subway tile in Chandler bathroomNew York City opened its very first subway system back in 1904. This also marked the introduction of a tile look now known as subway tile. Today, this style is popularly used for kitchen and bathroom backsplashes and shower walls. At Floor Coverings International Chandler-Gilbert, we have a wide range of subway tile products to choose from. Read on to see if this tile is the right choice for your Chandler home.

About Subway Tile

Traditional subway tile is white, ceramic tile with 3×6 inch dimensions. However, today subway tile comes in a wide range of colors ranging from bold and vibrant to neutral, off-white coloring. Materials now include porcelain, glass, natural stone, and metal. And while these products are still typically 3×6 inches, sometimes the sizing will vary slightly and manufacturers will still name the product subway tile.

Using Subway Tile

subway tile around kitchen sink in Chandler home

Subway tiles are commonly used for contemporary and modern designs. They provide a clean look and feel to backsplashes and shower walls. While they are mainly used for wall applications, certain products can also be used for flooring. Be sure to check the manufacturer’s guidelines to ensure the tile is not too slippery for floor applications.

Subway tile is often installed in a brickwork pattern, where each row is shifted over by half the length of the tile. Consider installing your tile in other patterns for a unique design. Additional variation includes selecting a grout color that either blends or contrasts with the tile.


Maintenance of subway tile will vary depending on its material. Ceramic tile is easy to clean; any all-purpose cleaner may be used without damaging the tile. Natural stone may require special cleaning products. Typically, the grout lines will need to be replaced before the tile. Keep your grout lines well maintained by occasionally scrubbing them with a tile brush or similar coarse-bristled brush.

Your Local Chandler Tile Experts

For your next tile project, call the team at Floor Coverings International Chandler-Gilbert. We offer complimentary, in-home design consultations and estimates. We also bring all our samples in our mobile flooring showroom, so you can see which products work best in your Chandler home.

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