Quarry tiles have been a common fixture in kitchens and interior flooring for decades. So much so, in fact, that they’re often concealed underneath other layers of flooring. Perhaps you’ve uncovered some in your home, or simply need help cleaning or maintaining your current quarry tile floor? Tile & Stone Medic Cheshire are here to help.
Quarry tile floors were once a proud feature in terraces and farmhouses across the country, but many of these floors have since fallen into various states of disrepair. Uncovering preserved quarry tiles from beneath tiling or carpet which has been laid on top is a common job. Depending on what type of adhesive has been used to hold the layered tile or carpet in place, removal can be challenging and should be handled by a professional to avoid damage to the quarry tiles. Strong adhesive can be particularly tough to remove with without the right tools.
Since quarry tile flooring can be many years old, often it simply needs a full professional clean to bring it back to life. Years of ground in dirt can lead some people to think their tiling is beyond repair, but that’s often not the case. Whilst the tiles may appear dirty and discoloured, they’re surprisingly resilient and can look as good as new after a proper clean.
Surface damage like scratches and other abrasions can occur if the tiles haven’t been properly sealed or the seal has worn out. Grit and dust can be trodden into the floor and over time can leave lasting damage. A professional polish, buff and reseal is usually enough to remove it. Where the damage is particularly bad tiles may need to be replaced.
Cracks can occur when quarry tiles haven’t been laid on an appropriate subfloor. The top surface of quarry tiles is water resistant but the underside can be damaged by liquids. Water seeping through the subfloor will weaken the strength of tile, making it more likely to become loose or shatter under impact. Cracked and shattered tiles require replacements.
How we maintain quarry tile flooring
Tile & Stone Medic Cheshire work with a range of cleaning and repair products suitable for quarry tile floor restoration. Adhesives and marks from floors which have been placed on top of quarry tile flooring are easily removed with these. Once the residue has been identified it’s usually just a case of picking the most appropriate cleaning product and applying it to the quarry tiles.
After any surface glue has been removed we would typically give the quarry tiles a thorough clean. Since quarry tiles are pretty hardwearing, removing grease and dirt is rarely a problem. You may be surprised at how colourful the tiles are once we’ve gotten rid of the surface dirt!
Once the tiles have been properly cleaned we’ll be able to properly identify any damage. Any marks to the surface of the tiles can be buffed out and in cases where replacement quarry tiles are needed we’ll help source them.
Finally, when the quarry tiles have been cleaned and polished, we finish the restoration with a tough coat of sealer. Though quarry tile floors are remarkably hard wearing, professional sealer will keep them protected and ensure they stay looking great for as long as possible.
Will repairing my quarry tiles cause disruption
We work around you and tailor our approach to suit your requirements. We always avoid causing inconvenience, working as speedily and efficiently as possible so you get the best value for money.
Generally, restoration of quarry tile flooring is complete in a few hours. In cases where flooring has been placed on top of quarry tiles and first needs to be removed the job can take a little longer. We would need to at least move around, if not remove entirely, any fixtures and furniture which might prevent us from uncovering the tiles.
The chemicals we use for restoration of quarry tile floors are always safe for use in the home, we do not use chemicals which would put you at risk.
If you need a hand getting your quarry floor tiles looking great again, don’t hesitate to get in touch. With years of experience working with all type of hard flooring, Tile & Stone Medic Cheshire would be glad to assist 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.
Quarry 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.