To Saltillo, Or Not to Saltillo

Saltillo Tile

Many of our clients are business and home owners that have installed Saltillo tiles (Mexican unfired clay tiles).  These tiles remain one of the cheaper alternatives on the market for large areas that require a hard surface (about $1.50/sqft), but many ignore the warnings concerning proper protective measures and maintenance needed for these soft tiles. We at Surface Solutions would like to share with you what we have learned about Saltillo tiles and hope you can find the right solutions for your beautiful tiles.

When considering Saltillos for flooring make sure your contractor protects the tiles “before” the joints are grouted.  These tiles are so porous they will soak up what we call “grout haze” and nothing will remove it...

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What Sealer Should I Use – Part 2

Surface Solutions Sealers

Part 2 of our sealer series concerns topical sealers such as Siloxanes, Silicones, Acrylics and Polymer Resins.  For the right applications these sealers can extend service life and prevent staining of cement, stone, tile & grout and much more.

Siloxanes are a derivative of Silicones and react, behave, and protect accordingly.

Silicones in general have great hydrophobic (water repellent) and oilophobic (oil repellent) properties.  These traits may sound like they are great concrete sealers but unfortunatley that is not the case in most situations.  Silicones are widely known to have a “short” life span, and are more often than not UV (Ultraviolet Light) unstable.  They are not recommended for surfaces that will experience normal abrasion issues such as floors and are better suited to v...

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What Stone Sealer Should I Use – Part I

Surface Solution Stone Sealer

Many of my clients have asked, “Do I need to seal my natural stone, cement, or brick pavers, etc.”  Anyone  looking into their options concerning hard surface sealers eventually finds that the universe of sealers is not only vast, but can be expensive, confusing and down right irritating.  Especially when you want to make the right decisions to protect your investments.   I hope the following will clear some things up for all of you.  If all else fails, ask an expert at Surface Solutions.

There are about seven competing technologies available to choose from when considering a sealer.  For the most part, think of structural or penetrating sealers as different from topical or vertical surface sealers, each having their own pros and cons, and purpose...

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Celebrate Our Schools with AXXESS

Hard Surface Restoration



The best way to improve our environment is to educate our youth on the importance of environmental principles like “conservation”, so would you please join us in helping our local schools by purchasing a Santa Barbara Axxess book.  This book is full of savings at local restaurants, shops and even amusement parks, and it is the best fundraising opportunity for our underfunded schools.  The average savings per year for a family is $300.00 and I know some of you will appreciate saving up to $3.75/person on discounted movie tickets good for any Metropolitan Theater in S.B. and Goleta.  Our family uses it often and we know you will too...

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Oil Eater: Safe for the whole family!


Surface Solutions is proud to offer the Santa Barbara area another scientific innovation that makes cleaning the worst of messes, simply a breeze.  Oil stains on concrete, greasy floors in kitchens, and just plain filthy garages with oil spills are no match for our OIL EATER products and services.  At the heart of the process are microbes (small organisms) that eat oil.  These microbes are cultivated, not genetically engineered, to eat oil and other organic substances such as paraffin, grease, creosote and aromatic hydrocarbons.  They convert oil, gasoline and diesel fuel to harmless, natural occurring products, environmentally safe for humans, pets, plants and aquatic life.





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Welcome To The World of Chemistry, Science & Innovation!

Surface Solutions marble sealer

Surface Solutions is now offering specialty sealers for a variety of applications.  These sealers are known as Hydrolyzed Lithium Quartz (HLQ) Compounds and they are changing the restoration industry by waterproofing, protecting, and preserving. Lithium Quartz sealers actually create a crystalline structure in the surface of the substrate, strengthening it against deterioration and protecting it from moist conditions.  The sealers can be used near salt water pools were coping or other surrounding concrete is disintegrating, as a moisture barrier extending longevity of natural stone mosaic tiles on shower floors and walls, and a host of other applications. HLQs penetrate and react with soluble calcium compounds to form an insoluble silicate structure that remains breathable...

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Help Protect Our Oceans

Save our oceans

Become a member of the conservation movement by joining an organization like Santa Barbara Channelkeeper today and help us protect and restore the Santa Barbara Channel and its watersheds.

Report Pollution to Santa Barbara Channelkeeper.   Anything you feel may be polluting our environment and they will make sure the information is validated and gets to the proper authorities.

  • Trash/Debris
  • Chemicals
  • Sewage
  • Oil
  • Plastic
  • Dead/Injured Wildlife
  • Biological Materials
  • Agricultural Materials
  • Radioactive Materials
  • Anything that looks suspicious


There are may ways you can get involved and volunteering not only helps our environment, its helps your heart...

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