As the industry learns more about the benefits of ceramic tile each year, it is able to help educate architects, interior designers, contractors, and other specifiers on the attributes that make ceramic tile a product hero.
We know of several ceramic tile benefits: durability; fire resistance; moisture resistance; resistance to abrasion and tread wear; slip resistance; stain resistance and easy maintenance; chemical resistance; color permanence; and last but not least, hygiene.
The hygienic benefit is an overwhelming positive quality, especially when it comes to specifying ceramic tile in the hospitality and heath care sectors. Ceramic tile is antimicrobial, because it is chemically inert. It inhibits the growth of mold, mildew, fungus and other organisms. Only the grout may attract living cells, which are easily killed when tile is cleaned with warm water and a soapy agent. So not only is the material easy to maintain, it is truly hygienic from the start. Imagine the endless possibilities in restaurants, hotel suites, spas, and long-term care facilities. What a perfect partner for these venues.
Tile of Spain has seen a significant increase in the demand for beautifully crafted tiles used in a myriad of creative ways in many of these spaces. Even hospitals who have wanted to improve their “sterile” settings of typical patient rooms and common spaces, but still need to keep them hygienic, have come up with interesting ways to give the rooms a “warmer” feel with ceramic tile. Not to mention, ceramic tile has long been the first choice when specifying many operating room floors because of the hygienic and anti-slip characteristics, as well as the fact that ceramic tile does not conduct electricity.
Another hygienic benefit is that ceramic tile helps to reduce allergies and improve indoor air quality. There are generally no fibers, gases or toxic by-products released form ceramic tile. Endless options include the serene, spotless environment of a five-star luxury spa, a fine dining experience in a restaurant, long-term health care facilities, and so forth. Several Spanish manufacturers such as Apavisa, Azuvi, Inalco, Tau, Ceracasa, Roca Ceramica, and Porcelanosa have been at the forefront in the hospitality and health care sectors.
Ceramic tile has also found its way throughout the living areas of a residential home, especially those tiles that mimic other materials such as wallpaper, fabric, stone, marble, wood and so on. Safe, easy-to-clean and aesthetically pleasing proves another great way to incorporate ceramic tile into intelligent design.
For more about tile produced in Spain, contact Tile of Spain Center at the Trade Commission of Spain, 2655 Le Jeune Road, Suite 1114, Coral Gables, FL 33134. Call 305-446-4387 or visit www.spaintiles.info.