ALMA GLAMOUR COLLECTION

Alma mosaic tiles may be susceptible to scratching in handling, installation and use. Expect a slight color variation from production run to production run.

INSPECTION

Always inspect your tiles before they are installed, as installation of material constitutes acceptance. Any questions as to acceptability must be resolved before installation.

We recommend laying out the whole quantity of mosaics on the floor before installation to verify the color consistency and quality of every mosaic sheet.

Hand cut mosaic tiles can chip at the edges during the manufacturing process of the Mosaic murals or mixes, therefore, MIR Mosaic does not warrant nor replace chipped tiles which are part of Mosaic decor.

Mir Mosaic is in no way responsible for the installation of our tiles or thereafter. The responsibility for correct installation rests with the end user.

INSTALLATION

Installing glass tile involves some basic procedures that differ from installing ceramic tile or stone tile. Use a high quality wet saw with a diamond blade for glass tiles to cut the mosaic.

Make sure that glass tile is installed over the proper substrate. This is one of the most important factors in ensuring a good installation. The surface you are tiling must be clean, sound surface and free of dirt, oils, including curing compounds, and sealers. Substrate should be free of cracks and if in water should be waterproof. If necessary, use the installation material manufacturer’s membrane for cracks and water protection.

Particular care should be taken to use the correct adhesive, grout and sealants. Using wrong setting material can cause damage to the color and beauty of glass mosaic. The installer is responsible for choosing and using the correct installation practices to achieve an acceptable finished product. Mir Group, Inc. is in no way responsible for the damages caused to glass mosaic by wrong setting material or grout.

We recommend using a white thin-set mortar or setting material for glass materials to keep color consistent with the samples.

Do not spread the adhesive over large surfaces; otherwise it will dry before laying the mosaics. If mosaic represents a drawing follow the laying instructions provided with the product. Once the sheet has been fitted in place, press down with a rubber tile float, making sure that the distance between the mosaic sheets is the same as the distance between each of the mosaic chips to ensure a uniform layout and equal joint widths.

Even if mosaic chips are not square or rectangular it is important to make sure that the distance between sheets is the same as the distance between individual pieces on the sheets.

Apply the mosaic sheets by tapping the tiles with a rubber spatula to ensure a perfect adhesion, preventing air bubbles and preventing the adhesive from filling the joints between the tiles. It is important to leave enough thickness of the joints and to clean any excess grout with a brush.

On transparent mosaics traces of the adhesive must be eliminated by using the smooth edge of the spatula being careful not to remove the adhesive.

When installing paper-mounted mosaic remove paper not earlier than 24 hours after adhesion. The paper, moistened with a sponge, can be easily removed after a few minutes by slowly pulling it diagonally and close to the wall. Make sure that adhesive is completely set (dry) prior to removing paper to avoid the mosaic chips from moving and affecting the uniformity of joints.

After removing the paper we recommend to clean the mosaic surface completely by washing away with clean water any residue of the paper adhesive that may interfere with the subsequent grouting.

Grouting may be done after tile is firmly set – approximately 24 hours after installation. Clean the surface with a clean, damp sponge. Grout joints should be packed full and free of all voids and pits. Excess grout should be cleaned from the surface as the work progresses, while grout is fresh and before it hardens. Prior to grouting, test in a small area to make sure that the right color grout is chosen and that the surface does not scratch during grouting.

Allow grout to set firm or until haze forms on the tile and the grout in the joints sets firm. Use a soft, clean, dry cloth to polish off haze and remaining grout residue. Final cleaning of grout haze and tile polishing should be done with clean, dry cheesecloth within 24 hours of grouting.

Suggested setting materials include but are not limited to:
Stainmaster Stain Proof Grout (Litokol Starlike) grouts
Laticrete Glass tile adhesive Mortar.

All installation materials should be used according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Please read grout and adhesive manufacturer’s instructions carefully and consult with licensed specialist before making a final choice on using any grout or adhesive in your specific application. It is the Purchaser ’s responsibility to consult a specialists in the specific type of installation(s) for which the Purchaser wants to use the Mosaic, for instructions and recommendations on procedures, tools and materials to be used in the installation of the Mosaics including, but not limited to, selection and application of adhesives and grouting.

Warning
Before grouting with Stainmaster Stain proof grout (Litokol Starlike), make sure that the joints are perfectly dry otherwise it will lead to white spots in the grout joints.

MAINTENANCE

Glass mosaic is durable and stain resistant, but care should be taken to maintain its lasting beauty. To maximize the life of your mosaic and retain its artistic integrity, please consider the following:

· Use only a mild, pH-neutral detergent cleaner and damp sponge or rag to clean your mosaic.
· Do not use acid, alkaline, and solvent-based cleaners. They can damage and/or discolor the tiles and the grout.
· Do not wax any part of your mosaic.
· Do not let stains sit on your mosaic’s surface for extended periods. Clean promptly.

USAGE

Glass mosaics may be installed in residential wet or dry vertical areas. We do not recommend using glass mosaics on countertops and floors in heavy traffic areas. Slip resistance with glass tiles may not be adequate for use in wet conditions when placed on floors. Some of our glass mosaics cannot be used in showers, submerged areas and steam rooms. Please refer to our Product Usage Chart, which you can find at: www.mir-mosaic.com for more details.

Disclaimer.
Information contained in this Guide is not intended to be a substitution of necessary preliminary tests. It is crucial to ensure that all the materials are suitable for the specific application. MIR Mosaic does not accept responsibility for the results obtained using methods beyond our control. It is the responsibility of the final user to determine the proper suitability of materials for the desired application. We strongly recommend that customer makes his own application test before final use of the product. It is the Buyer’s responsibility to consult a specialist in the Buyer’s area for any special installation and maintenance instructions or recommendations which may be applicable due to weather conditions, temperatures, water or chemical conditions present in the Buyer ’s area. MIR Mosaic shall have no liability for changes in color, or shade of the Mosaic caused by stains or contamination or resulting from outside sources such as mildew, moss and etc.

All information contained in this document is subject to change without prior notice.

All rights in pattern, design, trade names, trademarks and copyrights of MIR Mosaic used on or in connection with the Products are proprietary and shall remain the exclusive property of MIR Mosaic, and the Buyer shall have no right of interest therein or with respect thereto. The Buyer shall not reproduce or simulate, cause or allow anyone to reproduce or simulate, either directly or indirectly any pattern, design, trade name, trade-mark or copyright of MIR Mosaic.

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