The installation and maintenance of kitchen tiles depend on the material. How frequently you need to clean the tile, how you should clean it and the general aesthetic deterioration over time will also be determined by the material you choose. The finish, texture, pattern and other elements will come into play as some designs make kitchen tiles look reasonably pleasant even when they are quite dirty. Some patterns help to conceal stains. This is a double edged sword actually. You may not know the extent of deterioration if you cannot easily spot the stains. But if the kitchen tiles are with no distinct pattern or have a colour that makes the stains more pronounced, then you would need a more frequent cleaning and maintenance schedule.
Ceramic and vitrified kitchen tiles can come in a myriad of patterns, from checkered to herringbone and honeycomb among others. You may opt for some unique pattern or a safe one. Factor in the overall décor in your kitchen and pick a pattern that complements the setting. You need every installation to accentuate the look and feel of the kitchen. Don’t opt for a pattern that will make your kitchen look smaller. But more important than pattern is the size of kitchen tiles. The installation and maintenance would have to factor in the grouts and the joints. Smaller kitchen tiles will lead to more joints and grouts. Hence, you would need more time to clean such tiles. Installation is a onetime exercise. Maintenance will be a recurring affair.
Ceramic tiles come in many sizes but they are not as large as vitrified kitchen tiles. You can choose ceramic tiles as small as three inches by six inches or as large as a foot by two feet. You can look for two feet by two feet but they are more expensive and not all kitchens will look good with such large ceramic tiles. Ceramic tiles can be as thick as half an inch. Vitrified tiles can be just as thick but they are more readily available in sizes ranging from a foot by foot to forty inches by forty inches.
Vitrified kitchen tiles are easier to maintain. This is primarily because of the glossy surface that doesn’t hold onto much stain and is also more resistant to water. Ceramic tiles can be easy to clean but only if they are glazed. Ceramic tiles are also a tad more difficult to install but vitrified kitchen tiles need more expensive adhesives.