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I appreciate my photography is not the best but hopefully if you take a close look at the lower half of the picture below showing a dull Limestone floor tiles you can see a couple of long cracks in the tiles. The picture was taken at a house in Hornchurch which is in the East End of London; we had been asked round to see if we could repair the cracked tile and put some new life into the floor. Cleaning and Repairing a cracked Limestone floor To begin I gave the floor a thorough clean using

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I appreciate my photography is not the best but hopefully if you take a close look at the lower half of the picture below showing a dull Limestone floor tiles you can see a couple of long cracks in the tiles. The picture was taken at a house in Hornchurch which is in the East End of London; we had been asked round to see if we could repair the cracked tile and put some new life into the floor.

Limestone floor before cleaning in Hornchurch

Cleaning and Repairing a cracked Limestone floor

To begin I gave the floor a thorough clean using Tile Doctor Pro-Clean worked in with a black scrubbing pad fitted to a rotary machine. I wanted the floor clean before I tacked the cracked tiles and this would also ensure any grit etc. would be removed from the floor before I started the polishing process. After cleaning the floor was rinsed with water and the soiled cleaning solution extracted using a wet vacuum. I should mention Pro-Clean is a versatile, alkaline cleaner recommended for cleaning natural stone floors such as Limestone. The crack was then filled using a special stone glue and hardener.

Polishing a Limestone tiled floor

Once the glue had hardened we started to restore the appearance of the Limestone using a set of diamond encrusted burnishing pads which you apply in sequence from coarse to super fine with a little water for lubrication and a rinse with water in between. It takes a while to do but it does a great job of bringing back the polish on the tiles.

Once we were finished burnishing the next step was to apply Tile Doctor Shine Powder into the tiles, the shine powder is worked in using a white buffing pad attached to a rotary machine running on slow speed. It adds more depth to the polish and forms a very durable finish.

Sealing a Limestone tiled floor

Last step was to finish the floor by sealing it with Tile Doctor Colour Grow, Shine Powder works as a sealer too but Colour Grow gets deep into the pores of the stone protecting it from within and enhancing it’s natural colours.

Limestone floor after cleaning in Hornchurch

As you can image the owner of the property was very happy with the results and with the added protection of Shine Powder and Colour Grow it should stay that way for some time to come.
 
 
Source: Limestone Tile Cleaning Service in Essex

This newly installed Herringbone-style Terracotta tiled floor in a refurbished kitchen was heavily covered with patches of grout haze. The customer, who lives in the town of Cogenhoe, Northampton informed me that the tiler had supposedly sealed the floor before grouting. If this was true, the grout haze should have been very easy to remove. However, the tiler had clearly not been entirely truthful as, when I arrived at the property to carry out a test clean, I found very little evidence of

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Cement flooring has earned a good reputation for strength, durability, cost-effectiveness, and even style—thanks to the recent advances in construction and design. Over the years, basements have become famous for being utility and stock rooms. Now, they are also typically used as living spaces, entertainment rooms, and bed rooms. Transforming basements into living spaces is often much practical than building another room or floor. Below are some of the simple and economical do-it-yourself tips on how to soften the look of your basement’s cement flooring.

Stain and Polish
Cement flooring can be enhanced by staining and polishing, making the concrete floor simulate marble, wood, leather, or even natural stones. Before applying the desired stain to the concrete floor, make sure that your floor has been thoroughly cleaned and prepared. Check if there are cracks and old stains. Prepare the cracks with concrete glue, and then fill the cracks with anchoring cement. Once the cement is completely dry, sand the floor down to evenly level the texture. Wash the cement floor with a mild soap and scrub the floor with a nylon brush to sweep away dust, grease and adhesives. Before applying the stain, make sure you protect the lower parts of the wall with painters tape, paper, or plastic.

Shake the stain container well before applying to the concrete floor. After the last coat, you can spray a mixture of water and baking soda to neutralize the acid. After allowing it to dry for five minutes, rinse the concrete floor thoroughly with clean water. Finally for finishing touches, apply a sealer to protect the stain.

Ceramic Tile
Cement flooring is the ideal base for tiles, particularly the ceramic. Ceramic tiles are long-lasting and flexible in design. You can choose from a wide selection of colors, patterns and texture that will suit the ambience that you desire.

Prepare the thinset mortar by following the instruction provided on the container. Start applying a good layer of thinset to the center. Fix the tile with even and firm pressure using both hands. Put tile spacers between ceramics. Repeat the process until the entire cement floor is covered. Let the thinset under the tile dry for 24 hours. Once dry, remove the tile spacers and apply the grout over all the joints with a float. Let the grout dry for 24 hours. Remove the excess from the surface using a dampened smooth cloth.

Rubber Mats/Foams
Cement flooring can also be furnished with rubber mats or foams to dampen sounds and insulate noise coming from the basement. Rubber mats and foams are ideal for basements turned entertainment room or studio. Same with the preparation for ceramic tiles, measure the square area of the basement to know how many rubber tiles you have to buy. Rubber mats are easy to install. Just lay it on the floor. Another good thing about rubber mats is you can replace it piece by piece. There are different colors and textures of rubber mats available, some even have the texture of a thin carpet. Unlike carpet, rubber mats are water-proof and don’t host molds.
 
 
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It’s not unusual for Shower tile and grout to become stained due to the dyes that are found in soap, mould can also be a common problem but usually this is down to inadequate ventilation. Whilst we do sell products that can keep your tile and grout clean we are also able to assist when a really deep clean is required. The photographs below are a great example of this and are of one of three shower cubicles we were asked to clean and restore at a modernised Victorian property in Sale,

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