The most popular service at Tile and Stone Medic Birmingham is the cleaning, restoration and sealing of tiled floor. You may have uncovered some old Minton or quarry tiling which has been in your home for years, or you may simply want a refresh of your travertine. Whatever your needs and floor type, Tile & Stone Medic Birmingham will provide the cleaning solution for you.
Tile floor types we can clean
A huge variety of wonderful natural materials are used to make floor tiles. Each material has its own cleaning and maintenance requirements and care must be taken to follow these to avoid causing damage to tile with an inappropriate solution. We have experience with almost all different varieties of tile floor, from porcelain to terracotta to victorian Minton and many more. You can find out more information about the different types of tile we work with below. Once we’ve identified the tile, we can quickly select the products that will deliver the most outstanding results. We also adapt our methods to suit your environment and achieve best results, since certain spaces require different approaches. Natural tiles are an investment worth protecting and we aim to deliver outstanding value for money.
Common issues when cleaning tiled floors
Whilst each type of material used for tiling naturally has its own strengths and vulnerabilities, all will inevitably show the signs of wear and tear from general use. Many tiles lose their shine over time as a consequence of ground in dust and debris, worked in by repeated footfall. In cases where the sealer has completely worn away tiling will be vulnerable to staining and spillages which become visible in the form of dark marks and discolouration. Occasionally tiles will crack, often a result of a poorly installed subfloor. In all cases, Tile & Stone Medic will find the most appropriate solution to deliver results.
How we restore and maintain your tile floors
Building on our years of experience in the industry we will first identify the specific issues you are facing and any challenges presented by your environment. We will then select the best possible tools for the job from our huge selection of specialist cleaning products.
Stage one of the clean is to remove any existing contaminants and previous coats of sealer which have worn down. We use a number of techniques to do this safely, without risking damage to the tiles themselves. Stage two, after our chosen cleaning solutions have been applied to the floor, is to work them into the surface using rotary cleaners. The solution is then left to work on the tiles for a period of time, this is know as ‘dwelling’.
When the solutions have been left to dwell for the appropriate time, generally not longer than an hour, the floor is then washed with our powerful fresh water extractor systems. This ensures than any remnants of old sealer, or dirt and detritus from previous use is completely removed. We then set to work getting the most out of the refreshed surface, polishing to a matt finish or a shine depending on your preference.
We neutralise the surface with repeated washes to ensure complete removal of leftover cleaning solutions. With the floor dry, we then apply sealer. Our sealers include impregnating sealers to preserve the natural look of the tile or stone, matt, satin and high solid gloss finishes. Tile and Stone Medic Birmingham are happy to give you advice on the most appropriate sealer to use for maximum effect on your tile or stone floor.
We’re here to provide maintenance programmes and products to enhance and maximise your tile or stone floor’s life. If you think you could benefit from our tiled floor cleaning service then why not get in touch with our friendly team today and find out what we can do for you.
Because all floors require their own individual needs, perhaps different cleaning solutions, strippers and sealers it is impossible to give an average cost. Some areas of floor are very large and again this will have an impact on the costings as they may take longer to restore. Tile & Stone Medic will either arrrange an onsite visit to assess the floor in question, or, if we do not have local cover in that area, we will talk to you in more detail over the phone and perhaps request that you down load some pictures of the floor to us.
We apply a sealer to a floor in order to protect it. Different types of floor, both manmade and natural stone, are vulnerable to different sorts of damage. They can all be harmed by chemicals to a certain degree, even by the acid in food and drink spillages, as they will be very slightly porous. As well as this, they can be worn away by physical damage. Even foot traffic can have a big impact if dust or grit has built up on the floor, since it increases abrasions. A sealant will reduce the chance of a spill becoming a stain by reducing the floor’s ability to absorb liquids. It can also help protect the appearance of the floor by forming a protective barrier. A sealant won’t prevent all damage and it will still wear away over time, but it will help your floors last longer, helping protect your investment. Sealants will even help protect your floor from UV radiation which can lead to fading over the lifespan of a high value stone or tiled floor. We can consult with you to find the best sealant for your floor and the type of use it gets to make sure it receives the best form of protection.
Absolutely. If this was not carried out by those who fitted the floor get in touch immediately to ensure that the appropriate protection can be applied as promptly as possible. We would recommend that this is carried out once the flooring is in place as this means the grout, which is generally more porous, will also be protected.
We have a range of high quality Faber products which will help protect your floors from damage. As every type of floor is different and has myriad uses, we will consult with you to work out the best way to protect your investment. We can apply topical sealants which form a protective layer on top of the floor, or if needed an impregnating sealant, which will be partially absorbed into the stone or tiles. There are many variations of these sealants and as each floor type has unique characteristics and vulnerabilities we can work with you to find and apply the the best kind of protection.
Firstly, a floor should always be sealed when it is first laid. Get in touch with us straight away if this hasn’t been carried out already. It will also need periodic sealing in order to protect the floor on an ongoing basis. How often sealing is required depends on a number of factors such as the specific material used for your flooring and the kind of use it has to survive. For example, a bathroom with natural tiles that is frequently exposed to water may require sealing more often than porcelain tiles in a kitchen. Frequent maintenance, such as sweeping and hoovering up the dust and grit that erodes floors when trodden on can help. Once the sealant is worn away, not only will scratches be more likely, the risk of staining or permanent damage from liquids is drastically increased as there is no protective layer to prevent absorption. If in doubt get in touch with our team of friendly technicians who can discuss your needs.
The process we carry out will depend on your specific floor and the use that it gets. There will be variations for different materials and the finish that you wish to achieve. The process will also be impacted by the full scale of work that we carry out, for example which types of cleaning and restoration are being performed. It is not unusual to apply several layers of sealant if this is necessary and appropriate.
We always work in the most considerate way possible. Work will be tailored to your needs and will fit around your schedule where possible. We avoid bringing loud or bulky machinery into your home and when a job is complete we thoroughly clean up after ourselves to leave your space looking as tidy as it did when we arrived.
Whilst we may use specialist chemicals in the course of our work, we can assure you that by the time we leave all residues will be gone and your tile or stone flooring will be perfectly safe for everyone to use. We work to extremely high standards of health and safety, conducting proper risk assessments where appropriate and never putting you or anyone else in danger.
Tile Floor Cleaning and Restoration Enquiries
We can appreciate you may not know where to start when cleaning floors and other hard surfaces. Don’t give up! We are your local professional Tiled Floor Cleaning and Restoration service provider, so contact us today for expert advice and tips from our friendly operators.