Monthly Archives: January 2016

These beautiful Quarry tiled floors belong to a 13th century church in the heart of the old village of Frankton. I did some research on the internet and discovered that the church had gone through a major restoration in 1872 so it’s most probable the tiles date back to that time. Cleaning

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These beautiful Quarry tiled floors belong to a 13th century church in the heart of the old village of Frankton. I did some research on the internet and discovered that the church had gone through a major restoration in 1872 so it’s most probable the tiles date back to that time. Cleaning Victorian Tiles There were multiple quarry tiled floors that were all in need of a deep clean and seal; however there was concern that cleaning the tiles using conventional cleaning methods requiring a lot

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Cutting porcelain tile is necessary to install it in certain areas. Tiles that go around piping, toilets, towel racks or a toilet paper dispenser have to be shaped in order to accommodate the fixtures. Porcelain tiles have a very low porosity level which makes them extremely tough and hard to drill. However, you need not despair. With the help of a wet saw and diamond core drill bit, you can successfully cut your tiles into the required shapes without chips and cracks.

What You’ll Need
Porcelain tiles
Wet saw
Grease pencil
Straight edge
Electric drill
Diamond core drill bits
Cutting oil
Masking tape
Masonry file

Step 1 – Set up the Saw

Select a level, stable site and set the saw on it. The saws usually come with a pan underneath to hold the water as you cut. Fill the pan with water up to the required level. The water helps to cool the edge of the blade as it rotates. Be sure to obtain a work table or a flat surface where you can spread the tiles before you cut.

Step 2 – Mark the Tiles

Spread the tiles on the table with the unglazed side facing up. Use a grease pencil to mark curves and angled cuts on the tile surface.

Step 3 – To Cut Curves

Turn on the machine and align the cutting line against the saw blade. Hold the tile with your hands, on each side of the blade. Gently push the tile into the blade to allow the blade to begin to cut into the tile. Push the tile steadily into the blade. Keep your eye on the cut line to guide the cut until you complete your curved cut.

Step 4 – Angled Cuts

It is best to cut the tile up to the end of the marked line for corner cuts. Turn the tile over and make the second cut line till it meets the first line. This creates a perfect corner cut. It is easier to cut corners in 2 steps rather than attempt to make the cut in one single motion.

Step 5 – Circular Cuts

Attach masking tape on the unglazed side of the tile. The tape helps to contain the drill bit which allows you to drill holes efficiently through the tile. Draw the circle on the tape with a pen. Dip the bit into oil to keep it cool. Place the bit at one point of the circle and drill a hole into the tile. Begin at a low speed and gradually build up the speed until you drill through the tile. Dip the bit frequently into the oil as you drill to help keep it cool. Wipe excess oil with a rag. Proceed to drill several holes on the circle at small intervals apart until you’ve punched all around. Remove the tape. Place the tile on a piece of wooden block and hold it with one hand. Take your hammer and gently knock out the circle in the middle until it falls out. It will break along the drilled holes.

Use a masonry file to smooth out the rough edges. You can now proceed to install your shaped tiles wherever they are required.

The photographs below are taken from a house in the old market town of Basingstoke which is now the largest town in Hampshire. I was asked to address a very severe case of Limescale build-up in a shower cubicle. The wall tiles were Ceramic and a shocking amount of Limescale had deposited itself on them and the shower tray over the years; the owners were going to have to replace everything if Tile Doctor could not come to the rescue! The photos below really demonstrate the extent of the

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Using polished porcelain tile can create a stylish design that adds to the décor of your home. In order to ensure that the installation is carried out correctly, it is essential to be able to make precise cuts, when necessary. Following these steps will allow you to cut porcelain tiles, without causing any damage, which will ensure that you achieve a perfect fit.

What You’ll Need
Cutting board
Glass cutter
Tape measure
Cutting lubricant
Tiles to be cut
Fine grit sandpaper

Step 1 – Mark Dimensions

Measure the area in which you will fit the polished porcelain tile, using a tape measure. Determine what dimensions must be used when cutting the tile. If necessary, note down the results, so that they are not forgotten. Turn the tile upside down and lay it on a cloth, so that you have access to the underside. Mark the point on each side of the tile where the cut line is to be made, making sure that you take any pattern on the reverse into consideration. Lay the straightedge onto the tile and firmly hold it in place to draw a line. Avoid pressing so hard that it slides across the surface. Draw a pencil line along the point where you intend to cut the tile.

Step 2 – Secure Tile

Ensure that you are in the best position to make a precise cut to the tile, by securing it on a cutting board. This will also help to avoid any accidents that can occur as a result of the tile sliding from place. Align the tile with the edge of the cutting board, so that it can be held securely. Fix the tile in place if the cutting board has the relevant clips.

Step 3 – Score Line

With a screwdriver and a straightedge, making sure you hold the latter firmly in place as you draw the screwdriver along the edge, score a line on the reverse of the porcelain tile, in order to create a groove that the glass cutter can run through. Position yourself so that you can comfortably draw the tool in 1 direction, while keeping it pressed to the surface. Avoid lifting the screwdriver from the surface, as this can result in an uneven line.

Step 4 – Cut

Hold the tile in the same position on the board, to enable you to begin cutting. Place the blade of the glass cutter in the groove created previously, at the far end of the tile. Slowly pull it toward you, pressing down firmly against the tile. Repeat this process as necessary. Apply some lubricating oil, if you find it difficult to run the glass cutter along the surface. Break the tile apart by gripping either side of the cut and gently bending. If necessary, smooth the cut edge of the tile by lightly rubbing it with fine grit sandpaper. Follow this by wiping away any remaining particles with a cloth.