by cwsblog · June 15, 2015
15 Jun, 2015
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Like many unglazed tile products such as natural stone tiles, quarry tiles and porcelain tiles, cement tiles are porous in nature and can be sealed in order to maintain their natural good looks and to help avoid staining.
Your tiles have arrived to you pm-polished. The following is for information purposes only and does not constitute any guarantees. Prior to grouting your installation, a grout release is required to insure that heavily tinted or bleached grouts will not affect your tiles. additionally, your tiles must be sealed again after the installation has been completed and cleaned. by doing this next stage of sealing, your tiles now are further protected against a moderate traffic area for at least 6 months or even many years depending on usage. (be sure to always follow the instructions of the sealer’s manufacturer for reapplying).
Tile district recommends the Miracle Sealant product- Miracle 511 Porous Plus for this final seal, and it can also be used for the grout release. however, there are other sealants that might be preferred, depending on your contractors preference.
1. After your tiles have been installed, allow all the moisture in the tiles to evaporate, or it will be trapped under the sealant resulting in dark moisture patches, or hairline cracks will develop.
2. Prior to sealing, your cement tile surfaces must be cleaned, free of grease, oil, dirt, wax or any other foreign matter.
3. Select the correct sealant for the look you would like to have for your particular project
4. Be sure to always test sealer in a small area to ensure it gives the finish you prefer.
5. ( critical ) For installations outdoors it is highly important to protect your tiles with a penetrating sealer containing UV protection in order to avoid direct sunlight. This will help the tile to preserve its color and natural patina. check with your sealant manufacturers for more specific information.
6. Not recommended for freeze areas.
7. If after your tiles have been properly sealed according to manufacturer’s instructions, water does not bead up on the surface of the tile, your tiles are not properly sealed.
• For outdoor floor installations, do not install cement tiles (waterproofed or otherwise) below grade. The tiles will still absorb ground moisture and present efflorescent issues.
• Your outdoor wall installations will always require waterproof support at the top of a wall installation to prevent moisture from forming behind your installation.
Penetrating sealers coat the cement particles inside of the tiles, making it less likely to retain stains. this sealant is a natural and invisible finish. most cement tile clients prefer this sealant because it makes the tiles waterproof (when using Miracle 511 Porous Plus) and allows the tiles to look uncoated.
Topical sealers create a barrier on the surface of the tile so that stains have a longer reaction time before they reach the actual surface. available in gloss and matte, topical sealers are not generally recommended for exterior applications as the sun may deteriorate them quickly. • Topical sealants are often used in commercial applications or installations that do not mind having an altered surface (similar to varnish on wood).
1. Cement tiles should be regularly mopped with clear water and when necessary, a neutral cleaner.
2. Never use acids to clean the tiles as they will damage them, sweep regularly.
3. Do not allow water to accumulate in areas. excess moisture left on the tile surface can stain, pit and crack.
Your tiles should have natural variation (no two tiles should exactly alike) and the finished installation is ONLY PERFECT, when it is IMPERFECT. We hope you enjoy all the handmade beauty of your encaustic cement tiles.
~ KMT BCIA