do i need to seal fornace brioni terracotta tiles?
fornace brioni terracotta tiles are extremely porous and should be sealed after grouting with mapei flexcolor cq to maintain their appearance and avoid staining. exterior walls require vertical weather flashing and waterproof, penetrating sealant. exterior floors must be installed above grade with waterproof, penetrating sealant.
for more information about sealing please see our fornace brioni terracotta floor and wall installation & maintenance guide.
do you offer trim for your fornace brioni terracotta tile?
at clé we follow the international model of no trim and highly recommend our clients to do the same. below are the trim alternatives we recommend for this collection.
- if your project needs to turn a corner either inwardly or outwardly, mitering the tiles to meet seamlessly in a corner gives it the cleanest, crafted finish.
- a visible tile edge can be sanded to make the side match the main surface of the tile.
- another way to complete your tiling is to run a bead of caulk or grout along the exposed tile edge.
- like with any of our tiles, you can also build out the sheetrock so that the surface of the finished sheetrock is flush with the surface of the tile.
how do i take care of my fornace brioni terracotta tiles?
over time, a natural patina will occur on floors as they are maintained and naturally wear. mild, pH neutral soaps should be sufficient for most cleaning—test before general use. clean using soft materials, like a cloth, instead of coarse materials. always avoid harsh chemicals and acidic or alkaline cleaning products. grout lines can be cleaned with warm water and a soft bristled cleaning brush. immediately clean up spills—do not allow liquids to sit on the tile surface. most stains can be removed with a pH neutral dish soap, hot water and the scrub side of a sponge. miracle tile & stone cleaner is effective as an ongoing maintenance cleaner and is gentle for everyday use.
IMPORTANT: the more foot traffic there is, the more wear and tear you will have and the more maintenance the floor will require. maintenance will include periodic stripping and re-application of sealant, especially for low commercial traffic floors. single coat reapplication of the penetrating sealant is required at least once a year in shower applications due to the continuous exposure to water.
see our fornace brioni terracotta floor and wall installation & maintenance guide for more information.
what type of finish should i expect with this collection?
our fornace brioni terracotta floor and wall tiles are porous and unglazed. the surface of bibiena, tivoli, cotto variegato and capriccio is honed with slight texture variation, whereas the listellos are unfinished with medium texture variation.
what types and levels of variation and imperfections should i expect?
all fornace brioni tiles are made by hand, therefore variations in thickness, depth, color, shade, size, texture and finish are to be expected. due to the noticeable color and shade variations, it is very important to blend the tiles from all boxes once they arrive and place them in their installation area to ensure you have the layout you want before installing. do not install without blending tiles from all boxes.
variation and imperfection ratings:
for color variation, tivoli, bibiena, listellos and capriccio are rated 'level 3 medium', and cotto variegatos 'level 4 heavy'. listellos are rated 'level 3 medium' for texture variation whereas the rest of the tiles are rated 'level 2 slight'. size variation rating for all these tiles is 'level 3 heavy'.
see illustrations in the technical specifications section above, and read more about the ratings in our tile variation and imperfections guide.
how will my fornace brioni terracotta samples compare to my actual order?
as noted in the variation and add on orders sections of our faq, color and size variation between production batches (or kiln loads) of fornace brioni terracotta tile, in addition to variation from tile to tile, is to be expected given the handcrafted nature of the product. this makes it unlikely that your sample will be a perfect match with your actual order.
what should i expect with my order of fornace brioni terracotta tile?
calcium flashing can occur on terracotta tiles but generally comes off by itself during the installation process. if needed, calcium deposits can be removed via a quick wet sanding before sealing the tiles.
why do you suggest i order at least 15% more than my measurements?
industry standard suggests adding at least 15% overage due to tile cuts, potential breakage, or future repairs.
for more information related to ordering and shipping, please be sure to visit our shipping and returns and delivery information resource pages.