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Hand Made Floor Tiles

Saltillo Tiles – Hand Made Floor Tiles

Working directly with tile makers, we import hand made floor tiles. We sell  saltillo floor tiles. There are three sizes of saltillo tiles. We sell the Saltillo tiles in 22  x 22cm, 30 x 30cm and 40 x 40cm format. Our prices are competitive because we buy the tiles directly from the makers and import them ourselves. Prices are as follows.

£1.40 per tile / £29.40 per sq.m/ 21 tiles per sq.m for the 22 x 22cm Saltillo tile.
£2.05 per tile/ £22.55 per sq.m/ 11 tiles per sq.m for the 30 x 30cm Saltillo tile.
£5.60 per tile/ £35 per sq.m/ 6.25 tiles per sq.m for the 40 x 40cm Saltillo tile

 

Characteristics.

Saltillo floor tiles are unsealed terracotta. They are hand made in Saltillo in Northern Mexico from local clay which has a unique natural blend of minerals. This  makes the tiles very tough when fired in specially built kilns. Because of its unusual manufacturing process, the individual tiles are slightly varied in shape and surface, with wavy contours and slightly different sizes. The tiles are hues yellow, orange and red. The hand made floor tiles lend a room a earthy look, the soft yellow, pink and red tones adding warmth to a kitchen, bathroom or dining room or outdoor space. Because the Saltillo  tiles are hand made they are slightly convex and concave. Once the Saltillo tiles are installed they create a pillowed effect. The tiles don’t harbor dust making them a good choice for anyone with allergies. They can be cleaned with a wet mop. The hand made floor tiles look good in both contemporary and traditional settings. Keeping with tradition with an old house and breaking the clean lines and adding variation within a modern house.

Suitability.

The hand made floor tiles are suitable for indoor floors including bathrooms and kitchens. They can be used with underfloor heating.  They can be used in fireplaces and hearths. The Saltillo tiles are ofen used in conjunction with the 5 x 5cm inset tiles.

Samples

We can send whole samples for the price of the tile plus delivery of £9 or alternatively we can send £2  10 x 10cm swatch samples. ( Please visit the individual product page to buy the samples).

Delivery.

Because of the fragile nature of the tiles, we only use a pallet for delivery. Delivery is a minimum (and maximum) of £36 for mainland UK. This excludes sample orders.

Making Saltillo Tiles.

Saltillo floor tiles are unsealed terracotta. They are hand made in Saltillo in Northern Mexico from local clay which has a unique natural blend of minerals. This  makes the tiles very tough when fired in specially built kilns.

Commissioning Tiles.

All shapes and blends of Saltillo can be made to commission. Please see our commissioning page for specific information. There is generally a three month lead time.

 

Installing Saltillo Tiles

Saltillo tiles should be wiped with a damp cloth after laying and then left for about 2 days for the adhesive to set and dry
When dry the tile surface should be sanded clean.
We recommend using  120 grade sandpaper to run it down.
After cleaning the tiles vacuum them.
Then start the sealing process.
There are various ways of sealing  Saltillo tiles
What I have done with the Saltillo is use a 50:50 mix of turpentine and linseed oil
The tiles have to be saturated with sealant until they can absorb no more , but any excess must be wiped off the surface before it drys there
When the sealant has dried then the tiles can be grouted
After cleaning up the grout and letting the tiles dry, a final coat of sealant should be applied
With the Saltillo I have finished them with Lithofin acrylic sealant.

Maintenance of Saltillo Tiles.

Once the tiles have been sealed during installation the tiles, sealing will only be required infrequently in high traffic areas. The sealing dries within 60 minutes. The tiles can be cleaned with gentle cleaning products.