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Victorian Tile Cleaning In Darlington - (Circa 1840)

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Victorian tile cleaning in Darlington.

Victorian Tile Cleaning In Darlington. These Victorian tiles had decades of ingrained dust and dirt were fully restored back to their former glory.

This customer had just moved into the house and wanted the tiles fully restored. I started by using a professional grade cleaning solution to gently remove years of ingrained dust and dirt.

I applied a coat of high quality stain proof victorian tile sealer to restore the original vibrant colours of the tiles which also protects with a 10 year guarantee against water, dirt and grease staining. This also makes for easier regular cleaning leaving your floor look beautiful all year round.

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Victorian Geometric Tiles (Circa 1840)

Fully Restored

Have your floor fully restored by a master craftsman with a 50 year repair guarantee against tile movement and a 10 year guarantee against fading, water, grease and oil staining.

Deep Cleaning

Polishing

Restoration

Pattern Matching

Tile Sourcing

Substrate Replacement

Tile Replacement

Colour Enhancing

Tile Sealing

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History of Victorian Tiles

As popularity grew, Encaustic and geometric tiles were primarily used in public places, like the Victoria and Albert Museum or churches. Typically they are found in hallways of Victorian-era houses. Because they were so durable, many of them have survived to this day.

In the 1960s – 1980s, many property owners neglected these floors and with changing tastes in fashion and an invention like linoleum, carpet and other floor coverings being introduced, these tiled floors were covered up. In some cases, cement was used to level or adhere other flooring. These modern materials are grippy and impermeable to liquids so they acted as a perfect solution - unfortunately this caused the icky underlayment to be damaged by moisture that couldn't spread out or evaporate. Other causes of damage include carpets with gripper rods being nailed through tiles! Of course, changes in plumbing and electrical wiring caused tiles on some of these floors to loosen.

The substrate for Victorian geometric and encaustic tiles were often made up of lime mortar screed on top of suspended timber floors. Sometimes the substrate included rubble and lime, with varying quantities as a result of waste found on building the property. This form of substrate has stood the test of time in many cases, but there are instances where the substrate has failed and cracks have formed in the floor's tiles. In other cases, the floor can slope at different angles because the underfloor timbers have moved against brickwork.


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