Cini White Glossy Wall Tile (25x20cm) is rated
Rated 1 out of
Inconsistent Size and Colour - Poor Quaity
We bought these tiles for our bathroom as part of a refurbishment project - we thought that the gloss white finish would be a good backdrop around the bath/shower for the other colours in the room.
- the tiles were consistently out of true. They're supposed to be 20x25cm. Across 7 boxes of 20 we probably only found a dozen of the correct measurement. The rest were either short in one dimension or the other, or both, by a few mm. Enough to mean that it was awkward to align the tiles properly in the vertical/horizontal as different tiles were out of true in different ways. Made us more reliant upon the grout to try to correct the problems and detract the eye from the issues.
- worse still, the shade of white was not consistent across the boxes of tiles (yes - we tried to colour match at purchase - but difficult to confirm shades exactly when all the box says is "white" - no batch number or whatever was present). So we have a chessboard of varying shades of off-white/light-grey, which only came to light as the tiling was completed.
Overall very disappointed with these and the state they've left our bathroom in. Wouldn't recommend at all and I'm already looking forward to "refurbishing" these, when funds and time allows.
Date published: 2015-05-06
Rated 2 out of
This product would suffice where quality is not required.
The Cini tiles were flat and consistently rectangular, and for the first thirty boxes I fixed, had very few blemishes. Then, after fixing these tiles to the walls, I encountered five boxes where the majority of tiles were defective/ marked.
These defects were as follows:
1) a small percentage had glaze missing from a short length of one of the edges.
2) common faults were charcoal blotches/spots up to 2mm across having been glazed in.
3) the most frequent defect was the most annoying as it was created by a manufacturing/handling process. On many tiles there was a 3mm long scar (slightly diagonal to the length of the tile) and spalling through the surface glaze. This shows up as a short black line surrounded by chipped glaze which I believe has been inflicted by the jaws of a pair of tongs, probably with long handles/jaws, used to remove individual tiles from a hot kiln/oven. Alternately, in a few cases, the glaze has been scratched, possibly by a rubber-tyred drive wheel that skids the tiles from the kiln.
The tiles generally were very dusty and dirty and I had to thoroughly clean and inspect over 200 tiles that added almost 2 days to the fixing time, effectively adding the cost of £30 per box to the price of the tiles.
I was pleased to have fixed twenty boxes without encountering these blemishes, however, many of these were fixed using artificial light and when I examined the completed areas in natural light I found two areas that were marred by these unnatural scars. I have had to cut out groups of these tiles and in one case even the supporting plasterboard skin of the partition and restore the structural fabric of the wall that I had previously tiled. This represents further abortive costs.
This experience has not been enjoyable but I will continue to trade with Topps Tiles.
Date published: 2015-03-21