How to Install Custom Engraved Tiles?
Although a professional tile installation is recommended for your engraved tile fundraising project many organizations decide to do a DIY engraved tile installation. If you will be installing your custom engraved tiles yourself, it is a good idea to consult with your local home improvement store tile expert to receive the necessary guidance to achieve a professional looking installation. Engraved tiles are typically pretty easy to work with and you can find some interesting patterns to add some dimension and style to your fundraiser projects.
We recommend in addition to following the directions for installing tiles that special care should be taken to protect your personalized engraved tiles during installation.
Maintain Right Temperature Based on Tile Manufacturer’s Instructions
The best temperature to install tiles is between 50 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit, although manufacturer’s instructions may vary due to the chemical makeup and additives used by different brands of mastic, thin set, mortar and grout.
Choose the Right Materials for Your Memorial Tile Installation
Depending on where you will be installing your engraved ceramic tiles or engraved granite tiles you will want to use either mastic or thin set
Prepare Tiles Surface for Clean Installations
You always want to start with a clean dry surface. Making sure that the surface is also level so the tiles can line up properly once installed.
Use Masking Tape to Get Beautiful Finish in Your Tile Installations
To avoid getting mortar and grout into the engraving on your engraved ceramic tiles and engraved granite tiles use a few layers of masking tape to cover the engraved area. This will prevent the adhesive or grout from getting into the engraved portion of the tile.
Learn the Art and Science of Installing Etched Tiles
Follow directions as usual for a tile installation. There are many helpful sites online such as DIY Network and WikiHow. These resources are free and packed with great useful tips.
Avoid Acid Washes on Engravings to Save its Natural Color
After the tiles have set you can remove the masking tape and begin cleaning up. You should avoid using acid washes on the engraving as this may strip the color from the engraved portion of your tiles.
Regular Maintenance Keeps All Your Engraved Products Shine Forever
Just like engraved bricks, tiles need to undergo regular maintenance and cleaning to look their best. Cleaning the tiles is very easy, they can be cleaned with a sponge and soap with warm water and no acidic cleaning solutions. You may also want to seal your tiles from time to time with a porcelain or granite tile sealer. Always follow the product directions and recommendations. You can get more details on cleaning and maintaining your laser engraved tiles at Polar University, in the fundraising tool kit.