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Learn More About Enhancing Your Home With Tile

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Do you have questions about caring for your newly installed tile? Explore the following links to learn more about tile installation and how you can maintain your new flooring.

  • If you recently installed ceramic tile in your home, keep in mind these tile cleaning tips.
  • This Old House teaches you everything you need to know about grouting tile and giving your flooring a pristine finish.
  • Get answers to your questions about ceramic tiles with help from House Beautiful magazine.
  • When choosing tile for your home, use this tile flooring guide to choose between ceramic, stone, and mosaic tiles.
  • Remember this tile maintenance advice when caring for your new ceramic floors.

To begin your home’s tile installation, call Tile Fantastic at (408) 371-6247.

How to Seal Grout

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After your tile floor is professionally installed, sealing your grout is necessary to protect against dirt, stains, and other damage. Consult Tile Fantastic about sealing your grout and try the following tips.

  • Choose Your Grout
    After choosing your tile, you need to decide what type of grout is best for your flooring. Grout doesn’t have to be a boring brown or grey; in fact, you’ll find grout in just about any color to match your new ceramic, porcelain, or glass tile. Remember that grout is porous and prone to staining, so light-colored grout may not be the ideal choice. Your tile installation experts may recommend stain-proof grout to keep your grout and tile from becoming soiled by accidental spills. The professionals have many different types of grout at their disposal, including cement- and epoxy-based varieties.
  • Clean Your Tiles
    If your new tile floor was recently installed, you will have to wait about 30 days to allow the grout to fully cure before it can be sealed. If you wish to seal the grout of your existing tile, you need to thoroughly clean the grout before applying any sealant. If you apply sealant to dirty grout, the stain will be protected by the new seal and will not be cleanable. Use a mild cleaning solution and a scrub brush to remove the smaller particles on your tile floors. As you clean and scrub your flooring, you can repair existing grout stains with a grout stain pen matched to the original color.
  • Apply the Grout Sealant
    Purchase grout sealant and a sealant applicator tool to seal your newly restored grout. Sealant applicators have different-sized wheels for different widths of grout joints. Buying a sealant applicator greatly simplifies the application process; the wheel neatly spreads the sealant along the grout line and ensures accuracy. Sealant may need to be reapplied every few years.

For more information on sealing your tile’s grout, or to hire a professional, call Tile Fantastic today at (408) 371-6247. We carry and install an excellent selection of tiles, glass mosaics, and more.

Bathroom Remodeling Ideas

If you recently purchased a new home or are searching for a way to update the style of your living space, consider redesigning your bathroom! With professionally installed ceramic tiles, new fixtures, and tips from this video, your bathroom can become your favorite room. 

When remodeling your bathroom, establish a color palette or theme for your designs. By choosing a few colors, you can incorporate various visual elements and designs into your tile, wall paint, and linens. As you’re renovating the finer details of your bathroom, take this opportunity to install a walk-in shower or a luxurious bathtub. Your choice of porcelain, tera-cotta, or ceramic tiles can create a relaxing, spa-like feel in your newly renovated bathroom. Watch this clip for inspiration!

For expert tile installation, call Tile Fantastic today at (408) 371-6247. Visit our website to see our selection of ceramic, glass, and natural stone tiles.

Tips for Taking Care of Your Tile

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After a professional installs your tile, you will have beautiful new flooring that lasts for years, especially if you keep it cleaned and cared for. Try these tile maintenance tips, brought to you by the experts at Tile Fantastic.

  • Preventative Care
    Ceramic and porcelain tiles are very durable, affordable, and scratch-resistant. Since these tiles are so resilient, you won’t have to do much to be proactive about their care. Grout between ceramic and porcelain tiles are more susceptible to staining and dirtying than the tiles themselves. Make sure the grout is well-sealed—your tile experts will likely seal the grout after installation—to prevent staining and mildew infiltration. If you have beautifully rustic terra-cotta tiles, remember that they are very porous. Terra-cotta tiles require a sealant to prevent dirt particles and stains from seeping through their surface.
  • Tile Cleaning and Maintenance
    Ask your tile installation company about maintenance tips. For any type of tile, laying down a floor mat or a large rug near your doors will protect your flooring from becoming scratched and worn. Consider instituting a “no shoes” rule to prevent dirt and other particles from being dragged across the floor. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are incredibly easy to clean with a damp cloth or a mop. If you don’t have time to thoroughly mop but want to spruce up your home, a quick sweep will make your floor look great. Consistently cleaning your tile floors will prevent damage caused by gradual wear and tear.
  • Tile Repair
    If you drop a heavy pot or furniture on your floor, you may be faced with broken or chipped tiles. Even the most durable ceramic tile is vulnerable to accidental chips or breakage. Fortunately, damaged tile is easily repair or replaced; often, a single broken tile can be substituted for a new one, with flawless results. Replacing one tile requires removing the surrounding grout, so consult a professional instead of attempting repair yourself.

If you have additional questions about how to keep your tile looking new and clean, call Tile Fantastic at (408) 371-6247. We’ll help you replace your old tile or install brand-new flooring. Call us to schedule service today!

Expand Your Tile Knowledge With these Fantastic Resources

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Natural stone tile floors offer a beautiful and durable alternative to traditional ceramic tile options. The Nuheat system can also evenly heat your floors with environmentally friendly methods. Use the following resources to learn more about these topics. 

  • Use this ultimate guide to tile and stone flooring to figure out which material will look the best in your home
  • This article will teach you all about granite tile. Granite’s extreme durability makes it a great material for kitchen and bathroom counters.
  • Check out some of the best home architects and designers’ favorite flooring options.
  • Nuheat is a revolutionary technology to heat your floors. Learn more about this product and its sustainability on its official website.

For more great tips or to purchase tile, call Tile Fantastic at (408) 371-6247.

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