Encaustic tiles are a hot trend that has been appearing in decorating blogs and magazine spreads over the past few years. The bold patterns make a striking floor and wall tile option, particularly when used in a large space. But what exactly are encaustic tiles and how do they work in modern homes?
Unlike porcelain, glazed and ceramic tiles, encaustic tiles are made of cement. Traditionally, the cement was mixed with gypsum to form a thick paste that could be hand-pressed into sheets or moulded into shapes. The cement would then dry in the sun or in a heated room to achieve a hard, durable surface. However, the introduction of new tile production techniques in the 1860s allowed for a faster and cheaper process known as dust-pressing. The patterned’middle’ layer of the tile was then poured on top of a layer of fine Portland cement and sand before being hydraulically pressed under 1,700 PSI to create a solid, heavy tile.
The process is similar to the one that is used today to manufacture MSI’s encaustic tile range, although it uses more advanced machinery and has been perfected to provide a more consistent and quality product. As a result, the resulting cement encaustic tiles are of a much higher standard than those of the past and can be installed with confidence in both residential and commercial spaces.
Cement encaustic tiles can add a unique touch to any home, whether used as wall tile or floor tile. The designs are both classic and contemporary and can complement either historical or newer homes. They can also be used to update and refresh bathrooms and kitchens, and work well with the latest tapware and fixtures.
When it comes to installing encaustic tiles, it is important to carefully consider the pattern and color that you choose and how this will coordinate with the rest of your bathroom or kitchen. Using a strong, graphic pattern with a bright or dark background color can be very effective in creating a stunning effect on any floor. However, if you are using a pattern on the wall, then it is a good idea to pair it with soft neutrals or white tiles to ensure that it does not overwhelm the room.
The best way to maintain the appearance of your encaustic tiles is to regularly clean them using warm water and a pH-neutral mild detergent. This will help to avoid dirt and grime from building up and staining the surface. It is also a good idea to lay a floor mat in areas of high foot traffic or near doorways to prevent wear and tear on the tiles. It is also a good idea to use a non-slip flooring underlay or mat to prevent accidents, especially in wet rooms. Encaustic Tiles