Porcelain is ideal for any application; it can be used inside and outside. Porcelain is beautiful and durable, resistant to stains, odors, bacteria and scratches. It is also denser and harder than ceramic tile. Porcelain is easy to clean and doesn’t require special maintenance. Surface of porcelain tile can be smooth, textured or polished. Ditco is a direct importer of Italian porcelain tiles.
Natural stone tiles like travertine, marble, limestone, slate and onyx comes in many colors and sizes. Stone tiles are ideal for wall and floor coverings even if they are subjected to constant wear; however, stone requires proper maintenance and sealing. At Ditco’s showroom you may see a variety of natural stone tiles and mosaic.
Fabrications & Installations
Granite is available in variety of colors and textures. Durable granite is a great choice for the kitchen and bathroom countertops. Ditco Granit has many slabs to choose from along with remnant pieces for all customers need.
Marble comes in many colors and patterns. Marble is very porous in nature and for that reason require appropriate cleaning and regular sealing. It is not recommend for use in the kitchen; however, with proper care can be installed in the bathroom, on a fireplace and as a kitchen countertop.
Quartzite is composed entirely of quartz and comes in many colors and texture. Elegant look of quartzite makes it a great choice for the customer who likes marble look in their kitchen but does not want to worry about maintenance. Quartzite is very hard and stain resistant.
Soapstone is 20%-30% more dense than Granite and Marble. It is non porous, does not stain or etch and is extreme heat resistant. This beautiful stone is very easy to maintain; minor scratches can be easily taken care by the owner by sanding over and applying mineral oil. Mineral oil or dry wax is used to bring the true colors of Soapstone.
Porcelain slabs are the newest addition to the countertop surfaces. Porcelain is resistant to high and low temperatures, resistant to UV Rays, scratching and abrasion due to the hardness of the surface. It is ideal for outside application. Since porcelain is waterproof and easy to clean is recommended not only for the countertop but also for shower wall installation. Porcelain slabs are available in many colors and finishes from matte silk, through honed to high gloss.
Natural Stone Care and Maintenance
To ensure your natural stone products will provide you with a lifetime of aesthetics and utility, a proper maintenance program is crucial. Natural Stone products are porous by nature and require a deferent maintenance routine than traditional, man-made ceramic tile. Many of the cleaners acceptable for use on ceramic tile can stain, damage or dull stone. Dirt and dust will scratch the surface of stone. Therefore, stone floors should be vacuumed or dust mopped frequently to remove abrasive agents from the stone surface. Natural stone should be cleaned with neutral cleaners. Stone cleaners should never contain acid or bleach. Acids, even a light solution of vinegar and water will etch and eventually damage natural stone.
Stone Care Do’s and Don’ts
- DO use coasters under glasses, especially if they contain alcohol or citrus juices
- DO use trivets or mats under hot dishes or cookware
- DO use place mats under objects that may scratch stone’s surface
- Do blot up spills immediately to minimize permanent damage to the stone
- DO clean surfaces regularly with neutral cleaners designed for stone
- DO place small rug or mat at entryways to trap dirt and sand from normal foot traffic
- DON’T use vinegar, bleach, ammonia or other all-purpose cleaners
- DON’T use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleaners or soft cleaners
- DON’T use alkaline cleaners not specifically formulated for stone
Ditco carries ready to use or concentrate of natural stone cleaner and water base or solvent base natural stone sealers. For the clients that desire to bring color from their natural stone we carry enhancer.