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Old 10-05-2006, 10:04 PM   #1
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Strip Saltillo w/ Colored Grout

Hi, Thanks for this great forum. I've read a lot of very useful information on it.

I'm having a problem trying to figure out how to move forward with my saltillo tile. The tile is indoor, in the kitchen and bathroom.

The problem I am having is the tile absorbs water in some spots, and does not in others. The grout absorbs water everywhere. The inconsistency is making me think that the tiles need to be stripped and resealed w/ a penetrating solvent sealer.

I am not sure how to proceed because I don't know what is already on the surface of these tiles - we bought the house a year ago with these installed. To throw another wrench in the mix the grout is colored. I know some strippers will remove color and I don't want to have that.

Any recommendations? I'm open to not stripping too if that is an option.

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Old 10-10-2006, 10:06 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply, and sorry for the delay.

From the more overhead view, towards the lower right corner you can see a darker spot where a peeled off label fell in the middle of the floor adhesive first. This pulled off any sealant that was at that spot and a test showed water absorbed into that spot, but not around it.

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Old 10-11-2006, 10:17 PM   #4
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your tiles are sealed with a water based sealer. Do not put any solvent/oil based sealer over this unless you strip the entire floor first. You know the way it looks splotchy when you mop it from the penetration? If you put any oil based product over it it will look like that permanently. You can just scrub it, let it dry completely and put another couple coats of water based sealer on it if you are looking for the simplest way out.
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