Mosaic Tiles: Product Information
Our selection of unglazed vitrified porcelain mosaic patterns, borders and corners are suitable for use in both traditional and contemporary settings.
Vitrified porcelain is obtained from a mix of white clays coloured with pigments. Fired at very high temperatures, vitrified porcelain is dense with very low water absorption levels. Other properties include good slip resistance, frost resistance, chemical resistance and excellent resistance to breakage and abrasion.
Square mosaics are sealed in the factory prior to firing as part of the manufacturing process. No further sealing is required after installation.
Areas of Use
Mosaic tiles can be used in a variety of internal and external residential and commercial applications. They offer good slip resistance and can be used in wet areas.
It is important to employ a tiler experienced in mosaic tiling as some mosaic layouts involve time and thought setting out the pattern correctly, understanding where to start and finish the repeat of the pattern, and how to turn borders correctly around corners.
Mosaic patterns, borders and corners are supplied on sheets. Some mosaic layouts require an infill to be placed on the outside edge of the border. After centering the main pattern and border the tiler cuts the infill tile to the required size around the perimeter.
We don’t recommend using dark oxides to colour the grout as these can cause staining and removal is difficult.
Mosaic Tiles – Cleaning & Maintenance
Unglazed vitrified porcelain mosaics are the one colour and material all the way through the tile. They are extremely hard wearing and abrasion resistant.
To care for unglazed vitrified porcelain mosaics we recommend the following steps
Step 1 Acid wash
Three to five days after the mosaics have been laid and grouted, wash with a phosphoric acid cleaner to remove excess cement, mortar and grout residue from the surface. We do not recommend using hydrochloric acid.
Step 2 Neutralise
Rinse the floor thoroughly with water or a neutral cleaner to remove all acid.
Step 3 Cleaning & Maintaining
To maintain your mosaics clean as often as needed with a neutral or heavy duty cleaning product. Abrasive cleaning pads, brushes and brooms can be used to scrub the tiles as they will not scratch or damage the tiles.
Step 4 Sealing (for hexagons only)
Hexagon mosaics are not sealed in the factory prior to firing.
You may choose to apply a penetrating sealer which offers good resistance to oil, staining and assists in general cleaning.
This type of sealer provides a natural looking finish.
Speak to your retailer as to which products they recommend and follow the manufacturer’s application guidelines.