options for prep include: hardi backer, lath sheet and concrete, or our special formula. In conjunction with the Saltillo tiles installed on top, our special product forms an uncoupling, waterproofing, and vapor management layer, while providing support/load distribution. The combination of these four essential functions allows for the successful installation of terracotta tile over a wide range of subfloors including plywood/OSB, concrete, gypsum, heated floors, and more.
Once the subfloor has been prepped, you are ready to apply thinset.
Lay the terra cotta tile. With a standard 12×12 size tile, a minimum grout line recommended is ½”. Any grout line that is wider is for cosmetic purposes. We do not use spacers with authentic handmade saltillo tile to allow for the size/shape variations. We pay attention to detail to keep the pattern of tile layout consistent. This is not a complicated process. The terra cotta tiles can easily and precisely be cut with a wet saw.
Grout saltillo tile floor after thinset dries then we Clean the saltillo tiles. We clean your Mexican tile floor very well to remove any grout haze or debris accumulated during the installation process. Once the floor is thoroughly cleaned, allow it to dry for several days. Our cleaner, water, and a sponge or brush can be used for cleaning the floor.
Seal saltillo floor. Once your installation is complete, cleaned and thoroughly dried, we can now apply the top coat of tile sealer. An ideal top coat sealer will last several years and can also be applied to the terra cotta grout lines. Allow the terra cotta sealer to fully dry and cure. Once cured, installation is complete. Enjoy your Mexican tile floor!