Removing grout smears or efflorescence from tiled walls is a common problem and something we are often contacted about at Tile Doctor. The solution is the use of an acid based product however liquids will run down walls and don’t hold in position long enough to dwell and get to work on the grout making the job more difficult.
Tile Doctor Acid Gel
Tile Doctor have now resolved this problem with the creation of a new pH1 blend of Phosphoric and Hydrochloric acids in a gel form and being a gel it is especially effective on vertical or sloped surface where where more dwell time is required.
Tile Doctor are the only company producing an Acid Gel for Tile and Stone, an innovation which has come about after listening to feedback from customers and the 50 Tile Doctors operating in the UK. This close working relationship allows Tile Doctor to respond quickly and to develop solutions to problems affecting the Tile and Stone industry.
Following many years promoting products from other suppliers and in conjunction with feedback from our customers we are now pleased to announce we have finally launched our own range of Grout Colourants which are available in ten practical colours.
We work very closely with our network of professional Tile Doctors and this new development will allow us to further develop the product range, this feedback loop is key component of Tile Doctors success.
(Colours are displayed as accurately as possible. Some colours may not represent exact grout colour, they may also appear differently on computer monitors with different resolutions).
For more information about the range or to order please visit our Tile Doctor Grout Colourant page.
This year’s Tile Doctor Conference will be held on the 10th of May at The Radisson Park Inn in York. It’s within 5 minutes walking distance from the main train station and we have managed to agree a special rate with the hotel if you book before February 14th.
The proposed conference Itinerary includes:
Delegates arrive for 12:30, teas and coffees on arrival
Conference starts at 1pm;
New Product Introduction and updates.
Talk on Surface Tension on Stone Tiles
Tile Doctor Award Ceremony 2014
5p.m Buffett Banquet.
Wooden Spoon Awards 7p.m Finish
For the evening entertainment we are planning an evening of distraction around York taking in some of its famous sites.
This is a great opportunity to get to know other Tile Doctors, share information, tips and network with like-minded individuals in your sector.
Space in the venue is limited so please call the office to reserve your seat.
The Tile Doctor conference will take place at Wolverhampton Race Course on the 20th of April 2013. It will be another great opportunity for the Tile Doctor community to get together, share ideas, knowledge and learn about future strategy. The itinerary includes a Guest Speaker, Tile Doctor Presentations, Awards, Meal and of course horse racing.
Called out to a factory floor in Aldermans Green Industrial Estate, Coventry in the West Midlands to clean and degrease the floor prior to keys being handed back to the local council .The floor also need to be repainted with epoxy floor paint but had to be clean first, we were happy to offer both services, i.e. cleaning and repainting.
Come and visit Tile Doctor at Grand Designs Live, the UK’s leading contemporary home show, open from 12th – 14th October 2012 at Birmingham’s NEC.
Tile Doctors will be on the stand to provide our usual free advice service so why not pop on down to our live surgery say hello and learn how to leverage Tile Doctors UK wide facilities maintenance service to make your floors look beautiful again.
For more information about Grand Designs Live click the link below.
The Millennium Galleries opened in 2001, is one of four Sheffield museums which collectively have over a million visitors every year. The museum hosts a number of Events and Exhibitions including permanent collections from Victorian writer John Ruskin and Metalwork, Sheffield being world famous for its metalworking past.
The museum buildings manager was concerned about slipping on the floor tiles in the main entrance lobby covering approx 144m2, the tiles are of a high gloss porcelain variety which are by their nature slippery when wet. We gladly responded to the request and applied the Tile Doctor Anti-Slip treatment to a small area so they could see for themselves how effective the treatment is. The solution we use is not an Anti Slip coating but an invisible treatment which only becomes active when wet. The management team soon came back with a positive response and gave us the green light to complete the remainder of the floor.
Millennium Galleries, Sheffield and Tile Doctor Anti Slip
Before applying the Anti Slip treatment we cleaned the floor using Anti-slip Pre-cleaner diluted 1 part cleaner to 4 parts water, this was applied using a slow speed buffing machine fitted with a black buffing pad and then the floor was rinsed with water and left to dry for 30 minutes.
Once dry the Anit-slip solution was applied neat using a pump action spray, this was then worked into the tiles using a deck brush taking care to avoid splashing any exposed metalwork or glass. After 4 to 5 minutes the Lock-in solution was applied again diluted 1 part solution to 4 parts water and applied directly on top of the Anti-slip solution, this was worked into the tile using a black buffing pad. We used a low speed Victor Trojan Buffing machine to do this, the low speed reduces splashing.
Millennium Galleries Floor Treated with Anti Sip treatment
The last step was to polish the floor with a white buffing pad and wash down with clean water to neutralise any remaining anti slip solution which was then removed with a Wet and Dry Vacuum.
The building manager was very happy with results and left the following message: The anti-slip treatment provided by the Tile Doctor is proving a complete success. The floor area treated which was rapidly resembling skating area where on wet days upwards of 75 people suffered slips has been transformed to a pedestrian friendly surface
Anti Slip Tile Treatment at the Millennium Galleries, Sheffield
Tile Doctors have the training and specialist equipment often found lacking in our competitors and in-house cleaning teams. The photographs below come from a leisure centre in Hertfordshire where regular cleaning had proved in-effective and led to the 35 year old Porcelain tiles looking worse for wear.
35 Year Old Porcelain Pool Tiles Before Cleaning
A tricky job given the location and build up of pool chemicals but Rob Voyce and his team did a fantastic restoration job and soon had it looking new again.
35 Year Old Porcelain Pool Tiles After Restoration
The team were also asked to clean the changing room floors.
Leisure Centre changing room floors during cleaning
Tile Doctor announced two new strategic partnerships at its Conference on the 21st of April. One of these is a tie up with supplier 3M who supply a wide range of products from Buffing and Burnishing pads through to their respected Scotchgard Stone Floor Protector which provides a very durable very hard, glossy, dust repellent, chemical resistant and watertight surface. It provides up to 12 months protection and is ideal for high traffic areas. Below is a video from the Contacts Manager at Manchester Airport who highly recommends the product.
The second partnership announced at the Conference was with Anti-Slip specialist SureFoot Sytems and Karl Ward from Surefoot was at the Conference to discuss the problem of which accounts for half of all reported injuries suffered by members of the public. Karl revealed some interesting statistics including the fact that according to research by the Health and Safety Executive more than 90% of slip accidents happened on wet floors with smooth surfaces and that there were nearly 11,000 major injuries of this nature last year and that Slips and Trips account for 36% of the total of major injuries in the workplace. Tile Doctors are specialist maintainers of Tile and Stone polished floors and this was a subject of major interest to the delegates.
Karl Ward from SureFoot Systems
The SureFoot Anti Slip and 3M product ranges and product training will soon be made available to Tile Doctors.
Tile Doctor are a nationwide provider of professional residential and commercial contract cleaning services in the UK specialising in the maintenance of Tile, Stone and Grout.
Terracotta Tiled Floor at the Staglioni Restaurant
The floor was in serious need of restoration due to oil and polish build-up; hotel and local contractors had been unable to help and as you will see from the photographs it took a lot of hard work. The operation took 2 weeks to complete, required 24 litres of Pro-Clean and 58 litres of Seal and Go.
Terracotta Tiled Restaurant Floor Renovation at the Sheraton Addis hotel
Great Testimonial here from the Building Manager at the Lexicon in Manchester. The job completed by Steve Keary involved refreshing Porcelain and Travertine floors along with Grout in communal areas.
“Steve came to The Lexicon with Risk Assessments and Method Statements and worked on a Permit to Work with regards to approximately 500 persons working within the building. He liaised with myself and the tenants and was highly praised by them. Steve is very professional and friendly and his time keeping impeccable. The standard of work achieved is excellent, I highly recommend him. Jack Standley, Building Manager, The Lexicon, Manchester.”
The Tile Doctor conference will take place at Wolverhampton Race Course on the 21st of April 2012. It will be a great opportunity for the Tile Doctor community to get together, share ideas, knowledge and learn about future strategy. The itinerary includes a Guest Speaker, Tile Doctor Presentations, Awards, Meal and of course horse racing followed by a live band to finish off the evening.
Are you renovating an area and wondering if you can save the tile floors?
We can handle any size job, whether it is a few bathrooms that need restoring, a large cafeteria or kitchen that has been troubling you, or an entire show room, lobby or hallway that needs to be kept in top shape.
Are you a cleaning company that needs help, advice or looking to sub contact Stone, Tile and Grout Work?
We work with owners, facility managers, general contractors, interior designers as well as numerous tile contractors and stores that use our services everyday. Call us for you own facility or one that you are working on and let us show you how we can save you money in maintenance and replacement cost.
Services Available Include:
Correcting Installation issues.
Grout Cleaning, Sealing and Re-colouring.
Cleaning and Re-sealing all Types of Tile and Stone.
Broken Tile Repair.
Leaking Shower seals.
Leisure Centres/Gyms/Swimming Pools
Hotels and Conference Centres.
Restaurants and Night Clubs.
Schools and Colleges.
Working Mens Clubs
We have the knowledge, manpower, equipment and experience to handle any flooring problem.
Slate Floor at a club in Warwickshire
Limestone Changing Room Floor at a Gym in London
If you have an old, current or new project that could use our services give us a call to discuss it. We would be more than happy to discuss different cost saving options to fit your budget and needs.