Tile Doctor Feeds http://feed.informer.com/digests/ASGM4HLNUE/feeder Tile Doctor Feeds Respective post owners and feed distributors Tue, 09 Apr 2019 01:41:13 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Victorian Hallway Floor Restoration in Wheatley Hills, Doncaster https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-hallway-floor-restoration-in-wheatley-hills-doncaster/ South Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:04643bd2-4da6-fb9d-03b6-f5f23ec63b6d Mon, 21 Jun 2021 01:39:39 +0000 <p>Our clients from the Doncaster suburb of Wheatley Hills contacted us to see if we could rescue their Victorian floor. They were a young professional couple who had recently purchased and renovated a beautiful Victorian terraced house. They loved the Victorian hallway tiles, but they did need some attention and we were asked to renovate [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-hallway-floor-restoration-in-wheatley-hills-doncaster/">Victorian Hallway Floor Restoration in Wheatley Hills, Doncaster</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Our clients from the Doncaster suburb of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheatley_Hills" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Wheatley Hills</a></b> contacted us to see if we could rescue their <b>Victorian floor</b>. They were a young professional couple who had recently purchased and renovated a beautiful Victorian terraced house. They loved the Victorian hallway tiles, but they did need some attention and we were asked to renovate them. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/06/Victorian-Floor-Before-Restoration-Wheatley-Doncaster-1765.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Wheatley Doncaster" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Wheatley Doncaster" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/06/Victorian-Floor-Before-Restoration-Wheatley-Doncaster-1766.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Wheatley Doncaster" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Wheatley Doncaster" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Victorian floors often have areas of damage, usually at the bottom of staircases and in doorways due to heavy usage. This floor was no different. We decided not to replace every cracked tile but to concentrate on the worst areas which was at the bottom of the staircase. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/06/Victorian-Floor-Before-Restoration-Wheatley-Doncaster-1767.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Wheatley Doncaster" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Wheatley Doncaster" /></center></p> <p>A nice little feature of Victorian floors you often find is an upside tile left by the original tiler, it is usually a small tile tucked away at the edge. The Victorians believed that only god could create something perfect so one small imperfection was normally left and in this case one tile had been installed upside down.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/06/Victorian-Floor-Before-Restoration-Wheatley-Doncaster-Upside-Down-Tile.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Wheatley Doncaster Upside Down Tile" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Wheatley Doncaster Upside Down Tile" /></center></p> <h2> Cleaning and Repairing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>Before starting, replica tiles were sourced to closely match the originals and as you will see from the final pictures its now impossible to tell the difference. Standard sizes have changed though so to achieve a perfect fit the old tiles were used as templates and new tiles cut to match the originals. In total around twenty badly damaged tiles were replaced, I could have replaced more however with an old floor like this its good to keep some character and history in the floor.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/06/Victorian-Floor-During-Tile-Repair-Wheatley-Doncaster.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor During Tile Repair Wheatley Doncaster" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor During Tile Repair Wheatley Doncaster" /></center></p> <p>Once the new tiles had set, work started on cleaning the floor which was done using a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> and <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> combined. This makes a powerful formula that can clean and strips old sealers from tiles and after being left to soak in for ten minutes is scrubbed into the floor with a coarse <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">200-grit pad</a>. Pads can struggle to get into the corners etc so for those tricky areas I use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/diamond-hand-burnishing-block-set-greenblackred-yellow/31/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">hand-held diamond blocks</a>. </p> <p>After rinsing the floor with water and extracting the soil with a wet vacuum I gave the floor an acid rinse with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a>. This removes mineral salts trapped in the tiles and cleans off old grout smears. I always recommend an acid wash for old floors like this one as they do not have a damp proof membrane installed under the floor and this can result in salts rising through the tile as moisture evaporates, a process commonly known as efflorescence. </p> <h2> Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The floor was left to dry off overnight and I returned the following day to seal the tiles with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a>. Before starting, moisture readings are taken from the tiles to ensure its dry, applying a sealer to a damp floor can cloud the sealer so it’s worth checking. </p> <p><a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Colour Grow</a> is an impregnating sealer that soaks into the pores of the tile protecting it from within and enhancing its colours in the process. Old Victorian tiles are quite porous after being deep cleaned so in total six coats were applied before the it was fully protected and waterproof. To check enough sealer has been applied I like to conduct a water test which should result in a water droplet forming a bubble on the tile as in the picture below.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/06/Victorian-Floor-After-Restoration-Sealer-Test-Wheatley-Doncaster.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor After Restoration Sealer Test Wheatley Doncaster" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor After Restoration Sealer Test Wheatley Doncaster" /></center></p> <p>Each coat of sealer needs to dry before applying the next, so it does take some time to fully apply the sealer. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/06/Victorian-Floor-After-Restoration-Wheatley-Doncaster-120333.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor After Restoration Wheatley Doncaster" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor After Restoration Wheatley Doncaster" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/06/Victorian-Floor-After-Restoration-Wheatley-Doncaster-120438.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor After Restoration Wheatley Doncaster" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor After Restoration Wheatley Doncaster" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Once sealed the Victorian floor looked much lighter, had a lovely natural sheen and the vibrant colours of the tiles really shone through. Our clients were overjoyed with the finished results and pictures of the floor were soon all over Instagram!</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/06/Victorian-Floor-After-Restoration-Wheatley-Doncaster-120510.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor After Restoration Wheatley Doncaster" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor After Restoration Wheatley Doncaster" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in South Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-hallway-floor-restoration-in-wheatley-hills-doncaster/">Victorian Hallway Floor Restoration in Wheatley Hills, Doncaster</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Rebuilding and Restoring a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor in Haringey N22 https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/rebuilding-and-restoring-a-victorian-tiled-hallway-floor-in-haringey-n22/ North London Tile Doctor urn:uuid:f8105b69-4b85-c63e-322a-5d6848024dad Thu, 17 Jun 2021 15:23:59 +0000 <p>Convinced that their Victorian tiled hallway was beyond repair they decided to give Tile Doctor a call just in case there was a chance it could be saved. The property was in the Turnpike Lane area of Haringey in North London (N22), amongst a similar style of properties. Victorian floor restorations are a speciality of [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/rebuilding-and-restoring-a-victorian-tiled-hallway-floor-in-haringey-n22/">Rebuilding and Restoring a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor in Haringey N22</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz">North London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Convinced that their <b>Victorian tiled hallway</b> was beyond repair they decided to give Tile Doctor a call just in case there was a chance it could be saved. The property was in the Turnpike Lane area of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Borough_of_Haringey" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Haringey</a></b> in North London (N22), amongst a similar style of properties. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/06/Victorian-Floor-Before-Restoration-Turnpike-Lane-N2-1.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Turnpike Lane N2" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Turnpike Lane N2" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/06/Victorian-Floor-Before-Restoration-Turnpike-Lane-N2-2.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Turnpike Lane N2" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Turnpike Lane N2" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Victorian floor restorations are a speciality of ours, so I went over to take a look at the hallway and survey the tiles. When I got there, I could see why they thought nothing could be done as a lot of the tiles had come loose. However, I was pleased to inform them that in fact it could be restored and that as an original feature doing so should add a lot of value to the property. Happy that the floor could indeed be renovated we were given instructions to go ahead with the work and agreed a date for the job to begin.</p> <h2>Cleaning and Repairing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>On Day 1 we set about lifting all the loose tiles. We then cleaned all the excessive adhesive from the subfloor and the loose tiles. With much of the subfloor now exposed we were also able to repair the badly damaged areas with quick drying cement. Some tiles were too badly damaged to relay, so these were replaced with matching reproduction tiles sourced from <a href="https://originalfeatures.co.uk/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Original Features</a> who are a specialist supplier of Victorian Tiles based in Crouch End.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/06/Victorian-Floor-Before-Restoration-Turnpike-Lane-N2-3.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Turnpike Lane N2" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor Before Restoration Turnpike Lane N2" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/06/Victorian-Floor-During-Restoration-Turnpike-Lane-N2-4.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor During Restoration Turnpike Lane N2" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor During Restoration Turnpike Lane N2" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>On day two we re-laid all the tiles and grouted the floor. After allowing the tile adhesive and grout to set we returned a few days later to deep clean the floor.</p> <p>Cleaning involved applying a <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">200-grit burnishing pad</a> to the floor lubricated with water to remove ingrained dirt. The floor was rinsed with water and the soil removed with a wet vacuum. This was followed by giving the Victorian floor an acid wash using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up</a>. I always recommend an acid wash for tiled floors as it removes grout smears and other mineral deposits from the tiles and further improves their appearance as a result. The floor was given another rinse and again the soil was extracted with the wet vacuum.</p> <h2> Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>We then returned the next day and after checking the moisture readings were satisfactory, the floor was sealed with 3 coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which soaks into the pores of the tile improving colour and adding protection from within. This sealer gives the floor a lovely subtle finish, it would also give it great protection for some time to come particularly in a high traffic area such as the hallway. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/06/Victorian-Floor-After-Restoration-Turnpike-Lane-N2-5.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor After Restoration Turnpike Lane N2" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor After Restoration Turnpike Lane N2" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/06/Victorian-Floor-After-Restoration-Turnpike-Lane-N2-6.jpg" alt="Victorian Floor After Restoration Turnpike Lane N2" width="" height="" title="Victorian Floor After Restoration Turnpike Lane N2" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Once done, the floor looked great the colours were really striking and most importantly my client was delighted and left some great feedback, see below:</p> <p><center><I>Excellent service. Top quality workmanship and they worked extra late without complaint and without additional charges as the job turned out to be bigger than initially estimated. Andrew responded to all our queries in a friendly and polite manner throughout the job. By Martin T, London.</I></center></p> <p>For aftercare cleaning of Sealed Victorian tiled floors, I always recommend <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Cleaner</a>. Most supermarket products are simply too strong for a sealed floor and will slowly strip away the sealer with use.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in North London</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/rebuilding-and-restoring-a-victorian-tiled-hallway-floor-in-haringey-n22/">Rebuilding and Restoring a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor in Haringey N22</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz">North London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Removing Grout Haze from Ceramic Tile and Grout in a Sandhurst Kitchen https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/removing-grout-haze-from-ceramic-tile-and-grout-in-a-sandhurst-kitchen/ Berkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:24d12422-d0a3-92c3-6803-4fe2c53361cb Sun, 13 Jun 2021 09:00:09 +0000 <p>I received an enquiry from a customer in Sandhurst regarding their Ceramic tiled kitchen floor that they were struggling to get “looking clean”. Ceramic tiles are glazed and usually very easy to keep clean so intrigued I arranged a time for me to pop over and assess the problem. Upon arrival the customer explained to [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/removing-grout-haze-from-ceramic-tile-and-grout-in-a-sandhurst-kitchen/">Removing Grout Haze from Ceramic Tile and Grout in a Sandhurst Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz">Berkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I received an enquiry from a customer in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binfield" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Sandhurst</a></b> regarding their <b>Ceramic tiled kitchen floor</b> that they were struggling to get “looking clean”. <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/ceramic-tile-cleaning/2/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Ceramic tiles</a> are glazed and usually very easy to keep clean so intrigued I arranged a time for me to pop over and assess the problem.</p> <p>Upon arrival the customer explained to me they had recently moved from Lancaster to be closer to their family and had inherited the ceramic tiled floor with the property. They had tried various solutions, but nothing seemed to get them clean. The Ceramic tiles had a slight texture to them which improves grip and makes them a popular choice in kitchens where the floor can get wet. The trouble with rougher surfaces though is they can trap dirt and as it turns out the previous homeowner had three dogs which no doubt had been kept in the kitchen.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/06/Ceramic-Tiled-Kithchen-Floor-Stained-With-Grout-Haze-Before-Cleaning-Sandhurst-023.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Stained With Grout Haze Before Cleaning Sandhurst" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Stained With Grout Haze Before Cleaning Sandhurst" /></center></p> <p>After measuring and surveying the floor I ran some cleaning tests on the tiles to see which combination of product and cleaning method would have the most impact. During this I discovered the tiles had a thin layer of grout haze imbedded within the textured surface that had becoming imbedded with dirt, this would explain why they had struggled to get them clean. This must of happened when the floor was originally installed, the tiler didn’t polish off the grout thoroughly enough thereby leaving a thin layer of grout over the surface ruining their appearance. Happy with the demo a price was agreed, and the work was booked in.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/06/Ceramic-Tiled-Kithchen-Floor-Stained-With-Grout-Haze-Before-Cleaning-Sandhurst-035.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Stained With Grout Haze Before Cleaning Sandhurst" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Stained With Grout Haze Before Cleaning Sandhurst" /></center></p> <h2>Removing Grout Haze from a Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Before starting I removed the kick boards from underneath the kitchen units and protected any exposed wooden areas with thin tape. Due to the previous cleaning tests, I knew exactly how to approach the floor and tackle the grout haze (aka grout smears). </p> <p>Basically, to remove the thin layer of grout I applied a strong dilution of the aptly named <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up</a>. It’s a mild acidic cleaner that breaks down the grout and allows it to be removed. The solution is applied to the floor and allowed five to ten minutes to dwell before being agitated using a black pad fitted to a buffing machine. The slurry was then rinsed off with water and vacuumed away using a wet vacuum. Some areas were worse than others so for heavy grout haze build up I used <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a> which is a more powerful acidic cleaner that comes in gel form. </p> <h2>Applying a Light Grey Grout Colourant</h2> <p>Though everything cleaned up well the grout was still looking a little tired, the years of dirt had resulted in some deep staining which could not be removed and was letting down the overall appearance of the floor. To achieve a uniform finish throughout a light grey <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Colourant</a> was carefully applied to each individual grout line, wiping away any excess that got onto the tiles. The colourant was left to dry for an hour before buffing the floor with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-white/30/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">white pad</a>. The colourant forms a permanent barrier over the grout sealing it in and making it much easier to clean.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/06/Ceramic-Tiled-Kithchen-Floor-Stained-With-Grout-Haze-After-Cleaning-Sandhurst-128.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Stained With Grout Haze After Cleaning Sandhurst" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Stained With Grout Haze After Cleaning Sandhurst" /></center></p> <p>One done the Ceramic tiles had never looked so good and the grout looked ever so fresh. As you can imagine my customer was very happy with the transformation achieved and left the following feedback:</p> <p><center><i>“Dennis did an excellent job of cleaning our kitchen floor and restoring the grout to it its original colour. This really lifted the room. Dennis was courteous and professional and would use him again.” </i> </center></p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/06/Ceramic-Tiled-Kithchen-Floor-Stained-With-Grout-Haze-After-Cleaning-Sandhurst-115.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Stained With Grout Haze After Cleaning Sandhurst" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Stained With Grout Haze After Cleaning Sandhurst" /></center></p> <p>Ceramic tiles are fairly robust and with the grout colourant providing a barrier over the grout the floor is set to stay looking good for some time to come. However, there are a lot of cleaners out there on the market, some of which are very strong and concerned they could have a negative impact on the grout colourant. As a result, I recommended they clean the floor with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Cleaner</a> going forward, it’s sold as a concentrate, so a small amount goes a long way. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor in Berkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/removing-grout-haze-from-ceramic-tile-and-grout-in-a-sandhurst-kitchen/">Removing Grout Haze from Ceramic Tile and Grout in a Sandhurst Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz">Berkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Removing Limescale from Granite Worktops in a Folkestone Kitchen https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/removing-limescale-from-granite-worktops-in-a-folkestone-kitchen/ South Kent Tile Doctor urn:uuid:b7b832fe-0fe0-e711-ee72-81cd06784562 Fri, 04 Jun 2021 16:14:04 +0000 <p>Although expensive Granite makes the most beautiful and practical stone worktop you can install in your kitchen. It gives real wow factor to a room and this kitchen in Folkestone was no different. Normally granite needs little maintenance however Folkestone has very hard water (often referred to as limescale) containing high levels of calcium and [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/removing-limescale-from-granite-worktops-in-a-folkestone-kitchen/">Removing Limescale from Granite Worktops in a Folkestone Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Although expensive <b>Granite</b> makes the most beautiful and practical stone worktop you can install in your kitchen. It gives real wow factor to a room and this kitchen in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folkestone" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Folkestone</a></b> was no different. Normally granite needs little maintenance however Folkestone has very hard water (often referred to as limescale) containing high levels of calcium and over time the calcium in the water gets deposited on nearby surfaces. According to the <a href="https://www.affinitywater.co.uk/my-water/water-quality/hardness" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Affinity Water</a> website the water in <b>Folkestone</b> contains 287.5 mg of calcium per litre which is classed as hard. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/06/Granite-Sink-and-Counter-top-Before-Limescale-Removal-Folkestone.jpg" alt="Granite Sink and Counter top Before Limescale Removal Folkestone" width="" height="" title="Granite Sink and Counter top Before Limescale Removal Folkestone" /></center></p> <p>The owner of the property contacted us explaining that due to this problem the build-up of calcium deposits had overtaken her sink and countertop to a degree that she couldn`t deal with it through normal cleaning and a restoration was required. There are several household products on the market that can remove limescale however you need to be very careful when using these on natural stone as they use acids to break down the calcium and this can etch stone making the problem worse (always read the label). I went and had a look at the problem and gave her a quote for resolving the problem, which she was happy to accept.</p> <h2>Removing Limescale from a Granite Worktop and Sink</h2> <p>Before starting the renovation, I protected the floor with dust sheets and the walls with a blue film that is easy to remove. Then to tackle the limescale I carefully went over each part of the Granite counter using a set of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/6-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/41/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">six-inch Tile Doctor Burnishing pads</a> applying them in sequence from coarse to extra fine. To give extra cleaning power the coarser pads were applied with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-oxy-gel-1-litre/169/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Oxy-Gel</a> which is an alkaline cleaning gel. The pads were fitted to a hand buffer and the soil generated by the abrasive pads was rinsed off between pads with water. For the finer detail such as the groves in the granite draining board, I used <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/diamond-hand-burnishing-block-set-greenblackred-yellow/31/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">diamond encrusted handheld burnishing blocks</a> of various grits. With the combination of diamond tooling and lots of elbow grease the job took around five hours to complete and the granite now has the polished look it deserves.</p> <h2>Granite Kitchen Worktop Aftercare</h2> <p>The granite worksurface does not require an actual sealer to be applied. However, maintenance is the key to keeping the stone in great condition so for aftercare I left the owner with a bottle of <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-patina-spray-500ml/20/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Patina Spray</a>. This product is designed for cleaning stone worktops and contains a special ingredient that maintains the lustre. This should ensure the Limescale becomes manageable and can be cleaned more easily. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/06/Granite-Sink-and-Counter-top-After-Limescale-Removal-Folkestone.jpg" alt="Granite Sink and Counter top After Limescale Removal Folkestone" width="" height="" title="Granite Sink and Counter top After Limescale Removal Folkestone" /></center></p> <p>I made a striking difference to the appearance of the Granite Worktop and the owner was over the moon with the result.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Removal of Limescale Staining from Granite Worktop in South Kent</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/removing-limescale-from-granite-worktops-in-a-folkestone-kitchen/">Removing Limescale from Granite Worktops in a Folkestone Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Marble Entrance Hall Floor Polished in Tattenhall Listed Building https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/marble-entrance-hall-floor-polished-in-tattenhall-listed-building/ West Cheshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:52202e60-e0fb-27a7-29a1-c68e7aab64bb Wed, 02 Jun 2021 15:09:04 +0000 <p>This Black and White Marble tiled hallway floor at a Grade II listed property in the village of Tattenhall has quite a history. The building was constructed in 1865 and at one time it has been the home to the high sheriff of Cheshire, and the family home of Edith Wignall the daughter of Sir [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/marble-entrance-hall-floor-polished-in-tattenhall-listed-building/">Marble Entrance Hall Floor Polished in Tattenhall Listed Building</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">West Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This Black and White Marble tiled hallway floor at a Grade II listed property in the village of <b><a href="https://www.tattenhall.org/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tattenhall</a></b> has quite a history. The building was constructed in 1865 and at one time it has been the home to the high sheriff of Cheshire, and the family home of Edith Wignall the daughter of Sir Henry Tate the founder of the sugar company Tate and Lyle. </p> <p>In more recent years the property had been used as a council building and even a nursing home for the elderly. After a long history of decline it has now been restored to a lavish family mansion however the marble floor had suffered over the years and still need attention. The current owner had been in touch as they wanted it restoring and basically brought back to life. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i2.wp.com/west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2021/06/Marble-Tiled-Floor-Before-Renovation-Grade-II-Listed-Building-Tattenhall1.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Marble Tiled Floor Before Renovation Grade II Listed Building Tattenhall" width="" height="" title="Marble Tiled Floor Before Renovation Grade II Listed Building Tattenhall" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>As it turns out I had already planned to go to Tattenhall the following week to work on another listed building which was formerly the village bank. After discussing the Marble floor over the phone, I agreed a date and time to pop over from the bank and inspect the floor in detail. I can provide a rough quote from photographs, which has been especially useful recently, but it’s far better for all concerned if I’m able to properly survey the floor first. </p> <p>The Marble floor consisted of Black and White Mable tiles laid in a diamond pattern, it wasn&#8217;t a very large area perhaps 9 square metres in total. The tiles were well worn as described but also stained and scratched. I would see they would need a deep burnish and polish to bring them back to life and then protected with a fresh sealer. Following on from that visit I was able to provide an accurate quote which was accepted, and a date agreed for my return.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2021/06/Marble-Tiled-Floor-Before-Renovation-Grade-II-Listed-Building-Tattenhall2.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Marble Tiled Floor Before Renovation Grade II Listed Building Tattenhall" width="" height="" title="Marble Tiled Floor Before Renovation Grade II Listed Building Tattenhall" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <h2>Removing Scratches and Stains from a Marble Tiled Entrance Hall Floor</h2> <p>The first job was to protect the surrounding heavy wooden panelling with masking film. The floor was very heavily stained yellow with deep scratches, to remove these I would have to grind the marble back until a clean fresh tile was left. To start I used a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">200-grit coarse pad</a> fitted to a weighted buffing machine, the abrasive action of the pad was lubricated with water. After inspection I found that the staining and scratches were still there, so I needed to use stronger pads, so I worked my way through a set of very coarse milling pads starting at a 50, 100 and finishing with a 200-grit pad. Again, water was used to lubricate, and the resultant slurry was removed by a powerful wet vacuum and washed down between each pad.<br /> The milling pads had the desired effect, and I was then able to bring back the polished appearance of the Marble surface using a set of finer burnishing pads with the same process. The 400 and 800-grit pads helped to clean and remove the fine scratches left by the milling pads and then the next 1500-grit pad started to build the shine back on the marble tile. </p> <p>After finishing with 1500-grit pad I washed the Marble with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a> and vacuumed up the residue with the wet vacuum. I left an industrial blower in place overnight to dry out the floor ready for the next morning when it would be sealed.</p> <h2>Sealing a Marble Tiled Entrance Hall Floor</h2> <p>The next morning, I used the last of the four <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">burnishing pads</a> which is a very fine 3000-grit to polish the floor further. This last pad is applied dry with just a spray of water to create a high gloss finish. </p> <p>When I was happy, I sealed the floor with two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is an impregnating sealer that soaks into the fine pores of the Marble to protect it from within. This product also improves colour and after application it was left to soak into the tile for five minutes before polishing off and then leaving it to dry.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i2.wp.com/west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2021/06/Marble-Tiled-Floor-After-Renovation-Grade-II-Listed-Building-Tattenhall-144028.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Marble Tiled Floor After Renovation Grade II Listed Building Tattenhall" width="" height="" title="Marble Tiled Floor After Renovation Grade II Listed Building Tattenhall" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>The last step was to I buff the floor with a white pad. The finish was impressive, and the family were very happy with the work we had carried out. For aftercare I recommended they use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Stone Soap</a> as its designed for the regular cleaning of sealed and polished stone, as well as cleaning it also helps build the patina.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Mable Tiled Hallway in West Cheshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/marble-entrance-hall-floor-polished-in-tattenhall-listed-building/">Marble Entrance Hall Floor Polished in Tattenhall Listed Building</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">West Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Old Sandstone Flagstone Restoration at Pirbright Mill https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/old-sandstone-flagstone-restoration-at-pirbright-mill/ West Surrey Tile Doctor urn:uuid:663b7454-ad2d-559c-d59f-9f0fd11c9389 Sat, 29 May 2021 14:14:13 +0000 <p>The pictures of a Sandstone floor below were taken at a 300-year-old mill house in the very picturesque village of Pirbright between Woking and Guildford. My client was selling the property which was really beautiful with many original features. During the week before my arrival, the owner had a restoration company remove the grout surrounding [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/old-sandstone-flagstone-restoration-at-pirbright-mill/">Old Sandstone Flagstone Restoration at Pirbright Mill</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The pictures of a <b>Sandstone</b> floor below were taken at a 300-year-old mill house in the very picturesque village of <b><a href="http://300 Year Old Sandstone Floor Renovation at Pirbright Mill" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Pirbright</a></b> between Woking and Guildford. My client was selling the property which was really beautiful with many original features. </p> <p><300-Year-Old-Sandstone-Flagstone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Pirbright_Mill-1536.JPG></p> <p>During the week before my arrival, the owner had a restoration company remove the grout surrounding her Sandstone flags and had them lifted so a damp proof course could be laid beneath. The flagstones were then re-laid and regrouted, I assume this was something that had come up in a survey and needed to be rectified as a condition of the sale. I certainly didn&#8217;t envy the guy chipping away at the grout for days on end. </p> <p>Unfortunately, cleaning was not part of the process and by the time I turned up the old Sandstone flagstones were looking washed out and had lost a lot of their character. I was tasked with cleaning them up and sealing them after they had been re-laid, fortunately I wouldn&#8217;t need to clean the grout which can be quite a task on old floors like these. </p> <p><300-Year-Old-Sandstone-Flagstone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Pirbright_Mill-1548.JPG></p> <p>Normally old floors are notorious for damp issues and I usually have to take steps to neutralise efflorescent salt issues however due to the damp proofing work recently completed this would not be a problem. I was very conscious however that the flagstones were very old and so had to be handled with care. So, after running some cleaning tests in a small area behind the mill I worked out the best way forward would be to give the Sandstone a deep clean with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> which is an effective alkaline tile and grout cleaning product. She was happy with the testing and agreed my quote, so we were good to go ahead.</p> <h2>Cleaning an Old Sandstone Flagstone Floor</h2> <p>My method was to spray a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> onto the floor, it was left to soak in for ten minutes and then agitated with a nylon scrubbing pad fitted to a rotary floor buffer. This process released the ingrained dirt from the pores of the stone which was then extracted using a wet vacuum. I inspected the stone flagstones after each scrub and repeated the process where necessary until I was satisfied the stones were as clean as they could be. Once done the floor was left to dry off ready for the next stage of applying a protective sealer.</p> <h2>Sealing Old Sandstone Paving Flagstones</h2> <p>Old buildings are often very cold and damp, so I used as little water as possible during cleaning, however Sandstone is quite porous, so I left the stone floor for three days to dry out before returning to seal. </p> <p>For sealing I chose to apply <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a>, this is a colour intensifying sealer that will add durable protection to the stone whilst enhancing the natural colours of the very old sandstone flags. </p> <p><300-Year-Old-Sandstone-Flagstone-Floor-After-Sealing-Pirbright_Mill-1550.JPG></p> <p>The client has since sold the house with the new owners benefitting from some considerable restoration. I am sure they will be very pleased to live here, I left a bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> to get them started.</p> <p><300-Year-Old-Sandstone-Flagstone-Floor-After-Sealing-Pirbright_Mill-1551.JPG></p> <h3>Professional Renovation of old Sandstone Flagstone Paving in a Surrey Mill</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/old-sandstone-flagstone-restoration-at-pirbright-mill/">Old Sandstone Flagstone Restoration at Pirbright Mill</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Cleaning Concrete Paving and Steps in Folkestone https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-concrete-paving-and-steps-in-folkestone/ South Kent Tile Doctor urn:uuid:2d5338dc-3b04-eb60-c395-eba0c98b5c6c Thu, 20 May 2021 15:44:13 +0000 <p>I am sure you will be able relate to this client in Folkstone who had a concrete and brick path and steps to the side of their house that had turned black with dirt. I know many of you reading this post will probably own a Karcher pressure washer and would be happy to do [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-concrete-paving-and-steps-in-folkestone/">Cleaning Concrete Paving and Steps in Folkestone</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I am sure you will be able relate to this client in <b><a href="http://SouthKent2021" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Folkstone</a></b> who had a concrete and brick path and steps to the side of their house that had turned black with dirt. I know many of you reading this post will probably own a Karcher pressure washer and would be happy to do this job themselves, however for those that do not it’s good to know that we don&#8217;t just cover expensive patios and driveways and happily deep clean concrete paths as well. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/05/Concrete-Path-and-Steps-Before-Cleaning-Folkstone-29123046.jpg" alt="Concrete Path and Steps Before Cleaning Folkstone" width="" height="" title="Concrete Path and Steps Before Cleaning Folkstone" /></center></p> <p>The machine I use for this type of work operates at very high pressure, far higher than that of a Karcher and is so large and heavy its actually installed in a van. This type of machine is known in the trade as a Truck Mount and results in a much deeper clean that cleans and extracts the waste at the same time.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/05/Concrete-Path-and-Steps-Before-Cleaning-Folkstone-29123041.jpg" alt="Concrete Path and Steps Before Cleaning Folkstone" width="" height="" title="Concrete Path and Steps Before Cleaning Folkstone" /></center></p> <p>I popped over to see the client to see what needed to be done and gave them a quote for the work. Having looked round the property I was confident of making a difference. I also noted that steps were not only black with dirt but had become green with algae in places which is slippery when wet and dangerous for the elderly.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/05/Concrete-Path-and-Steps-Before-Cleaning-Folkstone-29123044.jpg" alt="Concrete Path and Steps Before Cleaning Folkstone" width="" height="" title="Concrete Path and Steps Before Cleaning Folkstone" /></center></p> <h2> Cleaning an Outdoor Concrete Path and Steps </h2> <p>Before going over with the machine, I wetted the path with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-patio-brick-driveway-cleaner-5-litre/256/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Patio &#038; Brick Driveway Cleaner</a> and left it to soak into the concrete for a good twenty to thirty minutes so it could breakdown the dirt and deal with blackspots, lichen, moss, and general staining. </p> <p>The concrete path was in several sections so whilst I was waiting for the cleaner to soak into one section, I was able to run the Truck Mount pressure washer over another section. When you use the jet wash at home, it can be a very messy business, bringing up all the dirt and spreading it around the nearby walls and usually the user. With our machine washing and extracting the dirt at the same time there is zero mess, and you can literally see the path become transformed in front of your eyes which is very satisfying. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/05/Concrete-Path-and-Steps-After-Cleaning-Folkstone-31100815.jpg" alt="Concrete Path and Steps After Cleaning Folkstone" width="" height="" title="Concrete Path and Steps After Cleaning Folkstone" /></center></p> <p>Once done the concrete path looked like it was laid yesterday. The client was amazed saying it now complimented the work they had recently done on the front and back patios. It does show up the neighbour’s path though so I would not be surprised if I get a call soon to do their path as well! </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/05/Concrete-Path-and-Steps-After-Cleaning-Folkstone-31100810.jpg" alt="Concrete Path and Steps After Cleaning Folkstone" width="" height="" title="Concrete Path and Steps After Cleaning Folkstone" /></center></p> <p>There was no need to apply any type of sealer to this path. Regular cleaning will maintain it and a once a year deep clean like this would keep it in great shape.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Clean of a Brick and Concrete Path and Steps in South Kent</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/cleaning-concrete-paving-and-steps-in-folkestone/">Cleaning Concrete Paving and Steps in Folkestone</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Greasy Slate Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Harrogate https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/greasy-slate-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-harrogate/ North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:25200e32-68cf-bae5-e308-2cc6776deac4 Tue, 18 May 2021 13:38:55 +0000 <p>This Slate floor was laid twelve years ago in the kitchen of a property in the spa town of Harrogate. It had never been cleaned professionally since installation and by now it was really in need of a good clean. I went to the property to do a site visit; some areas were sticky to [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/greasy-slate-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-harrogate/">Greasy Slate Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Harrogate</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This <b>Slate floor</b> was laid twelve years ago in the kitchen of a property in the spa town of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrogate" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Harrogate</a></b>. It had never been cleaned professionally since installation and by now it was really in need of a good clean. I went to the property to do a site visit; some areas were sticky to walk on and thick with grease particularly around the cooker area! </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/05/Multi-Coloured-Chinese-Slate-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Harrogate-085616.jpg" alt="Multi-Coloured Chinese Slate Floor Before Cleaning Harrogate" width="" height="" title="Multi-Coloured Chinese Slate Floor Before Cleaning Harrogate" /></center></p> <p>I conducted a test clean on an inconspicuous patch of floor to demonstrate to the client what could be achieved. The test went well and they were very happy to be reminded what the floor should actually look like. I supplied my quote, and they were happy to go ahead, I booked in a time to carry out the work, which would take a couple of days.</p> <h2> Cleaning a Multi-Coloured Chinese Slate Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Initially l used a scraper to remove the worst of the grease and then a wire brush. Next, I spot cleaned the badly stained Grout with neat <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a>, scrubbing it in by hand, rinsing with water and extracting afterwards with a wet vacuum. Some areas were so dirty they needed redoing to really get them clean. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/05/Multi-Coloured-Chinese-Slate-Floor-During-Cleaning-Harrogate-123637.jpg" alt="Multi-Coloured Chinese Slate Floor During Cleaning Harrogate" width="" height="" title="Multi-Coloured Chinese Slate Floor During Cleaning Harrogate" /></center></p> <p>The whole floor was then thoroughly cleaned with more Tile Doctor Pro-Clean diluted one part cleaner to two parts water and scrubbed in with a black scrubbing pad fitted to a rotary floor buffer. I had to do most of the floor twice to achieve a good result. </p> <p>I then cleaned all the grout by hand with a scrubbing brush and gave the floor a good rinse with water and extracted all the soils with the wet vacuum. The difference even at this stage was remarkable.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/05/Multi-Coloured-Chinese-Slate-Floor-After-Cleaning-Harrogate-080655.jpg" alt="Multi-Coloured Chinese Slate Floor After Cleaning Harrogate" width="" height="" title="Multi-Coloured Chinese Slate Floor After Cleaning Harrogate" /></center></p> <h2> Sealing a Multi-Coloured Chinese Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>The floor was left to dry off overnight and I returned the next day to apply the sealer. Before sealing though I like to check the floor is dry with a moisture meter, sealing a damp floor can lead to a patchy finish. </p> <p>Four coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go</a> were applied to the Slate to seal in, you have to wait for the first coat to dry before applying the next so this can take a while. I chose this sealer as it provides both a stain resistant seal along and leaves a durable low-sheen finish. Another reason for using Seal and Go is its water based so doesn’t give off a smell as it dries.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/05/Multi-Coloured-Chinese-Slate-Floor-After-Sealing-Harrogate-122704.jpg" alt="Multi-Coloured Chinese Slate Floor After Sealing Harrogate" width="" height="" title="Multi-Coloured Chinese Slate Floor After Sealing Harrogate" /></center></p> <p>By the end of day two the floor looked excellent, the multi colours of the slate now shone through and it was a long way from the sticky greasy floor that had greeted us the day before. As you can imagine the client was very happy with the results. </p> <p>For aftercare I recommended the use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile cleaner</a> for maintenance. This tile and grout cleaning product is pH neutral so it won’t degrade the sealer like many harsher cleaning products. Most Supermarket cleaning products are simply too strong for use on sealed surfaces and will prematurely strip the seal off the tiles over time. The sealer protects the stone from dirt becoming ingrained in its pores so once it’s worn off you will find the floor becomes difficult to clean.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor in North Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/greasy-slate-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-harrogate/">Greasy Slate Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Harrogate</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Modern Sandstone Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in High Green, Sheffield https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/modern-sandstone-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-high-green-sheffield/ South Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:caa15ba5-151c-9f9c-d701-147593b67e71 Sat, 15 May 2021 08:48:16 +0000 <p>The photos on this page are of a Sandstone Kitchen floor at a house in the High Green suburb of Sheffield. The Sandstone tiles looked grubby and needed some love and attention. Our client was getting fed up trying to keep the stone clean, particularly around the kitchen area where cleaning didn’t seem to make [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/modern-sandstone-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-high-green-sheffield/">Modern Sandstone Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in High Green, Sheffield</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The photos on this page are of a <b>Sandstone</b> Kitchen floor at a house in the <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Green" rel="noopener" target="_blank">High Green</a></b> suburb of <b>Sheffield</b>. The Sandstone tiles looked grubby and needed some love and attention. Our client was getting fed up trying to keep the stone clean, particularly around the kitchen area where cleaning didn’t seem to make much. You can see how dirty it had become on the before picture below, this is stark contrast to the middle of the of the kitchen where the portable kitchen island normally sits.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/05/Modern-Sandstone-Floor-Before-CleaningHigh-Green-Sheffield.jpg" alt="Modern Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning High Green Sheffield" width="" height="" title="Modern Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning High Green Sheffield" /></center></p> <p>I went to the property to get a better look at the problem floor and carried out a small test clean to see which products and methods would have the best impact. The patch came up really clean without much difficulty, so I was confident on being able to restore its appearance. </p> <p>It was clear to me the original protective sealer had worn off and dirt had become ingrained in the pores of the stone where it was proving difficult to remove. My client was very encouraged by the test clean initial result and agreed to go ahead with the quote. We arranged a suitable time to carry out the work on a day when the family would be out of the way.</p> <h2> Cleaning/Repairing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>I started by taping up the area to make sure the skirting and woodwork were protected from splashing. Once done a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> was sprayed onto Sandstone tile and grout. It was left to dwell for approximately ten minutes to help break down all the grime and dirt and was then worked into the stone using a rotary floor machine fitted with a stiff bristled brush. </p> <p>This method totally transformed the dull sandstone, the stunning sandstone colours started to leap out and I could see the stone was well on its way to being transformed. The floor was then rinsed several times with water and the now soiled cleaning solution carefully removed with an industrial wet vacuum. </p> <p>With the floor clean I inspected all the tiles and repeated the process until I was happy the floor was total clean. I should mention It’s not always this easy to clean a stone floor and quite often I find myself having to utilise all sorts of products and methods before I’m totally satisfied it’s as clean as it could possibly be.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/05/Modern-Sandstone-Floor-Drying-After-Cleaning-High-Green-Sheffield.jpg" alt="Modern Sandstone Floor Drying After Cleaning High Green Sheffield" width="" height="" title="Modern Sandstone Floor Drying After Cleaning High Green Sheffield" /></center></p> <p>With the cleaning done I left the floor to dry out overnight aided with heaters and air blowers.</p> <h2> Sealing a Sandstone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>I returned to seal the floor the next day checking first that the stone was dry with a damp meter. Leaving the blowers on overnight had helped and the readings I took from the floor confirmed it was now ready for sealing. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/05/Modern-Sandstone-Floor-During-Sealing-High-Green-Sheffield.jpg" alt="Modern Sandstone Floor During Sealing High Green Sheffield" width="" height="" title="Modern Sandstone Floor During Sealing High Green Sheffield" /></center></p> <p>Earlier I had discussed the different types of sealer available with my clients and they had chosen to have the floor sealed with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal &#038; Go</a>. This works really well on Sandstone, enhancing its appearance, improving colour and of course adding protection to the stone to prevent grime and dirt stuck in the pores of the stone. Several coats were applied until I could see if was fully sealed and the right level of finish had been achieved. Sealing a floor can take some time as you need to allow each coat to dry before applying the next.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/05/Modern-Sandstone-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-High-Green-Sheffield.jpg" alt="Modern Sandstone Floor After Cleaning Sealing High Green Sheffield" width="" height="" title="Modern Sandstone Floor After Cleaning Sealing High Green Sheffield" /></center></p> <p>Once done the floor looked meticulously clean and the new sealer had added a lovely subtle sheen to the stone. My client was very please with the transformation and left the following feedback.</p> <p><center><I>‘Very professional approach, friendly, and offered great advice throughout the job. Very pleased with the finish Cheers Matt we will see you again’</I></center></p> <p>One of the problems we find with many homeowners is that for cleaning they use strong bleach-based cleaning product on their sealed tiles, and this actually strips off the sealer leaving the stone vulnerable to ingrained dirt. As a result, Tile Doctor has developed <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a>, it is pH neutral and gentle enough for everyday use without affecting the sealer. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Sandstone Tiled Kitchen in South Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/modern-sandstone-floor-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-high-green-sheffield/">Modern Sandstone Floor Deep Cleaned and Sealed in High Green, Sheffield</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor Restored in Finchley https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/edwardian-tiled-hallway-floor-restored-in-finchley/ North London Tile Doctor urn:uuid:13d64ecc-3534-2f20-b13b-f3ab646679a1 Wed, 12 May 2021 16:12:46 +0000 <p>The owners of this Edwardian property in Finchley had purchased it a couple of years prior and since then had slowly been renovating it to restore its original character. The project was almost complete and now attention had turned to the tiled floor. The tiles were in quite a state and I was asked to [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/edwardian-tiled-hallway-floor-restored-in-finchley/">Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor Restored in Finchley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz">North London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The owners of this Edwardian property in <b><a href="https://www.finchleysociety.org.uk/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Finchley</a></b> had purchased it a couple of years prior and since then had slowly been renovating it to restore its original character. The project was almost complete and now attention had turned to the tiled floor. The tiles were in quite a state and I was asked to work our Tile Doctor magic and bring it back to its original condition.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/05/Edwardian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-Before-Renovation-Finchley-2.jpg" alt="Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor Before Renovation Finchley" width="" height="" title="Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor Before Renovation Finchley" /></center></p> <p>When they moved in the hallway had been covered with carpet which gave the tiles underneath some protection. Unfortunately, however the carpet has been secured with carpet grippers that had been glued to the tiles around the edges. There were also paint splashes on the surface that would need dealing with. On top of that the floor had a few missing tiles that had been back filled by cement to provide a level base for the carpet, the client wanted like them replaced if possible.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/05/Edwardian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-Before-Renovation-Finchley-1.jpg" alt="Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor Before Renovation Finchley" width="" height="" title="Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor Before Renovation Finchley" /></center></p> <p>After surveying the floor, I explained what could be done and ever completed a small test clean to demonstrate how the tiles would look once deep cleaned. I was confident on being able to source very similar reclaimed tiles so replacing the missing should not be a problem. The client was very happy with the initial test result and my quotation so booked me in to restore the floor.</p> <h2>Cleaning and Repairing an Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>On my return I started by applying <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> to soften up the glue which allowed it to be carefully peeled off the tiles with scrappers. Once all the carpet adhesive was gone, I worked a strong dilution of Tile Doctor Remove and Go into the tiles using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black pad</a> to work the cleaning solution deeper into the tiles. A wet vacuum was used to remove the slurry created, and I followed this by giving the tiles an extra clean using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">200-grit diamond burnishing pad</a> lubricated with water.</p> <p>The last step in the cleaning process was to give the floor an acid rinse using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up</a>, I did this for several reasons, first it removes old grout smears from the surface of the tile and second it neutralised any efflorescent salts lying dormant in the floor. This can be quite a problem for old floors which don&#8217;t have the benefit of a protective damp proof membrane under the floor. The floor was given a final rinse with water which was again extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>I then set about lifting all the loose tiles (approximately ten) and carefully removing the concrete infills. I had previously managed to source replacements for these holes from <a href="https://originalfeatures.co.uk/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">original features</a>. Unfortunately, they didn&#8217;t sell the correct sized octagon tiles, so I had bought 150mm square tiles and then needed to cut them on site to get the right size.</p> <p>After cutting and fixing the tiles I fixed them in place and regrouted the rest of the floor.</p> <h2>Sealing an Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>I then left the floor to dry out overnight and returned in the morning. Before applying a sealer, I took several moisture readings with the damp meter to make sure the tiles were dry enough to take the sealer. </p> <p>I was able to confirm the floor was dry, so went ahead and applied three coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow sealant</a>. Colour Grow is an impregnating sealer that is fully breathable sealer which is important when it comes to old floors like these that don’t have a damp proof membrane installed. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/05/Edwardian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-After-Renovation-Finchley-3.jpg" alt="Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor After Renovation Finchley" width="" height="" title="Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor After Renovation Finchley" /></center></p> <p>My client was very happy with the renovated floor and for aftercare I left them with a bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> and gave advice on how best to clean the floor going forward. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/05/Edwardian-Tiled-Hallway-Floor-After-Renovation-Finchley-4.jpg" alt="Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor After Renovation Finchley" width="" height="" title="Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor After Renovation Finchley" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of an Edwardian Tiled Hallway in North London</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/edwardian-tiled-hallway-floor-restored-in-finchley/">Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor Restored in Finchley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz">North London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Faded Slate Patio Renovated in Twickenham https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/faded-slate-patio-renovated-in-twickenham/ South Middlesex Tile Doctor urn:uuid:dbb510ac-d811-e543-d9dd-e64126ac1752 Mon, 10 May 2021 15:23:41 +0000 <p>Our client in Twickenham, Middlesex was about put their house on the market and was concerned about the condition of their Slate patio which was not looking its’ best. Although they felt they had been maintaining it correctly by jet washing it every year, this in fact did help as they had been washing the [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/faded-slate-patio-renovated-in-twickenham/">Faded Slate Patio Renovated in Twickenham</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz">South Middlesex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Our client in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twickenham" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Twickenham</a></b>, Middlesex was about put their house on the market and was concerned about the condition of their <b>Slate patio</b> which was not looking its’ best. Although they felt they had been maintaining it correctly by jet washing it every year, this in fact did help as they had been washing the natural oils out of the stone. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2021/05/Slate-Patio-Before-Cleaning-Twickenham-1078.jpg" alt="Slate Patio Before Cleaning Twickenham" width="" height="" title="Slate Patio Before Cleaning Twickenham" /></center></p> <p>I visited the property and and explained the process needed to get it looking as it should and of course make it more appealing to new house buyers. I provided my quote which they were happy to accept and agreed a date to return and complete the work.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Slate Tiled Patio</h2> <p>The day we had chosen to return, the weather was nice and dry which would make our job easier. Initially a strong dilution of <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> was applied and then after ten minutes to allow it to soak into the dirt the cleaner was worked into the stone using a heavy-duty floor scrubbing machine fitted with a black pad. </p> <p>This process helped loosen the dirt and allowed the removal of deep-seated dirt and grime that had built up over the years. After a rinse with water the soil was extracted, and I moved onto the next stage. </p> <p>Stage 2 involved removing limescale deposits and improving the appearance of the stone by applying a combination of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up</a> and <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a>, again leaving it to soak into the stone for ten minutes before working it in. Limescale and other mineral deposits can build-up over time and leave a white deposit and make the patio look very dull. Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up is designed to remove light grout smears and mineral deposits such as limescale, when combined with Tile Doctor Acid Gel it is super effective. Finally, a low-pressure rinse and vacuum was then performed, removing all of the cleaning solution and dirt from the patio. By the end of stage 2 the Slate patio was already looking significantly improved.</p> <h2> Sealing a Slate Tiled Patio </h2> <p>The warm weather window held and by the second day the Slate had dried, and I was able to move onto the final stage of sealing the stone in order to protect it going forward. For this I applied three coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow sealer</a> which as you can see from the pictures, gave a lovely rich finish to the stone. </p> <p><a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Colour Grow</a> is a durable impregnating sealer that works by occupying the small pores in the Slate thus preventing dirt from becoming ingrained there. It will protect the stone from the elements and being a colour enhancer also improves the look of the Slate bringing out its natural colours and beauty.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2021/05/Slate-Patio-After-Renovation-Twickenham-1082.jpg" alt="Slate Patio After Renovation Twickenham" width="" height="" title="Slate Patio After Renovation Twickenham" /></center></p> <p>By the time I had finished the patio looked as good as new; my client was very happy with the work carried out. In fast as soon as the sealer had dried, they wasted no time putting the garden furniture back in place to make a good impression and compliment the lovely garden. </p> <p>I suggested that they passed on our card to the new occupiers as resealing the patio annually would keep it in great condition and maintain the longevity of the patio. We offer annual <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/custom.aspx/maintenance-plan/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">maintenance plans</a> for just this, I also suggested that if there were planning on using the jet wash, then use it on a nice low setting.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Slate Tiled Patio in Middlesex</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/faded-slate-patio-renovated-in-twickenham/">Faded Slate Patio Renovated in Twickenham</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz">South Middlesex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Textured Ceramic Tile and Grout Clean and Colouring in a Keswick Kitchen https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/textured-ceramic-tile-and-grout-clean-and-colouring-in-a-keswick-kitchen/ North Cumbria Tile Doctor urn:uuid:bac38cd1-8c18-41de-f7f9-ee702fcff8f3 Thu, 06 May 2021 15:55:34 +0000 <p>The owner of this property in Keswick had twenty-year-old Textured Ceramic Tiles installed in the Kitchen which have the advantage of increasing grip. However, the textured nature of the tile has the disadvantage of trapping dirt, making them difficult to keep clean. More importantly the Grout which was originally white had also trapped turned causing [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/textured-ceramic-tile-and-grout-clean-and-colouring-in-a-keswick-kitchen/">Textured Ceramic Tile and Grout Clean and Colouring in a Keswick Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz">North Cumbria Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The owner of this property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keswick,_Cumbria" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Keswick</a></b> had twenty-year-old <b>Textured Ceramic Tiles</b> installed in the Kitchen which have the advantage of increasing grip. However, the textured nature of the tile has the disadvantage of trapping dirt, making them difficult to keep clean. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/05/Ceramic-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Grout-Colouring-Keswick-4163.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Grout Colouring Keswick" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Grout Colouring Keswick" /></center></p> <p>More importantly the Grout which was originally white had also trapped turned causing it to darken over the years and it had now turned black as you can see in the photos. Although waterproof the top layer of grout is cementitious and slightly porous and so it does attract dirt over time. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/05/Ceramic-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Grout-Colouring-Keswick-4165.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Grout Colouring Keswick" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Before Grout Colouring Keswick" /></center></p> <p>The floor now needed a thorough clean to remove the trapped dirt from the textured tile and the grout. Whilst we can deep clean the grout using products like <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> it won&#8217;t prevent the problem from happening again. We therefore recommended applying a grout colourant to the floor which adds a protective epoxy barrier over the grout in the colour of the client’s choice. This makes the grout look new and fresh and of course protects the grout going forward, its also much easier to keep clean.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning Textured Ceramic Tile and Grout</h2> <p>To start we used <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant-pre-treat-cleaner-750ml-with-trigger-spray/201/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Colourant Pre-Treat Cleaner</a> which was scrubbed into the floor with a particular focus on the grout. This cleaned up the ceramic tiles and grout and being slightly acidic etches the surface of the grout to improve the bond with the colourant. I always recommend doing this as it does achieve a superior bond with the colourant helping it to last.</p> <p>After the grout was pre-treated, cleaned, and dried using air blowers and a heat gun I started the lengthy process of applying the grout colourant. The kitchen was a good size and there were lots of grout lines that needed colouring, so it did take some time. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/05/Ceramic-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-During-Grout-Colouring-Keswick-4170.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor During Grout Colouring Keswick" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor During Grout Colouring Keswick" /></center></p> <p>The colourant comes in ten different popular colours and on this occasion, I advised the client that Sandstone <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Grout colourant</a> would work best. To prove my point, I demonstrated how it would look on a few of the grout lines so they could get a better idea of how it would look.</p> <p>They agreed with my choice and I spent the rest of the day meticulously applying two coats of Sandstone Grout Colorant, which is tedious work but very rewarding. You can see the progress we made during the day on the pictures below, the only issue encountered was a free flying Quaker parrot which had a habit of dive bombing every time someone stood up!</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/05/Ceramic-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Grout-Colouring-Quaker-Parrot-Keswick-4168.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Grout Colouring Quaker Parrot Keswick" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor Grout Colouring Quaker Parrot Keswick" /></center></p> <p>We finished the clean and left the client with a bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Cleaner</a> for future cleaning of the floor. It’s very important not to use bleaching agents on the grout colourant or it will fade, you will find bleaching agents in all types of household products. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/05/Ceramic-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Grout-Colouring-Keswick-4172.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor After Grout Colouring Keswick" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor After Grout Colouring Keswick" /></center></p> <p>My client was very happy with the completed work and left the following feedback:</p> <p><center><em>“Russell and his mate (sorry I didn&#8217;t catch his name) arrived on time and made an excellent job of rejuvenating our kitchen floor in the day even though this required a late finish for them. They were no trouble to have in the house.”</em></center></p> <p>It is always nice to get positive feedback from a customer, feedback is like icing on the cake.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/05/Ceramic-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Grout-Colouring-Keswick-4172.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor After Grout Colouring Keswick" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor After Grout Colouring Keswick" /></center><br /> <Ceramic-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-After-Grout-Colouring-Keswick-4173.jpg></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor in North Cumbria</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/textured-ceramic-tile-and-grout-clean-and-colouring-in-a-keswick-kitchen/">Textured Ceramic Tile and Grout Clean and Colouring in a Keswick Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz">North Cumbria Tile Doctor</a>.</p> White Marble Hallway Renovation in Cardiff Bay Listed Building https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/white-marble-hallway-renovation-in-cardiff-bay-listed-building/ South East Wales Tile Doctor urn:uuid:a77061b2-4ffe-b391-a59c-fd8d12a1dc90 Mon, 03 May 2021 16:53:22 +0000 <p>This beautiful Marble Tiled Hallway can be found in a listed building in the heart of Cardiff Bay. Situated on a very grand corner plot the property was previously occupied by various banks which served the financial markets of shipping and coal import/export businesses for over 200 years. The building has now been converted into [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/white-marble-hallway-renovation-in-cardiff-bay-listed-building/">White Marble Hallway Renovation in Cardiff Bay Listed Building</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz">South East Wales Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This beautiful <b>Marble Tiled Hallway</b> can be found in a listed building in the heart of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiff_Bay" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cardiff Bay</a></b>. Situated on a very grand corner plot the property was previously occupied by various banks which served the financial markets of shipping and coal import/export businesses for over 200 years.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width: 90%; object-fit: cover;" title="White Mable Hallway Before Polishing Cardiff Bay Listed Building" src="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2021/05/White-Mable-Hallway-Before-Polishing-Cardiff-Bay-Listed-Building-04113648.jpg" alt="White Mable Hallway Before Polishing Cardiff Bay Listed Building" width="" height="" /></center>The building has now been converted into fourteen very desirable apartments one being the penthouse on the top floor with panoramic views of the bay and even a private lift accessed from the main hallway directly to the lounge! Very impressive.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width: 90%; object-fit: cover;" title="White Mable Hallway Before Polishing Cardiff Bay Listed Building" src="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2021/05/White-Mable-Hallway-Before-Polishing-Cardiff-Bay-Listed-Building-04113627.jpg" alt="White Mable Hallway Before Polishing Cardiff Bay Listed Building" width="" height="" /></center>The Marble floor was mostly original and has been added to with similar Marble tiles during previous renovation works. The stone was an off-white marble with various colour veins running through the body. The area of the restoration was the main entrance and hallway to access the staircase and lift to the apartments.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a White Marble Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The main method I used to restore the floor was to apply a set of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tile Doctor diamond encrusted burnishing pads</a> of various grits to rebuild the polish on the floor. Before starting that process however I gave the tiles a general clean with a dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> scrubbed in with a <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">coarse black pad</a> fitted to a rotary floor machine (also supplied by Tile Doctor). Afterwards the floor was rinsed with clean water and the soil extracted using an industrial wet vacuum. This was followed by scrubbing the grout lines with more <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> to get them clean, again extracting the soil afterwards.</p> <p>I then proceeded to apply the first pad in the four-pad set which is a very course 400-grit pad which removes any light scratches and previous sealers or waxes. Using water to lubricate the process I run the pad over each tile around three times before moving on to the next. Once that section of floor has been completed the soil generated is rinsed off with more water and extracted with the wet vacuum.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" title="White Mable Hallway During Polishing Cardiff Bay Listed Building" src="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2021/05/White-Mable-Hallway-During-Polishing-Cardiff-Bay-Listed-Building-05095352.jpg" alt="White Mable Hallway During Polishing Cardiff Bay Listed Building" width="" height="" /></center>This process is repeated with an 800-grit pad which also cuts slightly into the surface of the tile and is the first step in rebuilding the polish on Marble. Finally, a finer 1500-grit diamond pad was applied which further brings up the polish on the tile. Again, after each pad was applied the floor was rinsed and extracted to remove the soil.</p> <p>After allowing the section of floor to dry for 24 hours I applied the last of the four Tile Doctor burnishing pads which is a 3000-grit very fine pad. This last pad is applied dry with only a sprinkle of water to further build the polished appearance of the Marble and produce a pleasing shiny finish.</p> <h2>Sealing a Marble Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>With the floor dry I was able to move quickly onto the final stage which involves applying a sealer to further improve the look of the floor and most importantly to protect it from staining. For this floor I chose to apply a couple of coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is an impregnating sealer that protects the tile so it’s impervious to liquid spills and making it much easier to keep clean.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width: 90%; object-fit: cover;" title="White Mable Hallway After Polishing Cardiff Bay Listed Building" src="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2021/05/White-Mable-Hallway-After-Polishing-Cardiff-Bay-Listed-Building-08135806.jpg" alt="White Mable Hallway After Polishing Cardiff Bay Listed Building" width="" height="" /></center>Just to be thorough once the sealed section of Marble was dry, I then lightly went over the floor again with the 3000-grit polishing pad to remove any light smears and finished by buffing with a White buffing pad to bring up the shine even further.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width: 90%; object-fit: cover;" title="White Mable Hallway After Polishing Cardiff Bay Listed Building" src="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2021/05/White-Mable-Hallway-After-Polishing-Cardiff-Bay-Listed-Building-08135923.jpg" alt="White Mable Hallway After Polishing Cardiff Bay Listed Building" width="" height="" /></center>After four days the Marble floor was looking immaculately clean with a high polish. They say first impressions count when selling property and the polished floor added that extra wow factor for those looking to buy.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Marble Floor Renovation and Polishing in South East Wales</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/white-marble-hallway-renovation-in-cardiff-bay-listed-building/">White Marble Hallway Renovation in Cardiff Bay Listed Building</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz">South East Wales Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Stained Limestone Fireplace Facelift in New Romney https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/stained-limestone-fireplace-facelift-in-new-romney/ South Kent Tile Doctor urn:uuid:b1320421-2b64-55eb-56f5-c88125c5a822 Thu, 22 Apr 2021 16:24:14 +0000 <p>If you have a Stone Fireplace like this Limestone Fireplace at a house in New Romney, you will no doubt be very careful what you place on it in case it becomes stained. Water ring marks are an obvious problem, and you probably find yourself rushing for a coaster when a guest puts a glass [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/stained-limestone-fireplace-facelift-in-new-romney/">Stained Limestone Fireplace Facelift in New Romney</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>If you have a Stone Fireplace like this Limestone Fireplace at a house in <a href="https://theromneymarsh.net/newromney" rel="noopener" target="_blank">New Romney</a>, you will no doubt be very careful what you place on it in case it becomes stained. Water ring marks are an obvious problem, and you probably find yourself rushing for a coaster when a guest puts a glass on it. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/04/Limestone-Fireplace-Before-Cleaning-New-Romney-090959.jpg" alt="Limestone Fireplace Before Cleaning New Romney" width="" height="" title="Limestone Fireplace Before Cleaning New Romney" /></center></p> <p>If can relate to that you will sympathise with my customer who being a divorcee faces a similar issue with his children when they come to stay every other weekend. Naturally, he loves having them over, but you can imagine his despair when fruit juices and mucky fingers came into contact with his Limestone fireplace. After several attempts cleaning the fireplace himself he gave up trying and called Tile Doctor instead.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/04/Limestone-Fireplace-Staining-Before-Cleaning-New-Romney-091012.jpg" alt="Limestone Fireplace Staining Before Cleaning New Romney" width="" height="" title="Limestone Fireplace Staining Before Cleaning New Romney" /></center></p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Limestone Fireplace</h2> <p>After protecting the wooden floor from splashing I set about cleaning the Fireplace and removing the staining using <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-oxy-gel-1-litre/169/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Oxy-Gel</a>. Being a Gel this stone cleaner sticks well to vertical surfaces allowing for longer dwell times which allow it to dissolve stains and dirt that get trapped in the pores of the stone. </p> <p>That may sound straightforward but in fact it took several attempts and three hours of hard work and elbow grease to scrub the Limestone clean at the same time careful rinsing with water extracting the resultant soil as I went.</p> <h2>Sealing a Limestone Fireplace</h2> <p>After cleaning and drying the fireplace with a hot air gun I set about applying a sealer to protect it from future grubby fingers. For this I used <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal</a> which is an impregnating sealer that works by soaking into the stone occupying the pores thereby protecting it from within. This product is an invisible sealer that does not change the colour of the stone leaving it with a very natural appearance. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:85%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/04/Limestone-Fireplace-After-Cleaning-New-Romney-122452.jpg" alt="Limestone Fireplace After Cleaning New Romney" width="" height="" title="Limestone Fireplace After Cleaning New Romney" /></center></p> <p>As you can see the Limestone Fireplace looked new again after my visit much to my customers relief. The sealer will make it much easier to clean the stone, the benefit of which will definitely become apparent the next time the kids pay their dad a visit!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Clean of a Limestone Fireplace in South Kent</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/stained-limestone-fireplace-facelift-in-new-romney/">Stained Limestone Fireplace Facelift in New Romney</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Grubby Honed Limestone Floor restored in Highgate https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/grubby-honed-limestone-floor-restored-in-highgate/ North London Tile Doctor urn:uuid:7652a8af-c3b9-adba-a679-d5a1968cc7f4 Wed, 21 Apr 2021 13:26:59 +0000 <p>This client from Highgate in North London, N6 contacted us about their large honed Limestone tiled floor that was installed throughout the ground floor. It had been laid seven years prior and was now grubby and in need of a deep clean and seal including the grout which had turned black with dirt. I visited [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/grubby-honed-limestone-floor-restored-in-highgate/">Grubby Honed Limestone Floor restored in Highgate</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz">North London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This client from <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highgate" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Highgate</a></b> in North London, N6 contacted us about their large honed <b>Limestone tiled floor</b> that was installed throughout the ground floor. It had been laid seven years prior and was now grubby and in need of a deep clean and seal including the grout which had turned black with dirt. </p> <p>I visited the property to survey and assess what was required and provided the owner with a quotation for the renovation. The hallway pictured was in the worst condition, it was a busy house with young children and dogs and over the years the sealer had worn down leaving it vulnerable to ingrained dirt. Without a sealer to protect the stone it had become heavily soiled and lost its original polished appearance. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/04/Honed-Limestone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Highgate-scaled.jpg" alt="Honed Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Highgate" width="" height="" title="Honed Limestone Floor Before Cleaning Highgate" /></center></p> <p>Happy with the quote we scheduled a date for the work to go ahead. The quote included deep cleaning and burnishing the stone to bring back the polish, grout cleaning and re-sealing the Limestone to protect it.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Honed Limestone Tiled Floor</h2> <p>We arrived on the first day and prepared the area by taping up the skirting and woodwork to protect them from potential splashing. Next step was to burnish the floor using a set of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Diamond Burnishing Pads</a>, specifically the 400, 800 and 1500 grit pads fitted to a rotary machine, these were used in sequence running each pad over the tiles several times with water to lubricate the process. The water turns into a fine slurry as pores in the stone are opened and the dirt is released, the slurry is rinsed off with more water and extracted using an industrial wet vacuum after each pad. The finer 800 and 1500-grit pads slowly close the pores and refine the appearance of the stone building up the polish in the process.</p> <p>A strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> was then applied to the grout lines, leaving it for a short while to soak in and then hand scrubbing with a grout brush. The dirty cleaning solution and were then removed from the floor with the wet vacuum. </p> <p>This process was repeated across the different sections of the Limestone floor until I was satisfied with its appearance. Before leaving for the day, I rinsed the floor again using a buffing machine fitted with a brush fitted to give it a final clean. The floor was dried as much as possible using the wet vacuum and then allowed it to dry off fully overnight.</p> <h2>Sealing a Honed Limestone Tiled Ground Floor</h2> <p>The following day the final 3000-grit pad in the four-pad set was applied to the floor to bring up the polish even further. The pad is applied dry with only a little water sprayed onto the tile. We call this process a “Spray Burnish” and as well as leaving the floor nice and dry ready for sealing it adds a nice subtle shine to the stone.</p> <p>The floor was then sealed with two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow sealer</a>. This is a colour intensifying impregnating sealer that works by occupying the pores in the stone so dirt cannot become ingrained there. It will provide durable protection and make the floor much easier to keep clean. It worked well on the pale Limestone and beautifully enhanced the colour and features in stone. Once complete the floor looked brand new again.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/04/Honed-Limestone-Floor-After-Renovation-Highgate-scaled.jpg" alt="Honed Limestone Floor After Renovation Highgate" width="" height="" title="Honed Limestone Floor After Renovation Highgate" /></center></p> <p>I left a complimentary bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a> with the client and gave them some information about how best to maintain the floor. This product is pH neutral and cleans whilst maintaining the patina on the stone helping to keep the floor in great condition. </p> <p>The client was delighted with the result and left us a great review.</p> <p><center><em>&#8220;Andrew is excellent and gets on with the job and we got a fantastic result. Highly recommend. By Aaron S, Highgate, 15 March 2021&#8221;</em></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Honed Limestone Tiled Ground Floor in North London</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/grubby-honed-limestone-floor-restored-in-highgate/">Grubby Honed Limestone Floor restored in Highgate</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz">North London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Large Sandstone Floor Renovated at Crowthorne Rental Property https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/large-sandstone-floor-renovated-at-crowthorne-rental-property/ Berkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:8c93770b-8111-ad4e-50cf-d98f57e768f0 Mon, 19 Apr 2021 14:14:49 +0000 <p>I received an enquiry from a property in Crowthorne to come and survey an unknown Flagstone Floor in a converted barn that was ready to be rented out. The owners where concerned the stone was letting the rest of the property down due to it being dirty and heavily stained, particularly around the kitchen and [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/large-sandstone-floor-renovated-at-crowthorne-rental-property/">Large Sandstone Floor Renovated at Crowthorne Rental Property</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz">Berkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I received an enquiry from a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowthorne" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Crowthorne</a></b> to come and survey an unknown <b>Flagstone Floor</b> in a converted barn that was ready to be rented out. The owners where concerned the stone was letting the rest of the property down due to it being dirty and heavily stained, particularly around the kitchen and entrance areas. If your selling or renting out a property it really needs to look its best if you want to achieve a good price. Having spoken over the phone we agreed a date for me to pop over to complete a survey.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/04/Dirty-Sandstone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Crowthorne-Barn-Conversion-085417.jpg" alt="Dirty Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning Crowthorne Barn Conversion" width="" height="" title="Dirty Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning Crowthorne Barn Conversion" /></center></p> <p>From further inspection I confirmed the stone was in fact a <b>Sandstone</b>, it was also clear that the sealer protecting the stone from ingrained dirt had worn away and was now allowing dirt and staining to ruin the appearance of the flagstones. It was a large floor so I measured up so I could work out the quantities of cleaning and sealing products needed and then walked the customer through the cleaning process. Later that day I sent over a detailed quotation which was accepted, and a date agreed for my return.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/04/Dirty-Sandstone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Crowthorne-Barn-Conversion-085344.jpg" alt="Dirty Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning Crowthorne Barn Conversion" width="" height="" title="Dirty Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning Crowthorne Barn Conversion" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/04/Dirty-Sandstone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Crowthorne-Barn-Conversion-085440.jpg" alt="Dirty Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning Crowthorne Barn Conversion" width="" height="" title="Dirty Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning Crowthorne Barn Conversion" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I should mention this work took place during the Covid restrictions, fortunately being a rental property, I was able to work in the property alone.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning the Sandstone Tiled Floor</h2> <p>To deep clean the floor and remove the ingrained dirt and staining I used a strong dilution of <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a>. It is sprayed onto the floor and left to soak in for five minutes before agitating with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Black scrubbing pad</a> fitted to a weighted buffing machine. The resultant slurry was then wet extracted away using a powerful high-pressure van mounted extracting system. </p> <p>This action cleaned up most of the stone nicely however certain areas where heavily stained, particularly in the kitchen area where food and drink stains were more apparent. To tackle this, I applied a stronger cleaner/stripper product called <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> this time allowing ten minutes for it to soak in before scrubbing the surface with a very coarse 100-grit soft milling pad. This took quite a few attempts each time extracting the slurry away and then inspecting the floor to see if more work was needed. </p> <p>Happy the stains have been removed, I then focused on renovating the surface Sandstone after the application of the coarse pad. This involves the application of several finer grit <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">burnishing pads</a> which close the pores and adds a subtle polish to the Sandstone. As I started with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-100-grit-very-coarse-milling-pad/44/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">100-grit pad</a> it was necessary to gradually refine the surface with an incremental series of pads that included 200, 400 and finally 800-grit pads. Then to ensure a uniform finish across the floor I continued the 400 and 800 grit pads throughout the property. Water is used to lubricate the process and this turns into a fine slurry that is rinse extracted as before. </p> <p>The cleaning process took up the whole of the first day and I am pleased to say the Sandstone floor looked very clean after I had finished. </p> <h2>Sealing the Sandstone Floor</h2> <p>The stone was then allowed dry off overnight with the aid of an industrial air mover and I returned later the next day to apply a new protective seal. In the meantime, my customer had been over to check out the floor and were over the moon with how it looked and wanted to keep the finish as natural as possible. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/04/Sandstone-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Crowthorne-Barn-Conversion-152430.jpg" alt="Sandstone Floor After Cleaning Sealing Crowthorne Barn Conversion" width="" height="" title="Sandstone Floor After Cleaning Sealing Crowthorne Barn Conversion" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/04/Sandstone-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Crowthorne-Barn-Conversion-152448.jpg" alt="Sandstone Floor After Cleaning Sealing Crowthorne Barn Conversion" width="" height="" title="Sandstone Floor After Cleaning Sealing Crowthorne Barn Conversion" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>With this in mind, I applied <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal sealer</a> to the Sandstone throughout, only two coats were needed. This is a premium sealer that is almost invisible and works by penetrating the stone thus preventing dirt from becoming ingrained. Once done the floor looked very clean and much brighter than before, it now had that wow factor which will help it attract a good yield in the rental market.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/04/Sandstone-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Crowthorne-Barn-Conversion-152415.jpg" alt="Sandstone Floor After Cleaning Sealing Crowthorne Barn Conversion" width="" height="" title="Sandstone Floor After Cleaning Sealing Crowthorne Barn Conversion" /></center></p> <p>The trouble with rental properties of course is making sure the tenant uses the right product to maintain the floor and not a typical supermarket tile cleaner that are only designed for use on Ceramic and Porcelain tiles. In fact, these types of cleaning product can slowly strip the sealer off the floor so it’s always worth checking the label before purchasing. Fortunately Tile Doctor sells a product called <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Neutral Cleaner</a> that is ideal for maintaining sealed stone floors, so I left them with a complimentary bottle and recommended they get some more to leave under the sink for the new tenant.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Sandstone Floor Renovation in Crowthorne</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/large-sandstone-floor-renovated-at-crowthorne-rental-property/">Large Sandstone Floor Renovated at Crowthorne Rental Property</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz">Berkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Original Red & Black Victorian Tiled Floor Fully Restored in Lancaster https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/original-red-black-victorian-tiled-floor-fully-restored-in-lancaster/ Tile Doctor Lancashire urn:uuid:10288a63-f5d4-84f9-ceae-1b3a6fdeee83 Fri, 16 Apr 2021 14:24:32 +0000 <p>This old Red and Black Victorian tiled floor at a property in Lancaster was in a bit of a state and had numerous issues that needed resolving as part of the restoration. This included dealing with an old, tiled fireplace hearth, but as the fireplace had been removed years ago it was now a bit [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/original-red-black-victorian-tiled-floor-fully-restored-in-lancaster/">Original Red &#038; Black Victorian Tiled Floor Fully Restored in Lancaster</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Lancashire</a>.</p> <p>This old Red and Black Victorian tiled floor at a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lancaster,_Lancashire" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Lancaster</a></b> was in a bit of a state and had numerous issues that needed resolving as part of the restoration. This included dealing with an old, tiled fireplace hearth, but as the fireplace had been removed years ago it was now a bit of an eyesore as it did not match the rest of the floor. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2021/04/Victorian-Black-and-Red-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Lancaster-4286.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Victorian Black and Red Floor Before Cleaning Lancaster" width="" height="" title="Victorian Black and Red Floor Before Cleaning Lancaster" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>Additionally, some of the tiles had been ripped up along one edge of the floor to make way for a gas pipe, but this was now capped off. This area would need replacement tiles matching the original to be sourced and put in place.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i2.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2021/04/Victorian-Black-and-Red-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Lancaster-4285.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Victorian Black and Red Floor Before Cleaning Lancaster" width="" height="" title="Victorian Black and Red Floor Before Cleaning Lancaster" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>Lastly the whole Quarry tiles floor had previously been covered in carpet so there were adhesive stains all over the floor, not to mention the ingrain dirt that had accumulated in the tile itself. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2021/04/Victorian-Black-and-Red-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Lancaster-4287.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Victorian Black and Red Floor Before Cleaning Lancaster" width="" height="" title="Victorian Black and Red Floor Before Cleaning Lancaster" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>We specialise in restoring old Victorian tiled floors like this one and you will find lots of examples of this sort of work on our website. Our service is quite unique as we generally find other companies either offer a cleaning service or just a repair service; Tile Doctors on the other hand offer a full solution. </p> <h2>Removing Carpet Adhesive from a Victorian Tiled Floor</h2> <p>The first job was to remove the carpet glue and old splashes of paint which we tackled by spraying the floor with a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a>. Designed for use on tile and stone this product is a coatings remover combined with a cleaning agent. This was left to soak into the tiles for ten minutes before it was worked in with a <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">coarse 200-grit pad</a> fitted to a rotary buffer machine. The floor was rinsed with water and then an industrial wet vacuum extracted all the soils away.</p> <p>Stubborn marks were retreated and then once happy with the initial clean the tiles were treated to an acid rinse using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up</a>. Not only does this product remove old grout smears from the tiles it also helps to restore the natural pH of the floor after the use of an alkaline cleaner such as Remove and Go. The acid in this product also slightly etches the clay tile which will allow for a better bond with the sealer later.</p> <p>Lastly, I had noticed evidence of efflorescent salt staining which is a common issue on old Victorian floors that don’t have a damp proof membrane. It’s caused by salts being carried up through the floor as moisture evaporates from the subfloor and results in unsightly white salt deposits being left on the surface of the tile. An acidic cleaning product such as Grout Clean-up can counter the alkaline salts but for best results, we like to use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a>, it’s a slightly stronger product and being a gel allows it to sit in place for longer. After finishing the floor, it was given another rinse with water to remove any trace of product and then dried as much as possible with the wet vacuum. </p> <h2> Sealing a Victorian Tiled Floor</h2> <p>A lot of water was used in the cleaning process, so the floor was left for four days before returning to add the sealer. For best results, It’s not a good idea to apply sealer to a damp floor and to avoid any doubt use a damp meter to obtain a moisture reading and compare it with one taken before cleaning.</p> <p>To seal the floor two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> were applied, this is a fully breathable sealer and if the salts do come back this sealer will let the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/custom.aspx/efflorescence/10/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">efflorescence</a> breathe through to the surface where it can be easily mopped off the floor, we use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Concentrated Neutral Cleaner</a> for this. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2021/04/Victorian-Black-and-Red-Floor-After-Restoration-Lancaster-4161.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Victorian Black and Red Floor After Restoration Lancaster" width="" height="" title="Victorian Black and Red Floor After Restoration Lancaster" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>In the after pictures, you will see the difference we have made to this floor, bringing it back to its former glory, the house was built in 1901 so the floor is original and that makes it 120 years old. not all floors would look this good after that length of time.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2021/04/Victorian-Black-and-Red-Floor-After-Restoration-Lancaster-4155.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Victorian Black and Red Floor After Restoration Lancaster" width="" height="" title="Victorian Black and Red Floor After Restoration Lancaster" data-recalc-dims="1" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Floor in Lancashire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/original-red-black-victorian-tiled-floor-fully-restored-in-lancaster/">Original Red &#038; Black Victorian Tiled Floor Fully Restored in Lancaster</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Lancashire</a>.</p> Light Grey Grout Re-Colouring in a Wickersley Kitchen https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/light-grey-grout-re-colouring-in-a-wickersley-kitchen/ South Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:d977172d-6dc0-4fef-7224-a46630946003 Wed, 14 Apr 2021 13:34:24 +0000 <p>This Ceramic Tiled kitchen floor at a property in Wickersley was proving to be a pain for our clients, whatever they did the grout just looked dark, dirty, and unsightly. No amount of scrubbing would make a difference and eager to find a solution they wasted a lot of money on various products trying to [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/light-grey-grout-re-colouring-in-a-wickersley-kitchen/">Light Grey Grout Re-Colouring in a Wickersley Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This <b>Ceramic Tiled</b> kitchen floor at a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wickersley" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Wickersley</a></b> was proving to be a pain for our clients, whatever they did the <b>grout</b> just looked dark, dirty, and unsightly. No amount of scrubbing would make a difference and eager to find a solution they wasted a lot of money on various products trying to clean the grout lines, but nothing had worked. Ceramic tiles are glazed which makes them very easy to clean, grout however is a different story.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/04/Ceramic-Tiled-Floor-Before-Grout-ReColour-Wickersley-Rotherham-093913.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Floor Before Grout ReColour Wickersley Rotherham" width="" height="" alt="Ceramic Tiled Floor Before Grout ReColour Wickersley Rotherham" /></center></p> <p><b>Wickersley</b> is in Rotherham close to the 3 main motorways in South Yorkshire, the M1, M18 and A1. The village took its’ name from the Wickersley family who eventually moved to Sheffield and built the famous Broom Hall, incredibly we restored 100sqm of stone flooring in that very house not too long back. It was a beautiful restoration. </p> <p>On the first visit we tried a few of our products to clean the grout lines up but sometimes grout just can’t be cleaned, if the staining has penetrated the surface layer and gone right down into the grout it is stained forever. Grinding the grout out and putting in new grout is a big messy expensive job. For this reason, our grout recolouring service is an ideal option and the best thing about it is once it is recoloured the grout is protected and stain resistant. </p> <p>Tile Doctor have a range of ten grout colours to choose from and in this case our client chose the light grey colour. They were happy to go ahead with our quote and just thankful that we were able to do it relatively inexpensively and without making a huge mess! </p> <h2>Applying Light Grey Grout Colourant to Ceramic Kitchen Tiles</h2> <p>Work started by treating the grout lines with an acidic pre-treater that comes with the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant-kit/99/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Grout Colourant kit</a> that Tile Doctor sell, <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant-pre-treat-cleaner-750ml-with-trigger-spray/201/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Colourant Pre-Treat cleaner</a>, this gets rid of any contamination and prepares the grout for the colourant, so you get a superior bond. </p> <p>Once dry the Light Grey <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/grout-colouring/20/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Grout Colourant</a> was applied the grout lines with a small brush. A steady hand is required, and you need to ensure any excess is immediately wiped away before it dries. It is quite a slow job, but very satisfying when you see the difference it makes. Glazed tiles are sealed during manufacture, so we do not need to apply a sealer like we do on most of our jobs. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/04/Ceramic-Tiled-Floor-After-ReColour-Wickersley-Rotherham-164826.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Floor After Grout ReColour Wickersley Rotherham" width="" height="" alt="Ceramic Tiled Floor After ReColour Wickersley Rotherham" /></center></p> <p>The customer was over the moon with the transformation, the grubby grout lines had been irradicated and because the grout colourant forms a barrier over the grout, they will remain looking good for a long time to come. For aftercare cleaning I recommended using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> which is pH neutral and gentle enough to use on a regular basis, it also has a nice fresh smell. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Grout Cleaning Service in Rotherham</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/light-grey-grout-re-colouring-in-a-wickersley-kitchen/">Light Grey Grout Re-Colouring in a Wickersley Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating a Lapicida White Sandstone Kitchen Floor in Ilkley https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-lapicida-white-sandstone-kitchen-floor-in-ilkley/ North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:c6904b28-ffa9-0acd-6fae-a8379244c259 Sat, 10 Apr 2021 13:34:42 +0000 <p>These pictures are of a beautiful Sandstone floor in Ilkley, the tiles were sourced from Lapicida of Harrogate and installed around twelve years prior. If you take a look at their website now you will see they are selling a similar London White Sandstone for nearly £100 per m2. This floor was 35 square metres [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-lapicida-white-sandstone-kitchen-floor-in-ilkley/">Renovating a Lapicida White Sandstone Kitchen Floor in Ilkley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>These pictures are of a beautiful Sandstone floor in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilkley" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Ilkley</a></b>, the tiles were sourced from <a href="https://www.lapicida.com" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Lapicida of Harrogate</a> and installed around twelve years prior. If you take a look at their website now you will see they are selling a similar <a href="https://www.lapicida.com/product/london-white/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">London White Sandstone</a> for nearly £100 per m2. This floor was 35 square metres so clearly this was a significant investment for the owner at the time. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/04/Lapicida-Sandstone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Ilkley-09110015.jpg" alt="Lapicida Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning Ilkley" width="" height="" title="Lapicida Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning Ilkley" /></center></p> <p>After twelve years of use however the sealer had worn off the floor and dirt had become ingrained in the pores of the stone making it very difficult to keep clean. A good sealer takes a long time to wear off so the change to the appearance of the stone happens so slowly you don&#8217;t notice it. The floor was now looking permanently dirty, and the owner of the property had decided it was time to get it renovated.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/04/Lapicida-Sandstone-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Ilkley-09110041.jpg" alt="Lapicida Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning Ilkley" width="" height="" title="Lapicida Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning Ilkley" /></center></p> <p>Before quoting I paid a visit to the property to survey the floor and conduct an initial test clean which came out well. The test cleaning did not go as quickly as I had hoped it might however, due to traces of old satin sealer on some of the stone. It’s important to remove all the old sealer before applying new or you can end up with a patchy appearance. The remnants of old sealer proved challenging to remove as a result I had to try several products and methods before working out the right approach. In the end I resulted to using a product called <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-wax-away-1-litre/228/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Wax Away</a>. I had considered applying diamond burnishing pads which would have been a quicker option, but the flagstones had a riven finish, and the dirt was deeply pitted. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/04/Lapicida-Sandstone-Floor-During-Test-Clean-Ilkley-09150120.jpg" alt="Lapicida Sandstone Floor During Test Clean Ilkley" width="" height="" title="Lapicida Sandstone Floor During Test Clean Ilkley" /></center></p> <p>With a successful cleaning plan worked out I provided the client with a which was accepted, and a date agreed for my return.</p> <h2> Cleaning a Sandstone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>The cleaning plan I had worked out was to apply a strong dilution of Tile Doctor Wax Away, leave it to soak into the stone for thirty minutes and then scrub it in with a rotary buffer fitted with a black scrubbing pad. The old sealer proved to be tough to remove and in total I used five litres of Tile Doctor Wax Away in the process, as I said it was a big floor!</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/04/Lapicida-Sandstone-Floor-After-Cleaning-Ilkley-11112037.jpg" alt="Lapicida Sandstone Floor After Cleaning Ilkley" width="" height="" title="Lapicida Sandstone Floor After Cleaning Ilkley" /></center></p> <h2> Sealing a Sandstone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>On day three, I sealed the floor using three coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go</a> which gave the Sandstone a lovely satin finish that the client liked. This product is also water based so it doesn’t leave a smell as it dries.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/04/Lapicida-Sandstone-Floor-After-Sealing-Ilkley-11112115.jpg" alt="Lapicida Sandstone Floor After Sealing Ilkley" width="" height="" title="Lapicida Sandstone Floor After Sealing Ilkley" /></center></p> <p>Once done the floor was completely transformed, and my client very pleased with the floor which looked so much lighter and cleaner. For aftercare cleaning I recommended the use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> for maintenance, it is pH neutral so will ensure the newly applied seal is protected. It has a nice fresh smell and is gentle enough to use frequently keeping the newly renovated floor looking lovely.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Sandstone Tiled Kitchen in North West Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-lapicida-white-sandstone-kitchen-floor-in-ilkley/">Renovating a Lapicida White Sandstone Kitchen Floor in Ilkley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating Patchy Grout on a Ceramic Tiled Floor in Shrewsbury https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-patchy-grout-on-a-ceramic-tiled-floor-in-shrewsbury/ Shropshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:8f78f7d0-b69c-c75e-5107-3116cfaf466a Thu, 08 Apr 2021 15:02:58 +0000 <p>These pictures were taken at a five-year-old property in Shrewsbury where the entire ground floor had been laid with Ceramic tiles. The owner was mainly unhappy with the grout which after five years of use had become patchy in appearance. Grout is usually the biggest problem when it comes to Ceramic and Porcelain floors, the [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-patchy-grout-on-a-ceramic-tiled-floor-in-shrewsbury/">Renovating Patchy Grout on a Ceramic Tiled Floor in Shrewsbury</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz">Shropshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>These pictures were taken at a five-year-old property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrewsbury" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Shrewsbury</a></b> where the entire ground floor had been laid with <b>Ceramic tiles</b>. The owner was mainly unhappy with the grout which after five years of use had become patchy in appearance. Grout is usually the biggest problem when it comes to Ceramic and Porcelain floors, the tiles themselves usually require very little maintenance, whereas the surface of grout is slightly porous and can be stained. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/04/Ceramic-Tiled-Floor-Before-Grout-Colouring-Shrewsbury-8893.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Floor Before Grout Colouring Shrewsbury" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Floor Before Grout Colouring Shrewsbury" /></center></p> <p>I recommended deep cleaning the floor and then re-colouring it with a Charcoal Grey colourant, not only would this resolve the appearance issue, but the colourant also acts as a protective barrier over the grout making it easier to clean and will ensure it had a consistent appearance. The alternative would be to slowly rake out the grout and replace with new which given the size of the floor would take a long time, also it would probably become stained again so we would be back to square one. My client was happy with my quote and agreed to go ahead, so we booked in a suitable time to carry out the work.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/04/Ceramic-Tiled-Floor-Before-Grout-Colouring-Shrewsbury-8894.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Floor Before Grout Colouring Shrewsbury" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Floor Before Grout Colouring Shrewsbury" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning a Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>To clean the tile and grout I first sprayed on a medium dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> then after ten minutes scrubbed it in with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black pad</a> fitted to a rotary buffer machine. I then followed this up with a manual scrub of the grout as the pads can struggle to reach into the recess of the grout line. This action lifted the dirt out of the floor which was then rinsed away with water and extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>The next step was to prepare the grout for the colourant by scrubbing it with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up</a>. This is an acidic product that cleans the grout further and etches the surface of the grout to ensure a better bond with the colourant. The solution was then rinsed away again and removed with the wet vacuum. This process was repeated with more water to neutralise the floor and remove any trace of cleaning products. </p> <h2>Colouring the grout on a Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>It was a large area, so I left the floor to dry off overnight and returned the following day to apply the Charcoal Grout Colourant. Applying the product is done with a small brush and any excess has to be cleaned off quickly before it dries which makes it quite a slow process. It certainly requires a steady hand and a lot of patience. </p> <p>The <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Colourant</a> is available in ten popular colours, so it is very versatile for all types of tiled areas. They also supply the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant-kit/99/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Colourant in a kit</a> form with a brush and bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant-pre-treat-cleaner-750ml-with-trigger-spray/201/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Grout Pre-Treater</a> so you have everything you need.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/04/Ceramic-Tiled-Floor-After-Grout-Colouring-Shrewsbury-8897.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Floor After Grout Colouring Shrewsbury" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Floor After Grout Colouring Shrewsbury" /></center></p> <p>It was fairly tedious work, but the discoloured and patchy grout looked great after I was finished and my client was really happy with the result, they even left the following testimonial.</p> <p><center><I>&#8220;Had the whole tiled ground floor of my house, cleaned, sealed and the grout darkened. Jozsef did a great job with no mess. I would highly recommend him&#8221;</I></center></p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/04/Ceramic-Tiled-Floor-After-Grout-Colouring-Shrewsbury-8896.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Floor After Grout Colouring Shrewsbury" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Floor After Grout Colouring Shrewsbury" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of a Ceramic Tiled Kitchen Floor in Shropshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-patchy-grout-on-a-ceramic-tiled-floor-in-shrewsbury/">Renovating Patchy Grout on a Ceramic Tiled Floor in Shrewsbury</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz">Shropshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Recently Laid Black Limestone Patio Renovated in Ashford https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/black-limestone-patio-we-were-called-to-correct-at-a-house-in-ashford/ South Kent Tile Doctor urn:uuid:c631a313-959e-3ba4-50be-e9609ddbf54a Tue, 06 Apr 2021 02:52:53 +0000 <p>We were called out to look at this new Black Limestone patio in Ashford which was not looking as it should. The client had laid it himself but unfortunately had not managed to polish off all the grout from the surface of the Limestone thereby degrading the appearance of the stone. Grout Smearing or Grout [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/black-limestone-patio-we-were-called-to-correct-at-a-house-in-ashford/">Recently Laid Black Limestone Patio Renovated in Ashford</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>We were called out to look at this new <b>Black Limestone patio</b> in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashford,_Kent" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ashford</a></b> which was not looking as it should. The client had laid it himself but unfortunately had not managed to polish off all the grout from the surface of the Limestone thereby degrading the appearance of the stone.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width: 90%; object-fit: cover;" title="Black Limestone Patio Before Cleaning Ashford" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/04/Black-Limestone-Patio-Before-Cleaning-Ashford-084309.jpg" alt="Black Limestone Patio Before Cleaning Ashford" width="" height="" /></center>Grout Smearing or Grout Haze is a common problem when it comes to tiling and this problem seems to be on the increase due to new grout formula’s which are tougher but dry a lot faster. Usually, the excess grout can be removed using a mild acid however it is not possible to do that on Limestone as this Stone is acid sensitive and as well as etching the stone can cause it to turn white. I know Tile Doctor has resolved a few jobs like this in the past for builders who do not always understand the unique characteristics of the stone.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width: 90%; object-fit: cover;" title="Black Limestone Patio Before Cleaning Ashford" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/04/Black-Limestone-Patio-Before-Cleaning-Ashford-084307.jpg" alt="Black Limestone Patio Before Cleaning Ashford" width="" height="" /></center>I discussed with the client how Tile Doctor could help and gave him a quote for the work to be carried out. He was happy to go ahead so having consulted the weather forecast for a couple of dry days we agreed a date to return.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Black Limestone Patio Floor</h2> <p>To remove the Grout Haze and clean the appearance of the Limestone I applied a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-patio-brick-driveway-cleaner-5-litre/256/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tile Doctor Brick and Patio Cleaner</a> and worked it in with a coarse 400 grit diamond encrusted burnishing pad. The coarse pad does leave the stone looking a little rough, so the surface was then renovated using the finer <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">burnishing pads</a> of 800 and 1500 grit using water for lubrication. By using the pads in sequence, it gradually smooths the surface of the stone. Once done the tiles were rinsed with water and the soil removed with an industrial wet vacuum. The patio was looking good, the day was nice and bright, so we left the patio for a few hours to dry in the sun.</p> <h2>Sealing a Black Limestone Patio</h2> <p>Once the stone was dry the patio was sealed with single coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-oil-1-litre/19/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tile Doctor Stone Oil</a> which is an impregnating sealer that improves strength and restores colour to the stone.</p> <p>Once dry the Stone Oil was followed by a coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> sealer which like the Stone Oil penetrates the pores of the stone improving colour and adding protection. The treatment and combination of products transformed the appearance of the patio and provided the client with exactly the look he required.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width: 90%; object-fit: cover;" title="Black Limestone Patio After Cleaning Ashford" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/04/Black-Limestone-Patio-After-Cleaning-Ashford-103632.jpg" alt="Black Limestone Patio After Cleaning Ashford" width="" height="" /></center>As you can see from the after pictures the patio had a rich black colour and looked as it should. The client was over the moon with the result and was thankful that we had managed to rescue his work. Lesson learned for any future project he might take on, beware of grout haze!</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width: 90%; object-fit: cover;" title="Black Limestone Patio After Cleaning Ashford" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/04/Black-Limestone-Patio-After-Cleaning-Ashford-095336.jpg" alt="Black Limestone Patio After Cleaning Ashford" width="" height="" /></center>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Black Limestone Patio in South Kent</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/black-limestone-patio-we-were-called-to-correct-at-a-house-in-ashford/">Recently Laid Black Limestone Patio Renovated in Ashford</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Craven Dunnill Floor Restoration in Stoke Golding Nuneaton https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/craven-dunnill-floor-restoration-in-stoke-golding-nuneaton/ Warwickshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:17d82a66-c8df-ea24-8a9a-aca7c9236fde Sat, 03 Apr 2021 13:54:53 +0000 <p>The Victorian Floor was in Stoke Golding a small village near Nuneaton Warwickshire. Some years ago, the client had decided to tile over the original Victorian geometric tiled floor with a modern tile. Back to the present day and their tastes had changed and so they decided they preferred the classic look after all and [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/craven-dunnill-floor-restoration-in-stoke-golding-nuneaton/">Craven Dunnill Floor Restoration in Stoke Golding Nuneaton</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz">Warwickshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The <b>Victorian Floor</b> was in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoke_Golding" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Stoke Golding</a></b> a small village near Nuneaton Warwickshire. Some years ago, the client had decided to tile over the original Victorian geometric tiled floor with a modern tile. Back to the present day and their tastes had changed and so they decided they preferred the classic look after all and wanted the old floor restored. The process of removing the modern tiles however caused quite a bit of damage to the old floor and in the process managed to damage a large section of the sub floor. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/04/Victorian-Hallway-Before-Craven-Dunnill-Tile-Rebuild-Stoke-Golding-Nuneaton-2.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Before Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway Before Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" /></center></p> <p>After surveying the floor, I could see that as well as the obvious, the floor had dropped by the door to the lounge so this would need repairing and the tiles by the kitchen door had been removed and would also need replacing. Happy for me to do the work I worked out how many replacement tiles would be needed to renovate the floor. The tiles were then ordered from <b><a href="https://www.cdjackfield.com" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Craven Dunnill</a></b> who have been in operation since 1872 and still make the same tiles to this day.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/04/Victorian-Hallway-Before-Craven-Dunnill-Tile-Rebuild-Stoke-Golding-Nuneaton-1.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Before Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway Before Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning and Repairing a Craven Dunnill Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The first day on the job involved removing tiles and screed from the damaged sections, cleaning up the rubble as I went. The now exposed subfloor was built up to the right height by adding self-levelling screed which was left to set before more work could be done. Once the new screed had set the replacement tiles were cut and laid using a flexible adhesive. The damaged tiles in the floor where also removed and replaced where needed. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/04/Victorian-Hallway-During-Craven-Dunnill-Tile-Rebuild-Stoke-Golding-Nuneaton-1.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway During Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway During Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/04/Victorian-Hallway-During-Craven-Dunnill-Tile-Rebuild-Stoke-Golding-Nuneaton-4.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway During Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway During Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The next step involved deep cleaning the whole hallway floor, first using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> and then followed up with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a> using 200 and 400-Grit burnishing pads to really get the tiles clean and bright again. I hand finished the corners and edges with handheld burnishing blocks of different grades and then left the floor to dry overnight. </p> <h2>Sealing a Craven Dunnill Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The next morning, I inspected the floor to check it was clean and dry however, it also revealed a few more cracked tiles that were not obvious the day before. These were removed and replaced as before. </p> <p>The floor was then pre-sealed using a coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is an impregnating sealer followed up with a few coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-extra-1-litre/22/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go Extra</a>. The combination of the two sealers brings out the colours in the tiles whilst providing hard wearing protection that will keep the dirt out of the tiles. Both sealers are breathable which is an important consideration when sealing old floors like this one which don&#8217;t usually have a damp proof membrane.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/04/Victorian-Hallway-After-Craven-Dunnill-Tile-Rebuild-Stoke-Golding-Nuneaton-2.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway After Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway After Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/04/Victorian-Hallway-After-Craven-Dunnill-Tile-Rebuild-Stoke-Golding-Nuneaton-3.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway After Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway After Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Due to the amount of tiling work needed that job was completed over a two-week period however the floor looked amazing when finished and well worth the effort. Given the history of the floor I&#8217;m sure the fully restored floor will add a lot of value to the property, certainly my client was very happy with the finish.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/04/Victorian-Hallway-After-Craven-Dunnill-Tile-Rebuild-Stoke-Golding-Nuneaton-1.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway After Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway After Craven Dunnill Tile Rebuild Stoke Golding Nuneaton" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Craven Dunnill Victorian Hallway Restoration in Warwickshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/craven-dunnill-floor-restoration-in-stoke-golding-nuneaton/">Craven Dunnill Floor Restoration in Stoke Golding Nuneaton</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz">Warwickshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Travertine Floor Cleaned and Sealed in Walton-On-Thames https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/travertine-floor-cleaned-and-sealed-in-walton-on-thames/ South Middlesex Tile Doctor urn:uuid:935fe0e8-f6ec-0778-1e35-de82e0dbf0c1 Mon, 29 Mar 2021 13:33:23 +0000 <p>Our client had inherited this Travertine floor when purchasing in a lovely street in Walton-On-Thames, close by was the River Thames which runs all the way into London. The new owners were unhappy with the floor in that it did not look very clean, and they were keen to get this rectified. I arranged a [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/travertine-floor-cleaned-and-sealed-in-walton-on-thames/">Travertine Floor Cleaned and Sealed in Walton-On-Thames</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz">South Middlesex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Our client had inherited this <b>Travertine</b> floor when purchasing in a lovely street in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walton-on-Thames" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Walton-On-Thames</a></b>, close by was the River Thames which runs all the way into London. The new owners were unhappy with the floor in that it did not look very clean, and they were keen to get this rectified. I arranged a site visit to survey the floor and see what could be done to restore its appearance. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2021/03/Travertine-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Walton-on-Thames-1106.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor Before Cleaning Walton-on-Thames" width="" height="" title="Travertine Floor Before Cleaning Walton-on-Thames" /></center></p> <p>The floor itself was in good physical condition, however, it was apparent from the level of dirt ingrained in the stone that it had not been maintained very well by the previous owner. I carried out a small test clean which came out well and they could see straight away what the floor should look really like! They were happy with my renovation quote and we agreed a mutually convenient time where I could work in relation to the COVID guidelines.</p> <h2> Cleaning a Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>The Travertine floor was scrubbed using a mixture of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro Clean</a> and <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Remove and Go</a>. These are heavy duty cleaning products designed for use on tile and stone can be combined to form a powerful cleaning/stripping solution which is left to dwell on the floor surface. After a short while the solution was worked into the stone using a rotary machine fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a>. </p> <p>This cleaning recipe works extremely well breaking down dirt, stains, and grease in the stone. Following a machine scrub and a more manual hand scrub of the grout lines, we then pressure rinsed the soil away and then it was extracted using an industrial wet vacuum. In a couple of areas, it was necessary to repeat the process to ensure it was completely clean. Once we were satisfied that the stone was fresh and clean, the floor was left to dry off overnight, so it would be ready for sealing the following day.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2021/03/Travertine-Floor-During-Cleaning-Walton-on-Thames-1104.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor During Cleaning Walton-on-Thames" width="" height="" title="Travertine Floor During Cleaning Walton-on-Thames" /></center></p> <h2> Sealing a Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>After drying overnight, the floor was checked with a damp meter to make sure it was dry. Once reassured I started with the application of the fresh sealer to the floor using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow Sealer</a> which is a colour enhancing sealer that works from within by soaking into the pores of the stone. Several coats were applied allowing each one to dry before applying the next. This sealer does not provide a glossy finish, just a nice natural sheen. This brought back the contrast and natural colours in the stone, whilst adding protection to stone for many years to come.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2021/03/Travertine-Floor-After-Cleaning-Walton-on-Thames-1107.jpg" alt="Travertine Floor After Cleaning Walton-on-Thames" width="" height="" title="Travertine Floor After Cleaning Walton-on-Thames" /></center></p> <p>The client was very happy with the work we carried out, the floor had come up much better than they had expected, and it really made a difference to the lovely kitchen space. The floor looked like new. I recommended the regular use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a> for future cleaning which will keep the floor in great condition and ensure the longevity of the newly applied sealant. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Travertine Tiled Kitchen in South Middlesex</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/travertine-floor-cleaned-and-sealed-in-walton-on-thames/">Travertine Floor Cleaned and Sealed in Walton-On-Thames</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz">South Middlesex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Old Tea Room Brick Floor Renovation in Royal Tunbridge Wells https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/old-tea-room-brick-floor-renovation-in-royal-tunbridge-wells/ South Kent Tile Doctor urn:uuid:2caa89b9-d8b0-69de-6f79-ed47e1c2403d Fri, 26 Mar 2021 03:09:47 +0000 <p>This Brick and Quarry tiled floor belongs to an eighteenth-century property used as a Tea Room in Royal Tunbridge Wells. Over the years the property had experienced numerous building works leaving the floor surface a mixture of Concrete, Brick, and Quarry tiles. At some point thereafter the floor was painted in doorstep red paint which [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/old-tea-room-brick-floor-renovation-in-royal-tunbridge-wells/">Old Tea Room Brick Floor Renovation in Royal Tunbridge Wells</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This <b>Brick</b> and <b>Quarry</b> tiled floor belongs to an eighteenth-century property used as a Tea Room in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Tunbridge_Wells" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Royal Tunbridge Wells</a></b>. Over the years the property had experienced numerous building works leaving the floor surface a mixture of Concrete, Brick, and Quarry tiles. At some point thereafter the floor was painted in doorstep red paint which gave the different materials a more uniform appearance but had now become unsightly and had removed the floors character in the process. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/03/Brick-Quarry-Floor-Before-Renovation-Royal-Tunbridge-Wells-161512.jpg" alt="Brick Quarry Floor Before Renovation Royal Tunbridge Wells" width="" height="" title="Brick Quarry Floor Before Renovation Royal Tunbridge Wells" /></center></p> <p>With the business being closed due to the COVID lockdown the manager had decided it was a good time to have the property renovated and as part of the work I was asked to restore the floor and its ‘old world’ charm. This worked well for me as all the fixtures had been removed so I was able to access the whole floor without obstruction and as I was on my own, I didn&#8217;t have to worry about COVID too much.</p> <p><b>Royal Tunbridge Wells</b> is a historic spa town, it was a very fashionable resort in the 1700s due to its’ spas which attracted many visitors. These declined over the years as people took to bathing in the sea. However, it still claims 30% of its income is from the tourist industry so I’m sure the Tea Room was a popular haunt.</p> <h2>Removing Paint from a Brick and Quarry Tiled Floor</h2> <p>The first step was to remove the red tile paint which I was able to tackle using a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> worked into the floor using a heavy buffing machine fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a>. There was a quirky mix of substrates and I had to repeat this process of scrubbing, rinsing, and extracting numerous times before I was satisfied all the paint was gone. The floor was then left to dry out over the weekend.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/03/Brick-Quarry-Floor-During-Renovation-Royal-Tunbridge-Wells-163246.jpg" alt="Brick Quarry Floor During Renovation Royal Tunbridge Wells" width="" height="" title="Brick Quarry Floor During Renovation Royal Tunbridge Wells" /></center></p> <h2> Sealing a Brick and Quarry Tiled Tea Room Floor</h2> <p>I returned on Monday morning to apply a sealer that would protect the floor and make it easier to maintain. Commercial floors like this one see a lot of daily foot traffic and so need good protection. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/03/Brick-Quarry-Floor-During-Renovation-Royal-Tunbridge-Wells-100036.jpg" alt="Brick Quarry Floor During Renovation Royal Tunbridge Wells" width="" height="" title="Brick Quarry Floor During Renovation Royal Tunbridge Wells" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/03/Brick-Quarry-Floor-During-Sealing-Royal-Tunbridge-Wells-100054.jpg" alt="Brick Quarry Floor During Sealing Royal Tunbridge Wells" width="" height="" title="Brick Quarry Floor During Sealing Royal Tunbridge Wells" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The sealer of choice for this floor was <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-high-shine-sealer-1-litre/8/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor High Shine sealer</a> which works well on quarry and brick and added a nice shine. Hopefully, once lockdown ends people will be able to continue to drink tea, eat cake and appreciate the quirky floor.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/03/Brick-Quarry-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Royal-Tunbridge-Wells-120506.jpg" alt="Brick Quarry Floor After Cleaning Sealing Royal Tunbridge Wells" width="" height="" title="Brick Quarry Floor After Cleaning Sealing Royal Tunbridge Wells" /></center></p> <p>For aftercare cleaning I recommend the use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile cleaner</a>. This is a pH neutral cleaning product specifically designed for use on sealed floors and will be much kinder on the floor than the commercial cleaners that they may normally use. These tend to strip the sealer from the floor over time and then in turn let the dirt get in. Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner is mild but effective and will be perfect for their everyday cleaning needs. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of an Old Brick and Quarry Tiled Floor in South Kent</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/old-tea-room-brick-floor-renovation-in-royal-tunbridge-wells/">Old Tea Room Brick Floor Renovation in Royal Tunbridge Wells</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Tired Black Flagstone Floor Restored in Kendal Basement https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/tired-black-flagstone-floor-restored-in-kendal-basement/ South Cumbria Tile Doctor urn:uuid:961ccc52-114e-66ef-8981-56bebf9f33b3 Thu, 25 Mar 2021 13:46:49 +0000 <p>I was contacted by a client in Kendal to see if I could help with their Black Flagstone basement floor. As you can see from the photographs it was in a bit of a state and the stone looked mostly White rather than Black. I carried out a site visit, to survey the floor and [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/tired-black-flagstone-floor-restored-in-kendal-basement/">Tired Black Flagstone Floor Restored in Kendal Basement</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz">South Cumbria Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I was contacted by a client in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kendal" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Kendal</a></b> to see if I could help with their <b>Black Flagstone</b> basement floor. As you can see from the photographs it was in a bit of a state and the stone looked mostly White rather than Black. </p> <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2021/03/Black-Flagstone-Floor-Before-Renovation-Kendal-4170.jpg" alt="Black Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Kendal" width="" height="" title="Black Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Kendal" /></p> <p>I carried out a site visit, to survey the floor and work out the best approach to restore its appearance. After testing a few different products and techniques I worked out an effective restoration plan and discussed this with the owner. Happy with my plan and costing’s we agreed a date to start the work. Being in the basement of the property had its challenges but it would mean we could work socially distanced from the owner.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2021/03/Black-Flagstone-Floor-Before-Renovation-Kendal-4162.jpg" alt="Black Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Kendal" width="" height="" title="Black Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Kendal" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2021/03/Black-Flagstone-Floor-Before-Renovation-Kendal-4168.jpg" alt="Black Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Kendal" width="" height="" title="Black Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Kendal" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2>Cleaning a Tired Black Flagstone Tiled Basement Floor</h2> <p>To restore the floors appearance, I started with a set of coarse wire (60 and 120 grit) brushes lubricated with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> which is a strong coatings remover. I had considered using milling pads on the tiles to reveal a new surface underneath but that does involve the use of an expensive set of coarse pads and given it was a basement the owners didn&#8217;t feel the extra expense would be justified. </p> <p>The wire grits work well on rough stone floors when attached to a weighted buffing machine and we add some Tile Doctor Remove and Go to the mix. Once clean the floor was rinsed with water and the slurry extracted using an industrial wet vacuum. After cleaning the floor, it looked transformed, some pointing was required so we carried this out after the main clean.</p> <h2> Sealing a Black Flagstone Tiled Basement Floor</h2> <p>The stone was left to dry out for a few days before returning to apply a sealer. For this floor I felt <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-x-tra-seal-1-litre/258/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor X-Tra seal</a> would be the best product and applied two coats. I chose X-Tra seal for this job as it ticks a lot of boxes, it’s a breathable oil-based resin sealer which being breathable will allow moisture to rise through the floor. Old floors like this don&#8217;t have a damp proof membrane so it is important to choose a sealer that can allow the floor to breath and not let damp build up under the floor where it can reach out to the walls and cause rising damp.</p> <p>I also chose X-Tra Seal as it has a great ability to bring out the colour of the darker stone due to its high oil content, the oil will deter salts from forming if efflorescence is an issue. This is a unique property of this sealer as we never know if <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/custom.aspx/efflorescence/10/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">efflorescent salts</a> are going to form or not so having this in place as a sealer is a great plus for a Tile Doctor, it is new to the market and is already proving popular on floors like this and for protecting external stone.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:40%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2021/03/Black-Flagstone-Floor-After-Renovation-Kendal-4221.jpg" alt="Black Flagstone Floor After Renovation Kendal" width="" height="" title="Black Flagstone Floor After Renovation Kendal" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:60%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2021/03/Black-Flagstone-Floor-After-Renovation-Kendal-4220.jpg" alt="Black Flagstone Floor After Renovation Kendal" width="" height="" title="Black Flagstone Floor After Renovation Kendal" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>If the tiles are smooth Tile Doctor X-Tra Seal adds a bit of a sheen to the appearance of the stone however this stone was very rough, so we didn’t manage a shine, but the customer was happy with the matt finish and the slightly honed effect.</p> <p>The floor looked great and much more appealing making the space more attractive and likely to be used. For aftercare I recommended <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> which will clean the floor without impacting the sealer which can be a problem with many of the stronger products you find in supermarkets.</p> <p><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2021/03/Black-Flagstone-Floor-After-Renovation-Kendal-4217.jpg" alt="Black Flagstone Floor After Renovation Kendal" width="" height="" title="Black Flagstone Floor After Renovation Kendal" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Black Flagstone Basement in Cumbria</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/tired-black-flagstone-floor-restored-in-kendal-basement/">Tired Black Flagstone Floor Restored in Kendal Basement</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz">South Cumbria Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Marble Kitchen Floor Grout Cleaned and Polished in Cardiff https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/marble-kitchen-floor-grout-cleaned-and-polished-in-cardiff/ South East Wales Tile Doctor urn:uuid:680311f8-7fc6-305d-0e1d-23064367ab16 Tue, 23 Mar 2021 13:52:43 +0000 <p>I took the pictures below during the renovation of a beautiful Marble floor that was installed in the kitchen and adjacent dinning area of a property in Cardiff. Busy family life had taken its toll on the floor and it had now lost most of its shine and the grout had darkened to an almost [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/marble-kitchen-floor-grout-cleaned-and-polished-in-cardiff/">Marble Kitchen Floor Grout Cleaned and Polished in Cardiff</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz">South East Wales Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I took the pictures below during the renovation of a beautiful <b>Marble floor</b> that was installed in the kitchen and adjacent dinning area of a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiff" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Cardiff</a></b>. Busy family life had taken its toll on the floor and it had now lost most of its shine and the grout had darkened to an almost black colour due to ingrained dirt. Marble however is an amazing stone that responds well to polishing so I knew I could restore its appearance. </p> <p>Covering Cardiff and the surrounding area I’m your local tile and stone restoration specialist covering the renovation of all types of Tile and Stone. My background is tiling, and I have been a member of the Tile Doctor restoration network for over ten years so if you need help do get in touch.</p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Marble Tiled Kitchen Floor in Cardiff</h2> <p>First, I deep cleaned the grout lines using a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a>, leaving it to soak into the grout for ten minutes before scrubbing it in by hand. I then rinsed off the solution with water and extracted the slurry with a wet vacuum to lift the deep staining. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2021/03/Marble-Kitchen-Floor-During-Grout-Cleaning-Cardiff-111446.jpg" alt="Marble Kitchen Floor During Grout Cleaning Cardiff" width="" height="" title="Marble Kitchen Floor During Grout Cleaning Cardiff" /></center></p> <p>With the grout now clean I turned my attention to the Marble tiles, I needed to remove any previous sealer and the ingrained marks. This was done using a 400-grit red <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">burnishing pad</a> applied to the rotary buffing machine. The pads are another Tile Doctor product and was the first in a series of four pads I would use to renovate this floor. After running the pad over each tile at least three times the floor was rinsed with water which was then extracted with the wet vacuum as before.</p> <p>This was followed by an 800-grit pad to prepare and smooth the surface of the tile again rinsing and extracting afterwards. I then continued the process using a 1500-grit pad to smooth more and prepare the surface for the final pad. By using the pads in sequence, it is a gradual process and ensures the tiles have a consistent surface. The floor was then left to dry overnight.</p> <h2>Sealing a Marble Tiled Kitchen Floor in Cardiff</h2> <p>I returned the next day to apply the final pad which brings up the polish on the floor. It is a very fine 3000-grit pad which creates a nice shine and is applied dry using a small amount of water using a process we call a &#8220;Spray Burnish&#8221;.</p> <p>Finally, the sealer was applied to the Marble, the sealer chosen was <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which soaks into the pores of the stone and protects it from within. Colour Grow is a very durable sealer that enhances the natural colours in the stone without making the surface shiny. In this instance however the client requested the floor to have a high shine, so I went back for the 3rd day to ensure the initial sealer was cured and then applied a coating of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-shine-powder-1kg-tub/18/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Shine Powder</a>. This is a crystal type substance which is ground into the tiles using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-white/30/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">white buffing pad</a> to build up a deep and durable polish on the Marble. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2021/03/Marble-Kitchen-Floor-After-Renovation-Cardiff-11093835.jpg" alt="Marble Kitchen Floor After Renovation Cardiff" width="" height="" title="Marble Kitchen Floor After Renovation Cardiff" /></center></p> <p>This final step gave the floor a very high shine with a deep lustre and the client was delighted with result. For the regular maintenance cleaning of polished stone, I recommend using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor stone soap</a> which is specifically designed for maintaining this type of floor and will help maintain its lustre.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of a Marble Tiled Kitchen Floor in South Wales</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz/marble-kitchen-floor-grout-cleaned-and-polished-in-cardiff/">Marble Kitchen Floor Grout Cleaned and Polished in Cardiff</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://se-wales.tiledoctor.biz">South East Wales Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Original Quarry Tiled Floor Renovation at Lock Keepers Cottage in Northwich https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/original-quarry-tiled-floor-renovation-at-lock-keepers-cottage-in-northwich/ West Cheshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:b023ed84-30bc-bbad-1b25-c235188824fa Fri, 19 Mar 2021 13:18:34 +0000 <p>The client from Northwich got in touch regarding their Quarry tiled floor which ran throughout the ground floor and was in a bit of a sorry mess after renovations. Clearly in need of some attention it required a deep clean and new sealer to restore the colour and its general appearance. I went over to [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/original-quarry-tiled-floor-renovation-at-lock-keepers-cottage-in-northwich/">Original Quarry Tiled Floor Renovation at Lock Keepers Cottage in Northwich</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">West Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The client from <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northwich" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Northwich</a></b> got in touch regarding their <b>Quarry tiled floor</b> which ran throughout the ground floor and was in a bit of a sorry mess after renovations. Clearly in need of some attention it required a deep clean and new sealer to restore the colour and its general appearance. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i2.wp.com/west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2021/03/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Before-Renovation-Northwich-2.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor Before Renovation Northwich" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor Before Renovation Northwich" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2021/03/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Before-Renovation-Northwich-1.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor Before Renovation Northwich" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor Before Renovation Northwich" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I went over to do a site visit and discovered that although the location was rather idyllic it was going to present a challenge due to its location; this former lock-keepers cottage on the River Weaver had no vehicle access to it. The nearest road was a quarter of a mile away across two narrow footbridges and then a towpath. In the end I worked out the best way to get our equipment to the cottage would be in two wheelbarrows!</p> <p>None the less, were always up for a challenge so after survey the floor I worked out a price for the work which would take two days. Happy with my quote we agreed a date for the work to commence and I organised the wheelbarrows.</p> <h2> Cleaning a Quarry Tiled Ground Floor</h2> <p>We loaded up the wheelbarrows on the first day and set off across the footbridges to the cottage. We must have looked a little odd doing this as we got a few funny looks on the way. I guess with Tile Doctor you never know what the next job will be, but the effort was appreciated by the owner who had a nice coffee waiting when we arrived at the front door.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2021/03/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Lock-Keepers-Cottage-Northwich-5.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor Lock Keepers Cottage Northwich" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor Lock Keepers Cottage Northwich" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2021/03/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Lock-Keepers-Cottage-Northwich-6.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor Lock Keepers Cottage Northwich" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor Lock Keepers Cottage Northwich" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>We gave the floors a good brush removing the builders rubbish and plaster and then working in sections sprayed the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/quarry-tile-cleaning/6/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Quarry tiles</a> with a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a>. This product is a multipurpose alkaline stripper/cleaner specifically designed for use on tile and stone. It was left to dwell and soak into the dirt for twenty minutes before being mechanically scrubbed into the the tiles using a buffing machine fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black stripping pad</a> running at slow speed. This removed the dirt, plaster dust and traces of old red tile paint from the tiles. The slurry generated was then removed using an industrial wet vacuum. </p> <p>After the initial clean the floor was inspected and any stubborn areas were retreated using a repeat of the cleaning process, hand scrubbing where needed. Finally, the floor was given an acid wash with a dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up</a> to help further clean-up the tiles and neutralise any salts in tile which can be a problem on old floors like this that do not have a damp proof membrane. The floor was then left to dry over night before returning the next morning.</p> <h2>Sealing a Quarry Tiled Ground Floor</h2> <p>The next day we returned and started by testing the floors with a damp meter to make sure the floor was dry and ready to seal; if the floor is damp the sealer will not cure properly and can result and in a patchy appearance. </p> <p>The sealer which we selected to use on this floor was <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-extra-1-litre/22/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go Extra</a> which is a breathable low sheen sealer which will allow any moisture in the sub floor to rise unimpeded up through the tile and not become trapped underneath where it can spread to the walls and lead to rising damp.</p> <p>After a few coats, the floor looked transformed, and our client was over the moon with their restored original floor which was a great period feature. Cleaning up took a short while as we had to transport all our equipment back in the wheelbarrows, but we took a moment to admire the lovely view on the way out.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Quarry Tiled Ground Floor in West Cheshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz/original-quarry-tiled-floor-renovation-at-lock-keepers-cottage-in-northwich/">Original Quarry Tiled Floor Renovation at Lock Keepers Cottage in Northwich</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-cheshire.tiledoctor.biz">West Cheshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Limestone Floor Refurbished in Tenterden Ready for Kitchen Installation https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/limestone-floor-refurbished-in-tenterden-ready-for-kitchen-installation/ South Kent Tile Doctor urn:uuid:2645d355-fe86-e682-4dde-7acd46f3e44d Tue, 16 Mar 2021 14:06:37 +0000 <p>The owner of this Limestone tiled floor in Tenterden was having a new Kitchen installed and called Tile Doctor to have it renovated beforehand. Consideration was given to replacing the floor, but this would have worked out to be far more expensive than renovation. Renovating natural stone floors such as Limestone involves deep cleaning, polishing [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/limestone-floor-refurbished-in-tenterden-ready-for-kitchen-installation/">Limestone Floor Refurbished in Tenterden Ready for Kitchen Installation</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The owner of this <b><a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/limestone-tile-cleaning/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Limestone</a> tiled floor</b> in <a href="https://www.tenterdenkent.co.uk" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tenterden</a> was having a new Kitchen installed and called Tile Doctor to have it renovated beforehand. Consideration was given to replacing the floor, but this would have worked out to be far more expensive than renovation. Renovating natural stone floors such as Limestone involves deep cleaning, polishing and then sealing. Stone floors respond very well to this treatment so it’s an option well worth considering and is better for the environment.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/03/Limestone-Floor-Before-Polishing-Tenterden-093900.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor Before Polishing Tenterden" width="" height="" title="Limestone Floor Before Polishing Tenterden" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/03/Limestone-Floor-Before-Polishing-Tenterden-093922.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor Before Polishing Tenterden" width="" height="" title="Limestone Floor Before Polishing Tenterden" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I was able to visit the property beforehand, inspect the floor and work out a quote for the work which would take two days. We then agreed a date do the renovation which would sit between the old kitchen being stripped out and the new one being installed. With the old kitchen removed it would be a perfect time to do the work as I would have full access to the floor and wouldn’t need to tape up the kitchen units to protect them. </p> <h2>Deep Cleaning Tumbled Limestone Tiles</h2> <p>The first part of the job involved giving the floor a thorough clean to remove what was left of old sealers etc that were still present on the floor. To do this a strong solution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> was applied to the floor and left to soak in for about ten minutes before being actively worked in with a rotary machine fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a>. The solution soon darkened as dirt was flushed out of the pores of the stone, it was then rinsed off with water and extracted with an industrial wet vacuum.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/03/Limestone-Floor-During-Cleaning-Tenterden-112324.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor During Cleaning Tenterden" width="" height="" title="Limestone Floor During Cleaning Tenterden" /></center></p> <p>Following this, I moved on to a process known as burnishing that hones the Limestone to bring up the polished. This is done through the application of a series of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">diamond encrusted burnishing pads</a> from coarse through to very fine.</p> <p>The coarse 400-grit pad fitted to the rotary floor buffer and run over each tile at least three times using only water for lubrication. The water turns into a slurry as the pad does its job removing dirt and this is rinsed off the floor and extracted with the wet vacuum before applying the next pad. The process was then repeated with medium 800 grit pad for an initial polish followed by the Fine 1500 grit pad for the second polish using water for lubrication and rinsing and extracting in between each pad. </p> <p>This process took up much of the day and so after a final rinse and extraction the floor was left to dry off overnight.</p> <h2>Sealing Limestone Tiles</h2> <p>The next morning I started with the application of the last pad in the four-pad set which is a very fine 3000 grit pad. The pad and is applied with only a little water sprayed onto the floor using a technique we call a Spray Burnish. This last pad really brings up the polished appearance of the stone.</p> <p>To bring up the appearance of the stone even further and add a really durable polish <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-shine-powder/18/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Shine Powder</a> was applied. This is a crystallising powder sealer that ensures a very high shine and a tough, durable finish. This powder is applied directly to the tiles in combination with approximately ½ a litre of water and a soft <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-white/30/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">white buffing pad</a>.</p> <p>Last step was to add to the protection provided by the Shine Powder with two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal</a> which is a natural look sealer that doesn’t change the look of the stone and is applied to the stone and grout. This sealer works by seeping into the stone, occupying the pores and preventing dirt from becoming ingrained.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/03/Limestone-Floor-After-Polishing-Tenterden-153311.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor After Polishing Tenterden" width="" height="" title="Limestone Floor After Polishing Tenterden" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2021/03/Limestone-Floor-After-Polishing-Tenterden-153443.jpg" alt="Limestone Floor After Polishing Tenterden" width="" height="" title="Limestone Floor After Polishing Tenterden" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>By the end of the 2nd day the Limestone floor had an amazing deep shine which was a massive improvement on how it looked when we started. For aftercare cleaning I recommended a product called <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a> which will help maintain its appearance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of a Tumbled Limestone Tiled Floor in East Surrey</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz/limestone-floor-refurbished-in-tenterden-ready-for-kitchen-installation/">Limestone Floor Refurbished in Tenterden Ready for Kitchen Installation</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-kent.tiledoctor.biz">South Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Reviving a Classic Victorian Tiled Hallway in Haringey North London https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/reviving-a-classic-victorian-tiled-hallway-in-haringey-north-london/ North London Tile Doctor urn:uuid:293f4d1f-add6-70e2-7a1b-0dbd42a8149e Fri, 12 Mar 2021 14:28:48 +0000 <p>This client owned a property in Haringey, North London, which had a classic Victorian tiled floor laid in the hallway. Unfortunately, the floor was in a bad state, the tiles were dull and dirty and there was a missing section by the bottom of the stairs that had been back filled with cement. Fortunately for [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/reviving-a-classic-victorian-tiled-hallway-in-haringey-north-london/">Reviving a Classic Victorian Tiled Hallway in Haringey North London</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz">North London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This client owned a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Borough_of_Haringey" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Haringey</a></b>, North London, which had a classic <b>Victorian tiled floor</b> laid in the hallway. Unfortunately, the floor was in a bad state, the tiles were dull and dirty and there was a missing section by the bottom of the stairs that had been back filled with cement. Fortunately for him however his neighbour decided to remove their front path which was made with matching tiles and so he was able acquire replacements from him. He then contacted us to see if we could use those tiles to fill in the missing ones and revive the whole floor with a clean and seal at the same time.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/03/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-Before-Restoration-Haringey-1.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor Before Restoration Haringey" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Floor Before Restoration Haringey" /></center></p> <p>Before quoting for the restoration work, I paid a visit to the property to survey the floor. I can give quotes from photographs, but much prefer to visit and conduct a test clean, and in this case, I was able to check the spare tiles he had acquired. From that I emailed a quote which the client was happy with, so we arranged a date to return and do the work.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/03/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-Before-Restoration-Haringey-2.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor Before Restoration Haringey" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Floor Before Restoration Haringey" /></center></p> <h2> Cleaning and Reviving a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>This was a large job, so I teamed up with Jackson Davis the <a href="https://central-london.tiledoctor.biz" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Central London Tile Doctor</a> and whilst Jackson started on cleaning the floor, I took the reclaimed tiles outside and carefully grinded off the excess cement and adhesive from them and cleaned them by hand. We managed to do this by about 3pm. Jackson and I work on a lot of jobs together so it made sense to work as a bubble from the beginning of Covid so we could continue to work together, with two of us on the job it also means we can get the job done quicker. </p> <p>Cleaning the floor involved applying a 200-grit diamond burnishing pad to the tile lubricated with a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a>, the slurry was then rinsed off the floor with more water and then extracted with an industrial vacuum. The process was repeated on stubborn areas until we were satisfied the tiles were really clean.</p> <p>We then moved onto carefully removing the cement from the floor at the bottom of the stairs and cleaning up the base. Once done the newly renovated replacement tiles were laid in place using a rapid setting adhesive which meant they could be grouted later that day before heading home. The floor was then left overnight to dry off.</p> <h2> Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>We then returned the following day and took some moisture readings with the damp meter. The readings were within the expected range, so we were good to go ahead and apply the sealer. If the floor is not dry the seal will not cure properly, and this can lead to a patchy finish.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/03/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-After-Restoration-Haringey-3.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor After Restoration Haringey" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Floor After Restoration Haringey" /></center></p> <p>Three coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> were applied to seal the tiles. This is a colour intensifying impregnating sealer that works from with and will gives the Victorian tiles durable protection, ideal for a high traffic area such as the hallway. In addition, Colour Grow is a fully breathable sealer so it will allow for moisture to rise through the tile and evaporate, this is critical for floors of this age that will not have the benefit of a damp proof membrane installed under the floor.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2021/03/Victorian-Tiled-Floor-After-Restoration-Haringey-4.jpg" alt="Victorian Tiled Floor After Restoration Haringey" width="" height="" title="Victorian Tiled Floor After Restoration Haringey" /></center></p> <p>The hallway is now looking transformed by the work we did, we certainly thought so, but more importantly our client was very happy with the result and now has the floor he hoped for. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Classic Victorian Tiled Hallway in North London</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz/reviving-a-classic-victorian-tiled-hallway-in-haringey-north-london/">Reviving a Classic Victorian Tiled Hallway in Haringey North London</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-london.tiledoctor.biz">North London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Restorative Cleaning and Sealing of a Quarry Tiled Floor in Stafford https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/restorative-cleaning-and-sealing-of-a-quarry-tiled-floor-in-stafford/ Staffordshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:5f4e1662-1839-c269-fe50-b0c6d8f1f2da Wed, 10 Mar 2021 13:43:58 +0000 <p>It had been some years since this Quarry tiled floor at a house in the market town of Stafford had been professionally cleaned and was now long overdue some TLC. The previous sealer had worn down allowing dirt to accumulate in the pores of the tile leaving it looking dull and dirty and difficult to [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/restorative-cleaning-and-sealing-of-a-quarry-tiled-floor-in-stafford/">Restorative Cleaning and Sealing of a Quarry Tiled Floor in Stafford</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz">Staffordshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>It had been some years since this <b>Quarry tiled floor</b> at a house in the market town of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stafford" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Stafford</a></b> had been professionally cleaned and was now long overdue some TLC. The previous sealer had worn down allowing dirt to accumulate in the pores of the tile leaving it looking dull and dirty and difficult to keep clean. There were also a couple of loose tiles that needed re-setting. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2021/03/Quarry-Tile-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Stafford-1.jpg" alt="Quarry Tile Floor Before Cleaning Stafford" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tile Floor Before Cleaning Stafford" /></center></p> <p>Before quoting I visited the property to inspect the floor and carry out a test clean on part of the floor. The test came out well which impressed my clients and gave me an accurate plan for cleaning the rest of the Quarry tiled floor. I quoted for two days work plus materials which was agreed, and we scheduled a date for the work to be done.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2021/03/Quarry-Tile-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Stafford-2.jpg" alt="Quarry Tile Floor Before Cleaning Stafford" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tile Floor Before Cleaning Stafford" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning and Repairing a Quarry Tiled Dining Room Floor</h2> <p>The first day I spent deep cleaning the Quarry tile and grout using a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> worked in with a rotary machine with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a> attached. The soil generated was extracted with a wet vacuum and the floor rinsed and extracted again.</p> <p>At this point I like to inspect the floor looking for any stubborn marks or areas that need repeat cleaning. Once identified I repeat the earlier cleaning process and if that doesn’t work, I resort to using neat Pro-Clean scrubbed in by hand with a lot of elbow grease until I’m satisfied that the tile and grout is as clean as possible.</p> <p>As mentioned before there were a couple of loose tiles that needed refitting and so before leaving, I spent time pulling those out, cleaning them up, preparing the base, relaying them with fresh adhesive and then grouting with matching grout. The floor was then left overnight to fully dry out and for the newly replaced tiles to set.</p> <h2>Sealing a Quarry Tiled Dining Room Floor</h2> <p>I returned the following day and first used a damp meter to check that the floor was suitably dry. I know from experience that for best results the floor needs to be dry before applying the sealer, to apply a sealer to a damp floor can result in a patchy appearance. In this case the readings were fine otherwise I would of arranged to come back on a different day or applied a bit of gentle heat from a heat gun until dry.</p> <p>I had discussed finishes with my client before starting work and it was clear their preference was for the Quarry tiles to have a nice shine, as it would have had originally so I selected to use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go</a>. This product is a specially formulated water-based blend of acrylic polymers that provides a stain resistant seal and being water based it doesn’t give off an unpleasant odour as it dries. Four coats of Seal and Go were applied allowing each coat to dry out before applying the next one. The result was the tiles were left with a lovely subtle shine as requested.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2021/03/Quarry-Tile-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Stafford-1.jpg" alt="Quarry Tile Floor After Cleaning Sealing Stafford" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tile Floor After Cleaning Sealing Stafford" /></center></p> <p>The client was very happy with the newly restored floor and for aftercare cleaning I recommended <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile cleaner</a>, this is pH balanced product that that isn’t overly strong and won’t prematurely degrade the newly applied sealer like most of the household cleaners you find in supermarkets. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2021/03/Quarry-Tile-Floor-After-Cleaning-Sealing-Stafford-2.jpg" alt="Quarry Tile Floor After Cleaning Sealing Stafford" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tile Floor After Cleaning Sealing Stafford" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Quarry Tiled Hallway in Staffordshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz/restorative-cleaning-and-sealing-of-a-quarry-tiled-floor-in-stafford/">Restorative Cleaning and Sealing of a Quarry Tiled Floor in Stafford</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://staffordshire.tiledoctor.biz">Staffordshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Rejuvenating White Metro Stye Bathroom Tiles in Dorking https://east-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/rejuvenating-white-metro-stye-bathroom-tiles-in-dorking/ East Surrey Tile Doctor urn:uuid:e0f9dbc9-e7e6-d495-d7ff-aaedd71368ab Mon, 08 Mar 2021 15:26:35 +0000 <p>These clients from Dorking were selling their house soon but were concerned about the appearance of the tile and grout in their shower room and bath. The tiles were White Ceramic laid in the popular Metro style, whilst the tiles looked fine, they were being let down by the grout which had discoloured and was [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/rejuvenating-white-metro-stye-bathroom-tiles-in-dorking/">Rejuvenating White Metro Stye Bathroom Tiles in Dorking</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">East Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>These clients from <b><a href="https://www.visitdorking.com/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Dorking</a></b> were selling their house soon but were concerned about the appearance of the tile and grout in their shower room and bath. The tiles were White Ceramic laid in the popular Metro style, whilst the tiles looked fine, they were being let down by the grout which had discoloured and was turning a shade of pink and brown. Also, the white mastic sealant was blackening and mouldy in places. Naturally, my clients were keen to ensure that potential buyers were not put off by the bathroom and wanted to get the maximum price for the house sale. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://east-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2021/03/Ceramic-Tiled-Bathroom-Before-Cleaining-Dorking-0588.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Bathroom Before Cleaining Dorking" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Bathroom Before Cleaining Dorking" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://east-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2021/03/Ceramic-Tiled-Bathroom-Before-Cleaining-Dorking-0587.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Bathroom Before Cleaining Dorking" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Bathroom Before Cleaining Dorking" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>This was a nice straight forward job, the tiles can be easily cleaned, and the mastic removed and reapplied, but it would make a massive difference to the overall look of the room. I gave them a price and they were happy for me to go ahead. </p> <h2>Deep Cleaning a Ceramic Tile and Grout</h2> <p>Firstly, I sprayed the grout with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-duo-clean/200/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Duo Clean</a>. This breaks down the accumulated dirt and grime and is left to dwell for 10-15 minutes. Then I brushed the grout with a strong wire brush and showered away the dirt. Permanent discolouration is common so there were places the grout failed to return to its original white colour. To resolve this, I discussed colouring the grout with my customer as removing and re-grouting is a time consuming and expensive option. Additionally, the colourant provides an easy to clean barrier over the grout that will protect it from discolouration going forward.</p> <p>While waiting for the grout to dry following the cleaning I set about removing the mastic around the shower and walls with a sharp knife.</p> <p>After an hour of slow cutting the grout was ready for colouring. With a small, stiff paintbrush I painted a White <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Colourant</a> into the grout lines, wiping away any excess from the tiles. The colourant dries very quickly so I could apply a second coat where needed soon after.</p> <p>Once done my final task was to apply the white silicon mastic to all verticals and the bath surround to ensure the bath was watertight. This takes a while to cure so I advised the clients not to use the shower for 24 hours. I should mention the glaze on Ceramic tiles provides adequate protection from dirt, ensuring they are easy to clean and therefore do not require further sealing.</p> <p>By the end of the day the bathroom looked like a new installation, their trendy Metro style tiles were rejuvenated, and my clients loved the wall of white.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:40%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://east-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2021/03/Ceramic-Tiled-Bathroom-After-Cleaining-Dorking-0590.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Bathroom After Cleaining Dorking" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Bathroom After Cleaining Dorking" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:60%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://east-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2021/03/Ceramic-Tiled-Bathroom-After-Cleaining-Dorking-0589.jpg" alt="Ceramic Tiled Bathroom After Cleaining Dorking" width="" height="" title="Ceramic Tiled Bathroom After Cleaining Dorking" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>As my client was selling the property there was little point in discussing aftercare, however for your benefit I would recommend cleaning with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-aqua-pro-with-trigger-spray/1/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Aqua-Pro</a>. This product will neutralise any acid build up caused by shampoos and shower products in the first place and it is these acids that cause discoloration over time. </p> <p>Now I don’t want to worry anyone about the word acids, the human skin is slightly acidic so the products we use on our skin are designed for this, but if your eyes sting slightly when they come into contact with the shampoo then that is the acid. Naturally, it washes out with water, but you can imagine what it will do to your grout, tiles, and silicone over a long period of time.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Cleaning of a Ceramic Bathroom Tiles in Surrey</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/rejuvenating-white-metro-stye-bathroom-tiles-in-dorking/">Rejuvenating White Metro Stye Bathroom Tiles in Dorking</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://east-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">East Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Giving a Travertine Kitchen Floor a Face Lift in Burgh Castle https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/giving-a-travertine-kitchen-floor-a-face-lift-in-burgh-castle/ Norfolk Tile Doctor urn:uuid:bb86be63-13c4-8b8e-44fd-dc6587932f82 Fri, 05 Mar 2021 14:14:02 +0000 <p>Located in Burgh Castle West of Great Yarmouth, this Travertine stone floor was a classic example of an incomplete installation. By incomplete I mean the tiler had done a fine job of laying and grouting the tiles but had left it at that and not sealed the stone. Natural stone like Travertine is porous and [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/giving-a-travertine-kitchen-floor-a-face-lift-in-burgh-castle/">Giving a Travertine Kitchen Floor a Face Lift in Burgh Castle</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz">Norfolk Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>Located in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burgh_Castle" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Burgh Castle</a></b> West of Great Yarmouth, this Travertine stone floor was a classic example of an incomplete installation. By incomplete I mean the tiler had done a fine job of laying and grouting the tiles but had left it at that and not sealed the stone. Natural stone like Travertine is porous and needs a sealer to stop dirt becoming ingrained in its pores, a sealer will also improve its appearance. </p> <p>Without a sealer this floor now looked very dull, pale, rather damaged with pitting and heavily soiled with ingrained dirt. Pitting in stone like this is a natural feature of Travertine however it can be exacerbated with the use of acid cleaning products. This was a floor in urgent need of a face lift, and I was confident it could be transformed into a very beautiful floor.</p> <p>I think it is true to say that most tilers will skilfully lay a floor for you but usually don&#8217;t have the knowledge, experience or equipment to finish the surface properly and when it comes to sealing many will recommend a product and suggest you take care of it yourself. Naturally if your find yourself in that position don’t insist the tiler does it, better to give us a call and have it done properly. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/60/2021/03/Travertine-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Face-Lift-Burgh-Castle-scaled.jpg" alt="Travertine Kitchen Floor Before Face Lift Burgh Castle" width="" height="" title="Travertine Kitchen Floor Before Face Lift Burgh Castle" /></center></p> <h2>Filling Pitted Travertine Tiles</h2> <p>Our first job was to backfill the larger pits in the stone which as I mentioned are a natural feature of travertine material, but they can trap dirt and so its best if they are plugged with a suitably rigid filler. Also, if left alone the larger holes can quickly become larger as their edges crumble and break up leading to the entire tile becoming unstable. Replacing a tile in a floor like this is possible however its an extremely awkward job to do and it can be difficult to find an exact match for replacement. </p> <p>Filling was done using a two-part, neutral cream-coloured polyester compound which gels in about fifteen minutes after addition of the catalyst. After this initial period, the excess product is trimmed off level with the surface of the tile before it sets harder than the stone itself in around sixty minutes. The fully cured compound can then be cut and machined as though it were part of the stone structure.</p> <h2>Cleaning and Removing Scratches from a Travertine Floor Tiles</h2> <p>Our second job was to remove deep scratches caused by the unprotected feet of workmen&#8217;s ladders. This was done using Tile Doctor 50-grit and 100-grit diamond <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/diamond-hand-burnishing-block-set-greenblackred-yellow/31/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">hand burnishing pads</a> with a little water as a cutting medium. Shallower scratching present across the rest of the floor was removed using a Tile Doctor <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">200-grit soft milling pad</a> driven by our Klindex 17&#8243; rotary machine. </p> <p>This abrasive action produces a fine slurry which was then rinsed with water and extracted using our 400psi Ninja machine in preparation for the next stage of the refinishing process. These machines were an expensive investment for our business however they are very robust and effective producing a good result that saves time.</p> <p>Next task was to restore the polished appearance of the Travertine which was done using the application of a set of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor burnishing pads</a>. The process starts by applying a coarse 400-grit diamond pad, again fitted to the Klindex rotary machine. This cleans the tile and improves the matt finish left by the milling pad; again, the slurry was rinse-extracted before moving on to the next pad in the set. Next came the finer diamond polishing stages of 800 grit and 1500 grit, slurry being removed as before between the grades. By this time, all the scratches had been removed and the Travertine floor had visually pleasing even sheen across the whole surface. The last pad in the set is applied dry with a little water sprayed onto the tile so we left the area to dry out thoroughly overnight with the assistance of our large capacity dehumidifier.</p> <h2>Sealing a Travertine Kitchen Floor in Burgh Castle</h2> <p>Returning the following morning, we found that the floor had dried out perfectly and was ready to be vacuumed and spray burnished with the last pad in the set which is a 3000-grit very fine pad applied using a small amount of water sprayed from a trigger bottle resulting in a deep, rich shine across the floor surface.</p> <p>Last step in the face lift was to seal the floor with a generous coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal</a>, a premium grade penetrating sealer recommended for use in Kitchens and food preparation areas. Having left the floor to soak up as much of the Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal as it could, the excess product was removed and the whole area allowed to dry completely with the assistance of our industrial air moving fan. Finally, the floor was spray buffed to a deep shine using a white maintenance pad.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/60/2021/03/Travertine-Kitchen-Floor-After-Face-Lift-Burgh-Castle-scaled.jpg" alt="Travertine Kitchen Floor After Face Lift Burgh Castle" width="" height="" title="Travertine Kitchen Floor After Face Lift Burgh Castle" /></center></p> <p>The client was extremely pleased with our results and was amazed at the variation of colours within the stone which had never been visible previously.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Travertine Tiled Kitchen Floor in Norfolk</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/giving-a-travertine-kitchen-floor-a-face-lift-in-burgh-castle/">Giving a Travertine Kitchen Floor a Face Lift in Burgh Castle</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz">Norfolk Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Full Restoration of a 150-Year-old Clay Quarry Tiled Floor in Askern https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/full-restoration-of-a-150-year-old-clay-quarry-tiled-floor-in-askern/ South Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:df9f34e3-191d-de3e-0c94-dc0574e1558f Thu, 25 Feb 2021 03:02:58 +0000 <p>The owner of this house in Askern north of Doncaster was unhappy with the state of its Quarry Tiled Kitchen floor and was contemplating having it ripped up. The house was around 150-years old so this would have been a real shame and after a long conversation I managed to persuade the owner into letting [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/full-restoration-of-a-150-year-old-clay-quarry-tiled-floor-in-askern/">Full Restoration of a 150-Year-old Clay Quarry Tiled Floor in Askern</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The owner of this house in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Askern" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Askern</a></b> north of <b>Doncaster</b> was unhappy with the state of its <b>Quarry Tiled Kitchen floor</b> and was contemplating having it ripped up. The house was around 150-years old so this would have been a real shame and after a long conversation I managed to persuade the owner into letting us restore it. Restoring the floor is not only a much cheaper option than having a new floor installed, but it is also much better for the environment. On top of that original features like these original clay Quarry tiles are much sought after and add character to the property which otherwise would have been lost.</p> <p>A previous owner of this property had taken out some of the old thick clay Quarry tiles and replaced them with some modern Quarry tiles that looked very out of place, they ruined the look of the floor and the current owner wanted them replacing as well as numerous tile which were damaged. In addition, there were two areas where renovations had taken place which had exposed concreted sections of floor which needed to be tiled too. All in all, about 150 tiles were to be installed, fortunately I managed to source a batch of suitable reclaimed tiles which would match well with originals.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/02/Clay-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Before-Restoration-Askern.jpg" alt="Clay Quarry Tiled Floor Before Restoration Askern" width="" height="" title="Clay Quarry Tiled Floor Before Restoration Askern" /></center></p> <p>Askern is right on the edge of the Borough of Doncaster and is only a stone’s throw away from the North Yorkshire border. The history of <b>Askern</b> can be traced back to the 14th century. It really started to grow however in the 19th century when this property was built, due to the local mineral water which made it famous as a Spa town. </p> <h2>Repairing a Clay Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>The restoration began with the removal of the poorly matched red Quarry tiles and the cracked tiles. Another factor I had to contend with here was the difference in the thickness of the more recent tiles compared with that of the original tiles which were much thicker.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/02/Clay-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Tile-Thickness.jpg" alt="Clay Quarry Tiled Floor Tile Thickness" width="" height="" title="Clay Quarry Tiled Floor Tile Thickness" /></center></p> <p>The concreted areas were also carefully dug out so they would be deep enough for a new level subfloor to be poured giving the replacement tiles a good bed to lay on. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/02/Clay-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-During-Tile-Removal-Askern3.jpg" alt="Clay Quarry Tiled Floor During Tile Removal Askern" width="" height="" title="Clay Quarry Tiled Floor During Tile Removal Askern" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/02/Clay-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Installing-New-Subfloor-Askern.jpg" alt="Clay Quarry Tiled Floor Installing New Subfloor Askern" width="" height="" title="Clay Quarry Tiled Floor Installing New Subfloor Askern" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>As I mentioned earlier there were roughly 150 tiles in different parts of the Kitchen to be installed, grouted, and finally left to set so it took some time to complete. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/02/Clay-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Fitting-Replacement-Tiles-Askern.jpg" alt="Clay Quarry Tiled Floor Fitting Replacement Tiles Askern" width="" height="" title="Clay Quarry Tiled Floor Fitting Replacement Tiles Askern" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning and repairing a Clay Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>We returned a few days later to start cleaning the floor. My process for this was to apply a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> to the floor and then leave it to soak in for about ten minutes. Then I followed up by scrubbing the floor with a rotary floor buffer fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black stripping pad</a>. </p> <p>After scrubbing each tile several times, the slurry generated was rinsed off with water and then extracted with an industrial wet vacuum. For the more stubborn areas this process was repeated until I was satisfied the floor was as clean as it could be and that all the decades of muck and grime stuck to the old tiles had been removed.</p> <h2> Sealing a Clay Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Once I was happy with the floor it was left to dry over a week, this is important as clay tiles can take a long time to dry and the floor needed to be bone dry to achieve the best results when sealing. When I eventually returned six coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-extra-1-litre/22/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal &#038; Go Extra</a> were applied to the floor giving the floor a beautifully satin look and protecting the floor for years to come. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/02/Clay-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-After-Restoration-Askern.jpg" alt="Clay Quarry Tiled Floor After Restoration Askern" width="" height="" title="Clay Quarry Tiled Floor After Restoration Askern" /></center></p> <p>The client was very happy with the work we had carried out and is looking forward to continuing the renovation of the property including the installation of a new kitchen. For after care I recommended <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a>. This is an effective cleaner that has a neutral pH formula that will not prematurely erode the newly applied sealer like many stronger supermarket products.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of Old Clay Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor in South Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/full-restoration-of-a-150-year-old-clay-quarry-tiled-floor-in-askern/">Full Restoration of a 150-Year-old Clay Quarry Tiled Floor in Askern</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Old Terrazzo Tiled Bakery Floor Renovated in Addingham Village https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/old-terrazzo-tiled-bakery-floor-renovated-in-addingham-village/ North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:9630b3e6-18ea-b246-c0d3-494b14a782f4 Tue, 23 Feb 2021 14:07:05 +0000 <p>The Terrazzo tiled floor at this house in Addingham, which sits between Skipton and Ilkley, had quite some history to it. Apparently, the property was once the village bakery and originally had a traditional Yorkshire stone floor. However, they struggled to keep the flags clean and as one of the bakers was half Italian, they [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/old-terrazzo-tiled-bakery-floor-renovated-in-addingham-village/">Old Terrazzo Tiled Bakery Floor Renovated in Addingham Village</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The <b>Terrazzo</b> tiled floor at this house in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Addingham" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Addingham</a></b>, which sits between Skipton and Ilkley, had quite some history to it. Apparently, the property was once the village bakery and originally had a traditional Yorkshire stone floor. However, they struggled to keep the flags clean and as one of the bakers was half Italian, they decided to tile over the stone with Italian Terrazzo tiles. All of this happened nearly 100 years ago but was discovered by the new owners who had managed to trace back the history of the 200-year-old building.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width: 80%; object-fit: cover;" title="Terrazzo Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Addingham West Yorkshire" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/02/Terrazzo-Tiled-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Addingham-West-Yorkshire-15092103.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Tiled Floor Before Cleaning Addingham West Yorkshire" width="" height="" /></center>Clearly the Terrazzo had been down for a long time and was very overdue some care and attention. Terrazzo floors are a flooring material which is traditionally made by exposing marble chips on the surface of concrete and then polishing until smooth. They are now, often used in public buildings because the surface is so long-lasting, and it can be refinished repeatedly to bring it back to life.</p> <p>The client wanted the floor as shiny as possible however the floor was quite pitted due to heavy foot traffic, so it was clearly going to be a challenge. Having worked with all sorts of stone floors I was optimistic I could restore this one to a good standard and quoted for the work which would take two days. The quote was accepted, and we agreed a suitable time to carry out the work.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Terrazzo Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>To begin I taped up the skirting and plinths in the kitchen to protect them from splashing. Next, I gave the floor an initial clean with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a>, this is a concentrated, multi-purpose high-alkaline cleaner, which strips and degreases. We dilute it to varying strengths depending on the job requirements. It is a very effective Tile and Grout cleaner and is particularly good for areas that have been neglected or subjected to heavy use.</p> <p>This was ideal for this floor and the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pro-Clean</a> was left to dwell for a short while before being agitated using a rotary machine fitted with a <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">black scrubbing pad</a>. The process was repeated on the stubborn areas, but it lifted all the ingrained dirt, the floor was rinsed with water, and the soiled solution removed using a wet vacuum. The floor was then left overnight to dry.</p> <h2>Polishing a Terrazzo Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Returning the next day, I set about improving the appearance of the Terrazzo tiles using a coarse 400-grit burnishing pad, again fitted to the rotary machine. Water is used to lubricate the process and the pad is run over each tile at least three times. <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tile Doctor Burnishing pads</a> are made from tiny industrial diamonds and lightly cut into the surface of the tile to remove pitting and scratches. The water quickly turns into a grey slurry that is rinsed off with water and extracted from the floor as before.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center; width: 50%; padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width: 100%; object-fit: cover;" title="Terrazzo Tiled Floor During Cleaning Addingham West Yorkshire" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/02/Terrazzo-Tiled-Floor-During-Cleaning-Addingham-West-Yorkshire-15092029.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Tiled Floor During Cleaning Addingham West Yorkshire" width="" height="" /></td> <td style="text-align: center; width: 50%; padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width: 100%; object-fit: cover;" title="Terrazzo Tiled Floor During Cleaning Addingham West Yorkshire" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/02/Terrazzo-Tiled-Floor-During-Cleaning-Addingham-West-Yorkshire-15092047.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Tiled Floor During Cleaning Addingham West Yorkshire" width="" height="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Once done the process was repeated with other finer grit burnishing pads which further refine the surface of the stone to give it a light polished appearance. The Terrazzo tiles benefited greatly from the polishing and I was pleased to see the pitting was gone and the tile was once again smooth.</p> <h2>Sealing Terrazzo Floor Tiles</h2> <p>The polishing process leaves the floor dry, so it wasn’t long before I was able to move onto the sealing the floor in order to protect it from ingrained dirt and staining. My initial thought was to use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal</a> for this however this product although ideal for Kitchens is almost invisible and the owner had specified a shine, so I opted for <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tile Doctor Seal and Go</a>.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center; width: 50%; padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width: 100%; object-fit: cover;" title="Terrazzo Tiled Floor After Cleaning Addingham West Yorkshire" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/02/Terrazzo-Tiled-Floor-After-Cleaning-Addingham-West-Yorkshire-16114307.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Tiled Floor After Cleaning Addingham West Yorkshire" width="" height="" /></td> <td style="text-align: center; width: 50%; padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width: 100%; object-fit: cover;" title="Terrazzo Tiled Floor After Cleaning Addingham West Yorkshire" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/02/Terrazzo-Tiled-Floor-After-Cleaning-Addingham-West-Yorkshire-16114424.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Tiled Floor After Cleaning Addingham West Yorkshire" width="" height="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>I applied the sealer to a small area first to see how it might look and to ensure the Terrazzo would take it without any issues. The tile took the sealer no problem and so three coats were applied, leaving them to dry before applying the next. The floor now had the shiny finish the client had requested.</p> <p>I was very pleased with the outcome as was the client.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width: 80%; object-fit: cover;" title="Terrazzo Tiled Floor After Cleaning Addingham West Yorkshire" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/02/Terrazzo-Tiled-Floor-After-Cleaning-Addingham-West-Yorkshire-16114347.jpg" alt="Terrazzo Tiled Floor After Cleaning Addingham West Yorkshire" width="" height="" /></center>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Terrazzo Tiled Kitchen Floor in West Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/old-terrazzo-tiled-bakery-floor-renovated-in-addingham-village/">Old Terrazzo Tiled Bakery Floor Renovated in Addingham Village</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Restoring a Cement Covered Tiled Floor in Formby https://merseyside.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-cement-covered-tiled-floor-in-formby/ Merseyside Tile Doctor urn:uuid:5ed74b4b-42bf-ddde-5674-e55eb4f97a30 Fri, 19 Feb 2021 14:23:01 +0000 <p>We were contacted by a client from Formby asking for advice on how to remove a thick layer of floor leveller from her Quarry tiled floor. I suspect at some point in the past a previous owner had decided to cover the tiles with lino and a cement-based levelling compound was applied to level the [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://merseyside.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-cement-covered-tiled-floor-in-formby/">Restoring a Cement Covered Tiled Floor in Formby</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://merseyside.tiledoctor.biz">Merseyside Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>We were contacted by a client from <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formby" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Formby</a></b> asking for advice on how to remove a thick layer of floor leveller from her <b>Quarry tiled floor</b>. I suspect at some point in the past a previous owner had decided to cover the tiles with lino and a cement-based levelling compound was applied to level the floor first. My client had tried to remove it herself but found it very hard going and after realising she had quite a project on her hands decided to call us instead and see if we could help with the restoration.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://merseyside.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/72/2021/02/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-During-Self-Levelling-Compound-Removal-Formby-084804.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor During Self-Levelling Compound Removal Formby" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor During Self-Levelling Compound Removal Formby" /></center></p> <p>I worked out a quote for the client which would include removing the self-levelling compound, cleaning up the tiles and then sealing them to improve its appearance and protect it going forward. The quote was accepted, and a date agreed for the restoration to be completed which would take two days.</p> <h2>Cleaning and restoring a Stone Tile Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>We have a variety of tools that we can use for removing cement but in this case, I decided to use an air operated pin gun. The head of the gun has long pins of different length which are fired at the floor gently chipping away at the floor compound, this made short work of breaking up the cement so it could be swept away. A lot easier than the method the client had previously tried.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://merseyside.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/72/2021/02/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-During-Self-Levelling-Compound-Removal-Formby-084823.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor During Self-Levelling Compound Removal Formby" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor During Self-Levelling Compound Removal Formby" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://merseyside.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/72/2021/02/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-During-Self-Levelling-Compound-Removal-Formby-084800.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor During Self-Levelling Compound Removal Formby" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor During Self-Levelling Compound Removal Formby" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>With the floor clear of cement, it was given an acid wash with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a> scrubbed in with a buffing machine fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black pad</a>. The acidic formula cleans up the stone of old cement including fine particles of dust. Afterwards the gel was rinsed off the floor with water and extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <h2>Sealing a Stone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>We let the floor dry out overnight and returned the next morning to apply the sealer. For the best results, the stone needs to be dry so before sealing I always take several moisture readings with a damp meter to make sure. The results were good so the first of what would be three coats of sealer were applied to the floor. 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> for sealing, it is an impregnating sealer that works by occupying the pores in the store thereby protecting it from within, it also brings out the colour in the stone.</p> <p>Once done the floor looked great, the old self-levelling compound was gone and the rich colours in the tile had been restored. In fact is was only when finished did we realise these were in fact Baked Clay Quarry Tiles, minerals are added during manufacturing to give then colour, although 95% clay they are very tough like stone. The client was over the moon with the outcome, the floor had been restored to its’ former glory.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:80%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://merseyside.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/72/2021/02/Quarry-Tiled-Floor-After-Self-Levelling-Compound-Removal-Formby-142714.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Floor After Self-Levelling Compound Removal Formby" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Floor After Self-Levelling Compound Removal Formby" /></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> to keep the floor in good condition. It is pH neutral so will ensure the newly applied sealer is not compromised and the floor will continue to look good for a long while to come.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Tiled Floor in Merseyside</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://merseyside.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-cement-covered-tiled-floor-in-formby/">Restoring a Cement Covered Tiled Floor in Formby</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://merseyside.tiledoctor.biz">Merseyside Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Deep Cleaning a Mixed Chinese Slate Floor in Clifton near Penrith https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-a-mixed-chinese-slate-floor-in-clifton-near-penrith/ North Cumbria Tile Doctor urn:uuid:4e97c5ca-0c1d-7505-ca5b-ad826c508c3e Wed, 17 Feb 2021 13:07:54 +0000 <p>The pictures below are of Chinese Slate floor in the Kitchen of a property in the small village of Clifton just south of Penrith. We often get asked what the difference is between Rough and Semi Riven Slate, and this floor was a mixture of both. If you look closely at the pictures and check [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-a-mixed-chinese-slate-floor-in-clifton-near-penrith/">Deep Cleaning a Mixed Chinese Slate Floor in Clifton near Penrith</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz">North Cumbria Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The pictures below are of Chinese Slate floor in the Kitchen of a property in the small village of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clifton,_Cumbria" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Clifton</a></b> just south of Penrith. We often get asked what the difference is between Rough and Semi Riven Slate, and this floor was a mixture of both. </p> <p>If you look closely at the pictures and check out the darker parts of the floor you will see these smoother Semi Riven Slate, whereas the light copper-coloured parts of the floor were of the rougher textured variety. It’s not that unusual for stone to be mixed in this fashion as it can be supplied from different quarries in order to achieve a particular look. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/02/Rough-Chinese-Slate-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Clifton-Penrith-4123.jpg" alt="Rough Chinese Slate Floor Before Cleaning Clifton Penrith" width="" height="" title="Rough Chinese Slate Floor Before Cleaning Clifton Penrith" /></center></p> <p>The blend of different slates makes little difference when it comes to cleaning as the process is essentially the same. I would advise though if you intend to clean the floor using a mop then you should opt for Semi Riven Slate as Rough Slate can shred your mops and make it harder to maintain. We tend to use industrial floor buffing machines which work well on both surfaces so are less effected.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/02/Rough-Chinese-Slate-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Clifton-Penrith-4122.jpg" alt="Rough Chinese Slate Floor Before Cleaning Clifton Penrith" width="" height="" title="Rough Chinese Slate Floor Before Cleaning Clifton Penrith" /></center></p> <h2>Cleaning a Rough Chinese Slate Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>There was a bit of wax on this floor so to remove this <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-wax-away-1-litre/228/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Wax Away</a> was applied. The product was left to stand for fifteen minutes before being scrubbed into the stone, rinsed and then the soil extracted with a wet vacuum. </p> <p>We then finished the cleaning with an Acid Rinse which involves scrubbing the Slate with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up</a>. This not only works well at cleaning up the stone and grout but also neutralises the alkaline pH left over from using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-wax-away-1-litre/228/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Wax Away</a>. I am very wary of the pH level of the floor as it could have an impact on the new sealer, giving the floor an acid rinse before sealing also ensures a better bond with the sealer. </p> <p>Naturally, you can&#8217;t leave a strong product like <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Grout Clean-up</a> on the Stone for long as it could etch the surface so once done the floor was thoroughly rinsed with water and extracted again with a wet vacuum. A mop and bucket and lots of sponges won’t do the job on a large area like this.</p> <h2> Sealing a Rough Chinese Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Once we finished the clean, we left it to dry off overnight and came back the next day to apply the sealer. We were originally going to apply a satin finish sealer, but the client had a big dog with sharp claws which could of scratched and marked the sealer so decided against it. I advised the client to use an Impregnating sealer called <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a>, which lifts the natural colours in the stone, but is not a topical shiny sealer as the seal soaks into the Slate and leaves a a nice matt finish instead. Only two coats of sealer were needed, and the floor looked like new again.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/02/Rough-Chinese-Slate-Floor-After-Cleaning-Clifton-Penrith-4201.jpg" alt="Rough Chinese Slate Floor After Cleaning Clifton Penrith" width="" height="" title="Rough Chinese Slate Floor After Cleaning Clifton Penrith" /></center></p> <p>My client was very happy with the difference in the appearance of the stone and how much cleaner the grout was, so much so they the following feedback for us, which is always appreciated.</p> <p><center><I>&#8220;Totally impressed with the team they couldn&#8217;t have been more professional and even left me with some cleaner. My horrible 12 year old slate tiles look fabulous&#8221;</I></center> </p> <p>As usual we left a free bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> for aftercare, it’s very important not to undo all that hard work by using a product which will damage the seal, using a pH neutral cleaner will keep the seal looking sharp and fresh for years to come.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/02/Rough-Chinese-Slate-Floor-After-Cleaning-Clifton-Penrith-4202.jpg" alt="Rough Chinese Slate Floor After Cleaning Clifton Penrith" width="" height="" title="Rough Chinese Slate Floor After Cleaning Clifton Penrith" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Rough Chinese Slate Tiled Kitchen in North Cumbria</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz/deep-cleaning-a-mixed-chinese-slate-floor-in-clifton-near-penrith/">Deep Cleaning a Mixed Chinese Slate Floor in Clifton near Penrith</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://north-cumbria.tiledoctor.biz">North Cumbria Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Victorian Floor Renovation in Malvern Worcestershire https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-floor-renovation-in-malvern-worcestershire/ Worcestershire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:005a5010-45bd-124d-6a25-9ca2048f0ce0 Thu, 11 Feb 2021 14:29:38 +0000 <p>This enquiry was from a property owner in the picturesque Malvern hills who needed some help with a Victorian tiled hallway. The floor had an unsightly concrete door threshold that the client wanted tiling, several tiles throughout the floor were loose and needed restoration and the floor needed a deep clean and seal. All of [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-floor-renovation-in-malvern-worcestershire/">Victorian Floor Renovation in Malvern Worcestershire</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz">Worcestershire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This enquiry was from a property owner in the picturesque <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malvern,_Worcestershire" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Malvern</a></b> hills who needed some help with a <b>Victorian tiled</b> hallway. The floor had an unsightly concrete door threshold that the client wanted tiling, several tiles throughout the floor were loose and needed restoration and the floor needed a deep clean and seal. All of this was possible so after my site visit, I produced a quote which I sent by email and the work was scheduled.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2021/02/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Before-Renovation-Malvern-Hills-2206095652.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Before Renovation Malvern Hills" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Before Renovation Malvern Hills" /></center></p> <p>Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Malvern is a spa-town that lies at the foot of the Malvern Hills in in Worcestershire. The centre of Malvern, known as Great Malvern, is an historic conservation area and the town dramatically during Victorian times. So, it’s no surprise when I get called to maintain the many Victorian properties here.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2021/02/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Before-Renovation-Malvern-Hills-2206114040.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor Before Renovation Malvern Hills" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway Floor Before Renovation Malvern Hills" /></center></p> <h2> Cleaning and Repairing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>The first day was spent removing the concrete from the door threshold. I didn’t want to cause damage the surrounding area, so I had to proceed carefully and so this part was quite labour intensive. </p> <p>I then used cement boards which were cut to size to build the floor level, allowed to dry, and then tiled following the pattern from the opposite door. Fortunately, we had managed to source some reclaimed tiles which were very close in colour and size to match the existing floor. Once this was completed, I moved onto resetting the loose tiles. The floor was then left to dry overnight so the adhesive and grout would set.</p> <p>The following day I rotary cleaned the floor with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">200-grit milling pad</a> and a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a>, this gave the floor a really deep clean. The floor was rinsed, and the soil removed using a wet vacuum. The floor then needed to dry overnight before we could apply the sealer. </p> <p>There didn’t seem to be any signs of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/custom.aspx/efflorescence/10/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Efflorescence</a> on this floor, which is where salt deposits appear on the surface due to moisture. It can be particularly common in floors of this age which are too old to be fitted with a damp proof membrane. However, this floor appeared to be ok. </p> <h2>Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>We retuned the following day and tool a couple of moisture readings with a damp meter before concluding the floor was dry and ready to be sealed. First, I applied a coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-oil-1-litre/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Oil</a> which is an impregnating sealer that improves character and then followed this up with three coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> allowing plenty of drying time between each coat. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2021/02/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-After-Renovation-Malvern-Hills-2406111555.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor After Renovation Malvern Hills" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway Floor After Renovation Malvern Hills" /></center></p> <p>Colour Grow is also an impregnating sealer however this product is designed to improve colour as well as provides long lasting durable protection to the floor. This product is also breathable so any future moisture can rise through the tile and not become trapped underneath where it could cause problems.</p> <p>By the time I had finished the Victorian floor looked transformed, the colours were richer and most importantly my client was very pleased with the result and even left the following feedback.</p> <p><center>&#8220;We are very pleased with the work&#8221; </center></p> <p>Before leaving I recommended, they use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> to help keep the floor in the best condition, especially in a high traffic area such as the hallway. Using this product will ensure the sealant lasts longer. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2021/02/Victorian-Hallway-Floor-After-Renovation-Malvern-Hills-2406110739.jpg" alt="Victorian Hallway Floor After Renovation Malvern Hills" width="" height="" title="Victorian Hallway Floor After Renovation Malvern Hills" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in Worcestershire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz/victorian-floor-renovation-in-malvern-worcestershire/">Victorian Floor Renovation in Malvern Worcestershire</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://worcestershire.tiledoctor.biz">Worcestershire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Stained Encaustic Shower Tiles Renovated in Forest Hill SE23 https://kent.tiledoctor.biz/stained-encaustic-shower-tiles-renovated-in-forest-hill-se23/ West Kent Tile Doctor urn:uuid:0add3fb8-aec5-378a-0cf2-2eb512dbf036 Tue, 09 Feb 2021 13:31:49 +0000 <p>The client had recently moved into this property in Forest Hill SE23 and the previous owner had used a professional cleaning company to give the house a thorough clean prior to moving out. Unfortunately, they had used an aggressive acid based cleaner on the reclaimed encaustic tiles around the shower, causing white staining. I was [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://kent.tiledoctor.biz/stained-encaustic-shower-tiles-renovated-in-forest-hill-se23/">Stained Encaustic Shower Tiles Renovated in Forest Hill SE23</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://kent.tiledoctor.biz">West Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The client had recently moved into this property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forest_Hill,_London" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Forest Hill</a></b> SE23 and the previous owner had used a professional cleaning company to give the house a thorough clean prior to moving out. Unfortunately, they had used an aggressive acid based cleaner on the reclaimed encaustic tiles around the shower, causing white staining. I was contacted to see if it was possible to remove the stains and correctly seal the tiles to protect them.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2021/02/Encaustic-Shower-Tiles-Before-Renovation-SE23-1.jpg" alt="Encaustic Shower Tiles Before Renovation SE23" width="" height="" title="Encaustic Shower Tiles Before Renovation SE23" /></center></p> <p>I was pleased to tell them it was indeed possible to restore the tiles and we discussed how I would do this. I gave them my quote which they accepted, and we arranged a mutually convenient time to carry out the work. Encaustic tiles are quite unusual they were traditionally made from clay, but today, most modern versions of the tile are made using cement and are often referred to simply as cement tiles. </p> <h2>Cleaning and Restoring an Encaustic Tiled Shower</h2> <p>The first step was to scrub the tiles with a dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a>, an alkaline cleaner that is safe to use on Encaustics. The solution was scrubbed into the tile to ensure any remaining soap scum and surface grime was removed. Once done the tiles were rinsed off with water and I moved onto the next of renovating the appearance of the tiles with a set of handheld <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/6-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/41/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">burnishing pads</a>. </p> <p>These pads are made from industrial diamonds that clean and remove scratches renovating the surface and closing the pores of the stone. For general cleaning and honing I would normally start with a 400-grit, but with the staining on these tiles, I started with the 200-grit. Once I had gone over all the tiles with the 200-grit pad with water, I then repeated the process with the 400, 800 and 1500 and 3000 pads in sequence. The tiles were rinsed off after each pad and finally left to dry.</p> <h2>Sealing an Encaustic Tiled Shower</h2> <p>Once the tiles had dried it was time to apply a sealer that would further enhance their appearance and protect them. For this I chose to use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> as it’s an impregnating, colour enhancing product. It works by soaking into the pores of the tile where dirt can collect, thus protecting it from within. </p> <p>The sealer was applied thinly with a cloth to all the tiles and allowed to dry for 30 minutes before the next coat was applied. Due to the porosity of these tiles, I applied four coats until I was satisfied, they were fully sealed. Once the tiles were dry, I buffed them with a dry 3000 <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/6-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/41/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">burnishing pad</a> to leave them with an appealing satin sheen.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://kent.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2021/02/Encaustic-Shower-Tiles-After-Renovation-SE23-3.jpg" alt="Encaustic Shower Tiles After Renovation SE23" width="" height="" title="Encaustic Shower Tiles After Renovation SE23" /></center></p> <p>The client was pleased with the result and I explained the best way to clean and maintain the tiles for the future would be to use <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-aqua-pro-with-trigger-spray/1/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Aqua-Pro</a> which is designed for use in bathrooms and gentle enough to use every day. They needed to avoid using strong household cleaners on these tiles otherwise the same issue would occur. </p> <h3> Professional Renovation of Encaustic Shower Tiling in Kent</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://kent.tiledoctor.biz/stained-encaustic-shower-tiles-renovated-in-forest-hill-se23/">Stained Encaustic Shower Tiles Renovated in Forest Hill SE23</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://kent.tiledoctor.biz">West Kent Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Slate Shower Wall Refurbished in Maida Vale W9 London https://central-london.tiledoctor.biz/slate-shower-wall-refurbished-in-maida-vale-w9-london/ Central London Tile Doctor urn:uuid:3fb91327-5c03-7c1a-4c28-cbfc2d79119c Sat, 06 Feb 2021 12:32:51 +0000 <p>The photographs below are from a bathroom in Maida Vale W9 which had a lovely Slate tiled wall over a bath with shower. Unfortunately, the Slate tiles had been ruined by the use of harsh cleaning chemicals in an attempt to remove the limescale caused by hard water. The slate had now lost all its [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://central-london.tiledoctor.biz/slate-shower-wall-refurbished-in-maida-vale-w9-london/">Slate Shower Wall Refurbished in Maida Vale W9 London</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://central-london.tiledoctor.biz">Central London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The photographs below are from a bathroom in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maida_Vale" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Maida Vale</a></b> W9 which had a lovely Slate tiled wall over a bath with shower. Unfortunately, the <b>Slate tiles</b> had been ruined by the use of harsh cleaning chemicals in an attempt to remove the limescale caused by hard water. The slate had now lost all its natural colour and looked completely washed out. The property had recently changed hands and the new owner was keen to have it renovated.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://central-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2021/02/Slate-Shower-Before-Refurb-Maida-Vale-London-W9-rotated.jpg" alt="Slate Shower Before Refurb Maida Vale London" width="" height="" title="Slate Shower Before Refurb Maida Vale London" /></center></p> <p>I went over to take a look and work out a solution, this in itself is a lot trickier these days with all the COVID precautions we need to take when working in someone&#8217;s house. It was clear that a strong acidic limescale remover had been used on the slate and this had etched the stone, leached all the natural oils away and generally ruined its appearance. </p> <p>Fortunately, we have a solution for this (see below) and after conducting a small test I was able to confirm the problem could be resolved and gave them a quote which included a day’s labour, abrasive pads, stone oil and sealer. Our quote was gratefully accepted, and we booked a time in to carry out the work.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Slate Tiled Bathroom</h2> <p>I returned to the property and I set about burnishing the slate wall tiles using a very coarse <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/6-inch-200-grit-coarse-stone-resurfacing-pad/176/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">200-grit six-inch burnishing pad</a> fitted to a handheld buffing machine. This process resurfaces the stone slightly to remove the etching caused by the limescale remover. I used a medium dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up</a> to lubricate the process and to remove the remaining limescale. Once done the slurry that is generated is rinsed off with more water. In a bathroom, it is easy the slurry can just be drained away. In other areas we would use a wet vacuum. </p> <p>After the 200-grit pad the surface of the Slate was further refined using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/6-inch-400-grit-coarse-red-no1-burnishing-pad/32/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">400-grit pad</a> and then an <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/6-inch-800-grit-medium-blue-no-2-burnishing-pad/33/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">800-grit pad</a>, this time only using water and giving the stone a thorough rinse after each pad to remove the soil.</p> <p>The slate was then left to dry off over lunch and given more encouragement with a heat gun afterwards so I could move onto the next step. This involved applying a coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-oil-1-litre/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Oil</a> which puts back the natural oils back into the stone improving its appearance.</p> <h2>Sealing a Slate Tiled Bathroom</h2> <p>Once the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-oil-1-litre/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Stone Oil</a> had fully dried, I moved onto sealing for which I applied two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal</a>; this is penetrating sealer that soaks into the stone to provide maximum stain protection without changing the colour of the stone. It is also an excellent grout sealer which is a bonus. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://central-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2021/02/Slate-Shower-After-Refurb-Maida-Vale-London-W9.jpg" alt="Slate Shower After Refurb Maida Vale London" width="480" height="640" title="Slate Shower After Refurb Maida Vale London" /></center><br /> <Slate-Shower-After-Refurb-Maida-Vale-London-W9.jpg></p> <p>Before leaving I talked the client about how best to maintain the Slate and left them a complimentary bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-aqua-pro-with-trigger-spray/1/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Aqua Pro tile cleaner</a> which will help keep the limescale at bay. It is gentle enough to use every day but will help prevent the previous build-up and unlike the previous products used will not damage the newly applied sealer. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Slate Tiled Bathroom in Central London</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://central-london.tiledoctor.biz/slate-shower-wall-refurbished-in-maida-vale-w9-london/">Slate Shower Wall Refurbished in Maida Vale W9 London</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://central-london.tiledoctor.biz">Central London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Restoring a Kitchen and Utility Quarry Tiled Floor in Oswestry https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-kitchen-and-utility-quarry-tiled-floor-in-oswestry/ Shropshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:72922950-a1bc-c772-679c-42dc036189d4 Wed, 03 Feb 2021 14:46:52 +0000 <p>This property in Oswestry was being converted from offices back into a home and I was contracted to renovate the Quarry tiles in the Kitchen. The kitchen had Red and Black Quarry tiles and an ugly piece of concrete sat where the old cooking range was. It did not look good with the new layout [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-kitchen-and-utility-quarry-tiled-floor-in-oswestry/">Restoring a Kitchen and Utility Quarry Tiled Floor in Oswestry</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz">Shropshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oswestry" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Oswestry</a></b> was being converted from offices back into a home and I was contracted to renovate the <b>Quarry tiles</b> in the Kitchen. The kitchen had Red and Black Quarry tiles and an ugly piece of concrete sat where the old cooking range was. It did not look good with the new layout of the kitchen, so they wanted the concrete dugout and red and black quarry tiles laid to match the existing. The utility room had the same red and black quarry tiles and the other half had older and larger format quarry tiles which they wanted to keep as a feature. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/02/Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Oswestry-Before-Restoration-1.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry Before Restoration" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry Before Restoration" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/02/Quarry-Tiled-Utility-Floor-Oswestry-Before-Restoration-3.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry Before Restoration" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry Before Restoration" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2> Cleaning and Restoration of a Quarry Tiled Kitchen and Utility Floor</h2> <p>On day one my first step was to dig out the concrete from the area where the old range had been by breaking it up with a hammer drill fitted with a chisel attachment. The hole in the floor was then brought to the right level using a fibre reinforced levelling compound called <a href="https://www.ctdtrade.co.uk/preparation/levelling-compounds/20kg-bal-level-max-floor-leveller" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bal level max</a> which sets in four hours. Once set I was able to tile with matching Quarry tiles that the client had provided together with others, I had managed to source from a reclamation yard. This process took up most of the first day and the newly laid tiles were left to set overnight.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/02/Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Oswestry-Before-Restoration-2.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry Before Restoration" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry Before Restoration" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/02/Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Oswestry-During-Repair-8712.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry During Repair" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry During Repair" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The utility floor was in the worst state and needed the most work. It had previously been covered with a self-levelling compound, probably so it could be covered in Vinyl. I removed the thin compound and then deep cleaned the floor. Apart from the self-levelling compound in the utility area, the entire area had a thick layer of plaster dust and residue from the building process. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/02/Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Oswestry-During-Cleaning.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry During Cleaning" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry During Cleaning" /></center></p> <p>To deep clean the Quarry tiles, I gave the floor a good scrub with a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> and then after extracting the resultant soil with a wet vacuum I followed up with another scrub of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up</a>. These products which helped to deal with the plaster dust, the levelling compound, and the cement-based residue. For best results I leave the cleaning products on the tiles for a good ten minutes before scrubbing in with a black scrubbing pad fitted to a rotary machine. Once done the tiles were rinsed down with water and then the soil was extracted again. In a few areas I needed to repeat the process to get the floor clean.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/02/Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Oswestry-After-Cleaning.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry After Cleaning" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry After Cleaning" /></center></p> <h2> Sealing a Quarry Tiled Kitchen and Utility Floor</h2> <p>I left the floor to dry off overnight and returned the next day to seal the tiles. The first job was to use the damp meter to ensure the floor was dry enough. If the floor is not dry, then the seal will not cure. I had chosen to seal with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a>, which is a solvent based sealer which is colour intensifying, it provides durable protection to the surface of the tiles as well as allowing the surface to breath. On this floor the colour of the red and black quarry tiles was really enhanced too. The floor was transformed, and the sealer really helped the old and new tiles blend in.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/02/Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Oswestry-After-Sealing-8723.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry After Sealing" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry After Sealing" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2021/02/Quarry-Tiled-Kitchen-Floor-Oswestry-After-Sealing-8724.jpg" alt="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry After Sealing" width="" height="" title="Quarry Tiled Kitchen Floor Oswestry After Sealing" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The client was very happy with restoration and couldn’t wait to get the new kitchen completed. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Quarry Tiled Kitchen and Utility in Shropshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz/restoring-a-kitchen-and-utility-quarry-tiled-floor-in-oswestry/">Restoring a Kitchen and Utility Quarry Tiled Floor in Oswestry</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://shropshire.tiledoctor.biz">Shropshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor Restored in Cheam https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/vinyl-covered-quarry-tiled-floor-restored-in-cheam/ South London Tile Doctor urn:uuid:3ff2ad60-6c54-f674-8ae7-fd221fc43b76 Mon, 01 Feb 2021 14:55:07 +0000 <p>The owner of this property in the South London suburb of Cheam got in touch about restoring a Quarry tiled floor that had been covered with Vinyl tiles. After surveying the floor, it became clear that some of the original Quarry tiled floor was missing and had been replaced with concrete before covering with Vinyl. [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/vinyl-covered-quarry-tiled-floor-restored-in-cheam/">Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor Restored in Cheam</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz">South London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The owner of this property in the <b>South London</b> suburb of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheam" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Cheam</a></b> got in touch about restoring a Quarry tiled floor that had been covered with Vinyl tiles. After surveying the floor, it became clear that some of the original Quarry tiled floor was missing and had been replaced with concrete before covering with Vinyl. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2021/02/Vinyl-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Before-Restoration-Cheam-0204.jpg" alt="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor Before Restoration Cheam" width="" height="" title="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor Before Restoration Cheam" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2021/02/Vinyl-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-Before-Restoration-Cheam-0205.jpg" alt="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor Before Restoration Cheam" width="" height="" title="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor Before Restoration Cheam" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>To fully restore the Quarry tiles floor, it would therefore be necessary to dig out the concrete sections and tile with matching quarry tiles which had been supplied by the client. Once done we would then need to renovate both the old and the new sections of floor and seal them to achieve a consistent appearance. I was also asked to dig out an old matwell and prepare it for a new mat as part of the work. </p> <p>This was a large job, but following a site visit I was able to provide my client with an accurate price and arranged a time to carry the work out which would take five days. </p> <h2>Removing Vinyl Tiles</h2> <p>The first part of the job was to lift the existing Vinyl tiles which had been laid on top of the Quarry tiles. I used a heat gun to help loosen the adhesive and then assisted with a steamer scrubbed <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-nanotech-hbu-remover-1-litre/10/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor HBU Nanotech stripper</a> into the floor to remove the glue and bitumen from the surface of the newly exposed Quarry tiles. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2021/02/Vinyl-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-During-Restoration-Cheam-0210.jpg" alt="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor During Restoration Cheam" width="" height="" title="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor During Restoration Cheam" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2021/02/Vinyl-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-During-Restoration-Cheam-0211.jpg" alt="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor During Restoration Cheam" width="" height="" title="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor During Restoration Cheam" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2>Restoring the Appearance of a Quarry Tiled Floor</h2> <p>The soiled solution was extracted with a wet vacuum and I followed up by giving the Quarry tiles an acid rinse using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a>. The Gel is applied to the tiles and then scrubbed in with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Black pad</a> fitted to a rotary machine. This process removes old traces of cement and grout from the quarry tiles and further cleans them up. After this the floor was rinsed thoroughly and the soil extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2021/02/Vinyl-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-During-Restoration-Cheam-0215.jpg" alt="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor During Restoration Cheam" width="" height="" title="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor During Restoration Cheam" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2021/02/Vinyl-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-During-Restoration-Cheam-0214.jpg" alt="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor During Restoration Cheam" width="" height="" title="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor During Restoration Cheam" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The next focus was on digging out the concrete areas mentioned earlier and then preparing the subfloor for tiling with self-levelling compound, which of course needs time to set. Once ready the replacement tiles were fixed in place making cuts as necessary and placing them to follow the original floor pattern. This may sound quite this sound straight forward, but this part of the job took some time to complete. The floor was left for a couple of days so the new tiles could set and the whole area could dry out before sealing. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2021/02/Vinyl-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-After-Cleaning-Cheam-0222.jpg" alt="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor After Cleaning Cheam" width="" height="" title="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor After Cleaning Cheam" /></center></p> <h2>Sealing a Quarry Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>I returned later to seal all the Quarry tiles with Tile Doctor Colour Grow which brings out the deep Orange colours in the tiles whilst adding protection from staining and ingrained dirt. This sealer works by occupying the pores in the tile so dirt cannot become ingrained there. Four coats of sealer where applied across the whole floor leaving a nice matt finish that was consistent across the whole floor. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2021/02/Vinyl-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-After-Sealing-Cheam-0231.jpg" alt="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor After Sealing Cheam" width="" height="" title="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor After Sealing Cheam" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2021/02/Vinyl-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-After-Sealing-Cheam-0233.jpg" alt="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor After Sealing Cheam" width="" height="" title="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor After Sealing Cheam" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Before leaving I discussed with the client the best way to maintain the floor in the future and recommended the use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> which is a pH neutral cleaner. This is important as its gentle enough to use frequently and won’t strip off the newly applied sealer like many household floor cleaners will. Its supplied in concentrated form so a small amount of cleaner goes a long way.</p> <p>The client was delighted with the results, they were very pleased to see the back of the tired Vinyl floor and pleased the floor now looked consistent throughout.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2021/02/Vinyl-Covered-Quarry-Tiled-Floor-After-Sealing-Cheam-0230.jpg" alt="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor After Sealing Cheam" width="" height="" title="Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor After Sealing Cheam" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3> Professional Restoration of a Quarry Tiled Hallway in South London</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz/vinyl-covered-quarry-tiled-floor-restored-in-cheam/">Vinyl Covered Quarry Tiled Floor Restored in Cheam</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-london.tiledoctor.biz">South London Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Dirty Victorian Floor Tiles Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Twickenham https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/dirty-victorian-floor-tiles-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-twickenham/ South Middlesex Tile Doctor urn:uuid:5ec0d120-d9b7-af87-2644-d4ca78798c78 Fri, 22 Jan 2021 12:20:08 +0000 <p>This Victorian floor in Twickenham, Middlesex was in good physical condition for its age but needed a good deep clean. Our customer had informed us that they had never cleaned or sealed the floor in the sixteen years that they had lived there so it was well overdue. I went over to survey the floor [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/dirty-victorian-floor-tiles-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-twickenham/">Dirty Victorian Floor Tiles Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Twickenham</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz">South Middlesex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This Victorian floor in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twickenham" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Twickenham</a></b>, Middlesex was in good physical condition for its age but needed a good deep clean. Our customer had informed us that they had never cleaned or sealed the floor in the sixteen years that they had lived there so it was well overdue. </p> <p>I went over to survey the floor and completed a test clean on a small section of tiling to see which products/techniques would work best. I like to do this as it demonstrates to the client what can be done, and it allows me to come up with an accurate price for doing the work.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2021/01/Dirty-Victorian-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Twickenham-0983.jpg" alt="Dirty Victorian Floor Before Cleaning Twickenham" width="" height="" title="Dirty Victorian Floor Before Cleaning Twickenham" /></center></p> <p>As you can see from the pictures, there was quite a difference in the test patch compared to the rest of the floor. Years of foot traffic from the street had taken its’ toll and the floor was very dirty. Luckily, the floor was in very good condition and had not worn too badly. </p> <p>Once they had seen the test patch, they were confident that it would be worth go ahead with my quote. It would ensure that the period feature was retained for many years to come. The colours on the floor were quite faded so it would be nice to get it restored. </p> <h2>Cleaning a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>I started the cleaning process by first taping up the surrounding skirting boards and doors to ensure they were protected from potential splashing. Cleaning involved spraying the Victorian tiles with a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> which is a dedicated Tile and Grout cleaning product. This was left to soak in for about ten minutes and then scrubbed in using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black pad</a> fitted to a heavy-duty rotary scrubber.</p> <p>This gives the floor a good mechanical scrub and works wonders releasing the ground-in dirt and soil from the tiles. The strong dilution of Pro-Clean will also remove any remaining sealers from the tile, however after sixteen years I doubted there would much trace of sealer left. Once done the floor was rinsed with water and all the soils removed with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>Following the initial clean the colours were already much stronger. Next step however was to improve on that by giving the floor an acid rinse using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up</a>. This removes mineral deposits and generally brightens up the appearance of the tile. After another round of scrubbing the floor was rinsed with our high-pressure washer and then vacuumed, extracting all of the dirty water and dirt away in one go. The floor was looking a lot better and was left to dry overnight. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2021/01/Dirty-Victorian-Floor-During-Cleaning-Twickenham-0984.jpg" alt="Dirty Victorian Floor During Cleaning Twickenham" width="" height="" title="Dirty Victorian Floor During Cleaning Twickenham" /></center></p> <h2>Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>After allowing the floor to dry overnight, we returned the next day to seal the floor. First, checking the floor was dry using the damp meter. Floors of this age can take a little longer to dry as there is no damp-proof membrane so it’s always worth checking as applying a sealer to damp tiles is not a good idea. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2021/01/Dirty-Victorian-Floor-After-Cleaning-Twickenham-0986.jpg" alt="Dirty Victorian Floor After Cleaning Twickenham" width="" height="" title="Dirty Victorian Floor After Cleaning Twickenham" /></center></p> <p>Once I was satisfied it was dry eight coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go</a> sheen finish sealer were applied. This takes a while to do as each coat needs to dry before applying the next. The sealer will protect the Victorian tiles for dirt and stains, it also enhanced the colours in the tile and will make it easier to keep the floor clean going forward.</p> <p>My client was very pleased with the floor and mentioned that they should have called me in sooner! For aftercare cleaning I recommended <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Clean</a> which is an effective cleaner with a neutral pH, its designed for cleaning tiles without degrading the sealer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in South Middlesex</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz/dirty-victorian-floor-tiles-deep-cleaned-and-sealed-in-twickenham/">Dirty Victorian Floor Tiles Deep Cleaned and Sealed in Twickenham</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-middlesex.tiledoctor.biz">South Middlesex Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway Restored in Bedworth https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/geometric-victorian-tiled-hallway-restored-in-bedworth/ Warwickshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:7b22385f-da0f-5757-c38e-30a9160ba561 Wed, 20 Jan 2021 14:28:57 +0000 <p>This customer in Bedworth called me in to remove a matt tray from their Victorian Tied hallway and restore the floor back to its original condition. The house had been in the same family for some generations and at one point the owner’s father had covered the floor with a thin layer of bitumen to [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/geometric-victorian-tiled-hallway-restored-in-bedworth/">Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway Restored in Bedworth</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz">Warwickshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>This customer in <b><a href="https://www.bedworth-society.co.uk/about-bedworth" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bedworth</a></b> called me in to remove a matt tray from their <b>Victorian Tied hallway</b> and restore the floor back to its original condition. The house had been in the same family for some generations and at one point the owner’s father had covered the floor with a thin layer of bitumen to secure a carpet. The carpet had since been removed but as a result the floor was very dark from bitumen stains.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/01/Geometric-Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-Before-Restoration-Bedworth-1.jpg" alt="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Bedworth" width="" height="" title="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Restoration Bedworth" /></center></p> <p>Bedworth is actually very close to my base in Coventry, so it wasn’t long before I was able to call round and survey the floor to provide a quote for doing the work. Naturally due to COVID I wear PPE and when working in the property increase ventilation and work out a schedule with the homeowner to maintain distance and minimise contact.</p> <h2>Restoring a Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>My first job was to remove the matt well and the surrounding tiles so I could fit replacements that match the existing geometric pattern. Finding replacements wasn&#8217;t difficult however as I&#8217;ve been restoring old floors like this one for many years and have built up a collection of old Victorian tiles from various manufacturers such as <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mintons" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Minton</a></b>. </p> <p>Matching the original pattern was a bit like building your own jigsaw puzzle as each replacement tile had to be shaped and hand cut until I had the design worked out. Once the replacements were fitted and secured in place with adhesive. Once done I left the property so the floor could set and be ready for deep cleaning the next day.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:33%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/01/Geometric-Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-During-Restoration-Bedworth-2.jpg" alt="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway During Restoration Bedworth" width="" height="" title="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway During Restoration Bedworth" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:33%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/01/Geometric-Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-During-Restoration-Bedworth-3.jpg" alt="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway During Restoration Bedworth" width="" height="" title="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway During Restoration Bedworth" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:33%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/01/Geometric-Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-During-Restoration-Bedworth-4.jpg" alt="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway During Restoration Bedworth" width="" height="" title="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway During Restoration Bedworth" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>To remove the staining and restore the appearance of the original tiles I milled them using very coarse <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/stone-burnishing/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">abrasive floor pads</a> fitted to a weighted floor buffer and applied to the floor using water to lubricate. The resulting slurry was removed using a wet vacuum and the floor given a deep clean using a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove and Go</a> which was scrubbed in using a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black pad</a> fitted to the rotary machine. The soil was then rinsed away with water and extracted using a wet vacuum. </p> <p>These old floors don&#8217;t have damp proof membranes fitted and I was concerned that the old Bitumen and Carpet will have prevented moisture from rising through the tile trapping damp underneath the floor. This trapped moisture under the floor had been given chance to evaporate but this takes time, and I was concerned that salts contained within the moisture could rise through the tile later to be deposited on the surface later, a process known as <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/custom.aspx/efflorescence/10/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">efflorescence</a>. </p> <p>To counter this, I neutralise the salts by giving the tiles an acid wash with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a>. As well as neutralising salts it also removes other mineral deposits such as grout haze and prepares the tile to achieve a better bond with the sealer.</p> <h2> Sealing a Victorian Geometric Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>Due to my concerns over moisture, I left the floor two weeks to fully dry out before returning to seal the floor and protect it from dirt and staining going forward. For sealing I applied two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-x-tra-seal-1-litre/258/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Extra Seal</a> which has a breathable formula which will cope with any moisture rising through the floor. Two coats give the tiles an appealing glossy finish and helped the new and old sections of the floor blend well together so you would never know the difference.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2021/01/Geometric-Victorian-Tiled-Hallway-After-Restoration-Bedworth-5.jpg" alt="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Bedworth" width="" height="" title="Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway After Restoration Bedworth" /></center></p> <p>My client was very happy with the transformation of their hallway floor and before finishing up I took time to discuss how to care for the floor going forward. It’s important to use a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> on sealed floors like this as other products are simply too strong and can actually strip a sealer off the tiles over time.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in Warwickshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz/geometric-victorian-tiled-hallway-restored-in-bedworth/">Geometric Victorian Tiled Hallway Restored in Bedworth</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://warwickshire.tiledoctor.biz">Warwickshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Marble Floor Repolished in Wokingham Show Home https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/marble-floor-repolished-in-wokingham-show-home/ Berkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:182b76f7-1721-568d-cf0b-5b23807906bc Thu, 14 Jan 2021 15:22:51 +0000 <p>I had a call out late last year to a property in the market town of Wokingham to survey a dull Marble floor which was installed throughout most of the ground floor. It turns out that the house was only built two years prior and had been the show home for a new development. The [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/marble-floor-repolished-in-wokingham-show-home/">Marble Floor Repolished in Wokingham Show Home</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz">Berkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>I had a call out late last year to a property in the market town of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wokingham" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Wokingham</a></b> to survey a dull <b>Marble floor</b> which was installed throughout most of the ground floor. It turns out that the house was only built two years prior and had been the show home for a new development. The owner explained to me that to show off the potential of the new homes the developer had installed quality materials throughout, particularly the marble flooring, however the property had seen more than its fair share of foot traffic because of it.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/01/Marble-Floor-Before-Polishing-Wokingham-0311111356.jpg" alt="Marble Floor Before Polishing Wokingham" width="" height="" title="Marble Floor Before Polishing Wokingham" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/01/Marble-Floor-Before-Polishing-Wokingham-0311091050.jpg" alt="Marble Floor Before Polishing Wokingham" width="" height="" title="Marble Floor Before Polishing Wokingham" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Two years of wear later and the owner was concerned with how dull the Marble floor was and the appearance of small circular stains which had appeared throughout. I explained that Marble which is made from calcium is easily etched by the use of acidic cleaning products and that most tile cleaners you purchase in supermarkets are really only for use on Ceramic or Vinyl floor tiles. I suspect any sealer used on the floor to protect the stone had also been worn away for the same reason resulting in the now dull appearance.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/01/Marble-Floor-Before-Polishing-Wokingham-0311091103.jpg" alt="Marble Floor Before Polishing Wokingham" width="" height="" title="Marble Floor Before Polishing Wokingham" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/01/Marble-Floor-Before-Polishing-Wokingham-0311110357.jpg" alt="Marble Floor Before Polishing Wokingham" width="" height="" title="Marble Floor Before Polishing Wokingham" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>After explaining the process, I would use for burnishing the Marble to deep clean and restore the shine I measured up and worked out a quotation. I received a message later that evening comforting they would like to go ahead, and a date was booked in.</p> <h2>Cleaning and Polishing a Marble Tiled Floor</h2> <p>I should mention that this job was carried out in compliance with the Covid-19 restrictions to ensure it was a safe working environment for both myself and the customer. This includes the wearing of full PPE equipment, increasing air circulation, and ensuring we kept our distance.</p> <p>My first task was to protect the skirting and the fitted kitchen units from splashing by applying protective sheeting. Once this was done, I turned my attention to the grout which had become dark in places in accumulated dirt. To do this I used a strong dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> which is a strong alkaline cleaner specifically designed to break down soils, grease and oils on Tile and Stone. The cleaner was sprayed onto the grout lines and left to soak in for a few minutes before being scrubbed in by hand. Some of the grout needed more attention than others and once done the soil was rinsed off the floor with water and extracted using a wet vacuum. </p> <p>Now the grout was cleaned I moved onto polishing the Marble floor tiles. I did this using the Tile Doctor four stage diamond burnishing system. This consists of applying a sequence of four <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">refinishing pads</a> fitted to a weighed buffing machine. You start with a coarse 400-grit pad and working through to a fine 1500-grit pad, each time removing the stone slurry with a wet vacuum. This process removed the acidic etching and repolished the surface of the Marble to a nice shine. I worked in sections room by room and then left the floors to fully dry off overnight.</p> <h2>Sealing Marble Tiled Flooring</h2> <p>I returned the next day and using a damp meter took a few readings from the floor to check the moisture levels to ensure it was dry and ready to be sealed. Before sealing though I went over the floor with a very fine 3000-grit pad which is applied dry with a little water sprayed onto to the floor, this final pad further builds up the polish and achieve the appearance desired by the customer. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/01/Marble-Floor-After-Polishing-Wokingham-0311142905.jpg" alt="Marble Floor After Polishing Wokingham" width="" height="" title="Marble Floor After Polishing Wokingham" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/01/Marble-Floor-After-Polishing-Wokingham-0311142919.jpg" alt="Marble Floor After Polishing Wokingham" width="" height="" title="Marble Floor After Polishing Wokingham" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Last step was to seal the floor with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a>, a colour enhancing seal designed to bring out the natural colours in the stone whilst adding protection from liquid and oil spills. Impregnating sealers like Colour Grow work by occupying the tiny pores in the stone thus preventing contaminates from becoming ingrained in them.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/01/Marble-Floor-After-Polishing-Wokingham-0311152733.jpg" alt="Marble Floor After Polishing Wokingham" width="" height="" title="Marble Floor After Polishing Wokingham" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2021/01/Marble-Floor-After-Polishing-Wokingham-0311142836.jpg" alt="Marble Floor After Polishing Wokingham" width="" height="" title="Marble Floor After Polishing Wokingham" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The customer could not believe with how well the floor had come up and were pleased they finally had the floor they had been promised prior to moving in. For aftercare I left them with a complimentary bottle of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Cleaner</a> which is designed for the regular cleaning of tiled floors.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of a Polished Marble Flooring in Berkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz/marble-floor-repolished-in-wokingham-show-home/">Marble Floor Repolished in Wokingham Show Home</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://berkshire.tiledoctor.biz">Berkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Kitchen Tile Replaced and Grout Recoloured on Ecclesall Road, Sheffield https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/kitchen-tile-replaced-and-grout-recoloured-on-ecclesall-road-sheffield/ South Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:013afc0d-f0dc-82a4-7a96-b30cb3cab12f Tue, 12 Jan 2021 14:22:15 +0000 <p>The owners of this property in Sheffield’s famous Ecclesall Road were so fed up with the discoloured White grout in their Porcelain Tiled Kitchen they decided to replace it themselves. So, armed with new grout and a grout removal tool from a budget supermarket chain they set about the work. Unfortunately, twelve of the tiles [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/kitchen-tile-replaced-and-grout-recoloured-on-ecclesall-road-sheffield/">Kitchen Tile Replaced and Grout Recoloured on Ecclesall Road, Sheffield</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The owners of this property in <b>Sheffield’s</b> famous <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecclesall_Road" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Ecclesall Road</a> were so fed up with the discoloured White grout in their <b>Porcelain Tiled Kitchen</b> they decided to replace it themselves. So, armed with new grout and a grout removal tool from a budget supermarket chain they set about the work. Unfortunately, twelve of the tiles became chipped at the edges during the process and what started as a good idea soon turned into a DIY disaster. </p> <p>Having given up on the project they called Tile Doctor to see if we could get it restored for them. Having completed a lot of tile renovation work in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheffield" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Sheffield</a> I got the call to visit the property and come up with a plan to resolve the situation. It’s difficult to repair chips in Porcelain tiles, especially along the edges so I recommended removing and replacing the chipped tiles and then give the floor a facelift by recolouring the grout back to white. I also recommended throwing the cheap grout removal tool in the bin in case they were tempted to use it again.</p> <p>If you’re not familiar with <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheffield" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Sheffield</a>, you should know that the <b>Ecclesall Road</b> stretches 3.6 miles from the city centre South West of <b>Sheffield</b> to Whirlow. It’s a busy trading area with shops, restaurants and many green spaces, its also considered to be one of the most affluent districts.</p> <h2>Cleaning and Repairing a Polished Porcelain Tiled Bathroom </h2> <p>We started by removing all the grout from around the damaged area taking care to avoid damaging the neighbouring tiles as we chiselled the damaged tiles out. Once all 12 polished Porcelain tiles were removed and the debris cleared up replacements were fixed in place then and grouted them. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/01/Porcelain-Tiled-Floor-During-Tile-Removal-2-Sheffield.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tiled Floor During Tile Removal Sheffield" width="" height="" title="Porcelain Tiled Floor During Tile Removal Sheffield" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/01/Porcelain-Tiled-Floor-During-Tile-Removal-3-Sheffield.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tiled Floor During Tile Removal Sheffield" width="" height="" title="Porcelain Tiled Floor During Tile Removal Sheffield" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Luckily, the client had been able to source some of the same tiles, which avoided the need for a complete renovation.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/01/Porcelain-Tiled-Floor-During-Tile-Removal-1-Sheffield.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tiled Floor During Tile Removal Sheffield" width="" height="" title="Porcelain Tiled Floor During Tile Removal Sheffield" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/01/Porcelain-Tiled-Floor-During-Tile-Replacement-Sheffield.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tiled Floor During Tile Replacement Sheffield" width="" height="" title="Porcelain Tiled Floor During Tile Replacement Sheffield" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>We left the tiles to set and dry overnight and returned the next morning to compete the next part of the job to renovate the grout. </p> <h2>Grout Colouring a Porcelain Tiled Kitchen</h2> <p>Before applying the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Grout Colourant</a>, the floor was given a general clean and then the grout given a scrub using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant-pre-treat-cleaner-750ml-with-trigger-spray/201/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor’s Grout Colourant Pre-Treater</a>. This product cleans and slightly etches the surface of the grout to ensure a stronger bond with the colourant. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/01/Porcelain-Tiled-Floor-During-Grout-Recolouring-Sheffield.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tiled Floor During Grout Recolouring Sheffield" width="" height="" title="Porcelain Tiled Floor During Grout Recolouring Sheffield" /></center></p> <p>Once the grout was dry a White <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Colourant</a> was applied over all the grout joints. This is a delicate job which needs patience, and you have to remember to remove any excess colourant off the tile quickly before it dries. It’s worth mentioning that the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/grout-colourant/6/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Colourant</a> range is available in 10 different popular shades, so it is a very versatile product, which can bring back to life many tiled surfaces. In this instance it made the grout look sparkling white, now the grout lines have been coloured the grout will stay stain free and bright white.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2021/01/Porcelain-Tiled-Floor-After-Tile-Replacement-and-Grout-Colouring-Sheffield.jpg" alt="Porcelain Tiled Floor After Tile Replacement and Grout Colouring Sheffield" width="" height="" title="Porcelain Tiled Floor After Tile Replacement and Grout Colouring Sheffield" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Polished Porcelain Tiled Bathroom in South Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/kitchen-tile-replaced-and-grout-recoloured-on-ecclesall-road-sheffield/">Kitchen Tile Replaced and Grout Recoloured on Ecclesall Road, Sheffield</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating a Marble Handbasin Countertop in Swardeston https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-marble-handbasin-countertop-in-swardeston/ Norfolk Tile Doctor urn:uuid:8dc4f837-1f28-2297-a7dd-ed37e0150446 Thu, 07 Jan 2021 14:17:49 +0000 <p>My client in the village of Swardeston (just south of Norwich) had attempted to remove limescale deposits from a Marble bathroom countertop using a supermarket Limescale remover and ended up making the whole problem worse. The water in Norfolk is exceptionally hard and can quickly leave a thick build-up of limescale in kettles and bathroom [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-marble-handbasin-countertop-in-swardeston/">Renovating a Marble Handbasin Countertop in Swardeston</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz">Norfolk Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>My client in the village of <b><a href="https://www.norfolk-norwich.com/norfolk/villages/s/swardeston.php" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Swardeston</a></b> (just south of <b>Norwich</b>) had attempted to remove limescale deposits from a <b>Marble bathroom countertop</b> using a supermarket Limescale remover and ended up making the whole problem worse.</p> <p>The water in Norfolk is exceptionally hard and can quickly leave a thick build-up of limescale in kettles and bathroom fittings. This isn&#8217;t a problem to keep on top of using an acidic cleaner like Viakal or Limelite however these products are acidic and not recommended for use on or near an acid-sensitive natural stone such as Marble or Limestone. In-fact the surface of Marble and Limestone is instantly etched when they come into contact with these products thereby ruining the appearance of the stone. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/60/2021/01/Marble-Vanity-Unit-Worktop-Before-Renovation-Swardeston.jpg" alt="Marble Vanity Unit Worktop Before Renovation Swardeston" width="" height="" title="Marble Vanity Unit Worktop Before Renovation Swardeston" /></center></p> <p>This is exactly what had happened to our client in Swardeston and, over time, the surface of her marble vanity unit became severely etched leaving the stone completely dull, pitted, and unattractive. She had assumed the dullness was due to limescale build-up so just kept applying the product which of course exacerbated the problem to the point where the replacement of the large and very expensive twin-basin Marble countertop seemed to be the only option.</p> <h2>Removing Limescale and Acid Etching from a Marble Countertop</h2> <p>Looking for a solution we were asked to visit the property and whilst there immediately realised what had happened to the stone. </p> <p>Fortunately, we were able to offer a much cheaper option involving the application of a series of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/6-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/41/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">diamond burnishing pads</a> that could cut back the surface of the Marble and repolish it back to its original appearance. We are able to do this due to our investment in a Rotex hand-held random orbit polisher which is ideal for working on relatively small areas or confined spaces.</p> <p>First, using only water as a cutting medium, we removed the surface of the stone with a 90mm 400-grit diamond pad fitted to the Rotex machine. This cut the surface back, removing all the pitting and light scratching, leaving the stone perfectly smooth and ready for the repolishing process. The slurry produced by this process was thoroughly and carefully rinsed away and the next stage of repolishing begun. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/60/2021/01/Marble-Vanity-Unit-Worktop-During-Renovation-Swardeston.jpg" alt="Marble Vanity Unit Worktop During Renovation Swardeston" width="" height="" title="Marble Vanity Unit Worktop During Renovation Swardeston" /></center></p> <p>Polishing was done using the Rotex again, but this time fitted with an 800-grit diamond pad which cuts the stone more finely and start sto improve the dull surface left by the coarse 400-grit pad. Again, the slurry produced was rinsed away and a 1500-grit diamond pad was applied to the stone surface, cutting even more finely and beginning to restore the shine back to the marble top.</p> <p>Once the slurry from this stage had been rinsed and extracted, we dried the work area using a heat gun before finishing the burnishing operation using the Rotex with a very fine 3000-grit diamond pad. For this last stage, a small amount of water is misted over the surface of the stone surface from a trigger bottle. This produced the shine we were after and really brought the stone&#8217;s natural colours and features back to life. </p> <h2>Sealing a Marble Countertop</h2> <p>In order to provide the Marble countertop with good fluid resistance two coats of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal</a> were applied to the stone. This is a premium grade penetrating sealer which soaks into the pores of the stone to seal it without leaving any kind of synthetic finish behind. This allows the natural beauty of the polished stone to shine through whilst protecting it from staining. A quick spray buff with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/6-inch-white-buffer-pads/139/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">white maintenance pad</a> to remove any smears from the sealing process and we were done.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/60/2021/01/Marble-Vanity-Unit-Worktop-After-Renovation-Swardeston.jpg" alt="Marble Vanity Unit Worktop After Renovation Swardeston" width="" height="" title="Marble Vanity Unit Worktop After Renovation Swardeston" /></center></p> <p>My client was staggered at the result we had achieved and was so relieved that replacement of the sizeable and very expensive Marble top had been avoided. For aftercare I recommended the use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-patina-spray-500ml/20/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Patina Spray</a> which is spray-and-buff cleaner that is designed to enhance the natural beauty and lustre of polished stone as it cleans.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Stone Countertop Professional Renovated in Norfolk</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-a-marble-handbasin-countertop-in-swardeston/">Renovating a Marble Handbasin Countertop in Swardeston</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://norfolk.tiledoctor.biz">Norfolk Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Chinese Slate Floor Revival in Harrogate https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/chinese-slate-floor-revival-in-harrogate/ North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:70a2f33a-5b28-010a-b7bf-17d5ffe47261 Tue, 05 Jan 2021 13:30:14 +0000 <p>The pictures above are of a 12 metre squared Chinese slate floor in the kitchen of a property in Harrogate which had been laid ten years prior. You can see from the photographs that the grout had darkened and the slate itself had lost a lot of its character and colour. Sealers typically last between [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/chinese-slate-floor-revival-in-harrogate/">Chinese Slate Floor Revival in Harrogate</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>The pictures above are of a 12 metre squared Chinese slate floor in the kitchen of a property in <b><a href="https://www.visitharrogate.co.uk/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Harrogate</a></b> which had been laid ten years prior. You can see from the photographs that the grout had darkened and the slate itself had lost a lot of its character and colour.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/01/Chinese-Slate-Kitchen-Floor-Before-Cleaning-Harrogate-202011020835.jpg" alt="Chinese Slate Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Harrogate" width="" height="" title="Chinese Slate Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Harrogate" /></center></p> <p>Sealers typically last between three to five years so by now there was little protection left and so dirt had become trapped in the pores of the stone and grout making it difficult to keep clean. It was now overdue a deep clean and the application of a fresh seal.</p> <p>I went over to survey the floor and provide a quote for stripping off what was left of the original sealer, cleaning the floor, and then resealing. I had been recommended by a previous customer so happy with my track record and the price I quoted, they asked me to do the work. They had received a quote from another firm which as it turned out was a lot more expensive than mine.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Chinese Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Given there was little sealer left to remove I decided to start by scrubbing the floor with a strong concentration of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> which was left to soak into the slate for ten minutes. Then I worked the solution in with a rotary machine fitted with a <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-buffing-pad-black/29/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">black scrubbing pad</a>. <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Pro-Clean</a> is a very versatile product that will strip the sealer off a floor when used in a strong dilution with water, it will also remove deep seated dirt too.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/01/Chinese-Slate-Kitchen-Floor-During-Cleaning-Harrogate-202011020957.jpg" alt="Chinese Slate Kitchen Floor During Cleaning Harrogate" width="" height="" title="Chinese Slate Kitchen Floor During Cleaning Harrogate" /></center></p> <p>Due to the riven nature of the tiles however I found the black pad was struggling to reach into the crevices of the tile so to achieve the desired result I resorted to scrubbing the floor on my hands and knees with a scrubbing brush. Its important that the floor is as clean as it possibly can be before sealing otherwise you simply lock the dirt in and it will never look clean.</p> <h2>Sealing a Chinese Slate Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>The floor was left to dry off overnight and I returned the next day to apply the new sealer. First, I checked to ensure that the floor was fully dry using a damp meter. The sealer would not cure properly if the floor damp and this can detract from the finished appearance. </p> <p>I was happy with the readings, so I started to apply the first coat of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go</a> which I felt was the best product sealing Slate. The stone needed four coats; each one being left to dry before applying the next. <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-1-litre/21/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Seal and Go</a> is a stain resistant sealer which results in a low sheen silky appearance, it is good on surfaces such as the Chinese Slate which tend to be more porous and being water based it does not leave a smell as it dries.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2021/01/Chinese-Slate-Kitchen-Floor-After-Sealing-Harrogate-202011031041.jpg" alt="Chinese Slate Kitchen Floor After Sealing Harrogate" width="" height="" title="Chinese Slate Kitchen Floor After Sealing Harrogate" /></center></p> <p>The client was very happy with the result and mentioned to me that it had never looked that good even when new.</p> <p>For aftercare cleaning I recommended the use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner</a> which will keep the floor in the best condition. This is a pH neutral cleaner which can be used daily and won’t compromise the newly laid sealer like many of the stronger products you find in supermarkets.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Cleaning of a Chinese Slate Kitchen Floor in North Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/chinese-slate-floor-revival-in-harrogate/">Chinese Slate Floor Revival in Harrogate</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://northwestyorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">North West Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Filthy Limestone Floor Deep Cleaned in a Godalming Kitchen https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/filthy-limestone-floor-deep-cleaned-in-a-godalming-kitchen/ West Surrey Tile Doctor urn:uuid:3f07777c-8b77-cd1a-9fbc-ebeb57840a3a Sat, 02 Jan 2021 03:46:32 +0000 <p>My client had recently moved into a bungalow in Godalming where they inherited the Limestone tiled kitchen floor pictured below. The previous owner had not looked after the floor very well and by the time they moved in it was pretty filthy. Limestone is a natural but porous stone where, unless sealed, attracts dirt into [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/filthy-limestone-floor-deep-cleaned-in-a-godalming-kitchen/">Filthy Limestone Floor Deep Cleaned in a Godalming Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>My client had recently moved into a bungalow in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godalming" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Godalming</a></b> where they inherited the Limestone tiled kitchen floor pictured below. The previous owner had not looked after the floor very well and by the time they moved in it was pretty filthy. Limestone is a natural but porous stone where, unless sealed, attracts dirt into its tiny holes and as you would expect Cream Limestone shows the dirt easily. The protective seal had long since worn off this floor and was now ingrained with dirt it was now looking permanently dirty. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/12/Filthy-Limestone-Tiled-Floor-Renovation-Before-Cleaning-Godalming-0348.jpg" alt="Filthy Limestone Tiled Floor Renovation Before Cleaning Godalming" width="" height="" title="Filthy Limestone Tiled Floor Renovation Before Cleaning Godalming" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/12/Filthy-Limestone-Tiled-Floor-Renovation-Before-Cleaning-Godalming-0349.jpg" alt="Filthy Limestone Tiled Floor Renovation Before Cleaning Godalming" width="" height="" title="Filthy Limestone Tiled Floor Renovation Before Cleaning Godalming" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Before quoting I conducted a small test clean to work out the best method to renovate the stone and this also gives the client a good idea of how the floor will look after its finished. They were delighted with the initial result and happy with my quote gave me the go ahead.</p> <h2> Cleaning a Limestone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>On arrival first I helped the customer remove his tables and chairs and I then set about tapping up the plinths in the kitchen and the skirtings to protect them from cleaning solutions and equipment. The cleaning equipment I have invested in works more efficiently in open spaces, so it’s worth spending time at the beginning preparing the area first.</p> <p>Next, I used a deck brush to apply a mixture of water and <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> to the dirtiest tiles. <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-pro-clean-1-litre/13/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Pro-Clean</a> works well when left to dwell for ten minutes or so. I also applied the same product to the grout over half the room so it could get a head start breaking down the dirt. Then using a stiff brush, I scrubbed the grout clean. Once it was worked loose, I extracted the now dirty solution with a wet vacuum. </p> <p>With the grout clean I turned my attention back to the tiles with where the Pro-Clean had been left to soak in. Giving them a quick brush, I noted that what appeared to be permanently ingrained dirt had now come loose. To get the tiles really clean I used a 17&#8243; rotary machine fitted with diamond encrusted buffer pads. This removes the tiny dots of dirt on the stone and with it comes any existing sealer and dirt. </p> <p>A set of four <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-set-of-four-burnishing-pads-inc-no-123-and-4/42" rel="noopener" target="_blank">burnishing pads</a> were used, starting with a 400-grit, and finishing with a 3000-grit pad. The first 400-grit pad is coarse, and the grits become smoother as you work through the set. Water is used to lubricate the process and the released dirt is extracted in-between using the wet vacuum mentioned earlier. This process does take time but by the end of day one the floor was looking a lot better.</p> <p>The next step is sealing however the floor needs to be bone dry for that, so I left a couple of industrial fans in place and left the Limestone to dry off overnight. </p> <h2> Sealing a Limestone Tiled Kitchen Floor</h2> <p>Returning the following day my first job was to ensure the floor was dry by taking multiple moisture readings with a damp meter. The readings were good, so I was able to make a start applying the sealer which for this floor was <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Ultra Seal</a>. </p> <p><a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-ultra-seal-1-litre/23/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Ultra-Seal</a> is an impregnating sealer that soaks into those small holes in the stone I mentioned earlier, I occupies the pores thus preventing dirt from becoming ingrained. The other feature of this sealer is it doesn’t change the appearance or colour of the stone leaving it with a very natural finish. Two coats of sealer were applied, leaving the seal to dry between each coat. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/12/Filthy-Limestone-Tiled-Floor-Renovation-After-Cleaning-Godalming-0352.jpg" alt="Filthy Limestone Tiled Floor Renovation After Cleaning Godalming" width="" height="" title="Filthy Limestone Tiled Floor Renovation After Cleaning Godalming" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/12/Filthy-Limestone-Tiled-Floor-Renovation-After-Cleaning-Godalming-0351.jpg" alt="Filthy Limestone Tiled Floor Renovation After Cleaning Godalming" width="" height="" title="Filthy Limestone Tiled Floor Renovation After Cleaning Godalming" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>After the final coat was dried, I gave it a final polish with a soft nylon pad and the floor was finished. Before leaving we discussed after care which for this floor, I recommended <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-stone-soap-1-litre/48/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Stone Soap</a> and I requested that the customer to stay out of the kitchen for a couple of hours while the sealer cured. They were over the moon with the new floor and could not believe the difference it had made to their kitchen. </p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/12/Filthy-Limestone-Tiled-Floor-Renovation-After-Cleaning-Godalming-0353.jpg" alt="Filthy Limestone Tiled Floor Renovation After Cleaning Godalming" width="" height="" title="Filthy Limestone Tiled Floor Renovation After Cleaning Godalming" /></center></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Restoration of a Limestone Tiled Kitchen in West Surrey</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz/filthy-limestone-floor-deep-cleaned-in-a-godalming-kitchen/">Filthy Limestone Floor Deep Cleaned in a Godalming Kitchen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://west-surrey.tiledoctor.biz">West Surrey Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Unloved Victorian Hallway Floor Renovation in Barnsley https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/unloved-victorian-hallway-floor-renovation-in-barnsley/ South Yorkshire Tile Doctor urn:uuid:32e0ff8c-93b6-264c-359c-fc56fe88dd43 Wed, 16 Dec 2020 15:24:38 +0000 <p>A young couple recently bought a house in Barnsley and were renovating it from top to bottom, included in the plan was the desire to have the previously unloved Victorian floor made beautiful again. The house stands in an area of Barnsley famous for its’ big Victorian villas and quite rightly they felt it was [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/unloved-victorian-hallway-floor-renovation-in-barnsley/">Unloved Victorian Hallway Floor Renovation in Barnsley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> <p>A young couple recently bought a house in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barnsley" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Barnsley</a></b> and were renovating it from top to bottom, included in the plan was the desire to have the previously unloved Victorian floor made beautiful again. The house stands in an area of <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barnsley" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Barnsley</a></b> famous for its’ big Victorian villas and quite rightly they felt it was important to ensure period features like this original floor were correctly maintained.</p> <p><center><img loading="lazy" style="width:90%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2020/12/Unloved-Victorian-Hallway-Floor-Before-Renovation-1.jpg" alt="Unloved Victorian Hallway Floor Before Renovation" width="" height="" title="Unloved Victorian Hallway Floor Before Renovation" /></center></p> <p>Due to the floor being covered up for many years the floor had developed damp staining, it also had a lot of paint splattered on it. There were also some loose tiles that needed fixing back in place and the layer of old floor polish was present which would need removing.</p> <h2> Cleaning a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>I started by protecting all the skirting boards, doors and carpets bordering the tiles from splashing. The loose tiles were then cleaned up and then secured back in place using a fast-setting adhesive.</p> <p>Once the adhesive was set, I turned my attention to stripping and cleaning the floor starting with the application of a coarse <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/17-inch-200-grit-coarse-milling-pad/45/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">200-grit diamond pad</a> fitted to a weighted rotary buffing machine. The pad was lubricated using a dilution of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Remove &#038; Go</a> which was applied to small sections of the floor and left to soak in for ten minutes first. I run the buffing machine at a slow speed to minimise splashing. <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-remove-go-1-litre-with-trigger-spray/17/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Remove &#038; Go</a> is amazing at removing old floor coatings (i.e. sealers), dirt and grime from the floor. When the diamond pad had been used on each section of the floor for five minutes the slurry was vacuumed up using a wet vac machine and I moved onto the next section. Once the whole floor had been cleaned in this way it was time to start the next step. </p> <p>Old floors like this which don’t have the benefit of a damp proof membrane, and have been covered up for a long time, can suffer from efflorescence issues due to moisture being trapped in the tile. This will result in white salt staining appearing on the tiles for days, weeks and sometimes months afterwards. To counter this the alkaline salts are neutralised by giving the floor an acid rinse using <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-acid-gel-1-litre/2/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Acid Gel</a> and leaving it to dwell for five minutes before going over the floor again with the coarse diamond pad. The slurry was again removed with a wet vacuum and the floor was scrubbed clean with damp cloths.</p> <h2> Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor</h2> <p>I returned a few days later once the floor had dried to seal the floor. The client wanted a satin finish so knowing the floor had damp and efflorescence issues I opted for <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-seal-go-extra-1-litre/22/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Seal and Go Extra</a>. This is a topical sealer which leaves a lovely satin finish but also allows for the floor to breathe. six coats were required to make the floor look perfect, allowing the lovely colours to come through.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2020/12/Unloved-Victorian-Hallway-Floor-After-Renovation-3.jpg" alt="Unloved Victorian Hallway Floor After Renovation" width="" height="" title="Unloved Victorian Hallway Floor After Renovation" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/64/2020/12/Unloved-Victorian-Hallway-Floor-After-Sealing-2.jpg" alt="Unloved Victorian Hallway Floor After Sealing" width="" height="" title="Unloved Victorian Hallway Floor After Sealing" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Once complete the floor looked much brighter and the colours really shone through. The owners were really happy with the renovation we carried out and before leaving I took time to discuss how best to maintain the tiles going forward including the use of <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Neutral Tile cleaner</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Professional Renovation of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in South Yorkshire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz/unloved-victorian-hallway-floor-renovation-in-barnsley/">Unloved Victorian Hallway Floor Renovation in Barnsley</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://south-yorkshire.tiledoctor.biz">South Yorkshire Tile Doctor</a>.</p> Renovating Flagstones Covered in Concrete Screed and Bitumen in Carnforth https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-flagstones-covered-in-concrete-screed-and-bitumen-in-carnforth/ Tile Doctor Lancashire urn:uuid:b06d98a8-96c5-30da-c3ad-114b190f981e Mon, 14 Dec 2020 14:50:29 +0000 <p>The owner of this Flagstone floor at a property in Carnforth was told by a damp specialist to remove the carpet and underlay and have the floor taken out and skipped. Then to install new hardcore and concrete put in place but with a Damp Proof Membrane installed in between, then once fully cured (four [&#8230;]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-flagstones-covered-in-concrete-screed-and-bitumen-in-carnforth/">Renovating Flagstones Covered in Concrete Screed and Bitumen in Carnforth</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Lancashire</a>.</p> <p>The owner of this <b>Flagstone floor</b> at a property in <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnforth" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Carnforth</a></b> was told by a damp specialist to remove the carpet and underlay and have the floor taken out and skipped. Then to install new hardcore and concrete put in place but with a Damp Proof Membrane installed in between, then once fully cured (four weeks at least) they could have a new carpet, tile or wood floor etc. installed. All good advice, however, the owner of the house wanted to keep as many original features as possible and wasn’t keen on the proposal.</p> <p>Looking for an alternative solution they reached out to Tile Doctor and so I went over to take a look. After surveying the floor, I came up with a completely different solution which involved milling the stone with coarse abrasive pads to remove the screed and bitumen and then resurface with diamond encrusted burnishing pads of medium and fine grits which would result in a smooth finish. Not only would this be much easier to clean going forward it would also be much more attractive, especially once sealed.</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:40%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/12/Flagstone-Floor-Before-Renovation-Carnforth-3799.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Carnforth" width="" height="" title="Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Carnforth" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:60%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/12/Flagstone-Floor-Before-Renovation-Carnforth-3797.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Carnforth" width="" height="" title="Flagstone Floor Before Renovation Carnforth" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Happy with our alternative we arranged a date to come and do the work which would take three days, two days to prepare the floor and a third to apply a sealer.</p> <h2>Cleaning a Flagstone Tiled Ground Floor</h2> <p>Milling a floor is arduous work and requires the use of a heavy rotary machine that can apply weight onto the stone so the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/stone-burnishing/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">milling pads</a> can really get a bite into the surface. Because of this I roped in a colleague to help take some of the strain. Some of the areas of bitumen and screed were so prominent we used an SDS hammer action drill with a flat bit to chisel them off first, this can leave a few marks in the stone which we then level out with the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/stone-burnishing/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">milling pads</a> starting with a 50 grit and go all the way up to a 400 grit</p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i2.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/12/Flagstone-Floor-During-Renovation-Carnforth-3804.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Flagstone Floor During Renovation Carnforth" width="" height="" title="Flagstone Floor During Renovation Carnforth" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i2.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/12/Flagstone-Floor-During-Renovation-Carnforth-3801.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Flagstone Floor During Renovation Carnforth" width="" height="" title="Flagstone Floor During Renovation Carnforth" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>We used a lot of water during this process to help lubricate the abrasive action of the <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/category.aspx/stone-burnishing/19/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">milling pads</a>, this also helps to rinse off the soil that is created, all of which is extracted with a wet vacuum.</p> <p>Next step is to give the floor an acid rinse with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-grout-clean-up-1-litre/4/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up</a> which is designed to neutralise any alkaline salts in the stone that could result in efflorescence later.</p> <p>With the floor cleaned up the last step was to re-point between the Flagstones using a breathable pointing product called <a href="https://www.kebur.co.uk/product/gftk-vdw-800-epoxy-paving-joint-mortar/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">GFtK 800</a>. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:40%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i0.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/12/Flagstone-Floor-After-Cleaning-Carnforth-3808.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Flagstone Floor After Cleaning Carnforth" width="" height="" title="Flagstone Floor After Cleaning Carnforth" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:60%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/12/Flagstone-Floor-After-Cleaning-Carnforth-3813.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Flagstone Floor After Cleaning Carnforth" width="" height="" title="Flagstone Floor After Cleaning Carnforth" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2> Sealing a Flagstone Tiled Ground Floor</h2> <p>Sealing was the next step however the floor was still quite damp after the initial renovation, so it was left for a few days to dry out first.</p> <p>We selected a fully breathable sealer for this floor, this is an important requirement for a floor with no damp proof membrane as it will allow moisture to rise through the flagstone and evaporate at the surface. The concrete screed and bitumen covering will have prevented this previously which is dangerous as a build up of moisture in the stone can lead to it crumbling and you risk moisture reaching out to the walls where it can lead to rising damp. </p> <p>Tile Doctor has three breathable sealers to choose from and in this case the customer decided to go with <a href="https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-colour-grow-sealer-1-litre/3/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Colour Grow</a> which is an impregnating sealer that protects from within and enhances the natural colours in the stone. </p> <table width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i2.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/12/Flagstone-Floor-After-Sealing-Carnforth-3816.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Flagstone Floor After Sealing Carnforth" width="" height="" title="Flagstone Floor After Sealing Carnforth" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> <td style="text-align:center; width:50%;padding: 5px;"><img loading="lazy" style="width:100%; object-fit: cover;" src="https://i1.wp.com/lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/12/Flagstone-Floor-After-Sealing-Carnforth-3820.jpg?w=752&#038;ssl=1" alt="Flagstone Floor After Sealing Carnforth" width="" height="" title="Flagstone Floor After Sealing Carnforth" data-recalc-dims="1" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The floor was completely transformed by the end of the third day, you would not have known it was the same floor. It was now clear of all the previous coverings and now looked like a characterful old Flagstone floor should.</p> <p>Before leaving I recommended, they use <a href="http://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/item.aspx/tile-doctor-neutral-tile-cleaner-1-litre/11/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Tile Doctor Neutral Cleaner</a> for everyday cleaning, being pH neutral it won’t prematurely erode the sealer allowing it to work for longer. I also advised that it’s possible that parts of the stone may go a shade darker in winter and a shade lighter in summer due to the moisture rising through the floor.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3> Professional Restoration of a Flagstone Tiled Ground Floor in Lancashire</h3> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz/renovating-flagstones-covered-in-concrete-screed-and-bitumen-in-carnforth/">Renovating Flagstones Covered in Concrete Screed and Bitumen in Carnforth</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://lancashire.tiledoctor.biz">Tile Doctor Lancashire</a>.</p>