Clean porcelain stoneware properly

Porcelain stoneware is a type of ceramic that is increasingly replacing conventional ceramic tiles in tiles. However, the cleaning agents for certain porcelain stoneware slabs and tiles can differ significantly if you do not want to experience a nasty surprise in the form of long-term soiling instead of a real cleaning effect. Cleaning porcelain stoneware sometimes requires very special cleaning agents.

What is porcelain stoneware actually?

Porcelain stoneware is, in principle, the successor product to stoneware. So far, stoneware tiles have been considered the ultimate for many decades, as they are partly frost-resistant and harder than the inferior stoneware tiles and slabs. In the 1980s, the industry was so far on the one hand to coordinate the materials used in ceramic production so well and on the other hand to press so extremely that a new type of ceramic was created - based on stoneware tiles. Porcelain stoneware is particularly popular because it burns very hot at over 1.300 degrees Celsius is sintered and is therefore extremely break-proof.

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The manufacturing process specifies the cleaning agents that can be used

However, there are different manufacturing processes. This means that several additional sub-steps can be connected. For example, polishing porcelain stoneware. Polishing, however, means nothing more than sanding the tile or slab surface. This opens the fired surface and consequently the micropores. This in turn means that liquids and particles can penetrate into these micropores.

With certain cleaning agents, particles are also deposited in the porcelain stoneware, only that they are initially invisible. In return, these components of the cleaner have properties that literally attract and bind dirt particles, i.e. lock them in over the long term. If you clean the porcelain stoneware for years with such an unsuitable cleaner, an increasingly visible veil or film will form on the porcelain stoneware.

Do not use detergents that contain surfactants with porcelain stoneware

The ingredients that can have an effect in this way are, in particular, surfactants. You will find surfactants mainly in detergents with a lye-like structure. However, you can safely use this caustic cleaner for glazed porcelain stoneware. However, the use of non-glazed and non-polished porcelain stoneware tiles and slabs is also restricted. The slip resistance is set via the surface - the rougher, the more slip-resistant the porcelain stoneware. However, on such a rough surface, conversely, more dirt remains on the mountain and valley landscape of the porcelain stoneware surface that is visible under the microscope. That would also lead to long-term change.

Use alkaline and acidic cleaners for porcelain stoneware

Basically, you should therefore use cleaning agents designed for this purpose to clean porcelain stoneware. These are either acidic or alkaline. Since acidic cleaners are recommended for porcelain stoneware, you can also enrich clear water with vinegar, acetic acid or lemon juice. The products that specialist retailers have in store for cleaning porcelain stoneware are usually alkaline cleaning agents. Simply wipe the porcelain stoneware surface wet with the acidic cleaner. When using alkaline products from specialist retailers, follow the manufacturer's instructions. Make sure, however, that the cleaners are actually approved for polished and unglazed porcelain stoneware.

Tips & Tricks You can of course impregnate polished or unglazed porcelain stoneware before cleaning. But here, too, you have to be very careful that the impregnations are approved for the porcelain stoneware. In addition, you should never use cheap products from an unknown manufacturer. Otherwise, you run the risk that dirt-binding agents will also remain here in the long term, because impregnation is not applied to the porcelain stoneware. Rather, it penetrates the micropores and closes them. You can also find more information on [impregnating fine stoneware] here in the in-house journal.