This area is to enhance communications between you and us. We include answers to frequently asked questions, post unique ways others have taken advantage of our products or services, and solicit ideas and suggestions. Subj: Grout Sealer I am in the process of having ceramic tile installed in my laundry room and kitchen. I am sealing the grout with a sealer called TEC from Menards. I was told by a friend that if you put water on the grout that has been sealed but it does not bead up then it doesn’t have a good seal. Is this correct? Mine does not bead up. I am using an almond color grout and want to protect it from stains and dirt as much as I can. Thanks for your input. Linda Linda, It sounds like your using an impregnator sealer which only stops stains from soaking in below the surface. The surface will still stain with this type of sealer. You need to use a topical sealer on the grout joints. Cermaseal makes a good sealer. Most local tile stores carry this sealer. Proper cleaning is mandatory, dirt will settle in the grout joints no matter what kind of sealer you apply. Since you are residential, try above and beyond your normal cleaning, monthly deep cleaning — Vniegar and water mop on the floor and then wet vac up using squeegee attachment that won’t scratch tile. This will insure an absolute clean floor. For any other questions please feel free to contact us again. Thank You Eugene A. Owner Subj: Stained Marble Greetings. I saw your post on the Marble Institute site. We have some marble in our foyer that is white with pink and grey swirls. We recently had a broken pipe and the foyer was flooded. Now it has some water stains in it. Our insurance estimator said it looked like water that got dirty from flowing through carpet came up under the marble and the dirt wicked into the marble, which I understand is very porous. I have heard that a bleach solution might take out the water marks. Do you knoow of any products or techniques that might work? If we try to rescue the marble and are successful, we will also need something to bring it back to it’s natural luster because we really haven’t done anything but mop it for about 6 years, and it is in a high traffic area. I would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks Frank Frank, For the water stains try bleach mixed with baking soda to form a paste, apply over stain, cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit for two-six hours. As far as something to bring your luster back, a six year old floor high traffic area will most likely need to be sanded and re-polished by a professional. Thank you and if you have any more questions please e-mail us again. Subj: Stone care product line I have bought a house that has ceramic floors and they have been waxed for 30 years and I can’t find anything to take the crud out of the cracks. I am at my wits end. Please help! Thank You Beth Beth, After 30 years the wax has bonded to the grout. There is actually no way to remove it from the grout. I suggest having a professional come in and cut out the existing grout and re-grout the floor. Ceramic tile should not be waxed, if it is waxed although, it should be properly stripped every six months. The cost will depend on your sq.footage to re-grout. Thank-you so much for your input.. I have been thinking that may be my only choice besides bombing it (haha). Thank You so much for letting me know. BethgenaMarble
This area is to enhance communications between you and us. We include answers to frequently asked questions, post unique ways others have taken advantage of our products or services, and solicit ideas and suggestions. Subj: Grout Sealer I am in the process of having ceramic tile installed in my laundry room...