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Today trim tiles are available to cove backsplashes and front edge treatments. Installing ceramic tile countertop includes steps such as preparing the counter surface laying out the tiles applying adhesives embedding the tiles setting the edge tile setting and spacing tiles setting perimeter tiles and applying sealer and grout. Ceramic tile countertops are generally set on mortar bed or cement backer board with thin set mortar. For best results the field tile the trim and accents must be carefully selected. As they are easy to clean it is always advisable to use cement grouts and epoxy grouts. Finishes such as glazed porcelain quarry and mosaic can be applied to add to the charm of ceramic tile countertops. Ceramic tile countertops have certain downsides too. Since the grout between the tiles is light color and can harbor germs they require constant maintenance and cleaning. Ceramic tiles are prone to break and they cannot be easily repaired.
Even a glaze said to be food-safe often is not. John Hesselberth and Ron Roy in their book Mastering Cone 6 Glazes demonstrate this by placing a lemon wedge on a food-safe glazed piece of ceramics. Within hours the glaze is discolored from leaching out of the chemicals. Unfortunately the food-safeness of a glazed or handpainted ceramic tile is difficult to determine unless you can speak with the maker because of the fact that many glazes said to be food-safe are not. Which is one of the great advantages of handmade tiles - the ceramic artist can tell you if it is food-safe.
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During installation tiles should be placed so that there are no gaps left between the individual tiles. Otherwise the tile can leak and seepage will occur in the spaces left behind. Seepage is a common problem in many households and the tiles are also harder to clean as dirt and dust will build up in the cracks and cannot be reached with a vacuum or sponge. Quickly clean ceramic tile will become a hopeless dream. Clean ceramic tile is also safer tile. Not only does cleaning help to extend the life and quality of tiles it can help to extend the life of the family.