Tile finishing question...

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Old 02-21-10, 11:29 AM
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Tile finishing question...

I have just installed a tile floor and am ready to grout.

While cleaning the floor, my wife remarked how much better the tiles look when wet. They are a textured, ceramic imitation granite tile, with no sheen at all to them.

I see there are some sealers that provide a low or semi-gloss finish to the floor.

Can I use one of these products to seal the tiles before/after applying the grout? If applied before the grout, will this make the grout cleanup easier?

Would this treatment need to be re-applied at certain intervals - yearly?

Is there one product better than others? Any to avoid?

All input most appreciated!
 
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Old 02-21-10, 11:59 AM
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Tom,

it's important to know whether those tiles are ceramic or porcelain.

From your description I've decided you have porcelain tiles, either matte glaze or through-body unglazed. Not sure, can't tell from here.

If they are glazed, you've got what you bought. If unglazed, you can apply a topical dressing to give them any level of sheen you want. Of course that means more maintenance since this dressing is essentially a type of wax.

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Thanks.

I just checked the fine print on the box -should have done it first.

They are glazed porcelain. Must be matte glaze. Surprise for me...

So -no dressings.

Anything else I should be aware of - differences between ceramic and porcelain?
 
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Porcelain IS ceramic, just harder-stronger. The only real difference when installing them is to make sure you're using a modified thin set if setting over cement backer or wood underlayment. (wood not recommended however). But you're finished now....so....

And now a break, I'm getting ready for the USA hockey team's victory over Canada. Hopefully! Beer 4U2

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Well...

did you have money on the game?

Miller was awesome.

ps -I did use the modified thinset over cementboard, so I guess I'm all right.
 
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