Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers failures Repairs Tile Trim

What would cause Porcelain Tile Bullnose edges to Peel?

ANSWER - Porcelain tiles are not likely to peel considering they are very dense tiles.  Although you say the tile is Carrara Marble look and the edges are white.  Manufacturers use the ink jet technology…

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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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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers Installation Guidelines Installation Products - Adhesives Motor Home - Trailer Home Remodeling

What products do I use to install tile in my Travel Trailer Home - Motor Home?

ANSWER - To determine what adhesive to use to install a time you need to determine what is the substrate.  You need to know what type of tile you are going to install.  In Trailer…

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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 Expert Answers sealers

Can I seal a Saltillo Terra Cotta tile with a Sealer that won't change its appearance?

ANSWER - There are sealers called penetrating sealers that seal the tile but doesn't change the appearance of the tile. These is a product called Miracle 511 Impregnator Porous Plus meant for high absorbing tiles…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers installation Installation Guidelines Showers Standards Steam Showers Waterproofing

Is it a problem if Schluter Ditra is installed on the walls of a Steam Shower?

ANSWER - Based on the Schluter literature, although they only show floor applications, they don't say it is only for floors. The Ditra is waterproof if installed correctly for waterproofing.  It does have a key…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Efflorescence Staining Expert Answers installation Installation Guidelines Moisture Problems Remodeling Vapor Barrier Waterproofing

What should we do if there is evidence that there is high Moisture coming up our Concrete Slabs?

ANSWER - Carpet might be allowing the moisture to evaporate through it, but as dirty as carpets get you could develop some microbial growth in the carpet.  Adding more carpet doesn't solve or prevent problems.…

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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 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…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Expert Answers Grout installation

Why hasn't my grout harden?

ANSWER - If you are using a cementitious grout it should harden.  If you used too much water in mixing the grout and/or too much water in cleaning the grout during the installation of the…

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