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Contractors should have a basic understanding of the first eight properties and their values, to avoid selling the wrong product. This group (not really of greater importance than the others) contains the key properties of most interest to consumers and end users: Does the tile absorb moisture? Will it show wear? Can the tile be stained? Damaged by frost or freezing conditions? Hurt by cleaning chemicals? Slippery? Slippery when wet? Will it be beautiful?