By Pierpont Salle. Porcelain Tile. Published at Monday, May 20th, 2019 - 06:35:16 AM.
This ruggedness is why tiles made of porcelain are the ones most often found in floor applications for outdoor living spaces, it's because they are far better at handling harsh conditions. Tiles made of porcelain are practically a must for outdoor patios in cold weather climates, because unlike normal ceramic tiles, they are far less likely to crack. Not only can they endure the elements better, but the unique absorption rate and density of means that moisture and dirt have a hard time getting through the surface. That means that the tiles look cleaner and retain their color for a longer period of time.
It is imperative that you use a soft brush with tough bristles to remove grime stuck to the grout areas and tile. Once you have removed the stains it is important to them rinse the area and remove any residue. Some shop bought cleaning solutions are harsh and can cause staining or dullness. Porcelain tiles subjected to tough chemicals will appear worn and often dull in appearance. Bleaches, ammonia and acids are not tile friendly and can cause damage to the tile surface. It is usually best to seek the help of a professional natural stone cleaning expert.
But the misinformation continues. The Porcelain Enamel Institute rates glazed floor tiles as to their resistance to abrasion. Glazed tiles are those to which a decorative layer has been applied over the clay body of the tile. Glazes are rated 1 through 5 with 5 being the highest or most durable grade. Many, if not most, porcelain tiles are not glazed, yet ask your tile sales person about the PEI rating of the porcelain tile you are examining in the showroom. It's very likely you'll hear something like, ”Oh, this is a grade 5 porcelain tile. You could lay this baby in a car factory.” I certainly don't aim to demean tile sales people. We need them and love them. Without them we'd be out of work. I do wish they'd get themselves a little better informed, though, so they can better inform the buying public about the virtues of ALL ceramic tiles.
These tiles are comparatively cheaper when compared with marble or granite but at the same time are scratch resistant and can make rooms appear larger, especially when using lighter shades of porcelain tiles. Caring for your porcelain flooring is easy and allows for a hygienic alternative and general cleanliness in your home. When contemplating home improvement and wishing for a tile choice that offers ease of maintenance, porcelain ranks popularly amongst homeowners. It is recommended to remove dust and debris by sweeping your floor well. Using a moist cloth will allow removal of accumulated dirt. Mixing warm water and vinegar will offer assistance to remove stubborn stains; ensure to use a non bleaching cleaning solution if choosing to use a ready-made cleaner.
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