Porcelain and ceramic tile make great flooring choices since it's very durable and easy to maintain in your kitchen. Even though ceramic and porcelain are durable, you still need to exercise caution since they can be chipped or cracked. Moving heavy items over your tile or dropping heavy items on your floor is an easy way to chip or crack them. Sometimes you need to transport heavy items across your kitchen floor. When doing so, take the proper measures to protect your floor.

After you get a new tile floor in your kitchen or bathroom, you may be eager to place all your appliances back where they belong.  It's best to avoid even walking on a newly installed porcelain or ceramic tile floor. The grout needs a full 24 hours to cure and harden. It's also a good idea to wait at least 72hrs before persons over 250lbs or heavy objects like appliances come in contact with the floor. After waiting a full 72hrs, you can resume using your floor like a normal family.

Even before you move heavy items on your floor, you need to clean it. Sweeping or vacuuming your floor first and then clean the surface with a mop or wet cloth. Sand and grit can be rubbed into your floor and cause scratches that will collect dirt over time. This can dull your floor over time. Once your floor is clean, then you can begin to move items around on the surface.

Some appliances come equipped with wheels. These wheels help make it easier to move the appliance across the floor. This also decreases the risk of scratches or scuffs. Keep in mind some appliances may be heavy enough, such as a fully stocked fridge or deep freezer, to cause a crack. It's best to lift and move when possible to avoid stressing the tiles, or you can use plywood to distribute the weight more evenly.

Appliances without wheels can still be moved safely with a dolly. A dolly is the best option although that may not always be handy. The next best option are some furniture skids. Furniture skids are long pieces of plastic with a felt layer and adhesive. They stick under the furniture and make it possible to slide the furniture across the floor. If you decide to use skids, it's still important to properly clean the floor ahead of time to help avoid scratching the surface.


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Euro Flooring and Design Center, Inc.

Euro Flooring and Design Center, Inc.
4424 US Highway 19 N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33714
Phone: 727-545-9900

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