Monthly Archives: December 2015

Uri Geller calls in Tile Doctor to Restore a Victorian Floor As a Designer Uri Geller invited Tile Doctor along to a House he has been asked to help out with using his own creative ideas, We gladly helped to refurbish the Old Victorian floor Tiles that are original to the house using great care and skill and replace some broken ones that have lifted over the Years. He was so impressed with the results that he kindly provided the above Video Testimonial. While I was there he also bent my

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Adding Shine to a Granite Worktop We don’t just clean tiled floors at Tile Doctor we also cover stone worktops including Marble and Granite. In the example below we were called to a customer near Leamington Spa who had tried a number of different products in order to achieve a glossy shine. Granite Worktop Before We applied Tile Doctor Pro-Clean sprayed on to the work area to breakdown the previous products that had been applied. Granite Worktop After The Granite worktop was high pressure

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Limestone Floor Restoration Some photographs below of a Limestone floor in a property in the West Midlands. The property had just been sold and the new owners wanted the Limestone floor, which was heavy damaged from pets and the application of the wrong cleaning products, restored back to its original condition. Owners of stone floors really need to take care not to use acidic products to clean their floors as this slowly eats away at the stone; you get the same problem from pet urine which

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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

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Victorian Tile Floor Cleaning Pictures below from St Gregory’s Church located in the village of Offchurch Warwickshire. The Victorian floor was laid in the 1800’s, there were signs of damage from acid based cleaning and high foot traffic in the central areas, no doubt from years of use from the parishioners. Victorian Church Floor before Tile Cleaning Tile Cleaning We used Pro-Clean (diluted 1 to 5 with water) applied with a mop to the floor area then using a floor buffing machine fitted

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Limestone Floor Tiles Polished to a deep shine Great photograph below of a Limestone floor in the kitchen of a house near Coventry. The Limestone had lost it’s shine after the application of a surface sealing “Clean and Shine” type product; the problem was akin to the application of a wax finish which in turn had been contaminated with cleaning product and soil underneath. The grout line has also become heavily soiled through everyday use. Cleaning Limestone Floor Tile First the Limestone

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This job was at a house in near Windermere in South Cumbria, a place which is very popular amongst tourists to the Lake District. My client had a Black and White Victorian tiled floor in dire need of a clean and re-seal. Cleaning a Victorian tiled floor Prior to the application of any cleaning products, my first task was to run damp tests to make sure there were no inherent damp problems. With old floors of this type it’s good to know if there is a damp problem as this will affect the

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Grout Colouring a Ceramic Floor in Lancaster Here are some details of a small 4m2 Tile Cleaning and Grout Colouring job we did in a shower room in Lancaster. The tiles were recently laid and unfortunately the 5mm wide grout had discoloured because the tiler had used the same bucket to mix the adhesive with and some of the remnants from that had got into the grout mix. If the tiler had used a separate bucket this wouldn’t have happened. The tiler didn’t know what to do to rectify the problem

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Grout repair is not a very tedious task to accomplish but you should give yourself ample amount of time when you engage in this task. Depending on the severity of the repair to be done, the time required to complete it will vary. Here are easy steps to follow in repairing tile grout.

What You’ll Need
Paint brush
Spray bottle
Hand grout saw
Tile grout
Clean rags
Protective eyewear

Step 1 – Determine Degree of Damage

Before you proceed with the repair process, assess the severity of the damage. Although the cracks can be quite obvious at times, there are instances in which less visible cracks are often deeper. To assess whether the crack is deep or not, simply put pressure atop the cracked line. Firm cracks would mean shallow ones while a spongy feel indicate deeper cracks.

Step 2 – Remove Cracked Part of the Grout

Using a hand grout saw, remove damaged portions of the grout. Do this as slowly and as carefully as you can in order to prevent damage to the tiles. Once free, keep dusting off the space using the old paint brush. Ensure that you remove all the dust so that the tiles and the new grout will adhere well.

Step 3 – Application of the Tile Grout

Following the manufacturer’s instructions, mix the grout and then apply it into the empty grout line. Spread the grout on the grout line carefully, making sure that it will not overlap or spill in the adjoining tiles. Remove extra grout using a wet sponge.