So if you're in the market for new ideas for your home, here are some hot trends in the world of tile:
- Wood Look: Yes, you don't need actual hardwood to get the look of wood. Hardwood has a design esthetic that appeals to both residential and commercial customers. However, application is limited. Get the look and beauty of wood in a porcelain tile. It's durable, easy to maintain, and good in high-traffic areas and places exposed to high moisture levels.
- Color: With more and more folks utilizing neutral colors in their furniture and room accessory choices, floors are becoming the focal point. That's why many interior designers are choosing bright, bold colors for floors these days. It creates a sense of fun, but also provides a much-needed pop in the room.
- Visuals: Stone looks, which have always been a popular choice in tiles, have evolved to look more realistic than ever. There are even tiles that can mimic the look of stained concrete or fabrics such as silk, linen, or tweed.
Now that you've narrowed down your choice of tile for your home, here are some tips on how to clean your beautiful new floor:
- Sweeping: Because of the various textures of tiles, dirt tends to adhere to the to the surface. Regular sweeping will loosens and remove most dirt. If you choose to vacuum your tile floor, use one without a beater bar to avoid scratching and dulling the floor.
- Mats: Place a floor mat by doors to keep dirt from being tracked into the house.
- Heavy Cleaning: Mild scrubbing with a soft brush or electric polisher/scrubber may be required for textured tiles. Clean with a mild detergent and rinse thoroughly with clean, warm water to remove any residue.
Additional Dos and Don'ts:
DO clean up spills fast so grout doesn't stain.
DO take precautions when moving heavy objects across ceramic tile floors.
DO cover furniture and table legs with protectors to avoid scratches.
DON'T use steel wool, scouring powders, or other abrasives to clean as they can cause scratches.
DON'T use bleach or ammonia-based cleaners as they can discolor the grout.