How to produce handmade encaustic cement tiles? How to install handmade encaustic cement tiles?

How to cut encaustic cement tiles?

How to finishing and packing the tiles?

 

Installation Tips:

A competent tile installer is a must.

 

Preparation

The surface must be level, dry, clean and free from dust and oil

Please note that they are handmade products and are produced by using natural materials. Slight thickness, weight and colour tone differences are an inherent feature. In order to avoid stacking of similar tiles in the same place, tiles should be selected from different boxes

Tiles should be cut with a diamond cutter or angle grinder and cleaned immediately afterwards

 

Installation

We suggest you use glass vacuum lifter for tiling.

The tile installer must allow space for grouting when setting the tiles. We recommend 1mm for the best aesthetic results

The flexible adhesive is recommended for areas subject to sudden changes in temperature.

Waterproofing materials must be used for wet areas.

If applicable, floor heating systems must be turned off at least 12 hours prior to tile setting. Leave 3mm of grout space if you are installing the tiles on the underfloor heated floors.

Rubber hammers or similar tools cannot be used for setting the tiles as they may cause hairline cracks

Please seal the tiles If you will use dark coloured grouts.

 

Grouting

Grouting may only be applied after a delay, typically one day. The waiting time depends on the surface, environmental conditions and the type of the adhesive used.

Once the setting and grouting is complete, allow an extra drying period before use to avoid movement and cracks

Excess grout must be cleaned immediately with clean water and a new sponge. Do not allow the grout to harden on the surface

If the grout hardens, you can clean with non-acidic chemicals, but it must be rinsed immediately with a sponge and water

 

Sealing

Sealing the tiles is a must

Cement tiles with incomplete sealing will be subject to gathering dirt and absorbing stains.

Clean the surface lightly with sandpaper

Wash the tiles with clean water

Allow drying thoroughly before using a quality sealant e.g Lithofin

 

Aftercare

Tiles can only be cleaned with natural ingredients soaps. Otto Soaps are available both in London and Istanbul showrooms.

A marble grinding machine must be used for not grinded cement tiles. Using the wrong grinding stones may cause scratches on the tiles which collect dirt

Quality sealant must be applied after the grinding/polishing process.

Use sandpaper to remove any dirt from the surfaces of the tiles.