What does it mean when a tile is rectified and lapped?
Increasingly sought after and desired, lapped porcelain stoneware coverings are still a lesser-known alternative in terms of their characteristics and specifications.
The lapping process, associated with the grinding of the edge of the tiles, is a treatment carried out to improve the aesthetics of stoneware, ensuring surfaces, as mentioned earlier, are smoother and shinier.
Specifically, when we talk about lapping, we refer to a mechanical process performed on the tile after firing. The machine capable of carrying out this operation on porcelain stoneware comes from the marble universe, adapted only in recent times to the tile industry. These tools perform a process similar to what has long been done on natural stone slabs. Polishing and lapping will make the surface mirror-like, smooth, and free of imperfections.
Rectification, on the other hand, is a complementary process to the aforementioned treatments, capable of making the edges of the tiles homogeneous, forming perfect 90° angles. Rectification is a process carried out on the edge of the tile after it has been produced, minimizing imperfections: at the end of firing, the tiles have irregular finishes, with more or less noticeable curves that are, with this treatment, leveled with milling cutters that make them smooth and precisely rectified. But how can we recognize a rectified tile? To understand if the tile has been properly rectified, it will be necessary to feel the edges with your hand: if they are smooth and without imperfections, then you're good to go!
How to Clean Lapped Porcelain Stoneware
Polished porcelain stoneware is a premium surface with many positive aspects, and its beauty deserves care and attention. Therefore, it is necessary to take a series of precautions to avoid damaging it.
The maintenance process for porcelain stoneware is crucial, starting from the moment it is installed. In fact, installers must ensure that no pebbles or pieces of glass are trapped in the soles of their shoes, as these could damage the material. After the completion of the work, for added protection against scratches, it is useful to use bio-adhesive rubber caps or felt pads to apply under the furniture. If the fully polished material is installed on the ground floor with direct access to outdoor areas, it would be advisable to use dirt barriers to prevent potential damage.
Avoiding generic and abrasive products is certainly the first point to keep in mind when cleaning lapped porcelain stoneware. Opting for neutral substances, preferably designed for this specific type of product, will ensure shiny surfaces. Adding hot water will also prevent the formation of annoying and hard-to-remove streaks.
Finally, once the initial installation is completed, it will be necessary to sweep the floor to remove any residue that could scratch the porcelain stoneware. It is also very important to ensure that the cleaning after the initial installation is carried out with expertise. Please see the instruction on the caring for the full lappato stoneware surfaces.
In conclusion, we can assure you that with careful care, your lapped porcelain stoneware coverings will be the classy touch to make your rooms shine!
11 January 2024