Archive for the ‘Bathrooms’ Category

  • Cleaning Grout Safely

    Date: 2014.07.16 | Category: Bathrooms, Kitchens, Tips and Advice | Response: 0

    We all have come across dirty, stained and sometimes even have mold on our grout.  There are many ways to clean your grout, however some every day house hold cleaning products are too rough and can damage what  you have in place.  You can try using a simple at home application of hot water and dawn dish soap.

    •  The first thing to start with is a deep soak.
    • Make a bucket of very hot water adding dawn dish soap.
    • Apply that on a small area and let sit for about 20 minutes.
    • The dawn soap should start to pull the dirt out of the grout.
    • Use soft clean towels to soak up the water.
    •  If there is still dirt on the grout, use a soft nylon brush and in a circular motion lightly scrub at the dirt.

    After trying this and your grout is not getting clean we suggest you using a commercial grade solution made just for cleaning grout surfaces.  Aqua Mix is a great brand that has many different solutions to help in the care and maintenance of your grout.



  • It’s hip to be SQUARE

    Date: 2014.03.05 | Category: Bathrooms, Uncategorized | Response: 0

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    Most standard drains for tiled showers have a round cover but many tiles used on shower floors are square mosaics.  Of course this is not an issue for any skilled tile installer who can cut the tile to fit to a circle.  For a homeowner, round drains might present more of a challenge.

    The fix is not only easy but also more visually pleasant.  Square covers are not only easier for any installer but also better looking and a more up to date design.

    Ebbe drains are made to fit into most all standard tiled shower floor drains.  You simply unscrew the round drain grate and insert Ebbe’s square drain grate.  They also come in a multitude of finishes to match nearly any shower controls.

    Square drains are the perfect detail to give your project a perfectly finished look.

  • Do I Need To Use Sealer On Ceramic Tile?

    Date: 2012.09.04 | Category: Bathrooms, Tips and Advice | Response: 0

    Sealing your tile is determined by the type of tile that you used -glazed or unglazed. If you’re unclear on the difference between the two, we wrote a previous blog post on glazed vs. unglazed tile.

    So what’s the difference when it comes to sealer?

    Sealer is unnecessary and should never be used on glazed tile. Sealer is often used on unglazed natural clay tile, pavers or unglazed porcelain tile. Some manufacturers of these products recommend a particular sealer. However, in most cases a good penetrating sealer is advisable. It is usually invisible or provides a soft luster. Heavy sealers such as urethane are not recommended because of potential scaling or uneven wearing.

  • Friday Tile Inspiration

    Date: 2012.08.24 | Category: Bathrooms, Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration, Kitchens | Response: 0

    Happy Friday! We’re kicking off the weekend with these inspiring, ceramic tile ideas from Pinterest. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

    Source: via Kelly on Pinterest

    Source: via Tan on Pinterest

  • The Look And Feel Of Wood With The Durability Of Tile

    Date: 2012.05.06 | Category: Bathrooms, Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration, Kitchens, Living Rooms | Response: 0

    Love the look of hardwood, but want the durability of ceramic tile? There’s a solution for you!

    Wood tile is a ceramic or porcelain tile that is made to look like a genuine hardwood floor. The tiles can also be textured to resemble the feel of natural hardwood floors in addition to the look of hardwood. Modern style wood tiles are available as well as tiles that give a traditional hardwood look. They can also come in an aged or distressed look for an old-fashioned, antique style. As with all tile installations, the choices for a hardwood look are vast. The tiles are created to simulate virtually every type of wood grain- chestnut, maple, mahogany, oak, etc.

    Here are just a few of the benefits of a ceramic, wood tile over natural hardwood flooring:

    • Ceramic tile that looks like wood is easy to clean & sanitize (perfect for kitchen or bathroom installations.)
    • No fear of water damage.
    • Say goodbye to felt pads under your furniture! Ceramic tile is resistant to scratches.
    • Extremely durable in high traffic areas.
    • Also resistant to fire, pest damage, moisture.

    Do not hesitate to contact Garretson Tile Company in Gettysburg, PA with any questions about a custom, wood tile installation!

    Source: via Venta on Pinterest

  • Friday Tile Design Inspiration

    Date: 2012.04.20 | Category: Bathrooms, Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration, Kitchens, Living Rooms | Response: 0

    We wanted to share these magnificent tile creations for your Friday! These ideas are from Pinterest. Pinterest is a great resource for  planning your tile projects and organizing your ideas. Have a great weekend, everyone. Get inspired!


    Incredible ceramic tile wall.

    Source: via Tan on Pinterest


    Modern tile floor is made cozy with the fireplace and rug.

    Source: via Kitt on Pinterest


    Gorgeous tile mosaic wall.

    Source: via Casey on Pinterest


    This backsplash gives a nice pop of color!

  • Bathroom Tile Inspiration

    Date: 2011.12.20 | Category: Bathrooms, Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration | Response: 0

    The bathroom continues to receive increased attention in many homes as homeowners seek to create a tranquil, personal space. This retreat-like atmosphere is very desirable and can be created in endless ways. Not to mention, a bathroom remodel using tile is an investment that will add value to your home. (Read our previous post here for tips on creating a spa-like atmosphere in your bathroom.)

    Here are a few photos of gorgeous bathroom retreats to spark your inspiration:

    Image courtesy Ceramic Tileworks

    image courtesy Ceramic Tileworks

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    image by Garretson Tile Company

    image by Garretson Tile Company

    image courtesy of Trendir Modern Interiors


  • Heated Tile Floors

    Date: 2011.12.03 | Category: Bathrooms, Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration | Response: 0

    In the cold, long winter months ahead there is one thing that would make getting out of bed in the morning easier. Installing heating systems beneath your tiled bathroom floor. Most systems are around 1.8″ thick, then a frame is built over top with a tile, stone or even hardwood floor.

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    Another option is to install heating pipes which are covered with screed and then a tile or stone floor.

    Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia. Underfloor heating pipes before the screed

    These are just two ways of installing heating under your bathroom floors. Have a WARM and happy holiday!

  • Funky Bathroom Tile Backsplash

    Date: 2011.10.11 | Category: Bathrooms, Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration | Response: 0

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    These artistic backsplashes are an example of the “out-of-the-box” ideas that tile provides a bathroom renovation. Funky 3-D glass tiles create an artistic yet modern feeling. Using tiles that range in shape, size and color offer interest and provide dimension . Get inspired with tile!

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  • Creative Idea Using Decorative Tile

    Date: 2011.09.21 | Category: Bathrooms, Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration, Tips and Advice | Response: 1

    Tile has so many wonderful uses in the home. Not only is it a functional, but it also gives an artistic touch to many applications. Decorative tile is most often seen surrounding around a fireplace or on a kitchen backsplash, but there are many other ways to use decorative tile throughout your home. The next thing you might be thinking is “that could get extremely pricey” and in some cases you would be correct. There are ways, however, to get the beautiful tile you desire and keep your budget in mind at the same time.

    Let’s take this example from Bill Buyok on  (Bill Buyok is the primary contributor for Avente Tile and has been publishing Tile Talk since 2008)

    This beautiful glass tile would make a stunning shower, but the price tag was high.

    Glass Tile $40 per square foot (photo courtesy of Click photo for original post.

    The option instead was given to create a “waterfall” design that appeared as if the glass tile was pouring onto the floor.

    glass mosaic waterfall effect. (image courtesy of Click for original post.

    The tile actually became a focal point and used $280 worth of the glass tile as opposed to the entire shower, which would have been roughly $3,600.

    The moral is: Don’t say no to a decorative piece of tile that appears to be out of your budget! A professional tile designer can assist you in implementing the tile you love at a price you can afford.

    Click to read Bill Buyok’s full post.