Porcelain: Tougher than you may think
When writers describe a character’s skin as being like porcelain, it can lead you to believe that this material is soft and malleable. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
Created from pressed dust, porcelain is a hardy ceramic tile that sports low absorption levels, high mechanical strength and chemical resistance.
Polished and honed porcelain is among the least porous surfaces available, beating out marble, granite and brick. Its low absorption rate means it has less of a chance of being penetrated by water, oil and other liquids, reducing the chance for stains and common structural damage like efflorescence, freeze-thaw damage, spalling and picture framing.
However, porcelain is not invulnerable – it can still be prone to stains and water ingress. Treating the surface with a high-quality impregnating sealer remains one of the best ways to keep it safe and looking great.
Products like STAIN-PROOF Original and META CREME provide a permanent, invisible, fully breathable impregnating sealer for water and salt in addition to oil stain protection. Keep in mind that many polished porcelain tiles typically arrive with some type of wax coating. This needs to be thoroughly cleaned off prior to sealing.
Wear and tear occurs for every material used as flooring, but porcelain’s hardiness makes it one that can last longer in the face of heavy foot traffic.
If you’re looking for flooring options in a room that sees lots of use – entryways, kitchens, bathrooms, etc. – porcelain might just be the right choice for you, especially when compared to other options like carpeting.
Finally, between it’s naturally low levels of porosity and the use of a premium-quality impregnating sealer, surface cleaning and maintenance can be made much easier with porcelain.
And with it’s chemical resistance, you don’t need to be overly concerned with how different household cleansers may affect it.
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