Numerous times on these pages we have talked about the properties of porcelain stoneware which you would not expect to find in many other materials of natural origin: these include impermeability to liquids, resistance to the bitterest cold and most intense heat, and therefore to even significant temperature changes; porcelain stoneware is also UV-tolerant meaning it will not fade, and is not troubled by even the most stubborn stains, which can be avoided with simple maintenance. Maintenance is, indeed, a key concept in achieving a long lifetime for any furnishings, flooring or wall covering, and will be required more or less frequently in any residential or commercial property for reasons of general health and hygiene. If a material is maintained appropriately, it will be more hard-wearing, retain its looks, and remain completely safe for all users. Porcelain stoneware, thanks to the strength and resistance aspects we mentioned previously, does not require any particular measures even when used in public areas, not just private residences: basic common sense and care, certainly relaxed but not inattentive, is sufficient to prevent degradation, which is already in and of itself infinitely slower than in the materials reinterpreted by these products (wood or marble, for example). Nevertheless, some tips can come in useful, especially as regards cleaning, in the phases ranging from installation to day-to-day care: how do you clean porcelain stoneware floors or other surfaces?
Let’s start by looking at the initial cleaning after the tiles have been laid: this is a preparatory operation of fundamental importance, because it prepares the material for the maintenance which will be performed over the years to come, allowing the tiles to be cleaned quickly and with guaranteed effectiveness. Porcelain stoneware tiled surfaces must be washed thoroughly to remove thinset and grout residue. The recommended products for this type of cleaning are acid-based, as these are more effective against these cementitious products when already partially dried or hardened and thus difficult to remove. If this work is performed by hand, without the aid of professional machinery, it is recommended to be confident and constant in your movements, trying to work in a uniform manner and not concentrate overly on specific points. It is essential to rinse thoroughly with hot water after cleaning and repeat several times in order to neutralize the acidic components of the detergents used and wash them away completely.
Tips for fast, thorough cleaning
This preliminary stage leads the way to ordinary cleaning and sanitization: less technical, but still of great importance. Emilgroup products offer simplified maintenance, in confirmation of the company’s commitment to the environment. Indeed, not only is the choice of porcelain stoneware tiles instead of other raw materials deserving of protection characteristic of a green commitment, limiting (or even eliminating) the use of detergents of industrial origin, corrosive substances, and chemicals in general is fundamentally importance for environmental sustainability.
We can sum up very quickly how to clean porcelain stoneware floors or work surfaces in daily use: first and foremost, depending on the type and frequency of use the tiles are subjected to, it is good practice never to let dirt sit on the surfaces for an extended period. While porcelain is tough and impermeable, ignoring its maintenance for too long can naturally hinder the relaxed cleaning regime that we think everyone prefers to a tough and difficult commitment: simply wipe off dust and surface dirt with a damp cloth and think no more about it. It is also good practice to regularly wash tiled surfaces with neutral cleaners, or degreasing products diluted in hot water, following the instructions on the pack. But you don’t need to overdo it: porcelain stoneware is naturally antimicrobial, and therefore allows for excellent sanitization using moderate amounts of common detergents. Once again, following cleaning it is essential to rinse thoroughly in order to prevent the formation of haze or smearing.
These tips for cleaning floors and other surfaces tiled with porcelain stoneware also apply when extraordinary cleaning operations are required, unless particularly tough substances or those likely to leave noticeable stains have been spilled. Have you dropped wine on your floor, or spilled oil, ink or paint on your work surface? We will now take a look at some special cases, but some general recommendations are also useful: it is always important to act in a timely manner. Initial washing with water to remove the bulk of the surface dirt is always a good idea; you can then apply an alkaline cleaning product to the stain, diluted in water in proportion to the type of product to remove, progressively increasing the concentration of the detergent when required. If, after a few minutes, stains, smears or hazing are still visible, it is possible to increase the abrasive effect using scouring powder, before rinsing thoroughly once more with water.