Spanish Terracotta Floor Cleaned and Sealed in Mallorca

As Tile Doctor operates in Europe as well as mainland UK we have to be ready for certain logistical challenges i.e. flying over to Mallorca to help a customer who has had a number of issues cleaning and sealing their Terracotta floor tiles at their residence on the island.  Naturally you would have thought a local firm would have been able to resolve these issues, unfortunately it seems this is not the case and we were asked to step in.

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As is it was not economical to ship our machinery to the island the customer sourced the necessary machinery locally.

Stripping Old Sealer and Cleaning Terracotta Tiles

On this occasion we used a new product called Tile Doctor Oxy-Gel which is a gel based version of the popular Tile Doctor Pro-Clean.  It is applied neat to the tile and then left to dwell for fifteen minutes or so and then using a black buffing pad attached to a buffing machine we then stripped the old sealer very effectively with this method adding water as required, the soiled solution was then extracted from the floor using a wet Vax.  Then we proceeded to rinse the floor with more water and repeat this process until all of the new Oxy-Gel and dirty water , this is called Neutralisation, if this isn’t done sufficiently then the chemical left in the clay can impact on the clay when it is sealed.

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Sealing Victorian Tiles

The Terracotta was left to dry overnight and then a damp test was conducted after which it was dry enough to apply 1 coat for Tile Doctor Colour Grow which is a breathable Impregnating Sealer and add colour to the Clay, this was polished off and left to dry for a couple of hours before we applied several coats of Tile Doctor Seal and Go, which then gave the Tiles a sheen and lifted the colours even more as you can see from the picture’s.

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The customer was advised to use Tile Doctor Neutral Cleaner which we brought with us from the U.K.

This was only a 2 day visit to help with the issues with the floor, more time was needed to do all of the tiles in the house of which their was several rooms, the customer was of the mind to do the rest of the floor themselves which was the understanding before we flew out, this was a cost saving exercise on behalf of the customer of which we were happy to oblige as long as our expenses were met.

Maintaining Terracotta Floor Tiles in Mallorca

Rockform Tiles Preston

I took the photographs below at Rockform who we often use for sourcing difficult to find tiles. Tony and Mark who run the shop have been in the business for many years and have a vast wealth of knowledge so I can highly recommend them; they can be found on the (A6) Garstang Road at Brock, Near Preston.

Rockform Tiles Preston
Rockform Tiles Preston Rockform Tiles Preston
Rockform Tiles Preston Rockform Tiles Preston

Rockform Ltd can be found on the (A6) Garstang Road, Brock, Near Preston, Lancashire, PR3 0RD

Kendal Tile and Stone

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I took the photographs below at Kendal Tile and Stone who we are one of the local suppliers we use to source replacement tile and grout etc. We have built a good relationship with Kendal Tiles since they started their operation over 7 years ago, it’s run by a small team of very experienced tile retailers including co-owners Rob Milligan and James Turner in fact Rob used to be an employee at the shop and he liked the business so much he bought the business.

Kendal Tiles are not just retailers who are looking to push products these guys really know their Onions so if you require valuable and factually correct advice on Tiles, Stone, Adhesives and Grout then I can highly recommend them; so if you live in the South Lakeland area do pop in and take a look, they can be found in the Shap Road Industrial Estate, Kendal.

Kendal Tile and Stone

Kendal Tile and Stone

Kendal Tile and Stone

Kendal Tile and Stone

Kendal Tile and Stone

Kendal Tile and Stone

Kendal Tile and Stone

Kendal Tile and Stone

Kendal Tile and Stone

Kendal Tile and Stone

Kendal Tile and Stone

Kendal Tile and Stone

Kendal Tile and Stone is situated on the northern outskirts of Kendal in Chancel Place, Shap Road Industrial Estate, just off the A6 ‘Shap Road’, postcode LA9 6NZ.