Natural Stone / August 19, 2018 / FifineAsselin
When people are looking to make home improvements or for a complete remodel of their home they often wonder what they should consider. One option is to remodel the kitchen or the bathroom using natural stone tiles in order to give the room a completely different look. These tiles take on the appearance of stone as found in nature. For those that want to make a unique look in their home this is the way to go. More times than not the biggest concerns of having the remodel done in a home is finding a contractor that will know what they are doing especially when it comes to natural stone tiles. For those that are wondering what they can do to ensure that they do find the contractor that is going to do their remodel in adequate time as well as making sure that it is done correctly then they should take the time to find out the reputation of the contractor.
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.
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.