Geometric Edwardian Tiled Floor Restoration in Leicestershire

Our customers typically ask us a lot of questions about their tiled floors with the most common being “Can it be restored?” This reflects the UK trend to restore period features in older properties including original tiled floors dating back several decades and sometimes over a century. These floors are, as you might expect, usually worse for wear but – importantly to know – they can in most circumstances be salvaged and even restored to look even better than when they were first installed.

Here’s a good example of this at a property in Quorn (not to be confused with meat substitute product), a town in Leicestershire situated near to the university town of Loughborough. Over three days we restored a beautiful black and white geometric Edwardian tiled hallway floor back to its former glory. Our customer had discovered the badly damaged and dirty floor after lifting the laminate wood flooring in the hallway, and we were called in to provide repairs and restorative cleaning and sealing.

Black White Edwardian Geometric Floor Before Restoration Quorn

A number of matching tiles would be required for this job so before beginning the work, we advised the customer as to where suitable replacements could be sourced.

Repairing and Cleaning a Damaged Edwardian Tiled Floor

To begin, we carefully removed the cracked concrete fill, before cleaning up the substrate and using a self-levelling compound to restore the surface to the point that new tiles could be installed. The damaged tiles along the edge of the recess were carefully cut out and removed. Using the modern reproduction tiles, we patched the area to complete the repairs to the floor. We also had to cut many tiles to size to achieve the best fit.

Next, we set about cleaning the tiles to restore a pre-soiled appearance to the floor. This was done using Tile Doctor Oxy-Gel, a strong alkaline-based gel cleaner that is used to break down dirt and grime. We chose to use this product over the similar alkaline-based cleaner Tile Doctor Pro-Clean because Oxy-Gel is gel based and therefore contains less moisture and therefore would exacerbate inherent damp issues in the old floor. The cleaner was left to dwell for a short period before being agitated with a scrubbing pad, and the resulting soiled cleaning solution was then soaked up using a wet vacuum.

Black White Edwardian Geometric Floor During Restoration Quorn

The floor was then allowed to dry off overnight, ready for sealing the following day.

Sealing an Edwardian Tiled Floor

Upon returning the next day, we checked for any excess moisture that may have delayed us from sealing the floor. Thankfully the tiles were dry and could be sealed with Tile Doctor Colour Grow, our colour intensifying, solvent-based impregnating sealer which is highly durable and provides an aesthetically pleasing natural matte finish. Three coats were applied to offer maximum protection.

Black White Edwardian Geometric Floor After Restoration Quorn

As you can see from the photographs, the restoration was a fantastic success. We left the ecstatic customer with a Tile Doctor maintenance guide, as well as with a litre of Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner for regular cleaning. Correctly diluted, this product effectively cleans without effecting the integrity of the sealer.
 
 
Source: Victorian Tile Cleaning and Restoration in Leicestershire

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

Refreshing a Victorian Tiled Hallway

Coalvile in the heart of the Midlands was a coal mining town and with that history has many period properties with traditional floors including the one in this post which has a Victorian tiled hallway. The tiles were in good physical condition for their age but were now looking faded and lifeless due to a build-up of ingrained dirt in the tile and were now overdue for a deep clean and re-seal.

Victorian Tiled Hallway Before Cleaning in Coalvile

Cleaning Victorian Hallway Tiles

Before I could seal the floor it would need to be stripped of any old coatings and in the process given a really good clean. To do this I applied a dilution of Tile Doctor Remove and Go and left it for to soak in to the tiles for about 15-20 minutes before scrubbing it in with a rotary buffing machine fitted with a black scrubbing pad.

Once the whole floor had been scrubbed it was washed down with water which was then removed using a wet vacuum. Stubborn areas were then re-treated and grout lines also scrubbed using more Remove and Go and a stiff brush. Last step of the cleaning process was to give the floor a thorough rinse with more water to remove any trace of cleaning product and then as much was as possible was extracted using the wet vacuum. I wanted to seal the floor the next day so it was important to get the floor as dry as possible.

Sealing Victorian Hallway Tiles

I returned the next day to seal the floor and the work I spent into getting it dry was well spent as the floor had dried fully overnight and I was able to seal the Victorian tiles with two coats of Colour Grow which is an impregnating sealer that enhances colour and occupies the pores in the tile so contaminates can’t become ingrained in there. Colour Grow also provided the matt finish the customer wanted.

Victorian Tiled Hallway After Cleaning in Coalvile

 
 
Source: Tile, Stone and Grout Cleaning in Leicestershire

Deep Cleaning Victorian Tiles in Leicestershire

This Victorian Tiled Floor was in the hallway of a house in Melton Mowbray which is famous for its pork pies and historic buildings, although structurally sound it has been some time since it had been given a deep clean and re-seal and was now looking rather dull and lifeless.

Victorian Tiled Floor Melton Mowbray Before Cleaning

Cleaning a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor

To remove the old sealer and give the floor a thorough clean I applied a dilution of Tile Doctor Remove and Go and left it for about twenty minutes to soak in to the tiles and get to work on breaking down the sealer. This was followed by scrubbing the solution into the tiles using a rotary machine fitted with a black scrubbing pad. I also took the opportunity to freshen the grout by scrubbing the Remove and Go along the grout lines with a stiff brush. The resultant soiled cleaning solution was then rinsed away with fresh water which was then removed using a wet vacuum.

Some areas needed further treatment so the whole process was repeated until I was happy with the condition of the floor, at which point I give it another rinse to ensure there would be no trace of cleaning product on the tiles that could react with the sealer. I then removed as much water from the floor as best as I could with the wet vacuum and then left it to dry off overnight.

Sealing Victorian Hallway Tiles

I came back the next day to check the tiles had dried; it had so I started the application of the sealer. For Victorian Tiles I usually recommend Tile Doctor Seal and Go for a shiny finish or Colour Grow for a more subtle effect. The customer chose Colour Grow which is an impregnating sealer that soaks into the pores in the tile preventing dirt from becoming ingrained there and also enhances the natural colours in the tile.

Victorian Tiled Floor Melton Mowbray After Cleaning

The tiles now look much improved, if not new.
 
 
Source: Tile, Stone and Grout 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