Below is some general tile information to assist you with selecting your choice of tile for your space or project and some things to consider when fixing them...
Tiles are extremely easy to maintain. You can sweep and spot clean them for easy quick cleaning and for more in-depth cleaning you can mop them with the simple use of water and maybe finish with a microfiber cloth. Non-tile specific cleaning products, like washing up liquid for example, can actually bind dirt to the surface of a tile and cause more wear in the long term so our experience shows water or steam works best for both tiles and grout joints. If you need a more intensive solution, use a tile-specific cleaner range like Hagesan HG.
The PEI (Porcelain Enamel Institute Wear) rating or grading applies to glazed floor tiles only and reflects suitability and durability for floor traffic, the industry standard ratings are listed below:
PEI I - Light Traffic e.g. bathrooms and bedrooms;
PEI II - Light/Medium Traffic e.g. all rooms of a house except entrance halls, kitchens and other passageways.
PEI III - Medium Traffic e.g. any room of a house.
PEI IV - Heavy Traffic e.g. all private houses, offices, shops and restaurants.
PEI V - Very Heavy Traffic e.g. all private houses, offices, shops, restaurants, garages and other commercial areas.
Slip resistance properties of flooring materials and footwear are covered by various standards with Europe. Floor surfaces that are classified by the DIN 51130 standard (a laboratory based ramp test, using cleated safety boots and motor oil contamination) are given an R value, on a scale from R9 to R13, with R9 being the least slip resistant.
A rating of R9, or in some instances R10, may be slippery when used in wet or greasy condition. For wet rooms or outstide areas, we recommend using tiles with a minimum rating of R10. You can also test samples by running them under water and feeling how slippery the surface is.
V1 - Uniform Appearance: Minimal to no difference among pieces from the same production run.
V2 - Slight Variation: Clearly distinguishable differences in texture and/or pattern within similar colours.
V3 - Moderate Variation: While the colours present on a single piece of tile may be indicative of the colours to be expected on the other tiles, the amount of colours on each piece might vary significantly.
V4 - Substantial or Dramatic Variation: Random colour variation from tile to tile, so that one tile may have totally different colours from other tiles. This is intentional to make the final installation unique.
If glass tiles or mosaics have been ordered, please ensure that the surface of the tile does not come into contact with anything that might scratch or damage the surface. The tiles are protected in transit, however please ensure that the tiles are unmarked BEFORE fixing as no claims can be entertained after the tiles are fixed.
When grouting glass tiles, care should be taken to avoid scratching the tile when cleaning the grout from the surface of the tiles. Use a grout with fine particles, suitable for glass tiles.
Cutting can be done with a flat bed tile cutter or a wet disc cutter. Suitable precautions should be taken to ensure Health and Safety, particularly the use of gloves and goggles.
When cleaning glass tiles, any standard glass or window cleaner may be used.