Tile Doctor were approached by a homeowner in Penarth hoping something could be done to improve their beautiful Black and White Victorian tiled hallway floor which had been patched up with concrete during the installation of pipework under the floor.
I paid a visit to the property to survey the tiles, recommend a way forward and provide a quote for the restoration of the floor. It was clear the patched section was backfilled with cement and that would need to be cut away and then re-tiled with replacements. Then to ensure the whole floor looked uniform it would need deep cleaning and sealing.
Keen for the floor to be restored back to its original appearance I was given the go ahead and so I started the search for replacement tiles that would be a good match to the existing. Fortunately, I was able to source some replica tiles from Tile Doctor who had a selection of similar tiles available from other jobs they have done.
Cleaning and Repairing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor
Work started by removing the old mat and carefully cutting out the concrete backfill that went across the floor. The floor tile replacements were then cut to shape and fixed in place with rapid setting adhesive and grouted in using a grey grout similar to the original colour. They were a good match and blended in well.
Once set, the floor was thoroughly cleaned with a handheld black pad using a mixture of Tile Doctor Pro-Clean, Tile Doctor Remove & Go, and Tile Doctor HBU Nanotech Cleaner. These cleaning products all have different qualities and together produce a very effective tile cleaner. Afterwards the floor was rinsed thoroughly with water and the soiling extracted using a wet vacuum cleaner.
Next the floor was treated to an acid wash using Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up which is a mild acid that removes old grout and cement smears bringing up the appearance of the tiles even more. Finally, after another rinse with clean water and the floor was dried as much as possible with the wet vacuum. The floor was then left to dry off overnight.
Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor
Retuning the following morning, the floor looked nice and dry, however, to be sure we tested with the damp proof meter. The readings were good, so we were ready to apply the sealer.
The sealer chosen for this floor was Tile Doctor Colour Grow, the is an impregnator which soaks into the surface of the tiles and provides a matt look and a very hard-wearing protective seal. The floor looked great, the bold black and white pattern really stood out. Colour Grow is also a breathable sealer which is an important consideration when dealing with old floors that don’t have a damp proof membrane.
The client was very pleased with the work we had completed. We recommended the use of Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner for ongoing maintenance; this is a pH neutral cleaner which is mild enough to be used daily and will ensure that the sealant is kept in place.