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GGCL Guide: How to remove scratches from ceramic wall tiles

The ceramic wall tiles installed all around your house keep on taking a large amount of abuse during their extended life period. Due to these abuses, the scratches are bound to show up. Dirty and debris get stuck in these scratches and end up making the tiles look perpetually grimy even after you've cleaned it. The shallow scratches can easily be filled up by buffing the tile with a gentle abrasive.

 

The scratches removal process using buffing the tiles with a gentle abrasive requires you to first prepare the abrasive. For that, you should mix 8 liters of water with 1/4th cup of liquid Castile soap in a tub. Stir the mixture well. Dip a sponge in the mixture and then use it to wipe the scratched surface gently. This would remove the dirt and debris stuck in the scratched space. After wiping with the castile soap and water solution, rinse off the tile with clean water and let it dry.

 

Make a paste of scouring powder by adding a little amount of water to the dry powder. Take a clean cloth and dampen it with the scouring powder paste. Use the dampen cloth to apply the paste on the scratched surface with tiny circular motions. Let the paste to dry off for 5-10 minutes before wiping it up with soft bristle brush.

 

Apply a little amount of brass polish or toothpaste on another piece of a clean cloth. Use this clean cloth to apply the brass polish or toothpaste on the scratched surface of the ceramic wall tiles. This should be again done with tiny circular motions made under light pressure. Let the brass polish or toothpaste sit for 5-10 minutes before rinsing it off with clean water and let the surface of ceramic wall tile dry.

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GGCL Guide: How to remove ceramic wall tiles

During renovation or redecorating your homes or offices, the biggest problem people face is to remove the existing ceramic wall tiles without damaging the wall, surroundings and adjacent furniture pieces. In this article we will go through the process of removing the ceramic wall tiles without breaking the tiles and damaging the wall, surroundings and adjacent furniture pieces.

The easiest and the quickest way is obviously to hit the tiles with hammer and break them up. While this method seems quite alluring, it is very time consuming and tiresome. The reason behind this is the industrial glue used by builders to stick the ceramic wall tiles. This industrial glue is very strong and will hold on to the tiles even when the tiles crack under the constant bashing of hammer strokes. This way ultimately you would have to first break all the ceramic wall tiles and then scrape off all the broken pieces from the wall.

 

A better idea is to break the grouts around the tiles with gentle, even taps with a hammer and a stiff putty knife. This way the grout around the ceramic wall tiles will give away. Once that happens, you can wedge the stiff putty knife under the tile and give it light taps with the hammer to make it loose. This would make the wall tile pop off. If the tile still refuses to budge, try again after removing some more grout from around the tile. There might be slight damage to the tile but all in all you will get the almost intact ceramic wall tile of the wall without damaging the wall, surroundings and adjacent furniture pieces.

 

It is extremely important to wear protective eyewear and safety gloves while working with the ceramic wall tiles. Tiny pieces of ceramic may break and fly off as splinters while the tiles or grout is being hammered. 

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GGCL : India maintained its position as the world’s second-largest tile producer and consumer country.

In 2018, India maintained its position as the world’s second-largest tile producer and consumer country.

Production increased from 1,080 to 1,145 million sq.m (+6%), while domestic consumption fell slightly to 750 million sq.m (-1.3%). The ceramic cluster in Morbi (Gujarat) has continued its rapid growth and is now estimated to have more than 500 production lines, many of which are devoted to products for export (some Gujarati sources already indicate a much higher level of production).

Exports have continued to grow strongly, rising from 228 to 274 million sq.m (+20.2%), consolidating India’s position as the 4th largest world exporter country.

In value terms, exports reached 859 million euros, equivalent to an average selling price of 3.1 €/sq.m, one of the lowest figures for all major exporter countries.

Saudi Arabia remained India’s largest export market with a 20.5% share of total exports (56 million sq.m, -2%). Next came the UAE (17.8 million sq.m, +21.6%), Iraq (17.6 million sq.m, -6.3%) and Oman (16.7 million sq.m, +19%). Exports to Nepal, Sri Lanka and Qatar saw double-digit growth. After starting an export activity to Mexico in 2016, India maintained a good level of ex- ports to what is the only non-Asian country among the top 10 markets for Indian tiles (15.3 million sq.m, -6.4%). Overall, the Asian continent absorbed 67.8% of India’s exports (185.7 million sq.m, +13.5%), Africa 14.4% (39.5 million sq.m, +48%), North America (NFTA) 6.4% (al- most entirely in Mexico), Europe (EU + non-EU) 7.3% (20 million sq.m, +61%) and South America 3.7% (10 million sq.m, +43.2%).

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GGCL Guide: How to remove ceramic wall tiles from plaster walls

It is an extremely difficult process to remove the ceramic wall tiles installed on the plaster board. If the installation was done in the contemporary method then the task becomes a bit simpler with thin layer of mortar or adhesive used under the tiles to stick it to the plaster board. In case the installation was done in the conventional manner then the task becomes quite daunting. You would find a thick wall of mortar under the tiles along with a metal mesh held against the plaster board. While the procedure to remove the ceramic tiles from the plaster walls is similar in both the cases, but it becomes physically exhaustive if the installation was done in the conventional method.

 

Before starting to remove the ceramic tiles from the plaster board, spread drop cloth or cushioning material under the area you are going to remove the tiles from. This cloth would help you avoid damaging the floor. Use the utility knife to remove the caulk from the tile edges. Now use the grout removal tool to scrape out the grout from the joints. Make sure you use the tip of the grout removal tool for scraping for efficient and clean removal of grout. In case the grout is too hard, use hammer to tap on the grout removal tool to break the grout.

 

Find the exposed edges of the tiles. Any tile which has the maximum exposed edge is where you should start. Insert the tip of metal chisel in the exposed edge diagonally. Hammer the other hand of chisel gently to push the chisel deeper along the edge. This would remove the tiles off the wall. Once all the tiles have been removed, use the chisel or the scraper to scrape off all the remaining adhesive or mortar from the plaster board.

GGCL : Brief history of morbi ceramics industry

MORBI IS ONE OF THE SECOND BIG CLUSTERS AFTER CHINA OF CERAMICS ACROSS THE WORLD. 

So now let us look back at the origin of the Indian ceramic hub., In 2013 the ceramic industry of Gujarat celebrates its 100 years of innovation. 

History of Gujarat (Morbi) ceramics has been revolutionary in terms of its technological exploration, experimentation and growth. Morbi & Thangadh alone has played a significant role to take India to new heights of ceramic industry. Figures prove that Morbi alone is world’s 4 the largest producer of ceramic tiles. The journey of success is an inspirational story about creativity and continuous hunt for opportunities.


The Gujarat ceramics originated in Thangadh & then flourished in Morbi to an extent that it is recognized worldwide as a ceramic hub of India. The initiation phase of ceramics in India is exciting. It started in 1913 with an idea clicked to Mr Shorab Dalal as he saw a traditional smoking pipe at Thangadh railway station. The idea inspired him to venture into ceramics. He was the pioneer who planted roots of Gujarat ceramics with roofing tiles industry in Thangadh without having any predefined path and a predictable destination. It was only his obsession which led him to experimentation & exploration by establishing unlimited scope in ceramics.

Continuing the journey ahead, in 1934, late Sri Parshuram Balwant Gunpule took over that Roof tiles factory with a great vision and desire to succeed. During the decade 1930 to 1940, forgetting the required expertise & know-how, he invited ceramic technicians from other states. With this, he ventured into the business of Potteries with the inception of new pottery units in Jabalpur and Nagpur.

Another significant contributor, Late Sh. L. R. Bhagat started his pottery units in Kolkata and Delhi and later on, he joined Bengal Potteries. These developments instigated requirement of technology to achieve operational effectiveness. This thought stimulated Late Sh. C P Shah, a Thangadh based industrialist, to go to Japan for gaining technology & process proficiency. This encouraged him to start Bombay Potteries in Mumbai. Considering his remarkable efforts in the field of ceramics, the state government asked him to publish a report on "Prospects of Ceramic Industry in the State". Another expert, Late Sh. Talakchandbhai migrated to Ahmedabad and started his crockery unit. Thus, many technicians having ceramic expertise & spirit of entrepreneurship migrated from the ceramic origin (Thangadh/Morbi) to other resourceful places to start their pottery units. There was a time when you could find a technician from Thangadh/Morbi in every ceramic factory.

As any industry grows, it brings potential challenges which need to be converted into significant growth opportunities. The ceramics experts in India sensed operational effectiveness and technology as a challenge for their growth and therefore, started networking worldwide for exchanging know-how and building mutual associations. In this context, Dada Parshuram was the first Indian who entered into a collaboration with a Japanese company ‘Taka Sago’ for experiencing a new sphere of development. Believing the same approach, Sh. Mahadevbhai Prajapati (of Argil Ceramic) undertook an industrial tour of Japan, Italy and France to understand the scenario of international ceramic industries, which transformed the conventional ceramic operations into a new age of technology. We still memorize how fast the Down Draught Kilns were replaced by Tunnel Kilns!

Simultaneously, the industry was looking for new material compositions which can create scope for better & new product applications. After a thorough viability analysis of new material sources, Earthenware came into the picture in 1935-45. In 1945-60, the continuous experimentation on the same lines led to the discovery of products made of semi-vitreous material. This was a turning point as semi-vitreous material got evolved to vitreous material, which proved as an enthusiastic start to the era of sanitaryware in India. Many local technicians having entrepreneurial instinct took a risk and started small scale sanitary ware units and ancillary industries.

From Roofing tiles to Pottery and then to Earthenware and Sanitaryware, the growth was never-ending. The well-established entrepreneurs in Sanitaryware diversified into Ceramic tiles. The diversification at a fast rate intensified the tile production units in Morbi. Also, the locally produced mosaic tiles from Morbi became famous all over India and joined the bandwagon.

……..and the rest is history!

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GGCL : Sanitary ware from Morbi, India.

Sanitaryware from MORBI

There are around 46 factories in Morbi that manufacture sanitarywares. Apart from this, there are many small units in Thangadh that manufacture sanitarywares for decades.

Many sanitaryware "Superbrands" like Hindware, CERA, HR Johnson etc outsource their requirements from Morbi. Due to more demand and less supply of European Closets (EWCs), many Morbi companies also import it from China and supply to their customers through sales network.

Sanitary wares are made from a variety of materials each of them has certain advantages over the others. However, sanitary wares made of ceramic has many advantages over those made of other materials and are economical also. It has wide acceptance in society.

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The ceramic sanitary wares are used for sanitation purposes and the product ranges from washbasins, closets, urinals, sinks, baths to hoppers. It has properties like very good resistance to weathering, chemical erosion, mechanical strength and resistance to abrasion. Its use in sanitation has preference over other materials. They are economical, easy-to-clean, longer life and are available in pleasing colours.

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GGCL : PORCELAIN MOSAIC TILES

The GGCL porcelain mosaic tiles style is one of the most popular interior design trends in recent years, and whether you’re creating an eye-catching mosaic feature wall or a one-of-a-kind bathroom splashback, our extensive range of hexagon tiles means that there’s no shortage of ways in which these versatile tiles can enhance an interior.

 

The hexagon mosaic tiles at Grupo Griffin Ceramica LLP (GGCL) offer a modern, easily customisable tiling option for your floors or walls - so whether it’s in the bathroom, bedroom or kitchen, you can transform your home with these unique tiles.

 

Our hexagonal tiles come in a range of colours to match the décor of your bathroom or kitchen too, or GGCL can even arrange a mix of colours for a true mosaic effect.

 

1) Choosing your hexagon wall tiles

 

From splashbacks to feature walls, the array of colours, textures and sizes that come with each type of hexagon tile mean that there are countless ways in which you can transform your home.

 

The unusual shape of hexagon wall tiles means that whether you clad the walls in an intricate hexagonal mosaic or opt for a splashback made up of several large honeycomb tiles, you can easily accentuate the design of any interior.

 

From a glossy to a satin finish, the easy-to-clean nature of each of these porcelain hexagon tiles makes them an excellent choice for busy domestic spaces - so, if you’re looking for a low-maintenance wall tile that will retain its shine, our range of mosaic hex tiles could be just the thing.

2) Finding the hexagon floor tile that suits you

For larger hexagon-shaped tiles, check out GGCL’s hexagon floor tiles and our hexa floor tiles.

Our Native tiles are also hexagon shaped but offer a much more natural weathered-stone look.

If you’re looking for mosaic floor tiles that will stand the test of time, our porcelain hexagonal floor tiles are not only versatile in design, but they’re long-lasting and scratch-resistant too - making them a solid choice for areas that experience high volumes of footfall, like kitchens and bathrooms.

3) Getting value for your money

While many of us assume that opting for cheap mosaic tiles will mean compromising on quality, at GGCL, we’re committed to bringing you the same range of first-class tiles that you’d expect, but at a budget-friendly price. So, whether you’re wanting to treat your walls to mosaic tiles or you’re searching for some of the best hexagonal floor tiles India to offer, look no further than our extensive online range.

We offer a price match guarantee, meaning that if you find our mosaic tiles cheaper anywhere else on the market, we’ll be happy to match that price - or, if possible, offer you it for less.

This way, you don’t have to compromise on quality in order to get the best deal.

Delivering our high-quality mosaic tiles: India mainland and further afield

If you’re looking for stunning hexagon tiles, India-based Grupo Griffin Ceramica is committed to delivering the highest quality products at the most competitive prices.

At GGCL, we offer an express delivery service on all orders, so you could get your hands on your very own mosaic tiles sooner than you think.

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Roofing Tiles from Morbi, Gujarat

Roofing tiles from Morbi

There are around 109 factories in Morbi that manufacture Roofing tiles. Since modern homes in India are made with the concrete ceiling, the usage of roofing tiles is mostly limited to elevation purpose. Thus most of the roofing tiles company are nowadays also making decorative roofing tiles (for elevation purpose).

Roof tiles are designed mainly to keep out rain, and are traditionally made from locally available materials (near Lilapar & Lalpar village) such as clay or slate. Modern materials such as concrete and plastic are also used and some clay tiles have a waterproof glaze.

A large number of shapes of roof tiles have evolved. These include:

Flat tiles - the simplest type, which is laid in regular overlapping rows. This profile is suitable for stone and wooden tiles, and most recently, solar cells.

Imbrex and tegula - an ancient Roman pattern of curved and flat tiles that make rain channels on a roof

Roman tiles - flat in the middle, with a concave curve at one end at a convex curve at the other, to allow interlocking.

Pantiles - with an S-shaped profile, allowing adjacent tiles to interlock. These result in a ridged pattern resembling a ploughed field.

Mission or barrel tiles are semi-cylindrical tiles made by forming clay around a curved surface, often a log or one's thigh, and laid in alternating columns of convex and concave tiles.

Roof tiles are 'hung' from the framework of a roof by fixing them with nails. The tiles are usually hung in parallel rows, with each row overlapping the row below it to exclude rainwater and to cover the nails that hold the row below.

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There are also roof tiles for special positions, particularly where the planes of the several pitches meet. They include ridge, hip and valley tiles.

Invention
Fired roof tiles are found as early as the 3rd millennium BC in the Early Helladic House of the tiles in Lerna, Greece. Debris found at the site contained thousands of terracotta tiles having fallen from the roof. In the Mycenaean period, roofs tiles are documented for Gla and Midea.

The earliest finds of roof tiles in archaic Greece are documented from a very restricted area around Corinth (Greece), where fired tiles began to replace thatched roofs at two temples of Apollo and Poseidon between 700-650 BC. Spreading rapidly, roof tiles were within fifty years in evidence for a large number of sites around the Eastern Mediterranean, including Mainland Greece, Western Asia Minor, Southern and Central Italy. Early roof tiles showed an S-shape, with the pan and cover tile forming one piece. They were rather bulky affairs, weighing around 30 kg apiece. Being more expensive and labour-intensive to produce than a hatchet, their introduction has been explained by their greatly enhanced fire resistance which gave desired protection to the costly temples.

The spread of the roof tile technique has to be viewed in connection with the simultaneous rise of monumental architecture in Archaic Greece. Only the appearing stone walls, which were replacing the earlier mudbrick and wood walls, were strong enough to support the weight of a tiled roof. As a side-effect, it has been assumed that the new stone and tile construction also ushered in the end of 'Chinese roof' (Knickdach) construction in Greek architecture, as they made the need for an extended roof as rain protection for the mudbrick walls obsolete.

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GGCL Guide: How to remove ceramic tiles from kitchen wall

Due to its nature of water resistance and easily washable cleanable surface makes the ceramic tiles as the most ideal choice for kitchen walls. These long lasting durable ceramic tiles pose a hindrance when later on while remodeling or redecoration you want to install modular cabinets or remodel the entire kitchen. It takes quite an effort to pull apart the strong adhesive used to stick this ceramic wall tiles.

 

To safely remove the ceramic wall tiles installed on the kitchen walls without damaging the adjacent areas, you should start with scraping off the grout applied between the joints of the tiles. Use the grout scraper to scrape back and forth the grout lines resulting in grinding the grout until the wall base is visible.

 

Take the blunt putty knife and wedge it between the wall and tile edges made visible by scrapping off the grout. If the ceramic tile doesn’t pop off under the applied gentle pressure, use the hammer to lightly tap on the putty knife to slide it further deeper. Many a times the ceramic tiles may break under the pressure and some parts remain stuck to the wall. You need to use the wide blade putty knife to scrape off the struck pieces from the wall.

 

As mentioned above, the ceramic wall tiles may shatter while being removed. You are advised to wear safety goggles to prevent any eye injuries due to flying shrapnel or shreds of the tile glaze. Also you are advised to wear arm covering shirts and leather gloves to eliminate the risk of cuts and scrapes from the shreds and shrapnel of ceramic glaze.

Source: https://www.ggcl.in/blog/10-GGCL-Guide:-How-to-remove-ceramic-tiles-from-kitchen-wall

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GGCL Guide: How to put ceramic tiles on bathroom wall

The durability and long life of the ceramic wall tiles makes it the ideal construction material to be used while covering the bathroom walls. The splash proof, dirt resistant easily cleanable reflective surface of the ceramic wall tiles ensures that your bathroom looks as attractive as your homes and offices.

 

While the non porous ceramic wall tiles are in itself water resistant, the joints between the adjoining tiles are filled with concrete based grout and will soak up all the moisture. Thus the first step in installing ceramic wall tiles in the bathroom, some water proofing is required. The easiest way to get this done is either applying a thin layer of paint on the base wall or installing special waterproof boards which have latex covering on one side to prevent moisture from being absorbed.

 

The planning, designing and drawing the layout are the next steps. Start with the back wall of the bathroom as it is the most visible part while entering the bathroom. Starting from the center move towards both the edges diagonally to have an even design. Use the notched trowel to apply the mortar, and always work from the bottom up to stack the tiles on top of each other with spacers for joints. The side walls are usually plumbed up from the face of the bathtub or shower cubicle.

 

Coming to the joints between the adjoining ceramic wall tiles, all the edges which end against any perpendicular surface needs to have sufficient space of movement to accommodate the seasonal shifts and changes. Once installed accordingly, all the joints and edges must be grouted with appropriate grouting material. Use non-sanded or sanded grout as per the requirements. Let everything dry off for the next 72 hours and then seal the grout joints.