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The Basics of Tile Maintenance

August 16, 2018 Tile Image, Uncategorized 0
The Basics of Tile Maintenance

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.

General Cleaning

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.

Advanced Cleaning

tile maintenanceYou’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.

Grout Cleaning

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.

2017 Hottest Trends in Flooring

December 14, 2017 Carpet, Hardwood, Laminate, Tile Image 0
2017 Hottest Trends in Flooring

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.

Hardwood

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.

Especially Grey Hardwood

Best flooring materials

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.

Carpet & Rugs

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.

Tile Flooring

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.

 

Laminate Flooring

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.

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