Restoration of Historical Tile Floor in Copley Square Boston

You never know what ‘buried treasure’ you’ll find underneath old floors in Boston!

One gentleman in Copley Square was renovating his condominium and discovered that the cheap carpeting that had been thrown down all over his unit was actually hiding an old floor, a very old floor.

In fact, this floor was so old it had been originally installed when his building had been a hotel to some of Boston’s finest. He wanted to restore it to its former state, but due to age and being covered with thick old carpet glue, it was a real project to get it clean and refinished!

We had to actually use paste paint remover to get the blackened glue off the face of the tile and grout along with a LOT of scrubbing! We then used a gloss sealer to add a light shine that he wanted. It was missing a few tiles, but he was OK with a bit of imperfection, as long as the majority of the floor looked great.

As a result, he got to have his floors restored to their proper historical state and we got a few nice before and after photos from a job well done.

If you have an old floor or tile or marble surface you’re considering having refinished or restored, give us a call at 617-838-0795 or fill out the form below and we’ll see if we can help!

Towns where Act One does ceramic tile regrouting, cleaning and grout line color sealing, re grouting showers, marble regrouting, and tile repair: Boston, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Financial District, Waterfront, Brighton, Brookline, Milton, Wellesley, Newton, Weston, Wayland, Dover, Carlisle, Concord, Acton, Lincoln, Lexington, Bedford, Westford, Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Winchester, Belmont, Brighton, Woburn, Waltham, Ashland, Framingham, Sherborn, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, Walpole, Norwood, Westwood, Sharon, Stoneham, Foxborough, Foxboro, Canton, Stoughton, Needham, Ashland, Chestnut Hill, Waban, Newton Corner, West Newton, Thompsonville, Newton Centre, Newton Center, Natick, Sudbury, Maynard, Stow, Watertown, Dedham, West Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Randolph, Weymouth, Braintree, Holbrook, Quincy, Rockland, Hanover, Hingham, Medway, Franklin, Medford, Malden, Everett, Revere, Bedford, Burlington, Reading, Lynnfield, Wilmington, Middleton, Wenham, Hamilton, Essex, Manchester, Gloucester, Topsfield, Boxford, Boxborough, Boxboro, Rowley, Georgetown, Andover, North Andover, Haverhill, Carlisle, Billerica, Ayer, Harvard, Lawrence, Methuen, Pepperrell, Westford, Salem, Beverly, Salisbury, Marblehead, Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Harvard, Lancaster, Bolton, Franklin, Mendon, Newtonville, Hopedale and Milford

Call Act One for free estimates – 617-838-0795

Need Tile Repair in Eastern Massachusetts? Want Your Floor to Look This Good When it’s Done?

Recently a fairly famous local restaurant called us for a ‘semi-emergency’ tile repair and refinishing. They’re a local Boston legend in fine dining circles and were nearing the end of their renovation, which had to provide a true ‘first class’ experience.

But one of their dining rooms just wasn’t working out right. The floor was a magnificent old handmade Mexican Saltillo tile. And it had been worn down from foot traffic and needed refinishing. Plus, one tile had come loose and it was not going to be possible to find a suitable replacement – these tiles were somewhat unique in size and color.

Oh, and the job needed to be done by this weekend, as in, done and finished by Monday morning, along with a lot of other tile cleaning, tile repair and general cleaning to make the restaurant look good as soon as possible for an inspection.

If you give this job to someone who doesn’t know any better, he can actually ruin the floor. That’s because Saltillo is soft and can dissolve under heavy abrasion. Literally disintegrate!

So we used strong but safe cleaning liquids, minimal abrasion and commercial strength floor finish along with some hand scrubbing and TLC. Results? Monday morning the floor was ready to host a party and easily passed inspection.

If you have a Mexican handmade Saltillo tile floor or any tile you need repaired in the Boston/Cambridge/Eastern Massachusetts area, feel free to call us at 617-838-0795 or fill out the form below for a free price quote. We’ll take your work seriously!

Towns where Act One does marble polishing, granite polishing, diamond honing, marble honing, ceramic tile cleaning and grout line color sealing, regrouting, tile installation, and tile repair: Boston, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Financial District, Waterfront,Brighton, Brookline, Milton, Wellesley, Newton, Weston, Wayland, Dover, Carlisle, Concord, Acton, Lincoln, Lexington, Bedford, Westford, Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Winchester, Belmont, Brighton,Woburn, Waltham, Ashland, Framingham, Sherborn, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, Walpole, Norwood, Westwood, Sharon, Stoneham, Foxborough, Foxboro, Canton, Stoughton, Needham, Ashland, Chestnut Hill, Waban, Newton Corner, West Newton, Thomsonville, Newton Centre, Newton Center, Natick, Sudbury, Maynard, Stow, Watertown, Dedham, West Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Randolph, Weymouth, Braintree, Holbrook, Quincy, Rockland, Hanover, Hingham, Medway, Franklin, Medford, Malden, Everett, Revere, Bedford, Burlington, Reading, Lynnfield, Wilmington, Middleton, Wenham, Hamilton, Essex, Manchester, Gloucester, Topsfield, Boxford, Boxborough, Boxboro, Rowley, Georgetown, Andover, North Andover, Haverhill, Carlisle, Billerica, Ayer, Harvard, Lawrence, Methuen, Peperrell, Westford, Salem, Beverly, Salisbury, Marblehead, Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Harvard, Lancaster, Bolton, Franklin, Mendon, Newtonville, Hopedale and Milford

Refinishing and Color Sealing Boston Hotel Slate Floors

Recently we completed a challenging project refinishing the stone floor of a large hotel lobby and dining area. The stone was not marble – it was a slate that was smooth on the surface, unlike some of the rough texture slate tiles.

The main problem was that the grout lines had not been installed correctly, so the grout color was inconsistent. In order to fix the situation, a previous contractor had done a colorsealing job on the grout lines, but it had not covered the grout uniformly. So the grout had a patchy, inconsistent look. NOT what you want in the main lobby of a hotel!

This is a close up of the grout they didn’t like and the overall look in a corner:

Boston Hotel Lobby Floor Before Colorseal Close Up Discolored Grout

Boston Hotel Lobby Floor Before Colorseal Close Up Discolored Grout

 

Boston Hotel Lobby Slate Floor Before Color Sealer

Boston Hotel Lobby Slate Floor Before Color Sealer

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