Benefits of Tile
Tile is defined as a thin, flat, or convex slab of hard material that is used to cover walls, floors, and roofs. They have been developed over many centuries as products of earthenware pottery.
The earliest tiles were produced in the middle east some 7,000-8,000 years ago. During those times, only the wealthy could afford to have their homes tiled. It wasn’t until the invention of handier materials in creating and shaping tile that it became affordable even for the not so wealthy family.
The Romans were the ones who really popularized the use of tile, even obsessing in it by using them all over their houses, temples, and other buildings and creating with it beautiful mosaics and patterns.
Styles of Tile Flooring
There is a wide array of choices available for you if you choose to install tile flooring in your house. Ceramics, granite, flagstone, slate, laminate, vinyl, marble, wood, sandstone, and cork are some of the materials that can constitute your tile flooring. Ceramic tile flooring is the most popular choice to install in the house. Because of the many options available, you could even use different tile materials for use in your home if you so desire. The hardness of tile is determined through an MOH (measure of hardness) scale which indicates the surface hardness of tiles. Tile ratings range from 0-5, with zero indicating that the tile is ‘soft’ and can only be used for decorative purposes only. A grade of 5 on the MOH scale means that the tile is suitable for high traffic areas and industrial use.
Some manufacturers already put adhesives at the back of each tile so installing is easy while some tiles require that you be the one to place the adhesives and grout before you attach them to the floor. Overall, installing tile flooring is still rather easy and with it, you can also make as many patterns as you like: brick stone, herringbone, basket weave, cobblestone, corridor style, etc; your imagination is the only limit. If in the future you will need to remove your tile flooring, there is also no cause to worry as removing it is a breeze with the use of a heat gun or stripper.
Caring and Cleaning Tile Flooring
It doesn’t mean that since tile flooring is strong and durable, you can just do anything you like with it. Tile flooring still has its own do’s and don’ts that you should remember in order to preserve its beauty:
- Use cloths and mops to clean your tile flooring. Never use abrasive chemicals, steel wool, or other scrubbing material on your tile flooring as it can damage the finish.
- Wipe out stains as soon as possible. Don’t let them stay on your tile for too long as stains can discolor your tiles.
- Tile flooring can still chip and crack even if it has a high MOH rating if too much force is exerted on it. Put furniture protectors on your furniture and be careful when moving your furniture.
- Turn off the vacuum beater bar when vacuuming. Vacuum beater bars can dull and scratch your finish.
- Regularly sweep and dust your tile flooring. Not doing so may damage your grout and finish. A quick daily sweep and weekly mopping should do.
- Place door mats on selected surfaces of your house. This way, you reduce the amount of dirt that gets transferred by your feet.
- When cleaning or drying up spills, make sure that you use a damp mop and not a wet one. Wetness can invite mildew formation and ugly grout lines. In addition, some minerals in tap water can cause discoloration of your tiles.
Priority Homes offers a variety of tile options. Please call 435-623-2382 for more information.
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