One of the oldest ceramic materials made by man. This type of tile is created by mixing clay and water, leaving it to dry naturally and finally baking it in a kiln. The colours after firing can vary widely, but most common clays contain enough iron to cause an orange, orange red, or brownish orange colour, with this range including various colours described as “terracotta”. Other colours include yellow, grey, and pink.
Terracotta cleaning and sealing in a prestigious restaurant in Ethiopia:
Quarry Tile & Brick Cleaning:
Quarry Tiles are an unglazed ceramic material. They are particularity well suited for exterior paving due to their low absorption and resistance to freezing (the high baking temperatures and high quality of clay used in manufacturing, along with other raw materials make this type of floor one of the most durable on the market today) There are different products and processes for these materials according to whether they are laid indoors or out.
Brick cleaning before and after:
What happened during our Terracotta, Quarry tiles or Brick cleaning process?
1- We inspect your floor: this is to identify any limitations like stain removal, loss of loose grout surrounding surfaces sensitive to cleaning solutions and any other areas that needs consideration before the cleaning starts
2- We protect your walls and furniture: this is to limit overspray on to sensitive areas during the cleaning process. Please note no guarantee can be made that materials that is extremely sensitive to moisture might not show some form of exposure to our cleaning solutions – please read “Limitations to having your tile and stone cleaned”
3- Dry soil removal: we will remove any dry soil and dirt before any water based cleaning takes place
4- Apply cleaning solution to the floor/wall: This can be by means of sprayer or directly from a container with pre-mixed cleaning solutions
5- Agitation: This is done by means of a rotary cleaning machine or by hand depending on the areas to be cleaned.
6- Rinse: Slurry (Dirt from the floor and cleaning solution mixed together) with our pressurised cleaning equipment. This step allows us to clean areas of your wall or floor that is not reachable with any other form of cleaning (scrubbing)
Sometimes we have to repeat the cleaning process as described above to ensure optimum results.
7- Drying: After the cleaning process has been completed, we will clean up and dry any areas. In cases where stone or tile has a high porosity, drying can take up to 12 hours
8- Sealing / Impregnation: we offer 3 types of protection for your floor/wall:
- A topical sealer adds a coating to the surface of the stone or tile. This is done to protect against spills or other contaminants causing permanent stains.
- An Impregnator penetrates below the surface of the stone, tile or grout and acts as a repellent.
- We also can give you a natural look with the wax and oil option.
After the sealing has been applied:
Have a look at the video below to give you more information regarding the different finishes on your floor: