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Tile & Marble Gallery in Greenville, SC welcomes you to our tile blog. Check in often for the latest tile trends and tile advice.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Tile Maintenance

Do not use cleaners containing acid or bleach for routine maintenance. Do not use harsh cleaning aids like steel wool pads or any scouring pad containing metal. Do use Dawn Dish Detergent to maintain any and all tile; it is a perfect neutral cleaner! Do test any and all products on a small area before applying all over tile. Do use a sealer on grout joints! Do not use an enhancer sealer on grout if you would like to maintain

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Wood You Rather Have Porcelain?

In the Upstate, hardwood floors have always been a staple in homes. However, as many homeowners may know, maintaining real hardwoods can be difficult. Scratching, warping, refinishing are just a few of the frustrations of hardwood floors. Well there is an excellent alternative- wood tile! With the advances in technology, it is becoming harder to tell the difference between real wood and wood tile. You can get the hardwood look you want but with the easy maintenance of tile! Whatever style

Transform Your Stone!

When it comes to using natural stone tiles we all have the same concern. How am I going to keep it clean while maintaining my current lifestyle? Natural Stone has a reputation for being a porous material that can be easily stained. On the other hand, there is no getting around the effortless beauty and elegance that natural stone tiles can add to a home. This paradox had people for years continuously spending time and money cleaning and resealing their

6 Common Tile Myths

In a smaller room, is using a smaller tile better? False We find that many of customers are convinced that small tile is the most appropriate for small floors. At Tile and Marble Gallery in Greenville, SC, we want to change that idea. Using larger tiles solves multiple visual problems. We are all familiar with how clutter confines a space. Smaller tiles provide more grout joints which give the illusion of clutter. Larger tiles, on the other hand, eliminate grout

Glamour Your Grout

Everywhere we look we are bombarded with glass tile. Glass tile has taken over backsplashes, showers, fireplaces, and even floors. The reason for this trend seems obvious. Glass tile is a great way to bring life, color, and a little bit of “bling” into any space. But who wants to adorn an area with radiant and reflective glass tile only to imbed it in a field of drab light absorbing grout? Bostik Dimension grout has arrived on the scene to

Be Bold

Be Bold. Be Brave. Step out of the ordinary box. That is Tile & Marble Gallery’s challenge to our customers- Do something spectacular and different in your tile design! Not sure how? Here are a few ways to make a statement in any space with tiles. Be bold with pattern! Incorporating tiles with interesting patterns and shapes into a design can be a good way to add life to a space. Not only is the above tile a fun pattern

The New Retro

Retro is back in a big way. We have seen a wave of selections of black and white hexagons, penny rounds, and octagons. Although these retro tiles are classic, we love putting a modern spin on them. Here are a few tiles that are reminescent of the old with a fresh new look. Instead of the plain ceramic hexagons, add color and texture to your next bathroom or shower with this 2″ stone hexagon. We have lots of colors and

No Curb Necessary

As tile trends move toward cleaner lines and sleeker looks, level entry showers are becoming more and more popular. A level entry shower system, or curbless shower, eliminates the step up between the bathroom and shower floor creating a seamless transition. Although the look and design of a level entry shower can be beautiful, the installation can be a hassel, detering many homeowners away from curbless showers. However, with the new VIM Level Entry Shower Pan, installation is no longer

Natural Stone Solution

Nothing beats the beauty of natural stone like Carrara marble or Scabos Travertine. However, maintenance of natural stone, due to its porousity, deter many homeowners from investing in natural stone. Well, there is solution to the problem of natural stone- Dry-treat sealing products. For many years, a granite company, Consentino, had a patent on their sealer, SenGuard, that they used on their Sensa Granite. SenGuard is a powerful sealer that does not need to be reapplied making Sensa Granite very

2013 Tile Trends

We get asked a lot, “What is popular in tile?” or “What are other people doing?” Although tile design and layouts range from customer to customer depending on their own personal taste, there are general trends happening in tile. Linear and Rectangular- Tiles with either a linear quality or shape have become really popular recently. This is especially true with linear mosaics and 12″x24″ tile. At Tile and Marble Gallery, we are in favor of this trend. Rectangular shapes give

Schulter Has You Covered

The phrases “water leaks” and/or “water damage” are enough to give any home owner a very large headache. Regrettably, though, we have many costumers that come in having to replace tile due to such unfortunate events. An on top of that, they can’t find their old tile because it has been discontinued. Therefore, the headache seems to just get bigger and bigger. Don’t let this happen to you! There is a solution. Whether you are remodeling, starting from scratch, or

Arabesque is Here

The past month we have had a lot of customers asking for Arabesque shaped tile. Although we were excited about this retro shape making a come back we were stumped about were to get it for our clients. Well, we finally have them and they are beautiful handmade Mexican tiles! They come in two sizes- 6”x 6” and 8 ¾” x 10 ¾”- and in many colors! So, if you have been looking for a place to get these fun

Revitalize for the Holidays!

The Holidays are a chance to spend time with friends and family. However, many times that means lots of cooking and cleaning. As a result, there are worries for those who have natural stone tiles in their home. What should I use to clean my natural stone? How do I get stains out of my natural stone? How do I prevent stains? There are few tiles that can match the beautiful look of natural stones like marble, granite and travertine;

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