Roundhay is an affluent area of North Leeds which is well-known for the fantastic Roundhay Park. The park is large enough to contain two lakes, extensive woodland, formal gardens and even golf courses! It’s the premier attraction for anyone fortunate enough to live in the area, or anyone visiting from nearby.

I recently visited a customer who lives in Roundhay and was looking for help in restoring the small Victorian tiled entranceway at the front of her house. The tiles were in a shocking state, but it’s not hard to imagine why – the entrance to a house receives a lot of foot traffic and is not typically taken care of regularly. These tiles were also marked with paint splashes left over from decoration work, making them look even worse.

Small Victorian Entrance Before Cleaning Roundhay

The appearance of the entranceway did not set the right standard for the rest of the house, so the property owner was keen to have it restored professionally.

Cleaning a Victorian Tiled Entranceway

I informed the customer that I could have the tiles rejuvenated within a day’s work. To begin, I used a scrapper and wire wool brush to manually remove some of the most stubborn paint marks.

Following this, I applied a strong solution of Tile Doctor Remove and Go, before leaving the product to dwell for about an hour. Remove and Go is multi-purpose stripping agent that can remove any adhesive and paint deposits, as well as many types of old coatings and sealers.

To work the product deep into the tiles, I agitated with an abrasive cleaning pad and then rinsed the area with fresh water. This had the desired affect and all the unsightly paint marks were removed.

Next, I gave the floor another thorough clean to remove any general muck and ingrained dirt. This was done using our high-alkaline cleaner, which we typically use on Victorian tiles, known as Tile Doctor Pro-Clean. In fact, Pro-Clean is a very reliable cleaner for all types of tile and grout including natural stone, Limestone, Slate and Travertine, amongst others.

Sealing a Victorian Tiled Entranceway

Since I told the customer I would able to finish the job within a day, I dried the floor quickly using a heat gun so it could be sealed there and then. To seal the floor, I applied four coats of Tile Doctor Seal and Go, which is a topical sealer formulated to provide maximum protection along with a high-quality, low sheen finish.

Small Victorian Entrance After Cleaning Roundhay

As you can see from the photos above, the entranceway was absolutely transformed. These tiles are now a true asset to the rest of the property, rather than looking out of place! I’m please to say my customer was amazed by how quickly such a big difference could be made and left the following glowing feedback.

I can’t believe the before and after pictures. The restoration of the tiles is top quality, they are so much brighter and richer in colour – especially without the garage paint hiding the detail! Nigel did an amazing job, even better than I could have hoped for, and is a lovely guy as well. Would definitely recommend.
 
 
Source: Victorian Tiled Floor Cleaning and Sealing in North Yorkshire

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No matter how nicely the rest of the basement is finished, if the floors are cold and the room feels damp, nobody is going to want to spend much time down there. It’s a common problem in a finished basement because concrete floors continually release moisture (making a basement feel damp) and they act as a conductor for the cold from the ground under the foundation. In the past, people have tried to address the problem by laying down a wooden sub floor before installing their basement flooring, but over time a wooden subfloor that is in direct contact with the damp concrete will degenerate. The wood doesn’t do anything to prevent moisture, so the room will still feel damp.

The Solution – Floating Subfloor Systems
Fortunately, the construction industry has come up with a solution for cold, damp basement floors, floating sub floor systems. While there are numerous manufacturers of these systems, they all work essentially the same way. They create a moisture proof air gap between the concrete floor and the basement flooring.

They are usually built from either plywood or oriented strand board (OSB), bonded to a corrugated underlay in 2′ x 2′ tongue and groove panels that fit tightly together. A floating sub floor keeps a basement floor warm and comfortable.

How Do They Work?
The underlay (made from heavy duty polyethylene or styrofoam insulation) creates an air gap under the plywood surface (and above the concrete) so the wood never touches the concrete. As a result, the wood won’t get wet and rot over time. Plus, the air gap allows air movement under the floor that will dry any moisture coming up through the concrete and at the same time the moisture-proof underlay acts as a barrier to stop dampness from rising into the finished room above. So, there won’t be any dampness and no musty odors in the room. With the basement floor now warm and no odors or dampness in the air, a finished basement with a floating sub floor system becomes quite livable.

Are There any benefits?
Manufacturers claim the engineered wood floor won’t warp, split, or peel. The panels are alleged to be strong enough to support heavy furnishing or things like a treadmill or a pool table, too. Most back up these claims with warranties of up to 25 years. You can install carpet, laminate, engineered flooring, ceramic tiles, or vinyl tiles on top of the panels. (Vinyl tiles require a 1/4-inch plywood sub floor while ceramic tiles need a base of cement board.) The floating sub floors are comfortable to walk on, since the soft underlay has a little “give” to it and softens each step.

What Are the negatives?
The panels must be installed on a level surface, so the basement floor must be leveled beforehand. It will be difficult in basements that don’t have much head room since the panels are about 1-inch thick.

Over all, a floating subfloor will help make your basement a comfortable living space.
 
 
Source: www.DoItYourself.com

The client from the Bedford village of Biddenham had requested a quote to restore the look of their Limestone floor tiles which were laid throughout the whole ground floor including lounge, hallway and kitchen covering approximately 120m2 in total. The floor needed a thorough clean, filling of holes in high traffic areas followed by polishing and then sealing. Over time, the floor in this busy household with 2 large dogs had become dirty and certainly worse for wear with all the use it had

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Travertine is a lovely beige and brown stone that looks fantastic when it’s first laid but needs work to maintain the appearance. This was exactly the problem my customer who lives near the historic Cathedral City of Lincoln had experienced. The sealer on their Travertine Kitchen floor was becoming worn in the more commonly used parts of the floor letting dirt become ingrained into the pores of the stone and the grout was also becoming darker where it was getting dirty. They also had pets

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Travertine is a lovely beige and brown stone that looks fantastic when it’s first laid but needs work to maintain the appearance. This was exactly the problem my customer who lives near the historic Cathedral City of Lincoln had experienced. The sealer on their Travertine Kitchen floor was becoming worn in the more commonly used parts of the floor letting dirt become ingrained into the pores of the stone and the grout was also becoming darker where it was getting dirty. They also had pets that spent a lot of time in the Kitchen which didn’t help and there were also small holes in the Travertine that were trapping dirt and would need filling.

Travertine Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Lincoln

Cleaning and Burnishing a Travertine Tiled Floor

To deep clean the stone and grout I applied a strong dilution of Tile Doctor Pro-Clean, left it to soak in for ten minutes and then worked it into the floor using a scrubbing pad fitted to a rotary floor machine. Pro-Clean is a strong reliable alkaline product which is safe to use on stone and grout including Travertine and Limestone.

Travertine Kitchen Floor Before Cleaning Lincoln

I also ran a stiff grout brush along the edges of the floor and especially along the grout lines to get the grout as clean as possible; the scrubbing pad struggles to reach into the recesses of the grout so it’s best to do this by hand. The now dirty cleaning solution was extracted from the floor using a wet vacuum and rinsed with water to ensure the tile and grout was now clean and any stubborn stains spot treated.

Travertine Kitchen Floor During Cleaning Lincoln

After the deep clean we filled the holes as required using flexible filler which gives a really smooth look to the flooring. We then left our turbo dryer system on overnight to thoroughly dry out the floor before returning to seal the tiles on day two.

Sealing a Travertine Tiled Floor

The next day I returned to the property and proceeded to seal the Travertine tiles using two coats of Tile Doctor Colour Grow sealer to protect the tiles and also really enhance the natural colours in the stone. As an impregnating sealer, Colour Grow penetrates into the stone and fills its pores to safeguard it against ingrained dirt and stains from within.

Travertine Kitchen Floor After Cleaning Lincoln

As you can see from the photographs, the combination of a deep clean, high quality polish and fresh seal really transformed the appearance of the floor from dull and lifeless to a really asset to the kitchen. The customer was so happy with the results she has booked us in to carry out the same work to other flooring in the property.

Travertine Kitchen Floor After Cleaning and Sealing Lincoln
 
 
Source: Travertine Floor Cleaning and Sealing Service in Lincolnshire