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    An Essential Guide to Choosing the Right Tile

    Last updated 3 days ago

    Tile is always a beautiful choice, but it’s important to select the right kind of tile suited for its intended location and application. Some of the factors to keep in mind while shopping for the perfect tiles include how the tile will be used and how much special attention you want to pay to maintenance and cleaning. As you sort through your tile options, keep these tips in mind. 

    Factor in Foot Traffic
    If you’re buying floor tiles, then foot traffic is one of your most important considerations. Porcelain ceramic tiles are rated according the PEI (Porcelain Enamel Institute). Ratings range from one to five, with one being unsuitable for any foot traffic and five being strong enough for extra heavy foot traffic, such as in a commercial space. Non-porcelain ceramic tiles are also often assigned a PEI number. Typically, these tiles never rate higher than three, so they are only suitable for light foot traffic. In terms of stone tiles, slate and granite are popular flooring choices. Marble can be used in light foot traffic areas.

    Consider Cleaning and Maintenance
    Many types of tiles require some degree of special cleaning and maintenance. Ceramic tiles that are sealed must be stripped, resealed, and waxed every few years. With natural stone, it’s sometimes necessary to use special cleaning products to avoid destroying the surface. You may also periodically need to have scratches repaired on natural stone tiles. If you’d rather avoid special care needs, choose a low-maintenance tile, like porcelain.

    Pick Porous Tiles Carefully
    Porous tiles allow stains to soak in easily, so they’re not ideal for every space. Avoid using travertine and limestone for kitchen countertops, as spills of colored liquids will easily soak through the surfaces. Slate, granite, and ceramics rated PEI 3 or greater are suitable, less porous choices.

    Let the experts at Tile Fantastic in San Jose help your pick the perfect tile for your space. With our enormous selection, we’re sure to have the right tile for you. To find out more, call (888) 864-6319. 

    Reasons to Install Glass Tile in Your Home

    Last updated 14 days ago

    If you want to make a real design statement in your home, choose glass tiles. Glass tiles have steadily increased in popularity in recent years as homeowners are thinking of more and more creative ways to put them to use. Glass tiles are highly adaptable and fit in with an array of interior design styles, from classic to contemporary.

    Because glass tiles are translucent, they create a look you can’t get with other types of tiles. They come in a huge range of colors so they are easy to work into your décor. Glass tiles can be used to create an accent piece or mosaic, as inlays for other types of tiles, or to build an entire wall. Glass tiles are frost-proof, so they are also ideal for outdoor use.

    How can you use glass tiles in your home décor? Tile Fantastic’s experts will help you explore all of your options, from glass to natural stone tiles. Find out more about our selection by calling our San Jose tile showroom at (888) 864-6319. 

    Selecting Natural Stone for Your Floor

    Last updated 25 days ago

    Natural stone tiles add beautiful color and texture to any home. They blend well with nearly any design style, and with proper care, can last a lifetime. To get the best use of your natural stone floor, choose tiles based on both the look and how your space will be used. Here is a peek at some popular natural stone flooring choices and what you need to know about each. 

    Slate is one of the most common natural stone floor tiles. It’s a type of metamorphic rock that is easily transformed into sheets that can be cut into tiles. Slate is extremely durable, so it’s ideal for high traffic areas, like your entryway, hallway, or living room. Although there are always variations in natural stone, slate tends to be dark in color, so make sure it matches the aesthetic of the room. Although slate comes in a range of prices, it’s worth paying a little extra for denser tile to avoid flaking. For cleaning and maintenance, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

    This calcite sedimentary rock is often mislabeled as marble or limestone. It comes in a huge variety of colors, so there’s a good chance you can find travertine tiles to fit just about any décor. Don’t try to keep a travertine floor shiny—this stone has a natural matte finish that makes it feel warm underfoot. Travertine is vulnerable to staining and scratching, so it may not be a good choice for rooms with lots of traffic from kids and pets. Be sure your tiles are sealed to offer some protection from staining. If you want the look of travertine with more resilience, choose limestone.

    Granite is the hardest natural stone tile material you can find. It can handle the highest foot traffic and repels liquids to reduce staining potential. It comes in a variety of colors and has a high-shine finish that is easy to maintain. Granite has a formal look, so consider how it matches the feel of your room before you install it.

    These are just a few of the natural stone tile options we offer at Tile Fantastic in San Jose. Let us help you find the best tile for your space by calling (888) 864-6319.

    Cleaning Ceramic Tiles

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Ceramic tiles have porous surfaces, which make them vulnerable to stains and grime. Fortunately, cleaning them is a simple process that extends the life of your tiles for years to come. This video walks you through the steps.

    Tiles can be cleaned with vinegar or mild soap mixed with water. Go for vinegar if your floor is unsealed and mild soap if it is sealed. After mopping the floor with your cleaning solution, rinse the tiles by mopping with clean water.

    Ceramic tiles are gorgeous additions to any home, and Tile Fantastic will help you pick the perfect design for your place. Learn more about the massive selection available at our family-owned tile store in San Jose by calling (888) 864-6319.

    A Look at How to Clean Tile Grout

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Keeping your grout clean is an imperative part of maintaining your tiles. It is equally important to do so in a way that is safe for your pets and family. Here is a look at how to clean tile grout.

    When it comes to cleaning tile grout safely and effectively, oxygen bleach is an excellent choice. It is not only a safe option for use in the home, but it is also environmentally friendly; oxygen bleach is a nontoxic product that does not damage the environment or create fumes. It is safe for fabrics and colors and easy to use. Oxygen bleach cleans by breaking down stains so that they can be easily removed from the tile grout. 

    To begin cleaning your tile grout, dissolve oxygen bleach by stirring it in warm water. Then pour the mixture over your floor tiles; make sure that your grout is dry before applying the solution so it will receive an optimal soak. After 15 minutes, add more of the oxygen bleach solution if the first pour has completely soaked into the grout. Continue to add the cleaning solution and begin to gently scrub the grout after 30 minutes.

    Oxygen bleach can be used to remove the deepest and toughest stains. With just a small amount of scrubbing, you can clean your tile of stains from red wine or even beet juice. Oxygen bleach solution’s performance is even superior to that of specifically designed tile cleaning machines. You can continue to maintain your clean tile grout by mixing oxygen bleach with your mop water. Leave the mop water on your tiles for 30 minutes before rinsing them off; this will give the oxygen ions time to clean the grout.

    If you would like more tips on how to clean tile grout, call the experts at Tile Fantastic. We are San Jose’s one-stop tile shop. You can find out more information about our services by visiting our website. You can also stop by and meet with us or call us at (888) 864-6319 to find out more about our products including glass, metal, stone, ceramic, porcelain, and mosaic tiles.

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