The 2018 edition of Cersaie, the international exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings, will get underway shortly. The exhibition will be held in Bologna, Italy from 24 through 28 September.
Five days of events will be dedicated to the latest trends in home design with a special focus on the bathroom.
And speaking of bathroom design, we’d like to turn our attention towards ceramic basins, one of the most popular choices for a bathroom.
In fact, ceramic as a material has a long history. The name comes from the Greek word keramos that refers to clay, one of the principal raw materials used to create ceramics.
When designing a bathroom, ceramic is a popular choice among available materials since it can be moulded into many shapes. After being fired, the material is hard and resistant, making it ideal for a wide range of environments.
The material was originally used for manufacturing plates and vases. Over the years, it has evolved into a favourite for surfaces and coatings.
How is a ceramic basin made?
To produce a ceramic basin, raw materials such as clay, iron oxide, quartz and silica sand are blended, placed inside a mould to harden, glazed and then fired in an oven.
A ceramic basin is not only highly functional but also increasingly an important design element. That’s because basins can be coloured through the use of special pigments and even given an opaque finish for an interesting aesthetic.
What are the various shapes available for ceramic basins?
Ceramic is a highly malleable material. Thus, during the manufacturing process, a ceramic basin can take on many shapes, ranging from rectangular to rounded while maintaining its exceptional functionality.
In addition, since ceramic basins aren’t too heavy, they can be used as drop-in basins in wall-mounted or freestanding units.
Previously, most basins were integrated into the unit, yet lately vessel basins, which sit on the countertop, have opened up a whole new world of shape and size options.
How do you clean a ceramic basin?
This is one of the most common questions asked about ceramic basins.
For daily cleaning, we recommend using only mild, non-abrasive cleaning products specifically for the bathroom applied with a soft cloth.
However, if you need to remove tough stains, polish or car wax are two options. Apply the product using a soft cloth in circular motions.
In short, ceramic is a classic material that has been a pillar of home and bathroom design for years. It continues to be a highly desired material due its legendary durability.