Natural Stone / August 19, 2018 / FifineAsselin
Dont worry too much about cleaning the tiles before you lay them - this will need to be done after theyve been laid and grouted anyway. Try to work out of several packs of tiles when laying to help you achieve a truly random and harmonious aesthetic. When it comes to cutting natural stone tiles the best way to do this is with an electric tile wet cutter. In addition to stone tiles being quite thick and strong they are also a natural material and will therefore by nature have veins and faults in it making it unsuitable to be cut using a manual tile cutter which would be more likely to shatter the tile as opposed to snap it. Be aware that wet cutting can be messy and create significant amounts of dust and debris; therefore try to either perform the cutting outdoors or in a safe environment.
Always take care to wear hand and eye protection as well as suitable clothing and remove and power sockets or electrical equipment that is likely to get wet in the process. When marking a cut line on a natural stone tile you may prefer to use a crayon as opposed to a pencil which is likely to not make a significant mark on the tile. Take care to go extra slow when reaching the end of your cut as if you go too fast and force the tile through it is likely to break rendering it difficult to use. If you are cutting a particularly large tile try to get someone to help you steady the tile as you cut since the weight of either piece of tile can start to pull the whole piece apart - encouraging a snap - as you advance through the tile.
Let us get into the details about the three points to be considered during the purchase: Solidity: This is pretty an easy thing to measure and people can judge the solidity of the product by breaking it. If it is hard to break the buyer can be satisfied that he has the right natural stone in his hand. Also he can try to drop a hammer from a good height for testing whether it breaks. In some showrooms there will be a separate space for conducting this type of tests on the stones. The dealers provide this sort of space just because of the fact that they are highly confident about the quality of the product that they deal with. If it is of the best quality there will not even be a mark of the hammer.