Riad Tile Cement Tile will last for decades when installed properly. These installation notes are basic guidelines, every project is different, so please consider consulting a professional contractor with prior cement tile installation experience. Riad Tile will not be held responsible for errors or any problems due to installation.
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- Install on a dry, clean and leveled surface.
- Deposits may appear on the tile surface from humid subsoil.
- Tiles should be laid by hand and without hammering.
- 1/16″ joint line thickness is recommended.
- Cut tiles using a sharp diamond blade in conjunction with water to avoid chipping of edges.
Tiles should be sealed after installation (before grouting) and once again after grouting. Allow 1-2 days for sealer to cure after each application.
Use a penetrating sealer such as Miracle 511 Porous Plus Sealer.
We sell the recommended sealer by the Quart (covers 40-60 sqft) and Gallon (covers 200-250 sqft).
We highly recommend using Mapei Flexcolor CQ grout. Available at Lowe’s and Floor and Decor.
Using dark grout is discouraged, although it can be used with special care. Dark grouts can stain lighter colors on tile and be extremely difficult to remove after installation.
Immediately remove and clean grout surplus with a wet sponge.
After installation, use a neutral detergent to wash cement tiles.
Any extra residue or mortar should be removed immediately.
Maintenance and Cleaning
Clean tiles regularly with a PH neutral detergent such as Miracle Tile & Stone Cleaner
For occasional heavy duty cleaning use Miracle Heavy Duty Cleaner (Acid Substitute)
For spot cleaning stubborn stains try Miracle Porcelain & Ceramic Tile Cleaner
Buff tiles with white pad when needed.