Cleaning Quarry Tiles

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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.

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Quarry Tile Cleaning Is Hard Work Even For An Enthusiastic Homeowner

Before you start cleaning quarry tiles you need to arm yourself with the following:

  • Protective covering for walls and adjacent flooring – £30.00
  • Enough sealer and coating remover that will remove the old coatings – £50+
  • Mops, buckets 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 £450 and £650 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.

Cleaning Issues With Quarry Tiles

Many quarry tile floors were laid in Victorian and Edwardian times which can lead to a number of issues when cleaning and restoring.

quarry-tile-linoleumThey may have been covered by lino like the floor above, carpet, paint, floor coverings and adhesives that can permanently stain the tile surface.

quarry-tile-effloresenceSome floors can suffer years of efflorescence activity and the efflorescence can become calcified into the tile body.

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.

Cleaning Tips For Quarry Tiles

  • 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 restoring and cleaning quarry tiles , we can show you exactly what can be done to transform your floor.

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Cleaning Travertine Floor Tiles Your Simple How To Guide

Cleaning travertine floor tiles is not too difficult, but as with all natural stone, it’s important to understand the characteristics of the material. This article gives you all the information you need to know to clean your travertine the right way. Once you know how to clean travertine, your floor will look beautiful for years to come.

Travertine is a beautiful natural stone that compliments any interior. It is recognised as a being durable ideal for flooring. But it is not as hardwearing as dense stones like granite.

 

But, travertine does have its sensitivities.

Problems With Etching And Staining

Travertine is mainly composed of calcium-based minerals. The calcium in the stone means that it is sensitive to acids like fruit juice, tea, coffee, vinegar, liquid soap, bathroom cleaning products, which will etch and dull the polish. Marble and limestone suffer from the same problems because they are also calcium-based stones.

The etch damage will show as a dull spot on the tile, which will be very obvious on honed and polished travertine

Travertine is less susceptible to staining from coloured liquids. Most times, staining happens in combination with etching, when a coloured acid attacks the travertine.

For example, if you spill a red fruit juice on your travertine, the acid will etch the surface and open it up, allowing the red stain to penetrate into the surface.

Helpful Travertine CleaningTip

Marble, travertine and limestone are all made from calcium minerals, which means that cleaning and maintenance for all three types of stone are very similar.

Because of the acid sensitivity, we would not recommend using travertine for a kitchen or bathroom worktop, nor as flooring in a high-use kitchen or bathroom.

However, because of its warm, beautiful finish, travertine is mostly used in kitchens and bathrooms, proving that beauty overrides practicality. However, in these situations, it is essential to apply a travertine sealer

Sealing Travertine Floor Tiles

Sealing natural stone is not a difficult task. However, the key to success is using the right sealer at the right time.

If you are concerned about cost, I can assure you that the cost involved with sealing stone is small compared to how well your travertine will look for years to come

Sealing Polished Travertine Tiles

You will come across people on the web who claim that honed and polished travertine is stain-proof and doesn’t need sealing.

This is nonsense…

A good quality sealer makes the floor much easier to clean, and helps prevent soil from binding to the surface of the stone.

Sealing Honed And Tumbled Travertine

Honed and tumbled travertine has a more “open” and porous surface that can absorb soil and stains. So sealing is a must for these stones.

Helpful Tip: Sealing travertine tiles will protect against stains, but not etching. Etching is physical damage which happens when acids dissolve the surface of the stone. At this time impregnating sealers can not prevent etch damage. However, surface sealers will give you more time to remove the spill before it causes damage.

7 Important Travertine Cleaning Tips

By following the cleaning guidelines below will help minimise the chances of damage and help your travertine look beautiful for much longer.

1. Dry mop your travertine floor tiles regularly.

Use a clean, dry, non-treated dust mop or a microfiber dust mop. You can use a vacuum cleaner, but make sure to use a soft cleaning head because hard, sharp edges on a cleaning head can scratch the travertine.

2. Mop Up Spills As Quickly As Possible

Acidic spills are corrosive to marble floor tiles, and they will quickly cause etch damage. The quicker you clean up any spills, the greater the chance that your marble will not be damaged.

3. Use Travertine Cleaners

Don’t use generic floor cleaners. Many standard floor cleaning products contain ingredients that can damage travertine floor tiles and travertine worktops. They can also weaken and eventually remove sealers, leaving the stone vulnerable to staining and damage from spills.

Cleaning travertine with products bought at your local store that contain acids, alkalis, and other chemicals can etch or damage the countertop or tile surface or degrade the sealant leaving the stone more vulnerable to staining.

If you use generic floor cleaners, you will not see the damage they cause immediately. However, over time, your travertine will start to look dull and marked.

4. Use Microfiber Mop

Damp mop your floor regularly with a microfiber floor mop. Microfiber lifts soil off the floor and traps it inside the fibres of the mop, leaving the floor clean and nearly dry. Don’t use a cotton round mop to clean your floors. These old-style mops just move soil over the surface of the floor tiles and leave the dirt in grout lines and crevices.

Steam Cleaners – Should You Use Them On Travertine

It is my opinion as a stone restoration professional that a damp microfiber cleaning mop is much better to use than a steam cleaner. A mop is lighter, more manoeuvrable and gives you greater control over the moisture in the mop head.

5. Maintain The Travertine Sealer

Travertine sealers will eventually break down as s a result of poor cleaning and or wear. So you should “top-up” your sealer in traffic areas every year. Applying a sealer is quite simple if you already have a clean floor.

6. Use Door Mats

Stop dry abrasive soil coming onto your travertine floor. The best way to achieve this is to use dirt trapping mats at the entrance and remove outdoor footwear.

7. Use Furniture Protectors

Moving tables, chairs and other standing furniture will scratch your travertine. So to prevent scratching make sure to use felt protective pads under any furniture. Also, make sure to clean the pads to stop them trapping grit as and soil. You should also use protectors on countertops or worktops.

Travertine has been used as a decorative flooring for centuries. The inmformation contained in this article will help you keep your travertine floors looking beautiful for years to come.

However, if your travertine is in need of professional help call 0800 695 0810 or contact us for a free no-obligation travertine floor cleaning quotation.

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