How to make sure your Saltillo Tile is installed right.
- Thoroughly dust tile surfaces by rubbing with a clean cloth or brush.
- Seal tile surface following instructions as per manufacturer recommendation. If factory sealed tile is purchased, skip steps 1 and 2. It is recommended that all tiles be sealed before installation.
- Use only thin set mortar for its installation, never use mortar with cement and never moisten tiles.
- Prepare area on which tile is to be set by thoroughly cleaning, allowing bonding of thin set mortar to the floor.
- Unpack tiles from several boxes and mix them to have a good combination of colors for each grid.
- Begin installation making sure each tile has, at least, 90% coverage of the thin set mortar.
- Thin set mortar should be trowelled (using a ½” notch) on a small area of floor at a time.
- Place tile on flat, even surface with a twisting motion while pressing down with hand and spacing to the desired joint (1/4”).
- With the wooden handle of a tool, tap over the tile surface. If a hollow sound is heard, pick up the tile and apply more thin set mortar to the areas where the coverage was not initially attained.
- After tiles are properly installed, allow a 24-hour period before grouting.
- Grout tiles with the desired color. After grouting in a diagonally motion, let set for about 10 to 15 minutes before washing the excess away. Do not use acid or any corrosive material on tiles.
- Wash excess away using a damp sponge in a circular motion.
- Allow grout to cure for about 72 hours before use. Make sure to re-coat the grout area properly with an oil base.
- Once the tiles are installed and sealed, a periodic coating with a water base, acrylic Floor Polish is recommended to extend the life and shine of your Saltillo. It will also cover any minor scratches that may appear.