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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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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers installation sealers Standards Wet Areas

How can I keep my porcelain tile on the porch from having standing water?

ANSWER -  Industry standards require tile floor surfaces in areas that are subject to being wet must have a slope to drain of 1/4 inch per foot.   So if  water is getting into your screed…

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Should we replace the discolored Tile and concrete base in the Shower?

ANSWER -  Normally installing tile over damp mortar doesn't cause staining.  We call that a wet set method if the mortar is installed at the same time as the tile is installed.  A thin-set adhesive…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers grout Maintenance Showers Stains Wet Areas

Why are my subway tiles have stains around the edges?

Answer - If you have subway tiles, I assume you are talking about tiles on the walls of the shower.  Although perhaps you did install the subway tiles on the shower floor. Most subway tiles…

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What is the best product to use to remove Mold/Mildew?

ANSWER - You have to be careful on what cleaning products you use on tile, stone or grout.  Some of the grocery store brands may not be reliable for the type of cleaning you want…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers grout Maintenance sealers Stains Wet Areas

How do I remove stains on my grout in my bathroom?

ANSWER -  The TEC 550 Power Grout says it is a unique cementitious formula, and that its unique formulation is stain proof* and provides strong, color consistent joints free of efflorescence that is resistant to…

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How can I remove the Drip Lines on my Quartz Stone in my Shower?

ANSWER - Quartz Stone is a man-made material that is about 90% natural quartz suspended in a resin base. Natural stone and quartz stone can be affected by various chemicals.  The chemicals whether very acidic…

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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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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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Can the Stains on my Shower Tile Floor be Removed?

ANSWER - I saw the photo.  I couldn't zoom in to get a good look at the tile.  It looks to either be an unglazed porcelain or ceramic tile mosaic or it is a natural…

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