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Unread 03-15-2020, 04:40 AM   #16
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I'm curious how your shower was constructed, and the method of waterproofing that was used? I have come behind some of those "fireman" and even have a couple friends that are fireman that do construction on the side and do most of their own tile on their jobs, they don't always follow the industry standard.
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Unread 03-17-2020, 07:20 PM   #17
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The tile distributor recommended sealing the pebble stone shower floor both before and after grouting.
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Unread 03-17-2020, 07:47 PM   #18
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Btw, our shower was constructed with Schluter Kerdi shower system. I’m gong to try to attach a few photo shoots: one before shower floor grout and one after final grout(which wasn’t cleaned properly); that we hope to get cleaned properly.
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Unread 03-17-2020, 07:55 PM   #19
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I use Windex and a green scratch pad or a small razor blade. Not sure what the green scratch pad will do to your stones might try it on a spare if you got any left
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Unread 03-21-2020, 02:24 PM   #20
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Thought I’d post pictures of the product that cleaned my pebble tile shower floor & a pic of the floor after cleaned. It looks great! Like it should look! I’m so pleased. Our 2nd tile guy did the job properly & have made us very relieved & happy. ???? Thought it may help someone else that may have encountered same problem. Many thanks to all that provided me invaluable info and insight on this!
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Is there a right way to seal pebble tile?

I have had Solistone flat pebble tile laid in our master shower bath floor. Now ready to seal it. Is there a “right way” to seal it?
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Unread 03-21-2020, 07:51 PM   #22
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Sterling, I've once again combined your new thread with your original project thread so folks can see what you're working on and what's been previously asked and answered.

I would recommend against trying to seal that floor at all. The grout you used will not benefit in any way and the stones will not likely ever benefit either.

What purpose do you have in mind for wanting to seal the floor?
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Unread 03-21-2020, 08:10 PM   #23
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I'm with Cx, leave it unsealed.
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Unread 03-22-2020, 07:47 PM   #24
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The tile distributor recommended that we seal these pebbles before and after grouting. As seen earlier in this thread Mapei CQ grout was used (which should not have been used but was).
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Unread 03-22-2020, 07:48 PM   #25
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P.S. They were sealed b4 grouting.
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Unread 03-22-2020, 07:56 PM   #26
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Sterling, we realize what the distributor recommended. We still wouldn't seal it.
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Unread 03-22-2020, 08:37 PM   #27
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You saw the quality of advice they gave you about what grout to use (one not recommended for your pebble floor!), so, why would you believe them about sealing over the guys there that do this for a living, rather than just sell product?

People have a general misunderstanding about what a sealer can do...some things just don't benefit from using it. A retailer gains by selling you a product that won't hurt things, but does you no good.
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Unread 03-23-2020, 11:04 PM   #28
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Thanks for the professional tips about not needing to seal the floor. Out of curiosity, which type floors do need sealing?
Again, appreciate all who have given me their expertise.
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Unread 03-23-2020, 11:10 PM   #29
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None of them need sealing, Sterling, but the ones that can benefit most from sealing are those that are likely to experience spills from substances that are likely to stain the tile or grout and which are likely to have those spills cleaned up promptly.

Now, if are using a cementitious grout and you tend to spill your red wine in the shower when the shower is not running, sealing after the installation might actually benefit you.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Unread 03-26-2020, 11:06 AM   #30
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Sealants are beneficial for stones, tiles, and grout with high porosity. Marble, travertine, and limestone are the typical stones that benefit from sealing because the pores can trap dirt and stains. Pre-filling them with a clear sealer to keep them from staining or discoloring makes sense. The pebbles (typically made of dense stones like quartz or granite) and grout you have there are very low porosity so a sealer likely won't do much. If you do want to seal them, the Aquamix sealer you used before would be fine, it won't react negatively to the Flexcolor. There are those that feel sealing the stones doesn't let them 'breath' if moisture gets behind them but that also shouldn't be an issue for the pebbles I'm seeing in your picture.
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