do i need to seal eastern earthenware tiles?
for exterior sealing, clé recommends stonetech heavy duty exterior sealer from laticrete.
if your tiles have visible crazing, or if are using a contrasting grout, clé recommends sealing with stonetech heavy duty sealer from laticrete as a pre-grout treatment.
dry applications of eastern earthenware do not require sealing as the final step of installation.
for all other sealing and protecting, clé recommends stonetech bulletproof sealer from laticrete.
for more information about sealing please see our eastern earthenware material guidelines.
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.
for more detailed recommendations about about trim, please see our trim guide.
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. for all other maintenance, clé recommends laticrete cleaning products.
see our eastern earthenware material guidelines for more information.
how much variation should i expect?
because eastern earthenware tiles are made by hand, there will be degrees of variation in color, shade, size and texture across batches, and feature unexpected, noticeable variations in thickness, depth, color, shade, texture, size and crazing.
due to the natural materials and production process of eastern earthenware tiles, there will be degrees of variation in color, shade and size in your order, therefore it is 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.
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.
please note that due to the production process including 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 15-20% with cracks, iron spots, crazing, chipped edges, and pitting.
if these imperfections do not fit your project’s needs we recommend ordering greater than a 15-20% overage to allow your contractor to cherry-pick tiles.
for more information related to ordering and shipping, please be sure to visit our shipping and returns and delivery information resource pages.