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. 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 tiles require sealing to protect against staining and to improve ease of cleaning.
Stoneshield Quarri-Seal®. Quarri-Seal® is a solvent-based oil & water repellent sealer. Provides a “wet look”, surface gloss finish, colour enhancing finish with surface protection. Can be used both internally and externally.
Stoneshield Quarri-Seal® is suitable for use on –
Medium to high porosity terracotta.
Stoneshield Quarri-Seal® Matt . Quarri-Seal® Matt is a solvent-based oil & water repellent sealer. Provides a “wet look”, surface sheen, colour enhancing finish with surface protection. Can be used both internally and externally.
Stoneshield Quarri-Seal® Matt is suitable for use on –
Low to Medium porosity terracotta.
Stoneshield Natural-Look™ is a solvent-based, water, rain & stain repellent sealer. Provides a no-sheen, natural look finish with no colour change. A penetrating sealer with invisible protection. Can be used both internally and externally. Stoneshield Natural-Look™ is suitable for use on – Low to very low porosity terracotta.