Cleaning and Sealing Terracotta in Crewkerne Somerset

We were called to restore a terracotta tile floor in Somerset and as you can see in the first photo the seal on the terracotta tiles had been attempted to be cleaned with bleach or acid that had damaged the sealer and left horrible smears all over the floor.

Terracotta tiles marked by acid cleaners that need restoring

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We started by removing the old sealers with an alkaline based cleaner, then using a rotary machine with abrasive pads to deep clean and remove the most stubborn marks.

Once the terracotta was clean with sealers removed we left the floor to dry overnight. Returning the following day we applied two coats of colour enhancer topped with 5 coats of a water based sealer to create a satin finish which the customer had requested. Below you can see the finished floor which the customer was delighted with.

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We were amazed at how hard David worked. The floor is greatly improved.              Caroline P.  Crewkerne

Terracotta tiles

Terracotta has a unique presence, it matures with age and creates its own character that even though often imitated by ceramic tiles will never be rivalled for its charm and warmth underfoot.

Once the terracotta has had previous sealers removed it lightens in colour, it can then be darkened if required by applying a Boiled Linseed oil and sealing with a satin finish.

With the Traditional handmade terracotta tile floors being laid in barn conversions or even modern styled homes we restore them quite often and enjoy bringing back their original beauty.

A farm house kitchen laid with terracotta in need of restoration

Broken down sealer engrained with dirt…….


Deep cleaned with old sealers removed…..








Newly sealed with a satin sealer, the customer wanted the terracotta tiles left as light as possible……

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