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17 Inch  3000 Grit Very Fine Salmon No.4 Burnishing Pad
Final Polishing, use dry, add a small amount of water to get a High Shine Finish.
Cumbria South Tile Doctor
Heidi & Russell Taylor cover the South Cumbria area providing specialist tile cleaning, stone cleaning, grout cleaning and tile, stone and grout sealing covering the restoration of all types of stone and tile.
Encaustic Cement Tiles
Help with Tile and Stone  >  Encaustic Cement Tile Cleaning
Encaustic Cement Tile Cleaning

Made from layers of cement, Encaustic tiles are often hand painted with patterns hydraulically pressed into the surface resulting in a large range of beautifully artistic patterns with some companies offering a bespoke design service. They are known for their durability making them a popular option for floors. Like Ceramic, Encaustic tiles are generally very easy to clean and generally need little maintenance. 

Cleaning and Maintenance

Encaustic tiles however being made from cement are micro porous and so should be sealed to avoid dirt becoming trapped in the pores of the tile which will make them difficult to clean. Once sealed make sure you only use a neutral PH cleaning product to clean the tiles as stronger products (especially acidic) will reduce the life of the sealer.

Floor Tile Cleaning

Limestone Tile If you have the use of a 150 RPM (or slightly higher) buffing machine restore the finish by burnishing the floor using a No.1 Red burishing pad to take off the old sealer and ground in dirt, add water to the area and then go over each tile with the pad 3 or 4 times, then remove the dirty water using a wet vax and rinse the floor. Next take off the coarse pad and apply a No2 Blue burnishing pad and repeat the process followed by the No.3 Yellow burnishing pad.  Again remove the water with a wet Vax machine and then scrub the grout joints with Pro-Clean diluted 1:5 parts water. Leave to fully dry and then complete by applying a No. 4 Green burnishing pad and polish with a squirt of water. When fully polished protect the floor by applying a sealer as per instructions below.

Cleaning Encaustic Tiles in France

Sealing Encaustic Tiles

Limestone Tile  When the tiles are fully dry apply a coat of Tile Doctor Colour Grow, colour grow is an impregnating sealer that will occupy the pores in the tile and protect it from staining, it will also enhance the stronger colours in the tile. Please note a second coat of sealer may be required if the tile is very porous.

Regular Maintenance of Encaustic Tiles

Limestone Tile For regular cleaning use a sealer friendly cleaning product such as Tile Doctor Neutral Clean which has been especially formulated for the regular cleaning of sealed tiled surfaces keeping them fresh.

PLEASE NOTE: Sealers break down after 2-3 years (depending on usage) and will need to be re-applied.

For many examples of Encaustic tile cleaning activities carried out by UK Tile Doctors please visit


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17 Inch  Set of four Burnishing Pads inc  No 1,2,3 and 4
Set of four 17 inch floor burnishing pads, everything you need to to restore polished stone floors.
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Tile Doctor Colour Grow Sealer 1 Litre
Colour Grow, is a solvent based colour intensifying sealer that provides durable surface protection as well as allowing the surface to breath and enhance colour.
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Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner 1 litre
Most tile cleaning products sold on the market today are designed for cleaning ceramic rather than stone surfaces, as a result they can slowly etch away at the sealed surface of your stone floor reducing the life of your sealer.
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Tile Doctor Oxy-Gel 1 Litre
Tile Doctor Oxy-Gel is a Strong Alkaline Based Gel cleaner and degreaser which works well on Vertical surfaces where a long dwell time is required.
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Tile Doctor Oxy-Gel 5 Litre
Tile Doctor Oxy-Gel is a Strong Alkaline Based Gel cleaner and degreaser which works well on Vertical surfaces where a long dwell time is required.
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Tile Doctor Rust Away 1 Litre
Rust-Away is used to remove embeded rust stains on any type of Stone or Clay based tile including Terracotta, Porcelain and Ceramic Tile.
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Tile Doctor Rust Away 5 Litre
Rust-Away is used to remove embeded rust stains on any type of Stone or Clay based tile including Terracotta, Porcelain and Ceramic Tile.
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Tile Doctor X-Tra Seal 1 litre
Breathable impregnating sealer especially formulated to provide strong water and stain repellency making it ideal for outdoor use or areas with damp issues. 1st coat will revive the colour of tile and stone and the 2nd coat will add a subtle sheen.
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If you have a problem with your Tile and Stone why not ask the Tile Doctor for advice.

Contact us for a personal solution to your tile installation problem by calling us on 0345 512 0122 or e-mail Please include as much detail about your issue as possible and if you feel it will help attach a photograph. Our Tile Doctor have many years of experience of dealing with the typical issues that people experience and were confident we can find the right solution.

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