Covering the Northern half of the County of Essex David Bloodworth is your local Tile Doctor providing specialist tile, stone and grout cleaning, sealing and restoration services across all types of stone and tile.
Operated by Phil Barrs and serving the county of Lincolnshire, Phil is your local specialist for tile cleaning, stone cleaning, grout cleaning and tile, stone and grout sealing covering the restoration of all types of stone and tile.
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Victorian tiles are the ancestors of the modern Quarry tiles, the standard bearer for quality was a firm known as Minton Hollins an English manufacturer who unlike their competitors managed to make a very good product which has lasted the test of time; however all these types of tile were subject to Victorian building practice of the day and damp issues and salt problems (efflorescence) are quite common with these tiles. As such Tile Doctor has worked alongside tile cleaning agents to improve the products currently on the market.
Cleaning Victorian Tiles
To prevent possible salt issues (efflorescence) after cleaning use neat Tile Doctor Acid Gel and leave to soak into the tile for a maximum of ten minutes and then scrub with a deck brush adding water as you go. Extract solution with a wet vacuum and then rinse thoroughly with water and vacuum again. This will impede possible salt issues oxidising to the surface of the tile leaving white marks. Do not start sealing until all the white marks have disappeared and repeat the Acid Gel treatment in two to three days time should the salts re-appear.
Sealing Victorian Tiles
Original Victorian tiles were fitted without a DPM (damp proof membrane) as such it is widely recognised that the tiles should left to dry for several days following any deep cleaning to ensure the tiles are dry (especially during winter time and following periods of high rain fall), a damp meter is recommended to test for this.
Reproduction Victorian Floor Tiles
These modern type of tiles unlike their predesessor are a lot less porous and can be cleaned using the same techniques as original Victorian floor tiles however when it comes to sealing these tiles it is important to do a small test first because the sealer may be not be abosrbed by the tile due their low porosity. The sealer we recommend for these tiles is called Tile Doctor Colour Grow which is a matt finish sealer and will lift the colour of the clay; one or two coats should suffice.
Always use a PH neutral cleaner such as Tile Doctor Concentrated Neutral Cleaner which once diluted with water becomes completely PH neutral unlike bleaches and washing up liquids which are not neutral and can damage the sealer with prolonged usage.
Sealers will wear down over time depending on use so it is recommended to top up your floor sealer once a year with the original sealer; one coat should be sufficient and by doing this it will save a lot of time and expense in having to deep clean the tiles and re-seal every three to five years.
For many more examples of Victorian tile cleaning and sealing activities carried out by UK Tile Doctors please visit http://Victorian.TileCleaning.co.uk
Recommend Products for Victorian Tiles
When using our products please take time to familiarise yourself with the directions on the back of the bottle first.
PH1 blend of Phosphoric and Hydrochloric acids in a gel form for the treatment of grout haze (grout smears) and efflorescence on wall and floor tiles. The gel is especially effective on vertical or sloped surface where where more dwell time is required.
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.
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.
A concentrated, multi-purpose high-alkaline cleaner, stripper and degreaser. Best for Heavily Soiled & Neglected Tile, Stone or Grout.
A specially formulated water-based blend of acrylic polymers that provides both a stain resistant surface seal and a durable low-sheen finish.
A special acrylic based formula which allows moisture vapour transmission making it fully breathable and ideal for situations where no damp proof membrane has been installed and mineral salt deposits (efflorescence) occur.
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