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Tiling Tips

Understanding Tiles

Brush up on your knowledge

Looking after your tiled floor?

Sealing, cleaning and maintenance

Minimising wear and tear?

Keep your tiles looking smart

Why are your tiles cracking?

Speak to an expert

Replacing damaged tiles

What you need to know

Tiles wastage

How many tiles should you order?

Repairing damaged tiles

For minor damages

Sealing natural stone

What and how?

DIY Process

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Understanding Tiles

When planning your tiling project, it’s important to understand the differences in tiles and their usage.

National Tiles’ extensive range includes standard porcelain and ceramic tiles along with natural stone, mosaics and large format panels.

  • Mosaic tiles allow you to highlight areas with splashes of colour and creativity
  • Porcelain tiles are great for bathrooms and kitchens due to their low porosity rating
  • Ceramic tiles are a great cost-effective option
  • Natural Stone delivers a stunning organic look for any project; and
  • Large Format Panels will achieve a seamless look with minimal grout lines

Looking after your tiled floor?

We recommend sealing the grout on all tiled floors after installation. General tile care depends on the type of tile.

Ceramic and porcelain ffloor tiles don’t need a great deal of aftercare cleaning or maintenance. Regular cleaning is easy using a natural cleaning liquid with warm water and a mop.

Natural stone needs more care and we highly recommend that the stone (and not just the grout) be sealed and then regularly maintained.

Stone floors should be vacuumed or dust mopped to remove abrasive agents such as sand or pebbles.

Never use acidic products on your stone floors - clean them with a pH neutral cleaner or a mild dishwashing detergent and rinse with warm water.

Minimising wear and tear?

  • Bleach, harsh chemicals, steel wool or wire brushes are not recommended; harsh cleaning agents may harm your tiles
  • Use only recommended cleaning products and sealants and make sure they are specific to the tile purchased. The products sold by National Tiles cover every type of tile
  • Spill alert! To avoid grout stains, clean floor spills straight away
  • Consider using floor protectors on the legs of furniture items to prevent tile damage

Why are your tiles cracking?

Tiles generally crack due to poor tiling methods or practices which cause above-average movement on the surface the tile is fixed to (the substrate).

If you have a tile cracking problem, National Tiles can provide you with expert advice and carry out an on-site inspection by professionals. Contact us for more details.

Replacing damaged tiles

With patience and know-how cracked tiles can be removed and replaced.

To prevent further damage, make sure you understand the cause of the damage before undertaking the work.

  1. Remove the grout from around the damaged tile. A joint scraper is ideal for this task.
  2. Remove the broken tile using a heavy hammer and a cold chisel. Drilling holes into the damaged tile will make it easier to break up and remove.
  3. Scrape away old adhesive.
  4. Apply new adhesive to tile and position it using a level to ensure it sits flush.
  5. Allow adhesive to dry and grout new tile.
  6. Using a sponge, clean off any excess grout.

Tile Wastage

We suggest you order an extra 10-15% more than the total area you’re tiling.

You need to allow for wastage and cutting and in case of any future damages, it is recommended to purchase extra tiles to ensure an exact match.

Repairing damaged tiles

You may be able to repair chipped or cracked tiles.

If the damage is extensive, however, re-tiling may be necessary.

To repair cracks or chips, you can use a specific branded filler product as-is, or mix your filler with a custom paint colour in order to match the colour of your tiles.

Sealing natural stone

A sealer is designed to penetrate below the surface of the stone and it won’t change the colour or finish of your tile.

Applying a sealer will also filter out the worst of any stains and make it easier to clean your stone; we do, however, recommend cleaning any spills as soon as possible.