https://versatile-restoration.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/versatile-resoration-cardiff.png 0 0 admin https://versatile-restoration.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/versatile-resoration-cardiff.png admin2020-06-30 10:18:112020-06-30 10:18:42The cleaning process
The cleaning of the tiles is my favourite part of the restoration process, this is the stage of the job that never fails to get a “wow” form my customers.
Clients will often ask ” how clean will my tiles look when finished ?”
My reply is ” I cannot guarantee every single blemish can be removed from this 100 year old floor but what I can personally guarantee is that nobody will get this floor any cleaner then I can ” and that I stand by 100%.
My cleaning process has been developed over many years, always keeping an eye out for new products I must say my system I have in place right now may possibly never be improved on.
I have been using the same methods for around 15 years and the results speak for themselves.
Giving away my secret formula would be financial suicide but what I can tell you is no chemicals are used and neither is acid ( acid is only ever used when cementous contaminates are visible )
A water based stripper is sometimes used to remove old wax coatings or paint but apart from that it’s clean water all the way.
Once the floor has been cleaned, a 3 day duration is required to allow the tiles to dry out thoroughly, I then return to apply my sealer. I have tried and tested many sealers in my search for the best product and am very happy with my current choice. The sealer settles into the tiles which means it does not wear off due to foot traffic. Many of my competitors use a topical coating such as a high gloss liquid wax, this is a big mistake. This kind of sealer does not allow vapour transmission meaning damp issues may arise elsewhere as the tiles are supposed to breath allowing moisture to escape.
Another problem with this type of sealer is a durable floor tile which is easy to maintain has now become a soft wax coating that requires regular maintenance and grabs dust and grime proving more difficult for everyday mopping.
Your Victorian floor is a piece of art, look after it and it will serve you a lifetime.