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These instructions will serve as a guideline for the installation of our ModRocks™ Pebble Tile. We advise you to hire a licensed professional tile installer who is experienced with the installation of pebble tile.
It is important that upon delivery you review the entire contents of your order to make sure that it is acceptable. We highly recommend laying out all tile before installation to verify color, quantity, and to check for any hidden damage. ModRocks™ pebble tile is mesh mounted on 12"x12" sheets with interlocking edges. Spread sheets on the floor and arrange so that sheets interlock. Slight variations in color and size are inherent in pebble tile.
Preparing the existing surface is the most critical task of any tile installation. The tile must be placed on a rigid, level, plumb and structurally sound surface to avoid problems. The surface should be clean, dry and free of contaminants that could prevent a good bond.
The recommended substrate is a cement backer board such as HardieBacker. Gypsum board may also be acceptable for interior dry installations only.
Use white or grey latex-modified thin-set to install ModRocks™ pebble tile.
3/16" V-notched Trowel, Rubber Grout Float or Rubber Gloves, Penetrating Sealer, Sponge, Lint Free Cloth, and a Wet Saw.
After the grout has cured, seal the ModRocks™ and grout with a penetrating or impregnating sealer. If you want a deeper color use an enhancing sealer to bring out the color of the stones. Reapply sealer per manufacturer’s instructions.
ModRocks™ can be cut with a diamond blade wet saw. Individual pebbles can also be removed from the mesh and moved to fill in where necessary. It is usually easier to remove a larger pebble and replace it with a smaller pebble than it is to cut individual pebbles.
No special maintenance is required since pebble tiles are easy to clean by wiping with a damp cloth as you would any wall or ceiling. To remove stubborn stains use a commercial nonabrasive cleaner like Windex or a solution of soapless detergent. The surface should be scrubbed, rinsed thoroughly with clean water and dried. Shower areas generally require more periodic cleaning in order to remove soap scum, body oils and hard water deposits. Normally, shower areas may be cleaned by spraying an all-purpose cleaner on the tile, letting it stand for 3-5 minutes and then rinsing. A white vinegar and water solution should remove most hard water stains.