6 Reasons To Use Rothwell's For Your
Well Established Local Company We are large enough to have the resources to give a reliable high-quality service every time, while being small enough to care about every job, detail and customer, meaning you get a great service and great results.
Expert Cleaning We have the knowledge, experience, equipment and products to get the best out of your terracotta floor. We have seen it all, restoring many terracotta floors, and dealing with many problems including old discoloured sealers, efflorescence, cracking grout, carpet tape, tar and many old historic terracotta floors, you name it we’ve dealt with it.
Resin Filled Terracotta Flooring After cleaning, Rothwell's can resin fill your terracotta floor giving you a finish that lasts a lifetime, looks great, is easier to maintain, doesn't discolour and has no clay dust. To our knowledge Rothwell's is the only company offering this service.
Fantastic Reviews Our customers rate us very highly and we believe there is no better compliment. Our tag line is "If you use us you'll recommend us" and we work hard to live up to this. Check out our reviews page to see for yourself.
Family Firm Since 1993 Rothwell’s is a successful and trusted family firm established in 1993. We take great pride in all our work and get a great deal of satisfaction out of a job well done and a happy customer. Trust Rothwell’s with your terracotta floor cleaning & finishing and you will be happy with the end result.
Fair, Honest Pricing Free, fully inclusive and firm quote provided before work starts, we don’t hide any part of the price or hit you with a higher bill at the end. You don't pay a penny until we have completed the work and you are happy.
Resin Filled Terracotta Floors – a finish to last a lifetime.
After the terracotta cleaning, instead of sealing your terracotta floor we recommend Rothwell’s resin filled terracotta floors. A Rothwell’s resin filled terracotta floor last a lifetime, looks fantastic, is forever free from clay and grout dust and is much easier to maintain.
Lasts a lifetime
Easy to maintain
No more clay dust
The first coat of resin soaks into the terracotta (and cement grouting) and bonds within the surface of the floor. The subsequent coats are applied before the first application of resin is completely cured. This technique forms a bond between applications so that the resin forms a consistent layer within the floor and through onto the surface which is fully bonded into the floor and is solid, strong, won’t discolour, wear or peel off.
Each coat is applied very generously, flooded in by hand with a paint pad, allowed to soak in, and then fully “ragged off” with absorbent cotton cloths. Most floors require two applications until they are fully filled, some may require three. Ragging off the final coat leaves a natural-looking, even, mid-sheen finish that doesn’t look overly “plasticky”, as topical sealers tend to look.
This creates a 100% aliphatic urethane resin filled surface fully bonded into the floor that is solid, strong, won’t discolour, wear or peel off.
The nature of the resin (an aliphatic urethane) means it enhances the colours of the terracotta and it doesn’t yellow with age. It is the toughest and longest-lasting resin available. The manufacturers say that the resin filling will last the lifetime of the floor, so it’s a one-off permanent treatment.
The resin leaves a richly coloured floor with an easy-to-clean, dust free, mid sheen, smooth surface that replaces the normal dusty, rough texture of clay-based floors while keeping their beauty and style.
Please contact us to see our samples and find out more about terracotta cleaning.
How Much Will It Cost?
We are not the cheapest company and have never aimed to be, we are also not the most expensive. We offer high quality work at fair prices. We will provide you with a free fully inclusive and firm quote before work starts, we don’t hide any part of the price and just charge what we quoted for.
We might be able to give a ball park cost over the phone but really we need to complete an inspection visit to provide a firm price. This also allows us to properly understand what work needs to be done, the state of the floor we are working with as well as other particular conditions relative to working in your home. We also need to understand what finish you want on your floor and can often show you samples.
This inspection and quote visit is free and you have no obligation to use us afterwards. It will be carried out by an expert cleaner and not a pushy salesperson.
Up until now there have only been two ways to finish a clay floor - penetrating sealers or topical sealers. Penetrating sealers soak into the floor, so don’t wear and leave a completely matt invisible finish, but they leave the rough surface unchanged, so it holds on to dirt and is difficult to keep clean with day to day cleaning. Topical sealers form a smooth easy-to-clean layer on top of the tiles, but they don’t soak in, they can wear and flake off. Topical sealers can also have an undesirable “plasticky” finish and can discolour over time.
Rothwell’s still offers a long-lasting (15 years + ) impregnating sealer that a small amount of clients still want. It leaves a completely matt invisible finish, is cheaper to apply and does prevent liquids from soaking in. But it leaves a hard to maintain floor, that whilst long lasting, won’t last as long as a resin filled floor. Terracotta floors sealed with an impregnating sealer will build up dirt in the pits of the surface and will need professional cleaning to remove. We would recommend resin filled terracotta floors over impregnating sealers but it is your floor and you may choose this option.
Cleaning - For domestic homes this can normally be done within a day depending on the size of the area and if there are any old sealers to remove. For large commercial sites this will obviously be a bit longer, but with our team at Rothwell’s we have capacity to put extra people on a project to complete it in a timely manor.
Drying – The bricks need to fully dry before the resin can be applied. This normally takes 3-5 days.
Resin Filling – We want to apply each application of the resin within 24-48 hours of each other. Normally we will apply one application per day for two consecutive days, and come back on the third day to check the finish and make sure you are happy with the result. If on the rare occasion a third application is needed or desired, we would apply it then.
The floor is ready for light use within 12 hours of the last application and normal use within 48 hours.
This means from start to finish we are normally completed within a week to ten days.
Please call us ASAP if you would like this service as it can often take some planning, especially if you are fitting in with other work such as a new kitchen being installed.
Please call our office on 01223 832 928. We will then arrange a site visit with you where we can bring samples, inspect the floor and provide a firm, fully inclusive price for your consideration. There is no cost for this visit, and we are not pushy salespeople, the choice is completely yours when or if to go ahead. Often this is best planned a month or two in advance so the sooner we visit the better.