Our Secret On How To Install Your Cement Tiles Perfectly!

Congratulations! You finally got your dream tiles and ready to install them.

  1. We strongly recommend to make a laying down pattern plan before you start. Some tiles have some what more complex patterns than the others where as some tiles have a pattern that can make sense as single tile, we like to call them “single tile patterns” and others “multi tile patterns” . Once you know the surface area shape and the dimensions then make a plan that fits the best with your desired pattern such as where to start and how to finish the corners etc.
  2. Cement tiles are rather heavier than same size ceramic or porcelain tiles therefore it may be more difficult to handle and move around. Always wear protective gloves and goggles while working with them. Open the box carefully and if possible, examine all the tiles one by one
  3. If you need to, store the material in a dry area. Moisture or dampness can damage the tiles .Do not use Nylon or any material that will trap moisture, this could cause damage to tiles and installation. 
  4. Cement tile is subject to color and tonal variations and requires blending of tiles to achieve the best installation. 
  5. Install in accordance with current versions of American National Standards Institute, Inc. (ANSI) “A108 American National Standard Specifications for Installation of Ceramic Tile” and TCNA “Handbook for Ceramic, Glass, and Stone Tile Installation”. 
  6. Cement tiles must be installed on a leveled, clean and dry surface or suitable stable sub-floor or vertical surface. Vertical installation on dry wall is not recommended due to the weight of tile and mortar.
  7. Use only high quality LHT mortar (Large-Heavy Tile Mortar). Rapid setting mortars may be beneficial for certain applications.
  8. Spread adhesive on substrate with a large notch trowel (1/2”). Apply adhesive evenly to back of each tile (back-butter) to achieve 100% coverage. Immediately remove excess adhesive with damp cloth or sponge before. Do not use any acids or alkaline to clean tiles. We do not recommend the use of mallet or hammer to level tiles. The installer should use their hands to ensure tiles are properly set and level. 
  9. Cement tiles should be cut using a diamond blade and wet-saw.
  10. Allow 24-48 hours for tiles and mortar to completely dry before sealing. Tiles should be 100% dry before any sealer is applied or grout is installed. We recommend to use Dry Treat - Stain Proof Sealant
  11. Grout release application - Seal tiles with an impregnating or penetrating sealer BEFORE grouting (this will act as a grout release and prevent grout from staining tiles). Apply sealer until tiles will not soak up anymore, usually 2 applications is sufficient. Allow 2-3 hrs in between applications for sealer to dry.
  12. Grouting – 1/16”-1/8” grout joint is recommended. Grout should be applied in small areas and cleaned up immediately. White or light color grout is recommended. Dark or black color grouts should be used carefully. If the grout color is darker than any color in the pattern, it can stain the tiles.
  13. After grouting, clean floor with a PH Neutral detergent. Any extra grout residue should be removed immediately. Take extra care with your tools during installation to avoid chips, stains, and water spots.
  14. Seal tiles with Dry Treat – Stain Proof Sealant and grout for the final time with 1 application. Follow instructions for sealing
  15. Tiles must be covered after installation to protect