By Maurina Guiraud. Porcelain Tile. Published at Sunday, May 19th, 2019 - 21:23:06 PM.
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.
Cleaning porcelain tiles is easy and they are generally an easy tile to maintain, again depending on what type of tile you choose will determine the type of cleaner that is most suitable. Avoiding bleach products is always best when it comes to tiles as this can damage the appearance of some tiles and there are many mild cleaning products on the market that will be more suitable for your porcelain tiles. The polished variety of Tiles probably needs the most care as the glaze on the tile can be damaged if you use harsh cleaning substances. Polished tiles should be swept clear of dirt initially and then a mild cleaning solution can be used and then toweled dry. The same cleaning rules will apply to unpolished tiles and again avoiding bleach or harsh chemicals is a must. Textured porcelain tiles can accumulate more dirt as they have the ability to harbour dust and dirt more easily and more time needs to be taken in sweeping the tile to remove any dirt before applying a cleaning solution.
All types of tile are more durable and dense than ceramic tile and require less maintenance than natural stone and hardwood. Glazed porcelain is more difficult to scratch and stain and resists moisture and frost. It is an attractive option for high-traffic areas and is easy to keep clean. It doesn't need to be polished or waxed and only needs sealing if a polished or unglazed tile was installed. Finally, at a fraction of the cost of natural stone can imitate this look for less without the headache of maintaining natural stone.
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.
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