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To refuse to live with shiny kitchen floor tiles?

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AnnIonicIsoTronic Sat 19-Jan-13 09:53:43

They look as slippery as an ice rink.

Beautiful - glossy porcelain; large tiles with thread-thin grout lines.

But I imagine every day for the rest of my life hollering "DON'T RUN IN THE KITCHEN". People bringing puddles in from a rainy day or a water fight in the garden and "whoosh". Toddler Dd splat.


AnnIonicIsoTronic Mon 21-Jan-13 10:30:20


JollyRedGiant Sat 19-Jan-13 23:20:58

PIL have shiny tiled floors. We stayed there for a week last year and I fell on my arse a number of times.

DoodlesNoodles Sat 19-Jan-13 23:17:03

There is an anti slip rating for floor tiles. [Hmm].

You can get the exact same look of tile with a non-slip type surface - we got them in our new build - we spent ages worrying about how slippy they could be, but still loving the look, then by accident came across a non-slippy version - they've been down a year now and they are excellent

redexpat Sat 19-Jan-13 20:11:01

But you'll never appear in a Flash advert without them! grin

littlewhitebag Sat 19-Jan-13 17:18:57

I am doing my en suite at the moment and have chosen textured tiles on the basis that i didn't want to go splat every time i stepped out the shower. I also know they won't need to be cleaned and buffed all the time.

MrsBucketxx Sat 19-Jan-13 17:06:27

talk to the developer and see what they say, who is the developer btw

Goldmandra Sat 19-Jan-13 14:03:32

They certainly do. My sister has just moved into a new-build town house with them and they look gorgeous.

They will carry on looking like that because she doesn't cook or eat at home during the week, pays a cleaner to clean it for her and her children are never allowed to go near anything dirty.

Wouldn't work like that in my house.

DoodlesNoodles Sat 19-Jan-13 13:32:47

I think shiny shiny tiles can look fantastic. They can look super modern and classic at the same time. They are also great at making spaces seem bigger and lighter than they actually are.

(although I did not choose them myself blush )

AnnIonicIsoTronic Sat 19-Jan-13 12:54:32

.... But I'm seeing them being wet quite a lot of the time.... The tiling goes from the front door to the back (patio) doors via a kitchen diner. ATM I regularly mop up:
- spilt drinks at the table
- kitchen tap left running/spurting up/ other misadventure
- big drippy, muddy tracks due to various gardening initiatives the DC attempts
- snow melt puddles
-piles wet clothes following garden water fights
- cats water bowl being knocked over
- washing machine filter leaking
- potty training accidents
- rain coming through an open door

I fear home decor items that punish my slovenliness relaxed approach to family life.

EasyFromNowOn Sat 19-Jan-13 12:23:06

I defended them. Mine aren't slippery at all, unless they have just been washed and are still drying.

Yaktrax are the ice grip things you put on your boots to stop you falling over. Thick rubber straps with coils of metal around them. Fabulous on ice, not great on floor tiles smile

AnnIonicIsoTronic Sat 19-Jan-13 12:10:15

Anyone want to defend the shiny shiny tiles?

AnnIonicIsoTronic Sat 19-Jan-13 11:01:04

Thank you everyone for your experiences!

They haven't actually been laid yet. We are on the cusp of signing up to a snazzy new build. I've skated around the show house on a rainy day so I know they are super shiny and smooth (to look good on photos, I guess). I happen to know the tiles for our plot are on a lorry en route to my lovely as-yet-unfloored plot.

I'm looking for a bit of perspective on whether to throw my toys out of the pram and insist on slate floors instead.

DH thinks it rather reveals our gimme gimme gimme poker faced negotiating position to start talking tiles beforee we've talked £££ - and is worried we'll make a hasty alternative choice which the developer will try to charge is for might not 'work' with the style of the kitchen.

It's a big kitchen diner opening up onto the back garden. Will definitely be the most used room in the house.

Phineyj Sat 19-Jan-13 10:14:28

Yaktrax are things you put on your shoes so you don't slip on ice. Kind of little bungy cord things.

DoodlesNoodles Sat 19-Jan-13 10:10:15

Do you know they are actually slippery? They may be OK once they are down. Maybe you can bring some home and test them in situ. If you already have them you could try an anti slip application such as this. (I would ask your tiler for a recommendation). I've seen super shiny tiles in hotel lobbies and in shopping malls so they can't all be slippy hmm

I think high glass tiles can look fab but some need to much cleaning for my liking. I go for an egg shell flat finish myself.

bedmonster Sat 19-Jan-13 10:06:48

We had them in the bathroom for one year. Then I forced Dp to get rid after an incident where I was slightly tipsy, had a shower, slipped when I got out and knocked myself unconscious!!! They are bloody lethal and look dull unless you properly shine them. Waste of tipme imo. Although they were beautiful... We now have the travertine ones and out bathroom looks like a hotel bathroom. But I can live with that!

Goldmandra Sat 19-Jan-13 10:06:39

We have a slightly bumpy, less glossy version in our kitchen and dining room.

I've found that washing them increases the slipperiness so that's my excuse not to bother very often. Vacuuming and spot cleaning works best. It doesn't really show though, which I guess isn't the case with the really high gloss ones.

They are still like ice when wet and we've had quite a few bumped heads over the years.

financialwizard Sat 19-Jan-13 10:05:57

I have anti slip tiles in my bathrooms and kitchen. I did look at gloss but didn't want to go arse over tit every day.

MrsKeithRichards Sat 19-Jan-13 10:05:55

Not the StickEmUp you buy tiles, you can use them on any floor in the house.

StickEmUp Sat 19-Jan-13 10:05:47

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MrsBucketxx Sat 19-Jan-13 10:05:07

What is a yaktrax?

auntmargaret Sat 19-Jan-13 10:04:56

I have them in my kitchen, they were the bane of my life,showed every mark. Tried a steam mop on them, made them dull, then I bought a microfibre traditional mop from Tesco, only cost about a fiver, it's ace! Makes them clean and shiny, I love it. Can't say if they're slippy though. But I probably wouldn't do it again, so YANBU.

EasyFromNowOn Sat 19-Jan-13 10:03:54

I have gloss porcelain tiles on the kitchen floor, they are not at all slippery unless they are wet, or I am trying to walk across the kitchen with the Yaktrax still attached to my boots (I don't recommend this!)

ceeveebee Sat 19-Jan-13 10:02:51

Well they're 1m square, would look pretty odd on a wall

StickEmUp Sat 19-Jan-13 10:01:17

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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