This client from Llantwit Major contacted Tile Doctor regarding their Victorian tiled hallway floor which was a classic Black and White geometric design but was now stained and in need of renovation. I’m the local Tile Doctor agent covering Cardiff and the surrounding area, so they asked me to pop over and take a look.
I contacted the client to arrange a viewing so I could survey the tiles and assess the work involved. The floor had been previously covered in carpet which was glued to the tiled floor. On removal of the carpet, traces of the glue were visible and heavy residues were thick in places. I worked out a quote for re-fixing the loose tiles, deep cleaning the floor and then applying a protective sealer, happy to get the work done the quote was agreed and a date scheduled.
Repairing and Cleaning a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor
Work started by addressing the loose tiles which were then carefully removed and cleaned up for re use. The gaps left were also cleaned up and the tiles stuck back in place using a quick setting adhesive. I also added new metal trims to the doorway thresholds.
I scraped as much of the glue from the floor surface with a heavy-duty razor blade tool. Then I mixed a solution of Tile Doctor Remove & Go with Tile Doctor Nanotech HBU and a little Tile Doctor Pro-Clean. The combined solution was left to dwell for approximately half an hour before agitating with a course black pad. The dirty solution was then rinsed off with water and removed with a wet vacuum. I repeated this process on a couple of particularly stubborn stains.
The floor was then given an acid wash using neat Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up to remove any old cement residues. Finally, the floor was rinsed again with clean water and dried with a wet vacuum. The floor was then left to dry off fully overnight.
Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor
I returned the following morning to check if the floor had dried out. I used a damp meter to take a few moisture readings, which were within the acceptable level. This is particularly important on a floor of this age as there was no damp-proof membrane installed and as a result can take longer to dry out.
The client wanted a low maintenance hard wearing sealer applied, so I selected Tile Doctor Colour Grow which soaks into the pores of the tiles protecting it from within, it also contains a colour enhancer which brought out the contrast in the Black and White tiles. Lastly this sealer is fully breathable and so will allow moisture to rise through the tile and evaporate at the surface; this is an important consideration when selecting a sealer for a floor without a damp proof membrane.
Once complete the floor was transformed, and the client was very happy with the outcome. I recommended for maintenance to use Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner which will ensure the floor keeps its appearance.