About Cement Tiles
Reclaimed from old properties throughout Spain these handmade tiles have been subject to weathering and general wear and tear. They have been specially chosen and are in good condition, but within the batches the tiles can vary slightly. This is all part of their story and what gives them their special character and charm.
Each tile measures 20cm x 20cm.
New Encaustic Tiles:
These tiles, like their antique counterparts, have been handmade but are made at our sister company in Spain and are brand new, with a striking effect. When ordering new tiles, you can choose slightly thinner, lighter tiles for wall areas, or thicker tiles for floors. Our new tiles are made with the same love, one by one by hand as the old original tiles using only cement, pigments and marble dust.
Each tile measures 20cm x 20cm.
Where do they look good?
Encaustic tiles look great in so many different places. They are usually thought of as floors but can also be used as splash-backs in bathrooms and kitchens, behind ovens or worktops, as feature walls in bathrooms, and just about anywhere else you can imagine. Even just a small amount can make a striking feature.
Where can the tiles be used?
Cement tiles can be used in any environment. Heavy traffic areas (such as floors), wet areas (such as bathrooms), hot areas (such as behind cookers) or outdoor areas (such as patios) – but please check with our team to work out the most appropriate sealants and methods for the particular area.
Maitland & Poate In-House Tile Team:
When using our tiles we have a specialist team versed in the preparation, laying and finishing of our tiles. Our friendly team offer an onsite visit to assess the requirements of your job and will see the installation process through to a perfectly laid encaustic tile.
Guide to working with our tiles:
Most of the following applies to working with the new handmade cement tiles.
If you choose to lay the tiles yourself the following directions are intended for professional tradesmen.
• When cutting the tiles use a diamond cutter or angle grinder
• Some of the antique tiles can weigh up to 2kg each and are usually 20cm x 20cm x 2cm.
1. Sand tiles with an 80 grit sandpaper followed by a 2nd sand with a very fine paper (150-220) to ensure a clean tile.
2. The tile will then need to be washed. Use a neutral pH soap and then finally rinse them with just water. Allow the tiles 10 hours to dry.
3. Make sure the area where the tiles are to be laid is void of dust and moisture.
4. Having applied your adhesive to the floor and tile with a notched trowel lay with spacers (between 1-2mm – keep the grout thin compliments the patterns) – ensure tiles are level – allow the adhesive to set.
5. The tiles will next need cleaning (once the adhesive dries) – We recommend the following cleaning products:
a) Fila PS/87 (available in the UK)
b) Litho n MN Power Clean (available in the UK)
6. Due to the porous nature of the tile they must be left to thoroughly dry so that all the moisture can evaporate. This is very important since sealing the tile prematurely could potentially leave stains. Leave for a minimum of a week.
7. Now that the tiles are completely dry they can be sealed. Follow the specific instructions depending on your choice of sealant. we recommend a few different products:
a) Fila FOB
c) Litho n Impregnator
8. Grouting – While grouting the tiles always make sure that excess grout is cleaned off so as not to damage the tile in anyway. Continue to change the water so that dirty water is not used, this is to ensure clean tiles. (never use chemical cleaners). Natural grout is recommended to avoid staining from the dye.
9. Extra polished or satin finishes can finally be applied depending on the desired finish. (we can recommend a variety of finishes produced by Fila, Bellatrix or Litho). When using the tiles in a bathroom add another layer of sealant (tiles should be cleaned again before laying this final coat of sealant).