Although they may look the same, the main difference between ceramic and porcelain is that ’porcelain’ tile is much denser than a ‘ceramic‘ tile. Porcelain tiles are slightly higher in cost than ceramic.

Porcelain or Ceramic?

Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic tiles are made from natural red or white clay mixtures that is been baked at high temperatures via a kiln.

A durable ‘glaze’ or design is added to the face of the tile.  Ceramic is used for both wall (backsplashes) and floor tiles.  Because ceramic is softer and easier to cut than porcelain, it is more prone to wear and in some cases chipping.

Therefore you would want to install ceramic tiles only in light to moderate traffic area(s).

Porcelain Tiles

Porcelain tiles are also made from clay and finely ground sand, which makes the porcelain much denser in nature. It is then pressed and fired at higher temperatures and for a longer period of time to help remove as much water content as possible. This process is what makes porcelain tiles denser, less porous and more hard wearing than ceramic tiles. Even harder are glazed porcelain tiles which make them more resistant to wear. They are excellent for both light and heavy traffic areas, such as kitchen floors, entrance ways and family rooms. Porcelain tiles also make beautiful outdoor floors, i.e., patios.

Full Body Porcelain Tiles

A process where the color/pattern are baked throughout the entire thickness of the tile, making them virtually impervious to wear and are suitable for any application. These porcelain tiles come in matte, unglazed and polished finish.

General Maintenance

For regular cleanings, sweeping and vacuuming is sufficient. Mopping with plain water will help to remove minor dirt and dust.  Avoid staining on the floor by wiping up spills as soon as possible.

All-purpose household cleaners can be used on porcelain tile floors. Soap less detergents such as Spic and Span or 409 can also be used.  It is recommended that a small test area be conducted with any cleaning product before applying it to the entire floor. This helps to ensure that there are no adverse effects from the cleaning product.

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