Cement Tile Fitting, Sealing and Maintenance

Cement Tile Laying
 
Cement tiles are fitted in a very similar manner to any ceramic type tile. They can be fitted on concrete, timber floors and in conjunction with underfloor heating. There a few points to note.
Keep the tiles very clean when fitting, use water and a sponge.
Cutting is with a stone disc, usually on a mini grinder or a wet saw.
The concrete must be dry.
On timber floors and for floors with underfloor heating there are systems that ensure little movement and a good bond, you tiling contractor should have this knowledge. Always use a Flexible tile adhesive.
It is important to get a good contact when using adhesive, it is recommended to trowel the floor or wall and the back of the tile. Hollow points can cause tiles to crack. This is especially important outdoors as cavities can fill with water then expand when frozen and crack the tile.
Use a small grout joint, large joints will disrupt a pattern.
Do not use a rubber mallet when fitting.
 

Cement Tile Grouting
• Clean the tile thoroughly using water and a non metal scouring pad, any heavy scratches can be sanded using a fine sandpaper.Our Monestir residue cleaner is particularly good at giving a good clean before sealing and after grouting, this is the only product we have found that is effective at removing grout staining and other building work staining without harming the tile. 
• Before grouting seal the tile, use enough sealer to waterproof the tile. Pre-sealed tiles still require additional sealing to finish them off. Ensure the tiles are completely dry and spotlessly clean before this sealing, as sealing tiles that are damp or dirty will leave staining or streaking/clouding on the surface. Any cement residue left on at this stage is very difficult to remove after sealing, Monestir residue cleaner is the only option
• We recommend using a grey or light grey grout. Darker grouts stain the tile easily and usually contain dyes that can stain the tile when grouting.
• Do not use a grout cleaner or any acid cleaners, they will destroy the tile.
 

Cement Tile Sealing
•  We normally use an acrylic or wax type sealer that penetrates, enhances and enriches the colour of the tile.  If you wet the tile and it gets darker it needs more sealer.  Make sure the tile is perfectly clean and dry before sealing, our Mosestir Residue cleaner is very good for a thorough clean before sealing, it will also help eliminate salt residue, fluorescent stains and mineral encrusted dirt.  Full Monestir instructions are on the product page, please click here

Monestir wet effect sealer is especially designed for sealing cement tiles it is easily applied with a varnish type roller that will enhance and protect with 2 to 3 coats.  This sealer has UV protection and is suitable for outdoor use, please ensure the tile is dry when applying sealer.  If used outside the tile can be sealed prior to fitting and left to cure indoors for a minimum of 24 hours before there being a possibility of it getting wet or rained on as this could cause blooming. Full Monestir instructions are on the product page, click here.

Monestir Ecologic liquid wax is especially designed for sealing cement tiles that have previously had an application of sealer applied "typically Monestir Transparent Protector" it is easily applied with a varnish type roller that will enhance and protect with 2 to 3 coats. This is primarily made of wax so is ecologically friendly. This product is very good for resealing cement tiles that need revitalizing of that have not been sealed properly initially. Use Monestir degreaser stain remover to clean the tile of dirt and old sealer prior to applying new sealer.This sealer has UV protection and is suitable for outdoor use, please ensure the tile is dry when applying sealer. If used outside the tile can be sealed prior to fitting and left to cure indoors for a minimum of 24 hours before there being a possibility of it getting wet or rained on as this could cause blooming. Full Monestir instructions are on the product page, click here.

Monestir transparent Protector and LPT MPG sealer in testing we have found this is a good universal sealer it leaves a satin finish that is easy to apply that will keep the nonslip properties of the tile  ( coverage 6 to 8 msq per lt) This sealer has UV protection and is suitable for outdoor use, please ensure the tile is dry when applying sealer. If used outside the tile can be sealed prior to fitting and left to cure indoors for a minimum of 24 hours before there being a possibility of it getting wet or rained on as this could cause blooming. Use a Lint free cloth to apply sealer. Apply light coats of sealer ensuring each coat had dried fully before applying the next coat. Usually the tile requires 3 to 4 coats with Monestir Transparent Protector and MPG.  NB When putting on final coat with MPG clean off any excess sealer with lint free cloth, this will leave an even finish of sealer. A circular rubbing motion with the cloth helps distribute the sealer better. When applying Monestir Transparent Protector and MPG sealer pour on cloth first then apply, pouring the sealer directly onto the tile can cause uneven distribution. 
It is important that the sealant is applied thinly and evenly and allowed to absorb into the tile.  Click here for the Monestir Transparent Protector and LPT MPG Sealer product page.

Invaseal Omega sealer is very good for commercial applications where non slip is required, we have PVT  tested the tile with this sealer and it has excellent results, it leaves a matt finish is easy to apply ( coverage 5 to 8 msq per lt) this will keep the nonslip properties of the tile. This sealer has UV protection and is suitable for outdoor use, please ensure the tile is dry when applying sealer. If used outside the tile can be sealed prior to fitting and left to cure indoors for a minimum of 24 hours before there being a possibility of it getting wet or rained on as this could cause blooming. Use a Varnish roller or Lint free cloth to apply sealer. Apply light coats of sealer ensuring each coat had dried fully before applying the next coat. Usually the tile requires 3 to 5 coats with Invaseal Omega .  NB When putting on final coat with Omega clean off any excess sealer with lint free cloth, this will leave an even finish of sealer. A circular rubbing motion with the cloth helps distribute the sealer better. When applying Omega sealer pour on cloth or roller tray first then apply, pouring the sealer directly onto the tile can cause uneven distribution. 
It is important that the sealant is applied thinly and evenly and allowed to absorb into the tile.  Click here for the Invaseal Omega Sealer product page.

•  Sometimes there can be some small marks on these tiles as they are handmade. These may appear after sealing the tiles. It is advisable to use a very light sandpaper to help remove these marks. The area can then be resealed.

Maintenance
• Clean with neutral soap such as our LTP Waxwash or Routine Care Stone & Tile Soap. Waxwash is designed to help maintain sealed tiles like cement tile, regular use of this will lessen the need for resealing. Monestir degreaser stain remover is very effective at intensive and regular cleaning, is is specifically designed for cement tiles. 
• Do not use any Acid or aggressive cleaners
• Stains can be cleaned with a scouring pad, sanding or or one of our cleaning products depending on the stain.
• Outdoor areas will require sealing with a product that contains a UV protection such as all our sealers, a freshen up with sealer every 1 to 2 years will keep the tiles looking their best. NB failure to maintain the products outdoors can cause colour fading and frost damage.

Click here to see our Cement Tile Care product page.

 

Best Tile Online Store

Best Tile online store has been established to bring genuine Moroccan tiles to the forefront of interior design. The tiles from Morocco Spain and France are well known not only for their simplicity but their versatility and flair for colour. Why not visit the largest tile showroom in the Southeast of Ireland. We’ve got the biggest range of tiles and accessories available at the lowest prices.
Moroccan Handmade Encaustic Cement Tiles have been used throughout the Islamic world for thousands of years in Morocco, France & Spain. Each tile is traditionally handcrafted by artisans using local materials. Moroccan Type Glazed Tiles This is a truly stunning range of tiles that will add real atmosphere wherever it is used.
Tiles in this range use traditional Mediterranean and Arabesque designs.
Zellige Tiles are a handmade natural clay tile, glazed in a huge variation of vibrant colours. Each tile has a unique, irregular finish, which will add charm and charisma to any interior design.

 

Metro Subway Tiles reflecting the splendour of Valencian tiles, some reflect ceramic tradition, carefully redesigned for contemporary decor. In design they have enjoyed the collaboration of prestigious designers. Victorian Type Tiles 10cm x10cm Wall and Floor Tiles. Reflecting the splendour of Victorian Type Tiles, carefully redesigned for contemporary decor. Victorian tiles collection captures the exquisite styling of the period. Handmade Terracotta Tiles are a classic floor covering timeless and not subject to the whims of current fashions. Terracotta, perfect traditional settings, with a character achievable with handmade tiles.
Cement Tile Fitting, Sealing and Maintenance  |  Floor Area Calculator  |  Tile Quantity Calculator  |  Best Tile - Tile Simulator  |  Shade Variation  |  Best Tile Gallery   |   Moroccan Tile FAQ

SSL CertificateCopyright © 2015 Dublin  Best Tile Ltd., All Rights Reserved.
Phone: 00-353-51-354905
Vat Number: 6402072S. Company Registration Number: 382072.