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QUESTION: What can I apply over a 15 year old porous ceramic tile floor to give it a slight shiny finish and make it easier to clean? I am not sure it was ever trated wiht any kind of sealant.

ANSWER: Thank you for your question John,

   While there are numerous brands of sealers on the current market most will not "adhere" to a glazed Ceramic tile. But there is a product that "may" do the trick because of it's different intended use. It is called "Slipguard" and the coating is self explanatory. Malls and many indoor public areas employ a similar product but in a commercial application. It may take two coats to render a more glossy appearance but I think this may suit your needs. You can find them on the Internet under their trade name. Ok John I hope this helps you with your project, feel free to return anytime...

Perry V.

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QUESTION: Sorry. The tiles are not glazed. They are very flat. In shiny and porous. What is best to give them a slightly glazed , somewhat shiny appearance?

Hey John welcome back,

   You can do what we used to do back in the day when installing raw Mexican Tile and that is to purchase "Mexican Tile Sealer". It is specifically designed to coat and cover unglazed Mexican Tiles leaving a nice even glossy coating that is pretty strong and can last for a couple years before needing additional coatings...We used to use "AquaMix" as a product but not sure if they are still in business or making the coating as it has been a number of years since my last raw clay installation. Ok John I hope this helps you with your problem, come again anytime...


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Perry Vellenga


Ceramic Tile/Marble. I can answer questions about floor preparation, tile selection, layout questions, performance of products, expectations of finish, compatabilities, questions about grout and epoxies, evaluating an installer, asking the right questions to check competence...more? 33 years this August 2012/ many years in commercial application from exterior finishes to Mall store fronts/ interior finishes like floor packages in stores inside Malls examples: The Limited, Lerner/NY, Lane Bryants, Bombay Co., Now involved in Residential new construction covering all types of interior finishes and designs.


I worked in an exclusive field of floorcovering called "Tenant Development" which is by invitational bid only, by way of a National bid list. These are large floor packages usually over 3500 sq. ft. of 18" x 18" Marble and Granite and many other types of Marble and sizes. They are specialty stores where the floor package can cost upwards of $50,000 for one store. I have also done "Structure" stores and J. Riggins stores, Lane Bryant,Express and Body Shop stores where wood flooring is used. Presently work for a National Flooring Company in the Residential new construction arena that covers most interior design elements..Granite Slab tops/wood flooring both job finished and prefinished ect..

My response's are published all across the Internet and picked up by multiple Interior Design sites and Industry related web sites where people have questions...

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