Clean porcelain stoneware efficiently

The trend towards porcelain stoneware tiles and tiles is unstoppable. However, many people mistakenly clean porcelain stoneware because they believe that it is ceramic like traditional ceramic tiles. Depending on the production method and post-processing, there are certain properties that must be observed. Below you will find valuable information on the efficient cleaning of porcelain stoneware.

Basics to porcelain stoneware, stoneware and stoneware

Many people equate porcelain stoneware with conventional ceramic tiles or slabs. However, some of the special properties mean that you have to observe a few basic rules when choosing cleaning agents. To understand this better, however, first of all to the differences between porcelain stoneware and other tiles and plates of stoneware or stoneware.

Earthenware and stoneware

Earthenware is probably the least valuable material as a tile or plate. These tiles and tiles are not frost-resistant and absorb more than 10 percent water. Because they are fired at around 900 degrees Celsius, stoneware tiles are also not very hard. Somewhat better are stoneware tiles. They are fired between 1,100 and 1,300 degrees. By adding fluxes, they are less porous and absorb a maximum of 3 percent water. This stoneware tiles are largely frost-resistant and can also be used outside. Both types of tiles are usually glazed.

Porcelain stoneware - the further development of stoneware

Porcelain stoneware tiles are now regarded as a consistent development of stoneware. The raw material is also enriched with flux and pressed under extreme pressure. Then the porcelain stoneware is fired at at least 1,300 degrees. This is no longer just a burning to ceramic shards, rather, the porcelain stoneware is completely sintered in this process. This porcelain stoneware is exceptionally unbreakable and absorbs virtually no water (below 0.5 percent).

The professional cleaning of porcelain stoneware

Porcelain stoneware is not the same as porcelain stoneware

However, porcelain stoneware is subjected to different manufacturing processes. Porcelain stoneware tiles and tiles are glazed, not glazed and polished. Glazed and non-glazed as well as non-polished porcelain stoneware tiles are the easiest to clean. These tiles can be cleaned with conventional ceramic cleaners. However, at least for non-glazed and non-polished porcelain stoneware tiles, you should refrain from cleaning with surfactants. The surfactants are built up in layers on the porcelain stoneware and attract dirt particles and bind them. This makes your porcelain stoneware dirty and greasy with age.

Surfactant-containing cleaners and porcelain stoneware do not match

It is best to clean unglazed porcelain stoneware tiles as well as polished porcelain stoneware. Polished porcelain stoneware differs in that the surface is polished, ie polished. This opens the fired surface and exposes the pores. Although the pores are smaller than a tenth of a millimeter, dirt can accumulate in them, as well as liquids and oils. If you use cleaners with surfactants, for example, soap, the surfactants deposit more and more in the porcelain stoneware and are then difficult to clean. Therefore, polished porcelain stoneware tiles and slabs must be impregnated after installation. The impregnation must then be carried out at regular intervals.

Alkaline and acid cleaners for first-class cleaned porcelain stoneware

However, some impregnations also tend to build up layers in porcelain stoneware. So be sure to use only those impregnations that are actually suitable for polished porcelain stoneware. For basic cleaning of porcelain stoneware - even the microporous polished porcelain stoneware, own the best acidic cleaner, so for example acetic acid or lemon juice. For intensive cleaning use strong alkaline cleaning agents for the porcelain stoneware. In addition to intensive cleaning, you can also use alkaline cleaners for permanent maintenance cleaning. The most important rule of porcelain stoneware is the use of detergents that are free of surfactants.

Tips & Tricks

From the Far East are polished porcelain stoneware tiles on the market, which form depending on the light conditions, a kind of veil or shade on the porcelain stoneware. This is an industrial impregnation used in low-cost porcelain stoneware products. For high-quality tile floors and walls, you should be careful not to select such porcelain stoneware products.

In addition to cleaning, impregnation is important, especially with polished porcelain stoneware. In the house journal you will find of course also detailed information and advice on [impregnation of porcelain stoneware tiles] and plates.

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