Material: Ceramic Tile
Overview: Ceramic tiles are made of natural clay minerals mixed together, glazed on one side, and then fired under extreme heat to create a strong, resilient material. You can find them in a glossy or matte finish, usually sold in half- to three-quarter-inch thick four-by-four squares, but you can also find large squares.
Pros: Very durable; dent, scratch, and stain-resistant; huge selection of colors, shapes, and sizes; affordable and very easy to clean.
Cons: Hard and cold underfoot, which can lead to back and leg fatigue if you're standing on it for a long time (which is not unusual during a cooking marathon for a dinner party, for example); slippery when wet; pretty unforgivable when a glass object is dropped on it; and while the tile itself is easy to keep clean, the grout is prone to discoloring.
Installation: Definitely DIY-able, but professional installation is recommended because the process itself is very time-consuming.
How to Clean: Sweep regularly. Damp mop with a mild detergent or vinegar-based solution, and rinse with warm water. For a high shine, wipe dry with a soft cloth.
Price range: $4 - $8 per square foot.
Kitchn Reader Reviews:
Ceramic tiles [are] fine and easy to clean. I chose them and love them. - PLCH
I have lived in a house with "hard" floors—stone, ceramic, concrete—and I will never do it again. In fact, I think any kitchen designer who suggests rock-hard flooring like that needs to have his/her professional license revoked. Meanwhile, I continue to lust for cork flooring. - SunnyBlue
While renting, we had ceramic tile. It WAS hard. (And it's not a shoe issue for me... I'm usually in socks or barefoot while cooking.) I didn't feel it on a daily basis, but if I was cooking for >3 hours straight, it was bothersome... maybe I'll get a puffy small rug to go near the stove for those rare cooking marathons. - Modern on Long Island
Never, never, never, never, ever use smooth white ceramic tile for the floor. - Pyrexmaniac
I was on my feet all morning yesterday in my ceramic-tiled kitchen and my back is still unbelievably sore. Also I don't like how fast the floor gets dirty. It looks nice, but it wouldn't be my choice if I were redoing the kitchen. It was there when we moved in. - Learp17Do you have ceramic floor tiles in your kitchen? What do you think about them? Related Kitchn Posts: • Encaustic Tile for the Kitchen Floor and Wall • Clay Tile Kitchen Floors • (Thermally) Cool Flooring for the Kitchen
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