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Gustin Tile is handmade of vitreous high temperature stoneware clay, fired to 2300 degrees Fahrenheit. It is a hard, durable tile, ideal for most architectural applications, including floors, kitchen counters and backsplashes, bathrooms, shower and tub enclosures, entry ways, patios and pools.
All of our tile is handmade to order. With a stock of some ten thousand bisque tile on hand, orders are glazed as they come in, insuring the quickest shipping times possible.
The process begins with the clay. Our clay body is made up of fireclays, ball clays, feldspars and silica. It is mixed wet, and then pugmilled to de-air the mixture.
Once pugged, the clay is pressed into tile molds of various sizes and shapes. When the tile comes off the mold, it is hand rubbed and cleaned. The tile dries on racks and then it's bisque fired to 1850 degrees Faherenheit.
When the bisqued tile comes out of the kiln, it is then stored for glazing. When an order is received, the tile is hand glazed by pouring the glaze over the tile surface. Each of our fifty glazes requires a different type of pouring and a different viscosity.
All tile are hand glazed, ensuring a rich variation of color within a single glaze choice. It is inherent in the hand processes used that glaze variation will occur between tile in regard to color, surface and texture. This is what gives Gustin Tile its unique beauty and individuality. It is recommended that the final selection of glaze color be made by viewing more than a single tile, so that the glaze's variation and subtlety can be appreciated. For final glaze selection, we will be happy to ship additional samples upon request.
The tile is then fired to 2300 degrees Faherenheit in a reduction atmosphere, giving the glazed surface its lush character and rich surface.
When an order is complete, we lay out the tile before packing to insure that the coloration between the tile is rich and varied. It is then packed so that each box contains a mix of the spectrum of glaze color.
Gustin Tile is delivered pre-sealed. The sealer used is a stain resistant, below-surface sealer which allows moisture vapor transmission, and protects the tile from the grouting process.
The installation process, however, may remove some of the sealer and leave the tile porous for staining. It is highly recommended that all tile are re-sealed after installation, to avoid staining of tile. The recommended sealer is 511 Porus Plus, manufactured by Miracle Products.
RECOMMENDATIONS ON CARE OF THE TILE
Gustin Tile is delivered pre-sealed. The sealer used is 511 Porous Plus Penetrating Sealer, available at www.miraclesealants.com. This sealer is a stain resistant, below-surface sealer that allows moisture vapor transmission. This is not a permanent sealer, and the expected wear of the sealer is dependent upon conditions of use. Harsh cleaning methods and strong solvent cleaners will affect the life of the sealer.
511 Porous Plus Sealer also protects the tile during the grouting process. When the tile is grouted, the grout should be cleaned off of the tile with clean water before it is allowed to dry, to insure that there is no staining from the grouting. Do not let the grout dry on the tile.
IMPORTANT! IMPORTANT! IMPORTANT! IMPORTANT!
Gustin Tile must be resealed after the grouting process.
The water cleanup of the grouting process wears off the sealer, so when dry, the tile is in effect unsealed. You must reseal the tile to insure protection from staining. This is particularly important for backsplashes where food staining is likely to occur. No guarantees by the manufacturer will be honored if re-sealing does not take place using our recommended product.
I recommend the use of 511 Porous Plus Sealer to seal the grout joints and the tile after the grouting process. Two to three coats of sealer should be applied by brush. Read all instructions before use.