Tough Enough? Porcelain tile stands up to heavy foot traffic, splashed water and will last for years.
How to Clean: Porcelain is easy to clean. Wipe up water immediately, sweep or vacuum regularly, and damp mop weekly. Avoid abrasives such as steel wool and scouring pads. Unglazed porcelain requires more frequent cleaning.
Underlayment. Porcelain tile should be installed on a subfloor that’s smooth, flat and rigid. It can go on a concrete slab, cement-based backer board, underlayment-grade plywood, and existing tile if it’s in good condition.
The Lowdown. Porcelain is crafted from a mix of fine clays and minerals fired at extremely high temperatures, making it harder and denser than ceramic tile. Porcelain resists staining, water, bacteria and odors. It’s difficult to scratch, resists fire, and comes in a variety of shapes, colors and styles. Keep in mind that without radiant heat underneath, ceramic tile can be cold on your feet, and it can be uncomfortable to stand on for long periods. Also be aware that the tiles can crack and the grout can become stained. Newer designs draw inspiration from exotic locales and fashion runways, with surfaces that evoke leather, fabric, even animal prints
Porcelain is fairly difficult to install. As such, installation is usually best left to professionals.