Terracotta is a natural product, so you can expect it will have colour tone variation, minor structural deficiencies such as pitting, and other marks all of which make each terracotta floor unique. Terracotta will arrive in its natural form, which can be much paler than the sealed finish, this is due to the sealing process. There are other ways in which you can seal terracotta please visit LTP to see other options, this guide covers the traditional way of sealing terracotta. The process of laying terracotta begins with spreading out your adhesive on your primed concrete or timber floor using a … Continue reading How To Fix & Seal Hand Made Terracotta
Patio’s can give that refined and uniform look to a garden area, a clean cut from grass to stone, and when newly laid they look fantastic. If you had them laid before the winter months however they probably won’t look the same now as they once did. With the amount of rain that we have had over the last few months, the probability is that you will have some form of green growth on the tiles. This green growth is a mix of Algae, moss and lichen which builds up on the tiles, normally more common in areas of higher … Continue reading How do I clean my external paving?
With the temperatures still so low Spring & Summer seems a long way off, but we have already booked trade stands at two shows for this year, fingers crossed for good weather! Mid May sees us at The Devon County Show for the first time http://www.devoncountyshow.co.uk 19th, 20th & Saturday 21st May so come and see us at Devons premier show on Avenue C. Andy Thorne our Senior Salesman will be there on the stand to answer questions and give advice about tiles, along with various stands showing just some of our ranges and options available, including underfloor heating systems. Andy … Continue reading The Devon County & Dunster Show 2016
In our showroom in wellington, somerset. We have noticed an increase in customers wanting to know the ins and outs of slate and the process in how they are made and what the different finishes before being sealed really mean. We are finding that the most popular slate at the moment is Brazilian. Available in grey/greenish and black often used for Wet-Rooms both on the wall and floor and available from stock in sizes of 900×900, 900×600, 600×600 and 300×300 though other sizes are avalible to order. Slate Slate is a fine-grained, foliated, homogeneous metamorphic rock. Foliation is caused by strong compression causing fine grained … Continue reading Understanding Slate
LIMESTONE, MARBLE AND TRAVERTINE. In our showroom in wellington, somerset. We have noticed an increase in customers wanting to know the ins and outs of these natural stones and the process in how they are made and what the different finishes before being sealed really mean. Limestone Limestone is a sedimentary rock formed largely of the minerals calcite and aragonite and the consolidation of sediments, and other organic matter. Each limestone exhibits its own characteristic colours and markings, and can vary in density. Some limestones also have a similar appearance to marble and can often lead to mis-classification. Some degree of edge … Continue reading Understanding Natural Stone
Why does grout discolour and become dirty? Most grout used in domestic situations such as bathrooms and kitchens is water-resistant and not water proof. This means that while your tiles may repel moisture your grout can often absorb it. When mopping dirt off the surface of tiles it is the moisture carrying dirt particles that absorbs into the grout causing it to discolour. In wet areas such as showers or wet rooms it is possible to get a build up of soaps, moisture and sebum within grouting. If not cleaned properly this will stay within the grout and encourage mould … Continue reading How Do I Keep My Grout Clean?
Here at Wellington Tile we quite often get asked, why do i need to seal natural stone? Natural stone like Terracotta, Slate, Polished Porcelain & Quarry Tiles ect. Well its because they are Naturally porous, and if left unsealed every piece of dirt and grime will be absorbed by your natural stone, giving you a really big clean up job, to prevent this from happening we would definitely recommend sealing them. There are essentially three aims when sealing a tile. Stain Prevention Surface Protection Surface Enhancement It is not always possible or indeed necessary to achieve all the aims, however … Continue reading Why Do I Need To Seal My Floor Or Wall Tiles?
Removing Grout stain or grout haze from glazed tiles such as ceramic and porcelain can be relatively straight forward, for cases in which the grout stain is on natural stone you have to make sure that Grout stain remover is not used on surfaces that are calcareous, sensitive to acids (e.g. stainless steel, chrome, enamel etc), Surfaces to avoid using on are Marble, limestone, travertine, granite terrazzo and encaustics. For mild cases and on absorbent tiles: Dilute 1 part Grout stain remover in 4 parts warm water, apply with a cloth or sponge wrung out in the solution, then wipe off … Continue reading How To Remove Grout Stains From Wall & Floor Tiles
Deciding what grout colour to use is purely a personal preference, but there are a few hints and advice we have accumulated over the years, on how to achieve the look your after. The above images … Continue reading What Colour Grout Should I Use?
Customers in our showroom often ask “Can I tile myself or do I need to employ a tiler?” If you have time, patience & some DIY skills then tiling is a job which can be done by the customer.need to employ a tiler?” Listed below are some helpful hints to DIY tile fitting. Planning and preparation is key. First make sure you know your floor substrate and the correct preparation required prior to tiling. All surfaces, including existing tiles, must be clean, firm, dry, free from dust, dirt, oil and grease, and strong enough to support the weight of … Continue reading HOW DO I LAY STONE FLOOR TILES, PORCELAIN OR CERAMIC FLOOR TILES?