By Patrice Conte. Porcelain Tile. Published at Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 - 05:10:27 AM.
You can never go wrong when you choose ceramic porcelain tiles for your home finishing. They are not only durable and practical, porcelain tiles can transform an otherwise ordinary home, into a lovely abode. To choose the right tiles that would best fit your needs, it is important not to get lost with such terms as ”ceramic tiles,” ”non-porcelain,” or ”ceramic porcelain.” All of these terms refer to a kind of ceramic ware, however they differ in characteristics, application and production method. Ceramic tiles are usually referred to as non-porcelain tiles, and they are easier to cut and have higher water absorption as compared to porcelain. Unlike porcelain tiles, ceramic tiles cannot absorb heavy impact or heavy foot traffic as they have a tendency to chip and abrade.
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.
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.
Porcelain tile has been a favorite flooring material in kitchens and baths for many years. It is a ceramic tile that can be glazed or unglazed. There is no clear difference between a ceramic tile and a porcelain tile except one is much more impervious to moisture than the other. It is created by mixing clay and other materials together and firing it at very high heat. This firing process hardens the tile and depending on the length of time and the temperature will result in how hard the tile will become and how impervious it will be to water. Ceramic tiles are generally not as hard as porcelain tiles because they are fired for a much shorter time.
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