Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Efflorescence Staining Expert Answers sealers

Will Sealing a Saltillo Tile prevent the White Efflorescence Staining?

ANSWER - Sealing a Saltillo tile doesn't waterproof the tile. Sealing the tile only makes it moisture resistant.  A sealer should help to minimize the white efflorescence staining, but it may or may not stop…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers Maintenance

How do I remove the Dull Appearance of my Tile Floor

ANSWER - I doubt that you have a glazed porcelain tile floor.  A glazed tile is a tile with a glass-like coating on the surface that can't be altered unless you have abused it in…

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cleaning Expert Answers Maintenance sealers stone Travertine

How to clean Unfilled Travertine Floors

ANSWER - I would never recommend installing unfilled travertine or any unfilled stone on a floor or it will collect dirt that could then develop into microbial growth if moisture is present.  It would be…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers Maintenance sealers

How can I keep my Porcelain Floor Tile from giving off a Dirt that doesn't come clean?

ANSWER - A true porcelain tile will not degrade or bleed that would cause a residue on the surface of the tile that would transfer to your socks.   Porcelain tile is very dense and fired…

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cleaning Counter tops Expert Answers Marble Mold Sealant Caulk Stone Restoration

What is Causing my Kitchen Marble Countertop to Stain?

ANSWER - Marble isn't the safest material to use on a kitchen countertop because it is primarily comprised of calcium carbonate that is chemical sensitive and has a tendency to scratch.  Having a honed surface…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers grout Haze Ink Jet Glazed Tile Maintenance Repairs

Why do my Plank Floor Tiles have a Haze or have Lost its Color?

ANSWER - Tiles should lose their color from cleaning.  There are a lot of variables to consider.  First what kind of tile is it and how was it manufactured.  I will assume it is a…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers grout Maintenance Stains

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. …

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cleaning Efflorescence Staining Expert Answers Limestone Maintenance stone Stone Restoration Wet Areas

How do you remove stains in Limestone in an Exterior Application?

ANSWER - Limestone stone is a calcium carbonate sedimentary natural stone.  It contains various minerals such as ferrous oxide that when subjected to excessive moisture can develop mineral stains. Sometimes this is just minor staining…

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Brick cleaning Expert Answers Exterior Maintenance Repairs

Can I Stucco over an Existing Brick?

ANSWER - I would be surprised if the brick is made of porcelain clay which is very dense and has 0.5% absorption or less.  There are some very dense clay brick. Stucco is a weak…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers grout sealers Stains

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…

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