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Porcelain Tile Cleaning

What is Porcelain?

Porcelain flooring is a highly durable and stain-resistant material made from a ceramic substance that is heated to extremely high temperatures to create its glassy, translucent qualities. It is known for its toughness, whiteness, and resistance to chemical and liquid stains, as well as its ability to withstand thermal shock. Porcelain tiles come in a wide range of colors, textures, and shapes and often mimic natural stone surfaces. They can be finished in a natural, polished, or glazed finish, and the cleaning methods may vary depending on the type of porcelain tile. Porcelain tiles are known for their ability to withstand high pressure cleaning if the grout is in good condition, and can typically be cleaned at pressures up to 1,300 PSI.

Types of Porcelain Tiles

There are a few varieties of porcelain tiles:

Natural porcelain tiles are those that have not been polished or coated with a glaze. They are highly porous and may need to be sealed to protect them from stains and moisture.

Polished porcelain tiles have a smooth, glossy finish but are not coated with a glaze. They usually need to be sealed to protect them from stains and moisture. However, many polished porcelain tiles available in Australia today come pre-sealed from the factory and do not require additional sealing. After installation, it may be necessary to hire a professional to clean and polish the tiles to bring out the new finish.

Glazed porcelain tiles are coated with a glass-like substance that gives them a smooth, shiny finish. They are similar to glazed ceramic tiles and are often a good choice for kitchens because they are strong, resistant to stains, and have low water absorption.

What is the difference between standard “Ceramic” tiles and Porcelain tiles?

Ceramic tiles are a type of flooring material made from clay or a mixture of clay and other materials that are fired in a kiln. They can be divided into two categories: porcelain tiles and non-porcelain tiles. Non-porcelain tiles, also known as ceramic tiles, are a type of ceramic tile that is not made from porcelain. Porcelain tiles are a specific type of ceramic tile that is made from porcelain, a type of clay with unique properties.

Scratch Resistance: Porcelain tiles are more scratch-resistant than ceramic tiles because they are made from a finer, denser clay that produces a harder, more durable body. Additionally, porcelain tiles are fired at higher temperatures than ceramic tiles, which gives them superior stain resistance and overall durability.

Water Resistance: Porcelain tiles are much more resistant to water than ceramic tiles due to their low absorption rate of 0.5% or less. This means that they are less likely to absorb water, making them more suitable for wet areas such as bathrooms and kitchens.

Maintenance: Glazed porcelain tiles are easy to maintain, requiring only a quick sweep and mop as needed. However, if you have chosen natural or polished porcelain tiles, it is important to make sure that your floor is properly sealed to avoid difficulties in cleaning. Without proper sealing, these types of porcelain tiles may be more prone to staining and may require more intensive cleaning efforts.

Porcelain Tile Care

To maintain your porcelain tiles, you should:

  1. Sweep the tiles regularly to remove dirt and prevent it from getting ground into the grout.
  2. Clean the grout lines with a cloth and soapy water.
  3. If the tiles are on the walls, make sure to wash them regularly.
  4. In bathroom areas, try to keep the grout as dry as possible by wiping down the walls after showers or baths.
  5. Consider sealing the grout between the tiles to protect it from water and make it easier to clean. Sealed grout is smoother and more resistant to water.

If you want a flooring material that is durable, elegant, translucent, and shiny, porcelain tiles may be the perfect choice. Known for their durability and low maintenance requirements, porcelain tiles are a popular choice for bathrooms and kitchens because of their resistance to moisture and ease of cleaning, even in high-traffic areas. With porcelain tiles, you don’t have to sacrifice beauty for durability.

Don’t hire an inexperienced contractor

Tile and Stone Cleaners offer a variety of services that can significantly improve the appearance, market appeal, and value of your property. They specialize in the treatment of problems related to porcelain tile and grout surfaces and offer a single source solution for all your needs.

Sealing Porcelain Tiles

If you are looking for a sealer for your porcelain tiles, we are often asked for recommendations. Generally, glazed porcelain tiles do not need to be sealed, but it is always a good idea to use a water-based impregnating penetrating sealer on the grout lines. If your porcelain tiles are porous, we recommend using a high-quality water-based sealer on the tiles. This can be supplied on-site by Tile and Stone Cleaner Technicians.

Some types of porcelain tiles may benefit from an impregnating sealer, which is designed to fill the micro pores on the surface of the tile. This type of sealer is particularly effective on denser materials like porcelain, granite, and marble, and helps to protect against water and oil-based stains while preserving the appearance of the tile and making maintenance easier. A non-toxic, premium impregnating sealer can be used on porcelain and ceramic tiles, as well as on cement-based grout lines, to protect against water and oil-based stains. By sealing your porcelain tiles, you can create a barrier that keeps most stains suspended at the surface and helps to prevent chemical attack, deterioration, and contamination.

Tile Care

Properly cleaning porcelain tiles requires the use of the right cleaning products and techniques to avoid damaging the tiles or the grout. In the cleaning industry, the four components necessary for cleaning any surface are known as TACT:

  • Temperature: Using water that is too hot or cold can be harmful to some surfaces.
  • Agitation: Scrubbing or rubbing a surface too hard can cause damage.
  • Chemistry: Using the wrong cleaning products or using them in the wrong concentrations can harm a surface.
  • Time: Allowing a cleaning product to sit on a surface for too long can cause damage.

To keep your porcelain tiles clean, you should:

  1. Purchase a good quality dust mop and sweep your porcelain tile floors daily, especially in new installations where the grout has not fully cured. This will help to prevent dirt, mud, and sand from getting ground into the grout.
  2. Use dirt-collecting carpet mats at frequently used entrances and shake them out weekly.
  3. Ensure that shower stalls and tub enclosures have proper ventilation to prevent the growth of mildew and other fungi.
  4. Caulk the inside and outside corners of shower walls, curbs, and sills with siliconized, mildew-resistant caulk.
  5. Mop or sponge your tiles 2-3 times per week using a mixture of 1 capful of dishwashing liquid per 3 liters of hot water. Be sure to mop up any excess water and allow the tiles to dry. Buffing with a dry towel can help to reduce spotting.

Glazed porcelain tiles are easy to maintain, but it is important to seal the grout lines to prevent discoloration and make them easier to clean. This will help to protect the tiles and keep them looking their best.

Getting White Grout Clean

To remove tough mold or mildew stains from white or light-colored grout, you may want to use bleach or a bleach-based cleaner. You can purchase a commercial bleach-based cleaner or mix a 50/50 solution of bleach and water to tackle stubborn stains.

It is important to use caution when using bleach or bleach-based cleaners. Be sure to have proper ventilation to remove harmful fumes, and wear gloves and old clothing to protect your skin and clothes. Never mix bleach-based cleaners with other substances, as toxic fumes can be generated from these combinations. Make sure to thoroughly rinse away all bleach to avoid any residual residue.

A Mild Grout Cleaning Alternative

An effective and odorless alternative to traditional grout cleaners is hydrogen peroxide. This cleaning solution is particularly useful for people with allergies or sensitivities to harsh chemicals. To use hydrogen peroxide to clean grout, simply apply it to the grout, let it sit for a few minutes, and then scrub the treated area before rinsing with a damp cloth or mop.

Our services are available in all Suburbs within 100km from the CBD Our equipment can handle both domestic and commercial cleaning jobs, leaving your porcelain tiles spotless and hygienic.

Tile and Stone Cleaners® Porcelain Services

Porcelain Tile Stripping and Sealing

Tile and Stone Cleaners can strip, clean, and reseal your porcelain tiles no matter where they are located, whether it be in the kitchen, shower, bathroom, around the pool, outdoors, or in any hard-to-reach indoor areas. They offer professional services to help keep your tiles looking their best.

Porcelain Tile Cleaning and Sealing

If your porcelain tiles have lost their luster and are not showing their true color, or if you have recently installed porcelain tiles that need to be sealed, Tile and Stone Cleaners Cleaning and Sealing can help. They offer effective and efficient cleaning services to restore the appearance of your tiles and protect them against future staining and deterioration.

Porcelain Tile and Grout Cleaning

Tile and grout cleaning requires a combination of specialized industrial equipment and powerful cleaning products. Using specially formulated cleaning solutions and high-pressure, van-mounted cleaning equipment, we are able to achieve the highest level of cleanliness for your tiles and grout.

Porcelain Tile Sealing

It is important to seal all porous tiles to help prevent and reduce staining. Sealing your porcelain tiles creates a barrier that keeps most stains suspended at the surface, protecting against chemical attack, deterioration, and contamination. Applying a sealant is the first step in protecting your surfaces from stains.

Porcelain Stripping

Our technicians are equipped with the necessary equipment and expertise to strip, scrub, and clean your tiles to remove old sealant and its residue, restoring the original appearance of the floor. We offer a comprehensive floor stripping service for any type of hard surface flooring and wall tiles, including the application of a new sealant to protect and preserve the tiles.

Efflorescence Treatment

Efflorescence is the buildup of salt deposits on or near the surface of tiles and grout. Tile and Stone Cleaners technicians have the necessary equipment and products to effectively remove efflorescence, including various agitation tools and chemical solutions. They are equipped to safely and effectively remove efflorescence deposits both indoors and outdoors.

Minor Tile Repair

If you have cracked, chipped, loose, or discolored tiles on your walls, floors, stairs, or around your pool, or if you have spare tiles left over from installation, Tile and Stone Cleaners can help. Our team includes professional and experienced tilers who can assist with repairing and replacing damaged indoor and outdoor tiles.

Grout Colour Sealing

Tile and Stone Cleaners technicians have the ability to re-color badly stained grout or change the color of existing grout. Their Grout Color Sealing service is designed to restore the appearance of dirty, old grout, making it look brand new again. This service is specifically developed to rejuvenate the appearance of your grout.