Victorian Tile Cleaning
Stirlingshire’s Victorian Floor Restoration Specialist
Victorian tile cleaning is often neglected and become hidden under years of dirt and grime: sometimes even completely covered from sight beneath the more modern floor coverings. If you have a Victorian Minton tiled floor in your home and would like help restoring it to its former glory, ACS is here to assist you in your project.
It is a surprise to many owners just how much of an improvement a professional clean and restoration can achieve to those faded Victorian tiles. We have relevant experience working with Minton floors in a variety of conditions and aim to achieve a result where they can be made to look as if they’ve been freshly installed.
If you’ve recently uncovered some Victorian Minton tiles, we would generally advise having a professional take a look as to what can or cannot be achieved. In some examples, we’ve seen carpets glued down onto the surface of Victorian floors and the attempts to remove them have damaged its surface beyond repair! Since colours fade over time and Victorian tiles are often old (c. mid 1800s), finding replacement tiles to replace them that properly match the original Minton tiles can be challenging to source.
But once uncovered, we have a variety of equipment and modern chemicals to use that will cut through the years of dust and accumulated dirt on the surface of the tiles. Once all dust and debris have been removed we would advise applying a water-resistant seal to the tile.
To make your floor ‘stand out’ we carefully choose the water-resilient sealant for your Minton tiles, that brings out the colour of the original tiling as much as possible whilst achieving long-lasting protection. Once restored to its former glory, the only maintenance required will be occasional dusting and vacuuming and a top-up of the sealer every 12 months or so.
Victorian Minton tiles are unglazed but are hard-wearing, which is evident from how long they have been around. They can however be susceptible to moisture ingress being as they’re porous. The most common problem with these tiles is that their appearance has simply dulled over time and a good professional clean, seal and polish are enough to get them looking good as new. When properly cared for they can be a featured talking point in your home.
Notwithstanding, certain hard floors require a specific type of care and attention. So, if you are the owner of one of these marvelous Victorian Minton floors, you might consider professional advice to assist in keeping it in great shape for years to come.
It is important to keep your tiles free of dust and debris as much as possible, so frequent brushing is a must. This will avoid those unwanted grit particles causing scratches on the surface of the floor. A vacuum can be used as long as it does not cause damage.
A neutral ph ceramic tile cleaner usually works well on Minton flooring, but test any new products on a small patch of floor at the edge of the room beforehand. When applying the cleaner use a soft plastic scourer to get rid of any embedded grime. After you have completed this process, leave the floor for twenty minutes then mop the product away with fresh water.
Even if you do the cleaning yourself, it is advisable to book a professional clean at least once a year. ACS provides a Victorian Tile cleaning service and can also restore and seal these types of floors. Victorian tiles can start to look dated and dull if they are not maintained correctly: it would be a shame to let this happen to what should be considered an artifact from a bygone age! At ACS we will always take extreme care when we carry out any cleaning and restoration work. Get in touch if you are not too sure on how to look after your Victorian Milton floor or how to keep your floor protected into the future.
Our Victorian Tiled Floor Cleaning Process:
We will visit to inspect and measure your Victorian Tiled floor. This helps us to identify any limitations, loss of loose grout, surrounding surfaces that are sensitive to cleaning solutions, and any areas that need consideration before the cleaning starts. During this visit, we carry out a demonstration (1m2 area) to show you, the customer, the restoration possibilities and to provide you with a sample of the results you might expect.
Preparation and dry soil removal:
We will deploy wall and floor coverings, where necessary, to protect your walls and furnishings from any overspray of strippers/cleaning products on to sensitive areas during this phase. We then begin the cleaning with sweeping/vacuuming the floor to remove all the dry soil, dust, pet dander, and loose grit.
Stripping of the old sealant/dressing:
If the floor has any old worn sealants /dressings it will require to be ‘stripped- off’. This is achieved with specialist chemicals and ‘best-in-class’ machines; fitted with a bespoke cleaning brush/tool for that type of hard floor.
Your Victorian tile cleaning starts with our specialist cleaners being applied to the floor and allowed to dwell. The cleaning product is then agitated with the appropriate bespoke machine- this helps neutralizes the previous ‘stipping’ process (es).
Extraction and rinsing:
All the resulting dirty slurry is then extracted off the floor, and the floor is then rinsed with clean water 2-3 times in order to assist in the neutralization of the ‘stripping phase’.
After the extraction process has been completed we dry the floor with our industrial fans and/or leave it to dry naturally. In cases where stone or tile has a high porosity, e.g. drying quarry and victorian tiles may take an extra amount of time. Note in properties without underfloor damp-proof, drying times cannot be anticipated, and the sealing phase is delayed, possibly for up to 3-7 days whilst the tiles ‘dry-out’.
Application of the sealant or dressing:
Dependent on the floor type, it will then have a bespoke seal or dressing applied once the surface is dry enough (we test this with a digital moisture meter to determine if it is suitable to apply an impregnator sealant which acts as a repellent to moisture and dirt. As different floor types have different properties, this will determine how many coats are applied (1-4). No traffic should be allowed on the floor for 2 – 4 hours after the final application.
Other Types Of Hard Floor We Clean And Restore:
- Amtico - strip, clean & dress
- PolyFlor-strip, clean & dress
- Karndean floor
- Alto -clean only
- Vinyl-strip, clean & seal
- Safety Floor-strip, clean & seal
- Wooden -clean only
- Laminate-clean only
- Ceramic/Encaustic clean & seal
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