Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Advice for Fitting and Cleaning Porcelain Stoneware

A distinct characteristic of the ST products lies in their extremely easy processing methods: the material is easy to cut, shape and drill holes in using the traditional tools found on building sites, such as grinders, drills, milling machines, and screw machines, in addition to tile cutters that are adequate for the shape being used. It is vital that the work surfaces are completely flat, clean and stable.
We recommend the use of goods for manual work, and gloves, dust masks and protective glasses when working with tile layouts that require the use of
mechanic tools.

INTRODUCTION
This instrument is based on the wish to supply our customers with simple, valid information to allow them to obtain the desired look when they purchase floor/wall tiles of the ST branch.
Before fitting, it is important to check that the substrate is:
- MECHANICALLY RESISTANT
- CLEAN
- TOTALLY FREE OF CRACKS
- SEASONED

FITTING THE TILES
Porcelain stoneware has a vitrified surface with basically no pores. For this reason, we recommend fitting this material with adhesives that can ensure perfect adhesion over time and maximum reliability.
It is always advisable to leave joints gaps of at least 2 mm and to plan for expansion joints between the tiles (for around every 20-25 square metres inside and every 9-16 square metres outside).

GROUTING THE JOINTS
This operation should be carried out using a rubber or plastic spatula, in order to ensure that the joints between tiles are properly filled, even and compact.
We suggest using pre-prepared coloured grouts as they offer numerous advantages, such as the possibility to match the tile colour and a lower level of porosity.
Remove any excess grout while still fresh.

INITIAL CLEANING
If the surface cleaning after fitting the tiles is not performed properly or not at all, it can often lead to stain marks that will make it difficult to keep the floor or walls clean, even if they are cleaned daily.
To remove any residues of cement, grout, lime, cement grouts used in the joints etc., the surface should be thoroughly cleaned using specific acid-based detergents, applied carefully using a cloth, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Where possible we recommend using a floor polisher with soft disks. Before using any detergent, always carry out a test on an extra tile.

ORDINARY CLEANING
To allow the product to maintain its natural sheen, ordinary cleaning should always be carried out with plenty of lukewarm water and normal, neutral detergents for home use.