Expert Answers in Ceramic and Porcelain Tile
Is it necessary to waterproof under tile installations?
ANSWER - It depends on the application on whether waterproofing under a tile installation is necessary. If it is in a wet application and in some exterior applications, then it is necessary to waterproof the…Read More
How do we remove a Urethane Grout Haze from a Tile?
ANSWER - If you rub too hard you might damage the tile. The best approach is to contact the manufacturer of the urethane grout and ask them how best to remove the urethane grout haze. …Read More
How Can I Remove Contrasting Grout Staining in a Black Tile?
ANSWER - The grout that you used may be a polymer modified grout similar to a grout with a latex additive. Acids won't attack the polymer, but there are products for removing latex haze. Try…Read More
Do I have to reseal my tile and grout?
ANSWER - The unglazed porcelain tile should technically be impervious with an absorption of 0.5% or less. That doesn't mean it can't stain, when it can if something is left on it long enough and…Read More
How do I repair the Horizontal Grout Joint between the Bathtub and the Tile wall?
ANSWER - The transition joint between the top of the bathtub flange and the wall tile is not supposed to be filled with a cementitious grout. It should be filled with a resilient ASTM C920…Read More
Can I Install Mosaic Tiles over an Old Eroding Sandstone Flagstone Tile?
ANSWER - I assume this is an exterior application of the sandstone in a flagstone irregular shape. Sandstone is Quartz stone from a geological point of view, but it is a class 1 that is…Read More
Can I Clean and Restore my 15 Year Old Glazed Ceramic Tile?
ANSWER - Since you have a glazed ceramic tile it should come clean unless it has worn from abrasion. Glazed ceramic tiles don't normally fade, but some of the softer glazes might to some degree.…Read More
Can a Tile Mosaic Mural Be Installed Outdoors with High Temperatures?
ANSWER - You didn't indicate if the mosaics are ceramic mosaics or glass mosaics. Ceramic mosaics are normally produced at over 1200 degrees F. Normally custom ceramic tiles are dried and then fired in a…Read More
Are there Tile Sealers that are resistant to Urine?
ANSWER - I assume you are saying that you seal your tile with a sealer and that your dog's urine is causing the sealer to be removed. Sealers are meant to minimize the chances of…Read More
Why is water coming out of the grout on the side of our Shower?
ANSWER - From your photo the bottom edge of the wall tile where it is adjacent to the transition joint from the wall to the floor has efflorescence staining. That suggests water is traveling from…Read More