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I have several different freshly laid tiles in my new house. All pathways have stone tiles and there are marble tiles in the bathrooms and porcelain in the kitchen. I needed to get them sealed and was not sure if it was possible to seal them all. I contacted Tile Cleaners because my dad recommended them. He had a similar situation in his house and was very happy with the job Tile Cleaners had done. I was very worried about my tiles since they were brand new and very expensive. Tile Cleaners team were very patient with me, explaining how they were going to apply the sealer on different types of tiles, what sealer they would use, how long it would last for and advised me on how to take care of my tiles. I called Tile Cleaners a few times confirming details, asking for prices, making sure they could to the job during the weekend etc. The guys were amazingly patient and helpful. When I had gathered all the information I wanted, I was ready to go ahead. The work done by Tile Cleaners actually took less time than what it took me looking for information about it. Sorry for the pain I caused, and again thank you.

Monica Petrovski, West Beach, SA

I was about to sell my business and wanted to clean and reseal my vinyl floors to improve the looks of them before having people over for inspection of the property. I did a booking with another company but was horrified when I realized that my floor was back to its horrible look in less than two weeks. I carefully looked up other cleaning companies, scared that I would chose the wrong cleaning company. A friend of mine recommended Tile Cleaners, but after what happened to my floor last time I got it cleaned I was really skeptic, but gave it a go. All I can say is thank you guys so much for a quick response and a good job. I sold the office and left your contact details with the new owner for future cleaning.

Brian Hook, Bayswater, WA

I noticed that some of the tiles in my bathroom walls were loose and the grout was coming off. I am a very busy so kept on postponing calling someone to fix it. One day I got home and the loose tiles were lying broken on the floor. Can you imagine my frustration? I rang my brother in panic and he gave me Tile Cleaners' contact details. I rang them straight away. The guys told me I needed a tiler and professional regrouting work done so I thought it would take ages to fix my problem. However they organized the work very well. I had my tiles fixed on Friday night the same week and the entire bathroom regrouted on Saturday. Thank you some much for your quick help; it was such a relief.

Kerry McMyre, Mosman, NSW

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Terracotta Stripping & Sealing

We provide specialised stripping & sealing as well as all restoration solutions for Terracotta tiles.

Save yourself time, effort and money and let our team of professionals bring your Terracotta back to its best possible condition.

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

We cover all suburbs

Tile Cleaners® prides itself on providing Australia's best terracotta stripping and sealing service. Our years of experience in the field of tile protection results in your terracotta looking its very best, protected against staining for the longest possible time. Terracotta tiles are quite porous and need a sealer to preserve their beauty and protect them against common staining and other damage that can be caused by your everyday spills. Sealed or not sealed, we will be able to help; our team of tile cleaning professionals will achieve the best possible results for your terracotta tiles.

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When your terracotta tiles begin to appear dull and start to stain easily, that means your previous sealer is wearing off and your terracotta tiles are in danger of permanent damage. Tile Cleaners strip/remove all necessary old sealer from your terracotta tiles, bringing back their fresh look using our state of the art cleaning machinery; we then seal your terracotta tiles with one of our top quality water based products. Tile Cleaners® are proud to be accredited applicators of Deepshield®, a new high quality advanced penetrating sealer based on nano-technology. Sealant technology has recently taken a giant step forward ensuring unmatched protection and reliability for all surfaces. Don't be caught faced with ordinary looking surfaces for the long-term in your home. Deepshield®, offers long term benefits and peace of mind. Whether you decide to seal your terracotta tiles using a Clear Impregnating Penetrating Sealer, a Colour Enhancing Penetrating Sealer that enriches the colour and texture of your stone or a high quality Topical Gloss/Satin/Matte Finish Sealer, you can rest assured your terracotta tiles are receiving the best possible protection and care.

No matter where your terracotta tiles are, Tile Cleaners® will strip, clean and professionally reseal them for you. In your kitchen, shower, bathroom, around the swimming pool, your backyard, outdoors or any hard to reach indoor areas. Tile Cleaners® are Australia's leading experts in terracotta tile cleaning, stripping and resealing, with our large client base varying from the largest shopping centres to schools, hospitals, clinics, small to large offices, home owners, and various other businesses, you can rest assured that you are receiving the country's highest quality service. Our thorough cleaning processes combined with the highest quality products achieve the best and freshest looking terracotta tiles, protected and preserved against staining for the longest possible time. Give us a call, we are happy to help you with all your terracotta tile enquiries, or simply enquire with us online and we will call you back as soon as we can. Call now for a free quote and find out which service suits you. Tile Cleaners® guarantee your satisfaction with our professional services. You can call us any time, we provide our tile cleaning service in all after hours for your convenience.

What is Terracotta?

Terracotta is a ceramic material that has been used for building construction and decorative arts since ancient times in many cultures around the world. Terracotta, which literally means "baked earth," is made from natural clay, which gives it a characteristic reddish-brown colour. The colour can vary depending on the clay used. Terracotta is hard-baked, brownish red earthen ware, often glazed and colored. Glazing provides extra durability or can provide extra colour. The colours range from natural earth tones such as grey and brownish yellow to various shades of red. Terracotta is waterproof and a very sturdy material.

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Sealing Terracotta Floors

Two main sealing options exist for Terracotta tiles

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

  • Topical Sealer
    (Gloss/Satin/Matte Finish)
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A deep penetrating impregnating sealer protects terracotta and grout from water and oil based stains by chemically reacting with the surface pores using nano-technology to create a 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® range of impregnating water based sealer's, offer long term benefits lasting for up to 10 years while Deepshield Gold®, based on the latest fluoro-bond technology lasts for up to 15 years. A penetrating impregnating transparent sealer enters the pores of your stone and, once cured will not change the look of the tile or stone. A penetrating colour enhancing sealer is designed to enhance and enrich the look of terracotta surfaces.

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Tile Cleaners® are the experts at applying all types of sealer and will ensure your terracotta looks its absolute best. Tile Cleaners® experienced technicians can apply a topical sealer when especially required to create a high gloss, satin sheen or matte finish to your surfaces. Topical sealer is also helpful in situations where the old solvent based sealer can not be completely removed or when required to hide certain types of damage. Topical sealer's 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 by the terracotta. You can then see how any type of water based stain can be absorbed by the terracotta tile surface and grout.

We provide specialised stripping & sealing as well as all restoration solutions for Terracotta tiles

Save yourself time, effort and money and let our team of professionals bring your Terracotta back to its best possible condition.

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

We cover all suburbs

Types of sealer's used on terracotta tiles

Water based sealer's and solvent-based sealer's can both be used on terracotta, however unless absolutely required for a specific reason, we always recommend applying a water based sealer that doesn't produce harmful fumes during application and removal. Water based sealers are easier to apply and remove and also require less drying time. One of the most popular product ranges available is Australian made Deepshield® quality impregnating water based sealer's that prolong the life of your surfaces by taking full advantage of recent advancements in nano technology, providing unmatched long-term stain resistance and reliability.

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It is important to ensure the correct water based sealer is applied to your terracotta tile, which will also depend on whether they are indoors or outdoors as most sealer's will not last long outside due to being designed for internal use. If your terracotta is outdoors, it is important to use a water based sealer that is specifically designed for outdoor terracotta.

There are two types of impregnating clear sealer, water based sealer & solvent based. In the past solvent based sealers were more widely used as they used to absorb deeper into the terracotta and grout and would also last longer. Today however, thanks to new technological advancements, it is recommended only to use water based sealer's, that last much longer and cause less potential damage to health and property.

Solvent based products are more difficult to apply and can create major problems when applied incorrectly as they are very hard to remove. Tile Cleaners® recommend our clients apply a long lasting water based sealer such as a quality product from Australia's Deepshield® range of sealer's to their terracotta tiles and grout. Topical sealer's (glossy plastic coating over the top of the terracotta) are still used on terracotta, but these older style sealer's can trap moisture in the stone and make the surface slippery when wet. When a topical sealer wears in higher traffic areas, the entire surface usually needs to be stripped and re-sealed.

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It is very important to ensure that tiles achieve their cleanest possible condition prior to being sealed. This will protect the appearance of the tile, and importantly ensure that there won't be any dirt, stains or other debris caught under the layer of sealant.

To provide the best possible protection from oil and water-based stains; to maintain the look and slip resistance of your terracotta and to prevent damaging moisture from being trapped within the stone, it is recommended to seal your terracotta with a high quality, invisible, fully breathable impregnating sealer.

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We provide specialised stripping, cleaning & sealing as well as all restoration solutions for Terracotta tiles

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

We cover all suburbs

Frequently Asked Questions


The process of stripping a floor is to ensure that all necessary old and worn sealer is removed; once removed your Terracotta tiles can be resealed.

You will know it's time to have your terracotta floors stripped, cleaned and sealed once they begin to appear dull or "matte" even after you have given them an efficient regular clean. If you notice that your terracotta tiles are staining easily, it's a good indication that your previous sealer is wearing off and your terracotta floors will need to be resealed immediately to prevent permanent staining.

Yes, our tile cleaning services are safe! Tile Cleaners® generally use only the highest quality water based products alongside our state of the art cleaning machinery to provide the best cleaning solution without compromising your terracotta tiles. Stone tiles are porous and require more attention than man made tiles, which is why its extremely important to use the correct products and equipment necessary to bring your terracotta tiles back to their best possible condition. Tile Cleaners® prides itself on specifically catering for each tile variety.

Tile Cleaners® prefer to use high quality non-solvent based stripping and sealing products. These products are not messy and won't damage your terracotta tiles or anything else in your home. Current non-solvent based strippers and techniques are more than adequate. Tile Cleaners® technicians can apply solvent based strippers in very specific circumstances, however this requires leaving the premises for up to 48 hours and a very high level of safety and protection.

Here at Tile Cleaners® we understand the importance of your family's safety, which is why Tile Cleaners® prefer to use non-toxic finishing agents as we not only want to protect your terracotta floors, but your families health too. Materials and agents that present potential health hazards are not in our product portfolio and never have been.

If you want your terracotta floors to be their cleanest and looking their very best you need to have a professional remove as much of the old sealer as possible. Once this is done the cleaning process will be carried out and the sealer applied. You will have the freshest and cleanest possible terracotta floors once we are finished with the process.

Terracotta tiles stripping and sealing is simply the process of stripping the coating off the terracotta floor before resealing it. Terracotta flooring can look dull and lifeless over time, making it look older and really bringing down the feel of the home. By stripping and resealing, you can bring back the beautiful, lustrous appearance of your terracotta and eliminate the cost of laying new flooring.

Our professional Our professional team will go through the job processes with you step by step so you know exactly what you're getting. The process includes stripping any previous sealer if it was applied, the terracotta is then thoroughly cleaned and neutralised so that it is free of dust, residue and anything else that can affect the new sealer. A new sealer is applied to the dry terracotta floor and allowed to set. The newly sealed terracotta floor will not only look new again, it will be protected and result in your terracotta becoming easier to maintain.

It depends on the type of sealer used and the amount of foot traffic the terracotta tiles are being exposed to. Australia's Deepshield® range of deep impregnating water based sealer's, offer long term benefits with Deepshield Gold® lasting up to 15 years. Topical sealer's have a life expectancy of around 3 years. If you have a high amount of foot traffic or perhaps severe weather conditions(for outdoor tiles), you may experience a shorter lifetime. Sealing your terracotta tiles can also depend on the tiles condition. Once they start showing patchy areas and are staining easily then you should have them resealed. Give us a call and we can assist you with all your enquiries.

Terracotta floors can damage easily, any oily or harsh spills can damage the terracotta tiles and penetrate the pores leaving a permanent stain, unreachable by domestic cleaning methods. We strongly recommend sealing you terracotta tiles to keep their fresh look and feel, to protect them against permanent staining and to prevent any future accidental damage. They will look their very best for longer and will be easier and more convenient to maintain.

The best time to have your terracotta tiles sealed is immediately after installation to prevent any accidental staining or damage. You will know that your terracotta tiles need sealing once you start noticing patchy sealed areas of the floor and/or your terracotta tiles are staining easier.

Efflorescence is a problem that terracotta and most porous tiles can face. It's the tendency of the water in the terracotta to bring salts from the stone to the surface as it evaporates. The water evaporates leaving the salts on the surface resulting in a whitish coating and ruining its finish. The only way to avoid this problem is to seal your terracotta tiles with one of our highest quality water resistant sealer's and to stop the source of the water that is penetrating the tiles, for example a water pipe leak or damaged grout.

Yes we can. Efflorescence is a build up of salts and can be removed with efflorescence removers and other specialised cleaning techniques. Efflorescence is typically caused by a leakage behind the terracotta tiles or through damaged grout lines. The efflorescence can be removed but it is important the cause of the efflorescence is resoled.

To keep your terracotta tiles and grout looking new, Tile Cleaners® recommend cleaning each week with a mild detergent to remove any dirt or grime from the terracotta surface. Strong detergents(strong acid or alkali) may affect the sealer, mild detergents and pH neutral substances are strongly recommended.

Tile Cleaners® charge per square meter for each separate room. There is a price list on the Tile Cleaners® website for you to review. Before we begin our work we will measure each room individually, confirm the work to be carried out as well as confirm all costs with you.

We recommend that you measure each terracotta area separately. The simplest way to measure is by multiplying the width by the length. For example a room that is 3 meters long and 2 meters wide is 3 X 2 = 6m2 in total.

Tile Cleaners® technicians can help to move items that one person could be expected to move such as furniture with wheels, light furniture, tables and chairs, however as Tile Cleaners® insurance covers our restoration services, we will not be held liable for any damage caused to furniture or property you request our technicians to move.

Client Range

We clean and restore a
huge range of tiles and surfaces in all locations including:
Kitchens, Bathrooms, Showers, Swimming pools, Pool pavers, Restaurants, Cafés, Bars, Homes, Schools, Clinics, Hospitals, Companies, Offices

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