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Making Mosaic Sparkle

Saturday, February 03, 2018
By Property Team

Mosaic is an art which dates back to the Greek and Roman times when it was used to decorate temples and palaces. Nowadays, we use this technique to decorate our homes, to make them more beautiful and more original. There are lots of different uses for mosaic tiles. They can be used indoors but also outdoors and in basically any room of the house.

Mosaic designs have long been a staple of the decorative arts, and as an art form, they are held in high regard. Mosaics are made of small, usually square pieces of glass, stone, shells or other material that are placed in such a way as to create and pattern or a picture. Dating back to Roman times and before, mosaics have been used the world over to cover everything from walls to ceilings and floors. This time-honoured decorative technique is still widely used today, and mosaic bathroom floors are particularly popular. When it comes to design and pattern, the sky really is the limit and a true artist can create any picture with the use of small mosaic tiles.

Mosaic tile, typically made from ceramic or glass tiles, provides a decorative and durable surface for walls and floors. Patterns of mosaic tile are often featured in bathrooms or kitchens since it can withstand the heavy use and moisture. Because these tiles are usually small, the installation requires more grout than standard-size tiles. The grout can begin to look dingy and the tiles can develop a film of dirt unless you clean them regularly.

Following are some useful tips to clean Mosaic tiles:

  • Spray the cleaner onto the tile surface. Wipe clean with a soft rag. Avoid abrasive sponges and brushes because these can scratch the mosaic tile.
  • Mix 1 tablespoon of household detergent with 2 cups of warm water in a spray bottle. Alternatively, use a commercial tub and tile cleaner.
  • Stir ¾ cups of bleach into a gallon of water to remove stains or mildew from the grout  between the mosaic tiles. Dip a soft-bristled brush, such as an old toothbrush into the bleach solution and scrub the grout until it begins to lighten.
  • Rinse the tile with clear water after cleaning. Wipe it dry with a soft towel to prevent water spotting on the mosaic tiles

Mosaics can be very environmentally friendly and many today are made from recycled glass and other “found” objects. As for durability, as with any installed tile project, especially on the floor, it’s all in the preparation. With proper installation, mosaic bathroom floors will last a long time.

Minimum maintenance
It is advisable not to use rough or textured materials indoors for it only makes the space look drab after a couple of months and is also difficult cleaning and maintaining it. Wider and recessed points in the floor tiles or slabs tend to crack or fill up with dirt while pencil-thin joints are neater and more uniform in looks.
While selecting your flooring one should keep in mind, the material selected should be one with minimum maintenance. It should be stain and abrasion resistant besides dimensionally accurate and durable. For those who prefer faster and hassle-free work there are ready to use, pre-polished tiles in different materials and standard sizes.

Though patterns and in fills using different materials enhance the whole appearance of the entrance lobby which is free of any furniture, living and bedrooms are spaces where a floor of unified material such as a light coloured marble is preferred with maybe just a dark coloured border around since a chunk of these rooms are covered by different pieces of furniture or by rugs. It is important to note that if the floor is of a lighter or neutral shade, the furnishings as well as the furniture should be in contrasting tones for it to stand out.

For kitchens, it is recommended to use flooring materials that are hard, durable, stain resistant and easy to clean.

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