Cleaning Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile needs to be treated gently when cleaning. No abrasive cleaning products should be used on ceramic tile surfaces. To properly clean the surface, gather these items:

  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • A cloth/rag
  • Dish soap
  • Toothbrush or scrub brush

Use a cloth to remove loose dirt and dust from the tile. Fill the spray bottle with warm water and add a drop or two of dish soap spraying the surface liberally. Use a cloth or rag to wipe down the tiles. To clean the grout, grab an old toothbrush and scrub to get it bright white again.

After getting all of the dirt, dust and food particles off of the tile, rinse the surface with water and wipe dry. To make the tiles shine even more, buff them with a soft cloth.

Avoid using vinegar or any acid based cleaners on ceramic tile. These can fade and dull the surface. Also, regular soap can leave a residue, making tiles appear dirty.

If the ceramic tile has become cracked or grout is missing, contact Refinish First. They can repair and refinish ceramic tile surfaces.


3 Spring Patio Prep Ideas

Outdoor patios can take a beating from harsh winter weather. Tiles can become cracked and stained, furniture is usually dusty and dirty from storage and plants can wither away. There’s plenty of time to get the patio looking great before those spring and summer outdoor gatherings. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • If there are any damaged tiles on the patio, don’t replace them. Instead, call the professionals at Refinish First. They can fix the imperfections and leave the tiles looking brand new. They offer three standard solid colors, more than 30 stone accent finishes and can create almost any custom color imaginable.
  • Many plants can’t take the winter weather and end up lifeless come spring. Dig out those withered blooms and replace them with healthier versions. Plants and flowers bring a vibrant, alive feeling to many patios, and if chosen with color schemes in mind, can complement the colors already used in the patio decorations.
  • If the patio furniture has been in storage, it has probably survived the worst and just needs a quick wipe down. If it stayed outside, it will most likely need a more thorough cleaning with a mild detergent. Investing in plastic covers is a good way to protect patio furniture that stays outside year round.

When evaluating those outdoor patios, keep Refinish First in mind for tile and concrete refinishing needs.

Tile Backsplashes

Tile isn’t just used for showers and floors, often it is used as a backsplash in kitchens. Backsplashes protect the wall from food splatter that can stain. They are easy to clean after cooking and also add some visual appeal to an otherwise boring part of the kitchen.

However, sometimes the backsplash no longer matches the kitchen because of a remodel. Refinish First can refinish the tile to match an existing color or create a custom color to match the new remodel. They could even make the backsplash the new accent color in the kitchen.

They can refinish tile in two days or less. The refinishing process is less messy than replacing the tile and costs less too. If it has become cracked or damaged, Refinish First can restore the tile before refinishing the surface. They also have the ability to replace the grout, which gets sealed during the refinishing process.

Because a tile backsplash is usually a small area, Refinish First can be in and out in a flash. Contact Refinish First today for your free estimate.

Refinishing Outdoor Tile

Ceramic tile can be used outside, although it is not the first choice of many. It is highly water absorbent, giving it a low frost resistance. It is also more likely to become worn and chip easily. Refinish First can fix and refinish ceramic tiles that haven’t held up well to outside temperature changes.

Ceramic tiles usually carry a Porcelain Enamel Institute or PEI rating of 0 to 3, but can go up to a 5. These ratings indicate where the tile should be used depending on the level of foot traffic that certain area experiences.

  • Class 0: used where no foot traffic is anticipated; should only be used on walls for decoration such as backsplashes.
  • Class 1: used primarily for master bathroom floors where it is anticipated shoes will not be worn.
  • Class 2: used in main bathroom areas and bedrooms where slippers or soft-soled shoes will be present.
  • Class 3: used in light to moderate traffic areas; any area of the house, except heavy traffic areas such as the entry way and kitchen.
  • Class 4: used in areas where abrasive or dirt could be tracked; good for residential entry ways, kitchens, balconies and countertops.
  • Class 5: used in the heaviest traffic areas; suggested for residential, commercial and institutional flooring.

Because many types of ceramic tile have a relatively high water absorption rating, damage is to be expected over time. Refinish First can fix chips in tile and re-grout everything to make it look like new. They offer three standard, solid colors along with more than 30 stone accent finishes. Refinish First can also create almost any custom color desired.

Old, worn down tile is just days away from looking brand new with Refinish First. Contact them for a free estimate.

The Refinishing Process

Refinishing the surfaces in your home or business comes with many benefits. It is generally faster and cheaper than if you choose to replace these surfaces. This creates less downtime, a big bonus for businesses especially. The labor involved is reduced, although the process does have many steps.

When refinishing a bathtub, the surface is cleaned thoroughly before an acid is applied to make the surface rough. This prevents the possibility of peeling or chipping later and helps the glaze adhere to the tub. The glaze is left to cure, and then the bathtub is sanded, buffed and polished. Bathtubs typically take only three to five hours to refinish and are ready to use within 24 hours.

When refinishing tile, it is first washed to get rid of any residue. Any chips that are present are filled in and then the tiles are re-grouted. Lastly, the finish is applied.

Countertop and tile refinishing from Refinish First comes with two different options. They can do a solid color or speckled finish or a stone finish. Countertops can also be repaired if they are accidentally scorched or chipped. The actual time required for the refinishing process can vary slightly depending on the finish option chosen for countertops.

The refinishing process can be done on many different surfaces from porcelain and cultured marble to laminate and tile. The bonding agent used by Refinish First creates a chemical bond between the old and new surface creating a surface that can last for 15 to 20 years or longer with the proper care.

If you’re less than happy with your bathtub, countertops or shower tile, contact Refinish First for a free estimate.

Beautify Your Beauty Salon


Whether updating a salon or starting a new salon using previously owned equipment, a great way to breathe new life into those old sinks and counters is by refinishing them. Starting and running a beauty salon can be very expensive. One way to cut down on these costs is to refinish those old countertops and sinks.

Let’s be honest, people judge a book by its cover. It’s no different when customers walk into a business. If your salon has old, dingy and chipped fixtures, customers might think that translates into an outdated hair cut or dye job. Instead of giving them the wrong impression, update your fixtures by refinishing them.

By refinishing instead of replacing, you’re cutting down on the time the salon would have to be closed during the renovation. The refinishing process takes less than a week to complete. They don’t need to tear anything apart, making clean up a breeze.

Because they aren’t tearing out the existing features it can save you up to 75 percent over the cost of replacement when you choose to refinish instead of replace. Refinishing can extend the life of your fixtures by up to 15 years or more with proper care and maintenance.

If you’ve been dreaming about updating your salon, but couldn’t afford brand new fixtures or closing during the renovation, look no further. Refinish First has many different surfaces to choose from to complement your salon or give it a whole new look.

Don’t own a salon? Next time you’re in for a trim take a look around. If the salon you use needs a refresh be sure to let them know about Refinish First. We always appreciate referrals!

Common Problems with Tile and Why You Should Refinish Them Instead

There are all sorts of problems with tile, including cracked grout, loose floors, flaking glaze, and mismatched patterns. One tile company listed common complaints by clients on their website—and this is just a partial list:

  • My polished porcelain floor does not seem to have an even shine.
  • My tiles are warped.
  • My tiles are scratched.
  • The glaze on my tiles is flaking off.
  • My tiles seem to have small cracks on the edges.
  • My shower is leaking through the tiles.
  • My tiles have been laid, but they are wrong or damaged.
  • My tiles have defects in the surface.
  • My tiles seem to be different than the ones I selected.
  • Some of the tiles on my wall or floor are the wrong color.
  • There are cracks running across my tiled floor.
  • The glaze on my tiles is flaking off.
  • The grout is crumbling.
  • The grout is turning dark.
  • My porcelain tiles are stained.

Rather than explain away faults and problems in our materials or workmanship, we do it right the first time. Refinishing is a much better option to replacing ceramic tile. It is not only more practical, but also less expensive than new tile and you avoid the mess of removal and replacement. Make your life easier (and bathroom more sophisticated!) by refinishing your tile. Ceramic tile refinishing can be used on tile countertops, bathtub tile surrounds and tile walls saving you up to 50% over the cost of replacement. The results, especially if you choose Refinish First’s Natural Accents stone finish, can be dramatic and is an affordable alternative to pricey Formica, Corian, Swanstone and other solid surfaces. Consider Natural Accents for your kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities and ceramic tile. Natural Accents multi-color stone look offers a high-end makeover for any decor – modern, traditional, country or casual – without the mess, time and expense of removal and replacement. The specks and flecks of different colors deliver a depth and character that you have to see to believe. The results are beyond impressive, so give Refinish First a call today.