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The owners of this property in Harpenden asked us to come and clean and reseal their Edwardian Tiled hallway floor and return it to its’ former glory whilst carrying out a few minor repairs to missing, broken and cracked tiles around the edge. On visiting the property at this popular commuter town within the St Albans district, it was clear the floor was looking a little neglected and in need of some care and attention. They were keen to retain this feature of their Edwardian property. We

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The owners of this property in Harpenden asked us to come and clean and reseal their Edwardian Tiled hallway floor and return it to its’ former glory whilst carrying out a few minor repairs to missing, broken and cracked tiles around the edge. On visiting the property at this popular commuter

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Answer these easy questions when considering different kitchen flooring ideas in materials like vinyl or tile.

Do You Have an Island Countertop?
If you do, you can eliminate solid surface vinyl quickly. No matter what they use to seal the seams of the sheets of vinyl, it will peel up with exposure to water. Tile would be a much better solution to this floor. Setting the floor tile at an angle of 45 degrees from the wall produces a diamond pattern that can maximize a space quickly. However, this will impact your cost per foot, as you will have more waste. One fantastic option is to do what is known as a Spanish floor, which involves small decorative tiles installed at the ends of the angled main floor tiles. These can be color matched to your current kitchen.

Do You Have a Small Kitchen Space?
In this case, sheet vinyl might be your best bet. Many of the new vinyl goods come in wide rolls that can provide one continuous, completely waterproof surface. If the vinyl is to be set at an angle, make sure that your sheet goods will cover the entire area.

Many of the newer vinyl sheet styles have the same ‘dot’ pattern built right into them, and you can replicate the look of a fancy tile job at a fraction of the cost with this type of solid surface product.

How Much Traffic Will Your Kitchen Have?
If you have children or pets or if you entertain often, avoid the soft sheet vinyl for a more durable ‘hard surface’ vinyl. The only downside to this sheet product is that the design styles are fairly limited and can cost more to install. Tile can chip, and since the glaze on the top of it is nothing but a thin veneer of glass, it can become a hazard with rough use.

How Many Appliances Will You Have?
Large refrigerators and freezers can easily damage flooring if they are moved about too much, especially on thin vinyl. Tile works the best to support heavy appliances, but if you have a dishwasher, you may have to install a new countertop, too. Luckily, countertops are fairly easy to put in after your brand new floor has been installed. Remember: Always work from the bottom up!

Tile
Tiles, whether ceramic or natural stone, have probably the best bet for the dollar when it comes to kitchen flooring. They reflect more light, and are easier to keep clean than just about any other floor where you are preparing and storing food. On the downside, some can easily be cracked, so make sure you have a few extras for quick and easy replacement.

 

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This client had recently moved into a house in Wolverhampton and was hoping to improve the appearance of their Sandstone flagged kitchen/Diner floor which looked very unappealing. The client got in touch with us at Tile Doctor and asked us to take a look to see what could be done. I’m based very close by in Bliston, so I know Wolverhampton quite well; in-fact Wolverhampton was historically a part of Staffordshire but is best known as a city in the new very metropolitan West Midlands and did

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These photos are of a Limestone tiled floor which was installed in the Kitchen approximately at a property in the small parish of Clipston, which is close to the towns of Market Harborough and Daventry, three years ago. The customer was never very happy with it since it was laid as it never seemed to look clean asked me to cover over and work out what could be done. On my initial visit I soon realised that the installer had not cleaned off all the grout from the tiles before applying the

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This client had recently moved into a house in Wolverhampton and was hoping to improve the appearance of their Sandstone flagged kitchen/Diner floor which looked very unappealing. The client got in touch with us at Tile Doctor and asked us to take a look to see what could be done. I’m based very close by in Bliston, so I know Wolverhampton quite well; in-fact Wolverhampton was historically a part of Staffordshire but is best known as a city in the new very metropolitan West Midlands and did

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This client had recently moved into a house in Wolverhampton and was hoping to improve the appearance of their Sandstone flagged kitchen/Diner floor which looked very unappealing. The client got in touch with us at Tile Doctor and asked us to take a look to see what could be done.

Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning Wolverhampton

I’m based very close by in Bliston, so I know Wolverhampton quite well; in-fact Wolverhampton was historically a part of Staffordshire but is best known as a city in the new very metropolitan West Midlands and did you know the ‘native’ people of Wolverhampton are actually known as ‘Wulfrunian’.

Being so close it wasn’t long before I was able to survey the floor which was looking quite grubby, there were paint stains and overall it was in need of a good deep clean and reseal. The floor was a large kitchen diner and in constant use, so it needed to be easier for them to look after and maintain. A test clean was done for them which came out well and showed what could be achieved. We agreed the price and organised a suitable date with the client to return and renovate the floor.

Sandstone Floor Before Cleaning Wolverhampton

Cleaning and Restoring a Sandstone Tiled Kitchen Floor

The floor was covered in a thick dirty grime and had paint splashes in areas, so the floor was deep cleaned with a strong dilution of Tile Doctor Pro-Clean, this is a heavy-duty alkaline cleaner that also works as a stripper and degreaser when applied in concentrated form.

The solution was left to dwell for 15 minutes then scrubbed in using a weighted rotary machine with a black stripping pad. The floor was then rinsed with water and the resultant slurry rinsed off and extracted using a wet vacuum. The Sandstone floor was then inspected and the areas that needed more work were such as the corners and edges were completed with hand using hand burnishing pads. The cleaning solution had softened the paint splashes and were now able to carefully scrape them off.

Once we were satisfied that the floor was as clean as possible, the floor was given another rinse and then allowed to dry off fully over the weekend.

Sandstone Floor During Cleaning Wolverhampton

Sealing a Sandstone Tiled Kitchen Floor

On my return I first checked that the Sandstone floor was dry; all was well so I was able to move onto sealing with two coats of Tile Doctor Colour Grow which is a colour intensifying breathable sealer which provides a durable surface as well as enhancing the appearance of the stone. It worked really well on the Sandstone and brought out the natural colours of the stone which can be seen in the pictures.

Sandstone Floor After Cleaning Wolverhampton

The client was amazed with the transformation as they hadn’t realised what colour the tiles actually were; impressed with the results they left a great testimonial on the Tile Doctor feedback system for me. The floor looked great and it is always lovely to receive good feedback as our business is built on our reputation.

“Kieron was fantastic, very knowledgeable and friendly. I’m over the moon with the work he did on the stone floor in our new house. I had no idea that it was a light coloured sandstone floor, I’d thought it was dark brown slate before he came over and gave it a proper clean! We would definitely recommend to anyone considering having a professional floor clean. It’s made a huge difference to our home and will last for years.”

Sandstone Floor After Sealing Wolverhampton

Before leaving I gave the customer a bottle of Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner to help maintain the tiles appearance. This product is especially formulated for the regular cleaning of stone tiles and has a pleasant smell. Most household cleaners are made for ceramic tiles and will prematurely erode the sealer, so it is important to use the correct product for the job.

Sandstone Floor After Sealing Wolverhampton

 

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One of my customers for who I recently polished their Marble floor was over the moon with the results and wondered and if I could achieve the same effect with a Travertine table which had many scratches to the top. The table was at his house in Heswall which is located on the Wirral, on the Eastern side of the Dee Estuary with lovely views across the river towards North Wales. The table was a lovely piece of stone furniture, but I could see it was badly marked, scratched and had lost much

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