Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Home Remodeling Secrets: Caring For Your Tile Floors

Home Remodeling Secrets: Caring For Your Tile FloorsWhen remodeling your home, if you choose to use tile in your kitchen, it's important to know how to care for it. At Unique Home Building we frequently see people choosing tile for their home, and for good reason! Tile is easy to clean and and makes for an elegant kitchen floor option. 

We all know that messes happen, but instead of banning everyone but yourself from walking on your floor, it's important to make sure dirt and spills do not have a chance to make themselves at home.  Surprisingly, this is easy enough to do with a mop or cloth, hot water, and a mild household detergent. Just spot test it first to make sure it treats your tile well. 

The next key, is regular maintenance. The best and most effective step you can take is to regularly sweep, vacuum, and damp mop your tile floors. Even a quick sweeping or vacuum job will remove the dirt and debris before it can become embedded in the tile or grout. Mopping with warm water and using a cleaning product safe for your tile will also enhance your tile’s gloss, shine, and color.
Another simple and tile safe option you can utilize, is to mix a cup of white vinegar with a gallon of water for a wonderfully effective, odor-eliminating cleanser. This is a great natural alternative for those who are wanting to avoid harsh chemicals. 
Lastly, you want to care for the grout; the substance that holds the ceramic tiles in place. Unfortunately, over time, and with exposure to the elements, this (often white) grout can become discolored and dingy. When this happens, it really detracts from the beauty of your floor. So to preserve the tile and grout, you really want to make sure that the grout is properly sealed after installation; and even update the seal once a year to maintain it's use and beauty. This will keep stains, dirt, and water from being able to penetrate the protective barrier.
Kitchens are one of the most important rooms in home and each detail should be considered wisely during the your home building or remodeling project. The contractors at Unique Home Building are skilled and prepared to work with you on each of these details, whatever the project size. Contact us today and get your plan started!

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