Installation and Maintenance

Unlike with ceramic tiles, porcelain requires a special thinset for it to properly adhere to the underlying substrate. So if typical DIY enthusiasts have trouble telling the difference, they should leave porcelain tile installations to the experts. Also, you should call in professional tilers if you’re not comfortable laying tile and grout, or prepping surfaces and tile pieces.

As far as maintenance, keeping porcelain tiles looking new is fairly straightforward. Spills are easily wiped up with a moist cloth, and cleaning can be done with either a mild detergent or water. For weekly maintenance, start with a natural bristle broom or vacuum to remove any dirt or particles. After the mild detergent is applied with a soft brush, rinse the tile surface with clean clear water. Immediately dry with a soft cloth.