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Victorian Tile Sealing in Sunderland, (Circa 1890)

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Victorian tile sealing in Sunderland.

If you have Victorian tiles in your home, you can have them professionally enhanced and sealed which allows you to maintain them on a regular basis with very little effort. This way, your beautiful tiles will create interest and beauty for many years to come.

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A young couple bought this rundown Victorian terraced house (Circa 1890) as their forever home. They wanted to keep as many of the remaining original features and updating it with a subtle modern twist. When they first viewed the house it had an old carpet in the hallway and planned to replace with oak wooden flooring, but when they lifted the carpet they were overjoyed to find this 98% intact Victorian geometric tiled floor albeit very dirty.

They commisioned Tony the Victorian Tile Restorer to fully restore this beautiful floor back to its former glory and were delighted with the results.

Why Have Your Tiles Colour-Enhanced and Sealed

There are many colours of Victorian tiles, like red, grey and buff. Each colour has its own history, and how you clean them depends on the type. This type of tile is typically made from clay that has been fired to a high temperature, which makes it durable. However, they can also become stained or discoloured over time, so adding sealer will bring out their original colour and come with a 10 year guarantee against fading, water, dirt and grease penetration.

How Does Sealer Work?

This answer has very little to do with the specific chemical, instead it deals with how light reflects. So the short answer is that the enhancer scatters light, which reflects back to us a lighter tone of the specific colour. It's just like when wet tile reflects light and makes colours appear lighter.

How to Seal Victorian Tiles

Applying an enhancing sealer is a complicated process, but Tony makes it easy. First, the coat of sealant is applied in sections to the tile- by hand and slowly- to give enough time for it to sink into the tile. This ensures complete penetration and that it won't peel off or wear away easily. The sealant is then buffed by hand again to make sure that any excess material is gone- this creates a vibrant and even finish. Please keep in mind: colour enhancing tiles is a difficult art, so do not attempt it if you are inexperienced.

If you have Victorian tiles in your home, it's important to give them the proper care and attention in order to keep them looking their best. With a coat of professional tile enhancing sealer you can clean your tiles with very little effort, so that they continue to add beauty and interest to your home for many years to come.

How To Keep Your Victorian Tiles Looking Their Best

Victorian tiles are beautiful, but without proper sealant, they're hard to clean. While it may seem like the work is done when the professional finishes doing their restoration job, in reality things can get very dirty quickly if you don’t keep the floor clean. After restoration and to avoid these issues, here are a few steps to follow:

Dirty tiles can lead to grime build-up, and dirt and grit can quickly result in scratches on the sealer. That makes it important to clean the tile surface regularly to avoid those problems.

It's important to keep your Victorian tiles clean, no matter what material they're made of. Cleaning will protect your tiles from damage, as grit and dirt can make the surface rough and worn. When you remove dirt and grit, you'll also make it easier to keep the tiles looking their best too.

Always use a Ph neutral gentle cleaner and clean soft microfiber cloths for the best results. Lightly spray the tiles being careful not to over saturate, leave to dwell for a minute or two and remove the dirt. If you're feeling energtic then you can also buff the tiles again with a clean cloth to add extra lustre. Vacuum cleaners can be problematic, so avoid them unless expressly necessary.

 

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Victorian Geometric Tiles (Circa 1890)

Have your floor fully cleaned & sealed by a master craftsman with 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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History of Victorian Tiles

Encaustic and geometric tiles date back to the Victorian era. They are still popular today, with many public buildings such as churches and museums using this type of flooring. Eventually, they found their way into the hallways of Victorian homes and became a fashionable first impression for guests, while also providing durability that would last years.

Traditionally, most property owners neglected their Victorian tiled floors because they became tired of them. People tried other flooring materials and fads, such as linoleum, that left old flooring forgotten. Some owners covered the tiles with cement screed or glue on top of other flooring materials to keep the tiles from moving. These coverings prevent moisture releasing from the tile, so they should be removed before more damage occurs. Other causes of damage include installing carpet with gripper rods nailed in! Plumbing and electrical changes also caused problems involving lifting up some tiles to make way for construction materials!

Victorian floor tiles were often laid on suspended timber floors mixed with lime mortar. There are some instances, however, when the substrate has given way in certain areas of the floor, resulting in cracks in tiles or unevenness. Cracks due to sloping have also been observed, where underfloor timbers have moved against supporting brickwork.


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