Cantera is extremely porous and subject to staining. Cantera is soft and it is commonly carved into fireplaces, columns, statues as well as a floor tile.
Cantera, as a floor tile, is usually a very rough cut, rustic tile. It’s not typically recommended for floors unless the specifics of Cantera are considered before installation. One consideration that should be made is the grout color and grout installation. Because of the porousness of the Cantera tile, the grout can easily stain the stone or solidify on the stone, which requires extensive cleaning after the grout has dried. Cleaning and sealing your Cantera tile is extremely important and when done incorrectly, it can cause significant and lasting damage to the Cantera tile.
The Power Clean method for cleaning Cantera will vary depending on the manufacturing quality, color, and factory blemishes. We also take into consideration the cleanliness of the installation as this can impact the method.
Cantera tile is very absorbent and will absorb the grout color and can cause deep staining. Taking proper care during the grout installation and cleaning process is key to clean edges. We use several custom abrasiveA substance used to sand, scour, scrub, smooth or polish by removal of the original material. The amount of material removed is determined by the size of the abrasive particles used (ie: grit) Sandpaper, scouring powders and steel wool are examples of abrasives. More steps to clean depending on the situation. Our powerful truck mounted vacuum system sucks back all the slurry created during the cleaning step to ensure the best care for your Cantera tile.
SEALING CANTERA TILE
We use and recommend top grade penetrating sealers for Cantera tile. The penetrating sealer will help keep moisture from soaking in, which is important for this absorbent tile. Using an enhancing penetrating sealer will improve the existing tones of the tile and protect it for the years to come. Sealing Cantera is important for the longevity and lasting quality of the tile.
We do not recommend topcoat or surface sealers for Cantera as it can be problematic and impair your tile in the common years.