Natural Stone / February 28, 2018 / FifineAsselin.
Out of all the natural stone materials Sandstone is the most absorbent; Travertine Limestone and Slate all have a medium absorbency while Granite is pretty much waterproof. It is also known that any polished materials will also absorb less water. The next factor to consider it the quality of the materials which is measured in grade. Grade can refer to the size shape and thickness of the tiles along with the condition of its surface. The most common grading systems use three levels of quality. Grade 1 is the highest quality. Everything is uniform and there are virtually no flaws. Grade 2 refers to any materials that have minor defects such as chips scratches or an irregular surface. Grade 3 materials have noticeable major flaws in size shape surface or chipping which makes them only appropriate as accent pieces or used in rustic decorative pieces. The next thing to think about is the coefficient of friction.
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.
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.
Actually now that Im thinking about it I probably would have chosen to decorate with natural stone tiles anyway since they look so much better than linoleum wood or other types of flooring. Thats just my humble opinion of course. So once I decided to use natural stone tiles in these rooms I checked through some books and magazines for inspiration. I found lots of lovely patterns to choose from and decided to try to emulate a few of the looks I discovered on those glossy pages. The next step was to purchase the natural stone tiles themselves which took a bit more work. At first I went to the local home improvement center but they didnt have the exact tile pattern I wanted -- and their prices were a tad too high anyway. So I started browsing online and came across several websites that stocked precisely what I wanted. They were offering pretty good deals too -- even with shipping and handling charges thrown into the mix. After I took delivery of the natural stone tiles I began the real work of renovating my house. I started in the kitchen where I wanted to replace the backsplash and floor. It took me kind of a long time to get my bearings and gain some confidence in my capabilities but once I got the hang of the process I had no trouble putting each tile in place. Im not quite finished in there but hope to make significant progress next week.