Natural Stone / August 23, 2018 / FifineAsselin
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.
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.
There are numerous benefits for using natural stone tiles for you wall or flooring and stone can be an extremely rewarding material to invest in in installing in your home. Natural stone has of course been used in construction and interior decoration for thousands of years and is no doubt to found in some of the most exquisite and luxurious buildings and residencies around the world. The reasons for its popularity of course go far beyond the sheer aesthetic qualities natural stone offers since it is also naturally extremely waterproof hygienic and unreactive with cleaning agents and bacteria. Probably the single most significant benefit of using natural stone tiles is the sheer longevity of their life and their duration of use.