There are so many different types of floors to choose when you’re remodeling your home. The most common choices are tile and hardwoods. We just recently addressed hardwoods, so today we will focus on the tile. Tile is easy to clean and and makes for elegant kitchen and bathroom floor options.
If you’ve chosen to instal tile, you’ll want to be sure you care for them well to prolong their beauty and and value. Here’s how:
Clean promptly. 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.
Love your grout . Grout is 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.
Maintenance is prevention. 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.
A natural solution: 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
Tile is one of the best flooring options you can choose and they are quite simple to care for with the right knowledge and tools. 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!