Aluminum Mosaic tiles are specially design for kitchen backsplash and featured walls, therefore 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.
Cuts can be done with a tile wet-saw suitable for porcelain tiles. Cutting must be performed slowly at all times to avoid the buildup of high temperatures, which could discolor the surface of the tile.
Because aluminum tile is relatively new in the market, you may not find written anywhere “suitable for aluminum tile”, however a thinset mortar for porcelain and glass tile is 100% compatible for Aluminum Mosaic Tiles.
Aluminum tiles can be installed with sanded and non-sanded grout. Sanded grout should be used on grout joints of 1/8” and up. Non-sanded grout should be used on grout joint up to 1/8”. If the tile selected has a shiny/mirrored finish, a sanded grout may scratch the surface. For larger grout joints than 1/8” where sanded grout is not recommended, use a non-sanded grout with latex additive. 3D Aluminum Mosaic Tiles does not require grout.
Aluminum tiles do not require sealant; you may seal the grout if desired.
CARE & CLEANING
Aluminum 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 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.