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Hi, we are going to have quarry tile laid in our pets room. We thought this would be a good flooring option for her. We are getting quarry tile instead of glazed, but I am concerned about the mortar, grout, & grout sealer, I have found a few that say they are non toxic, but do you have any suggestions on which ones are safe for pets? She is small & her face is going to be appx 3-4 inches from the floor, so you see my concern. One more question, she sometimes pees on the floor, bunny pee is kinda like ammonia, I guess you would say acidic, can this cause some type of chemical reaction with the grout, grout sealer or mortar (should there be any contact)? Thank you..

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Forgive my being tardy Hannah, computer issues...

Thank you for your question,

   There will be no toxic or problematic issues with either the Quarry tile or any kind of standard grout. Once the grout has cured and hardened it becomes inert and stable. So no concerns at all with the materials and your pet. Certainly "any" kind of urine will have a degree of ammonia tied to it and it can become a problem if there is too much of it. Grout is porous and will absorb any kind of liquid into it including urine. So if you think there is going to be any kind of on going problem with this then I would do two things to inhibit the problem...first is to have the tile installed with the tightest grout joint possible. This will cut down on the exposure area affected...second is to apply a liberal coat of a quality sealer (two coats to start with) and then reapply every 10-12 months depending upon how many "accidents" happen along the way....follow me? That should handle any of the potential issues you are concerned with Hannah, again sorry I'm late responding to you, please feel free to return anytime...

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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.

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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..

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