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EASY LAYING

Please bear in mind that our tiles are “handmade and unbaked”. Each tile is unique. Laying them is not difficult but requires particular care. They should be cut only with a water tile cutter. For perfect results, tiling should come last in construction or renovation work, after the plasterers, carpenters, plumbers, electricians and painters have finished their respective jobs. Inspect the finished work and object to any hollow-sounding tiles.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

TILING ACCORDING TO THE RULE BOOK

 • Mark the precise layout with chalk and dry-lay the tiles to obtain an (aesthetic) mix of nuances. the base should be dry and perfectly flat.

• Tiles with mainly black color must be washed

separately prior to laying to avoid bleeding on lighter colored tiles.

• Execute a double gluing, using only tile adhesive (not of an overly pliant grade).

For flooring, allow 20 mm (16 mm for the tile and 4 mm for the adhesive).

• Choose the tile adhesive corresponding to the

underlying surface. 

• Execute a double gluing with a large-toothed serrated trowel, spreading the adhesive fully and evenly under each tile. wipe each tile right after laying it. being unbaked, it is normal that the tiles free of color, be sure to rinse immediately the tiles.

• Apply hand pressure only. don’t use a tamp. leave a minimum of 1,5 mm for joints.

• When the layout is done, clean the tiles thoroughly so that their surface is smooth and perfectly dry. apply an initial coat of sealer prior to grouting with a white cloth.

• Grout in depth with a product of the same brand as the adhesive. use clear gray joints in all cases, except for white tiles.

• Wipe clean the tiles again so as to thoroughly

remove all trace of grout. scrub with a scotch-brite sponge and a neutral detergent (for example liquid mr. clean). never use acid. rinse well.

• For large floors: use a single-disc water floor machine with a hard scotch-brite type disc and a neutral detergent solution. rinse well. a water vacuum-cleaner will also come in handy for this operation.

• Allow the tiles to dry for a day minimum. (a good test: a sheet of paper left on the tiles overnight must not warp the next day.)

• Apply the final coat of sealer. (please note that sealers are designed to penetrate into the tile’s coloured surface and not to act as a varnish.)

• On walls: clean and scrub vigorously using a scotch-brite sponge and ­­detergent. rinse well.

• Wipe with a shammy or cloth. (avoid coloured material.)

• Indoors (living, dining and bedrooms, entrance, etc.): you can add a coat of washable natural clear wax polish for extra protection and a beautiful patina.

• For upkeep of cement tiles, wash thoroughly and if possible daily with water and added neutral detergent (mr. clean, etc.) and a good rinse. this is the secret of a natural patina. use a cutting board on tiled kitchen work surfaces.


Strictly forbidden

• Never use 10 mm thick 20 cm x 20 cm format tiles on floors. Only 16 mm thick tiles are adapted to flooring.

• Never lay tiles directly on wet screed, or tamp them with a mallet.

• Never grout before sealing.

• Never apply pure acid or bleach or anti limescale sprays.

SPECIFICATIONS

Weight aprox :

- 33 kg/m2 thickness 16 mm.

- 23 kg/m2 thickness 10 mm.


Description :

- The tiles presented in this catalogue are thin hand-made wall and floor coverings with a cement binder, obtained by compression.

- They consist basically of two layers :

- A top layer known as the wear and tear layer whose visible surface is called the “fair side.” This layer is essentially made up of marble and siliceous sand, coated with white cement mixed with coloured pigments (ochres and metal oxides).

- A base known as the sole whose underlying side is called “the laying side.” The sole is made up of a mixture of sand and cement.

Manufacturing specifications :

- The manufacturing does not require firing; the hardening of the tiles is solely due to the chemical setting of the cement.

- Manufacturing steps : pouring in the wear and tear layer with or without a divider, tipping the mortar in place, compressing (a minimum of 100 bars), turning out, bathing, drying, sorting and packing (nearly 20 manual operations in all).

Suitable for :

- Private homes, commercial premises, ground-floor shops, etc.

- They are not to be used in premises with destructive factors other than pedestrian traffic and ordinary human activities. Nor are they appropriate for places with very heavy human traffic, such as malls, large department stores, cafeterias, etc.  

Other observations :

- The workmanship in laying the tiles has a decisive influence in their subsequent performance.

- Prior to laying the tiles, an appropriate subbase must be made if the floor or wall needs  humidity proofing.

- It is essential to treat the visible side with an appropriate sealer (FILAWET preferably).

- Outdoor entries should be equipped with a doormat or some other device to protect against abrasive particles.

- The frost resistance of our tiles can not be guaranteed. The tile’s laying workmanship and appropriate sealer treatment will improve their outdoor performance in coastal areas.

- Without a specific product, now available, the discoloration of greens, blue and purple will be very important.

- Being hand-made, our tiles do not meet industrial manufacturing standards. Only comparative degrees are available on request.

- A possible “cracked” effect does not affect the tile’s durability.


We specifically disclaim any liability.