If you have terracotta tiles in your home you no doubt enjoy the delightful appearance of this wonderful kiln-fired tile. Terracotta offers and unique colour and a rustic feel in the home, but needs careful maintenance in order to keep it looking its best.
Common issues when cleaning terracotta tile floor
Terracotta can quickly begin to show surface marks, particularly where layers of sealant or a polished finish has completely worn down.
Scratches and swirling on the surface of the tiles often results from dirt which has been ground in underfoot.
Regular dusting and hoover can help prevent this but it will never prevent it entirely. Tiles may appear dull or faded but can generally be restored.
Terracotta is highly porous and can even become more porous over time. This means it is essential to protect it with some sort of protective seal.
If water is allowed to penetrate the tile it will discolour the surface and leave behind dark marks.
Abrasive chemicals like household bathroom and tile cleaners can also damage and mark the tiles, sometimes permanently.
Floors made from terracotta tiles are vulnerable to water from below as well as above. Poor quality grouting or a badly installed subfloor will do little to stop water from seeping into the untreated surface on the bottom of the tile.
Ask one of our technicians to take a look if you suspect there may be an issue with your subfloor.
How we maintain terracotta flooring
Despite its vulnerabilities, terracotta can be restored back to a wonderful appearance by our skilled team. Surface scratches and marks can usually be buffed out using our rotary polishers and buffing solutions. The solutions we use will be heavy duty enough to cut away embedded dust and dirt whilst preserving the attractive surface of the tiles.
We recommend a tough coat of sealer for terracotta in order to get the most value from your clean. If your terracotta is in an area that is particular susceptible to spillages, it is essential. Professional sealer will create a barrier than deflects the effects of dust and dirt as well as spillages. It will eventually wear down over time and this is completely normal. We’d recommend a top up at least once a year depending on the conditions the tiles have to endure.
Issues with the subfloor causing movement of the tiles can be more tricky. In these cases we will need to take an assessment and plan our work from there. Re-grouting to secure tiles is one of our key services and in cases where replacement tiles need to be sourced we are happy to help with this.
Will repairing my terracotta tiles cause disruption?
We work quickly and efficiently, we aim to get the work completed to a high standard within the given timeframe without cutting corners. Our experienced engineers are punctual and polite and will never leave behind mess when the job is complete. Our aim is to leave your home or business as clean, or more so, than when we arrived. If you have special requirements for your home or business we will always endeavour to accommodate these.
If the terracotta tiles in your home or office could benefit from our services then have a chat with one of our friendly technicians today to see how we can help.
In many cases we can, although it depends on the type of tile and how serious the damage is. Let us take us a look at your floor and we’ll make an assessment.
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