By Eugenia Honore. Ceramic Tile. Published at Sunday, May 19th, 2019 - 06:36:31 AM.
The composition of vitrified tiles is homogenous in nature. Ceramic tiles only have a decorative glaze on top of its clay layer. To achieve a glossy look, vitrified tiles are manually polished. Ceramic tiles however bases its beauty to the durability of the glaze applied over it. However, most glazes are not that durable and scratch resistant and over time, it yellows, it cracks and it chips. Both vitrified and ceramic tiles are difficult to stain because of its non – porous properties. However, the grout that places them intact is the one who is more likely to be stained.
Dirt and dusts can make your tiles undesirable if you won't do something about it. To maintain that stylish look of your ceramic tiles, know the must-learn things you should consider when cleaning ceramic tiles floors. Ceramic tiles are widely used in every household. Many people choose these tiles because of their good quality and trendy designs and colors. Choosing ceramic tiles makes your home a cleaner and more stunning place to stay. The glazing designs of these tiles add elegance and sophistication to your home which everybody will find desirable and appealing. It feels good within to know that people have this good impression to your home and of course, you would love to keep their impressions for a long time. Since your ceramic tiles contribute a lot to that attractive look inside your home, it is always appropriate to take care of your tile flooring so as to keep the exquisiteness for a longer time. And one good way to maintain that glamour is proper cleaning of your ceramic tile floors.
Flooring presents other challenges, and opportunities. Clearly floor tiles must be durable so high fire stoneware is the best choice. Any kind of relief is not advised as uneven surfaces can be difficult to walk on, especially for the aged. An additional consideration with flooring tiles is slickness. A glossy glaze on a floor is not recommended. A heavily textured glaze or a matte glaze is best. Outdoor use in cold climates demands high fired tiles and dependable glazes, especially if on horizontal surfaces. Low fire and even porous tiles can be used outdoors in cold climates if on or in a vertical surface. But you are still better off with a frost proof tile in cold climates.
Keep Your Tools Ready – The first thing to do is to make sure that the tools you will use are ready at hand. These tools should include basic carpentry tools like an accurate measuring tape, a carpenter's square and a bubble level. You should also be prepared with the tiles and all you need to space them and put them together: tile spaces, a tile cutter, a trowel, and a putty knife. Then you must get your adhesives ready: tile bonding material, thin set mortar or tile adhesive, the sealant, the grout and a rubber grout float. Also you must make sure that you are wearing work clothes or overalls, glasses and heavy-duty gloves for safety.
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