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Victorian Tile Sealing & Enhancing

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Why Have Your Tiles Colour Enhanced & Sealed

Victorian tiles come in a variety of colours, such as 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, making them very durable. However, they can also become stained and discoloured over time and enhancing sealer will revive the original colour of the tiles, and comes with a 10 year guarantee against fading, water, dirt and grease penetration.

How Does Colour Enhancing Sealer Work

The answer to this question has little to do with the particular chemical, but instead with the physics of light. So in short the enhancing sealer scatters the light which reflects back to us a lighter tone of the specific colour. It is what happens when the tile is wet with water that provides the answer to how enhancers work.

How To Seal Victorian Tiles

Tony the Victorian Tile Restorer has many years of experience with these floors. In the article below, you'll see a full tile sealing project (circa 1877) commissioned by a homeowner who wanted the tiles restored back to their former glory.

 

Tile Sealing Process

 

Tile Cleaning

Before sealing the tiles they must be fully clean. The first step to sealing the floor is to clean off the dirt, grease and old sealers from the surface. To do this, Tony will use an ultrasonic machine that gently vibrates the floor using a specially formulated cleaning solution that lifts all the dirt from the tiles. Once they are cleaned, it's important to rinse them off with clean water in order to remove any residue.

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Tile Honing

Once the tiles are clean, the next and final step in the cleaning process is to remove light surface scratches and pits. This is done using a machine with a specially designed diamond head that hones the tiles, taking just a few microns from their surface. After which a vacuum is used to extract the slurry and rinse them thoroughly, they'll be 90% Pitt-free and super smooth.

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Enhancing & Sealing

Once the tiles have been allowed to dry out this is where the physics of light happens as discussed earlier. A coat of enhancing sealer is applied by hand in sections allowing to penetrate for at least 15 minutes, this is important to allow the sealer to sink into the tile ensuring full depth penetration. The section is then buffed again by hand to remove any excess sealer producing a vibrant and even finish. Please be aware that sealing is an art in itself and if attempted and ruined by an inexperienced person then there is no going back.

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Buffing & Polishing

The final step after the entire floor has been sealed is to hand buff the tiles again which ensures there is no residual excess sealer sitting on top of the surface. The final process is to machine buff giving the surface that little extra lustre. I think you will agree the finished article looks super clean, elegant and vibrant which im sure like minded individuals visiting your property will comment on.

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Why You Must Regularly Clean Victorian Tiles

If you have Victorian tiles in your home, the odds are good that your floors look beautiful, but without professional sealing they can be challenging to keep clean. Here's why it's important to keep them clean after a professional restoration job:

Dirty tiles can lead to grime build-up, which can make your home look less inviting. It can also affect the resale value of a home. Dirt & grit can quickly result in scratching the sealer, so cleaning them regularly is important to avoid that problem.


Regular cleaning not only helps protect your Victorian tiles from damage, but it also keeps them looking their best. Dirt and grit can be the equivalent to sandpaper, wearing away at the tile's surface sealer and causing it to become stained and pitted. By removing this dirt, you'll protect your tiles from wear and tear for years to come.

As you can tell, there are a number of good reasons to keep your Victorian-style tiles clean. Always use a gentle cleaner and soft microfiber cloths or brushes when cleaning. Avoid the use of vacuum cleaners at all costs to avoid damaging the sealer..

 

Conclusion

If you have Victorian tiles in your home, use these tips to keep them looking as lovely as they should be. You can have them professionally restored and you can maintain them with little effort. This way, your vibrant tiles will create interest and beauty for many years to come. Now that you've finished reading this post, we hope you found it helpful.

Deep Cleaning

Polishing

Restoration

Pattern Matching

Tile Sourcing

Substrate Replacement

Tile Replacement

Colour Enhancing

Tile Sealing

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