Tessellated floor tiles involve a combination of ceramic pieces that form a geometric pattern to suit any space required. Their use in commercial and domestic architecture in the 19th century was due to their strength, durability and diversity of design. Due to the nature of tessellated patterns they offer good slip resistance and can be used in wet areas.
Tessellated patterns are supplied as loose pieces (not on sheets). This is done to ensure that the product is aesthetically pleasing. Joint sizes between tile pieces can vary from 1mm to 3mm. This enables the tiler to open and close up the joints to ensure patterns and borders fit seamlessly together.
It is important to employ a tiler experienced in tessellated tiling as it involves time setting out the pattern effectively, and understanding of how to turn borders correctly.
· Pre-sealing: This is recommended for red vitrified clay ONLY. Prior to exposing the red vitrified clay to water, pre-seal the top surface to prevent watermarking. This will also help to reduce efflorescence (salting which can result from the mix of water, sand and cement).
· Acid Wash: After the tiles have been laid and grouted, wash them with a phosphoric acid cleaner to remove any excess cement and grout residue.
· Neutralise: Rinse the floor thoroughly with water to remove all acid
· Penetrating sealer: Apply penetrating sealer to provide resistance from staining and oil.
· Cleaning: Tessellated tiles can be cleaned with scrubbing brushes to remove any built up dirt