Old tiled floor for renovation

11 Feb 2004
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Hello all - have discovers the below tiled floor from the early 1900s under the bathroom floor. Looking for advice on how to clean them up? Is this a chemical fix or do they need some sort of heavy abrasive? Any advice from anyone who may have done this before or is in the tile trade!


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They don't look that hot, TBH. If you want to try it you could always try using a strong hot solution of either sugar soap or soda crystals and a traditional scrubbing brush to see if you can loosen the surface dirt, It may take several sessions to work, but at least it isn't that harmful to health or tiles. In commercial kitchens I've seen tiled floors degreased a few times using hot caustic soda solution, however that stuff is pretty dangerous to use and it can potentially damage the tiles (s well as the operative!).

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