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How to Seal Slate

Slate is a stylish, elegant flooring material that can be bring beauty to interior and exterior spaces. Known to resist breaks, cracks and scratches, slate is a natural stone material that provides incredible long-term durability even in high-traffic spaces. While many people like the rough, raw look of slate, adding . . . Read more

What Type of Tile Backer Board Is Right for My Project?

A successful tile installation depends largely on the type substrate the tile is adhered to. Whether it’s a wall, floor, or countertop tile installation, using the right substrate is crucial for preventing cracks and breaks in the tile and grout. Backer board is the best substrate for tile. Plywood and . . . Read more

What Is an Uncoupling Membrane and Why Do I Need One?

Laying tile is a fairly straightforward DIY project if you’re familiar with the components, processes, and tools of the job. One of the most important factors for tiling success is the type and condition of the substrate, or the surface upon which the tile will be laid. In some situations, . . . Read more

The Pros and Cons of Sealing Natural Stone

Natural stone has become a sought-after choice for fireplaces, countertops, flooring and more because of its natural beauty and durability. There are many different types of natural stone available, each with their own attributes. Among the most popular options are marble, limestone, travertine, slate tile, and granite. Because it is . . . Read more

How to Remove Tile Sealer Without Damage

If you have tile flooring, a sealant can be applied to keep the surface protected from scratches and stains. This sealer is durable and resistant to things like moisture and scuffs, making it a wise choice if you want to prolong the life of your tiles. Sometimes, however, you might . . . Read more

How to Repair Damaged Grout

Grout is a common material used with tile, and it keeps the spaces between each tile looking uniform. This material can become damaged over time, and it will likely require a bit of repair to restore it to its original state. If you’re dealing with damaged grout, there are some . . . Read more

Tile Cutter vs. Wet Saw: What’s Better for Your Project?

Installing tile flooring, backsplashes or countertops requires precise cuts, even grout lines, and a perfectly level surface. Completing a weekend tile project isn’t hard when you have a tile cutter or wet saw to help you achieve those precise cuts. But when it’s tile cutter vs. wet saw, which do . . . Read more

How to Remove Dried Grout from Porcelain Tile

Grout is a cement applied between tiles to fill the gaps and keep porcelain tiles in place. Applying grout can be messy and leftover grout on the surface of the tile or baseboards can make a tiling job look unprofessional. Wet grout is easy to wipe away with a damp . . . Read more

How to Clean and Maintain Natural Tile Flooring

One of the benefits of natural tile flooring is that it is incredibly durable, enabling it to hold up well over time. When it comes to caring for stone tile, however, it’s important to make sure you clean it properly. Using the right methods to clean your natural tiles is . . . Read more