Laying Instructions

 

For Floor Tiles

  • Mix the polymer-modified thin set mortar in a bucket to the consistency recommended by the manufacturer that is cement and sand in the ratio 1:4.
  • Set the levels for floor (i.e. dead level or slope as specified by the Architect / Contractor).
  • Prepare cement slurry i.e. mixture of cement and water to form a thick paste and spread it on the leveled base mortar.
  • Wet the back side of the tile with water. Complete immersion of water is not required.
  • If tiles are square or rectangular in shape, set the right angles for the area and place the first tile along the right angle lines and place it on base mortar. Tap gently only with a rubber or wooden mallet to obtain perfect levels.
  • Clean the surface of the tile with clean water immediately after laying with wet sponge, Ensure the base mortar cement which squeezes through the joints does not settle on the tile. Also ensure that the water used is not hard to brackish.
  • Do not use the area laid for at least 24 hours.
  • Fill in the joints with pointing material which is a mixture of white cement and desired color pigment. For higher quality of finishes, you could use, if required, a polymer based cementitous tilling joint filler like Roffe rainbow. To get the desired color/shade, mix the same with water to form a smooth paste which should be applied to the joints, preferably with the use of rubber squeeze or rubber sheet. Do not apply the pointing material all over the surface.
  • Allow pointing material to set for 15 minutes and then clean the surface of the tile with a clean wet sponge, removing the excess pigment on the tile surface.
  • Wash the surface with soap water or mild detergent to obtain a clean surface and wipe it.

For Wall Tiles

  • Plaster the surface to be tiled with mortar (Ratio of cement and water is 1:3).
  • Prepare cement slurry i.e. mixture of cement and water to form a thick paste.
  • Wet the rear side of the tile with sponge and then spread the cement slurry on it.
  • Wet the rearside of the tile with water. (Complete immersion of tile is not necessary)
  • If tiles are square or rectangular in shape, set the right angles for the area and place the first tile along the right angle line on base mortar. Tab gently with a rubber mallet to get perfect level.
  • After laying, immediately clean the surface of the tiles with clean, wet sponge. Ensure that the base mortar cement, which squeezes through joints, does not settle on the tile.
  • Also make sure that the water used is not hard or brackish.
  • Do not use the area laid for 48 hours.
  • Fill in the joints with pointing material i.e. mixture of white cement and desired colour pigment. For higher quality of finishes, you could use, if required, a polymer based cementitous tiling joint filler. To get the desired colour / shade, mix the same with water to form a smooth paste, which should be applied to the joints, preferably with the use of a rubber squeezer. Do not apply the pointing material all over the surface.
  • Allow the pointing material to set for 15 minutes. And clean the surface of the tile with clean wet sponge, in order to remove the excess pigment on the tile surface.
  • Wash the surface with soap water or mild detergent to get a clean surface.