ORLANDO — The Coverings Stone Show, "The ultimate tile + stone experience," started April 17 in Orlando, Florida''s Orange County Convention Center and will run through Friday, April 20. Attendance appears to be light compared to other shows I''ve attended recently.
Exotic tile and stone on display at the show will impact cleaning, maintenance and restoration processes and products in the future. New tile surfaces are highly textured, thinner, more colorful and often mimic other materials such as wood and natural stone. Precious stone, crystals, metals, lighting and wood are now being combined into floors in high-end homes and commercial spaces.
Abrasive materials, moisture, heavy equipment and harsh chemicals will no longer be acceptable as part of the cleaning process on these sensitive materials. New opportunities for profit will exist for those who take the time to learn how to properly maintain these costly and delicate surfaces.
Next year''s Coverings Show is in Atlanta from April 29 to May 2, 2013. For info on presentations at this year''s show, follow the Twitter stream at: www.Twitter.com/Coverings and use the hash tag #Coverings2012.