Patterned cement tiles are in, but what are they and how do you maintain them? Cement or "encaustic" tiles come in a variety of sizes, colors and patterns. These hand crafted tiles add interest to any design. They can be installed on floors and walls and can easily become the focal point of the room. While these tiles are made of cement, they must be cleaned with mild, non-abrasive detergent, and sealed once they are installed. Incorporate cement tiles into your next project to add eye-catching character!