Victorian Tile Floor
In the nineteenth century geometric and victorian tile floors started to appear in public buildings, churches and Victorian villas. By the late nineteenth century they had become an amazing feature in Victorian terraced houses throughout the United Kingdom. As well as adding prestige and colour to an entrance hall, a victorian tile floor was also remarkably practical and with the right maintenance extremely durable. Most domestic victorian tile floors have survived over 100 years of family wear and tear and could possibly last another 100 years if treated properly.
Victorian tile floors fell out of fashion during the 1960s and 1970s, when many of them were covered over with carpet flooring or removed and disposed of. With homeowners looking for alternatives to carpet or solid wood flooring tile floors are now being rediscovered and restored. Although many will need attention in form of repairs and cleaning, it is possible to bring them back to former glory.
Flooring Works: Victorian tile floor Deep clean and tile sealer application
As part of our deep clean service we were asked to restore this lovely victorian tile floor in a school. The floor was subject to many years of wear and tear and poor maintenance leaving the floor looking dark, dirty and nothing like the original floor. We trialed a tile cleaner and although it was removing the existing finish we found it to be tedious and dirty as a large amount of slurry needed to be removed. We changed our approach and decided to use a floor scraper with no added cleaner or remover. Although laborious it gave us the finish we expected leaving this victorian tile floor looking clean and colourful. The floor was then treated with Lithofin Stainstop tile floor sealer.