terracotta installation guidelines

Antique Terracotta and Belgian Reproduction Terracotta Installation Guide

except for 8” circle and 6” losange diamond shapes, refer here to these resources.

Antique Terracotta and Belgian Reproduction tiles are unglazed, non-vitreous terracotta tiles, which are hand-formed and fired.

Usage

Indoor and outdoor applications are perfect for walls and residential and commercial flooring. Heavy use such as factory floors and exterior driveways are NOT recommended.

 

Installation Recommendations

It is recommended to always defer to your trade consultants (architect, engineers) and your tile contractor.

TCNA guidelines and ANSI A108, 1118, & A136 – Version 2013, printing reference 2013.1 are to be used as references for substrate preparation and tile installation methods for standard ceramic tile projects and are required for proper installation.

Always prepare your substrate to allow for this type of flooring. As with any tile installation, clé recommends that all situations falling outside the standards addressed by TCNA and ANSI recommendations be addressed, resolved and approved only by the project architect or engineer.

 

Antique Terracotta Installation Tips

Follow setting, sealing and grouting instructions for terracotta tiles below. You will need the following products:

  • clé Unglazed Tile Grout in the shade Timberwolf
  • Miracle 511 Porous Plus Penetrating Sealer

 

Belgian Reproduction Installation Tips

Your tiles will arrive in their raw form. This allows you the option of enhancing it with our recommended sealant and grout to achieve the depth of color you desire. If you prefer a more textured rustic look liquid wax can be applied.

For a Light Gray installation you’ll need the following products:  

  • clé Unglazed Tile Grout in the shade Timberwolf
  • Miracle 511 Porous Plus Penetrating Sealer (will not change the color of the tile)

Or

  • Miracle 511 Seal and Enhance (will darken the color of the tile)

Optional Products for textured antique finish on enhanced tile-

  • Liquid Wax (i.e. Filasatin, Filamatt, Johnson’s Liquid wax, etc…)

 

For a Medium Gray installation you’ll need the following products:  

  • clé Glazed Tile Grout in the shade Timberwolf
  • Miracle 511 Seal and Enhance (will darken the color of the tile)

Optional Products for textured antique finish-

  • Liquid Wax (i.e. Filasatin, Filamatte, Johnson’s Liquid wax, etc…)

 

For a Charcoal  installation you’ll need the following products:

  • clé Glazed Tile Grout in the shade Charcoal or Black
  • Miracle 511 Porous Plus Penetrating Sealer

Optional Products for textured antique finish-

  • Liquid Wax (i.e. Filasatin, Filamatt, Johnson’s Liquid wax, etc…)

 

Set

Terracotta tile installation should utilize thin set methods leaving at least a ½” grout joint and avoiding the use of spacers. As always be sure to clean the excess dust from the tiles prior to setting. Allow mortar to cure according to the manufacturer’s instructions prior to grouting or sealing.

 

Seal  

Once your tiles have been set on the floor or wall it is time to seal them. For Antique Terracotta installations apply 1-2 coats of Miracle 511 Porous Plus Penetrating Sealer to the tile following the manufacturer’s instructions (wait 2-3 hours between coats).  Allow sealant to cure 6-12 hours before grouting.

For Light Gray Belgian Reproduction installations apply 1-2 coats of Miracle 511 Porous Plus Penetrating Sealer to the tile following the manufacturer’s instructions (wait 2-3 hours between coats).  Allow sealant to cure 6-12 hours before grouting.

For Medium Gray and Charcoal Belgian Reproduction proceed directly to grouting

 

Grout + Seal

Grout your tile following the manufacturer’s instructions.  

For Antique Terracotta once the grout has cured the best practice is to apply a final coat of sealant to the tile and the grout line. Do not wax, walk on, or cover tile until the sealant has dried completely.

For Light Gray and Charcoal Belgian Reproduction once the grout has cured the best practice is to apply a final coat of sealant to the tile and the grout line. Do not wax, walk on, or cover tile until the sealant has dried completely.

For Medium Gray Belgian Reproduction apply two coats of Miracle 511 Seal and Enhance following the manufacturer’s instructions (waiting at least an hour between coats). Do not wax, walk on, or cover tile until the sealant has dried completely.

 

Wax (Optional for Belgian Reproduction Installations)

To achieve a rustic textured look liquid wax can be applied to the surface and then sanded. Apply the liquid wax to the tile following the manufacturer’s instructions for application.  

Once the wax has dried per the manufacturer’s instructions, lightly sand the tile to give it a rustic finish.  Randomly sand the tile with 120 grit sandpaper using small circular motions (spending about 10 seconds on a tile). For best results this should be done by hand, a sanding block can be used for assistance. We do not recommend the use of electric palm sanders, as they will produce a surface that is too even in appearance.  

 

Maintenance   

For cleaning of terracotta tiles, we recommend the use of colorless and neutral pH cleansers- only to be used for the purpose of removing soil or stains.  

 

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