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Old 04-11-2012, 01:32 PM  
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I am redoing my kitchen counters and back-splash. I like some of the tile designs for behind the cook top but wonder how Roman tile and grout stand up to the grease and splatters of cooking, any firsthand experience out there?
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Old 04-11-2012, 03:10 PM  
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I do lots of tiling and lots of back-splashes, but I'm not familiar with Roman Tile. Is it tumbled marble? If you can send me a picture, I can give you some ideas.
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I do lots of tiling and lots of back-splashes, but I'm not familiar with Roman Tile. Is it tumbled marble? If you can send me a picture, I can give you some ideas.
I don't have a picture but think it may be tumbled marble. My concern is that any porous surface (or grout for that matter) would be a problem behind a cook top, yet they are seen in high end kitchen designs. I just wondered how they fare in the real world.
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Old 04-12-2012, 10:55 AM  
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As long as you use a good sealer on the tile AND grout occasionally, most grease splashes will clean up with no problems. I myself have the 4" x 4" tumbled marble on my back splash and I've been successful in wiping everything from hot grease, ketchup, mustard, etc, and have yet to have any problems.
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As long as you use a good sealer on the tile AND grout occasionally, most grease splashes will clean up with no problems. I myself have the 4" x 4" tumbled marble on my back splash and I've been successful in wiping everything from hot grease, ketchup, mustard, etc, and have yet to have any problems.
Thanks! Does the sealer change the appearance very much?
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No, the sealer is clear. No staining, no scent....once it is dry.
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No, the sealer is clear. No staining, no scent....once it is dry.
Thanks, I value and appreciate your input.
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This wall gets a huge amount of grease and other stuff spattered on it. Ten years later and it still looks like new. We never even used grout sealer, just a good quality grout.
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This wall gets a huge amount of grease and other stuff spattered on it. Ten years later and it still looks like new. We never even used grout sealer, just a good quality grout.
I'm really interested on how did you maintain it? It still looks like it just came from the store. I am thinking of replacing our worn-out kitchen tiles with something durable just like yours.
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Good quality tiles and grout to start with, and regular cleaning with a damp cloth after that. That's about it.
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