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Tile Cleaning & Maintenance Tips

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Tile floors are the easiest types of flooring to clean. They are water resistant and highly durable. It’s no wonder that many homeowners and businesses choose tiles for flooring. Choosing tiles for your floors is a great investment, so it’s important to know how to protect it. With proper cleaning and maintenance, tile floors will last you for many years to come.

Below are some of the essential tips for regular tile cleaning & maintenance:

DAILY CLEANING

  • Sweep, dust or vacuum floors on a daily basis to remove dust or debris, which has a tendency to accumulate and become more difficult to remove overtime.
  • Use cleaning products after you sweep, dust or vacuum your tile floors
  • Use a damp mop or steam mop on your floor at least once a week, especially for high-traffic areas such as the entryways and by the kitchen sink.
  • Cleaning products should be made specifically for tile floors with a neutral pH.

PROTECTING YOUR INVESTMENT

  • Purchase high quality floor mats and place them at heavy traffic areas, such as entrances and exits. These mats will help trap dirt, sand, oil, asphalt, etc., preventing these substances from ruining your tile floor.
  • Purchase protective pads and place them under heavy furniture to protect your tile floors from potential indentation or gradual breakage.

WHAT NOT TO DO

  • Never use any cleaners containing acid, vinegar, chlorines or ammonia, which can damage your grout and discolor your tile.
  • Never use wax-based cleaners and oil-based detergents.
  • Never use sealants on the tile, but only on grout joints.
  • Never use rough cleaning tools like scouring pads that contain metal, which can potentially scratch your tile.

Want more tile cleaning tips? Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest. For more information on our tiles, please feel free to contact our design center.

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5 Great Options for Bathroom Tiles

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For many of us, the bathroom is an important space – it’s where we start and end our day, where we feel refreshed and renewed. Bathrooms are also often one of the smallest rooms in the house, making it easier to renovate with new tile flooring. Updated tiles can truly enhance a bathroom’s space, making it feel more luxurious, clean and comfortable. The right tile flooring is also needed to ensure that it will withstand the heat, moisture, and wear that come with bathroom floors.

Below is a list of 5 Great Options for Bathroom Tiles that can help improve the look of your bathroom floor:

  1. Ceramic Tiles – Ceramic tiles are a popular choice in bathroom flooring. Made from clay fired at high temperatures, ceramic tiles are easy to clean, extremely durable (when installed properly) and are available in unlimited styles.
  2. Porcelain Tiles – Like ceramic tiles, porcelain tiles are also made from clay. However, porcelain tiles are pressed instead of fired, which makes them more durable and water resistant than ceramic tiles. They are affordable and come in countless varieties of designs.
  3. Stone Tiles – Because of their rustic and classic look, stone tiles have become the latest style trend in flooring. Similar to ceramic and porcelain tiles, stone tiles are hard-wearing and can be installed in outside spaces as well. They can, however, cost much more than ceramic or porcelain tiles.

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  4. Glass Tiles – To add to your flooring’s style, you can add glass tiles. Glass tiles create a unique look, but are more fragile than ceramic, porcelain or stone tiles. So, while you can have a whole floor of bathroom tiles, it’s recommended to stick with the first 3 types of tiles above if you want your bathroom flooring to last through years of wear and tear.
  5. Vinyl Tiles – If you have children, vinyl tiles are a great option. They are water resistant, capable of handling big spills. Look for anti-slip vinyl tiles, which help prevent the floor from being too slick when wet.

Need more ideas for your bathroom makeover? Call one of our consultants at (626) 572-2866 or visit our design center located in San Gabriel, California. Our design experts will be happy to help you build the bathroom of your dreams.

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Expert Tips on Ceramic Tile Installation

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There may be a number of problems you’ll come across when laying ceramic tile for the first time. It’s important to learn how to properly install a ceramic tile to avoid added expense and hassles in the future. Plus, a properly installed ceramic tile floor can last many years without cracks, maintaining a beautiful look for your home or business.

Follow these tips from experts on proper ceramic tile installation:

  1. Check the Tile Grades
    Ceramic tiles are graded from 1 to 3. Tile grades 1 and 2 are best for floors or walls, but because of its thinness, tile grade 3 is strictly for walls only.
  2. Start with the Right Substrate
    Your ceramic tile can last longer if you set it in thinset mortar over a cement board. This cement board should have also been set on 3/4” plywood. If these are not properly laid out, the tiles can crack. You can also add polymer to the thinset mortar to increase the strength and bond.
  3. Taping the Cement Board
    It’s important to tape the cement board seams to ensure proper installation. To do so, place an alkali-resistant fiberglass mesh tape in thinset over all the seams. Using a trowel, push tape into thinset and then spread more thinset over the tape, including screw depressions. Read the thinset’s manufacturer’s directions to make sure you allow it enough time to cure.
  4. Give It Time
    This is probably an obvious tip, but most DIYers fail to give their ceramic time enough time before walking on it. It’s best to wait anywhere from 2-3 days. Otherwise, you may risk the tile cracking or moving. If you are hiring a contractor to do the job, make sure he lets you know when you can walk on the tile.
  5. Cracks May Not Be the Problem
    If you’ve followed these steps and other tile tips to ensure that you’re properly installing your ceramic tile, but they still seem to crack, then maybe the cracks are not your problem. The root of your problem may be a weak foundation. Check if your home is built on weak or expansive soil. Weak soil makes the foundation uneven, which can easily cause cracks in tile flooring. Expansive soil easily absorbs water, which can increase its volume, causing foundations and floors to crack.

Need more expert tips? Check us out on Facebook or Twitter. You’re also just a phone call away from our design experts who would love to help you. Call today at 626-572-2866.

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Tile Floor Repair Tips

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Do you have tiles that need fixing, but you don’t have the budget to replace them? Today, we’re sharing quick tips on how you can repair broken tiles.

Tiles are popular among homeowners and businesses because they are stylish, durable and low-maintenance. They are also easy and inexpensive to repair if you have the time and resources.

Follow the tips below to fix or replace broken tiles without the big expense of installing a new floor.

  1. For small chips in tile, consider using nail polish that will match best with the tile’s color. You can even combine two shades together to get the exact hue you are looking for.
  2. Large chips or holes in your tiles require a little more effort – go to the hardware store and buy ceramic filler to place in the chips or holes. Let it dry, sand down, and finish off with lacquer for protection.
  3. Broken tiles may need to be replaced – but don’t fret. Our design center carries a wide variety of tile styles to choose from. We can help you find the best match to your current tile floor. Tip: When installing tile flooring for the first time, it’s helpful to buy extra tiles for replacement.
  4. Worn tiles can really outdate the style of your home. Instead of installing a new floor, you can try painting your tiles with a fresh, modern color. Scrub the floor well and sand down to create a smooth surface. Roll oil-based paint on top and let stand for 24 hours before applying your new paint with floor finish.
  5. Don’t forget the grout. Believe it or not, grout can really help with the look of your tile. Old and dirty grout can make even new tile flooring look worn. Fix this problem by removing your old grout and putting a fresh application.

Need more help on how to repair broken tiles? Call us today at (626) 572-2866. We will be happy to assist you.

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Marco Polo Design Center

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Need New Tiles?
Marco Polo Design Center provides the finest, highest quality porcelain, ceramic, stone, marble and glass tiles to contractors, dealers, builders and homeowners in Southern California.

Our team of design professionals are passionate about making floors both stunning and practical for our clients, and we want to do the same for you. Our Design Center features a wide variety of tile styles and designs. We do our very best to make our client’s dream look for their home or business come true. We are committed to our customer’s satisfaction and will provide you with the best options to create the finished design you want.

Contact us for any questions about tile flooring styles, designs and maintenance.

For design trends, inspirations, and DIY tips, follow us on Pinterest and Instagram.

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Tile Design Tips for Those on a Budget

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A beautiful-looking tile design doesn’t have to be expensive. You can easily create an elegant tile layout whether you are going for a traditional or contemporary motif without going over your budget.

These days, that may seem like wishful thinking, but you can definitely achieve your dream tile flooring and stay within budget using these helpful tips:

  1. Pick the right tile for your home and budget. Tile comes in several different types, which include porcelain, ceramic and stone. Often, ceramic is the most inexpensive of the three, with stone usually priced the highest. Porcelain tiles are often priced mid-range but they are the most durable.
  2. Know where to place your tile. Porcelain and stone are great for both indoor and outdoor settings, but ceramic, which is made out of red clay, should only be used indoors because of its fragility.
  3. Mix and match without breaking the bank. For style tips, you can create an upscale look just by mixing inexpensive tiles with dashes of expensive tiles. You can also experiment with elegant tile layouts like herringbone and using inexpensive tiles to create that luxurious effect.
  4. Use some tricks of the trade. One of the key ways to ensure your tile flooring lasts you for years to come, apply grout that has a mildew inhibitor that will keep mildew away and requires little maintenance.
  5. Mix and match your backsplash too. For kitchen tile backsplashes, you can also do the same tip as mentioned earlier – mix expensive tiles with inexpensive tiles.
  6. Make your kitchen backsplash your own unique design. Use costly tiles for a decorative border around cheaper tiles, use expensive tiles in diagonal layouts or inserted between cheaper tiles.

With some creativity and helpful advice, you can definitely make a tile layout fit your style and budget. For more great tile design and layout tips, contact us or visit our Pinterest and Facebook pages.

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Wood Look Tile Flooring

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What is Wood Look Tile Flooring?

The latest trend in the flooring industry today, wood look tile flooring is a great choice for your home or business. Wood look tile flooring takes advantage of the durability of porcelain or ceramic tiles while maintaining the beauty, warmth, and classic style of hardwood floors.

Porcelain and ceramic wood look tiles are being used in the commercial and residential building industries for both small and large projects. With the advancements in manufacturing processes today, these tiles can be produced in rectangular tiles or planks and other different sizes. They also have natural wood marks and details that make it difficult to tell the difference from real hardwood floors, an amazing feature that has never been made possible before until now.

In addition to this, porcelain and ceramic tiles are very durable and easy to maintain. Unlike hardwood that wears and gets dirty or dusty easily, porcelain and ceramic tiles have little upkeep. They can also be used in any room, even kitchens or bathrooms. This isn’t the same for real wood flooring, which can damage easily if exposed to moisture.

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Where Can I Buy Wood Look Tile Flooring?

At Marco Polo Tiles, we offer a wide selection of wood look tile flooring to choose from. We carry beautiful and unique styles of porcelain and ceramic wood look tiles that are both durable and versatile. Our design experts are knowledgeable and trained on the latest flooring trends, such as the wood look tiles, and can help you decide on which type of tile will work best for your space. Whether you want a rustic or contemporary look, traditional or modern feel, we have the wood look tile that is right for you and can fit your budget.

For more information, please contact us or visit our Design Center. Let us help you bring your design ideas to life.

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How to Clean Porcelain Tiles

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At Marco Polo Design Center, we carry a vast collection of beautiful, quality-made porcelain tiles for your home or business. Porcelain tiles are one of the most sought out types of flooring in the industry because of its beauty and durability. It can easily resist stain and moisture.

However, over time, porcelain tiles, like all flooring, lose their shine. But, it’s relatively easy to bring back the original luster of porcelain tiles without the services of a professional. One of the most important ways to maintain the shine of porcelain tiles is regular cleaning.

Here are more tips to keep your porcelain tiles in top condition:
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As often as two times per week, sweep with a soft-bristle broom before vacuuming (with the brush attachment). Once a month, mix 1/4 cup white vinegar with two gallons of water (or purchase one of the many suitable commercial cleansers), then apply the solution with a sponge mop. Rinse with plain water, then dry the surface completely with a clean towel or a microfiber cloth.

There are different types of porcelain tile (unpolished/unglazed, polished/glazed, or textured) and for each type, a different set of care recommendations applies:

Cleaning Unpolished/Unglazed Porcelain Tile
• Vacuum and sweep the area thoroughly to remove dust and dirt.

• Taking one section at a time (two or four feet square), saturate the tile surface with a vinegar-and-water mixture or a commercial cleanser.

• Allow the cleanser to soak into the tile for five to ten minutes, but do not allow it to dry.

• Scrub stained areas with a soft-bristle brush.

• Wipe away the dirty cleaning solution and rinse the area with clean, hot water.

• Dry the tile with a clean towel or a microfiber cloth.

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Cleaning Polished/Glazed Porcelain Tile
• Sweep and vacuum debris and dirt, then go over the area with a dry dust mop.

• Now use a hot water-dampened mop, never allowing moisture to puddle or pool on the tile.

• Loosen heavier soil with a soft nylon-bristle brush (or an old toothbrush).

• For stains, use a vinegar-and-water mixture (or a commercial cleanser diluted to half strength).

• Mop with your chosen cleanser, mopping again with hot water before the cleanser dries.

• Dry the tile surface with a clean towel or a microfiber cloth, being sure to rub out any water spots.

• Once dry, buff the tile to a high shine with a piece of cheesecloth.

Cleaning Textured Porcelain Tile
• Sweep the area twice with a soft-bristle broom, first in the direction of the tile, then on a diagonal.

• Vacuum to remove all dirt.

• Saturate the tile with a vinegar-and-water solution, allowing it to soak for five to ten minutes.

• Scrub the floor with a soft-bristle brush, again working in two directions.

• Rinse the floor with hot water in order to thoroughly remove the cleaning solution.

• Go over the floor with a clean, damp mop.

• Dry with a clean towel or a microfiber cloth.

While porcelain tile boasts exceptional durability, there are few cleaning products and techniques you should take pains to avoid:

  • Never use a product containing ammonia or bleach (or any type of acid-based cleanser); these can alter the tile color and/or stain the grout.
  • Never use oil-based detergents or wax cleaners.
  • On unglazed porcelain, never use any cleaners that contain dye or coloring.
  • Never use steel wool on porcelain tile—small particles of steel can become embedded in the tile and grout, eventually causing rust stains.
  • Never use hard bristles or scrub brushes, as they can scratch the tile surface.

Regular cleaning and polishing with a soft cotton or microfiber cloth will ensure that porcelain tile retains its “like new” shine for many years.