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Unread 02-14-2020, 10:32 AM   #1
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White haze on floor tiles

I have a newly constructed home, we have plank floor tiles throughout the home. Where the floor tiles meet any damp area, specifically at the shower threshold, we are noticing a white haze appearing where we wiped down the water on the floor with a towel. This is also appearing throughout the house within traffic patterns, in front of sliding doors, etc. Seems to be whenever the floor gets wet is is re emulsifying a sealer maybe? The white haze will not come off once established. This is new construction, the first time the home is occupied. Builder says the tiler uses some sort of finish to make the floors "pop"

Floors are looking terrible in a brand new home.
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Unread 02-14-2020, 11:00 AM   #2
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Welcome back, Mike.

Seems as though that is a problem your builder should be handling. If his tile installer used something on the floor that is creating this problem, his tile installer should be the one to correct the situation.

From over here, we'd at least need to know everything about the floor installation including specifics of the products used to set the tiles, grout the tiles, and any sealer or topical product used after the installation was complete.

And photos of the problem sometimes help, but it's frequently difficult to see surface defect problems clearly.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Agreed, I am currently waiting on the builder who is reaching out to his tile sub. I will post a picture soon and reply with the installation details he provides. Thank You
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There's no reason to add a sealer to glazed ceramic or porcelain to try and get them to "pop". The look of the tiles straight out of the box should be the look you want. I can see sealing the grout to avoid stains but not to try and change the look of the tile's surface.
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Update, the builder is coming back out this week, says "it happened because the floors were still wet when the sealer was applied."These are porcelain glazed tiles which I thought shouldn't have anything, sealer wax etc applied, I'm attaching a picture of the bathroom floor where it meets the shower floor. This is the worst case. Also, should three have been a curb installed at both entrances to the shower?

Thank You all for your input.
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There's no rules as far as curbs are concerned. Curbless showers are very popular these days. But, the water that soaks thru the shower floor tiles still has to be contained. How was the shower floor constructed?
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This is a slab on grade home in southwest Florida. I'm attaching a picture of the shower area during construction. Unfortunately, it is the only picture I have other than the finished work.

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The dirt in your picture looks wet except for a small spot on the right side. Was this taken before the roof was installed? Makes me wonder if moisture is coming up thru the slab. Any idea of what sealer was used?
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Mike, it'll help if you'll add that geographic location to your User Profile so it appears in each post. Otherwise the information will be lost before we leave this page.
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