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Tips and Techniques Frequently Asked Questions

 

Tips: Gothicstone Travertine, Limestone or Marble Paver Installation

Techniques:

1. Installation Considerations – Dry Set:

• Use of spacers is not necessary particularly when dry setting these pavers.
• No sealing or maintenance is required. Natural rain water will flush and clean the stone.
• Same installation methods and considerations, as other decorative pavers, should be employed including using a pad on   your vibrating plate.

2. Installation Considerations – Wet Set:

• For wet set installations, a high quality penetrating sealer, recommend Roval, be employed as a grout release.
• For optimum performance on wet set installation on concrete slab, the use of an anti-fracture membrane (such as Ditra b  Schluter, www.schluter.com) is highly recommended but not necessary. Always respect expansion joints. Refer to the Paver Buyer’s Guide, downloadable on our paver website, www.marblepavers.com for more details.

Tips: Stone Care and Maintenance – Travertine, Limestone and Marble

Technique:

1. The only reason you need to seal natural stone, indoors, is to keep it from staining. Because we specialize in more rustic natual looking stone (most that are non polished), we recommend the use of a stone cleaner for your daily maintenance         as well as regular sealing applications using an impregnating sealer.

2. Gothicstone recommends the following for regular cleaning and sealing:

 Roval Stone Cleaner
• When to Use: Regular cleaning.
• How to Use: Mix with water – parts 2 to 1 (water to cleaner).
• What stone: Any polished or honed stone.

Sealers: Roval Unique 281 Impregnating Solvent Sealer or Roval Color Enhancer Sealer
• When to Use: The drop of water test – if the water droplet still beads up, the sealer is still good. NEVER seal stone before thoroughly cleaning with Roval Stone Cleaner and letting cure overnight.
• How to Use: Pour a bit on the floor or countertop and wipe with a clean sponge mop. For backsplashes, pour some liquid sealer on clean, dry sponge and wipe on backsplash. The stone will absorb whatever sealer it needs and just wipe any excess away with sponge.
• What Stone: Any polished (use on Unique 281) or honed stone.

Sealers: Roval Water Based Impregnating Sealers
• When to Use: The drop of water test – if the water droplet still beads up, the sealer is still good. NEVER seal stone     before thoroughly cleaning with Roval Stone Cleaner and letting cure overnight.
• How to Use: Pour a bit on the floor or countertop and wipe with a clean sponge mop.
• What Stone: Very porous stone, exterior stone.

Tips: Travertine, Limestone or Marble Tile Installation

Techniques: One of the most intelligent products we have ever seen is the Ditra product from Schluter. Schlüter®-DITRA is a polyethylene membrane with a grid structure of square cavities, each cut back in a dovetail configuration, and an anchoring fleece laminated to its underside. Designed for ceramic tile and dimension stone installations, Schlüter®-DITRA serves as an uncoupling layer for problematic substrates, a waterproofing membrane, and a vapor pressure equalization layer to accommodate moisture occurring at the underside of the substrate. To bond Schlüter®-DITRA, use a bonding mortar that is appropriate for the substrate. Apply the mortar using a 1/4″ x 3/16″ (6 mm x 4.5 mm) V-notched trowel. The anchoring fleece on the underside of Schlüter®-DITRA must be fully engaged in the mortar to provide a mechanical bond to the substrate. Using the thin-bed method, set the tile covering directly on the Schlüter®-DITRA in such a way that the tile adhesive becomes mechanically anchored in the square, cut-back cavities of the Schlüter®-DITRA matting. Schlüter®-DITRA is also suited as a support matting for covering materials such as stucco, plaster, or screed.

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