STONE TILE AND GROUT RESTORATION

LIMESTONE

Limestone is reputed in the international market for its premium quality, toughness and durability. It is often the preferred choice for interior and exterior in both commercial and domestic for flooring, wall cladding, paving and facades of buildings, railway stations, pavement, landscaping and garden stone.

Here is a before and after restoration picture of a rare black honed limestone floor.

Limestone Before and After Total Cleaning

QUARRY TILES

Quarry Tiles are a classic hard wearing tile often utilised in high traffic areas such as reception areas and also often used for outdoor patio areas and porches. Although hard wearing Quarry tiles are often neglected and hidden under years of grime, however all is not lost they can be restored.

Quarry tiles before and after Total Cleaning

SANDSTONE

As Tile Cleaners we see Sandstone used at lot as Kitchen flooring, however as with any natural stone it needs to be sealed to protect it and bring out its beauty and colour.

One of the biggest problems we find with stone flooring in a kitchen is that the sealer applied is stripped away by the continuous use of cleaning agents not designed for this type of surface. However this can be solved with the right professional treatment.

Sandstone Tiles before and after Total Cleaning

SLATE

Slate stone has traditionally been used for centuries as roofing and flooring, the durability of this material ensured its popularity until the introduction of cheaper man made alternatives. Much of the slate used in the UK today comes from China however there are still Slate mines in Cornwall, Wales and Cumbria. This type of tile looks beautiful once it has been correctly treated and sealed.

Slate flooring before and after Total Cleaning

TERRACOTTA

Terracotta Tiles have been around in certain parts of the world for over two millennia, in fact the word Terracotta means burned earth. The ancient Romans used a variety of terracotta tiles in their villas and palaces for many centuries. Terracotta tiles are thicker than most modern tiles giving them strength and durability.

The one big downside to Terracotta is the fact that it has no glaze on the surface and can pick up and store muck and dirt very quickly. If you have ever owned a Terracotta floor before you will be able to relate to this problem.

The answer of course is to seal them, but which sealants do you use as there are so many of them on the market, the best answer is to get some advice and as any tiler worth his salt will tell you Terracotta tiles are the most problematic to seal . Wax sealants tend not to soak all the way into the tile and some residue is left on the surface which overtime with traffic wear, tends to dis-colour to a darker shade whilst leaving the outside edges clean where they are not walked on that much.

Our trained technicians at Total Cleaning will know exactly how to clean and exactly what sealer is best to use, leaving you with outstanding results.

Terracotta tiles before and after Total Cleaning

TRAVERTINE

Travertine tile is a natural material that has unique features that no other stone can offer. The distinctive design of Travertine creates some of the most distinguished floor tiles. Travertine is ideal for commercial and residential use. It can be used for floor tile, kitchen flooring, bathroom wall tile, bathroom floor tile, and it is often used externally aswell. This type of unique stone requires to be stripped, cleaned, polished back up, and finally sealed to help preserve all its natural beauty and features that make it so distinctive. Here at Total Cleaning we have the experience and training required to carry out such jobs with the confidence of fantastic results at the end.

Travertine Tiles before and after Total Cleaning

CERAMIC TILES

Glazed ceramic tiles are a popular option these days due their durability, water and scratch resistance. Originally tiles were hand-made, thus each was a work of art in its own right. Ceramic tile was used almost everywhere - on walls, floors, ceilings, fireplaces, in murals, and as an exterior cladding on buildings. Today of course most ceramic tiles are automatically manufactured. although we can still clean them, leaving a shine as if they were brand new once again.

We often get asked to recommend a sealer for Ceramic Tiles: the simple answer is they don't need one, however the grout which is porous will. This prevents any stains, dirt, or mould occuring.

Ceramic Tile cleaning by Total Cleaning Scotland

GROUT CLEANING, SEALING, COLOURING

Grouts are porous and, as a result, they easily absorb grease, dirt and lime scale. Spillages such as wine, lemonades or greasy substances will cause marks and patches in the joints in the floor. Grout between wall-tiles, particularly in damp areas like bathrooms, will become dirty and unattractive as a result of Mould, Mildew and Limescale.

Mould is one of the most unsightly problems, which usually starts off in the wettest area of the room, this could be the bottom of the shower or bath, then starts to spread and if left unchecked could cover a large area of the wall.

Discolouration of grout joints in bath or shower areas due to continued use of acid formulated shampoos and soaps. This causes yellow orange and pink stains to the grout over even a short period of time.

The answer is obvious, protect the grout using a sealer. Although relatively unknown in the UK, protection awareness is growing. Sealing forms an invisible barrier between the grout and the surface, this will then protect your investment for years to come.

In other cases if the grout does not clean up we can also re - colour it. This also acts as a sealer aswell as restoring the colour back to new. We offer a wide variety of colours to choose from if the usual white, black, or grey which is seen in most cases does not apply. This colourant will turn the existing grout to an epoxy grout which will make it completely washable and easier to clean than ever before.

Grout cleaning before and after Total Cleaning

GRANITE

Granite is becoming the material of choice for today's homes and offices, synthetic materials are simply no match for granite's natural beauty and classic elegance. Granite is available in a wide variety of colors and can be shaped into straight or curved patterns to match virtually any requirement including beautiful kitchens, vanities and bath areas. Here at Total Cleaning we can restore your granite worktops or flooring and re-polish them back to the good as new state to which they used to be.