Do not place the material in water before laying.
Spread 3 – 4 square metres of the material on the ground, taking the tiles from different boxes to check the overall effect.
For the choice of the adhesive, and for applying the adhesive, follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.Take the tiles from different boxes in order to mix them.
If it is necessary to cut the tiles, do not mark them with pens, especially permanent markers. If the tiles are to be laid with mortar, tap the material until all the cavities and air bubbles have completely disappeared from the mortar and until liquid cement comes up through the spaces between the tiles.
CUTTING AND MAKING HOLES
To avoid exposing the tiler to potentially damaging dust, the ceramic material should not be cut dry.
GROUTING THE JOINTS
If coloured sealants are to be used, use only ready-prepared products, following the manufacturer’s instructions to the letter. Cement grouts in tone-on-tone shades are to be used, and it is advisable to avoid light-coloured grouts on dark materials and vice-versa: in such cases, a test should be carried out on a few tiles before laying.
Grout small areas at a time, using a rubber-coated spatula, removing excess amounts with sponges and cloths dampened with clean water, or use specific equipment to remove the excess grout while it is still damp.
CLEANING AFTER LAYING
Once the floor is perfectly clean and dry, it should be protected with PVC and PLURIBALL sheets to avoid damage during the finishing works on the construction site. Wait at least 48-72 hours before walking on the floor as normal.
For effective maintenance, it is advisable not to let dirt settle on the surface for too long, and to use detergents specifically for the use of the flooring and the main kind of dirt present.
In normal conditions, it is sufficient to use a neutral or alkaline detergent and rinse with clean water. Care must be taken if concentrated chemical products are to be used, and the manufacturer’s instructions must be followed carefully.
The treatment is easy to carry out, and must be applied to perfectly clean, dry flooring, using products specifically for porcelain stoneware, following the manufacturer’s indications.
These products, on the pack of which it must specifically be stated that they are suitable for “Porcelain Stoneware”, are sold by numerous companies and are easily found. It is advisable to avoid using general, universal products, suitable, for example, for granite, marble, stone, cotto, etc.
Best results are often obtained by using the detergents together with floor washing machines.