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Spring Home & Garden 2017

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omeowners looking for a rustic or weathered look for their

flooring often rely on terracotta tile, a durable and versatile

material that many feel gives a home a warm and earthy feel.

Terracotta tile comes in various finishes and has proven resistant

to the growth of mold and bacteria. However, because it is very

porous, terracotta tile absorbs moisture quickly, which means it must

be sealed somewhat regularly to prevent cracking, discoloration

and staining. It also must be sealed especially well when installed

in a kitchen, as terracotta floor tiles are susceptible to damage from

acids, alcohol, oils, and vinegar. Installation of terracotta flooring is

labor intensive and is therefore best left to professionals.


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