Nothing gives you more options and opportunities to express your unique vision than tile. Choose stone, ceramic or porcelain, and arrange it in nearly endless patterns. With many colors, patterns and sizes to choose from, there are countless ways to make use of tile in your home. A long-time favorite in bathrooms, tile is just as suitable in kitchens for its ability to resist spills.
Explore the nearly infinite palette of styles and colors available in tile to create the floor you always imagined in any room of your home. When it comes to flooring, nothing gives you more options and opportunities to express your unique vision than tile. Choose stone, ceramic or porcelain, and arrange it in nearly endless patterns.
Why choose tile?
Floor tile works from contemporary to classic. With so many colors, patterns and sizes to choose from, there are countless ways to make use of tile in your home. A long-time favorite in bathrooms, tile floor is just as suitable in kitchens for its ability to resist spills. And you can lend other living spaces throughout your home a touch of style, ranging from contemporary to traditional.
Whatever your style
No matter what your architectural style, there’s a tile solution to bring your vision to life. And tile isn’t merely a trendy choice, either. It’s been an admired flooring for years and will continue to be a great way to bring lasting beauty and value to your home.
Tile is modular, which allows you to be creative in how you assemble your floor. You can put large tiles together for an expansive look. Set them at angles to grow small spaces, or use insets for a custom look.
Ceramic tile care and maintenance, for the most part, requires minimal attention. Glazed and unglazed tile, under normal residential situations, can be cleaned using clean water and a tile cleaner recommended by the manufacturer. Always follow up with a rinse of clean water to completely remove all the cleaning solution. Regular maintenance is recommended to avoid build-up of dirt, residue, grease, soap, detergents, or other external contaminants.
Improper care of ceramic tile using maintenance and improper cleaning products can result in a build-up on the surface, causing the tile to be slippery. Wax cleaners and oil-based detergents may decrease the slip resistance and are not recommended for use on your ceramic tile.
For basic cleaning, the following procedures are recommended in ceramic tile care:
– Sweep or vacuum surface
– Mix water with tile and grout cleaner per manufacturer’s instructions and apply to surface
– Allow solution to sit for three to five minutes
– Agitate with sponge or mop
– Mop up solution
– Rinse mop and change cleaning solution at least every 500 square feet
– Rinse thoroughly with clean water
– Dry mop floor to remove moisture or pick up residue with a wet-vac
– Wipe the floor dry
For tile with coarse or abrasive type surfaces, ceramic tile maintenance will need to be performed more frequently. Agitation will need to be more vigorous and water changes more frequent. Proper cleaning of these types of tile is necessary for the slip resistance value to be maintained. Grease or water accumulation may create slippery conditions. Be careful to avoid introduction of grease from dirty mops to your floor surface while cleaning.
Because the grout on your ceramic tile needs time to thoroughly dry after installation, we recommend you do not scrub or wash your ceramic tile for five days after installation. We also recommend protecting your floor against abrasive dirt at entrances to buildings with dirt catching floor mats.