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Thread: Do rugs stain ceramic tile?

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    Senior Member AlvaStitcher's Avatar
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    Do rugs stain ceramic tile?

    We will be moving into our new house at end of this month. I have never had ceramic tile before, just vinyl. I have seen areas on vinyl that have been discolored by having a rug on top and was wondering if ceramic tile does the same, or if it affects the color of the grout. I would think not but don't want to take a chance until I hear from the "been there, done that" crowd. LOL Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlvaStitcher View Post
    We will be moving into our new house at end of this month. I have never had ceramic tile before, just vinyl. I have seen areas on vinyl that have been discolored by having a rug on top and was wondering if ceramic tile does the same, or if it affects the color of the grout. I would think not but don't want to take a chance until I hear from the "been there, done that" crowd. LOL Thanks.

    I have rugs with a rubber backing on my tile floors and have had for over 15 years and the rugs have Never stained the tile. I have Vinyl in my utility room and had a rubber backed rug in there one time and it stained the vinyl....but once the rug was removed it took a long time for the stain to go away.
    Also the rugs on my tile floor do Not stain the grout...but my grout is sealed.

    That being said I do Not know if all tile is the same......you said it is a New home so I assume you have had it built...that you chose the tile you wanted.....you should be able to ask the company that you got your tile from or the company that is installing it. I would be asking to be for certain....since tile is Not cheap to replace.
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    I have glazed floor tiles with sealed grout.....no problems with staining from throw rugs. Have had tiles and rugs since 2008.
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    If you Google, you will find that "ceramic" tile is a generic name, covering quite a few different compositions. Porcelain tile is the strongest, most durable form of ceramic tile. The other types vary in permeability, etc.

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    Some vinyl will yellow on the spots that get alot of sunshine. When I pick up my rugs what is underneath is OK and it is the surrounding areas that got "sunburned". I now have regular old linoleum. I have never had a problem with my ceramic tile floor in my entry way but than not all flooring is the same,
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    Thank you for your replies. I will try to find the manufacturer of the tiles and see if there are any precautions they recommend.

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    I have never had a problem

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    I had ceramic tile installed 14 years ago, and have rubber-backed throw rugs at the back entry, kitchen sink, and a non-backed 8 x 10 in an eating area. There has been no discoloration whatsoever in the tile (quite inexpensive tile, I might add) or the grout due to the various rugs. That being said, you will find if the grout is a medium or light shade, it will over time become soiled where there is the most traffic or it isn't covered with a rug. It remains pristine where it's covered. I put two coats of sealer on my tile, which is what was recommended on the container. It worked pretty well over the years. However, I recently read where it's even better to put multiple coats of sealer on (they said ten).
    Guess it couldn't hurt. Think I would go with five. Tedious but well worth it. My comments apply to sanded grout only, I've never dealt with the silicon grout which they say doesn't stain. I'd like to hear comments about silicon grout, as well.

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    Have no experience with rugs on tile. I will say, however, that when we installed our (sealed) ceramic flooring in our kitchen, the tile store said to seal the grout with 10 coats of the sealer (as heronlady mentions). I did that tedious job but trust me when I say it has paid off wonderfully. It is 20+ years later and that sealer is still doing it's job. Doesn't hurt that we used a dark brown grout - which I still love and would not change. But, the grout is still shiny, indicating it is still there and doing it's job. Nothing stains my grout and clean up is a breeze.

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    I have rugs on ceramic tile that have had dogs "go potty" on them, and even with that additional liquid acid....all has always been well.
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    Do rugs stain ceramic tile

    I have had a rug that I bought from Walmart stain linoleum. It was the rug, not the tile that was at fault. After several washing with bleach the stain came off.

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    No. your ceramic will be fine..but a word of caution..if you have never had ceramic before..be SURE all of your rugs have non skid backings..otherwise it's like being on a skating rink! Also..the smallest amount of water can make them very slick..but they dry fast..just something to be aware of...they are a breeze to clean..I love them. I bought a stick type steamer..they are wonderful for ceramic!

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    Don't know about rugs on tile, but I will caution you, if you drop something on the tile, you can crack the tile and break the object that fell. Ask me how I know this... Have numerous cracked tiles in my kitchen from dropping cans, pots and pans, etc.
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    When we installed tile, we did not do anything to the tile as we liked "the natural look." A big mistake. The gout is different colors. I had a large rug in the dining room; when I moved the rug out this summer. the tile is now lighter than the area where rug covered the tile. I now have dark tile around where the rug was and of course, the lighter tiles where the rug was. Have not a clue what to do at this point.
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    I have porcelain tile and have rugs and they have never stained the tile.

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    I have thought about this a little more, and am thinking it is going to depend largely on how permeable the tile is. Porcelain tile is the hardest and least porous, so it should resist staining. I would think that a porous ceramic tile can absorb dye from a rug and that this would be hard to remove.

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    I have white tile in my kitchen (not my choice, it came with the house) and always have rugs on it and have never had them stain it. Ceramic tile is awesome. You'll love it.
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