How to Keep Marble Surfaces Clean

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Do you love your marble floors? With its subtle swirl pattern and beautiful shade variations, it is no wonder you do. Whether you have decided to install this colorful stone on your floors, kitchen counters, or as a backsplash with marble tiles, it can be expensive to install. Therefore, it is vital to protect your investment by properly maintaining marble surfaces.

Marble Surfaces Are Easily Damaged

Although marble is a type of natural stone, it is especially susceptible to damage. Although the exterior is hard, it can be easily dented, smashed, or cracked. That is why it is crucial that you hire a professional to seal your marble tiles after they have been installed. A quality sealant will help prevent damage from furniture and foot traffic.

In addition, marble tiles are stain-prone. Remember that it is derived from a metamorphic rock, which means it can have a negative reaction to acid substances. When an acid comes into contact with marble, it can result in staining and discoloration. Substances like wine, coffee, ketchup, and orange juice should be cleaned up immediately when it comes into contact with your marble tiles.

Sealing Your Marble Tiles

Natural stone tiles like marble require regular sealing, not just after an initial application. Stone is especially porous, which means that it needs protection against food, liquid, and other substances. You can choose between solvent or water-based sealants, depending on your preference. Sealants work by penetrating through the stone and sealing the pores so that it acts as a repellent against moisture and stains.

Tips for Maintaining Marble Surfaces

When cleaning marble surfaces, you should avoid using all-purpose cleaners that are not marble-safe since they often contain ingredients that could erode the stone. Here are some additional tips you should keep in mind:

  • You can use a mixture of diluted dish soap and water.
  • Use a dust mop to remove dirt, dust, and debris. 
  • Hydrogen peroxide can be used to remove coffee, tea, and food. 
  • Commercial poultice powder can be used to remove stubborn stains. 
  • If you have marble tiles installed in the bathroom, be sure to dry it after showering.
  • Be sure to wipe up substances with colorants immediately to avoid staining the stone.
  • Always check with your manufacturer to ensure you are using approved products.

We hope that these tips were helpful! If you have any questions about your marble tiles, be sure to leave us a comment. Thanks for reading!

What Tile Is Best for You?

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Tile flooring has been perfected for centuries. Today, there are thousands of tile options available for flooring and wall coverings. With such a wide variety, the decision process can feel downright daunting. However, there are several categories of tile and different areas of application where they perform best. With a better understanding of different kinds of tile, you can make a more informed decision on which flooring is right for you. Here are several of the most common tile options and their best suits:

Ceramic

One of the most common tile options today is ceramic. Ceramic tile is created by heating clay up at high temperatures. The tile comes out waterproof and stain-resistant. Plus, ceramic is a versatile and affordable option that works great on floors and walls in almost any room. Not to mention, ceramic tile can come in a large variety of colors, sizes, shapes, and patterns.

Porcelain

The next tile option is porcelain. Porcelain is extremely waterproof and durable. It is how most toilet bowls are created. This tile extremely durable and works great in every atmosphere. From walls and floors to countertops and outdoors, porcelain is the kind of tile. Plus, it is scratch- and chip-resistant and hard to stain. Like ceramic, it also can come in a variety of textures and colors.

Natural Stone

Where natural stone reigns supreme is against heat. Natural stone is heat-, scratch-, water-, and stain-resistant. It offers the most longevity with proper care. While the rocks can be porous and may need to be sealed, it can be used on walls, floors, countertops, and outdoor environments.

Quarry

Quarry tile is an impervious paving tile made from ground minerals similar to bricks. They are cooked at extremely high temperatures and extremely slip-resistant. They work wonders in wet environments with their slip-resistant properties. You will commonly see quarry tiles used in commercial bathrooms or ski lodges because of their superior slip-resistance and durability properties. Plus, this floor is easy to maintain and can be used inside and outside your home.

Glass

Glass is an extremely decorative tile option. The transparency allows light to play uniquely off each tile. It can be used outdoors, but typically is used for shower walls or backsplashes. You will also see glass sold in mosaic patterns used in pools as well. Plus, it is waterproof as well as stain-proof.

Tile is universal, and it can work in many different environments. Deciding which tile will work for your home comes down to taste. Once you have found several tiles, decide if they can withstand the environment in which they will be installed. For more insight on flooring options and tile, be sure to talk to your Century Tile sales representative.

Bathroom Remodel: Four Smart Flooring Strategies to Get You Started

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Are you ready to remodel your bathroom? If so, we would love to help you by bringing up four crucial points to consider before selecting your new, fabulous tile. Let’s take a look!

Safety First

Did you know tile has ratings based on grade, water absorption, and friction? In fact, beauty aside, the tile on your bathroom floors needs to be able to withstand water exposer and ensure you will not slip and fall. Therefore, you want to be sure that you choose the proper rating for your bathroom application. If you are uncertain about which grading to choose, one of our expert sales associates would love to assist you. Do not hesitate to ask!

Measure Correctly

Before measuring and calculating the number of tiles, you will need to know the measurements of the fixtures in the room. The size of the tub, toilet, and vanity all vary, so these decisions need to be made first. For example, if you have a floating vanity, the tile will be installed underneath, as opposed to a built-in vanity, where the tile will simply be installed alongside the outer edges of the fixture. Our consultants can help double check measurements before placing your final order.

Leveling

Is your floor level? If not, this is a good time to address the issue and correct it during the tile installation. A quick test is to place a marble in each corner of the bathroom. If a marble begins to roll in any direction, you will know where your problem areas are. Talk with our contractor about how you can solve leveling issues.

Design Ideas

Large tiles with large patterns will look great in most bathroom sizes. Larger floor areas offer more leeway to explore more intricate pattern ideas. Think about using two different styles of tile to create more visual interest, for example, a wood-look tile on the floor and a glossy subway tile in the shower. In a small bathroom, keep the accent tiles to a minimum to avoid a chaotic look. Definitely take time exploring our website and various design magazines to find the looks you like the most.

Visit one of our showrooms for personalized help. Our showroom consultants would love to help as you make decisions that will add value and increased enjoyment of your home!

How to Use Metallic Tiles to Add Drama

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Metallic tiles have been an element found in design for several years. However, they have mostly been used as backsplashes and in stainless steel finishes. Many choose to stay away from using metallic tiles in other areas than the kitchen because they can give off a cold and industrial feel. However, these days metallic tiles are produced in warmer tones such as bronze, rose gold, copper, and soft silver.

Metallic tiles can be a great accessory in your home, especially if you are looking for some versatility. Plus, using metallic tiles is ideal if you have too much wood in your decor, or if you desire to add drama to your home design, here are some easy ways you can incorporate metallic tiles:

More Than Just Stainless Steel

Of course, the most common use for metallic tiles is as backsplashes on kitchen walls. Since stainless steel was once the popular choice, many homeowners are opting for bronze, pewter, and other warmer metals to use as a backsplash. These alternatives are just as durable, resistant to high temperatures and moisture, and can handle food stains like traditional stainless steel.

Not Just for the Kitchen

That being said, do not limit yourself; you do not have to relegate metallic tiles to the kitchen. In fact, you can use them in many different areas of the home. For instance, they are suitable for bathrooms, walls, and even the ceiling. Plus, you can purchase metallic tiles in a variety of finishes, sizes, patterns, and textures to match your personal style.

Factors to Consider

Metallic tiles can be more durable than other tile options. That being said, even though they are super durable, they can still be easily scratched and dented. When installing metallic tiles, you should exercise caution so that you do not damage the metal finish. Additionally, since metal tiles are easily dented/scratched and cold to the touch, they are not ideal for floors unless you use them as an insert or deco tile.

To view Century Tile’s metal tile collection, please visit us here. Also, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or visit us.

Why Should I Use Tile?

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When looking for the perfect floors for your home, there are hundreds of options available. Carpet, hardwood, vinyl, rubber, and everything in between can all pose valuable reasons why they may be the right floor for you. So, why consider tile?

Versatility

Tile is a very versatile flooring. It is easy to clean, extremely durable, luxurious and can come in many sizes and styles, each tailored to your own design style. Specifically, ceramic tile is extremely versatile. It is made from natural clays and water, and when heated in a kiln, this clay becomes exceptionally durable and hard. Each tile can come with unique textures and veining in them, which gives them character. After it has been baked, it is challenging for water to absorb through the surface, allowing many homeowners and businesses to use tile in bathrooms and kitchens.

Advancements

Ceramic tile has been around for centuries; however, we have come a long way with the technology that goes into each tile. Many ceramic tiles are now made to have more traction for wet areas to prevent slipping. They are also created so they can handle more extreme temperatures like hot or cold without being prone to cracking – this can make some ceramic tiles excellent selections for even outside your home’s interior!

Added Benefits

Finding a beautiful floor is one thing; however, finding a stunning, durable, and low-maintenance floor can be tricky. Many tiles are scratch-proof and stain-proof as well. They are very adaptable to any design from Rustic to Modern, with nearly every color imaginable! They can be used in more casual or formal environments. In fact, this elegant flooring option is also extremely durable and can last for years to come without fading or traffic wear! Lastly, tile flooring is non-flammable and easy to keep away pollutants and allergens, making it truly one of the most versatile flooring options on the market today.

All in all, tile is a timeless flooring option that is growing in popularity! In fact, you can transform your home design with a very durable and beautiful floor like tile!

What do you think about tile? Is it right for your home? If you are still not sure, one of our expert sales associates at Century Tile would love to assist you. Please do not hesitate to call or visit us for more information.

Ceramic Tile Maintenance Tips

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While ceramic tile is extremely durable, it does require maintenance to keep it looking its best. You may be asking, “what are some things you can do to keep your floors looking new?” To answer that question, below, you will find some easy maintenance tips. If you have any questions about these tips, feel free to ask!

Use a Doormat

Keep the dirt outside with the use of a doormat. Be sure to use a doormat at the entrances of your home. This will help to prevent dirt from being tracked onto your tile. Just a simple doormat is your first line of protection to reduce the amount of debris tracked onto your beautiful ceramic floors.

Cleaning Heavy Soiled

Spot-clean heavily soiled areas instead of using heavy-duty action for the entire area. You can use a clean cloth or sponge to remove dirt from those areas. However, if the whole floor requires heavy cleaning, mild scrubbing is appropriate for tile flooring. Use a mild detergent when cleaning the floors. For deeper cleaning, you can try a neutral PH product that has a low level of volatile organic compounds. Always take into consideration the manufacturer’s recommended cleaner and materials.

Damp Mopping

Ceramic tiles should be cleaned regularly using just a damp mop. Always use fresh, clean water when mopping your floors since dirty water can make the tile appear cloudy.

Removing Residue

Are your floors starting to look hazy? This is often caused by a buildup of soap residue. You can eliminate soap residue with a non-abrasive cleaning solution – water! Change the water frequently and make sure to buff the floor with a dry cloth.

Perfect-Looking Grout

The key to having beautiful flooring is to keep the grout looking its best. Because grout is porous, it easily absorbs dirt, grease, and other materials. To freshen up the grout, you can mix baking soda and water to make a paste. Apply the paste to grout, and leave the paste on it overnight to remove stubborn stains. After you remove the paste, apply a silicone sealer to the grout. This will serve as a repellant for future stains.

For more advice on your specific ceramic tiles, be sure to visit your manufacturer’s website.

Pros and Cons of Tile Floors

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Ceramic and porcelain tile flooring are commonly used in kitchens, bathrooms, hallways, entryways, laundry rooms/mudrooms, and great rooms. Tile is placed in these high traffic areas because of the way it is made. The top surface is made of a durable glaze that will not allow any seepage of liquids, making it ideal for areas where water is present.

Ceramic and porcelain tile are easy to clean and have been on the market for years and years. To this day, not many people dislike it. The appearance of tile can take many forms in the way it looks. These tiles are available in mosaic and other decorative styles, but the new tiles look like real hardwood and natural stone. This look has become so very popular because it is an alternative to the more expensive real thing.

Since tile has been used for decades, you may be considering incorporating it in your own home. This durable and functional flooring option has an endless list of pros that heavily outweigh the cons. Today, we are going to focus on tile’s pros and cons to give you a better understanding.

Pros of Tile Flooring 

  • Ultra-Durable – Tile is known for being one of the most durable flooring options on the market. 
  • 100% Waterproof – Glazed tiles are naturally waterproof, with no extra work necessary. 
  • Gorgeous Imagery – Have you seen contemporary floor tiles lately? Not only do they still beautifully mimic the look of natural stone, but they also come in trendy, show-stopping wood looks as well. In fact, wood-look tile is one of the most popular contemporary flooring options. 
  • Zero Maintenance – All you need is the occasional brooming and damp mop to keep your tile looking fabulous. 
  • Any Room, Any Space – There is tile in many homes, where the entire home is tile. It is durable enough for commercial spaces as well. 

Cons of Tile Flooring

  • Cold Underfoot – This can be great in warm environments, but it can be a total bummer to step onto ice-cold floors in the winter. Tile does not retain heat as well as other flooring options and typically requires radiant heat in order to stay warm underfoot. 
  • Hard on Your Feet – Tile is not resilient and offers zero give. Standing on tile for long periods of time may make your feet hurt, and you may need to invest in some anti-fatigue mats for areas where you do a lot of standing. 
  • Challenging to Install – If a tile breaks or becomes damaged, you will need the help of a professional to replace it. 

We hope you have learned more about ceramic and porcelain tile. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to a Century Tile sales representative for more information. We look forward to working with you.

Pros and Cons of Cement Encaustic Tile

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Cement or concrete tile is nothing new to the industry. This style is made from marble, cement, and mineral pigments placed into a mold. A frame of the design is then inserted into the mold to allow the designs and patterns to be colored. The cement is then added. However, they are not baked like traditional clay-based tiles. They are hydraulically pressed with 2,000lbs of pressure to create a solid tile. These beautiful tiles are unique and exceptionally aesthetically pleasing. However, every tile comes with its pros and cons. Here are the main pros and cons to consider before purchasing cement encaustic tiles:

Pros

These beautiful tiles come in a large variety of colors, patterns, and designs. They work great with almost any themed home! It is a natural material which also allows each tile to age with the house. It can give the product a very lived-in feel over time with the investment. These pressed tiles are also very thick and durable. The color runs deep into each tile, so even if they chip, you will still be able to see your pattern.

Cons

These concrete tiles are usually thicker than most ceramic, porcelain, or glass tile options. This means that you may need a reducer transition leading out of where this is installed. Also, being thicker can mean more weight for backsplashes. Make sure your walls can handle the weight of the tile prior to your investment. Concrete is also very porous, which means liquids can penetrate it and stain the tiles. This can be prevented, however, by adding the proper sealant. Remember, you will have a little more maintenance now and will need to reapply sealant once or twice a year. These tiles can begin to age or wear, which looks great when achieved evenly. However, in high traffic areas, they can begin to show traffic marking over time.

All in all, these tiles look great! There is a reason they have become so popular in homes and business. The look these tiles have to offer is exceptionally aesthetically-pleasing and can enhance any environment. Ask your sales representative if these tiles are right for you by contacting us today!

What Is Encaustic Tile?

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Tile can add a stunning look to any room while giving it a more elegant, sophisticated, and luxurious feel. There are many beautiful tiles available on the market today, but the attractive look of encaustic tile has been sweeping the market. Encaustic tile is a concrete tile with designs or patterns painted into them with beeswax-based paint. The word encaustic translates “to burn” from Greek. With influxes throughout the history of their popularity, they have once again gained popularity on the market once again, today as a porcelain tile.

Encaustic Tile History

Encaustic tiles were very popular during Henry the Eighth’s reign and later during the Gothic Revival Era. Encaustic tiles were made of clay and typically referred to as inlaid tiles throughout history. However, during the Victorian Era, the name was mistakenly used to identify ceramic tiles that replicated the patterns used on authentic encaustic tiles. These tiles were not created using wax, yet today we have adopted the concept into cement and ceramic tiles as well.

Today

Even though encaustic means “to burn,” not all encaustic tiles are heated today. Cement tiles are compressed and not heated. The designs and colors are hand-poured into the molds. After they have been compressed, they are treated with coats of sealers to protect them. Ceramic encaustic tiles can come two ways: glazed or unglazed. Being made from clays, these typically are set to more earthy tones and less lavish colors.

Pattern Variety

Encaustic tiles have very tradition styles giving homage to their original look yet can also come in very modern looking styles as well. With cement tiles, you can also have different pigments added to give a large color variety. With such an extensive range, these tiles can work great in any commercial or resident space to enhance your design.

As this style remerges, homebuyers and business are craving to get their hands on these beautiful tiles. If you are looking to add a very creative backsplash or beautiful flooring, consider encaustic tiles. They add an artisan’s touch to any space and design.

Tips and Tricks for Cleaning Grout like an Expert

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Tile can give any home a very luxurious feel. Immaculate backsplashes, enhancing shower systems, or tantalizing foyers all are rooted with tasteful tile selections. However, nothing can hurt this pristine look quite like dirty grout lines. You invest time and money into finding the perfect tiles and complementary grout yet overtime your grout has browned and looks unkept. To help, here is everything you need to know on why your grout is getting dirty, how to clean it, and how to prevent it from happening down the line. Let’s take a look!

Why Grout Gets Dirty

Grout is a pourable mortar used to close the gaps between floor and wall tiles. It comes in two types: sanded and unsanded. The sealant is composed of water, cement, and sometimes sand; therefore, grout is very porous, allowing it to be very permeable to liquids. If moisture is in the air, it can embed dirt into your grout lines. Likewise, if you spill a colored beverage, your grout is susceptible to soaking it up and staining with the color.

How to Clean Grout

First, you will want to broom or dust the surface of any grime. Using hot water can help break down more difficult soot embedded into the surface of the grout. Create a homogenous mixture of vinegar and water and pour it onto your grout. It may need to soak for several minutes to work its way down into the grout. After it is absorbed, use a toothbrush or scrub brush to remove debris.

Maintenance

Typically, installers will not seal grout the same day of being applied to allow the grout to cure. If you have epoxy grout, it is not porous and will not need to be sealed. However, if not, it would be in your best interest to seal it. This sealant can prevent unwanted discoloring or staining from occurring in the future. Your sealant will help protect against stains and bacteria from forming on your grout lines.

If you have dirty grout, do not leave it unattended for too long. Cleaning your grout is easy and can make your tile look brand new. Remember to seal your grout after to help prevent discoloring down the road. For more tips and tricks on floor maintenance, make sure to subscribe to our blog!