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Tile Flooring in Burnaby Supplying Greater Vancouver BC

Tiles are a very popular flooring choice because of their versatility and variety. They are available in almost every colour, pattern and texture, allowing for huge design flexibility. Furthermore, they are almost completely impenetrable by water, so they are a great choice for kitchens and bathrooms. They are also great for high-traffic areas due to their durability.

Tile Flooring Complete Overview
Tile Floor Tiles may be machine-made, handmade, or custom-made. They most frequently appear in squares of 4, 6, 12, or 18 inches, but specialty tiles such as decorative strips and mosaics for backsplashes or accent tiles are also widely available.

There are two main types of tiles available, ceramic and porcelain.

Ceramic tile is more common, and is made of clay baked in a kiln. It may be glazed or unglazed. Glazing a tile makes it more vibrant and also increases its resistance to water penetration and stains. Leaving a tile unglazed will give it a natural, earthy look. Glazed tiles tend to be more slippery, so if this poses a risk then a tile with a slip-resistant texture should be selected.

Porcelain tile is slightly less common. It is made from fine white clay fired at very high temperatures, making it very hard, almost like a stone, and also very resistant to stains.

Both ceramic and porcelain tiles must be spaced and grouted. Furthermore, if a tile is not properly supported, it can crack or break if something heavy is dropped on it. Proper installation of your tile flooring is very important.

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How to Clean Tile Floors
Whether you have ceramic, porcelain, or any other type of tile, there are a few things you should keep in mind in order to prolong the life of your tile surface.

Spills should be wiped up the moment they happen. Spills include such things as juice and water spills, pet accidents, dirt, and any other messes. If spills are not immediately taken care of, stains may appear and it will be a lot more work to clean up the mess. You should not walk across your tile floor with dirty, wet, or muddy shoes, and it is recommended that pets have their paws wiped down during bad weather before walking across your tile floor.

Harsh chemicals are bad for almost every flooring type, and tiles are no exception. If messes are cleaned up the moment they happen, less work will be required to remove dirt and stains.

It is important to dust or sweep your tile flooring often and damp mop your floors weekly to prevent laborious scrubbing. A soft dust mop is recommended, and damp mopping is also an effective way to clean your tile floor. Damp mops are effective for cleaning ceramic tiles, but the grout can often be difficult to get properly clean with this method. If grout starts looking dirty, it may be cleaned by mixing a capful of rubbing alcohol to 1 gallon of water. Some spills, such as pet accidents or dropped food should be cleaned with an antibacterial cleanser.

Again, the proceeding information is generic and presented only as a guide. Any damage resulting from failure to follow recommendations will not be covered under warranty.

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