We're remodeling our kitchen and my wife has fallen in love with a
porcelain tile that has a high shine. I'm not sure if you refer to
such tile as "polished" porcelain or not. However, my father-in-law
has cautioned us against this choice claiming that it can get very
slippery when wet and would be overly hazardous for a kitchen floor.
I, too, think it is very attractive but wanted to do my due diligence
to ensure we're not making a mistake. Any advice would be appreciated.
Good for walls, but I don't recommend it for floors. After a while it
will tend to become less glossy in the high traffic areas. I guess if you
don't have that much traffic, it could last a long time. I have not noticed
a problem with slipping, normally, but with the right combination of shoe
soles and water, I expect it could be a problem.
Depends on the size of the tile. A high gloss 1" tile is not going to
be nearly as slippery as a 16" tile. I would go with a tile that has
some texture but no spots to catch dirt. Our master bathroom has 12",
genuine imitation, marble on the floor and it is a death trap.
Go with a dark grout and forget about the sealers and all the other
nonsense. No matter what you do the grout will get stained. My grout
was the color of spilled coffee when I put it in and after several
spills it still looks the same. Kitchen grout killers:
coffee, tea, red wine, all kinds of jellies, tomato sauce, kool aid,
food dye, etc.
The mfg. or package might give a clue. Do they call it floor tile? I
would be afraid of a shiny glazed tile. We have porcellain tile, but
with more of a matte finish, irregular surface that looks a bit like old
stone. Ours isn't at all slippery. In addition to being slippery when
wet, it may also be a hazard to those in stockings or slippery shoes.
It is the rage in Florida to tile walkways and patios with tile that is
very slippery when wet. Depends a bit on whether slipperiness is
expected. Retired nurse - can't ignore the safety issues :o)
porcelain is harder (less porous) than ceramic tile, so can be much more
slippery, expecially the glossy kind
you could buy one tile, wet it, and slide a bare foot across it to see
a textured tile might be best for a kitchen (or bathroom) application where
one has to contend with liquid spills on the floor
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