Ceramic tile is a very fragile product and must be stored in an area that it will be safe from getting hit by other objects. Cases of tile can be stored either flat or on their sides. If stored flat, raise them off of the ground; if stored on their sides, raise them off of the ground and place other objects around them that will prevent them from falling over. Leaning cases of tile against a wall is an effective method of storage as well.
Leave the tile that is to be stored in its original packaging. Do not remove any plastic cellophane wrapping if the tile is wrapped in it.
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Raise the tile off of the ground so it will not be exposed to dirt or water. If the tile came on a wooden pallet, use the pallet to store the tile. If you do not have a pallet to use, use pieces of scrap wood that are roughly the same dimensions.
Cover tile that is stored directly outside. Tile can be stored directly in the elements. Covering the tile with a tarp or other plastic covering will keep the elements out.
Allow the tile to acclimate to the room it will be installed in if the tile is stored outside during the winter. The tile should be allowed to warm up to room temperature before it is installed so it will not crack.