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Victorian mosaic restoration and cleaning

Victorian mosaic restoration and cleaning

Mosaic tiled floors are quite common in the old mill towns around Yorkshire and Greater Manchester often featuring a 'fan' like design with intricate floral designs inlaid around or into the border of the floor. They are fixed monolithically so the tiles are laid onto lime (or portland cement) then beaten into the surface. It is a totally different method of tile fixing to modern techniques and throws up a raft of issues for restoration work. As a brief idea this can be problems caused by tiles made of differing thicknesses, sometimes just the fact the floor is very 'tight' as the floor acts as a whole unit or monolith - hence the name for the style of fixing.

The mosaics would have been created as indivdulal units in moulds then taken to site and laid on the floor with pieces used to infill and lime or portland cement used to fill any gaps etc. This means that the restorer or conservator has a significantly more difficult job that the original floor layer. We have to try and match tiles and fill cracks using totally different methods.

 

 

The cleaning and restorative processes for these kind of floors are similar to geometric floors with sections sometimes missing and cracking being a more common problem.

We can clean and repair cracks to restore the floor or simply tidy up the general appearance. The cleaning process is carried out using non aggressive water based solutions and appropriate machinery. Often the slow and methodical approach will work best, adequate drying times before sealing being very important.

Sealing the floor plays an important part in protecting the floor but also in enhancing the colour of the floor.

Often a lack of colour in the floor is due to wear, a floor that once had a sheen often is very dull after 100 years of wear. There are products which work better than others and over the years we have worked our way through them all – we only use sealants that bring out the best in the floor without leaving issues for future generations.

We cover Holmfirth, Huddersfield, Halifax, Wakefield, Barnsley, Rotherham, Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford, Pontefract and Oldham.

 

Give us a call with any of your mosaic tiled floor cleaning problems. We offer free advice. If you would like to send some photos of your Mosaic tiled floor please do so as a picture speaks a thousand words!

 

For further information and a no obligation chat please call Renew 01484 686270 or alternatively email an enquiry.