Whether you have tiles in your kitchen, bathroom or conservatory, applying a sealant is essential in order to protect stone tiling from gradual long term damage and erosion. Applying a sealant is not only beneficial for the durability of the tiling. It also provides added design bonuses including a glossier finish and further colour enhancement. Another way to maintain healthy looking tiles is regular cleaning, which needs to be done appropriately in order to prevent further damage.

Sealant is generally considered to be a worthwhile purchase as it provides higher resistance against potential stains and possesses a long lasting trait whereby you only have to apply the sealant once to cover many years of protection. Tiling should be accompanied by sealant before, after and during the installation process. If you seal tiles in this way, you are much more likely to benefit from long term tile protection.

When cleaning your tiles, always make sure that you use the right kind of cleaning product. Many solutions are acidic and stone tiles such as limestone and travertine are alkaline. It’s vitally important that you purchase PH neutral solutions that won’t cause further disintegration to tiles. If you use the same brand when applying sealer and cleaning your tiles, they are likely to have been manufactured for each other, providing a reliable outcome for your tiles.

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Here at The Stone Tile Emporium we have recently introduced a range of faux wood effect tiles to our Reigate-based showroom.

These tiles have not only seen a huge increase in demand and popularity in southern European countries, but they are also quickly being incorporated into homes – both old and new – here in the UK.

So, why exactly are they proving so popular? And how can you incorporate them into your own home?

Well, join us as we find out the answers to both these questions and more, highlighting some of the key benefits of choosing them for your home:

  • Incredible versatility. Our range of faux wood effect tiles can be used in any room in the house but their most popular placement tends to be in bathrooms and kitchens. This is because many homeowners prefer the look and feel of a wood effect tile over actual wood, due to the maintenance work involved.
  • Underfloor heating compatibility. If your home has underfloor heating fitted throughout your kitchen, bathroom, living room, bedroom or anywhere else, faux wood effect tiles are an ideal choice. This is because they are highly compatible, making them a much safer choice to use than alternative tile options.
  • Easy to maintain. While it may surprise you to hear, wood effect tiles actually tend to be a lot harder wearing than actual wood and avoid the need for regular oiling. This, in turn, makes them both easier to maintain and less likely to be damaged by heavy furniture.
  • Huge range of designs. Whatever the style of the room you’re looking to install tiles in, faux wood effect tiles are available in a range of sizes, styles, designs and finishes. As such, this variety of choice means they can match the colour scheme of more or less any room.

Final thoughts…

To find out more about the variety of colours, grains and textures our range of faux wood effect tiles are available in, simply contact us at your earliest convenience. Alternatively, come down to our showroom in Reigate to see for yourself.

We at the Tile Emporium currently have our spring sale which ends on the 31st of March.

10% of all tiles in our showroom, including our incredible new line of faux wood effect tiles.

Please come down to our Reigate showroom to check out all of the great products we have on offer.

Make sure to check us out on Facebook to keep up with the current trends and all of our sales and promotions.

You can find us at: 31a Bell Street, Reigate, Surrey RH2 7AD.      Call us at: 01737 210125.       Email us at: sales@thestonetileemporium.com

We have recently added a range of faux stone cladding tiles to our collection and appear to be very popular.

These tiles are manufactured porcelain and boast advantages over natural stone cladding, such as:

– They are completely water proof and as a result can be used in Bathrooms and areas that their natural stone counterparts cannot.

– They are cheaper.


Some of the disadvantages include:

– They are porcelain tiles and therefore patterns are repeated and this may be noticed over large sections of wall.

– They don’t have as many unique striations and discrepancies as their natural stone counterparts do that add to the character of the wall area.


If you want to find out more please visit our page on Stone Cladding, or contact us over the phone or via email (all contact information can be found on our website on our contact us page).

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