STAINMASTER Tile & Grout System Installation

Follow the applicable parts of the ANSI A-108 Series for ceramic tile installation from the Tile Council of America's TCNA Handbook. Comply with installation instructions provided by the respective manufacturers of materials used during the installation process.

Before beginning the installation process, the installer is responsible for checking the tile for visual defects. Note that variations in coloration and texture are not defects. Blend tiles from different cartons/pallets to achieve the best aesthetic results.

Special STAINMASTER™ Tile and Grout System Installation Benefits

STAINMASTER™ tiles have a surface barrier technology which allows easier and less frequent cleaning. It also offers an additional benefit to the installation process by making the tiles much easier to grout than traditional tiles. There is no need to apply sealer to the grout.

For installers: When grouting, you will notice that the tile surface will react better to the spreading and cleaning-off of the grout during the grouting process. You may even notice a slight release of what could feel like a lubricant that will aid in the clean-up. This is normal. Once final cleaning has taken place, the tile surface is ready for placing into service when adhesive and grout has cured.


  1. Use only Enhanced Grout Mix with portland cement grout. Additional water can be added if required, see product label for tips.
  2. Do not use with any other type of cement mortar, not for use with grouts already claiming stain resistance, such as epoxy, urethane, acrylics or any ready-to-use grouts, or if the grout states you may only add water. Do not mix with other additives. Follow all label instructions.
  3. Use un-sanded portland cement mortar and the corresponding Enhanced Grout Mix for grout joints 1/8 inch wide or smaller.
  4. When using sanded portland cement mortar, use the corresponding Enhanced Grout Mix for grout joints 1/8 inch wide or larger.

Floor installations

  1. During the installation period, protect all floor tile installations with kraft paper or other heavy, non-slippery covering to prevent damage.
  2. Follow the manufacturers recommendations for the setting and grouting materials for traffic times to return floor to service.
  3. Intrinsic size variation in ceramic tiles require the use of grout joints. Ask the installer to recommend a suitable grout joint for the tile selected.
  4. Special note for plank tiles: if an offset pattern is required, do not use a offset greater than 25%.
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