To appreciate Athangudi tiles, it is important to understand their modes of production as well.
They are not ceramic.Cement, baby jelly and sand along with synthetic oxides make up for the composition of the tile. They are cast from the locally available clay that is first burnt and then glazed.
Athangudi tiles are made using predesigned floral moulds of free hands. Selected mould will be placed on a square glass in which synthetic oxides of different hues are poured in vacant places. in case of free hand design instead of using a mould a square iron frame is placed on the glass and then dollops of different colours are poured on the glass. Then flowery design is made by free hand. Then in both cases dry mix of sand and cement is sprinkled on the design. Then the frame is overturned. Afterwards a layer of wet mix of sand and cement is pressed and topped to make the tile firm. Completed tiles are stacked to be sun-baked. The dried tiles would be cured for a couple of days. After curing the tiles will be kept for drying for a week. After proper drying the glass would be removed.
A daily mop with a few drops of oil is said to keep the sheen intact. It is cost effective too.
Simple tile maintenance, to be cleaned with water only