Ceramic and Porcelain are both clay tiles
however despite the fact that both are man-made and created from clay, they are very different materials in looks, durability, and how they are created.
The easiest and fastest way to tell a ceramic tile from a porcelain tile is to take a look at its edge. A ceramic tile, whether for floor or wall use, has a glaze on top of the surface, giving it, it’s colour and finish.
Ceramic tiles come in two types, monocottura and bicottura. Both types are made with pressed wet clay, however monocottura is only fired once and bicottura is fired twice. A bicottura tile is much harder and denser than a monocottura tile.
Porcelain tile is made of clay dust not wet clay. The dust is dyed or pigmented into the desired colour, then compacted under extreme pressure, which makes the tile much denser and durable. The resulting tile is then fired to much higher temperatures than the ceramic tiles, resulting in a non-porous, hard and highly durable tile.
Pros & Cons
Wet Room Bathroom Styles & Designs
Wet Room style bathrooms are a hot trend in Australia right now, and for many good reasons. It’s a trend that's not disappearing anytime soon. In this article, we explain what a wet room is, the different styles of wet room bathroom design commonly seen in Australia, and the Pros and Cons of wet rooms.
What is a Wet Room?
With its design roots from Japan, a traditional wet room would usually be two rooms. The first room, known as an entrance room, is used for undressing/ dressing and would also have a bathroom vanity/sink. The 2nd room would be the actual bathroom consisting of a shower and a deep bathtub. The toilet would be separate from these two rooms.
In Australia, we don’t usually see the traditional Japanese style wet room, but rather we see many versions of wet room type bathrooms, especially in the bathroom renovation industry where the renovator is often limited by the existing room size and accessibility to existing plumbing. A wet room is a bathroom in which the shower is open (might have a partial screen but not fully enclosed) and its floor area is flush with the rest of the room.
The following wet room bathrooms are the three most common wet room designs we see in Australia.
A Practical, Budget-Friendly Laundry Renovation
A multi-functional laundry room gets a makeover to up-date it's look and to turn it's under-utilised space into a practical and stylish laundry.
Before the renovation by Northern Rivers Bathrooms, the laundry room consisted of a built-in cupboard in one end of the room, and an old metal laundry tub cabinet in the other end. There was no bench space for folding and sorting clothes.
Mouldy Bathroom Grout! Bleach, Vinegar, Methylated Spirits! What doesn't work & which one should be used sparingly?
Removing Mould From Your Bathroom
Okay, so most people when they have mould problems immediately reach for bleach, ammonia or marketed products such as Exit Mould. The trouble with these products is that they simply DO NOT KILL MOULD. You see mould/fungi contain melanin which gives it it’s colour. Bleach or bleach type products just removes the colour out of the mould. So effectively, bleach just masks the mould giving you the illusion of a mould free bathroom but the mould is still actually there, alive and growing.
The other problems with harsh chemicals like bleach and Domestos is that it will harm your grout. Not only have these chemicals been known to remove the colour from grout but they will also weaken the grout’s structure.
Vinegar is a great natural product when wanting to destroy or prevent mould growth. However it should be used with caution.
Vinegar penetrates the structure of mould and causes it to explode, which kills the mould.
Make your own vinegar solution from white vinegar using 70% parts vinegar and 30% part water. (Source: Dr Heike Neumeister-Kemp, Mycologist/mould expert).
The trouble with using vinegar as your go to cleaner is that it is an acid cleaner. Over time the acid in the vinegar will weaken the structure of your grout. If you must use vinegar we suggest to only use vinegar to kill mould initially, then only use it occasionally to keep mould at bay. Never use vinegar as your daily/weekly cleaner.
We approached ARDEX, an Australian grout manufacturer, about what type of cleaner should be used on grout. Here is what they had to say.
"Domestic and some commercial cleaners contain acidic components (such as Phosphoric Acid and
Methylated Spirits is the all round hero cleaner for your bathroom.
When it comes to killing mould, methylated spirits works the same way as vinegar. It penetrates the mould spores and makes the mould explode. (Source: Dr Heike Neumeister-Kemp, Mycologist/mould expert).
The best part about methylated spirits is that it is a neutral cleaner. This means it is safe to use on most surfaces in your bathroom, including grout. Methylated spirits is safe to use on glass, sinks, chrome taps, ceramic, stone, marble and grout. (Do not use on painted or varnished surfaces).
Another positive about methylated spirits is that it is readily bio-degradable, meaning that it breaks down quickly and naturally. It is safe for the environment.
To effectively kill mould, make your own methylated spirits cleaning solution with 80% parts methylated spirits and 20% part water.
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