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Ceramic Tile Maintenance Tips

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Tile

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.

How To Care For Ceramic Tile

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Ceramic / Porcelain Tile

Ceramic tile is a favorite among designers and it has been in use in home design for a very long time. It is popular with home owners because in terms of versatility and design motifs the possibilities seem nearly endless. It can be used in both casual and formal settings and it reign supreme among all surfaces in bathrooms and kitchens. There are two types of ceramic tile – glazed and unglazed and both are set in place with grout. Glazed tile is the shiny tile often seen in bathrooms, and unglazed is the more porous version of the two. Grout is also porous.

Cleaning glazed tile is easily accomplished.  First, make sure to sweep regularly.  This will keep dirt from building up and making clean up more difficult.  You can also use a vacuum without a beater bar or the attachments on the vacuum.  Mats at each entryway will help reduce the amount of dirt tracked in as well. 

Damp mop tile floors regularly as well.  Use a mild detergent and make sure to clean with warm water afterwards to remove any residue from the cleaner.  Be sure to consult the instructions from your manufacturer to ensure any cleaner will not harm your tile.

Don’t use steel wool, abrasive cleaners, or those containing bleach or ammonia.  These can discolor your grout if used too often. 

Tile is amazingly durable, but it can chip or crack under extreme force.  Use floor protectors on furniture legs and chairs and be careful when moving large, heavy items across the floor!

For more information about how to care for your tile, visit us at Century Tile and use this page for reference.  

Home Maintenance Checklist For The Summer

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance

Summer may be well underway, but it’s never too late to tune up your home for the season.  We’ve outlined a small but crucial checklist to ensure that before you get caught up in the swing of things, a few well needed tasks get taken care.

1.     Tune up the air conditioner

A very important piece of equipment during the blistering summer heat is your air conditioning unit. Before the season begins, investigate to see what parts are in working condition and what will require replacements. It is especially important to make sure the vent, filters, fans and coils are clean and there is no faulty wiring. For those with central air systems, the best option is professional maintenance.

2.     Check the ventilation

Routinely checking your home windows will also help with the temperature regulation in your home. Caulk any openings found in both the outside and inside sealants and also double check each window-stripping to ensure there are no breaks.

3.     Conduct thorough safety checks before using the pool

Give yourself at least a week before you open up the pool for swimming. While cleaning and levelling the pool are usually given the higher priority, remember to also check the pumps and filters as a lot of these parts have not been in use since last year.  Don’t forget to give the chemicals at least one week to balance out to avoid unnecessary sickness.

4.     Pressure wash exterior walls

After months of being exposed to months of harsh weather- snow then spring showers- your exterior walls will need some serious TLC.  Prevent the further build up of mildew and dirt by pressuring wash the walls. This is especially handy before you apply that new paint color.

5.     Inspect your deck

Investigate your deck boards, beams and posts for rotting and check to see if resealing the wood is required. A simple way to do this is to check the wood absorption capacity. Also check for any loose or corroded nails which will require replacements.

6.     Replace and clean old garden equipment

Thoroughly drain any gas left in the tank of your lawn mower since last fall. This can be done by purchasing a siphon pump or by running the mower until the tank dries. Don’t forget to lubricate the necessary parts and replace the spark plug when they start to show wear and tear.

A few simple tasks around the outside of your home each year will ensure a smooth transition to summer and will greatly enhance the beauty of your home.  We hope your summer is one to remember!

Reader Question: Laundry

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints and Advice, Reader Question

18892590_SMy laundry smells less than fresh. Why?

Smells in your washer and dryer can be transferred onto the clothes that you are washing. You can get rid of those odors and keep your laundry smelling clean and fresh by following these tips:

Use hot water – hot water kills those odor causing bacteria. While you may be washing most of your clothes in cold water to save money, you should wash at least 2 loads a month in a hot cycle.

Don’t use fabric softener in the washing machine – although fabric softener will make your clothes smell good in the short run, over time it can build up in your machine. The residue from fabric softener is a breeding ground for mildew.

Let your washing machine air dry – if you are not going to use your washing machine for a day or two, keep the door open. Even though your machine might be empty of wet clothes, there is still a significant chance that there is water under the basin. By keeping the door open you let the basin air dry and stay free of musty and mildew odors.

Clean your washer – that’s right, you have to clean it. Once a month run an empty machine on a hot cycle using two cups of vinegar. This will kill any bacteria that have been developing.

Clean the lint trap on your dryer – after every load remove lint from the lint trap. Once a month clean the lint trap in hot, soapy water. Use the hose on your vacuum to clean any lint that may remain in the dryer. Excess lint can become damp and cause yucky smells.

Wipe down the inside of your dryer – mix one cup of bleach with a gallon of hot water. Using a clean cloth, gently wipe down the inside of your dryer.

Use vinegar – dampen a few towels with vinegar and run them in the dryer. This will eliminate any nasty odors that are starting to develop.