If you're like most homeowners, your head is spinning. You have some questions about flooring. We understand. You have questions! The world of flooring is a huge industry with near limitless choices. It's easy to get lost in the mire of different brands, styles, materials, constructions, and looks. Having too much variety can be just as bad as having not enough. Here are some answers to some fo our more comonly asked flooring questions.

How do you clean ceramic tile?

Usually just a damp sponge will be enough. Where soiling is more severe, use a window cleaner such as Windex or a mild solution of hot water and all purpose liquid cleaner such as Mr. Clean is also excellent. Do not use soap as it leaves a film.

What tiles are considered frost resistant?

Tiles that absorb 3% or less moisture. All porcelain tiles are 3% or less.

How much variation can be expected from dyelot to dyelot on tile?

Tiles are made from natural products and the variation can be substantial depending on the tile selected. Tiles can vary slightly in shade, texture, and size.

How can you determine if a tile is suited for outdoor use in a cold climate?

If your labels or literature says it is frost resistant, or a porcelain, it is suited for outdoor use.

Is a product with a (4) four wear rating a better quality or more expensive than one with a (2) two wear rating?

Not necessarily; the wear rating has nothing to do with quality or price, only durability. Some of the most expensive tiles are the hand painted wall tiles and they only have a wear rating of (1) one.

Does the gloss level affect slip resistance?

Yes; High gloss products are usually more slippery than low gloss ones.

Are high gloss products suited for heavy traffic areas?

Generally not, but always check the products wear rating because there are exceptions. In most cases the higher the gloss, the softer the glaze.

What is the most important step in maintaining a glazed tile?

To keep the floor free of sand or any other gritty material that may act as an abrasive and wear down the surface.

Can floor tiles be used on walls and counter tops?

Yes; Providing the structure is strong enough to support the weight.

Can water and vinegar be used to clean ceramics?

Vinegar is an acid and acid should never be used on tile by anyone other than a professional. If it's not diluted properly it could bleach out the color in the grout.

Will the size vary in ceramics?

Yes; Handmade Mexican tiles may vary greatly, but this is acceptable. Ceramic and Porcelain tiles may also vary slightly in size but the installer will conceal this by using a little wider grout joint.

Are slip resistant products more difficult to clean?

Generally, yes, the coarser the grit is, the more difficult it will be to clean.

What is a slip resistant tile?

One with a gritty surface or a built in texture designed to grip the foot and prevent slipping.

Will ceramic tile colors fade when exposed to sunlight?

No, They are totally unaffected by light.

Are ceramic tiles fire resistant?

Yes; They are totally fire proof at any temperature.

Are ceramic tiles hygienic?

Yes; A glazed tile does not retain liquids, fumes, odors or germs.

Are all 12" X 12" tiles the same size?

No; Each manufacture sizes their tile according to their equipment capability. A 12" X 12" tile may be as small as 11 ½" X 11 ½" or as large as 12 ½" X 12 ½". This goes for all sizes of tile.

Can you mix and match tiles from two or more manufactures when designing a pattern?

Generally not, the sizes and thickness will vary from one manufactures tiles to another and the grout joints will not line up.



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