Natural Stone / August 19, 2018 / FifineAsselin
One important consideration to take into account when choosing tiles is of course their suitability for the application you need them in. Some tiles will be better suited for indoor use and may not be suitable for use in a wetroom or swimming pool application for example. This does however highlight their extreme versatility and the wide range of applications natural stone tiles can be used for from bathrooms to living rooms conservatories swimming pools wetrooms and kitchens. Another very significant benefit of using natural stone tiles for your floor or wall is that they lend themselves by nature to providing more flexibility in terms of patterns and design.
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.
The second step is washing. All the tiles must be washed with water and soap and they must be free of any dirt grout or tile adhesive. After washing you must allow the tiles to be dried for two to four weeks depending on the season. In winter it takes more time for the tiles to be dried so it takes more time and during the summer the tiles get dry quicker so one to two weeks would be fine. The last step is sealing. Sealing is like applying a layer of glue on top of the tiles to protect the surface from dirt and water absorption. Sealers are quite pricy however; it is worth it to spend some money to protect your beautiful natural stone.