Looking after Floor tiles and Grout
As a leading supplier of floor tiles in Melbourne we often find ourselves discussing grout care and cleaning with customers. It’s true, for grout that has been left to become very mouldy to the point it’s embedded will likely need to be replaced. This is easily avoidable though. Steam cleaning. Steam cleaning grout is a green cleaning activity. No harsh chemicals are needed. Water plus high temperatures plus rubbing are enough to eliminate most grout debris. Steam cleaners heat water and have connections and gadgets that direct blasts of steam onto grout to get it lovely and clean.
Don’t be tricked however, cleaning grout with a steam cleaner only assists hand scrubbing that must still be done. A general purpose canister style steam cleaner typically heats up water past boiling point in a few minutes and maintains steam for about 30 minutes, and will help you lift gunk, and allow you to scrub away the debris.
What happens is that homeowners let tile grout gunk up with soap scum, mold, mildew, and other unmentionables to the point that the tile appears to be past the point of help. And sometimes this is correct. This gunk works into the pores of the grout, and after years it cannot be removed with normal means, even scrubbing rigorously with a stiff bristled brush and using powerful cleansers won’t help. In short, the grout gunk becomes stronger than the grout itself. This creates a secondary problem. When you step up your game with stronger brushes, you risk chipping away grout and the fragile edges of the tile itself. Once that happens, you are forced to remove and replace the grout.
Regularly steam cleaning your tile grout is a smart move. While a more involved process than just using brushes and cleansers, it is less complicated and costly than removal and replacement of the grout. So pick up a steam cleaner, they aren’t very expensive, and keep your tiles and grout looking as good as new.
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What are Mosaic Tiles?
Mosaic tiles are a classification of tiles that are usually 2 inch (5 cm) or smaller pieces. They can be squares odd shapes. They are made of various materials including glass, ceramic and porcelain.
The term mosaic refers to a picture or design that is made up of many smaller pieces of material. The artwork by this name originated thousands of years ago. Original mosaics were made of materials ranging from terracotta and stone to gold pieces and glass. Eventually, pieces were created specifically for use in creating these elaborate pictures and the mosaic tile was born.
Today, mosaic tiles are popular for creating elaborate patterns like those found on backsplashes and entryways. They are also used for making tiled or random patterns on clay pots, mirrors and other decorative items. Their small size makes them an excellent material for assembling intricate designs and combining a variety of colours. When many mosaic tiles of the same colour are placed side by side in a single area, the effect can be a very striking modern look.
The colour palette for mosaic tiles is very wide. They are traditionally very bright and vibrant, but can be found in just about any colour imaginable. Many are iridescent or textured in an unusual way to increase their versatility and artistic interest.
There are two ways mosaic tiles come packaged for purchase. The most common way they come packaged is on paper or mesh sheets that hold the tiles together in a properly spaced pattern. These are extremely convenient for making solid colour walls and floors. Single tiles can be pulled and replaced with other colours to create random patterns. Very small pieces or odd shaped ones tend to come in large bags of like colour.
To lay mosaic tiles, the process is very similar to laying any other tile. Thinset mortar is used as the binder between the surface and the tile when working with a backsplash, floor or other home tile surface. In these situations, the tiles are grouted after they are set. For making patterns on smaller decorative objects, many choose to use a mortar and grout combination that serves both purposes and requires only one step. The tiles are pressed into the mixture until they are set within it. This is particularly helpful when dealing with odd shaped or recycled glass pieces that are very difficult to grout.
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Pool Design Trends
Summer is officially ending but just because it’s over doesn’t mean your fun under the sun has to end too. And how awesome would it be not to spend another summer in a crowded beach and instead spend it in the confines of your own backyard? Many of us dream of having our own pool but couldn’t decide what kind of design aesthetic to go with. And with the wide array of swimming pool models out today, how do we know which route to take?
If you’re looking for pool tiles in Melbourne, or inspiration for a pool project, the below trends will get your creative juices flowing:
Fire Features: Swimming is not particularly just for summer. Sometimes, regardless of the season, you just want to take a dip after a long day and relax. And to put off the harsh cold and add a little bit drama, incorporating fire into your pool to light up the evening or just add flare to you night swimming makes the experience more exciting. Decorating the edges of the pool with a fire pit or a fire cauldron are some of the trends in the upscale sector of pool designs.
Glass-tiles: Definitely screams luxury. The texture and appearance of it gives any pool a sophisticated, iridescent look. Some only integrate glass tiles in certain parts of their pool, while others actually use the material to line the entire pool. But don’t be deceived because glass tiles not only offer a state-of-the art appearance but also offer resilience as the material is considered as more durable than porcelain tiles or ceramic tiles.
Knife-edge pools: A knife-edge pool is actually similar to an infinity pool. Both create a flat, glass-like appearance but a knife-edge pool, as its name suggests, has pointed ends where the water flows continuously creating a disappearing-edge effect. The pool has “hidden slots” underneath to bring back the overflowing water back into the pool, giving it an never-ending effect.
Tanning Ledges: Also known as baja shelves. Tanning ledges allow you to tan on the water without getting all the way in it as these shelves are only submerged about one foot deep.
Water Features. Adding water features into the pool became a hot trend in 2015. Swimming pool builders incorporate rocks and cascading waterfalls that is very reminiscent of natural waters. It became widely popular in several countries, particularly in the West, with waterfalls, fountains, and water walls being the most evident water features in the past year. But waterfalls in particular is the most sought-after water feature as it creates a Zen atmosphere and exudes a relaxing vibe, spa-like experience
If you’re looking for pool tiles in Melbourne, we have a great range at great prices.
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Porcelain Tiles and How to Care for Them
Porcelain is an excellent, tough, and extremely durable product that is ideal for flooring. Porcelain Tiles are easy to clean and maintain, and will look fantastic for many years. Plus, of course, porcelain also has many other benefits such as:
1. It is a natural heat bank
2. Child friendly
3. Asthma friendly
4. Does not give off CFCs
5. Will last for years
Polished tiles reflect light and make an area brighter, more inviting, and create an illusion of space.
How do they make them so shiny?
Porcelain tiles are a very high quality variety of ceramic which is so dense it can be polished by special polishing stones to a very high finish.
Normal porcelain tiles are a matt finish and are used in very high traffic areas, or areas where anti-slip properties are important. Glazed porcelain tiles are the most popular type of porcelain tiles and are made by using a decorative and super hard wearing glaze (which can be matt or gloss) over the porcelain base.
Polished porcelain is simply normal porcelain which has been polished.
As with any surface, the rule is to quickly wipe off anything which is likely to stain the surface. Porcelain tiles will cope with almost anything being spilt on them, providing it’s wiped up straight away. If you follow this rule, you will avoid staining and enjoy your tiles for many many years..
The initial clean of the tiles needs to be performed really well to get off any invisible building residue such as grout haze. If this is not done, the tiles can look dull and dirt can actually stick to this fine coating. You can buy excellent products for this from Metric Tile. This can be repeated if the tiles get really dirty, but for week to week maintenance, a lot of people use hot water with a bit of methylated spirits in it. You can also use a dry mop to get off dust and dog hair and a steam mop to clean. This also gets greats results.
If you would like to hear more about our Porcelain Tile range at Metric Tile, we’d love to hear from you.
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Exclusive Quality Outdoor Tiles
Do you have familiarity with the concept of outdoor floor tile? Are you aware of the fact that such a thing even existed? The fact that you are required for comprehension is that the tiles of an outdoor floor are supposed to go outside but they can even be used internally. Around pools, in the walkways, in the driveway and pretty much anywhere, these tiles give a great look.
Your home is always given a beautiful look with tiles, whether you use them in your bedroom or your bathroom. If you want your house to really surpass everybody’s, you can definitely do this and this is the only way. Mentioned below are various advantages of the use of outdoor tiles Australia that is definitely going to alter your mind making on the usage of ordinary tiles in your residence.
Merits of External Floor Tiles
Durability: At first, an enormous benefit of the use of external tile is that it lasts for long. The manufacturer of the tiles makes the external tiles more long lasting beyond the internal ones such that they are able to endure the severe external weather conditions as well as rough handling. Even if such ones are slightly expensive beyond your average indoor tile, they are worthy of the cash.
Cleaned Easily: The following merit is that, you can easily clean these tiles. The toughest most things around these tiles are the fact that they easily get dirtied beyond your imagination. Even if the external tiles are somehow going to be dirtied, quite easily they can be cleaned and that is something which makes them perfect irrespective of wherever you are living and the extent to which it is dirtied. You must imperatively clean your tiles for which you must clean them weekly that even assures they are not very much dirtied.
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Glass Mosaics Melbourne: Add A Splash of Colour to Your Home
Whether it be for your bathroom, backsplash, floor tiles, or pool, glass mosaics are an incredibly eye-catching, and refreshing feature to rejuvenate the look of your home. Best of all, glass mosaics are completely customisable when it comes to shape, colour, and texture, making it one of the better-known ways of creating completely unique looks.
By incorporating glass mosaics into the look of your home, you can effectively:
Give you interior a personality
We all know the minimalist look is the ‘style of the moment’, but no home is complete without a little personality to differ it from the next. One of the best features of glass mosaics is its ability to create small bursts of colour and texture around your home’s interior or exterior space, whether used subtly as a border or made into a feature piece.
Durable & Easy to Maintain
There are a number of various styles, textures, and finishes of glass mosaics that offer an incredibly attractive opalescent look. Best of all, however, is that glass is a non porous material, meaning tiles are 100% resistant to stains, mould damage, and harmful chemicals. As such, you’ll find glass mosaic tiles to be particularly ideal for moist areas, which is why so many use them for the base of their pool, bathroom floor & walls, and outdoor water features.
As it takes substantially less energy to create a tile from glass than any other material, glass tiles are very environmentally-friendly. It’s also possible to recycle glass tiles, making it possible for the environmentally-conscious to incorporate eco-friendly materials into their interior and exterior décor.
Visually Appealing with Flexible Designs
Glass mosaics are extremely effective in creating eye catching designs. They have a completely unique luminous quality that is rarely seen in other materials, that are available in a range of colours and patterns, and are even available in a shimmering metallic coat. What’s more, glass mosaics can be used in a variety of different ways to suit your personal design preferences. For appealing, contrasting textures, couple glass mosaics with stone, timber, or ceramics. Your imagination is the limit.
Metric Tiles are the leading suppliers in glass mosaics Melbourne.
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Porcelain Tiles in Different Kinds
Porcelain tiles are available in many colors, textures and sizes that make it a fine choice for walls, floors, bathrooms and other commercial places. These tiles are of two kinds – all over bodied and glassy. Further, these tiles are classified in three varieties – shiny, refined and non-shiny finish, with most common porcelain variety being the shiny one.
All Over Bodied Chinaware Tile
This type of tile refers to uniformity in the texture and color composition throughout, apart from the surface. These tiles are formed from a mixture of sand, clay and mineral that is ablaze at high temperatures. Quality wise, these are durably strong and can undergo low temperatures. It these tiles are not polished, they become resistant to slip, scratches and chips. These tiles are best suited for commercial places due to their endurance of heavy foot traffic. Because of the missing glaze, chances of color fading are less. When they chip, color remains the same so the fragmentation appears less. You can use these tiles for walls, flooring, tops, kitchen and bathroom.
Glassy Chinaware Tile
This tile also constitutes the above-mentioned formation, heated in a furnace and has got a shiny appearance. The shine is usually shaded and is layered as glass wear, which is hardened into the surface to give the tile its ultimate color. On account of the polished shine, the tile needs to be sealed after induction to avoid it from being leaky. The tile becomes stain proof and gives more options of color and appearance. These tiles are chosen most commonly subject to their various appearances, colors and durability. They can be seen similar to limestone, slate and granite natural stones as well as brass and aluminum metals, and even hardwood. These tiles are made from machines in different shapes and sizes for use on the top, floor and wall. This tile is difficult to scratch and stain and is moisture and frost proof.
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Create a Bathing Oasis with Bathroom Tiles in Melbourne
When you think of tiles, chances are the bathroom is probably one of the first places that springs to mind. Showers, baths, wet rooms and powder rooms are great places to showcase the beautiful effect of tiles. They offer great design flexibility, from bold colours or patterns that make a statement all of their own, to harmonious shades that provide a more subtle contribution to the overall styling.