TTA is delighted to announce that Tile Doctor is sponsoring The Tiling Show this year. For 2020 the Show is back bigger and better than ever before, following improvements made as a result of feedback from exhibitors and visitors.
The Tiling Show will takes place on Friday 27 March from 10am to 4pm and TTA is delighted to have the support of Tile Doctor as sole event sponsor.
Tile Doctor, formed in 2006 by Jeremy and Russell Taylor, exists to “fill the gap”, as Jeremy Taylor puts it, once tiles have been specified and installed, but need ongoing maintenance.
“The way we see it, there is a three stage process with any tiling installation,” he says. “There is the sales phase, when tiles, adhesives and grouts are specified and sold to the customer; there is the installation phase, where the tiles are fixed, and in many people’s eyes that’s the job completed. However we beg to differ, believing there is a third phase, the phase of maintenance, which is so often overlooked.
“Sometimes this amounts to providing a proper finish to the installation phase, applying a sealer or removing grout haze for example. Sometimes it is cleaning and freshening up an existing tiled surface and grout, but increasingly it is quite major restoration work, where an old carpet has been removed and a beautiful, but tired, Victorian tiled floor is uncovered. In these cases our tile doctors get to work carrying out a full restoration to restore the original tiles to their former glory.”
This type of work is specialist and goes beyond just cleaning up the tiled surface, and which is carried out using products from Tile Doctor’s own product range, which is also available to buy online from the company’s website. The business splits about 50/50 between DIY and non-DIY.
As well as Victorian restorations, Jeremy Taylor says the growth in popularity of stone is a key factor driving growth currently. “Stone tiles require maintenance which most customers are not aware of, once the sealer wears off and dirt gets into the relief of the stone, it is very difficult to get it out. So it’s best to have the correct maintenance procedures, and use the right products, from the start.”
A lot of this work is carried out by the company’s national network of 60 ‘tile doctors’. As a long time TTA member, the company aims, though its involvement with The Tiling Show, to attract new members to join this network from other parts of the industry. Jeremy also hopes generally to build brand awareness and spread the word about the importance of tile maintenance.
Their sponsorship includes a prominent stand for Tile Doctor at the Show, which will take place in the Kings Suite of the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, a bigger space than last year. Companies who are thinking of exhibiting are advised to book their space immediately. For anybody in the tiling business, this will be one exhibition of the year that you really need to attend.
The Show will be open for all to visit and TTA expects to welcome visitors from all sectors of the industry – independent fixers, major tiling contractors, retailers and architects.
Tike Doctor can be contacted in any of the following ways:
- Main Website: https://www.tiledoctor.co.uk/shop/default.aspx
- Phone number: 0345 512 0122
- Email: info@TileDoctor.co.uk