This client in the town of Louth near Horncastle had two tiled floors that were in need of attention. The first was an old Victorian tiled hallway and the second a Quarry tiled room, both had paint, plaster, adhesive and concrete on them but the Quarry tiles were in the worst condition. Hopefully the photographs below give you a good idea of the condition which would require a really deep clean and in some areas re-grouting.
Cleaning Victorian and Quarry Tiled Floors
We applied pro clean to the floors and allowed to work into the tiles before using our buffer system to scrub the tiles with a black pad. Then we extract and rinse the dirty solution off the tiles into our wet vacuum system. We repeated this process till the paint and plaster had been removed.
As usual I began the job using a strong solution of Tile Doctor Pro-Clean which was left to soak into the tiles before being scrubbed in with a black pad fitted to a rotary machine. The resultant soiled solution was extracted off into our wet vacuum system and the process repeated until the paint and plaster had been removed.
To treat the concrete and adhesive I used two other products called Tile Doctor Remove and Go and Grout Clean-Up. Again these products slowly dissolve the stains and concrete making it easier to scrub them from the surface. After several cleans the floors were thoroughly rinsed and then left to dry with some assistance from our turbo dryer system to speed up the drying process.
Sealing Victorian and Quarry Tiled Floors
We left for a few days so the floors could dry out and on our return tested the tiles with our moisture meter which showed the floor was still to damp to seal so it was necessary to leave the floors for a few more days until they were bone dry.
On our return we sealed the floors with a new product in the Tile Doctor range called Seal and Go Extra which due to its highly breathable nature works very well on external tiles or older floors where there may be a damp problem. As with the original Seal and Go it leaves a subtle shine on the tile which suited the requirements of the customer who incidentally was happy with the transformation and is happy to recommend our services.
Victorian and Quarry Tiled Floors Cleaned and Sealed in Lincolnshire
The owner of this Victorian tiled bathroom floor in Horncastle had tried scrubbing and scraping these tiles will little to show for it, in the end after spending hours on this cold floor and trying lots of different products he was fed up and it still looked less than satisfactory. The tiles were very old and dirty and had remnants of glue stuck around the edges indicating they had previously been covered by something else such as lino, fortunately Victorian tiles are our bread and butter and we have managed to restore tiles in a much worse state than this.
Cleaning Victorian Tiles
We set about cleaning the tile using Tile Doctor Remove and Go which is a strong coatings remover which is ideal for removing old sealers and adhesive products. It was left it to dwell on the floor for a while in order to give it chance to soak into the tile and get to work on the glue before being agitated using a rotary machine fitted with a black scrubbing pad. The soiled solution was then removed using a wet vacuum and the floor given a good rinse with clean water again using the wet vacuum to get the floor dry. This process tackled the glue but the tiles were still in need of a good clean so Tile Doctor Pro-Clean which is a strong alkaline cleaning product safe to use on tile and stone was applied; this was left to dwell and then scrubbed into the tiles to get a really deep clean, stiff brushes were used along the grout lines to get them clean as well and then the floor was given a thorough rinse to neutralise the tile and remove any trace of cleaning products.
Sealing Victorian Tiles
The next step was to seal the floor, however the tiles need to be dry before you can do this so we got our Turbo drying system out of the van, switched it on and it soon had the floor dry. Four coats of Tile Doctor Seal and Go were applied to the floor allowing twenty minutes to dry between coats; this particular sealer is recommended for Victorian tiles and does a great job of adding a nice sheen to the floor as well as adding stain protection.
We managed to complete the work in a single day and the owner was absolutely delighted by the results.
We asked to restore a hallway of very dull Victorian floor tile at a house in Lincoln. The customer had already called in another company and paid to have the floor acid cleaned and then sealed with a type of polish, you can see from the before photograph below the results were not very satisfactory and did not achieve the finish the client wanted.
Victorian Tile Cleaning
Adding a new sealer on top of an existing product simply wouldn’t work and so we had to remove the old sealer first, this we managed to do with a strong 2 to 1 dilution of Tile Doctor Pro-Clean with water (2 Parts water); it’s a flexible yet effective alkaline product that can be used for stripping sealers, degreasing as well as cleaning.
Victorian Floor Tile Sealing
To seal the Victorian Floor tile we recommend Tile Doctor Seal and Go, it’s a breathable water based product which gave a much deeper shine to the tiles; also being water based it doesn’t give off any chemicals vapours and so it’s much nicer to work with. Victorian Tiles usually require around 4 to 5 coats, so it can take time to apply as you need to wait for it to dry before applying the next coat.
The client was delighted with the results and has in fact booked us in to re-do their Quarry tile floors which they were happy with previously until they realised the results possible from our Tile Doctor Sealer.