The photographs below are from a Quarry Tiled floor installed in the dining room of a house in Hinkley, Leicestershire. The tiles were look washed out and the sealer was failing in the high traffic areas leading to dirt becoming ingrained into the tile; the floor was now in need of a deep clean and re-seal.
Cleaning Kitchen Quarry Tiles
The first step was to strip the floor of any remaining sealer, to add more sealer on top of existing can lead to problems so a dilution of Tile Doctor Remove and Go was applied to the floor and left to soak for a short while before being scrubbed in with a rotary machine fitted with a black scrubbing pad. Remove and Go is a powerful stripper which is safe to use on Tile and as its name suggests it can remove coatings, it also does a good job in cleaning the floor at the same time. In the middle of this I also like to run a stiff brush along the grout lines as the floor pads don’t always reach into the grooves. The soiled cleaning solution was then removed using a wet vacuum and the floor thoroughly rinsed with water and then left to dry overnight.
Sealing Kitchen Quarry Tiles
When we returned the next day I checked for dampness and any ugly spots that would need further attention and once happy started with sealing. On this occasion four coats of Tile Doctor Colour Grow were applied; Colour Grow gives a matt finish and brings out the natural colours in the tile whilst providing stain protection by soaking deep into the pores of the Quarry tile and preventing dirt from becoming ingrained there.