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Ask Bob. Contessa Collection.



Contessa Seville Silver Leaf


Q: Hello Bob,

I love the Contessa tile.  I am thinking about using the tile in my kitchen as  a backsplash but I am wondering if it can withstand the heat and any acid ingredients.  How is it sealed and could the silver leaf peel off?

Regards, Karen

A: Great question Karen!

Contessa is one of our most popular collections and the silver leaf finish is so unique. The Contessa Metallic finish tiles are pre-sealed. For sealing the grout or resealing the tiles use only water based sealers.  These tiles are great for kitchen backsplashes but not directly behind a cooktop.  Stainless steel or another, more heat resistant, tile would be appropriate.  For cleaning:  Non abrasive, pH balanced cleaners, and a soft sponge.

4 Responses to “Ask Bob. Contessa Collection.”

  • Elizabeth:

    Hi Bob,
    We are installing the Arabesco silver leaf tile from your Contessa Collection in our butler’s pantry. We like the color of the grout you used with it in the picture above. Would you be able to let me know what grout was used for that installation?
    Thank you,

    • Golda Criddle:

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Thanks for your patience in getting this answer. We used Custom’s White Smoke grout for this installation.

  • Ferol Stroud:

    Bob, I really want to use the Vicenza Pattern in Biancone Natural in my large shower on one wall. Is this a bad idea? Why?

    • Golda Criddle:

      Bob says, “Our Vicenza Pattern in Biancone Natural is the only Tracciato Pattern that can be used on a shower wall. The other Tracciato Patterns include Silver or Gold Leaf and therefore are not appropriate for wet applications.” Thanks for your question!

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