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This is the first of two visits I made to a property in Lingfield, East Surrey which had some very old features including a Pamment tiled hallway and a 200-year-old stone Fireplace. In both cases the owner had made an attempt at restoring them before deciding to give up and call in Tile Doctor. For this article I’m going to focus on the Pamment tiles which like Terracotta are made from Clay and are a common flooring material in Norfolk and Suffolk. We don’t usually see Pamment tiles in

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This is the first of two visits I made to a property in Lingfield, East Surrey which had some very old features including a Pamment tiled hallway and a 200-year-old stone Fireplace. In both cases the owner had made an attempt at restoring them before deciding to give up and call in Tile Doctor. For this article I’m going to focus on the Pamment tiles which like Terracotta are made from Clay and are a common flooring material in Norfolk and Suffolk. We don’t usually see Pamment tiles in

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This is the first of two visits I made to a property in Lingfield, East Surrey which had some very old features including a Pamment tiled hallway and a 200-year-old stone Fireplace. In both cases the owner had made an attempt at restoring them before deciding to give up and call in Tile Doctor.

Clay Pamment Tiled Hallway Before Cleaning Lingfield Surrey Clay Pamment Tiled Hallway Before Cleaning Lingfield Surrey

For this article I’m going to focus on the Pamment tiles which like Terracotta are made from Clay and are a common flooring material in Norfolk and Suffolk. We don’t usually see Pamment tiles in Surrey however Lingfield is a very old village where the Church dates to the 14th century so you never know what you’re going to find.

Clay Pamment Tiled Hallway Before Cleaning Lingfield Surrey Clay Pamment Tiled Hallway Before Cleaning Lingfield Surrey

Cleaning Pamment Tiles

I started with the job by scrubbing the Pamment tiles with a strong dilution of Tile Doctor Remove and Go, which is a heavy-duty cleaner/stripper designed for removing coatings from stone, tile and grout. The product was applied and left to soak into the tile and grout for about ten minutes before being scrubbed in with a black pad fitted to a rotary machine. The soiled solution was then removed with a wet vacuum.

Next step was to give the tiles an acid wash using Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up which is applied using the same method as before. Acid washing a tiled floor removes mineral deposits such as alkaline salts from efflorescence and will also take off thin grout smears that can ruin the look of a tiled floor. Once this was done and the soil removed the floor was washed down with clean water to ensure all the acid was removed and the floor neutralised.

You can see from the photographs that the grouting between the tiles had failed in areas, so this was replaced to ensure the floor was structurally sound. After cleaning up the floor it was then left to dry out thoroughly for a few days.

Sealing Pamment Tiles

On my return to do the sealing I first checked the floor had dried sufficiently with a damp meter, we never recommend sealing a damp floor as this can cause problems with the sealer curing leading to patchy results. All was well and for this floor I decided on applying a single coat of Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal first which seeps into the pores of the tile and adds a base layer of protection. This was then followed up with multiple coats of Tile Doctor Seal and Go which adds the final layer of protection and enhances the look of the tile to leave a nice subtle sheen.

Clay Pamment Tiled Hallway After Sealing Lingfield Surrey Clay Pamment Tiled Hallway After Sealing Lingfield Surrey

The work took two days in all and as you can see the floor now looks transformed and will be much easier to maintain going forward.

Clay Pamment Tiled Hallway After Sealing Lingfield Surrey Clay Pamment Tiled Hallway After Sealing Lingfield Surrey

GET THE LOOK – Pamment Tiled Flooring

If you like the rustic look a Pamment tiled floor brings to a property, then there are several UK suppliers who still retail these tiles including Norfolk Pamments and Antique Style Flooring. Also consider searching eBay, Gumtree and reclamation yards for second hand floors for restoration.

 

Source: Pamment Tile Cleaning and Sealing Service in Lingfield

Chipboard flooring is a sub-flooring material that is made of coarse sawdust or wood chips mixed with resin. It can also be called particle board or oriented strand board (OSB). The resin and wood mixture is pressed and processed through heat to form large sheets. Chipboard that is high in density is used for sub-flooring, usually used as a base for carpet or other flooring because it is more economical than plywood but it gets the job done. Chipboard flooring sheets bond as one in a tongue and groove method. Squeaky chipboard flooring may be cause by a lot of things. Settlement is one reason why floor boards creak. Poor installation is another, when there are rogue nails or the floor boards do not meet where they are supposed to, thus not supporting the weight that need to resulting to a creaking noise. This article aims to help you remedy creaking chipboard flooring.

What You’ll Need:

  • Safety goggles
  • A flat head screwdriver
  • A claw hammer
  • A light-weight hammer
  • Cross head screw driver
  • Screws

Step 1 – Find the Squeaky Location
Walk around the area where the creaking noise is present and distinguish exactly which floor board makes the creaking noise. You have to make sure that the carpet is out of the way when you do this.

Step 2 – Raise the Nail from the Chipboard
Using the flat head screw driver, gently scrape away at the spot around and under the head of the nail on the creaky floorboard. Your goal is to try and raise the nail a little from the floor board.

Step 3 – Remove the Nail Gently
When you have done Step 2 successfully and there is a slight gap between the head of the nail and the floor board, you can either remove the nail with the back end of the hammer or a claw hammer or you can use the flat head screwdriver to gently remove the nail by putting the flat head screwdriver in between the floor board and the nail of the head and gently pushing it up and down to make the nail loose. Take note that this has to be done gently so that you will not cause any damage to the floorboard.

Step 4 – Screw It
Now that the nail has been removed, fit the screw into the hole. Note that the screw should be 5mm shorter than the nail, if the screw is longer than that it might cut into pipes or run into joists and this will cause more than creaky floor boards, so make sure of the size. If the screw is too long you can cut the ends with a pliers or a small hack saw. Once the screw is in place, you shouldn’t have any more problems with creaky floor boards. Repeat the process in other areas of the house where there are creaking noises on the floor boards.

 

Source: www.DoItYourself.com

This dirty Travertine tiled kitchen floor was installed at a house in the village of Shepperton in the borough of Spelthorne and most famous for the TV studios nearby. The Travertine tile had not been deep cleaned and sealed since installation, eight years prior and if you have been following my blog you will have probably guessed correctly that the protective sealer had worn off and dirt was now becoming trapped in the pores of the stone making it difficult to clean effectively. The

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I visited this property on the outskirts of Kidderminster which had Porcelain tiles laid throughout the downstairs. The owner was happy with the tiles but unhappy with the grout which had become stained. This is not unusual as Porcelain tiles are very resilient but the cementous top layer of grout is slightly porous and can attract dirt. As a result, the grout can become discoloured over time and if it becomes very stained no amount of cleaning will bring the grout back to its original

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