York Tile Cleaning

York Tile Cleaning

Welcome to my Work History archive where you will find examples of the cleaning and renovation of tiles carried out in York.

Polished Limestone Floor Clean Polish and Seal York

Deep Shine Achieved on a Large Limestone Floor in York

This large Limestone tiled kitchen and lounge area had been installed at a residence in the York area. Over time the Limestone tile had lost its shine and were badly etched in the kitchen area due to acid contamination from food, products and not using the right cleaning products for the floor.

Polished Limestone Floor York Before Cleaning

I was asked to call round and carry out a full survey on the floor to ascertain what needed to be done to restore the appearance. My immediate thought was to restore polish to the stone using diamond encrusted burnishing pads so whist there I tested a small area with a set of Tile Doctor burnishing pads to see how well the floor would respond and demonstrate what could be achieved. I’ll describe the burnishing process in more detail below, but the small test area responded very well to the approach.

My client was very excited to see that the appearance of the Limestone tiles could indeed be restored and happily excepted my subsequent quote. Fortunately, I had a gap in the diary, so I was able to come back the following week to carry out the work.

Polished Limestone Floor York Before Cleaning

Cleaning and Polishing a Limestone Kitchen and Lounge Tiled Floor

The first step was the protect the skirting and kitchen plinths from splashing so these were taped up before starting. Next, and working in large sections I began the process of removing old sealers and dirt by stripping back the floor to the original stone using a coarse 400-grit burnishing pad. The process involves fitting the pad to a weighted floor buffer and running the pad over each tile at least three times using only water for lubrication.

There are four burnishing pads in the set and after rising off the slurry generated by the first coarse pad and extracting with a wet vacuum I moved onto the next pad in the sequence. This is a medium 800-grit pad which is the first step in bringing back the polished appearance of the stone. I followed the same process as before rinsing with water and extracting the slurry afterwards. The next pad is a finer 1500-grit and is applied to the Limestone floor exactly as before.

The last pad in the sequence is a very fine 3000-grit pads which brings up a deep high gloss polished finish to the stone. You don’t need to apply much water for this pad, it’s basically applied dry with only a little water sprayed onto the tile using a process we call a ‘Spray Burnish’. Once done and I was satisfied that the floor was complete, it was left it to dry out fully overnight.

Sealing a Limestone Tiled Kitchen and Lounge Floor

The next day the floor was checked for moisture using a damp meter to ensure it was completely dry. Fortunately, the wet vacuum and spray burnishing the previous day had helped to dry the floor and the readings were fine.

Its not a good idea to seal a damp floor, so satisfied all was well I was able to start applying the sealer which for this floor Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal was chosen. This product is almost invisible after application, so we recommend it when the client wishes a natural a look as possible. Two coats were needed, and this will add protection to the floor by seeping into the natural pores in the stone occupying the space and preventing dirt from becoming ingrained there. After sealing you find fluids form a bubble of the surface and not soak into the stone thereby leaving a stain.

Polished Limestone Floor York After Refurbishment

Once completed the Limestone tiles had a taken on a deep shine which my client was extremely pleased about and commented that the floor had never looked so good.

For the aftercare cleaning of polished stone including Limestone, I recommend using Tile Doctor Stone Soap which enhances patina yet it’s a mild enough cleaning product that’s safe to use on sealed tiles.

Polished Limestone Floor York After Refurbishment


Professional Polishing of a Limestone Tiled Floor in Northeast Yorkshire

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Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor Renovation York

Victorian Tile Hallway Renovation York

The owner of this beautiful period property on the outskirts of York was renovating the whole property and had uncovered a Victorian tiled floor in the hallway. The tiles were extremely dirty and stained with white paint spots from decorating at some point in its long history.

Victorian Hallway Floor Before Renovation York
I visited the property to survey the floor and come up with a renovation plan. It was indeed dirty but fortunately in reasonably good physical condition for its age. It needed a deep clean and there were some small repairs needed. I conducted a test clean on a small part of the floor which responded well and based on that I was able to give them an accurate quote for the renovation. They were happy to go ahead, and we arranged a mutually convenient time to complete the works.

Victorian Hallway Floor Before Renovation York

Cleaning and Repairing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor

The first thing needing attention was to re-set some loose tiles at the door entrance which is a common problem with old floors. The sub floor and old tile were cleaned and reset using a fast-setting adhesive and grout. This was left to set for a time before making a start on deep cleaning the hallway floor.

First up was to apply Tile Doctor Pro-Clean which is our go to Tile and Grout cleaner which is diluted before being mopped on to the tile and allowed to soak in for ten minutes before being scrubbed in with a black pad and rotary machine.

After rinsing off the now dirty cleaning solution I could see something stronger was required to really shift the deep-seated dirt, paint sports and who knows whatever else had been used on the floor over the years. So, to turn up the cleaning power a notch I applied a strong dilution of Tile Doctor Remove and Go using the same process and extracting the soil with a wet vacuum. This process where repeated and hand scrubbed some areas until I was satisfied the floor was clean.

The final stage was to give the tiles and acid wash by scrubbing in Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up, this process is designed to counter and salts in the tile, remove old grout smears and neutralise the pH level of the tile after using the alkaline cleaners earlier.

The floor was given a final rinsed and the wet vacuum was deployed for the las time until as much moisture as possible was taken out of the floor. The floor was left to dry naturally for a few days before returning to carry out the sealing.

Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor

On returning to the property to carry out the sealing it was first tested for moisture using a damp meter. The tiles needed to be dry before sealing and any high readings can be resolved using a heat gun.

Once satisfied the floor was dry the floor it was sealed using four coats of Tile Doctor Colour Grow which will provide maximum protection from staining and enhance the colours in the tile. Additionally, Colour Grow is fully breathable which basically means it will allow any damp in the subfloor to rise through the tile and evaporate at the surface. This is an important consideration for old floors without a damp proof membrane as a non-breathable sealer can cause problems with damp building up under the floor.

Victorian Hallway Floor After Renovation York
The client was delighted with the result and was really pleased to see the floor restored to its former glory. As you can see from the photos the floor now looks clean and bright and this vastly improved the appearance of the hallway in keeping with the rest of this beautiful period property.

Victorian Hallway Floor After Renovation York

Professional Restoration of a Victorian Tiled Hallway in North East Yorkshire

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