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CERAMIC TILE: Ceramic tile is arguably the most versatile material for both floors and walls. It is easy to clean, extremely long lasting, does not absorb smell, water or allergens, is fireproof, can be installed in any part of the house and comes in an infinite array of colors and patterns to suit any style or design. Ceramic tiles are used extensively world wide for their durability, sanitary nature and versatile, attractive facades.

PORCELAIN TILE: Porcelain tiles are often grouped into the same category as ceramic tiles, and although they are very similar there are certain differences that can make Porcelain tiles more suitable for certain applications. The raw materials used to make Porcelain tiles are finer than those used for Ceramic tiles, the formation of the tiles is done with a heavier hydraulic press and the tiles are fired under higher temperatures in the kiln. This makes for an overall denser composition in the tile.

The different properties of Ceramic and Porcelain tiles do not necessarily mean that one is better than the other. Rather, one is better than the other for particular applications. For example, Porcelain is more appropriate for extremely high traffic areas or areas that are sensitive to any absorption of liquids or allergens, like hospitals.


DO NOT: Use steel wool pads, scouring pads, or any items containing harsh aids like metal.

DO NOT: Use cleansers that contain any ammonia, bleach and/or acid for cleaning and maintenance.

DO NOT: Use any oil based detergents, wax cleaners, or sealants in the maintenance of your tiles.

DO NOT: Use agents that contain dye/color on stone or unglazed Ceramic tile.

DO: Seal on all grouted joints.

DO: Test scouring powders on a small area or a sample tile first (not recommended for natural stone).

DO: Have any damaged or broken tiles removed and replaced only by a qualified contractor.

Ceramic and Porcelain tiles are some of the easiest products, both when used as floor and wall tile, to take care of. For basic cleaning just sweep or use a vacuum. If you have Epoxy grout you do not need to do anything, but if you do not, it is recommended that you apply a silicone sealer about twice a year.

QUARRY TILE: A glazed or unglazed tile made by the extrusion process from natural clay or shale. This tile is most common in the dark red shades but is also available in shades of brown and gray.

MEXICAN TILE/TERRACOTTA: This tile is generally hand made and varies in color, texture and appearance. The tile is available in various shapes and sizes. The tile may come pre-finished or require the application of various types of sealers or coatings on-site to provide a wearing surface.

TERRAZZO TILE: Pre-manufactured consisting of marble or granite chips in a portland cement or epoxy matrix in various thickness' and sizes. Terrazzo's all-natural materials are one of the reasons that it lasts so long and is totally recyclable, making it environmentally friendly. It is hypoallergenic and is water (as long as it is sealed) and bacteria resistant. For these reasons, it is most often used in kitchens, bathrooms, entryways and as flooring in commercial buildings. Terrazzo tends to be very cold and hard underfoot. That is one reason it is used mainly in commercial buildings and in places in residential homes that don't require too much standing.


A Terrazzo floor is one of the easiest types of flooring to maintain. You will need to lightly sweep the floor to remove visible debris. You don't need to use harsh or abrasive cleansers to clean the floor; if you do, you run the risk of scratching any marble pieces. Simply use a damp mop to clean. If the floor is sealed properly, the water will not damage it.