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  1. Why is water not beading on grout lines after the grout has been sealed? Q. The unsanded grout used for our shower states it’s not necessary to seal grout. However, I decided to but notice the grout does not bead off the grout joints as I feel it should, even after 2 coats.   A. You may be using a poor quality seal... Read More
  2. 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 that sh... Read More
  3. How do we clean white spots from bird droppings on colored concrete? Q. How do we clean white spots from bird droppings on colored concrete? We have a church under construction with tiles on the floor. Windows hadn't been put in yet, and birds came in. The tiles are left stained white from the droppings. Ther... Read More
  4. Does travertine pool coping need to be sealed? Can it be dyed? Q. Does travertine pool coping need to be sealed? Can it be dyed? We are not really loving our new travertine pool coping. We love the material but not the color. The stone has a honed finish. We were thinking about putting some kind of dye into... Read More
  5. 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 e... Read More
  6. How to remove white stains from rubbing alcohol dripping on saltillo tile. Q. How can I remove white stains from rubbing alcohol dripping on my saltillo tile? The tile is sealed but the sealant probably needs to be redone.  A. The alcohol has removed the existing sealer. The best thing to do is to strip the existing seal... Read More
  7. How should I clean my travertine shower floor? Q. We have a tumbled travertine (unsealed) stone floor in our shower. I really need to know how to deep clean this floor, as it has gotten bad - a bit scummy, mildewy, and moldy. How should I clean my shower floor? Can you help? A. Keeping your showe... Read More
  8. Removing etching from travertine table Q. Hello I am looking for some help to correct water rings on our sealed travertine table. There are splash marks and rings where glasses were placed. This is a brand new table and I'm hoping to fix the rings before sealing the table with a prod... Read More
  9. Grout has stained lueders limestone Q. We had a new lueders limestone fireplace surround installed. There are darker stripes on each side of all grout lines. Installer said grout was not acrylic, but grout did have some colorant. Stone has dried now three weeks and stains still present... Read More
  10. Should grout be scraped before a grout color sealer application? Q. Should grout be scraped before a grout color sealer application? I want to put color sealer on top of grout that has already been sealed. Is it necessary to first scrape the clear sealer off of the grout?  A. There is a quick test you can do t... Read More
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