You’ve had a lovely polished Limestone floor fitted in your kitchen, the tiler has done a superb job at laying the floor, grouting and sealing it and you just want to host as many dinner parties as possible to show your new Limestone floor off to anyone and everyone. Whilst cooking the dinner one night, you trip over your beloved Beagle, who HAS to hang around your feet whilst you have the chilli bubbling away on the stove. The big pot of chilli con carne goes flying, smashing off your new limestone floor and covering the floor, walls and kitchen units in a brown mess. The clean-up begins with the dog who thinks it’s great that he’s getting some human food for once, as you shoe him out of the kitchen and get on your hands and knees to start cleaning everything up, you notice that where the pot has made contact with the floor you have a nasty impact chip and a few cracks through the tile. NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!
What can you do? Can it be repaired? Will it ever look new again? Will anyone rehome your dog so it never happens again? OK, the last one is tongue in cheek. Hahahaha. Well, fear not, don’t rehome Buddy the Beagle just yet, there are ways to repair all tiled floors (and walls) which I’m sure will be music to your ears, as well as Buddy the Beagle (Yes, I own a Beagle called Buddy)
There are fillers and resins out there that can be used to fill holes and cracks in tiles and then coloured to match and blend in with the tile. We have obviously been on professional tile restoration courses and are trained in completing such repairs in a professional manner, so if it does happen and you’re not confident in repairing the damage on your own, then just give us a call (or your local stone/tile restoration company, just make sure they have some form of accreditation before letting them loose on your beautiful stone floor). The process is reasonably straight forward but to get a nice finish takes time and lots of practice, so it’s usually best to leave it up to a professional.
Two part resin – a resin is mixed up with a hardener and coloured to match the stone, it is then applied to the crack or chip, levelled off and left to dry. The resin combined with the hardener will actually dry harder than the stone meaning that the repair should last a significant amount of time depending on traffic and the sub floor.
Wax filler – A special very hard wax, in a vast array of different colours and tones, is melted down using extreme heat, usually from a soldering iron and poured into the crack or chip, bonding with the stone or grout and setting back to its original hard state rendering the damage almost invisible in the process. Waxes can be mixed to darken or lighten the colour dependent on the stone/tile colour.
Both the resin and the wax can be cleaned and sealed the same way as the stone or tile and can also be polished to match any shine, so you don’t get a dull spot on your floor or wall.
If you would like to know more about our tile and stone repair service, please don’t hesitate to drop us a message to see how we can help you.
Thanks for reading.
Chris – Head Technician at Powerdean Floor Maintenance.