The ceramic tile industry has made it quite easy for you to determine which tiles are suitable choices for your application by using a rating system, known as the PEI scale. This system rates the surface of a tile from Class 1 to Class 5 (“1” being the least resistant to abrasion and “5” the most resistant to abrasion). Although any tile rating can be used on your walls, floor tiling takes a lot of abuse from foot traffic and needs to be manufactured to withstand this “wear and tear”. For lighter traffic areas on residential floors, a Class 2 or greater will be a good choice, but for higher traffic areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, hallways and entryways a Class 3 or greater will hold up the best.

Maintenance of your choice after Flooring Installation takes place is a responsibility that can’t be ignored. And, WHEN TILE IS YOUR CHOICE FOR NEW FLOORING there are a number of things you really need to be aware of to ensure that your New Flooring is being properly attended to.

There are a number of things you will want to remember regarding proper care of Tile Floors:

Floor Tile

Floor Tile

•    Never use Bleach or Ammonia based cleaners.
•    Never use steel wool or abrasive scrubbing powders when cleaning your tile and/or grout.
•    Protect tile surfaces from damage by furniture by “installing” protectors on the bottom of chair and table legs.
•    As dirt is the worst enemy to a tile floor, but sure to sweep/vacuum and mop regularly.
•    To minimize the amount of dirt tracked into the house and on your tile, be sure to have door mats outside and inside each door.
•    Be sure to use a damp, not sopping wet, mop.

Cleaning, of course, is but only one aspect of maintenance WHEN TILE IS YOUR CHOICE FOR NEW FLOORING.  What people often over-look, is the need to employ the services of a qualified tile contractor should you need to remove/replace a broken or damaged tile.

The temptation, of course, is to save on the project and do the work yourself.  Invariably, however, the temptation to do this results in more damage being done, and a minor project turns into a major one.  Sometimes, it’s better to do what is right sooner rather than later.

WHEN TILE IS YOUR CHOICE FOR NEW FLOORING proper maintenance is something you may very well want to give serious thought to regarding its longevity.  To learn more about this you will want to contact Chris Brown of BRANDI CARPET at 602-475-0931 or info@brandicarpet.com and he and his staff will provide you with all the pertinent information you will need regarding this issue!!

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