This Quartzite tiled kitchen floor from a house in Leeds was in need of some attention and as well as a build-up of general dirt it was also affected by cooking oil and Grease. Any sealer that may have been in place had long since worn off and it was time for a good clean and re-seal.
Cleaning Quartzite Tile
I followed the usual process for cleaning floors of this type by applying a dilution of Tile Doctor Pro-Clean, allow it to dwell for a while and then give the floor a good scrub using a rotary machine fitted with a black scrubbing pad. The soiled solution was then removed using a wet vacuum and floor washed down with clean water; sometimes this process needs to be repeated a number of times and often you will need to get into the grout lines by hand with a hard scrubbing brush as a scrubbing pad can float over the surface of the grout.
Sealing Quartzite Tile
Once the floor was dry it was sealed using two coats of Tile Doctor High Shine Sealer which gives leaves a durable high sheen finish together with stain resistance. There are a number of sealers available in the Tile Doctor range including Seal and Go which has a Low Sheen finish and Colour Grow which helps to bring out the colour in the tile; the final selection is a combination of the customer’s requirements and my guidance.
Quartzite tiled kitchen floor in Leeds cleaned and sealed
This was a very tough assignment to restore a Victorian Tiled floor in the village of Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire which had been stained with Bitumen. If you look closely at the photographs on this page you should be able to see it; although this may sound unusual Bitumen was used frequently as an adhesive for carpet or linoleum when tiled floors were not so fashionable.
To solve the problem I applied Tile Doctor Remove and Go
which is the strongest product we have for removing coatings from tiles, its ideal for removing sealers but it’s also good at removing adhesives, grout haze and paint as well. Once applied I left it to dwell for a while to allow it get to work on the problem before agitating with a rotary machine fitted with a scrubbing pad and manually using a scrubbing brush. The dirty solution was removed using a wet vacuum and washed down with clean water; it was necessary to repeat this process a couple of times and although improved I have to admit although it made a great improvement it wasn’t 100% successful, I have tried some other products and methods on subsequent visits to shift the remaining bitumen staining but you have to be careful not to damage the tile.
Sealing Victorian Floor Tiles
Tile Doctor Seal and Go was used to seal the floor, it gives a durable low sheen finish that brings a nice depth to the floor and will protect it going forward, Seal and Go is also a breathable sealer which is important on these older floors which may not be protected from damp.
Restoring an Old Victorian Floor stained with Bitumen in Yorkshire
Details below of a slate floor we cleaned and sealed in the kitchen of a house in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. You can see from the photographs that the large Black Slate floor tiles were looking dull and the grout had become soiled with ingrained dirt.
Cleaning Black Slate Tile Flooring
To remove the remaining sealer and dirt from the Slate Floor Tiles I used a solution of Tile Doctor Remove & Go mixed 50/50 with Tile Doctor Nanotech Ultra-Clean agitated with a rotary scrubbing machine fitted with a scrubbing pad. The grout was particularly stained and given the scrubbing machine isn’t as effective on the grout lines it was necessary scrub in Tile Doctor Pro-Clean Tile and Grout cleaner into the grout lines by hand using a grout scrubbing brush. The floor was then washed down with water to neutralise it and remove any remaining cleaning solution prior to sealing, it had take all day to clean the floor so we decided to let it dry overnight and come back the next day to seal.
Sealing Slate Tile Flooring
The Slate was sealed with several coats of Tile Doctor High Shine Sealer which provides a good combination of stain protection together with a high-sheen finish. Slate needs four to five coats and it’s necessary to let it dry between coats this step can take some time to complete. You can see the different in the photograph below; also notice how the sealer has given the floor a lift; the sealer will also protect the grout from further staining.
Black Slate floor cleaned and sealed in Ilkley
The owners of this house in Ilkley, West Yorkshire discovered this Yorkshire stone floor hidden under carpet, they had done their best to remove the carpet adhesive and carpet backing but unsatisfied with their efforts decided to get Tile Doctor to complete the job.
Yorkshire Stone Floor after carpet removal in Ilkley and before cleaning
Cleaning the Yorkshire Stone Floor
To removing the remaining carpet glue and clean up the stone floor I applied mix of Tile Doctor Remove and Go combined with Tile Doctor Pro-Clean. This was left to dwell on the floor for a while before using a rotary machine fitted with a black scrubbing pad to get the stone floor really clean. The machine isn’t a 100% effective on an uneven riven surface so it was necessary to get in with a stiff hand brush afterwards. Once I was satisfied with the condition of the stone floor it was given a sluice down with clean water which was removed using a wet vacuum to make sure no chemical was left on the floor as this could affect the sealer later.
Yorkshire Stone Floor in Ilkley after Cleaning and Sealing
Sealing the Yorkshire Stone Floor
Sealing the Stone floor was a relatively straight forward process once the floor was clean and free of any debris etc. The sealer chosen for this floor was Tile Doctor Seal and Go which adds a low sheen whilst providing stain protection. Five coats were applied using a paint pad applicator on a pole, the number of coats you need depend on the porosity of the stone and each floor is different so you need to let each coat dry before proceeding to the next.
Yorkshire Stone Floor after carpet removal in Ilkley and before cleaning
Cleaning and Sealing a Yorkshire Stone floor in Ilkley
Details below of a dirty slate floor in the village of Linton near Wetherby. The large 60 x 40cm Slate tiles were laid in a kitchen with grey grout and covered and area of approximately 10-12sqm.
Cleaning Slate Tile Flooring
The dirt was removed from the Slate Floor Tiles using a solution of Tile Doctor Remove & Go mixed with Tile Doctor Nanotech Ultra-Clean agitated with a rotary scrubbing machine fitted with a scrubbing pad. The scrubbing machine isn’t as effective on the grout lines so it was necessary to scrub these by hand using a grout scrubbing brush. The floor was then washed down with water to neutralise it and remove any remaining cleaning solution prior to sealing, it had take all day to clean the floor so we decided to let it dry overnight and come back the next day to seal.
Sealing Slate Tile Flooring
The Slate was sealed with Tile Doctor High Shine Sealer which as the name suggests provides a good combination of stain protection together with a high-sheen finish. If you’re doing this yourself I recommend the use of a paint pad which gives a nice even application, slate needs four to five coats and it’s necessary to let it dry between coats. You can see from the photograph below how the sealer really gave the floor a lift and the home owner was delighted with the results.
Cleaning and Sealing Slate floor tiles
This Red and Black Quarry Tiled floor in the West Yorkshire village of Otley was 90 years old and in serious need of the Tile Doctor treatment, you can see from the photographs that not only was it in need of a good clean there were a number of tiles missing and replacements had to be sourced and fitted.
Quarry Tile Cleaning
Fortunately Quarry Tiles are still popular so finding replacement wasn’t too much of a problem. We fitted the tiles and grouted them working carefully to ensure they would match the existing. Once this was done we were able to start the cleaning process which involved scrubbing the quarry tiles with a diluted solution of Tile Doctor Pro-Clean which is a strong multi-purpose alkaline cleaning product specifically designed for cleaning tile, stone and grout. For the stubborn areas we mixed the Pro-Clean 50/50 with Tile Doctor Nanotech Ultra-Clean which provides extra cleaning power. The last step before sealing was to wash the floor down with clean water in order to remove any trace of cleaning products that could upset the sealer.
Quarry Tile Sealer
Once the Quarry Tile floor was dry we sealed it four coats of Tile Doctor Seal and Go which is a water based low sheen breathable sealer that will provide stain protection. You can see the difference from the photographs, quite a transformation I think you will agree,
Red and Black Quarry Tile Restoration in Otley, West Yorkshire
The photographs on this page are from a Honed Travertine Tile floor in the Kitchen of a house near Keighley. The travertine was in such a bad condition that the customer was considering replacing the tiles at the cost of thousands. Fortunately he discovered Tile Doctor and we were able to restore the floor at a fraction of the cost.
Cleaning Honed Travertine Tile
We cleaned the floor using Tile Doctor Pro-Clean which was left to dwell for 15 minutes before being worked in with a rotary machine fitted with a scrubbing pad. Once clean we washed the floor down with water to remove any remaining chemical and neutralise the floor before cleaning.
Sealing Honed Travertine Tile
Once dry we sealed the floor with Tile Doctor Colour Grow which brings out the colour in the tile as well as providing excellent stain protection.
Cleaning and Sealing Honed Travertine Tiles in Keighley
Polished Porcelain is very hard wearing and looks great in the retail environment; it does however get very slippery when wet and given the increase in accident claims in the UK and companies happy to pursue them it can be a real problem. Prevention with an Anti-Slip solution is definitely cheaper than a court case and this is the very problem we were asked to address at a shop in Leeds recently.
Applying Anti-Slip to Polished Porcelain Tiles
This floor in a retail outlet in Leeds was laid with white Polished Porcelain tiles and the retailer was keen to prevent accidents happening to their customers. First we treated the area with Anti-slip cleaner to make sure the floor was free from dust and dirt contaminants before the Anti-slip solution was applied.
We then applied Tile Doctor Anti-Slip with a spray pump bottle and lightly scrubbed this in, left it on the floor area for the correct time duration and then applied the bonding agent on top of this.
The last step was to buff the floor with a black buffing pad
attached to our Victor floor buffer; afterwards we rinsed the floor with water and removed the water using a wet and dry Vax machine.
The effects of Anti-slip work as soon as the floor has been buffed, rinsed off and left to dry, needless to say the customer was very happy with the results and left the following message.
Just wanted to thank you for sorting an anti-slip treatment for the new porcelain tiles in our Leeds store. The treatment definitely works,(as we found out the first time it rained!!), and the whole process was dealt with efficiently and promptly.
Val Caine (Director).Wish, Bond Street, Leeds.
Applying Anti-Slip at a shop in Leeds