Cement tiles in the bathroom

Cement tiles are beautiful, but sophisticated, from manufacturing to laying, maintenance and care. In particular, liquid media can make the cement tile difficult to deal with. At the same time, cement tiles are more expensive to buy. Reason enough to ask if cement tiles are even suitable for wet rooms such as the bathroom. If and how you can use cement tiles in the bathroom, we have summarized below for you.

Claimant production of cement tiles

Cement tiles consist of a coloring layer, which mainly consists of marble powder, cement and color pigments. Then the mold is filled with cement and pressed under high hydraulic pressure. Then the pellets have to dry for many weeks. This not only explains the high cost, it leads directly to the properties of cement tiles.

The production leads to open-pored cement tiles

These are open-pored. Therefore, the laying of cement tiles are equally demanding. The substrate must be dry, the right adhesive with not too much water is to be used. In addition, the tiles should be impregnated or sealed before installation, so that during grouting no cement can penetrate into the tile surface. Also the grout consists of other materials: trass cement and quartz sand.

Sealing or impregnating cement tiles is mandatory...

The sealing or impregnation of cement tiles is therefore so important that no other media can penetrate into the cement tile. In addition, the cement tile must be protected against aggressive (acidic) cleaning agents, because even cleaning these tiles requires expertise.

... especially in wet rooms like the bathroom

For all these reasons, the question quickly arises as to whether a cement tile is even suitable for the bathroom or any other wet room. This question is justified. In principle, the question can be answered in the affirmative. But as you may suspect, a big but follows. Cement tiles were also laid earlier in the bathroom.

The risks for cement tiles in the bathroom

Only at that time for impregnation was mainly hard oil. The hard oil gives a very nice silky shine. However, the cementing or waxing of cement tiles is very labor-intensive and must always be refreshed in good time. In addition, different chemicals are used in the bathroom, which can also clog the tile:

  • shower gel
  • shampoo
  • hair spray
  • perfumes
  • limescale cleaning agents
  • distilled water in the steam cleaner

Work with oil, wax or impregnation

The oil or wax can be attacked by these chemicals. Therefore, an impregnation should be used, which offers the trade. These modern impregnations are tailored to contemporary requirements. You can also seal the cement tiles. But then the risk of slipping increases - although the seal lasted the longest.

Tips & Tricks

Protecting the cement tiles in the bathroom by impregnation or sealing is also important because of the thermal characteristics. The water vapor gets into the pores, as well as water when showering or drying. We then expel the moisture by drying it out of the tile, so that important minerals are flushed out.

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