Marble Fixing Guide

PREPARATION

Screed and waterproofing of floors must be done to Australian Standards and fully cured before any tiling work commences. We would recommend waterproofing before and after screeding.

 

FIXING

Fix tiles on a solid bed of adhesive ensuring that there is a 100% adhesive bed to reduce the risk of water penetration. Do not fix using the spot or dot and dab methods. Use a fast setting white adhesive that is suitable for moisture sensitive stone, to minimize the moisture penetration in to the marble. (Such as Davco 2 part rapid white adhesive).

Wet Area Floors and Walls – We would recommend the use of a 10mm notched trowel as not only does this help achieve a 100% adhesive bed but excess adhesive penetrates the holes in the mesh allowing adhesive to fill the bottom half of the joint. This helps to ensure a good bond between tiles, mesh and substrate. Another good practice is to employ the use of a rubber grout float to press the mosaic sheet into the adhesive.

 

FIRST SEAL

Once fixed apply the first coat of Sealer’s Choice Gold by Aquamix as per manufacturers’ instructions.

The link below will take you straight to the product on our site

https://www.tiles4less.com.au/aqua-mix-sealers-choice-gold-946ml/

 

GROUTING

When grouting it is imperative to fill the entire joint with grout, not merely the top 2 or 3mm. Grout needs to be forced into the joint. Once again, this minimizes the risk of water penetration. We also recommend the use of a grout booster in all wet areas to increase flexibility and lessen water permeability. The grout booster needs to be mixed at a ratio of 50% grout booster to 50% clean water. (Ardex Misty Grey grout works very well with the tones of Carrara marble and we also like Ardex Charred Ash or Slate Grey with Pietre Grey marble).

 

FINAL SEAL

After ensuring that all grout has been cleaned from the top surface of the marble apply the second coat of Sealer’s Choice Gold by Aquamix over the surface of the tiles and the grout.

 

AFTER CARE

For general cleaning of your tiles we would recommend Aqua Mix® Concentrated Stone & Tile Cleaner.

The link below will take you straight to the product on our site

https://www.tiles4less.com.au/aqua-mix-stone-and-tile-cleaner/

Sealing your tiles will help to protect them but we would still be wary of acidic spillages such as red wine or champagne. These need to be cleaned off immediately and refer to the Aqua Mix website if further cleaning is required. https://aquamix.com.au/surfacetype/sealing-marble/