Tips For Cleaning Quarry Tiles
There’s nothing more annoying than finishing the job of cleaning quarry tiles and finding your tiles still look dirty and unloved.
It is possible to clean quarry tiles yourself, but the work is dirty, messy and better achieved with specialist equipment.
When we clean this kind of floor we have the equipment and experience to do a great job, as the image here shows.
How To Clean Quarry Tiles To Get Results
You will need to arm yourself with:
- Protective covering for walls and ajdacent flooring - £30.00
- Enough sealer and coating remover that will remove the old coatings - £50+
- Mops, buckest and a hire a wet vacuum - £80
- A measuring jug
- Stripping pads - £20
- A professional machine to help strip the old coating- £70
- Stone cleaner and nourisher to for a final clean - £20
- Enough professional grade sealer - £60
- Protective equipment, gloves, footwear, goggles - £40
.. and that's all before you even start work!
The cost just to buy the chemicals, sundries and hire the equipment for a single room is in the region of £350!
When you consider that the cost to hire a professional to do the job is between £350 and £450 a day!
Is it really worth trying to clean your quarry tiles yourself!
Quarry tile floors are beautiful and stand up to countless years of wear, but while they stand up well to foot traffic, they can be sensitive to harsh cleaners or anything abrasive.
Quarry Tile Cleaning Issues
Many quarry tile floors were laid in Victorian and Edwardian times which can lead to a number of issues when cleaning and restoring.
Original grout can be so deeply ingrained with oil and soils that the only options are; accept it, re-grout or re-colour.
Both re-grouting and re-coloring have their own issues.
When re-grouting, all the old grout has to be removed without damaging the original tile. This can be a costly process and should only be carried out by a professional.
Grout colouring involves applying an epoxy-based coloured seal to the surface of the grout.
This can be a problem with old oily grout in kitchens. The oil in the grout can prevent the epoxy sticking to the surface of the grout and over time it may flake off. Each installation must be assessed on its own merits.
While quarry tiles are tremendously hard wearing, you can greatly extend the appearance of your quarry tile floors by following a simple maintenance program.
Quarry Tile Cleaning Tips
- The surface should be protected with a quality quarry tile sealer to help prevent staining.
- Barrier matting is essential to prevent walked in sand and grit from spreading onto the floor and causing scratches and dullness.
- Furniture legs should be protected with felt or plastic pads.
- Standing objects and especially plant pots should be placed on bases to prevent staining.
- Cleaners specially formulated for natural stone should be used for cleaning.
- Quarry tile floors should be vacuumed or dust mopped with dry microfiber mop daily or at the least weekly to remove surface sand and grit and reduce the chance of scratches.
- Quarry tile floors should be damp mopped once or twice per week, and daily on heavy traffic areas to remove surface dirt and soil. Only use cleaners specially formulated for quarry floors.
- Spills should be removed immediately. Always blot, never wipe as the act of wiping can spread the spill.
- Traffic areas should be professionally deep cleaned, resealed on a yearly basis.
- When regular quarry tile cleaning procedures fail to return an adequate surface, complete restoration may be necessary. Loose or chipped tiles, cracks, difficult stains and poor maintenance may only be rectified by deep cleaning, colour matched filling and other intensive restoration techniques.
Quarry tile is a wonderful flooring that can be finished with a variety of surface finishes.
Unglazed quarry tiles can be treated with a colour enhancing sealer to add depth to the colour.
When a quarry tile floor is restored it can leave a different surface colouring. This is usually because the old floor finish has a mixture of ingrained soiling, old discoloured waxes and sealers.
With our extensive experience in quarry tile cleaning and restoration, we can show you exactly what can be done to transform your floor.
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