I finished the bathroom floor mid-afternoon on Sunday, a relatively short 3-day weekend project. Once we remove the sink and toilet so I can get the remaining blue-and-white tiles out from under them I’ll be going over the floor again it in more detail to be sure I removed every little speck of cement and thinset.
There’s my little helper again!
I found a lengthy article on the history and preservation of ceramic tiles in the U.S. from the Old House Journal. Although they state that “abrasive cleaners (including powdered cleansers and even “mildly” abrasive creams)” can damage ceramic floors, in my case I found that Barkeepers Friend had no adverse effect on our floor as the small section in front of the can shows.
One more small section left! In the photo below the area in the upper right is where the (cat pee scented) cement build-up was. I was able to clean it off completely!
Here’s the completed floor! In addition to restoring it to the original tile, it also means that we’ll be able to save a BUNCH of money (and time) by not having to replace it.
It has been almost 2 years since I crunched the numbers on the remodel. I grossly underestimated the total tile cost at the time. At $15/sf, it would have cost us more like $600 just for the flooring! And how funny is it that I was leaning toward almost the exact same tile as the original floor?!
For the first time ever it makes me so happy to walk into this room (as long as I keep my eyes focused on the floor and not the walls).