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What is the recommended procedure for installing and finishing natural stone tiles?

flex tile installationInstallation Tips:

  • Stone tile installation is the same as that recommended for ceramic tile

  • Adhesive—use acrylic modified thin-set mortar (white for light colors; grey for darker stones)

  • For larger stones use larger trowel, check the Tile Counsel of Americas for proper installation procedures or come to one of our FREE tile classes!

tile design patterns

AuqaMix Cleaners, Sealers, Stains & Colorants Pre-sealing Before Grouting:

  • To minimize (or preclude) any grout deposits accumulating in the micro-pores on the stone's surface, it is advised to pre-seal before grouting. One recommendation would be Sealer's Choice, by Aqua Mix, but final selection might depend on the specific area of usage

  • Application - Use manufacturers suggested procedure

Protective Sealer:

  • For best performance and lasting beauty, apply one to two coats of Sealer's Choice to the finished tile surface-both tile and grout joint. (Wait at least 24 hours following grouting and be sure the surface is clean and dry before application)

Color Enhancing:

  • The medium to dark colors in natural stone can be enhanced with an application of Enrich 'N' Seal,
    by Aqua Mix. *note: This application would be in lieu of the surface sealers mentioned above