With an extensive range of premium quality tiles and a superb selection of natural stone unmatched in New South Wales, the team at online Tile Store are experts at finding the right tile for any job. Tiles need regular cleaning and maintenance to stay in top condition, and neglected tiles can make a room or space less inviting. As summer and the festive season approaches, now is the time to refresh your indoor tiles and give your home a lift with our practical tips.
In our new blog post, we discuss 5 easy ways to refresh your indoor tiles:
The first easy way to refresh your indoor tiles for summer is by giving them a thorough clean. Before you begin, make sure that you know what material your tiles are made from, and the cleaning products suitable for that type. For example, most mild cleaning solutions can be used on porcelain and ceramic tiles, while only neutral pH cleaners should be used on natural stones such as limestone and marble, because they are porous and easily stained by harsh chemicals. Learning about the characteristics of your tiles will help prevent any accidental damage from using unsuitable cleaning supplies.
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Grout can be the hardest part of keeping your tiles clean, because most cement-based grouts are very porous and easily penetrated by dirt and stains. In some cases, mould and bacteria can begin to grow inside the tile joints, which is impossible to move with cleaning products. Another way to refresh your indoor tiles in this situation is regrouting. Replacing the old grout will instantly revitalise your tiles, and the variety of grout colours available means that you can choose one which harmonises or contrasts your interior design style, elevating your indoor tiles into a feature of your home.
Another easy way to refresh your indoor tiles is to apply a high-quality sealer. Sealing your tiles after cleaning them will help to protect them from being damaged or stained. The sealant acts as a barrier, preventing dirt and other substances from penetrating the surface of the tile and grout, extending the life of your tiles and making them easier to maintain. Depending on the quality, sealing your tiles can protect them for years, increasing the value of your home or business and lowering ongoing maintenance costs.
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If you feel like it might be time for a change, then one of the easiest ways to refresh your indoor tiles is to replace them. Depending on your budget, it could be more affordable to choose one specific space to retile, such as the kitchen or bathroom where new tiles will have a greater effect. Another option is to install a feature wall of tiles or natural stone, adding interest and colour to your home without having to undertake the process of tiling an entire room. Retiling can also help to change the atmosphere or perspective of a particular space, such as making a small room seem larger or wider, or creating a particular mood. To learn more, check out our blog posts on tiling with colour and how to achieve 5 popular interior design styles.
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Our last easy tip for refreshing your indoor tiles is to redecorate. For example, a fresh coat of paint can make your tiles pop in contrast, whether you are using neutral shades or bright colours. You can also shift the mood of a space by introducing different colours and textures, softening or enhancing the look of your indoor tiles depending on the atmosphere you wish to achieve. This can be done on any budget simply by adding some accessories to the space, such as curtains, throws, cushions, rugs, lamps, pieces of art, furniture or other objects.
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