Glass Tile / January 19, 2019 / Karlotta Boule
Clean water is the key to finishing the job quickly and thoroughly. Once the tiles have been cleaned check for any voids or pits and fill them in as needed. Use the sponge and clean water to wipe away any remaining grout. Allow to dry for a few hours and then use a dry cheese cloth to clean the remaining grout residue. After the glass tile has dried for 48 hours its ready for use! Glass tile is not only beautiful to look at its also quite versatile. The Romans were known to use mosaic tiles all over their empire to create a feeling of home and to add religious pictorial and decorative significance to rooms of their homes. So if youd like to do as the Romans did get yourself some tiles.
In situations where glass tile is exposed to extreme temperature differences an elasticizing polymer is added to the mix allowing the grout to stretch and flex preventing breaks from occurring in the delicate glass tiles. Using a grout float scoop a manageable amount of grout onto the float. Start at the farthest or highest spot away from you and spread the grout in between the tiles diagonally across the pattern. Dont worry about getting grout all over the tiles. The grout must be firmly pressed into the grout lines with the grout float covering all spaces and voids. Once a 3x3 section of grout has been applied to the tile use the small rubber edge of the grout float to remove about a third of the grout from between the tiles.
In addition there are two other eminent glass surface treatments for these tiles: slumping and etching. Smalti tile is type of tile which is an opaque glass. It has been in use from ancient times. "Smalti" is an Italian word and refers to a glass paste. Smalti is made by mixing molten glass with metal oxides for color. Translucent Smalti is a popular variant of smalti glass tile. It looks like stained glass with uniform colors. Byzantine Glass is another smalti variant made from thinner slabs of glass. Metallic Smalti is a swirl of a copper-bearing mineral added into the molten glass before it is pressed. Gold Smalti are made by applying a gold leaf and a thin layer of blown glass. Fused Tile is manufactured using the fusion method. In this type a flat glass is cut into tiles shapes and then fired in a furnace. The clear glass will show the tile until treated with a color.