Advice

Tile Installation Systems

With the many options of adhesives and installation systems available today, no matter what your installation needs are there will be a sound and proven system suitable for your project. When consulting with your Modern tiles team member, remember to give as much detail as possible on the situation like the area to be tiled, the substrate you will be tiling to as well as the type of tiles you are thinking of installing. This way you will get all the right advice with the correct recommended installation products.

Aftercare and Maintenance

All projects once completed will need a good maintenance regime to keep the area looking its best.  See below for a basic schedule on how to best handle floor maintenance :

Spot Staining : Spot cleaning for spills should be carried out almost immediately. Its typically these types of stains that can become hard to remove if left too long. General spray and wipes and or abrasive cremes will be best here.

General Cleaning : This will entail weekly vacuuming and mopping with a ph neutral detergent to keep an area to a certain level of cleanliness. Doing so will reduce the need for more frequent periodic cleaning.

Periodic Cleaning : This is the big clean in-between the other cleans to get to the stubborn issues. The periodic clean should be done every 3 to 4 months and when done properly generally brings an area back to almost new condition again. This is generally done with a Alkaline detergent along with a nylon scouring pad or brush.

** Please note that some cleaners can potentially cause damage if used incorrectly, so please speak to one of our team members about your situation for the right product**

Order 10% more than you need

Tiles can go out of production and future batches can vary in colour. That’s why our experts advise customers to add an extra 10% to their tile calculations for cutting, breakages and future mishaps.

Sealing and Stain Protection

Tiles and Grout : Although not all tiles will require sealing, we always recommend that if you are using a cementitious grout that you should seal the grout at the very least. Unsealed grout will have medium to high porosity and as a result will stain and discolour overtime. Sealing the grout will give you a chance to be able to clean the grout and get it back to near new condition.

Natural Stone : All Natural stone will benefit from sealing and generally the best sealers to use are the penetrating types, which leave the surface essentially unchanged. The sealer will act as a barrier to enable you a chance to remove the offending stain / contaminant with causing an issue.

When consulting your Modern Tiles team member, ask about the sealing requirements for your selection. Some tiles are either too dense to seal or come already factory sealed, while others will greatly benefit from sealing. As previously mentioned, all natural stone will benefit from application of a good quality penetrating sealer.

Plan Ahead

When choosing a selection, keep in mind the time it takes from the moment you order the tiles to when it can be delivered to your jobsite. A lot of things must fall into place from start to finish for the product to arrive on time so it definitely can get you into trouble if you try to do you whole project selection at the last minute because the tiler is starting in 3 days time!!!

Don’t be afraid to ask!!

Although not many people know a great deal about tiling renovations or the process of it, a lot of people will be happy to fumble their way through the project hoping that things won’t go wrong. When tiling jobs go wrong it can cost a lot to rectify so it certainly pays to ask a lot of questions and do yur research on the subject. The easiest way is to spend time with one of our expert team members  so you have a good understanding of the process and materials  required to get the job done right. If you are unsure about something don’t be afraid to ask