The beauty of natural stone tiles is that no two pieces are identical. Depending upon the stone, there can be low to high variations in the veining, shading, and colors; all inherent characteristics of natural stone. Products in this category include, but are not limited to: marble, limestone, travertine, granite, slate, and quartzite. For those of you who prefer a more controlled look, there are many man-made products to choose from.
Sealing the grout and/or stone of every tile project is an important step of our installation process. If you have installed natural stone, sealing the stone is a two-step process. You must seal the stone before it gets grouted, then seal again after it has been grouted. This two-step process ensures that both the stone and grout are sealed well.
If you are not sure whether your grout and/or stone has been sealed, a simple test will tell. Pour a bit of water onto the surface. If the water is absorbed in less than one minute, this indicates you will need to seal it again due to the absence of sealant. Always clean the grout and/or stone with the proper cleaners before you begin the process of sealing. Confirm the area has dried completely before sealing; 12-24 hours is usually sufficient. To help with this process, we carry a line of stone and grout sealers to get you started.
We highly recommend cleaning your ceramic, porcelain, or natural stone tiles, as well as the grout, with any natural stone cleaner. These cleaners are gentle and will not harm the stone, nor will it remove the stone and/or grout sealer. PLEASE NOTE: Vinegar is not recommended for cleaning stone or grout due to the acidity. When used, vinegar can take the polish off marble, dull a nicely- honed finish on marble, travertine, and limestone; it can also take the sealer off of your grout and/or stone.
We get numerous inquiries about how to clean tiled showers. After 35 years of working with tile, as well as having tiled showers in our own homes, we have a lot of experience in this area. Mold, mildew and even certain rusts are all fungi. These fungi thrive in moist, dimly lit environments, making the shower a perfect growing environment if the right measures are not taken. We recommend that you squeegee the shower after each use. We also recommend leaving the light and vent fan on for 15- 20 minutes after using the shower. In addition to these tips, we highly recommend a thorough cleaning of the tiled shower at least once per week. Follow these basic steps and you should be able to enjoy a beautiful, healthy, and mold free shower!
If you are searching for a way to rejuvenate the look of your grout, one option is to change the color with a grout dye. You can visit our store to view the multitude of colors from which you can choose. This project is an easy way to breathe new life into your space. PLEASE NOTE: We do not recommend dying grout that is set into any natural stone products; due to the porosity of many stones, the dye may leach into the body of the stone.