Cleaning and Sealing a Yorkshire stone Floor 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.

Stone Floor after carpet removal in Ilkley

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 Cleaned and Sealed

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.

Stone Floor after carpet removal in Ilkley

Yorkshire Stone Floor after carpet removal in Ilkley and before cleaning

Cleaning and Sealing a Yorkshire Stone floor in Ilkley