Marlborough - Makers of fine english tiles - Founded 1938

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Product / Application Information

Product Information

Marlborough Tiles have been making tiles since the beginning of the last Century. Throughout our history lies a heritage of craftsmanship and quality and many of the techniques used today remain unchanged. The information provided below aims to help you select the tiles most suited to your application.


In-house wall collections

Our tiles are hand crafted and hand painted and are, as such, subject to minor colour variation both within the batch and from batch to batch. Where possible, tiles should be laid out prior to fixing or taken randomly from boxes to allow for blending of any shade variation. Over a period of time most ceramic tiles will craze which should be considered a characteristic rather an imperfection of this type of tile. The surface of our hand-crafted tiles may vary in the degree of undulation from batch to batch. Tiles may not be perfectly square due to uneven shrinkage in firing.

Glass wall collections

Glass is subject to minor colour variation and can be prone to scratching so is best used in wall areas not subject to surface abrasion. It has excellent stain and water resistant properties.


Our porcelain collections emulate natural stone, slate and terracotta and may be subject to minor colour and size variation from batch to batch. Large format porcelain tiles may be subject to slight bowing which will fall within European Standards. This can cause slight ‘lipping’ between one tile and the next. If you wish to minimise this, tiles should be laid square, or staggered by not more than a quarter of a tile length, rather than laying brick-bond.


The dimensions listed throughout the brochure may be subject to minor inaccuracy and are given as a guide only. The number of tiles supplied per metre is dependant on the size of grout joint recommended. When calculating the number of tiles required for your project, please allow 7.5-10% extra for cutting and wastage.


  Bathroom walls Showers Kitchen Walls Work Surfaces Fireplaces
Simplicity Yes* Yes* Yes* No Yes*
Contemporary Classics Yes* Yes* Yes* No Yes*
Classic Delft Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Neutrals Yes Yes Yes White/matt white Yes
Landscapes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Catwalk Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Elements Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Iridescent Lustres Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Posterity Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Cool Companions Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Vintage Yes Yes Yes No Yes

*require sealing with Marlborough Tiles Crackle Glaze Sealer

Fixing and Sealing

Before commencing any work, we strongly recommend that you and your fitter read the Product Information sheet.

In particular we draw your attention to the importance of surface preparation prior to tiling, checking the tiles prior to fixing to ensure there are sufficient and that they are correct, sealing the tiles where recommended, and finally, protecting the newly laid tiles from ongoing work in the vicinity.


Grout Joint - we recommend a grout width of around 3-5mm for the wall tile collections on this website. Our tiles should be laid by eye and not using spacers, halving any size differences. A wet cutter with a sharp diamond blade should be used.

Crackle glaze Sealer – our Contemporary Classics, Simplicity, Vintage,Cool Companions & Posterity collections have a crackle glaze and require sealing prior to installation with Marlborough Tiles crackle glaze sealer or LTP Mattstone sealer. Tiles to be cut must be sealed prior to cutting. All other tiles must be sealed after fixing. Follow the instructions on the sealer packaging.

Glass – glass tiles must be cut with a diamond blade designed for cutting glass rather than a ceramic blade that will chip them. Specialist white glass adhesive with a flexi additive must be used and applied evenly all over the back of the tile. In wet areas, an epoxy adhesive MUST be used eg Mapei Kerapoxy adhesive for glass. A specialist white grout suitable for glass is essential. Please be aware that our Dramatika iridescent glass mosaic is paper-fronted, which should be removed only after fixing in adhesive.

Transparent glass tiles should be fixed to a solid adhesive bed.  The adhesive should be spread flat by using a plastering trowel so no notches can be seen.  Once the sheet is fixed the paper should be taken off before the adhesive is fully dry.  Any alterations may then be done before the the adhesive is fully set.

Floor tiles - our floor tiles may all be used on walls but it is necessary to check first that the wall will take the weight, which will normally be possible provided the walls are designed correctly. Once fitted, porcelain tiles are difficult to drill, so wall fittings should be placed in position in advance.


Substrates - when laying floors it is critical that the substrate is level and that there is absolutely no movement. Movement causes hairline cracks in tiles.

Patterns - when laying patterns, use a 2mm joint for rectified tiles and a 5mm joint for non-rectified.

Underfloor heating - can be installed with all our tiles provided the correct adhesives, grouts and expansion joints are used. In must not be turned on for at least a week after completion of tiling or it will cause movement cracks in the tiles.

External use - Our frost resistant floor tiles can be used externally, but careful consideration should be given to factors which may cause them to be slippery eg slopes, mud, lichen, frost etc.


All our tiles are classified as easy maintenance.

Wall Tiles - our wall collections must only be cleaned using a very mild detergent and water and a soft cloth as other cleaners, particularly those that are acidic, may react with some glazes.

Porcelain - Porcelain collections may be cleaned as above or with a proprietary tile cleaner eg LTP Stonewash, using a soft or non-abrasive cloth. Never use acidic-based cleaners on tiles.

Glazed Edges

Up to 50% of our tiles have a top edge glaze (with the exception of Tacos).  Please note glazed edges have some colour variation and may not be perfect.