Benefits of Tile:
Even before the pandemic, knowing the importance of hygiene in your home has been a top priority for families everywhere. Not only is your home a place to rest and recharge after work, school, and socializing, our homes are now makeshift offices, classrooms, gyms, studios—you name it. But it’s also a family’s safe space, to care for and protect the ones we love most.
Which is why considering the materials used throughout the home are such a critical part of your space. Many surface covering options contain harmful pollutants that we may be especially wary of when enjoying our daily lives where we spend time most.
Unlike other flooring types, tile is completely inhospitable to bacteria. That means no mold or mildew, and a healthier home for you. Ceramic tile contains none of the following contaminants and can help you create a hygienic living environment:
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs): Some VOCs emitted by non-ceramic building products can contribute to a wide variety of health problems, including “sick building syndrome”. Because ceramic tile is produced (fired) at extremely high temperatures, producing what is called an “inorganic” material, it has zero VOCs.
- Allergens: Ceramic tile’s hard-fired surface won’t harbor dust mites and is also inhospitable to bacteria, fungi, mold, and other irritants that contribute to allergies.
- Formaldehyde: Some wood products may contain formaldehyde. Certain levels of formaldehyde can irritate asthma and other respiratory disorders, but ceramic tile does not contain formaldehyde.
- Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC): PVC is a resin used in some vinyl flooring and is regularly a subject of concern among health experts and builders. Ceramic tile is free of PVC.
- Plastic: Ceramic tile contains no plastic and has none of the health or environmental concerns associated with plastic.
Other healthy advantages that tile has over the competition make it both stylish and sensible:
- Easy to clean: Wiping with some soap and water is all that’s needed to clean up most messes — no harsh chemicals are necessary.
- Bacteria-resistant: Ceramic tile is resistant to the growth of bacteria and other microbes such as mold.
- Antimicrobial: Options are available with antimicrobial properties that can suppress and even destroy harmful microorganisms, such as mold, fungi, bacteria, and viruses.
- Hypoallergenic: Ceramic tile contains no allergens and allergens in the environment such as dust, dirt, and pollen are easy to remove and can’t penetrate tile’s hard-fired surface.