Following shelf moves, stand re-positionings, and general changes to the store layout there were plenty of holes and cracked tiles apparent. Some had been filled in with normal cement products as a temporary measure to ensure that the floor complied with all Health and Safety requirements.
Years of exposure to cleaning chemicals, foot traffic and general wear & tear resulted in the shine on the floor losing it's lustre.
Where supply of tiles is scarce or non-existent, it can sometimes prove necessary for contractors to effect temporary replacements using the closest match that can be achieved at the time. Normally this situation occurs where there is an urgent Health and Safety issue. A planned refurbishment affords the time to replace these repairs with a better match.
Operatives were tasked with replacing joints, breaking out existing failed flooring and performing in-situ repairs. We used fast-setting colour matched resins, and colour matched marble aggregates from our stock.
The terrazzo tiles were 500mm x 500mm, a size not favoured by modern manufacturers. We undertook the manufacture of these replacement tiles ourselves, achieving an excellent match. In some instances it proved necessary to trim and cut the tiles around power outlets in the floor.
After the repairs were completed and ground off by hand, the floor was subject to a full diamond polish. Polishing began at a 60 grit, (which can be considered more grinding than polishing !), and finished at 800 grit. Sealing took place between two of the finer polishing stages, using a penetrative sealer.
We diamond cut and replaced around 750 Lin Metres of failed joints The trading success of this store resulted in unusually high wear and tear of the joints. This wear was exacerbated by stress resulting from the wheeled traffic necessary to continually replenish stock onto the shelves.
Our colour matched tiles were a success, with minimal noticeable difference. We were able to save material for future repairs.
Following on from a complete grind, polish & seal, the floor looked a lot brighter and cleaner.
This project was completed at a live Boots store on behalf of an FM company. We carried out the full job during night shifts, which involved managing interactions with staff & other contractors. The project ran approximatley 3 1/2 weeks. Our remit was to perform numerous repairs to existing tiles, replace several areas with new bespoke matched tiles and diamond polish the entire store.
Dust control in live store
Joint & Tile Repairs
Bespoke Tile Replacements
Access Cover Repairs
Full Diamond Polish
Dates: Nov 2015 - Dec 2015
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