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Travertine Tile butt-joint install?

We recently purchased honed and filled travertine tiles. We are looking to install these in a laundry room/mud room. We like the look of the tiles side by side without a grout line - is it advisable to install this way or does the grout assist in keeping the tiles in place? This is a heavily travelled area and we have 2 large dogs. What types of cleaners should be used on this type of floor? Also, should this be sealed?

Dear Denise:

Grout is an essential part of the installation: it supports the edges of the tiles and effectively seals the floor. 1/16” gap with unsanded grout is “your man” and will give an installation that looks very much as if the tiles are butt-joint.

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