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  1. Tiles popping Q: I'm laying "penny" mosaic tile on top of a heating system. I had to use a light amount of thinset in some spots due to leveling issues. As a result I have some tiles that are coming up (I have not yet grouted). I am going to use spectralock epoxy ... Read More
  2. Concerns About Tile Weight and Floor Collapse Q. How do I know if my 2nd floor bathroom floor is strong enough to handle the weight of tile? There is vinyl on the floor now, obviously tile will add a lot of weight and I don’t know how to check this out. A. Thank you for sharing your con... Read More
  3. How to Remove White Powdery Substance On Coquina Tile Q. I just bought a house with coquina tile that has not been cleaned in decades. We contracted a limestone expert (after interviewing 4 companies, 2 of which were not familiar with what coquina tile was) to clean them. They ground the floor and then ... Read More
  4. stone bathroom tile Q: I cleaned soap scum off a stone tile shower with vinegar and it made white marks and streaks all over the shower walls. I can remove the sealer with cleaner but the white marks are still there. How do I fix it? A: If your shower is ma... Read More
  5. What to do about holes in travertine tile Q. We had travertine tile installed 1 1/2 years ago and I had a hole open up and it is gradually getting bigger and now a 2nd hole has opened up too. Don't know what has caused it? Need to know how to fix it? We had it sealed when it was done... How ... Read More
  6. How do I clean zero grout lines on travertine tile floor? Q. I have a large space covered in dull travertine tile which i am planning to polish and seal. There is a zero grout which has become very dark. how can i clean the grout without damaging tile? A. There are several alkaline grout cleaners th... Read More
  7. Spa Tile Restoration Q: I had my ceramic tiles acid washed with a mix of 2 parts muriatic acid and 2 parts water. It cleaned up heavy clacification but tiles remain smokey and cloudy. Do I have options to improve the finish other than polishing? Would... Read More
  8. travertine tile bathroom Q: I have a 2nd floor shower with moisture resistant sheetrock. I want to put 18" travertine tile on the walls above the pan. Using modified mortar, can these tiles be put on the wall with mortar blobs leaving an air space behind tile or do the tiles... Read More
  9. Membrane for cracked tile replacement? Q: Hello, I have a problem with a few cracked ceramic tiles in an entryway. The tiles have cracked due to cracks (mostly hairline) in the concrete foundation. I have heard of some kind of membrane material that can be used when such cracked tiles are... Read More
  10. What should I ask a prospective tile setter? Q. I am going to be hiring a tile setter. What kinds of questions should I ask them? By the way, I am in California. A. We asked our Installation Technical Director, Giovanni Lagana of Lagana Tile (www.laganatile.com), what a consumer should ask... Read More
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