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Ceramic tile and porcelain are very easy to keep clean. Sweep or vacuum as needed and mop with a mild detergent (like Spic-N-Span or Mr. Clean) or ceramic tile cleaner. Don't use harsh abrasives.

Natural stone (travertine, marble, granite, etc.) is sealed as part of our installation process. Natural stone should be cleaned with neutral cleaners. Never clean with any product containing acid, lemon, or bleach. Acids, even a light solution of vinegar and water, will eventually etch and damage natural stone. Do not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface. Many common food and drinks contain acids (including alcohol and citrus juices) that will etch or dull the surface. Wipe up and clean with mild soap and warm water all spills immediately. Stone sealers should be applied as soon as you notice water no longer stands (beads up) on the surface.

Sealing your grout will make the grout less porous and more resistant to discoloration. Manufacturers recommend sealing your grout once a year to keep it looking its best. We have grout sealers and natural stone sealers available for sale in our showroom. You can also upgrade to a stain resistant grout. Ask your Design Consultant for details.

What size tile looks best in a kitchen? In bathrooms?

Most people use 18 x 18's or larger in kitchens. If you want to make your bathroom seem bigger, a larger tile or a tile installed on the diagonal will accomplish this.

Do you match the grout color to the tile or contrast the tile?

That is personal preference; a matching grout will blend in with the tile, while a contrasting grout will stand out. A white grout discolors very easily. Darker grouts are easier to maintain.

How much does it cost to install ceramic tile? How much is an average kitchen? An average bathroom floor?

A 300 square foot kitchen should range between $2600 and $3600 fully installed and a bathroom floor (based on 100 sq. ft.) runs around to $1200 to $1600. Minimum charges do apply when you are doing a small job like only a backsplash or powder room.

How easily does tile chip/break?

Both ceramic and porcelain are capable of chipping; however they do not chip easily. Broken tiles are normally the result of improper installation.

How level does my floor need to be for tile?

As with all floors, the subfloor will need to be level and flat prior to installation. This is to prevent damage to the tiles and to give you the best installation possible. Leveling will be assessed during your in-home estimate.

What is porcelain tile?

Porcelain tile is similar to ceramic but is much stronger and harder. Porcelain has a fine sand base (as opposed to a clay base) and is fired at higher temperatures than ceramic. Some porcelains are glazed (the color is only in the glaze coat) while some are through-body, meaning the surface color goes all the way through the body of the tile. A through-body porcelain will not show chips and scratches as easily.

Do you do countertops and backsplashes? Tub and shower surrounds? Fireplace surrounds?

Yes, the cost starts at about $600.00 for labor and materials and goes up depending on the size of the job, tile chosen, and the details involved in the installation.

Should I seal my grout? When do I seal the grout?

If you use a standard cement-based grout, you should seal the grout, but you don't have to. Good news: if you choose to upgrade to a stain-resistant grout like Fusion or Prism, you do not have to seal the grout. These newest generation grouts require no sealing-ever! If you do not upgrade to a stain resistant grout, Miracle Sealants, the grout sealer we carry here at Enhance Floors & More, recommends that you seal the grout 72 hours after installation and thereafter on a yearly basis.

Is it more expensive to do a border or pattern?

Yes, the more labor intensive and intricate the designs or details of your installation, the more it will cost. Remember that tile is the most permanent floor covering so now is the time to install exactly what you want!
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What are some of the design trends in tile?

Large tile: 18" X 18" and 20" X 20" tiles are frequently installed, even in small rooms. Rectangular shapes (for example 12" X 24") are being used on floors and walls. Texture, movement, and shade variation are very much on trend. For color, neutrals are the top color schemes used: off-whites, beiges, and bones. Grays are very much on trend.

Can we walk on my floors immediately after they are installed?

You will need to stay off your tile floor for the first 12 hours after it has been installed. This is to keep the tiles from shifting or moving while the adhesive is drying.

Which should I do first, paint or the new floor?

Do your floors first. A reputable painter will not have any problems protecting and not damaging your brand new floors. By doing the painting last, you don’t have to worry about touch-up painting, painting your primed shoemold, etc.

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