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.
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.
TILE MAINTENANCE AND CARE
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.
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.