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!!

Is My Floor Suitable For Underfloor Heating?

Yes, Underfloor heating can be installed under just about any floor covering. Underfloor heating is simply a heating system installed underneath, rather than above the flooring, providing radiant heat to the room. Once installed electric underfloor heating will perform significantly better than radiators. If you are considering installing underfloor heating in your home, but are unsure as to whether it is really worth your while, take a look at the many advantages below: Comfortable temperature  The heat given off by underfloor heating makes for a much more comfortable depth of warmth in the home. The heat is distributed closer to the … Continue reading Is My Floor Suitable For Underfloor Heating?

HOW DO I LAY STONE FLOOR TILES, PORCELAIN OR CERAMIC FLOOR TILES?

  Customers in our showroom often ask “Can I tile myself or do I need to employ a tiler?”  If you have time, patience & some DIY skills then tiling is a job which can be done by the customer.need to employ a tiler?” Listed below are some helpful hints to DIY tile fitting. Planning and preparation is key. First make sure you know your floor substrate and the correct preparation required prior to tiling. All surfaces, including existing tiles, must be clean, firm, dry, free from dust, dirt, oil and grease, and strong enough to support the weight of … Continue reading HOW DO I LAY STONE FLOOR TILES, PORCELAIN OR CERAMIC FLOOR TILES?

Why should I choose Wall Tiles?

What are the benefits of kitchen and bathroom wall tiles? Why use tiles? Not withstanding the main reason for choosing a wall tile is obviously for design purposes, wall tiles have many practical benifits. They are easy to maintain and their wipe free properties make them extremely hygienic. When it comes to bathrooms and shower areas they protect from leaks and splashes. Correct maintenance can also help protect against mould which will occur in damper areas, and if you use a grout protector and the correct cleaning products, tiles will look fresher for longer. Popular materials are ceramic and porcelain … Continue reading Why should I choose Wall Tiles?

Are You Laying Tiles Outside? Here is a general overview which may help with your choice.

In this blog we look at some of the considerations when deciding to tile an external area with natural or manufactured floor tiles: Preparation The first step is to ensure the area allocated for tiling is suitable, by this we mean a solid, clean base. It is also important at some stage during the project to allow for some fall and drainage so surface water does not pool on the tiles. Choice of Tile When deciding whether to use natural tiles such as Limestone, Travertine, Sandstone, Slate, Granite, Basalt or Terracotta or manufactured tiles such as Quarries, Porcelain, Ceramic or … Continue reading Are You Laying Tiles Outside? Here is a general overview which may help with your choice.

Are you just about to buy Wall or Floor Tiles ? Confused about the different types of Glazed Ceramic Tiles and Glazed Porcelain?

Maybe the below answers to some of the  most frequently asked questions will help you make up your mind ………… Floor Tiles Whats the difference between a glazed ceramic tile and glazed porcelain tile? The difference is in the biscuit, or base of the tile. A ceramic biscuit is normally made from red clay which is then glazed and fired. A porcelain biscuit is made from much finer grained clay which is then pressed under very high pressure; this makes it very hard and impervious to water. As a result porcelain tiles are generally frost proof and stronger than a … Continue reading Are you just about to buy Wall or Floor Tiles ? Confused about the different types of Glazed Ceramic Tiles and Glazed Porcelain?