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How to clean outdoor porcelain tiles

How to clean outdoor porcelain tiles

Porcelain paving tiles are manufactured from extremely pure clays and minerals that are fired at very high temperatures. They are harder, stronger and more durable than any natural stone and have superior chip resistance and an extremely low level of water absorption. A comprehensive cleaning routine will help to keep your tiles in tip-top condition and ensure their continued beauty for years to come.

Post-laying cleaning is critical after on-site works. Inadequate or delayed removal of the grouting used on the joints can leave marks that are difficult to remove and creates a cement film that can absorb all types of dirt, giving the impression that the tile surface has become dirty.

To remove cement based grouts, wash the floor with specialist cleaning detergent which is aimed at removing excess grout residue, post-application deposits and building grime. Always follow the manufacturers instructions. For stubborn stains or advice on specific detergents contact our After Sales department.

General cleaning of porcelain tiles is a relatively simple process. Regular cleaning (once or twice weekly) is the best way of preventing a build-up of dirt and unsightly stains. This can be accomplished with a simple sweep and vacuum to remove debris, followed by mopping sparingly with warm water. Dry with a microfibre cloth and if your surface is polished, buff to restore the brilliant finish.

Before using any new cleaning product or method, make sure to test it on a small, inconspicuous area of tiling first. Avoid using excessively acidic or basic products, and do not use abrasive sponges. We do not recommend the use of polishing machines or waxes.

Although porcelain tiles are stain resistant, care must be taken to immediately clean any stain, especially on polished bench tops. The best way to ensure stubborn marks do not occur is to wash away stains such as red wine, food and drinks, using warm water and a soft cloth. For stubborn stains use a non-abrasive cleaning produce, sugar soap or normal house cleaning products. Do not use cleaners that have strong alkaline pH levels and thoroughly rinse the surface with clean water to remove residue. It is also important to note that hydrofluoric acid (HF) and its derivatives can irreparably damage porcelain stoneware.

We strongly advise against the use of waxes, oily soaps and impregnating products as their application is unnecessary. Please note that some off-the-shelf detergents contain waxes and additives which can deposit a shiny coating on the surface, affecting the slip resistance properties of the tile.

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