Victorian Minton Tile Cleaning Cheshire
Victorian Minton tiles are often hidden under years of grease and grime, forgotten, sometimes even completely re-covered by subsequent floor installations. If you have aged or worn Minton tiling in your home and would like help restoring it, Tile & Stone Medic Cheshire can help.
You may be stunned at how much of an improvement a complete professional clean and restoration can make to aged Minton tiles. We have many years of experience restoring Minton tile floors in all kinds of states and have found often they can be made to look good as new. If you’re thinking of disposing of your old Victorian tile we’d suggest first considering a restoration. Minton tiles are attractive, unique pieces and restoration offers a cheaper and often more attractive finish than modern alternatives.
Have you recently discovered some Minton tiling in your home? Why not ask a professional to take a look, or send over some photos in an email?
We can restore:
- Discoloured tiles
- Cracked or chipped tiles
- Moisture damaged tiles
- Unsealed tiles
- Loose tiles
- Tiles with glue, plaster or other materials stuck to the surface
In some cases we’ve seen carpets or tiling glued down to the surface of Victorian floors with strong adhesive. Trying to remove them without the right tools and chemicals can damage the surface of the Minton tiles, sometimes beyond repair. Colours fade over time and Minton tiles can be very old, so finding replacement tiles that match the existing Minton pieces can be a bit of a challenge.
Once Minton tiles have been fully uncovered, we have plenty of equipment and modern chemicals to use to cut through the years of grease and accumulated grime sitting on the surface of the tiles.
Using only the most appropriate solutions, we remove all detritus from the tiles without damaging the pieces themselves. After all dust and debris has been removed we advise applying a water resistant sealant. We carefully choose the most appropriate sealant for your Minton tiles, being careful to bring out the colour of the original tile as much as possible whilst ensuring long-lasting protection. We are able to achieve a range of finishes based on your preference, from a wet look sheen to a flatter matt look and anything in between. Proper professional sealant is a great value solution because it resists spillages and stains whilst also maintaining a freshly cleaned look for months afterwards.
All chemicals and equipment we use when restoring Minton tiling are completely safe for use in the home. Any specialist chemicals used during the clean will be completely neutralised afterwards. You can rest assured all work will be carried out to the highest standards of health and safety and your home or business will be left looking as good, if not better, than before our technicians arrived.
Once Victorian Minton Tiles are restored the only maintenance required is occasional hoovering and dusting. Sealant usually only needs a top up once a year. We are more than happy to discuss regular maintenance plans if they are of interest. The rest of the time you can put your feet up and enjoy the wonderful Victorian patterns that were once buried!
Get in touch today for a chat about our Victorian Minton tile restoration service and find out how we can help you!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The only way to know for sure is to take up a small part of the floor in an inconspicuous area. If you don’t feel confident in doing this we suggest you get help from an experienced pro.
We stock a range of advanced sealers that are designed to protect from everyday wear and tear such as spillages and allow for damp mopping of paw prints or claw marks. Eventually the sealer will break down and need to be reapplied, but it should provide a high level of protection for at least 12 months or so.
Yes we can, securing loose tiles is a simple job for a professional and we’d be happy to help
Whilst we can’t guarantee a 100% exact colour match, on many occasions we have successfully replaced Minton tiling and our customers have been extremely satisfied with the results.
We work with a network of suppliers who can help. Get in touch to discuss your needs.
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.
Will Tile & Stone Medic’s cleaning services cause noise, disruption, dirt or debris in my home/business?
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.