Expert Answers in Grout
Why did the black grout stain my tile?
ANSWER - Some glazed tiles have micro fracturing or even pin holes from off-gassing during the manufacturing process. It is always recommended to use a grout release to protect the tile from staining before you…Read More
What is the Stone Industry Standard for the Allowable amount of Marble Tile Lippage?
ANSWER - Per the Natural Stone Institute Dimension Stone Design Manual the tolerance for the allowable lippage for a for a calibrated marble or any calibrated natural stone floor tile is 1/32". This is based…Read More
Why is my Unsanded Grout Cracking and how do I fix it?
ANSWER - There are many reasons why a grout will crack and come loose. Unsanded grout is recommended for grout joints 1/8" wide down to 1/16" wide. Sanded grout is recommended for grout joints that…Read More
How do we determine what caused our Tile Shower to Fail?
ANSWER - You are asking a lot that can't be answered without performing a forensic inspection to determine what is causing the failures. I can make some general statements that may or may not apply…Read More
Why do my Plank Floor Tiles have a Haze or have Lost its Color?
ANSWER - Tiles should not 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…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