Q: How is Ceramic Tile Made?

A: Powdered clays and sand are pressed under 2,400 psi (pounds per square inch) into the desired tile shape.
Next, the tile is glazed with different colors and silk screens, then fired at temperatures reaching 1,180° C or
2,500° F. The finished product is a durable, maintenance-free ceramic tile.

Q: How does ceramic tile compare to other flooring for durability and cost?

A: Ceramic tile is unmatched in durability and long-term cost savings. In studies conducted by independent
laboratories, ceramic tile proved to be far more durable and to have less long-term cost of any material tested
including vinyl, carpet and wood. (Long-term costs include material, installation, replacement needs and maintenance.)

Q: Is tile appropriate for a kitchen?

A: Yes, tile is actually recommended for a kitchen. Its resistance to heat
and moisture, durability, and ease of maintenance make it perfect for the kitchen.

Q: Can tile raise the value of my home?

A: Yes. The National Association of Home Builders has found that the quality and
style of the kitchen significantly impacts the value of a home. With little effort
tile greatly enhances the appearance and practicality of the kitchen.

Q: Can tile make a small room look larger?

A: Yes, larger tiles give a cleaner look and can actually make a small area look larger.
Depending on the room’s size, a 12 inch or 13 inch tile will create the illusion of a larger room.

Q: Can tile be used on counter tops?

A: Tile is guaranteed not to scorch, burn, or melt if a hot skillet or pan accidentally
sits on its surface. This makes tile a great alternative for countertops.

Q: Will tile fade over time if exposed to direct sunlight?

A: No. A tile’s color and glaze are fired on at temperatures up to 2300 deg. F. This allows
tile to be installed in sunrooms, outdoors, or any other sunny places without concern about fading.

Q: What determines the grout color?

A: You want to use a complementary grout color to create a more uniform, blended look.
Contrasting grout colors tend to highlight each tile, creating a more dramatic grid effect.
Ultimately, an individual’s taste and style will determine the grout color selected.

Q: Will grout stain or get dirty easily?

A: No. Grout will look as good as new for years if a penetrating type sealer is used
after installation and spills are cleaned up quickly.

Q: Is there any on-going maintenance with tile?

A: No. All that is necessary is damp mopping or sponging with a mild cleaner,
if the tile is properly installed.

Q: Can tile be installed in the bedroom?

A: Yes. Tile is becoming a more popular choice for bedrooms. Tile offers natural comfort and
easy maintenance. In addition, tile provides a tasteful, stylish feel to any bedroom.

Q: Is a tiled floor cold to the touch?

A: No. This is a common misconception. The temperature of the room determines the tile’s temperature.
If the room is cold the tile will be cold, if the room is warm the tile will be warm.

Routine Care for Your Tile

Glazed-tile walls in your home will easily keep their lovely look with simple routine care. Just wipe regularly
with a damp cloth or sponge, using a non-abrasive household cleaner. A window cleaner (such as Windex or
Glass-Plus) is ideal for cleaning glossy tile surfaces.

For glazed-tile floors, vacuum regularly to remove dirt and gritty particles. Follow with a mop or sponge dampened
with an approved household cleaner.
Tiled surfaces in your bathroom (tub, shower, vanity tops, etc.) may require more thorough routine cleaning
because of build-up of soap scum, body oils, or hard-water stains. Use the usual “clean, damp cloth or sponge” with
an all-purpose cleaner, but allow it to stand for about five minutes before rinsing and drying. (You may also use a
solution of equal parts of water and white vinegar or a commercial cleaner available from your Traditions in Tile

Here’s a hint on how to keep shower walls mildew-free: clean regularly with tile cleaner or fungicide
such as Lysol or ammonia. Dry with a towel after each use and leave curtain or door open between showers.


DO’s and DON’Ts of Ceramic Tile Care

-> Do not combine ammonia and household bleaches.

-> Do not use harsh cleaning agents (such as steel wool pads) which can
scratch or damage the surface of your tile.

-> Do test scouring pads in a small area first.

-> Do use a silicone sealer on grout joints if continuous staining is a problem.

Heavy-Duty Cleaning

For high traffic areas or when tile has been neglected for a long time, heavy-duty cleaning may be required.
Glazed walls and countertops should be cleaned with a scouring powder, commercial tile cleaner or all-purpose
cleaner applied with non-metallic or very fine stainless steel pad. Rinse and wipe dry.

To clean badly soiled countertops, cover with a solution of scouring powder and very hot water. Let stand
for about five minutes, then scrub with a stiff brush. Rinse thoroughly. If stain remains, apply bleach and
let stand. Rinse well with clean water and dry after all cleaning.
For glazed floors, use a commercial tile cleaner, or apply a strong solution of all-purpose cleaner of scouring
powder paste. Let stand five minutes, brush and scrub. Then rinse with clean water and wipe dry.

Use chlorine bleach or hydrogen peroxide for stained shower surfaces. If badly stained, it’s best to try a
scouring powder containing a bleaching agent, such as Ajax or Comet. Let stand for four to six hours before
scrubbing and rinsing thoroughly.

Remember, prompt clean-up of spills and regular cleaning will keep your ceramic tile surfaces looking their best.