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Victorian Tile Cleaning In Sunderland - (Circa 1890)

Victorian tile cleaning in sunderland

Victorian tile cleaning in Sunderland.

These original geometric Victorian tiles had been covered with carpet for many years which protected the structural integrity of the floor from the daily grind of life.

This was a domestic dwelling built circa (1890) and the customer wanted the tiles professionally cleaned and sealed. The Victorian Tile Restorer started by using a harmless cleaning solution to gently remove years of ingrained dirt, paint, old linseed oil, building work dust and plaster residue.

After allowing the floor to dry he carefully applied a coat of high quality victorian tile enhancing sealer to restore the original colour of the tiles, producing a smooth consistent vibrant finish which also protects the tile with a 10 year guarantee against colour fade, water, dirt and grease staining. This also makes for easier regular cleaning leaving the floor looking in tip top condition all year round. 

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Victorian Geometric Tiles (Circa 1890)

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

The earliest use of geometric & Encaustic tiles can be traced to Massimo Campigli and Salvator Pina in the second half of the 1800’s. The tiles were then popularized in the 1860s on terraced residential properties in London by Sir Joseph William Pilkington and at a nearby Russia antique shop, which is still operational today. These unique tiles produce amazing first impressions as they cover hallways and entrance ways throughout Victorian terraced homes. In addition to their aesthetic appeal, these tiles are extremely durable and have endured for over 150 years.

It wasn't until the 1960s that tiles became unpopular for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, many property owners neglected these tiles and covered them up with different floor coverings because of changing fashion trends. These coverings are impervious to moisture, so the only way to restore the integrity of these floors is by removing them from the surface. Other causes of damage include carpet laying with gripper rods! And as you might expect, changes to plumbing pipes and electrical wiring near tile floors have resulted in lifted tiles and concrete patches.

These floors were often installed on floor boards with a lime-based mortar or on platforms of often rubble and lime. These types generally stand the test of time, but there are times when the substrate fails in sections of the floor, causing cracks in tiles or forcing up and sinking of the floor area. The floor might slope in other cases where the underfloor timbers have shifted on the supporting brickwork.


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