MALI BLUESTONE (HONED SURFACE)
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FLOORING TILES & TREADS
Mali bluestone with the honed finish endears itself to indoor applications. It creates a formal, classic look wherever it is laid just as the same colours are stunning in suits and fashion accessories for women and men. This stone is dark in colour so any staining will not be as noticeable as they might be on lighter coloured stone. The honed bluestone doesn't offer as much slip resistance as the flamed bluestone, yet despite this, it's a favourite choice for many, due to its magnificent natural beauty.
Tiles (honed) - 600x300x15 & 600x400x15mm
Treads (honed) with bullnose edge - 1200x350x30mm & 1500x350x30mm
Other sizes available by special order
Density - 2895kg/m3; Water absorption (weight) - 0.49%; Risk of slipping - high (Y)
Determination of dimensional stability at 6 hours 0.01mm = Class A (stable and not sensitive to humidity)
SUITABILITY AND USES
Explanatory Note - Mali bluestone has a a finely honed surface that offers elegance but nil slip resistance when wet. The dark surface will absorb heat if used in exposed settings.
Mali Bluestone is ideal for use on indoor floors such as kitchens, sun rooms, living rooms and bathrooms. This is because it's easy to clean and highly durable. It doesn't show dirt, it doesn't wear out easily and finally, it has low water absorption rates that give it natural resilience against staining. It is also well suited to indoor and outdoor stairs (thanks again to it's highly durable nature), feature walls and verandahs. Treads are also popular for outdoor stairs, fireplace surrounds and verandah edges.
MALI BLUESTONE - PROJECT IMAGES
CARE INSTRUCTIONS: SEALING
The test results (see Mali bluestone overview page) indicate the stone does not need to be sealed in home living areas but in kitchens and bathrooms it might be wise as the risks of oil stains are higher. This will depend on how much traffic, the nature of what is spilled and how clean the floors are kept. If a sealant is required, Sealers Choice Gold Rapid would be the best option as it won't change the stone colour and it is water based and therefore more environmentally friendly. This sealant also has an anti-fungal agent that would help to keep the stone looking fresh in kitchens or bathrooms
CARE INSTRUCTIONS: ADHESIVE
This stone is very, very dense with small pore spaces that may make 15mm thick tiles susceptible to slight curling at the long ends of rectangular (e.g. 600x400mm) shaped tiles if slow setting adhesives are used. This is less likely to occur in tiles that are square in shape. As a precaution, the use of a rapid set adhesive is recommended. This curling is highly unlikely to occur in 30mm pavers and treads as they have far greater flexural strength by virtue of their thickness.