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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 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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