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How to Clean Porcelain Tiles

By KleanSTONE | Nov 10th, 2020 | 0 Comments

Cleaning Porcelain Tiles: Top Tips For Perfect Porcelain

Porcelain is famed for its popular variation of bone china, but as a result, can often be discounted as simply a material for delicate pottery.

This could not be further from the truth as porcelain is, in fact, one of the strongest floor tiles available!

Despite this, it’s important to get the right advice when it comes to cleaning your porcelain floor, KleanSTONE exists to take the work out of it, giving you gleaming floors that can last a lifetime.

Before we talk about cleaning porcelain floor tiles, let’s take a step back and better understand porcelain as a fantastic choice for a floor covering.

Understanding Porcelain

Porcelain has three main varieties which are;

  • Hard-paste
  • Soft-paste
  • Bone china

Porcelain itself is a type of ceramic that has been fired in a kiln. These high temperatures and fine-grained composition allow the material to achieve a translucent quality which is durable yet strong.

Porcelain is made up of small grains of clay, feldspar or flint and silica. The raw materials are crushed, cleaned and mixed, then formed into the desired tile shape. It is then bisque fired, then glazed is required and finally fired again. The temperature the porcelain reaches depends on the variety of porcelain.

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Uses For Porcelain

Porcelain has many different uses, but the main ones are:

  • Tableware
  • Jewellery
  • Wall & Floor Tiles
  • Laboratory Equipment
  • Electrical Installation
  • Bathtubs

Porcelain Floor Tiles

Porcelain floor tiles are becoming vastly more popular due to their durability and low porosity, making them incredibly low maintenance.

Due to being man-made, porcelain floor tiles can be very flexible in terms of style meaning they can be created to look like natural stone floor tiles such as granite and marble, but porcelains resistance to staining and durability.

Porcelains very low porosity makes textured porcelain floor tiles resistant to water which makes them ideal for a bathroom or areas of heavy traffic.

The most common colour choice for textured porcelain tiles in bathrooms is white, this is because of their bright appearance. Widely renowned for being one of the toughest floor options available it is clear to see why porcelain is gaining favour in the more busy households.

Porcelain floor tiles are not only water-resistant but also stain-resistant and fireproof. This is a popular tile choice for the contemporary inside-outlook as described in our previous post about patio cleaning as the strength of this material can not only stand up to the test of the busy home life but also the weathering effect of outside.

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How To Clean Porcelain Floor Tiles

  1. Remove debris from the surface of the floor with a brush or microfibre flat mop. This will ensure that any large particles of dirt are not worked into the surface of the tiles that could scratch them.
  2. (If using your KleanSTONE floor cleaning machine) Apply a solution of  1-2 cap measures of Detergon R3 and hot water into the clean water tank of your KleanSTONE machine. Turn on the machine, lift the squeegee and begin working back and forth across the floor to deeply scrub. Allow the solution to work into the floor for a few seconds before lowering the squeegee and moving in a forward motion to vacuum up the dirty water. The machine will vacuum up the water, leaving the floor clean and dry in just one pass.
  3. (If not using a KleanSTONE floor cleaning machine) Using a clean mop and bucket, add 2 cap measures of Detergon R3 to hot water. Using the mop, work the solution into the floor, allowing the cleaning liquid to sit on the tiles to lift dirt, grease and grime.
  4. For areas that require more care, use the mop to scrub the area or use a soft bristle brush to loosen any stubborn dirt.
  5. Replace the mop water with clean, hot water and wipe away any dirty cleaning water with the clean.
  6. Using a clean, dry microfiber flat mop, dry the floor for a clean finish.
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Top Tips For Cleaning Porcelain Floor Tiles

Porcelain floor tiles are designed to be low maintenance. However, like all floor tiles, porcelain floors need a regular and appropriate cleaning and maintenance schedule in order to keep it looking its best and guarantee it can last a lifetime.

Ensuring that you thoroughly vacuum your floor prior to cleaning is imperative to avoid scratching the surface. This can be done with a vacuum cleaner or by simply sweeping. For daily sweeping, we would recommend a soft, microfiber dry mop as this won’t run the risk of damaging the surface and offer better day-to-day protection.

Porcelain floor tiles should be cleaned with a pH neutral cleaning solution – Detergon R3 stone floor cleaner is our favourite choice. You should avoid floor cleaners containing bleach, ammonia or acid for the daily cleaning of porcelain floor tiles.

Take extra care to completely wash away any cleaning products or detergents. If you’re using your KleanSTONE floor cleaning machine, it takes care of vacuuming up the dirty water leaving the floor clean and dry in just one pass. However, if you’re using a mop and bucket, ensure that you completely wash way any cleaning products from the surface.

Do not allow any cleaning solutions to dry on the surface as some can etch or dull the surface; this will also get rid of any detergent residue and prevent water spots or powdery marks.

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Sealing Porcelain Floor Tiles

Whereas porcelain floor tiles are largely water and stain-resistant thanks to the fine grains and high temperatures during its creation, sealing this tile is still advised.

This will ensure your porcelain floor tiles will keep their strength and durability throughout their life span. After you have spent time cleaning your porcelain floor tiles, sealing with a high-quality stone sealer ensures a good level of surface protection from stains and guarantees a confident finish.

Sealing porcelain tiles will give the surface an even greater level of protection from water and oil, prevent stains, aids cleaning and simplifies the removal of surface stains.

Porcelain’s beautifully bright and translucent composition will be left gleaming after a brilliant clean from any of our KleanSTONE machines. The brilliant cleaning power from KleanSTONE powerful brushes are sure to leave your porcelain floor tiles sparkling. One thing is certain, cleaning porcelain floor tiles will be easier than ever with KleanSTONE stone floor cleaning machines.

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FAQ’s About Porcelain Tile Floors

How do you clean porcelain tiles without streaks?

A. The first step to properly cleaning porcelain tiles is to sweep or vacuum the floor and make sure any dust or debris is removed.
Next, using an alkaline floor cleaner (make sure not to use an acidic, vinegar-based cleaner) and a microfibre mop, scrub the floor. You may want to leave your cleaner to work its magic for around 10 minutes or so (depending on how much dirt and debris there is to clean!) before moving on to the next step.

The next step is to scrub your floor clean! Depending on how dirty your floor is you may need to scrub some time to remove any tougher stains or black marks.

Once the floor is looking clean and the stains are removed, you are going to need to dry the floor. Drying the floor will prevent any streaks or water stains from appearing.

When the floor is dry you are going to have to rinse it again. This is an important step that is often bypassed by a lot of people. If you don’t rinse the floor again, the lingering detergent could affect the overall look of your floor and its brightness. After rinsing, you must dry the floor again and ensure no wet spots remain.

If this sounds like a lot of time and effort to you, then you would be interested in one of your stone floor cleaning machines. They handle all of this for you and will save you time and effort going forward.

Can you use a steam mop on porcelain tiles?

A steam mop can make your glazed porcelain tiles look shinier in the short term, but in the long term, they could actually be damaging your floor. The reason for this is that the hot steam has the potential to remove the stone sealer. With your sealer removed, there is a higher chance of mould and mildew growth within your stone floor and with no sealer, there is little to prevent stains from occurring.

How do you make porcelain tiles shine?

By using a small amount of alkaline cleaner and a large amount of elbow grease! To make your porcelain tiles shine, make sure to vacuum or sweep your floor first. Then, choose an alkaline cleaner, mix with warm water and mop until your floors are clean. Dry your floors completely, rinse and then dry again. Or, get yourself a Kleanstone floor cleaning machine and let the machine handle all of this for you!

What can damage porcelain tile?

A. Abrasives – Cleaning products that have a gritty, abrasive texture. Never use steel wool or any cloth that works as an abrasive on your tiles.
Bleach or Ammonia-based cleaner – These types of cleaners can discolour your tile and grout over time and strip them completely of their beauty with continued used.
White Vinegar Cleaner – This acidic cleaner will damage your tile over time and should be avoided.
Oil-based Cleaner – The oil found in these cleaners can soak into your group and attract dirt and unsightly stains.

Does vinegar damage porcelain tile?

Whilst many people recommend using a white vinegar and water solution to clean your porcelain tiles, we would advise against it. Vinegar is highly acidic and when used repeatedly can damage the grout and the glaze on your tiles. This could result in unglazed porcelain which would leave the floor exposed to stains and marks.

What’s the best cleaner for porcelain tile floors?

The best cleaner for porcelain tile floors is an alkaline-based cleaner. We would recommend either the DEEPCLEAN Stone Floor Cleaner for cleaning deeper, more set-in stains or the Detergon R3 for your more regular cleaning.

Cleaning Porcelain Floor Tiles: Top Tips For Perfect Porcelain With KleanSTONE

A gleaming porcelain floor inspires confidence and style in any setting, whether domestic or commercial.

Here at KleanSTONE, we supply advanced floor cleaning solutions to help you achieve a spotlessly clean, perfectly finished floor without the elbow grease. Our stone floor cleaners tackle spills, stains and everyday grime with ease for a healthier, happier home or work environment.

Our products extend the lifespan of your flooring with powerful, effective cleaning that is gentle enough to use every day and perfect for floors in your home or business, inside and out.

Aside from offering a range of products for stone floor cleaning, we love to share our knowledge and experience from our years helping customers succeed at extending the lifespan of your floors.

Read more on the KleanSTONE Blog, explore our Help & Guides or download our range of Cleaning Guides and learn more about how to care for your natural and engineered stone floors so that they last a lifetime!

Further Reading on the KleanSTONE Blog:

Care and Maintenance

How to Clean Natural Stone Floors

Everyday Clean

How to Clean Quarry Tiles

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