Cleaning, caring for and maintaining Saltillo tiles and grout is easier than you think. Actually. that is one of the reasons why these tiles floors are such a popular option. Besides their unique beauty, Saltillo tile floors are durable, hide daily wear and tear very well and don’t show dog hair, lint, and other daily dust/floor dirt like other floors do. I have two dogs and two very active kiddos and I don’t live cleaning my floor every day. These floors have seen it all, from surviving a major leak issue in our kitchen to drastic shift in weather during our latest historic snow storm. Check out how I care and maintain my floors.
Mexican Tile that is tile made from clay from the Mexican city of Saltillo, Coahuila. This hand crafted, imperfect tiles has a lot of character as no two tiles are the same. Its rustic flare coupled with its durability makes this a great tile flooring option. I stumbled upon these floors, when I bought my first home in Texas. I have to admit I was not a fan of them at first, the orange tones throughout really threw my design and style into a loop. But now I love them… they are easy to care for and to clean, not to mention durable.
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Style + Home Decor
These beautiful floors come in a variety of color options now. I have seen them in black and even white…so if you are looking to update your home and you are looking for lighter or darker floors, Saltillo can still be a good floor option for you. Like I have said before, my home already came with these and so I styled my home around them. Using lots of lighter tones in my decor, the floors have become a focal point. You don’t have to be married to rustic decor or Spanish home interiors – you can make just about any decor style work.
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I needed to find this post!!!!!! We recently bought a very outdated 90’s style farmhouse on some land. The ENTIRE downstairs is the red/orange Saltillo tile (Except carpet in the living room which is ugly brown) Having family heritage and ties to New Mexico I thought I would love this tile. BUT I have 2 very young children 2&4 and every drop of food they leave becomes fossilized onto the tile making it very hard to clean. The grout keeps everything sticking to it. So since completley tearing out the flooring is not a option right now. I need to find how to work with it, to clean it, to learn to love it.
All of the kitchen cabinets, basically any and all wood in the house inclding bathrooms, stairway, etc is a honey/orangish oak. (Definetly not my choice of color of wood to pair with the tile)
I will look into these posts about products to clean and upkeep flooring because oh boy they already needed it when we moved in and even more now with the kids.
I do have a question for you regarding paint color for kitchen cabinets. I painted the south facing kitchen walls Simply White by BM because I was pregnant at the time and just wanted to get moved in and could not decide color at that moment in time. Do you have a paint color suggestion for the cabinets that would pair well with the Saltillo tile? The kitchen counter is 90’s dingy white tile but white none the less. We plan on completely renovating the entire kitchen but that is years out so I’m wanting to paint the kitchen cabinets for now. My first thought is white to go with the wall color and tile counters but is that too much white? The room gets glorious sunlight and is bright and cheery. I also know that its a possiblity to do a green or blue. Which I also love the idea of but slightly nervous to go so bold unless a beautiful color reveals itself to me :)
Any help, advice, suggestions would be deeply appreciated. All I know is the honey/orange/oak cabinets have got to go byeeeeeee. :)
HI! Vanessa, I completely understand where you are coming from as I too live in a house that was built in the 90’s! When we first bought the house we had those orange/oak kitchen cabinets that matched the Saltillo tile floors perfectly. It was quite an array orange colors in this house. Tearing up the floors was not an option so I began the journey of making them work. I currently have a tuxedo kitchen… ( you can see on this post how I started that project) https://glammedevents.com/tuxedo-kitchen-renovation-plan/ that means black cabinets on bottom and the rest are white. I love the contrast. A dark green or blue would look stunning with these floors. I would also say, don’t be afraid of adding white against white- there is so much color and personality in the Saltillo tile, so muting everything else down looks amazing! My house is an array of black, whites and blue grays. My advice, don’t be afraid of getting rid of that orange color! Once that is gone the whole room will change -especially the floors. I love my Saltillo floors now, they add so much character and life to our home! best of luck to you with your projects! Feel free to reach out!