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Marmocim Fitting Advice

Laying

To achieve the best possible result, ensure that the installation surface is free of residue, cracks and dust. Check the surface is level and repair any irregularities.

The preparation and laying of the pieces must always be carried out using ppe (personal protective equipment), such as protective gloves, footwear, glasses, and hearing protection when cutting. It is also important to ensure compliance with all manual handling of loads recommendations and regulations.

Pieces can be cut using a suitable cutting >1hp and with water cooling system.. Smaller cuts can be made with a dry grinder. For drilling holes, use a diamond twist drill with the diameter adjusted to the required hole size.

The type, installation surface and purpose of the pieces (indoor or outdoor, wall or floor, etc.) Must be taken into account selecting the appropriate adhesive glues, cements and mortars.

Spread the adhesive or cement using a 10mm notched trowel to obtain maximum contact to the surface.

Cardboard and plastic packaging should be disposed of at locations available for recycling and recovery of waste within the country of installation, such as eco-points or through other systems.

To ensure the best possible result, it is crucial that the pieces are protected and that no one walks over the floor within the first 24 hours after installation. Use neutral detergents for the daily maintenance and care of the tiles and pavers.

The use of joints in the tile-laying process is essential
to ensure the correct application of the wall and floor
tile pieces. In addition to their aesthetic and technical functions, joints also ensure better alignment of the materials and correction of possible rregularities on the installation surface. The joints must be the same colour as the piece and must be cleaned, for example with sisal after the required time specified by the manufacturer.

For best visual results, mix and match pieces from different boxes.

Application

1. Use Class C2 flexible adhesive cement and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
2. Spread the adhesive cement in a fine yet thorough layer onto the installation surface to ensure uniform coverage making minor levelling corrections, if needed.
3. Use a notched trowel to spread the adhesive cement and work in small sections at a time on the installation surface.
4. Always use the double gluing technique (i.e. spread the adhesive on the installation surface and also on the back of the tile/paver.
5. Place the tiles/pavers onto the spread adhesive and tap gently with a white rubber mallet to ensure optimal contact across the entire adhesive surface of at least 90%
6. Regularly ensure the adhesiveness of the glue spread and do not expose it to air for prolonged periods of time, otherwise it will develop a film and its effectiveness will be reduced.
7. Gently lift an occasional tile/paver to check that the bonding technique used is providing maximum contact between the tiles/pavers and the surface.
8. Use standard width spacers to ensure uniform joints between the tiles/pavers.
9. Remove any adhesive residues between the tiles/pavers to avoid problems in the grouting process.
10. Wait at least 24 to 48 hours before filling the joints. During this period, avoid any kind of traffic on the tiled surface.

Filling the Joints

1. It is recommended to place joint spacers of 2 mm thickness between the pavers and use spacers with 4 mm thickness along the outer edge of the installation surface.
2. Expansion and control joints must be taken into consideration. These are intended to withstand the dimensional variations of the surface. Never lay tiles/ pavers directly over expansion or control joints.
3. Seal the expansion and control joints with a flexible sealer suitable for the purpose and in the desired colour.
4. Prepare the grouting mixture according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
5. Apply flexible sealer to the expansion & control joints with a nozzled gun or similar, to minimize sealer contact with the tile/paver surface. Apply the grouting in a diagonal direction to the other joints to ensure optimal coverage and no gaps.
6. Clean off any excess grouting immediately after filling the joints with a clean damp sponge, and then wipe the tile/paver surface with a dry cloth. Avoid any traffic on the paved area in the next 24 hours.
7. After this 24-hour period, the floor must then be protected using suitable sheeting to avoid soiling, staining and contamination until all work on the project has been completed. At the end of the installation, we recommend using a surface waterproofing product from our range for optimal floor care.

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