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5 Benefits of Ceramic Tiles

11:37 AM 14/03/19

There are a variety of tile types on the market, from porcelain to ceramic to natural stone, such as slate. But what makes ceramic tiles so popular?They're durableCeramic is tough and can cope with high levels of foot traffic. Generally, it is scratch-resistant and retains its colour, even after years of wear, which makes ceramic tiles a fantastic choice for a family bathroom or commercial building.Easy to cleanCeramic tiles are incredibly low-maintenance. To clean them, you just need to wipe them over with warm, soapy water every now and then. And if you see mildew developing, which can occur if your bathroom doesn't have very good air ventilation, you can treat it easily with an eco-friendly spray.Lots to choose fromIf you struggle to make decisions, ceramic may not be the way to go with your tiles as there are endless colourways and patterns available. But it's a huge benefit for those of us that like variety. Whatever shade or pattern you want, there's something for everyone with ceramic.Environmentally-friendlyProviding heat is managed properly during manufacturing and no chemicals are added to the clay, ceramic tiles are relatively environmentally-friendly; more so than porcelain and natural stone, for example. Therefore, if you want to renovate your bathroom with peace of mind that you're not damaging the environment, ceramic is the way to go.Resistant to heatIf you're considering floor tiles to lay on top of an underfloor heating system, ceramic is a great choice. It is heat and fire-resistant and conducts heat appropriately for effective underfloor heating. Some tiles will crack when heat is applied, but not ceramic.Time to transform your bathroom with ceramic tiles? Browse our range.

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2019 Tile Trends: A Round-up

11:35 AM 14/03/19

If you are retiling your bathroom, there are dozens of 2019 tile trends you should be aware of, so that you can make sure your bathroom is bang up to date after its renovation.Textured tilesThey have been popular in commercial bathrooms, such as offices, for years now, but textured tiles are now making their way into the home. Tiles that are cut to replicate a wave pattern, or with grooves reminiscent of classic architecture, are very of-the-moment and should be considered for your bathroom renovation. Typically, cream or pastel colours are preferred for this trend.Wood-effectLast year saw a surge in demand for wood-effect tiles, not only for hallways and living areas but also bathrooms. And that surge isn't slowing any time soon. Wood-effect tiles, with Oak being one of the most popular, are here to stay. Better still, if you opt for porcelain tiles, they can be used on top of an underfloor heating system to keep your toes toasty in the morning.Herringbone wallsA Herringbone laying pattern is usually reserved for floors, but it's rapidly becoming a must-have for bathroom walls, too. It's especially effective in large wet rooms. For this, we recommend long, off-white ceramic tiles.Star patternsThe bathroom is no longer just for plain white, grey or slate-black. Follow the European and Eastern curve and add pattern and colour to your bathroom. Star patterns are currently incredibly popular, which means there are a variety of designs available for a price that won't hit your pocket too hard. Use them on the floor and then for a bath surround to make your bathroom pop.Mosaic tilesClassic mos mosaic tiles are seeing a resurgence in popularity, mostly in the form of small-batch artisan tiles created by independent manufacturers. Their colourful, intricate pattern will add interest to your bathroom, as well as giving it a luxurious quality.Geometric tilesIf you're looking to craft a contemporary bathroom, you can't go wrong with geometric tiles. Their sharp lines will give your bathroom an edge. We're talking hexagon and octagon-shaped tiles that you can use for both the floor and walls for an all-encompassing design.What are you waiting for? Browse our tiles and create an on-trend bathroom today.

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How to Clean Bathroom Tiles Effectively

1:08 PM 01/03/19

Box of Tiles Handyman guide on "How to clean bathroom floor tiles"While all the tiles we sell are incredibly durable, it's important that you clean your bathroom tiles properly to keep them looking their best. There are a variety of aspects you need to look out for.Cleaning The GroutThe grout on your tiles is likely to be the first area you'll start to notice dirt, including mildew. You can use damp-resistant grout; however, you will still need to clean the grout every now and then. For minor dirt, you should use an old toothbrush and a mixture of baking powder and vinegar, which you can paste along the grout, leave for half an hour and then rinse away with warm water. This is a safe solution that won't damage the grout.For more hard-wearing grime, you can use a chlorine-based bleach, however, only in extreme circumstances.Clean Your Wall tilesMost wall tiles can be cleaned simply with warm water and a soft cloth. However, for stubborn grime, you may want to use vinegar, which is safe to use on ceramic tiles. If your tiles are plain, you're fine to use a textured pad to clean your tiles. However, do not use a scouring pad on patterned tiles as you may wear away the print.Before you clean your tiles, run the shower or dampen them with warm water as it will make the cleaning stage easier.There are also specialist tile cleaning products available for stains and long-lived grime.Always use a soft cloth or towel to dry your tiles after cleaning to prevent damage.Cleaning Your Floor tilesThe wall tile cleaning method above works for floor tiles, too. However, if you want to save time and work through stubborn stains, consider using a steam cleaner, which will cut through the grime and leave your tiles shining. Make sure you wipe over your floor tiles before steaming them to remove debris and dust, which will ensure that you don't scratch your floor while cleaning your bathroom tiles.Need further guidance on caring for your bathroom tiles? Contact our support team.

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5 Benefits of Ceramic Tiles
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How to Clean Bathroom Tiles Effectively
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