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Installation Guidelines

Please inspect tiles before installation.  Use of the product by the purchaser constitutes acceptance and no claims will be accepted after material is worked, damaged, cut or installed.

Hire a qualified professional installer for your project to ensure proper installation. 

Classic Tile & Stone recommends the use of Mapei ( and Laticrete ( setting products, and Tenax products ( for stone sealing and care. Follow all manufacturer guidelines and instructions to ensure proper installation and/or usage.

Glass Tile

Installation: Use of high quality latex modified thin set, or setting materials specifically designated for use with fused pigment (color on back) glass, is recommended. Mastic is not appropriate for installation of glass tile. Be sure to back-butter completely!

Cutting: Cut tiles with a wet saw using a diamond blade designed specifically to cut glass tile. For very small cuts, a mechanical score and snap cutter can be used. It is required to score both sides of the tile (front and back) as the tiles are produced using two fused glass layers. Any rough edges after cutting or snapping can be smoothed with an emery cloth. 

Maintenance: Use any standard household cleaner recommended and/or safe to use on glass surfaces. 

Other: A helpful website for glass tile installation and additional information is

Stainless Steel Tile

  1. Remove protective film before installation. For tiles which need to be cut, leave protective film on during cutting and remove after cutting and edge smoothing are complete.
  2. Recommended grout joint – 1/8” or less.
  3. Use unsanded grout only when installing stainless steel tile as a field. If tile is being used in an installation with other materials where sanded grout is used, tape off face/surface of tiles to protect surface and prevent scratching. Remove tape (solvent based cleaners to remove adhesive residue will not damage the tile surface) after final cleanup.
  4. Use rubber float trowel to prevent scratching surface during installation.
  5. Clean with non-abrasive cloth or sponge.
Cutting: Leave protective film on tile surface until cutting and smoothing are complete, then remove before installation. Cut as you would any standard wall tile, using a fresh/sharp diamond wet saw blade to ensure a smooth, even cut and being careful to cut tiles slowly using lots of water to prevent burnishing the cut edge of the tiles due to overheating. Sharp and/or burred edges can be smoothed/dulled with a diamond hand pad, tile blade dressing stone, or belt sander using silicone carbide belt.

To drill holes through Stainless steel tile, use a diamond-tipped core bit and drill slowly, continually misting the tile and using only moderate pressure in order to avoid burnishing of the steel caused by overheating.

Maintenance: Use any standard household cleaner recommended and/or safe to use on stainless steel.


Installation: Use of high quality latex modified thin set is recommended for all marble installations.

Cutting: Cut tiles with a wet saw using a blade which is recommended for use with statuary–grade (i.e. Carrera) marble.

Maintenance: Stone surfaces must be sealed with a good quality sealer after installation! Follow all manufacturer instructions when sealing.  Marble tile should be cleaned with good-quality commercially available stone cleaners.

Glazed Porcelain Mosaic (Penny Rounds, Octagon, Hexagon, Basketweave)

Installation: Use latex modified thin set for installing glaze porcelain tiles. Thin set application should be very thin and uniform, and tiles should be leveled with a rubber grout float, to ensure a level installation. Use of a sanded grout is recommended.

Cutting: Tiles can be cut with a wet saw. Individual tiles can also be cut using tile nippers.

Maintenance: Tiles can be cleaned with any non-abrasive/non-scratching cleaner.

Metal Tile Accents, Borders and Liners

Installation: Use unsanded grout only when installing metal coat tiles. Use of a latex modified thin set is recommended.

Cutting: Metal coat tiles are easily cut with a wet saw.

Maintenance: Do not use abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals on metal coat tiles.

Bath Accessories

Installation: Corner caddies and soap dishes can be attached to backer board or directly on to tile surface using a high quality latex modified thinset. Make sure to use durable tape to secure accessory does not shift and allow time for thinset to fully cure.

Maintenance: Do not use abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals.

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