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By Garima Oberoi: Hardwood flooring looks elegant and is a great choice for the modern home. Unfortunately, these are really delicate and require a lot of care in order to maintain their great looks. Those who find it too difficult to maintain their hardwood flooring have a wonderful option these days which is not only attractive but are much tougher than hardwood floors. So what is this option and what makes them so special? Vitrified tiles is one of the best options for giving your home a modern look and is a wonderful alternative to hardwood flooring.

Vitrified Tiles: What Are They?

These tiles are made using the vitrification process which combines 40% clay and 60% silica in order to form vitrified tiles. The process of vitrification makes the output product non-porous and hard and this also gives them the added advantages over marble and similar natural stones which are porous and requires a great deal of care.

Vitrified tiles do not require any kind of maintenance at all. These are non abrasive and can also be used in areas which are made use of a lot. Another great advantage these tiles have over hardwood or any other type of flooring is that the designs are printed using soluble salts and has the capacity of penetrating the surface of the tile to about 3mm. Basically, this means that your vitrified tile has designs which are at a depth of about 30% of the thickness of the tiles.

With so many advantages, these tiles have only one disadvantage. These tiles are not yet available in numerous colors and shades. Apart from this, the benefits they offer is beyond compare and will ensure an elegant and durable flooring option for the entire home.

Other Advantages

Some of the other advantages offered by vitrified tiles are as follows:

- Changes in moisture level or temperature does not contract or expand the tiles unlike it does to a wooden flooring.
- You can make use of spacers to create uniform gaps at the time of fixing them or filling them.
- No maintenance is needed. All you need to do to care for your tiles is sweep them.

Cleaning Tips

- To keep dusts away, you can use floor mats at entrance points.
- Do not make use of harsh chemical solvents or cleaners on the tiles.
- Scrape out cracked or powdery joints and refill them at least once every year so that they are maintained in good condition. Damp mopping is also appropriate.

Author: Garima Oberoi is a shopaholic who has blended her passion for shopping with her technical expertise. Garima has been in the online commerce space for more than a decade and has co-founded, a shopping marketplace that provides comprehensive information about features, prices and availability of all the latest products launched in India. Visit my website for more information on vitrified tiles

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