do i need to seal eastern earthenware tiles?
eastern earthenware tiles should be sealed before and after grouting to maintain their appearance and avoid staining.
IMPORTANT: if eastern earthenware tiles are being grouted with a contrasting grout color vs. a matching one, then you must also apply a penetrating sealant or grout release prior to grouting in order to minimize the possibility of the contrasting grout curing in the inherent hairline cracks, pits, and/or chips.
eastern earthenware tiles can only be installed outdoors on exterior walls and require vertical weather flashing and waterproof, penetrating sealant.
for pool and fountain applications - water lines only with the use of waterproof, penetrating sealant.
for more information about sealing please see our eastern earthenware installation & maintenance guides.
do you offer trim for your eastern earthenware 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.
- 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 eastern earthenware tiles?
over time, a natural patina will occur on floors as they are maintained and naturally wear. this inherent traffic pattern is a highlight of using eastern earthenware and should be both anticipated and favored.
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.
single coat reapplication of the penetrating sealant is required once a year on all grouted areas in shower applications due to the continuous exposure to water. reapplication is needed more often if installation is in a steam shower or pool/fountain waterline. please refer to a professional for this.
see eastern earthenware installation & maintenance guide for more information.
how much variation should i expect?
eastern earthenware is created from natural glazes, pigments and terracotta clay. every one of these natural materials is completely unfiltered allowing for maximum variation and irregularities created by firing in hand made kilns. all of this hand craft is what makes eastern earthenware so magically varied- tile to tile. please enjoy the extreme variation of color, shade and surface texture. your eastern earthenware order will contain the following: size variation, cracked and chipped tiles and edges, iron spots, pitting, and crazing. once installed properly and grouted, the above issues will bring you the textured eastern earthenware look that promises a distressed and imperfect surface of incomparable character.
if the above irregularities differ from your expectations for a less distressed installation, then clé highly recommends that you select another tile that will yield more surface regularity.
due to the 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.
each kiln load is rated individually, please see ratings and illustrations in the technical specifications section above, and read more about the ratings in our tile variation and imperfections guide.
what's crazing, and should this be expected with eastern earthenware tiles?
eastern earthenware tiles are made by hand and will show visible crazing. crazing refers to the hairline cracks which may occur in the glaze surface of tile after firing and is common in handcrafted tile.
do you offer samples for your eastern earthenware tile?
we do not offer samples for our eastern earthenware collection. as there is generally a lag time between sampling and purchase we would not be able to guarantee that you would be sampling from the same kiln batch you are purchasing from, and this makes sampling redundant. additionally, each firing produces a wide degree of variation which is not able to be demonstrated by sampling just one or two pieces. instead of sampling, with each kiln load we take new photos showing the variation found within that batch and provide a detailed description of the colors and qualities to be expected.
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. note that due to the firing methods and raw materials used to create glazed clay tiles, your order of eastern earthenware will have a percentage of tiles greater than 15% with cracks, crazing, iron spots, edge-chipping and pits through the glaze to the clay body.
clé WARNING: having an installation with tiles that experience any of the above imperfections is the traditional look for eastern earthenware installations. any editing of these naturally occurring imperfections from your tile shipment will greatly reduce the traditional appeal of your installation. if these imperfections do not fit your project’s needs we recommend ordering more than 15% overage. this allows your contractor to cherry-pick these imperfections from your order.
for more information related to ordering and shipping, please be sure to visit our shipping and returns and delivery information resource pages.