Part of the process involved in the restoration of original Victorian, Edwardian & Georgian Tiling is the cleaning process of the ceramic tiles themselves. While these beautiful decorative wall and floor tiling mosaics have managed to stand the test of time, they have also had to endure decades of sun fade, weathering, foot traffic, over the counter cleaning agents and a steady build up of grime which can all contribute to remove and fade the colouring of these original period tiles.
While refitting and repairing cracked tiles is a big part of our Restoration Tiling Services, all of our restoration work includes thorough cleaning of the tiles to bring them back to the vibrant and colourful appearance that they had when they were freshly fitted well over one hundred years ago.
Original Minton Tiles are the most commonly used ceramic tiles for Victorian mosaic floors and while they were built to an incredibly high standard, they still need to be treated with respect and care when it comes to the cleaning of the tiles.
The contrasting colours of Minton Tiles, created by firing clay at differing high temperatures to create a variety of shades and colours, creates an unglazzed yet hard wearing tile which, while porous and susceptible to moisture, has proven tough enough to last this long.
However Minton floor tiles can begin to look worn and dated if they have not been properly maintained, while the use of corrosive and powerful cleaning agents will only accelerate this fading process.
At Were Tiling, we can restore and seal original Victorian tiled floors and produce excellent tile cleaning results even on Minton tiles that have suffered from colour fade over the years.
We do all our tile cleaning using a combination of delicate machine and hand cleaning processses. We use specialist floor cleaning machines, combined with diamond cleaning pads that only require water. While we always aim to clean tiles without the use of chemical cleaning agents, we do occasionally have to use cleaning products depending on the state of the floor itself. This has to be done on a case by case basis.
Once the floor has been stripped and cleaning and has been allowed time to dry, we carry out a colour intensify process and then seal the floor to protect it from scrapes. This can be burnished with either a Matt finish, which leaves the floor in a more natural state. Or we can seal the floor in a wax coating. This is a more traditional way that Victorian tiled floors were probably originally finished, although this finish does require more maintenance.
If you would like to know more about original Victorian Tile Cleaning services, please call Andrew on 07932 716 716 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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