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Unread 03-24-2011, 08:56 AM   #1
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Saltillo/Mexican tile restoration

Dear Pros.....I have a customer with Mexican tile installed throughout most of their home (roughly 800 sf). They don't want replacement but want it cleaned and of course resealed. It does have a glossy sealer on it, polyeurthane according to them, and has worn off in the traffic areas. Please inform me of the best stripper, cleaning process and high gloss resealer to use. Also what kind of timeframe do you think it might take to complete. I looked in the forum but didn't see any specific answers, thanks for your time and expertise! Kevin

Wait, I did find some info on this after looking longer, but any additional thoughts would be apprecited. Kevin

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Unread 03-24-2011, 06:12 PM   #2
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I could write a book about it but i won't.If you test it and it is polyurethane,you must use polyurethane again,if youre gonna reseal over it.You may also need to strip it,if it has turned white from water.
I would not use this job as my first saltillo strip and reseal,it can get very ugly.

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Unread 03-24-2011, 07:28 PM   #3
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Hi Kevin, Welcome!

In addition to what Dave said, you might want to do some investigating. Try to find out from the HO how old the floor is, who installed it, and if there might be any product left at their home. These are all shots it the dark, but good basic starting points.

If you are going to be persistent to do this job, you will need to do some TESTing to establish which is the best product for stripping the coating on the floor.

You will need to use some very potent chemicals. Be sure to have adequate ventilation, personal protective gear, and follow any additional safety measures that the product manufacturer recommends.
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