The Devon County & Dunster Show 2016

With the temperatures still so low Spring & Summer seems a long way off, but we have already booked trade stands at two shows for this year, fingers crossed for good weather! Mid May sees us at The Devon County Show for the first time http://www.devoncountyshow.co.uk  19th, 20th & Saturday 21st May so come and see us at Devons premier show on Avenue C. Andy Thorne our Senior Salesman will be there on the stand to answer questions and give advice about tiles, along with various stands showing just some of our ranges and options available, including underfloor heating systems. Andy … Continue reading The Devon County & Dunster Show 2016

Its all about the Terracotta.

Kitchen, conservatory or living room; terracotta once fully sealed is suitable for most areas in the house. With the added benefit that terracotta retains heat better than any other tile, the floor should never feel ice-cold to the touch. If used with underfloor heating these tiles will retain the heat even when the heating has been turned off. Teatree terracotta tiles are handmade and therefore no two tiles are alike, they will have all the characteristics of a natural product; colour tone variation, minor structural deficiencies such as pitting, and other marks all of which make each terracotta floor unique. … Continue reading Its all about the Terracotta.

Understanding Slate

In our showroom in wellington, somerset. We have noticed an increase in customers wanting to know the ins and outs of slate and the process in how they are made and what the different finishes before being sealed really mean. We are finding that the most popular slate at the moment is Brazilian. Available in grey/greenish and black often used for Wet-Rooms both on the wall and floor and available from stock in sizes of 900×900, 900×600, 600×600 and 300×300 though other sizes are avalible to order. Slate Slate is a fine-grained, foliated, homogeneous metamorphic rock.  Foliation is caused by strong compression causing fine grained … Continue reading Understanding Slate

Understanding Natural Stone

LIMESTONE, MARBLE AND TRAVERTINE. In our showroom in wellington, somerset. We have noticed an increase in customers wanting to know the ins and outs of these natural stones and the process in how they are made and what the different finishes before being sealed really mean. Limestone Limestone is a sedimentary rock formed largely of the minerals calcite and aragonite and the consolidation of sediments, and other organic matter. Each limestone exhibits its own characteristic colours and markings, and can vary in density. Some limestones also have a similar appearance to marble and can often lead to mis-classification. Some degree of edge … Continue reading Understanding Natural Stone

How Do I Keep My Grout Clean?

Why does grout discolour and become dirty? Most grout used in domestic situations such as bathrooms and kitchens is water-resistant and not water proof. This means that while your tiles may repel moisture your grout can often absorb it. When mopping dirt off the surface of tiles it is the moisture carrying dirt particles that absorbs into the grout causing it to discolour. In wet areas such as showers or wet rooms it is possible to get a build up of soaps, moisture and sebum within grouting. If not cleaned properly this will stay within the grout and encourage mould … Continue reading How Do I Keep My Grout Clean?

Why Do I Need To Seal My Floor Or Wall Tiles?

Here at Wellington Tile we quite often get asked, why do i need to seal natural stone?  Natural stone like Terracotta, Slate, Polished Porcelain & Quarry Tiles ect. Well its because they are Naturally porous, and if left unsealed every piece of dirt and grime will be absorbed by your natural stone, giving you a really big clean up job, to prevent this from happening we would definitely recommend sealing them.  There are essentially three aims when sealing a tile. Stain Prevention Surface Protection Surface Enhancement It is not always possible or indeed necessary to achieve all the aims, however … Continue reading Why Do I Need To Seal My Floor Or Wall Tiles?

How To Remove Grout Stains From Wall & Floor Tiles

Removing Grout stain or grout haze from glazed tiles such as ceramic and porcelain can be relatively straight forward, for cases in which the grout stain is on natural stone you have to make sure that Grout stain remover is not used on surfaces that are calcareous, sensitive to acids (e.g. stainless steel, chrome, enamel etc), Surfaces to avoid using on are Marble, limestone, travertine, granite terrazzo and encaustics. For mild cases and on absorbent tiles: Dilute 1 part Grout stain remover in 4 parts warm water, apply with a cloth or sponge wrung out in the solution, then wipe off … Continue reading How To Remove Grout Stains From Wall & Floor Tiles

TEATREE HANDMADE TERRACOTTA IS BACK!!

    As  sales director of Wellington Tile, one of the west country’s most established Tile Showrooms, Mark Atkins is well qualified to comment on trends in the market for floor tiles. What he has noticed is an interesting increase in demand for a tile that was last popular 20 years ago. “Five years ago it was all travertine and stone, but recently the trend has moved back to Terracotta which was last at its most popular in the 1990’s.” Over the past decade stone, especially travertine has made such an impact in interior design that despite its obvious attraction, … Continue reading TEATREE HANDMADE TERRACOTTA IS BACK!!