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Consider Installation Saltillo Tile Floors

Also Known As Mexican Tile Floors

Clay Floors Presents Beautiful Mexican Tile and Saltillo Flooring

We know you have seen them, they look like buttered leather and are worth every ohhh and ahhh when seen by your family and friends. Mexican tile is a treat to decorate your patio, home, entertainment room or even that special dining area with spectacular colors. Did you know that with Mexicatn Tile Floors you will have little upkeep; and the gorgeous tiles with proper cleaning will be spectacular over the life of your floor.

Types of Mexican Tile - There are several types of Mexican tiles. Here in Texas, Saltillo tile tends to be the one most people mean when they are referring to Mexican tile. Proper Mexican tile is a form of terracotta tile or quarry tile and is clay-based and made in Mexico. It comes in all shapes, colors and sizes. The same shape in varying hues is a typical design using Saltillo tiles. When placed in the sun to dry, you may even see imprints of area leaves, animal tracks and interesting shapes of designs that bring out a wonderful aesthetic.

Manganese and Antique Mexican tile is more textured than most Saltillo tiles. While less common some say they make a powerful visual impact. Encaustic or cement tile is durable and colorful and definitely can stand up to high traffic and be laid out in any number of designs. The Talavera painted tiles are abundant in color and design choices, and give an authentic feel to any project.

Clean Mexican Tile Naturally - Sparkle in your Saltillo Mexican tile is easily maintained by a professional like Keith Clay. If there isn't much damage or inches of grime or debris, it will be easy to sweep the Saltillo tile to remove any fine dust and get it as dirt-free as possible. To maintain it's beauty, a mixture of warm water and distilled white vinegar will do the trick. A hand mop is ideal for this job because it will gently float over the tiles and let the solution work its way into the crevices. A sponge mop may also be used without worry, particularly if you have stubborn smudges of grease or oil from cooking that need a bit more work expecially in a patio or kitchen setting. Start from one corner and end at an exit before allowing the tiles to dry. With a clean mop, rinse the tiles with warm water and air dry.

Clean with Detergents - If you have inherited a new home with some discoloration from build-up of previous cleaners or soap scum, you may want to reach for solutions with astringents specifically for these types of Saltillo natural tiles. To remove serious stains, you will need to contact a qualified staff member here at Keith Clay Floors. Keith can use a standard floor machine and a stripper, which will remove rust stains. If it is a serious stain, Keith can discuss a more acid based cleaner which can be rubbed into a serious stain and let it sit before wiping away those pesky stains. These procedures will enable the beauty of the tile to shine through.

Keith Clay Floors works with almost any kind of hard surface flooring product. From hardwood floors the ceramic tile floors, from Mexican tile floors to brick floors, from marble floors to polish concrete floors, and many more. Old World Charm & Ambiance is by far the way your Mexican Tile floors can be described.

For over 30 years, Keith Clay has served the North Texas Region with his skill in installing Saltillo and Mexican Tile floors. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604.

 

What Is The Best Type Of Wood Flooring For Me?

Solid Or Engineered Wood Floors

Keith Clay Floors - The Beautiful Wood Floor

Are you ready to make a design change in your flooring for your home, business, or institutional office setting? You love the hardwood floor look and feel, but may not be sure what to buy for your setting right? That is where Keith Clay Floors comes in. For over 30 years, Keith has been helping North Texans make educated decisions about their hardwood flooring options. We invite you to consider giving us a call and let us discuss your options for your particular setting.

Of course the main fact of a decision about what flooring to use, depends on where you want to install it. Both solid and engineered wood floors are made using real wood, so both are environmentally friendly. Both look grand, are easy to maintain, and can be designed exactly for your colors and style with ease. So, let's get started by talking about what the main differences are.

Solid Wood Floors- Solid wood flooring is exactly what the name implies. It consists of a solid piece of wood from top to bottom. While there are many variations in these pieces, it begins with the thickness of solid wood flooring. Depending on the subflooring and location, generally wood floor thickness ranges from 3/4” to 5/16”. Solid wood can be used in any room that is above grade (above ground). One of the many benefits of solid wood flooring is that it can be sanded and refinished many times over the life of the floor. Solid wood floors are ideal in family/living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, and even kitchens and powder rooms. About the only place you can’t use solid wood flooring is in the basement, but there’s a solution for that area too if you believe you just have to have that wood look and feel with your decor.

Engineered Wood Flooring - Engineered wood floors are made of real wood also. These pieces are manufactured using multiple layers of wood veneers. The layers that you can’t see can be of the same species, or of different species. The grain of each layer runs in perpendicular directions, which makes it very dimensionally stable. This means that the wood will expand and contract less than solid wood flooring during fluctuations in humidity and temperature. Specific locations may determine for you exact particulars, but design and color and width are still options.

Remember that most Engineered floors can be nailed or stapled to a wood subfloor, or glued down to a wood or concrete subfloor. This makes engineered wood floors ideal for slab and basement installations, but they can be used in any room above, on or below grade. While this type of flooring can be sanded and refinished, it cannot be done as many times as solid wood flooring.

Keith Clay has been in business for 30 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604.

We Love Hardwood Floors

Properly Maintained Extends Life

Keith Clay Floors - We Love Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are beautiful, durable, and can last for decades if they are properly maintained. Of course that is the issue isn't it. The question everyone has but the answers may vary from floor to floor or location to location. Let's say you have an issue arise that needs a professional to evaluate about moisture in a corner location. What if we told you that the majority of hardwood issues can be avoided before the first plank is installed by properly preparing the substrate. It is absolutely true.

For purposes of this article, we will be discussing a glue-down installation of hardwood floors over concrete. While there are many other methods, such as pneumatic nailing and click-together planks, bring their own challenges which will not be addressed here. This article also does not address laminate or bamboo, although many of the same considerations apply, especially regarding moisture. These would be what we call Best Accepted Practices in our flooring industry. With over 30 years experience, there may be exceptions to our points of discussion, but by and large they are regarded as what to ask before you begin.

Did You Know?

Wood flooring adhesives are usually formulated for either dry environments or damp environments. The first question you may ask is what is the difference between a high-moisture slab and one that exhibits hydrostatic pressure, which is moisture being actively forced up through a concrete slab caused by a nearby pond or water source. If this may be your location there may be an issue we will need to come out to investigate a little more; as adhesive manufacturers recommend use in areas with hydrostatic pressure.

Asking the right questions before you start is important to the finished product: Let's take it from the beginning.

Is my site ready to receive hardwood? Have you considered things like slope, drainage, gutters, and sprinkler systems that can contribute to moisture in the slab and can be properly taken care of by landscaping.

Does my slab have a vapor barrier? By building code in your city, on-grade slabs should have a plastic moisture barrier and a drainage path beneath them to stop moisture intrusion. If your slab does and there are no obvious signs of seasonal moisture (white mineral deposits on the surface or dark coloration near walls, for example) then you can move on to the next step. If a moisture vapor barrier is not in place or if it is unknown, it’s worth considering applying an epoxy or polyurethane barrier to the concrete surface. Usually this involves shot-blasting the concrete, mixing and applying the moisture barrier, then using a self-leveling underlayment to make the substrate flat. This approach can also be used over newly poured concrete seven days old or older.

How much moisture is in my slab? Here are the 2 most common tests for moisture that are conducted with pros and cons to each. Which one you should use is typically dictated by the flooring you will be applying and the adhesive you will be using. This moisture emission test is conducted by the procedure in ASTM F1869 and produces a number like 3 pounds in 1,000 square feet. A relative humidity test is conducted per ASTM F2170 and is listed as a percentage. Keith Clay believes that both of these will be useful and we can help you determine which adhesive to use.

Normally these tests are conducted in three locations for the first 1,000 square feet to be covered, and one for every 1,000 feet after to give a roadmap of the slab. The accepted best practice in Adhesives for dry areas typically are in the 3 lbs./75% RH range while adhesives for damp areas could go a little higher. How do you know? Standard rule of thumb will say when the moisture exceeds the recommendations of the adhesive and the flooring being installed, a moisture barrier as described above will need to be installed prior to installation.

Will you be specifying a specific hardwood? If so the answer to the questions about moisture barriers and moisture levels will help you determine what to specify. It will also help you use an epoxy or polyurethane moisture barrier, a self-leveling underlayment (including a primer) or both. In 30 years, we at Keith Clay Floors have determine that it is rare that a floor is ready for installation with just a bucket of glue and a trowel. Making a decision about which glue to use is typically determined by knowing what type of wood will be installed and the moisture level of the slab.

In what condition is my slab? If you are unsure, then you need to call us for an inspection. Especially if this is a new home to you. Hardwood installations require flat, dense concrete that is level to a tolerance in plane of 3/16” in 10 feet or 1/8” in a 6-foot radius as a general rule. If that doesn’t describe your slab, or you don't know, you may need to do some surface prep to prepare it. The most common approach is to cover what is there with a self-leveling underlayment. For high moisture situations the self-leveling underlayment or patch must be an exterior rated if a high-moisture adhesive is being used. However, care must be taken not to go over any active movement joints with the self-leveler.

The self-leveling underlayment typically flows to a degree but must be tooled to be uniform across the entire area. In an ideal situation, there should be at least three people present when installing a self-leveler. Each person mixing, one person carrying the buckets and pouring out the mix and one person tooling and smoothing the self-leveler are pretty standard. It also helps to mark the desired height of the leveler on adjacent walls. HVAC and direct air-flow should to turned off while the self-leveling underlayment cures.

Hardwood installationsdo require the wood to acclimate. This is always true.  Moisture testing can determine what the moisture content of the wood is prior to installation. Acclamation occurs when the wood and the substrate are within 2 to 4% of each other. When the slab has high moisture, the base boards and the casings can be checked to determine acclimation. Over time, the moisture content of the wood will match that of the room.

Note that exotic species of solid wood flooring may require longer acclimation periods. Installing very damp wood can lead to separation, and installing very dry wood can lead to tenting or cracking of the wood. Once the floor is flat and the wood flooring is acclimated, it’s time to get installing.

So, if you are totally confused, need help and just want us to come out, pick up the phone right now.  Please, give us a call. The more you plan for, and make preparations for the right wood, location, adhesive, testing and more you do, the better off you will be in keeping the beauty of the wood consistant over the life of the floor. It's your investment and we want to make sure you understand all the ins and outs before you begin the installation of a hardwood floor process.

Keith Clay has been in business for 30 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604.

Keith Clay Floors - Dallas Grout Cleaning & Maintenance

Saving You $$ Over Time

Creative Tile & Grout - Keith Clay Floors Maintenance & Cleaning Specials

When you think of flooring in Dallas, think of Keith Clay Floors. A leading contractor for over 30 years, Clay Floors is installing, maintaining and caring for floors for you. Looking to create a new look for that bath? Take a look at this fabulous contemporary bathroom. The design may not be your taste but you must admit it is creative, open for wide use, and the use of these large panel tiles with a few decorative provide context and a theme for the ongoing future of this mixed tile installation. Perhaps you wouldn't have thought of mixing the types of stone here. But that is what Keith Clay Floors is saying. Be creative when you design. Educate yourself on what is out there for use in the ceramic tile industry. There hasn't ever been a more creative bent in the tile industry in ages.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder they say. And very much like that beauty shot above, Keith Clay Floors can amaze you with our tile and grout cleaning. Keeping a high end bathroom like this as the beautiful investment you meant it to be is critical and with over 30 years experience in the tile and grout industry it's our job to WOW you with pleasing results.

Keith Clay Floors is dedicated, experienced, and state of the art  mixed stone and hard surface professionals. We don’t push dirt around! We extract it from the surface! For over 30 years, you have been our focus. 

Having the right equipment to clean hard surfaces to provide sufficient heat and pressure to remove ground-in dirt out of even the roughest, most uneven surfaces is just one of the many professional services we offer to our dedicated clients. Producting both high heat (up to 230 degrees) and contained high pressure (up to 3000psi) simultaneously is one of the options you may select. Remember too that for our clients who have allergies or who just love applying professional techniques to keep their tile and grout sanitized, Keith Clay Floors is the one you need to call.

Cleaning Tile & Grout Benefits:

  • Extracts Dirt – plus grime, oil and bacteria – not just spreading it around.
  • Cleaning the Entire Surface – tile, grout and baseboards. Textured tile, marble, travertine, limestone, slate, brick, concrete.
  • Tile & Grout Cleaning Sanitizes – up to 230 degrees water kills germs and bacteria.
  • Using A Non Abrasive – will not scratch or damage polished, stained, painted or natural stone surfaces.
  • Extends Life of your Tile And Protects – removes grout destroying acidity (winter salts, soils, grease) and with application of sealer, protects from them.
  • Saves You Money – restores your tiles to like-new appearance, for fraction of the replacement cost.

Right Now, Keith Clay Floors is offering you a discount to take 10% Off your tile and grout cleaning with a $500 minimum service order. Please give us a call or go back to the home page on this site and complete the form to schedule service. We invite you to see for yourself what ongoing maintenance and cleaning can do for you.

Keith Clay has been in business for 30 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs like McKinney and Allen. We know all about walls and floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping Tile In Mind - Keith Clay Floors Designs For Your Home

Expand Your Mind - A New Bath Location For Your Pets

Doggie Bath & Ceramic Tile - Keith Clay Floors

Do you and your family have a pet? If not, Keith Clay Floors asks that you expand your mind for a moment and think about this picture you see with this dog. Your precious pet has a new doggie wash location with beautiful tile and grout in your redesigned 2018 Utility Room. Welcome to the evolution of the Utility Room for 2018. And what about that beautiful simple tile and grout...It is spectacular really. Leave it to Keith Clay to come up with a truly inspirational idea for you and your family in your new design project. 

Keep it fun. What? Who would have thought that a usually mundane chore could be so fun. Meaningful experiences with a newly designed utility room for your home, vet clinic is a great way to make an investment over the life of your home or business. Even if you are on your third load of laundry or cleaning mud off of precious little paws, it is time that you and your family create a beautiful and functional space that makes your routine smoother and more enjoyable. Say Goodbye old mudroom, welcome and discover the freshest ways to upgrade your utility room to make the hub of your home feel more calm, sophisticated and balanced.

Keeping that in mind, Keith Clay Floors in Dallas, would like you to consider another focus of maintenance on the tile you see in this picture. The color variety of tile which is a dark navy blue is huge. The simplicity of using the bright white grout in this setting is distinct, and could also be any other number of bright colors including red, white, orange, black, and terra cotta to go with your stylish decor.

To give a pattern some individuality different sizes of tiles or different colors could have also been used to set off this Doggie Wash Station. Lighter shades of tiles will add a look of more room to a small area. Using your imagination in this utility room, the floor with the right tiles will enhance it and add excitement. Tile can also a good material for living rooms and places to gather where there are many pets as well. The qualities of toughness and being durable are part of natural tile floors. Tile accentuates any room with color and pattern. Maintenance of these floors provides you with environmentally friendly options to have 'Green flooring products' in your home as well.

Personalize With Great New Patterns - Just because it’s the utility room doesn’t mean it needs to look utilitarian. Add a bold, printed wallpaper, accent the room with a pop of one of your favorite colors or even experiment with the stylized backsplash tiles you’ve had your eye on. When you personalize a space with bursts of pattern or color, you’ll instantly feel more excited to spend time there.

Consider Creativity - Pamper Your Pet—and Yourself With This Great Pet Washing Station. Once considered a luxury, a pet-washing station has become a staple of the modern utility room. Today’s trending pet-washing stations are an elegant extension of your overall personal style, featuring everything from tiled backsplashes and custom shower doors to stylish handshowers like Flipside Handshowers, Awaken Handshowers, and Artifacts Handshowers by Kohler.

Take a good inside look at a well-pampered pet bath in the picture above. An aesthetically pleasing station will delight the humans of your home while the functionality and ease of use will make sure every pet is pampered. Just remember to call Keith Clay to provide you with ongoing maintenance to keep this tile and grout as beautiful as the day you purchased it.

Keith Clay has been in business for 30 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know tile, grout, and mixed stone installations. We can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604.

Keith Clay has been in business for 30 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604.

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Keith Clay has been in business for 30 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604.