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Tile grouts

Atlas Aval Grout 1-7mm
Ash 5kg €16.70/each
Grey 5kg €13.28/each
White 5kg €13.28/each

Fine-aggregate cement grout

  • For any size of ceramic, stone and glass tiles.
  • Resistant to discolouration and efflorescence, bacteria and mould.
  • Smooth, highly flexible, resistant to dirt and damage.
  • Particularly recommended on difficult substrates, e.g. terraces, balconies and floor heating systems.
  • For use in residential, service, commercial and public access buildings.
Atlas Aval grout 1-7mm fine aggregate cement grout 5kg.

Innovative technologies

ATLAS AVAL GROUT has been designed for the most demanding users, appreciating aesthetics, functionality, safety and durability. Owing to innovative recipe containing properly selected components ATLAS TIGHT GROUT ensures:

  • Safety of use – owing to the elimination of microscratches and cracks, discolouration and efflorescence during application and in long term.
  • Hygiene and safety of use - based on hybrid action of bio active substances and ions of silver – the grout protects against development of mould, algae and bacteria.
  • High resistance to UV radiation - owing to the use of special, strictly selected inorganic pigments, additionally protected against degradation by hydrophobic polymer which makes the grouts durable and intensive in time
  • High resistance to washing, scrubbing and abrasion as well as cleaning agents, which makes the grout maintenance easy during whole period of use.

Properties

Guarateed colour – durable and intensive colours for years – pigments of high resistance to UV radiation additionally protected by special additives.
Pearl effect – the use of structural and coat hydrophobic additives protects the surface against penetration of dirt and discolouration resulting from use.
Myco protect – the addition of bio active substances protects the grout against development of fungi, mould and algae.
Bio barrier AG+ - owing to the use ions of silver the grout holds antibacterial properties.
Very high mechanical resistance – even to medium and high operation loads, including intensive cladding use, frequent scrubbing and abrasion. The abrasion resistance is 8 times higher than the PN-EN 13888 standard requirements for grouts of higher category – A.
Very low water absorption – absorbability 3 times lower after 30 minutes and 4 times lower after 240 minutes than the standard PN-EN 13888 requirements for grouts of higher category – W.
Range of use – for any cladding on any substrate type, indoors and outdoors.
Recommended for dry, damp and wet rooms, on floor heating systems, deformable substrates, facades, etc.
Improved adhesion to tile edges – strong adhesion to edges of various tile types, even in case of high operation loads or cladding thermal deformations.
Smooth surface.
Recommended for grouting cladding in drinking water reservoirs, food industry, healthcare buildings, nurseries, kindergartens, etc.
Highly resistant to temperatures from -30° to +80°C.

Use

Grouting ceramic and stone cladding: stone, terracotta, monocottura, clinker, cotto, porcelain-gres tiles, tiles not susceptible to discolouration, ceramic and glass mosaic, glass tiles resistant to scratching, glass bricks, decorated tiles with delicate pattern, mirrors, mirror tiles and other surfaces susceptible to scratching, metal tiles and aluminium sheets, natural stone, e.g. marble.
Note. When grouting mirrors, mirror tiles and other surfaces susceptible to scratching, decorated tiles with delicate pattern or natural stone (e.g. marble), one should check the grout influence on a tile individually.
Grouting small, medium and large size cladding - small and medium size tiles (<0.1m²), large size tiles (<0.25m²), very large size tiles (>0.25m²&rpr;, slim-type tiles.
Grouting cladding fixed on standard and deformable as well as difficult substrates:
- concrete, cement, anhydrite screed, etc., including those with water and electric heating;
- concrete walls made of ceramic brick, silicate brick, with ceramic elements; walls made of cellular concrete, gypsum blocks;
- cement, cement-lime, gypsum plasters, etc.; walls and drywalls made of plasterboards, incl. fireplace casing;
- floors made of wood, OSB, dry gypsum screed.
Grouting tiles on vertical and horizontal surfaces, indoors and outdoors in:
- residential single- and multi-family buildings, office buildings – in living rooms, kitchens, kitchenettes, halls, antechambers, corridors, staircases, bathrooms, showers, laundries, garages, on terraces, balconies, stairs, plinths;
- public access and commercial buildings – in nurseries, kindergartens, schools, lecture halls, storage rooms, sacral buildings, hospitals (incl. rooms where sterilization with UV lamps is required), pharmacies, car showrooms;
- drinking water reservoirs, fountains;
- transport infrastructure buildings – railway and bus stations, airports - salesrooms, waiting rooms, auxiliary rooms;
- production and industrial buildings – storage rooms and warehouses, wash rooms, production premises intensively washed with water.

Substrate preparation

Carefully clean the joints between tiles. The joints should be of even depth - while fixing tiles, remove excessive adhesive immediately. One can begin grouting only when the adhesive sets, not earlier than 24 hours since fixing the tiles. In case of use of ATLAS MIG 2 or ATLAS PLUS EXPRESS adhesive, one can begin grouting already after 4 hours. Directly before grouting, clean the surface of tiles with damp sponge and wet the joints slightly in order to limit and unify the substrate absorptiveness.

Mortar preparation

Pour the mortar from the bag into a container with the suitable amount of water (water/dry mix) 0.28-0.29L/1kg or 1.4-1.45L/5kg and mix until homogenous. You can do it manually or mechanically. The mortar can be used after 5 minutes and remixing. It should be used up within 2 hours.

Grouting

Apply the mortar deep and tightly into the joints with the use of a rubber spatula. Move the spatula diagonally to the edges of tiles and held at ca. 45° to the tiles surface.

Cleaning

Cleaning can be carried out after 10-30 minutes. Use damp, hard sponges with larger pores. For at least 3 days, the mortar must not be exposed to precipitation, low temperatures (below +5°C) and extensive air humidity. The grout should be protected against rapid drying. In order to preserve the optimum setting conditions for the grout, the fresh joints should be kept slightly moist, e.g. by sprinkling the surface with clean water. The actual colour of grout is set after drying, after approx. 2-3 days.

Cladding use

Foot traffic is possible after 24 hours since grouting. As an additional protection against soiling, it is recommended (when the grout dries completely, i.e. after approx. 2 weeks) to apply ATLAS DELFIN protective agent.

Consumption

Approx. 0.2-0.65kg/m² depends on the width and the depth of the joints and the type and size of the tiles used.

Important information

  • Before grouting the whole cladding, carry out test application on a small fragment (best on a waste piece of tile) and test cleaning in order to eliminate thetile discolouration.
  • In order to avoid various colour shades, it is recommended to use grout of the same manufacturing date and the same batch number for each individual surface.
  • Silicones and grouts are manufactured on the basis of different types of binders, therefore differ in the degree of smoothness and gloss. These factors naturally influence the colour shade of each product type.
  • Addition of inappropriate amount of water to the mortar can cause deterioration of its quality and lead to discolouration.
  • The differences in the depth of the joints, or washing the tiles too early may cause uneven colour shade on the grout surface.
  • In joints located in particular parts of cladding (internal and external corners, expansion joints), finishing beads should be used, e.g. ATLAS EDGE TRIMS or filling with permanently elastic materials e.g. ATLAS ARTIS silicone.
  • Water reservoirs designated for drinking water should be washed with water after the product ageing.
Technical Details
Colour Ash, Grey, White
Mixing ratio (water/dry mix&rapr; 0.28-0.29L/1kg or 1.40-1.45L/5kg
Joint thickness 1-7mm
Maturing time approx. 5 minutes
Pot life approx. 2 hours
Grouted cladding cleaning after 10-30 minutes
Foot traffic after approx. 24 hours
Application temp. +5°C - +25°C
Tools cleaning Water
Packaging 5kg bags
Storage 12 months in a dry place in the original packaging.
Atlas Artis Grout 1-25mm
Grey 5kg €26.14/each
White 5kg €26.14/each

Higly flexible fine-aggregate cement grout.

  • Fast-setting – foot traffic possible after 3 hours.
  • Resistant to discolouration and efflorescence.
  • Easy to keep clean, resistant to bacteria and mould.
  • For any type of ceramic cladding, natural stone, glass mosaic.
Atlas Artis 1-25mm fast-setting cement grout.

Innovative technologies

ATLAS ARTIS grout is intended for the most demanding users appreciating aesthetics, functionality, safety and durability. The widest available range of colours which meets current trends and enables to choose grout matching individual likes and room characteristics. Owing to innovative recipe containing properly selected components ATLAS ARTIS grout ensures:

  • Safety of use – owing to the elimination of microscratches and cracks, discolouration and efflorescence during application and in long term operation – as the result of content of selected aggregates and special cement mix,
  • Hygiene and safety of use based on hybrid action of bio active substances and ions of silver – the grout protects against development of mould, algae and bacteria, even in case of frequent surface damp, possibility of application with any type of tiles, owing to high adhesion and vast joint width range (1-25 mm),
  • High resistance to UV rays - owing to the use of special, strictly selected inorganic pigments, additionally protected against degradation by hydrophobic polymer, which makes the grouts durable and intensive in time,
  • High resistance to washing, scrubbing and abrasion as well as cleaning agents, which makes the grout maintenance easy during whole period of use.

Properties

Guaranteed colour – owing to the use of special, strictly selected inorganic pigments, additionally protected against degradation by hydrophobic polymer, the grouts keep durable and intensive colours for years.
Pearl effect – very low absorptiveness (4 times lower after 30 minutes and 6 times lower after 240 minutes than the PN-EN 13888 standard requirement) – the use of structural and coat hydrophobic additives protects the surface against penetration of dirt and discolouration.
Myco protect – the addition of bio active substances protects the grout against development of fungi, mould and algae.
Bio barier AG+ - owing to the use ions of silver the grout holds antibacterial properties.
Colour protect – extends colour durability – protects against discolouration and efflorescence (the grout is manufactured on aluminium cement base), increases resistance to dirt, UV rays, oils and detergents; the uniformity of the colour is guaranteed by the exceptional homogeneity of the mortar and uniform distribution and granulation of pigments.
Allows obtaining perfectly smooth surface – contains very fine aggregate.
Short setting time – light foot traffic is possible already 3 hours since grouting, which significantly speeds up the final cleaning of the cladding and its commissioning; in combination with Atlas UNI-GRUNT and Atlas MIG 2 or Atlas PLUS EXPRESS adhesives forms a set of products for fast tiling.
Easy in preparation, comfortable and quick in application – divided package enables individual arrangement of work to meet one’s preferences and habits.
Wide range of use – can be used with any cladding on any substrate type, indoors and outdoors. Recommended for dry, damp and wet rooms, onto floor heating and deformable substrates.
Holds exceptional abrasion resistance – the abrasion resistance is 8 times higher than the PN-EN 13888 standard requirements for supplementary parameters.
Recommended for grouting in drinking water reservoirs, food industry, healthcare buildings, nurseries, kindergartens, etc.
Highly resistant to temperatures from -30° to +80°C.
Manufactured in 40 colours – matching the colours of ATLAS grouts, silicones and trims.

Use

Grouting ceramic and stone cladding: stone, terracotta, monocottura, clinker, cotto, porcelain tiles, ceramic and glass mosaic, glass bricks, metal tiles and aluminium sheets, tiles susceptible to discolouration.
Note: When grouting mirrors, mirror tiles and other surfaces susceptible to scratching, decorated tiles with delicate pattern or natural stone (e.g marble), one should check the grout influence on a tile individually.
Grouting small, medium and large size cladding - small and medium size tiles (<0.1m²), large size tiles (<0.25m²), very large size tiles (>0.25m²), slim-type tiles.
Grouting cladding fixed on standard and deformable as well as difficult substrates:
- concrete, cement, anhydrite screed, etc., including those with water and electric heating;
- concrete walls made of ceramic brick, silicate brick, with ceramic elements; walls made of cellular concrete, gypsum blocks;
- cement, cement-lime, gypsum plasters, etc.; walls and drywalls made of plasterboards, incl. fireplace casing;
- floors made of wood, OSB, dry gypsum screed;
- steel, plastic substrates.
Grouting tiles on vertical and horizontal surfaces, indoors and outdoors in:
- residential single- and multi-family buildings, office buildings – in living rooms, kitchens, kitchenettes, halls, antechambers, corridors, staircases, bathrooms, showers, laundries, garages, on terraces, balconies, stairs, plinths, facades;
- public access and commercial buildings – in nurseries, kindergartens, schools, lecture halls, storage rooms, sacral buildings, hospitals (incl. rooms where sterilization with UV lamps is required), pharmacies, laboratories, industrial kitchens,garages and car parks, diagnostic stations, car showrooms, car washes, industrial laundries;
- pool basins, saunas, jacuzzi, drinking water reservoirs, fountains;
- transport infrastructure buildings – railway and bus stations, airports - platforms, communication routes, salesrooms, waiting rooms, auxiliary rooms;
- production and industrial buildings – food, fruit and vegetable industry (areas with no aggressive chemical load), storage rooms and warehouses, wash rooms, production premises intensively washed with water.
Note. In the sterile rooms in healthcare objects, operating theatres, on beaches around pools, in balneotechnique objects as well as in production areas with aggressive chemical load, accumulator rooms, etc., we recommend the use of ATLAS EPOXY Grout.

Substrate preparation

Carefully clean the joints between tiles. The joints should be of even depth - while fixing tiles, remove excessive adhesive immediately. One can begin grouting only when the adhesive sets, not earlier than 24 hours since fixing the tiles. In case of use of ATLAS MIG 2 or ATLAS PLUS EXPRESS adhesive, one can begin grouting already after 4 hours. Directly before grouting, clean the surface of tiles with damp sponge and wet the joints slightly in order to limit and unify the substrate absorptiveness.

Mortar preparation

Pour the mortar from the bag into a container with the suitable amount of water (water/dry mix) 0.21-0.22L/1kg or 1.05-1.10L/5kg and mix until homogenous. You can do it manually or mechanically. The mortar can be used after 5 minutes and remixing. It should be used up within 40 minutes. Water must not be added to already prepared mortar.

Grouting

Apply the mortar deep and tightly into the joints with the use of a rubber spatula. Move the spatula diagonally to the edges of tiles and held at ca. 45° to the tiles surface.

Cleaning

Cleaning is carried out in two stages: preliminary cleaning and final cleaning.
Preliminary cleaning. When the grout gets matt – after approx. 30 minutes - wash the whole surface with a damp sponge. Joints of intensive colours shall be additionally wetted with plenty of water and left to dry. They may "release" the colour slightly during the initial period of use, which is not a product defect and does not influence the final effect.
Final cleaning. It can be carried out already after 3 hours. It consists in washing the whole cladding surface with a damp sponge again.

Cladding use

Light pedestrian traffic is possible already after approx. 3 hours. Full load of the grouted surface is possible after approx. 24 hours.

Consumption

Approx. 0.2-0.65kg/m² depends on the width and the depth of the joints and the type and size of the tiles used.

Important additional information

  • Before grouting the whole cladding, carry out test application on a small fragment (best on a waste piece of tile) and test cleaning in order to eliminate the tile discolouration.
  • In order to avoid various colour shades, it is recommended to use grout of the same manufacturing date and the same batch number for each individual surface.
  • Silicones and grouts are manufactured on the basis of different types of binders, therefore differ in the degree of smoothness and gloss. These factors naturally influence the colour shade of each product type.
  • Protect the grout against drying too fast.
  • The real grout colour is set when the grout sets and dries, after approx. 2 – 3 days.
  • For at least first 3 days the grout must not be exposed to precipitation, low temperatures (below +5°C) and high air humidity.
  • In joints located in particular parts of cladding (internal and external corners, expansion joints), finishing beads should be used, e.g. ATLAS EDGE TRIMS or filling with permanently elastic materials e.g. ATLAS ARTIS silicone.
  • Water reservoirs designated for drinking water should be washed with water after the product ageing.
  • The colour shown on the package front has a view character. Due to difference in technologies used in poligraphy and construction any differences between shades of a particular product colour and its simulation shown on the package does not constitute the basis for any claims against the editor as well as ATLAS. The particular colour shade depends on its texture homogeneity, conditions of use, substrate and ambient conditions as well as lighting conditions. The actual colour shade may to some extent differ from the one shown on the label. Use the grout of the same manufacturing date and the same batch number for each individual surface.
  • The tools must be cleaned with clean water directly after use. Difficult to remove residues of the set adhesive can be removed with the Fila Deterdek agent. Contains 2-Octyl-2H-isothiazolin-3-one. Due to its form – dust, the mixture can mechanically irritate eyes and respiratory system. After mixing, the mortar has slightly alkaline reaction. Wearing appropriate protective gloves and goggles is recommended. Follow the instructions of the Safety Data Sheet.
  • The mortar must be transported and stored in tightly sealed original bags, in dry conditions (most preferably on pallets). Protect against moisture. Shelf life in conditions as specified is 24 months from the production date shown on the packaging. Content of soluble chromium (VI) in ready-to-use mix - ≤0.0002%.
Technical Details
Colour Grey, White
Mixing ratio (water/dry mix&rapr; 0.21-0.22L/1kg or 1.05-1.10L/5kg
Joint thickness 1-25mm
Maturing time approx. 5 minutes
Pot life approx. 40 minutes
Initial cleaning after approx. 30 minutes
Final cleaning after approx. 3 hours
Light foot traffic after approx. 3 hours
Full load after approx. 24 hours
Application temp. +5°C - +35°C
Tools cleaning Water
Packaging 5kg bags
Storage 12 months in a dry place in the original packaging.
Mapei - Keracolor FF
100 White 5kg €12.90/each
110 Manhattan 5kg €13.20/each
112 Medium Grey 5kg €14.50/each
113 Cement Grey 5kg €11.70/each
114 Anthracite 5kg €13.20/each
130 Jasmine 5kg €13.20/each

High performance, polymer-modified, water-repellent, mould resistant cement-based grout with DropEffect® and Bioblock® technology for joints up to 6 mm.

Mapei Ireland tile fixing solutions. Keracolor FF. Tile grout up to 6mm joints.

Where to use

Grouting interior and exterior floor and wall tiling (single fired, double fired, klinker, porcelain tile, etc.), stone material (natural stones, marble, granite, agglomerates, etc.)) glass and marble mosaics.

Some application examples

Grouting floor and wall ceramic tiles in interiors.
Grouting swimming pools.
Grouting particularly smooth and glossy floor surfaces (smooth and polished porcelain, pre-smoothened and polished marble, glazed tiles).
Grouting ceramic tile industrial flooring where resistance to chemical agents is not required (garages, warehouses, etc.).

Technical characteristics

Keracolor FF is a blend of cement, very fine-graded aggregates, special polymers, additives and pigments. The use of special hydrophobic additives (DropEffect® and BioBlock® technology) gives grouting mortars highly water-repellent properties, making them less prone to dirtiness and with excellent durability. The addition of BioBlock® technology resists the growth of mould and mildew allowing the grout to be easily cleaned. The following features are obtained when mixed with the right water ratio and used correctly:
Water-repellent and droplet-effect.
Mould and mildew resistant.
Good compressive and flexural strength, good resistance to freeze/thaw cycles, and therefore good durability.
A smooth final surface with low water absorption, therefore easy to clean.
Very good abrasion resistance.
Low shrinkage, therefore absence of cracks and fissures
Good resistance to acids with pH >3.
Excellent value for performance. When mixing Keracolor FF with Fugolastic, a special synthetic resin-based polymeric additive, the final characteristics are improved for use even under harsh conditions (grouting facades, swimming pools, bathrooms, floors with heavy traffic).

Recommendations

Do not mix Keracolor FF with cement or any other products. Never add water to the mixture that is beginning to set.
Do not blend different colours of grout together as there is a risk of colour inconsistency and lack of uniformity of the final shade once the grout has set.
Never mix Keracolor FF with salty or dirty water.
Use the product in temperatures between +5°C and +35°C.
The amount of mix water must be precisely measured. Excess water could induce the appearance of a whitish coat over the surface (efflorescence). Different colour tones could result if mixtures with different water ratios are prepared. Efflorescence over the surface is due to the formation of calcium carbonate and could also be caused by residual moisture contained in adhesives, not fully hydrated grouts, in substrates not adequately dried, or in substrates not adequately protected from rising damp.
After filling the joints, do not sprinkle Keracolor FF powder onto the grout as this can cause uneven colour and reduce the mechanical strength.
Expansion joints and movement joints in floors and walls should never be filled with Keracolor FF, but with the appropriate flexible MAPEI sealant.
The surface of some ceramic tiles or stone materials are rough or contain micro-porosities. It is recommended to carry out a sample test to verify cleanability and when necessary, apply a protective treatment over the surface, but avoiding penetration into the joints. When grouting a swimming pool which is due to be disinfected through saline electrolysis please use Ultracolor Plus or Kerapoxy.

Preparing the joints

Before grouting, wait until the installation mortar or the adhesive has completely hardened. Verify that the waiting time indicated on the relevant technical data sheet has elapsed. The joints must be clean, free of dust and raked back to at least 2/3 of the tile thickness. Excess adhesive or mortar should be removed whilst still fresh. Wet the joints with clean water when using very porous ceramic tiles in high temperatures and in the presence of wind.

Mixing

While stirring, pour Keracolor FF into a clean, rust-free container containing 26-28% by weight, dependant on grout colour, of clean water or Fugolastic (if required in the application). When grouting floors, the mixture can be made thinner by adding more water (approx. 27-30% by weight). Mix with a low speed mixer to avoid excess formation of air bubbles, to a smooth consistency. Wait 2-3 minutes and briefly re-stir before use. Use the mixture within 2 hours of preparation.

Applying the grout

Fill the joints completely with Keracolor FF using the appropriate MAPEI trowel or rubber float, making sure the joints are completely compacted, with no unevenness. Remove excess Keracolor FF, while still fresh, from the surface moving the float diagonally across joints.

Finishing

When the mixture loses its plasticity and becomes matt, usually after 10-20 minutes, clean excess Keracolor FF with a damp hard cellulose sponge (e.g. MAPEI sponge) working diagonally to the joints. Rinse the sponge frequently using two separate buckets of water: one to remove the excess from the sponge and the other with clean water for rinsing out the sponge. Cleaning can also be carried out with a power float. To aid removal of the hardened product from the tiles, use a dampened Scotch-Brite® pad or a disc-type power float with special abrasive-felt discs. If cleaning is carried out too early (when the mixture is still plastic), the grout may be dragged from the joint leading to colour variation. On the other hand, if the grout has already hardened, it is necessary to clean the surface mechanically, which could scratch the surface of the tiles. When applying Keracolor FF in extremely hot, dry or windy climates, it is recommended to wet the joints after several hours. Wet curing of Keracolor FF always improves its final performance. Any residual powdery haze can be cleaned from the surface with a clean dry cloth. After the final cleaning, if the surface of the floors or walls are still contaminated with Keracolor FF, an acid cleaner can be used (e.g. Fila DETERDEK), following the relevant instructions, at least 10 days after grouting the joints. Use DETERDEK only on acid-resistant surfaces and never on marble or limestone materials.

Set to light foot traffic

Floors are set to light foot traffic after approximately 24 hours.

Ready for use

Floors are ready for traffic after approx. 7 days. Swimming pools and tanks can be filled 7 days after grouting.

Consumption

(A+B) / (AxB) x C x D x 1.5 = kg/m²

A = length of tile (mm), B = width of the tile (mm), C = thickness of the tile (mm), D = width of the joint (mm).

Coverage of Keracolor FF varies depending on the width of the joints, the size and thickness of the tiles.

Technical Details
Colour White, Manhattan, Medium Grey, Cement Grey, Anthracite, Jasmin
Mixing ratio 100 parts of Keracolor FF with 26-28 parts of water by weight depending on the colour
Pot life of mix approx. 2 hours
Waiting time for finishing 10-20 minutes
Set to light foot traffic 24 hours
Ready for use 7 days
Application temp. +5°C - +35°C
Tools cleaning Water
Packaging 5kg bags
Storage 12 months in a dry place in the original packaging.
Mapei - Ultracolor Plus
100 White 5kg €19.90/each
110 Manhattan 5kg €23.10/each
112 Medium Grey 5kg €23.10/each
113 Cement Grey 5kg €19.90/each
114 Anthracite 5kg €21.40/each
120 Black 5kg €21.40/each
130 Jasmine 5kg €21.40/each
131 Vanilla 5kg €23.10/each
132 Beige 5kg €21.40/each
142 Brown 5kg €23.10/each
144 Chocolate 5kg €23.10/each
299 Limestone 5kg €21.40/each

High-performance, anti-efflorescence, non irritating quick-setting and drying polymer-modified mortar with water-repellent DropEffect® and mould-resistant Bioblock® technology for grouting joints from 2 to 20 mm wide.

Mapei Ireland tile fixing solutions. Ultracolor Plus. Fast setting tile grout for joints 2-20mm.

Where to use

Internal and external grouting of floors and walls in all types of ceramic (double-fired, single-fired, klinker, porcelain, etc.), terracotta, stone material (natural stone, marble, granite, agglomerates, etc.), and glass and marble mosaic.

Some application examples

Grouting floors and walls in areas subject to intense traffic (airports, shopping centres, restaurants, bars, etc.).
Grouting floors and walls in residential areas (hotels, private houses, etc.).
Grouting floors and walls on facades, balconies, terraces and on swimming pools.

Technical characteristics

Ultracolor Plus is a mortar formulated to be non-irritating, made up of a blend of special hydraulic binders, graded aggregates, special polymers, water repellent admixtures, organic molecules and pigments. With Ultracolor Plus, the Ultracolor technology is based on a special, self-hydrating hydraulic binder which guarantees perfect colour uniformity, by two innovative technologies which are the result of MAPEI research: BioBlock® and DropEffect®. BioBlock® technology consists in special organic molecules which, by distributing themselves evenly in the micro-structure of the joints, block the formatio of micro-organisms that cause mould damage. The DropEffect® technology, with a synergic effect, reduces the absorption of surface water. When it is mixed with water in the proportions recommended and correctly applied, Ultracolor Plus forms a grouting mortar with the following characteristics:
Water-repellent and droplet-effect.
Uniform colour and free of staining since Ultracolor Plus does not produce efflorescence. From an analysis carried out using an electronic microscope, note that, compared with a Portland cement-based binder in a normal cementitious grouting mortar, the special cements in Ultracolor Plus do not generate the calcium hydroxide (hydrolysis lime) crystals during the hydration process, which cause efflorescence.
Colours resistant to ultra-violet rays and atmosphericagents.
Short waiting time before cleaning and easy finishing.
Ready for light foot traffic and for use after a short period of time
Smooth, compact finished surface, with low water absorbency for easy cleaning.
Shrinkage compensated, therefore free from cracks.
Optimum resistance to abrasion, compression and flexural strength, even after freeze/thaw cycles, and therefore optimum durability.
Good resistance to acids with pH >3%

Recommendations

Ultracolor Plus does not contain Portland cement and must not be mixed with gypsum or other hydraulic binders; never add water to the mix once it has started to set.
Never mix Ultracolor Plus with salty or dirty water.
Use the product at temperatures between +5°C and +35°C.
Carry out grouting only on substrates which are sufficiently dry or have been waterproofed, to avoid a whitish film forming on the surface.
In order to avoid an uneven colour finish, we do not recommend sprinkling Ultracolor Plus powder onto the filled grout joints.
When resistance to acids or, where extreme cleanliness or sterile conditions are required, use a suitable acid-resistant epoxy grout.
Expansion and movement joints on walls and floors must never be filled with Ultracolor Plus. Use a suitable flexible sealant MAPEI AC.
The surface of certain tiles or stone material may have micro-porosity or a rough surface. We recommend carrying out a preliminary test to check how easy it is to clean the surface where necessary to apply a protective treatment to the surface, to ensure the grout does not penetrate into the surface porosity of the tiles.
If an acid-based cleaner is used to clean the joint, we recommend testing the product befoehand to check the resistance of the colour. Always make sure that the joints are thorougly rinsed down to avoid leaving traces of acid in the joints.

Preparing the joints

Grouting may take place when the adhesive is completely set. Make sure that the waiting times indicated in the technical data sheets are followed. The joints must be clean, free of dust and empty down to at least 2/3 of the thickness of the tiles. Any adhesive or mortar which has seeped into the joints while laying the tiles must be removed while still fresh. With very absorbent tiles, high temperatures or windy conditions, dampen the joints with clean water.

Mixing

Before mixing the grout with water, dry-blend the product to avoid color variations in the finished grout, which may arise from pigment settling during transport. If two or more bags are to be used, all of the contents should be dry-blended together. While stirring, pour Ultracolor Plus into a clean, rust-free container containing 20-26% by weight of clean water. Mix the grout with a low-speed mixer to avoid air entrainment, until a smooth paste is obtained. Let the mix stand for 2-3 minutes and stir again briefly before use. Use the mix within 20-25 minutes of its preparation.

Applying the grout

Fill the joints with the Ultracolor Plus mix using a special MAPEI grout float or rubber squeegee, without leaving any gaps or steps. Remove any excess of Ultracolor Plus from the surface, by moving the float or the rubber squeegee diagonally to the joints while the mix is still fresh.

Finishing

When the mix loses its plasticity and becomes opaque, which usually takes place after 15-30 minutes, clean off the excess Ultracolor Plus with a hard cellulose, damp sponge (e.g. a MAPEI sponge), working in a diagonal direction to the joints. Rinse the sponge frequently, using two different containers of water: one to remove the excess mix from the sponge, and the other, containing clean water, to rinse the sponge. This operation may also be carried out with a machine with a ponge belt. It is possible to finish the surface also when the mix is partially set, after 50-60 minutes, with a damp Scotch-Brite® sponge: pass it over the joints to even out the surface. This operation may be also carried out with a single disk rotary machine with special Scotch-Brit® type felt disk. If the cleaning operation is carried out too soon (the mix is still too plastic), some of the mix may be removed from the joints, which may change their colour. If grouting is carried out in extremely hot, dry or windy weather, we recommend that the joints filled with Ultracolor Plus are dampened after a few hours. Damp curing of Ultracolor Plus improves its final characteristics in all cases. Final cleaning of the powdery film of Ultracolor Plus from the surface may be carried out with a clean, dry cloth. After the final cleaning operation, if the surface still has traces of Ultracolor Plus due to incorrect application, it may be cleaned down with an acidic cleaner (FILA DETERDEK), by following the relevant instructions, at least 24 hours after grouting the joints. Use DETERDEK only on acid-resistant surfaces and never on marble or limestone materials.

Set to light foot traffic

Floors are set to light foot traffic after approximately 3 hours.

Ready for use

Surfaces grouted with Ultracolor Plus may be put into service after 24 hours. Basins and swimming pools may be filled up 48 hours after grouting.

Consumption

(A+B) / (AxB) x C x D x 1.6 = kg/m²

A = length of tile (mm), B = width of the tile (mm), C = thickness of the tile (mm), D = width of the joint (mm).

Coverage of Keracolor FF varies depending on the width of the joints, the size and thickness of the tiles.

Technical Details
Colour White, Manhattan, Medium Grey, Grey, Anthracite, Black, Jasmin, Beige, Brown, Chocolate, Limestone
Mixing ratio 100 parts of Ultracolor Plus with 20-26 parts of water by weight depending on the colour
Pot life of mix 20-25 minutes
Waiting time for finishing 15-30 minutes
Set to light foot traffic approx. 3 hours
Ready for use 24 hours (48 hours for basins and swimming pools)
Application temp. +5°C - +35°C
Tools cleaning Water
Packaging 5kg bags
Storage 24 months in a dry place in the original packaging.

Silicon sealant

Atlas Aval (4-25mm) Sanitary Silicone
Grey €7.45/each
White €7.45/each

One-component sealant based on polymers with acetate hardening system. Due to its characteristic it can be widely used in residential and industrial construction.

  • For sealing shower units, wash basins, kitchen furniture.
  • Flexible, resistant to atmospheric conditions.
  • Forms unfavorable conditions for growth of mould and bacteria.
Atlas Aval 4-25mm sanitary silicone.

Innovative technologies

ATLAS AVAL is an one-component sealant based on polymers with acetate hardening system. Due to its characteristic it can be widely used in residential and industrial construction. The specially designed recipe ensures:

  • Resistance to harmful atmospheric conditions.
  • High flexibility.
  • Resistance to wide range of temperature.

Recommended for sealing the joints between the cladding and the room equipment – around shower cabins, shower basins, joints bathroom furniture and fittings, wash basins, toilets, bath tubs, kitchen worktops, sinks.

Properties

Permanently flexible – retains high flexibility during the whole operation period, hardens without contraction; enables sealing tiles on stable wood-based panels and plasterboards, as well as on floor and wall heating systems.
Ensures aesthetic appearance and durable colour of the joints – it is resistant to UV rays, ageing processes and the influence of cleaning agents.
Forms ideally smooth surface.
Highly resistant to temperatures from -50°C up to +180°C.
Element of the tiling nishing system – in combination with corresponding in colour ATLAS grouts and finishing strips.
36 colours – including the colourless one, matching the colours of ATLAS grouts, silicones and finishing trims.

Use

Caulking tiles on vertical and horizontal surfaces, indoors and outdoors in:
- residential single - and multi-family buildings, office buildings – in living rooms, kitchens, kitchenettes, halls, antechambers, corridors, staircases, offices, bathrooms, showers, laundries, garages, on terraces, balconies, external stairs, plinths;
- public access and commercial buildings – in nurseries, kindergartens, schools, lecture halls, storage rooms, malls, stadiums, sacral buildings, hospitals (incl. rooms sterilization with UV lamps is required), pharmacies, diagnostic stations, car showrooms;
- pools (adjacent rooms, e.g. dressing rooms, showers), saunas, jacuzzi, fountains;
- production and industrial buildings – areas with no aggressive chemical load, storage rooms and warehouses, wash rooms;
Note. In sterile rooms in healthcare objects, operating theatres, laboratories, garages, car washes, fire water reservoirs, industrial laundries and kitchens, production areas with aggressive chemical load as well as for ceramic cladding on facades, we recommend the use of ATLAS ARTIS silicone.
Caulking tiles on standard and deformable substrates:
- concrete, cement, anhydrite screed, etc., including those with water and electric heating;
- concrete walls made of ceramic brick, silicate brick, with ceramic elements; walls made of cellular concrete, gypsum blocks;
- cement, cement-lime, gypsum plasters, etc.; walls and drywalls made of lasterboards, incl. fireplace casing;
- floors made of wood, OSB, dry gypsum screed.
Note. In case of steel or plastic substrates, we recommend the use of ATLAS ARTIS silicone.
Surfaces exposed to low, medium and heavy traffic.
Surfaces subject to water and chemical loads: temporarily and frequently washed with water, detergents, machines and power wash.
Note. For surfaces temporarily or frequently washed with aggressive cheicals or under chemical load, we recommend the use of ATLAS ARTIS silicone.

Substrate preparation

The substrate should be dry, clean and free from dust, dirt and other contamiations adversely affecting the binding. Surfaces adjacent to places to be filled with the silicone should be protected with protective tape.

Caulking

Before application, remove the nozzle and cut the tip of the cartouche. Then install the nozzle and cut it at angle to the width corresponding with the width of the joint. Insert the cartouche into the caulk gun. Press the silicone out in a uniform way and with little excess into the joint, continuously, without gaps or empty spots. Shape the surface of the silicone within 10 - 15 minutes since application and finally smooth it with a putty knife or another appropriate tool soaked with water with a small addition of soap or dish washing liquid. It is recommended to shape the joints in a way enabling free water dribbling. After smoothing the joints, remove the tape protecting the surface of the caulked elements immediately.

Usage of the floor

Slight pedestrian traffic is possible already after 3 hours since caulking. The sealed surface is ready for full operation load after approx. 24 hours.

Important additional information

  • The sanitary silicone must not be used for mending fish tanks, fixing mirrors, or caulking joints with Teflon, polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), concrete, marble and lead, zinc, copper and iron.
  • The colour shown on the package front has a view character. Due to difference in technologies used in poligraphy and construction any differences between shades of a particular product colour and its simulation shown on the package does not constitute the basis for any claims against the editor as well as ATLAS. The particular colour shade depends on its texture homogeneity, conditions of use, substrate and ambient conditions as well as lighting conditions. The actual colour shade may to some extent differ from the one shown on the label. Use the silicone of the same manufacturing date and the same batch number for each individual surface.
  • Silicones and grouts are manufactured on the basis of different types of binders, therefore differ in the degree of smoothness and gloss. These factors naturally influence the colour shade of each product type.
  • In order to prevent the silicone from sticking to the bottom of the joint and ensure optimum filling between its side walls only, it is recommended to use polyurethane foam backer rods.
  • All silicone stains must be removed immediately with petroleum spirits. After hardening they can be removed mechanically only.
  • Keep out of reach of children. In case of any symptoms of concern get medical assistance immediately, show safety data sheet, packaging or label.
  • The silicone has to be transported and stored in tightly sealed original packging, in dry conditions and temperature between +5°C and +25°C. Shelf life in conditions as specified is 18 months from the production date shown on the packaging.

Coverage

5.5-11.0rm/280ml - depends on the width and depth of joints.

Technical Details
Colour Grey, White
Hardering system Acetate
Substrate temperature and ambient temperature during work +5°C - +40°C
Temperature resistance after hardening -50°C - +180°C
Joint depth max 14mm
Joint width 4-25mm
Pot life up to approx. 15 minutes
Foot traffic after approx. 3 hours
Full load after approx. 24 hours
Packaging 280 ml cartridges
Storage 18 months in a dry cool place in original cartridges.
Atlas Artis (4-25mm) Sanitary Silicone
Grey €11.88/each
White €11.88/each

Advanced one-component elastomer sealing putty based on polysiloxanes with acetate hardening system, used for filling and sealing joints between tiles and for execution of flexible expansion joints filling.

  • Permanently flexible, frost-resistant, resistant to UV radiation.
  • For joints and expansion joints between materials of various types.
  • Forms unfavorable conditions for growth of mould and bacteria.
  • Durable colours.
  • For residential, commercial and service, public access, industrial buildings.
Atlas Artis 4-25mm sanitary silicone.

Innovative technologies

ATLAS ARTIS silicone is an advanced one-component elastomer sealing putty based on polysiloxanes with acetate hardening system, used for filling and sealing joints between tiles and for execution of flexible expansion joints filling. Owing to optimum recipe containing appropriately selected components ATLAS ARTIS silicone ensures:

  • possibility of application with tiles of any type – owing to high adhesion to edges and wide range of use (4-25 mm),
  • high durability – ensures tightness when compensating deformations of expansion joints, cladding joints in the corners, etc. as well as deformations resulting from mechanical and operation loads,
  • resistance to external factors – long-term UV and water action, extreme temperature.

Properties

Recommended for sealing the joints between the cladding and the room equipment – around shower cabins, shower basins, joints bathroom furniture and fittings, wash basins, toilets, bath tubs, kitchen worktops, sinks.
Resistant to machine and pressure washing.
For caulking tiles located in the corners and for filling the expansion joints.
Permanently flexible – retains high flexibility during the whole operation period, hardens without contraction, enables caulking tiles on stable wood-based panels and plasterboards, on fl oor and wall heating systems.
Allows to form perfectly smooth surface.
Highly resistant to temperature - between -50°C and +180°C.

Use

Caulking tiles on vertical and horizontal surfaces, indoors and outdoors in:
- residential single - and multi-family buildings, office buildings – in living rooms, kitchens, kitchenettes, halls, antechambers, corridors, staircases, offices, bathrooms, showers, laundries, garages, on terraces, balconies, external stairs, plinths;
- public access and commercial buildings – in nurseries, kindergartens, schools, lecture halls, storage rooms, malls, stadiums, sacral buildings, hospitals (incl. rooms sterilization with UV lamps is required), pharmacies, diagnostic stations, car showrooms;
- pools (adjacent rooms, e.g. dressing rooms, showers), saunas, jacuzzi, fire water reservoirs, fountains;
- production and industrial buildings – areas with no aggressive chemical load, storage rooms and warehouses, wash rooms, production premises intensively washed with water;
Caulking tiles on standard and deformable substrates:
- concrete, cement, anhydrite screed, etc., including those with water and electric heating;
- concrete walls made of ceramic brick, silicate brick, with ceramic elements; walls made of cellular concrete, gypsum blocks;
- cement, cement-lime, gypsum plasters, etc.; walls and drywalls made of plasterboards, incl. fireplace casing;
- floors made of wood, OSB, dry gypsum screed;
- steel, plastic substrates.
Surfaces exposed to low, medium and heavy traffic.
Surfaces subject to water and chemical loads: temporarily and frequently washed with water, detergents, aggressive chemicals*, machines and power wash.

Substrate preparation

The substrate should be dry, clean and free from dust, dirt and other contamiations adversely affecting the binding. Surfaces adjacent to places to be filled with the silicone should be protected with protective tape.

Caulking

Before application, remove the nozzle and cut the tip of the cartouche. Then install the nozzle and cut it at angle to the width corresponding with the width of the joint. Insert the cartouche into the caulk gun. Press the silicone out in a uniform way and with little excess into the joint, continuously, without gaps or empty spots. Shape the surface of the silicone within 10 - 15 minutes since application and finally smooth it with a putty knife or another appropriate tool soaked with water with a small addition of soap or dish washing liquid. It is recommended to shape the joints in a way enabling free water dribbling. After smoothing the joints, remove the tape protecting the surface of the caulked elements immediately.

Usage of the floor

Slight pedestrian traffic is possible already after 3 hours since caulking. The sealed surface is ready for full operation load after approx. 24 hours.

Important additional information

  • The sanitary silicone must not be used for mending fish tanks, fixing mirrors, or caulking joints with Teflon, polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), concrete, marble and lead, zinc, copper and iron.
  • The colour shown on the package front has a view character. Due to difference in technologies used in poligraphy and construction any differences between shades of a particular product colour and its simulation shown on the package does not constitute the basis for any claims against the editor as well as ATLAS. The particular colour shade depends on its texture homogeneity, conditions of use, substrate and ambient conditions as well as lighting conditions. The actual colour shade may to some extent differ from the one shown on the label. Use the silicone of the same manufacturing date and the same batch number for each individual surface.
  • Silicones and grouts are manufactured on the basis of different types of binders, therefore differ in the degree of smoothness and gloss. These factors naturally influence the colour shade of each product type.
  • In order to prevent the silicone from sticking to the bottom of the joint and ensure optimum filling between its side walls only, it is recommended to use polyurethane foam backer rods.
  • All silicone stains must be removed immediately with petroleum spirits. After hardening they can be removed mechanically only.
  • Keep out of reach of children. In case of any symptoms of concern get medical assistance immediately, show safety data sheet, packaging or label.
  • The silicone has to be transported and stored in tightly sealed original packging, in dry conditions and temperature between +5°C and +25°C. Shelf life in conditions as specified is 18 months from the production date shown on the packaging.

Coverage

5.5-11.0rm/280ml - depends on the width and depth of joints.

Technical Details
Colour Grey, White
Substrate temperature and ambient temperature during work +5°C - +40°C
Temperature resistance after hardening -50°C - +180°C
Joint depth max 14mm
Joint width 4-25mm
Pot life up to approx. 15 minutes
Foot traffic after approx. 3 hours
Full load after approx. 24 hours
Packaging 280 ml cartridges
Storage 18 months in a dry cool place in original cartridges.
Mapei - Mapesil AC
100 White €11.21/each
110 Manhattan €11.21/each
113 Cement Grey €11.21/each
114 Anthracite €11.21/each
120 Black €11.21/each
130 Jasmine €11.21/each
131 Vanilla €11.21/each
132 Beige €11.21/each
999 Transparent €11.21/each

Pure, mould-resistant, acetic, silicone sealant available in 8 colours and transparent to compliment the Mapei grout range.

Mapei Ireland tile fixing solutions. Mapesil AC. Solvent free high quality silicone sealant.

Where to use

Mapesil AC is an acetic-crosslinking silicone sealant suitable for sealing glass, ceramic and anodised aluminium. After first having used a bonding enhancer, Primer FD can also be used on concrete, wood, metal, painted surfaces, plastic and rubber. Mapesil AC is used for:
Sealing expansion joints of ±25% expansion of the initial size.
Forming a perfectly elastic gasket between different elements in building, mechanical engineering, ship-building, automobile, manufacturing, etc.

Some application examples

Sealing joints in wall and floor coverings of ceramic and cement, provided they are not subject to heavy abrasion.
Sealing joints between sinks or sanitary ware and ceramic tiles in kitchens, bathrooms and showers with colours coordinated with the grouts.
Sealing expansion joints in swimming pools.
Assembling compositions of glass tiles and artistic stained glass windows.
Sealing glazing of door and window frames.
Sealing air ducts, water pipes.
Sealing portholes, windows, glazed frames.
Sealing tanks, service pipes and boilers.
Sealing materials of different thermal exposure coefficient.
Adhesive and sealant for general use.

Technical characteristics

Mapesil AC is a one-component, acetic crosslinking, solvent-free silicone sealant, available coloured or transparent. It is a thixotropic paste which is easily trowellable both horizontally and vertically. It crosslinks following exposure to atmospheric humidity at ambient temperatures, and forms an elastic product with following properties:
excellent durability. Seals remain unchanged even after many years exposure to climatic extremes, industrial pollution, sudden temperature changes and immersion in water.
High elasticity.
Excellent bonding to glass, ceramic and anodised aluminium.
Mildew resistant.
Waterproof and permeable to vapour.
Resistant to chemical agents.
Flexible down to -40°C and resistant to temperatures at +180°C.
Easily workable.

Recommendations

Do not use Mapesil AC for joints in exterior between ceramic tiles and light-coloured natural stone because dirt could accumulate by the joints. Use Mapesil LM.
For sealing surfaces sensitive to acids such as lime stone, use a neutral silicone sealant (e.g. Mapesil LM).
The use of Mapesil AC is not recommended on highly plasticised material or on bituminous surfaces because of the release of substances that reduce bonding and penetrate into the sealant, altering the colour and resistance.
The resistance of Mapesil AC to chemical agents is generally excellent; however, due to the numerous products and working conditions to which Mapesil AC can be applied, it is always advisable to do a sample test in cases of doubt.
Do not use Mapesil AC to seal aquariums.
For sealing floor joints subject to heavy traffic, use a polyurethane (e.g. Mapeflex PU 45 FT) or epoxy-polyurethane (e.g. Mapeflex PU20) sealant.

Preparation

All the surfaces to receive the sealant must be dry, solid and free from dust and loose particles, oils, grease, wax, old paint and rust.In order that the seal can carry out its function, provision must be made for it to elongate and compress freely. During application it is therefore necessary that:
It adheres only to the side of the walls of the joint and not to the base of the joint.
The joint is sized so that the estimated maximum extension is not greater than 25% of the initial width (calculated at +20°C).
When the width of the joint is 10 mm, the thickness must be equal to the width; for widths between 11 and 20mm the thickness must always be equal to 10mm; for widths greater than the thickness must be equal to half the width. To control the depth of the joint and to prevent Mapesil AC from adhering to the base, the bottom of the joint should be filled with a sized Mapefoam, a polyethylene cord.

Application of Primer FD

Where the use of Primer FD is necessary, it must be applied with a small brush onto the appropriate areas of the joints and left to dry for several minutes to allow the solvent to evaporate. Then apply Mapesil AC.

Application

Mapesil AC is packed in cartridges of 310ml; to use, cut the cartridge above the end of the thread and screw on the nozzle, which should be cut at 45° to produce a hole corresponding to the size of the joint. Insert the cartridge into the gun and extrude the sealant. The surface of Mapesil AC must be finished off with a damp tool, preferably moistened with soapy water, before a superficial film has formed.

Crosslinking

When exposed to air and humidity, Mapesil AC crosslinks and becomes elastic. The speed at which Mapesil AC crosslinks depends only slightly on temperature, but is fundamentally linked to humidity in the atmosphere.

Technical Details
Colour White, Manhattan, Cement Grey, Anthracite, Black, Jasmine, Vanilla, Beige, Tansparent
Time for formation of skin 10
Application temp. +5°C - +50°C
Tools cleaning To clean partially cross-linked Mapesil AC from tools and contaminated surfaces, common solvents may be used (e.g. ethyl acetate, petrol, toluene).
Once cross-linking is complete, silicone rubber can only be cleaned mechanically.
Packaging 310 ml cartridges
Storage 24 months in a dry cool place in original cartridges.