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Spotlight on Tile Flooring

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In a world in which homeowners are faced with so many different flooring options, it is understandable if one becomes overwhelmed. However, if you are looking for a floor that is easy to maintain, durable, and resistant to water, tile flooring may be your best bet. Continue reading as we put the spotlight on tile flooring.

Tile flooring can be incredibly durable, allowing for a long working life. Ceramic is particularly effective as a floor tile. This type of flooring can potentially last for over two decades with regular maintenance. Proper maintenance typically includes vacuuming debris off of the surface of the floor before mopping it with a cleaning solution and rinsing it with clean water. Tile flooring is a popular choice for bathrooms and kitchens because of the water resistance and non-slip features that many tiles display.

Tile For Less Washington provides the Seattle and Bothell areas with glass, marble, and porcelain tiles. Please do not hesitate to visit our website or give us a call at (206) 701-6980 to learn more about our services. If you live in the Washington area, feel free to meet with us today.

What Are The Differences Between Mortar and Grout?

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Although they have their similarities, mortar and grout are different materials that are used for different projects; while one is more of a filler between tiles, the other is used for adhesion. The two also vary from each other in terms of composition, application, and characteristics. Here is a look at a few of the differences between mortar and grout.

Consistency
When considering the differences between mortar and grout, it helps to first look at the consistency of the material. Grout contains just enough water to keep its components together while still allowing it to be poured. Mortar, on the other hand, is typically smooth and able to be spread. While mortar is composed of hydrated lime and water, the composition of grout may vary by its coarseness; the more coarse the grout, the larger the aggregates involved.

Properties
There are further differences between mortar and grout than their consistencies, which is why they are suitable for use in different situations and for different projects. They also differ in terms of density and hardness. Grout is a tough, dense material, and these characteristics contribute to its water resistant properties. Mortar is stiff, but it is porous and not as hard as grout; it also features some level of breathability.

Purpose
Mortar and grout can be used interchangeably, but only in very specific situations and under the recommendation of an architect or mason. Mortar tends to be best suited for laying bricks or other stone blocks, while grout is more appropriate for bathroom or kitchen tile; grout is particularly effective in bathrooms and kitchens due to its ability to remain unchanged in the presence of water.

For more information about the differences between mortar and grout, contact Tile For Less Washington. We are a discount tile service that provides the Seattle and Bothell areas with high quality glass, porcelain, and ceramic tiles. If you would like to know more about our tiles, please feel free to visit our website or give us a call at (206) 701-6980. Stop by and meet with us today if you live in the Washington area.

Tips for Cleaning Ceramic Tile

Cleaning your ceramic tiles regularly helps them to retain their shine and continue to enhance the aesthetic of your bathroom. Fortunately, this is a simple task to perform. Watch this video clip for a few tips for cleaning ceramic tile.

Before cleaning your tile floor, be sure to vacuum up any grime or dirt that may be present. If you floor is not sealed, use a mixture of warm water and vinegar to mop the floor. If you floor is sealed, you can use mild soap and water. Mop the surface of the floor and then rinse it off with clean water, allowing it to dry before use.

Would you like additional tips for cleaning ceramic tile? Call Tile For Less Washington at (206) 701-6980 or visit our website. We are a discount tile company that operates in the Bothell and Seattle areas. If you live in the area, stop by today.

Cleaning Your Porcelain Tile

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Porcelain tiles offer a beautiful look for your kitchen, bathroom, or hallway. It is also popular due to its ability to resist both moisture and staining. Regular maintenance helps to keep your tiles looking nice and shiny. Keep reading for a few tips on cleaning your porcelain tile.

Polished
The way you should maintain your porcelain tile depends on the type of tile you have. However, regardless of type, you should start the cleaning process by sweeping and vacuuming up loose dirt and debris from the surface of the tile. When it comes to cleaning polished or glazed tile, you can then use a dust mop, followed by a mop that has been dampened with hot water. Use a cleanser of your choice and then one last mopping with hot water. Be sure to dry the tiles thoroughly with a microfiber cloth or towel, and use cheesecloth to buff the tile for increased shine.

Unpolished
When it comes to cleaning unpolished porcelain tile, it helps to work in small sections. Using either a commercial cleaner or a solution of vinegar and water, cover a square of about two to four feet and let it soak in for five minutes. Carefully scrub the section of tile with a brush with soft bristles and then rinse away the cleaning solution with hot water. Then use a towel or microfiber cloth to dry off the surface of the tiles.

Textured
Like unpolished porcelain tiles, textured tiles should soak in a vinegar and water mixture for five to ten minutes before you begin to scrub. Scrub along the direction of the tile as well as diagonally using a soft bristle brush. Then rinse the tiles with hot water and use a damp mop for the last coating. Finally, clean excess water with a microfiber cloth or towel.

Are you in the market for high quality porcelain tile? Call Tile For Less Washington at (206) 701-6980 to learn about our discount marble, glass, ceramic, and porcelain tile. We serve the Seattle and Bothell areas. Please feel free to visit our website for more information about our services.

Quick Tips for Cleaning Grout

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Tiles can do wonders for your bathroom, kitchen, or entryway, but the proper maintenance is required in order to enjoy its beautiful look for the long term. One key component of this maintenance is cleaning grout. Read on for a few quick tips for cleaning grout.

It is wise to begin with the mildest cleaning method; if the mild solution is not strong enough, work your way up from there. Lighter stains or preventative maintenance can be handled with warm water and a brush with stiff bristles. If you need something stronger, try covering the grout lines with baking soda and water and then add vinegar and scrub. In the case of extremely dirty grout, you can use a commercial cleaner and chlorine bleach. However, it is important to note that too much exposure to these cleaners can erode the grout.

For more tips for cleaning grout, talk to the tiling professionals at Tile For Less Washington. We provide cheap tiles in the Bothell and Seattle areas. You can find out more information about our services by visiting our website or calling us at (206) 701-6980. If you live in the area, feel free to stop by and meet with us today.

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