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.
Common issues when cleaning quarry tile floor
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.
Engrained dust and dirt requiring a deep clean
Dull, lifeless appearance requiring polishing and sealing
Scratches from debris requiring buffing
Cracks and chips requiring repair
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Other Hard Floor Cleaning service provider, so contact us today for expert advice and tips from our friendly operators.
Tile & Stone Medic Ltd are still trading through the Covid-19 crisis, but would like to assure all customers, that strict government guidelines regarding social distancing are being adhered to by all our staff. Gloves are worn at all times and alcohol sanitising gel used on a regular basis. Masks will be worn if requested to do so by the customer