Natural Stone / September 6, 2018 / FifineAsselin
Using the edge of a trowel generously fill in the gaps between your tiles (created by using spacers) and smooth it over the surface at a 45 degree angle to the floor. A grout profiling tool can help after youve applied the grout to smooth the fill off and remove any unwanted excess. Caring for your natural stone tiles it an important to remember and before you finish your tiling job you need to seal the tiles to prevent the stone from becoming stained. This seal needs to be applied after tiles have been cleaned and any residual dust adhesive or grout has been removed with a residual remover. After applying and removing the residual remover a seal can then be added to help prevent materials and liquids from entering the pores of the stone and leaving potential marks. This seal needs to be regularly maintained in order to keep the tiles in good condition and can even be added to through the use of enhancing products to bring out the natural grain and contrasts of the stone.
Im using a few of my vacation days to make a final push in the kitchen before moving on to the master bath. From what Ive done so far I think the kitchen looks terrific! Sure its probably not as perfect (and certainly the work isnt getting done as fast) as it would be if I hired a professional crew but Im enjoying putting in the natural stone tiles on my own. I think Ill derive greater satisfaction out of the finished product knowing it came as a direct result of my own toil. Now lets just hope I actually get all of this work done in a reasonable amount of time! All natural stone tiles are subject to variations in colour grain structure tonality and veining. Expert sales staff can give guidance on the correct procedure for handling installing and preserving each type of tile in the ranges available but it is strongly recommend all natural stone is installed by a professional stone mason or tiler. One of the advantages of having natural stone is its long lasting beauty. Sand dirt or grit can do damage to any surface so it is highly recommended that interior floors are frequently swept and mopped with a dry dust mop. Placing mats or rugs at the entrance of a hallway or room will also help minimise the problem. Also avoid using cleaning utensils which could have sharp edges as it will scratch and make the surface lose its shine. When cleaning natural stone always use a mild non-abrasive cleaning detergent with warm water. A clean mop for floors and a soft cloth for other surface areas should be used. The cleaning product you use should not have vinegar lemon or acid in its contents as these will do harm to the surface of the natural stone. In wet areas e.g. showers soap scum can be reduced by applying a non-acidic soap scum remover and using a squeegee to rub it in and wipe down with clean water.
One reason for this is because stone is a very strong material that is more difficult to cut than a wood board or even a ceramic tile which would be scored and snapped. In addition to this you may need to prepare the surface of the sub-floor upon which your tiles will be laid if it is uneven or cracked. This can be done in most cases with a good quality self-leveling compound available from all respectable tile and flooring specialists. When preparing natural stone tiles for laying be sure to spend time inspecting them both for chips and surface scratches. Typically natural stone tiles will arrive with a light wax coating to protect them from potential damage in transit.