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How Do I Clean My Tiles?
How Do I Plan Out A Backsplash?
What Color Grout Should I Use?
Sanded Or Unsanded Grout?
Can I Install Tiles Without Grout?
Does All Tile Have Matching Trim?
Are All Tiles Exact In Size?
What is the difference Between Glazed and Unglazed Tile?
Is Ceramic Tile Cold?
Can I Drill A Hole In My Tile?
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How Do I Clean My Tiles?
Use a non-abrasive, neutral cleaner. Vacuum frequently to remove abrasive dirt particles. Repeated use of acidic, harsh chemical cleaners will dull the appearance of your tile.

How Do I Plan Out A Backsplash?
Use graph paper to plan around outlets, cabinets, windows, appliances, etc. Consider centering your design behind a sink, cook top or other focal point. A minimal backsplash is usually 4” high. A wall splash extends to the base of the upper wall cabinets. Anywhere in between is subject to your needs and creativity.

What Color Grout Should I Use?
Grout is determined primarily by personal taste. You may match your grout color to match or contrast your tile. Keep in mind that very light colors may show dirt more quickly and dark colors may show hard water deposits. Apply grout sealant per manufacturers instructions to maintain the color and integrity of your grout.

Sanded Or Unsanded Grout?
Sanded grout is recommended for floor tile installations with grout lines 1/8” or greater. The sand adds strength to the installation. Non-sanded grout is recommended for grout lines 1/8” or smaller and for high gloss tiles or decorative tiles with more delicate finishes.

Can I Install Tiles Without Grout?
No.

Does All Tile Have Matching Trim?
Not all tiles have coordinating trims.

Are All Tiles Exact In Size?
Some slight variations in size can exist in all types of tiles.

What is the difference Between Glazed and Unglazed Tile? Glazed tile is coated with a surface finish (silica) fused to the body of the tile by firing in a kiln at very high temperatures. Color, pattern and texture are adding in this process. Unglazed tile gets it’s color from the pigment added to the clay that makes up the body of the tile. Colors are more limited but because the color is through and through, wear is not as visible. Unglazed tile is a good choice for heavy duty traffic areas.

Is Ceramic Tile Cold?
Tile is actually the same temperature as the surrounding air. Body temperature is usually warmer than the air, this causes the tile to feel cold to the touch.

Can I Drill A Hole In My Tile?
Yes, you will need a diamond drill bit.

View additional installation information by clicking the links below:
Craquelle Tile Installation Guide
Mosaic Installation Guide
Product Knowledge Guidebook

For installation questions we suggest you consult with your setting material manufacturer. You may also visit www.custombuildingproducts.com for more information.
 

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