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Handmade Tiles FAQ'S

A selection of faq's relating to our handmade Mexican tiles.

Tiling with handmade tiles is essentially the same as with mass-produced machine made tiles although you do need a lot more time and patience. For example those little spacers that are used to line up machined tiles will have to be adjusted to square up the tile line due to the slight variations in tile size and shape. This is not really a problem but does require a bit of thought and experimentation before the final fix.

Below we have put together some answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions regarding handmade tiles.

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Common tile questions
Can I use handmade tiles for a kitchen backsplash?
Can I use handmade tiles in a bathroom or shower?
Can I use handmade tiles around a fire, stove or cooker?
Can I use these tiles outside the house on an external or garden wall?
Are there variations in size, shape and colour?
What is the thickness of the tiles?
How do I clean these tiles?
Can I use these tiles on the floor?
What surface is best for installing handmade tiles?
What kind of adhesive and grout should I use for handmade tiles?
What width of grout should I use for handmade tiles?
How do I align handmade tiles?
Do I add adhesive to the tile or the wall?
Why should I use handmade tiles instead of factory made tiles?

Can I use handmade tiles for a kitchen backsplash?

Yes. Our Mexican tiles make the perfect backsplash for a kitchen or any other "semi wet" area. If you are looking for a unique design of handmade kitchen tiles then you have come to the right tile supplier.

Can I use handmade tiles in a bathroom or shower?

Yes. Our Mexican tiles are great for bathrooms, bath surrounds, sink backsplashes, etc. In the case of high pressure showers, you do need to be careful due to the constant forceful wetting. We would advise using a tanking kit for all new shower jobs so that any leaking through small gaps in deteriorated grouting will not penetrate through to the wall. Tanking kits are widely available and are not very expensive.

Can I use handmade tiles around a fire, stove or cooker?

Yes. Mexican handmade tiles are heat resistant and ideal for fireplace interiors and frontages.

Can I use these tiles outside the house on an external or garden wall?

Our tiles are best suited for inside jobs, however, the faded look of a weathered, tiled garden wall can be very attractive. The tiles are not frostproof and will deteriorate if used in extreme conditions where temperatures regularly fall below freezing.

Are there variations in size, shape and colour?

Yes. All handmade tiles vary slightly and this is precisely why they look so lovely. The subtle variations in shade and the gently undulating finish of a handmade tile wall gives an exquisite impression of depth and character which is impossible to reproduce with mass produced tiles.

What is the thickness of the tiles?

Our 10cm tiles are approximately 7mm thick. The 5cm inset tiles are about 6mm thick. If you are using the 5cm and 10cm tiles together in one collage you should lay the 10cm tiles first then use slightly more adhesive with the 5cm tiles to attain a relatively flat finish.

How do I clean these tiles?

To clean our tiles you just need a mild non-abrasive cleaner. Don't use a heavy duty abrasive or gritty cleaner on any ceramic surface as this may well result in scratching.

Can I use these tiles on the floor?

Our tiles are not suitable for flooring and should only be used on walls or light use flat surfaces.

What surface is best for installing handmade tiles?

Any kind of flat surface such as bare plaster walls, plasterboard (drywall) or old tiles (if they are sound) should be fine. Tileboard is recommended for areas like showers or wet rooms as it provides a good waterproof layer behind the tiles. This is available at most decent hardware stores or builders supply outlets.

What kind of adhesive and grout should I use for handmade tiles?

Again, this depends on the particular location and anticipated "wetness" of the wall. For kitchen and basin splashbacks most propietry grouts will be fine. For showers and wet rooms we recommend a waterproof, mould resistant fix and grout.

What width of grout should I use for handmade tiles?

The usual width of grout (or gap between the tiles) for handmade Mexican tiles is around 3mm although this will vary as the tiles are not absolutely square. When fixing the tiles it is important to add or remove spacers as required to align the tiles as best you can. A perfect line will not be achieved and, in fact, is not wanted with handmade tiles. The aim is to approximate a regular grid but allow the tiles to ebb and flow over the gridlines naturally bringing life and irregularity to the project.

How do I align handmade tiles?

As above, it is not desireable or indeed possible to exactly align handmade tiles due to their individuality. You do need to mark the wall however with horizontal and vertical guidelines to prevent your tiles sloping or leaning across the whole width or height of the wall. Most tilers will use a horizontal batten for the first tile layer. Once your first (lowest) line of horizontal tiles is fixed, it is a relatively simple affair to keep the next line horizontal with the judicial use of tile spacers.

Do I add adhesive to the tile or the wall?

It is good practice to lay tile adhesive initially on the wall using a serated tile trowel over, say, half a square meter of wall. As handmade tiles vary slightly in thickness and may be convex or concave it is important to add a dab of adhesive to each corner and apply a small amount of localised pressure to attain a relatively flat finish.

Why should I use handmade tiles instead of factory made tiles?

Because the finished tiled area exudes quality, life and richness which is simply unattainable with factory produced tiles. Not one area will be exactly the same as another - a unique, satisfying collage of vibrant changing tones.

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The initial design is probably the most difficult part of a tiling project. We try to help out as much as possible with the design process and can recommend our drag & drop Tile Wall Designer and Tile Randomiser to make the job easier and faster - hours of fun and beautiful designs.