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I've just laid a reclaimed brick floor in my kitchen (full bricks, 2.75 inches thick). I haven't pointed them yet, as I need to seal them first. Problem is, I need help to choose what type to get. I love the natural colour, mellow and rustic, so ideally I don't want that to change. However, the surface is rough and I can imagine that, leaving them with a matt finish, they will be a nightmare to clean. So, the ideal scenario is to seal it with something that won't change the colour and lets the floor breathe, and is either a delicate silk finish, or add a top coat to achieve the same effect. What I definetly would hate is any darkening/plastic looking finish. Also a high gloss isn't the look I'm after. So, can someone please help?
 
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I used to a natural sealer for terracotta but I can't rember what it was :shy: Not sure how stainstop would be as would need to feel the brick see how pours it is some of the other guys are more used to the monden day sealers they may have more idea
 
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Bubblecraft - Thanks for the kind words. They look even better in the flesh and i love them. Which is why I am determined not to cover them in plastic looking gunk. Natural as possible is what I'm after.

DPF - The clue is in the title, NOT LINSEED!:smilewinkgrin: I used it years ago on some old Norfolk pamments, and it looked awful. I don't like what it does to terracotta either, but thanks anyway.
 
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this has had a coat of stainstop on it then osma oil not to dark but you have to be confident in what you do or you could get in a pickle as you can see it doesn't darken it much on the left of the tile it hasn't had the oil on it
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Yes that looks Ok, in fact it's rather nice. Certainly doesn't look like it's covered on a thick coat of gunk, and the colour hasn't changed that much either. I think I could live with that. I haven't heard of stainstop or osma oil though. I googled the oil and Osmo oil came up, is that the same?

I had a look at LTP, but the cost is prohibitive on the floor area and amount I'd need to use on these very porous bricks.
 
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Your not a tiler then? If you are doing it yourself most tilers would get in a mess with what I suggested could be risky :yikes: I would risk it on my own floor or if I done it but if you don't know the products :yikes:
 
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No, I'm not a tiler, and I'm a woman :yikes:. At last someone has suggested something I like the look of, but now you're saying it's too complicated for a novice to do. What is it about these two products that makes them so tricky to use?
 

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im just going outbut will reply in few hours . i have used a number of sealers on reclaimed bricks and roof tiles in the past
 
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When you get this all sealled and finished please post a picture. I love how it looks so far. Interested to know more about your little project as my conservatory floor needs doing, and i want something a little different than the norm in there but unsure as to what.
 
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if you dont want to change the the colour of the floor , i might suggest ccc sealers. they are not cheap and are type of accrylic i think but you can get one that does not change colour of tile much and is an impregnator sealer rahter than surface which should give you a matt/slight sheen look.
the cheapest way is linseed oil but we wont go into that as you dont want that look.
I fixed many many floors for paris ceramics years ago including the old french reclaimed parefeuille under roof tiles.
these are the most comparable to your brick floor.
we used to use a sealer called pci made by lithofin. it was an accrylic sealer and was used on not just parefeuille but old reclaimed blanc rose tiles.
it did seal the floor but also it hardened and helped protect the surface of the terracotta that was soft like your bricks.
it is not made now but i have tried ccc on grye and blond barr which are also very soft and it was an excellent product.
this will not be a cheap sealer but if you want one that will give some protection to your floor and maintain unsealed look i would try this .
if you go for the lithofin stainstop route this will not protect enough and does not harden
the reclaimed terracotta floor i entered in to last month jotm was sealed with lithofin terracotta impregnator and terracotta sealant.
this did not greatly darken colour of tile which is what client wanted , band was costly to apply as tile so porous but they had been walked on for hundred and fifty years so had hardened up a bit
 
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Just finished laying the cut bricks today, so I'll leave it to dry for a few days then seal before I point it (how to do that will be another thread!). How you floor tilers do this all day every day is beyond me, this has killed my back.
AliGage - I'll be happy to post a photo of the completed floor, hopefully by the end of next week. Not bad for a floor that's cost me just the sand and cement so far, oh yes and some SBR. Mind you, this is just halfway, not enough bricks for the whole floor. Undecided as to what I'll do on the other half.
Johnnyc - Thanks for the detailed info. I will research the ccc in a moment, but can't say I've come across the name when I've been reading up on possible sealers. By the by, most of the bricks are quite hard, only the Norfolk reds, and there aren't many of them, are quite soft. I don't even know what this mix of bricks is called, just that they came from an old cottage that was demolished.
 

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I know resiblock do a sealer for slate & brick have used it a few years ago,that's the company that do the sealer for block paving.
 
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I've just laid a reclaimed brick floor in my kitchen (full bricks, 2.75 inches thick). I haven't pointed them yet, as I need to seal them first. Problem is, I need help to choose what type to get. I love the natural colour, mellow and rustic, so ideally I don't want that to change. However, the surface is rough and I can imagine that, leaving them with a matt finish, they will be a nightmare to clean. So, the ideal scenario is to seal it with something that won't change the colour and lets the floor breathe, and is either a delicate silk finish, or add a top coat to achieve the same effect. What I definetly would hate is any darkening/plastic looking finish. Also a high gloss isn't the look I'm after. So, can someone please help?

We have brick floors in our sun-room that are 17 years old. They were never sealed and they are really dirty. The grout lines have ground-in grease and oil from food droppings. We have a large family and eat in there. Anyway, we are getting ready to redecorate the room and I want to know how to really clean the brick. My mother-in-law was told to seal the brick with boiled linseed oil. So think about that!
 
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Haha... No worries Ali. I was going to go down the Mattstone & Clear Wax route on some terracotta tiles at the start of the year being fitted outside. I had fitted them in the kitchen also and sealed with LTP mattstone H2O and then Ironwax satin but this combo can't be used externally so LTP recommend the other products to give the same look.

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That was inside and was patina. I always kept away from wax, it attracts dirt and needs buffing all the time to stop it being slippery. Are you using a wire cut outside ?
 
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