Treatment for polished marble and natural stone

Fila Chemicals has announced a new treatment for polished marble and natural stone called Fila Anti-Etch. The safe and odorless water-based treatment is said to provide resistance to stains and acid etching. The company adds that the product creates a polished barrier for countertop and work surfaces that will not yellow or discolor, that it also offers thermal shock resistance and can be easily removed and reapplied. The treatment is suitable for home application, as well as commercial … [Read More...]

ITC ruling : Bosch Reaxx saws excluded from U.S.

The SawStop table saw infringement case has reached a new threshold. Effective immediately, the Presidential review period for the U.S. International Trade Commission’s (ITC) cease and desist order has expired, and the ITC order is in force: The ITC order directs Customs to exclude Bosch Reaxx table saws, and components for those saws, including cartridges, from entering the U.S. The ITC issued an order to Robert Bosch Tool Corporation saying Bosch must “cease and desist from conducting any … [Read More...]

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Then-And-Now: The gold standard

When the Winnipeg, Man., manufacturing facility of the Royal Canadian Mint expanded into a full-time, state-of-the-art research and development centre to improve the its advanced plating technologies, the training facility left something to be desired. The 4,000 square foot training facility in the Hieu C. Truong Centre of Excellence allows the operations to deliver consulting, training and … Read More...

Caution: dust hazard

Dust on the jobsite is a fact of life — and death — it’s all a matter of exposure. But not all dust is created equal, according to Lee Senter, acting president of the Canadian Flooring, Cleaning and Restoration Association (CFCRA). “Larger particles can be a nuisance, such as the dust from cutting drywall,” he says. “But you should be wearing an N95 mask at minimum to cut down the effects — … Read More...


Treatment for polished marble and natural stone

Fila Chemicals has announced a new treatment for polished marble and natural stone called Fila … Read More

Grouts add finishing touch to wood-look tiles

To improve the appearance of wood-look porcelain tiles, Mapei has created 10 grout colors that … Read More

Waterproof and dent resistant luxury flooring

Armstrong Flooring has introduced Pryzm, a waterproof luxury flooring product. Design, dent- and … Read More

Luxury vinyl tiles offer intricate, realistic designs

The Art Select Stones collection of luxury vinyl tiles from Karndean Designflooring features designs … Read More


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Lippage and assumptions

I recently had to inspect an installation of porcelain floor plank. The complaint was “chipping.” Because it was a porcelain product, I was surprised because these products have the reputation for durability and I’d not heard of a case of this type of wear before. The project was a wood-look plank in a “café” area of a senior living facility so that didn’t seem very high traffic to me. By … Read More...

Stuff matters

I recently looked at a problem floor that turned out to be related to how the installer timed the adhesive. In this case, it was solid vinyl tile (sometimes called luxury vinyl) in a wood-look plank. It was was installed glued down over a concrete slab. The installer did a nice job, having prepared the slab well, so it was smooth, and the fitting of the planks around doorways and other … Read More...

Q&A 2016: Answers to installation queries

I haven’t done a Q&A column here in Coverings in over a year, and a few things came up on projects this month that I felt were worth sharing. Have questions? Please send them here to Coverings,, and we will dig into the subject on a future column. In the meantime, here are some that came across my desk recently. Q: Why do you (and many floor covering manufacturers) … Read More...

Vinyl tile confusion

In today’s world of vinyl tile, it’s easy to get confused. As the vinyl tile category continues to grow, I see confusion among installers about installation methods, adhesives and floor prep. Some of it is just the nature of so many different terms being tossed around these days; VCT, VET, HVT, Solid Vinyl, Quartz tile, “Luxury” Vinyl, “Click” Vinyl, WPC, “PVC Free”.... It’s no wonder we can’t … Read More...