Terracotta floors

Terracotta is a great looking, kiln-fired tile suitable for flooring in most parts of the home. Without proper care it can suffer damage from regular wear and tear. Is your aged terracotta flooring in need of cleaning, repair or restoration? Tile & Stone Medic Warwickshire have years of experience and would be happy to help whatever the case.

Common issues

If terracotta flooring is not carefully looked after it can begin to show marks quite quickly. Surface scratches and abrasions are difficult to avoid. These marks tend to appear if the terracotta hasn’t been hoovered or swept regularly enough, causing dirt to be ground into the surface of the tile under foot.

Terracotta tiles are usually unglazed. They’re also highly porous and in fact become more porous with time, so it’s vital they are properly sealed to protect them from moisture. When the tiles begin to look old and dull their sealant may have failed. If staining has become apparent then this is certainly the case.

Subfloor issues can cause major damage to terracotta tile floors. Because the tiles are porous, if moisture can get in underneath the tiling it can cause all kinds of headaches. Look out for discolouration or loosening of the tiling, if the tiles don’t sit flush and level there may be an issue underneath.

How we maintain terracotta flooring

Whilst terracotta can quickly become worn in these cases restoration is usually a simple matter of selecting the right tools for the job. With scratched or marked tiles, a thorough buff and polish usually gets rid of the majority of marks and gets them looking fresh again. Where staining is noticeable, a heavy buff will lessen its impact.

Where liquid marks and staining have been a problem we always apply a new coat of strong sealer to guard against damage in the future. The sealer creates a barrier preventing damage from further dirt and spillages, but it won’t last forever. To keep terracotta looking its best we recommend a reseal around once a year.

Where the subfloor has decayed or failed to prevent liquid from getting to the terracotta it can be a challenge to restore it fully. If replacement tiles are necessary we can help with sourcing them.

Will repairing my terracotta tiles cause disruption

We will restore your terracotta floor tiles to the highest possible standard with an absolute minimum of disruption to your home. Terracotta servicing does not require bulky or loud machinery, nor dangerous or corrosive chemicals. Rest assured, we work to the highest standards of health and safety, your safety is always a priority.

If you have terracotta tiles in your home and would like help with restoration or general repairs we are on call for you. Call Tile & Stone Medic Warwickshire today for a no obligation chat about how we can be of service.

FAQs: Tile Cleaning

Tiled Floor Cleaning

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.

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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.


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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.


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Generally yes, depending on how many have become loose and the condition of the subfloor, we can generally restore loose tiles without issue.


Category: Tiled Floor Cleaning

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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.


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Call Tile & Stone Medic! It sounds like your grout may be contaminated we frequently fix discoloured grouting.


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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.


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


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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