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Design Trends and Ideas

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Porcelain Tile Floor

Scrubbing the deck to disinfect it.

Concerned about disinfecting for Covid-19?  Porcelain tile that is grouted with TruColor grout can be cleaned and sanitized with a simple mixture of water and bleach.  Just follow the CDC’s mixing guidelines of five tablespoons of bleach in each gallon of water.  Alternatively, the EPA has a list (<epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-cars-cov-2>) of registered household disinfectants that will do the job.

Caveat:  natural stone is a completely different material and requires a completely different type of cleaning product and regime  – please, please, please do not use bleach on natural stone!  We will talk about cleaning and disinfecting natural stone in a future posting.

Virtual Design Services for You.

Virtual design appointment utilizing Facetime.

Before Covid-19 (BC), maybe you were planning a change or update to an area in your home?  And now that you’ve been home for a month – literally – it’s all you can think about.  You can still keep that project on-track, at least the tile, carpet, wood, or LVT component(s).  While we’re all sheltering in-place, I will be offering virtual design services.  Please call or text me at 518-227-0156 or email me at sales@albanytile.com, then we can discuss your project and you can share some of your inspirations with me.  I’ll gather materials, share my ideas, and present options.  I am flexible with format: Zoom, Facetime, Skype, Google Hangouts, telephone, email, text, or, even US Mail!  We all need to be creative and stay inspired.  Stay safe, be well ….

Fast, efficient, and SAFE . . .

ATCR's Sally Carpenter and clients keeping physical distance and wearing masks while making a tile selection.

We have instituted a variety of measures in an attempt to ensure that we do all we can to keep our clients and employees safe from Covid-19.  Currently, we are keeping our showroom and warehouse are open by appointment — one person/couple at a time.  Our doing so will allow us to clean and disinfect after one client leaves and before the next client arrives.  Please call or text us at 518-227-0156, or email us at sales@albanytile.com to schedule your appointment.   Ideally, before you come in, we can discuss your project and I will have some options waiting for you at your arrival.

Floating Porcelain Tile Floors 2.0?

One more time?  In February 2012 we wrote about ‘click’ together porcelain tile that did not need to be set in mortar to the subfloor (floating porcelain tile floor). We weren’t fans at that time because it was difficult to snap the pieces together tightly.  Fast-forward seven years and Dal Tile has re-introduced ‘click’ together porcelain tile with a much more promising result.  This next generation click-together porcelain tile is intended as an alternative to conventionally installed porcelain tile and LVT (luxury vinyl tile).  Some advantages and benefits of click together porcelain tile are listed below:

  • No mortar required
  • No wet saw required
  • Score and snap into place
  • Consistent alignment with no lippage
  • No spacers required (automatically spaced to 1/8″)
  • One-step flexible grout (Bostik TruColor recommended – never needs to be sealed!)
  • No special tools required
  • Easy removal for repair or updating
  • Subfloor movement won’t telegraph
  • Greater breaking strength and impact resistance
  • No additional time required for curing
  • Install and grout in the same day – no return trip required
  • We have samples in the showroom to look at, play with, and borrow.

Closeup of Daltile's Revotile's locking mechanism.Samples of Revotile available at Albany Tile, Carpet and Rug


The Colors of 2020

It’s that time of year again when the color forecasts are revealed for the coming year.  The paint manufacturers usually lead the way.  Sherwin Williams recently annouced that ‘Naval’ (navy blue) is its color of the year for 2020.  SW - Color of the Year 2020 - Naval SW 6244 - slide 2

You see ‘Naval’ paired with carrara marble (white with gray veining) and brass fixtures and accessories in interior design print publications and on on-line platforms.  Color, but not really . . . grounded and calming . . . Benjamin Moore, Pittsburgh, and Behr will all weigh in soon, but the Pantone Color Institute’s color of the year is the benchmark.  The tile world has nodded to blues and navy blues in the last two years so Sherwin Williams choice is not really a surprise.  So let’s wait and see what the coming weeks and months will bring for the new colors in our lives for 2020.

Color is creeping back?

More from my Coverings ’19 visit . . . In addition to very large tiles that are practically indistinguishable from natural stone, another trend I noticed was the introduction of more color and organic patterning in both wall and floor tile. By color, I mean mostly blues and greens. It was refreshing to see because the tile world has been so neutral (grays and beiges) for so long. See some of my colorful show favorties below . . .

Yes, this is porcelain tile

What a day! Yesterday I attended Coverings ’19 in Orlando, Florida. Coverings is one of the world’s largest and most extensive annual tile and stone exhibitions. So, what are some of the latest trends in tile?

Big, bigger . . . Porcelain tile is getting really big – think 48″x48″ and much, much larger. Some tiles are so large, that they can be used as solid surface counter-tops, shower (wall) surrounds, and even cladding for walls.

And, in some instances, these very large pieces of porcelain tile are ‘book-matched’ making them look even more realistic.

More tile trends from Coverings ’19 to talk about so stay tuned . . .

A Well-Received Renovation Proposal

Below is a presentation board I prepared for a to-be-renovated men’s locker room.  The proposal was well received by the members.  I was especially happy with the way the warm gray carpeting complimented the veining of the marbleized wall tile, the hexagon floor tile, the quartz counter tops and the richly colored furnishings.     
Presentation Board for Men's Club Locker Room Renovation

We’ve Got Our “N” Back

3Thank you to the many customers who encouraged us to replace the missing “N” from our 1970s-era sign on the street-side wall of our building.  We did it!  Below we have included an early 2000s photograph of Sarah in front of the sign, a photograph of the sign during the all too long period without the “N,” and a current photograph of the sign with the newly minted “N” in its proper place!  (Finally.)

Learning Every Day

You can learn something new every day.  I was recently in Denver and visited the oldest Denver hotel still in operation: The Oxford on 17th Street, downtown.  I love and appreciate the thoughtfulness, detail, and craftsmanship that went into the 127-year-old hotel.  Below is a photograph of The Oxford’s lobby floor.  The pattern on the tiled floor is a double pinwheel – the first that I have seen.  Back in the day, the craftsmen even used locally-sourced stone .  You will need a fairly large space to pull it off, but in the right space, such a double-pinwheel pattern would make a grand statement.