The word “Encaustic” means to “heat or burn” which is a Greek terminology. These are named after the process used in their making which includes burning and heating to seal the dyes and clays in to the tiles and to give them proper texture.
Encaustic tiles are basically little different from ceramic tiles. However, many people confuse the encaustic tiles with cement tiles. But they vary in texture and material. Cement tiles are made of cement mixed with sand, pigments and other powders but the encaustic tiles in Sydney are made from clay or glaze. Cement tiles are used in tropical areas where temperature is not very cold. The cement tile usually absorbs cold whereas encaustic tiles can be used in such environment and can also be used for outdoor purpose. These tiles are frost-prof which makes them suitable for colder areas. These tiles surface are made from clay of usually two colors but there can be as many as six colors on an encaustic tile. These are then burned and fired.
Encaustic tiles have long history. These go back in 1850 where the first hydraulic press was installed. These are still equally famous these days. These are used for home interior and are a very good idea for renovating your house. These tiles are available in various colors and patterns. The design on encaustic tiles usually derives inspiration from different architects and culture. These tiles are used in bathrooms, kitchen showers, splash tiles and living rooms and are also appropriate for areas which are used excessively like floors.
The encaustic tiles are easy to install and these are very durable. The lifespan of these tiles can further be increased by proper maintenance and regular cleaning. Try to spray them as soon as they get dirty or stained by water and reapply the sealing after every couple of years. For best looking tiles you need to make sure that no kind of liquid resides on their surface because liquid like soda vine vinegar or even water can leave stain in tiles. Therefore, try to keep these as dry as you can.
To prevent the floor tiles from dust and dirt, you may use matt on entrance so that most of the dirt is absorbed by the matt and tiles remain as clean as possible. Another tip for encaustic tiles maintenance is you should never use acid on them for cleaning because these react with their material and damages the seal.