Recomendations for installing the mosaic floor:
1. The base where the floortiles will be
laid should be poured 4 days prior to placing them, otherwise they can become
stained from moisture of the base.
2.We recommend that in any new construction or remodelling, floor tiles should be laid at the end of the project. Otherwise, tiles might get stained by working carpenters, plumbers, electricians, painters, masons etc.
3. The tile should be soaked for 15 to
20 minutes before setting it so it doesn't rob moisture from the morter used
to attach it (NO more time, please).This also prevents the tiles from becoming loose in time.After
soaking the tiles should be stacked face to face and on edge; stacking them
face to back can result in staining.
4. The tiles are all handmade and can have
slight variations in thickness so it is important to lay them carefully so
the surface remains perfectly level.All tiles will need to be polished when
project is completed. Should be a distance of 4.5 to 5cm from the ground or base to the visible face of the tile, considering the thickness of the tile plus the thickness of the mixture.
5. The separation between each tile should
be 1 to 2mm(basically the thickness of the trowel used in placing them). After
setting the tiles they should then be swept and washed before filling in the
cracks with a sealing grout made of water and white cement using sufficient
water to assure that the cracks will be filled.
6. After the above process it is important
to clean off all excess material so streaks will not remain on the surface.
7. After cleaning the surface it should
be left dry for 2 -4 weeks (depending on various factors such as time of year,
ventilation, upper or lower level, etc.). During this time the area should
be block off from foot traffic.
8. Now that the floor is dry it is time
to burnish and polish it.
Note: Mosaics are provided without polishing nor shining, since this process is realized after mosaic have been installed. Another option is to seal them with some sealant either mate or shiny according to your preference. Mosaics are polished and shined, traditionally. THE MOSAIC SHOULD SHINE OR SEAL, BUT NOT BOTH.