How to seal hand made Terracotta.

The following is a cleaning and sealing guide for terracotta floor tiles. The products and methods specified should ensure that the surfaces are suitably conditioned before sealing. Future cleaning and aftercare then made easier following the application of an impregnating sealer and finishing the surface with either the traditional method or the synthetic method.

Teatree Handmade 20x20-left unsealed, right sealed with LTP Boiled linseed oil & Antique wax

Teatree Handmade 20×20-left unsealed, right sealed with LTP Boiled linseed oil & Antique wax.

Honey Terracotta 3

Honey  Handmade 30×20 Terracotta Sealed with LTP Boiled Linseed Oil, LTP Clear wax & LTP Antique wax.

20x30 unsealed honey

Traditional method.

The process of laying terracotta begins with spreading out your adhesive on your primed concrete or timber floor using a notched trowel, make sure to spread out the adhesive evenly and at the same thickness. Always work in manageable areas.

Then lay the terracotta into the adhesive, be careful not to get any adhesive on the top surface of the terracotta. Allow for a 5-10mm grout joint.
Leave the adhesive to set as per the manufactures instructions.

Once the adhesive has set, apply an even coat of LTP Boiled Linseed Oil and allow sealer to absorb naturally. Apply further coats at 2 – 4 hours intervals until the terracotta is fully saturated. (remove any excess that is on the tile after 1 hour).
Allow 24 hours for the final coat to cure.

Once the final coat has hardened apply a coat of LTP Antique Wax, leave for 20-30 minutes and the buff to a shine with a stiff brush or buffing machine.

After the wax has been buffed, grout tiles with a grout float, leave for the recommended time and sponge off the residues.
Once dry, dust of any remaining residues and then apply another coat of LTP Antique wax and leave to dry overnight.

For additional protection and to give the terracotta a shine, apply 2-3 coats of LTP Ironwax Gloss.

For more information on traditional sealing please follow our video guide.

For PDF Terracotta, Cleaning sealer & aftercare guide

For PDF Terracotta, Cleaning sealer & aftercare guide – easy aftercare option

The synthetic method.
Applying LTP Colour Intensifier

LTP Colour Intensifier is a colour enhancing matt finish sealer that still allows the tile to breathe. Lay the tiles in the adhesive the same as per the traditional method.

Once the adhesive has set, apply sealer to the surface of the terracotta and spread out evenly using a sealant applicator.
Allow the sealer to dry naturally and add another coat at two hourly intervals until the terracotta is fully saturated.

45 minutes after applying the final coat of sealer dry buff the surface using a microfiber cloth to remove any excess and leave to dry naturally. N.B newly sealed surfaces should be left to dry for a minimum of 12 hours before allowing heavy traffic or finishing with a film forming sealer.

Applying LTP Ironwax Satin or Gloss.

Apply sealer to the surface and spread out evenly, two coats should be applied at hourly intervals. Leave to dry naturally, do not rub or buff. Leave Ironwax to cure for 4 hours and then grout in the joints.

Once residual grout has been removed and the joints have been firmed off (min 12hours). Apply further thin coat and leave to dry. Repeat this until desired finish has been achieved (max 6 coats).

Newly sealed surfaces should be left to dry for a minimum of 12 hours before allowing heavy traffic. Do not wash for 3 days.

For PDF Terracotta, Cleaning sealer & aftercare guide – synthetic method

For weekly aftercare use LTP Floorshine.

 

 

Please note that this information is offered as general guidance only and without guarantee. Your specific circumstances may need an alternative approach. In case of doubt, any process should be tried out in an inconspicuous area before general application.

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