Maintenance

Maintenance

How To Stain, Seal, Coat and Maintain

By using my products, tools and techniques you will achieve professional results. I guarantee it!»- Charlotte

Why does Charlotte recommend pre-sealed tiles?

The advantage of purchasing pre-sealed Custom Saltillo tiles is that they are ready for installation. Period! No muss no fuss!

The following is directions for the «how to» apply Charlotte’s Stains, Charlotte’s Saltillo Tile Sealer and Charlotte’s Floor Polish to a new Saltillo Tile installation. Also provided are maintenance tips for the care of your new or existing Saltillo Tile installation.

If you have purchase Custom Saltillo Tiles in their raw form, please be advised that all porous tiles should be pre-sealed before the are grouted to prevent the tiles from being stained from the grout and mortar residue. When installing raw tiles make sure that you remove any mortar you get on the tiles immediately. When installing raw tiles, make sure that your hands are kept cleaned so that you do not stain them. [They will literally absorb the oils from your body!]

The following is the procedure to clean stain and seal Saltillo Tiles.

Install tile. New tile installations need to cure for a minimum of 24 hours before applying stain and or sealing. You can also stain and pre-seal the tiles before they are installed if you have the space to do this.

PREPARATION OF YOUR SALTILLO TILES:

Vacuum the tiles well. Wash the tiles well, by hand, using a large yellow tile sponge and lots of fresh water, making sure to remove all clay residues from the surface of your Saltillo Tiles. The surface of your Saltillo tile must be clean and free of all residues before starting your staining and or sealing process. Start sealing your tiles as stated below or begin your staining process now.

STAINING:

Stain may be used undiluted if a darker stain is desired or diluted with water (make a recipe) for a lighter, more translucent stain, depending on the look you are trying to achieve. Select a small, manageable area of 4 to 6 sq.ft. and apply the stain using a dense sponge from a shallow dish. Charlotte uses the large yellow tile sponges cut into pieces to fit her hand. For best results, apply stain to individual tiles by hand. Rub stain into the tile in a left to right motion. Apply at least two coats of stain. It is better to apply two coats of stain to achieve the look you are want then trying to achieve it in one. Stir stain often so as not to let the pigment drop to the bottom of the pan. If too much stain is applied or streaking occurs, immediately rework the area with a clean wet sponge and simply rub out the area using small amounts of water. Allow each coat to cure a minimum of 1 hour between coats. Allow stain to cure a minimum of 24 hours before sealing.

SEALING:

If needed, vacuum the floor again. Apply Charlotte’s Saltillo Tile Sealer, one coat at a time, with a minimum of two to three coats (depending on the porosity of the tile) allowing each coat to cure before applying another. Make sure that you do not allow air bubbles to form on the surface of the tiles. If you get air bubbles lightly feather them out using a damp hand towel or a damp lint free mop head, before they dry on the surface of the tile. Allow the sealer to cure for 24 hours before grouting. If needed, vacuum the floor between each coat.

Charlotte’s Saltillo Tile Sealer is a clear, durable, high-gloss, water-based sealer, that provides a long lasting protective coating that protects the tile and grout from oil, grease and food stains when properly applied. This product has been specially formulated for use on all types of Mexican clay tiles such as Saltillo, Tecate, Lincoln Pavers and Slate. This product allows moisture vapor transmission and is not affected by ultraviolet light. May be used for both interior and exterior applications.

COVERAGE:

Approximately 80 to 300 square feet per gallon depending upon type of tile, surface texture, porosity and method of application.

The floor is now ready for grouting. Charlotte recommend grout joints be no large than 1/2 to 3/4 inch. Charlotte also recommends that you install a grout that compliments the color of your tile. Allow grout to cure for a minimum of 72 hours or more depending on the temperature and humidity.

Once the grout is cured you then seal the grout and the tile with at least two more coats of Charlotte’s Saltillo Tile Sealer, or as Charlotte says, «as many coats as need» to seal the tile and grout. Charlotte soaks the grout joints well with sealer then lightly goes over the surface of the tiles. The tile is sealed when the sealer repels itself. Allow sealer to cure 24 hours.

FLOOR POLISH:

If needed vacuum the floor. Charlotte then recommends that you apply four coats of Charlotte’s Floor Polish, vacuuming between each coat if needed. Charlotte’s Floor Polish protects and prolongs the life of our sealer and is the product you use to maintain. Charlotte’s Floor Polish is a clear durable floor finish coating that resists black scuffmarks and when properly applied leaves a beautiful high-sheen finish. This product protects and prolongs the life of your sealer when used over sealed Saltillo Tiles, adobe clay tiles, slate, sealed unpolished natural stone and quarry tile. May also be used on all resilient vinyl and linoleum floors.

COVERAGE:

Approximately 100 to 500 square feet per gallon depending upon type of tile, surface texture, porosity and method of application. Recommended for interior application only.

MAGIC SLIDERS:

Maintenance

Tile floors also need protection from furniture scrapes and scratches. Charlotte highly recommends applying Magic Sliders to all furniture, as they move heavy furniture as easily as if it had wheels. Magic Sliders come in different sizes and are easy to install on your furniture.

REMEMBER:

The advantage of purchasing pre-sealed Custom Saltillo tiles is that they are ready for installation. If you desire a matte finish I recommend that you use Charlotte’s Impregnator Sealer. This below-the-surface sealer is a specially formulated, environmentally safe, non-toxic, water-based product that provides a long-lasting protective matte finish against oil, grease and food stains. May be used on limestone, sandstone, flagstone, slate, marble, granite, quarry tile, grout, Saltillo, Tecate and Terra Cotta Pavers. This product allows moisture vapor transmission and is not affected by ultraviolet light. May be used for both interior and exterior applications.

COVERAGE: Approximately 80 to 300 square feet per gallon depending upon type of tile, surface texture, porosity and method of application.

MAINTENANCE:

Now that you have a beautiful finished job the most important question is «How am I going to take of it»? This where I have been having fun for over 22 years. I love to show people how to clean and maintain all surfaces of their home and to keep everything clean and looking as beautiful as the day it was installed. Really!

» You should be able to walk around your house in white sox and they stay white».

Charlotte MacIlraith

Maintain Saltillo Tiles or any floor by using Charlotte’s All Surface Cleaner.

This pleasant lemon-fragrant product was formulated for everyday cleaning. This product deodorizes and cleans all in one easy step. It’s safe to use on tile, grout, marble, granite, slate, limestone, sandstone, flagstone, porcelain, Formica, and linoleum.

You will need to re-apply Charlotte’s Floor Polish periodically in traffic areas depending on surface traffic.

When cleaning an existing floor are you removing dirt or a wax build-up? Always use a product that will remove what product is on the surface of the tile that you are going to clean. For floors that need heavy duty cleaning before they can be sealed with floor polished Charlotte recommends that you use Charlotte’s Degrease-IT, green scrub pads and brass tipped brushes for the grout joints. Rinse well.


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