Published at Saturday, May 11th, 2019 - 12:18:35 PM. Ceramic Tile. By Odette Grenier.
Such a cermic tile would not be suitable for certain applications. For example if you intend to use the tile for a backsplash, counter top or tabletop you will need a very durable tile that will hold up to frequent cleaning and in the case of a countertop or tabletop, some hard use too. Stoneware clays are the most suitable for this sort of use. Stoneware is normally fired to about cone 6 (around 2200 degrees F) and is very strong. But in your inquiry, don't stop with what kind of clay the tiles are made from. Glazes vary enormously and even so-called 'food-safe' glazes can leach out chemicals, stain and lose their color. Many manufactured tiles are poorly made and will not hold up to the uses they are marketed for. Of course, there are many quite excellent manufactured tiles too so you need to inquire to be sure. That information however may or not be readily available.
Installing ceramic tile flooring can be done by anyone with good sight (or glasses), who has the physical condition required to scrub, scrape, kneel, and bend. You'll need to be careful enough to handle a wet tile saw or utility knife. and patient enough to smooth mortar evenly, yet with grooves. You'll need several hours, depending on the size of the floor, and if the floor is a bathroom and you have children, a second bathroom that they can use might come in handy, as a couple of hours are required for the mortar to dry.
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