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These instructions will serve as a guideline for the installation of our Kiln Ceramics, Clayhaus for modwalls® and Rex Ray Studio Ceramic Tile.
*We strongly recommend hiring a professional tile installer to install our ceramic tile. You are making an investment in our handcrafted artisan tile- please don’t let a faulty install ruin it.
It is important that you inspect your entire order to ensure that it is acceptable before installation.
If for any reason you are dissatisfied with your order please contact us immediately at 877-439-9734 or [email protected]
*Please keep in mind that some variation in size, shape and color is inherent with handcrafted artisan tile. These characteristics contribute to the beauty and unique quality of our products and are not considered flaws.
Installation Constitutes Acceptance.
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.
Installations should be mocked-up prior to beginning tiling. This will show how the tile will fit the space, how to avoid uneven cuts at the row’s end and inform you of the appropriate grout width.
Use a mastic or a thin-set to install modwalls® ceramic tiles.
Rubber Grout Float, Large Bucket, 3/16” V Notched Trowel, Sponge, Lint Free Cloth and a Wet Saw with a Diamond Blade appropriate for ceramic tile.
*Note:When installing our ceramics that have matte glazes, we recommend not using a high contrast grout color as it may highlight any minor imperfections which are inherent in hand made ceramic tile. If you do choose a contrasting grout color, we recommend that your professional installer pre-seal the tiles with a ceramic tile sealer before grouting to avoid staining. The sealer and grout should be tested on a sample tile before application on the entire installation.
Grout haze is a very thin layer of grout which has been allowed to dry on the surface of the tile. During installation the grout must be completely wiped from the tile surface and then the tops of the tiles buffed with a soft cloth to remove any residual grout film. Once the grout dries overnight there is little that can be done to remove grout haze, aside from washing the tile with one of the commercial acid grout haze removers.