Victorian Tile Cleaning Service  Minton Tile Cleaning

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  • Are you one of the lucky people who has moved into a new home with original Vctorian floor tiles?
  • Our Victorian Tile Cleaning service can finish your floor to a beautiful soft sheen or a gloss, the choice is yours.

Poor Cleaning WILL Cause Permanent Damage.

Aggressive cleaning can take the surface off your tiles.

Aggressive cleaning can take the surface off your tiles.

Victorian floors are made of natural clay, which is relatively soft. Aggressive cleaning using abrasive pads or or wire brushes can remove the surface of the tile. Encaustic tiles are at particular risk because you can quickly wear away the patter. permanently damaging the encaustic tiles as well as spoiling the whole look of the floor.

High pressure cleaning will wash away the grout away.

Victorian tiles have a fine grout. Over the years the grout usually degrades to a point where it can be washed away. It is certainly not strong enough to withstand high pressure cleaning. Pressure washing will simply wash away the grout. In many old floors, the grout is the only thing keeping the tiles in place. The adhesive may have broken down years ago. The last thing you want is to have to lift the floor and have it re-laid.

Don’t let water soak into the sub floor

Water is essential in cleaning victorian floors. But you must make sure not to let water soak into the subfloor. Victorian tile floors are not necessarily laid on stable subfloors. Some we have restored are just laid on bricks or loose bedding. If too much water soaks into these subfloors, they can expand and lift tiles or whole areas of the floor.

If your victorian floor is relatively clean, you have a good chance of getting the floor clean again yourself. However in all other cases we recommend you call in a profession restoration company.

We have the experience, equipment and access to the cleaning products to clean and restore heavily soiled floors without causing permanent damage.

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Restoring the vibrant colours

Sealing Victorian Floor Tiles

Experiance and the right sealers give fantastic results.

Original victorian tiles were usually sealed with boiled linseed oil. While the oil enhances the colour of the floor, it neede regular application and over the years the oil oxidises and start to dull the colours.

Applying linseed is also a hazardous job. I know of a case where the cloths used to apply linseed oil to a tile floor caught fire while the user was taking tea break!

Today we have access to modern sealers that are safer, offer better protection, are easier to apply.

You have quite a number of options when it comes to sealing your floor. Here is an introduction to the various sealers you can use.

Examples of Sandstone Cleaning Projects

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What Type Of Sealer Should You Use For Your Victorian Tiles Floor?

There are two types of sandstone sealers; surface sealers and impregnating sealers.

Which sandstone sealer you use depends on how you want your floor to look.

Penetrating Victorian Tiles Sealer


Penetrating or impregnating sealers will not make any visible difference to the appearance of your sandstone floor.

These sandstone sealers soak deep into the pores of your stone floor and act like an invisible barrier to water and oil spills.

Once dry you can't see impregnating sealers, so the only way to assess the wear of impregnating sealers is when traffic areas start become more difficult to get clean.

We recommend deep cleaning and re-applying an impregnating stone sealer each year to make sure you don't lose the benefits it gives.

Surface Victorian Tiles Sealer


As the name implies, a surface sealer locks onto and sit on the surface of your stone floor. It will still allow your sandstone floor to breath.

A surface sealer makes mopping a little easier as you are mopping the sealer rather than the stone surface.

By sitting on the surface of your stone floor, a surface stone sealer will slightly darken the colour. So if you want a light colour, then my may be better choosing an impregnating sealer.

Over time a surface sealer will show scratches and wear areas as it wears away. We recommend deep cleaning and re-applying a layer if to the wear areas on an annual basis.

With our extensive experience in cleaning and restoration We are pleased to offer advice on maintenance programs, cleaning solutions and equipment.

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