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NATURAL STONE IS EASY TO CLEAN!

It is never advisable to use any harsh cleaning chemicals on natural stones as the stain can become worse or set on the tile. In order to keep the natural stones tiles clean, you can use a dry, clean dust mop. Do not use any abrasive chemicals or  those may stain and/or scratch the surface of the tile.

StoneTech Professional Revitalizer Cleaner and Protector by DuPont is one of the suggested cleaners.

Pressure washing the pavers is sometimes needed for deep cleaning from tree and plant debris or in areas that collect a lot of water and get stained.

If you have a salt water pool, your pavers will need to be sealed with a water-repellent salt water sealer, and it's better if applied before installing, to ensure that the entire paver is protected and not just the surface.

Here are a few products that can be used for Natural Stone cleaning:
KlenzAll heavy duty alkaline cleaner and degreaser
Oil and Stain Remover
Revitalizer cleaner & protector
BulletProof - sealer
Impregnator pro - sealer

Check a DIY Natural Stone Cleaner:

Clean My spaces. "Natural Stone Cleaner - Day 18 - 31 Days of DIY Cleaners (Clean My Space)" 
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Lets remove that Stain !

Natural stones such as travertine, marble, granite, etc. are porous materials which means they are absorbent making them prone to stains.  At the same time, that characteristic also means that stains can be easily removed.  When you notice a stain, clean it as soon as possible for better results.

All you need to do is to “lift” the stain by using a product called Stone Pro Deep Clean Gel which is sold at retail stores.

If that fails, it means that the stain is embedded in your tile.  In that case, you can use Stone Pro Wet Poultice Stain Remover that is a ready-to-use paste which does not requires mixing or measuring.

Avoid your stone for staining, Clean and seal your stone:

FROU FROU & FRILLS. "How to clean Marble" . Online Video Clip. Youtube , Feb 23, 2013. 

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Should I Seal my stone?

This is a personal choice.  However, by using a sealer, your natural stone products are better protected against stains and dirt.

There are several kinds of sealers in the market.  When selecting one, make sure it is the correct one for the kind of tile you purchased.  We recommend the following brand:  http://miraclesealants.com/

The best person to help you make that decision is your installer.  Make sure to ask him for recommendations.

Advantage of paver sealant:

Protect outdoor stone against stains from tree and plant debris or in areas that collect a lot of water and get stained and mildew.

The sealer is deep penetrating and preserving of the stone’s natural surface texture while keeping stains and mildew out.

Sealer will also reduce damage that can be caused by spills from things that can stain like wine.

Disadvantages of sealing pavers:

Recommended 5 year re application of a professional sealer. It may even be yearly according to the brands manufacture instructions that you choose.

If you’re a DYI person you can actually get it done for a fraction of the cost.

Seal Pavers-needed are:

  • Cleaner
  • Sealer
  • Water Spray bottle
  • Roller brush
  • White clean cloth-absorbent suggested

 

Steps to Seal your pavers

Step 1 Cleaning Pavers

Step 2 Apply Sealer

Step 3 Finishing

Step 4 Removing Excess and re apply

HOW TO SEAL MARBLE FLOORS AND WALLS?

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HUGO CORREA . "How to seal marble floors and walls" 
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MATERIALS & TOOLS

Your 1st step in marble travertine Installation should be to seek the advice from licensed, insured professional or company with  marble and travertine (natural stone) installation expertise and don’t forget to check their customer ratings. If possible a reference/referral from a friend or neighbor with a good experience can be so priceless.

Regardless of how you approach the project do your research. The same applies if you want to do your own installation, below are general steps further research should be done before beginning the project and more detailed information needs be obtained before laying natural stone tiles.

1. Always protect your lungs, hands and eyes as you install your marble tiles.
2. Use gloves, face mask and protective goggles.
3. Remove all tiles that are already installed.
4. Clean and dry floor before you start installation.
5. Use the longest level you can find and level the floor.
6. Sand bumps and fill holes with thin-set cement make sure it dries.
7. Lay a plywood if the floor is still not even.
8. Check for change in height, no more than ¼ inch or 6 mm with distance of 10 feet or 3 mm.
9. Use your finger nails to check for cracks or irregularities on the surface of the tile, If there is a crack don’t use it will break during the installation.
10. Take measurements, layout on paper, decide on the pattern of layout and draw the pattern to scale.
11. Try not to cut tiles if possible leave full-sized, keep strips 2 inches (5 cm) wide and long.
12. Measure the center of the room and light mark with a pencil.
13. Do a dry-run by placing your tiles within the grid before actually laying them.
14. Add a layer of thin-set adhesive on the floor with a notched trowel.
15. Lay stone tile us marble tiles firmly in the thin-set adhesive.
16. Use spacers to position the marble tiles.
17. Use level to check the tiles.
18. Take measurements of any partial tiles needed
19. To fit in the edges along the walls or odd spaces, use a wet saw to cut the tiles and prevent cracking.
20. Leave tiles 24-48 hours to allow for complete drying completely.
21. Seal the marble.
22. Use grout, or mortar, to fill in spaces between the tiles.
23. Use a moist sponge to dampen the spaces between the tiles.
24. Then fill spaces with cement.
25. Push it into the spaces to create a tight fight.
26. Clean any grout on top of the tiles as you go while still damp.
27. Squeegee is use to spread out the grout.
28. Wipe down the tile surface with a clean sponge
29. Let the grout to dry.
30. Then Seal the grout.

CHECK THIS VIDEO FOR MORE INFORMATION

 

CHECK A POOL DECK TRAVERTINE FRENCH PATTERN INSTALLATION VIDEO:

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TRAVERTINE PAVERS INSTALLATION

Stone Tile Us pavers are available in Marble and Travertine with finishes: tumbled, honed and filled. The finish on these stones are good for traction of vehicles and walking. The dense, hard material of travertine pavers makes them good for driveways, patios, pool and decks. They are resistant to moisture, cold, heat and erosion.  There is no heat retention and its surface remains cool to the touch. We offer a good variety of colors and sizes to blend with your outdoor design.

Surface Preparation (Important)

Travertine pavers are durable, however, they are breakable so it’s important to properly prepare the surface. Pavers sized 6×12 are best for driveway to prevent cracking from the pressure of vehicles. Larger sizes, and French Pattern, are good for outdoor, deck and pool areas but not recommended for driveway use.

STEPS:

Dry-Set

Is highly recommended it is easy to lay and replace if needed and is the best option for cold weather.

Steps:

Excavate if needed

Compact (Soil has to have the correct moisture level)

Level, compact and repeat

Add 6” to 8” crushed limestone (sharp edges assist a snug fit) allows for good drainage.

Compact layers

Add the limestone in 2 -3 layers

Level compact and repeat

Top with ½” sand

Then lay pavers

Clearly define borders 6×12 Travertine Pavers

After pavers are in place Polymeric sand can be swept between cracks, grout, or they can be left alone

Mud-set

Uniform ground, surface/platform.

Excavate 6″ to 8″ of soil

Clear the area and create a level platform

Use a plate compactor to compact the soil

Fill area with crushed gravel (limestone base 3” to 4”)

Pour 4” concrete slab

Add mortar and lay the travertine pavers

Start from the edge of the driveway and work your way inwards.

Flexbond is recommended for cold weather mud set travertine paver installation that will be mud-set on top of a concrete surface.

It allows contraction and expansion during the extreme cold weather cycle as  will as prevent cracking.

Sand set

Excavate the area and compact the soil.

Add a crushed limestone base 4” to 5”

Crushed limestone is a sure foundation, and will help the pavers stay in proper position while allowing proper drainage.

Add 1” to 2” of concrete sand over crushed limestone.

Lay pavers starting from the edge of the driveway and work your way in (use something like a concrete slab, to hold pavers in position during installation).

Pavers should be placed in a fitted pattern for good snug fit.

Fill the joints in with polymeric sand (usually a mix of sand & special additives that are used for filling paving stone joints).

Edging

It’s recommended to install landscape edging on the outside edge of the pavers this will keep them from shifting out of position (top of the edging must be level with the travertine paver edge)

An alternative is pouring concrete along the outside edge after tiles are set (top of the edging must be level with the travertine paver edge)

Finishes

Your outdoor travertine paver finish options are:

Tumbled finish, has textured, porous finish that is skid-resistant.

Honed is a smoother finish than tumbled  but still has needed traction when wet.

Polished finish is smooth and should only be installed in covered outside areas porch patio etc…

Patterns

The pattern is up to you as there are several pattern/size options:

6×12, 8×8, 8×16, 12×12, 12×24, 16×16, 16×24, & 24×24

French pattern/mini-French pattern

Pattern repeats after the first square ends (tiles are 16″ by 24″, 16″ by 16″, 16″ by 8″ & 8″by 8″ pavers and is set to cover 16 sq. ft. area. Tiles are placed close together and joints are filled with sand).

When pavers are set, check for level, go over the area with a plate compactor again.

Lets make an accent wall or a shower floor done! 

Materials that you may need 

Proper planning is recommend for smooth installation. Make a list, purchase needed tools and materials have everything assembled before getting started.

Note: After selecting the style of wall tile you like for your project, always to get at least 10% to 20% extra for breakage and trim.

BASIC MATERIALS:

Tape Measure

Chalk (for lines)

Thinset or tile adhesive

(Buy the correct amount of thinset/adhesive as it is to hold the tile on the wall)

Notched trowel

Use two thirds of the thickness of the tile being set.

(The trowel is for spreading the adhesive “combs” it onto the surface)

Level

Level is used to insure that installation is done on an even surface, if the floor is not even sand or remove excess material.

Tile Spacers

(Are to insure the lines between the tiles are properly spaced, usually 1/16 inch to 1/2 inch for kitchen walls. The average being 1/8 inch grout line which is pleasing to the eye.)

Tile Saw

The wet tile saw is circular and cuts with water lubrication. You can make straight cut with the tile saw only, not nippers.

It is suggested to rent a wet saw, if you don’t know someone that will share theirs with you. Especially if this is a onetime project.  If you plan on doing more projects buy good wet saw.

(Wet Saw has a range of prices but will be a couple hundred dollars. One hundred and fifty dollars is the average cost.

Nippers

(For wall tile installation these maybe all you need, however you should always have additional cutters)

Tile Cutter

Practicing cutting on cheap tiles first with nippers and/or tile saw

(Snap/Rail cutter is usually about $20)

Rubber Grout Float

You’ll need a grout float to apply the grout after the tile is set and a grout is dry.

Grout

There will be many colors to choose from. Stores will have a sample palate that can be matched against the tiles to ensure correct color.  Choice of: Non-sanded grouts are used for narrow areas up to 1/8″, Sanded grouts are used for areas from 1/8″ to 3/4″ and more.

Grout Sponge

Sponge will wipe off the excess grout from the tile.

Obvious

Don’t overlook the Obvious

Cleaning Cloths

Goggles

Pencil

Hammer

Rubber Gloves

Knee Pads

INSTALLATION TIPS:

Mosaics Tile sheets are curved on all sides, giving them the ability to fit together with a seamless finish.
It is the art of creating an assemblage of small pieces of natural stone creating a complete pattern for use on floor,
walls, back splashes, kitchen, and bathroom. It is a technique used to create interior or artistic design.
Mosaics are made by hand on a 12×12 mesh for easy installation.

1-Lay tiles before using adhesive. Tiles can be cut with a knife on grout lines.
2-Take measurements. Measure to center of the room.
3-Pencil mark corners then pick tiles up. From each corner mark chalk lines to make a box for the field tile.
4-Mix thinset to a thick creamy consistency. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Spread using a 1/4 x 1/4 notch towel and then set tiles.
5-Inlay tiles with a margin trowel and lay them in place.
6-To get wall tiles to size cut with a wet saw, use a tile nipper for small tight areas.
Please use full directions for installation this is basically to give you an idea of the general process.

 

Here you will find the steps to get it done .

 

1. Make sure the wall surface has a sound structure (Good dry wall etc..)

2.The wall should be clean and flat (It’s been suggested to sandpaper or paint over the walls primer or sealer)

3.Measure to see how much tile you’ll need and get some extra from the same lot number.

4. Tiles purchased on sheets will allow for faster installation as you’ll be laying several at a time.

5. Cut tiles with a wet saw according to your needed measurements.

6. Lay tiles on the counter to get an idea of the layout pattern you want. (Cut tiles to size if needed).

7. Turn off power and remove wall face plates.

8. Apply Mastic (adhesive) with a notched trowel. Add to the walls with the flat side of the trowel.

9. Start at the center and work your way up horizontally. (Only apply to a 3×3 foot area at a time to prevent drying).

10. Double back over the application of adhesive with the notched side of the trowel to remove excess.  (Use a small trowel for small areas and tight corners).

11. Apply adhesive to the back of the tiles then lay them on the wall, starting at the base of the counter tops and working your way up.

This method will give you a straight edge guide and allows needed cuts/angles to be made under cabinets and exhaust fans.

12.Gently tap tiles into place with a mallet. Continue to lay tiles in a row and remove any surface excess (Every few minutes check for proper alignment).

13.Remove spacers, wipe surface clean, and let the tiles set over night before grouting.

14.Mix grout according to manufactures instructions.

15.Apply grout in a diagonal pattern using a rubber float holding it at a 45-degree angle.

16.Fill the seams with grout and wipe off excess with a damp sponge once grout is firm.

17.After grout dries a haze will form which must be removed with a clean sponge.

18.Apply cork (not grout) at the boarder of the counter tops and wall edges to seal and prevent cracking.

19.Replace switches and wall plates you may need longer screws.

20. Back Splash Tile Installation is now complete as always get professional advice before starting your installation project

Check this amazing video for more tips: 

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