• Glossy Finish: Beautiful high gloss tile. Ideal for detail in photo reproductions. Creates a very bright and dramatic finish, especially for interior designs and murals. Susceptible to scratches, these tiles are not recommended for areas with frequent cleanings. Recommendations: Walls, backsplashes, spas.
• Smooth Satin Finish: Elegant non-glare finish. Also ideal for photo reproductions. Recommended for murals and interior designs. This is our most popular finish for interior spaces. Recommendations: Walls, backsplashes, showers and spas.
• Matte Finish: Most durable of the ceramic tiles. Scratch resistant flat matte finish. Great with all variety of photo reproductions.
See below for cleaning methods. Recommendations: Walls, backsplashes, showers and spas.
This tile has a flat stone finish. These tiles produce an antique, old world look. Tumbled stone tiles are porous and need to be sealed if used in water applications such as showers and backsplashes. Each tile is individually cut, causing some variations in color, texture, size and thickness. Recommendations: Walls, backsplashes, showers, spas, fireplaces, wine cellars.
These tempered, textured glass tiles meet and exceed ASTM tests set forth by ANSI standards for commercial and residential floor and wall applications. Images are applied to the backside of the glass to protect the dyes from wear and abrasion. Recommendations: Floors, walls, backsplashes, showers, spas.
This is by no means full install instructions. These are frequently asked questions involving tile installation.
If you are using a professional tile installer, he or she will already be very familiar with most of these tips.
1) Grout width and grout spacers- If you have chosen 4.25”x4.25” or 6”x6” tiles to have your mural produced by me, they will have grout spacers already on the side of the tiles. You can use these for the smallest grout lines, or you can purchase “grout spacers” at your local home improvement store. The grout spacers are to be used while you are applying mortar to set the tiles, before you actually grout the mural. The grout spacers allow a larger grout line, as well as creating an evenly spaced mural.
2) Type of Grout- Unsanded vs. Sanded- Most all wall applications in a household will use unsanded grout. Unsanded allows you to get into the nooks and crannies of smaller grout lines. Sanded grout is used on most floor applications in a household. It is a stronger grout, but also abrasive to ceramic tile. So, all of my ceramic tile and tumbled stone tile will require unsanded grout. My glass tiles are certified for floor applications, and therefore can take a sanded grout.
3) Color of Grout- To blend or not to blend. There are a couple different ways to think about the color of your grout. First, if you have any surrounding tiles with grout already, it looks best just to match that color of grout.
If you want your grout to blend into the background of the mural, pick a color grout that will do just that. It will hide the grout lines as best as possible and make the mosaic look more seamless. If you want the grout lines to create contrast between the mural, pick a color grout that is brighter and will show off the mosaic look of the mural. That is part of the beauty of tile murals, their mosaic look! Both ways work well!
4) Grout Sealers- Grout sealers are used to prevent moisture or stains from being absorbed. They need to be applied to the grout after is dries on any application such as a bathroom or a kitchen backsplash where moisture and stains will be present. All grout should have several coats of the sealer when all is said and done. Please note: All tumbled stone tiles, because of their porous nature need to be sealed prior to applying grout to the mural. A simple stone sealer will work well which you can get at your local home improvement store.
5) Grout Haze- Once the grout is applied, it needs to set for a bit, but before it dries completely needs to be wiped and cleaned up with a soft sponge and clean water. This cleaning needs to be done several times to get the “haze” off the tiles that the grout initially produces. If it is not wiped enough, a “grout haze” will appear over the tiles. This obviously does not complement the mural, so make sure your tile installer wipes the grout several times to get all of the grout off the mural.
6) Cutting of the tiles- If you plan on cutting tiles to fit into a certain area, we recommend using a wet saw application.
7) Ceramic vs. tumbled stone vs. glass tiles. As far as installation, ceramic and tumbled stone tiles can be installed the same way you install regular tiles. Glass is a little different. With glass tiles you can use sanded grout, as opposed to ceramic and tumbled stone tiles you should use non-sanded grout. The glass tiles are certified for commercial flooring, but the thinset used must be a white epoxy product that adheres to the back of the glass tile.