State College, PA
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America's Carpet Outlet in State College, PA



You've decided on tile flooring. Now make it shine!

Tiles might look elegant and provide a feeling of luxury in your home, but that doesn't mean they are high maintenance. Dirt and dust just sit on the surface waiting to be wiped, so it's easy. Some of the most highly decorated ones, such as the mosaics you often see on Greek and Roman-themed floors, are still easy to care for. Also, they are durable and waterproof.

Waterproofing in tile flooring

As a tile retailer, we know that it's completely waterproof, making it ideal for places like the bathroom which is known as the wettest room in the house but clean up spills right away. Even sealed tile and grout can be damaged if liquid lingers. Grout lines are not impervious to liquid and water can also stain tiles. It might be clear, but it contains minerals.

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Tile flooring care and maintenance

Water can leave a chalk-like coating, and once you remove it the floor will look new. Combine ¼ cup vinegar to one-gallon hot water and mop, keeping the solution on the floor for about five minutes before you rinse. Vinegar has a slightly acidic nature that will dissolve those chalky bits. Once you rinse, wipe the floor with a towel to be sure all the water is gone so no new stains will occur. Don't use abrasive or ammonia-based products, because they can scratch and also discolor the grout. Feel free to come into our showroom if you need more advice about tile in State College, PA.

Sweep first with a soft broom, avoiding straw brooms as they can scratch. Then vacuum, removing beater bars which can dull and abrade the surface. Use attachments to get at the dirt in the grout lines.

Some other things you might do include placing mats and/or area rugs strategically at entrances. If possible, ask family members and guests to remove their shoes. You might even keep some disposable slippers on hand. If tiles are in a busy room, you might want to clean more often so there's never much build-up, especially in the grout lines. Follow the professional's advice on sealing and grouting.

Tile flooring blends with all decors and styles and, when properly taken care of, it can last up to 20 years or more. If you live in State College, PA, Houserville, PA, Boalsburg, PA, Pine Grove Mills, PA, or Park Forest Village, PA, visit the America's Carpet Outlet showroom in State College, PA. Our quotes are always free and we can't wait to show you all our tile flooring options for your next project.