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01-05-2003, 09:46 AM
Hey all, I had to remove some saltillo floor tiles while remodeling my kitchen. Now, it is time to reinstall new tiles. I was told that I needed to soak the tiles before cutting them, is that true? I did, cut the tiles and it seemed to work well, although I have nothing to compare it to. Now the install begins. Also, this is my first tile project and I would appreciate any (saltillo tile) advice. Thanks.


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01-05-2003, 09:59 AM
Hi Ron, welcome to the forum. :)
If you use the search feature of this forum and type in some keywords like saltillo you'll find that there have been many discussions on this before. You could easily burn half the day reading past posts and learning stuff, maybe some of it relevant. :D Hang tight, the pro's will be along. :)

01-05-2003, 10:48 AM

I have spent a lot of time looking and have not found anything addressing the cutting question. I did find an enormous amount of information that will help in other areas of the install and upkeep process'. Perhaps my request for advice was a bit vague. Sorry bout that.


01-05-2003, 11:01 AM
As I recall, you can cut the tiles dry but you should soak them prior to installing them. The soaking will keep the tiles from pulling all the moisture from the thinset.

If you use a wet saw to cut, you can kill two birds with one stone

Just kidding, make sure the tiles are soaked before putting them over the thinset.


John Bridge
01-05-2003, 02:51 PM
Hi Ron, Welcome. :) Where are you in Texas? Us city boys don't know all the small spots in the state. :)

I install Saltillo tiles wet. I hose them down in the driveway then let them stand for a couple hours. Put them in with plenty of thin set. You'll have to back butter most of the pieces to get good support.

You cut the tiles with a wet say usually. If you only have a few to cut, you could cut them with a carborundum disk, but it would be dusty.

I grout the floor when it's wet also. If you give the tiles enough to drink, grouting isn't too bad. If you don't, they'll firm up your grout as soon as it hits the surface.

01-05-2003, 03:13 PM
I think LaVernia is just a bit Southeast Of San Antonio....


01-05-2003, 05:03 PM
LaVernia is just outside San Antonio (Southeast)on Hwy 87. Thanks for the advice on installing saltillo tiles. I have them all down and now I am preparing to grout. The adhesive I used said grouting can be performed after 2 1/2 hours. Will it be best to do that quickly? I figure the tiles will still be holding a lot of moisture and with you're advice, I assume that is good.

John Bridge
01-05-2003, 06:18 PM
Don't get in a hurry, Ron. Let is set at least over-night so there is no chance of dislodging any of your tiles. Take a break. Have a brew. Life is short. ;)

01-07-2003, 06:53 PM
I don't know if you will go back and see this, but if you do...thanks. I waited and grouted. Turned out pretty good for a rookie. You learn quite quickly to wet the tiles again. Initially, the tiles were drying the grout faster than I could spread it. That's fun! Thanks again, you were great help.:bow:

John Bridge
01-07-2003, 08:08 PM
Way to go, Ron. ;)