ceramic tiles

Deep Cleaning Anti-Slip Ceramic Tiles at Banbury Sports Centre

We were contacted by a Sports Centre in Banbury regarding the shower facilities in the changing rooms. The rough nature of the anti-slip ceramic tiles had been trapping dirt and it had a build-up of mould in some areas. In addition, the grout on the wall tiles was very discoloured. Obviously, they are very heavily used, so keeping them maintained is paramount to extending the life of the area and of course keeping the customers happy too!

Ceramic Tiled Sports Centre Ceramic Shower Tile Banbury Before Cleaning

With Sports Centres and Gym’s closed around the country this was the perfect time to get some maintenance work done so I when they called, I was happy to take a look. They accepted my quote and I booked them in for a deep clean. With the facility closed to the public I pretty much had the whole facility to myself so social distancing was not a problem.

Banbury is at the North end on Oxfordshire but fortunately the M40 runs right through it, so it doesn’t take long for me to reach it.

Cleaning a Ceramic Tiled Shower Area

My first task was to give the shower tiles a clean with a strong dilution of Tile Doctor Pro-Clean which was sprayed onto the tile. It was left for ten minutes so it could have time to break down the dirt before being scrubbed in.

After inspecting the shower tile, I could see more work would be needed, so I followed this with an application of another Tile Doctor product called Duo Clean. Again, this was sprayed onto all the shower tile including the floor but this time I left it to soak in for an hour. I then scrubbed the walls and floors and rinsed with water. Tile Doctor Duo Clean is a fast, effective double action grout cleaner and mould remover. It cleans up grout and can also remove mould and blackspot from grout and silicone.

It was necessary to repeat the process as the tiles really were dirty, so I repeated the Tile Doctor Duo Clean process left for another hour, then scrubbed and rinsed. There were several shower areas to clean so I moved onto another shower whilst waiting for the first.

Ceramic tiles are sealed at the factory and so will not accept a sealer however grout is cementous and does benefit from being sealed so for this I recommend using an aerosol grout sealer as this is easy to apply.

Once dry the shower looked 100% cleaner and fresher than before unfortunately due to the Sports Centre being closed it will be a while before their customers will be able to appreciate my work.

Ceramic Tiled Sports Centre Ceramic Shower Tile Banbury After Cleaning

Before leaving I advised the centre manager about the common issues with shower tiles and how best to maintain them in the future. I suggested the use of our Tile Doctor Aqua-Pro cleaner which is a pH neutral tile cleaner which could be used in addition to their existing cleaning regime. Hopefully, this information gets passed to the cleaning team who look after the building however it might be a while before they return.

 

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Cleaning Tarmac Stained Ceramic Tiles in Long Hanborough

This was a rather unusual request we were asked to look at in the Oxfordshire village of Long Hanborough; they had recently laid a new Tarmac drive and unfortunately it had been walked into the Ceramic tiled kitchen floor leaving a lot of dark staining. After failing to clean the tiles with various supermarket floor cleaners she called in Tile Doctor. Tile Doctor cleaning products are industrial strength so when I arrived I gave her a demonstration on a couple of tiles to show I could clean them and she was amazed at how easy I made it look and booked the work with me.

Tarmac Stains on Ceramic Tile in Long Hanborough Before

Removing Tarmac Stains from Ceramic Tiles

To resolve the problem I scrubbed the floor with Tile Doctor Grout Clean Up which is an acid based product designed to remove grout smears and mineral deposits. Ceramic tiles are very durable however being acid based you can’t leave it on the surface too long so the process was to quickly work it into the stain with a stiff bristle brush, rinse with water and then remove using a wet vacuum.

Tarmac Stains on Ceramic Tile in Long Hanborough After
You can see the difference in the final photograph below where the dark staining has disappeared; the difference in tile colour was due to the lighting. The whole job was completed in one day and the customer was relieved that her floor was not ruined and left the comment below on the Tile Doctor feedback system.

He was thorough and excellent. Very grateful.
M. Rawlings, Long Hanborough

Tarmac Stained Ceramic Tiles Cleaned in Oxfordshire

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