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Raw Material

Raw Material

Cement powder and marble powder are the most common materials used in cement tile production. Most often cement powder is purchased however many manufacturers prefer to grind marble powder onsite to control the quality and input.

Mould Preparation

Mould Preparation

For patterned tiles, a brass mould is skillfully produced by local artisans. This fits into an outer press mould ready for pouring.

Pouring

Pouring

From plain colours to eccentric designs, beautiful colour pigments are poured by hand into the mould. The pattern mould is quickly removed at this point.

Dry Filling

Dry Filling

Three types of cement powder are sieved into the mould to create the base layers of the tile.

Two different cement mixes are used as the strengthening layers in the middle, quickly finished off with a damp cement layer to prevent moisture from seeping through to the base of the tile.

Pressing

The hydraulic presses used to squeeze the cement tile together is not new technology - traditional presses are still used today. 

Curing

Curing

The cement tiles are placed in water baths to cure. This is a vital step as it drastically improves the strength of the tile.

Polishing

Polishing

The cement tiles are removed from their bath and hand washed to remove any cementitious residue. This has the added benefit of slightly polishing the tile, giving cement tiles their unique surface finish.

Drying

Drying

Next the cement tiles are placed in drying racks. Once they reach approximately 14% moisture content they are ready for sealing. 

Sealing

Sealing

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