Tile Maintenance Basics
Simple tile maintenance is one of the main benefits of having tile flooring. It doesn’t take much more than running a vacuum or a mop over tile once a week to maintain consistent quality. Though, there are a few tricks to cleaning tile that you may not be aware of. Whether aware or unaware, we’ll do our best in educating you on the depths of keeping tile clean and shiny.
Again, you can trust the work of a vacuum and a mop for a routine cleaning. For vacuuming, just be sure the bristles are set to function on a hard surface. Tile is very tough to scratch; however, continuous bristle interference could eventually cause some wear to the surface. For mopping, damp the mop with warm water and consider adding some detergent to the bucket of water. The use of a chamois mop is recommended over a traditional sponge mop. Reason being, a chamois mop spreads water more evenly as opposed to a sponge mop, which pushes water in a single direction.
Oh, and if you want to save some time, don’t forget about sweeping. Sweeping is perfect for cleaning up sudden messes in short time.
You’ll find mopping to be the basis of most of the tile maintenance actions we suggest. Rather than mixing in detergent, you can’t go wrong with mixing manufacturer-specific products with mop water. When you have your tile installed, review the maintenance section. The manufacturer should list a few products that are meant for cleaning your specific type of tile.
A combination you may be able to make happen with items laying around the house is the vinegar/water mix. Vinegar is a very purposeful and versatile substance for cleaning floors. Mopping with a white vinegar/water mix will not only effectively clean your tile, but it will also leave a pleasing aroma.
Cleaning square tiles is the easy part. The hard part is cleaning tile grout. This may require some determined work, but if you get in the habit of cleaning tile grout at least once a month then you will save some extensive hands-and-knees scrubbing down the road. When cleaning, a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water, or a mixture of baking soda and water should do the trick. Grab a spray bottle, mix the substances evenly and spray the tile grout. You can scrub with an old tooth brush or something of the like.
One thing that ABSOLUTELY needs to be done is grout sealing. If you want to prevent unwanted water/liquid damage, it is important for your tile grout to be sealed. A sealant protects against water, but also dirt and dust. If you are applying the sealant on your own, be sure to first test it in a lesser-used area of the tile floor. Assuming it does its job in protecting against moisture, go ahead and apply it throughout.
For tile purchase and installation, call Floors Touch at (214) 326-0100. Also, please visit our website—www.floorstouch.com—and our blog for more tile maintenance input.
Reasons to buy kitchen tile flooring in Prosper, TX
Kitchen tile flooring has withstood the test of time. There is a reason it remains as common today as it was decades ago. Plus, advancements have been made to make different tile types more versatile and appealing. Although kitchen tile flooring already has a good reputation, let’s highlight why it is perfect for your Prosper, TX home.
Have your choice of design with tile
The second you walk into any flooring store, you will notice the countless number of design options for tile. You’ll likely come across two different tile styles: porcelain and ceramic.
Porcelain will be sold either glazed or unglazed. Color pops out more with glazed porcelain as it is heated at extreme temperatures up until a desired color is in effect. In addition, a layer of liquid glass is added to glazed porcelain while it is heated. This is how the tile type gets its shine!
Unglazed porcelain, on the other hand, does not have a glass finish. A particular color is actually added to the clay while under fire, resulting in a through body color. Unglazed has an earthier appeal compared to more of a standout appeal for glazed. Either way, you should be able to find a porcelain tile that you like given the material’s design flexibility.
Ceramic tile comes glazed, therefore, it has similar design capabilities to glazed porcelain. Ceramic does not have a through body quality so cracks could be noticeable.
If you really want your kitchen to look luxurious, consider natural stone tile. Stones such as granite, slate and travertine can take over the look of home all by their lonesome, and only in the best of ways. Be careful with your selected stone, however. While they are certainly visually appealing, certain stones have deficiencies in regards to water resistance and scratch resistance.
It’s cheaper than most floors
Of all the flooring types, kitchen floor tile swings towards the inexpensive end. Actually, carpet is generally the only floor type that you will find cheaper. But we all know you can’t install carpet in your kitchen (at least we hope everyone knows that).
The order of tile cost for each type goes as follows (from least expensive to most expensive): ceramic, porcelain, natural stone.
Ceramic and porcelain are known to be very affordable options, as you could assume by their common use throughout Prosper, TX homes. However, natural stone will cost substantially more, maybe even giving hardwood a run for its money.
Takes nothing but a mop and a broom to clean
Maintenance is a separating factor for kitchen floor tile. The flat, non-rigid tile types can be cleaned through the basic use of a mop and broom. The ceramic texture does not absorb water. Natural stone is porous, meaning it will absorb water. Though, you will be in the clear for at least a couple of years as long as your have the stone tile sealed.
The only concern regarding tile maintenance is the tile grout. Grout can be a real pain to clean and it also reveals dirt much more easily than the actual tile. The tile covers a much greater surface area so dirty grout generally isn’t too noticeable. Regardless, you should try to get in the habit of cleaning tile grout once every few months if you want to optimize the look of your kitchen floor.
It’ll last for many many years
Of course, positive qualities are pointless if the floor doesn’t last. Durability and longevity are at the top of most homeowner’s preferences, and rightly so. No one wants a floor that has to be constantly monitored or one where additional costs follow the initial cost.
You won’t have to worry about those things with tile. Aside from the occasional resealing that comes along with owning a natural stone tile, you won’t be held to much responsibility once your tile is installed.
The hardness of kitchen tile flooring triumphs all other floor types. It would be wise to have a mat or two throughout your kitchen in order to give your feet a rest, but the good news is your tile floor will be able to withstand basically anything that is thrown at it.
If you are in the market for a new kitchen floor, contact Floors Touch! We have plenty of floor materials in stock, including the different tile types. Once you decide on a floor type, we’ll set you up with an estimate and installation. Floors Touch looks forward to helping you upgrade your kitchen! Until then, please visit our blog for additional helpful home remodeling input.
Choosing a new floor comes with many decisions. Appearance, price, texture, durability, porosity, and so on…One often-overlooked quality, however, is anti-allergy flooring. Most people do not consider their floor’s protection against allergies until it is too late. So, if you are in the market for a new floor and you or any of your family members are victims of allergy season, install a hypoallergenic floor type. Here are a few flooring options that will keep allergies to a minimum.
Hardwood is an outstanding flooring choice for those with allergies or asthma. It is a flat surface that will not allow dust or pollens to infiltrate. Also, hardwood floors are easy to clean. Sweeping or mopping will remove allergenic materials with ease. The only caution to take regards finishing or re-finishing a hardwood floor. Often times, adhesives used for finishing wood flooring have allergenic symptoms. True hardwood floors rarely have to be re-finished, perhaps once every ten years, so it’s not a major issue. Engineered wood or laminate wood, on the other hand, could produce long-term allergenic chemicals. It’s just something to watch out for. A hardwood floor adds a beautiful look to a home and can truly create a cozy feel. Its fight against allergenic particles is an added bonus.
Natural stone flooring is always a great option. For example, granite and marble flooring have a natural hardness that few other flooring options can match. Natural stone flooring is stunning and durable; it is also hypoallergenic. There are no spaces or creases for dust to settle for extended periods of time. As long as the floor is dusted from time to time, you should be a part of a very healthy home environment. Treat yourself with an appealing floor that will help you breathe clean air.
Linoleum flooring is a significantly cheaper option. It does not carry the lasting look of hardwood or natural stone; however, it does its job effectively when it comes to preventing allergies. Linoleum is antistatic and antibacterial. You heard that right. Its properties prevent dust and bacteria from sticking to it. Linoleum gets a bad rap for its looks, though, the floor type’s color options have expanded in recent years. Specifically, marmoleum flooring now exists. It is essentially the same thing as linoleum, only it offers more color options.
Ultimately, if you want anti-allergy flooring, avoid carpet. Unlike the previously mentioned flooring options, carpet is thick and difficult to clean. All sorts of dust and bacteria can get held up in carpet for who knows how long. Vacuuming helps a little, but the reality is carpet will always act as a trap for allergenic particles. Carpeting is becoming less and less common in homes, yet, most homes still have carpet somewhere throughout the living space. It remains a fine option for homeowners, just use it sparingly. A house with too much carpet will guarantee a serious build-up of dust, thus, proneness to allergies for its inhabitants.
We hope this has helped enlighten you to hypoallergenic flooring. Again, it is likely not the most important flooring consideration, but it should be a consideration. For any of your flooring needs, contact Floors Touch. We are your one-stop-shop for superior, hassle free and affordable home flooring solutions. Reach out to us today to transform your home with your ideal floor.
There are many types of flooring, different flooring measurements, different styles…a lot goes into ultimately choosing one floor. Hardwood floors, for example, are sold in different degrees of hardness and thickness. There are two decisions to make from the get-go. Of course, cost is often the greatest flooring influence. Homeowners always have a vision and a budget. Throughout the flooring process, a homeowner will have to weigh the two and try to find the perfect fit, or at least a satisfying fit. Keep in mind, a good chunk of the budget needs to be allotted for flooring installation.
How much does it cost to install flooring?
The popularity of hardwood floors has not faded one bit over the years. Despite growing competition from other flooring textures, the benefits of hardwood flooring continue to stand firm for buyers. Hardwood’s great quality does however require precise installation. In fact, hardwood flooring ranks towards the top of the list in installation cost.
The average homeowner generally spends between $2,500-$4,500 to install hardwood floors. Cost will vary based on the size of the room. Generally speaking, hardwood flooring will cost anywhere between $8 – $12 per square foot. If a homeowner needs unfinished wood to be installed then it may cost extra, as the contractor will have to sand the wood on the job site.
Cost will also be effected by the type of wood. For instance, bamboo is a popular bargain in terms of durability and style. Walnut hardwood floors, on the other hand, are a premiere choice and will therefore cost on the highest end to install.
Laminate flooring maintains its commonality due to its affordability. Though it is not hardwood, laminate is meant to portray hardwood, just in a less-durable and less-stylish manner. Hence, it is cheaper. Laminate installation will cost about half of the cost of hardwood. You’ll see a range of $1,000-$2,500. Cost per square foot will range from $5 – $8.
Like hardwood, thickness and finish will factor into pricing. Customarily, laminate flooring is sold in 8 mm thickness and 12 mm thickness. Thickness correlates with pricing as you would expect it to–the thicker the flooring, the more it will cost. Different types of finishes, such as embossed and hand-scraped will vary pricing. An embossed finish will not be as stylish, but it is cheaper. In contrast, a hand-scraped finish is aimed to make laminate flooring as close to the appearance of actual hardwood as possible. This will naturally make a hand-scraped finish more expensive.
Carpeting is perhaps the cheapest of flooring options. Carpet itself is cheap; installation can be tedious, but it is inexpensive compared to other flooring materials. This traditional type of floor will cost around $3 – $4 per square foot to install. Carpet is offered in different types and styles, but this will have little impact on the cost of installation.
The factors that can impact installation costs include the contractor(s) having to work around certain cut outs in the surface, perhaps pertaining to plumbing or electricity. Also, the use of a “power stretcher” tool can increase labor costs. This tool is used to ensure the carpet is fully stretched and in place.
Contact Floors Touch
Floors Touch, located in McKinney, TX, offers all of the above for purchase and installation. We will sell and install your flooring choice at a fair price. Our experts will give you all of the information you need to make the flooring choice that you feel confident in for your home.
Contact Floors Touch today to get one step closer to improving your home.
Happy New Year!
With the New Year comes with new goals and new trends. Trends in floorings do not often change like home decor or clothing, but we are in a moment of rapid evolution thanks to advancing technologies. The following are best flooring trends that we saw in 2017.
Wood tile is another hot trend. The wood floor looks natural with with knots, grain, and warm color rather than the cold rock looking surface of other floors. It is ideal for bathrooms.
Top trends of 2017
There is nothing incredible calming than neutral and muted grey whether the installation is on walls, floor or textiles. Grey hardwood is not new on the market, but it is gaining popularity and is expected to continue trending upwards in 2017. It has a well-punctuated colors such as forest green, dark turquoise or fire engine red.
Alright, we will admit that while carpet might not be the best idea for the kitchen, or the bathroom, but it is so nice to set your feet down on a nice plush soft carpet or rug. While hard floors have become wildly popular now what we are seeing is an increase in usage of area rugs. They add color and character to the room, and adding a round rug to a square room will actually make the room look larger and give the room a little more dimension.
Stone floor adds timeless elegance and natural beauty to your home. It naturally comes from the earth, making each floor unique with its natural variations. It is an excellent option for durability and luxury. The prices are incredibly low and have a wide range of selection ranging from slate, marvel, granite, and travertine. It is no doubt that it will trend in 2017 and beyond.
The laminate style is trendy among many homeowners. It is a synthetic fiber which has two thin sheets of paper incorporated with melamine. It looks like a natural wood or stone, but it is a grain that has a covering of a transparent protective layer. It is trending because it is easy to install and affordable. Additionally, laminate floor is easy to clean and do not require regular maintenance.
For guidance on what floors will work best for your space come in and talk with our pros, give us a call at (214) 326-0100, or visit our website.
Updating the floors in your home or business might be just what you need to keep up with McKinney’s ever-growing appeal. This means you need to find a Texas flooring store capable of showing you a vast selection of material and color options that are best for each area of your home.
Choosing the Right Flooring
The right flooring is important is it will impact aesthetics as well as function. Marble is highly desirable because of the premium look it offers. It’s also a great way to add value to your home or business. But perhaps a nice soft carpet is what you would like in your bedroom, or you might have rental properties and want to use faux wood floor. Whatever the case may be Floors Touch has got you covered.
When you visit Floors Touch flooring store, you should look at all of your options for flooring. This includes:
You can get a marble look with all of these different materials. Each will have pros and cons associated with them. They will also be available at different costs, allowing you to get the desired look while being mindful of your budget.
The Importance of Professional Installation
Installation is one of the most important components of getting a good looking new floor. If you’re not careful, the flooring could be ruined because of the way it is installed. Our professional installers at Floors Touch have been well trusted in McKinney, TX for years. We have a good reputation that we are all very proud of. Read what our clients have to say about us here.
When you have a professional installation, it increases the life of your flooring. This gives you a better value for your money. Additionally, you will save time and money by having our professional contractors take care of the installation for you.
What You Can Expect
Choosing what type of floors to install is a major decision. That’s why at Floors Touch, we provide premium customer service. We are here to answer questions, provide recommendations, and offer creative design services. It’s what will make it easier for you to order flooring with confidence knowing it will look great in your home or business.
We offer competitive pricing with specials that can help to save you money on your flooring, too. This allows you to have a great addition to your home or business without spending a fortune. We’re committed to providing you with the very best and it shows in all that we do.
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High Quality Flooring Products and Installation Services
Offering our customers flooring with passion and service with pride, is what we bring to every client at Floors Touch. As the floor covering market of today becomes more competitive, we see the value in providing our customers with the highest quality of flooring products and installation services, in the most friendly and reliable manner and at the lowest possible prices.