Victorian Tiled Floor restoration at Buxton Outward Bound Centre

Derby University have a 58 acre outward bound centre in Buxton at the centre of the famous peak district. The manor which was previously a hotel is the hub of centre and caters for numerous outdoor pursuits including climbing, underground caving and canoeing; as you can imagine the floors in manor house get a fair amount of wear as students come and go in their boots and rucksacks. All this takes its toll and I was asked to restore a marvellous old Victorian tiled floor at the manor house.

Cleaning the Victorian Tiled Floor

The Victorian tiled floor was looking tired; any sealer that may have been applied previously had long since worn off. There were a few cracked and broken tiles which needed replacing and fortunately you can still source these tiles and so once this was done I set about cleaning the floor. To clean I used Tile Doctor Pro-Clean which is an alkaline product in conjunction with a buffing machine fitted with a black scrubbing pad; once the floor was clean I washed it down with clean water to remove any remaining chemical before sealing. I can recommend the use of a wet vacuum at this point as it makes the job of removing liquids from floors much faster.

Outward Bound Victorian Floor Before

Sealing the Victorian Tiled Floor

One the floor was dry I started the sealing process or applying five coats of Tile Doctor Seal and Go, this can take a while as it’s necessary to allow each coat to dry before applying the next. The sealer added a nice sheen to the floor and will provide protection to the Victorian tiles going forward; you can see the difference in the photographs.

Outward Bound Victorian Floor After

Source: Derby University Outward Bound Centre Victorian floor cleaning

Factory Floor Degrease

Called out to a factory floor in Aldermans Green Industrial Estate, Coventry in the West Midlands to clean and degrease the floor prior to keys being handed back to the local council .The floor also need to be repainted with epoxy floor paint but had to be clean first, we were happy to offer both services, i.e. cleaning and repainting.

Factory Floor Degrease

The floor was cleaned using Tile Doctor Pro-Clean diluted 1 to 5 with water and an additional 100ml of Tile Doctor Remove and Go to help strip cut the grease. The solution was mopped onto the floor and left to dwell for 10 minutes before being scrubbed with a buffing machine fitted with a black scrubbing pad.

The soiled water was removed with a wet and dry vacuum, we tackled the floor tape with a steamer and solvents before a final high pressure rinse with water.

Factory floor degrease in progress

Factory floor degrease in progress at he Aldermans Green Industrial Estate, Coventry.

The picture above shows cleaning being done and tape removed, in total it took a total of 22 hours over 2 long days.

Original Post: Warwickshire Tile Doctor Factory Floor Degrease

Factory Floor Degrease at the Aldermans Green Industrial Estate, Coventry

Porcelain Tile Cleaning at Lakeside Shopping Centre

We were asked to clean and seal these black Porcelain floor tiles that had been laid in a bridal shop in the Lakeside shopping centre. The shop fitters and builders had been in to setup the internal layout and the floor was looking dull and not in a presentable state good enough for the shop opening.

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Cleaning black Porcelain floor tiles

We set about scrubbing the floor using a dilution of Tile Doctor Pro-Clean Tile and Grout cleaner followed by a thorough rinse. We then waited for it to dry before buffing the porcelain tile surface to a deep shine with a white buffing pad.

The floor was ready for sealing so we applied Tile Doctor Ultra Seal to a small test area but it didn’t take, not wishing to waste our time or the customers’ money we called it a day. Most porcelain tiles won’t take a sealer however some are micro porous and do need sealing so it’s always best to check.

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They were really pleased with result and they were even happier we were honest about not charging them for not sealing the floor; the deep shine on the floor really did look spectacular.

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Black Porcelain Floor photo

 
 
Source: Cleaning Shiny Black Porcelain Tiles

Applying Anti-Slip on Polished Porcelain Tiles at a Leeds Retailer

Polished Porcelain is very hard wearing and looks great in the retail environment; it does however get very slippery when wet and given the increase in accident claims in the UK and companies happy to pursue them it can be a real problem. Prevention with an Anti-Slip solution is definitely cheaper than a court case and this is the very problem we were asked to address at a shop in Leeds recently.

Anti-slip for the Polished Tiles

Applying Anti-Slip to Polished Porcelain Tiles

This floor in a retail outlet in Leeds was laid with white Polished Porcelain tiles and the retailer was keen to prevent accidents happening to their customers. First we treated the area with Anti-slip cleaner to make sure the floor was free from dust and dirt contaminants before the Anti-slip solution was applied.

We then applied Tile Doctor Anti-Slip with a spray pump bottle and lightly scrubbed this in, left it on the floor area for the correct time duration and then applied the bonding agent on top of this.

Appying Anti-slip treatment to Polished Porcelain

The last step was to buff the floor with a black buffing pad attached to our Victor floor buffer; afterwards we rinsed the floor with water and removed the water using a wet and dry Vax machine.

Buffing Polished Porcelain After Anti-Slip Application

The effects of Anti-slip work as soon as the floor has been buffed, rinsed off and left to dry, the customer was very happy with the results and left the following message for us.

Just wanted to thank you for sorting an anti-slip treatment for the new porcelain tiles in our Leeds store. The treatment definitely works,(as we found out the first time it rained!!), and the whole process was dealt with efficiently and promptly.
Val Caine (Director).Wish, Bond Street, Leeds.

 
Source: Anti-Slip Treatment on Polished Porcelain at Leeds Retailer

Applying Anti-Slip treatment to Polished Porcelian