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Best Mop Cleaners For Tile Flooring

Best Mop Cleaners For Tile Flooring

Are you dreading the thought of cleaning your tile flooring? Worry no more. With the help of a good steam mop, you will be able to do the task in no time.

Steam Clean has come up with a list of the best steam mop cleaners to help you easily get rid of tough stains and grime from your ceramic tiles.

On the top of the list is Oreck Steam-It, featuring a super-dry steam that uses higher than the usual heat which helps conserve water. This mop is the most efficient and will save you both time and money. While it may not be the cheapest, its noteworthy performance (even with removing dirt in harder-to-reach areas) makes it worth the purchase.


Their best budget pick is Shark Steam and Spray – the brand that provides a good steam mop at a very affordable price.


Read on to know more about the pros and cons for each and decide which one suits you best.

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How Does Flooring Affect My Home Value

The type of flooring question is one we hear a lot as it relates to the impact on home values. Recently flooring expert and owner of Above Board Flooring in Charlotte, NC and Mooresville, NC Andrew Linford touched on this topic in the video below.

While there many types of flooring to choose from for your home that look great and will last a very long time, hardwood flooring offers the greatest increase in your homes value. Home appraisers consider hardwood flooring an upgrade option to any home.

Other flooring options that are highly desirable for looks, wear and value is tile. Today’s tile flooring can range to fit most any budget and is a great choice for any area of the house. The type of type you use does make a difference. Like most flooring products, tile flooring varies in price. Tile thickness, water absorption and wear rating, scratch resistance and C.O.F (Coefficient of Friction) rating all factor into the value of the tile installation and home value.

When we look at flooring on a value scale, vinyl flooring is more of a base flooring consideration. However, with so many design options AND considering your lifestyle options, vinyl flooring offers an affordable way to give your home a visual upgrade.

Here’s a good overview from HGTV

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If you have questions about which flooring choice can best improve your homes value, give us a call. We offer a free no hassle estimate. We will not be beat on quality and price.

Four Reasons to Choose Ceramic Tiles for Your Bathroom

Ceramic tiles are very popular in home remodeling projects due to their durability and the massive range of sizes, colors and designs. They are aesthetically pleasing, yet affordable, and can be used anywhere in the home. Ceramic is especially perfect for use in bathrooms.

Let’s look more closely at the four main reasons for choosing ceramic tiles in your bathroom:

  • Affordability: In comparison to stone tiles and granite, ceramic is very affordable. And with the huge range of colors and textures, you can always find a tile that offers the same beauty as natural stone or granite.
  • Easy to Clean: Depending on how dirty the tiles get, they can be cleaned by simply sweeping and mopping. However, some types of ceramic tiles (e.g. unglazed, glazed, etc.) may require different methods and cleaners for a thorough job.
  • Versatility: With the large selection available, you can unleash your creativity throughout your bathroom in a number of ways. You can use ceramic tiles as a backsplash, on top of the cabinets, in the shower and, of course, on the floor.
  • Durability: Depending on the level of use, you can buy ceramic tiles that are extra durable to withstand wear and tear. In fact, there are five levels of durability, so you are sure to find one that’s suitable for your bathroom.

There’s no doubt about it – with ceramic tiles, you can let your imagination run wild in the bathroom, whether it’s just the shower, a spare bathroom or a lavish en-suite.

Choosing the Right Tile Flooring

There are many styles and textures of tile flooring out there. Which one is best for you? How do you know what kind of tile will work best in each room? Is it only for kitchens?

Let’s check some of the different types of tile to help you determine the best tile flooring for your project.

Oversized Travertine Tile
Oversize tile is usually not popular in bedrooms or upper floors because of their weight and noise. However, if you have a ranch-style home in the Southwest, over-sized travertine flooring can help keep you cooler! In the cooler weather it radiates heat better than wood. And not only that, but it is a beautiful natural stone choice.

Stain-Resistant Porcelain Tile
Porcelain tile is a very popular choice over natural stone because it does not stain. This makes it a great option for the kitchen. Look at your countertops and cabinet colors to help decide which color of porcelain you would like to go with. Neutral tiles work best with cabinets that have dramatic shade variations. When choosing grout, always go with a shade or two darker than you think you will need to hide those spills that are bound to happen.

Durable Slate-Look Porcelain Tile
Laying floor in a laundry room or a mud-room? Slate-like porcelain is a great option because it is strong but can be casual. Slate-like porcelain looks very similar to natural stone and holds up beautifully against vibrating washing machines and withstands moisture. It may take a little extra planning for installation and preparation but it is worth it.

Slip-Resistant Slate
Entryways feel the effects of changes in temperature more than almost any other room in the house. You need to tile the entryway with something durable and practical. Natural slate is a good choice. As we have already mentioned it is less slippery than other natural stones but can stand up to the abuse of heavy traffic. Also, because of its natural color variations, mud and dirt are hidden easier.

Vinyl Tile
Large, heavy tiles are a good choice for basements because there is no need to worry about the weight of the tile. Basements have the most stable substructure in a house.

If the basement is going to double as a rec room you can use wood-like porcelain. It has a relaxed look and is durable and moisture resistant. If you had your home built wait a year before installing basement tile to allow your home to completely settle.

Small Mosaic Tiles
Bathrooms or other small rooms look great with small tiles. Most come in 12 X 12 sheets and can be an inch or smaller. This makes them easier to install in smaller rooms. Mosaics can add a spectacular affect to your bathroom but are also practical because they resist moisture and those multiples grout lines provide more traction for wet floors.

Stone-Like Porcelain
If you need flooring that won’t be stained permanently by drops and spills, we suggest stone-like porcelain tile. It provides an Old World feel and look and is chip and moisture resistant. This type of flooring works well in a wine cellar.

Natural Stone Tiles
Natural stone can withstand the effects of nature because it comes from nature! So natural stone tile is great for outdoor spaces such as grilling areas, walkways and pool areas. There are a few natural stones choices: travertine, marble and slate. Slate is usually preferred because when it is wet it is less slippery. Natural stone can survive temperature changes but the grout cannot. So if you live in a cold area you may need to use cement or dry gravel instead of the typical mortar.

If you are in the market for tile flooring and are considering your tiling options, give us a call or stop by and we would be glad to help you make your decision and get you on the home-improvement road! Or call 704-746-1311 for a free estimate. We look forward to serving you!


Tile Flooring

Get Elegant and Practical Floors with Help from the Best

Although ceramic tile flooring has been around for millennia, it still maintains its attractiveness today. Extremely versatile, and coming in a multitude of designs, colors and sizes, it is not only a popular choice in kitchens and bathrooms – it can be present anywhere in and around the house.

Besides their obvious aesthetic advantage, ceramic tiles are also waterproof, easy to maintain, and provide great value for cost. Some tiles are glazed with a layer of liquid glass, while others are left untreated in order to keep a natural and rustic look. Not only are they water and fireproof themselves, but they also protect the structures that they cover, providing great safety.

Ceramic floors are very durable and have great resistance to abrasion and impact. They are very easy to keep clean – just an old cloth and a bit of water are all you need – and they look brand new. Homeowners in warmer climates might benefit from having ceramic tile flooring throughout the house, as it provides great thermal insulation. Due to its great variety of shapes and colors, combining different designs and sizes can result in an interesting and unique pattern.

Although ceramic tile floors offer a fairly simple solution, there are certain aspects and options that you should take into consideration before making a decision. Properties such as hardness, slip resistance, resistance to abrasion, and resistance to impact are graded according to their durability depending on their usage, foot traffic etc.

By contacting Above Board Flooring, the decision process is greatly facilitated. You can get one of our experts to come and examine the house, while offering you a free quote. We will also bring full sized samples for you to view on their actual location where you want them installed. Our flooring specialists understand what your needs are and will inform you of the advantages and disadvantages of different types of ceramic tiles. They will share their knowledge and experience so that you can choose the ceramic tile flooring that best suits your home.

Anyone with a love for detail will appreciate the craftsmanship of the people working at Above Board Flooring. Our professional installers show great workmanship, and their experience in handling different types of flooring will guarantee a high quality job. If ceramic tile flooring is what you want, don’t hesitate to call us, you will be blown away by the elegance of our work!

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Mecklenburg County Towns and Neighborhoods we service:

South Charlotte:
Including Ballentyne, Matthews, Mint Hill & Indian Trail:
The Arboretum on Pineville-Matthews Road,Ayrsley in the Southwest corner of Charlotte, Ballantyne off Johnston road near South Carolina, Barclay Downs by the SouthPark Mall, Beverly Woods by Park Road in South Park, Carmel Village by Carmel Road, Blakeney near Ballantyne neighborhoods, Chantilly around Plaza-Midwood, Cotswold, Dilworth, Landsdowne, Madison Park by E Woodlawn Road and Park Road, Myers Park, Nations Ford,Parkdale, Piper Glen, Quail Hollow, SouthPark, Steele Creek

North Charlotte:
Derita, Highland Creek, NoDa, University City, Northlake, Hidden Valley, Pleasant Grove, Croft, Newell

Lake Norman, NC:
Including Mooresville, Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius, Troutman, Statesville, Sherrils Ford and Denver , NC

The Peninsula,The Point, River Run,Birkdale, The Hamptons, Govenors Island, Alexander Island, Wynfield, MacAulay, The Farms, Northstone, Skybrook, Antiquity, Sailview, Norman Pointe

West Charlotte:
Ashley Park, Berry Hill, Biddleville, Lincoln Heights, Oakview Terrace, Paw Creek, Shuffletown area, Thomasboro/Hoskins, Wesley Heights, Mountain Island Village,Yorkmount Park

East Charlotte:
Eastland, Grier Heights, Plaza-Midwood, Sherwood Forest, Hickory Grove, Hickory Ridge, Idlewild, Oakhurst, Reedy Creek, Shamrock, Sardis Woods, Stonehaven, Center City,

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Charlotte, NC 28210

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Mooresville, NC 28117

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