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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.

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.

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.

Aging in Place

Yesterday, Sally Carpenter was a guest lecturer at a two-day seminar offered by the Greater Capital Association of Realtors.©  The seminar’s creator – Lisbeth Calandrino of Fabulous Floors magazine – asked Sally to speak at the seminar.  Sally spoke on how to best adapt one’s home to best facilitate “aging in place” and allowing an aging homeowner to stay his or her home for as long as possible.  Among other matters, Sally addressed flooring, kitchen, and bathroom accessibility changes that can greatly improve a home’s livability for seniors.  Sally will be attending the upcoming lecture by Lynda G. Shrager, author of Age in Place: A Guide to Modifying, Organizing and Decluttering Mom and Dad’s Home.  That lecture will be held at The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza at 6 pm on Thursday, May 3rd.     See you there?

Adirondack Bath

Wood-look, porcelain tile on shower ceiling and walls in Adirondack bathroom. Slate-look, porcelain tile on floor in rustic bathroom.Wood on shower walls?  Not realistically possible, until the advent of wood-look, porcelain tile. Recently, we have worked with several clients who wanted to bring the warm look of wood into their showers.  Check out these two photographs of a just-completed, Adirondack bathroom.  Note the gorgeous, rustic, white-washed, wood-look, porcelain tile on both the shower walls and ceiling. Also note that our client selected a slate-look, porcelain tile for the bathroom floor.  Rustic, coherent, beautiful and low maintenance.

 

Future Interior Designers Come to Visit

Earlier this week, our own in-house designer, Sarah Carpenter, ASID gave Sage College Interior Design students hands-on experience with some of the tile, stone and wool carpet that they one day will specify.  If you know of a group that would be interested in a similar presentation, give us a call.

Sage Interior Design students reach out to touch stone tile.

A ‘Green’ Success Story

We could sense it coming . . . Clients asking for ‘green’ . . . With very few ‘green’ selections available in the tile, carpet, or rug world right now, it has been a challenging color request to fulfill.  But here’s a ‘green’ success story!  It’s not Pantone ‘Greenery’ (2017 Color of the Year), but ‘green’ nonetheless . . . This is a semi-polished porcelain with a metallic-look glaze and lots of color variation and drama . . .

 

 

And the color of the year is?

The answer is, it depends on who you ask . . . The paint manufacturers have stepped-up first . . . Sherwin Williams announced ‘Poised Taupe’ (SW6039) as its 2017 color of the year a few weeks ago.  PPG recently announced ‘Violet Verbena’ (1169-5) as its color of the year, and Benjamin Moore followed up with ‘Shadow’ (2117-30) as its color of the year for 2017 – all are much more colorful deviations from last year’s ‘Alabaster’ (SW7008) and ‘Simply White’ (2143-70).

 

violet-verbina

poised-taupe

shadow

 

Pantone is the ultimate color authority – its color of the year announcement is not due for another few weeks so we’ll wait . . . I’m betting on a shade of blue . . .