Another Encaustic Tile Thread - I Think I Just Found Some
Friday, my BF peeled away the vinyl flooring in the kitchen of the house I just closed on this week and found gorgeous flooring underneath. House, was built around 1915 or so. Looks to be encaustic tile to us. Is it? This has changed our entire plan for the kitchen if it is.
The thought of getting rid of this treasure just kills us. Does anyone know of a resource we can contact to find out the proper way to clean this up to see if it is worth saving? The tile seems to have some moisture issues from all the years being covered but from what I understand that will come up. There are some cracks (lines, not chipping) in some of them. I kind of think if it's sealed properly this may not matter. And I don't mind the old appearance of it at all. Not the best material for a kitchen floor but I figured I could always get a gel mat to stand on where I do my prep work.
We already know we're going to need to figure out a way to work around it in some manner because it does not cover the entire floor - there was an addition done when a porch was enclosed and the flooring stops at that point. We thought perhaps we might take up some of it and put hardwood around the edges, making it appear more like a large rug in the room.
Any ideas? We're open to suggestions. It's completely changed everything in my color scheme if it can stay, cabinet choices, and backsplash.