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A flexible adhesive is recommended for fixing your tiles. If laying a pattern such as Opus Romano, it is advisable to use an adhesive with a longer setting time to allow for repositioning of the tiles if required.

Using a notched trowel, spread the adhesive to a thickness of around 5mm to cover your first square metre. Spread a thin layer of adhesive across the reverse of the tile and push the tile into position with a twisting motion. Repeat with the next tile and lay, allowing for the preferred joint width.

Check the tiles are true with a spirit level and adjust if required. Try to avoid getting adhesive on the front face of the tile and remove any surplus adhesive quickly with a damp sponge.

Once you have completed your first square metre, repeat the process until you have laid all the whole tiles. Regularly check the level and ensure that tramlines are straight.

You can now make the cuts to the tiles to fill in around the perimeter. A diamond cutter or an angle grinder can be used to cut the tiles.

If using an angle grinder, mark a line on the tile and carefully cut along it to around 2/3rds of the depth of the tile whereupon the tile can then be snapped.

With regard to sealing the tiles, it is suggested that an initial seal coat be applied prior to tiling or 'straight from the box'. The first seal coat is applied prior to grouting and the second coat will cover the tiles as well as seal the grout.

Before sealing, the stone face must be completely dry and free of dust or adhesive. Apply the first sealer coat as per product instructions and ensure that the sealer soaks in to the stone. Do not flood the surface of the tile as the excess will not soak in and will harden on the surface.

Keep traffic to a minimum for a couple of days to allow the sealant to fully oxidise.
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