Saltillo Maintenance

Learn about Saltillo Tiles and how to maintain them:

-1/2" Thick

-Chipped edges, small craters.

-Variations in thickness, flatness, size, squareness.

-Have occasional cracks and occasional animal tracks on the surface.

-Variety of color between tiles and within individual tiles.

 

 

Saltillo floor tile is hand-made using old production methods to preserve its traditional essence of rustic terracotta tile. The name Saltillo Tile is derived from the city of Saltillo in Mexico, where the clay used to make Saltillo tiles is a natural resource found only in this region of Mexico. The sheets of clay are hand pressed, molded, and then sun-air dried before being fired in kilns. The clay and the process gives saltillo tile a unique, random, natural look which makes the tiles so popular. Raw saltillo tiles can appear rather plain, but after installation, grouting, and sealing they are very attractive, easy to maintain if properly installed and will virtually last forever. Saltillo tiles complements with a Spanish, Mexican Hacienda, Southwestern or Mediterranean style architecture.

 

The name Saltillo Tile is derived from the city of Saltillo in Mexico, where the clay used to make Saltillo tiles is an abundant natural resource found only in this region of Mexico. The Saltillo Clay has been used for centuries to make Saltillo Tiles, it is greatly appreciated by those who like the atmosphere of warm Mediterranean and Mexican Hacienda style homes. The process of creating Saltillo Tiles is an old-world tradition of making tiles by hand, which is preserved and continues to this day. The sheets of clay are pressed, molded, and then sun-air dried before being fired in kilns. The clay and the process gives saltillo tile a unique, random, natural look which is what makes saltillo tiles so popular. Raw saltillo tiles can appear rather plain, but after installation, grouting, and sealing they are very attractive, easy to maintain and will virtually last forever.

CHARACTERISTICS OF SALTILLO:

Saltillo varies in colors of deep reds, oranges and yellows.  It’s clay tile brings warmth and character to any space. Saltillo is installed mainly on interior and exterior flooring surfaces. There are several types of clay tiles that are not Saltillo tile but can be restored and maintained the same way.

The clay used to make Saltillo tiles is excavated from the earth. It is cleaned, processed, mixed with water, and formed into tile. The tiles are dried in the sun and then fired in kilns. After installation, it is important to clean the surface before applying multiple coatings of acrylic finish so the clay is sealed for protection.

HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR SALTILLO:

Saltillo tile should be maintained through frequent sweeping and mopping, using appropriate cleaners and fresh water. Be sure to change mop bucket water multiple times. This keeps the water clean, ensuring the tile will continue to look great for years to come. On average, professional cleaning and sealing is recommended every 3-5 years,depending on traffic and usage. When properly maintained and cared for, Saltillo tile and its coating will stay looking great for many years.