Tile work shower Wake forest tiletrenzTile can be manufactured from an assortment of materials.  These can be quartz, stone, clay and terrazzo.  Most folks use ceramic and natural stone tiles when creating a masterpiece with this type of medium.

Ceramic tile can best be categorized as either porcelain or non-porcelain.  Traditional ceramic tile is non-porcelain and is made from white, red, and/or brown clay and other minerals. Porcelain ceramic tile is made from clay and minerals as well, but it also has 50% of a white dust or sand called feldspar. Feldspar is a type of crystal found in rock that acts as a “flux” during the kiln-drying process, melting into a glass-like material and bonding all of the molded ingredients together. Minor changes to the ingredients of ceramic tile or the kiln-drying process (i.e., to the temperature and type of kiln) create enormous variety in the appearance and characteristics of manufactured ceramic tile flooring products.Showroom 2

Porcelain and non-porcelain ceramic tile are either unglazed or glazed. Glazed tile has a matte, semi-gloss, or high-gloss finish applied to the surface during the manufacturing process. Non-porcelain, ceramic tile is among the most economical types of tile flooring. Porcelain ceramic flooring is more expensive than non-porcelain and sometimes harder to work with; it offers greater durability, natural stain resistance, minimal water absorption, and through-bodied color.

Caring for your tile:

Use a cleaner that has “neutral pH” on the label. Or you can mix baking soda and water as a homemade cleaner. Pour half a cup of baking soda into two gallons of water and mix very well. Then apply the liquid with a string mop or sponge mop. You don’t want to put harsh chemicals on tile, not even the chemicals that are in steel wool pads — there’s always a risk that you’re affecting the color or etching the polish. There might be fading or staining that you don’t notice that seeps in over time.

Tile Trenz has a showroom in Wake Forest at Gateway Commons that is next to the award-winning Heritage community.    Our Design Studio Manager will be glad to meet with you and help your tile, stone or granite creation come to life!