February 03, 2017
How to Properly Clean Your Tile Floor
Tile floors can be a great investment for any home if they are cared for and maintained properly. However, using the wrong combination of chemicals or not cleaning them as frequently as necessary can lead to shifting or lackluster tiles. With the help of our in-house interior designer, Brooke, here are some ways to properly clean a tile floor.
Mopping, Sweeping, and Vacuuming
Vacuuming and sweeping are the best ways to keep tile floors clean. Regular sweeping or vacuuming will keep particles, such as dust, from penetrating the small holes in the tile that can make the tiles lose their vibrancy.
Mopping with warm water and a mild detergent “as needed” will help go deeper into the tile to get at the stuff the vacuum missed as it passed over. When mopping a tile floor, do not use a sponge mop and do not be afraid to change the water in the mop bucket. Not taking these precautions will mean that you are simply spreading the dirt over a bigger area instead of removing it.
A film over top of the tiles can have two different causes. First, it can be a sign that you did not mop correctly, by either using the wrong kind of mop or not changing the water frequently enough throughout the process. Second, it may be leftover soap residue also resulting from the last time you mopped. Luckily, this is a problem that can easily be resolved with some all-purpose cleaner.
Grout is incredibly important to the maintenance of a tile floor because it is quite literally what holds it all together. Grout, however, can pose a problem because it is porous and has many small openings that dirt can get into and cause it to break down. Not to mention dirty looking grout will take away from an otherwise clean tile floor.
Cleaning the grout on your own can be time-consuming. It may entail spending hours on your hands and knees scrubbing between tiles with a small brush. Another problem when it comes to cleaning your grout are chemicals like bleach because it can “damage the grout.”
The same goes for other at home methods. Due to this possibility, it is recommended that you have your tile floor professionally cleaned a couple times a year so that the grout can be properly cleaned and sealed.
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January 19, 2017
The Best Flooring For Your Foyer
Your foyer provides the first impression for all who enter your home, establishing a design aesthetic to be carried throughout your home. It should be equally as warm and inviting, as it is durable and livable — so finding the perfect balance is key.
The flooring you choose will play an integral role in the functionality of the space. Ideally, it should be relatively easy to clean, and tough against moisture. As with any home update, try and select a style that will transition well throughout the years and avoid looking dated. Additionally, think ahead about possible future repairs, and keep some extra materials in storage for the inevitable cracked tile or damaged plank.
A timeless favorite for foyers — slate is highly durable, but still traditional and inviting. With a variety of colors, textures and shapes available, slate will create a dramatic entrance for your home. Additionally, its resistance to stains and slips is what makes it a desirable choice for homes with children.
Tile is an ideal choice for foyers, offering easy-care, high style and several budget-friendly options — perfect to combat slushy boots and muddy sneakers alike. You can also get really creative with the layout and overall design of your tiled foyer. Consider laying tile to mimic the shape of an area rug. This defines the space and adds some simple elegance to the space.
In recent years, cork flooring has become an increasingly popular choice for foyers. Softer underfoot than some other flooring options, cork also naturally absorbs noise and maintains a comfortable temperature. With a variety of patterns to choose from — there is a cork option for any home.
Hardwood floors are less resistant to moisture than others, but are still a much-loved option for foyers. Today, many houses are designed with open floor plans in mind. If hardwoods flow from wall to wall, the foyer will need to follow suit.
A small area rug or mat will provide the added protection you need without sacrificing style.
Affordable, durable, and still fantastically attractive — the elements are no match for this incredibly low maintenance flooring. With the ability to seamlessly mimic the look of hardwood, ceramic and stone, it is easy to find a vinyl flooring option to suit any design aesthetic.
Contact a Flooring Expert today and find out how easily we can transform your foyer with a design and functionality that will last for years to come.
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