Porcelain Tile / September 10, 2018 / Brousseau
In choosing your tiles do not get confused with the terms non-porcelain and ceramic tiles because although technically porcelain is a kind of ceramic ware the term ceramic tile is usually referred to as non-porcelain. These tiles are hard and non-porous and absorb very minimal water as compared to ceramic tiles which are softer and have high water absorption. Porcelain tiles are highly durable because they can resist abrasions unlike ceramic tiles that are prone to chipping and scratches.
Some of the more common issues that cheap porcelain tiles can have include: Cheap porcelain tiles can actually be extremely porous and difficult to clean. They will absorb all types of dirt spills and contaminates. These types of porous tiles will start to show dirty spots especially in heavy use areas and in the center of the floor where people walk. Soon your floor will look ugly and these types of deeply embedded stains are extremely difficult to clean. Often times it can help to seal these porous tiles but this can be costly and time consuming especially for a product that you thought was dense and would be easy to clean and maintain.
To get more acquainted with the product porcelain is defined in the Meriam-Webster Dictionary as a fine grained translucent ceramic ware. There are different kinds of ceramic materials but porcelain comes from the more common type of material called whiteware. Porcelain was first discovered in China and it is believed to have been brought to Europe by the great merchant and explorer Marco Polo. The term porcelain was derived from the translucent shell porcellana because of its similarity to the cowrie shell.