do i need to seal fornace brioni + clé traditional cotto tavellas?
for fornace brioni + clé cotto tavella, you must apply sealant or a grout release before grouting to minimize risk of grout haze and to allow for easy clean up.
for exterior sealing, clé recommends stonetech heavy duty exterior sealer from laticrete.
for all other sealing and protecting, clé recommends stonetech bulletproof sealer from laticrete.
for more information about sealing please see our fornace brioni terracotta installation & maintenance guide.
do you offer trim for your fornace brioni + clé traditional cotto tavellas?
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.
for more detailed recommendations about trim, please see our trim guide.
how do i take care of my fornace brioni + clé traditional cotto tavellas?
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. for all other maintenance, clé recommends laticrete cleaning products.
see our fornace brioni terracotta installation & maintenance guides for more information.
what type of finish should i expect with these tiles?
our fornace brioni + clé traditional cotto tavellas are porous, unglazed, and unfinished with a matte, medium variation surface texture.
what types and levels of variation and imperfections should i expect?
tiles may be exposed to moisture and/or condensation during production or shipping which may affect the color of the tiles once received. setting tiles out to dry prior to installation will return return the color to normal.
due to the natural materials and production process of fornace brioni + clé cotto tavellas, 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.
variation and imperfection ratings:
fornace brioni + clé traditional cotto tavellas are rated 'level 3 medium' for color variation, 'level 3 medium' for texture variation, and 'level 3 heavy' for size variation.
see illustrations in the technical specifications section above, and read more about the ratings in our tile variation & imperfections guide.
how will my traditional cotto tavella 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 traditional cotto 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 + clé traditional cotto tile?
efflorescence (salt deposits appearing as a white residue) is a normal occurrence in terracotta, and can be removed.
-store your terracotta tiles in a cool, dry place to prevent moisture build which can lead to efflorescence and other issues.
-if efflorescence is present, have your installer do a quick sanding with an orbital sander and 120 grit sandpaper before sealing the tiles.
-additionally, stonetech restore acidic cleaner can also be used to remove efflorescence.
see the “sealing, maintenance, and care” section of our fornace brioni + clé traditional cotto material guidelines for more information.
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.