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Terracotta Sealing Bayview Heights - Cairns

We provide specialised sealing solutions for all terracotta surfaces

Sealing is the first important step towards protecting your terracotta against stains

We cover all Cairns suburbs and all Bayview Heights area

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If treated properly terracotta will provide you with beautiful flooring that is hard wearing, warm, stain resistant and extremely easy to maintain.

What is Terracotta?

Terracotta is a ceramic material that has been used for construction and decorative arts since ancient times in different cultures around the world. Terracotta, which literally means “baked earth” (originally baked in the sun) is made from natural clay which gives a characteristic reddish-brown colour varying slightly depending on the type of clay used. Terracotta tiles provide an “old world” style often referred to as rustic, south-western or Mediterranean.

Terracotta is one of the few materials suitable both indoors and outdoors with its durability and beauty making it useful in several scenarios and settings in architecture. Terracotta flooring provides a look that is hard to imitate, and when sealed correctly is improved further in quality, holding up to stains, moisture and scratches. Compared with other ceramic materials, terracotta flooring isn't as cold, making it much more inviting and comfortable to walk on.

When used indoors, terracotta tile floors can be left untreated, but usually terracotta is finished with a top coat sealer. Some terracotta tiles are purported to be waterproof, however to the contrary all raw clay tiles are like sponges when it comes to soaking up water, and therefore absorbing stains. Bayview Heights's Tile Cleaners® recommend sealing your terracotta surfaces with a deep penetrating, impregnating sealer.

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Terracotta may come pre-finished or require the application of various types of sealers or coatings on site to provide a wearing surface. Terracotta may crumble or show wear quickly unless sealed and installed on a waterproof layer. Terracotta should never be installed in very high-traffic areas and should never be cleaned at pressures above 1100 PSI and then only if the grout is in good condition.

Save yourself time, effort and money and let our team of professionals restore your terracotta to its best possible condition

To schedule your appointment or to obtain a free estimate, call 1300 771 201 today or use our online enquiry form

We cover all Cairns suburbs and all Bayview Heights area

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Sealing Terracotta Tiles

Terracotta tiles are very attractive, and lend an informal and somewhat rustic air to residential and commercial flooring. As a raw product it is always recommended that this type of flooring be sealed following installation to avoid permanent damage. A professional tile cleaner with a thorough knowledge of different sealers available as well as their application is advised.

Tile Cleaners® offer a complete terracotta cleaning and sealing service for both commercial and domestic premises.

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Two main sealing options exist for limestone tiles

  • Deep Penetrating Impregnating Sealer
  • (Transparent Finish/Colour Enhancing Finish)

  • Topical Sealer
  • (Gloss/Satin/Matte Finish)

A deep penetrating impregnating sealer will protect your terracotta and grout from water and oil based stains using nano-technology to chemically react with the surface pores resulting in a long lasting, breathable protective barrier. An impregnating sealer protects the terracotta surface and grout from absorbing stains while also resulting in cleaning and maintenance becoming much easier. Australia's Deepshield™ impregnating transparent or colour enhancing sealers are water based offering long term benefits of up to 10 years while Deepshield™ Gold, based on the latest fluoro-bond technology protects terracotta for up to 15 years.

A penetrating transparent sealer enters the pore structure of your terracotta and once cured wont change its appearance whereas a penetrating colour enhancing sealer can be applied which will change the appearance by slightly darkening and enriching the appearance of your terracotta tiles.

Tile Cleaners® technicians are experts at applying all types of sealer and will ensure your terracotta looks its absolute best. Our technicians can apply a topical sealer when especially required to create a high gloss, satin sheen or matte finish to your surfaces. Topical sealers can also helpful in situations where your old solvent based sealer can't be completely removed or when required to hide certain types of damage. Topical sealer's usually have a life expectancy of around 3 years.

You can easily test how porous your terracotta is by applying a drop of water to the surface and watching how the water is absorbed. You can then see how any type of water based stain can be absorbed by your terracotta tile surface and grout.

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To schedule your appointment or to obtain a free estimate, call 1300 771 201 or use our online enquiry form

We cover all Cairns suburbs and all Bayview Heights area

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If your terracotta surfaces have become dull and no longer showing their true colour, or you have newly installed terracotta or perhaps your previous sealer is wearing off, Tile Cleaners® Cleaning and Sealing is the best solution, ensuring your tiles are cleaned effectively and efficiently as well as protected against future staining and deterioration.

Tile Cleaners® know the importance of taking care of your terracotta floors. Tile cleaning & restoration is an important aspect of maintaining the natural appearance of your terracotta. If treated properly, terracotta tiles will provide for a beautiful floor that is hard wearing, warm, stain resistant and extremely easy to maintain.

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Tile Cleaners® provide terracotta tile cleaning & restoration services for both commercial and domestic premises.

You can count on Tile Cleaners® expertise, professionalism and experience to guarantee satisfaction with the condition of your terracotta surfaces

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Bayview Heights's Tile Cleaners® technicians have years of experience in restoring and refurbishing terracotta flooring. Even the most neglected terracotta can very often be restored with remarkable results. There is only one real way to restore terracotta; by returning the terracotta to its original state, allowing it to dry, then sealing it with between 2-4 coats of impregnating penetrating sealer and then applying a surface coating finish. This is the only process able to create a long lasting finish and stain proof of your terracotta tiles. deepshield generic terracotta

We provide specialised sealing, cleaning and restoration solutions for all terracotta surfaces

To schedule your appointment or to obtain a free estimate, call 1300 771 201 today or use our online enquiry form

We cover all Cairns suburbs and all Bayview Heights area

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Frequently Asked Questions

When we talk about a "sealer," we are referring to a liquid or carrier that contains a resin. This substance is applied to porous surfaces, whether they are natural stone or man-made materials. The primary function of a sealer is to provide protection against staining caused by water and/or oil-based materials. By applying the sealer, you can prevent these substances from penetrating and staining the surface. Additionally, a sealer can enhance the overall cleaning results by making it easier to clean and maintain the surfaces effectively.

Terracotta tiles should be sealed to prevent liquids and dirt from penetrating the surface. Sealing is distinct from polishing and serves the purpose of protecting your terracotta surfaces. It is highly recommended to seal all terracotta tiles after installation. The initial seal can provide protection for up to 15 years, depending on the quality of the sealer and the level of wear and exposure. To safeguard your terracotta tiles from accidental damage, it is advisable to contact us promptly after installation for timely protection.

Determining the need to seal your terracotta floors can be based on a few key indicators. Firstly, if your terracotta floors start to look dull or lose their shine, even after regular cleaning, it may be a sign that they need to be stripped, cleaned, and resealed. Additionally, if you notice that your terracotta tiles are becoming prone to staining easily, it is likely that the previous sealer has worn off, and immediate resealing is necessary to prevent permanent staining. Monitoring these visual cues and taking timely action can help maintain the quality and appearance of your terracotta floors.

Our sealing products primarily consist of water-based formulas. We avoid using solvent-based sealers except in specific situations where no alternative is available. It's important to note that the sealer we apply will not alter the texture of your terracotta tiles in any manner. Its purpose is to provide protection against staining and to preserve the desired lustrous finish you desire for your terracotta surfaces.

Absolutely, we provide color enhancing services specifically designed for travertine. The color enhancement process involves the application of a specialized compound that enriches and intensifies the natural appearance of the travertine. By applying the color enhancer, the tiles' tones and hues are deepened, bringing out the inherent beauty of the travertine material. This treatment imparts a subtle wet or low sheen finish, enhancing the overall visual appeal of your travertine surfaces. Our color enhancing services are aimed at highlighting the unique characteristics and enhancing the aesthetics of your travertine.

When our professional team arrives to reseal your terracotta floors, they will guide you through each step of the process, ensuring transparency and clarity. The procedure begins by stripping any existing sealer, if present, followed by a comprehensive cleaning and neutralization of the terracotta to eliminate any dust, residue, or potential contaminants that could impact the effectiveness of the new sealer. Next, a fresh sealer is carefully applied to the dry terracotta surface and allowed to properly set. As a result, your terracotta floors will regain their original appearance, while also benefiting from enhanced protection, making them easier to maintain in the long run.

The duration needed to reseal terracotta floors varies depending on the size of the area being sealed. Typically, most jobs require around 4 to 8 hours for completion. We aim to carry out the cleaning and resealing process within the same day to minimize inconvenience and eliminate the need for multiple appointments.

After the resealing process, the drying time for terracotta tiles depends on the type of sealer used. Penetrating sealers typically become touch dry within 4 hours, while it takes approximately 24 hours for the sealer to fully cure. Once the sealer is fully cured, you can safely place furniture and other objects back onto the tiles and grout. It is important to avoid getting the surfaces wet for at least 24 hours to allow proper curing. In the case of topical sealers, they generally require around 48 hours to fully cure before normal activities can resume.

The lifespan of a sealer before reapplication is influenced by the type of sealer used. Topical sealers typically provide protection for approximately 3 years before requiring reapplication. In contrast, impregnating sealers are more durable and can last up to 15 years or even a lifetime when applied to vertical surfaces. However, areas with high foot traffic or frequent use may necessitate more frequent inspections and resealing to ensure ongoing protection. Conducting a water absorption test can help assess the porosity of the surface and aid in selecting a sealer with longer-lasting durability. It is advisable to refer to the guidelines provided by the manufacturer and consult professionals to determine the specific reapplication schedule suitable for your tiles and grout.

When using Deepshield™ Impregnating Penetrating Sealer, the slipperiness of your terracotta tiles' surface remains unaffected. This is because the sealer penetrates the top layer, specifically the surface pores of the terracotta. However, it's worth noting that applying a Topical Sealer may potentially make your terracotta floors slippery when they are wet. To preserve both the appearance and slip resistance of your terracotta surfaces, it is advisable to seal them with a high-quality, invisible, and fully breathable impregnating sealer. This not only helps maintain the desired look but also prevents moisture from being trapped within the stone, which can be detrimental to its condition.

In order to preserve the fresh and new appearance of your terracotta tiles after sealing them, Tile Cleaners® suggests following a few maintenance steps. Regular cleaning on a weekly basis with a mild detergent is recommended to remove dirt and grime. It is important to avoid using strong detergents with high acidity or alkalinity, as they can potentially affect the sealer. Instead, opt for mild detergents and pH-neutral substances. Our top recommendation for protecting your terracotta tiles is to seal them with one of our highest quality sealers. This provides the best possible protection against staining and helps maintain their pristine condition.

Tile Cleaning follow a pricing structure based on the square meter measurement of each separate room when sealing terracotta tiles. You can find a detailed price list on the Tile Cleaning website for your reference. Prior to commencing the work, our team will conduct individual measurements for each room, discuss the scope of the project, and provide you with a comprehensive cost breakdown, ensuring complete transparency.

When measuring a terracotta area, it is recommended to measure each section individually. The simplest approach is to multiply the width of the area by its length. For example, if a room has dimensions of 3 meters in length and 2 meters in width, the total area can be determined by multiplying 3 by 2, resulting in 6 square meters.

Tile Cleaning provides assistance with moving furniture during the floor sealing process. Their team of dedicated technicians is available to help with the relocation of furniture items that can be reasonably managed by one person, such as those with wheels or lightweight furniture like tables and chairs. However, it is important to keep in mind that while Tile Cleaning takes precautions to protect your belongings, they cannot be held responsible for any damages that may occur during the furniture moving process. To ensure the safety of valuable or fragile items, it is recommended to either relocate them to a secure area or properly secure them before the technicians arrive. By taking these necessary precautions, you can help ensure the safety of your furniture and minimize the risk of potential damage while the floor sealing process is being carried out.

To prepare for the cleaning of terracotta surfaces, it is important to clear the floor of any furniture or objects. This will ensure that the area is ready for the cleaning process upon the arrival of our team.

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