There is a lot of people that complain about floors that are made of natural stone as they tend to absorb dirt and start to develop holes after a number of a couple of years. These complaints should not be viewed as a negative thing when it comes to natural stone tiles as it is possible to maintain them and it is important to bear in mind that all natural products will require some maintenance.
Once you have lain natural stone tiles in Swindon there are three things that you will need to do in order to maintain them. The three things that you will need to do is to seal, wash and fill the tiles. Depending on the quality of the natural stone the process will need to be done every two years to five years.
The first thing that you will need to do once you have laid the tiles in Swindon is to fill them. Filling them means that all of the holes are filled with filler, which is the same colour as the stone. Any gaps that are between the tiles will need to be filled using grout. Once the filling and grouting has been done the floor will need to be left to dry for a day or two.
The second thing that you will need to do is to wash the natural stone tiles. All of the tiles will need to be washed using soapy water, as they will need to be free from any dirt, tile adhesive or grout. After the tiles have been washed they will need to be left to dry for between two weeks and four weeks depending on the time of year. In winter the tiles will take longer to dry whereas in the summer they will not take as long.
The last thing that you will need to do is to seal the natural stone tiles. Sealing the tiles is really just like applying a layer of glue to the top of the tiles. The sealant will protect the surface of the tiles from water absorption and dirt. The sealer are rather expensive however they are worth the investment, as it will protect the beauty of the natural tiles. There is a lot of choice available when it comes sealer, as there are deep sealer, colour enhancing sealer and also invisible sealer. The sealant that you choose will vary depending on what you want to use it for.
M P Tiles provides a range of high quality tiles in Swindon. Take a look at their site for more information.