Renovating a Victorian Tiled Floor in a Leicestershire Pub

Here’s a really interesting commercial job for you, which I recently completed in the town of Hinckley, Leicestershire. I was asked to take a look at a Victorian Geometric and Encaustic tiled floor in the historic Queen’s Head pub.

This floor is over a century old and although in good condition for its age had suffered significant wear over the years, along with some cracked tiles and slight inherent moisture issues. What the pub landlord requested was a restorative clean to alleviate the aesthetically damaging effect of the wear, and to enhance the natural colours of the stone. I was also asked to seal the floor following the clean to achieve a semi-gloss finish.

Victorian Tiled Public House Floor Before Cleaning in Hinckley

Cleaning an old Victorian tiled floor

The first step in the cleaning process was to mix a strong solution of one part Tile Doctor Pro-Clean to four parts clean water. Pro-Clean is a high alkaline cleaner which also contains stripping properties, allowing it to break down old sealer and tackle heavy soil build-up. The solution was applied to the floor and left to dwell for 15 minutes, giving it times to seep into the stone, get underneath the dirt and lift it to the surface.

I addressed several paint spots and areas suffering from glue contamination by using Tile Doctor Remove & Go, which is specially formulated to break down paint and adhesives on unpolished natural stone floors, amongst others. The entire floor was then scrubbed using a special floor cleaning pad, and the resulting slurry was vacuumed away using a wet-vac machine.

The final issue to deal with was the inherent efflorescence staining. This was treated using Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up, an acid-based product which removes not just efflorescence but also grout haze, mineral deposits, and rust stains. The solution here was one part Grout Clean-Up diluted with four parts water.

After completing the clean, I thoroughly rinsed the floor with clean water to remove any trace of cleaning product and dried the floor as much as possible with a wet vacuum, then before leaving for the day i installed a couple of air movers to assist with drying overnight.

Sealing an old Victorian tiled floor

Upon my return the following day, I checked the floor for any excess moisture before sealing it with our topical, semi-gloss finish sealer, known as Seal & Go Extra which due to its formula is ideal for external or old internal floors where there is unlikely to be damp from membrane.

This unique product provides excellent protection, and allows the tiles to breath where floors are suffering from inherent moisture issues. It is suitable for both internal and external use, on Victorian floor tiles, Sandstone, Flagstones, Terracotta, and rough Slate.

Victorian Tiled Public House Floor After Cleaning in Hinckley

As you can see from the photo, I was able to fulfil my client’s request to a high standard, bringing the pub’s old yet characterful Victorian tiled floor back to life again.
Source: Tile and Stone Restoration Service in Leicestershire

Restoring 1930 Victorian Tiles in Hinckley

This Victorian Tiled hallway floor was installed in a house in Hinckley near Coventry and dated back to the 1930s. The floor was covered in grout haze, plaster and other substances I couldn’t identify so although structurally intact not in good cosmetically.

Victorian Floor Hinckley Before Cleaning

Cleaning a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor

I decided to tackle the Grout Haze first by applying Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up which is an acid based product which does what it says on the bottle and allows any surface grout to be wiped off, it’s also effective on the removal of mineral deposits such as Limescale but being acidic you can’t leave it on the surface too long and needs to removed and tiles rinsed with clean water afterwards.

The next step was to give the floor a thorough clean so a solution of Tile Doctor Pro-Clean was applied to the floor and left to soak in for a short while before being worked into the tile with a rotary machine fitted with a black scrubbing pad. The grout also need attention, unfortunately we don’t have a machine that will get into the grout lines so this had to be manually scrubbed by hand using a grout brush, which as you can imagine took some time to do. The soiled cleaning solution was then removed using a wet vacuum and the floor thoroughly rinsed with water and then left it to dry.

Sealing Victorian Hallway Tiles

Once we were happy the floor was dry we started the sealing process with the application of Tile Doctor Colour Grow which is an excellent sealer which leaves a matt finish providing stain protection whilst also enhancing the natural colours in the tile. There are a numbers of different sealers you could choose to seal a Victorian floor and in this case Colour Grow best met the customers requirements.

Victorian Floor Hinckley After Cleaning


Cleaning a Victorian Tiled Floor in Hinckley, Leicestershire