Posts Tagged ‘tile care’

  • Welcome, Spring!

    Date: 2011.03.28 | Category: Bathrooms, Ideas and Inspiration | Response: 0

    The official start of spring has finally arrived despite the chilly temperatures in Gettysburg, PA. The coming of spring means it’s time for some spring cleaning and giving your home the face-lift it needs after the cold winter months.

    We recently wrote a post on glass tile. One room where this type of tile is particularly conducive: the bathroom!

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    Since glass tile is so versatile it can literally work ANYWHERE in a bathroom- walls, vanity tops, back splashes, and floors! Also, many times glass tile is made from recycled glass bottles and jars making it an eco-friendly option for your home.

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    Another great feature about glass tile is that it’s resistant to moisture and temperature changes. (Perfect for inside the shower and bathtub area.) Glass tile is also extremely easy to keep clean with a mop and some simple glass window cleaner!

  • 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!

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    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.

  • Quarry Tile in the Home

    Date: 2010.08.20 | Category: Custom Tile, Kitchens, Tips and Advice | Response: 0

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    Quarry tile is an unglazed, natural clay tile, usually 3/8″ to 1/2″ thick (thicker than its ceramic counterparts) and is limited to mostly natural colors of red, brown or gray.  Quarry tile is a great option for high-traffic flooring spaces since it is one of the toughest, wear-resistant materials available.

    Using Quarry Tile in your Home:

    Quarry tiles can give a nice, unique, warm feel to certain rooms in the home, such as a sunroom, entryway, or even a kitchen. A possibility may be a room with a “Spanish feel.” Again, a high-traffic spot would be a great place for quarry tile (indoors and outdoors). Another reason for this is its rough texture that provides great traction.

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    Keep in mind, unsealed quarry tile is highly absorbent and will hold stains that are nearly impossible to clean. Apply tile sealer to the entire surface to inhibit water absorption. Sealer on quarry tile does not change its color or give it a glossy texture. When sealed properly, your quarry tile will be very simple to care for. Not having a need for harsh chemical cleaners on the floor is certainly a plus!

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    A couple other things about quarry:

    - Great for budget conscious homeowners

    - A lot of  design possibilities and flexibility! Limitless patterns are possible since quarry tile can be cut into whatever design you like.