What is Lippage in tiled floors

What is Lippage in tiled floors

What is Lippage in tiled floors

 

Learn about the complexities of tile lippage and marble floor polishing challenges, as we explore innovative solutions for achieving impeccable results efficiently.

Lippage is caused when a tiler installs tiles in such a way that the edge of one tile is more than 1mm higher than its neighbouring tile.

Although the difference in height might be insignificant to the home owner, it can ruin the materials used during a tile polishing service.

The diamond pads that are used to restore the shine to stone floors are usually stiff discs made of resin that cannot bend when hitting the edge of a tile.

The diamond floor sanding pad could crack, or, if a honing process is successful it’s most likely that the end result would produce an uneven polish.

This is called the picture-framing effect, where the stiff disc was not able to reach the lower portion of the tiles.

Here’s an example of a picture frame effect: 

Picture frame effect caused by lippage

Many suppliers now make softer, sponge-like pads that bend better to clean the lower parts of tiles.

But, these pads don’t give a mirror shine. They leave a shiny but slightly bumpy surface. This is called an orange-peel effect. 

It looks good, but it’s not crystal clear.

At Tile Cleaning Agents, we offer a service that completely removes the lippage from your uneven tiles. This will prepare the floor for a polishing service that can produce a mirror finish. 

If the unevenness between tiles is too great for even our softer diamond pads to handle, we’ll schedule an appointment to level the tiles. 

We do this by removing the higher sections of the higher tile to match the lower ones before proceeding with the stone floor polishing service

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