Find out How a Ceramic Floor Tile is made
The modern ceramic floor tile is very popular among homeowners and property investors from all walks of life, but few actually know how the tile is made. An intricate process goes into manufacturing these beautiful and popular tiles. Let’s take a closer look at how these tiles are manufactured.
Ceramic tiles were once made by hand. Wet clay was fashioned into shape, and sometimes with the help of a wooden mould. It was then left to dry in the sun, or in some instances, fired in a small brick kiln. While a select few artisans still craft ceramic tiles by hand, the majority of ceramic tiles today actually go through a process referred to as dry pressing, or dust pressing.
This process is far less labour intensive, which is partly the reason for its popularity today. Ceramic tile starts life as a lump of earth. Each ingredient in the final product is a natural material. While each manufacturer probably has its own time-tested recipe for perfecting their ceramic floor tile, clay is normally the main ingredient, along with other items such as sand, quartz, feldspar and water. These ingredients are mixed and grounded up in a ball mill to create the body slip. This is used to differentiate the body of the tile from its glazed topping.
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At this point, the body slip is made up of roughly 30% water. The moisture helps the ingredients adhere to each other, but once its job is done, it’s out of there. To accomplish this, the body slip is put into a dryer and heated, with the moisture content being reduced to roughly 6%.
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