Natural Stone / September 4, 2018 / FifineAsselin
You should do three sponging cycles in order to maintain the cleanliness and stunning of the tile. The purpose of the first sponging is to clean the excess grout over the tile second is to smoothed the joints and third is to clean any residue left on the tile. However you have to allow minutes of time between sponging cycles because this allow the grout to set properly. Also be reminded that use the clean side of the sponge when wiping and cleaning the tile after grouting. And lastly wipe down the tile the next day to help seal the grout and to clean the tile as well. Always make sure that you use the correct sealant labeled for natural stone tile in order to maintain the appearance of the natural stone tile. Many people complain about natural stone floor tiles absorbing dirt or start developing holes after few years.
Whenever you have a plan of placing a grout in your natural stone tile you should allow 1-2 days from when you applied the adhesive before beginning to grout. Always make sure that you clean the grout joints thoroughly and have taped off the areas which are not included in grouting in order to avoid grout from spilling over the tile. Mix the grout according to manufacturers specifications. It should have a fine consistency in order to have a fine and lump-free finished product. After you have done pouring all the natural stone tile joints with grout clean the surface of the tile with damp cloth after 10 minutes but be sure not to wipe out the grout from any of the tile joints.
The absorption rate is how porous a material is. The more absorbent a material is the more likely it is to stain as well as how much cracking damage it suffers during freezing conditions. There are four different levels of absorption when it comes to natural tiles. Non-vitreous is the highest absorption and should not be used in any environment that can become damp. Semi-vitreous are less absorbent but will require more maintenance the more liquid is exposed to them. Vitreous is the standard level of absorption and is considered most appropriate to be placed in areas with low to mid indoor or outdoor traffic. Impervious is the most resistant when it comes to the absorptions of liquids and are the easiest to maintain and clean.