Victorian Tile Restoration

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Mosaic Victorian floor tiles restoration services

mosaic floor tiles restoration

Mosaic Victorian floor tiles restoration services

Our restoration services are cost-effective, easy to maintain, and they provide tried-and-tested solutions for the preservation of you're Victorian tiles.

Fine Victorian tiled floors require careful handling. Damage is repaired to stabilise and maintain their integrity, while the cleaning and sealing process refreshes and revitalises these historical gems.

Victorian floor tile restoration often includes the careful removal of damaged and broken pieces, replacing and matching tiles cut to size.

Wherever possible, all repairs will be made with salvaged tiles and matched as closely as possible with our stock of modern equivalents.

Loose areas of tiles are lifted, removed, and then reinstalled at the appropriate height. They're chemically cleaned to get rid of dirt and grit that's built up over time to provide a shiny and clean finish.

Tiled floors were popular throughout the 1970's - 1980's, but then the trends changed. Today it's rare to find tiled flooring under carpet or vinyl. Be sure to check for these period features if you're own a period property.

 

Problems when discovering Victorian floor tiles

Deep Cleaning - This is an older method for attaching carpet to the floor with small nails. Holes are drilled and molten lead is poured into the hole, followed by a tiny nail inserted to secure the carpet in place. The lead melts and gets on nearby tiles. They are often ruined, so when you restore them, the surrounding tiles need to be removed and replaced with new or salvaged tiles of a matching colour. The damage is usually in consistent intervals around the perimeter of the floor, so it's likely that all of the adjacent tiles would have suffered damaged also.

Carpet gripper rod - is bonded to the surface of the tile with an adhesive. Removal should be easy using a flat-edged tool and mallet. In most cases a few taps will release the rod from the tile surface. Any residue should then be cleaned back with an appropriate solvent.

Carpet underlay - the rubber from carpet underlay can break down. This leaves marks on the tiles depending on their porosity. These marks often look like shadows. They should be cleaned back with a chemical-based cleaner.

Dry tiles - Once a carpet is put on top of a floor for a long period, it can often become quite dry and discoloured. This does not help the floor, but instead deteriorates its condition.

Damage - If cracked, they should be lifted and re-set; if they break and fall off entirely, these old tiles near high-traffic areas like stairs and entrances should be replaced with original salvaged material or with modern new colour-matched ones.

Deep cleaning - In order to remove dirt and old sealants, the area will need to be thoroughly cleaned with an appropriate detergent.

Drying - It's important that the floor is dry as moisture can interfere with the sealant, causing an increased chance of peeling and a shorter life span.

Sealing & Enhancing - This is optional but highly recommend as the sealer will protect the floor from water, dirt, grease and grime staining. Enhancing will revive the the original colour of the tiles producing a bright and vibrant finish.

 

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How do you clean old Victorian tiles

If you have old Victorian floor tiles that need cleaning, there are a few things you need to take into consideration. First, what type of tile do you have? Second, what is the condition of the tile? And third, what is the best way to clean the tile without damaging it?

There are two types of Victorian floor tiles: glazed and unglazed. Glazed tiles have a smooth, glossy surface that is easy to clean. Unglazed tiles have a more porous surface and can be more difficult to clean.

The condition of your tiles will also affect how you go about cleaning them. If your tiles are in good condition, you can use a variety of methods to clean them. However, if your tiles are in poor condition, you may need to consult with a professional before attempting to clean them yourself.

The best way to clean old Victorian floor tiles depends on the type and condition of the tile. For general cleaning, you can use a mild soap and warm water solution. For tougher stains, you may need to use a stronger cleaning solution. If your tiles are in poor condition, it is best to consult with a professional before attempting any type of cleaning.

 

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Victorian Mosaic Tiles (Circa 1870)

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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

Get in touch with Tony for a friendly chat using the contact form, and he will discuss your requirements and arrange a free site survey and Estimate.

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