Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning failures Stains

How to clean Stains from porcelain tile from China and seal them?

ANSWER - To remove stains in tile depends on the type of tile and the type of material that caused the stain. You said that it was a porcelain tile, but porcelain tile should technically…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cracks failures Grout Moisture Problems

Wood underneath tile next to sink is soaked and smells mildewed

ANSWER - The description of your kitchen counter leads me to belief that they installed the tile directly to a wood top without a waterproof membrane on top of it. That is not a good…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Grout sealers

Any grout colorant to change color of epoxy grout?

ANSWER - There are epoxy based grout colorants that you can purchase to apply over an epoxy grout or a cement grout to change the color. Go to our website at www.CTaSC.com to find Resources…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning sealers Stains

How Do I Clean Old Terra Cotta Tiles?

ANSWER - Your Terra Cotta tiles can be improved with a thorough cleaning and sealing.  It won’t repair the pitting, but pitting just adds to the antique look.  Some stains can be removed and some…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning sealers

Mexican satillo tile floor is sticky after we used sealer/gloss

ANSWER - First you should contact the manufacturer of the sealer and ask them how to best deal with the problem. Generally speaking I have found the following method could resolve your problem: Use more…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile sealers

Can I use Polyurethane for a Sealer?

ANSWER - Putting polyurethane coatings over tile is not something that is normally done or recommended.  It might work, but I'm not sure how it would last or if it is healthy to prepare food…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile selection

I'm having difficulty finding long, narrow ceramic tiles

ANSWER - There are rectangular ceramic, glass and stone tiles that are available.  Check with Walker Zanger.  Ann Sacks has glass tiles in various lengths and widths.  Or you can cut the tiles out of…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile sealers

Can you darken saltillo tiles that haven't been sealed?

ANSWER - If the Saltillo pavers are unsealed and porous you can stain them. You can stain them another color or use an enhancer to just darken the natural color. Some of these products also…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Exterior installation

Should I Install Clay Tiles Over Plywood for Outdoor Use?

ANSWER - First of all you should not be installing the clay tiles to plywood if it is going to be used outdoors.  Plywood is moisture sensitive and will expand and contract leading to warpage…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile failures Hollow Sounding Tiles Wet Areas

Hollow sounds from tile with no backer-board on composite board

ANSWER - Tile should never be installed over a composite board because they are water sensitive and relatively unstable. There are some applications where you can install over exterior grade plywood for interior applications, but…

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