Terracotta is a beautiful, kiln-fired tile suitable for flooring in many parts of the home. Without proper care it is vulnerable to damage from regular wear and tear. Do you think your aged terracotta flooring may be in need of restoration or repair? Tile & Stone Medic Manchester have years of experience and would be happy to help whatever the case.
Without regular maintenance terracotta flooring can begin to show marks fairly quickly. Surface scratches and abrasions are not at all unusual. These marks usually occur when the terracotta tiling hasn’t been hoovered or swept regularly, causing grit to be ground into the surface of the tile under foot.
Terracotta floor tiles are unglazed and highly porous, in fact they become more porous with time, so it’s vital they are professionally sealed. When the tiles start to look worn and dull their seal may have become worn and could need restoration. If staining is visible this is definitely the case.
Improper or poor subfloors can cause major damage to terracotta tile floors. Due to its porous nature, if moisture is allowed to get underneath the terracotta through the subfloor it can get straight into the tile. Look out for discolouration or loosening of tiles, if the tiles don’t sit flat there may be an issue underneath. At worst this could mean the terracotta cracks or distorts under load.
How we maintain terracotta flooring
Whilst terracotta does wear easily, when it has suffered and become worn restoration is usually a straightforward matter of choosing the right tool for the task. In the case of scored or marked tiles, a thorough buff and polish can get rid of the majority of marks and get them looking fresh again. Where staining has occurred, a heavy buff will lessen its appearance.
Where liquid marks and staining are apparent we apply a fresh coat of strong sealer to guard against future damage. The sealer creates a barrier against dirt and spillages but it won’t last forever. In our experience a new coat of sealer once a year is the best way to keep terracotta safe and looking great.
If the subfloor has failed to prevent moisture from seeping into the terracotta it can be a challenge to restore it back to its former glory. In these cases replacement tiles may be necessary, if so we are happy help source them.
Will repairing my terracotta tiles cause disruption?
Our aim is to restore your terracotta flooring with an absolute minimum of disruption to your environment. This doesn’t mean cutting corners, we’ll always carry out restoration to the highest possible standards. Maintenance of terracotta does not require dangerous or corrosive chemicals, nor heavy or noisy machinery. Rest assured, we work to the top standards of health and safety.
If you have terracotta flooring in your home and would like help with restoration, general repairs or anything else we are here to help. Call Tile & Stone Medic Manchester today for a no obligation chat about 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.
Terracotta Tiled 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 Terracotta Tiled Floor Cleaning and Restoration service provider, so contact us today for expert advice and tips from our friendly operators.