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Saltillo Grout Mix

A pre-blended mixture of Portland cement, silica sand and pigments which eliminates the measuring and guesswork of site mixing or combining additional sand to conventional Portland cement grouts to compensate for wide grout joints used when setting terra-cotta, Saltillo or quarry tile.

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Features/Benefits

Key Features

  • Use with quarry, Saltillo and other natural clay pavers
  • Pre-blended mix for wide joints

Benefits

  • For joints from 1/2"- 1-1/4" (13-32 mm) wide
  • Use with Saltillo, quarry and clay pavers
  • Pre-blended mix for wide joints

Technical/Installation

Applicable Standards

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) ANSI A108.10 and A118.6 of the American National Standards for the Installation of Ceramic Tile ASTM International (ASTM)

  • ASTM C109 Standard Test Method for Compressive Strength of Hydraulic Cement Mortars (Using 2-in. or (50-mm) Cube Specimens)
  • ASTM C531 Standard Test Method for Linear Shrinkage
  • ASTM C580 Standard Test method for Flexural Strength

Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) "Recommended Work Practices for Removal of Resilient Floor Coverings".
Tile Council of North America (TCNA) TCNA Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation, TCNA Method EJ171

Approvals

Saltillo Grout meets or exceeds ANSI A118.6 standards.

Conformance to Building Codes

Installation must comply with the requirements of all applicable local, state and federal code jurisdictions.

Composition of Product

Saltillo Grout is a dry, Portland cement based grout with silica sand, inorganic aggregates and chemicals.

Environmental Consideration

Custom® Building Products is committed to environmental responsibility in both products produced and in manufacturing practices. Use of this product can contribute towards LEED® v3 certification:

  • Up to 2 points towards MR Credit 5, Regional Materials
  • Up to 1 point towards IEQ Credit 4.1, Low-Emitting Materials – Adhesives & Sealants

Suitable Tile Types

  • Semi-vitreous or non-vitreous tile
  • Brick and stone veneer
  • Cement-based precast terrazzo
  • Natural stone tile

General Surface Prep

Tile or stone must be firmly bonded to a sound substrate, and setting material must be cured a minimum 24-48 hours before cement grout is applied, unless rapid-setting mortars are used. See the corresponding data sheet for the bonding mortars used in your application. Remove spacers and ensure that the grout joints are uniform in depth and width and free of loose debris, contaminants and excess mortar. Use TileLab® SurfaceGard® Sealer to seal tile or stone subject to staining or when using a grout that contrasts with the color of the tile.

Health Precautions

This product contains Portland cement. Avoid eye contact or prolonged contact with skin. Wash thoroughly after handling. If eye contact occurs, flush with water for 15 minutes and consult a physician. Use with adequate ventilation; do not breathe dust and wear a NIOSH approved respirator. If ingested, do not induce vomiting; call a physician immediately.

Limitations to the Product

  • Should not be installed when ambient or surface temperature is lower than 50°F (10°C) or higher than 100°F (38°C).
  • Some ceramic, glass, marble or stone tiles can be scratched or damaged by the silica aggregate filler. Perform a test on a small area prior to use. Polyblend® Non-Sanded Grout may be appropriate for joints up to 1/8" or for tile not suited for sanded grout.
  • Tile or stone with high absorption, surfaces that are porous or rough, textured surfaces and some types of porcelain tile may require sealing prior to grouting to prevent possible staining. Use Tilelab® SurfaceGard® Sealer or Aqua Mix® Grout Release to prevent staining when required.
  • Color variation can occur due to tile type, tile porosity, jobsite conditions, application and cleaning techniques. Variation can be minimized by following directions and using as little water as possible for cleanup.
  • Chemicals in salt-based pool filtration systems can cause a reaction with blue, green and red grouts. Contact Technical Services for recommendations.

Mixing Ratios

Mix 4 quarts (3.78 L) clean water to 50 lb (22.68 kg) bag.

Mixing Procedures

When installing more than 1 container of grout at a time, blend dry powders prior to mixing with water. Mix with a trowel or low speed mixer (less than 300 rpm) to achieve a smooth, lump-free consistency. Let the mixture stand (slake) for 10 minutes, and then remix and use. Periodically remix to keep the mixture workable, but do not add water, which can weaken the joint, cause color variation and possible cause shrinkage, cracks and pinholes. Discard grout when it becomes too stiff to work.

Application of Product

Installation must conform to ANSI A108.10. Lightly dampen absorptive, highly porous tile with clean, cool water, but leave no standing water in the joints. Holding a rubber grout float at a 45° angle, completely fill the joints. Holding the edge of the float at a 90° angle, remove excess grout. At 70° F, do not spread more grout than can be cleaned within 30 minutes of the grout firming and use as little water as possible for grout clean-up. Using a damp, small pore grout sponge in a circular motion, smooth and level joints and remove excess grout. Change the water and rinse the sponge frequently. Haze can be removed after 3 hours with cheesecloth or wrung-out sponge. If haze persists, the installation can be washed after three days with Aqua Mix NanoScrub or after seven days with Aqua Mix® Sulfamic Acid Crystals or TileLab® Sulfamic Acid Cleaner. Perform a test in an inconspicuous area prior to complete application. Movement joints are required for perimeters and other changes of plane in all installations. See TCNA Detail EJ171 for recommendations.

Curing of Product

Curing time is affected by ambient and surface temperatures and humidity. Use the following as a guideline. Periodically misting the installation with clean, cool water for 3 days is recommended.

Cleaning of equipment

Clean tools and hands with water before the material dries.

Product Maintenance

Clean with a pH-neutral cleaner such as Aqua Mix AquaKleen, Aqua Mix Concentrated Tile & Stone Cleaner or TileLab Grout & Tile Cleaner.

Ordering Information

Packaging

  • 50 lb (22.68 kg) bag

Warranty Information

Product Warranty

Custom® Building Products warrants to the original consumer purchaser that its product shall be free from defects in material and workmanship under normal and proper usage for a period of one year following the date of original purchase. Custom's® sole liability under this warranty shall be limited to the replacement of the product. Some states, countries or territories do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. This warranty will not extend to any product which has been modified in any way or which has not been used in accordance with Custom's® printed instructions. Custom® makes no other warranties either expressed or implied. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other rights that vary from state to state or from one country/territory to another.  This warranty is not transferrable.

Coverage Chart

Coverage will vary depending on the tile size and joint width.

SQUARE FOOT COVERAGE PER 50 LB BAG (SQUARE METER COVERAGE PER 22.68 KG)

  Joint Width
Tile Size 1/2" (13 mm) 3/4" (19 mm) 1" (25 mm) 1-1/4" (32 mm)
8" x 8" x 3/4" (200 x 200 x 19 mm) 60 ft² (5.6 m²) 37 ft² (3.4 m²) 30 ft² (2.8 m²) 25 ft² (2.3 m²)
12" x 12" x 3/8" (300 x 300 x 9.5 mm) 84 ft² (7.8 m²) 55 ft² (5.1 m²) 42 ft² (3.9 m²) 35 ft² (3.3 m²)

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