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Even a glaze said to be food-safe often is not. John Hesselberth and Ron Roy in their book Mastering Cone 6 Glazes demonstrate this by placing a lemon wedge on a food-safe glazed piece of ceramics. Within hours the glaze is discolored from leaching out of the chemicals. Unfortunately the food-safeness of a glazed or handpainted ceramic tile is difficult to determine unless you can speak with the maker because of the fact that many glazes said to be food-safe are not. Which is one of the great advantages of handmade tiles - the ceramic artist can tell you if it is food-safe.
Not all tiles are created equal and the differences can determine if your ceramic tiles will hold up to the use you are putting them. For example low fire tiles or tiles that have only been through a bisque firing are generally less expensive but not nearly as durable as high fired tiles. Even if the tile has been glazed it may still have only gone through one firing and very possibly only a low firing so the fact of it being glossy and colorful is no indication that the tile has the durability of a high-fired tile. Greenware - ceramics that has dried but not been fired can be glazed with a low fire glaze and fired to a comparatively low temperature.
For plywood subfloors be sure that the wood is at least 1 and 1/8 inches thick and is supported by an equally strong underlayment. Otherwise your ceramic tiles will dislodge easily or worse break and need replacing. Concrete floors are the most ideal subfloor surface to work with. But before you can start installing ceramic tile flooring over it it must be cleaned thoroughly. For dust and other debris sweep and then mop your concrete subfloor surface and allow it to dry completely. Smooth concrete surfaces must be rough sanded just like vinyl floors to allow the tiling mortar some grip.
Here at Handmade Ceramics and Fine Art Studios we make our own glazes based on the recipes tried and tested. If you cant find out whether your ceramic art tile is OK with food youre better off not using it for that purpose. Use it as a ceramic wall tile or if it is durable and mostly flat for a trivet. Installing ceramic tile floors is not as hard as it looks. With a little knowledge and an easy step-by-step guide on how to do it you can already be tiling your way to your dream floor. Here are some basic ceramic tiling tips you can chew on when you plan on installing ceramic tile floors at your home.
The kind of ceramic floor tiles you are looking for should have three main qualities: The ability to withstand water absorption impressive resistance to abrasion and constant use as well as high aesthetic qualities. Most hardware stores are open to requests for information like details tile strength and ability to withstand regular use and scratching and resistance to physical stress and liquids. Gaining information will help you a lot in your ceramic tile installation and maintenance. When hesitating between two options it never hurts to seek assistance from your tile dealer or someone who knows tiles better than you.
If the current tile floor is set over a mortar bed the easiest way to remove them would be to use a large flat-bladed chisel and just hammer away. Be sure to keep yourself protected. 2) Try to get an estimate of the project by taking down the length and width of the floor area that you will be tiling. When you go window-shopping make sure to bring your measurements and discuss it with your hardware or home center specialists. Those measurements will help you a lot in estimating how much ceramic floor tiles you need to buy. It will also help you estimate how much cement and grout and the tools youll need for your ceramic tile installation.