Terracotta floor, or clay tile flooring, is very durable if proper care is taken. Let’s see how to keep your home’s clay tile floor shining...
Daily Cleaning of Clay Tile Floors
Using a soft broom or vacuum cleaner, sweep the loose dust or sand away. Then mop the floor with plain water to remove dirt and sticky material. Doing a second mop with a diluted disinfectant floor cleaner solution is recommend, provided it is mild and non-corrosive. It is best to test the concentrated disinfectant on a test area or tile for some time before using on the entire flooring. If in doubt weather a particular cleaner can be used, please do get in touch with us.
Stains on Clay Tile Floors
Clay tiles are porous. Therefore, they are more prone to staining than glazed tiles.
To prevent tiles from staining, use a sealer. Sealers are paint like coatings that are applied on the tiles that prevent liquids from being absorbed into the tiles. This prevents staining. You can use a “wet look” non-impregnating sealer which will be visible on the tile surface. An impregnating sealer will not be visible on the tile after coating, but still will make the tile non-absorbent.
Wax coatings are also good sealers and can be done on the tile to prevent staining.
Stains are that are mild can be removed using a simple detergent solution. Scrub till the stain fades. More stubborn stains require specific treatment. If you have a stubborn stain, please get in touch with us on how your stain can be removed.
Handling Efflorescence on Clay Tile Surface
Efflororescense is caused by water from underneath the tile. Please read for our separate article on efflorescence. Please get in touch with us if you need more information.
Scratches on Terracotta Tiles
Terracotta tiles can scratch while moving heavy furniture or other objects without lifting etc. Take care while moving anything heavy on the floor. All furniture must have scratch preventing bushes on the bottom. If there is a lot of sand coming into the room and people walk on it, the tiles in that area will develop scratches very fast. Sand is very abrasive. To prevent this, make sure there are door mats to prevent sand from entering. Promptly remove any sand that has entered the room by gently sweeping with a soft broom or vacuuming.
To remove scratches from a clay tile, you can use a contractor who can do abrasive polishing like the ones used for polishing mosaic floors or marble floors.
Cracked Clay Tiles on the Floor
Terracotta tiles can crack if the cement mortar below the tile that is supporting the tile is not firm and has sunken. The best way to fix this would be to remove the tile and mortar and replace it with a new one. Any building expansion or cracking can also break the tiles. Contact your civil engineer in that case.