“Tech Talk” blog

Updated by MAPEI’s Technical Services team, the Tech Talk blog is devoted to sharing practical advice and cutting-edge knowledge for the flooring and construction industry.

Tech Talk articles

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February 5, 2016. 4:56 PM

#MAPEITechTip: Specifying the ‘right grout’ for the ‘right application’

No other piece of real estate has been at the center of more heated discussions between husbands and wives, designers and installers than the lowly grout joint.  Who would have thought that choosing a grout color and deciding on the size of the…

January 21, 2016. 2:46 PM

#MAPEITechTip: Healthcare Facilities—why the right adhesive is key!

Healthcare facilities have higher expectations for new flooring these days. These installations demand slip-resistant , natural-looking, soft and easy-to-clean materials. With increasing interest in sustainable building practices, new…

January 4, 2016. 5:55 PM

“Concreting” in the Winter

Throughout the United States and Canada contractors experience the dilemma of how to place concrete repair materials in cold weather conditions.  When freshly placed Portland cement concrete falls below 40°F (4.4° C), hydration of the…

December 17, 2015. 9:55 PM

MAPEI Technical Institute (MTI)—Product-based Knowledge and Application Training

The MAPEI Technical Institute (MTI) provides the highest-quality, basic product knowledge with demonstrations and hands-on training to architects, contractors, installers and distributors at the following locations in the USA: Deerfield Beach (FL),…

December 11, 2015. 9:04 PM

#MAPEITechTip: Do I have to wait until Spring? —Tiling tips for cold weather climates

It’s that time of year again when you have to get up just a little bit earlier in the morning —as you go through the morning ritual of scraping the windshield and warming up the pickup.  Since Winter is in full swing, taking the…

November 18, 2015. 9:55 PM

Ask the claims guy - Tips for avoiding issues with glue-down vinyl flooring

The market for glue-down vinyl flooring like Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) and Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) is booming as manufacturers have developed attractive products that are almost indistinguishable from stone, wood, and other hard surface flooring.…

November 9, 2015. 5:39 PM

5 Tips to petproof your tile floor

Pets are great, they provide companionship and become part of the family. Unfortunately for your floors, pets can pose a problem. Many homeowners decide to tile their homes to minimize the wear and tear on their floors that can come along with the…

November 6, 2015. 4:56 PM

#MAPEITechTip: How can Alkalinity affect the installation of 'soft' floor covering?

First what is pH? pH is used to refer to the relative acidity or alkalinity of a water-based solution, ranging from 0 to 14 to indicate the pH level of a product. For each point the pH moves in either direction away from 7 ( neutral ), it…

October 29, 2015. 8:47 PM

#MAPEITechTip: ‘ISO 13007 Standards’— It all Starts with R&D

For more than 75 years now, MAPEI has recognized the importance of continually innovating, using advanced technology to develop premium products that exceed industry performance standards. Much time and effort are spent in MAPEI laboratories to…

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