Quarry tile staining

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Nada

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Hi.. Just purchased a Victorian house, has quarry tiles in the entire basement. I initially thought I would have it tiled over completely as though they are in good condition, I'm not crazy about the tan/terracotta-y colour. Someone has suggested I stain them with a concrete stain then seal them. He says they would need to be etched first to allow them to take the stain. Has anyone had any experience with this? I have looked online extensively and can see that type of treatment working for Saltillo tiles but Quarry is supposed to be non-porous although there are various marks and stains on these and any glaze they may have had is long gone...
 

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Try cleaning them with nitromorse on an inconspicuous area. Let them thoroughly dry and seal with a dilute linseed oil.
This is a brief statement of what could be done but there is usually more involved.
As you stated they should be fairly impervious so any stain will lie on the surface and look patchy.
 

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Saltillo are not what I would call quarry tiles . They are porous clay traditionally sealed with a mixture boiled linseed oil and white spirit and then waxed .
 
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Try cleaning them with nitromorse on an inconspicuous area. Let them thoroughly dry and seal with a dilute linseed oil.
This is a brief statement of what could be done but there is usually more involved.
As you stated they should be fairly impervious so any stain will lie on the surface and look patchy.
Thank you... I found a cleaner called Nitromors in a green container. It says nothing about applying to tile, but is described as a paint remover... Is it the right product and should I scrub this onto the tiles?
 

jcrtiling

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Might be a good idea to wear a chemical mask as it can make your eyes water a bit . How large is your area . Make sure it is well ventilated . Are you cleaning the whole floor or just spot cleaning .
 
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Nada

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Thanks. It's a large area - 3 rooms in the basement. I will try a less noticeable area first and see how it goes...
 
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I need to do the whole floor, it totals about 30 square metres for all 3 rooms. I have purchased samples of the stain to see if they will work, but if not I will have to deep clean and possibly use linseed oil as recommended.
 

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I need to do the whole floor, it totals about 30 square metres for all 3 rooms. I have purchased samples of the stain to see if they will work, but if not I will have to deep clean and possibly use linseed oil as recommended.
I think there could be health issues using nitromors on such a large area @Lithofin BOB should be able to confirm wether this right or wrong .
 

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