The use of tiles in bathrooms was made popular over 2000 years ago when they were used extensively throughout Roman bath houses. Ever since, they have been the perfect surface for any wet
room because of both their practicality and stylish looks.
When selecting tiles for your bathroom, you should keep in mind the overall dimensions of the space and choose a tile format which compliments it. What do we mean by that? If you are in a room
with a small floor area and a high ceiling, you would have no trouble creating a tall feeling. You might however struggle to create a wide spacious feeling. Choose tiles which run in the direction that accentuates
the width of the room and creates the illusion of a wider space. Another example of the importance of selecting the right tile size is when it comes to overall tile dimensions. Depending on the look you are
going for, it can be advantageous to choose a small format tile which will appear ‘busy’ in the room. Similarly, depending on the look, you could be going for the exact opposite – a large format tile which covers the room in as
few pieces as possible to create a simple minimalist look.
The other factor that plays into tile dimension selection is the frequency at which your grout joints appear. The smaller the tile, the more grout joints you will have. Grout is typically the easiest
place for mould and mildew to start growing in a shower so generally, minimising grout in these types of areas can be helpful with maintenance. Of course, a combination of high quality grout together
with routine cleaning will be no match for any moulds or mildews to start forming.
Selecting the right texture of tiles for your bathroom all comes down to preference. In commercial applications, there are guidelines on minimum slip ratings for wet areas however, in the home,
it is up to the homeowner. You can have everything from a smooth polished tile right through to bush hammered or exfoliated tiles if you like. The one thing to keep in mind is how the area is going
to be maintained. As a rule, the smoother the surface, the easier it is to clean. We find a happy medium between grip under foot and maintenance is anything in the matt/honed/semi-gloss range.
Not too slippery and not too rough.
To care for your bathroom tiles, you should be cleaning them as required with a pH neutral detergent such as Aquamix Concentrated Stone and Tile Cleaner. Some bathrooms may need to be cleaned
more often than others due to several factors:
· Airflow and air circulation
· Amount of natural light
· Frequency with which the bathroom is used
· Types of products (soaps and shampoos etc) used in the bathroom
· Amount of falls built into the floor for drainage
· Thoroughness of the previous clean