Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers Maintenance Moisture Problems sealers Stains

Why did the porcelain tile under my rugs turn dark?

ANSWER - Porcelain tile is not known to fade.  It is not uncommon to find that the tile color under rugs that have been in place a long time are a different color or shade. …

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What has caused my Blue Stone to show rust stains?

Questions -  Most stones contain some ferrous oxide minerals that when subjected to excessive moisture can cause a rust-like stain.   For it to occur the stone has to be subjected to some level of moisture.…

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Is it recommended to install Carrara Marble in Steam Showers?

ANSWER - I have seen Carrara Marble installed in showers and steam shower successfully, but I have also seen where there were staining problems. Many marbles contain pyrite (iron sulfide) minerals which is a natural…

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How do I clean my Travertine Tiles on the bathroom floors and shower?

ANSWER - Depending on whether the travertine tiles have been maintained properly or not over the years, it may require a more in-depth cleaning; particularly if there is staining in the stone. Generally speaking, on…

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How do I remove the brown stains on my granite countertop?

ANSWER - There are many different types of stains, so the trick is to try to determine what caused the stain, because if you know that, then you have a chance at figuring out how…

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Expert Answers Floor Warming installation Moisture Problems

Should we use an Uncoupling Membrane and how to we warm the floor?

ANSWER - Using an uncoupling membrane will not make the tile installation waterproof, unless you use a special type that can be installed in a waterproof method, and it doesn't really add any value if…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers installation Moisture Problems Movement Joints Tenting

What is causing my Ceramic Tile to Buckle / Tent up?

ANSWER - When tile debonds and buckles up we do refer to that as tile tenting.  The cause of tile tenting is normally due to several compounding conditions.  First is that normally the tile installation…

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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 cleaning Expert Answers Maintenance Moisture Problems Slip Resistance Vapor Barrier

Why does my ceramic tile floor feel tacky when it gets cold?

ANSWER - When the interior atmosphere is humid and the outdoor temperature is very cold, then the tile surface is relatively warm, and in effect it becomes the warm side of a vapor barrier that…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Concrete Substrate Slab Expert Answers Leak Moisture Problems Repairs

Will French Drains around my house stop Ground Water from Seeping through My Tile Grout?

ANSWER - If in fact you have ground water migrating up through your concrete slab and up through the porous tile grout joints, installing French drains around the perimeter of your house could divert the…

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