Why Tiles Fade and How to Remedy the Problem

What Causes Tiles to Fade and How to Remedy the ProblemWhether it is the generic white or one adorned with colored patterns, tiles provide a sleek appearance for the bathroom and kitchen. However, like all other surfaces, tiles fade and discolor with age. When tiles lose their gloss, it creates an unflattering look. However, instead of going through extensive and costly renovations to have the tiles replaced, consider having them refinished.

Why Tiles Fade

Tiles fade for a number of reasons. Discoloration can occur due to the overuse of strong cleaning chemicals, which can leave burns with each application. Tiles can also fade due to UV light exposure if your bathroom has an open window. Excessive moisture is another primary cause. Of course, this is inevitable since the tiles will be covered in moisture every time the shower is turned on. You can, however, accelerate the drying time by leaving the windows open or using a dehumidifier.

How to Restore the Color and Gloss

Treatment varies depending on the type of tile and cause of the fading. With natural stone tiles, for example, resurfacing may be required to cut away at the affected outer layer. For ceramic tiles, surface enhancement, deep dirt extraction, or a combination of the two may be used to bring back the original color.

Regardless of the cause and tile type, the refinishing method is best left to a professional. However, there are some temporary fixes you can try at home. You can try cleaning the tiles by removing the dirt and scrubbing the surface with a homemade solution of water, liquid soap, and ammonia. Keep in mind, though, that this method may be ineffective if extensive discoloration has already set in.

Contacting Professional Assistance

To truly restore tile to its original or near original look, you should have the tile refinished by a professional home remodeler. The methods require specific industry knowledge and equipment, so bringing in an expert is your best bet if you would rather restore than replace the tiles.

 

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Renovate Your Bathroom

Bathtub Refinishing: Renovate Your BathroomAfter several years of use, a bathtub will naturally begin to lose its pristine appearance, and you may want to renovate your bathroom. A buildup of soap scum and grime can overtake the surface and create a worn look. Since the shower makes up a huge part of the bathroom, this can negatively impact the aesthetics of the room as a whole. The good news, though, is that you do not have to replace the entire tub over a few nicks and blemishes. Instead, get a refinish your shower or tub to restore it to its original condition.

Bathtub Refinishing

It should be pointed out that bathtub refinishing is generally not a DIY job. The method requires the use of abrasive chemicals, protective gear, and ventilation equipment. As such, the task should be left to a professional technician. The process normally involves removal of what is left of the original glaze using a hydrofluoric acid solution. New caulking is then added along with a thick layer of epoxy coating for promoting strong and long lasting adhesion. Lastly, the surface is given its new gloss with a spray of polyurethane.

Preserving Your Tub

There are simple DIY steps you can take to prolong the tub’s original surface appearance to ensure you don’t have to renovate your bathroom regularly. Apply the following steps for preventing soap residue and mildew accumulation:

  • Wipe the tub after each use using a towel and mild detergent. Refrain from using cleaning products that contain ammonia, abrasives, or a high acidic content.
  • For soap scum removal, use an alkaline detergent with a pH level of 10-12. If your tub shows signs of rust and limescale, then use a more acidic solution with a pH level of 4-5.
  • Minor and surface level scratches can be minimized using sandpaper. Aim for paper with a grit level of around 1,200.

Daily Care of Your Tub Goes a Long Way

It can be a nuisance to wipe down your tub on a near daily basis. However, the effort will keep your tub from prematurely wearing. For refinishing or reglazing work, though, leave that to a remodeling contractor.

 

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Top Five Kitchen Design Tips

Top Five Kitchen Design TipsA kitchen is one of the most well-used rooms of any house and, consequently, one of the most remodeled. When it comes to deciding what style or design you want for this ubiquitous space, there are a number of factors to consider that will help you determine the best choice for you and your family. The following are the top five kitchen design tips to consider.

Drumroll Please

While personal and spatial factors certainly come into play when remodeling a kitchen, most design experts agree that the following points should be considered in almost every situation:

  • Put function first.
  • Make room for storage.
  • Install proper and sufficient lighting.
  • Ensure appropriate power sources for appliances.
  • Consider surface or counter space.

The first point, and perhaps the most important, concerns designing a kitchen that is practical and useable from an architectural perspective and that serves the needs of a given individual or family. For instance, think ahead to determine what the most important features will be for you in a new kitchen—whether it is in-room seating, an island to increase your prep area or a larger stove or refrigerator. Regardless of the kitchen shape and its particular features, interior designers recommend forming a triangle with the refrigerator, sink and stovetop as a standard design guideline for proper flow in the space.

The second, third and fourth pointsare relatively straightforward. The fifth point—often considered a given for kitchen design—is included on the list because it is actually often one of the most overlooked. If the size of the kitchen being remodeled allows, it is better to err on the side of more counter space than less.

Planning Makes Perfect

As with any remodeling project, the earlier you decide on a new design for your kitchen the better. Determining the design ahead of time can save time and money in the long run in the form of fewer last-minute changes and, therefore, increased productivity during the remodeling process. Keeping the aforementioned kitchen design tips in mind can certainly aid in this process.

 

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Make Selecting a Bathroom Design the First Step of the Remodeling Process

Make Selecting a Bathroom Design the First Step of the Remodeling ProcessWhen it comes to remodeling a bathroom, one of the first tasks should be to hone in on a particular style or  bathroom design that suits your style and space. Although this procedure may seem mundane or routine, it is actually one of the most important steps of the remodeling process.A preconceived bathroom design from the outset can help save you both time and money and streamline the project.

Process of Elimination

One of the best ways to decide how you want your bathroom to look is to decide how you do not want it to look. For instance, if you are not a fan of claw foot tubs or vintage fixtures, you can probably eliminate classic features from your list. Similarly, think about designs by styles or eras, such as the following:

  • Modern
  • Contemporary
  • Minimalist
  • French country
  • Rococo
  • Victorian

There are endless different bathroom designs out there and the process of selecting the right one can be overwhelming. Eliminating styles off your design list can help you better narrow down your search. It also provides you with a checklist, of sorts, to ensure you are being comprehensive in your search. It is not uncommon for people to change their minds on the design of a remodel once the project has begun; the process of elimination helps mitigate the potential of this happening.

Hit the (Bathroom Floor) Running

Once a bathroom design is selected, the rest of the pieces of the remodeling process fall into place nicely. Whether you are doing the construction yourself or are hiring a general contractor or remodeling company for the job, knowing the design well in advance has myriad benefits. For instance, fixtures and features including tubs, showers and vanities can be thoroughly researched ahead of time to find the best quality and price. This, in turn, will help provide precise layout plans for the remodel, thereby decreasing the likelihood of hasty or inaccurate drawings, which can be costly to revise. In short, it will make for a more efficient and successful project all the way around.

 

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Accessing the Right Home Improvement Devices

Accessing the Right Home Improvement DevicesWhen you are in the process of doing a home improvement project, having the right tools really matters whether that project is big or small. It helps you get the job done right and can make the task much easier. The professionals have access to all of the home improvement devices one could need to do a quality job that will last for years to come. This is why you should not leave the important remodeling projects to DIY alone. Make sure some experts are on your side for your next home remodel.

A professional company provides several advantages, like their industry level products such as a strong finish that can help ensure the quality and durability of the final product. They also have the ability to work with different materials such as fiberglass, tile, and various other countertop materials with a certain level of expertise. At the same time, there is no need to sacrifice your budget for quality home improvement devices when you work with a reliable company. They can sit down with you and design a plan that suits both sides perfectly. Their thorough process is designed to produce the best possible results, with steps like:

  • using special cleaners to prepare the surface
  • priming it with epoxy
  • adding a final coat of gloss to ensure beauty and durability

All of this should come together to result in a home improvement project that turns out perfectly. The precision tools your team brings to work can make sure of that.

Not only do the professionals have the proper home improvement devices for the job, they can also bring years of experience to the table. They have a specialized knowledge that can be used to point clients in the right direction and help them make the best decisions. Bringing all of your remodeling dreams to life can be easy with the right team on your side and the best home improvement devices at their fingertips.

 

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