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Travertine Floor

After the Travertine Tile Cleaning, our services includes polishing and sealing of the floor.

Marble Floor

After the Marble Tile Cleaning, our services includes polishing and sealing of the floor.

Mexican Pavers

After the Mexican Paver Cleaning, our services includes low natural gloss or high gloss polishing and sealing of the floor.

Wall Tile

After the Wall Tile Cleaning, our services includes polishing and sealing.

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Restoration of Tile, Stone, Concrete, Carpet Floors for Coachella, Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and for the rest of the Coachella Valley.

Brilliant Floors Restored is a professional stone cleaning and restoration company that specializes in services ranging from performing routine maintenance on stone floors and granite counter tops to solving complex tile, grout and stone problems. Our Partners combined have been in the floor restoration business for over forty years and with our knowledge we can help you to preserve and maintain your investment of lasting beauty in natural stone.

MEXICAN PAVER TYPES

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  1. Hand-made, “Regular” Saltillo Tile: This is the original Saltillo tile. Mexican Tile Company imports the best hand-made Saltillo tile on today’s market. You may hear from other tile companies that, “Saltillo tile is no good.” This is because so many companies have recently imported bad tile without knowing the good from the bad due to the great demand in this market.

    There is a lot of inferior quality hand-made Saltillo tile out there now, so be very careful. The quality of hand-made Saltillo tile is only as good as the clay it’s made with, and Mexican Tile Company’s tile is ALL made with clean clay! Hand-made Saltillo tile is made in two different ways as described below:

    The “De Agua” Method: This is the original method of making hand-made Saltillo tile. “De Agua” in English means “by water.” In this method of making the tile, the natural clay is mixed with water to a very wet, almost pourable consistency. Wooden frames are placed on the ground and the very wet clay is patted into them by hand.

    The frame is then lifted up and a wet tile remains on the ground. After the tile dries in the sun, it is picked up and placed in the cave/kiln for firing. When this method is used, part of the ground sticks to the cracks of the tiles and the tiles should be thoroughly brushed before installation to prevent bond failure.

    Also, when this method is used, the outside edges of the tiles tend to turn up (because of the action of lifting up the frame,) making them easier to tip over. In order to eliminate the loose clay on the ground from clinging to the back of the tiles, newspaper sometimes is placed on the ground under the wet tiles. This paper burns off when the tiles are fired.

    This type of “de agua” tile is usually called “paper back” Saltillo tile. Mexican Tile Company’s supplier uses a tool which we call a “cookie cutter” to trim the edges of the “de agua” tile, to reduce the chances of the edges turning up. This tool is utilized while the new tiles are wet and because of the shape of the cutting edge, the edges are forced to slightly turn down.

    After the edges are trimmed, the tops of the tiles are smoothed with wet hands to leave them nicely finished. While drying on the ground, before firing, the tiles are constantly watched and edges that might warp upward are tamped down with a heavy rubber instrument.

    The “De Golpe” Method: To eliminate the problems of dirt clinging to the backs of the tiles and edges turning up, this method of making hand-made Saltillo was developed. This method also makes the tile slightly denser. When the Saltillo clay is mixed with water, less water is used than in the “de agua” method. The term “de golpe” in English means “by pounding.”

     The clay and water mixture is moldable rather than pourable. The wooden frame has a wooden bottom in it, so it is more of a mold than a frame. The clay is pounded by hand into the mold. The excessive clay in the mold is scraped off with a board. This scraped side becomes the bottom of the tile.

     While the tile is still in the mold, a little loose clay is sprinkled on the scraped side to prevent the tile from sticking to the ground while it dries. (This type of tile does not need to be brushed before installation, as very little loose clay will cling to the bottom.) The mold is turned upside down and the tile drops to the ground where it dries in the sun before firing. As in the “de agua” method, the tops of the tiles are smoothed by hand with water, the edges are trimmed with the “cookie cutter,” and the tiles are watched carefully and their edges tamped down before they are fired.
     

  2. "Pueblo” Saltillo Tile: This tile is pressed into a metal mold. “Pueblo Saltillo tile is made by filling the mold with wet clay and pressing it with a hand press. (The same mixture is used in the manufacturing of the “de golpe” hand-made tile) The molds used in the manufacturing of this type of Saltillo tiles cause the tiles to have rounded edges, rather than the square edges of the hand-made Saltillo tile.

    This type of tile is also known in the market as “Primo”, “Super”. “Premium”, rounded edge”, and a variety of other names. Many people have reported being told that this type of tile is superior in quality to the hand-made tile. This is not true at Mexican Tile Company, where all of the Saltillo tile is good.

    Once again, remember that Saltillo tile of any shape, size, or edge detail is only as good as the clay that it was made from; and, although it may be true that some distributors’ tile varies in quality between the hand-made tiles and the pressed rounded edge tiles, that is not the case at Mexican Tile Company.

    You will find fewer chips on the edges of the “Pueblo” Saltillo tile, so if you are looking for a Saltillo tile which appears less rustic, consider the Pueblo tile. Because of the rounded edges, the grout joints will always be wider at the surface of the tile than the grout joints of the square edged tile. If the square tile is installed with a ½ inch joint between each tile on the bottom of the tile, the width of the grout joint at the top of the tile will also be a ½ inch, because the edges are straight up and down. With the rounded edge, a tile installed a ½ inch apart at the bottom of the joint may end up with ¾ to 1-inch grout at the surface of the tile.
     

  3. “Moreno” Saltillo Tile: The word “Moreno,” means brunette. To make Saltillo tile more of a taupe or brown color, a powder is added to the clay when it is mixed with water before the tile is made. This is a natural element; manganese dioxide, not an artificial colorant, which permanently alters the color of the tiles. “Moreno” tile can either be hand-made Regular Saltillo, or Pueblo Saltillo, and is slightly more expensive because of the cost of the manganese dioxide and the additional labor. The range of color is light to dark brown. Sometimes you may see some black swirls from the added powder.

WE CAN FURNISH ALL OF THE PRODUCTS WE USE, FOR YOUR DIRECT MAINTENANCE OR RESTORATION PROGRAM. WE ALSO INSTALL MEXICAN PAVERS AND COLOR STAIN GROUT.


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Restoration of Tile, Stone, Concrete, Carpet Floors for Coachella, Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and for the rest of the Coachella Valley.