details of a mid-range black and white basketweave tile
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Mid-Range Tile: The Details

Material: A clay mix is pressed into molds and fired at 2,200 degrees F to create a very hard, dense, stainproof material; over time, unglazed porcelain's rough surface gains a glazelike patina.

Design: A faithful repro-duction of early 20th-century basketweave with clean, square edges for a tight fit and a flush, easy-to-clean surface when grouted.

Care: After a onetime scouring with a sand-and-Cascade paste and a thorough rinse, this tile can handle any floor detergent, including abrasives. Adding an acrylic sealer to the rinse water will speed patination.
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