Ceramic tiles are perhaps the only flooring solution that can work in any room of a house or office. Tile is most commonly seen in kitchens and bathrooms, but its versatility, durability and ease of maintenance means tile is also seen in a variety of flooring applications including offices, patios, walkways and even pool decks. Tile is also long lasting. But this is where you can run into trouble. Tile that is old is often stylistically dated and tile floors can even limit the type of renovations and remodels you do to walls and other areas of your interior or exterior space. And old tile is also likely damaged and chipped and even stained. Many people believe that the only way to get rid of old tile is to remove it completely and either replace it with new tile or a new surface.
But before you go ripping up your old tile floors, check out these options to cover up ugly floor tiles.
Installing a Vinyl Top
Those who are looking for a quick solution may want to opt for adding a vinyl surface atop their existing tile floors. These days, vinyl comes in many different colors, patterns, and quality levels.
Adding vinyl atop of existing floors normally entails choosing the right amount of vinyl for the space, cutting it at the right dimensions, and applying it to the surface of the existing floor. Keep in mind that although vinyl is a quick fix, it is often permanent as well. Therefore, those who choose to place vinyl atop of their existing floors should only do so if they are certain that they do not want to do anything with their tile floors, and are completely comfortable with the vinyl.
While vinyl is a cheap and easy way to cover your old tile floors, it also comes with a number of drawbacks. Vinyl is cheap for a reason. It is not very durable and is prone to punctures. If your floor takes a lot of traffic and abuse, vinyl flooring is not the best option to update floor tile without removing them.
Clean the Grout Between the Tiles
Cleaning the grout between the tiles is another temporary fix that you can choose. Grout often collects dirt, grime, and other substances over time, which can leave your tile floors looking old and outdated.
To clean the grout between your tiles, you can create your own natural cleaning solution at home, or you can purchase a product from your local hardware store or get a professional surface cleaning product. Either way, the process involves some elbow grease and time. Nonetheless, once you clean the grout between your tiles, you should have tile with a somewhat presentable appearance.
Use a Tile Cleaner or Surface Cleaner
If grout cleaning is not enough to restore your tile to its luster, you can also use a surface cleaner to help bring back those old tiles. A surface cleaner like Semco Stone Soap is a great option for cleaning tile floors. It can also be used as a grout cleaner. It is strong enough to clean, but gentle enough not to damage fragile finishes and is 100% biodegradable.
Use a Rug to Cover Old Tiles
Perhaps the easiest way to update or cover old tile is to place a rug on top of the floors. While the rug may not hide the floors entirely, it can improve the appearance of the space and give it a bit of style. This technique is best used in smaller areas like bathrooms. The downside, of course, is that a rug can become dirty over time and does not solve the old, ugly tile problem but merely hides it.
Update Floor Tile Without Replacing Them by Resurfacing
Resurfacing your tile floors with a micro cement or cement resurfacing compound like the Semco Remodel without Removal system is a great way to update your old tiles without removing them. Tile resurfacing is perhaps the best option for those who are looking to update their tile floors without removing them. You can resurface any type of tile in both outdoor and indoor areas. The benefit of resurfacing is that you get a brand new seamless surface that is stronger than vinyl and other floor tile overlay solutions. Semco Remodel without removal uses the Semco X-Bond Seamless Stone which creates a molecular bond to the old tile surface. The resulting surface is waterproof, chemical resistant and comes in a variety of colors and polishes.
If you think the Semco surface solution is the right choice for your tile restoration project, contact us today and let us help you get the best surface solution for your needs.