click on image above to enlarge photosMexican Tile Renew Project at House on 47th Street in Sarasota Fl Where Tile Was Stripped, Sanded, Cleaned, and Re-Sealed. Mexican tile is not Marble, is not Ceramic tile and is not Porcelain tile. Mexican tile has no glazed finish, the only protection for the clay tile is an applied sealer and Mexican tile must be stripped, cleaned and sealed at least every 8 or 9 years, it is and always will be very labor intensive.
Mexican Tile Renew Project at House on 47th Street in Sarasota Fl Where Tile Was Stripped, Sanded, Cleaned, and Re-Sealed. The Mexican tile floor at the house on 47th Street had some very bad stains and rust marks from water leaks that needed to be sanded out, down to bare tile, to get a smooth and even look. Refinishing Mexican tile is not really a DIY project, many different products are needed to properly strip off the old sealer, grease, oil and set in stains from years ago as discovered at the house on 47th Street.
Never use products like xylene to remove old sealer on Mexican tile in your DIY project. Breathing xylene vapors in small amounts can cause headache, dizziness, drowsiness, and nausea. With more serious exposure, xylene can cause sleepiness, stumbling, irregular heartbeat, fainting, or even death. Xylene vapors are irritating to the skin, eyes, and lungs and has a very strong odor that will last for days. Mexican Tile Renew will never use solvent based products in your home.
Mexican Tile Renew Project at House on 47th Street in Sarasota Fl Where Tile Was Stripped, Sanded, Cleaned, and Re-Sealed. Mexican tile needs to be kept clean, it is very porous and any kind of spills need to mopped up quickly. When a Mexican tile floor is not maintained properly for several years serious problems result.
Mexican Tile Renew Project at House on 47th Street in Sarasota Fl Where Tile Was Stripped, Sanded, Cleaned, and Re-Sealed. It is essential to keep the A/C at a cool 70 degrees during the Mexican Tile Renew process for everything to dry properly, 2 to 3 days is recomended. After the stripping and cleaning is completed during the Mexican Tile Renew process, multiple costs of a clear non-yellowing, high solids, acrylic-based sealer are used, in the case of the 47th Street House project 5 coats of sealer were applied to the floor.
Mexican tile is not a flat, square, perfectly machine made tile. Mexican tile is lumpy and bumpy with multiple irregularities which just adds to it's rustic old world charm. Mexican tile or Saltillo is made from clay found in the Northern Mexico area. The clay is formed into tiles, dried in the sun and then fired in kilns. Depending on the positioning of the tile in the kiln, it can range in color from yellow to red with many tiles having a mixture of those colors.
MEXICAN TILE SEALING: For your information (FYI) all you do it yourself (DIY) project managers, Mexican tile floors are not flat and perfect they are just the opposite with a lumpy, bumpy irregular surface, you can not burnish the floor with buffing pads and a floor machine, you have to use an applicator or mop to get the sealer on all parts of the tile and into the gully where the grout is. Flat, smooth, machine made tile like vinyl composition tile (VCT) which are tight fitted with no recessed grout line and butted up to each other can be burnished with a buffing pad and high speed floor machine.
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While we are at the Do's and Don'ts of Mexican Tile stripping, cleaning, and sealing let's delve into Efflorescence the white spots that mysteriously appear on your tile. Mexican Tile Restoration – Saltillo Tile Restoration: Efflorescence the white spots seen on Mexican tile, comes from the back of the tile not from the top of the tile, YOU MUST STOP THE FLOW OF WATER UNDER YOUR TILE. Efflorescence is a white crystalline deposit that is composed of salts, lime and/or other minerals, see example photo above. These deposits may become visible on many types of building surfaces such as concrete, stucco, grout, masonry, brick, natural stone, clay, ceramic tile, Mexican tile and even wood. These salts and minerals are water-soluble and generally come from the ground up or where cementitious or alkali substances exist (thin set motor used to set Mexican tile).
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