Ceramic tile is one of the oldest and most environmentally safe products available for flooring and wall coverings. Ceramic tiles come in hundreds of colors, styles and many sizes. Chemically sensitive patients in almost all cases are able to tolerate ceramic tile. Listed below is a brief outline about ceramic tile, adhesives and grout. Please read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for best results.

AFM Safecoat 3 in 1 is a low odor, very low VOC’s, water based adhesive available in quart and gallon cans. This product is spread with a notched trowel on a clean smooth level surface. Coverage is 50 to 120 square feet based on the size of the notched trowel. Safecoat 3 in 1 is available from AEHF.

Thin set is a cement powder product that is environmentally safe and is odor free. Mix thin set with water and spread on a clean level floor or wall with a notched trowel, follow manufacturers direction. Thin set is available in one and five pound boxes and bags of 25 and 50 pounds. Thin set is available in white or gray color and can be purchased from most hardware stores and tile distributors.

Two types of grout are available, sanded for floor tiles and unsanded for wall tile. Grout can be purchased in one, five, twenty-five and fifty pound containers. Coverage depends on the width of the gap between the tiles, thickness of the tile and total square footage of the area. (Follow grout manufacturers’ recommendations.)

Grout manufactures normally produce several grades of grout. The premium grades normally are manufactured with polymers included in the mix. (Polymers are chemicals used to prevent the grout from staining or growing mold.) The environmentally sensitive person should not use a grout with polymers. If desired, polymer free grout may be protected by environmentally safe sealers available at AEHF.

Polymer free grout is normally not a stock item and must be ordered in advance from a hardware store or tile distributor.


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