Removing Coatings From Ceramic Tiles

This is a great photograph of a Ceramic tiled kitchen floor in at a house in the village of Blaby, in the centre of Leicestershire, that had at some point in its past had been incorrectly sealed with an acrylic topical floor polish. Ceramic tiles are glazed and don’t need sealing, nor usually will they accept one as the glaze make it difficult for anything for adhere properly and so this treatment should never have been applied. Needless to say it didn’t work out as over time the coating had become worn, damaged and heavily soiled.

Heavily Soiled Ceramic tiled kitchen floor before cleaning Blaby

Cleaning Heavily Soiled Ceramic Kitchen Tiles

Before starting we made sure the floor was clear of any obstructions and we removed the kick boards around the bottom of the kitchen units to ensure they would not get scuffed or damp during the cleaning process.

To get the floor clean again the old polish that was now heavily soiled would have to be removed so a strong dilution of Tile Doctor Remove & Go was applied to the floor and left to soak into the floor in-order for it to get to work breaking down the polish. Remove and Go is a specialist product produced by Tile Doctor that is safe to use on Tile and Stone and pretty much does what it says on the tin for the removal of coatings such as sealers etc.

After leaving the solution to dwell for thirty minutes the Remove and Go was scrubbed into the floor using a black scrubbing pad fitted to low-speed weighted rotary machine. The grout lines were also scrubbed thoroughly by hand using a grout brush. The floor was then rinsed and the resulting slurry and cleaning residues removed using a wet vacuum. The floor was inspected at this point and any stubborn areas were spot treated using the same process.

The floor was now clean again and looking as it should, the only thing left to do was to dry the floor which we did with the aid of a force air drying machine and then refit the kickboards to the kitchen units.

Heavily Soiled Ceramic tiled kitchen floor after cleaning Blaby

 
 
Source: Tile, Stone, Grout Cleaning and Restoration service in Leicestershire

Maintaining Textured Ceramic Tiles

These grubby looking Textured Ceramic Tiles were in a bathroom of a house in the old village of Narborough near Leicester. As you can see from the picture below they were overdue for a deep clean and the customer has been struggling to do that. On inspection it was clear that the textured surface which was designed to prevent slipping has become ingrained with dirt making them difficult to clean and therefore lose appearance. This can be a problem with a rough surface and so to prevent dirt building up the surface is sealed, however sealers do wear off after a few years depending on use and I suspect this is what happened here.

Narborough Cleaning Textured Ceramic Tiles Before

Cleaning and Preparing Porcelain Tile and Grout

To remove any remaining sealer from the less worn areas and clean the tile and grout a strong dilution of Tile Doctor Pro-Clean was applied and left to soak in to the surface for around ten minutes before scrubbing it into the tile with a rotary machine fitted with a black scrubbing pad and also a stiff hand brush along the grout lines. The floor was then rinsed down with fresh water which was removed with a wet Vacuum. This stripping and cleaning process was repeated until the tile and the grout was looking new again after which the floor was given a thorough rinse in order to remove any trace of product and then dried as much as possible using the wet vacuum.

Sealing Micro Porous Porcelain

We left the floor to dry and then came back two days later to seal the floor, testing it first with a damp meter to ensure it was dry. The two days was enough time to dry it out so we moved on to seal the floor using two coats of Tile Doctor Colour Grow which is an impregnating sealer that occupies the pores in the tile providing strong stain protection as well as lifting the colour.

Narborough Cleaning Textured Ceramic Tiles After
I think you will agree the floor tile and grout look much cleaner and the new sealer will make it much easier to clean going forward.

Source: Residential and Commercial Tile, Stone and Grout Cleaning in Leicestershire