Natural Alternatives to Floor Cleaners

Natural Alternative to Floor Cleaner

“It’s cleaning time again, yay!” Said no one ever. Although cleaning your home isn’t necessarily fun for most, it’s just something that has to be done. Living in Florida, especially if you’re in one of the beach towns along the Space Coast, you’re bound to track in sand and dirt when you enter your home. Mats by the door will help but sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping are still essential to keeping your home tidy. But, did you know that many store-bought floor cleaning products are chocked full of chemicals that can be potentially hazardous to you and your family’s health?

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Events and Activities Happening in Brevard

Events and Activities Happening in Brevard County

We have been honored to serve the people of Brevard County for over 30 years, and over the years we’ve met so many wonderful people in our community. At Island Tile, we always try to go above and beyond our customers’ expectations in everything we do, and making our clients happy is our number one priority. Our professional design team can help you find the perfect ceramic tile for your floors, mosaic backsplash tile for your bathrooms, or stone-look tile for your patios. Our experienced installers will work quickly and expertly so you can enjoy your new and improved home or business. That being said, we thought this week our readers might enjoy learning about some fun events and activities going on in our Space Coast community! So, grab your calendar and read on to see what events you’d like to attend.

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Grouting 101: The Process

In our last blog, we went over the preliminary steps on how to grout tile for your DIY tile installation project. Before you get started applying the grout, you’ll need to choose the color you’d like your grout to be, know what type of grout you need to purchase and purchase the correct sealant to protect the grout once it dries. Now, let’s move on to the process of applying the grout so you can finish your project!

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Grouting 101: Getting Started

Grouting 101

At Island Tile, we have plenty of experience with everything tile-related. From helping our valued customers choose the perfect floor or wall surfaces for their homes to professionally installing tile in homes and businesses in and around Brevard County, we’re the go-to guys when it comes to tiling tips.

This week we’d like to share some information with our readers about grouting. This is an integral part of installing ceramic tile, and if you’re the type that likes DIY projects it’s good to know how to correctly grout tile! Of course, we are happy to do this for you, but in case installing a backsplash tile in your Palm Bay bathroom is something you’d like to do yourself, here are some tips on how to get started grouting.

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Consider Color When Renovating Your Home

Consider Color When Renovating Your Home

Remember being asked “what’s your favorite color?” back when you were a child? Maybe it was blue, maybe yellow, or perhaps you just liked them all! Even as adults many of us prefer certain colors over others. Have you ever wondered why this is? Well, the answer will vary from person to person, but oftentimes it’s because of the emotion that color evokes. It’s a generally accepted concept that different colors can affect our moods. In fact, there are even studies that suggest colored light can treat physical ailments! Color indeed plays a significant role in many aspects of life, including the colors you choose to paint the walls of your homes. At Island Tile, we’re no strangers to home renovations. We love helping the people of Brevard County beautify their homes, from Palm Bay to Viera and beyond. That’s why we thought we’d give you some pointers on picking the perfect colors to fit the mood you’re going for. Read on to find out what hues are associated with what emotions.

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Planning a Pool Party: Part 2

Planning a Pool Party: Part 2

In a previous blog post, we gave our readers some ideas on how to begin planning a pool party this summer. At Island Tile, we love a good pool party as much as the rest of the residents of Brevard County, so we thought we’d put together a few ideas on how to plan an unforgettable pool party. Enjoy!

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Transform Your Outdoor Space

Transform Your Outdoor Space

If you have a patio, deck or porch that needs some TLC, where do you start? Whether your space is completely outdoors or enclosed, it can be a wonderful spot to spend your time. Imagine relaxing on your beautiful porch with a cup of coffee and a good book or having a cocktail with friends on your inviting patio. Sounds great, right? Well, not so much if your outdoor hangout space is lackluster, in need of a good cleaning, or just dull. But don’t fear! There are easy ways to spruce up your space, so you actually want to spend time there. After all, why waste the living space in and around your home? Read on for tips on how to transform your outdoor space into a haven.

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Planning a Pool Party: Part 1

Planning a Pool Party

It’s summertime here in Florida and boy, do we feel it! With the temperatures climbing and the humidity rising, it can get pretty uncomfortable to be outside here on the Space Coast. Luckily, many Brevard County residents have a pool to cool down in. A pool affords the opportunity to soak up some sun (in moderation) and cool off when the rays get to be too much. So, if you’re one of the many residents of Melbourne or Palm Bay who has the luxury of a backyard pool, why not throw a fun pool party and invite your friends and family? Here are a few ideas to help beat the heat and make memories while doing so.

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Making a Mosaic Tabletop with Tile: Part 2

In a previous blog, we covered the first steps of building a mosaic tabletop. Once you’ve chosen your color palate, selected the tiles you’d like to use, and broken the tiles into manageable pieces, you’re ready for the next steps. Continue reading to learn how to transform an old table into a masterpiece!

Sort the Tiles

Collect the broken pieces of tile, turn them right side up, and sort them according to color. Like we mentioned in our previous blog, we’d advise you to stay away from choosing too many colors and stick to a handful of hues so your finished project ends up looking cohesive. However, you’re the artist, so if your vision includes tons of bright colors, go for it!

Determine How to Arrange the Tiles

Planning out how you want your table to look is always a smart idea. Experiment arranging the tiles in different patterns until you find what you like. Snap a photo to refer to and return the tiles into their color-coordinated piles.

Prepare the Tabletop

Before you arrange your tiles on the tabletop, you need to prepare it. If it’s made of wood, sand the surface, dust it, and wipe it down with a wet cloth. If the surface is made of a material other than wood, skip the sanding and simply wipe down the table. Let it dry completely.

Apply Adhesive

Once you’ve gotten your tiles sorted by color, prepared your tabletop, and have an idea of how you’re going to arrange them, you can start on your mosaic. If you’d like to make the tile pieces fit better or change their shapes, you can use tile nippers to cut the tiles. These can be purchased from an art supply store.

Apply adhesive like mortar or tile glue on the bottoms of the tiles and press them firmly on the tabletop. Start from the outsides and work your way in, arranging the tiles in the pattern you like. Be sure to leave some space in between the tiles so you can apply grout later to make the surface even. Once you’ve finished gluing the tiles, let them dry overnight.

Grout the Table Top

Grout fills the spaces between the tiles so they won’t move and makes the surface smooth. Purchase grout powder from your local art supply or hardware store and mix it with water according to the directions. Ensure it’s mixed well. Next, use a trowel or a flat-surfaced tool to spread the grout over the tiles. Make sure to fill in the cracks and smooth the surface with your tool so it’s evenly applied. Then, use a plastic card to scrape excess grout off the surface of the tiles. Let the grout dry for 24 hours.

Final Steps

Once the grout has completely dried, use warm water and soap to wipe the surface. This will get rid of any grout that remains on the tiles. You may need to use a sponge if it doesn’t come off easily. When the tabletop looks nice and shiny, wipe it with a clean, dry rag. Then spray a sealant to coat the surface of the grout. Wipe the sealant off the tiles since it’s only the grout that needs to be sealed. Once the sealant has dried, voila! Your mosaic tile tabletop is complete.

At Island Tile, we specialize in floor and wall surfaces. If you’d like our professional team to install beautiful mosaic glass or decorative tiles on your floor or wall surfaces, come into our Melbourne, FL showroom today.

Summer Fun in Brevard County: Part 2

Summer Fun in Brevard County: Part 2

In our last blog, we talked about several great events and activities going on our area this summer for the whole family to enjoy. From creating pottery to seeing plays and attending reading programs, there is no shortage of fun here in Melbourne, FL!

Island Tile is proud to be a part of this community, which is why we enjoy sharing some of the unique things the Space Coast has to offer. Whether it’s date night, you’re flying solo or you’re trying to keep the kids occupied, check these fun things to do here in Brevard!

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