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Re: Spring- Yeah!

We originally sealed ours in 1998; they still clean with a damp mop. There are two "styles" used in laying saltillo. One where they nearly butt the pavers, like other types of tile are laid, and the other like they're laid in Mexico and the Southwest, with about 3/4-inches of grout between them. Ours are laid in the Mexican manner. Saltillos--the tiles themselves--have to be sealed also, not just the grout. That makes it a bit easier to do, just slop on the sealer and spread it with a sponge or sponge-type mop; two coats. Sealer--it comes matte or glossy finnish--is water soluble and dries overnight. And, no, none of our tiles have dog's footprints in them; footprints cost extra.

On Feb 24, 2006, at 4:48 PM, Christopher P. Lindsey wrote:

I've been debating about what to do in my kitchen. We had sheet linoleum
installed some years ago, but it is coming up along the edges of the
carpeting and along some of the cabinet edges. I don't know if they did a
lousy job installing or if that's just the way it ages. I like tile better
but in the kitchen - well, let's just say I am an enthusiastic but not neat
cook, and I don't like cleaning grout.
That's one other thing that worries me -- the grout. Do you tile owners
have to reseal it regularly or anything?

I also make a mess. For example, I won't buy ground meat from the store.
Instead I buy large pieces of meat and grind them to make my own ground
beef, ground chicken, sausage, etc.

Although I try to be clean, it's not always possible. I remember the
first time I did it I made the mistake of wearing a white shirt. Thank
goodness nobody rang the doorbell or they might've called the police
when I answered! I had blood spatter all over my front.


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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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