Porcelain stoneware professionally

Porcelain stoneware is an extremely popular tile type that rotates conventional ceramic tiles more and more. The laying of porcelain stoneware tiles basically works like the gluing of other ceramic tiles. Only when choosing the required building materials there are small differences. But the care effort of porcelain stoneware usually starts with the laying of the tiles. Below are detailed tips and information about the peculiarities and the laying of these tiles.

The differences between porcelain stoneware and conventional ceramics

Porcelain stoneware is extremely pressed and very hot burned (sintered). This results in properties that differ significantly from conventional ceramic tiles (stoneware and earthenware). The shard is extremely hard and therefore very break-proof. In addition, porcelain stoneware absorbs less than 0.5 percent water and is therefore largely suitable for outdoor use. Unglazed porcelain stoneware is extremely slip-proof. Porcelain stoneware is often offered polished in order to obtain a more beautiful shine. These polished porcelain stoneware tiles need their first care in the form of an impregnation immediately after laying. But the grout (€ 6.99 at Amazon *) that is to be used must also match the product.

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Laying porcelain stoneware

Basically, porcelain stoneware is laid like other ceramic tiles. The products often offered as special adhesives for porcelain stoneware are nothing more than highly flexible tile adhesives. As when laying other ceramic tiles, it is preferably applied to the substrate and the underside of the tile. Comb ridges into the adhesive with a notched trowel. The ridges from the underside of the tile should be drawn across the lines on the substrate. This laying process, in which glue is applied to the substrate and the underside of the tile, is called the buttering-floating process.

Grouting porcelain stoneware

The dimensions of the joint spacing should correspond to the joints of conventional ceramic tiles. The grouting of the installed porcelain stoneware is also carried out as with all other tiles, i.e. diagonally to the joint and then flushing out. Use conventional tile silicone for the expansion joint.

The cutting of porcelain stoneware

Porcelain stoneware is extremely hard, but can be cut in the same way as normal ceramic tiles. With a glass or tile cutter (tile cutter for ceramic tiles) or. Use a ceramic cutter to score the porcelain stoneware tiles on the surface and then break them. To break it, you can lay the tile on an edge or work with the parrot tongs. A tile router for ceramic tiles is recommended for wavy cut-outs from the porcelain stoneware. Drill holes with a glass or ceramic drill.

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The use of polished porcelain stoneware

Polished porcelain stoneware tiles are sanded. This opens the burned surface. This in turn leads to the fact that the open-pored fleece body is disclosed. As a result, that means that dirt particles and liquids can penetrate relatively deep into the porcelain stoneware. In order to prevent this, polished porcelain stoneware tiles must be embedded after the laying with suitable impregnations.

In addition, you have to test the quality of porcelain stoneware. It may be that the joint mass penetrates into the tiles during frending of the laid porcelain stoneware. Therefore, you should always delete the joint mass via a test tile or. Percenting in advance, which is no longer visible later. Take the tiles the joint mass, you can use liquid joint mortar (17.59 € at Amazon *) for floor tiles, which you pour into the joints.

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To remove this dirt, you need to use such cleaners that remove silicone resin. However, there is no guarantee that you will get the porcelain stoneware really clean. Italian dealers also sell these tiles. As a rule, they stand out because of their significantly lower price than high-quality porcelain stoneware - and not because of their supposed origin.

In the house journal you will find numerous instructions for [laying tiles], for example on different floors (subsurface), on walls, on the floor, indoors or outdoors.