Natural Stone / August 19, 2018 / FifineAsselin
The aesthetic look that natural stone lends to an outside entertainment area is unparalleled by any other paving material and the functional aspects cannot be met nor matched either. The beautiful natural stone pavers can even be used inside the home in bathrooms foyers and other rooms where natural stone flooring looks good. The ability to use it in and out of the home makes it a very versatile choice for flooring. When choosing to use these natural stone pavers the designer or homeowner will have a lot of choices to make because they are available in so many styles and colours. A lot of people are actually using Travertine tiles over their old concrete paved areas to modernize their pre-existing areas.
First of all due to the high quality and fact that it is a natural material natural stone can be more expensive than other solutions. They also can be more difficult to fit and maintain which can also increase the cost. One factor with fitting natural stone tiles is that they can be more difficult to cut when tiling around fixtures and fittings. The best way to cut stone tiles is to use an electric wet tile cutter and preferably to do this outside or in a prepared environment due to the potential to get water and debris spray. When fitting natural stone tiles it is also important to seal the tiles after fitting as this may otherwise result in the stone becoming stained.
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.