By Gaspar Alves. Porcelain Tile. Published at Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 - 21:05:15 PM.
Are you building your new home? Or are have you grown tired of your marble flooring, or the chip on your wall paper, or the drab of your wooden panels? It is time to switch or consider porcelain tiles. These tiles not only brighten up your home, they are durable and almost maintenance free. You can choose from the wide selection of perfect porcelain tile designs for your home. To get more acquainted with the product, porcelain is defined in the Meriam-Webster Dictionary as a fine grained translucent ceramic ware. There are different kinds of ceramic materials, but porcelain comes from the more common type of material called whiteware. Porcelain was first discovered in China, and it is believed to have been brought to Europe by the great merchant and explorer, Marco Polo. The term porcelain was derived from the translucent shell ”porcellana” because of it's similarity to the cowrie shell.
Sales of floor tiles in the U.S. and Canada have doubled in slightly over a decade, and the popularity of tiled floors continues to increase at a dramatic rate. The rise in tile sales can be attributed to two factors primarily: a determined and well-thought-out effort developed and sustained by marketing and sales forces within the industry; and by constant and significant improvements achieved by tile manufacturers over the past couple of decades. In slightly over twenty years we've come from fairly soft ”knob-back” floor tiles made from terracotta-like clays to extremely dense dust pressed porcelains that are all but indestructible. Walk into any tile salesroom today, and you will find mostly porcelain tiles displayed.
Cheap porcelain tiles can actually be extremely porous and difficult to clean. They will absorb all types of dirt, spills and contaminates. These types of porous tiles will start to show dirty spots especially in heavy use areas and in the center of the floor where people walk. Soon your floor will look ugly and these types of deeply embedded stains are extremely difficult to clean. Often times it can help to seal these porous tiles but this can be costly and time consuming especially for a product that you thought was dense and would be easy to clean and maintain.
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.
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