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RECOMMENDED INSTALLATION

This document contains only guidelines for the installation process. A professional installer should always be consulted to discuss the specific parameters surrounding your project.

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Aluminum Micro mosaic tiles are designed for almost any commercial and residential interior application, including floor accents, walls, ceilings, backsplashes and more. Installation of Aluminum mosaics should be done by qualified technicians, especially when electrical work is being done around the metal mosaic. Aluminum mosaics are not recommended for high traffic floors, or any areas that may be subject to heavy impact, heavy abrasion, and areas where temperatures can exceed 130 degrees Fahrenheit.

SUBSTRATES

All substrates should be firmly fixed, flat, clean, dry and free of contaminants such as dust, oil, paint, sealers etc. to ensure proper adhesion. Painted surfaces must be scuffed or sanded for the product and adhesive to bond correctly. Wet areas need special attention and require appropriate substrates, e.g. concrete, cement boards (compressed sheet), and/or treated plywood. The use of reinforced waterproof membranes is suggested.

CUTTING

Cuts can be done with a wet saw equipped with a blade suitable for cutting stainless steel. For certain applications cuts may not be necessary. Correct placement and arrangement of the mosaic can be used to avoid cuts altogether.

ADHESIVE

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. SOLISTONE does not recommend one brand of adhesive over another. Please check with your local tile supply store for alternative and comparable products. The adhesive manufacturer's literature will explain if the adhesive product is suitable for interiors and/or exteriors, as well as walls. Most thinset mortars (multi purpose and polymer modified thinsets) are adequate for installing the Aluminum mosaics.

 

 

 

A cement-based adhesive is generally suitable on masonry substrates where no movement is anticipated. Where slight movement could occur through thermal or pedestrian loads, a modified cement adhesive should be used as a minimum. A 1/8” notched trowel is recommended for most applications. To make sure there is 100% coverage, firmly press the tiles into place. Do not use any hard objects to tap down the center or edges of the mosaic sheets.

GROUTING

If the metal has a protective plastic covering over it, it is recommended this be peeled off prior to installation. Since Aluminum mosaics are very sensitive to scratching, a modified non-sanded grout is recommended. For optimum results, we recommend the repetitive use of a firm sponge. Carefully float in the grout to avoid abrasion.

SEALANTS

Although aluminum mosaics do not require sealant, it is recommended that some type of sealant be used in order to protect grout joints.

CARE & CLEANING

Metal tiles must be regularly cleaned and maintained to extend their life and beauty. Most dirt and stains can be cleaned with a mild detergent and soft cloth or sponge. Fingerprints, streaks and watermarks can be removed with olive oil. When using stainless steel cleaner, avoid direct contact with grout as it may discolor. Do not use abrasive cleaners, powders, scouring pads, steel wool or sandpaper. Do not let soap, bleach or other cleaning solutions set on the surface.

For removing light scratches, we recommend a metal polisher applied with a steel wool pad. Gently rub in a circular motion first, then wipe clean with a damp cloth.

 

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