Restoring an Edwardian Tiled Hallway Hidden Under Carpet

Edwardian-style tiled floors are very much of a likeness with Victorian-style tiled floors, both typically being made of encaustic cement and styled in painted in geometric patterns. The main difference, of course, is that Edwardian tiles are a main feature of Edwardian-era houses (1901-1910), while Victorian tiles are found in slightly older properties.

As with many Victorian tiled floors, we’ve found that Edwardian tiled floors have commonly been hidden away for many years under carpet or some other form of covering. These hallway Edwardian tiles, at a property in Chippenham, had been covered by carpet for 30 years. Upon removing the carpet, we could see why – the hallway was covered in paint splashes, decades’ worth of dirt and, of course, adhesive stains from the underlay.

Edwardian Tiled Hallway Covered in Carpet and Before Restoration in Chippenham Edwardian Tiled Hallway Covered in Carpet and Before Restoration in Chippenham

My task was to restore the hallway floor back to its peak condition, when it was first installed over a century ago.

Edwardian Tiled Hallway UnCovered Before Restoration in Chippenham Edwardian Tiled Hallway UnCovered Before Restoration in Chippenham

Cleaning an Original Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor

The first step of the restoration was to ensure the walls surrounding the hallway were protected. I did this by applying a protective film around the edges of the room. Next, I removed all the old carpet grippers and adhesive deposits manually using a handheld scraper.

Edwardian Tiled Hallway Prepared for Restoration in Chippenham

Tile Doctor Remove and Go was then applied to the floor to strip away any old sealant, which certainly by now was no longer effectual. This product also helped to break down the paint stains on the surface of the floor, though I also used a handheld scraper, as well as a rotary machine fitted with a black scrubbing pad, to speed up the process of removing both the sealant and the paint.

Edwardian Tiled Hallway During Restoration in Chippenham

To complete the cleaning process, I applied Tile Doctor Acid Gel, which is a blend of phosphoric and hydrochloric acids in a gel form, formulated to remove grout haze (grout smears) and treat efflorescence which is the formation of white salts on the surface of the tile.

Sealing an Original Edwardian Tiled Hallway Floor

I left the floor to dry completely overnight after installing air movers to assist with the process. These older properties do not typically have damp-proof membrane installed, which makes damp issues a real possibility. Upon returning to the property the following day, I ran some damp tests, and thankfully the tiles proved dry and ready to be resealed.

To do this, I used one coat of Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal, which is a penetrating sealer designed for maximum stain protection. I then also added four coats of Tile Doctor Seal and Go to provide the customer with the low-sheen, highly quality finish he desired.

He was so impressed with the outcome that he left the following glowing review on the Tile Doctor feedback system:

“Tile Doctor did an excellent job, starting from a very dirty and paint covered surface. The hallway floor now looks fantastic, just like it was a century ago. I’m pleased to recommend Cambridge Tile Doctor.”

Edwardian Tiled Hallway After Sealing in Chippenham

Source: Edwardian Floor Tile Cleaning and Renovation Service in Cambridgeshire

Victorian Tile Restoration in Wiltshire

This customer had just brought a house in Chippenham which they were renovating and it had come to their attention that Victorian tiles had been laid under the hallway carpet. Keen to restore them the customer called us in to see if we could enhance the appearance of their floor.

Cleaning Victorian Tiles

We started by covering the floor with a mild solution of Tile Doctor Pro-Clean mixed 50/50 with NanoTech Ultra Clean, this combination creates a powerful cleaning solution for tackling ingrained dirt and staining. The solution was left to dwell on the tile for twenty minutes and then scrubbed into the tile using a black pad attached to a rotary machine. This process was quite effective and the cleaning solution turned colour with the dirt as it came off the tile. Once we were happy we had removed all the dirt the now dirty cleaning solution was removed using a wet vacuum and the floor rinsed several times with cold water to remove any trace of cleaning product.

Victorian Tiled Floor Chippenham During Cleaning

With the floor now clean it became evident that there were paint spots along the edges which we removed by applying Tile Doctor Remove & Go this time leaving it to dwell for five to ten minutes before agitating with a stiff deck brush. Once again we used a wet vacuum to remove any product and rinsed the floor using cold water.

Sealing Victorian Tiles

We left the floor to dry overnight and returned the next day to seal the tiles. Upon our return we first used a damp meter to confirm that the floor was dry enough to seal which it was. We then sealed the floor with five coats of Tile Doctor Seal & Go which will protect the floor from staining and make it easy to clean, Seal and Go also adds a nice shine to the tile enhancing the colours and general appearance of the tiles.

Victorian Tiled Floor Chippenham After Cleaning and Sealing Victorian Tiled Floor Chippenham After Cleaning and Sealing

We definitely achieved the customer’s goal to enhance the look of the floor and before leaving we gave them some cleaning tips to prolong the life of the sealer by recommending the use of a Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner which won’t eat into the sealer like the mildly acidic tile cleaning products that you buy in the supermarket.
Source: Residential and Commercial Tile Cleaning in Chippenham