This customer from Barton-under-Needwood had a classic Black and Yellow tiled Victorian floor needed extending to the bottom of the stairs. The original floor also needed a deep clean and seal which would help the new and old tiles blend once done.
We don’t tend to do tiling jobs at Tile Doctor unless as in this case it’s part of bigger renovation or restoration work. I was certainly happy to help and after paying the customer a visit to fully understand the requirements I provided a quote and a date was set for the work to begin.
Extending a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor
The first job was to dig out the concrete out and a metal surround where a sunken mat had originally been at the bottom of the staircase. After doing I applied self-levelling cement to level the floor off ready to lay the tiles the next day.
I had managed to source replacement tiles that were a very close match to the original but due to the different in the modern metric and the original imperial sizes work was needed to cut them to size. Because of this the next 2 days were spent carefully cutting and laying the tiles in a matching pattern followed by grouting the whole floor.
Deep Cleaning a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor
On the following day with the extended floor now set I moved onto to cleaning and renovating the original floor. It had the usual issues relating to a worn out sealer allowing dirt to become ingrained in the pores of the tile.
To resolve the problems, I washed the floor with a dilution of Tile Doctor Pro-Clean scrubbed in with a coarse 100-grit pad. These pads are encrusted with industrial diamonds and really cut through the dirt and clean up the tiles. The released dirt was then rinsed off the floor with water and a wet vacuum.
This was followed by an acid wash using Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up which is designed to remove old grout smears and salts from the tile. Salts can be a real problem on old Victorian floors with no damp proof membrane as there is nothing to stop salts being caried up through the tile from the subfloor and being left as white deposits as the moisture evaporates, a process commonly known as Effloresence.
After another rinse and extract with the wet vacuum the floor was left to dry off overnight.
Sealing a Victorian Tiled Hallway Floor
I went back the next day to seal the whole floor but having taken several moisture readings with a damp meter I decided to leave it a week to dry as parts of the floor were not dry enough for a seal.
I then went back the following week to seal the floor with four coats of Tile Doctor Seal and Go which leaves a nice satin finish. The customer was delighted with the finish. For aftercare I recommended Tile Doctor Neutral Cleaner which is a gentle but effective product that is safe to use on sealed tiles.