Kitchen tiles have to be a tad different from flooring tiles used in the living room, bedroom and other spaces. Bathroom tiles have to be much more moisture resistant, but it is a characteristic you need for your kitchen floor and back-splash as well. Bathroom tiles should be non-skid and so should kitchen tiles. Of course, the kind of friction or grip you need in a bathroom is more than what is needed in a kitchen, unless you keep spilling water and other liquids onto the floor. This brings us to the crucial issue of maintenance. It is more challenging to maintain kitchen tiles as it is not just cleaning and wiping or mopping.
Kitchen tiles will get exposed to all kinds of stains in your household. They will have to bear the brunt every day and evening, perhaps some nights too. Kitchen tiles can turn sticky, they may feel and look dirty, they will have build-up of different kinds of waste and there will be an obvious aesthetic degradation. Worse, kitchen tiles will also have to endure a myriad of impacts. You may accidentally drop a spoon or fork. You may drop a knife. Anything from a cup or glass to a plate or utensil may slip or slide across the counter and crash land on the tiles. Whether or not the falling object breaks into pieces, the tiles should be able to endure the impact. Not all tiles are made equally and not all falling objects have the same weight or sturdiness and hence effect.
Maintenance of kitchen tiles must be partly proactive. They must be cleaned more frequently and thoroughly. One must take care of not unnecessarily exposing the tiles to too many smashes and clashes. It is imperative to begin with one of the sturdiest materials for kitchen tiles if you wish to secure a longstanding return on your investment.