You Woodn't Believe It! Guide to Wood Grain Tile

Posted on: 28 May 2015

From carpet and tile to concrete and cork, choosing flooring for your home can be overwhelming. However, finding the best option for your needs and budget ensures a large return on your investment. Considering 54 percent of buyers will pay more for a home with hardwood flooring, it can be a great upgrade for your home. If you prefer the value and appeal of wood without the worry of maintenance, consider wood grain tile flooring for your home. Using this guide, you will understand the benefits of wood grain tile and learn the best techniques to care for your new flooring. 

Hardwood Versus Tile

You may find the differences between wood and wood grain tile similar, but they are actually two different floor materials.

Hardwood flooring is a great choice for your home's appeal, but it is not impenetrable, so it may warp, chip, scratch, and dent. Hardwood flooring is also difficult to maintain. Excessive foot traffic, heavy furniture, and pets can wear down the surface of your wood floors, resulting in ongoing cleaning and possible refinishing.

The natural beauty of hardwood flooring makes it so desirable, which is where wood grain tile comes into play.

Wood grain tile offers the natural look of hardwood flooring, but its porcelain or ceramic construction makes it a more versatile option for your home. Not only can you install the flooring in your bedrooms, family room, and dining room, but wood grain tile is also suitable for your kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry areas.

Cleaning Wood Grain Tile

Cleaning hardwood flooring involves a few steps including dusting, mopping, and refinishing every few years. Fortunately, cleaning your porcelain or ceramic wood grain tiles is easier. Use the following steps to clean your wood tile flooring:

  1. Use a dust mop or hard floor vacuum to collect dirt, dust, and hair from the tiles. Consider dusting or vacuuming every week to prevent buildup on your wood grain tiles.
  2. In a spray bottle, combine 3 cups of warm water with ¼ cup of white vinegar. Shake the bottle to mix before spraying on a clean mopping cloth. Sponge mops push dirt and debris into the grout between your tiles, so use a microfiber or terry mopping cloth on your wood grain tiles. Attach the cloth to the long handle before mopping the wood grain tile.
  3. Dampen a clean mopping cloth in warm water and use to rinse your floors after washing with the vinegar solution.
  4. Allow to dry.

Wood grain tiles offer the look of hardwood without the worry of damage and ongoing maintenance. After realizing your floors are actually tile, many people will be surprised by your floors.


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