Tips to keep your tiles looking new

Sweep or vacuum your tile floors a couple of times a week. Sand and grit can dull and scratch the surface. Once you’ve removed the dirt, you’re ready to mop. Mix a mild detergent with hot water and apply with a rag or chamois mop instead of a sponge mop. If you use a cleaner, make sure it’s neutral – non-acidic and non-alkaline. Where soil is more concentrated, use a cleaner made specifically for ceramic tile. You should not use soap on tile. It leaves a film which dulls the surface and promotes mildew, You should not use an acid or ammonia-based cleaner, because it could affect the color of the grout. Acid-based cleaners will cause polished marble tiles to dull. You should not use bleach or vinegar and water – vinegar is an acid. You should not use steel wool pads or any abrasive on tile or stone. These materials can scratch or dull the surface. Any loose particles of steel left on the grout will cause rust stains. Tile, Grout and Stone require different types of maintenance.

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Choosing the Right Tile

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Not all tiles are created equal. Well, they’re basically the same, but there are many small differences to consider when deciding the application intended.
Tiles are a combination of clay, minerals and solvents that are shaped and sized and then heated to very high temperatures. At this point, the tile can just stay as is and is considered finished. It’s unglazed and without decoration. Without the glaze, the tile is very porous and, though attractive in a rustic way, it wouldn’t be wise to use it at this stage in areas where spillage might be common, like the kitchen.

Glazing adds a non-porous element that’s usually

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 impermeable and therefore good for all areas, including kitchens and baths, foyers and countertops. A good idea is to take this one step further and seal the grout around the tile so that it’s also waterproof.
There are some things to consider before buying, though. If the tile is to be used outdoors, look for weatherproof tiles. It it’s to be used outdoors and you’re going to walk on it, take it a step further and buy a slip-resistant tile. If you find just the right tile but it’s not slip-resistant, not to worry — you can have it treated for slip resistance.

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Excellent Design
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Did you know that 45 percent of all accidents happen in the home and that 95 percent of those accidents involve slipping and falling? With that in mind, it might be wise to treat all your tile floors with this slip-resistant application. Ask your tile dealer or installer.
If the tile is to be used on a kitchen counter, find one that is not only glazed but also scratch-resistant. You won’t want to use it as a cutting board, but it should be durable enough that you can set pots and pans and cooking utensils on it.
Is the tile going to be put on a wall? It will probably receive little abuse in this position, so hand-painted beauties can be in the limelight here.
OK, so you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to select the right tile for the right application, but with these pointers in mind, costly mistakes might be eliminated. Why wait anymore? We Are On Sale. Visit Us Today

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