Archive for the ‘Kitchens’ 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.

    http://www.custombuildingproducts.com/products/aqua-mix/cleaners/aqua-mix-heavy-duty-tile-grout-cleaner.aspx#prodTechDocs

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  • Five Unconventional Uses for Tile in the Kitchen

    Date: 2013.05.29 | Category: Kitchens, Living Rooms, Tips and Advice | Response: 0

    If you’ve been reading this blog over the past several months, you’ll notice that we’ve always written about using tile in a conventional way — that is, as a building material for flooring, back splashs, and shower enclosures or as a decorative accent in mosaics, vaulted ceilings, and the like. However, the durability of tile also lends itself to some rather unconventional uses, especially around the kitchen.

    Pizza stone

    Tile, especially unglazed quarry tiles, are rated to extremely high temperatures and, depending on the specific variety, are non-porous and food-safe.

    Hearth baking stones If you enjoy baking pizza crusts and breads, slip a couple 18″ x 18″ unglazed quarry tiles into your oven. They’ll act as a heat sink and help yield the crisp, crackery crust that wood-oven pizzerias are known for producing. There’s no need to take them out when you’re not using them, either. Even if you’re not baking, they’ll retain heat incredibly well and regulate the temperature inside. Foods will cook more quickly and evenly.

    Bread warmers Smaller unglazed quarry tiles can be used as bread warmers. Preheat them gently in the oven and they’ll keep the bread warm and crisp at the dinner table. Choose tiles that don’t have sharp or rough edges so you don’t mar the finish on your kitchen table.

    Trivets Protect your kitchen and dining room table from just-out-of-the-oven serving dishes with a tile trivet. Food-safe isn’t really necessary here, so you can choose ceramic, slate, granite or other stoneware tiles that suit your decor and personal taste. Tip: glue felt pads using an industrial-strength epoxy to the back of the tiles so they don’t scratch.

    Cheese boards Marble and granite tiles make excellent cheese boards. They can be put into the refrigerator to chill slightly before arranging various cheeses and fruit for entertaining.

    Coasters Small square tiles can be used as distinctive and unique drink coasters. Choose a pattern and finish that works with your decor. As with the trivets, you may want to glue small felt pads on the back to prevent scratching.

    What are some of your favorite unconventional uses for tile in your home?

  • 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: bhg.com via Kelly on Pinterest

    Source: google.com.au via Tan on Pinterest

  • In The Kitchen: Strawberry Lemon Shortcakes

    Date: 2012.05.17 | Category: Kitchens, Recipes | Response: 0

    Summertime is almost here and we’re loving it! For today’s “In The Kitchen” post, we wanted to share a deliciously light dessert that is truly the epitome of spring – strawberry lemon shortcakes! If you’re not loving your kitchen at the moment, now is the perfect time to think about a custom tile installation to transform your space.

    Enjoy the recipe!

    Recipe courtesy of Cooking Light. Read the original recipe here.

    • 9 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2 cups)
    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 6 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
    • 1 1/4 cups low-fat buttermilk
    • 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
    • Cooking spray
    • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
    • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
    • 4 cups sliced strawberries
    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    • 1 1/4 cups frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed

    Preparation

    1. 1. Preheat oven to 425°.
    2. 2. Weigh or lightly spoon 9 ounces (about 2 cups) flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine 9 ounces flour, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Cut in chilled butter with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Combine 1 1/4 cups buttermilk and grated lemon rind. Add the buttermilk mixture to flour mixture, and toss gently with a fork to combine. (Dough should be wet and about the texture of cottage cheese.)
    3. 3. Coat a 9-inch round metal cake pan or baking sheet with cooking spray. Place 1/2 cup flour in a shallow dish. Scoop 10 equal dough portions into dish. Gently shape each portion into a round by tossing in flour to help shape the dough. Arrange in pan. Discard excess flour. Brush dough with melted butter, and sprinkle evenly with 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar. Bake at 425° for 22 minutes or until the shortcakes are lightly browned. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove shortcakes from pan. Cool on wire rack.
    4. 4. Combine berries, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, and lemon juice; toss to coat. Let stand for 15 minutes. Split each shortcake in half; spoon about 1/3 cup berry mixture and 2 tablespoons whipped topping into each.
  • 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: trendir.com 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: google.com.au via Tan on Pinterest

     

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

    Source: lyring.com via Kitt on Pinterest

     

    Gorgeous tile mosaic wall.

    Source: bhg.com via Casey on Pinterest

     

    This backsplash gives a nice pop of color!

  • Design Inspiration In The Kitchen

    Date: 2012.01.23 | Category: Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration, Kitchens | Response: 0

    Are you planning a kitchen remodel and looking for a way to really make the design pop? We often think of tile as primarily flooring material, but  it can also be used to great effect as a backsplash or accent wall.  Here’s a few designs that we really love that show off the versatility of tile in the kitchen.

    Photo courtesy of kitchen-1st.co.cc

    Photo courtesy of tileswithstyle.com

    Photo courtesy of haigremodeling.com

     

  • Large Tile in the Shower and Beyond

    Date: 2011.07.06 | Category: Bathrooms, Ideas and Inspiration, Kitchens | Response: 0

    For a different look, try thinking about using large tiles in places that small tiles are often used. This can be done in a shower or even on a countertop! What do you think of using large tiles in these places?

    Photo courtesy of schulerenterprises.com

    Photo courtesy of showerbase.comÂ

    Photo courtesy of freewebs.com

    Photo courtesy of flippingsmart.com

  • Caring For the Tile in Your Home

    Date: 2011.02.04 | Category: Bathrooms, Kitchens, Tips and Advice | Response: 0

    Whether you’ve just installed tile in your home or you’ve got your heart set on that new outdoor patio for the spring, you might want to keep some cleaning tips in mind in order to ensure that your tile looks great all the time! Here are some cleaning tips for all types of tile surfaces that you may have in your home!

    image courtesy of Floor Tiles Direct

    For walls & counter tops:

    - Wipe with a damp cloth or sponge

    -Use window cleaner (Windex or Glass Plus)

    -Wipe dry with cloth

    -All purpose cleaners or spray cleaners are also recommended

    For routine cleaning of floors:

    -Vacuum regularly to remove gritty particles

    -Use a damp mop with water and your favorite detergent

    Cleaning your shower tile:

    -Use all-purpose cleaner, allow to stand five minutes, then rinse and dry

    -Wash with equal parts white vinegar and water

    -Using commercial tile cleaners is also recommended

    For more tips on heavy duty cleaning for all surfaces in your home, visit our Garretson Tile Company website.

    No matter what type of tile surface you have in your home, keeping it clean and cared for will allow you to enjoy it for years to come.

  • Beautiful Ceramic Tile Makeover

    Date: 2011.01.06 | Category: Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration, Kitchens | Response: 0

    For all you design lovers out there, Design Sponge is a blog you will certainly want to bookmark and visit often for endless inspiration. They are constantly posting great info about home and product design.

    In today’s post, they shared great photos of a kitchen transformation. We wanted to share this stunning ceramic tile makeover with you here:

    photo courtesy of design sponge

    photo courtesy of design sponge

    photo courtesy of design sponge

    It is amazing what some bold tile can do for a room! The contrast is just stunning!