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Unread 01-23-2015, 11:41 AM   #1
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Protecting Unglazed Ceramic

Hi Everyone,

I'm new and I'm glad to have found JB Forums as I know I'll learn a heck of a lot from everyone here.

My first question...I have ceramic tiles in the kitchen which are unglazed. It's a new home build. I'm worried the tiles will become stained with use. Is there a sealer/enhancer I should be looking into to avoid the "dirty" look in the future?

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Unread 01-25-2015, 01:16 PM   #2
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Hi Ray, Welcome!

Can you give us a link to the tile that you are dealing with?
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Unread 01-29-2015, 11:39 AM   #3
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Apologies for the late reply and it appears the tile is porcelain rather than ceramic.

I don't have a link to the tile, but the details I've been able to gather from the builder are:

Material: Full Body Porcelain
Prestige: 9
Thickness: 9mm / 3/8"
Finish: Polished
Value: 1.48

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Unread 01-29-2015, 12:12 PM   #4
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Welcome, Ray.

That's not really telling us much.

Porcelain is a ceramic, by the way. Just harder and more dense than other ceramics.

"Full Body" doesn't compute. He maybe said through-body?

No idea what "Prestige" might mean.

By "Value" are you talking about the price?

What would help most is a name brand, make and model.
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Unread 01-31-2015, 11:58 PM   #5
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Hi Ray

If these are in fact through body unglazed polished porcelain tiles, you will benefit from sealing them. You'll want to use a impregnating sealer that is meant to be used with a dense porcelain.

One such product you may want to consider is Mapei's UltraCare Penetrating Plus SB Stone & Porcelain Tile Sealer.
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CX - I apologize, but I've tried to get more details from the builder (this is a mass, cookie cutter builder constructing homes in a complex versus a single contracted builder) and they have not been responsive. I did get a sample of a tile and looked at the cross section and now I don't believe it is a true through body as the grey coloring stops half way through the tile - I will try and upload a pic later today.

Doitright - thank you for the suggestion. However, as noted above, I'll post a cross sectional pic tonight for confirmation if it is truly a through body.

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I've attached a cross section of the tile. The dark grey is the top and the lighter grey is the bottom. In terms of composition, it all appears to be the same. Any insight?

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Hi Ray

I'm not familiar with that tile. I can post it to another resource I have.

Can you also post a photo of the top of the tile?

I would do some TESTing with the sealer. I don't see it being an issue if properly applied though.
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Sorry John for the late reply. Here is a photo of the top of the tile. Thanks again for all your help!
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