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Grout Pen Basics For Guaranteed Success

Grout Pen Basics For Guaranteed Success

Dirty and dingy grout lines are an unsightly problem. They take from the look of any space, and can be downright embarrassing. But with the help of a handy little tool anyone can make them look like new. A grout pen will give those lines a fresh and clean look without you having you to pay a professional or spending much time using it. While grout pens might look similar to a pen or marker they actually contain a special paint formula...

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The Insider’s Guide To Glitter Grout

The Insider’s Guide To Glitter Grout

How can you bring your dull-looking grout to life and make it sparkle and glimmer with style? With glitter grout of course! Here’s what you need to know about this wildly popular new option that’s taking walls and floors by storm. Standard Grout Has A Drawback Water and moisture can damage a tile installation, especially when they get into the backing of the tiles. Tile grout protects against them. It is used to seal the spaces between the...

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Interlocking Tiles A DIY Dream Come True

Interlocking Tiles A DIY Dream Come True

Installing tiles on your own doesn’t have to be hard,  in fact it can be quite easy. Interlocking tiles are made so that anyone can enjoy doing some DIY, and get big results with little effort. There are many types to choose from so you’ll want to read up. While each type is different, in general most interlocking options do offer similar benefits. They are designed so that they can be installed without any skills so you do not...

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When Is Hiring A Pro The Way To Way Go Instead Of DIY?

When Is Hiring A Pro The Way To Way Go Instead Of DIY?

Doing DIY can be fun and truly rewarding. It can also be a great way to save cash. But it isn’t always the right option; sometimes using the services of a pro can be a smarter choice. And here are some of the situations when you will want to consider employing one. Experience Pays An experienced professional will be able to look at your space and easily tell you what layout, material, size, and tile color will look best from extensive...

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Don’t Make These DIY Tile Mistakes

Don’t Make These DIY Tile Mistakes

There are many mistakes you can make when working with tile.  A few of them however are made much more than others. Luckily these can be easily avoided and therefore save you some time and effort. Caulk And Grout Have Different Jobs One of the most common of all tiling mistakes made by beginners is filling expansion joints with grout. These joints are the areas where your tile installation meets another material such as a wall. Because...

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Add Extra Color To Your Tile Installation With These DIY Tools

Add Extra Color To Your Tile Installation With These DIY Tools

There are quite a few different ways to add that extra touch of color to your tile project. This could be to make an old installation look new or make sure a new installation looks fantastic from the start. Here are the top tools you can use to get the color you need. Grout Colorant Many people don’t know that tile grout actually comes in many different colors. These can range from white to black. And contrary to what you might think it’s...

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The Top 4 Simple Tile Tricks For Huge Results

The Top 4 Simple Tile Tricks For Huge Results

Sometimes in life the little things can make a big difference. And when it comes to tile, this is true too. There are some small tricks you can use for huge results and even savings as well. Here are four of the simplest that happen to work incredibly well. Materials Can Fool The Eye There’s no doubt about it there are certain tile materials that always seem to standout for their beauty. Glass and many types of natural stone are excellent...

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Simple Tile Tricks To Keep Dust Out Of Sight

Simple Tile Tricks To Keep Dust Out Of Sight

Dusty floors can take away from the look of your home. While we aren’t encouraging you not to clean them of course, there are a few tricks you can use to cheat a little. Try using one or more of the following ideas to keep your tiles looking cleaner than they really are. Go Gray Today consumers have an enormous array of tile colors to pick from. Many people don’t realize it but the color they choose can actually help to hide the dust on...

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Metal Tiles: An Alternative Unlike Any Other

Metal Tiles: An Alternative Unlike Any Other

When most people think of tile materials metal is not something that usually comes to mind. However, metal tiles have a lot to offer and in many different forms. Here’s your fast introduction to this alternative that can be used to create spaces from classic to modern and everything in-between. Decorative But Also Functional Most often tiles made from metal are used for decorative purposes. Therefore, they typically are installed on walls...

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The Top 5 Floor Tile Colors For Your Home

The Top 5 Floor Tile Colors For Your Home

There are a huge number of colors to pick from when planning your tile floor. A handful of them however always seem to be the most popular year after year. So here are the top five colors you’ll want to consider. White Some areas of the home are naturally dim such as hallways and bathrooms that have little light. By adding white floor tiles you will be making sure they always look bright. White is also great for creating a clean look...

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The Top Ideas For Using Tile Stickers

The Top Ideas For Using Tile Stickers

Purchasing and installing new tile can be expensive and sometimes out of your budget. It also may not be an option when you’re renting or know you will only be living somewhere temporarily. However there is a way to get the look of a brand-new tile installation without having to pay for one. By using tile stickers anyone can upgrade almost any space. Tile stickers have a face that looks like real tile and a self-adhesive backing. They are...

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Add A Decorative Touch With Copper Tiles

Add A Decorative Touch With Copper Tiles

Adding a warm glow to your home can only be done with a handful of tile options. Well-known for their ability to work in just about every room of the house and also create a vintage feel, copper tiles are a splendid choice. Here are the basics of this metal option that will always be a conversation piece. Today’s Options What are advertised as copper tiles today can be made from real copper but are many times a ceramic tile body covered...

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Stay Safe And Keep Tile Smooth With A Rubbing Stone

Stay Safe And Keep Tile Smooth With A Rubbing Stone

Tile which has just been cut can have razor sharp edges. These can produce some very painful injuries if not handled with care, and even then accidents can happen. You can help to avoid this by using a simple tool known a rubbing stone. Smooth Your Edges After cutting the tile for your installation with your tile saw, nippers, or snap cutter you can smooth over the edges with your stone. All you have to do is hold the stone so it is at a...

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The Essentials Of Tile Spacers

The Essentials Of Tile Spacers

In the past rope, nails, screws, and even sticks were used to keep tiles equidistant from each other during installation. Luckily by the nineteen fifties the need for much more reliable and convenient spacers for tiles helped to bring about the creation of the types we still use today. Tile spacers are the easiest way to make sure your tiles are set at a fixed distance from each other which is a must for a professional looking...

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Caulk For Tile Projects

Caulk For Tile Projects

In the main body of a tile installation grout is used in-between the tiles. However different materials naturally expand, contract, and move. These processes can cause tile grout to crack or even cracked tile if the grout is used where two different materials meet such as expansion joints. So instead you’ll need to use a more flexible and forgiving option: caulk. Where It’s Used Caulk is the best choice since it allows both the tile...

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The Top Tips For Tile Countertops

The Top Tips For Tile Countertops

Countertops are an important space in any home. In the kitchen they are where we prepare meals, wash up, and even store extra items. And of course in the bathroom they serve as a place to help us get ready for the day and retire for the night. Even thought tile is mostly thought of for use on the wall and floor, tile countertops are highly functional, often inexpensive, and can add some serious beauty to your home. Here a few of the top...

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Tile Trowels To Get The Job Done Right

Tile Trowels To Get The Job Done Right

Trowels are a necessity for completing all tiling projects. But of course you will have to make sure you have the right one for the job at hand to make sure it is a success. So here’s what you need to know about tile trowels before getting started. Margin Trowels These simple tools are one of the most useful and inexpensive making them an essential part of your tool kit. In tiling they are used for a wide array of jobs like mixing tile...

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Choosing Your Tile Color

Choosing Your Tile Color

The tile color you choose is one of the most important decisions you can make for your project. It can make a huge difference in how your home looks and feels and can even be a factor if there comes a time in the future when you would like to sell your house. And, while it is always great to pick a color you prefer, there are a few other things to consider other than which one you like best. Go With The Theme One of the most effective ways...

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Your Basic Tile Safety Kit

Your Basic Tile Safety Kit

When working on any kind of home improvement project safety should always be taken seriously and with tile it is no different. This should be the case regardless of how big or small the job. In fact more often than not, it is when completing smaller tasks that we often feel we can get away with or don’t really need to take the proper precautions. And that’s when accidents happen. So we’ve come up with a basic safety kit to keep you out of...

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A Quick Glossary Of Tile Terms

A Quick Glossary Of Tile Terms

There can be a lot of new terms that come up when purchasing or planning to install tile in your home. So we’ve compiled a quick list of some of the most commonly used and asked about along with their definitions to help you on your way. Let’s get started: Back Buttering This refers to evenly spreading adhesive on the back of tile with a trowel before setting. Doing so provides a stronger bond with the setting bed and is a must...

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How To Touch Up Your Tile On A Dime

How To Touch Up Your Tile On A Dime

Chipped and cracked tiles can be a major eyesore. They not only take away from the look of your installation but from the room as a whole. However, often times you can get away without having to remove any tile whatsoever, saving you time and money. When damage is simply the result of something being dropped on your floor or banged into your wall tiles accidentally, and not the result of a more serious problem, there is a painless option....

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Tile Nippers A Must Have Tool For Every Project

Tile Nippers A Must Have Tool For Every Project

Every tile setting kit needs a pair of nippers. These basic hand tools are a necessity since virtually every project will need at least a few simple curved cuts. When you need to accommodate things like toilet flanges, faucet valves, door cases or any other obstruction tile nippers are invaluable as they allow you to make semi-circles, irregular cuts, or even holes in tile. Luckily, they also happen to be one of the least expensive tools...

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A Tile Cutter Makes Cutting A Snap

A Tile Cutter Makes Cutting A Snap

Just about all tile installations will require cutting. However, you don’t necessarily need to purchase a tile saw if you will be completing the project yourself. For jobs which won’t demand an extremely large quantity of cuts or very heavy tile, a tile cutter can be an excellent choice. The Basics A cutter is an easy to use device that is meant for making straight and angled cuts on light to medium weight tiles. However, they are not made...

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Water Stains: A Sign Your Tile Installation May Have A Problem

Water Stains: A Sign Your Tile Installation May Have A Problem

There are a few clues that can help to show you that your tiling project may have a problem. Water stains in particular can be a dead giveaway that tiles which have been installed in a wet area like a bathroom, have a problem. Even if the stains have just recently appeared, many times the area or structure hidden behind or under them may have become soaked quite some time before. Be sure to follow the steps and advice below to help you...

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The Best Practices For Dealing With Cracked Tiles And Joints

The Best Practices For Dealing With Cracked Tiles And Joints

Adding tile to your home is always a smart decision and one that will add to its looks and function. However sometimes problems may arise after the job has been completed. Without a doubt two of the most frequent are both cracked tile joints and cracked tiles. Here is what you need to know about dealing with both. Cracked Tile Joints Cracks in the joints of a tile project are a very common problem especially when the job is done by someone...

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Tile Grout: The All-In-One Guide On How To Grout Tile and Clean Tile Grout

Tile Grout: The All-In-One Guide On How To Grout Tile and Clean Tile Grout

The joints (spaces) in-between tiles need to be protected so that moisture does not get into the backing of the tiles causing damage and ultimately the tiles having to be replaced.  This could mean just a few tiles being removed or with a lot of damage all of them . Tile grout protects against this because it keeps water and moisture out and also seals the spaces between the tiles. Tools and materials you’ll need for grouting tiles...

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Ten Interior Design Tips to Get Perfect Subway Tile Style

Ten Interior Design Tips to Get Perfect Subway Tile Style

Reposted with permission from The Moregeous Blog One of the most popular blog posts I’ve ever written was on subway or metro tiles and it’s safe to say they’re pretty much everywhere, in every cool store, cafe or lifestyle interior. But somehow the more I see them, the more I like them and it seems many other stylists, designers and homeowners feel the same. Here’s my round up of the ten best ways to approach Subway Style for 2014-15:...

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Deck Tiles: An Easy and Inexpensive DIY Option

Deck Tiles: An Easy and Inexpensive DIY Option

A new deck or patio can be not only be a very time consuming project but also an expensive one as well. A much more convenient and inexpensive option are deck tiles. Made from a variety of great looking materials these tiles are an easy way to give your existing patio or deck a new face lift or can be used to create a new outdoor or indoor surface without any hard work or effort required. What Are They? While not what typically comes to...

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Bring New Life To Your Tile Grout With Grout Colorant

Bring New Life To Your Tile Grout With Grout Colorant

As your tile floor, wall, or counter top ages it’s inevitable that at some point its grout will become stained or discolored to the point that no amount of scrubbing or cleaning will help. Light or white colored grout is particularly vulnerable and this type of staining or discoloration can really become an eyesore. This will not only take away from the look of your tiles but of course from the room as well. At this point many people...

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Tiling Tips That Can Save You Time, Money, And Effort!

Tiling Tips That Can Save You Time, Money, And Effort!

When purchasing, laying, or working with tiles, a little good advice can go a long way. Most mistakes that cause you to lose time, money, and effort are easily avoidable. Here are some tips that could help you save one or all of these: -Before you start your project plan out what tools, tiles, and materials you will need and purchase them all together before you start working. This seems obvious but you’d be amazed at how much time can be...

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Tile Adhesive: Everything You Need To Know!

Tile Adhesive: Everything You Need To Know!

Tile adhesive is the substance used to hold the tiles to the setting bed. Typically there are two major types: organic mastic and thinset adhesive. Organic mastics are made with either latex or petroleum and are ready-to-use. Thinset adhesives are powdered and need to be mixed with liquid before they can be used. While organic mastic is much more convenient to use, thinset adhesives actually have a higher bond strength as well as weight...

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Larger Tiles Tend To Make A Small Room Appear Bigger!

Larger Tiles Tend To Make A Small Room Appear Bigger!

There are many tricks used by interior designers, builders, and contractors that can really effect the way a room is viewed. And while most homeowners don’t know about them, they are simple enough to be applied by anyone and can really work wonders to improve the look of your space. Here are the two easiest concepts which anyone can implement and as a result make a huge impact on a small space. Larger Tiles Tend To Make A Small Room Appear...

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How To Estimate How Many Tiles You Need Quickly And Easily Without A Tile Calculator!

How To Estimate How Many Tiles You Need Quickly And Easily Without A Tile Calculator!

When purchasing wall or floor tiles, many people use a tile calculator program. However, not only do you not need one, its smarter for you to know how to estimate how many boxes of tile you will need by yourself, without the use of a computer program. It’s extremely simple and just good to know! Method For Estimating How Many Floor Tiles You Will Need: Step 1  Calculate how many square feet your room or space is. This is simple; just...

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Concrete Tiles: A Quick Fact Sheet On An Amazing Tile

Concrete Tiles: A Quick Fact Sheet On An Amazing Tile

“Concrete tiles? Are you sure?” This is the reaction of most homeowners when they hear the word tile and concrete together for the first time. While many roofers associate concrete with concrete roof tiles, concrete is not a material we normally associate with floor or wall tiles.Ceramic or porcelain come to mind, but not concrete. Typically we think of concrete in relation to outdoor patios or walkways but definitely not tiles. However,...

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Learn Tile Removal In 5 Minutes!

Learn Tile Removal In 5 Minutes!

There are many reasons you might need to remove a single or even multiple tiles. The good news is you don’t need to pay someone else to do it for you. While it might require a little “elbow grease,” tile removal is a very simple DIY repair that any homeowner can do themselves. Step 1: The Most Important Step The most important step in floor tile removal, wall tile removal, or any type of tile removal is making a proper diagnosis of why the...

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So What’s The Best Tile Cleaner? It’s Not What Your Mother Told You!

So What’s The Best Tile Cleaner?  It’s Not What Your Mother Told You!

We’ve all seen nasty green grout lines and funky sticky tiles somewhere, and always promise ourselves it won’t happen to us. So what’s the way to keep the green monster at bay? It’s actually not the way your mom probably taught you! What Not To Use Many of us grew up being told bleach was the cure all or kill all cleaner. While this might be true in some cases you should think twice or maybe even three times before using it on your...

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The Tile Saw: A Quick Start Guide!

The Tile Saw: A Quick Start Guide!

Just about every tiling job requires cutting tile. What you will be cutting, how much, and in what manner will determine the tool you use to cut with. Most of the time the easiest and most efficient option is a tile saw. While they may look similar to saws used to cut wood or metal, they are in fact quite different. Typically they are used to cut ceramic, porcelain, glass and natural stone tiles but can used for other materials as well....

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Rubber Tiles Made Easy!

Rubber Tiles Made Easy!

While rubber tiles are not known for their beauty or stunning appearance like glass wall tiles or Mexican tile, let’s be serious here, that’s not what they’re built for. While they are good looking, when talking about rubber tile we really are talking about function. And function they do. They are such a versatile group of tiles which can be used both indoors as well as out and are easily provide the most value of any tile when it comes to...

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2 Exciting,Unique,Yet Inexpensive Mexican Tile Backsplash Ideas!

2 Exciting,Unique,Yet Inexpensive Mexican Tile Backsplash Ideas!

A simple tile backsplash can change the way an entire room is viewed. It can not only serve to bring out and accentuate the existing colors in a room, but it can be used as the focal point of the entire room as well, drawing and focusing the attention of everyone in the space. With this kind of effect, choosing the correct backsplash tiles for your kitchen or bathroom is an important job, and one these two Mexican tile ideas could be just...

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