Posts Tagged ‘tiles’

How to Keep Marble Surfaces Clean

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Flooring, Tile

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?

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Flooring, Tile

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.

How to Use Metallic Tiles to Add Drama

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Backsplash, Tile

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?

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Flooring, Tile

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.

Consider Environment in Your Outdoor Space

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Summer

Have you been considering updating or improving your outdoor areas? Many people are looking at environmental concerns along with functionality and design in their yards.

Using plants and trees that are native to the area helps to reduce problems of invasive species harming local wilderness ecologies. In water-limited regions xeriscaping – choosing plants that use less water – can make a real difference in the water cost of a landscape.

Another concern that is gathering attention involves the natural drainage patterns of a landscape. Using too much hardscape – patio and paths – can negatively affect the natural requirements of your outside areas. The solution may not be to limit your outdoor living space but to choose to include water-permeable elements.

This spa in Bali provides some ideas. The gravel naturally allows water to drain from the area into the soil while still providing a walkway with selected pavers or tiles. If you want a more straightforward patio, you could reverse this approach and have large squares of concrete, pavers or tile separated by narrow bands of gravel. This would be easier to walk on and for placing furniture while still providing a place for rainfall to drain.

Another option is taking a look at a wide variety of permeable surfaces currently available. In response to this concern, outdoor flooring experts have been creating options that resemble standard hardscape materials in appearance and function, but allow rainwater to drain through them.

When you’re ready to redo your outdoor living space, be sure to investigate these options to help the drainage patterns in your yard as well as your neighborhood’s environment.

Tile Water Fountain

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

Have you wanted to add a fountain to your landscape but found yourself dissatisfied with your choices? How about designing your own fountain using a circulating pump and some tiles?

The one in this photo is pretty dramatic, so you might want to start with something a bit simpler. Or you could look into landscape architects who have worked on fountains before.

By designing your own fountain or even waterfall using tile, you are unlimited when it comes to colors, styles and mood. Would you like a modern fountain? Consider glass tile or even slate to shine under the water. If you’re leaning toward a more Moorish look, how about adding some figured tiles that show off their rich tones and patterns? A selection of hand-painted Mexican tiles along the edge of a simpler tile or stone choice and you can create a south-of-the border water feature.

Tile is sturdy enough to handle the outdoors and the splash of water. The only thing you may want to do is to make sure the water you use is not too mineral-rich because that can damage the look of the tile.

Tile also comes in all shapes and sizes, and prices! You can have a beautiful fountain by showcasing several more expensive tiles as trim while using a more reasonably-priced tile for the basic structure. And how about a light blue tile at the bottom of a pool to make that water look even more clean and inviting?

Want a fountain that’s unique to your home? Build your own with tile.