Modwalls Ceramic Tile Installation Guide
These instructions will serve as a guideline for the installation of our Kiln Ceramics, Clayhaus for Modwalls®, Basis Ceramics and Rex Ray Studio Ceramic Tile.
*We advise you to hire a licensed professional tile installer who is experienced with the installation of porcelain tile.
It is important that you inspect your entire order to ensure that it is acceptable before installation. If for any reason you are dissatisfied with your order please contact us immediately at 877-439-9734 or Service@modwalls.com *Please keep in mind that some variation in size, shape and color is inherent with handcrafted artisan tile. These characteristics contribute to the beauty and unique quality of our products and are not considered flaws.
INSTALLATION CONSTITUTES ACCEPTANCE
Preparing the existing surface is the most critical task of any tile installation. The tile must be placed on a rigid, level, plumb and structurally sound surface to avoid problems. The surface should be clean, dry and free of contaminants that could prevent a good bond. The recommended substrate is a cement backer board such as HardieBacker. Gypsum board may also be acceptable for interior dry installations only. Installations should be mocked-up prior to beginning tiling. This will show how the tile will fit the space, how to avoid uneven cuts at the row’s end and inform you of the appropriate grout width.
Use mastic or thin-set to install ceramic tiles.
•Rubber Grout Float
•3/16” V Notched Trowel
•Lint Free Cloth
•Wet Saw with a Diamond Blade for ceramic tile
Beware of Grout Haze
Grout haze is a very thin layer of grout which has been allowed to dry on the surface of the tile. During installation the grout must be completely wiped from the tile surface and then the tops of the tiles buffed with a soft cloth to remove any residual grout film. Once the grout dries overnight there is little that can be done to remove grout haze, aside from washing the tile with one of the commercial acid grout haze removers.
Cutting and Drilling Ceramic Tiles
•The recommended cutting method is by wet saw with a new diamond blade designed specifically for cutting ceramic tile.
•Make cuts onto the back side of the tiles.
•Edges which have been cut should be smoothed with diamond hand pad or another similar smoothingtool.
•If it is necessary to drill holes in the tile we recommend doing so with a low speed drill equipped with adiamond tipped core bit BEFORE installation. Water must be sprayed on the surface and drill bitcontinuously during drilling.
Apply adhesive to wall evenly with the v-notched trowel. Work in sections of approximately 2 square feet at a time. Apply tile to wall starting in the middle of installation area and work outward.
Before grouting, allow the adhesive to dry for the timeframe recommended by the manufacturer. Thin-set, for example, will cure/dry in 24-48 hours.
*Tip: Don’t be alarmed if the installation does not look perfect before grout is applied- one of the purposes of grout is to hide imperfection in the install. Recommended grout thickness is 3/16”. A thinner grout line may be possible but 1/8” is a minimum.
Apply grout. Let grout dry 10-20 minutes. Using a slightly damp sponge, wipe diagonally across the tile to remove the grout film from the surface of the tile. Wipe tile with a lint-free cloth as the final step, buffing away all residual grout from the surface of the tile.
***Note: When grouting our ceramic tile, we recommend that you do not use a high contrast grout color (like black or dark gray) as it may highlight/stain any minor imperfections, which are inherent in handmade ceramic tile. If you do choose a contrasting grout color, we recommend that your professional installer pre-seal the tiles with a ceramic sealer before grouting to mitigate any staining. All sealer and grout should be tested on tiles BEFORE application on the entire installation.
• A damp sponge is typically sufficient to keep this tile clean. • Non abrasive, ph-neutral cleaners can also be used effectively.
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