Stone Tile Maintenance

Details below of a Natural Riven Stone tiled floor installed in the Kitchen of a house in Boston, Lincolnshire. The client had previously sealed this floor with a commonly available sealer and found the results unsatisfactory; the floor had a riven surface and that combined with two large dogs made cleaning was a constant burden.

Natural Stone Floor in Boston Before

Natural-Stone Tile Cleaning

The first step was to remove the existing sealer and give the floor a thorough clean; fortunately we were able to do this using a strong dilution of Tile Doctor Pro-Clean which is a multipurpose cleaner/stripper. Pro-Clean was applied to the floor and then left to dwell for a good twenty minutes giving it time to break down the remaining sealer before being worked in using a rotary machine fitted with a black scrubbing pad. To get the grout clean we made up a further batch of Pro-Clean, this time with warm water and scrubbed it by hand into the grout lines using a stiff grout brush.

The soiled cleaning solution was removed using a wet vacuum and the floor given a thorough rinse using clean water. Stubborn areas were re-treated using the same process and the floor was left to dry overnight assisted with a turbo air blower.

Natural Stone Floor in Boston Stripped

Sandstone Tile Sealing

The next morning we applied three coats of Tile Doctor Seal and Go to the tiles with each coat taking around twenty minutes to dry. Seal and Go is an ideal sealer for natural stone flooring and being water based there are no nasty smells to worry about like most solvent based products. Seal and Go also added a nice subtle sheen to the floor and will protect the tiles for years to come.

Natural Stone Floor in Boston Resealed

The customer was delighted with the results.
 
 
Source: Natural Stone Tile Maintenance

Sandstone floor Refresh

This Sandstone tiled floor was installed in a house in Loughborough; the existing sealer on the floor had been worn down over time and it was becoming difficult to clean so we were asked to give it thorough clean and re-seal.

Sandstone Floor in Loughborough Before Cleaning

Cleaning a Sandstone Tiled Floor

We cleaned the floor using a dilution of Tile Doctor Pro-Clean, Pro-Clean has an alkaline formula so it’s safe to use on natural stone as opposed to mildly acidic cleaning products that can eat away at protective coatings and even dissolve calcareous stone over time. The solution was worked into the stone surface using a rotary machine fitted with a black scrubbing pad; we also used a stiff hand brush on the grout lines. The soiled solution was rinsed off with clean water which was removed with a wet vacuum and left to dry. At this point we noticed there were a few spots that needed further attention so we repeated the process until we were happy and then left for the evening so the floor could fully dry overnight.

Sealing a Sandstone Tiled Floor

We came back the next day and after checking the floor was dry proceeded to apply the sealer. For Sandstone I prefer to use Tile Doctor Colour Grow, it’s an impregnating sealer that penetrates deep into the stone, enhances the natural colour in the stone and provides good surface protection. I think you will agree from the photograph below it has really improved the look of the Sandstone.

Sandstone Floor in Loughborough After

 
 
Source: Sandstone floor refreshed in Leicestershire