Nothing says beauty, romance, and elegance like a ceramic tile fireplace. Since there are so many beautiful and unique ceramic tiles on the market, your choices in a ceramic tile fireplace surround are limitless.
If you have been blessed to purchase a home that already showcases a ceramic tile fireplace and you would like to maintain it, you will discover that cleaning ceramic tile is effortless and easy.
If on the other hand you would like to create a beautiful ceramic tile surround, you will discover that tiling your fireplace surround involves the same process as any other ceramic tile job. Since you have so many options to choose from, you can really take your time to decide what type of decorative tile you would like to choose to best compliment your home decor.
Ceramic Tile Fireplace: Indoors
When choosing tiles for an indoor ceramic tile fireplace surround you may want to consider color, texture, and design. You can find exquisitely detailed decorative ceramic tiles from a number of suppliers and you may want to spend a few weeks shopping for the perfect tiles before beginning your project.
The Internet is a great way to find additional tile suppliers, and you will have the benefit of browsing tiles from your own home, and pricing them. If you have a budget, do not worry! There are so many tiles to choose from, you will definitely find a tile that compliments and enhances your decor and remains within your budget. Make sure to plan for as many tiles as you will need.
When ordering tiles, you may want to purchase more than you will need to complete your project. It never hurts to keep a few extra tiles on hand just in case they are needed in the future.
Ceramic Tile Fireplace: Outdoors
Think your indoor fireplace is the only way to display gorgeous ceramic tiles! Think again! An outdoor fireplace looks stunning with a ceramic tile fireplace inlay. Outdoor fireplaces are in style and are very popular in climates where outdoor grilling is feasible year round. No matter what style outdoor fireplace you have, consider choosing a beautiful ceramic tile inlay or surround to add pizzazz to your backyard designs.
Cleaning Fireplace Surrounds
Cleaning your ceramic tile fireplace surround requires very little work. It involves the same procedures as cleaning any other ceramic tile in your home. You can wipe the tiles down with a damp rag to keep them free of dust and debris and to enhance their sparkle.
As with other ceramic tiles, you will probably notice that it is not the tile that becomes dirty, but the grout within. Always use a sealer to protect your grout from stains, mold, or mildew. If you have used white grout and it has become stained, you can use a mix of 50/50 hydrogen peroxide and water and apply it with a toothbrush to the stain. This is a great tip for removing stains from grout without risking the security of the tiles.
Just scrub gently with the toothbrush until the stain is gone. You can also clean the ceramic tile surround with any over the counter ceramic tile cleaners that you prefer, or you can use a mix of ¼ C. white Vinegar to 1 Quart water and make your own instant ceramic tile cleaner.