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How to clean floor tiles

by on Dec.18, 2016, under Design, Tiles, Tiles Supplier

Each house has some indispensable aspects — the ceiling, the roof, the floor, the walls, doors, and windows. Without these, a house cannot be constructed. Of all these aspects, flooring is a very important part of constructing a building. Without the floor, the construction is not complete. There are different ways in which the floor can be decorated to let the owner’s creative side find an outlet. Often looking at a house’s floor, you might feel that it is the canvas of an artist. Not restricted to houses, even many offices decorate and customize their flooring to make it suit their brand colors. Many experiments are done with the floor patterns and the kind of material that is used to make the floor.

There are different ways of decorating your floor. One way of decorating the floor is by using a variety of materials to have unique textures for the floor. This gives your house a varied look. Offices try and use a similar type of look as far as the floor is concerned. Tiles are one of the most commonly used materials to make floors. This is because tiles are resilient to damage and are easy to maintain. Tile flooring is very common in modern architecture. Thus floor tiles in Singapore are very common as Singapore has people settling from all over the world and investing in real estate.

Cleaning Floors:

Just like it is nice to have a beautiful floor, it is also mandatory to keep that floor clean. You can follow the simple three step process to keep your floor clean—sweep, mop, dry. This easily cleans your floor tiles. To make your floor tile shine, use detergent in warm water while mopping. To keep the floor tiles clean, many brands have brought out detergents to clean floor tiles in Singapore.

You can use a lighter fluid on a paper towel to clean the stains on your floor tile. Even tea that is freshly brewed is good to bring back the shine of your floor tile. It removes the dirt and grime. Try not to use steel wool to clean your tile floor. This might cause scratches.

Maintaining your tile flooring is very easy. However, like any other thing in life, it needs proper and regular care. If the floor tile is not cleaned regularly, grout formation can happen that will be very stubborn to remove. Thus it is important to take of the floor regularly.

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Ideas for Using Patterned Ceramic Tiles In the Living Room

by on Dec.12, 2016, under Ceramic Tiles, Design, Tiles

Ceramic tiles are natural tiles that are available in a range of colors, motifs and textures. Ceramic tile suppliers in Singapore note that the demand for these tiles has never been higher. They are affordable and easy to lay. They are additionally available in a plethora of patterns minimizing the effort required to create a unique design. 

Here are few design ideas for the living room using patterned ceramic tiles

  • Floral motifs: Ceramic tiles can be printed upon. You can create a unique look by getting an exclusive motif printed on the tile. If you fear that you aren’t an interior decorator with the skills of Elsie de Wolfe, don’t fret — use floral motifs in the living room to create a visual so appealing that it resembles a field in full bloom.
  • Butterfly motifs: If flowers aren’t your thing, look into tiles with gray butterfly motifs. These are contemporary, and blend into any living space. While using these tiles, remember to keep the furniture in neutral tones. Butterfly motif tiles are highly unusual but create a focal point.
  • Distressed floor: The choice of distressed floor is ideal when trying to create an aged look. Rustic floors in different shades add character. Instead of covering the entire living room in these, limit the laying to the center. By doing so, you balance out the strong elements. You can also go in for patterned tiles inspired by the 14th century. These beautiful tiles bring in the nostalgic past, a forgotten era where most of us didn’t exist but have heard great things about.
  • Go Vintage: Everything old is back — from macho beards to typewriters. Ceramic tiles following the same trend are available in designs that are vintage inspired. This idea is an easy solution to infuse a bohemian soul into the living room. Patchwork style of tile laying was quite popular in the past. Keeping with this, patchwork tiles are available as a set. Choosing a set is simpler that picking out individual pieces.
  • Patchwork: Patchwork is again a long forgotten design but with a modern twist. Instead of using strong character tiles with large motifs, plain contrasting colors are arranged to create a visually refreshing look. Patchwork is not limited to alternative black and white to create a chess board; experiment with colors like brown, pink, blue and green.
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Revamp the Pool with These Budget Friendly Ideas

by on Dec.12, 2016, under Design, Swimming Pool, Tiles

removing-rust-stains-from-anti-slip-swimming-pool-tiles-inHot summers are not like the nice lady down the street, who’ll go easy on you just because the pool is broken. Assuming that you did everything right when getting the pool installed (setting a budget, choosing durable tiles and even ensuring that installation was perfect) if you don’t like the end result, there is no Control+Z that can undo the expense and efforts invested in setting it up. Here are a few tips on revamping the pool on a budget because if you don’t like it, you will not jump into it!

  • Light it up: It may not seem like much but swimming in a pool lit by LED lights will make you feel like a king. You can throw pool parties just to show-off the fancy lit swimming pool. LED lights can be installed either underwater or along the water line. Underwater light installation is more aesthetically pleasing. You can go a step further and install colored LED lights.
  • Accessorize: Accessories does not mean a blow-up raft, but something along the lines of a cascade. This option does not come cheap, but think of the swell in your chest when guests look at the water cascade with greedy eyes. The result may be not so dramatic, but you get the basic picture — a waterfall or cascades will surly revamp the pool.
  • Service with salt water systems: The trending method of servicing swimming pools is by salt water system. Chlorine is released into the water as a breakdown product of salts. This removes the necessity of adding bleach or chlorine externally. The benefits of this system are that durability of the pool increases and cost of maintenance decreases.
  • Resurfacing: The method of pool resurfacing seems expensive upfront but is economical in the long run. This process increases the longevity of the pool. All pools demand resurfacing after a decade of regular use. The process of resurfacing provides the ideal opportunity to change the physical appearance of the pool. You can add shells, stones and other materials during this time.
  • Automate it: Technologically advanced systems of automated processes are now available for the pool. There are options for automated cleaning, un-manned pool covers and smart phone apps that offer remote access to the pool.

A slight change in appearance results in a significant transformation. Consider changing the swimming tiles or adding new elements. For more options on designs, visit swimming pool suppliers Singapore.

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An Introduction to Cladding Systems: What, Why and Environmental Impact

by on Dec.11, 2016, under Design, Facade, Wall Cladding

nitehawk-cinema-facade-003Wall cladding Singapore experts explain cladding as the visible, external finish of any home or building. These surfaces are either the walls or the roof. Another definition of cladding, as given by construction companies, is an external finish which is non-structural in nature, different from load-bearing construction. Cladding, however, offers significant support to the structural integrity by redistributing the external force applied by strong winds and feedback load on the structure. Wind is capable of triggering both negative and positive pressure (Bernoulli’s theorem), the cladding material must be engineered such that it’s stiff enough to withstand a blow and flexible to redirect excess pressure.

Advantages of Cladding System

  • Noise cancellation: Cladding offers an extra layer of protection to the external walls. The phenomenon of sound absorption depends on the density levels — highly dense, sound is kept out and conversely sound absorption is high. Cladding external surfaces using any material limits the rate of sound absorption and as a result audio insulation is offered.
  • Insulation: The principle is the similar to sound, but here the added layer protects from internal heat fluctuations. The external façade behaves like a heat shield during the summer, blocking the walls from absorbing excess heat and dissipating it indoors.
  • Protection against weather damage: An external layer of cladding is more effective than a layer of coating to protect the walls.
  • Appeal: Think of cladding as a new hair cut — it changes the appearance of the house, a complete makeover. The value of the house increases when you invest in external cladding. You can choose from stone, timber, metal and PVC.

Points to consider before investing in cladding

As the material choices offered are many, picking the ideal option will depend on the following factors:

  • Is the chosen material easy to install?
  • How expensive is it?
  • How will it affect the external appeal and appearance?
  • Its durability and strength

Environmental impact of cladding

When a construction begins, it environmental impact is often ignored. As long as it looks appealing, its hazardous nature is best ignored. This lack of environmental responsibility has culminated to trigger global warming (like the widespread use of reflective surfaces that created hot pockets in the atmosphere). To make the cladding sustainable, choose eco-friendly options and educate yourself on safe disposal practices.

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