Wednesday, March 23, 2016

What’s so Great About Saltillo Tile?

One of the biggest things going in home décor right now is Saltillo tiles. They come from Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico and are a terra-cotta type tile that has been around for years. Just take a walk down any small street in Mexico and you will see it in use all over the place.

The tiles are made of a clay and then sun dried before being placed in a kiln to be fired. They come in various colors of oranges, reds and yellows. As well, they come in various shapes which will give any home décor a touch of Spanish styling. It is a highly porous material that absorbs liquids with ease.

Because they do not have a surface glaze, this type of terra-cotta tiles is different from the average ceramic tiles. Saltillo tiles have the tendency to be hard to install and as such, any flooring specialist will recommend having it installed by a professional.

These tiles are environmentally friendly and great during the winter because they feel warmer. Yet during the summer months, they are cool on the feet. Saltillo tiles are fairly easy to clean, which is great for a busy family household! You can clean them with a quick mopping, sweeping, or vacuuming.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Is Your Carpet to “Dye” For Kind of Carpet?

The flooring is usually the first thing that catches your eye when you walk into a home. Your guests will scrutinize your home by the way the floor looks. When it comes to covering up that flooring, it is by far, the largest surface area. It is also the one thing that everyone will have contact with all day, every day.

The color of carpet will fade over time. It will begin to look dingy and look worn no matter how well you keep it clean or have professional cleaning service done. If the color of your carpeting has begun to discolor and fade, or it is stained beyond getting clean again, or maybe you’re just simply tired of the color, but it is still in good shape, then consider refurbishing it instead of replacing it.

Regular cleaning and vacuuming can make your carpeting look old even when it’s not that old. If your carpeting is nylon or wool, then dyeing it is an effective way to refurbish it. It is also much more economical than replacing it. Dyeing your carpet can give it a new look and extend the lifespan as well as help you change the décor of the room.

If your carpeting is made of the following materials, it cannot be dyed: 

  • Acrylic
  • Polyester
  • Polypropylene

If you’re considering dyeing your carpeting, consult with a professional company that dyes carpeting. They can look at your carpet and advise you if it is dye able as well as offer non-toxic, odor-free solutions.