Textured tile for shower walls- bad idea?

mary1000May 2, 2013

We are remodeling our master bathroom. We love a tile made by Happy Floors in their "glamour" collection (color grey, see photo).

The tile looks like linen and when you run your hand across it, it has a slight texture (the lines are slightly raised). We want to use this tile for the walls of the shower, but I am worried about whether the tiles will collect soap scum, mineral deposits, etc due to their texture.

is there anything I should do to prevent this, or should I keep shopping?

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Is it polished? Can't tell from the quality of the pic. I like the look of the textured tile, haven't had any first hand experience, but am thinking if you squeegee or microfibre walls after each shower (I do that with my shower, though I'm pretty sure no one else in the family does), and stay on top of cleaning, it should be fine. If anything, the texture may hide waterspots, etc that would be more noticeable on a smooth polished tile.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 5:03PM
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If it's a porcelain tile that's safe for wet conditions, the texture should not be a problem. I would just consult with the sales rep.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 7:01PM
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@mary1000 Did you end up getting this tile? I am going through the same exact decision!

    Bookmark   May 25, 2014 at 12:44PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

Is it porcelain? If so, you can use a daily shower spray (something like Clean Shower) and no soap scum/hard water will stick to the walls or fixtures. These type sprays cannot be used on natural stone.


    Bookmark   May 25, 2014 at 1:46PM
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I think it should be fine. If it is porcelain then you should be able to use a soft/medium bristle brush when you clean to get any dirt out of the slight ridges.

I've been looking on Houzz for some bathroom ideas and a few of the showers had some type of stacked stone ... they looked pretty but would be difficult to keep clean if the shower is used regularly.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2014 at 2:53PM
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I am fretting over a similar decision, but the tile I like is even more textured. I asked about cleaning it. It was obvious you couldn't used a sponge or cloth on it ever - you would have to use a brush which wouldn't be the end of the world. What made me pause was the idea of funky things hanging out in the crevices of the parts of the shower that you missed with the brush! I still think about that tile but I just can't see how it would work.

Here is a link that might be useful: I just love this tile!

    Bookmark   May 26, 2014 at 4:32PM
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