Argelith may produce the hardest tiles on earth, but even the best product requires proper installation and maintenance. Here’s how to care for your vitrified tile floor.
After investing in quality flooring, make sure you hire a flooring contractor qualified to bring your vision to life. Argelith ceramic tiles can be laid using either the vibration or the thinset method.
In thinset installation, ceramic tile is bonded directly to the substrate. Because of this, any imperfections or movement in the slab can affect the tile.
A thinset installation will give you a wider range of setting materials and experienced installers from which to choose. It is typically faster than installation using a tile vibration machine; the floor can be fully cured within 48 hours.
Thinset is ideal for renovation projects, as the floor can be laid over existing concrete and there is no need to build entry ramps or adjust doors or trench drains.
• Wider selection of experienced installers
• Wider selection of setting materials
• No risk of mortar bed failure
• Typically lower material costs (provided concrete floor is prepped properly)
• No need to build entry ramps or to adjust doors or trench drains
• Less cure time
Vibration installation is also called mortar bed installation. In this method, a mortar bed is laid over the substrate. Ceramic tile is laid on the level mortar bed and pressed into place using a tile vibration machine. The vibration settles the tiles evenly and forces mortar up into the grout joints, so when grout is applied, it bonds directly to the mortar bed.
Vibration installation is ideal for new construction. Tile can be installed over fresh concrete, with a slip sheet to speed up construction. The floor will be unaffected by any imperfections or movement in the concrete slab; the mortar bed will actually reinforce and protect the substrate.
Vibration installation makes it easy for installers to perfect the slopes to trench drains. The use of the vibration machine guarantees 100 percent adhesive coverage of the tile and provides smooth transitions between adjacent floors. When performed by a qualified installer, this method often results in the most even floors and the narrowest grout joints.
• Can be installed over fresh concrete
• Tile is unaffected by movement or imperfections in the concrete slab
• Protects and reinforces concrete slab
• Slopes can be perfected to drains
• 100% guaranteed adhesive coverage
• Smooth transitions to adjacent floors
• Grout joins with mud bed for added strength
Argelith's heavy duty vitrified tiles have low absorption, making them stain resistant and easy to clean. However, not just any cleaning methods or products will do. Here are steps you can take to keep your tile looking like new.
The following information is for guidance only; your needs may vary. Talk to your account manager for specific instructions cleaning floors in your facility.
Spills on a vitrified tile floor can be spot cleaned with a mop and bucket, though these are not the best tools for whole-floor cleaning. In wet areas, spills can be washed to the drain with a hose. While Argelith ceramic tile is stain resistant, spills should be addressed promptly to avoid staining the grout.
Vitrified tile floors should be regularly cleaned using a floor-cleaning machine. Mop and bucket cleaning is not recommended outside of spot cleaning.
For best results, equip your machine with scrubbing pads, not brushes, and the hottest water possible. Use a concentrated industrial cleaner formulated for the type of soil your floors encounter. Dilute the cleaner according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Do not use more soap than recommended.
Facilities that use caustic soda to clean machinery and stainless steel pipes can use the same soda to clean the floor.
Argelith vitrified tiles are temperature resistant and can be cleaned with steam jets.
Often, hard-to-remove marks are caused by soap residue. When you wash your floor, even using a vacuum squeegee, some moisture is left behind. As the floor dries the water evaporates, leaving behind a thin film of soap that attracts and holds dirt.
If your floor has dirty spots that remain after the floor has been cleaned, try making several passes with only hot water in your scrubbing machine to break up any soap that has dried to the floor.
To prevent new marks from forming, make two passes with the scrubbing machine every time you clean the floor. On the first pass, use the cleaning solution to remove soil from the floor. On the second pass, use hot water only to thoroughly rinse the floor.