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mudpaw 02-18-2009 10:52 AM

sealing old quarry tile ?
I live in a 1950's home with a lovely sunroom I'd really like to get more use out of, but currently it looks pretty rough. We painted the trim and walls, which improved the room greatly, but our stumbling point is the floor. It's beautiful quarry tile that was laid mosaic style into concrete (or at least that's what it looks like rather than grout). Now, after over 50 years of mud, dirt and pet accidents (our puppy spent a good bit of her play time in there to save our other floors) the floor is really looking bad. The grout/concrete inbetween is the worst (it soaks up anything like a sponge as well as as being damp when it wet outside (it's on a concrete slab). I've been told I can seal it after cleaning it with an industrial solvent based this as straight forward as it seems? Also, any product recommendations (all I have come across is products I have to order online-I'd really rather be able to go and purchase them locally)? I have a baby and pet birds in the household and would like to use a less volatile/severe-smelling version of what's available.

Bob Mariani 02-18-2009 11:34 AM

Check with local stone yards.

JazMan 02-18-2009 12:16 PM

I'm not sure what you mean by quarry laid in a mosaic fashion, any pictures?

go to; You'll find what you need and many of these products are available locally.


mudpaw 02-18-2009 12:39 PM

Thanks :) I would take a photo if I wasn't without acamera right now. What I'm talking about is that the tiles are broken into pieces ( mostly triangular) and then laid out randomly. Kind of like this (look-wise, but the gaps are much larger ) but just with quarry tile and concrete rather than a true grout. :

Mudd 02-20-2009 03:00 AM

What looks like grout is probably thick-set mortar used to grout the floor.

You can try to clean it and seal it, but the catch there is that no sealer keeps dirt from getting ground into it.

Custom Building Products makes a grout colorant that's relatively effective... have used it a few times. One bottle does about 80 sf on a 12x12 with 1/4" joints.

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