Technical

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In the meantime please read this important information before you remove tiles from the packing boxes and before hiring a tiler or attempting to lay them yourself:

 

'MOSAICO HIDRAULICO' MUST BE INSTALLED BY A SPECIALIST TILER WITH EXPERIENCE OF LAYING THIS TYPE OF CEMENT TILE

AND

SHOULD NEVER BE SLURRY GROUTED AS THE GROUT CAN STAIN TILES IRREVERSIBLY.

 

The following is a copy of Artevida's technical page from their own website:

 

FLEXIBLE MORTAR PLACEMENT OF MOSAICOS

 

*Remove tiles from boxes in pairs, face on face (as packed) to avoid unnecessary scratching and always batch/mix tiles from 2-3 different boxes.

 

*Ensure the surface to be tiled is perfect, dry and clean.

 

*Good practice prior to placement : removing any sand or latence from the rear of the encaustic by brush and edging the tiles with a 150 grade sandpaper.

 

*to enhance the tile´s patine, prior to sealing the tile should be washed well using a scotch brite sponge in a circular motion with sufficient water.

 

*Arrange the tiles by hand pressure only allowing a 1-3mm joint using a modern good quality flexible tile adhesive/glue.

 

*Always experiment all products & jointing material on trial sample prior to application.

*When fully dry, pre-sealing of tiles prior to grouting is necessary using a waterproof product for marble/terrazo floor (see links).

 

*We recommend a traditional mortar paste for joints using only fine white sand, cement (2:1) or any other premade joint filler that should be first tested on a trial sample.

 

*Fill the mortar well into the joints by trowel or sponge; the tiles should then be cleaned with a wet sponge as you proceed. Work always in small areas 1-2m².

 

*When fully clean & dry, protective coating against staining is essential, manually applied 2-3 times using a sponge or brush (see links).

 

*Regular cleaning using water & natural soap will protect & enhance the beauty of your tile with time – a yearly waxing is advised to sustain the protective coatings.

 

*For any doubts or technical services, please contact us.