The council of expert
19 September 2019
To do a cotto treatment or not, that’s the question
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Today we want to tell you about a splendid handmade cotto;
a fantastic cotto born from the commitment and passion of an Italian company, which over the last 20 years has become the undisputed leader in the realization of this precious material: Maestri del cotto.
Appreciating these unique creations, which are performed following the Etruscan methodologies, from natural dough, to manual beating, up to cooking in a wood-fired oven, we will try to understand the differences, the advantages and the possible disadvantages of a treated cotto compared to a non treaty.
Specifically, we will find out if it is always a good idea to perform a treatment on cottoand how to treat cotto flooring in the best way.
A cotto by masters
The Maestri del Cotto is one of the largest Italian kilns that produces hand-made and wood-fired cotto.
Faithfully following the authentic Etruscan tradition, the talented artisans of the company produce every single artifact using clay from Umbria and Siena. The cotto reaches the highest quality in terms of: compactness, elasticity and resistance.
Thanks to its natural characteristics such as anti-slip, anti-mussel etc, this cotto is suitable for setting up both for indoor and outdoor environments.
To satisfy every customer’s need, at Maestri del Cotto you can customize the floor, in its shape, color and surface finish.
Cotto treatment: yes or not?
Despite the excellent qualities of resistance and compactness, depending on the type of cotto and the using, it is good to carry out a cotto treatment.
Of course, it is not possible to think of treating every surface in the same way, because each cotto has different characteristics and problems.
When we choose how to treat a cotto floor, first of all we must consider the place where the tiles will be laid, internal or external, and the type of absorbency of the material (polished, sanded, rough, etc.).
Today we will focus on an internal surface and find out how to treat a cotto floor in the best possible way.
Cotto treatment: yes!
The floors of our houses are continually threatened by dangers that can cause irreparable damage to our components every day, cotto is certainly not free from these threats.
That’s why the professionals of the trade strongly advise us to treat every surface of our house.
Indeed, a right cotto treatment can help us to protect the beauty and integrity of our material.
Cotto is known as a porous material. Cotto, on the one hand, ensures that waxes and protective products penetrate the floor better, guaranteeing an anti-stain seal. On the other hand, if left untreated it will remain very vulnerable to stains and wear.
The cotto therefore, to remain shiny and brilliant and above all free from stains, must be treated in an adequate manner.
Phases: internal cotto treatment
To ensure a strong protection to cotto, it’s important to do a complete treatment, such as the one carried out by the talented artisans of the Incredibile Davide’s Rome company on the cotto of the Umbrian furnace, a handmade cotto and semi-polished.
The treatment performed with Marbec products on the one hand has guaranteed the cotto a complete protection against stains. On the other hand has helped to facilitate everyday cleaning.
As a first step, the talented professionals have carried out a complete surface wash with TIM: protective impregnator with exceptional penetration and diffusion capacity within the porosity of absorbent stone materials, which forms a water-repellent, anti-moisture and anti-stain chemical barrier.
Subsequently, to fill and brighten the cotto, the entire surface was polished with ROYAL WAX: a waxy paste product in solvent, specific for finishing the rough surface cotto such as handmade cotto.
After applying the stain protection, it is time to proceed with the anti-dirt treatment.
To facilitate future maintenance and everyday cleaning, the intervention was completed with 2 hands of IDROFIN MATT: a low-filming, anti-dirt and anti-wear finisher for absorbent stone materials placed inside.
This specific product, passed on the surface creates a resin-wax micro-layer. This one is able to reduce the penetration of dirt and makes the surfaces easier and faster to clean.
Once the intervention is over, this marvelous pavement will be able to enjoy infinite splendor and protection!
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