By Taillefer Jolivet. Porcelain Tile. Published at Friday, May 17th, 2019 - 00:15:31 AM.
If you prefer porcelain tiles, you should note there is a further substantial difference between glazed and un-glazed porcelain tiles. Those that are glazed are given a coat of liquid glass right before they are placed in the clay oven. This coating means that your tiles will not show any wear and tear, even after lengthy periods of time. Un-glazed porcelain tiles are more exposed, so more at risk of wear and tear, however they do look stunning, thus it is simply a matter of personal taste. Porcelain tiles, much like ceramic tiles, can be coloured, so you have more choice than plain white tiles, which of course look very elegant and stylish also.
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.
Application of tiles, are rated according to the Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) rating system from PEI Class 1 up to PEI Class 5. If you are looking for the right tiles to be used for your walls or ceiling, the PEI Class 1 is recommended, because the tiles are not exposed to any impact. You can choose the PEI Classes 2 and 3 for your bathroom tiles, and the PEI Classes 3 to 5 as kitchen and tabletops and as flooring in any part of your home or building according to the impact, foot traffic, or exposure of the area where you will install your porcelain 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.
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