One of the most fun parts of planning a bathroom or kitchen remodel is picking out the tile. There are so many BEAUTIFUL tiles to choose from that can really make these spaces distinct and can show of your personal style. For this blog, we went to our preferred partners at Daltile, who offer a vast array of tile products, for their advice on things to consider when installing floor tiles and also tips on maintaining them in order to better prepare you for your home purchase.
- Glazed floor tiles should not be used where there is a consistent presence of water, oil or grease (unless COF exceeds 0.60).
- Proper maintenance is critical. Improper maintenance and products can result in a contaminant build-up on the surface of the tile, causing the tile to be slippery.
- Exterior applications, including pool deckings, are considered to have a continuous exposure to standing water, creating a potential for a slippery floor surface.
- Ramped surfaces, irrespective of the slant of the incline, require a more slip-resistant surface and Daltile recommends a minimum of .80 COF on these surfaces.
- No floor tile is “slip proof” — keep any rambunctious kiddos in mind when opting for floor tiles!
- Never assume a room is perfectly square – always square off from the center and begin a pattern along one edge.
- To avoid rough edges on tile, always float the floor to a level state before installing tile.
- Always round to the next highest footage when calculating square footage of tile needed.
Maintenance and Cleaning
The good news: contaminants and spills on a glazed ceramic tile are, generally, easier to clean than most other unglazed ceramic and porcelain surfaces. Glazed tile products should be cleaned routinely with an all-purpose, low-VOC household or commercial cleaner. The product chosen should also be grout joint cleaning compatible. The type of product may vary, depending on the tile application and use. A multipurpose spray cleaner, which removes soap scum, hard water deposits, and mildew designed for every day use, can be used on wall tile areas in residential baths and showers. Keep in mind that acids can damage the grout and the glazed surface of the tile, and ammonia can discolor the grout.
The entire area should be cleaned and scrubbed with cleaner solution through the use of a cotton mop, cloth, sponge, or non-metallic brush. Rinse with clean water to remove any cleaning-solution residue.
Unglazed tile should be cleaned routinely with concentrated tile cleaners that have a neutral pH for safe regular use. These cleaners are better suited at removing grease, oils and normal spills from unglazed products. Again these products will vary depending on the application, amount of traffic and the use. The product chosen should also be compatible with cleaning the grout joints at the same time.
For more information on this subject and additional tips on installing floor tiles, check out Daltile’s helpful Information & Help section, which includes topics like patterns and trims.