Your Saltillo Brought To Life…
Has your Saltillo lost its vibrance over time? Is it stained with a build-up of old, yellowed topical treatments? Imagine it revitalized to its original, beautiful state. Saltillo tile is delicate and can be difficult to clean and is best entrusted to experienced professionals when it is time to have it restored. STONESHINE Restoration can turn your dull-looking Saltillo floor into a work of art once more.
Saltillo, pronounced säl te’yo, is a sought-after form of hand made Mexican Tile often custom stained in ranges of orange, beige and yellow. The relatively low temperatures at which Saltillo is fired make for very porous tiles that are neither entirely flat nor even. This is actually part of it’s desirability since it creates surfaces with a warm and inviting, old-world appeal and is a fine example of the perfection of imperfections.
As noted, Saltillo is very porous and must be regularly sealed to keep it at its very best. If the sealer on your saltillo has worn away or was never applied, normal household cleaning will not even reach the dirt trapped in the porous surface. Wax sealants, though commonly used, can become darkened and discolored over time, dulling the tiles’ vivacious coloring. Ultimately, it will begin to scratch and flake off. If this is happening to your Saltillo, it is time to call a professional. STONESHINE Restoration will lavish your Saltillo with the careful attention it deserves and get it lively and gorgeous again in no time.
Caring For Your Saltillo
In between regular professional maintenance, it’s important to sweep or dust mop your floors regularly to remove any debris from foot traffic that can get ground into the waxes and acrylic coatings. Immediately wipe up spills and use a slightly damp mop as needed. Use only recommended cleaning products, you’ll find a link to products we recommend here. We’re more than happy to educate you on the best care for your Saltillo, indoors or out. We will also be glad to sit down with you and develop a professional maintenance program for your surfaces that will best suit your requirements and budget.