Prior to Installation
Variations in color, texture, size, painting, etc. are characteristic to the beauty of this handmade product. Prior to installation, the tiles should be sorted and mixed to achieve the most desired effect taking into account the characteristics mentioned above.
Sealing During Installation
At the time of installation the Old World Art Tiles must be sealed with an impregnating sealant, we recommend prior to and after grouting. Please follow the sealant company's instructions carefully. Any questions should be discussed with your salesperson and/ or the tile installer and / or a technical advisor from that company. We have had great success with Miracle Sealants Co.'s "511 Pprous Plus".
Impregnating sealers maintain the natural look while subtly heightening the color and decorative work of the tile. Miracle Sealants Co. also makes topical sealers i.e. "Mira Shine" which enhances the color and brushwork of the tile. Tile wax is another interesting option. Using these products in conjunction with each other trying to achieve a certain look, and the location of the installation are important considerations which should be discussed and tested prior to any application.
Cleaning & Maintenance
Cleaning and maintenance should comply with the instructions for the sealant used. Based on wear, reapplication of the sealant may be necessary. Spills should be cleaned up immediately. Non-abrasive, non-alkaline, non-bleaching cleaning agents are recommended for normal maintenance. We have found that a diluted mixture of "Dawn" and warm water cleans beautifully.