People are used to plain surface tiles. But there are designers and homeowners going for the 3D tiles. The light varies as it falls on these tiles to give a different look to the accent walls and backsplashes. These designs are basically traditional but have become popular these days. They look attractive and allow you to run your fingers over and the light on it looks fantastic. As the light moves, this design comes alive and there is a shadow play. There are dark and light colored mosaics available according to your creativity.
Investigate Before Remodeling
If you are planning to remodel the accent wall, fireplace or backsplash then go through these designs:
Carrara White Marble 3D Mosaic has gray veins with a white background. The 3D texture allows the light to play and leaves shadows at different angles. If the kitchen is completely white then these backsplash 3D tiles give a color scheme. It matches with the gray walls also.
Rustique 3D interlocking pattern has brown, tan and gray colored slate tiles. These tiles are stacked on one another and look like an art. This can be on the fireplace wall, shower and tub surround. They can be in two or three rows to grab attention.
Crema Arched Herringbone Mosaic is marble with cream and taupe colors. They have light colored rust and brown veins. They are available in 12×12 mesh sheets which have curved surface of chips of marble. It gives a look of basket weave pattern which looks exotic on countertops, backsplashes, and flooring. They match comfortably with neutral or bold colored cabinets.
Adella Viso Calcatta Mosaic is having honeycomb pattern all over. There are chocolate and rust colored veins on it. The surface is shiny and gives a smooth feel. This can be added to any other type of Carrara tiles to give a unique look to space. They look glamorous with dark colored flooring or cabinets.
Golden Honey Stik Wall Tile is a peel and stick quartzite veneer mosaic tile. There are shades of honey, gray, white and gold on it. There are raised textures on the surface and it is very easy to stick. There is no necessity of grout or mortar. Just peel off the back paper and stick it on the surface to be installed. They can be used as a backsplash, fire surrounds or tub surround.
Natural stone forms like slate are loved universally for beauty, durability and minimal care. Yet a little attention would help maintain those natural good looks and keep them shining like new. Learn a little slate tile floor care and maintenance tricks.
Daily Care for Jade Green Slate
The task may seem difficult, but slate floors need a daily sweeping, particularly during the first few months after installing them. Small pieces fall off in a process called ‘spalling.’ Mop with a gentle cleanser. The cleaning lotion should not contain lemon or vinegar. pH neutral solutions would be best. After a clean water rinse, let the floor air dry or wipe with a soft cloth.
Sealing for San Rio Rustic Slate
Slate tile floors like many other natural stones require sealing to keep out water. Sealing also prevents stains and scratches and it is usually applied annually though, some slate varieties may need it more often. Test with a little water poured on the surface. If the dark spot remains longer than ten minutes, a sealer is needed.
Special Care for Montauk Blue Slate
Slate floors get scratched more than other floors! Use a little mineral oil to hide such a scratch. Sealing well prevents such scratches from occurring. Stains may be removed with a stain-removing poultice for stone floors. Using flour paste and hydrogen peroxide, it would be possible to make a poultice yourself. Allow the paste to sit overnight or for six hours, and cover it with a plastic sheet. Use a wet cloth or mild scraper to remove the mixture. More applications may be needed.
A list of Do’s and Don’ts!
The general guidelines may be followed to get the best out of slate floors
- Particularly when foot traffic is expected to be rather heavy, install rugs or mats to protect the floor
- On an annual basis, do apply sealer as a preventive against damage
- If and when they occur, spills should be cleaned up immediately before they settle in
- Mopping should best be done with a pH neutral cleaning product or a product manufactured particularly for natural stone
- Avoid sliding furniture across the floor that could cause damage, carry them across instead
- Abrasive cleaners need be avoided, and cleaners that contain bleach, lemon or vinegar
- Do not shift furniture across the floor without a protector to guard the lower surfaces
- Avoid using a vacuum cleaner with a beater bar that sweeps the slate floors
Some tips are common sense, and getting used to the routine is easy. The natural stone slate tiles in the collection bring warmth and character to the home. Look forward to many happy years of slate flooring.