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Tile Faux Surfaces

May 5, 2014 by

Today’s tile selections are not just limited to ceramic and porcelain, but from a huge collection of tiles and styles ranging from metal, pebble, brick , glass, mosaic and tiles that mimic material like metal, wood, fabric, rubber, glass and paper. Faux Wood Tiles This tile surface exactly mimics wood to its very grain. It is made either from Porcelain or ceramic and manufactured...

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Start Cleaning Tile Grout More Easily
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ou can clean tile grout without scrubbing, but the products you’d need to use contain some pretty harsh chemicals. If a simple and non-toxic method were available, it would be the best thing since sliced bread. In reality, a combined regime is needed to keep your grout ship shape. Water, food and temperature Since grout is a porous and rough surface, it tends to...

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Turning Obsolete CRT Screens Into Gorgeous Glass Tile
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Thanks to the ready availability of affordable flat screens, many homes are renovating their computer and home entertainment setups to take advantage of high-resolution, low-footprint products. There’s an inevitable problem, though: what happens to all the CRT televisions and monitors they’re getting rid of? Electronic waste recycling efforts aim to keep such materials out of the waste stream by reclaiming any usable components and...

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Renovate a Bathroom in 24 Hours
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If you live in an older home, you may well be grinding your teeth over your bathroom. Considering how much time we spend in our bathrooms, there’s good reason to want yours to be a pleasant place to be. Ancient cupboards, peeling linoleum floors, murky mirrors, and funky stained fixtures aren’t really what you envision when you think of relaxing — or showing your...

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Color Sealing Your Grout – Is It All It’s Cracked Up To Be?
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IT SEEMS AS THOUGH YOU ARE HEARING IT EVERYWHERE THESE DAYS: COLOR SEAL YOUR GROUT! But is this merely the newest fad or is there genuine value in having this done? The answer is, it depends. The truth is, when performed by a quality contractor using a quality product there is a lot of value and in many circumstances the absolute best option without...

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Pebble Tile Installation Tips
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Because the pattern of pebbles is variable, I like to dry fit as much as possible before I begin the setting process. This is a time consuming task and it is very difficult to rush. Pebble tiles provide a unique look. Like most mosaics, they are comprised of lots of small pieces conveniently adhered to a mesh backing material. This makes the installation possible...

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Tile and Grout Cleaning Tips
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Tile floors are intended to last for many years, but over time the tile and grout can get stained. Since grout and some tiles are porous, dirt and stains become trapped, making the floor look dirty. In the shower and tub areas, mold, mildew and soap scum cause unsightly stains and can even lead to health issues if the mold spreads to the backboard...

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Tips From A Stone Care Pro For Selecting And Buying Stone And Tile
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Are you building a new home? Restoring or re-decorating your old home? Are you an architect or interior designer in need of some direction with which tile to specify? The selection of tile and stone can be difficult, confusing even overwhelming. There are hundreds and hundreds of choices to make and if you have done any shopping I’m sure you have received an endless...

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Marble Cleaning?
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Marble Cleaning?

May 4, 2014 by

We get many calls from homeowners asking for Marble Cleaning services. While we do offer marble cleaning, we rarely find that what the customer is actually looking for is in fact ‘cleaning’ of their marble. More often than not, what customers are looking for is that beautiful shine their marble floors had when they were new. Marble is a relatively soft stone. When it...

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Why Does White Marble Turn Yellow?
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Causes and cures (and why we recommend white or very light marble never be used in a shower) Sitting in my office one morning I received a call from a very upset home builder. He told me he was building a two million-dollar home and had installed nearly 3500 square feet of a white statuary marble tile. Over the weekend one of the water...

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Color Sealing Your Grout – Is It All It’s Cracked Up To Be?
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IT SEEMS AS THOUGH YOU ARE HEARING IT EVERYWHERE THESE DAYS: COLOR SEAL YOUR GROUT! But is this merely the newest fad or is there genuine value in having this done? The answer is, it depends. The truth is, when performed by a quality contractor using a quality product there is a lot of value and in many circumstances the absolute best option without...

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Why Use A pH Neutral Cleaner For Granite Countertops
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The proper way to clean granite countertops, according to Maurizio Bertoli People are often told to clean their granite with glass cleaner or a solution of dish soap and water. No one has ever explained why this is simply bad advice better than Maurizio Bertoli, considered by so many to be the “Godfather” of natural stone and founder of MarbleCleaning.org and MB StoneCare. Sadly,...

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CARING FOR SOAPSTONE
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Do you have or are you considering soapstone? Here are some tips for caring for soapstone and keeping it beautiful. FOR NEW INSTALLATIONS If your soapstone has just been installed, perform weekly oiling with a food grade mineral oil or enhancer made for soapstone for the first month, and then twice a month for the next three months. After the fourth month, you should...

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