A quarry tile floor in Warwick ready for cleaning
A quarry tile floor in Warwick ready for cleaning

This quarry tile kitchen floor is approximately 150 years old.  It used to be the kitchen and main entrance area but the new owner has remodelled the house and it will now be the entrance hall.  Being used as a kitchen for such a long time means there is a lot of grease and soiling in the tiles and the building work has left a generous amount of plaster dust to remove as well.

First job is to clear the area and cover the skirting and lower walls with plastic sheeting and tape to protect them from spills or splashes.

 

Using a rotary scrubbing machine to clean quarry tiled floor
Using a rotary scrubbing machine to clean quarry tiled floor

A heavyweight rotary machine is used to scrub the cleaning products into the floor.  Choosing the correct chemicals, brushes or pads allows for efficient removal of the soiling.  In this case two different processes were used, one after the other for maximum effect.

 

 

 

Using a vacuum to remove slurry from tiled floor
Using a vacuum to remove slurry from tiled floor

Between each cleaning phase and finally the floor is rinsed with plain water and a wet vacuum used to remove the chemicals and soiling, water and residues.  At this point the plastic sheets and taping can be removed and the remaining inch round the edges cleaned by hand.  Using the wet vacuum means that all waste is removed from the floor and not pushed about with a mop.

 

 

Using fans to dry a quarry tile floor
Using fans to dry a quarry tile floor

Fans are then used to force dry the floor.  For this type of tile and this type of floor construction this can take several days.  The natural variation of the colours in the tiles now starts to become apparent.  Using a moisture meter is the best way to ensure that the floor is dry all over and ready for sealing.

 

 

Applying a colour enhancing seal to help with maintaining the floor and improve its appearance
Applying a colour enhancing seal to help with maintaining the floor and improve its appearance

The householder has chosen to seal the floor and enhance the colour at the same time.  The colour enhancer darkens the tiles as if they were still wet, but without the gloss effect.  A colour neutral sealer is also available which doesn’t change the floors appearance at all.  Both seals waterproof the floor and repel liquid spills and make the floor easier to maintain.  The picture shows the floor part done.

 

 

The finished quarry tile floor
The finished quarry tile floor

The finished floor.  The ingrained grease and soils are gone as are the more recent plaster residues.  Now that the floor has been sealed it looks better, will be easier to maintain and has given the entrance better aesthetic appeal.  Further work on this house has revealed  more of the same tiles in other parts of the house.  I’m already booked to return and do those areas when current restrictions allow.

 

If you would like more information or to book an appointment for a survey and assessment in the Warwick, Kenilworth or Leamington Spa areas then you can contact me, Neil Worsnop, by email neilworsnop@allsquarecleaning.co.uk or phone 01926 492696  /  07557 944461.

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