Terracotta

Terracotta

Prepare

  • Stoneshield Grout Lift.
  • Stoneshield Deep Clean.

Seal

  • Low - medium porosity terracotta should be seald with Stoneshield Penetrating Sealer - colour enhancer water and oil repellent) no surface layer.
  • High porosity terracotta may be sealed using Stoneshield Quarri - Seal. This will colour enhance and give a satin finish.
  • OR

  • Stoneshield Quarri - Seal matt. This will colour enhance and give a matt finish.
  • Should you not know what the porosity of the tile is, ALWAYS TEST FIRST, on a small area. If the sealer is not suitable for the porosity of that particular tile, a surface sealer will flake and peel on the terracotta tile.

Maintain

  • Stoneshield Daily Clean.
  • Stoneshield Grout Cleaner.

Description

Terracotta Tiles (sometimes known as "Quarry Tiles:) are manufactured from clay which is pressed, extruded or punched and then fired in a kiln at various temperatures to give a rustic-looking tile, usually reddish-brown to ochre in colour. Terracotta was probably the first type of ceramic floor tile and has been in use for centuries. Because the base material is a naturally occurring clay Terracotta can vary enormously in chemical make-up and physical characteristics due to different manufacturing processes and temperature of firing, etc. Variations to be expected are porosity, absorption rates, scratch resistance, wear resistance, brittleness, and colour. Some Terracotta tiles are pre-treated, after firing. The greatest difficulty in treating terracotta tiles is the huge variances in porosity. Punched tiles tend to be the densest and lowest in porosity. Extruded or split tiles tend to be of medium porosity with the lighter colours being more porous. Handmade tiles tend to be the most porous. Terracotta is generally sold as a flooring material. Terracotta tiles require sealing to protect against staining and to improve ease of cleaning.