Tiled Floor Cleaning and Restoration Services
Tile and Stone Medic’s most popular service is that of cleaning, restoring and where necessary and appropriate, the sealing of all tiled floor types.
Tile floor types we can clean
Many types of manmade and natural material can be used in tiles to create luxury flooring. Every one of these materials has it’s own nuances when it comes to cleaning, sealing and restoring, with many different effects being possible. You can find out more about many of the types of tile that we work with below. It is vitally important to know what type of tile or stone floor you have in order to select the right cleaning processes and products to use. We not only adapt our working process to the material, but also your unique needs. All types of tile floor are an investment that should be protected, and used to enhance your home.
Common issues when cleaning tiled floors
Each type of floor has its own advantages and vulnerabilities but there are inevitably going to be consequences of the general wear and tear that occurs to any surface. In many cases, dust, dirt and grit has worn away sealant or the smooth finish of a tile floor, leaving minute scratches in the surface. This dulls the finish. Cracks can also occur, especially where tiles have been laid on uneven or unsuitable subfloors.
How we can restore and maintain your tile floors
We will use a process and set of products that will get the best possible results for your situation. It is our years of experience and advanced training that enable us to get you a superior finish for your floor.
First, we will normally remove any existing sealant and get rid of any contaminants. We have a wide range of techniques to do this to ensure that your floor is not damaged by the process. Once the relevant solutions are applied to the floor, they are worked into the surface by using rotary cleaners. The solution is then left to dwell for a short period of time.
Once the dwell time has been achieved, the floor is then washed with our powerful fresh water extractor systems to ensure that all old sealers, dirt and other contaminants are removed from the tile or stone surface. The next stage is normally to enhance the surface that has been revealed. This may include some kind of polishing or buffing, depending on the finish you wish to achieve.
The surface is then washed over a few times to ensure that the floor is completely neutralised and free of any soiling. Once the floor is dry the appropriated sealers are applied, the sealers range from impregnating sealers which will not affect the look of the tile or stone, to matt, satin or high solid gloss finishes. Tile and Stone Medic will give you advice on the most appropriate sealer to use for maximum effect on your tile or stone floor.
Advice on cost effective maintenance programmes and products to enhance and maximise your tile or stone floor’s life are available on request.
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.
Absolutely, we stock a range of high quality sealers which we can use to make your tiles shine like new.
In many cases yes, it’s one of our specialities. We’ll need to take a look at the amount of staining to make a proper assessment.
Call Tile & Stone Medic! It sounds like your grout may be contaminated we frequently fix discoloured grouting.
In many cases we can, although it depends on the type of tile and how serious the damage is. Let us take us a look at your floor and we’ll make an assessment.
Generally yes, depending on how many have become loose and the condition of the subfloor, we can generally restore loose tiles without issue.
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.