TERRACOTTA-CLEANING,SEALING & AFTERCARE-TRADITIONAL METHOD-EASY AFTERCARE OPTION

The following is a traditional 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 a natural oil based sealer and natural wax to protect the surface.Terracotta_line_up

CLEANING………….

1. CONDITIONING & CLEANING THE SURFACE (before sealing & grouting)
GrimexLTP Grimex is a high performance product for stripping and cleaning of vitrified glazed ceramics, porcelain, travertine, natural stone, sandstone, slate,marble,granite,terracotta,quarry,brick,concrete,external paving,terrazzo and other mineral floor & walls.  On larger areas scrubber drier machines can be used.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE-CONDITIONING BEFORE SEALING
Grimex_directions_for_use
Ensure that any sensitive surfaces not to be cleaned are properly covered and protected before beginning.  Ensure that gloves and eye protection and suitable waterproof clothing are worn at all times.  If potable water is used for rinsing we would suggest changing the water after every 5m².
SEALING…….
2. PROTECTING THE TERRACOTTA AFTER CLEANING (before grouting)
Boiled Oil
LTP BOILED LINSEED OIL is a traditional oil based sealer.  Dries to leave the surfaces an enhanced natural finish.  Offers mechanical strength to low fired terracotta’s.  Helps protect against staining.  Treated surfaces strongly repel water, oil and grease.  The product should be fully absorbed by the terracotta.  Do not allow it to dry onto the surface.  Excess that is visible after one hour should be worked off of the surface between coats. Boiled Linseed Oil will make surfaces darker following treatment.
Applying_sealer_terracotta_surfaces
3. PROTECTING THE SURFACE AFTER SEALING ( before & after grouting)
LTP CLEAR OR ANTIQUE WAX blended from three types of wax which gives treated surfaces an excellent traditional sheen.  It provides a resilient protective layer against water, dust, dirt and a variety of commonly found household spillages.  Suitable for all types of terracotta and natural stone.  This product is film forming.
Applying_wax_to_terracotta_surfaces
FURTHER INFORMATION-SEALING
If the sealing products are to be used in areas where food is consumed: Once cured they are completely inert, so therefore considered to be food safe.
In areas of high traffic it may be necessary to apply a top up coat of wax protection every 3-4 years.  If LTP Waxwash floor cleaner is used for the daily/weekly aftercare then a top up coat can be applied without the need to strip the surface back.
Any future blemishes should they appear can be buffed out following the application of a little more wax.
3. PROTECTING THE SURFACE AFTER WAXING- EASIER AFTERCARE OPTION 
LTP IRONWAX SATIN OR GLOSS  a low maintenance film forming liquid wax.  Suitable for all types of un-polished natural stone, terracotta and quarry tiles.  Protects and embellishes the surface.  Highly resistant to wear and stains.  Facilitates cleaning and aftercare.
LTP Ironwax Gloss& Satin 1ltr
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Ironwax Satin and Ironwax Gloss will make the surfaces appear slightly darker following treatment.  Do not buff or rub the sealer between coats.
AFTERCARE……..
4. Daily/Weekly Cleaning (for the Easier aftercare option)
LTP_2017_Floorshine_PlasticBottle_1LtrLTP FLOORSHINE a highly effective aftercare cleaner for tiled surfaces. Cleans and protects in one application.  Renovates dull looking floors.  Regular use will help repair and reinforce protection on surfaces sealed with LTP Ironwax Satin or Gloss.  Minor scratches, scuffs and blemishes are repaired after every wash.
Aftercare_directions_of_use
The information is offered without guarantee.  The material should be used so as to take account of the local conditions and the surfaces to be treated.  In case of doubt, the product should be tried out in an inconspicuous area.

 

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