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   How to:  Clean  |  Seal  |  Restore

                   Concrete Tile        

Sealing - Cleaning - Problem Solving - Protection - Care

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cement tile den        concrete tile kitchen floor

As you can see, a concrete tile (cement tile) can look exactly like a clay tile.  Or, quite different.  This is one of the advantages, concrete can look like almost anything.  This also causes confusion about what you really have on your project.  See testing below.

Concrete tile vary in the manufacturing process - from dry pressed to wet cast in molds. It also has unique needs that are explained below.

concrete tile lobby         concrete tile livingroom

There is no need for confusion or problems brought about by misidentification of a surface type, yet it happens all too often. If you would like to see why this is the case and how to properly identify a surfacing material ..... Click here

If you are concerned about doing it yourself - consider that the satisfaction of a project is directly related to your knowledge of what needs to be done and how. Who actually does the work is less important. We estimate that 25% of the usage of Aldon products is by "do it yourself" homeowners and we know they are happy because we hear from them.

MATERIAL DESCRIPTION - With Identifying Characteristics
Typical absorption range = low to high

Testing your surfacing for absorption rate

Testing for acid sensitivity

Note this on your worksheet for later reference

  • See the acid sensitivity test to determine you have clay or a concrete product.
  • Approx. 3/4 inch in thickness.
  • Finishes vary greatly - smooth, stone pattern, sandblasted, etc.
  • Tile are either wet cast, extruded, or pressed.
  • The concrete is anything from regular aggregate concrete to various mixtures of light weight aggregates.
  • Usually colored with iron oxide pigment at the surface, or throughout the mixture.
  • Some batches of this surfacing can be very absorbent and will tend to soak up a lot of sealer if you just keep pouring it on. Too decrease the amount of sealer required - click here
  • One production process is called "encaustic tile".  These are treated the same as all concrete tile with our products.  However, test carefully before sealing.  Some manufacturer's use mold releases that can create blotchy finishes.  Look for manufacturer to say to wash the tile before sealing as a clue.
concrete tile commercial exterior
ADVANTAGES TO THIS MATERIAL
  • Great variety of colors and shapes allow for a wide spectrum of creative design.
  • Surfaces can be patterned, colored, and textured to look like natural stone.
CONSIDERATIONS      (All Are Preventable!)

(Click links for Aldon's solutions to these issues!)

  • Removing grout residue with acidic cleaners is risky for concrete surfaces. Do not use a sealer as a grout barrier ( pre-seal). Prevent grout smears, surface scratching and keep grout residue out of any surface texture characteristics by coating with Aldon "Grout Easy" before grouting. "Grout Easy" is a water soluble coating that comes off easily while grout is being cleaned up with water and a sponge. It also prevents grout trapping in the texture.
  • Efflorescence (subsurface originating white powdery stains) and scuffing can occur. However, this is easily cleaned.
  • Colors can "fade". Actually the iron oxide pigments used in concrete products do not fade. Nor do the colored clays in clay products. The appearance of fading is actually from light efflorescence and can be stopped by sealing with the appropriate Aldon sealer.
  • All concrete products are subject to damage from acids. However, the appropriate Aldon sealer prevents this.

Following are recommendations for products you may need (in sequence of use ) for whichever of the categories applies to you. Please review each and mark your printed worksheet accordingly.

Layed, But Not Grouted

  1. clean, protect, seal tile - stone - pavers - brick Grout Easy
  2. clean, protect, seal tile - stone - pavers - brick Efflorescence            Treatment       
  3. clean, protect, seal tile - stone - pavers - brick Grout Residue
               Remover  
    (should not be needed after using Grout Easy)     
Grouted, But Not Sealed
  1. clean, protect, seal tile - stone - pavers - brick Grout Residue
               Remover     
  2. clean, protect, seal tile - stone - pavers - brick Efflorescence            Treatment       
  3. .............Sealer ( see below )
  4. clean, protect, seal tile - stone - pavers - brick Lifeguard
  5. Care ........... clean, protect, seal tile - stone - pavers - brick

Sealer Has Been Applied

Important! - First - Click here!

  1. Aldon Products Premium Stripper
  2. ...........Cleaners   ?
  3. ...........Sealer ( see below )
  4. clean, protect, seal tile - stone - pavers - brick Lifeguard
  5. Care .......... clean, protect, seal tile - stone - pavers - brick

An Aldon sealer does far more than just bead water and look pretty! To see what that is click here.

Important: If your project has had any sealer applied in the past, it must be evaluated differently. To see why, Click here!

PROTECTION:

Use the Aldon How To Choose The Best Sealer For Your Project for "Concrete Tile" to pick the appropriate sealer for the desired finished appearance.

 

ONGOING MAINTENANCE:

You have an option to eliminate the concern over traffic wear - its called Aldon Lifeguard. (See the  clean, protect, seal tile - stone - pavers - brick  section on Maintenance). "Lifeguard" will provide a very tough top coating that protects the underlying sealer from traffic wear while enhancing gloss and slip resistance. "Lifeguard" need only be replaced by pouring and spreading in those areas that finally show traffic wear. Creates a new floor surface in 30 minutes. No skill is required. Buffing machines are not needed on "Lifeguard" and should not be used on this type paver as they can grind into the surface.

Other care products you might need for this surface type

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Insta-Clean
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Maintain
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Dust Whiz

* Note:     clean, protect, seal tile - stone - pavers - brick  will add another level of gloss to any sealed surfaces.
It also prevents traffic wear to the sealers finish.

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