Flooring and Carpeting/grout

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Why is non-sanded grout called non-sanded grout, and how does it differ from sanded grout?
I want to repair a surface chip and a scratch in a ceramic floor tile in the kitchen which type of grout should I use?

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Thank you for your question Marvin,

   The term employed to describe the grout necessary to fill small joints of 1/8" or less is a misnomer really. Non-sanded grout is really a silica sand and if you work with it enough it will give you "strawberries" on your fingertips just like the sanded grout will. It just allows the material itself to compress into a tighter blend thereby allowing it to be pushed into tighter joints either floor or walls. So both have sand as it's primary ingredient, only the grade or size of the sand is different. To fix a small chip or scratch I will typically use a porcelain touch up paint if you can find a color match. If not you can try a fingernail polish to touch up the chip which will also give pretty good results short of removing the tile to replace with another. Ok Marvin I hope this helps you with your problem, 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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