Ceramic and porcelain tile are excellent mediums to explore for both functionality and design. Ceramic and porcelain
tiling is dense and strong, easy to clean, long lasting and does not absorb smell, water or carry allergens. It is an
excellent choice for kitchens and bathrooms, but it can serve in any part of the house as either floor tile or decorative
wall tile. Because ceramic and porcelain tiles are man made, there is also more flexibility in the tile design. Tile, like
hardwood, can improve the resale value of a home.  The tiles come in a sometimes overwhelming array of colors and
arrangements.  With mosaics, listellos, borders and tiles with images on them to choose from, rest assured that you will
be able to pick out the right tile(s) for your project.
Schluter®-DITRA is a polyethylene membrane with a grid structure of square,
cut-back cavities and an anchoring fleece laminated to its underside.  It is
specifially designed to allow the installation of ceramic
Radiant Heat
Early's Carpet, Inc. now offers two different brands of radiant heat.  These warming systems provide economical,
energy efficient warmth under stone, tile, engineered wood (floating, only) and laminate flooring.  Come talk to one of
our sales staff and let them explain just what radiant heat can do for you!
Type of Tile / Usage
Routine Cleaning
Heavy Duty Cleaning
Glazed walls /
countertops
Wipe with damp cloth sponge or
using all-purpose cleaner.  Use
window cleaner for glossy surfaces.  
Wipe dry with cloth.
Clean with scouring powder, commercial tile cleaner, or
all-purpose cleaner using non-metallic scouring pad or
very fine grade stainless steel pad.  Rinse and wipe dry.
Glazed floor tiles
Vacuum regularly to remove gritty
particles.  Damp mop using solution
of water and "soapless" detergent.
Use a commercial tile cleaner or a strong solution of water
and "soapless" detergent.  If stained, use scouring powder
paste.  Let stand for five minutes, brush and scrub.  Rinse
and dry.  For large areas and for areas that are difficult to
clean, a power scrubber is recommended.
Glazed shower tiles
Use all-purpose or bathroom
cleaner.  Allow to stand for five
minutes, rinse and dry.  You can also
use a mixture of equal parts water
and white vinegar or a commercial
tile cleaner.
Use chlorine bleach or hydrogen peroxide.  Be sure to test
these on colored grout before use.  For stubborn stains,
use scouring powder containing a bleaching agent.  Let
stand four to six minutes, the scrub and rinse thoroughly.  
To remove mildew, use a commercial tile cleaner, chlorine
bleach or ammonia, being sure to test an inconspicuous
area first.  DO NOT MIX BLEACH AND AMMONIA.
Unglazed wall tiles
Sponge with a diluted solution of
water and "soapless" detergent.
Use scouring powder paste.  Let stand for five minutes,
then scour with brush.  Rinse and wipe dry.
Unglazed floor tiles
Vacuum regularly to remove gritty
particles.  Damp mop or sponge with
water and/or a diluted solution of
water and "soapless" detergent.
Use scouring powder paste.  Let stand for five minutes,
then scour with brush.  Rinse and wipe dry.  A small brush
is suitable for small floors; consider a scrubbing machine
for larger areas.
Nat'l Porcelain /  
Semi-Polished  
Porcelain
Vacuum regularly to remove gritty
particles.  Damp mop using a
solution of water and "soapless
detergent", rinse and wipe dry.
Use scouring powder paste.  Let stand for five minutes,
then scour with brush.  Rinse and wipe dry.  A small brush
is suitable for small floors; consider a scrubbing machine
for larger areas.
Commercial
Applications
For smaller commercial areas, vacuum regularly to remove gritty particles.  Using a "soapless
detergent", scrub with an inexpensive nylon brush (such as a "Doodle Bug") and then use a
wet/dry vac to remove water and soap residue.  After initial cleaning, replace the nylon brush and
replace thereafter as it becomes worn.  For large commercial areas, it is best to use a
commercial floor scrubbing machine.
Caring for Your New Ceramic Tile
For Your Waterproofing Needs:
Come in to our showroom to see our ever-changing selection of stock ceramic tiles ranging in a variety of sizes, shown
below:
Things to Remember
Never use any harsh agent that can scratch the surface of the tile.  Always test new products in an inconspicuous
corner of the tile before use.  Apply a silicone sealer to your grout joints several times a year for maximum protection
against staining.  Loose or cracking grouts need to be scraped clean and refilled.  And if you are ever in doubt, don't
hesitate to contact us!
Schluter®-KERDI forms an uncoupling, waterproofing, and vapor pressure equalization layer.

Schluter®-KERDI-SHOWER-ST/-SC/-SR is an itegrated family of products that, together, form a fully bonded,
watertight assembly for tiled showers.  
Schluter®-KERDI protects wall cavities from vapor penetration.  
Schluter®-KERDI-DRAIN provides a simple, secure connection to the Schluter®-KERDI membrane at the top of the
assembly.  Other components include pre-formed shower pans, sealants and substrates which all help reduce weight
and installation time.

To help with the tiling of your new shower or tub we also carry preformed niches, benches and soap dishes.  Since the
niches are preformed they help save on labor and construction time and they come in a variety of sizes and styles.  
Ceramic
Click on the individual pictures to see a larger image.  Hold mouse on the image to see color name.
Beige
Creta Beige
Extravaganza Ivory
Luxor Red
Niagara
Piazzo Gold
Travertine Beige
Vanilla
Master Bath Shower Installation
Natural Stone Backsplash Installation
Bordered hall installation
Bathroom installation with decorative border
Sunroom with medallion
Shower with bench, niche and border
Click here to see images of ceramic projects.