Maintenance

What can damage your tiled floor? You need to be aware of what can damage your floor so you can continue to enjoy its natural beauty in your home.

Grit - It may be tiny particles of stand or dust when walked into a floor will act like sandpaper and will dull your polished floor. Floors need to be grit free with regular sweeping or hoovering. Make sure your hoover nozzle contains a brush as a metal nozzle can scratch a polished floor. It is worth investing in a microfibre mop which will lift grit and dirt directly from the floor. Always place adequate mats inside and outside all entrances.

Spillages - Dull spots can be created on a polished floor where spillages of acidic liquids occur. This is called etching or acid etching and can be repaired quiet easily. To provide the floor with extra protection we recommend using a sealer. If a stain occurs, this can probably be removed using a poultice. Please ask staff for details.

Sealing Natural Stone - All natural stone polished, honed or antique need to be sealed. Stone by nature is porous and unsealed stone will absorb stains. We recommend using the Lithofin range of sealers. This will penetrate the surface of the marble without affecting the finish. By penetrating the surface it provides a barrier just beneath the marble surface. This will allow you time to blot up any spillages as quickly as possible. If acidic spillages are not wiped away quickly, they may break down the seal and stain the marble

Cleaning Agents - This is one of the main reasons for a polished stone floor to lose its shine. Only use a pH neutral cleaner. Tubs & Tiles recommend power cleaners from the Lithofin range (honed tiles only) for more stubborn stains Please ensure to always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on the use with stone floors. Overuse may leave a residue on your floor and affect the look of polished floors in particular. Always use the minimum amount of water.

Grout Residue - This can cause a cloudy appearance on a polished floor. It is caused simply by not removing 100% of the grout after the grouting process, some modified grouts (flexi grouts) need to be cleaned with a detergent to remove all residues. Failure to do this will cause the polished tile to become dull. In most cases this can be cleaned using a heavy duty detergent and a scrubbing machine but is difficult to remove fully. It is far easier to get your tiler to remove all traces of grout when the grouting is being carried out

Tolerance of Tiles - Natural stone companies allow tolerances in the production of natural stone because of the character of the product with which they are working. Natural Stone is quarried into blocks, sawn into slabs and then cut into tile sizes. From there the factory will work the surface and edges of the tile to produce the effect and finish required.In this process they are allowed under industry standards to have slight variations in thickness, size and even squareness.

To ensure a quality finish, the floors you are tiling may require preparation. It is worth investing in floor preparation products to achieve the optimum finish. The adhesive used will depend on the size of the tile.

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