Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cracks Expert Answers failures grout Repairs

Why is our grout cracking and what can we do about it?

ANSWER - Grout can crack for a varied of reasons, and it might be because of a combination of different deficiencies. First of all, not manufacturer of grout would recommend mixing non-sanded grout with sanded…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers grout Maintenance Showers Stains Wet Areas

Why are my subway tiles have stains around the edges?

Answer - If you have subway tiles, I assume you are talking about tiles on the walls of the shower.  Although perhaps you did install the subway tiles on the shower floor. Most subway tiles…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers grout Maintenance Mold Showers Wet Areas

What is the best product to use to remove Mold/Mildew?

ANSWER - You have to be careful on what cleaning products you use on tile, stone or grout.  Some of the grocery store brands may not be reliable for the type of cleaning you want…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers grout Maintenance sealers Stains Wet Areas

How do I remove stains on my grout in my bathroom?

ANSWER -  The TEC 550 Power Grout says it is a unique cementitious formula, and that its unique formulation is stain proof* and provides strong, color consistent joints free of efflorescence that is resistant to…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers Flood grout Maintenance Stains

How do I remove sewer stains in my tile grout?

ANSWER - It depends on whether the water from the commode was contaminated or not.  Category 1 water is sanitary water.  Category 2 water is contaminated water to some degree. Category 3 water is grossly…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers grout Maintenance Stains

How do I clean my tile grout that has shade/color variation?

ANSWER - Cementitious grout is porous and more susceptible to staining and shade variation than an epoxy or urethane grout. It is possible that the difference in grout color could be just shade variation from…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers grout Maintenance Moisture Problems Repairs sealers Wet Areas

Why did my grout Turn White and How can I get back the Original Color?

ANSWER - It is not clear what kind of sealer you used.  Normally sealers are not mixed into the grout when you install the grout, so that may be part of the problem? Grout turning…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Debonding Tile Expert Answers grout installation Repairs Showers Wet Areas

Are my tiles bonded properly in my Steam Shower?

ANSWER - First of all there is nothing wrong with using sanded grout as long as the grout joint width is 1/8" or wider.  There are some benefits to using an epoxy grout in terms…

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cleaning Expert Answers grout installation Maintenance sealers Stains stone

Why are my newly installed Travertine Tiles have a White Haze and Texture?

ANSWER - If your travertine was dark and rich before it was grouted and sealed, then it should be able to be returned to that condition since it is a natural stone the surface can be…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers grout Installation Guidelines Movement Joints Standards Workmanship

Are there Tolerance Standards for Grout or Caulking Joint Width Variation?

ANSWER - You are correct to install caulked movement joints at the perimeters and inside vertical corners of the tile installation.  Caulk should be an ASTM C920 silicone sealant per TCNA EJ171 standards.

The ceramic…

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