Altro Cleaning & Polishing

Altro Cleaning & Polishing

Tile & Stone Medic not only clean & restore hard flooring in private homes, we also carry out a lot of work in commercial and public buildings. Often these buildings have stringent health and safety requirements which must be adhered to not only by workers, but also by the specification of the fixtures and fittings used in the space. For this reason, we often find these buildings fitted with man-made floor types instead of natural stone or tiling. One of the most popular choices is Altro safety flooring, which provides an effective non-slip surface, even when subject to liquid spills, grease and oils. Altro safety flooring also comes in a variety of colours and sizes, so its practical advantages do not come at the expense of looks or convenience.

What is altro safety flooring?

Like other popular man-made floors, altro safety flooring is a composite material, made up of different elements combined under pressure. A PVC layer is mated with a vinyl coating that prevents slip hazards. This makes altro safety flooring particularly useful for bathrooms, changing rooms, hospitals and schools. Of course, when a floor type is chosen for its safety advantages, it becomes even more vital to properly maintain it, or else there is a real risk of losing those advantages. We offer an altro safety flooring restoration and maintenance service to ensure that our customers’ flooring remains safe whilst also looking clean and presentable.

How to care for altro flooring

The main issue to be aware of with altro safety flooring is avoiding an excessive buildup of dust or dirt on the surface of the floor. Even with regular sweeping and hoovering, the commercial environments this flooring is often used in can make it extremely difficult to stay on top of the cleaning without professional assistance. Whilst altro flooring is designed to maintain its anti-slip properties regardless of spills and dirt, if these contaminants are not regularly dealt with they can build up to levels which compromise the non-slip surface. Tile & Stone Medic stock a range of cleaning solutions which can effectively deal with this build up, protecting the safety properties of the floor whilst also restoring a clean and bright appearance.

Specialist altro floor cleaning

Some altro safety flooring installations are fitted with a curved edge. Instead of the flooring surface ending at the bottom of the wall, it it folded up the wall for a short distance, creating a skirt. Many commercial buildings lack the cleaning equipment to properly treat this curve, meaning that much of the daily cleaning misses this vital area. Professional cleaning equipment- which is what we use- is the most efficient way to deal with this build up. We use professional degreaser to cut through the most stubborn dirt whilst preserving the appearance and finish of the floor. It’s not advisable to scrub at a curve without the right gear as it can take an extremely long time to achieve even a small improvement, pro gear makes all the difference.

Sealing altro flooring

We also provide specialist sealing services for altro safety flooring, so if you would like a matt or reflective seal simply let our engineers know. Our experience with a huge range of professional grade floor sealers means that we can choose the most appropriate sealer for the floor whilst also maintaining its all important safety features. If you’re not sure which finish would work best for you, our floor technicians are always happy to advise our customers.

Health and safety floor cleaning

Tile & Stone Medic have worked in a variety of public and private commercial environments and so are fully versed in the health and safety requirements of these demanding workplaces. Altro safety flooring is popular in hospitals and schools and when working in these spaces Tile & Stone Medic will of course adhere to all relevant legislation and guidelines in order to keep our work as safe as possible. Signage will be displayed where needed and high visibility clothing will be worn where required, risk assessments are also carried out when needed. If we are to work in a space with special access requirements or specific hours for entry we are happy to accommodate our customers’ needs, simply let us know.

If you need a professional hand maintaining or restoring your altro safety flooring then reach out to the team at Tile & Stone Medic today and we will be happy to help.

FAQs

Altro

Once we have spoken to you in more detail we will be able to give you an idea of the time allocation required to restore your floors to a high level.

Absolutely! we are always happy to show you our insurance certificates or down load them to you if so required.

Yes, ideally if you want the job done to the best of our ability, then all furniture, kick plates in kitchens etc should be removed. However, don’t worry we will help you manage this.

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.


Most of the time yes, it can be polished and restored to much improved state. Synthetic floors tend to be quite hard-wearing so will stand up to the kind of polishing that will cut through the dirt.



Terrazzo floor cleaning

Terrazzo floor cleaning Birmingham

The terrazzo floors you see today were popularised in 18th century Venice, where the bits of marble left behind after use in art and construction would be taken by stonemasons and mixed with concrete to create a type of flooring that combines the beauty of marble with the durability of concrete.

The marble chips in terrazzo floors are the main reason they require plenty of care and attention, and we have all the experience necessary to take on this challenge. If you really want to keep this type of flooring looking its best, we recommend that you get a professional in at least once or twice a year.

Why choose Tile & Stone Medic Birmingham?

  • We have 19 years of experience in the floor care industry
  • We are specialists in treating all types of hard floor
  • Fully insured to work in homes and public spaces
  • We take care to carry out risk assessments and adhere to health and safety regulations
  • Businesses providing this kind of service rely on reputation and word of mouth. Check out our 5 star reviews on Google

The marble in Terrazzo is quite soft compared to other rocks commonly used in hard flooring and it is susceptible to scratching. When this happens, a professional polish will bring it back to its former glory.

Spillages, particularly acidic ones, can cause permanent damage if they aren’t cleaned up promptly, a professional seal helps guard against this. Although spillages become less of a problem when terrazzo floors are properly sealed, they should still be wiped away as soon as possible. You should never use vinegar to clean this type of flooring!



How we clean

  • We usually brush, pre wash, rinse, deep clean, polish and seal in multiple layers
  • Each cleaning solution we use is perfectly matched to the floor type
  • Can repair scratches during the cleaning process
  • We can leave your Terrazzo with a gloss finish or a matt finish, whichever you prefer
  • We use top quality sealer to give your floor unmatched protection
  • We will give you tips on how to make results last longer when we’ve finished

Terrazzo floors are relatively expensive, so you’ll want to protect your investment by keeping yours in good shape. Regular maintenance is a far cheaper alternative than replacing irreparable damage!

If you have any questions about our services or would like to book a free, no-obligation quote, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly service team today.


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FAQs: Terrazzo Floor Cleaning

Terrazzo Floor Cleaning

Yes – when we strip, polish and reseal terrazzo it generally removes all of these sorts of surface marks.


Terrazzo is vulnerable to staining from certain types of cleaning chemicals, we always recommend working with a professional to avoid risking damage. We are often able to buff out discolouration, but it depends on the extent of the damage. Please send over some photographs of the damage and we’ll let you know how we can help.


Yes, we are often able to successfully repair small cracks in terrazzo floor, depending of course on the extent of the damage. Send through some pictures of the damage and we’ll let you know what we can do.


Slate Floor Cleaning

Slate is widely used in construction due to its many useful properties, and slate flooring is a popular choice in homes across the UK. Slate floors are hard-wearing and water resistant, but they still need a bit of work to keep them looking their best.

We have hundreds of hours of experience dealing with slate floors in various states of disrepair, and we find that one or two visits from us a year will prevent dirt and unsightly scratches from building up, depending on the amount of foot traffic.

Why choose Tile & Stone Medic?

  • We have 19 years of experience in the industry
  • We can treat any type of slate floor
  • Fully insured to work in homes and public spaces
  • We take care to carry out risk assessments and adhere to health and safety regulations
  • Much of our business comes from our reputation and word of mouth. Check out our 5 star reviews on Google

For the first three months after installation, small fragments of your slate flooring may start to break away from the tiles. This is known as ‘spalling,’ and it’s a natural process that shouldn’t cause any problems as long as you sweep the floor regularly to prevent scratch damage.

Despite its relatively high level of durability, however, slate floor can become worn and dull over time. This is where we come in!



How we clean slate floors

  • We usually brush, pre-wash, rinse, deep clean, polish and seal in multiple layers
  • Each cleaning solution we use is perfectly matched to the colour and type of slate
  • We can repair scratches during the cleaning process
  • Choose your finish from a range of sealers, from high gloss to matt
  • We use only the best quality sealer to ensure your floor has unmatched protection
  • We’ll give you tips on how to make results last longer when we’ve finished

Once sealed, your slate flooring will be even less susceptible to damage or staining, which is particularly good news if you have pets or small children!

If you would like to book a free, no-obligation quote, or if you have any questions about our services, please get in touch with us today.


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FAQs: Slate Floor Cleaning

Slate

Once we have spoken to you in more detail we will be able to give you an idea of the time allocation required to restore your floors to a high level.

Absolutely! we are always happy to show you our insurance certificates or down load them to you if so required.

Yes, ideally if you want the job done to the best of our ability, then all furniture, kick plates in kitchens etc should be removed. However, don’t worry we will help you manage this.

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.


Flagstone Floor Cleaning

Some of the flagstone flooring we’ve helped to repair and maintain has been around for hundreds of years, and whether yours is old or new, it’s well worth the extra care and attention it sometimes requires to keep it at its best.

We have plenty of experience working on flagstone flooring all over the UK, and we recommend that you have yours cleaned at least once or twice a year.

Why choose Tile & Stone Medic?

  • We have 19 years experience in the industry
  • We know how to treat any floor type
  • Fully insured to work in homes and public spaces
  • We take care to carry out risk assessments and adhere to health and safety regulations
  • We survive on our reputation and word of mouth. Check out our 5 star reviews on Google

Because flagstone flooring is often very old, if you haven’t had yours seen to by a professional for a while it can start to develop problems. For example, the undulations in this type of flooring can be part of its charm, but can be hazardous when they become too pronounced.

Damp is another common issue, but none of these problems should be tackled without professional help!



How we clean

  • We usually brush, pre wash, rinse, deep clean, polish and seal in multiple layers
  • Each cleaning solution used is perfectly matched to the flagstone
  • Can repair any minor instances of damage during the cleaning process
  • You can choose a high gloss or matt finish
  • Where possible we use top quality sealer to give your floor unmatched protection
  • Will give you tips on how to make results last longer when we’ve finished

There are many specific techniques we might use on your flagstone flooring, and each job has its own challenges.

Get in touch with our team today to book a free, no-obligation quote.


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FAQs: Flagstone Cleaning

Flagstone Floor Cleaning

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.


Yes, we can provide the same high level stone cleaning service on outdoor stone floors including flagstone patios.


Yes, we stock a range of specialist sealers than offer a shiny ‘wet-look’ that looks great on flagstone floors.


Sandstone Tile Floor Cleaning

Sandstone floor cleaning Birmingham

Sandstone is a unique flooring material which imparts a warm, rustic aesthetic onto any indoor or outdoor space. Sandstone is made from highly compressed sand, which in turn is made from many different fragments of rock including quartz and feldspar. Sandstone floor tiles come in several different shades of brown, red, yellow and cream, each requiring slightly different maintenance techniques to make the most of their unique colours. Tile & Stone Medic Birmingham provide professional restoration services for all types of sandstone tile and our services work just as well on indoor and outdoor stone too, so whatever your situation we’re here to help make your sandstone floor look fantastic.

How we clean sandstone tile floors

Each type of floor we work on has its own quirks. Depending on the source of the stone and the type of wear the floor tiles have had to withstand, our cleaning methods and solutions are tailored for optimum results. Broadly speaking our workflow for restoring sandstone tiles follows a few key steps. Initially we must tackle any surface dirt, if any deeper cleaning is to be successfully this troublesome top soil must be removed completely. With the top soil gone we then apply specialist cleaning solutions which are allowed to dwell on the tiles in order to loosen the more engrained dirt that has worked itself deeper into the stone. After the solutions have done their work on the floor, the tiles are then fully washed and the floor neutralised to remove all traces of the cleaning solution. At this point we can treat minor damage like small chips and cracks to the tile that would prevent polishing or sealing. Only when the sandstone has been cleaned and repaired can we then polish and seal the floor. This part of the process can be tailored to your preference, we can take sandstone tiles to a matt finish, or a high sheen and then apply specialist sealant to enhance this appearance even further. Tile & Stone Medic Birmingham have worked on hundreds of tiled floors in all kinds of conditions, if you’d like to take a look at the quality of our previous work please see our testimonials page.

Maintaining sandstone floors

The final stage of the process, applying the sealant, is especially important with sandstone as it is a highly porous rock. If untreated, it can be permanently discoloured or damaged by spills. Maintaining the seal on your sandstone floor is essential to ensure it stays looking great for as long as possible. The sealant will naturally break down over time as the floor is used, so best practise is to reapply this seal at least once a year to keep the sandstone tiles protected. We would advise caution when using off the shelf cleaning solutions on sandstone floors as chemicals with the wrong formulation can do serious damage to the tile. If in doubt, ask our cleaning technicians for some tips.

Book sandstone floor cleaning in Birmingham

If you have a sandstone floor in your home and would like to book our professional cleaning and restoration service we’d love to hear from you, simply reach out via the contact form on our website.

We’ve worked with hundreds of happy customers in our 15+ years of experience, take a look at our numerous 5 star reviews on Google to get an idea of the quality of our work.

FAQs

Sandstone Floor Cleaning

Yes – our cleaning solutions and equipment works wonders on outdoor sandstone, we’d be happy to clean your sandstone patio, driveway or ornaments.


Because of the way sandstone is formed, it is more vulnerable to cracks and flakes than other types of hard floor. We can make small repairs when refurbishing floors and would be happy to help with any spots you are concerned about.


Yes – we use a range of specialised sealers which can be used to create shiny and glossy finishes on sandstone.



Porcelain Tile Floor Cleaning

Porcelain Tile Floor Cleaning Birmingham

Porcelain tiles are great looking tiles which can be used for flooring in many areas of the home as well as public and commercial buildings. As a comparatively dense and hard wearing tile, porcelain makes an excellent choice for flooring. Porcelain tiles are kiln fired from clay and sand at a higher temperature than other similar tiles, which makes them tougher than, for example, their ceramic cousins. In fact, porcelain tiles are so tough they can even be used outside. Despite this, if porcelain tiles are not properly looked after they will degrade like any other tile. Tile & Stone Medic Birmingham provide the full range of porcelain tile floor cleaning services, handling everything from basic polishing to full deep cleaning, stripping and resealing.

Types of porcelain tile

Tile & Stone Medic Birmingham provide tile cleaning services for all types of porcelain tile, double charged, full bodied and textured. In each case we tailor our work to the specific type of porcelain we’re working with in order to achieve the best results possible. As part of your restoration, our technicians can usually take your porcelain tile to any type of finish; polished or matt or anything in between depending on your preference. If you would like to see some examples of our previous successful restorations, you can browse through the gallery on our testimonials page.

Restoring porcelain tiled floors

Most often, porcelain tiles are secured in place using white grouting, the kind you might associate with bathroom tiles. Due to its white colour and porous nature, this grout can be particularly vulnerable to dirt and moisture, which looks unsightly and also makes it easier for dirt to become engrained into the porcelain. Whilst cleaning your porcelain tiles, our floor technicians can also tend to your grouting, recolouring where necessary to eliminate dirt and protect your tiles. If you’d like more information get in touch via our contact page.

How we clean porcelain tiles

Every floor presents its own unique challenges arising from natural variations in the tile and the amount of use the floor has to withstand. Generally, we follow a similar workflow for each porcelain floor we service, with each step tailored for best results. The first stage is tackling any surface dirt which may interfere with any subsequent cleaning. Once the surface dirt is gone, we use specially formulated solutions to unseat deeper, more engrained dirt. When our solutions have worked their magic, the floor is fully washed and neutralised. At this stage, any minor damage becomes more obvious and small repairs can take place. The porcelain is then ready for polishing, either to a high sheen or a matt finish. When you are happy with our cleaning and polishing, we then progress to sealing the porcelain to protect it from moisture and ensure your clean floor stays looking great for as long as possible.

Common issues

Porcelain is known for being a tough material for tiles, but unfortunately it remains susceptible to the same wear and tear than most tiles suffer from. Repeated footfall and other usage of the floor will eventually wear at the protective coating and leave the tiles underneath vulnerable to scratches and other damage. Care should always be taken when selecting cleaning products to use on porcelain, as the wrong chemical can dissolve protective layers and even eat away at the tile. Even the best kept floors will eventually start to loose their lustre and look a little dull, a natural consequence of the passage of time. Tile & Stone Medic Birmingham are experts in restoring ceramic tiles no matter what condition they are in, with over 15 years of experience and numerous 5 star reviews to our name you can rest assured you’re in safe hands.

If your porcelain floor is in need of a service, Tile & Stone Medic Birmingham are the company you need to call. Backed by many years of experience and with hundreds of happy customers, you’d struggle to find a better porcelain tile cleaning service anywhere. Get in touch today to make a booking.

FAQs

Porcelain Tile Cleaning

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.


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.


Absolutely, we stock a range of high quality sealers which we can use to make your tiles shine like new.


Yes we can, securing loose tiles is a simple job for a professional and we’d be happy to help



Ceramic Tile Cleaning

Ceramic is a popular, attractive tile which sees use in many areas of the home. As a comparatively cheap and rugged tile, its popularity is easy to understand. Ceramic tiles come in a number of different shapes and forms, but generally ceramic tiles are all made from combinations of sand clay and other similar natural elements. The tiles are formed by firming this mixture in a kiln, which makes for a tough, but somewhat brittle, tile.

To finish, ceramic floor tiles are often glazed. Whilst glazing isn’t absolutely necessary, it helps to protect the tiles from moisture damage and surface scratches. Ceramic tiles are porous, so regular maintenance is essential to protect them from staining and other types of moisture damage. Tile & Stone Medic provide the full range of ceramic tile floor services, from simple surface maintenance to deep cleaning, polishing, full restoration and resealing.

Common issues with ceramic tiles

General wear and tear is unavoidable with all types of flooring, and ceramic tiles are no exception. Over time, dust will scratch and mark the top of the tiles, gradually working its way through the glaze and, if left, eventually scratching the tiles themselves.

If inappropriate cleaning chemicals are used, this can make the damage worse because some liquids can eat away at the sealant or glaze and leave the tiles vulnerable to further damage. The most likely outcome is that the tiles will simply become dull with time, as dust gradually wears away at the surface shine of the tile.

Tile & Stone Medic take care of all of these issues and have been doing so for over 15 years, so you can rest assured you’re in safe hands when you work with us for your ceramic tile restoration.

Types of ceramic tile

Different types of ceramic tile tend to take their name from their design or finish rather than variations in their construction. Most frequently, we service Victorian Minton ceramic tiles. This style of patterned ceramic tile was popular in the Victorian period and can often be found in period homes, usually somewhat the worse for wear after many years of use.

Restoring Victorian Minton ceramic tiles is one of our most popular services, and you can see plenty of examples of the results we’ve been able to achieve on our testimonials page.

Variations of ceramic tiles & additional cleaning

Ceramic tiling can be used in many different areas of the home, but often it is found in kitchens and bathrooms. Ceramic tiles can even be used for walls. Whilst our speciality is floor care, we happily provide the same high level cleaning service for ceramic wall tiles as for tiled floors.

Since ceramic tiles are generally secured by grout, cleaning and maintaining the grout lines can be just as important as maintaining the tiles. Fortunately, grout cleaning is another service we provide, so if you’d like us to take a look at tidying up your grouting whilst we’re working on your ceramic tiles simply mention this when you get in touch.

How we clean ceramic tile flooring

No two floors are the same, but generally our cleaning follows a similar course, depending on the condition of the floor.

  • Initially we take care of removing surface dirt, before using specially formulated solutions to clean deeper into the tile.
  • After the solutions have been left to dwell, they are thoroughly rinsed off in preparation for polishing and any minor repairs which are required.
  • With the polishing complete and the floor cleaned, we then seal the ceramic tiles with a high quality sealant to protect them from moisture.
  • All in all the process can be completed in a day, depending of course on the area of the tiled floor.

If your ceramic floor is in need of some care, Tile & Stone Medic are here to help. With over 15 years of experience cleaning and restoring ceramic tiles you’d be hard pressed to find anyone more qualified, just take a look at our numerous 5 star reviews if you need any reassurance. Get in touch today to make a booking.

FAQs

Ceramic Tile Cleaning

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.


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.


Absolutely, we stock a range of high quality sealers which we can use to make your tiles shine like new.


Yes we can, securing loose tiles is a simple job for a professional and we’d be happy to help



Quarry tile cleaning & polishing

Quarry tiles

Quarry tiles have been used for flooring in kitchens and other areas of the home for decades. They’ve been used so often that many times they’re considered worthless and covered by carpet or other tiles when properties have changed hands. Have you uncovered some in your home and are curious as to whether they can be restored? Or perhaps you have a floor which is in need a bit of care and attention.

Common issues

Quarry tiles were once extremely popular, especially in farmhouses and similar properties. We have also worked with quarry tiles in larger premises, such as churches and town halls. Hardwearing and relatively cheap, they were a great solution for flooring. Since that time they have come back into fashion and many homeowners are now curious about restoration. Uncovering and restoring quarry tiles is an increasingly common request. Since carpet or other tiles are often stuck down with strong adhesive, removal should be handled by a professional, without the right tools it can be easy to damage the tiles underneath.

If the quarry tiles haven’t been cleaned for several years, the level of ground in dirt can be quite high. It can seem as though the tiles are beyond repair, but they’re surprisingly resilient and with the help of professional tools the results of restoration can be rather impressive. Dirty or blackened tiles can be successfully restored, so if that’s what you’re faced with don’t give up, give Tile & Stone Medic a call instead.

Where tiles have been exposed to frequent footfall, ground in dust and debris can leave behind scratches and surface marks. The legs of furniture can also trap hard particles which can then leave scratches if the furniture is moved. A professional restoration can deal with these sorts of issues incredibly well. If you have unsightly scratches on your quarry tiles, a professional polish could be the answer.

The subfloor supporting quarry tiles can be one of the most vulnerable areas of a feature floor. The problem here is that quarry tiles are porous, especially underneath. If the subfloor is not water tight, liquid can soak into the tiles from underneath and eventually lead to their cracking. Small cracks can be repaired, but in the worst cases replacement tiles may be necessary. It would be strongly advisable to fix up the subfloor to avoid the same problem in future.

How we maintain quarry tile flooring

We stock a range of cleaning solutions that have no problem cutting through and removing the problematic adhesives which are often used to secure other floors to the surface of quarry tiles. These chemicals are specially formulated to remove these residues without damaging or discolouring the tiles underneath. They also wont leave behind any nasty remnants either, so your home will be left safe for all.

With the surface residues properly removed, our technicians can get to work restoring the tiles. This can mean cutting through years and years of built up soiling. Without professional gear this can take days, but with our top of the range equipment we can effectively remove it much quicker and reveal the beautiful warm colours of the tiles underneath.

With the floor cleaned and repaired, we can finally seal the quarry tiles. Sealing creates a barrier against scratches and liquid spills and ensures that your quarry tiles stay clean for as long as possible. Of course, do make sure you clean up all spills and drops and quickly as possible so as to maintain the integrity of the seal.

Will repairing my quarry tiles cause disruption

We take great pride in our professionalism and will always work as considerately as possible when in your home. We won’t bring large or noisy machinery into your space and if you have a schedule to keep to or can only allow us access at a certain time we’ll do all we can to accommodate you.

Restoration of quarry tiles is quite a straightforward job for an experienced professional and, depending on the size of the floor, can sometimes be completed on the same day. Large objects such as pieces of furniture do need to be removed in order for the work to be carried out.

If you have quarry tiles in your home or business that look dirty of tired, don’t give up on them. You’ll be amazed at how dramatic a difference a professional restoration can make, in some cases making them almost as good as new. If you’re curious, why not give us a call? We are confident our services offer great results at brilliant value.

FAQs

Quarry tile

Once we have spoken to you in more detail we will be able to give you an idea of the time allocation required to restore your floors to a high level.

Absolutely! we are always happy to show you our insurance certificates or down load them to you if so required.

Yes, ideally if you want the job done to the best of our ability, then all furniture, kick plates in kitchens etc should be removed. However, don’t worry we will help you manage this.

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.



Laminate floor cleaning & polishing

Laminate floor cleaning Birmingham

At Tile & Stone Medic we not only clean and restore tile and natural stone floors, but also a whole spectrum of laminate floor types. We offer restoration services for all, including karndean, amtico, linoleum, marmoleum, altro-safety flooring and vinyl. If you have laminate flooring in your home or business we provide a comprehensive restoration service which removes dust, dirt and marks to rejuvenate the attractive appearance of this popular man-made flooring.

What is laminate flooring?

Laminate flooring is popular alternative to more expensive alternatives such as natural stone. Whilst natural stone is unique and long lasting, laminate is both more durable and cheaper, making it particularly popular for commercial and public buildings which need to withstand punishing amounts of wear and tear. Nevertheless, even the toughest of floors requires maintenance in order to survive and continue looking its best. Like natural stone, each type of laminate flooring, from karndean through to altro safety flooring, has it’s own specific maintenance requirements which need to be followed to extend the life of the floor. At Tile & Stone Medic our many years of experience restoring laminate flooring has given us a comprehensive knowledge of these requirements.

Cleaning laminate flooring

Identifying the type of laminate flooring in your home or business can be a bit of a challenge if you weren’t involved with the installation. Some are designed to simulate the appearance of wood or stone, whilst others offer their own unique colourful or patterned appearance. If you’re not sure what type of laminate flooring you have, simply email us over a picture or two, or describe some of the features of the flooring over the phone and we’ll do our best to identify it. We carry such a range of cleaning products and equipment that if we’re not able to identify the floor type remotely, we’ll turn up with all the appropriate solutions and identify it on site.

Should I clean my laminate flooring?

Care should always be taken to work only with an experienced cleaning company who are fully versed in the maintenance requirements of laminate flooring. Yes, laminate flooring is tough, but the wrong products can spell disaster. In particular, steam cleaning apparatus can wreak havoc on certain types of laminate, leaving behind irreparable damage. If heavy cleaning machinery is used inappropriately this can loosen laminate planks and create gaps which make it easy for dirt and dust to accumulate. This dust and dirt can then be spread into the floor and become engrained, making it near impossible to remove by hand. This difficult to remove soiling is one of the reasons why some owners decide a steam cleaner is the only option. If your laminate flooring is suffering from stubborn, engrained dirt then do not risk expensive replacement flooring costs, simply give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.

Laminate floor sealing

Many laminate floor types offer a shiny attractive finish, the kind that would take considerable time and effort to achieve with a natural hard floor. A common complaint is that, over time, this shine wears away and laminate flooring becomes dull. This is an unavoidable process and is simply the result of natural wear and tear. The good news is that at Tile & Stone Medic we can restore this shine as part of our laminate flooring restoration process. Not only will our polishing and sealing ensure the floor looks great when we’re done, in many cases it can protect the floor from future wear and tear and extend its lifespan considerably. We are also happy to offer advice on the best way to maintain the finish of your freshly cleaned floor.

If you need a hand protecting or maintaining your laminate flooring then save yourself time and money by working with an expert. With years of professional experience behind us, we are confident we deliver one of the best refurbishment and restoration services available today. What’s more, we offer nationwide services, so wherever you are, reach out to the team today, we know you’ll be delighted with the results.

FAQs

Laminate Floor Cleaning

Our expertise extends to all types of floor cleaning – including laminate. Whilst we can’t promise to remove all stains completely, in the vast majority of cases we are able to do so.


We always use specifically formulated cleaning solutions made for the types of floor we are working on. By doing this, we avoid the risk of discolouring or damaging laminate floor whilst cleaning it.


As part of our floor refurbishment services we can carry out small repairs to floors. This can include securing small areas of laminate flooring. If the damage is more serious you may be better having the floor repaired before arranging cleaning. If you’d like to provide some images we would be happy to advise over email.



Vinyl Floor Cleaning & Polishing

Vinyl Floor Cleaning & Polishing Birmingham

Tile & Stone Medic provide restoration solutions for a whole range of man-made floor types. One of the most popular alternatives to natural flooring materials is vinyl, or PVC flooring.

Vinyl flooring has remained popular for many years due to it being both low-cost and hardwearing. These are common features of many man-made floor types, however vinyl is often especially useful as it comes in small tiles which are easy to fit and replace. What’s more, it’s also quite straightforward to install, making it popular amongst DIY enthusiasts. Unfortunately, this is a double edged sword since poor installation often causes problems later on.

Whilst vinyl is tough, like all flooring materials it is not indestructible. The lifetime of vinyl flooring can be extended by following a few maintenance practises, but if your vinyl floor has suffered some more substantial wear and tear you may wish to employ a specialist cleaning company to restore it. Tile & Stone Medic offer a comprehensive vinyl floor restoration service which offers great value and outstanding results.

How often should I clean a vinyl floor?

As with all floor types, regular sweeping or hoovering is required to extend the life of the floor and maintain its appearance. This removes daily dust and debris and limits the growth of bacteria. If this is not done regularly enough, dirt will be eventually become ground into the surface of the vinyl and wear away at it. The result will be a dull surface, pitted with microscopic scratches and marks. Not only does this look untidy, it serves to make the problem worse by giving additional dirt something to cling onto. Remember to take care when vacuuming vinyl since some common household vacuum cleaners use hard plastic wheels which can cause scratches in some circumstances.

Vinyl flooring restoration

If your vinyl tiles have become dull and lifeless our restoration service can restore the floor’s original shine. We stock a selection of carefully formulated cleaning solutions specifically designed to restore vinyl flooring. These products are highly specialised and achieve results beyond those achievable with off-the-shelf products. Many floors which we are asked to restore have been damaged after their owners used unsuitable, shop-bought floor cleaning chemicals on them. Proceed with caution if attempting a DIY cleaning solution, since some products have the potential to discolour the vinyl and cause the tiles to curl and shrink. If in doubt, always work with an experienced restoration provider like Tile & Stone Medic.

Vinyl flooring waxing and sealing

Some vinyl flooring is ‘no-wax’ PVC, meaning wax-based sealer and finishing products will not grip to its surface. Instead, wax will pool and leave behind a stubborn mess to clean up. It might not always be easy to tell if you vinyl is no-wax, but don’t worry if you’re not sure, our experienced technicians have seen enough to be able to easily identify it. If in doubt, arrange a visit with us. If your vinyl will not work with a wax finish but you like the look of waxed vinyl, we stock a range of sealers than can be used to create any finish you desire, from matt right through to a reflective sheen.

DIY vinyl floor care

Many owners of vinyl flooring try to clean and restore it themselves. If you intend to do this take care not to overly wet the floor during the process. Excessive moisture can quickly seep through tiny gaps between tiles and, once into the subfloor, will weaken the adhesive which holds the tiles in place. Loose and curling tiles are one of the most common issues with vinyl floor and, in the worst cases, can mean replacement tiles are needed. If you’re not confident about restoring the floor don’t hesitate to ask for a no obligation quote.

If you have worn or dirty vinyl flooring in your home or business that would benefit from our restoration services then reach out to us today to discover the benefits of a professional clean. Our industry-leading equipment and tried-and-tested cleaning techniques offer impressive results that will last for months, or even years, with proper maintenance. When our work is completed we are happy to offer tips and advice on how to keep your vinyl floor looking great for longer.

FAQs

Vinyl

Once we have spoken to you in more detail we will be able to give you an idea of the time allocation required to restore your floors to a high level.

Absolutely! we are always happy to show you our insurance certificates or down load them to you if so required.

Yes, ideally if you want the job done to the best of our ability, then all furniture, kick plates in kitchens etc should be removed. However, don’t worry we will help you manage this.

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.


Most of the time yes, it can be polished and restored to much improved state. Synthetic floors tend to be quite hard-wearing so will stand up to the kind of polishing that will cut through the dirt.



Marmoleum floor cleaning & polishing

Marmoleum floor cleaning & polishing Birmingham

At Tile & Stone Medic we carry out restoration work on a huge number of natural stone and man-made floors. We see these floors in many different settings, from stately manors and diplomatic embassies, right through to small offices and family homes. One of the most common man-made floor types we encounter is Marmoleum. Marmoleum sits within the linoleum family of synthetic floors, offering many of the same advantages including a hardwearing, stain-resistant finish that can be polished to an attractive shine.

Cleaning marmoleum flooring

One of the reasons for the popularity of marmoleum is that it is an extremely environmentally friendly floor type. None of the ingredients of marmoleum contain volatile organic compounds (VCOs), chemicals know to be damaging to the environment. The ingredients that go into marmoleum are also highly sustainable, making marmoleum the ideal flooring solution for an eco-friendly household or office. It’s also great value and available in an almost infinite variety of shapes and colours, it can even be used on counter tops as well as for flooring, making it a popular choice for restaurants and eateries.

Professional marmoleum restoration

Marmoleum flooring was designed to be highly durable so it could last for many years. In order to keep it looking and performing its best however it is advisable to have it serviced every now and then. Something we always advise our customers to avoid when maintaining a marmoleum floor is the use of aggressive cleaning chemicals. Highly alkaline solutions in particular can be too abrasive for marmoleum and will wear away at its surface. If you’ve got a stain or scuff that’s irritating you don’t immediately go for the toughest chemical you can find. In fact, we advise all of our customers to proceed with caution with all off-the-shelf cleaning products, they often promise to deliver big results but are rarely formulated properly for the floors types they claim to be suited to. Instead, many rely on aggressive and poisonous compounds to do their work. If in doubt, use the mildest solution you can and if it doesn’t make the difference you were hoping for then speak to a professional.

When does marmoleum need cleaning?

If your marmoleum flooring has darkened in appearance it could be due to engrained dirt. Where any floor is exposed to regular foot traffic this will eventually happen, it’s natural wear and tear. Dirt, transported on footwear, is trodden onto the surface of the floor. With repeated footfall this dirt creates microscopic grooves in the surface of the floor which provide a great surface for the dirt to bond to. Once engrained, the dirt will no longer be removed by dry sweeping or vacuuming. The most effective way to tackle engrained dirt is with professional cleaning equipment. Our equipment cleans much deeper into the surface of the flooring than consumer grade gear, agitating and loosening the dirt without scratching and wearing at the floor. This dirt can then simply be washed away, restoring the colour and vibrancy of the marmoleum.

Marmoleum floor sealing

Another common complaint is that marmoleum flooring has lost its shine. This can sometimes be due to engrained dirt, but is more often simply a consequence of time. When marmoleum is new it comes with a shielding surface layer which reflects light and protects the floor. Over time, with repeated footfall, paw prints, moving of furniture and other general day-to-day usages, this protective layer will get worn down. In order to keep your marmoleum floor looking great we’d recommend a professional polish to restore this shine.

If you need a hand restoring or maintaining your marmoleum floor then give the team at Tile & Stone Medic a call today. We’d be delighted to lend a hand helping you get the most from this attractive and environmentally-friendly floor type.

FAQs

Marmoleum Floor Cleaning

Yes. Our specialist cleaning solutions can restore the colour of dull or faded marmoleum floors.


Our speciality is in cleaning and restoring floors, if your marmoleum is bubbling you may need a specialist to refit it.


We do carry out small repairs to floors whilst we’re cleaning them, but to say for certain if we can help we would need to take a look at the damage, please send over a picture and we’ll let you know what we can do to help.


Lino Floor Cleaning & Polishing

Lino floor cleaning Birmingham

Lino, or Linoleum to use its full name, is a man-made floor type usually made from linseed oil (linoxyn) and compressed pine rosin, cork dust, wood flour and mineral fillers. This mixture is then applied to some sort of canvas backing. If you have ever seen damaged or worn linoleum you may have noticed the canvas fibres poking through. Lino flooring is a popular alternative to natural stone or tiled floors due to it’s cheaper cost and outstanding durability, although some variations of lino do differ in their durability.

One of the advantages of linoleum as a flooring material is that its colour runs right the way through the material, so chips and scratches are far more easily disguised. For this reason, linoleum is popular in commercial and public buildings such as schools and office. Another advantage of linoleum is that it offers a flexible surface, so in older buildings where uneven flooring may have caused tiles or harder surfaces to crack, linoleum offers a great solution.

When should I clean a lino floor?

Whilst linoleum is popular due to its tough and damage resistant qualities, it does come with its fair share of challenges. Sometimes an experienced hand is required to restore it and ensure it remains looking great. If the surface of your lino has become dull, flat or faded, a steam cleaner should never be used to attempt to restore it. Steam cleaning has the potential to completely destroy lino, melting its surface and even writing off the entire floor. Never work with a cleaning company who does not know the most appropriate cleaning solution for your floor type. If in doubt, speak with one of our friendly team. We’ve worked on hundreds of floors over the years and only ever use the safest and most appropriate cleaning solutions.

Removing rubber marks from lino flooring

Why would anyone resort to steam cleaning lino flooring? Well one issue with linoleum is that it can pick up scuffs from rubber soled shoes surprisingly easily. Many owners think that they can simply pick up a scourer and scrub away to remove these marks. Sometimes this works, but more often than not it requires such a high degree of scrubbing the surface of the linoleum will be damaged in the process. As we’ve noted, steam cleaning is not the answer either. A careful and methodical approach is required to remove marks from lino floor, using specially formulated solutions and tried-and-tested techniques. This is exactly what the team at Tile & Stone Medic specialise in, having both patience and the experience required to achieve great restoration results.

Professional lino floor edge cleaning

Another common problem with lino is the appearance of gaps either at the edge of the floor or in between the individual pieces of lino. This can happen for a number of reasons. Extreme changes in temperature can cause shrinkage, which pulls at the seams of the floor and creates these spaces. In other situations the problem lies with the company who initially laid the flooring, perhaps not being thorough enough in avoiding air gaps during the process. However they were caused, these gaps always attract muck and dirt which make the floor tough to keep clean without professional-grade gear.

Resealing lino flooring

Many man-made floor types like Lino have a shine to their appearance when they are initially installed. This shine looks great, it makes spaces brighter and help a room feel cleaner and less cluttered. This shine can be quickly lost, however, if the floor is not properly maintained. A dull or lifeless looking floor is perhaps the most common issue with lino. Fortunately this is a straightforward fix for an experienced cleaning company like Tile & Stone Medic. Our step by step linoleum cleaning process takes aim at restoring the shine and eliminating dirt and bacteria:

How to care for linoleum flooring

We adjust our cleaning process for your specific floor, but this is often the plan we start with:

  • Clean up surface dirt using vacuuming or dry mopping
  • Mopping of the floor using specially formulated solutions for linoleum
  • Solutions are worked into the floor to loosen engrained dirt
  • The dirt can then be washed away
  • If the floor is exceptionally dirty this process can be repeated
  • The floor is then allowed to dry
  • Finally, the floor is polished to restore its shine
  • If you need a little professional help restoring your linoleum floor then reach out to the team at
  • Tile & Stone Medic today. Our punctual and polite engineers arrive on time and work quickly and quietly to deliver better restoration results without disturbing you or your environment.

FAQs

Lino Floor Cleaning

Over time, the bright colours of lino flooring can fade due to general wear and tear. Our professional cleaning and sealing products can restore it to an almost new state. We can even apply specialist coatings to enhance the colour of the floor, just ask our technicians.


As part of our floor refurbishment work we can secure loose lino tiles, however if the damage to the floor is extensive it may be better to investigate repair options before having the floor refurbished.


We do carry out minor repairs of cracked tiles, however if the damage to your lino floor is more severe you may wish to replace the tiles before arranging your refurbishment.



Karndean Floor Cleaning

Karndean Floor Cleaning Service Birmingham

Over the last few years, Karndean flooring has become an increasingly popular choice for synthetic hard flooring in homes and commercial premises. Highly durable and available in a range of attractive finishes, Karndean is an economic alternative to natural stone floors. Despite this, it still needs occasional maintenance to make sure it looks our best. Our exceptional Karndean floor cleaning service takes this burden of maintenance off your hands.

Common issues with Karndean floors

Karndean is durable, but if you’ve noticed any of these issues with your flooring it might worth getting a professional opinion and perhaps booking a cleaning service to take a look:

  • Scratches
  • Discolouration
  • Fading
  • Lack of shine
  • White spots

Light scratches and dark marks on Karndean floor usually occur when furniture of footwear has been dragged along the floor. Particularly if the floor has not been kept completely free of dust and debris. Small particles of dust can become trapped under feet or furniture legs, then when the furniture is moved the dirt is pressed into the floor and creates a scratch.

White spots will appear if liquid spills aren’t cleaned up quickly. If you have Karndean in your bathroom this can be a troublesome area. Whilst most liquids will only leave behind surface marks, solvents, wines and similar liquids can do more serious discolouration. Never steam clean a Karndean floor and be careful which vacuum cleaners and other equipment is used to maintain it. If in doubt, get an expert opinion from Tile & Stone Medic.

Our process

  • We begin our Karndean restoration process with a dry sweep and mop of the floor. Lingering dust and dirt must be removed or it will hamper the rest of the cleaning process.
  • With the floor clean, we can set to work removing scratches and scuffs. A light or firm buff will usually lessen, if not remove, the visible damage.
  • The floor is now ready to be washed with our specialist Karndean cleaning solutions. The PH balanced solutions are diluted to the right consistency then applied thoroughly to the floor. Once the Karndean has dried it will be ready for use.

If your Karndean is more worn and has lost its satin sheen, it may require a strip and refresh. This is generally only required once a year or so. Stripper is applied to the floor and left to dwell for a short time. A refresher solution is then worked in the floor and allowed to dry. These carefully chosen chemicals are completely safe and work in harmony to restore the sheen to worn Karndean.

Our standards

Tile & Stone Medic Birmingham hold ourselves to the highest standards of professionalism. Our technicians will arrive on time, be polite and will always clean up after themselves. All necessary risk assessments and health and safety practises will be followed so you can be confident all work carried out will be completely safe.

If your Karndean floor could benefit from our cleaning and maintenance services then reach out to one of our friendly team today to find out how we can help.

FAQs

Karndean

Once we have spoken to you in more detail we will be able to give you an idea of the time allocation required to restore your floors to a high level.

Absolutely! we are always happy to show you our insurance certificates or down load them to you if so required.

Yes, ideally if you want the job done to the best of our ability, then all furniture, kick plates in kitchens etc should be removed. However, don’t worry we will help you manage this.

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.


Most of the time yes, it can be polished and restored to much improved state. Synthetic floors tend to be quite hard-wearing so will stand up to the kind of polishing that will cut through the dirt.



Amtico Floor Cleaning

Amtico Floor Cleaning Service Birmingham

Tile & Stone Medic Birmingham have spent years providing professional restoration services not only for natural stone and tile, but for synthetic floor types, too. Among the wide variety of synthetic floors available, Amtico remains one of the most popular, and we have plenty of experience extending the lifespan of this floor in various homes and businesses.

Amtico is an extremely cost effective choice for synthetic flooring. Not only does it come in a range of attractive finishes but it is also highly durable. That said, Amtico flooring will still need occasional maintenance to keep it looking great and damage free. If you have Amtico flooring in your home or business and you’re curious about our cleaning and maintenance solutions, get in touch with our friendly team today to find out how we can help.

How Amtico flooring can become damaged

Most issues we see with Amtico flooring are marks to the surface in one form or another. Like many other floor types, Amtico will develop marks and scratches if it interacts with hard or sharp objects. In the home this can often happen when moving furniture or if cookware is dropped. Furniture cups and similar solutions offer a degree of protection, but where the floor has already become marked, a range of fillers and polishing solutions can be applied to lessen, if not remove entirely, the damage.

Whilst Amtico is not as porous as limestone and similar natural materials, liquid damage will occur if spillages are not promptly wiped up. The narrow seams between the individual tiles are the most vulnerable point of entry for liquids. Delamination will eventually occur where Amtico has been excessively damp.

If not regularly swept, dirt will accumulate on the surface of Amtico and discolour its surface. This is more noticeable with lighter coloured finishes but should be treated in all cases to prevent bacterial build up and odour.

How to care for Amtico flooring

Care should be taken over which cleaning equipment and products are applied to Amtico flooring. Steam cleaners should never be used since they can cause irreparable delamination to the surface. Even some vacuum cleaners are unsuitable, so proceed with caution. If in doubt, our friendly technicians are happy to offer advice and services. Our experience with Amtico means we will never use products or equipment that will damage your floor.

How we clean Amtico flooring

Our workflow is quick, efficient and effective. We begin with a dry clean of the surface with a brush or mop to remove build up dust that could hamper the rest of the cleaning process. When the floor is clear of obstruction we can apply stripper. Stripper works to loosen stubborn dirt which has attached itself to the Amtico, without risking any damage to the floor itself. The stripper is then allowed to dwell on the Amtico for a short time before being washed off.

With the floor stripped we can then begin to dress it. A couple of coats of dresser are required to complete the job, and depending on the size of the room this will take around an hour, including drying time. Different coats are applied at right angles to achieve the most durable finish on the floor.

To finish, the Amtico can be polished to a satin or high sheen. Where you would like a specific finish please discuss this with one of our team and we’ll be happy to find a solution that works for you.

Working with us

Our polite, punctual technicians want to make working with us as easy as possible. We’ll arrive on time and, barring anything unexpected, complete jobs within the given time frame. All work will be carried out in accordance with proper health and safety procedure and risk assessments will be taken where necessary. If you have special access requirements or business hours that need to be kept in mind we will be flexible and find a solution.

Could you benefit from out Amtico floor cleaning service? Or perhaps you’re curious about our maintenance contracts? Whatever your needs, our friendly team would be happy to help, so why not contact Tile & Stone Medic Birmingham today?

FAQs

Amtico

Once we have spoken to you in more detail we will be able to give you an idea of the time allocation required to restore your floors to a high level.

Absolutely! we are always happy to show you our insurance certificates or down load them to you if so required.

Yes, ideally if you want the job done to the best of our ability, then all furniture, kick plates in kitchens etc should be removed. However, don’t worry we will help you manage this.

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.


Most of the time yes, it can be polished and restored to much improved state. Synthetic floors tend to be quite hard-wearing so will stand up to the kind of polishing that will cut through the dirt.



Synthetic Hard Floor Cleaning

Synthetic Hard Floor Cleaning Birmingham

If your hard floor is damaged, stained or simply beginning to show its age, Tile & Stone Medic Birmingham would be happy to restore the surface back to its best. Reach out to us today to find out more about how we can help.

Our work

At Tile & Stone Medic we don’t only work with natural stone and tile. Over the years we’ve worked in a number of environments and have developed considerable expertise working with man-made floor types such as amtico, linoleum and vinyl. Whatever condition your floor is in we would be happy to provide a restoration solution to suit, whether carrying out full scale repairs or simply replacing the sealant, we aim to please.

Many forms of synthetic floor are actually more straightforward to repair and treat than natural materials. Where floors have suffered serious damage we would need to take an assessment to understand what we can achieve. We can conduct some aspects of the assessment remotely if you’d like to provide a description or image of the damage. Bear in mind that particularly damaged flooring will in some cases need a replacement. We can help with sourcing these. In many cases however we have been able get years more life out of flooring which some would have considered beyond repair.

Our experience

Every different floor installation has its own challenges. The size of the space, the access to it and the amount of wear and tear it endures on a daily basis all affect our approach when servicing a floor. Backed by years of experience in the industry, you can feel confident that we’ll select only the most appropriate solutions for the job at hand. DIY solutions and poor choices of tools can leave hard floors in a worse condition and even cause irreparable damage. At Tile & Stone Medic you’re in safe hands, you can trust that we’ll always pick the best products for the job.

The finish

Our cutting edge rotary polishers will have your synthetic hard floor looking fantastic in no time at all. We stock a range of sealing products and can tailor the final finish to your liking so long as your flooring material supports it. We can achieve a range of finishes from a high sheen reflective finish through to a flatter matt appearance. If you’re not sure exactly what finish you’d like we’d be happy to discuss your options and show you some examples of our previous work.

Our standards

Whether working with domestic or commercial customers, we always work to the highest standards of professionalism. Heath and safety is a top priority, we always follow all relevant rules and procedures and will conduct a full risk assessment where necessary. Our technicians always leave their workspace as clean or cleaner than when they found it and will conduct themselves in a punctual and polite manner. Where you have special requirements for your floor we will always endeavour to accommodate you.

If you are interested in booking our services for your hard floor, reach out to us today for a friendly chat with one of our experienced technicians. Whether you’d like to discuss regular maintenance contracts or one off spot cleans, we’d be delighted to help.

FAQs

Synthetic floors

Once we have spoken to you in more detail we will be able to give you an idea of the time allocation required to restore your floors to a high level.

Absolutely! we are always happy to show you our insurance certificates or down load them to you if so required.

Yes, ideally if you want the job done to the best of our ability, then all furniture, kick plates in kitchens etc should be removed. However, don’t worry we will help you manage this.

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.


Most of the time yes, it can be polished and restored to much improved state. Synthetic floors tend to be quite hard-wearing so will stand up to the kind of polishing that will cut through the dirt.


There are lots of different types of hard floors, and even more names. In almost all cases we can help you improve the appearance of your synthetic floor. Get in touch to find out what we would recommend for your specific needs.


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.



Terracotta Floor Cleaning

Terracotta floor cleaning Birmingham

If you have terracotta tiles in your home you no doubt enjoy the delightful appearance of this wonderful kiln-fired tile. Terracotta offers and unique colour and a rustic feel in the home, but needs careful maintenance in order to keep it looking its best.

Common issues when cleaning terracotta tile floor

  • Terracotta can quickly begin to show surface marks, particularly where layers of sealant or a polished finish has completely worn down.
  • Scratches and swirling on the surface of the tiles often results from dirt which has been ground in underfoot.
  • Regular dusting and hoover can help prevent this but it will never prevent it entirely. Tiles may appear dull or faded but can generally be restored.
  • Terracotta is highly porous and can even become more porous over time. This means it is essential to protect it with some sort of protective seal.
  • If water is allowed to penetrate the tile it will discolour the surface and leave behind dark marks.
  • Abrasive chemicals like household bathroom and tile cleaners can also damage and mark the tiles, sometimes permanently.
  • Floors made from terracotta tiles are vulnerable to water from below as well as above. Poor quality grouting or a badly installed subfloor will do little to stop water from seeping into the untreated surface on the bottom of the tile.
  • Ask one of our technicians to take a look if you suspect there may be an issue with your subfloor.


How we maintain terracotta flooring

Despite its vulnerabilities, terracotta can be restored back to a wonderful appearance by our skilled team. Surface scratches and marks can usually be buffed out using our rotary polishers and buffing solutions. The solutions we use will be heavy duty enough to cut away embedded dust and dirt whilst preserving the attractive surface of the tiles.

We recommend a tough coat of sealer for terracotta in order to get the most value from your clean. If your terracotta is in an area that is particular susceptible to spillages, it is essential. Professional sealer will create a barrier than deflects the effects of dust and dirt as well as spillages. It will eventually wear down over time and this is completely normal. We’d recommend a top up at least once a year depending on the conditions the tiles have to endure.

Issues with the subfloor causing movement of the tiles can be more tricky. In these cases we will need to take an assessment and plan our work from there. Re-grouting to secure tiles is one of our key services and in cases where replacement tiles need to be sourced we are happy to help with this.

Will repairing my terracotta tiles cause disruption?

We work quickly and efficiently, we aim to get the work completed to a high standard within the given timeframe without cutting corners. Our experienced engineers are punctual and polite and will never leave behind mess when the job is complete. Our aim is to leave your home or business as clean, or more so, than when we arrived. If you have special requirements for your home or business we will always endeavour to accommodate these.

If the terracotta tiles in your home or office could benefit from our services then have a chat with one of our friendly technicians today to see how we can help.




FAQs

Terracotta Tile Cleaning

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.


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.


Absolutely, we stock a range of high quality sealers which we can use to make your tiles shine like new.


Yes we can, securing loose tiles is a simple job for a professional and we’d be happy to help