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Do you have an Oyster Quartzite Tiles? Well, if you must know, below is an article that deals with oyster quartzite tile and how to clean it.

Recently cleaned a tiled kitchen floor which had been laid with Oyster Quartzite tiles, these tiles come from a fine grained rock formed from layers of clay and shale deposits producing a textured finish which although hard wearing can over time allow dirt to get stuck into the grooves.

Oyster Quartzite Tiles before Cleaning by Tile Doctor Lancashire

To get the floor clean I used Tile Doctor Remove and Go mixed 50/50 with Tile Doctor Nano-Tech and then left it for an hour to soak.  after this time had elapsed I used a Spinner rotary pressure cleaning tool followed with a Wet Vacuum to clean and remove the old sealer and dirt.

Oyster Quartzite Tiles After Cleaning by the Lancashire Tile Doctor

The effect was very pleasing to the eye but the process does require the use of a lot of water though so prior to starting I used clear silicone to secure the kitchen unit kicking boards and avoid water ingress into the wood.


Read more: Tile Cleaning in Lancashire

Slate floor in a men’s club in UK is cleaned thoroughly by Tile Doctor. Below is an article of their work done.

Slate Tile Cleaning and Sealing at the Triumph Working men’s club

It’s often difficult for a set of photographs to capture the difference cleaning and sealing a stone floor can make, however I think you will agree the photographs below which were taken at the Standard Triumph working men’s club in Coventry show an amazing transformation.

The slate floor had one coat of sealer put down by the tiler some ten years ago and due to the nature of the environment it had been covered in drink spills and the resulting cleaning products, overtime this had made floor sticky and dull.

Slate Floor before Tile Cleaning Slate Floor before Tile Cleaning Slate Floor Before Tile Cleaning

Slate Tile Cleaning Process

The first step in the Slate Tile Cleaning process was to get it completely clean and free of any residual chemicals, we did this with the application of Tile Doctor Pro-Clean (a strong 1/2 mix with water) which we left to dwell for 15 to 20 minutes allowing it to chemically soak into pores of the slate tile. We then scrubbed the floor with a heavy weight floor buffer allowing the scrubbing action to break the soil down, we worked the soil and grout lines four square metres at a time, removing the soiled water with a wet and dry vacuum. The slate floor was then washed down with cold water applied at a pressure or 1200 psi with a special Spinner Tool. The whole tile cleaning process took around 8 hours to complete.

An inspection of the cleaned slate floor revealed ten years of wear and tear had resulted in a few holes which we repaired before leaving the floor to fully dry overnight.

Slate Floor After Tile Cleaning and Sealing Slate Floor after Tile Cleaning and Sealing

Sealing the Slate Tile

The next day we coated the floor with 5 coats of a Tile Doctor Seal and Go which is a water based sealer ideal for Slate floors that provides stain resistance and a durable low-sheen finish. Sealers do break down over time and given the high foot traffic over this floor we have agreed to go back once a year to provide a tile cleaning and sealer top up.

Source: Slate Tile Cleaning and Sealing

A step by step procedure along with the needed things in preparation for office cleaning. Keep your office clean and a pleasant workplace.

By an Ehow Contributor

A clean and organized office surely helps to boost the productivity of those working in it. Even though you try your best to keep your office clutter-free and as clean as possible, it is bound to get messy sometimes. You may not always get enough time, energy and resources to keep your office spotless and ordered at all times. Every once in a while, devote some time toward keeping your office clean so that the work does not pile up and you need to spend days for that purpose.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Trashcan or wastebasket
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Desk calendar
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Household cleaner
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Instructions

    Clean out unwanted papers and files

    1. Find a big trashcan or wastebasket where you can dump all unwanted papers.
    2. Go on a paper-hunting spree and gather all the paper trash from all over the office.
    3. Go through the files and cabinets and get rid of all unnecessary paperwork. Clear out the desks and drawers and see if there is trash stored in them.
    4. Collect old newspapers, magazines, flyers, outdated documents and tie them up in bundles for recycling.
    5. Organize notes, messages and other information stored on scraps of paper in one notepad chronologically.
    6. Ensure that the files and documents are stored where they belong. Label the files appropriately.

    Clean desks

    1. Use a damp cloth moistened with household cleaner to wipe the computers (including computer screen), CPU, mouse pad, keyboard, printers, copiers, scanners and countertops. To clean hard-to-reach places such as keys on keyboard and other such crevices, use a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol or cleaner.
    2. Dust the chair and cubicle partitions. Clean out the cabinets and wipe the interior with household cleaning product.
    3. Pour antibacterial mouthwash or use a disinfectant wipe to clean telephone mouthpiece, headphones and mouse.
    4. Clean coffee stains or soda rings on desk by rubbing with a clean cloth soaked in warm water.
    5. Wipe ballpoint ink stains, marker or highlighter stains on hard surfaces or desks by applying a few drops of rubbing alcohol on the stain, letting it penetrate for a few minutes and rubbing it off gently with a clean soft cloth.

    Overall Cleaning

    1. Wipe the photo frames and bookshelves with a damp cloth.
    2. Vacuum the office area and mop the floor with a floor cleaner mixed with bleach.
    3. Organize the trash so that you can donate the recyclable material to your neighborhood recycle center and discard the remaining trash. Paper, glass, cardboards, aluminum cans, plastic, furniture, etc. are common recyclable materials.

    Tips & Warnings

    • Use a large desk calendar to make notes and to take messages instead of having a clutter of sticky notes, so that you can keep all the information in one handy place.
    • Go through the files very carefully so that you don’t discard any important file or documents.
    • Organize your cords properly. Tangles of cords and unorganized electronic equipment can lead to serious safety problems.

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    Today you’ll learn how to clean and maintain your travertine floor. Below is an article I’ve got from Enjoy reading!

    By an Ehow Contributor
    Travertine is a beautiful, natural stone that can add beauty and value to a home’s interior or exterior. Travertine doesn’t require a lot of maintenance, but improper care can lead to unsightly, and perhaps irreversible, damage. Follow these steps to clean travertine.


    1. Seal travertine after installation. Proper sealing will not fully protect your stone from damage, but will strengthen its surface and make routine maintenance easier.
    2. Keep travertine free of dirt and dust which can damage the stone’s surface. For travertine floors, sweep regularly and mop with warm water. Wipe other travertine surfaces with a soft, damp rag or towel.
    3. Clean travertine with a cleanser designed for natural stone. Travertine is an alkaline-based stone and any acidic product will cause surface damage in the form of etching. Abrasive cleaners, scouring pads and vinegar also cause etching.
    4. Wipe up spills immediately. Pay particular attention to spills of citrus-based products like orange juice. Etching and staining usually occurs upon contact, but cleaning spills quickly will limit the extent of the damage. Stains are generally less noticeable on honed travertine than on polished or semi-polished varieties.
    5. Use drink coasters on all travertine and apply felt bottoms to canisters and decorative pieces before placing them on the stone.

    Tips & Warnings

    • Use stone-safe cleansers on all surfaces in kitchens and bathrooms that contain travertine. General purpose cleaners for sinks, tile, glass and tubs will damage travertine.
    • Travertine is durable stone and is ideal for indoor or outdoor use. The natural stone is appropriate for flooring, bathrooms, kitchens, garden paths and patios. Travertine comes in many colors, sizes and shapes and the price range can fit any budget. How often you clean your travertine and what specific products you use, depends on the type of stone you buy and its location in your home.
    • If your travertine has severe etching or stains, ask a stone company about restoring or repolishing.


    Slate Flooring Care in Whepstead

    Some details below of a cleaning and sealing job we we did on a 43m2 Slate Floor in a kitchen/utility room in Whepstead, Suffolk.

    This beautiful slate floor had been sealed several years ago, the sealer had worn and it was in need of some slate flooring care. The floor was cleaned with Pro-clean, it was a reasonably large and it tool around 2 litres to get it clean. We then left it to dry overnight and came back the next morning to seal it using 6 x coats of Seal & Go consuming around 2 litres of the product.


    Source: Slate Flooring Care

    Granite Floor TilesA detailed steps in taking care of your granite tile floors. Preserve your floor to make it last a lifetime and save money instead of replacing a new set of tiles.

    By: DoItYourself Staff

    An entryway with granite floor tiles displays a certain regal elegance. Because of it’s physical qualities, granite is quite durable – resistant to heat, stains, and sudden drops of heavy objects. Granite floor tiles are a practical luxurious investment for your home.

    Granite floor tiles can also be quite expensive. Depending on where you places them – entryway, kitchen, dining room, bathroom – you could spend a great deal of money to have granite tiles. Because of this you will want to take great care if maintaining the tiles and caring for them with regular cleaning.

    Basic Granite Floor Tiles Maintenance

    Once each year you should re-apply the sealant to keep the granite a glossy shine and protect it from any damage caused by heavy objects, or regular foot traffic. Besides keeping it sealed once a year, there are other periodic activities you should do to keep your granite floor tiles looking new.

    1. Inspect the edges and grout – Some times small chips in the granite can lead to bigger cracks or breaks a little later on. If you see anything like that replace the tile immediately. Inspect the grout for any dried out sections that are crumbling or falling out. This would usually happen in cases where the tiles were laid in an uneven spot.
    2. Wipe up spills immediately – If something gets dropped on the floor tiles, then it should be wiped up immediately. Also any mud, or dirt, should be mopped and swept up quickly so that little particles of rock do not get embedded in the granite or scratch the surface.

    Cleaning Granite Floor Tiles

    Besides periodic inspections and re-sealing of the granite floor tiles, daily cleaning should be done in order to ensure that the tiles look their best for a long time.

    • Daily dry-mopping. Run a dry-mop, or duster, over the granite tiles at least once a day. this will keep and dust, or small particles of rock from accumulating on the tile.
    • Clean with approved granite cleaner. Do not use abrasive cleaners, bleach, or other detergents. This has the potential to ruin the coloration of the granite. Recommended granite cleaners, either form the granite manufacturer or a third party, should be used when cleaning the granite.
    • Clean up any food, or drink, spills immediately to keep it from staining.
    • You can use warm water and soap for regular everyday cleaning of our tile. However, there will be a filmy residue left behind. So, you will need to rinse a few times to diminish the residue.

    Larger Jobs

    If you have a large discoloration, or stain, in our granite floor tiles, then consult a professional cleaner who will have the equipment to do the job right without damaging the floors. You might damage the floor more with trial and error if you have never used any floor polishers before.

    Did you ever feel hopeless in cleaning stubborn dirt and stains from your porcelain tiles? If you’re reading this, it only means that I’m grateful for helping you out by doing these steps in cleaning your own porcelain floor.

    Cleaning Porcelain Tile Flooring

    Porcelain tile is among the easiest of flooring materials to clean. Porcelain tile can be easily swept or vacuumed twice a week. You can also clean your porcelain tile with a damp sponge mop. Use a solution of 1/4 cup of white vinegar to 2 gallons of water, allowing time for drying.

    Although porcelain tile is by definition impervious, it is still possible for its surface to stain. You may choose a cleaner specifically formulated for porcelain tile. However,unglazed surfaces sometimes assume the color of the cleaning solution. For these and other important issues, here is an account of how to clean multiple types of porcelain tile surfaces.

    Unpolished porcelain tile

    Following is a simple procedure to clean unpolished/unglazed porcelain tile flooring with a moderate soil load.

    • Sweep or vacuum the dirt from the floor.
    • Saturate the floor with cleaning solutions and hot water, stir and allow it to stand on the floor for 5 to 10 minutes. Do not allow cleaning solutions to dry. Also, for this procedure, do it on small areas at a time.
    • For more difficult stains, scrub the cleaning solution with a floor machine equipped with an abrasive pad or stiff nylon-bristle brush. For residential applications and small areas, use a scrub brush.
    • Wipe away the dirty cleaning solution and rinse the surface of the porcelain tile with clean, clear water with a mop or a wet vacuum.
    • You might have to use a more aggressive cleaning method if the unpolished porcelain tile is heavily stained.

    Polished tile

    For polished or glazed porcelain tiles, these instructions must be followed for general cleaning:

    • Sweep or vacuum loose dirt and dust from the floor. Use an untreated, dry dust mop instead of a broom.
    • Mop the floor with a mild cleaning solution. The concentration of the detergent should be 50% less than the amount used on an unpolished porcelain tile floor.
    • Rinse the porcelain tile floor with clean and clear water thoroughly.
    • Dry carefully to increase the shine and to prevent water spots.

    Part 2

    Textured tile

    A textured porcelain tile surface demands for some additional cleaning procedures. Just a standard wet-mopping will not effectively clean such surface. It requires you to clean it more requently and do it in a specified manner. For cleaning textured surfaces, follow these instructions:

    • Sweep or vacuum dust and debris from the floor. For sweeping use a soft-bristle broom and sweep in two directions. First follow the direction of the tile, and then sweep diagonally to ensure complete cleaning of all foreign material that might be residing in the texture.
    • Saturate the surface with a neutral cleaning solution in hot water and stir. Allow the cleaning solution to remain on the floor for five to ten minutes. Scrub the floor with a brush, again using a two-direction method.
    • Rinse the porcelain tile floor with clean, clear water to remove the cleaning solution.
    • For high traffic locations, it is recommended to scrub the floor once a day and wet mop at regular intervals.

    Preventions and Safety Measures:

    • Do not clean porcelain tile flooring with ammonia or with cleaners that contain any bleach and/or acid for cleaning. Acid and ammonia based cleaners may alter grout color.
    • Do not use any oil-based detergents, wax cleaners, or sealants.
    • Do not use agents that contain any dyes or colors on unglazed porcelain tile.
    • Use rugs at outdoor entrances to prevent grit from being tracked onto the tile flooring.
    • Do not use steel wool pads, because the loose steel particles may cause rust stains in the grout.



    Below is a brief procedure on how to clean your marble floors.

    Marble Floors

    Marble can be used throughout the house — on floors, countertops, and even bathroom walls. It is available in a variety of colors, with a polished or nonpolished finish, and in an array of thicknesses and shapes.

    • Nonpolished marble is very porous, stains easily, and must be sealed with a commercial sealer. Do not use varnish or lacquer to seal marble; it quickly peels off. Polished marble is less porous but can still be stained; a commercial marble sealer is also recommended for this finish.
    • Marble floors look great after being damp-mopped using either clear water, an all-purpose cleaning solution in warm water, or a mixture of 1 cup fabric softener and 1/2 gallon water.
    • Self-polishing liquid wax is a fast, shiny finish for marble. Occasionally, you’ll have to strip the wax buildup and rewax. After applying the stripper according to the manufacturer’s directions, rinse the floor thoroughly, then apply wax.
    • Use either a water-base self-polishing wax or a paste wax. If you use a paste wax, test it in a corner to see if it will discolor the flooring. If a solvent-base paste wax is used, rewax to strip the old wax and to renew the shine.



    If you’ve been frustrated in cleaning your sandstone tiles, read this article below to find out how you could successfully removed those stubborn dirt in your tiles:

    About Sandstone Tiles

    Sandstone Tiles are characterised by a grainy texture. All Sandstone Tiles contain quartzite but the quality of the product can range drastically, including density, porosity, slip resistance and resistance to salt attack.

    As a natural stone, quarried from the earth, Sandstone Tiles are non-uniform in appearance and are characterised by variations in colour, texture and pattern. The most common finishes are split face, honed and sand blasted. Coarse Sandstone Tiles are extremely porous and sealing is essential to protect these tiles.

    Cleaning Sandstone Tiles

    Sandstone Tiles require regular cleaning with a PH neutral cleaner. Do not use bleach based or acid based products as these may damage the surface of the tile. Tiles with a rough or textured surface may benefit from the use of a doodlebug rather than a mop for a more effective clean.

    Common Cleaning Mistakes

    • Using the wrong cleaning products – too harsh a chemical or too abrasive a cleaner.
    • Using too much product – dilute as per instructions, more is NOT better.
    • Applying too much water to the surface / flooding the area.
    • Not changing the water or cleaning solution often enough.
    • Not finishing with a rinse to remove any cleaner / chemical residue.
    • Leaving residual moisture on the floors – make sure to dry mop, wet vac or dry with an old towel or rag so that there is no residual moisture left on the floors (especially in the grout joints).

    Sealing Sandstone Tiles

    Sealing of Sandstone Tiles is necessary to protect them from premature decay and contamination, ie, oil, grease and dirt. Even old Sandstone Tiles and grout can be cleaned and resealed to give them back a new lease of life!

    Sealing your Sandstone tiles and grout provides reaction time to deal with spills and so forth. An unsealed floor can stain immediately, whereas a sealed floor is stain resistant and can provide a reaction time of up to 4-5 hours.

    At Total TileCare we strongly recommend that any newly laid Sandstone Tiles and grout be sealed immediately so that the area gains the full benefit of the protection.

    1. Prevent unsightly stains
    2. Prevent discolouration
    3. Keep your tiled floors looking better for longer


    A simple steps in cleaning your Limestone Floor. See the results below!

    By Tile Doctor Lancashire
    Few pictures below of a Jerusalem Limestone Floor refresh that we did in Whalley, Lancashire; hopefully you can see the improvement in the photographs.

    The first photograph below shows a crack in one of the Limestone floor tiles.

    To repair the crack we applied Mapei Ultra-Color thinly grained Grout using the Jasmine 130 colour and spread on the Tiles, polished off with a sponge and then allowed to dry.

    To polish the floor we used a Green Burnishing Pad and then sealed using Tile Doctor Colour Grow which is a colour intensifying sealer that provides durable surface protection as well as allowing the surface to breath.