Install the encaustic cement tile

Tile installation
- Cement tiles must be installed on a well levelled, clean and dry surface. Humid subsoil will cause fur deposits on the tile’s surface.
- Apply the adhesive evenly on the surface the tile is being laid on, using a large-toothed comb trowel. Also apply adhesive on the back of the tile.

What size should the joints be

- Position the tiles with your hands – without hammering – leaving a thin gap (1 or 2 mm, thickness of a filling-knife) for the joint. A thicker gap should be used with under-floor heating and outdoor installation (min 2mm).
- Once the tiles are installed and the cement adhesive dry, clean the surface by scrubbing it and clear with water. It will remove the thin layer of pigmented dust that can still cover the tiles.

Do not use dyed cement for grouting

Grouting
- Use white or light grey grout only, never use dyed or dark grout; pigments from the joint filler might stain the tiles irreversibly.
- Wipe the tiles with a moist sponge before grouting.
- Fill the gap between the tiles using a filling-knife, without spreading the grout on tiles.
- The grout surplus must be cleaned immediately with a wet cloth/sponge. Never use acid (cement dissolver) to remove the excess or stains of grout.

Cement tile sealer

Treatment with sealer (Mosaic Sealer)
- The sealer is applied after the installation of the cement tiles, over a clean and dry floor.
- Mosaic Sealer is a solvent based sealer that limits water and oil penetration.
- Mosaic Sealer impregnates the tile, reduces its porosity and keeps its natural matt aspect.
- It must be applied with a brush or a roller on a dry and clean surface. One or more successive applications until the tile is saturated. You may buff with a fine cloth to give it an even distribution.
- Do not apply too much. The excess would leave glistening stains on the surface (brush traces).
- Always try the sealer on a loose tile before applying it on the entire surface, in order to measure the grade of absorption of the tiles.

Acid and alcali products in cement tiles

Maintenance
- Clean with natural PH Neutral soap and water.
- Never clean with harsh detergents, acid or alkaline.
- The toughest stains can be smoothed out by scrubbing with an abrasive like Scotch Brite and/or a solvent (White Spirit).
- A regular use of wax (for marble) enhances the colours and protects the cement tiles.

Abrasive in cement tiles

The toughest stains can be smoothed out by scrubbing with an abrasive like Scotch Brite and/or a solvent (White Spirit).
The regular use of wax (for marble) enhances the colours and protects the cement tiles.

Cleaning with a fibre disc

How to correct and clean an encaustic floor thoroughly
Construction residue stains, grouting stains, excess of sealer, uneven floor…How to correctly clean your Mosaic del Sur encaustic cement tile floor.

Heavy traffic floors
- Bars, shops, restaurants, etc. These floors require special protection and attention. Please consult us.
- Installation, protection and maintenance video tutorials can be found on our YouTube channel.

Cracks

Cracks?
- Installing the tiles incorrectly may create cracks.

Cement tile cutting

Cement tile cutting.