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Unread 05-18-2014, 09:33 PM   #1
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White Saltillo tile

I have what I believe to be saltillo tile, but it is white. Has anyone ever seen this?

Some tiles have a few random chips that I would like to have repaired as well cleaning the grout.

The chips reveal red underneath the white tile so that is why I am thinking it is saltillo. Can anyone help me identify this? I can find little information on white saltillo tile. Anyone have solutions to repair the tiles?

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Unread 05-18-2014, 11:31 PM   #2
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Welcome, Cynthia.

How 'bout you post up a photo or two of your tiles. Use the paper-clip icon above the Reply dialog box to attach photos from storage on your computer.

Got no idea where they would find any white clay in or anywhere near Saltillo or that part of Mexico.

Do I understand that your tiles are glazed? That would also indicate they are not Saltillo.

There are lots of red-bodied glazed tiles that come out of Mexico, though.
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Unread 05-18-2014, 11:39 PM   #3
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Cynthia,

What it sounds like you have are ceramic tiles with a clay base.

Pictures will clear the matter. Take some closer and some further away. Be sure to include a coin or pencil or an object of known size so we can have a sense of scale.
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Unread 05-18-2014, 11:45 PM   #4
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Mmmmm, Paul? Be difficult to have a ceramic tile without a clay base, non?
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Without a picture hard to tell, could be a white washed Paver {stained white}which I have done hundreds of sq.ft. back in the 80's
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Does this help?

~8x8 tiles with rounded corners
wide grout lines
kitchen floor
house built in 1986

Would like to repair and suggestions for cleaning grout.
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Those look to me like a Mexican Talavera tile, Cynthia, but I've never seen them in an 8x8 size. Same red soft body, but I'm accustomed to seeing a good deal more crazing of the surface glaze.

Best aesthetic "repair" I've found for chips is finger-nail polish or appliance paint if you can get a color match.

For grout cleaning a stiff brush and neutral cleaner is the usual recommendation.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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I thought Talavera as well, when I saw it, though the size is surprising (then I couldn't remember the name!). But the general texture and "waviness", and the glaze make me think it's that or something similar.
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