Tiling is not an inexpensive exercise, so why not protect your investment:
About Terracotta Tiles
Terracotta tiles are made from clay. Terracotta literally means “cooked earth”. As a natural material, each Terracotta Tile is subtly different from the next. Terracotta Tiles vary in colour, texture and appearance and are available in various shapes and sizes. Terracotta Tiles are very porous (absorbent), as such, sealing is strongly recommended to prevent staining, particularly when used on floors.
Cleaning Terracotta Tiles
Terracotta Tiles require regular cleaning with a PH neutral cleaner. Do not use bleach based or acid based products as these may damage the surface of the tile. Tiles with a rough or textured surface may benefit from the use of a doodlebug rather than a mop for a more effective clean.
Common Cleaning Mistakes
Using the wrong cleaning products – too harsh a chemical or too abrasive a cleaner.
Using too much product – dilute as per instructions, more is NOT better.
Applying too much water to the surface / flooding the area.
Not changing the water or cleaning solution often enough.
Not finishing with a rinse to remove any cleaner / chemical residue.
Leaving residual moisture on the floors – make sure to dry mop, wet vac or dry with an old towel or rag so that there is no residual moisture left on the floors (especially in the grout joints).
Sealing Terracotta Tiles
Act NOW to Protect Your Terracotta Tiles & Grout…. Sealing of Terracotta Tiles is necessary to protect them from premature decay and contamination, ie, oil, grease and dirt. Even old Terracotta Tiles and grout can be cleaned and resealed to give them back a new lease of life! Terracotta Tiles are generally sealed with one of two different types of sealers – topical or penetrating (2 sub-types). A topical sealer sits on the surface of the tile and leaves a glossy appearance. Topical sealers can lift and peel over time and also need to be stripped before reapplication. Total TileCare does NOT deal with stripping or application of topical sealers. A penetrating sealer absorbs and sits just below the surface of the tile. A standard penetrating sealer will not alter the appearance of the tile. An enhancing penetrating sealer will enhance the natural colour of the stone and is sometimes referred to as a “wet look” sealer. At Total TileCare we offer the option of both types of penetrating sealers. Sealing your Terracotta tiles and grout provides reaction time to deal with spills and so forth. An unsealed floor can stain immediately, whereas a sealed floor is stain resistant and can provide a reaction time of up to 4-5 hours. At Total TileCare we strongly recommend that any newly laid Terracotta Tiles and grout be sealed immediately so that the area gains the full benefit of the protection.
Prevent unsightly stains
Keep your tiled floors looking better for longer
Grout is a porous product and should always be sealed. Once discoloured, regrouting is the best option for renewing grout between porous tiles.