Polished Marble Laying and Sealing Instructions
Tools: Wet Saw, 10mm Comb, Squeegee, Clean Sponges, Old Clean Towels, Bucket for mixing adhesive, Bucket for mixing grout, Bucket for fresch water, 4" Paint Brush.
1. When the marble tiles arrive on site, stack upright on timber to protect the edges, and Keep out of the rain. Store inside in a safe place and out of the way of other trades.
2. Ensure the floor to be tiled has been power floated to a smooth finish, or has been made Good with a floor levelling compound if the concrete finish is rough. New floors should Be at least six weeks old (B.S. Regulation) so that all moisture has evaporated.
3. Because marble is a natural product there will be variation in the colour and no two tiles Look the same. So, take half a dozen tiles from the crate and lay them on the floor to Assess the overall appearance. If more than one crate, mix tiles from several crates. Chipped tiles can be used for cuts at the skirting edge. Some tiles may have grooves Along the veining, which is not a defect, but a characteristic of the tile. It will be made Good by the Tiler with Marble Impregnator. Some tiles have a mesh glued to the backs Of them to make them stronger and assist in transportation. Others may have speckled Chips on the backs to help with adhesion. All tiles have been checked in Natural Surfaces warehouse before being despatched to ensure the highest quality when arriving on site.
4. Use a White floor adhesive by Evode, Bal etc + Paragraph 5,6 & 8 of Georgian Limestone.
5. As soon as the tiles are set and the adhesive has taken, grouting can commence. Use an Ivory or White Grout and pull into the grout spaces with a squeegee. Follow the manufacturers instructions on the back of the pack. Clean and dust off the surplus grout. Use a grout additive if underfloor heating is to be used.
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