Installation Notes

When installed properly, vintage cement tiles will last for generations to come. Use these tips as a helpful guide to installing your tiles.

Please consider consulting a professional contractor with prior cement tile installation experience.

Precise Installation

Cement tiles must be installed on a leveled, clean, dry surface. Humid subsoil can cause deposits on the tile surface.

Lay the tiles by hand without hammering. Leave a joint of 1/16″ thickness between tiles.

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Sealing

Tiles are to be sealed after installation and before grouting

We strongly suggest using DryTreat STAIN PROOF ORIGINAL sealer

Grouting

Grout surplus must be cleaned immediately with a wet sponge

We strongly suggest using only Mapei Flexcolor™ CQ grout or FusionPro® Single Component Grout

Post-Installation

After installation, wash floor with a neutral detergent. Any extra residue or mortar should be removed immediately.

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INSTALLATION

Our cement tiles come in a standard 20 x 20 cm (approximately 8″ x 8″)

  • Cement tiles must be installed on a clean, dry, level surface. Humid subsoil can cause deposits on the tile’s surface
  • Adhesive must be applied evenly on the surface using a large size toothed trowel
  • Adhesive must also be evenly applied on the back of each tile
  • Lay the tiles by hands without hammering. We suggest a maximum joint of 1/16″ between the tiles
  • Once tiles are installed and the adhesive is dry, you may clean the surface with pH neutral cleaner. This removed the dust on the surface of the tiles and prepares them for sealer
  • Allow freshly installed tiles to dry completely prior to sealing

GROUTING

  • After installation, clean floor with a pH neutral detergent

  • Any extra residue or mortar should be removed immediately

  • Do not allow water or other liquids to spot, pond, or ring on the surface of the tiles

  • Do not leave spillages, drips, wet buckets, cups, or footprints on the surface at any time

  • Never use colored grouting as joint filler, color pigments may stain the tiles. We suggest using only Mapei Flexcolor™ CQ grout or FusionPro® Single Component Grout.

  • Fill the joints between the tiles using a fine plastic scraper without spreading the grout on tiles. Use a rubber grout float for clean spreading

  • Any grout residue must be cleaned immediately with a wet sponge

  • Never use sulfa-mic acid cleaner to remove grout excess or stains, this dissolves the cement and may cause damage to the tiles

SEALER

Lili Cement tiles are not pre-sealed at the factory. Thus, sealing with a penetrating sealer is essential. Be sure to seal with an impregnating or penetrating sealer after cleaning and before grouting. This acts as a grout release to prevent the tiles from being stained with grout.

  • After installation, tiles must be left to dry completely before sealing

  • Sealer must be applied with a roller or a clean cloth to the clean, dry surface

  • Sealer can be applied one or more times until the tile is saturated

  • Do not allow sealer to sit on tiles without spreading, droplets of sealer will cause staining on tiles

  • Always test sealer on an extra tile before applying to installed tiles

MAINTENANCE

  • Cement tiles do not need much maintenance, however, you must be sure to clean with a non-abrasive, pH neutral cleaning product. We suggest using Fabuloso® Multi-Use Cleaner

  • Highly acidic cleaning products will cause damage to cement tiles and should be strictly avoided

  • Avoid using mops or chemicals with abrasive grit, as this could damage the tiles

  • Avoid using bleach to clean tiles, as this removes the sealer and exposes tiles to staining

  • Sweeping or mopping tiles regularly will help ensure the durability of your floor

  • Depending on foot traffic, periodic resealing may be necessary

COMMERCIAL FLOORS

Cement tiles used in commercial installations, such as shops, restaurants, hotels, and public areas with heavy foot traffic may require periodic resealing