How to keep porcelain clean and in shape
When thinking about porcelain, what's most likely to come to mind is your grandmother's doll collection. But did you know that porcelain could be used around the house, too?
Porcelain comes in a variety of textures, colours and shapes, making it an ideal, versatile material for using for a variety of surfaces. Not only that, but it has very low absorption level, high chemical resistance and a large amount of mechanical strength, making it hard for water to penetrate it.
For these reasons and more, porcelain is often at the top of the list for homeowners who want to mimic the appearance of natural stone surfaces, but don't want to go to all the effort that cleaning such surfaces may need.
Cleaning porcelain is essential
It might sound like you can dust off your hands, lie back and say good-night. Porcelain is impervious, so it can never get stained – right?
In actuality, it's very much possible for porcelain to still get unsightly marks despite its impressive credentials. You'll likely find you have to get to cleaning tiles made of the stuff from time to time. Fortunately, porcelain also happens to be relatively easy to clean – another reason behind its popularity.
Generally, you can quite easily sweep or vacuum a porcelain floor around twice a week to keep it looking shiny and fresh. If it's something a little more stubborn, then it's just a matter of rolling up your sleeves and putting a little bit of elbow grease into it.
According to the Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI), you can clean a variety of stains and spills with just a cleaning solution, a damp cloth to scrub with, and a towel to dry off afterwards.
The solutions tend to vary depending on the stain. For example, a mixture of baking soda and and water can help get coffee stains out of porcelain, while "a thick paste of household scouring powder and water" can be used for oil stains.
Surface protection for porcelain
Of course, the best way to keep your porcelain clean is to keep it sealed. If it's polished porcelain, then it's vital to use an impregnating sealer to not only keep stains off the surface, but keep water from getting into the grout.
Before applying the sealer, keep in mind most polished porcelain tiles come with some kind of wax coating, so that it stays protected while getting to your door. This coating has to be thoroughly cleaned off before you can seal it.
After that, and after making sure the surface is absolutely dry you can apply Dry-Treat's STAIN-PROOF Original™, which will provide your porcelain tile protection from water, salt and oil.
With that done, you won't have to worry about stains on your porcelain for some time.