Porcelain is a ceramic material made by heating materials, generally including material like kaolin, in a kiln to temperatures between 1,200 and 1,400 °C (2,200 and 2,600 °F). . The term “porcelain” lacks a standard definition. Porcelain is a name applied to tiles made of light coloured clay, tiles of high quality, or tiles that have been rated impervious. Properties associated with porcelain include low permeability; considerable strength, hardness, whiteness, and high resistance to chemical attack and thermal shock.
As a floor material porcelain is a relatively low maintenance and for that reason is a popular choice.
Regardless of which category of porcelain your tiles you have the care and maintenance of them is the same. Proper maintenance extends the life of your tile.
If the surface is unglazed then it is advisable to apply a porcelain sealer. This will inhibit the accumulation of dirt and grease on the surface of the tile and protect against penetration of liquids and oil. Sealing should be done shortly after laying of tiles and repeated every three to four years. Surface must be clean and dry when applying the sealer. Care must be taken to follow application instructions carefully. Applying too much sealer may result in some sealer remaining on the surface rather than soaking in. In time this will become discoloured and unsightly.
Wipe up spills from the floor immediately after they occur using a white rag. Leaving the spill on the floor provides an opportunity for the porcelain to absorb the colour of the liquid.
Vacuum up dirt and debris. This prevents stains and scratches arising from daily use of the tile. Grit on the soles of shoes will scratch the tile so it is always a good idea to remove shoes when entering house. This applies regardless of whatever kind of flooring is installed.
A common problem with porcelain flooring is the accumulation of soap scum. Many household detergents have oil and animal fats in them. Over time these build up on the surface of the tile and will result in the floor acquiring a dull and matt appearance. It is therefore important that a proper porcelain cleaner is used.
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After washing the floor it is important to remove as much water from surface as possible. Investing in a wet and dry vacuum is a good idea. This will not only suck up all the water from the surface of the tile but also from the joints. This will help prevent dirty water pooling in the joints and discolouring the grout over time.
When the floor is completely dry buff it with a clean dry cloth for best results.
For further information on the care and maintenance of your porcelain floor call us on 01 – 8820002.