Ceramic Tile & Porcelain Tiling
Ceramic & Porcelain Tiling
- All tiles are green
- To lay tile the floor must be flat not level
- Rectified tile is squared, makes it possible to have the smallest grout line
- Tile is one of the most cost effective options for residential applications
- Tile is hypoallergenic and will not absorb dust, fumes, smoke, or other allergy-inducing elements
- American Olean
- Arizona Tile
- Casa Dolce Casa
- Crossville Porcelain
- Master Tile
- Happy Floors
- Ceramic Tile – made from a mixture of clay, sand and other natural materials that have been shaped and baked, or fired at a high temperature. Once fired the hardened clay body, also called a bisque, can be left untreated or glazed to add colors and designs.
- Porcelain Tiling – made with the dust pressed method and uses a blend of finer grain clays, feldspar and other minerals. The resulting tile is dense, impervious, with a water absorption value of 0.5% or less, and smooth. Tiles are fired at a much higher temperature than ceramic to produce a harder and denser tile.
- Glazed porcelain – much harder and more wear and damage resistant than non-porcelain ceramic tiles making them suitable for residential or commercial applications
- Through-body porcelain tile – carry the color and pattern through the entire thickness of the tile allowing them to wear better than glazed porcelain tiles
- Patios and other outdoor areas
- Always refer to the tile manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Daily cleaning – vacuum, sweep, or dry mop floors daily especially on new installations where the grout has not fully cured.
- Weekly cleaning – Mop or sponge the tile with warm water to remove dust and dirt or a ph neutral detergent may be added.
- Intensive cleaning – Use products specifically designed to clean tile. A blend of unique ingredients allow these products to outperform others sold in grocery or hardware stores.
Tile Cleaning Precautions
- Using ammonia can discolor grout
- Steel wool pads and other cleaners contain metal and harsh abrasives that may scratch tile glaze.
- Vinegar, acid or bleach may etch the tile & grout over time and can cause colored grout to fade.
- Cleaners that contain color on unglazed ceramic tile or natural stone will stain.
- Wax on glazed tile can build up and can make tile slippery.