We have provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions from homeowners.
What is the difference between granite and marble?
The biggest difference between granite and marble is their porosity. The porous nature of marble will result in absorption of some materials upon contact. Some foods or liquids such as wine, juice, lemons and vinegar will absorb into marble and cause permanent staining. The extreme density of granite makes it capable of resisting stains from foods and liquids. Granite easily resists scratches and damage from heat, making it an ideal material for kitchen counters both inside the home and outside. Granite counters will not scuff or discolor from everyday household activities. Marble lacks the same durability as granite and can be damaged from common kitchen tasks such as cutting. Contact with hot pans and dishes may also damage marble.
Should I use a sealer on my ceramic tile?
You can put a penetrating sealer on your unglazed tile and grout joints. A penetrating sealer is a clear, stain resistant liquid that is absorbed into the surface.
What is the difference between sanded and un-sanded grout?
The use of sanded or non-sanded is based on the size of the grout space. Typically, grout joints that are 1/16” or smaller require non-sanded grout so that the grout can be properly packed into the joint. Sanded grout is used in 1//8” and larger joints.
Can you put new grout over old grout?
It is not recommended to put new grout over existing grout. If there is not sufficient depth in the joint, the new grout will not properly adhere to the old grout, and over time the new grout will start flaking and chipping away. The grout should be dug out at least 1/8” deep so that new grout can have a firm base to adhere to.
How do I clean mold and mildew from bathroom tile?
Mixing water and distilled white vinegar in equal amounts produces an effective cleaning agent. Using a 50-50 mixture of vinegar and water will often do the trick to remove soap scum and stop mold and mildew. Saturate a rag with the mixture and scrub the tile until clean. Rinse with clean water to get rid of any vinegar residue and wipe or let air dry. Grout is porous and soap scum, grime, and body oils can settle in the grout. If you can’t get in some corners, try using a Q-tip, old toothbrush or a cotton ball soaked in the mixture and leave it in the corner for several minutes.
What is the best way to clean marble and other natural stones?
Use an approved stone cleaner or warm water and mild dishwashing liquid applied with a soft cloth. Do not use vinegar or any other acidic cleaners to clean your natural stone tiles including marble, travertine, limestone etc., which are sensitive to acidic substances.