Posted on 27th January 2023
If you have recently installed a beautiful porcelain paving patio, it goes without saying that you’ll want to ensure it looks its best for years to come. While porcelain doesn’t require the same level of maintenance as natural stone, it will still benefit from occasional cleaning.
As opposed to natural stone, porcelain paving is less prone to staining and dirt but from time to time needs to be cleaned to keep it looking flawless year-round.
However, you might be wondering if by cleaning porcelain paving the tile colour will change. In short, the answer is ‘no’ but let’s take a look at exactly how you should clean your porcelain to guarantee discolouration doesn’t occur.
How you should clean porcelain paving
When it comes to cleaning porcelain paving, only a simple routine is required. Unlike other paving types that need to be cleaned and sealed every 6-12 months, slabs from Porcelain Paving Direct only require cleaning once or twice a year and never need to be sealed.
We pride ourselves on supplying porcelain products that are as easy to clean and maintain as possible. So, here’s how to clean your porcelain paving properly:
- Using a soft-bristle brush, sweep or brush away accumulated dirt and debris
- Create a mixture of warm water and gentle detergent in a bucket. Do not use any harsh chemicals containing bleach, ammonia or acids.
- Using a mop, cloth or brush apply the soapy mixture to the porcelain paving and distribute to clean.
- Once clean, rinse away the soapy water using fresh, clean water.
- Allow your porcelain patio to completely dry.
That’s it, it really is that simple! Check out our accessories if you wish to purchase more intensive cleaning products that are suitable for porcelain slabs.
Why you shouldn’t use harsh chemicals
If you apply damaging or corrosive chemicals to your porcelain paving it will have a harmful effect over time. Even though our porcelain is designed to be non-porous and will resist stains, when applying harsh chemicals it will begin to damage the outer layer and make the paving more likely to absorb moisture. Over time, this will lead to staining.
Harsh chemicals will also cause damage to the concrete and grout that hold your porcelain paving in place.
It’s a known fact that, generally, you only require warm soapy water to remove surface dirt from porcelain, so why use chemical cleaners if you don’t need to?
If I apply harsh chemicals, will the tile colour change?
If you are tempted to use a stronger chemical cleaner to remove stubborn marks and stains on your paving, you shouldn’t notice any colour change in the slab.
However, instead of applying chemicals across the entire surface of your porcelain paving slabs we recommend that you spot-treat stubborn areas.
If we haven’t yet convinced you that porcelain paving is the right investment for you and your home improvement project, get in touch with us and we will be happy to help with any queries you may have.
With valuable experience, we are able to help you achieve the perfect patio, garden, or home interior with our products.