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
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
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
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