We were asked to take a look at this Terracotta Tiled floor in Tooting, South London which were becoming difficult to clean and in need of a good clean and seal.
Cleaning Terracotta Tile
We started the task by applying a strong solution of Tile Doctor Pro-Clean, which is a heavy duty alkaline product designed for cleaning tiles; this was scrubbed in with a black pad fitted to a rotary machine. I had to repeat this process a couple of times and also use a stiff brush along the grout lines which cleaning pads often struggle to reach. Once we were happy the floor was clean it was thoroughly rinsed the floor with clean water to remove any remaining chemical and it was left to dry overnight.
Sealing Terracotta Tile
The following day we checked the floor was clean and dry and took care of any ugly spots that we have overlooked the day before and then proceed to seal. For Terracotta I recommend Tile Doctor Seal and Go, it’s a water based sealer so it doesn’t give off an odour when it’s drying and also offers durable stain protection together with a low sheen finish. Terracotta is a very porous material and in the end the floor actually needed seven coats of sealer applied with a paint pad before it was fully sealed, which naturally takes a long time to apply as you have to wait for it to dry before applying the next coat.