone Flooring Renovated in Saddleworth</a> appeared first on <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz">Greater Manchester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Replacing the Sealer and Polishing a New Travertine Tiled Floor in Boston https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/replacing-the-sealer-and-polishing-a-new-travertine-tiled-floor-in-boston/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=replacing-the-sealer-and-polishing-a-new-travertine-tiled-floor-in-boston South Lincolnshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:fb17c2ed-d841-661f-6157-e15aa20c22a0 Fri, 08 Mar 2024 11:03:20 +0000 <p>A regular customer from Boston got in touch with us before Christmas to help with a Travertine floor they had laid in their front room. It turns out that they were so impressed with our previous work that they had decided to replace their lounge carpet with more Travertine. Unfortunately, however the new travertine floor [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/replacing-the-sealer-and-polishing-a-new-travertine-tiled-floor-in-boston/">Replacing the Sealer and Polishing a New Travertine Tiled Floor in Boston</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Lincolnshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>A regular customer from <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coningsby" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Boston</a></b> got in touch with us before Christmas to help with a <b><a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/travertine-tile-cleaning/10/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Travertine floor</a></b> they had laid in their front room. It turns out that they were so impressed with our previous work that they had decided to replace their lounge carpet with more Travertine.</p> <p>Unfortunately, however the new travertine floor turned out dull and lack lustre despite the tiler putting a sealer on after fitting. Unhappy with the floor appearance I was asked if the floor could be re-finished to match their original Travertine floor that I had worked on previously. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/78/2024/03/Travertine-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Boston-20231119-1024x768.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor Before Cleaning Boston" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Travertine Floor Before Cleaning Boston" /></p> <p>I visited the property to survey the new floor and came up with a plan to strip off the current sealer, polish the stone and then re-seal with the same product that I used previously. They were happy for me to go ahead and we set a date for the work to start which would take two days.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/78/2024/03/Travertine-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Boston-20231117-768x1024.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor Before Cleaning Boston" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Travertine Floor Before Cleaning Boston" /></p> <h2>Cleaning and Burnishing a Travertine Tiled Floor</h2> <p>I returned on the agreed date and spent the first day burnishing the new Travertine floor tiles with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/stone-burnishing/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">set of burnishing pads</a> of different grits. Work starts with a coarse 400-grit pad, attached to a rotary floor buffer. Using water to lubricate the process the pad is run over each tile several times removing the sealer and any remaining dirt in the process. </p> <p>Afterwards the floor was rinsed using our Rotovac system which applies water under high pressure to the floor dislodging the soils and then extracts the dirty water off the floor at high speed. The burnishing process was then repeated with the finer 800-grit and 1500-grit pads which start building the polish on the stone.</p> <p>After a final rinse the process was repeated using a very fine 3000-grit pad which is applied dry to the floor using only a little water sprayed onto the tile. This last pad is the final step in the polishing process and leaves a lovely, honed finish on the stone. </p> <p>During the polishing however it became apparent that the Travertine tiles contained a lot more holes that the other floor. These holes or pits as they are often called are a natural feature of this stone however, they do trap dirt easily so I agreed to fill them. I use a flexible filler for this which is colour matched to the stone and then to go off, I also left a floor dryer system in place overnight to assist with this and further drying out the tiles. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/78/2024/03/Travertine-Floor-During-Cleaning-Boston-18130906-1024x577.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor During Cleaning Boston" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Travertine Floor During Cleaning Boston" /></p> <h2>Sealing a Travertine Tiled Floor</h2> <p>Returning the following morning the floor was tested the flooring with a damp meter to make sure it was fully dry. All was well and it was ready to seal with our quality impregnating sealer <a href="http://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 protects the floor from within whilst enhancing the natural colours and tones in the stone. Three coats of sealer were used to ensure the tiles were fully sealed and the result proved to be a good match to their other Travertine floor.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/78/2024/03/Travertine-Floor-After-Renovation-Boston-19123925-1024x577.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor After Renovation Boston" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Travertine Floor After Renovation Boston" /></p> <p>The customer was over the moon with the results and I took time afterwards to remind them about the best way to maintain the floor. For polished stone floors like this one I recommended <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a> which will help maintain the patina on both Travertine floors.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/78/2024/03/Travertine-Floor-After-Renovation-Boston-19130857-577x1024.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor After Renovation Boston" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Travertine Floor After Renovation Boston" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Tile Cleaning, Burnishing and Sealing for a Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor in Sleaford</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/replacing-the-sealer-and-polishing-a-new-travertine-tiled-floor-in-boston/">Replacing the Sealer and Polishing a New Travertine Tiled Floor in Boston</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Lincolnshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Pitted Limestone Floor Deep Cleaned, Polished, Filled and Sealed in Geddington https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/pitted-limestone-floor-deep-cleaned-polished-filled-and-sealed-in-geddington/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=pitted-limestone-floor-deep-cleaned-polished-filled-and-sealed-in-geddington Northamptonshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:6876e364-09c5-ba0e-5cc2-618fe352b632 Fri, 01 Mar 2024 17:53:07 +0000 <p>This client from Geddington called me in to renovate their Limestone tiled floor which had been installed throughout much of the ground floor. Limestone like any natural stone is porous and will suffer from ingrained dirt if the sealer isn’t maintained, so it’s not unusual to need work like this doing every three to five [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/pitted-limestone-floor-deep-cleaned-polished-filled-and-sealed-in-geddington/">Pitted Limestone Floor Deep Cleaned, Polished, Filled and Sealed in Geddington</a> appeared first on <a href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz">Northamptonshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This client from <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geddington" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Geddington</a></b> called me in to renovate their <b>Limestone tiled floor</b> which had been installed throughout much of the ground floor. Limestone like any natural stone is porous and will suffer from ingrained dirt if the sealer isn’t maintained, so it’s not unusual to need work like this doing every three to five years.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2024/03/Limestone-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Geddington-0820-1024x768.jpg" alt="Limestone Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Geddington" title="Limestone Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Geddington" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>I visited the property to survey the tiles and could see the stone had quite a lot of surface pitting which was trapping dirt and making it very difficult to keep clean. Pitting is quite common in this type of stone, and they are usually filled at the factory, however the filler can become dislodged with wear and the problem can be made worse by the use of acidic cleaning products. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2024/03/Limestone-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Geddington-0818-768x1024.jpg" alt="Limestone Tile Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Geddington" title="Limestone Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Geddington" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2024/03/Limestone-Tiled-Steps-Before-Cleaning-Geddington-0821-768x1024.jpg" alt="Limestone Tiled Steps Before Cleaning Geddington" title="Limestone Tiled Steps Before Cleaning Geddington" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>After surveying the floor, I came up with a comprehensive renovation plan that included deep cleaning the stone, filling the pits, polishing, and then sealing. I also made a note to discuss aftercare cleaning at the end so the floor wouldn&#8217;t get so bad in future. </p> <p>Happy with my plan and quote a date was agreed for the work to commence.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Pitted Limestone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>It was a large floor so to minimise disruption to the owner I split the job up into several areas and worked through the following process.</p> <p>Work started with a general clean of the floor 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> with a focus on cleaning the grout. I used a strong dilution of Pro-Clean, left it to soak into the stone and grout for around ten minutes and then scrubbed it into the floor using a black pad fitted to a rotary machine. I also ran a stiff grout brush along the grout lines to get them as clean as possible. Once done the floor was rinsed and the soiling extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>The next step was to hone the Limestone using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/stone-burnishing/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">set of diamond encrusted burnishing pads</a>. These pads are great for bringing up the polish on a stone floor like this and you start with a coarse 400-grit pad fitted to a rotary floor buffer. Water is used to lubricate the process and the pads are run over each tile three or four times. The floor is then rinsed and extracted as before, and the process repeated with the 800 and then 1500 grit pads.</p> <p>Once done the floor was looking much cleaner and brighter and ready for the next step which was to fill the pits. To do this I inspected the floor, identifying all the areas that needed attention and then filled those holes with a resin filler that is colour matched to the stone.</p> <h2>Sealing a Pitted Limestone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>The last step was to seal the limestone and for this I used <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal</a> which is an impregnating sealer that soaks into the stone, occupying the pores of the stone and thereby preventing dirt from residing there. Sealing keeps the dirt on the surface where it can easily be cleaned away. Ultra-Seal doesn&#8217;t contain any colour enhancers, so it leaves the stone with a very natural appearance which is what my client wanted.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2024/03/Limestone-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Geddington-0832-768x1024.jpg" alt="Limestone Tile Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Geddington" title="Limestone Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Geddington" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2024/03/Limestone-Tiled-Steps-After-Cleaning-Geddington-0836-768x1024.jpg" alt="Limestone Tiled Steps After Cleaning Geddington" title="Limestone Tiled Steps After Cleaning Geddington" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The floor was transformed by the work and my client was very happy with the result, they even went to the trouble to leave the following review:</p> <p><center><em>&#8220;We are absolutely delighted with the work undertaken by Philip, the Northamptonshire Tile Doctor. He has completely transformed very dirty limestone floors into something of great beauty &#8211; better than new. Philip was a pleasure to deal with throughout and we can highly recommend him.&#8221;</em></center></p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2024/03/Limestone-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Geddington-0834-1024x768.jpg" alt="Limestone Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Geddington" title="Limestone Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Geddington" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>With regards to aftercare cleaning, I recommended they use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a> which is designed for cleaning polished stone floors and helps maintain the patina.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Limestone Tiled Floor in Northamptonshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/pitted-limestone-floor-deep-cleaned-polished-filled-and-sealed-in-geddington/">Pitted Limestone Floor Deep Cleaned, Polished, Filled and Sealed in Geddington</a> appeared first on <a href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz">Northamptonshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> 20m2 Multi-Coloured Indian Slate Kitchen Floor Manchester https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/20m2-multi-coloured-indian-slate-kitchen-floor-manchester/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=20m2-multi-coloured-indian-slate-kitchen-floor-manchester Greater Manchester Tile Doctor urn:uuid:ea3a6f9b-bcee-cd55-cfcf-6561e096ee95 Tue, 27 Feb 2024 10:47:01 +0000 <p>A lovely lady from Manchester contacted us early in the new year about her beautiful Indian Slate floor that had been laid in her Kitchen 18 years ago. It turns out over Christmas, a leak occurred under the kitchen units and although the kitchen itself wasn’t flooded, water had seeped under the tiles and has [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/20m2-multi-coloured-indian-slate-kitchen-floor-manchester/">20m2 Multi-Coloured Indian Slate Kitchen Floor Manchester</a> appeared first on <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz">Greater Manchester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>A lovely lady from <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manchester" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Manchester</a></b> contacted us early in the new year about her beautiful <b>Indian Slate floor</b> that had been laid in her Kitchen 18 years ago. It turns out over Christmas, a leak occurred under the kitchen units and although the kitchen itself wasn’t flooded, water had seeped under the tiles and has caused them to look quite ‘cloudy.’ In addition, she explained there was also some flaking of the tile which happened when she had a new integrated dishwasher fitted a few months ago. Keen to have the problem resolved we were asked if we could possibly restore her once lovely floor to its former glory.</p> <p><img decoding="async" class="aligncenter " title="Multi-Coloured Indian Slate Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Manchester" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/02/Multi-Coloured-Indian-Slate-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Manchester-05154351-768x1024.jpg" alt="Multi-Coloured Indian Slate Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Manchester" width="80%" height="" /></p> <p>After further discussion I paid a visit to the property to take a closer look. It was clear a mixture of impregnating sealers and topical sealers had been used previously. These had degraded due to wear and tear and the flood had left the floor looking damaged and patchy. The floor was around 20m2 and the slate was multi-coloured.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center; width: 60%; padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" class="aligncenter " title="Multi-Coloured Indian Slate Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Manchester" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/02/Multi-Coloured-Indian-Slate-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Manchester-06184108.jpg" alt="Multi-Coloured Indian Slate Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Manchester" width="" height="" /></td> <td style="text-align: center; width: 40%; padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" class="aligncenter " title="Multi-Coloured Indian Slate Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Manchester" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/02/Multi-Coloured-Indian-Slate-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Manchester-06200120.jpg" alt="Multi-Coloured Indian Slate Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Manchester" width="" height="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I recommended carrying out a deep restorative clean of the slate tiles and grout to remove the old sealers and then re-seal to protect the floor going forward. I created a quote for the work which was accepted and a date set for the work to begin.</p> <h2>Cleaning an Indian Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>I was wary the Slate tiles had been exposed to a lot of water previously, so I decided to do the initial clean with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-oxy-gel-1-litre/169/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tile Doctor Oxy-Gel</a> which being in gel form is a low moisture cleaner. This was worked in with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-mega-240-grit-carborundum-silicone-carbide-brush/1270/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">silicon carbide brush</a> fitted to a mechanical slow speed buffing machine and then extracted with a wet vacuum. This worked well but it was clear something stronger would be needed to remove all the sealer.</p> <p><img decoding="async" class="aligncenter " title="Multi-Coloured Indian Slate Kitchen Floor During Cleaning Manchester" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/02/Multi-Coloured-Indian-Slate-Kitchen-Floor-During-Cleaning-Manchester-05105021-768x1024.jpg" alt="Multi-Coloured Indian Slate Kitchen Floor During Cleaning Manchester" width="80%" height="" /></p> <p>I next applied <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> which is a dedicated coatings remover and this was worked in using a coarse 100-grit pad. Except for the edges and grout lines which were hand cleaned, I used the buffer machine to work the product into the tile. All soils were then removed using a wet vacuum.</p> <p>Next the area was neutralised by giving the floor an acid wash using <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 was worked in using a 200-grit pad before rinsing with water, again all removed with a wet vacuum system. It was then left to fully dry overnight assisted by a couple of air blowers.</p> <h2>Sealing an Indian Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>After sampling a couple of different sealers, it was agreed that <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> worked best to bring out the colour and give a low sheen to the floor. Just one coat was needed and after wiping off the excess sealer a white pad was used to finish with a short burnish.</p> <p>My client was very happy with the result and left the following feedback.</p> <p><center><em>&#8220;From start to finish, contact and communication with Tile Doctor has been straightforward and easy. Kevin explained in detail what renovating my Indian slate floor would require and consulted me on each step of the process. The work has been carried out in an extremely efficient and thorough manner. Kevin obviously knows his stuff! His communication and timekeeping skills are excellent and yes, I am obviously delighted with the renovation of my now beautiful kitchen floor.&#8221;</em></center><img decoding="async" class="aligncenter " title="Multi-Coloured Indian Slate Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Sealing Manchester" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/02/Multi-Coloured-Indian-Slate-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Manchester-06151117-768x1024.jpg" alt="Multi-Coloured Indian Slate Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Sealing Manchester" width="80%" height="" /></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/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> which is a mild but effective product that won’t affect the new sealer.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center; width: 50%; padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" class="aligncenter " title="Multi-Coloured Indian Slate Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Sealing Manchester" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/02/Multi-Coloured-Indian-Slate-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Manchester-06151049-768x1024.jpg" alt="Multi-Coloured Indian Slate Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Sealing Manchester" width="" height="" /></td> <td style="text-align: center; width: 50%; padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" class="aligncenter " title="Multi-Coloured Indian Slate Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Sealing Manchester" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/02/Multi-Coloured-Indian-Slate-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Manchester-06151047-768x1024.jpg" alt="Multi-Coloured Indian Slate Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Sealing Manchester" width="" height="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of an Indian Slate Tiled Kitchen in Greater Manchester</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/20m2-multi-coloured-indian-slate-kitchen-floor-manchester/">20m2 Multi-Coloured Indian Slate Kitchen Floor Manchester</a> appeared first on <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz">Greater Manchester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Terracotta Tiled Floor Renovation in Woodbridge https://suffolk.tiledoctor.biz/terracotta-tiled-floor-renovation-in-woodbridge/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=terracotta-tiled-floor-renovation-in-woodbridge Suffolk Tile Doctor urn:uuid:cab619d6-4b77-0536-7583-56e8a61e1a24 Sun, 25 Feb 2024 17:35:00 +0000 <p>This Terracotta tiled floor was in the kitchen of a house in the river side town of Woodbridge. The client had inherited the property and was looking to freshen it up prior to selling. The house had terracotta floors in nearly every room on the ground floor including a cellar, some areas of which were [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://suffolk.tiledoctor.biz/terracotta-tiled-floor-renovation-in-woodbridge/">Terracotta Tiled Floor Renovation in Woodbridge</a> appeared first on <a href="https://suffolk.tiledoctor.biz">Suffolk Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This <b>Terracotta tiled floor</b> was in the kitchen of a house in the river side town of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodbridge,_Suffolk" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Woodbridge</a></b>. The client had inherited the property and was looking to freshen it up prior to selling. The house had terracotta floors in nearly every room on the ground floor including a cellar, some areas of which were showing signs of damp. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://suffolk.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2024/02/Terracotta-Tiled-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Woodbridge-3270-768x1024.jpg" alt="Terracotta Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Woodbridge" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Terracotta Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Woodbridge" /></p> <p>After visiting the property, I could see the terracotta clearly hadn&#8217;t been sealed for some time as the dirt was well ingrained into the pores of the tile and it would need a deep clean to get it all out. After carrying out a few tests I was able to come up with a renovation plan and produce a quote for the work. Happy to proceed we agreed a date for the work to begin which would take four days. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://suffolk.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2024/02/Terracotta-Tiled-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Woodbridge-3271-768x1024.jpg" alt="Terracotta Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Woodbridge" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Terracotta Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Woodbridge" /></p> <h2> Cleaning a Terracotta Tiled Ground Floor</h2> <p>To get the floor clean I started with a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-5-litre/122/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a>, which was applied to the tiles and left to soak in for ten minutes. The dwell time gives the product time to break down the soiling before scrubbing. The product was then worked into the tile and grout using a Black pad fitted to a rotary floor machine. </p> <p>The grout was also scrubbed by hand using our wire brushes to get it as clean as it could be. All the soils released from the tile were rinsed away with water and then extracted using a wet vacuum. Most of the floors were quite dirty so after inspecting the floor they were re-treated until we were satisfied. Five litres of Tile Doctor Pro-Clean were used in the process.</p> <p>The damp areas were treated to an acid wash using a product called <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 neutralises any alkaline <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/custom.aspx/efflorescence/10/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">efflorescence</a> that may have built up in the floor. The gel was brushed into the floor and then the resultant slurry removed by rinsing and the wet vacuum as before. </p> <h2> Sealing a Terracotta Tiled Ground Floor</h2> <p>The floors were then left to dry out over a weekend, and we then returned the following week to apply a sealer. Before doing so several moisture readings were taken with a damp meter to make sure the floor was dry. The readings were satisfactory, so the floors were then 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>, which is a breathable impregnating sealer. There were several floors to do and with Terracotta being quite porous five litres of sealer were needed for this.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://suffolk.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2024/02/Terracotta-Tiled-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Woodbridge-3282-768x1024.jpg" alt="Terracotta Tiled Floor After Cleaning Sealing Woodbridge" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Terracotta Tiled Floor After Cleaning Sealing Woodbridge" /></p> <p>The client was happy that we had managed to get the floors looking so good. We left a free bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Cleaner</a> for the client to use to maintain their floor. This should keep it looking good and the property now looked much more appealing to a potential purchaser. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://suffolk.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2024/02/Terracotta-Tiled-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Woodbridge-3283-768x1024.jpg" alt="Terracotta Tiled Floor After Cleaning Sealing Woodbridge" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " title="Terracotta Tiled Floor After Cleaning Sealing Woodbridge" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Terracotta Tiled Ground Floor in Suffolk</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://suffolk.tiledoctor.biz/terracotta-tiled-floor-renovation-in-woodbridge/">Terracotta Tiled Floor Renovation in Woodbridge</a> appeared first on <a href="https://suffolk.tiledoctor.biz">Suffolk Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Marble Tiles Hidden under Parquet Flooring Restored in Monmouth https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/marble-tiles-hidden-under-parquet-flooring-restored-in-monmouth/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=marble-tiles-hidden-under-parquet-flooring-restored-in-monmouth Monmouthshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:83833c4a-7c86-f1cf-82a8-6b6242d8b0ab Thu, 22 Feb 2024 15:18:05 +0000 <p>We discovered these Black and White Marble tiles under Parquet flooring at an 1890’s mansion house near Monmouth. The property had been converted into flats in the 1980’s and originally there was polished black and white marble throughout the entire ground floor however over the years, maintenance had been carried out resulting in parts of [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/marble-tiles-hidden-under-parquet-flooring-restored-in-monmouth/">Marble Tiles Hidden under Parquet Flooring Restored in Monmouth</a> appeared first on <a href="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz">Monmouthshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>We discovered these Black and White <b>Marble tiles</b> under Parquet flooring at an 1890’s mansion house near <b><a href="https://www.visitmonmouthshire.com/explore/monmouth" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Monmouth</a></b>. The property had been converted into flats in the 1980’s and originally there was polished black and white marble throughout the entire ground floor however over the years, maintenance had been carried out resulting in parts of the floor having to be ripped up and filled with concrete.</p> <p>Our customer had recently purchased the flat on the ground floor and were hoping to move in within the next couple months following renovation work. We were asked to remove the wooden parquet, restore the Marble floor, and lay 50sq m of tiles in their dining area. </p> <p>During our survey we noticed there were several small areas in the bedroom where the Marble tiles had been taken up and backfilled with concrete so after discussing this with the owner, we agreed to replace this floor with matching Black and White Marble tiles from a reclamation yard. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2024/02/Parquet-Covered-Marble-Floor-Before-Restoration-Monmouth-152605-768x1024.jpg" alt="Parquet Covered Marble Floor Before Restoration Monmouth" width="" height="" class="alignnone" title="Parquet Covered Marble Floor Before Restoration Monmouth" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2024/02/Parquet-Covered-Marble-Floor-During-Restoration-Monmouth-121241.jpg" alt="Parquet Covered Marble Floor During Restoration Monmouth" width="" height="" class="alignnone" title="Parquet Covered Marble Floor During Restoration Monmouth" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>With the scope of the work and our quote agreed a date was set for the work to begin and in the meantime, we started looking for Marble tiles in local reclamation yards.</p> <h2>Restoring Parquet Covered Marble Flooring</h2> <p>The first job was to prepare all the floors for cleaning which in this case involved completing the removal of the Parquet flooring and concrete backfill that had been used in some areas. This was a large enough job on its own but the most difficult part was to clean all the bitumen and adhesive that had been used to secure it in place. </p> <p>The main challenger we faced on these two floors were breaking up and removing the areas where concrete had been filled in without disturbing neighbouring tiles as they are expensive to replace. With the floor clear of rubble, the replacement matching Marble tiles were laid to the original pattern and grouted in.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2024/02/Parquet-Covered-Marble-Floor-During-Restoration-Monmouth-121313.jpg" alt="Parquet Covered Marble Floor During Restoration Monmouth" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Parquet Covered Marble Floor During Restoration Monmouth" /></p> <p>The bitumen adhesive issue was tackled initially using a dry scrape of the tiles to remove as much of the gluey substance as possible. Once done there was a vast improvement on our visibility of the tiles and condition of the floor and this revealed that every White tile in the hallway had been painted Red at some point in its long history. We hadn’t anticipated this problem however our next step was to further clean up 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> which is a coatings remover and should help.</p> <p>The Remove and Go was applied neat for maximum impact and left to soak in for ten to twenty minutes before being scrubbed in. The dwell time gives the product time to breakdown the coatings, softening them and thereby making them easier to remove. The method worked and we were able to scrape off all the glue and red paint which it turned out had been applied to the whole floor and not just the White tiles. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2024/02/Parquet-Covered-Marble-Floor-During-Restoration-Monmouth-152605.jpg" alt="Parquet Covered Marble Floor During Restoration Monmouth" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Parquet Covered Marble Floor During Restoration Monmouth" /></p> <p>Once done both Marble floors were inspected and it was clear they were still substantially soiled with dirt and further cleaning would be required. To this a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> was applied to both floors, left to soak in as before and then scrubbed with a course deck brush to release the dirt. The soiling was then removed using a wet vacuum and the floor given a further inspection. This removed 95% of the dirt but we were not 100% satisfied so the whole process was repeated.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2024/02/Parquet-Covered-Marble-Floor-During-Restoration-Monmouth-121249.jpg" alt="Parquet Covered Marble Floor During Restoration Monmouth" width="" height="" class="alignnone" title="Parquet Covered Marble Floor During Restoration Monmouth" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2024/02/Parquet-Covered-Marble-Floor-During-Restoration-Monmouth-121256.jpg" alt="Parquet Covered Marble Floor During Restoration Monmouth" width="" height="" class="alignnone" title="Parquet Covered Marble Floor During Restoration Monmouth" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2>Polishing Restored Marble Tiled Flooring</h2> <p>Our final step in restoring the appearance of the original Marble tiles was to restore the polished appearance of the stone using a series of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/stone-burnishing/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">burnishing pads</a> of different grits. This process began with a very coarse 100 grit pad which really cuts into the stone removing a thin layer of stone from the surface. </p> <p>This 100-grit pad was followed by 200, 400, 800 and 1500-grit burnishing pads, water is used to provide lubrication and the floor is rinsed and soiling extracted using the wet vacuum after each pad. This process slowly rebuilds the appearance and polish on the Marble. The polishing process is finished the application of a very fine 3000-grit burnishing pad which is applied dry with only a little water sprayed onto the Marble tile.</p> <h2>Sealing a Marble Tiled Entrance Hall Floor</h2> <p>We Left the floor for 24 hours to fully dry out and returned on the last day to protect the Marble with a sealer. The customer specified they wanted a durable satin, wet look finish but so we suggested using Tile Doctor Seal and Go.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2024/02/Parquet-Covered-Marble-Floor-After-Restoration-Monmouth-121444.jpg" alt="Parquet Covered Marble Floor After Restoration Monmouth" width="" height="" class="alignnone" title="Parquet Covered Marble Floor After Restoration Monmouth" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2024/02/Parquet-Covered-Marble-Floor-After-Restoration-Monmouth-121439.jpg" alt="Parquet Covered Marble Floor After Restoration Monmouth" width="" height="" class="alignnone" title="Parquet Covered Marble Floor After Restoration Monmouth" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>This product is a water-based sealer that gives the desired effect and make it easy to keep clean, additionally being water based it doesn’t leave a smell as it dries. Several coats were applied and once done the customer was thrilled.</p> <p>For aftercare cleaning I recommended they use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Stone Soap</a> as its designed for the regular cleaning of sealed and polished stone, as well as cleaning it also helps build the patina.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Mable Tiled Hallway in Monmouthshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz/marble-tiles-hidden-under-parquet-flooring-restored-in-monmouth/">Marble Tiles Hidden under Parquet Flooring Restored in Monmouth</a> appeared first on <a href="https://monmouthshire.tiledoctor.biz">Monmouthshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Terracotta Tiled Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Faversham https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/terracotta-tiled-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-faversham/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=terracotta-tiled-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-faversham North Kent Tile Doctor urn:uuid:a4bb7972-8e7a-a70f-8996-981735b0cd97 Fri, 16 Feb 2024 11:29:00 +0000 <p>I was called to a rural area near Faversham where my clients owned a large old house with an expansive Terracotta floor that needed renovation. The house had been extended at some point and the whole lower floor was tiled with Terracotta which had previously been professionally deep cleaned and sealed some years prior by [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/terracotta-tiled-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-faversham/">Terracotta Tiled Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Faversham</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz">North Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was called to a rural area near <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faversham" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Faversham</a></b> where my clients owned a large old house with an expansive <b>Terracotta floor</b> that needed renovation. The house had been extended at some point and the whole lower floor was tiled with Terracotta which had previously been professionally deep cleaned and sealed some years prior by one of my Tile Doctor predecessors. As such, they were aware of the processes involved and had high expectations!</p> <p><center><img decoding="async" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2024/02/Terracotta-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Faversham-7751-1024x768.jpg" alt="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Faversham" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Faversham" /></center></p> <p>Although the sealer had stood the test of time, it had now worn thin on the most heavily used areas of the floor. Those areas were now allowing dirt to become trapped in the pores of the tile, so it was now due another deep clean and reseal. I performed a survey, discussed which sealer options they preferred, and submitted my quote. With the quote accepted, the dates were agreed, and the products were ordered to be delivered to their property well ahead of my arrival.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2024/02/Terracotta-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Faversham-7747-768x1024.jpg" alt="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Faversham" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Faversham" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2024/02/Terracotta-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Faversham-7748-768x1024.jpg" alt="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Faversham" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Faversham" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2>Cleaning a Terracotta Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>Previously, this had been a three-day job, but I enlisted the help of a colleague for day one to help get the work done in two. Work started with the use of a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-mega-120-grit-carborundum-silicone-carbide-brush/1269/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">carbide brush</a> attached to a rotary buffer machine to work 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> into the floor. This is our go to Tile and Grout Cleaner which is safe to use on all types of hard floor. </p> <p>This not only took most of the old sealer off, but as the bristles flexed, they also cleaned most of the wide grout lines. The muck and the slurry were extracted with a wet vacuum. The next stage was for the pair of us to get on our hands and knees with wire brushes and 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> to get the grout lines fully dirt-free. A black pad was then fitted to the buffer and the tiles were cleaned again, and the last vestiges of the sealer removed.</p> <p>Next the floor was treated to 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> which was mopped onto the floor. This further cleans up the tiles by removing any stubborn mineral deposits and grout smears, being acidic it also neutralises the pH level of the floor following the use of Tile Doctor Pro-Clean which is a strong alkaline. This was then rinsed off with water and extracted with the wet vacuum as before.</p> <p>Terracotta is a very porous stone and given a lot of water had been applied during the cleaning process I was aware it could take some time for the tiles to dry. As a result, I left the floor to settle down and dry out for the following couple of days before I revisited to apply the sealer.</p> <h2> Sealing a Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>The couple had been very happy with the look of the last sealer and its durability. So, they opted to go for more of the same. The product used was <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-extra-1-litre/22/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go Extra</a> which is a water-based sealer that results in an attractive low sheen finish. Three coats were needed to fully seal the Terracotta.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2024/02/Terracotta-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Faversham-7755-1024x768.jpg" alt="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Faversham" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Faversham" /></p> <p>They were very happy with the results and that I had lived up to their expectations. The last thing to do was provide aftercare instruction on how to best look after the sealer 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&#8217;s Neutral pH Cleaner</a>.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2024/02/Terracotta-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Faversham-7763-1024x768.jpg" alt="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Faversham" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Terracotta Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Faversham" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Cleaning of a Terracotta Tiled Kitchen in North Kent</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/terracotta-tiled-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-faversham/">Terracotta Tiled Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Faversham</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz">North Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Efflorescence Stained Quarry Tiled Floor Renovated in Great Barr https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/efflorescence-stained-quarry-tiled-floor-renovated-in-great-barr/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=efflorescence-stained-quarry-tiled-floor-renovated-in-great-barr Birmingham Tile Doctor urn:uuid:660bd3ad-4f19-93fb-3358-885b828cd965 Mon, 12 Feb 2024 08:57:32 +0000 <p>A client from Great Barr in North Birmingham discovered a leak in a water pipe, which had been running in to the Quarry tiled living room for some time. The leak was repaired but had resulted in a lot of water soaking into the quarry tiles. This led to a significant amount of efflorescence appearing [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/efflorescence-stained-quarry-tiled-floor-renovated-in-great-barr/">Efflorescence Stained Quarry Tiled Floor Renovated in Great Barr</a> appeared first on <a href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz">Birmingham Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>A client from <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Barr" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Great Barr</a></b> in North Birmingham discovered a leak in a water pipe, which had been running in to the <b>Quarry tiled</b> living room for some time. The leak was repaired but had resulted in a lot of water soaking into the quarry tiles. This led to a significant amount of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/custom.aspx/efflorescence/10/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">efflorescence</a> appearing as the floor dried out leaving them in a poor condition.</p> <p><img fetchpriority="high" decoding="async" class="aligncenter" title="Efflorescence Stained Quarry Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Great Barr" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2024/02/Efflorescence-Stained-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Great-Barr-11100051-1024x768.jpg" alt="Efflorescence Stained Quarry Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Great Barr" width="1024" height="768" /></p> <p>I paid a visit to the property to see the condition of the tiles for myself and conducted a few tests to work out the best method to remove the efflorescence and restore the appearance of the quarry tiles. From this I worked out a quote which was submitted to my client’s insurance company.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center; width: 50%; padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" class="aligncenter" title="Efflorescence Stained Quarry Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Great Barr" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2024/02/Efflorescence-Stained-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Great-Barr-11100043-765x1024.jpg" alt="Efflorescence Stained Quarry Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Great Barr" width="" height="" /></td> <td style="text-align: center; width: 50%; padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" class="aligncenter" title="Efflorescence Stained Quarry Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Great Barr" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2024/02/Efflorescence-Stained-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Great-Barr-11100100-766x1024.jpg" alt="Efflorescence Stained Quarry Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Great Barr" width="" height="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The job was then put on hold for a couple of months until the client’s insurance company agreed the claim. This as it turns out was not such a bad thing, as the floor needed time to dry out completely (aided with dehumidifiers) before work began.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Quarry Tiled Living Room Floor</h2> <p>On the first day I started by taking moisture readings from the floor, which were quite low, and confirmed the floor had indeed dried out. Next, I gave the floor a general clean using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tile Doctor Remove &amp; Go</a>, I used a strong dilution and sprayed it onto the floor allowing it to soak in for ten minutes. Then I went around the edges and corners with a piece of black scrubbing pad to get the awkward areas clean first. I then used a 120-grit <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-mega-120-grit-carborundum-silicone-carbide-brush/1269/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">carbide silicone pad</a> fitted to a rotary machine to loosen up the dirt.</p> <p>The floor was then rinsed with an air flex pro machine which applies water at high pressure to the floor and then simultaneously extracts the dislodged dirt with a built-in wet vacuum.</p> <p>To deal with the efflorescence I applied <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up</a> and worked it in with a 240-grit carbide pad as before. This product is acidic and is perfect for dissolving the alkaline salts that form efflorescence. The solution was then rinsed off and extracted as before, and I set up a couple of air movers to aid drying the floor, for a couple of hours.</p> <h2>Sealing a Quarry Tiled Living Room Floor</h2> <p>Before leaving for the day I applied a coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-oil-1-litre/19/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tile Doctor Stone Oil</a> and let that soak in for twenty minutes before towelling off the excess, the floor was then let to dry off fully overnight, again I left a couple of air movers in place to assist with the drying.</p> <p>The next day I applied two coats of <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>, leaving an hour between coats to dry. The Stone Oil and X-Tra Seal will give great protection going forward and give the quarry tiles a slight sheen which really lifts the appearance of the tiles. Another benefit of the sealer is it improves the colour of the tiles and being fully breathable it will allow moisture still in the floor to rise through and evaporate at the surface.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center; width: 50%; padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" class="aligncenter" title="Efflorescence Stained Quarry Tiled Floor After Renovation Great Barr" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2024/02/Efflorescence-Stained-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-After-Renovation-Great-Barr-12130604-765x1024.jpg" alt="Efflorescence Stained Quarry Tiled Floor After Renovation Great Barr" width="" height="" /></td> <td style="text-align: center; width: 50%; padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" class="aligncenter" title="Efflorescence Stained Quarry Tiled Floor After Renovation Great Barr" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2024/02/Efflorescence-Stained-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-After-Renovation-Great-Barr-12201030985-1024x1024.png" alt="Efflorescence Stained Quarry Tiled Floor After Renovation Great Barr" width="" height="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Finally, I buffed the Quarry tiles with a white pad to bring up their appearance even further. My client was very happy with what was a complete transformation to the floor and left the following review.</p> <p><center><em> Very helpful insurance repair. Visited whenever necessary to give advice and helped with ongoing maintenance suggestions. </em></center>Before leaving took time to discuss aftercare cleaning for which I left them with a complimentary bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tile Doctor pH Neutral Tile Cleaner</a>.</p> <p><img decoding="async" class="aligncenter" title="Efflorescence Stained Quarry Tiled Floor After Renovation Great Barr" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2024/02/Efflorescence-Stained-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-After-Renovation-Great-Barr-12130611.jpg" alt="Efflorescence Stained Quarry Tiled Floor After Renovation Great Barr" width="1024" height="768" /></p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Quarry Tiled Living Room in Birmingham</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/efflorescence-stained-quarry-tiled-floor-renovated-in-great-barr/">Efflorescence Stained Quarry Tiled Floor Renovated in Great Barr</a> appeared first on <a href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz">Birmingham Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating an Indian Sandstone Patio in Rushden https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-an-indian-sandstone-patio-in-rushden/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=renovating-an-indian-sandstone-patio-in-rushden Northamptonshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:e209c813-1d29-4757-4a22-0c83f5884e99 Thu, 08 Feb 2024 07:54:39 +0000 <p>The following photos show an Indian Sandstone patio of about 100 m2 in size at a property in Rushden. It had been some years since it had been cleaned and as you might expect the patio was now covered in green algae and staining. Also, much of the grout had become cracked or loose from [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-an-indian-sandstone-patio-in-rushden/">Renovating an Indian Sandstone Patio in Rushden</a> appeared first on <a href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz">Northamptonshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The following photos show an <b>Indian Sandstone patio</b> of about 100 m2 in size at a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rushden" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rushden</a></b>. It had been some years since it had been cleaned and as you might expect the patio was now covered in green algae and staining. Also, much of the grout had become cracked or loose from the effects of frost and had broken down and needed replacing. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2024/02/Indian-Sandstone-Patio-Rushden-Before-Cleaning-1249-1024x768.jpg" alt="Indian Sandstone Patio Rushden Before Cleaning" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Indian Sandstone Patio Rushden Before Cleaning" /></p> <p>The beginning of the year is a perfect time to get a patio ready, the autumn leaves have fallen so there’s less debris causing stains, and of course you will be ready for the spring sunshine. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2024/02/Indian-Sandstone-Patio-Rushden-Before-Cleaning-1250-1024x768.jpg" alt="Indian Sandstone Patio Rushden Before Cleaning" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Indian Sandstone Patio Rushden Before Cleaning" /></p> <h2> Cleaning an Indian Sandstone Patio</h2> <p>I started the renovation by digging out all the loose grout between the pavers. There isn’t really a quick way of doing this, so it’s just a question of getting down on my hands and knees and scraping it out. </p> <p>I cleared up the debris and decanted a few litres 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 and Brick Driveway cleaner</a> into a pump-up sprayer. This product is a powerful outdoor cleaning solution formulated to power through blackspots, lichen, moss, and stains. It’s a very strong product, so if you’re doing this yourself do wear protection. It was then sprayed onto all areas of the patio and left to soak in. </p> <p>This is used as a pre-treatment to pressure washing and is best left to dwell on the surface for fifteen to thirty minutes depending on the severity of the soiling. The longer you leave it the more time it has to work on breaking down embedded soiling, green algae and lichen etc. A five-litre bottle can cover up to 25m2 so for a patio of this size you need around four bottles.</p> <p>My next course of action was to set up the pressure washer so I could clean and rinse down the patio. I use a van mounted Briggs &#038; Stratton petrol pressure washer for this which can generate pressures of up to 300 bar. This is much more powerful than general domestic electric machines and the high pressure of the machine also removes any loose grout I missed earlier. </p> <p>The client had asked me to replace the missing grout, which was approximately half of the area. I was prepared for this and had sourced a wet mix grout of a similar colour to the original. This was mixed with water and brushed into the grout lines, then re brushed to leave a level finish.</p> <h2> Sealing a Sandstone Patio Tiled Floor</h2> <p>Allowing for the patio and grout to dry overnight, I returned the following day to brush over excess grout that had dried on the tiles before applying <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 to help protect the patio from further staining and make it easier to clean going forward. </p> <p>This product works by soaking into the stone, occupying the pores, and thereby preventing dirt from residing there, this keeps it on the surface where it can easily be rinsed away. Colour Grow also contains a colour enhancer that brings out the colour in the stone, something it does rather well on Sandstone which has a lot of natural character.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2024/02/Indian-Sandstone-Patio-Rushden-After-Cleaning-1252-1024x768.jpg" alt="Indian Sandstone Patio Rushden After Cleaning" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Indian Sandstone Patio Rushden After Cleaning" /></p> <p>My client was very pleased with the transformation and left the following comment on our website: </p> <p><center><I>&#8220;Very professional our patio was awful now it looks the same as when installed 10 years ago.&#8221;</I></center></p> <p>Before leaving, I discussed our <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/maintenance-plan-system-annual-fee/184/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Maintenance Plan</a> which would mean we would return every year to maintain the patio. This would be a good investment each spring to keep the area looking good and ensure they could enjoy the outdoor entertainment area for longer. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2024/02/Indian-Sandstone-Patio-Rushden-After-Cleaning-1251-1024x768.jpg" alt="Indian Sandstone Patio Rushden After Cleaning" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Indian Sandstone Patio Rushden After Cleaning" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3> Professional Restoration of an Indian Sandstone Patio in Northamptonshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-an-indian-sandstone-patio-in-rushden/">Renovating an Indian Sandstone Patio in Rushden</a> appeared first on <a href="https://northamptonshire.tiledoctor.biz">Northamptonshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Restoring a Victorian Tiled Vestibule Discovered Under Carpet in Cheadle https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-victorian-tiled-vestibule-discovered-under-carpet-in-cheadle/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=restoring-a-victorian-tiled-vestibule-discovered-under-carpet-in-cheadle Greater Manchester Tile Doctor urn:uuid:08bc1908-2661-b057-4e53-a6c15aeec432 Sat, 03 Feb 2024 14:26:41 +0000 <p>The owner of this property in Cheadle discovered a small Victorian tiled floor in the vestibule at the front of the house, under what they described as a &#8220;grotty grey carpet&#8221;. They couldn&#8217;t believe they had been covered over by a previous owner and were made up to find such a lovely period feature which [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-victorian-tiled-vestibule-discovered-under-carpet-in-cheadle/">Restoring a Victorian Tiled Vestibule Discovered Under Carpet in Cheadle</a> appeared first on <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz">Greater Manchester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The owner of this property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheadle,_Greater_Manchester" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Cheadle</a></b> discovered a small <b>Victorian tiled floor</b> in the vestibule at the front of the house, under what they described as a &#8220;grotty grey carpet&#8221;. They couldn&#8217;t believe they had been covered over by a previous owner and were made up to find such a lovely period feature which although very dirty appeared to be complete.</p> <p><img fetchpriority="high" decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/02/Victorian-Tiled-Vestibule-Cheadle-Before-Cleaning-8812.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Vestibule Cheadle Before Cleaning" title="Victorian Tiled Vestibule Cheadle Before Cleaning" width="900" height="900" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>I was asked if I could replace the loose grouting and renovate the tiles to bring back as much of their original character as possible. Happy to oblige, I visited the property to inspect the tiles and confirm the work needed to restore the floor. From this I provided the owners with a quote which they were happy to accept, and we arranged a time to complete the work.</p> <h2> Cleaning and Repairing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>I started the renovation of the Victorian vestibule tiles with a deep restorative clean to remove heavy soil and old sealers. Properties of this age do not usually have a damp proof membrane and I was wary that using a lot of water on the floor may exacerbate damp issues and take much longer to dry out; with that in mind I decided to use a low moisture Gel cleaning product called <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>.</p> <p>The product is applied to the tiles, the after about ten minutes it’s worked in with a mechanical buffing machine fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a>. This process brings the dirt to the surface and turns the gel black in the process. The machine just about fitted into the space however the circular pads struggle to get into the corners so for that I then reverted to a handheld scrubbing brush and more <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>. The now soiled gel was then removed using a little water and a wet vacuum system designed to keep the mess to a minimum.</p> <p>There was evidence of white efflorescence salts on some of the tiles which isn&#8217;t surprising considering the age of the property and the location of the tiles. To resolve this, I gave the tiles an acid rinse and sticking with the low moisture then 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>. This product further cleans up the tiles and being acidic dissolves the salts and neutralises the pH level of the floor after the use of Oxy-Gel earlier. I used the same system as before, working the gel in with a pad and by hand then extracting with a wet vacuum.</p> <h2> Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>After carrying out some minor grout repairs, we left the area to fully dry overnight before returning the following day to seal with <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 product is fully breathable and so will allow for moisture to rise through the tile and evaporate at the surface, perfect for a floor without a damp proof membrane. Once done the floor had a nice matt finish, but the delightful colours of the original tiles now really shone through and lifted the whole entrance area. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/02/Victorian-Tiled-Vestibule-Cheadle-After-Cleaning-8840-768x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Vestibule Cheadle After Cleaning" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Victorian Tiled Vestibule Cheadle After Cleaning" /></p> <p>My client was very pleased with the outcome and left the following glowing comment on the Tile Doctor feedback system.</p> <p><center><I>&#8220;Absolutely amazing craftsmanship. I asked for the tiles to be preserved with their characteristics rather than &#8216;repaired&#8217; and he did exactly that. They somehow look brand new while still showing their story from the day they were laid. He has cleaned them up beyond expectation and protected them for hundreds of years to come!&#8221;</I></center></p> <p>For aftercare I recommended the use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a>, it’s a gentle yet effective floor cleaning product that’s safe to use on sealed tiles and will help to keep the area looking pristine in the future. </p> <h3> Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Vestibule in Greater Manchester</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-victorian-tiled-vestibule-discovered-under-carpet-in-cheadle/">Restoring a Victorian Tiled Vestibule Discovered Under Carpet in Cheadle</a> appeared first on <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz">Greater Manchester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating Indian Slate Floor Tile and Grout in a Harrogate Kitchen https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-indian-slate-floor-tile-and-grout-in-a-harrogate-kitchen/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=renovating-indian-slate-floor-tile-and-grout-in-a-harrogate-kitchen North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:ad3bf1db-5c10-432e-9166-4f07bd23b7b9 Mon, 29 Jan 2024 06:59:04 +0000 <p>A couple of weeks before last Christmas I visited a property in Harrogate to renovate an Indian Slate tiled kitchen floor. The end of the year is always a busy time for Tile Doctors as understandably people want their floors looking at their best in time for the festive season. The floor was in a [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-indian-slate-floor-tile-and-grout-in-a-harrogate-kitchen/">Renovating Indian Slate Floor Tile and Grout in a Harrogate Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>A couple of weeks before last Christmas I visited a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrogate" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Harrogate</a></b> to renovate an <b>Indian Slate tiled</b> kitchen floor. The end of the year is always a busy time for Tile Doctors as understandably people want their floors looking at their best in time for the festive season.</p> <p>The floor was in a poor state and in need of a deep clean and seal to bring back the natural beauty and colours of the stone. The Slate tiles were the small twelve-inch square variety which had resulted in a lot of wide grout lines that were so heavily stained I was unsure if grout cleaning would make a difference.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2024/01/Indian-Slate-Floor-Before-Renovation-Harrogate-13093647-573x1024.jpg" alt="Indian Slate Floor Before Renovation Harrogate" width="" height="" title="Indian Slate Floor Before Renovation Harrogate" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2024/01/Indian-Slate-Floor-Before-Renovation-Harrogate-12102820-573x1024.jpg" alt="Indian Slate Floor Before Renovation Harrogate" width="" height="" title="Indian Slate Floor Before Renovation Harrogate" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Having worked through the options I came up with a restoration plan that would include the option of colouring the grout if necessary to provide a consistent look. Unlike the grout touch-up pens you find in DIY stores the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor grout colourants</a> are very hard wearing and provide an easy to clean barrier over the grout that ensures it keeps its appearance.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Slate Tiled Floor</h2> <p>To begin the cleaning process, 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> to the Slate tile and Grout and left it to soak in for ten to twenty minutes. This dwell time is important as it gives the product time to break down the dirt and any old sealers still present on the floor. </p> <p>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 scrubbing pad</a> fitted to a rotary floor buffer to get the tiles as clean as possible. The pad can struggle to reach into recess of the grout lines, so I followed this up by scrubbing the grout with a stiff wire brush and more <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Pro-Clean</a>. The floor was then rinsed with water, and the now soiled cleaning solution removed with a wet vacuum.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2024/01/Indian-Slate-Floor-During-Renovation-Harrogate-12102824-573x1024.jpg" alt="Indian Slate Floor During Renovation Harrogate" width="" height="" title="Indian Slate Floor During Renovation Harrogate" class="aligncenter"/></p> <p>After cleaning all the slate and grout I inspected the floor and repeated the process on any stubborn areas that needed more work. After a final rinse the floor was looking much better already and was left to dry off overnight.</p> <h2>Applying Grout Colourant to a Slate Tiled Floor</h2> <p>The next day the floor had dried, and I inspected the grout which despite all the scrubbing it had received they day before was detracting from the overall look of the floor. Fortunately, I was prepared for this and set about applying a Light Grey grout colourant.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2024/01/Indian-Slate-Floor-During-Renovation-Harrogate-14130549-573x1024.jpg" alt="Indian Slate Floor During Renovation Harrogate" width="" height="" title="Indian Slate Floor During Renovation Harrogate" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2024/01/Indian-Slate-Floor-During-Renovation-Harrogate-13141043-573x1024.jpg" alt="Indian Slate Floor During Renovation Harrogate" width="" height="" title="Indian Slate Floor During Renovation Harrogate" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The grout colourant is applied using a small brush directly onto the grout line and then any excess is wiped off the adjacent tile before it gets time to set. Its quite easy to do however there was a lot to cover and because of the wide grout line several coats were needed to get a consistent look. </p> <h2> Sealing a Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>The grout colourant dries quite quickly that afternoon I was able to move onto the last stage of applying a sealer to the stone. For this I applied several coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go</a> which is a water-based sealer (so no smell) that brings out the colour in the stone and leaves a lovely subtle satin finish. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2024/01/Indian-Slate-Floor-After-Renovation-Harrogate-15103002-1024x576.jpg" alt="Indian Slate Floor After Renovation Harrogate" width="" height="" title="Indian Slate Floor After Renovation Harrogate" /></p> <p>After two days the floor was transformed, and all completed in time for Christmas guests. I think you will agree how much better it looks and with the new sealer it will be much easier for them to clean and maintain in the future. Certainly, my client was very pleased with the finished floor and took time to leave a glowing 5-star review which I’ve copied below.</p> <p><center><I>Chris was very polite turned up early each day and did a very thorough job. He kept us informed what he was doing throughout and I would have no hesitation in recommending him to others.</I></center></p> <p>For aftercare cleaning I recommended they use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> which has been especially developed for cleaning sealed floors. It has a pH neutral formula that won’t impact the sealer, this is an important feature as many of the products you find in supermarkets are simply too strong for use on sealed floors.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2024/01/Indian-Slate-Floor-After-Renovation-Harrogate-15102418-573x1024.jpg" alt="Indian Slate Floor After Renovation Harrogate" width="" height="" title="Indian Slate Floor After Renovation Harrogate" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2024/01/Indian-Slate-Floor-After-Renovation-Harrogate-15103017-573x1024.jpg" alt="Indian Slate Floor After Renovation Harrogate" width="" height="" title="Indian Slate Floor After Renovation Harrogate" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of an Indian Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor in North Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-indian-slate-floor-tile-and-grout-in-a-harrogate-kitchen/">Renovating Indian Slate Floor Tile and Grout in a Harrogate Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Deep Cleaning Textured Porcelain Floor Tile and Grout in Eyke https://suffolk.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-textured-porcelain-floor-tile-and-grout-in-eyke/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=deep-cleaning-textured-porcelain-floor-tile-and-grout-in-eyke Suffolk Tile Doctor urn:uuid:55a1b0c5-ef87-2e6f-6ec6-6f804eb67c85 Fri, 26 Jan 2024 04:58:04 +0000 <p>This Textured Porcelain tiled floor was installed in a house in the small village of Eyke. The customer was tired of the tile and grout looking dirty and so decided to have the floor professionally cleaned. Although textured porcelain is less likely to result in a slippery surface, it does trap dirt easily and this [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://suffolk.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-textured-porcelain-floor-tile-and-grout-in-eyke/">Deep Cleaning Textured Porcelain Floor Tile and Grout in Eyke</a> appeared first on <a href="https://suffolk.tiledoctor.biz">Suffolk Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This <b>Textured Porcelain</b> tiled floor was installed in a house in the small village of <b><a href="https://eyke.onesuffolk.net/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Eyke</a></b>. The customer was tired of the tile and grout looking dirty and so decided to have the floor professionally cleaned. Although textured porcelain is less likely to result in a slippery surface, it does trap dirt easily and this will build-up over time.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://suffolk.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2024/01/Porcelain-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Eyke-2682-768x1024.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Eyke" title="Porcelain Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Eyke" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://suffolk.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2024/01/Porcelain-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Eyke-2683-768x1024.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Eyke" title="Porcelain Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Eyke" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I visited the property to survey the floor and quote for its renovation. After taking measurements I carried out a cleaning demonstration on a small area of the floor to show how well the floor would come up. They were very happy with the result and agreed to go ahead with the work, so a date was booked in the diary for the following month.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Textured Porcelain Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>To get the Porcelain tile and grout clean it was initially sprayed with a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a>, which is our go to tile and grout cleaner. The solution was left to soak in for roughly ten minutes before being worked in with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a> fitted to a rotary floor machine. These pads can struggle to reach into the recesses of the grout lines, so this was followed up by scrubbing the grout by hand with more Pro-Clean and wire brushes. </p> <p>The floor was then rinsed with water and the resultant slurry removed with a wet vacuum. The work was done in sections and once a section had dried it was inspected and the cleaning process repeated until I was satisfied the floor was as clean as it could be. In total I spent a whole day at the property and used two litres of Tile Doctor Pro-Clean to get the tile and grout clean. The customer was thrilled that we had managed to get the floor looking like new again.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://suffolk.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2024/01/Porcelain-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-During-Cleaning-Eyke-2689-768x1024.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tiled Kitchen Floor During Cleaning Eyke" title="Porcelain Tiled Kitchen Floor During Cleaning Eyke" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter " /></p> <p>Normally at this stage my next step would be to seal the floor, however these Porcelain tiles were not the micro-porous type and therefore won’t accept a sealer and so no further treatment was required. Not being porous will ensure the dirt can’t get into the pores of the tile and will remain on the surface where it can be removed with regular cleaning. Had they been the porous variety we would have returned the following day when the tiles had dried to apply a sealer. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://suffolk.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2024/01/Porcelain-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Eyke-2687-768x1024.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Eyke" title="Porcelain Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Eyke" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://suffolk.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2024/01/Porcelain-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Eyke-2688-768x1024.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Eyke" title="Porcelain Tiled Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Eyke" width="" height="" class="aligncenter " /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Although not porous the textured nature of the surface will trap dirt so they will need more regular cleaning. With this in mind, I left a complimentary bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Cleaner</a> for the customer to use to maintain their floor. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Cleaning of a Textured Porcelain Tiled Kitchen Floor in Suffolk</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://suffolk.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-textured-porcelain-floor-tile-and-grout-in-eyke/">Deep Cleaning Textured Porcelain Floor Tile and Grout in Eyke</a> appeared first on <a href="https://suffolk.tiledoctor.biz">Suffolk Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Dirty Terracotta Farmhouse Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Herne Bay https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/dirty-terracotta-farmhouse-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-herne-bay/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dirty-terracotta-farmhouse-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-herne-bay North Kent Tile Doctor urn:uuid:ce96dd82-c312-6079-d9a1-cfa162bc54c5 Mon, 22 Jan 2024 14:05:31 +0000 <p>I was called to a large working farmhouse near Herne Bay to look at renovating a heavily soiled Terracotta tiled kitchen floor. Kitchen floors are one of the busiest in any house but even more so in a farmhouse where muddy boots and paws were frequent visitors. Having inspected the floor I asked if it [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/dirty-terracotta-farmhouse-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-herne-bay/">Dirty Terracotta Farmhouse Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Herne Bay</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz">North Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was called to a large working farmhouse near <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herne_Bay" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Herne Bay</a></b> to look at renovating a heavily soiled <b>Terracotta tiled</b> kitchen floor. Kitchen floors are one of the busiest in any house but even more so in a farmhouse where muddy boots and paws were frequent visitors.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2024/01/Terracotta-Kitchen-Floor-Tiles-Before-Cleaning-Herne-Bay-7723-1024x768.jpg" alt="Terracotta Kitchen Floor Tiles Before Cleaning Herne Bay" alt="Terracotta Kitchen Floor Tiles Before Cleaning Herne Bay" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>Having inspected the floor I asked if it would be ok to do a cleaning test, so they could see the potential improvement and I could work out which products would have the best effect. I was confident I could have a major impact on the floor so I chose an unobtrusive tile under one of the counter tops to do the test, this way if the family decided not to progress with the work, then a glaringly clean tile wouldn&#8217;t be centre stage!</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2024/01/Terracotta-Kitchen-Floor-Tiles-Before-Cleaning-Herne-Bay-7719-768x1024.jpg" alt="Terracotta Kitchen Floor Tiles Before Cleaning Herne Bay" alt="Terracotta Kitchen Floor Tiles Before Cleaning Herne Bay" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2024/01/Terracotta-Kitchen-Floor-Tiles-Before-Cleaning-Herne-Bay-7716-768x1024.jpg" alt="Terracotta Kitchen Floor Tiles Before Cleaning Herne Bay" alt="Terracotta Kitchen Floor Tiles Before Cleaning Herne Bay" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I cleaned the tile and demonstrated my results to the husband who would show it to his wife later that day. In the meantime, I put together a quote and emailed it through. Suitably impressed, they awarded the job to me but on the understanding that Christmas and New Year were to get in the way and that the work would need to happen in January. </p> <h2>Cleaning Dirty Terracotta Floor Tiles in Herne Bay </h2> <p>Dates were agreed upon and when they came about, I turned up at 9am sharp on the first day. Every floor is different, and I found that the best result for this particular floor was achieved by hand scrubbing the grout lines with a wire brush and a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a>, a powerful alkaline cleaner. The tiles were then cleaned individually using a six-inch carbide brush fitted to a handheld buffer.</p> <p>I managed to extract a lot of ingrained dirt from the pores of the Terracotta, so It was clearly some time since the tiles had been sealed. The cleaning solution soon turned into a dark slurry which was rinsed off with water and extracted with a wet vacuum. The floor then needed washing with a mop and bucket and further cleaning with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">17-inch Black scrubbing pad</a> fitted to a floor buffer to make sure the floor was as clean as it could be. After another rinse and extraction with the wet vacuum I was satisfied. The work was time consuming, but well worth the effort to see the tiles transformed. </p> <p>Terracotta is made from clay and like a sponge very porous, the tiles were now dark with the water they had absorbed and needed to dry out before the final step of applying a sealer could happen.</p> <p>I had already arranged to leave a full day in-between before returning to seal and left a damp meter with the owners so they could check the tiles themselves. A day of drying was sufficient however and I got a call the night before that the tiles were sufficiently dry.</p> <h2>Sealing Old Terracotta Floor Tiles in Herne Bay</h2> <p>When I arrived the following morning, the floor looked so much lighter and 100% cleaner. Having retrieved my damp meter, I checked the moisture levels in the floor and confirmed it was ready to be sealed.</p> <p>Having discussed desired finish with the clients during my initial visit it was clear they wanted the tiles to have a subtle sheen. From this I chose to seal the Terracotta with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-extra-1-litre/22/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go Extra</a>, this is a topical sealer which works very well on porous clay tiles and would produce the sheen finish they wanted. </p> <p>Seal and Go Extra works by forming a breathable barrier over the tile, thereby keeping dirt on the surface where is can easily be removed through regular cleaning. Three coats were applied allowing each coat to dry before applying the next. The colour intensifier in the sealer, along with the sheen, totally transformed the tiles.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2024/01/Terracotta-Kitchen-Floor-Tiles-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Herne-Bay-7736-768x1024.jpg" alt="Terracotta Kitchen Floor Tiles After Cleaning Sealing Herne Bay" alt="Terracotta Kitchen Floor Tiles After Cleaning Sealing Herne Bay" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2024/01/Terracotta-Kitchen-Floor-Tiles-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Herne-Bay-7737-768x1024.jpg" alt="Terracotta Kitchen Floor Tiles After Cleaning Sealing Herne Bay" alt="Terracotta Kitchen Floor Tiles After Cleaning Sealing Herne Bay" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The customers&#8217; expectations were comfortably exceeded, and they were so happy with the result they left the following glowing review:</p> <p><center><I> ‘Our floor looks incredible, better than we could have hoped for. It has changed our whole kitchen for the better. Graham was really nice and did a thorough and efficient job with beautiful results’ </I></center></p> <p>On the subject of regular cleaning, I recommended they use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a>, this will ensure that the floor is cleaned without compromising the newly applied sealant. Household cleaners tend to contain strong chemicals such as bleach which will break down the sealer prematurely, so always check the label.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2024/01/Terracotta-Kitchen-Floor-Tiles-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Herne-Bay-7743-1024x768.jpg" alt="Terracotta Kitchen Floor Tiles After Cleaning Sealing Herne Bay" alt="Terracotta Kitchen Floor Tiles After Cleaning Sealing Herne Bay" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Cleaning of a Terracotta Tiled Farmhouse Kitchen Floor in Kent</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/dirty-terracotta-farmhouse-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-herne-bay/">Dirty Terracotta Farmhouse Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Herne Bay</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz">North Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Limestone Floor Installation Clean and Polish for Codsall Builder https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/limestone-floor-installation-clean-and-polish-for-codsall-builder/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=limestone-floor-installation-clean-and-polish-for-codsall-builder Birmingham Tile Doctor urn:uuid:18d227fa-d0fb-093f-f354-b2d9b6061717 Wed, 17 Jan 2024 14:26:08 +0000 <p>A builder got in touch with me about aLimestone tiled floor he had installed for a client in Codsall near Wolverhampton. He was doing some renovation work on the property and clearly stone floors were not his speciality. The tiles had been sealed incorrectly and then covered up which had left marks in the stone. [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/limestone-floor-installation-clean-and-polish-for-codsall-builder/">Limestone Floor Installation Clean and Polish for Codsall Builder</a> appeared first on <a href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz">Birmingham Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>A builder got in touch with me about a<b>Limestone tiled floor</b> he had installed for a client in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codsall" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Codsall</a></b> near Wolverhampton. He was doing some renovation work on the property and clearly stone floors were not his speciality. The tiles had been sealed incorrectly and then covered up which had left marks in the stone. To his credit he did attempt to make good the issues, but ultimately got into a mess with it and decided to call us in to rectify.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px; object-fit: cover;"><img decoding="async" style="height: 284px; width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2024/01/Limestone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Codsall-12060013-1024x576.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Codsall" class="aligncenter" title="Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Codsall" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2024/01/Limestone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Codsall-13100335-1024x768.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Codsall" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Codsall" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I went along to survey the floor and work out a plan to rectify the issues and as part of this conducted a few tests. The testing went well and it confirmed to me which products and methods would work best on the floor, it also demonstrated that the Limestone floor could be renovated to a good standard. Luckily, I had a spare couple of days so I could do the job quickly, so the builder was very relieved, and the client pleased it was going to be resolved. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2024/01/Limestone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Codsall-13100413-1024x768.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Codsall" title="Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Codsall" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></p> <h2> Cleaning a Limestone Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The firstly job was to strip the floor of the sealer and give it a deep clean. 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> to the floor, left it to dwell and then went over the floor with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Black pad</a> fitted to a rotary machine. The soiling generated was then rinsed off the floor with water and extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>After this I started burnishing the stone tiles with a 400-grit diamond pad covering each tile at least three times; the floor was then rinsed and the soiling extracted with the wet vacuum as before. I purposely worked on the floor in two sections so it didn&#8217;t dry out and leave a chalky finish, especially in the grout as this can be difficult to remove when dry. I then moved on to the 800-grit pad and then a 1500-grit pad using the same method. I also used smaller 6-inch pads around the edges and corners where the rotary machine could not reach using a hand polisher. </p> <p>After rinsing and drying off with three air movers, I asked the client to have a think overnight if they wanted to leave it at the 1500-grit finish or go up to a 3000-grit very fine finish. My concern was that an adjoining room which wasn&#8217;t being cleaned wasn&#8217;t that high a finish and the two floors would look different. </p> <h2> Sealing a Limestone Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>I returned the next day and checked the moisture readings of the floor using a damp meter, the readings were good confirming the floor was dry and ready to be sealed. Having thought about it overnight the client agreed with my concern and was happy to leave it at a 1500 grit finish. </p> <p>To seal the Limestone floor, 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 a penetrating sealer that soaks into the pores of the stone to provide maximum protection and leaves a natural finish. Additionally, this sealer is particularly good in a high traffic area such as the hallway. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2024/01/Limestone-Floor-After-Renovation-Codsall-14095400-1024x768.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor After Renovation Codsall" title="Limestone Floor After Renovation Codsall" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>My client was delighted with the transformed floor and was now happy which was a relief to the builder who was keen to get the job signed off. For aftercare cleaning I left the client a bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a> which will allow them to keep the tiles clean and help to keep the polished patina finish. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2024/01/Limestone-Floor-After-Renovation-Codsall-14095507-765x1024.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor After Renovation Codsall" title="Limestone Floor After Renovation Codsall" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3> Professional Renovation of a Limestone Tiled Hallway in Birmingham</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/limestone-floor-installation-clean-and-polish-for-codsall-builder/">Limestone Floor Installation Clean and Polish for Codsall Builder</a> appeared first on <a href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz">Birmingham Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating Pitted Travertine Tiled Flooring in Stockport https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-pitted-stockport-tiled-flooring-in-stockport/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=renovating-pitted-stockport-tiled-flooring-in-stockport Greater Manchester Tile Doctor urn:uuid:d887320e-2f55-13ae-aed7-16b1de82d10c Wed, 10 Jan 2024 11:19:42 +0000 <p>This client was from Stockport and had a travertine tiled floor laid over twenty years ago through the kitchen and adjacent dining space. The floor had the usual issues for travertine with dirt collecting in the small pits in the stone and becoming ingrained in the pores due to the sealer wearing off. The owner [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-pitted-stockport-tiled-flooring-in-stockport/">Renovating Pitted Travertine Tiled Flooring in Stockport</a> appeared first on <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz">Greater Manchester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This client was from <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockport" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stockport</a></b> and had a <b>travertine tiled floor</b> laid over twenty years ago through the kitchen and adjacent dining space. The floor had the usual issues for travertine with dirt collecting in the small pits in the stone and becoming ingrained in the pores due to the sealer wearing off. The owner was talking of ripping the whole floor up as they had given up trying to keep it clean.</p> <p><img decoding="async" class="aligncenter" title="Travertine Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/01/Travertine-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-d721.jpg" alt="Travertine Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning" width="80%" height="" /></p> <p>I recommended deep cleaning the floor with a set of burnishing pads to remove the ingrained dirt, filling in the worst pits and then sealing the stone. My quote was a little more than they were expecting but they appreciated the fact there was a lot of work to do and that the diamond encrusted abrasive pads required are quite expensive. On balance obviously it was cheaper than replacing the floor. We also discussed the final appearance of the stone floor; they wanted the stone to look as natural as possible keeping the colour light with just a slight sheen.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center; width: 50%; padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" class="aligncenter" title="Travertine Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/01/Travertine-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-9174.jpg" alt="Travertine Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning" width="" height="" /></td> <td style="text-align: center; width: 50%; padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" class="aligncenter" title="Travertine Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/01/Travertine-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-65054.jpg" alt="Travertine Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning" width="" height="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Travertine Tiled Floor</h2> <p>Work started on the agreed date with an application of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> which was diluted 1 part cleaner to 5 parts water and sprayed onto the floor. After letting it dwell for ten minutes it was worked in and followed up with an abrasive 120-grit silicon carbide pad attached to a floor buffer fitted with added weights to increase traction. The dirt released from the floor was then rinsed off with water and extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>The stone was then burnished using the coarser pads from the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">set of burnishing pads</a> that I mentioned earlier. I started with the 400-grit on the weighted floor buffer and worked it into each of the travertine tiles using only water for lubrication. The pads get the ingrained dirt out of the stone, bringing it to the surface where it is rinsed off with water and then extracted again with the wet vacuum. This process was then repeated with the finer 800-grit pad which is the first step in polishing the surface of the stone.</p> <p>The last step on day one was to review the travertine, identifying and filling the worst of the pits with a specialist filling compound that would harden overnight.</p> <h2>Sealing a Travertine Tiled Floor</h2> <p>On arrival the next day my clients said they loved the results so far and were relieved their problem floor was finally going to be resolved.</p> <p>I started day two with the application of the third burnishing pad which is 1500-grit. This was applied using the same method, running it over each tile around three times using only water for lubrication. This third pad gave the stone the natural sheen they were after. For highly polished stone I would follow this up with a fourth pad which is 3000-grit however for this floor it wasn’t necessary.</p> <p>Once the floor was dry it was then sealed with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal</a> which in an impregnating sealer that adds almost invisible protection to achieve that natural light appearance they wanted. Impregnators work by seeping into the stone, occupying the pores so dirt can’t become ingrained there.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center; width: 50%; padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" class="aligncenter" title="Travertine Kitchen Floor After Cleaning" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/01/Travertine-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-9191.jpg" alt="Travertine Kitchen Floor After Cleaning" width="" height="" /></td> <td style="text-align: center; width: 50%; padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" class="aligncenter" title="Travertine Kitchen Floor After Cleaning" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/01/Travertine-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-f397.jpg" alt="Travertine Kitchen Floor After Cleaning" width="" height="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>My clients were very happy with the result saying how I had made a real difference and how well it looked, in fact they didn&#8217;t want anyone to walk on it just in case. I recommended they used <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a> for everyday cleaning. It&#8217;s a mild but effective cleaner that will help maintain the appearance of the stone without impacting the sealer which can be harmed by stronger cleaning products.</p> <p><img decoding="async" class="aligncenter" title="Travertine Kitchen Floor After Cleaning" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2024/01/Travertine-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-9190.jpg" alt="Travertine Kitchen Floor After Cleaning" width="80%" height="" /></p> <p>They also left the following comment on the Tile Doctor feedback system.</p> <p><center><em>Amazing job. Our floor has never looked so good. Its better now than when first laid. Kevin was very professional and careful and meticulous in his restoration work. </em></center>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of a Travertine Tiled Floor in Greater Manchester</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-pitted-stockport-tiled-flooring-in-stockport/">Renovating Pitted Travertine Tiled Flooring in Stockport</a> appeared first on <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz">Greater Manchester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Restoration of an Original Minton Hollins Victorian Floor in Spalding https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoration-of-an-original-minton-hollins-victorian-floor-in-spalding/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=restoration-of-an-original-minton-hollins-victorian-floor-in-spalding South Lincolnshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:14f72cde-2219-32cb-1350-04217b7b709f Fri, 05 Jan 2024 10:54:21 +0000 <p>The pictures below come from a Victorian property in Spalding which had a hallway tiled in original Minton Hollins tiles. This is a famous tile manufacturer based in Staffordshire in the 1800’s and are very sought after. You often hear of homeowners claiming to have a Minton tiled floor but its very difficult to prove [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoration-of-an-original-minton-hollins-victorian-floor-in-spalding/">Restoration of an Original Minton Hollins Victorian Floor in Spalding</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Lincolnshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The pictures below come from a <b>Victorian</b> property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spalding,_Lincolnshire" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Spalding</a></b> which had a hallway tiled in original <b>Minton Hollins tiles</b>. This is a famous tile manufacturer based in Staffordshire in the 1800’s and are very sought after. You often hear of homeowners claiming to have a Minton tiled floor but its very difficult to prove unless you can check underneath the tile to see the manufacturers mark. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/78/2024/01/Minton-Hollins-Victorian-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Spalding-092626-1024x577.jpg" alt="Minton Hollins Victorian Floor Before Cleaning Spalding" width="" height="" title="Minton Hollins Victorian Floor Before Cleaning Spalding" /></p> <p>The floor was in a bad state of repair and on inspection I could see there were many loose and cracked tiles and some areas where bad repairs had been carried out. After reviewing the whole floor, I created a quote for resolving all the tiling issues, deep cleaning and then sealing with a matt breathable sealer.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/78/2024/01/Minton-Hollins-Victorian-Floor-Before-Restoration-Spalding-145911-577x1024.jpg" alt="Minton Hollins Victorian Floor Before Restoration Spalding" class="aligncenter" width="" height="" title="Minton Hollins Victorian Floor Before Restoration Spalding" /></p> <p>During the inspection I noticed there were five or six tiles that had been laid upside down to reveal the Minton Hollins &#038; Co mark confirming the provenance of the floor. It may sound unusual but it not that uncommon to find tiles laid upside down on old floors like this and it certainly adds character.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/78/2024/01/Minton-Hollins-Victorian-Floor-After-Restoration-Showing-Manufacturers-Mark.jpg" alt="Minton Hollins Victorian Floor After Restoration Showing Manufacturers Mark" class="aligncenter" width="" height="" title="Minton Hollins Victorian Floor After Restoration Showing Manufacturers Mark" /></p> <p>Happy with the quote and keen to have the floor restored we set a date for the work to start which would take several days due to the tiling work that was required. </p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Large Victorian Hallway</h2> <p>Before starting with the cleaning, the first task was to sort out all the tiling issues. Loose and broken tiles had to be carefully removed in order not to disturb adjacent tiles and then the replacements were cut to size and fitted to match the original pattern. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/78/2024/01/Minton-Hollins-Victorian-Floor-During-Restoration-Spalding-094643-577x1024.jpg" alt="Minton Hollins Victorian Floor During Restoration Spalding" class="aligncenter" width="" height="" title="Minton Hollins Victorian Floor During Restoration Spalding" /></p> <p>My customer had managed to source the replacement tiles which isn’t as difficult as you might think as they are still very popular today and there are several manufacturers still producing them.</p> <p>Then on day two the floor was deep cleaned using a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> to breakdown and release the dirt in the tiles. I let the Pro-Clean soak in for about ten minutes before scrubbing it in with 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</a> and <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 pads</a> to remove ingrained dirt and any surface patination on the tiles. Once done the soiling was rinsed off with water and then extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/78/2024/01/Minton-Hollins-Victorian-Floor-During-Cleaning-Spalding-113419-577x1024.jpg" alt="Minton Hollins Victorian Floor During Cleaning Spalding" class="aligncenter" width="" height="" title="Minton Hollins Victorian Floor During Cleaning Spalding" /></p> <p>The floor was then given 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> to neutralise the PH level of the floor after the use of Pro-Clean which is a strong alkaline cleaning product. This also helps counter any efflorescence salt issues that may be present in the floor and generally brightens up the tiles further by removing any surface grout. The whole floor was then scrubbed and rinsed with water and then left to dry off.</p> <h2>Sealing Victorian Tiles</h2> <p>A lot of water is used during the cleaning process and I needed the floor to dry out completely before the final step of applying the sealer so I left a couple of air movers in place to speed things up.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/78/2024/01/Minton-Hollins-Victorian-Floor-After-Restoration-Spalding-114957-577x1024.jpg" alt="Minton Hollins Victorian Floor After Restoration Spalding" class="aligncenter" width="" height="" title="Minton Hollins Victorian Floor After Restoration Spalding" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/78/2024/01/Minton-Hollins-Victorian-Floor-After-Restoration-Spalding-122006-577x1024.jpg" alt="Minton Hollins Victorian Floor After Restoration Spalding" class="aligncenter" width="" height="" title="Minton Hollins Victorian Floor After Restoration Spalding" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I returned a few days later to seal the tiles with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is a fully breathable impregnating sealer that won’t scratch or peel and will enhance the colour in the tile. Breathable sealers allow moisture in the subfloor to rise thought the tile and evaporate at the surface. This is an important consideration for an old floor like this one as it won’t have a damp proof membrane installed and you don’t want damp building up under the floor where it can reach out to the walls.</p> <p>The work was transformational and the results really speak for themselves. Certainly, my customer was delighted with their new period floor which is a great feature to have in the property and as mentioned before very sought after. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/78/2024/01/Minton-Hollins-Victorian-Floor-After-Restoration-Spalding-124842-577x1024.jpg" alt="Minton Hollins Victorian Floor After Restoration Spalding" class="aligncenter" width="" height="" title="Minton Hollins Victorian Floor After Restoration Spalding" /></p> <p>For aftercare cleaning of this floor, I recommend using a pH neutral tile cleaning 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>; reason being that other products can simply too strong and contain bleach which can damage the sealer. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of a Large Victorian Tiled Floor in Lincolnshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoration-of-an-original-minton-hollins-victorian-floor-in-spalding/">Restoration of an Original Minton Hollins Victorian Floor in Spalding</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Lincolnshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Large Tiled Floor Cleaned, Polished and Sealed in Oxted https://east-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/large-tiled-floor-cleaned-polished-and-sealed-in-oxted/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=large-tiled-floor-cleaned-polished-and-sealed-in-oxted East Surrey Tile Doctor urn:uuid:bfd56d0d-0926-a07c-9ed7-5cd361146b74 Thu, 14 Dec 2023 13:34:42 +0000 <p>Pictured below is a large Limestone tiled floor in the Kitchen and adjacent living space at a house in Oxted. The tiles were looking quite dull, and the grout had darkened with ground in dirt so I was asked to give them a deep clean and polish to restore the beauty and character to the [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://east-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/large-tiled-floor-cleaned-polished-and-sealed-in-oxted/">Large Tiled Floor Cleaned, Polished and Sealed in Oxted</a> appeared first on <a href="https://east-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">East Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Pictured below is a large Limestone tiled floor in the Kitchen and adjacent living space at a house in <a href="https://loveoxted.co.uk/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Oxted</a>. The tiles were looking quite dull, and the grout had darkened with ground in dirt so I was asked to give them a deep clean and polish to restore the beauty and character to the floor. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://east-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2023/12/Limestone-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Oxted-20082242-768x1024.jpg" alt="Limestone Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Oxted" title="Limestone Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Oxted" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://east-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2023/12/Limestone-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Oxted-20082230-768x1024.jpg" alt="Limestone Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Oxted" title="Limestone Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Oxted" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Limestone is a very tough stone so to clean the tile and rebuild the polish it needs to be polished 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">set of burnishing pads</a> which use different grades of diamond encrusted pads to cut through ingrained dirt and build up the polished appearance. Then I always recommend sealing the tiles to protect them from ingrained dirt and stains. </p> <p>Secondly, it was a large extensive space and although the tiles were of a standard size it took a large number of them to fill the space resulting in what felt like miles of grout lines, all of which would need scrubbing to get them clean.</p> <h2>Cleaning Limestone Tile and Grout</h2> <p>Before working on the Limestone tiles, I decided to treat the grout to a good old-fashioned scrub with a strong solution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> and stiff wire brush. I knew this was going to take some time so called in my son to provide some extra manpower. He’s young so can scoot around on the floor all day without feeling it later. The grout soon become much cleaner, and the soiled cleaning solution was then rinsed away with water and then extracted with a wet vacuum. </p> <p>After a well-deserved, lunch we bought in a floor burnishing machine which was fitted with extra iron weights to help it get more traction on the tiles. The first step in burnishing the Limestone tiles involves the use of a coarse 400-grit pad which is designed to deep clean the stone and strip away any remaining sealer. The pad is fitted to the machine and run over each tile several times using only water to lubricate the process.</p> <p>Once I&#8217;d removed any excess residue with the wet-vacuum, I changed to a medium 800-grit pad, repeated the cleaning process, and again extracted the soiled residue. This is followed by a finer 1500-grit using the same process and then finally a super fine 3000-grit pad which really brings up the polish on the tile and is applied using a small amount of water sprayed onto the stone.</p> <p>By the end of the first day the floor was already looking so much cleaner and lighter.</p> <h2>Sealing Limestone Floor Tiles</h2> <p>After leaving the floor to dry off overnight I returned to the property the next day to apply the sealer. Before starting though I gave the floor a quick skim over with an old pad to make sure it was completely clean before sealing. </p> <p>To seal the Limestone, 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 soaks into the pores of the Limestone to provide durable protection against ingrained dirt without changing the natural look of the tile. </p> <p>After an hour, I gave the floor a buff with a soft <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-white/30/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">white pad</a> to remove any excess sealer and further bring up the appearance of the stone. Once complete the Limestone had a nice subtle shine and the grout was back to its white colour resulting in the whole floor looking much healthier and attractive.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://east-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2023/12/Limestone-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Polishing-Oxted-21101718-1024x768.jpg" alt="Limestone Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Polishing Oxted" title="Limestone Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Polishing Oxted" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>For aftercare maintenance of polished stone floors, I recommend the use of a cleaning product called <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a>. It’s a gentle but effective floor cleaning product that’s safe to use on sealed floors and helps to maintain the patina on the tile. If looked after correctly this sealer should last three to four years.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Maintenance of a Honed Limestone Floor Tiles in East Surrey</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://east-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/large-tiled-floor-cleaned-polished-and-sealed-in-oxted/">Large Tiled Floor Cleaned, Polished and Sealed in Oxted</a> appeared first on <a href="https://east-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">East Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Restorative Cleaning and Sealing of a Slate Flooring in Burwell https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/restorative-cleaning-and-sealing-of-a-slate-flooring-in-burwell/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=restorative-cleaning-and-sealing-of-a-slate-flooring-in-burwell Cambridge Tile Doctor urn:uuid:ec281d93-887a-4afa-c97e-0f4fa9e65a9f Wed, 13 Dec 2023 15:56:12 +0000 <p>A client from the village of Burwell near Cambridge had recently moved into a property with a Slate tiled floor and was unhappy with its condition as it never looked clean. After discussing the problem over the phone, it was clear to me that the sealed has worn off and dirt was now lodged deeply [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/restorative-cleaning-and-sealing-of-a-slate-flooring-in-burwell/">Restorative Cleaning and Sealing of a Slate Flooring in Burwell</a> appeared first on <a href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz">Cambridge Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>A client from the village of <b><a href="http://www.burwell.co.uk/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Burwell</a></b> near Cambridge had recently moved into a property with a <b>Slate tiled floor</b> and was unhappy with its condition as it never looked clean. After discussing the problem over the phone, it was clear to me that the sealed has worn off and dirt was now lodged deeply in the pores of the stone making it difficult to clean. </p> <p><img fetchpriority="high" decoding="async" src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2023/12/Slate-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Burwell-29123713-1024x768.jpg" alt="Slate Floor Before Cleaning Burwell" width="1024" height="768" title="Slate Floor Before Cleaning Burwell" class="alignnone size-large" /></p> <p>The tiles were installed throughout much of the ground floor so there were several areas including the kitchen and living room that needed attention. Apart from the ingrained dirt the Slate floor was in good shape and just needed a deep clean and fresh sealer applied to renovate it. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2023/12/Slate-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Burwell-29100229-1024x768.jpg" alt="Slate Floor Before Cleaning Burwell" width="1024" height="768" title="Slate Floor Before Cleaning Burwell" class="alignnone size-large" /></p> <p>I created a quote for a restorative clean and seal which was accepted, and a date agreed for the work to begin which should take two days, one to clean and then one to seal.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning the Slate Tiled Floor</h2> <p>The first step to restore the stone was to remove what was left of the existing sealer. This is necessary to achieve a consistent finish as the wear on a sealer is always uneven due as the busiest areas wearing down first. To do this I sprayed each area of flooring with a 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 is a coatings remover that is ideal for removing sealers, it’s also a powerful cleaning agent. </p> <p>The Remove and Go was left to soak into the Slate tile for ten minutes before being worked in with a rotary machine fitted with a black scrubbing pad. The grout lines were also scrubbed at this point, this needs to be done manually with a stiff grout brush as the pads struggle to reach into the recesses of the grout lines. The resultant slurry was then rinsed away and extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>Last step before finishing for the day was to give 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 cleans up the tiles by removing old grout smears that happen during installation and further cleans the stone.</p> <p>After a final rinse and extraction with the wet vacuum the floor was left overnight to dry off.</p> <h2>Sealing Slate Floor Tiles</h2> <p>The next day I returned to apply a protective sealer checking first that the stone was dry using a moisture meter. We don’t recommend applying a sealer to a damp floor as this can lead to a patchy result. </p> <p>Once satisfied the Slate was dry, multiple coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go</a> were applied. This is a water-based sealer (so no smell) that adds good stain protection and adds a nice subtle sheen to the tile which really enhanced the colours in the slate.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2023/12/Slate-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Burwell-30123703-1024x768.jpg" alt="Slate Floor After Cleaning Sealing Burwell" width="1024" height="768" title="Slate Floor After Cleaning Sealing Burwell" class="alignnone size-large" /></p> <p>The Slate floor was completely transformed by the work and my client was so impressed with the result they asked me to return and work my magic on their Travertine tiled bathroom.</p> <p><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2023/12/Slate-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Burwell-30123651-1024x768.jpg" alt="Slate Floor After Cleaning Sealing Burwell" width="1024" height="768" title="Slate Floor After Cleaning Sealing Burwell" class="alignnone size-large" /></p> <p>For 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 mild but effective tile cleaner. You need to be careful when choosing a cleaning product for sealed floors as many products are simply to strong and will erode the sealer prematurely. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of a Slate Tiled floor in Cambridgeshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/restorative-cleaning-and-sealing-of-a-slate-flooring-in-burwell/">Restorative Cleaning and Sealing of a Slate Flooring in Burwell</a> appeared first on <a href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz">Cambridge Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Removing Limescale from Slate Wet Room Tiles in Penn https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/removing-limescale-from-slate-wet-room-tiles-in-penn/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=removing-limescale-from-slate-wet-room-tiles-in-penn South Buckinghamshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:9e4d678c-777e-6387-eec1-2338ea3361be Tue, 12 Dec 2023 09:24:59 +0000 <p>This is a great example of what we can achieve with very stained Slate Tiles so well worth sharing. The customer was from Penn in Buckinghamshire and as you can see from the photo below the Slate tiled floor in their wet room was heavily stained with thick limescale mainly around the shower trap where [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/removing-limescale-from-slate-wet-room-tiles-in-penn/">Removing Limescale from Slate Wet Room Tiles in Penn</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Buckinghamshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This is a great example of what we can achieve with very stained <b>Slate Tiles</b> so well worth sharing. The customer was from <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penn,_Buckinghamshire" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Penn</a> in Buckinghamshire and as you can see from the photo below the Slate tiled floor in their wet room was heavily stained with thick limescale mainly around the shower trap where the water collects. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2023/12/Limescale-Stained-Slate-Shower-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Penn-22084645-768x1024.jpg" alt="Limescale Stained Slate Shower Floor Before Cleaning Penn" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter size-large" title="Limescale Stained Slate Shower Floor Before Cleaning Penn" /></p> <p>Buckinghamshire is known for its hard water problems which basically means the water contains high levels of calcium carbonate. These deposits are carried in the water and left on the tiles after each shower resulting in Limescale. You can reduce the problem by installing a water softener and it can be dissolved using some of the strong products you find in supermarkets however these are acidic and can etch natural stone if you are not careful. Always read the label!</p> <p>In this case my customer had just moved into the house and wanted to improve the look of the bathroom and then eventually they planned to change the whole bathroom itself, but in the meantime wanted it cleaned and restored.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Slate Tiled Shower Floor</h2> <p>To renovate the Slate tiles, I started with the application of a strong dilution of an alkaline product made by Tile Doctor called <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Pro-Clean</a>. This is a great grout cleaner and when used as a strong dilution it will also strip off any sealer remaining on the Slate. </p> <p>I used the usual method of spraying the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Pro-Clean</a> onto the tile and grout and leaving it to soak in for at least ten minutes so it can get to work. It was then scrubbed in with hand tools and an 80-grit silicon carbide brush which is a very effective combination. This gave the stone a deep clean and removed some of the thick limescale on the tiles which was rinsed off with water. </p> <p>Once the floor had been cleaned and stripped back, I used 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> which is an acidic cleaner and is applied in the same way. Because the build-up of Limescale was so thing I found that a lot of pressure was needed when scrubbing the tiles and, in some areas, I needed to use a scrapper to take off the top layer.</p> <h2> Sealing a Slate Tiled Shower Floor</h2> <p>After cleaning off all the limescale and giving the stone a good rinse, I dried the floor using a white rag and left it to dry off so it would dry enough for sealing. After giving the floor time to dry I used tile doctors oil-based sealer called X-Tra seal putting down a thick coat and allowing the tiles to soak up the sealer. After some time, the floor was then buffed with a cloth to remove the excess and then a second coat was applied. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2023/12/Limescale-Stained-Slate-Shower-Floor-After-Cleaning-Penn-22104848-768x1024.jpg" alt="Limescale Stained Slate Shower Floor After Cleaning Penn" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter size-large" title="Limescale Stained Slate Shower Floor After Cleaning Penn" /></p> <p>X-Tra Seal adds the oil back into the stone which restores the dark tones and bring out the natural colour in the Slate, its also rated for external use so will cope well with the damp conditions of the wet room. After that coat had dried a <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">6-inch 1500-grit buffing pad</a> was used to remove excess sealer and add a slight sheen to the floor.</p> <p>The fresh sealer should make the Slate less prone to limescale deposits however its not going to prevent the problem indefinitely. Also, for the aftercare of sealed shower tiles, I recommend <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-aqua-pro-with-trigger-spray/1/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Aqua-Pro</a> which is a mild cleaning product designed for regular use and won’t harm the sealer like many of the stronger products you find in supermarkets. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Slate Tiled Shower in South Buckinghamshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/removing-limescale-from-slate-wet-room-tiles-in-penn/">Removing Limescale from Slate Wet Room Tiles in Penn</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Buckinghamshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Old Minton Tiled Victorian Hallway Floor Repaired and Renovated in Wigan https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/old-minton-tiled-victorian-hallway-floor-repaired-and-renovated-in-wigan/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=old-minton-tiled-victorian-hallway-floor-repaired-and-renovated-in-wigan Greater Manchester Tile Doctor urn:uuid:fcb797a9-a7ad-c6dd-54c6-6daf0c7aabef Mon, 11 Dec 2023 11:26:54 +0000 <p>Earlier this year I was contacted by a homeowner from Wigan who could not believe it when they took up the old hallway carpet to reveal a lovely, but neglected, Victorian Minton tiled floor. Although the carpet had offered some protection It was covered with paint splashes and marks and there were some loose, cracked, [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/old-minton-tiled-victorian-hallway-floor-repaired-and-renovated-in-wigan/">Old Minton Tiled Victorian Hallway Floor Repaired and Renovated in Wigan</a> appeared first on <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz">Greater Manchester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Earlier this year I was contacted by a homeowner from <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wigan" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Wigan</a> who could not believe it when they took up the old hallway carpet to reveal a lovely, but neglected, Victorian Minton tiled floor. Although the carpet had offered some protection It was covered with paint splashes and marks and there were some loose, cracked, and missing tiles. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2023/12/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-Before-Renovation-Wigan-3338.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor Before Renovation Wigan" title="Victorian Tiled Floor Before Renovation Wigan" width="" height="" class="alignnone size-full" /></p> <p>Whilst the clients had removed as much paint of as possible, lots of splashes remained. They wanted it cleaned, made sound, and missing tiles replaced before sealing also, if possible, have the cemented door threshold replaced with matching tiles. Basically, they wanted to retain the character of the floor and only replace where necessary.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning Old Victorian Floor Tiles</h2> <p>To begin, I took moisture readings over all areas due to be worked on; an old floor like this will have been laid before Damp Proof Membranes (DPM) were made standard so its useful to get a baseline moisture reading. Next the floor was cleaned using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-oxy-gel-1-litre/169/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Oxy-Gel</a> which was scrubbed into the tiles using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/flexi-segment-17-inch-50-grit-diamond-floor-pad/1286/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">50</a> and <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 pads</a> fitted to a rotary floor buffer running at slow speed. Gel cleaners are ideal for use on floors without a DPM as they use less water which keeps the moisture levels lower. The resultant soiling was then extracted using a wet vacuum and the floor inspected. Stubborn marks and inaccessible areas were spot treated by hand with more Oxy-Gel and <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 Remover</a>.</p> <p>The next step was to give the tiles an acid wash using another gel product by Tile Doctor 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>. A 200-grit pad was used to work this into the floor and then it was removed using the wet vacuum as before. This product serves two purposes, first it will counter any efflorescent salts in the tile and second it neutralises the pH level of the floor following the use of the alkaline cleaning products used earlier. </p> <h2>Repairing a Victorian Tiled Floor</h2> <p>The floor was Left to dry overnight, and I returned the next day to make the tile repairs discussed earlier. Victorian floors are still popular to this day so finding replacement tiles that match the originals isn’t a problem although they do need to be cut to fit the original size and pattern. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2023/12/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-During-Renovation-Wigan-4513.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor During Renovation Wigan" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor During Renovation Wigan" width="" height="" class="alignnone size-full" /></p> <p>Using the replacements and unbroken original tiles I was able to re-sit the loose tiles and replace the missing and damaged tiles whilst maintaining the character of the original floor.</p> <h2>Sealing Old Victorian Hallway Tiles</h2> <p>The floor needed to be dry before applying the sealer and so before getting to work I checked the floor with the damp meter and compared it with my previous readings. The use of gel cleaners had worked a treat, and the readings were all within range. </p> <p>The sealer applied 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> which is an impregnating oil-based sealer designed to occupy the pores in the tile so dirt can’t become ingrained there. This keeps the dirt on the surface where it can be easily removed. <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-x-tra-seal-1-litre/258/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">X-Tra seal</a> is fully breathable and rated for indoor and outdoor used so will cope easily with any dampness rising through the floor.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2023/12/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-After-Renovation-Wigan-8882.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor After Renovation Wigan" title="Victorian Tiled Floor After Renovation Wigan" width="" height="" class="alignnone size-full" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2023/12/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-After-Renovation-Wigan-8797.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor After Renovation Wigan" title="Victorian Tiled Floor After Renovation Wigan" width="" height="" class="alignnone size-full" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The job took three days in total and on returning home on the last day and seeing the results the customer immediately commented “I love it, great job thank-you”. They also left the following review the Tile Doctor feedback system.</p> <p><center><I>“Kevin was very responsive and talked us through exactly what the job entailed. We&#8217;re extremely pleased with the end result, just how I wanted my 130 year old minton tiles to look.”</I></center></p> <p>For aftercare cleaning of sealed Victorian tiles, I recommended using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> which is a mild but effective tile cleaner that’s safe to use on sealed tiles. Its important to use a cleaning product like this as stronger product can erode the sealer.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2023/12/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-After-Care-Wigan-8881.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor After Care Wigan" title="Victorian Tiled Floor After Care Wigan" width="" height="" class="alignnone size-full" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Victorian Floor Restoration in Greater Manchester</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz/old-minton-tiled-victorian-hallway-floor-repaired-and-renovated-in-wigan/">Old Minton Tiled Victorian Hallway Floor Repaired and Renovated in Wigan</a> appeared first on <a href="https://greater-manchester.tiledoctor.biz">Greater Manchester Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Dirty Porcelain Tile and Grout Deep Cleaned in Edgbaston https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/dirty-porcelain-tile-and-grout-deep-cleaned-in-edgbaston/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dirty-porcelain-tile-and-grout-deep-cleaned-in-edgbaston Birmingham Tile Doctor urn:uuid:51e03ab6-05dc-2900-e77a-49711b22a01e Sat, 09 Dec 2023 14:12:30 +0000 <p>The client from Edgbaston got in touch with me concerned about the state of the grout rather than the polished white porcelain tiles and was considering replacing all of the downstairs area. I did a test area which really improved the tiles and the dirty grout and convinced them to go ahead with the clean [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/dirty-porcelain-tile-and-grout-deep-cleaned-in-edgbaston/">Dirty Porcelain Tile and Grout Deep Cleaned in Edgbaston</a> appeared first on <a href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz">Birmingham Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The client from <b><a href="https://edgbastonvillage.co.uk/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Edgbaston</a></b> got in touch with me concerned about the state of the grout rather than the polished white porcelain tiles and was considering replacing all of the downstairs area. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2023/12/Porcelain-Tile-Grout-Before-Cleaning-Edgbaston-093540-765x1024.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tile Grout Before Cleaning Edgbaston" title="Porcelain Tile Grout Before Cleaning Edgbaston" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>I did a test area which really improved the tiles and the dirty grout and convinced them to go ahead with the clean and revamp their floor. I worked out a quotation for cleaning the whole floor, which was agreed, and a date set for my return.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2023/12/Porcelain-Tile-Grout-Before-Cleaning-Edgbaston-093736-765x1024.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tile Grout Before Cleaning Edgbaston" title="Porcelain Tile Grout Before Cleaning Edgbaston" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2023/12/Porcelain-Tile-Grout-Before-Cleaning-Edgbaston-12092725-1024x768.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tile Grout Before Cleaning Edgbaston" title="Porcelain Tile Grout Before Cleaning Edgbaston" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Edgbaston or Edgbaston Village as they would like to be known is an attractive area on the outskirts of Birmingham city centre yet its close enough to take advantage of everything the city has to offer.</p> <h2> Cleaning a Porcelain Tiled Hallway and Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>On arrival I decided that due to the size of the area it would be best to divide the work in to four sections. This would allow for furniture to be moved around whilst I worked on the floor. </p> <p>Each section was cleaned 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 &#038; Go</a> which was sprayed onto the floor and left to soak in for ten minutes. I then cleaned the grout by hand with a stiff grout brush, before cleaning the tiles and the grout again with a firm nylon bristle pad fitted to a rotary machine. The bristles were firm enough to clean the tiles, but not harsh enough to scratch them. I then rinsed the area with my Airflex Pro cleaning machine which pressure washes the floor whilst simultaneously extracting the soiling. </p> <p>Once done the grout was looking so much cleaner and was almost camouflaged against the Porcelain tile. However, I wasn’t finished as I planned to give each of the tiles a polish, but before that could happen they needed to be dry. This was achieved with a combination of towelling off and help form three air movers. </p> <p>I then polished up the tiles with a very fine <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-3000-grit-very-fine-salmon-no-4-burnishing-pad/39/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">3000-grit diamond pad</a>, which really made a real difference to their appearance. These tiles are sealed at the factory during manufacture so there was no need to apply a sealant. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2023/12/Porcelain-Tile-Grout-After-Cleaning-Edgbaston-12105728-765x1024.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tile Grout After Cleaning Edgbaston" title="Porcelain Tile Grout After Cleaning Edgbaston" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2023/12/Porcelain-Tile-Grout-After-Cleaning-Edgbaston-12140144-765x1024.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tile Grout After Cleaning Edgbaston" title="Porcelain Tile Grout After Cleaning Edgbaston" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The client was very happy with the tiles and grout appearance especially as they didn&#8217;t think they would see an improvement in the tile appearance, more so the grout. They were delighted that they would not need to replace the tiles, saving both the expense and the upheaval. The same process was carried out for all the areas. On completion I left a bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor pH Neutral Cleaner</a> to help maintain the floors appearance and would make maintenance nice and easy.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2023/12/Porcelain-Tile-Grout-After-Cleaning-Edgbaston-12143120-765x1024.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tile Grout After Cleaning Edgbaston" title="Porcelain Tile Grout After Cleaning Edgbaston" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Cleaning of Porcelain Tile and Grout in Birmingham</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/dirty-porcelain-tile-and-grout-deep-cleaned-in-edgbaston/">Dirty Porcelain Tile and Grout Deep Cleaned in Edgbaston</a> appeared first on <a href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz">Birmingham Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Efflorescent Salt Stained Terracotta Floor Renovated in Edenbridge https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/efflorescent-salt-stained-terracotta-floor-renovated-in-edenbridge/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=efflorescent-salt-stained-terracotta-floor-renovated-in-edenbridge North Kent Tile Doctor urn:uuid:f4d098b6-f04f-febb-ef40-ceafdf39a31b Fri, 08 Dec 2023 05:51:54 +0000 <p>This customer from Edenbridge asked me to renovate their Terracotta Kitchen floor which has been ruined by a water leak from the dishwasher. The water had caused enormous amounts of damage throughout the lower floor and had resulted in the appearance of white efflorescence as it dried out. Unfortunately, the floor had previously been sealed [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/efflorescent-salt-stained-terracotta-floor-renovated-in-edenbridge/">Efflorescent Salt Stained Terracotta Floor Renovated in Edenbridge</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz">North Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This customer from <a href="https://www.visitedenbridge.com" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Edenbridge</a> asked me to renovate their Terracotta Kitchen floor which has been ruined by a water leak from the dishwasher. The water had caused enormous amounts of damage throughout the lower floor and had resulted in the appearance of white <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/custom.aspx/efflorescence/10/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">efflorescence</a> as it dried out. Unfortunately, the floor had previously been sealed with some sort of lacquer which the efflorescent salts couldn’t get past resulting in a build-up under the lacquer on many of the tiles. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2023/12/Terracotta-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Edenbridge-7423-1024x768.jpg" alt="Terracotta Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Edenbridge" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Terracotta Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Edenbridge" /></p> <p>To resolve, the lacquer needed to be stripped off, the floor cleaned and dried and then re-sealed with a breathable sealer that could cope with the efflorescence should it re-appear. I created a quote for the work which would take two days and emailed it over to the customer. They were relieved to have found someone who understood the problem and had a solution so accepted the quote and a date was agreed for the work to start.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2023/12/Terracotta-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Edenbridge-7422.jpg" alt="Terracotta Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Edenbridge" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Terracotta Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Edenbridge" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2023/12/Terracotta-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Edenbridge-7421.jpg" alt="Terracotta Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Edenbridge" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Terracotta Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Edenbridge" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2>Cleaning Dirty Terracotta Floor Tiles in Edenbridge </h2> <p>The first job was to remove the lacquer which I did with liberal amounts of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor’s Remove and Go</a> which is an alkaline coatings remover. A 50/50 dilution of product to water was applied and left to dwell for ten minutes. This was then agitated with a rotary floor buffer fitted with a silicon carbide brush and more water. The resultant slurry was then extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>Next was the hands and knees job of cleaning the wide grout lines that are typical feature of a Terracotta floor. I used a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> for this, again its left to soak in for ten minutes before being scrubbed in. This did the job of getting the grout clean and as I progressed the dirt was rinsed off and extracted again with the wet vacuum.</p> <p>With the floor clean my attention turned to dealing with the efflorescence which was still present in the floor and would certainly re-appear as the floor dried. The solution is to counter the alkaline salts by giving the tiles 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>. The gel is applied to the floor and worked 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 the rotary floor buffer. The gel is then rinsed off an extracted as before. As well as dealing with the efflorescence this product also neutralises the pH of the floor after the use of the alkaline cleaning products used earlier.</p> <p>The floor was then mopped twice with just water and then dried as much as possible with the wet vacuum. The next step would be sealing so that’s all I could do on the first day so once done I left it to dry off.</p> <h2>Sealing a Terracotta Tiled Floor in Edenbridge</h2> <p>Terracotta is very porous, so instead of returning the next day to seal, as with many other stone types, I allowed an extra day. Applying sealer to a damp floor is not a good idea as the result can be patchy and inconsistent; with this in mind my first task of the day was to ensure the floor had dried sufficiently by taking several moisture readings with a damp meter.</p> <p>The owner had already left for work that day but had given me a spare key, so I was able to let myself into the property. We had discussed sealing beforehand, and they had mentioned that they liked the appearance of the floor before the water leak and wanted a sealer that would give the same natural finish. </p> <p>With this in mind, I sealed the Terracotta with <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 modern impregnating sealer that is almost invisible and doesn’t change the appearance of the tile. <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Ultra-Seal</a> is also breathable so any moisture and efflorescence still in the subfloor would be able to rise through the tile and evaporate at the surface without causing a problem.</p> <p>Two liberal coats of sealer were applied to the Terracotta and Grout over a period of a few hours. I then hung around to ensure that I was satisfied with the dried finish and let myself out. The fresh sealer will protect the floor from dirt becoming ingrained in the tile keeping in on the surface where it can be easily mopped away. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2023/12/Terracotta-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Edenbridge-7430-1024x768.jpg" alt="Terracotta Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Edenbridge" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Terracotta Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Edenbridge" /></p> <p>For the regular cleaning of Terracotta tiled 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 an effective tile cleaner that is gentle enough not to compromise the newly applied sealant. Many household cleaning products are simply to strong for cleaning sealed floors and contain strong chemicals such as bleach that can break down a sealer.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2023/12/Terracotta-Kitchen-Floor-After-Cleaning-Edenbridge-7438-1024x768.jpg" alt="Terracotta Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Edenbridge" width="" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Terracotta Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Edenbridge" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of an Efflorescent Salt Stained Terracotta Kitchen Floor in Kent</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/efflorescent-salt-stained-terracotta-floor-renovated-in-edenbridge/">Efflorescent Salt Stained Terracotta Floor Renovated in Edenbridge</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz">North Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Clean and Seal of a Black Limestone Kitchen Floor in Lancaster https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/clean-and-seal-of-a-black-limestone-kitchen-floor-in-lancaster/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=clean-and-seal-of-a-black-limestone-kitchen-floor-in-lancaster Tile Doctor Lancashire urn:uuid:d045d916-dc04-9954-d1d1-9376f9199d2f Mon, 04 Dec 2023 12:33:49 +0000 <p>This customer from Lancaster contacted us about cleaning and sealing what they thought was a Blue Slate kitchen floor. Having spoke to them over the phone I arranged to pop over and survey the floor to get a better understanding of the work that needed to be done. Lancaster is a few miles South of [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/clean-and-seal-of-a-black-limestone-kitchen-floor-in-lancaster/">Clean and Seal of a Black Limestone Kitchen Floor in Lancaster</a> appeared first on <a href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Lancashire</a>.</p> <p>This customer from <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lancaster,_Lancashire" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Lancaster</a></b> contacted us about cleaning and sealing what they thought was a Blue Slate kitchen floor. Having spoke to them over the phone I arranged to pop over and survey the floor to get a better understanding of the work that needed to be done. Lancaster is a few miles South of our base in Carnforth and I’m always passing though.</p> <p>Having visited the property I was able to confirm that the floor wasn’t Slate but <b><a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/black-limestone/31/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Black Limestone</a></b> which is notoriously high maintenance due to its acid sensitivity. I mentioned this and they were quite surprised as it had only been laid a few years earlier and it was sold as Black Slate. The two materials do look identical, but if you drop a small amount of something acidic on Black Limestone the stone fizzes and turns Grey and White. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2023/12/Black-Limestone-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Lancaster-9553-764x1024.jpg" alt="Black Limestone Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Lancaster" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Black Limestone Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Lancaster" /></p> <p>The big problem with Black Limestone is unlike Slate its very porous, this is why you see Slate being used for roof tiling and is still popular covering even to this day. Also, its very acid sensitive, so even Tea, Coffee, Juice, or Wine can mark it, so although popular in gardens it’s certainly not a stone we would recommend for use in a kitchen or bathroom.<br /> Another problem you have is Black Limestone contains natural oils and it’s the oil that gives it that beautiful black colour. Once the oil is washed out of the stone over time or through the use of acidic cleaning products it leaves the stone looking grey and unattractive. This can be resolved however using an oil-based sealer but it is more expensive than a regular stone sealer.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2023/12/Black-Limestone-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Lancaster-9550-764x1024.jpg" alt="Black Limestone Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Lancaster" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Black Limestone Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Lancaster" /></p> <p>This stone is still workable though, so it&#8217;s not all bad news, with the right treatment it can look as good as the day it was laid (if not better) so I came up with a renovation plan that would do exactly that. They were happy to have the work done so we scheduled a date for the work to start.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Black Slate Floor Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>We find the best way to renovate floors like this is to use coarse diamond pads that can cut into the stone remove any surface damage, contaminates, old sealers and generally leave the stone very clean. </p> <p>With this floor I started with a very coarse 50-grit DRB pad which is run several times over each stone using only water to lubricate the process. The process generates a lot of soiling and loose sediment that has to be rinsed off the floor with water and then extracted with a wet vacuum. Once this is done the process is repeated with a 100 and then 200-grit pad which together effectively re-hone the stone and remove any scratches caused by the previous pad. A dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Remove and Go</a> was also used with the 200-grit pad to ensure the tiles were clean and any remaining sealer not caught by the pads had been removed. </p> <p>The last step on the first day was to re-point the stone tiles where needed to remove failed and crumbling mortar. This was then left to set hard overnight so we could continue with the renovation the next day.</p> <p>On day two we followed up the renovation of the stone by moving onto finer <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/stone-burnishing/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Burnishing pads</a> starting with a 400-grit diamond pad applied in the same way and rinsing and extracting afterwards. This was followed by the application of an 800 and then 1500-grit pad to further refine and improve the stone.</p> <h2> Sealing a Black Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>The following day the Black Limestone was sealed with 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 the Oil based sealer I mentioned earlier. It brings out the true colour of this stone and the seal leaves a sheen appearance to give a very appealing finish. We find one coat is usually enough for this sealer as it’s a lot thicker that other sealers.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2023/12/Black-Limestone-Kitchen-Floor-During-Sealing-Lancaster-9552-764x1024.jpg" alt="Black Limestone Kitchen Floor During Sealing Lancaster" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Black Limestone Kitchen Floor During Sealing Lancaster" /></p> <p>Before leaving I talked through aftercare cleaning with two buckets and the importance of using a pH <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Neutral cleaning product</a>. We recommend avoiding steam cleaners and not to use cheap bleach or acidic cleaning products which can damage the sealer with repeated use.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2023/12/Black-Limestone-Kitchen-Floor-After-Renovation-Lancaster-9559-764x1024.jpg" alt="Black Limestone Kitchen Floor After Renovation Lancaster" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Black Limestone Kitchen Floor After Renovation Lancaster" /></p> <p>We always encourage feedback from customers, and I’m pleased to be able to quote the following message they left on our feedback system:</p> <p><I><center> Great service very organised and professional service would highly recommend</center></I></p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2023/12/Black-Limestone-Kitchen-Floor-After-Renovation-Lancaster-9560-764x1024.jpg" alt="Black Limestone Kitchen Floor After Renovation Lancaster" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter" title="Black Limestone Kitchen Floor After Renovation Lancaster" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Black Limestone Kitchen Floor in Lancashire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/clean-and-seal-of-a-black-limestone-kitchen-floor-in-lancaster/">Clean and Seal of a Black Limestone Kitchen Floor in Lancaster</a> appeared first on <a href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Lancashire</a>.</p> Grout Cleaning and Polishing a Marble Tiled Kitchen Floor in Crediton https://devon.tiledoctor.biz/grout-cleaning-and-polishing-a-marble-tiled-kitchen-floor-in-crediton/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=grout-cleaning-and-polishing-a-marble-tiled-kitchen-floor-in-crediton Devon Tile Doctor urn:uuid:02b09e18-fd29-3da0-5c1f-029e42e89205 Mon, 27 Nov 2023 12:56:37 +0000 <p>This customer in Crediton originally enquired about grout cleaning for their Kitchen floor, however after speaking to them on the phone I discovered their tiles where Marble and so I suggested they may be interested in our stone polishing service as well. Interested in the possibilities I arranged a time to pop over to the [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://devon.tiledoctor.biz/grout-cleaning-and-polishing-a-marble-tiled-kitchen-floor-in-crediton/">Grout Cleaning and Polishing a Marble Tiled Kitchen Floor in Crediton</a> appeared first on <a href="https://devon.tiledoctor.biz">Devon Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This customer in <b><a href="https://www.creditoncourier.co.uk/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Crediton</a></b> originally enquired about <b>grout cleaning</b> for their Kitchen floor, however after speaking to them on the phone I discovered their tiles where <b>Marble</b> and so I suggested they may be interested in our stone polishing service as well.</p> <p>Interested in the possibilities I arranged a time to pop over to the house and conduct a survey and test clean. I’m based in Crediton, so it wasn’t long before I was able to pay them a visit. Whilst there demonstrating grout cleaning, I explained how Marble responds wonderfully to our diamond pad burnishing system and would be possible to go one step further and make this floor a &#8216;wow&#8217; feature again. I conducted a quick demonstration of the burnishing process which went well, and they agreed it was definitely something they would like to have done and were happy to book me in for both jobs. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://devon.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2023/11/Marble-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Crediton-03081144567-771x1024.jpg" alt="Marble Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Crediton" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter size-large" title="Marble Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Crediton" /></p> <p>Having agreed my quote the only thing that was left was to agree a date to do the work which would take two days. As it turns out they had planned a holiday and so I it was agreed I would do the work whilst they were away to minimise disruption. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://devon.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2023/11/Marble-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Crediton-03081122837-771x1024.jpg" alt="Marble Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Crediton" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter size-large" title="Marble Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Crediton" /></p> <h2>Deep Cleaning Grout and Marble Kitchen Tiles</h2> <p>To start, I added low level protection to then the bottom 7 inches or so of the kitchen units and walls to stop any slurry splashes. After this I applied a coat of Tile Doctor alkaline cleaning/stripping product called <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Remove &#038; Go</a> and left to dwell and soak into the stone. This emulsified and broke down what remained of the existing sealer and ingrained dirt in the grout lines which was causing the discolouration. </p> <p>After ten minutes the solution was then worked into the floor 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 rotary floor buffer. Where needed I also used a stiff grout brush along the grout lines until I was satisfied it was as clean and White as it could be. The soiled liquid was then rinsed off the floor and extracted with an industrial wet vacuum.</p> <p>Next I started the burnishing process with the application of a coarse 400-grit diamond pad fitted to the rotary machine. Using only water for lubrication the pad was worked into each tile until I had covered the whole area. I then repeated this process through 800 and 1500-grit pads extracting the slurry between each pad with the wet vacuum. The pads deep clean the Marble and slowly refine the surface to build up the polished appearance.</p> <p>After the 1500-grit pad I put several floor fans in place to accelerate the drying of the Marble floor before applying the last pad in the burnishing system which is a very fine 3000-grit polishing pad which adds lovely shine to the Marble and is applied dry with only a little water sprayed onto the tile.</p> <p>Once done the burnishing work had been completed and it was time to let the floor completely dry out overnight so it would be ready for sealing the next day.</p> <h2>Sealing a Marble Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>I arrived in the morning and began work by inspecting the floor and taking a few moisture readings to ensure it has completely dry. I was happy with how clean the Grout looked and how well the Marble had responded to the burnishing process. The floor had that smart, eye-catching polished appearance and just needed sealing to protect it from dirt becoming ingrained into the pores of the stone. </p> <p>Having discussed choice of sealers with the customer previous we had agreed to seal the floor with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a>. This is a great choice for Marble as it contains a colour enhancer that intensifies the lovely natural mineral colours in the stone which otherwise are lost when dry. Two coats were needed, allowing the first coat to dry before applying the second.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://devon.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2023/11/Marble-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Polishing-Crediton-05115614860-771x1024.jpg" alt="Marble Tiled Kitchen Floor After Polishing Crediton" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter size-large" title="Marble Tiled Kitchen Floor After Polishing Crediton" /></p> <p>A few days later I heard back from the clients who had just arrived back from their holiday, they were overjoyed with the results I achieved not just to the grout but how well their Marble floor now looked. For aftercare cleaning of polished stone floors, 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 compatible with sealers and helps maintain the patina on the stone.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://devon.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2023/11/Marble-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Polishing-Crediton-05115648741-771x1024.jpg" alt="Marble Tiled Kitchen Floor After Polishing Crediton" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter size-large" title="Marble Tiled Kitchen Floor After Polishing Crediton" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Cleaning and Polishing of a Marble Tiled Kitchen Floor in Devon</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://devon.tiledoctor.biz/grout-cleaning-and-polishing-a-marble-tiled-kitchen-floor-in-crediton/">Grout Cleaning and Polishing a Marble Tiled Kitchen Floor in Crediton</a> appeared first on <a href="https://devon.tiledoctor.biz">Devon Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Tumbled Limestone Floor Cleaned, Polished and Sealed in Bromley https://south-east-london.tiledoctor.biz/tumbled-limestone-floor-cleaned-polished-and-sealed-in-bromley/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tumbled-limestone-floor-cleaned-polished-and-sealed-in-bromley South East London Tile Doctor urn:uuid:8dd9c511-a94a-aec8-8af4-4971b5dbbe13 Wed, 22 Nov 2023 09:46:34 +0000 <p>I get called to renovate this Tumbled Limestone tiled floor at a property in Bromley every few years. The sealer does a good job of protecting the stone, but it does wear off with use and the natural crevices in the Travertine attract dirt easily. The other problem of course is the grout which due [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://south-east-london.tiledoctor.biz/tumbled-limestone-floor-cleaned-polished-and-sealed-in-bromley/">Tumbled Limestone Floor Cleaned, Polished and Sealed in Bromley</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-east-london.tiledoctor.biz">South East London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I get called to renovate this <b>Tumbled Limestone tiled floor</b> at a property in <b><a href="https://yourbromley.com/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bromley</a></b> every few years. The sealer does a good job of protecting the stone, but it does wear off with use and the natural crevices in the Travertine attract dirt easily. The other problem of course is the grout which due to its cementous nature also attracts dirt and darkens over time.</p> <p><img fetchpriority="high" decoding="async" src="https://south-east-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2023/11/Limestone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Bromley-2.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Bromley" width="700" height="933" class="aligncenter size-full " title="Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Bromley" /></p> <p>Polished stone floors do regular attention if you want to keep them looking good and this is why we offer a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/maintenance-plan-system-annual-fee/184/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">maintenance program</a> where we pop back to the property once a year to top up the sealer and repolish. In this case the owner also had a dog who was very well natured however dogs are not know for wiping their feet before entering your house.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-east-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2023/11/Limestone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Bromley-3.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Bromley" width="700" height="933" class="aligncenter size-full " title="Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Bromley" /></p> <h2>Stripping and Polishing Tumbled Limestone Tiles</h2> <p>With most polished Limestone floors, I would normally start with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/stone-burnishing-pads/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">set of burnishing pads</a> which are the best way to restore the finish. In this case however I decided to start the cleaning process with the application of a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> which is left to soak into the stone for ten minutes before being worked in. This gives the product time to digest and breakdown the dirt that gets trapped in the crevices. I then use a silicon carbide brush fitted to a rotary floor machine to work the solution into the stone to bring out the dirt. The soiling is then rinsed off the floor and extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>The next step was to burnish the stone using a set of Diamond encrusted pads of increasing grits that range from a coarse 400-grit to a very fine 3000-grit. The pads are fitted to the rotary machine and are run across the whole floor lubricating with water which is deployed from a tank on the machine. After each the pad the soiling is rinsed away and extracted with the wet vacuum as before.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-east-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2023/11/Limestone-Floor-During-Cleaning-Bromley-4.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor During Cleaning Bromley" width="700" height="933" class="aligncenter size-full " title="Limestone Floor During Cleaning Bromley" /></p> <p>I stopped the burnishing process on the first day with the 1500-grit pad and turned my attention to the grout joints which are scrubbed by hand with a wire brush and more Pro-Clean. After another rinse and extract the Limestone and grout was already looking noticeably cleaner. </p> <h2>Sealing Limestone Tiles</h2> <p>I returned the next day and set about polishing the floor with the last in the set of burnishing pads which is a 3000-grit pad. This pad is applied with only a little water sprayed on to the stone as its run over the surface, this technique is known as a spray burnish and leaves the floor dry and ready to be sealed. </p> <p>I was already aware that the owners of the property like the stone to look completely natural and so the sealer chosen was <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal</a>. This is an impregnating sealer that works by soaking into the pores of the stone so dirt cannot become ingrained there allowing it to be easily removed from the surface. It doesn’t change the appearance of the stone at all so it’s almost invisible and difficult to detect which is exactly what they were after. Ultra-Seal is also a great grout sealer and will ensure the grout keeps clean for much longer.</p> <p><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" src="https://south-east-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2023/11/Limestone-Floor-After-Cleaning-Polishing-Bromley-7.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor After Cleaning Polishing Bromley" width="700" height="933" class="aligncenter size-full " title="Limestone Floor After Cleaning Polishing Bromley" /></p> <p>Once the sealer was dry gave the floor an application of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-shine-powder-1kg-tub/18/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Shine Powder</a> which is a stone polishing compound that is worked into stone, left to dry and then buffed off with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-white/30/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">White buffing pad</a> to leave a durable shine on the stone.</p> <p><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" src="https://south-east-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2023/11/Limestone-Floor-After-Cleaning-Polishing-Bromley-6.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor After Cleaning Polishing Bromley" width="700" height="933" class="aligncenter size-full " title="Limestone Floor After Cleaning Polishing Bromley" /></p> <p>Before leaving I took time to discuss aftercare cleaning and left them with a complimentary bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a> which not only cleans but also help maintain the patina on polished stone.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of a Large Polished Limestone Floor in Kent</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://south-east-london.tiledoctor.biz/tumbled-limestone-floor-cleaned-polished-and-sealed-in-bromley/">Tumbled Limestone Floor Cleaned, Polished and Sealed in Bromley</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-east-london.tiledoctor.biz">South East London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Carpet Covered Victorian Tiled Hallway Renovated in York https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/carpet-covered-victorian-tiled-hallway-renovated-in-york/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=carpet-covered-victorian-tiled-hallway-renovated-in-york North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:2b68894b-c481-b53c-adf9-f3c8372eef57 Tue, 21 Nov 2023 10:48:57 +0000 <p>The photos below are of a Victorian tiled floor at a property in York, which was found under the hallway carpet and underlay. The carpet had been secured with glue which had left a lot of stains on the tile as well as the usual marks and plaster left on the surface from building works. [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/carpet-covered-victorian-tiled-hallway-renovated-in-york/">Carpet Covered Victorian Tiled Hallway Renovated in York</a> appeared first on <a href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The photos below are of a <b>Victorian tiled floor</b> at a property in <b>York</b>, which was found under the hallway carpet and underlay. The carpet had been secured with glue which had left a lot of stains on the tile as well as the usual marks and plaster left on the surface from building works. The carpet had done a good job of protecting the tiles, but I could see there was a lot of ingrained dirt in the tile itself which would need removing. </p> <p><img fetchpriority="high" decoding="async" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2023/11/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Tile-Before-Cleaning-08112730-573x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Tile Before Cleaning" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Tile Before Cleaning" width="573" height="1024" class="aligncenter size-large" /></p> <p>The owners were keen to have the floor restored however It was a busy household and with the hallway being in constant use the work would have to be done in sections to allow for access and completed quickly to minimise impact. I worked out a quote which was accepted, and a date set for the work to be done.</p> <h2>Cleaning Victorian Tiles Tiles</h2> <p>To soften the plaster staining and breakdown the ingrained dirt 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> mixed with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Remove and Go</a> and left it to soak into the section of tiles. This is a strong combination of products which combine to produce an effect tile and grout cleaner and coatings remover which will not only clean the tile but also strip off what was left of the original sealer as well as any contaminates. </p> <p>After ten minutes the solution was scrubbed into the tiles using 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 burnishing pad</a>. The pad scrubs away at the tile and opens the pores in the tile allowing the dirt to be flushed out. The cleaning solution soon turns black with the dirt which is then removed using a powerful industrial wet vacuum. This process was then repeated 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 pad</a> which further cleans the Victorian tiles and improves their appearance and removed years of dirt and stains.</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://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2023/11/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Tile-During-Cleaning-10101130-573x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Tile During Cleaning" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Tile During Cleaning" width="573" 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://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2023/11/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Tile-During-Cleaning-08112725-573x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Tile During Cleaning" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Tile During Cleaning" width="573" height="1024" class="aligncenter size-large" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The floor was then treated to an acid rinse 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> worked in with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Black scrubbing pad</a>. This treatment further cleans the tiles and will counter any efflorescent salts which can build up in an old floor like this that doesn’t have a damp-proof membrane installed. These old floors need to breathe so moisture can rise through the tile and evaporate at the surface however carpet and underlay prevents this so efflorescence is always a concern. The acidic nature of the product also neutralises the pH level of the floor following the use of the strong alkaline cleaning products earlier.</p> <p>After a further rinse the floor was dried with the wet vacuum and then left to dry off fully overnight ready for sealing the next day.</p> <h2>Sealing Victorian Tiles Tiles</h2> <p>Upon my return to the property, I took several moisture readings from the tiles which confirmed they had dried and were ready to be sealed. Sealing protects the tiles from ingrained dirt ensuring that dirt remains on the surface where it can be easily removed.<br /> The sealer chosen 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 was chosen because its fully breathable thereby allowing moisture to pass through the tile, it also contains a colour enhancer that brings out the red colours in the clay tile.</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://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2023/11/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Tile-During-Sealing-10113654-1024x576.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Tile During Sealing" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Tile During Sealing" width="573" 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://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2023/11/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Tile-During-Sealing-10113701-1024x576.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Tile During Sealing" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Tile During Sealing" width="573" height="1024" class="aligncenter size-large" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The hallway tiles now looked clean and much brighter, needless to say my customer was very happy with the transformation and by working in sections I was able minimise disruptions.</p> <p><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2023/11/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Tile-After-Cleaning-Sealing-10115602-576x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Tile After Cleaning Sealing" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Tile After Cleaning Sealing" width="573" height="1024" class="aligncenter size-large" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Victorian Tiled Hallway Renovation in Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/carpet-covered-victorian-tiled-hallway-renovated-in-york/">Carpet Covered Victorian Tiled Hallway Renovated in York</a> appeared first on <a href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> 1950’s Terrazzo Kitchen Floor Tiles Renovated in Pattingham Wolverhampton https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/1950s-terrazzo-kitchen-floor-tiles-renovated-in-pattingham-wolverhampton/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=1950s-terrazzo-kitchen-floor-tiles-renovated-in-pattingham-wolverhampton Birmingham Tile Doctor urn:uuid:daf505b2-9789-9508-02d4-c54a4ee22867 Sun, 19 Nov 2023 13:40:34 +0000 <p>This Terrazzo tiled floor in the kitchen of a property in Pattingham was laid in the 1950&#8217;s and had become dull over time. The otherwise modern looking kitchen was being let down by the dull floor and the client now wanted it cleaned and polished to lift its appearance. The country village of Pattingham is [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/1950s-terrazzo-kitchen-floor-tiles-renovated-in-pattingham-wolverhampton/">1950’s Terrazzo Kitchen Floor Tiles Renovated in Pattingham Wolverhampton</a> appeared first on <a href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz">Birmingham Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This <b>Terrazzo tiled floor</b> in the kitchen of a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pattingham" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Pattingham</a></b> was laid in the 1950&#8217;s and had become dull over time. The otherwise modern looking kitchen was being let down by the dull floor and the client now wanted it cleaned and polished to lift its appearance.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2023/11/Terrazzo-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Pattingham-Before-Cleaning-15095333.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Tiled Kitchen Floor Pattingham Before Cleaning" title="Terrazzo Tiled Kitchen Floor Pattingham Before Cleaning" width="" height="" class="aligncenter size-full" /></p> <p>The country village of Pattingham is directly West of Wolverhampton and a thirty-minute drive from my base in Bilston. Happy to help I spoke to the owners over the phone and arranged a time to pop over and survey the floor.</p> <p>After visiting the property, I could see that the Terrazzo tile and grout needed a thorough deep clean and then sealed to bring back the natural colour of the tiles and ensure they were protected in the future. I gave them a price for the work which they were happy to accept, and we arranged a suitable time to start the work.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2023/11/Terrazzo-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Pattingham-Before-Cleaning-15095412.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Tiled Kitchen Floor Pattingham Before Cleaning" title="Terrazzo Tiled Kitchen Floor Pattingham Before Cleaning" width="" height="" class="aligncenter size-full" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2023/11/Terrazzo-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Pattingham-Before-Cleaning-15095342.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Tiled Kitchen Floor Pattingham Before Cleaning" title="Terrazzo Tiled Kitchen Floor Pattingham Before Cleaning" width="" height="" class="aligncenter size-full" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2>Cleaning a Terrazzo Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>To start the cleaning, I sprayed 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 &#038; Go</a> onto the floor and left it to soak for ten minutes and start breaking down the contaminants. 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 buffer machine which loosens the dirt and brings it to the surface. </p> <p>The floor was then rinsed with an Airflex Pro machine which applies water to the floor at high pressure and then extracts the waste using a powerful vacuum. This helps dislodge the soiling and ensures mess is kept to a minimum. Once this was done, I checked the floor for any stubborn areas that needed further work and repeated the process as required until I was satisfied the floor was as clean as possible.</p> <p>I then moved on to burnishing the floor which is the best way to bring up the polish on stone-based flooring. This is done 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">set of diamond encrusted burnishing pads</a> fitted to the rotary machine with added weights to increase the traction. 400, 800 and 1500 grit burnishing pads were applied in sequence rinsing and extracting after every pad. These pads further clean the Terrazzo and buildup a natural sheen. </p> <p>The corners and edges were done by hand with a handheld polisher fitted with smaller 6-inch version of the pads. After giving the floor a final rinse and extraction, it was left to dry with the aid of several air movers. </p> <h2> Sealing a Terrazzo Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>I returned the next and went over the floor with a very fine 3000-grit burnishing pad, this tightened the pores in the stone and deepens the natural sheen appearance. This final pad is applied dry with only a little water sprayed onto the floor and once done it leaves the floor ready to be sealed. </p> <p>The sealer chosen was <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which works by occupying the pores in the floor thereby preventing dirt from becoming ingrained there. It’s also fully breathable which is an important consideration when sealing old floors like this and it contains a colour enhancer that improves the look if the tile. Three coats of sealer were applied and then when dry it was buffed to a shine 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>. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2023/11/Terrazzo-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Pattingham-After-Cleaning-15145641.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Tiled Kitchen Floor Pattingham After Cleaning" title="Terrazzo Tiled Kitchen Floor Pattingham After Cleaning" width="" height="" class="aligncenter size-full" /></p> <p>For aftercare I left the client with a complimentary bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor pH Neutral Cleaner</a> to help maintain the floors appearance. It’s a mild but effective tile cleaner for use on sealed floors, many products you find in supermarkets are simply too strong for use on a sealed floor and will reduce the life of the sealer.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2023/11/Terrazzo-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Pattingham-After-Cleaning-15144840.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Tiled Kitchen Floor Pattingham After Cleaning" title="Terrazzo Tiled Kitchen Floor Pattingham After Cleaning" width="" height="" class="aligncenter size-full" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2023/11/Terrazzo-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Pattingham-After-Cleaning-15144914.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Tiled Kitchen Floor Pattingham After Cleaning" title="Terrazzo Tiled Kitchen Floor Pattingham After Cleaning" width="" height="" class="aligncenter size-full" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Terrazzo Tiled Kitchen Floor in Birmingham</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/1950s-terrazzo-kitchen-floor-tiles-renovated-in-pattingham-wolverhampton/">1950’s Terrazzo Kitchen Floor Tiles Renovated in Pattingham Wolverhampton</a> appeared first on <a href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz">Birmingham Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating a Large Terrazzo Tiled Floor in Béziers France https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-large-terrazzo-tiled-floor-in-beziers-france/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=renovating-a-large-terrazzo-tiled-floor-in-beziers-france Tile Doctor Lancashire urn:uuid:712a75e9-3544-61da-65c7-ac38ce59995b Wed, 08 Nov 2023 16:20:02 +0000 <p>The English owner of a French Chateau contacted Tile Doctor about the hard floors at their property in Béziers in the South of France. There were several floors at the property including Terrazzo, Limestone and Black and White Encaustic tiles all around a hundred years old and in a bad state of repair. There was [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-large-terrazzo-tiled-floor-in-beziers-france/">Renovating a Large Terrazzo Tiled Floor in Béziers France</a> appeared first on <a href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Lancashire</a>.</p> <p>The English owner of a <b>French Chateau</b> contacted Tile Doctor about the hard floors at their property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%A9ziers" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Béziers</a></b> in the South of France. There were several floors at the property including <b>Terrazzo</b>, Limestone and Black and White Encaustic tiles all around a hundred years old and in a bad state of repair. There was a lot to cover so for this post we will focus on the Terrazzo flooring.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2023/11/Terrazzo-Floor-Before-Renovation-Beziers-France-9248.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Floor Before Renovation Beziers France" width="" height="" title="Terrazzo Floor Before Renovation Beziers France" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>We have been known to carry out tile renovation work in other counties so we were more than happy to consider a visit to the South of France and help bring the floors back to life. Previous overseas projects have included a hotel restaurant in Addis Ababa, holiday cottages in Ireland and a villa in France.</p> <p>Luckily for us the customer had invested in some machinery that he had found on eBay but he didn’t have the technical knowledge to do the work and so had decided to seek help. Having discussed each of the floors in detail over the phone and with photographs sent via email I worked out a restoration plan for each floor. </p> <p>We supplied the products he needed and we were flown down from Manchester to Béziers Cap d&#8217;Agde Airport where we were picked up by the client, (very Hollywood). If you have never been to Béziers before it’s well worth a visit, it&#8217;s a beautiful area, well laid out, with parks and rivers, an old 12th Century Monastery and the property had great views all around.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2023/11/Tile-Doctor-Floor-Renovation-Bezier.jpg" alt="Tile Doctor Floor Renovation Bezier" width="" height="" title="Tile Doctor Floor Renovation Bezier" class="aligncenter" /></p> <h2>Deep Cleaning and Filling Terrazzo Flooring in Béziers France</h2> <p>On arrival at the property work started with setting up the machinery and conducting some preliminary cleaning tests to work out the best approach. After that however our host insisted on showing us round Béziers, it was a Saturday afternoon and we were in the South of France so why not, they certainly know how to live properly down there.</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://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2023/11/Terrazzo-Floor-Before-Renovation-Beziers-France-9250.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Floor Before Renovation Beziers France" width="" height="" title="Terrazzo Floor Before Renovation Beziers France" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2023/11/Terrazzo-Floor-Before-Renovation-Beziers-France-9251.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Floor Before Renovation Beziers France" width="" height="" title="Terrazzo Floor Before Renovation Beziers France" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>So, work started on the Sunday with the application of a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/stone-milling/34/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">200-grit Milling pad</a> and <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-oxy-gel-1-litre/169/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Oxy-Gel</a> cleaning solution. I was concerned (due to some hairline cracks in the Terrazzo) that water would seep through into the rooms below (this was a big old townhouse set on four levels) so by using a gel-based product it would be easier to control and the moisture would be kept to a minimum. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2023/11/Terrazzo-Floor-During-Cleaning-Oxy-Gel-Beziers-France-9200.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Floor During Cleaning Oxy-Gel Beziers France" width="" height="" title="Terrazzo Floor During Cleaning Oxy-Gel Beziers France" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>The resultant soiling was then extracted with a wet vacuum and attention moved to filling the cracks in the Terrazzo with a resin filler. Once the resin had cured the floor was cleaned again, this time with a 200-grit DRB Milling pad which contains diamond segments. The process was lubricated with water and progress was checked underneath several times to ensure the pad was working as expected. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2023/11/Terrazzo-Floor-During-Renovation-Beziers-France-9198.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Floor During Renovation Beziers France" width="" height="" title="Terrazzo Floor During Renovation Beziers France" class="aligncenter" /></p> <h2>Polishing a Terrazzo Floor in Béziers France</h2> <p>This work continued with increasingly finer <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/stone-burnishing/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">diamond encrusted burnishing pads</a> starting with a 400-grit Diamond burnishing pad and moving up to an 800-grit and finishing with a 1500-grit pad. Only water was used for lubrication and the soiling was extracted with a wet vacuum after each pad was applied. This method slowly improves the surface of the Terrazzo adding a long-lasting polished appearance.</p> <p>The floor was left to dry overnight and the following day treated to a spray burnish using a very fine 3000 grit burnishing pad; the pad is applied dry to the floor with only a little amount of water which is sprayed onto the surface.</p> <h2>Sealing Terrazzo Flooring in Béziers France</h2> <p>This final 3000-grit pad leaves the floor dry and allows the floor to be sealed shortly afterwards. The sealer chosen for the Terrazzo 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 colour enhancing impregnator which works by soaking into the pores preventing dirt from residing there. Sealing the floors keeps the dirt and other contaminates on the surface where it can be easily removed.</p> <p>Two coats of Colour Grow were applied and this brought out the lovely pink tones in the Terrazzo which together with the polished appearance really transformed the appearance of the floor. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2023/11/Terrazzo-Floor-After-Cleaning-Beziers-France-9245.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Floor After Cleaning Beziers France" width="" height="" title="Terrazzo Floor After Cleaning Beziers France" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>For aftercare cleaning I got the customer to purchase a five-litre bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-5-litre/26/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Cleaner</a> along with the other products. You must be careful what you clean sealed floors with as many products contain bleach and are simply too strong resulting in the premature degradation of the sealer.</p> <p>We spent the whole week at the property and as well as working on the other floors did find time to do some more sightseeing before flying back the following weekend.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of a Terrazzo Flooring in France</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-large-terrazzo-tiled-floor-in-beziers-france/">Renovating a Large Terrazzo Tiled Floor in Béziers France</a> appeared first on <a href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Lancashire</a>.</p> Modern Encaustic Floor Tiles Renovated in Marlow https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/modern-encaustic-floor-tiles-renovated-in-marlow/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=modern-encaustic-floor-tiles-renovated-in-marlow South Buckinghamshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:e35b6787-8e1c-0b9f-9f9d-0df201664858 Thu, 02 Nov 2023 09:29:35 +0000 <p>The pictures below were taken at a property in the old town of Marlow which had modern Encaustic tiles installed in the downstairs WC. Although they may appear on first appearance to be perfectly fine the owner had called us in to deal with the staining around sink area around toilet. The tiles had only [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/modern-encaustic-floor-tiles-renovated-in-marlow/">Modern Encaustic Floor Tiles Renovated in Marlow</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Buckinghamshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The pictures below were taken at a property in the old town of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlow,_Buckinghamshire" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Marlow</a></b> which had modern <b>Encaustic tiles</b> installed in the downstairs WC. Although they may appear on first appearance to be perfectly fine the owner had called us in to deal with the staining around sink area around toilet. </p> <p>The tiles had only been installed six months earlier and after surveying the floor it was clear to me that the tiler hadn’t applied enough protective sealant following installation. I quoted for deep cleaning the floor with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/stone-burnishing/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">diamond burnishing pads</a> and then re-sealing with a stronger sealer which given the small size of the floor should be completed in a day.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2023/11/Modern-Encaustic-WC-Floor-Tiles-Before-Renovation-Marlow-085410.jpg" alt="Modern Encaustic WC Floor Tiles Before Renovation Marlow" width="" height="" class="aligncenter size-full" title="Modern Encaustic WC Floor Tiles Before Renovation Marlow" /></p> <h2>Deep Cleaning an Encaustic Tiled WC Floor</h2> <p>To remove the original sealer and deep clean the encaustic tiles I started with a 200-grit burnishing pad lubricated with water. The floor was too small for a buffer machine so I used 6-inch pads fitted to a hand buffer. This action cuts back the tiles removing the stains in the process. </p> <p>After rinsing and extracting the soiling that was generated, I checked the floor to confirm the staining was gone. I could see that the 200-grit pad had done the job and there was no need to apply a coarser 100-grit so I followed up with finer 400 and 800 grit pads. Again, water was used to lubricate the process and the floor was rinsed and extracted after each pad. I went over the floor slowly to ensure each tile had a deep clean and to avoid creating any swirl marks. </p> <p>Once the 400 &#038; 800 grit pads had been applied, I buffed the tiles with a White rag to remove any excess water and get it ready for the next pad which would enhance the deep blue colours in the floor. Once the floor was dry a very fine 1500-grit pad was applied to compete the burnishing and add a slight shine to the tiles, this also leaves the floor nice and dry and ready for sealing.</p> <p> <style type="text/css"> .slider-info-1048.bafg-slider-info .bafg-slider-title { font-size: 22px; } .slider-info-1048.bafg-slider-info .bafg-slider-description { } .slider-info-1048.bafg-slider-info .bafg_slider_readmore_button { text-align: center; } .slider-info-1048.bafg-slider-info .bafg_slider_readmore_button:hover { } </style> <div style=" " class="bafg-twentytwenty-container slider-1048 default " data-label_outside="" bafg-orientation="horizontal" bafg-default-offset="0.5" bafg-before-label="Before" bafg-after-label="After" bafg-overlay="1" bafg-move-slider-on-hover="" bafg-click-to-move="" bafg-autoslide="" bafg-handle="" bafg-enable-img-link="" bafg-open-link=""> <img decoding="async" class=" bafg-before-image " src="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2023/11/Modern-Encaustic-WC-Floor-Tiles-Before-Renovation-Marlow-085410.jpg" alt="Modern Encaustic WC Floor Tiles Before Renovation Marlow"> <img decoding="async" class=" bafg-after-image " src="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2023/11/Modern-Encaustic-WC-Floor-Tiles-After-Renovation-Marlow-115815.jpg" alt="Modern Encaustic WC Floor Tiles After Renovation Marlow"> </div> <div class="bafg-slider-info-wraper"> <div style=" " class="slider-info-1048 bafg-slider-info"> </div> </div> <style> .slider-1048 .twentytwenty-overlay:hover{ background-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.5); } </style> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <h2>Sealing an Encaustic Tiled WC Floor</h2> <p>To seal the floor, I used an oil-based sealer called <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 rated for internal and external use. I allowed it to soak into the encaustic tiles which would allow the colours to really darken after the use of the burnishing pads.</p> <p>After about thirty minutes I rubbed off the excess with a White cloth and then proceeded to apply a 3000-grit buffing pad to leave a smooth surface and an even shine all over the floor. I finished off with a further coat of X-Tra Seal and left for 30 minutes and repeated the same process giving a deep colour finish and leaving the floor well protected. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2023/11/Modern-Encaustic-WC-Floor-Tiles-After-Renovation-Marlow-115815.jpg" alt="Modern Encaustic WC Floor Tiles After Renovation Marlow" width="" height="" class="aligncenter size-full" title="Modern Encaustic WC Floor Tiles After Renovation Marlow" /></p> <p>The customer where very happy with the result and recommended us to friends of theirs who had the same tiled floor. Before leaving I spent a few minutes to discuss aftercare cleaning, which for this floor I recommend <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Neutral Tile Cleaner</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of Stained Encaustic Tiles in Buckinghamshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/modern-encaustic-floor-tiles-renovated-in-marlow/">Modern Encaustic Floor Tiles Renovated in Marlow</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Buckinghamshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Multiple Victorian Tiled Floors Restored in Boston https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/multiple-victorian-tiled-floors-restored-in-boston/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=multiple-victorian-tiled-floors-restored-in-boston South Lincolnshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:64857318-adcc-70cc-7e28-7ccc99c2acb4 Mon, 30 Oct 2023 08:24:49 +0000 <p>I recently worked on several Victorian Tiled floors at a property in the Lincolnshire market town of Boston. With a few exceptions the tiles were generally in good condition and just needed a deep clean and fresh seal. The exceptions were a several areas of loose tiles that needed to be refitted before the cleaning [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/multiple-victorian-tiled-floors-restored-in-boston/">Multiple Victorian Tiled Floors Restored in Boston</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Lincolnshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I recently worked on several <b>Victorian Tiled</b> floors at a property in the Lincolnshire market town of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston,_Lincolnshire" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Boston</a></b>. With a few exceptions the tiles were generally in good condition and just needed a deep clean and fresh seal. The exceptions were a several areas of loose tiles that needed to be refitted before the cleaning process could begin. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/78/2023/10/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Before-Restoration-Boston-31091007.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Before Restoration Boston" width="" height="" class="aligncenter size-full" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Before Restoration Boston" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/78/2023/10/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Before-Restoration-Boston-31091008.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Before Restoration Boston" width="" height="" class="aligncenter size-full" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Before Restoration Boston" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Lose tiles are a quote common with tiled floor of this age and something I am more than happy to deal with. Another issue was that some of the floors had been covered in carpet and there were still some remnants of underlay stuck to the tiles when I arrived. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/78/2023/10/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Before-Restoration-Boston-31133047.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Before Restoration Boston" width="" height="" class="aligncenter size-full " title="Victorian Hallway Floor Before Restoration Boston" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/78/2023/10/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-Before-Restoration-Boston-31090954.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor Before Restoration Boston" width="" height="" class="aligncenter size-full " title="Victorian Tiled Floor Before Restoration Boston" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Old floors like this were not built with a damp-proof membrane under the floor to stop moisture rising up from the subfloor, as a result the tiles should be left to breathe and not covered up or this can result in a build-up of damp and the appearance of efflorescence. I had to consider this when planning the restoration and I made sure to point out to the owner that it would be necessary to use a fully breathable sealer. </p> <h2>Restoring Victorian Floor Tiles in Boston</h2> <p>On the first day I set about lifting the loose tiles, cleaning up the base and then re-securing the original Victorian tiles with fresh adhesive and grout. It’s always interesting when lifting old tiles as some manufacturers such as Minton marked their products underneath. After making the repairs I left the floor to set fully overnight.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/78/2023/10/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-During-Restoration-Boston-01104914.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor During Restoration Boston" width="" height="" class="aligncenter size-full " title="Victorian Hallway Floor During Restoration Boston" /></p> <p>I came back on day and setup my equipment ready for deep cleaning the tiles. Working in sections 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 is our go to Tile and Grout Cleaner. This is sprayed into the tiles and then left to soak in for at least ten minutes before being worked 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</a> and then <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 diamond pad</a> fitted to a weighted buffer machine. </p> <p>The pads are run over each part of the floor which generates a lot of soiling and then the soiling is removed using an industrial wet vacuum. Once complete each section is reviewed and any stubborn areas retreated to the same process or spot cleaned by hand as necessary until I was happy the floor was clean.</p> <p>Once the initial clean was done I treated the floor to an acid rinse with an application of <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 step further cleans up the tiles, removes grout smears and will also dissolve any efflorescent salts lurking in the tiles. After a final rinse and extraction, the cleaning process was completed and the floor was left to dry out overnight.</p> <h2>Sealing Victorian Floor Tiles in Boston</h2> <p>On the third day the floor was first tested with a damp meter to ensure it had dried before starting to apply the sealer. This is an important check as applying a sealer to a damp floor can result in a patchy appearance.</p> <p>I had discussed the different types of sealer with the owner when I came to survey the floor and it was clear they preferred a matt rather than glossy appearance; also given we needed to use a fully breathable sealer I decided to go with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which would also improve the colours in the tiles.</p> <p>Several coats were applied, allowing time between each coat to dry. Fortunately, I had a couple of floors to work on so as one was drying, I was able to apply sealer to the other.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/78/2023/10/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-After-Restoration-Boston-04142525.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor After Restoration Boston" width="" height="" class="aligncenter size-full " title="Victorian Tiled Floor After Restoration Boston" /></p> <p>The floors were transformed by the work and the new sealer should keep them looking that way for many years to come. Before leaving I took time to discuss on-going maintenance cleaning with the owner and recommended they use a pH neutral tile cleaning 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>. I always mention this as other products are simply too strong and contain bleach which can damage the sealer reducing its life. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/78/2023/10/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-After-Restoration-Boston-04142924.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor After Restoration Boston" width="" height="" class="aligncenter size-full " title="Victorian Hallway Floor After Restoration Boston" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Multiple Victorian Tiled Floors in Lincolnshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz/multiple-victorian-tiled-floors-restored-in-boston/">Multiple Victorian Tiled Floors Restored in Boston</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-lincolnshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Lincolnshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Heavily Soiled Limestone Floor Renovated in Lode Cambridge https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/heavily-soiled-limestone-floor-renovated-in-lode-cambridge/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=heavily-soiled-limestone-floor-renovated-in-lode-cambridge Cambridge Tile Doctor urn:uuid:9018493c-96ec-7297-cd4d-16ddc9a5816e Fri, 20 Oct 2023 10:18:12 +0000 <p>I was contacted by a homeowner from the village of Lode near Cambridge about their beautiful Limestone floor that ran through most of the ground floor but mostly evident in the Kitchen. The floor had not been deep cleaned and sealed for some years, and now with the sealer failing dirt was becoming lodged in [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/heavily-soiled-limestone-floor-renovated-in-lode-cambridge/">Heavily Soiled Limestone Floor Renovated in Lode Cambridge</a> appeared first on <a href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz">Cambridge Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was contacted by a homeowner from the village of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lode,_Cambridgeshire" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Lode</a></b> near Cambridge about their beautiful <b>Limestone floor</b> that ran through most of the ground floor but mostly evident in the Kitchen.</p> <p>The floor had not been deep cleaned and sealed for some years, and now with the sealer failing dirt was becoming lodged in the pores of the stone making it difficult to keep clean. What was once an attractive Limestone floor was now looking very grubby and un-appealing. The owner unhappy with its appearance asked if I could pop over and provide a price for renovating the floor.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2023/10/Limestone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Lode-Cambridge-13092254.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Lode Cambridge" title="Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Lode Cambridge" width="" height="" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1434" srcset="https://Cambridge.TileDoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2023/10/Limestone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Lode-Cambridge-13092254.jpg 800w, https://Cambridge.TileDoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2023/10/Limestone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Lode-Cambridge-13092254-300x225.jpg 300w, https://Cambridge.TileDoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2023/10/Limestone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Lode-Cambridge-13092254-768x576.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 800px) 100vw, 800px" /></p> <p>I went over to survey the tiles and provide a quote as requested. It was immediately clear to me that as suspected the sealer had definitely worn off and dirt was now building up in the pores of the stone where it’s difficult to shift. Whilst there I conducted a test clean of the floor so they could see the difference we could achieve and it was quite a contrast.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2023/10/Limestone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Lode-Cambridge-13092304.jpg" title="Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Lode Cambridge" alt="Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Lode Cambridge" width="" height="" class="aligncenter size-full" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2023/10/Limestone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Lode-Cambridge-13092232.jpg" title="Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Lode Cambridge" alt="Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Lode Cambridge" width="" height="" class="aligncenter size-full" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Happy with the potential transformation I was booked to do the work and replace some grout that was missing in places.</p> <h2>Cleaning and Burnishing Limestone Tiles</h2> <p>Before beginning the restoration, I took the necessary precaution of covering the walls and kitchen units to protect them from exposure to cleaning products or mess. </p> <p>Once that was done, I started the cleaning by applying <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a>, which is a high-performance stripping and cleaning agent, to break down what was left of the sealer. This product can also be used to clean the stone itself, as well as the grout lines. I applied a strong dilution to the Limestone and grout lines and then let it soak in for ten minutes before scrubbing it in with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black pad</a> fitted to a rotary buffer machine. Once done the soiling was rinsed away with water and removed with our high-pressure van mounted extraction system.</p> <p>After completing the initial cleaning process, I moved on to restoring the polish to the tiles which we do with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/stone-burnishing-pads/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">set of diamond encrusted Burnishing Pads</a>. 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 starts with the application of a coarse 400-grit pad, fitted to a rotary machine, to grind away any excess muck and sealant lubricated with a little water. The resultant slurry is rinsed away and I followed up with the application of the Medium 800 grit pad to start the restoration of the polish again with a small amount of water, followed by the Fine 1500 grit pad for the second polish. </p> <p>Before finishing for the day, I regrouted those areas that needed attention and then left the floor to dry off overnight.</p> <h2>Sealing Limestone Tiles</h2> <p>The next day I started with the application of the last burnishing pad which is a very fine 3000-grit pad to achieve the most refined and highest quality polish possible. The process of burnishing is a gradual but highly effective means of achieving this kind of finish. This last pad is applied dry with only a little water sprayed onto the surface and leaves the floor dry.</p> <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 so to seal the floor we 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 a premium impregnating sealer that works by occupying the pores in the tile thereby preventing dirt from becoming lodged there.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2023/10/Limestone-Floor-After-Renovation-Lode-Cambridge-1664000.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor After Renovation Lode Cambridge" title="Limestone Floor After Renovation Lode Cambridge" width="" height="" class="aligncenter size-full" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2023/10/Limestone-Floor-After-Renovation-Lode-Cambridge-16164022.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor After Renovation Lode Cambridge" title="Limestone Floor After Renovation Lode Cambridge" width="" height="" class="aligncenter size-full" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I completed the job just in time for Christmas 2022 and as you can see from the photos the Limestone was transformed. Needless to say, the client was extremely happy with the result and pleased the floor would be in good shape in time for the festivities.</p> <p>For the regular cleaning of polished stone like this floor 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 Doctor Stone Soap</a> which is a gentle yet effective tile cleaner that helps maintain the patina.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2023/10/Limestone-Floor-After-Renovation-Lode-Cambridge-16163949.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor After Renovation Lode Cambridge" title="Limestone Floor After Renovation Lode Cambridge" width="" height="" class="aligncenter size-full" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Polishing of a Dull Limestone Tiled Floor in Cambridgeshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz/heavily-soiled-limestone-floor-renovated-in-lode-cambridge/">Heavily Soiled Limestone Floor Renovated in Lode Cambridge</a> appeared first on <a href="https://cambridge.tiledoctor.biz">Cambridge Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Polishing a Grand Marble Hallway at Crakemarsh Hall Uttoxeter https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/polishing-a-grand-marble-hallway-at-crakemarsh-hall-uttoxeter/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=polishing-a-grand-marble-hallway-at-crakemarsh-hall-uttoxeter Staffordshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:a1ca3fb6-112b-c625-c1da-c0018cac757a Wed, 18 Oct 2023 11:47:42 +0000 <p>The pictures below are of a Marble tiled floor installed in the hallway of a property at Crakemarsh Hall, near Uttoxeter. The Marble had lost its shine due to several years of wear and was now looking quite flat and uninteresting. This happens with highly polished floors which need to be re-polished every six to [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/polishing-a-grand-marble-hallway-at-crakemarsh-hall-uttoxeter/">Polishing a Grand Marble Hallway at Crakemarsh Hall Uttoxeter</a> appeared first on <a href="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz">Staffordshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The pictures below are of a <b>Marble tiled floor</b> installed in the hallway of a property at Crakemarsh Hall, near <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uttoxeter" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Uttoxeter</a></b>. The Marble had lost its shine due to several years of wear and was now looking quite flat and uninteresting. This happens with highly polished floors which need to be re-polished every six to 12 months if you want to keep them looking fabulous. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2023/10/Marble-Floor-Before-Polishing-Crakemarsh-Hall-Uttoxeter-0378.jpg" alt="Marble Floor Before Polishing Crakemarsh Hall Uttoxeter" width="" height="" class="aligncenter size-full" title="Marble Floor Before Polishing Crakemarsh Hall Uttoxeter" /></p> <p>Naturally my client had become unhappy with the dull appearance of the stone and I was asked to call round and put the shine back. I viewed the floor and talked them through the polishing process. I left them with a quote which they were happy to accept.</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://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2023/10/Marble-Floor-Before-Polishing-Crakemarsh-Hall-Uttoxeter-0375.jpg" alt="Marble Floor Before Polishing Crakemarsh Hall Uttoxeter" width="" height="" title="Marble Floor Before Polishing Crakemarsh Hall Uttoxeter" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2023/10/Marble-Floor-Before-Polishing-Crakemarsh-Hall-Uttoxeter-0377.jpg" alt="Marble Floor Before Polishing Crakemarsh Hall Uttoxeter" width="" height="" title="Marble Floor Before Polishing Crakemarsh Hall Uttoxeter" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2> Cleaning a Marble Tiled Hallway Floor and Grout</h2> <p>The first job was to clean the floor using a rotary floor machine fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Black pad</a> to scrub in <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> which is an effective alkaline tile and grout cleaner. I used a medium dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Pro-Clean</a> sprayed onto the tiles and left to soak in for ten minutes before scrubbing. </p> <p>These pads can struggle to get right into the grout so I used a hand-held scrubbing brush along the grout lines to tackle any stubborn grout stains and dirt hiding in the recesses. The soiling was then rinsed off the floor with water and extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <h2>Polishing a Marble Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>Work then commenced on polishing the Marble for which I used several grades of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">diamond burnishing pads</a> starting with a coarse 400-grit. Only water is needed to help lubricate the process and once the pad has been run over each tile at least three times the soiling is rinsed off and extracted with the wet vacuum as before. This process is then repeated with the 800 and 1500-grit pad until you reach the 3000-grit pad which is applied with only a little water sprayed onto the tiles.</p> <h2>Sealing Marble Floor Tiles </h2> <p>To add a deep durable polish to the Marble I then applied <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-shine-powder-1kg-tub/18/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Polishing Powder</a> which is spread over the floor ground into the marble using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-white/30/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">White polishing pad</a>. I also went around the edges with a handheld buffing machine fitted with smaller 6&#8243; pads. </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://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2023/10/Marble-Floor-After-Polishing-Crakemarsh-Hall-Uttoxeter-0407.jpg" alt="Marble Floor After Polishing Crakemarsh Hall Uttoxeter" width="" height="" title="Marble Floor After Polishing Crakemarsh Hall Uttoxeter" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2023/10/Marble-Floor-After-Polishing-Crakemarsh-Hall-Uttoxeter-0406.jpg" alt="Marble Floor After Polishing Crakemarsh Hall Uttoxeter" width="" height="" title="Marble Floor After Polishing Crakemarsh Hall Uttoxeter" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I finished the floor by using a super high speed burnishing machine fitted with a White polishing pad to remove any marks left on the floor. My client was so happy that they have booked in for an annual <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/maintenance-plan-system-annual-fee/184/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Maintenance clean</a> for next year to keep the floor in top condition. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2023/10/Marble-Floor-After-Polishing-Crakemarsh-Hall-Uttoxeter-0404.jpg" alt="Marble Floor After Polishing Crakemarsh Hall Uttoxeter" width="" height="" class="aligncenter size-full" title="Marble Floor After Polishing Crakemarsh Hall Uttoxeter" /></p> <p>Before leaving I also encouraged then to clean the floor using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a> which is a mild but effective cleaning solution that helps maintain the patina on polished stone. Many of the floor cleaning products you find in supermarkets are simply too strong for use on a sealed floor.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in Worcestershire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/polishing-a-grand-marble-hallway-at-crakemarsh-hall-uttoxeter/">Polishing a Grand Marble Hallway at Crakemarsh Hall Uttoxeter</a> appeared first on <a href="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz">Staffordshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> End of Tenancy Renovation of Porcelain Tile and Grout in Chalfont St Peter https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/end-of-tenancy-renovation-of-porcelain-tile-and-grout-in-chalfont-st-peter/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=end-of-tenancy-renovation-of-porcelain-tile-and-grout-in-chalfont-st-peter South Buckinghamshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:ae2caaa3-7da9-6c70-e125-505f63e44e15 Mon, 16 Oct 2023 13:04:30 +0000 <p>I recently paid a visit to a rental property in Chalfont St Peter which had Porcelain tiled floor which needed an End of Tenancy Clean. Porcelain tiling is a great choice for a rental property as its very to maintain however in this case it was the grout that was letting the floor down. It [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/end-of-tenancy-renovation-of-porcelain-tile-and-grout-in-chalfont-st-peter/">End of Tenancy Renovation of Porcelain Tile and Grout in Chalfont St Peter</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Buckinghamshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I recently paid a visit to a rental property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chalfont St Peter" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Chalfont St Peter</a></b> which had <b>Porcelain tiled floor</b> which needed an End of Tenancy Clean. Porcelain tiling is a great choice for a rental property as its very to maintain however in this case it was the grout that was letting the floor down. </p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2023/10/Porcelain-Tiled-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Chalfont-St-Peter.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Chalfont St Peter" title="Porcelain Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Chalfont St Peter" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter size-full" /></p> <p>It seems the previous tenant had tried using a white grout pen to colour the grout lines when they first moved in and since then the colourant has started flaking off resulting in a very patchy appearance and the exposed grout becoming darker. </p> <p>The client wanted me to come in and clean the floor and to make the grout lines unison. The property wasn’t going to be rented out again as the owner was planning to move back in after living abroad for several years.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning Porcelain Tile and Grout</h2> <p>On the first day I started giving the Porcelain tile and grout a much needed deep clean using a Rocky floor machine fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-mega-240-grit-carborundum-silicone-carbide-brush/1270/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Silicon Carbide brush</a> and lubricated 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>. Carbide brushes are perfect for hard floor cleaning and in this case had the additional advantage of cleaning away the flaky grout pen. </p> <p>This cleaning process was applied section by section vacuuming up the slurry with a wet vacuum along the way. I then hand scrubbed the grout lines 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">Grout Colourant Pre-Treat Cleaner</a> which is an effective ready-to-use cleaner designed to lightly etch the surface of the grout to ensure a better adhesion with the colourant. It also removes dirt, soil, soap scum and hard water deposits from grout joints. Once everywhere had been treated I mopped the floor with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Neutral Tile Cleaner</a>, rinsed with water, extracted with the wet vacuum again before finally leaving the floor to dry off overnight. </p> <h2>Applying White Grout Colourant to a Porcelain Tiled Floor</h2> <p>On day two I knew my main problem would be making sure that the White <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">grout colourant</a> was able to adhere to those areas of grout that had been coloured with the pen. I didn’t have to worry though as it worked perfectly. The application basically involves using a small brush to push the colourant into the grout lines and gently cleaning up the edge of the tiles to remove the excess colourant before it can dry. </p> <p>After the first coat dried it brighten the floor massively however in some of areas you could still make out the old from the new so I needed to give the grout lines a second coat using the same technique as before. Once the second coat had been applied, I allowed it to settle and go off before giving the floor a check over to make sure I was happy with the result.</p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2023/10/Porcelain-Tiled-Floor-After-Cleaning-Grout-Colouring-Chalfont-St-Peter.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tiled Floor After Cleaning Chalfont St Peter" title="Porcelain Tiled Floor After Cleaning Chalfont St Peter" width="80%" height="" class="aligncenter size-full" /></p> <p>My customer was over the moon with the difference and was much relieved that the floor had been restored after the condition the previous tenants had left it in.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Grout Restoration Services in Buckinghamshire</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz/end-of-tenancy-renovation-of-porcelain-tile-and-grout-in-chalfont-st-peter/">End of Tenancy Renovation of Porcelain Tile and Grout in Chalfont St Peter</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-buckinghamshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Buckinghamshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Repair and Restoration of Victorian Tiled Hallway in Walsall https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/repair-and-restoration-of-victorian-tiled-hallway-in-walsall/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=repair-and-restoration-of-victorian-tiled-hallway-in-walsall Birmingham Tile Doctor urn:uuid:28b59e06-a0d5-6236-7334-9a7231d0b015 Sat, 14 Oct 2023 16:24:07 +0000 <p>The client had lived at this property in Walsall for a few years and decided that they wanted to finally sort out their Victorian hallway which needed restoration. I went over to the property to survey the floor and advised that with repairs, cleaning and sealing the process would take three days. Having worked on [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/repair-and-restoration-of-victorian-tiled-hallway-in-walsall/">Repair and Restoration of Victorian Tiled Hallway in Walsall</a> appeared first on <a href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz">Birmingham Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The client had lived at this property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walsall" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Walsall</a></b> for a few years and decided that they wanted to finally sort out their Victorian hallway which needed restoration. I went over to the property to survey the floor and advised that with repairs, cleaning and sealing the process would take three days. Having worked on numerous floors like these before I was very confident that we could repair the floor where needed and restore its appearance. I provided them with a quote which was accepted and the job 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://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2023/10/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Walsall-Before-Renovation-0809093439.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Walsall Before Renovation" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Walsall Before Renovation" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2023/10/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Walsall-Before-Renovation-0809093445.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Walsall Before Renovation" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Walsall Before Renovation" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>During the survey I noticed that at some point in the floors long history someone had made repairs to a couple of doorway borders with random tiles so the pattern was incorrect. I agreed to rectify this as part of the restoration.</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://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2023/10/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Walsall-Before-Repair-0809093355.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Walsall Before Repair" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Walsall Before Repair" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2023/10/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Walsall-Before-Repair-0809093413.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Walsall Before Repair" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Walsall Before Repair" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2>Restoring a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>Before starting the cleaning work, it made sense to address the tiling issues so my first course of action was to prise up the tiles along the doorway borders. The tiles in these sections had to be completely removed and then the base cleaned up so they could be re-laid along with matching replacements to correct the pattern. The replica tiles I had sourced needed to be carefully cut to size to ensure a good fit with the original. After resetting the tiles and re-grouting I left them to dry overnight.</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://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2023/10/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Walsall-During-Repair-0809111428.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Walsall During Repair" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Walsall During Repair" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2023/10/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Walsall-During-Repair-0809105220.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Walsall During Repair" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Walsall During Repair" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The next day I was able to move onto deep cleaning the floor using a mixture 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 &#038; Go</a> and <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 was allowed to dwell for 15 minutes before it was scrubbed into using a weighted rotary machine with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-mega-120-grit-carborundum-silicone-carbide-brush/1269/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">120-grit carbon silicone pad</a>. This pad is very effective and gets right into the pores of the tiles, the edges were done by hand using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/diamond-hand-burnishing-block-red-200-grit/237/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">200-grit diamond block</a>. </p> <p><img decoding="async" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2023/10/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Walsall-During-Renovation-0810_105643.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Walsall During Renovation" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Walsall During Renovation" class="aligncenter" /></p> <p>I then rinsed the floor with an Airflex Pro machine which applies water under high pressure to the floor and then removes it with a powerful vacuum leaving the floor clean of all soils and almost dry. Its an expensive machine but a real time saver.</p> <p>I then gave the floor and acid wash to further clean up the tiles and neutralise any potential efflorescent salt issues that can be a problem with old floors like this. To do this I applied 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> and this time worked it in with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-400-grit-coarse-red-no-1-burnishing-pad/36/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">400-grit burnishing pad</a>. The floor was then rinsed as before with the Airflex Pro and I used a couple of air movers to help speed dry the floor. </p> <p>Before finishing for the day I used the buffer machine one last time to burnish the floor with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-3000-grit-very-fine-salmon-no-4-burnishing-pad/39/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">3000-grit burnishing pad</a> to add some natural sheen. I then followed this up with the application of a coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-oil-1-litre/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Oil</a>, this helps bring back the colour of the tiles and I find it reduces efflorescence which can appear overnight. </p> <h2> Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>To assist with drying I asked the client to leave the air movers running during the evening and to put them back on in the morning. This worked well and by the next day I was able to seal the floor. </p> <p>To seal I applied 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 is fully breathable which is an important consideration when choosing a sealer for a floor that doesn’t have a damp-proof membrane. The sealer really enhanced the colour in the Victorian tiles and will give strong protection against future staining. </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://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2023/10/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Walsall-After-Renovation-0811114050.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Walsall After Renovation" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Walsall After Renovation" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2023/10/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Walsall-After-Renovation-0811114117.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Walsall After Renovation" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Walsall After Renovation" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The tiles were then buffed with a White pad to remove excess sealer and further bring up its appearance. For aftercare I left the client a bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor pH Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> to help maintain the appearance of 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://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2023/10/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Walsall-After-Renovation-0811114016.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Walsall After Renovation" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Walsall After Renovation" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2023/10/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Walsall-After-Renovation-0811114102.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Walsall After Renovation" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Walsall After Renovation" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3> Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in Birmingham</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz/repair-and-restoration-of-victorian-tiled-hallway-in-walsall/">Repair and Restoration of Victorian Tiled Hallway in Walsall</a> appeared first on <a href="https://birmingham.tiledoctor.biz">Birmingham Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating a Flagstone Floor at an 18th Century Public House in Chatham https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-flagstone-floor-at-an-18th-century-public-house-in-chatham/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=renovating-a-flagstone-floor-at-an-18th-century-public-house-in-chatham North Kent Tile Doctor urn:uuid:92000aa8-4757-b7ef-03f0-7d66df131061 Tue, 12 Sep 2023 08:15:21 +0000 <p>I received a request to quote for renovating a large flagstone floor in the basement of Command House pub in Chatham. The company that engaged us had been performing a major refit of the Grade II listed building and the basement was next in line for renovation. The building dates to the 18th century and [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-flagstone-floor-at-an-18th-century-public-house-in-chatham/">Renovating a Flagstone Floor at an 18th Century Public House in Chatham</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz">North Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I received a request to quote for renovating a large flagstone floor in the basement of Command House pub in Chatham. The company that engaged us had been performing a major refit of the Grade II listed building and the basement was next in line for renovation.</p> <p>The building dates to the 18th century and being part of the famous Chatham Dockyard had a long military history and was no doubt visited by Lord Nelson. At some point in the 20th century, it was converted into a public house. The 70sqm basement was to be a feature of the pub but the flagstone floor had been neglected for seemingly most of its life and we were tasked with getting the best out of it that it could offer. </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-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2023/09/Flagstone-Basement-Pub-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Chatham-2.jpg" alt="Flagstone Basement Pub Floor Before Cleaning Chatham" width="" height="" title="Flagstone Basement Pub Floor Before Cleaning Chatham" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2023/09/Flagstone-Basement-Pub-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Chatham-1.jpg" alt="Flagstone Basement Pub Floor Before Cleaning Chatham" width="" height="" title="Flagstone Basement Pub Floor Before Cleaning Chatham" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Having inspected the floor I conducted a few cleaning tests and provided a quotation for its renovation which would include a deep cleaning of the flagstones and mortar and sealing with a hard-wearing sealer. Happy with my quote I was asked to go ahead with the work and a date set to start the renovation.</p> <p><center><img decoding="async" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2023/09/Flagstone-Basement-Pub-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Chatham-5.jpg" alt="Flagstone Basement Pub Floor Before Cleaning Chatham" width="" height="" title="Flagstone Basement Pub Floor Before Cleaning Chatham" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning a Neglected Flagstone Basement Floor in Chatham</h2> <p>Work started with the application of a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> which is our go to alkaline Tile and Grout cleaner. This was left to soak in for ten minutes before being worked in 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">set of diamond encrusted burnishing pads</a> fitted to a weighed floor buffer. </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-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2023/09/Flagstone-Basement-Pub-Floor-During-Cleaning-Chatham-2.jpg" alt="Flagstone Basement Pub Floor During Cleaning Chatham" width="" height="" title="Flagstone Basement Pub Floor During Cleaning Chatham" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2023/09/Flagstone-Basement-Pub-Floor-During-Cleaning-Chatham-1.jpg" alt="Flagstone Basement Pub Floor During Cleaning Chatham" width="" height="" title="Flagstone Basement Pub Floor During Cleaning Chatham" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>You start with a coarse 400-grit pad lubricating with water as the pad is passed over each part of the stone floor three to four times, the soiling is then rinsed off the floor and extracted with a wet vacuum and you move onto the next pad in the sequence i.e., 800, then 1500 grit. Due to the rough nature of the flagstone and the sheer size of the basement meant that 4 sets of pads were needed to loosen and remove the years of dirt. </p> <p>Last step of the cleaning phase was to give the stone an acid wash using a weak 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 was done to neutralise the pH level of the floor after the use of the alkaline cleaner, it will also counter any efflorescent salts lurking in the stone which can be a problem with old floors like this that were laid without a damp proof membrane. </p> <p>It took two of us working together a full day to complete the cleaning but by the end of the day the whole floor was cleaned and prepped for the next step which would involve applying a sealer to the stone. Happy with our progress, we left for the day for the floor to settle and dry for the sealing process.</p> <h2>Sealing a Flagstone Basement Floor in Chatham</h2> <p>Upon our return, we performed multiple point moisture tests around the basement. A lot of water had been used in the cleaning process and we were conscious that we were below ground and very near the Medway River.</p> <p>Happy that all was in order, work proceeded to seal the floor with <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 a hard-wearing oil-based sealer that puts the life back in the stone. This sealer is known as an impregnator which works by soaking into the pores of the stone occupying the space and preventing dirt from residing there in future. This product it is also a breathable sealer that can be used externally and so more than capable of dealing with any damp issues which may occur later.</p> <p><center><img decoding="async" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2023/09/Flagstone-Basement-Pub-Floor-After-Renovation-Chatham-6.jpg" alt="Flagstone Basement Pub Floor After Renovation Chatham" width="" height="" title="Flagstone Basement Pub Floor After Renovation Chatham" /></center></p> <p>It was a very satisfying job as the colours that came through from the once very grey and lifeless floor really gave the room a new perspective. It will be interesting to see what they do next with it.</p> <p><center><img decoding="async" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2023/09/Flagstone-Basement-Pub-Floor-After-Renovation-Chatham-2.jpg" alt="Flagstone Basement Pub Floor After Renovation Chatham" width="" height="" title="Flagstone Basement Pub Floor After Renovation Chatham" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of an Old Flagstone Basement Floor in Kent</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-flagstone-floor-at-an-18th-century-public-house-in-chatham/">Renovating a Flagstone Floor at an 18th Century Public House in Chatham</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz">North Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Communal Victorian Tiled Hallway Restored in Belsize Park NW3 https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/communal-victorian-tiled-hallway-restored-in-belsize-park-nw3/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=communal-victorian-tiled-hallway-restored-in-belsize-park-nw3 North London Tile Doctor urn:uuid:3fafdcb8-6c06-d29e-7bb0-680511f99fc0 Fri, 08 Sep 2023 08:57:41 +0000 <p>Details below of the recent restoration of a small Victorian Tiled Hallway at a property in Belsize Park NW3. The hallway provided access to several flats and had previously been covered in carpet. The carpet has been secured to the tiles with gripper rod that had been glued to the tiles and there was a [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/communal-victorian-tiled-hallway-restored-in-belsize-park-nw3/">Communal Victorian Tiled Hallway Restored in Belsize Park NW3</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz">North London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Details below of the recent restoration of a small <b>Victorian Tiled Hallway</b> at a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belsize_Park" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Belsize Park</a></b> NW3. The hallway provided access to several flats and had previously been covered in carpet. The carpet has been secured to the tiles with gripper rod that had been glued to the tiles and there was a section of broken tiles in front of the staircase that had been removed leaving an obvious hole in 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-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2023/09/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Restoration-Belsize-Park-6096-768x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Belsize Park" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Belsize Park" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2023/09/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Restoration-Belsize-Park-6098-768x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Belsize Park" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Belsize Park" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I carried out a survey of the floor to determine the main issues and took numerous photographs and measurements so I could locate suitable replacements. I knew that locating replacements wouldn’t be difficult as there are a few companies that specialise in this sort of thing and I know several members of the Tile Doctor network who have built up quite a collection. Once I was armed with all the costs, I email over a quote to the managing agent which was accepted and a date scheduled for the work to start.</p> <h2>Repair and Cleaning of a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor in Belsize Park</h2> <p>Work started by carefully removing the gripper rod and cleaning up the areas where I would need to fit replacement tiles. Tiles were then cut to fit the existing pattern and colours and dry fitted into place making small adjustments along the way until I was satisfied that I had replicated the pattern exactly. Only then were the replacements fixed into place with fresh adhesive. This type of tile restoration work is quite meticulous and the whole of the first day was spent with repairs alone.</p> <p>I returned on day two to deep clean the whole floor using a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a>. This product is designed for removing old sealers but is also good at softening adhesives and other contaminates so they can be scrubbed off. I follow the recommended process of spraying the solution onto the surface and then letting it sit for ten minutes so it has time to breakdown the contaminates before being worked 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 pad</a>. Once done it was rinsed off with water and the resultant soiling extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>The next step was to neutralise the floor and counter any efflorescent salts that may have built up in the tiles whilst it was covered in carpet. Old floors like these don’t have the benefit of a damp proof membrane and shouldn’t be covered as it can prevent moisture from rising through the tile and evaporating at the surface. With the carpet gone the floor can breathe again and this can lead to trapped efflorescence salts appearing. We guard against this by giving the floor an acid wash using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a> and then rinsing off with water and extracting as before.</p> <h2> Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>I left the floor to dry out overnight and returned on day three to apply the sealer which will protect it from dirt becoming ingrained in the tile and improve the appearance.</p> <p>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 which is an oil-based sealer that’s full breathable and will allow for moisture to rise through the tiles un-impeded. The oil in the sealer has the added advantage of restoring the colours in the tiles and certainly in this case put the life back in 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-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2023/09/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Restoration-Belsize-Park-6105-768x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Belsize Park" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Belsize Park" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2023/09/Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Restoration-Belsize-Park-6104-768x1024.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Belsize Park" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Belsize Park" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Once done the original floor which must have been at least 100-years old was completely transformed and the tiled floor added a bit of class to the entrance to the property.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in North London</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/communal-victorian-tiled-hallway-restored-in-belsize-park-nw3/">Communal Victorian Tiled Hallway Restored in Belsize Park NW3</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz">North London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Damaged Victorian Tiled Path Restored in Chatham Kent https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/damaged-victorian-tiled-path-restored-in-chatham-kent/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=damaged-victorian-tiled-path-restored-in-chatham-kent North Kent Tile Doctor urn:uuid:28e2ca16-db22-59ee-6565-be2c7c9f24ca Thu, 17 Aug 2023 10:00:58 +0000 <p>Tile Doctor was contacted by a couple in Chatham, Kent wishing to explore the options for repairing the badly damaged and worn Victorian pathway that led up to their property. I arranged a time to take a look at the path, conduct a survey of its condition and produce a quotation for restoring it; this [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/damaged-victorian-tiled-path-restored-in-chatham-kent/">Damaged Victorian Tiled Path Restored in Chatham Kent</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz">North Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Tile Doctor was contacted by a couple in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chatham,_Kent" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Chatham</a></b>, Kent wishing to explore the options for repairing the badly damaged and worn <b>Victorian pathway</b> that led up to their property. I arranged a time to take a look at the path, conduct a survey of its condition and produce a quotation for restoring it; this is something we are happy to do free of charge. </p> <p>I could see immediately that many of the tiles in the path were damaged so I started by closely inspecting each tile and cataloguing the missing and badly damaged tiles that I would need to find replacements for. Whilst there I discussed in detail the process, timescales and results they could expect from a 100-year-old pathway. As is so often the case with very old floors and paths, perfection is not sought after &#8211; time and again it is all about preserving the character.</p> <p><center><img decoding="async" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2023/08/Victorian-Pathway-Before-Cleaning-Chatham-3.jpg" alt="Victorian Pathway Before Cleaning Chatham" width="" height="" title="Victorian Pathway Before Cleaning Chatham" /></center></p> <p>Once all questions had been answered, I went away and put together a quote. I calculated that the work would take a week to complete, given that there were 194 tiles to replace. Happy with the submitted quote, we booked the dates, prayed for dry weather and the replacement tiles were ordered.</p> <h2> Repairing and Cleaning a Victorian Tiled Pathway</h2> <p>The first two days were spent removing the broken tiles and preparing the path for the replacement tiles. This is tricky work as removing a tile can upset the tiles adjacent thereby making the job bigger and best avoided. Work progressed steadily until the middle of the week when work was interrupted with rain showers but I managed to progress nevertheless. The tiles were replaced and left to set overnight and the next day the deep clean started. </p> <p><center><img decoding="async" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2023/08/Victorian-Pathway-During-Restoration-Chatham-6429.jpg" alt="Victorian Pathway During Restoration Chatham" width="" height="" title="Victorian Pathway During Restoration Chatham" /></center></p> <p>To remove what looked like a 100-years of dirt I applied a coarse <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/flexi-segment-17-inch-200-grit-diamond-floor-pad/1288/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Flexi-Segment Diamond pad</a> fitted to a weighted floor buffer and lubricated with a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> which is a powerful alkaline tile cleaner. This shifted the worst of the ingrained dirt turning the cleaning solution into a dark slurry as I went. The slurry was then rinsed off with water and extracted from the path using a wet vacuum.</p> <p>This process was then repeated using a medium <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-800-grit-medium-blue-no-2-burnishing-pad/37/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">800-Grit burnishing pad</a> with just water, to perform a second and final clean. Again, the wet vacuum was used at this point to get the path as dry as possible and then left overnight to fully dry out.</p> <p><center><img decoding="async" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2023/08/Victorian-Pathway-After-Cleaning-Chatham-6434.jpg" alt="Victorian Pathway After Cleaning Chatham" width="" height="" title="Victorian Pathway After Cleaning Chatham" /></center></p> <h2>Sealing a Victorian Tiled Pathway </h2> <p>The following morning, happy that the tiles were dry enough, I started applying a sealer to protect them staining going forward. The sealer chosen for <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 impregnator that’s rated for external use and contains a UV protector to provide greater resilience to the weather.</p> <p><center><img decoding="async" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/75/2023/08/Victorian-Pathway-After-Sealing-Chatham-6458.jpg" alt="Victorian Pathway After Sealing Chatham" width="" height="" title="Victorian Pathway After Sealing Chatham" /></center></p> <p>The pathway then needed 12 hours to be left alone for the sealer to fully dry and cure before allowing any foot traffic. Once the sealer had cured the inbuilt colour enhancer had worked well on the Victorian tiles giving them more depth and vibrancy. I was really pleased with the finish, as were both the customers.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Path in Kent</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz/damaged-victorian-tiled-path-restored-in-chatham-kent/">Damaged Victorian Tiled Path Restored in Chatham Kent</a> appeared first on <a href="https://north-kent.tiledoctor.biz">North Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Deep Cleaning and Sealing Quarry Floor Tiles in Dover https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-and-sealing-quarry-floor-tiles-in-dover/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=deep-cleaning-and-sealing-quarry-floor-tiles-in-dover South Kent Tile Doctor urn:uuid:16e9d75f-3e06-1e9c-5ec8-577ea0cdd551 Mon, 14 Aug 2023 07:40:55 +0000 <p>I was asked to look at Quarry tiled floor in the Kitchen of an old, thatched cottage in rural Dover. The owner was keen to have it deep cleaned and sealed and so I agreed to call in, survey the tiled floor and provide a quote for the work. Kitchens and Hallways are the busiest [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-and-sealing-quarry-floor-tiles-in-dover/">Deep Cleaning and Sealing Quarry Floor Tiles in Dover</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was asked to look at <b>Quarry tiled floor</b> in the Kitchen of an old, thatched cottage in rural <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dover" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Dover</a></b>. The owner was keen to have it deep cleaned and sealed and so I agreed to call in, survey the tiled floor and provide a quote for the work.</p> <p><center><img decoding="async" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2023/08/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Before-Deep-Clean-and-Seal-Dover-5666.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor Before Deep Clean and Seal Dover" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor Before Deep Clean and Seal Dover" /></center></p> <p>Kitchens and Hallways are the busiest floors in a house and this floor had clearly been in constant use due to the considerable levels of ingrained dirt, especially in the wide grout lines. I completed my survey and discussed all options open to the customer and I agreed to put together a quote. </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://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2023/08/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Before-Deep-Clean-and-Seal-Dover-5668.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor Before Deep Clean and Seal Dover" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor Before Deep Clean and Seal Dover" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img decoding="async" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2023/08/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Before-Deep-Clean-and-Seal-Dover-5670.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor Before Deep Clean and Seal Dover" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor Before Deep Clean and Seal Dover" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The client was happy with my quote, and I was given the go ahead so we scheduled a date for the work to start which would take two days, one day to clean and one to seal.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning and Restoring a Quarry and Quarry Tiled Floor</h2> <p>I turned up promptly on day 1 and started by protecting any areas susceptible to water damage. Once done, 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> to the grout lines and set about scrubbing them by hand. I find this is the best way to clean grout as pads can struggle to reach into the recesses of the grout and it certainly paid off as it came up really well. To finish I rinsed the floor with water and extracted the soiling from the grout cleaning process with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>Next it was time to turn my attention to the quarry tiles this time using a medium dilution of Pro-Clean. The solution was applied to the floor and left to soak in for ten minutes before being worked 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">coarse burnishing pad</a> fitted to a rotary buffing machine fitted with a Black scrubbing pad and plenty of water. This process pulls the dirt out of the tile and the water soon turns into a dark slurry. </p> <p>The slurry was removed with the wet vacuum as I progressed across the floor and the process repeated on stubborn areas. Finally, the floor was dried as much as possible using the wet vacuum and a mop to get rid of the last vestiges. The floor was then left to dry out for two days over the weekend.</p> <h2>Sealing a Quarry Tiled Barn Conversion Floor</h2> <p>Returning on Monday I started by taking several readings with a damp meter. It’s not a good idea to apply a sealer to a damp floor as the results can be inconsistent so I always like to check. The readings were within tolerance so I was able to apply the first of what would be 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&#8217;s Seal and Go Extra</a> which I felt was the best choice for sealing this floor.</p> <p>I chose Seal and Go Extra because it’s a fully breathable sealer that adds a nice subtle sheen to the tiles which matches the customers’ expectations. It was important to choose a breathable sealer as these old floors don’t have the benefit of a damp proof membrane and any moisture under the floor will be able to rise through the tile and evaporate at the surface un-hindered.</p> <p><center><img decoding="async" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2023/08/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-After-Deep-Clean-and-Seal-Dover-5696.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor After Deep Clean and Seal Dover" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor After Deep Clean and Seal Dover" /></center></p> <p>Once completed, the floor looked amazing, not only was the Quarry Tile and Grout looking so much cleaner the sealer had enhanced the orange colour in the Quarry tiles. Needless to say, my customer was very happy with the result.</p> <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 designed for the safe and effective cleaning of sealed floors without impacting the sealer. </p> <p><center><img decoding="async" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2023/08/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-After-Deep-Clean-and-Seal-Dover-5691.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor After Deep Clean and Seal Dover" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor After Deep Clean and Seal Dover" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Cleaning of a Quarry Tiled Floor in South Kent</h3> <p>The post <a href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-and-sealing-quarry-floor-tiles-in-dover/">Deep Cleaning and Sealing Quarry Floor Tiles in Dover</a> appeared first on <a href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p>