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Tile Flooring Myths

When shopping for flooring, many customers who are unfamiliar with tiles are deterred from considering them as an option because of myths that have surrounded tile flooring. Actually, tile flooring is one of the best options for today’s homes because of their durability, numerous style options and affordable prices. Here we’ll dispel some of the myths surrounding tile flooring.

Myth #1: Tiles Crack and Break Easily

All flooring can be damaged, but tiles are not fragile, as the myth would suggest. In fact, ceramic and porcelain tiles are highly durable and resistant to wear and tear due to a make-up of hardened, compacted materials. There is a variety of finishes and glazes available that can make them waterproof, slip resistant, and stronger than many other flooring products.

Need more advice? Read How to Decide on the Right Flooring for Your Home >>

Myth #2: Tiles are Hard to Clean

Many types of tile flooring are easy to clean. Coating can also be applied on tiles for more protection. Glazed tiles do not require sealing but they do come with a wear rating that will determine how much traffic the tile is designed for. Ask one of our design experts to help you select the right tile for your living space.

For help on cleaning your tile, read Tile Cleaning & Maintenance Tips >>

Myth #3: Tiles are Boring

Today’s tiles are far from boring. With natural options such as stone tiles, classic porcelain, or even wood-look tiles that mimic wood without the high cost and upkeep, tiles have become the foremost choice of home builders. In fact, tile flooring comes in unlimited styles with today’s materials and printing techniques. Compared to alternatives, tile flooring is also the cheaper choice, making them a great selection for homeowners.

For more tile inspiration, check out the Today’s Tile Trends >>

Do you know of other myths surrounding tile flooring that you’d like to debunk? Discuss them here. For help on tile flooring design choices, visit 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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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.