Slate, Sandstone & Terracotta.

Mintaro slate after restoring

Services available for Slate, Sandstone, and Terracotta:
✓ Cleaning                    ✓ Polishing

✓ Sealing                      ✓ Restoring 
✓ Stripping                    ✓ Stain removal 
✓ Sealer removal         ✓ Paint removal 


Slate & Sandstone Tiles

Slate and Sandstone are fine grained metamorphic rocks composed mainly of clay, sand and silt. At Best Marble & Tile Care, we specialize in cleaning, stripping, re-sealing and restoration of slate and sandstone floor tiles.

Firstly we do a quick test on the sealer/coating on the slate/sandstone floor to determine which sealer has been applied previously, to ensure the new sealer is compatible. Some coatings may need to be stripped completely before commencing any works. We will advise our recommendations upon inspection. (We offer free quotations.)

At Best Marble & Tile Care, we specialize in cleaning, stripping, re-sealing, and restoring of Slate and Sandstone floor tiles.

Call or email us for a free inspection and quote.






Be wary of companies with toll free phone numbers, (usually interstate) offering quotes over the phone without first viewing the job, this can lead to unforeseen circumstances and poor results.


Terracotta Tiles

Terracotta is a fired clay tile, mainly composed of clay and silt. Saltillo tile is a rough-edged terracotta tile that is almost always found in shades of red, yellow and orange that are hand made & fired in wood ovens. The original clay originates in Saltillo, Mexico. Saltillo-type tiles are now manufactured at many places in Mexico, and high-fire "Saltillo look" tiles, many from Italy, compete with terracotta originals.The process is more eco-friendly than some other tile production, but it makes for a less durable product.


Saltillo tile is highly porous, and soaks in liquid easily, generally they can hold 40% of their weight in water! As it is unglazed, very porous, and easily stained, this tile must be carefully installed and sealed.   Once placed, it stains and scuffs easily if not properly sealed and maintained with a quality sealant. To avoid stain issues, please contact us for advice on pre-sealing them before installation. The process of installing pre-sealed tiles is simpler and less costly for the overall project.



More information about pre-Sealing

Terracotta post sealing
Terracotta cont.

The surface of terracotta is generally uneven. Cleaning can remove accumulated soil, but professional stripping is necessary to remove old coatings, sealers and wax. We use commercial grade sealers, these specialized coatings have high wear characteristics and will enhance and protect the colours of the natural stone, help prevent staining and make for easier maintenance. The modern sealers we use are non-flammable, non-toxic and low VOC's.

Firstly we do a quick test on the sealer/coating on the slate/sandstone floor to determine which sealer has been applied previously, to ensure the new sealer is compatible. Some coatings may need to be stripped completely before commencing any works. We will advise our recommendations upon inspection. (We offer free quotations.)


At Best Marble & Tile Care, we specialize in cleaning, stripping, re-sealing, and restoring of Terracotta floor tiles.



Terracotta after restoring


Be wary of companies with toll free phone numbers, (usually interstate) offering quotes over the phone without first viewing the job, this can lead to unforeseen circumstances and poor results.



Call Best Marble & Tile Care today for stone, tile and paver maintenance.
"We don't sell stone, we understand it."
0418 844 415

This slate needs a lot of workSealer peeling off

We stripped off the old sealer and applied 4 coatsAfter stripping and sealing

Sealer badly worn after more than 20 yearsA really old slate floor

Old sealers stripped to bare stone, cleaned and resealedA fully restored slate floor

Water damaged and sealer delaminatingWater damaged

All old sealer stripped, efflorescence treated, clean and resealedLook at that shine

Slate needs restoringSealer peeling and flaking

Sealers removed to bare stone and resealed to as new conditionLooks shiny and new again

Sealer delaminating and wornOld sealer flaking

Old sealers stripped, tiles and grout cleaned, 4 coats of new sealer appliedSlate floor resealed

Mintaro slate damaged by furniture removalistsMintaro scratches before

Scratches removed and honed to original finishMuch cheaper than replacement!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sandstone tiles and grout need restoringBadly worn sandstone tiles

Sandstone stripped, tiles and grout cleaned thoroughly, 4 coats of sandstone sealer appliedFully restored sandstone tiles

 
 
 
 

This terracotta tiles floor has had no maintenance in yearsTerracotta old and worn

Terracotta tiles and grout fully restoredTerracotta new and nice

This floor has no sealer left and badly soiledTerracotta tiles in bad condition

Remaining sealer removed and stripped, thoroughly cleaned and 5 coats of terracotta sealerTerracotta looking much better

This terracotta has been neglected for yearsPoor condition

A beautifully restored terracotta floorGreat condition

The sealer has worn away after many yearsTerracotta needs protection

Cleaned and 5 coats of sealer appliedTerracotta sealed and protected

Terracotta floor tiles need restoringTerracotta before sealing

Terracotta floor tiles have had sealer completely stripped, tiles and grout cleaned and 5 coats of sealer appliedTerracotta after sealing

This terrazzo has been neglected for yearsSoiled and dull terrazzo

Best Marble & Tile Care were able to strip off the sealer and clean and seal it.A huge improvement