Metal tiles should be allowed to acclimatise to the new environment for at least a week before they are installed. Effective tile installation requires a clean, dust-free environment and should occur after all other site construction has been completed. Tiles are affected by humidity and we advise you not to install tiles in areas with uncontrolled humidity. The tiles should not be used in excessively dry <20% humidity on average.
The tiles are to be adhered directly to a FLAT surface. When applying the tiles be sure that the entire site has been thoroughly vacuumed and cleaned of dust and dirt. Once the surface has been cleaned, apply the T52 adhesive (or another trowel applied reputable adhesive). Firstly, apply the adhesive to both the substrate and to the back of the tile with a brush or serrated trowel and stick to the substrate.
Once the tile has been applied and has time to dry, it is virtually impossible to move the tiles.
We strongly recommend you use SikaBond – T52 fully bonded system (Troweled Adhesive)
Allow 25mm for finished floor (possibly less) visit http://www.sika.com/
Suggest you use either a tiler or a reputable wood floor installer.
Do not use a contact adhesive as you will be unable to adjust tiles if there are variances in the floor (ie.. if the floor is not totally flat). You must use a Trowel applied adhesive to allow for any discrepancy in tile thickness.
The smell of the adhesive is only temporary and will go very soon after being laid. Once the glue has fully set it will give heat resistance and water resistance, which will help if there is an accident.
To clean the tiles just vacuum or sweep them and use a damp cloth to clear up any spillages.
Any stubborn stains can be removed with vinegar. Those more stubborn ones can be removed with a gentle rubbing down with wire wool.
Periodically, it is wise to rub Jade Oil into the floor to retard tarnishing.
General Cleaning Regime
The cleaning regime for sealed and unsealed / polished Limestone floors is the same. In all situations the floor should first be swept daily with a soft brush or vacuumed to remove any dust and loose dirt.
High Traffic Floors
Occasional cleaning USING A MACHINE with a soft padded scrubber-drier with clean water. It should be noted that the use of industrial cleaning machines will shorten the life of sealers and impregnators.
Low Traffic Floors
Weekly damp mopping with clean water.
All Floors – DO NOT
- use chemicals containing acids. They will attack the Limestone, damage the surface and discolour the stone.
• use household soaps, as they tend to leave a slippery scum, particularly in hard water areas.
• although alkaline, bleach is not recommended as a cleaning agent as it may discolour the stone.
All spillages should be mopped up as quickly as possible with continually replaced clean warm water, particularly if the medium is aggressive such as red wine, coffee, cola or oils. In most cases this initial treatment will minimize the requirement for more formal treatments.
Most stains can generally be removed by the application of specific stone maintenance cleaners. Where these are to be used on a treated floor it is important to check their compatibility with the treatments. Due to constant development, details on such products are available upon request.