Wall and Tile
Dark Grey Droplet Mosaic
12" x 24" Ivory
3" x 6" Silver
Our most frequently asked questions about tile and stone:
– Updated July 2021
What are the most popular trends today?
The most popular choices today are large scale rectangular floor tile. We also are seeing many select hexagon floor tiles with various sizes with 8″ – 9″ being most common. Also trending today is “brick” tiles installed in a herringbone pattern. However, if you are looking for tiles with a unique look to them, we carry a wide selection in a showroom featuring fun shapes and designs with decorative tiles.
What is the difference between porcelain and ceramic tile?
Porcelain tile is a harder, denser tile that is less porous. This is why it can even be installed outdoors on a patio! Ceramic tile is typically less expensive. Both ceramic and porcelain tiles come in a variety of styles, colors, and sizes.
What is the recommended way to clean my tile floors?
Dirt can adhere to the surface of ceramic tile, especially styles with textured surfaces. Regular sweeping loosens and removes most dirt. A vacuum cleaner can also be used to sweep, but make sure you turn off the beater bar to avoid dulling and scratching the tile. Vacuum cleaner attachments are great to suck up dirt along edges or in between tiles.
Use doormats to keep dirt from being brought into your home. Shake them out often. This will reduce the amount of dirt being tracked across your floors, and will reduce the wear on all your floors.
Mild scrubbing with a soft rush or electric polisher/scrubber may be required for textured tile/grout. Clean with a mild detergent, (dish soap or pH Neutral cleaner – Menards and Home Depot carry a brand called ZEP that works great on all hard surface flooring – and won’t leave a haze). Add 1/3 c. of the ZEP Neutral cleaner to a bucket of hot water, and scrub with a micro-fiber cloth. If necessary, wipe the tile dry with a clean towel to remove any film. Cleaning products available from your local grocery or hardware store can be used to remove soap scum, hard water deposits and mildew stains in yuour wet areas (tile showers). Less is more when it comes to cleaning products. Good old-fashion on your knees damp washing with a micro-fiber cloth is still the best method. A micro-fiber push mop for in-between dusting works really well too!
Do’s and Don’ts
D0 ….. clean up spills as quickly as possible so your grout won’t become stained.
Don’t ….. use steel wool, scouring powders, or other abrasives that can scratch the finish of your tile
Don’t ….. use bleach or ammonia-based cleaners – these products can discolor your grout and leave a haze on your tile if used too often/too much cleaner is used (white grout ONLY can be deep-cleaned with 1/3 bleach & 2/3 water for spot cleaning/stains. Do NOT use bleach on any other colored grout as it will remove the color pigments.
Do ….. Use Miracle Sealants Company Poultice Plus two-part cleaning system for DEEP cleaning grout when needed.
Do ….. take the proper precautions when moving heavy objects across a tile floor.
Don’t use a steam mop!!!
Do …… remember that if a repair is necessary, the replacement product may be slightly different color and/or texture than the original tile (grout). However, with time and usage, the replacement tile will blend in with its neighbors.