Bathroom tile in kitchen


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Old 02-05-03, 05:16 PM
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My husband and I have recently purchased a home that has bathroom wall ceramic tile (4" BLACK glossy) on the KITCHEN floor. I can not begin to express the efforts I have exhausted attempting to clean and keep the floor clean looking. EVERYTHING shows, water marks, soap streaks, foot prints and such.... I even resorted to using a hand-held car buffer on the floor! Any suggestions??? Also, is it possible to apply a commercial application of wax to this very non-pourous floor??
 
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Old 02-07-03, 06:22 AM
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Dear Bb2364,
unfortunately only certain types of ceramic wall tiles are suitable for floors, because of the different conditions of use they must undergo.
Glazed tiles should never be waxed.
The first thing I can suggest you is to repair with mats the area in front of the sink.
I think you can ask a contractor specialised in cleaning, or consult a tile wholesaler for some kind of commercial tile cleaner (do test it in a small area before using).

good luck
 
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Old 02-07-03, 02:35 PM
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Careful now 'cause there is never a case when a "wall tile" would be acceptable for use on a floor. The bisque is much too soft and the glazing isn't rated anywhere near what is necessary for any type of foot traffic. In fact wall tile glazing isn't rated at all to my knowledge and doesn't have a Use Grade Level designation.
 
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Old 02-07-03, 08:37 PM
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Cleaning ceramic tile

There are commercial tile cleaners available. Try cleaning the floor with vinegar/water solution (1/2 cup to 1 gallon of water). Do a section at a time and buff with dry cloth.

As already advised, the 4x4 ceramic wall tile is not recommended for floors and ceramic tiles should not be waxed.

Most ceramic tile is rated for use by the Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) abrasion test and is recommended by the American Society Testing Materials (ASTM). PEI ratings measure the wear resistance of the tile surface.

Class 1 - No Foot Traffic:
Ceramic tile suggested for interior residential and commercial wall applications only. (THESE INCLUDE THE 4X4 WALL TILES)

Class 2 - Light Traffic:
Ceramic tile suggested for interior residential and commercial wall applications and for residential bathroom floor applications only.

Class 3 - Light to Moderate Traffic:
Ceramic tile suggested for residential floor, countertop, and wall applications.

Class 4 - Moderate to Heavy Traffic:
Ceramic tile suggested for residential, medium commercial and light institutional floor and wall applications.

Class 4+ - Heavy to Extra Heavy Traffic:
Ceramic tile suggested for residential, commercial and institutional floor and wall applications subjected to heavy to extra heavy traffic.

Class 5: Tiles suitable for heavy traffic and wet area where safety and maximum performance are a major concern such as exterior walkways, food service, salad bars, building entrances, around swimming pools or shopping centers
 
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Old 02-07-03, 09:51 PM
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Now this is odd.

My information is a little different. H-m-m-m-m!!! Interesting.

I. Light foot traffic without scratching dirt and direct outside access, such as in a residential bath.

II. Residential areas but without exposure to abnormal footwear or outside access.

III. Normal residential areas and normal footwear and traffic.

IV. Commercial foot traffic such as entrances, kitchens, offices and sales rooms.

V. Areas subjected to severe pedestrian traffic such as airports, shopping centers, hotel foyers, public walkways, and industrial applications.

O. Decorative only with no use on floors.
 
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Old 02-10-03, 01:50 AM
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dear Bud,
only a clarification: in fact we provide a lot of single-fired tiles suitable for both floors and walls, but they have at least PEI IV.
Moreover, most of our wall tiles have PEI III.
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Old 02-10-03, 01:16 PM
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OH IC the ole Trojan Horse routine huh?

Well gi.gio the average person that comes here (or to any of these boards) has no idea what the hell you or I are talking about when it comes to PEI Ratings.

A-n-n-n-n-d...Wall tiles (all wall tiles) manufactured by the average major manufacturer DO NOT meet the Grade IV requirements as you say yours does. A-n-n-n-n-d ARE NOT SUITABLE for use on floors.

S-o-o-o-o-o...I stand by what twelvepole and I have already said.

By the way your URL? "Page Cannot Be Found" I tried!
 
 

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