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Victorian quarry tiles

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Victorian quarry floor restoration

Our Victorian quarry tiled floor restoration services

We can provide the full range of repair and refinishing works including:


What to expect:

Here are just a few examples of our work –after 20 years spent restoring these floors we have accumulated a vast knowledge base and library of photographs showing the results of our work. We have many more examples of restored Victorian tiled floors that we are able to send you; and we are often able to send you a very close example of your own floor!

Glue affected old quarry floor tiles

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Victorian red and black Victorian quarry tiles in Bath.

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Stroud red and black Victorian restored quarry tiles

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Worcester Victorian quarry tile restoration

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Solihull Victorian quarry Floor

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An interesting combination of different Victorian floor types blending in harmony; the floor comprised of black and white encaustic tiles, red Victorian quarry tiles and a few flagstones at the bottom of the stairs. We sourced tile replacements to repair the floor whilst preserving the original tiles where possible. Chemically cleaned then sealed with a micro porous sealer before machine burnishing.

Replacing original tiles is a subjective matter; if original reclaimed tiles cannot be sourced then it is sometimes better to preserve the original tiles in the floor. We can recall a project working for a curator of the National History museum; the customer had a rare Victorian tiled floor and she was anxious to preserve all but the most serious of damaged tiles; we tend to agree that retaining the original tiles should be always be considered.

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Surrey red and black Victorian quarry floor in need of repairs

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Common Problems Likely causes Our services
Delamination/softening of the surface
  • Floor coverings not micro porous.
  • Existing seals contaminates preventing 'breathability' of the stone
  • Remove impervious floor seals etc.
  • Deep chemical removal of all stone contaminates.
  • Reseal with specialist micro porous protective sealants, which will also assist in consolidating the surface.
Uneven/unlevelled stones and trip hazards
  • Substrate movement
  • Carefully Lift quarry tiles and relay on renewed and levelled substrate.
Damaged and cracked quarry tiles
  • Substrate movement and softening of stone as above
  • Remove seriously damaged tiles, source suitable reclaimed quarry-tiles fit and re grout.
Difficult to clean surface absorbs water and stains readily.
  • Victorian quarry tiles are in an unsealed condition or the existing seals are failing.
  • Deep Chemical clean tiles and reseal with specialist micro porous protective sealants.
Quarry tiles with grout missing
  • General ageing of old limestone grout.
  • Replace missing areas of grout; rake or grind out all other loose grout and refill with suitable microporous filler.
Quarry tiles have lost their original lustre and smoothness
  • General wear and tear
  • Machine polish.
Quarry tiles with dampness and staining
  • Impervious floor coverings or contaminates preventing dissipation of moisture through the tiles.
  • It is normally the case that period quarry floors will not have an under floor damp proof membrane. However in the majority of cases this is fine provided that the floors are allowed to ‘breath’.
Effervescence and white calcium deposits
  • Moisture rising from the soil under the floor will contain nitrates (salts) that appear on the surface as a white powder.
  • Deep chemical clean, treat effervescence staining and deposits then application of specialist Effervescence treatment sealants (we are accredited installers of this specialist product).

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