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.
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.
Tiles are to be sealed after installation and before grouting.
We strongly suggest using DryTreat INTENSIFIA or STAIN PROOF ORIGINAL sealer.
The use of dark grout is strongly discouraged. Grout surplus must be cleaned immediately with a wet sponge.
If using colored grout, we suggest using Mapei Flexcolor CQ.
After installation, wash floor with a neutral detergent. Any extra residue or mortar should be removed immediately.
Our cement tiles come in standard 8” x 8”. We have an incredible array of colors and designs, however, we will gladly work with you if you wish to create your own design. We are also very much aware of the mismatching trend and would love to help you construct the perfect mismatched design for your project. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
– Cement tiles must be installed on a leveled, clean and dry surface. Humid subsoil can cause deposits on the tile’s surface.
– Adhesive must be applied evenly on the surface, without empty spots, using a large size toothed trowel.
– Apply adhesive on the back of the tile surface also evenly.
– Lay the tiles by hands without hammering. Leave a thin gap – joint of 1/16″ thickness between the tiles.
– Once tiles installed and the adhesive is dry, you may clean the surface with clean water. It will remove all the thin layer of dust that cover the tiles.
After installation, wash floor with a 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 (ie: Do not leave spillages, drips, wet buckets, cups, footmarks, etc. on the surface at any time). For hard to remove residue, a single disc floor machine with a white pad may be used.
– Never use colored grouting as joint filler; color pigments may stain the tiles. Use a Non-Sanded grout for joint fillers.
– Fill the joints between the tiles using a fine plastic scraper, without spreading the grout on tiles. Use a rubber grout float for a clean spreading.
– The grout surplus must be cleaned immediately with a wet sponge.
– Never use sulfa-mic acid (cement dis solver) cleaner to remove the excess or stains of grout.
Lili Cement tiles are not pre-sealed at the factory. Therefore, sealing with a penetrating sealer is essential. Make 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. Do not use any acids or alkalines to clean tiles. Use a PH neutral cleaner.
– After the installation tiles must be left to dry for 24-48 hours before sealing.
– Sealer that will be used is a solvent based sealer that limits water and oil penetration to the tile.
– Sealer impregnates the tile, reduces its porosity and keeps its natural mat look.
– Sealer must be applied with a roller or a clean cloth to the dry and clean surface.
– Sealer can be applied one or more successive times until the tile is saturated.
– Make sure not apply too much. The excess may leave glistening stains on the surface.
– Always try the sealer on a loose tile before applying in order to measure the grade of absorption of the sealer over the tiles.
Cement tiles do not need much maintenance; however, you must be sure to clean with nonabrasive cleaning materials. Abrasive grit in certain chemicals and mops may cause damage. Acidic cleaners will also cause damage and should be avoided for use on vintage cement tiles. For ongoing maintenance, simply mop or wipe with clear water or a natural detergent. Sweeping or mopping regularly will help sure the durability of your floor. Depending on foot traffic, periodic resealing may be necessary.
Heavy Traffic Floors
Commercial usage as shops, restaurants and public areas, etc., these floors require special attention for cleaning on a daily maintenance. Please consult with a Lili Cement Tile USA retailer for special instructions.
One of the many options when choosing cement tile is to mix and match different tile combinations in order to create one unique masterpiece. If you are an artist who wishes to have your own design made into Lili cement tiles, please contact us. This is a very realistic possibility.
The Beauty of Lili
Recently, Vintage cement tiles have become increasingly popular in home renovation projects. The beauty and affordability of Lili cement tiles make them a perfect option for your design needs. Hand designed, hand poured, & hand crafted.