A brief guide on how to maintain your porcelain paving

A brief guide on how to maintain your porcelain paving

Porcelain is relatively maintenance-free material, requiring only the occasional sweep with a broom to keep it looking its best. However, even though it’s easy to clean for the most part, your porcelain paving may pick up stubborn stains every so often, possibly due to environmental factors, or spillages.

So to help you keep it looking at its very best, we’ve put together a list of handy tips on how to maintain your porcelain paving.

Maintaining unpolished porcelain paving

Depending on the porcelain paving that you chose from our varied selection, some will have a polished finish, and others will not. As a result, the different surfaces will require different maintenance strategies.

  • Start by sweeping away the dirt and debris from the surface of the tile
  • Cover the tiled surface with a pH neutral surface cleaner (you don’t want to burn the tile!), and warm water.
  • Let the water to stand for about five to ten minutes, while ensuring that the cleaning solution does not dry out - you might need to top it up with a splash of water if necessary.
  • Use a scrubby brush to scrub the surface of the tiles and get rid of any difficult stains.
  • Rinse off your tiles thoroughly, making sure not to leave any cleaning fluid on them. If you have a wet-dry vacuum cleaner, this will be ideal for sucking up the water.
  • Now all you need to do is leave your paving to dry!

Maintaining polished porcelain paving

The procedure for maintaining polished porcelain tiles is largely the same, but there are a few subtle differences which are worth keeping in mind.

  • You start off more or less the same, by sweeping away any dirt and debris. However we’d recommend that you use a dry dust mop to sweep and not a broom, as it could be abrasive and scratch the polished surface.
  • Once again, use a pH neutral cleaning detergent to mop the tiles to avoid burning them.
  • Rinse the tiles with water to get rid of all traces of the detergent, and then gently dry and buff the tiles with a lint-free, soft rag. This will give your tiles an extra bit of sheen, whilst eliminating the chances of any watermarks being left on them.

That’s the basics of porcelain tile maintenance covered! But, if you’re considering porcelain paving, it’s not just its easy to maintain exteriors that makes it such a popular choice with our customers.

Porcelain paving is consistent when it comes to size and thickness tolerance when compared to raw natural stone. This is due to the fact that porcelain slabs are fired in kilns at temperatures of up to 1250 degrees Celsius, which makes them incredibly dense, and highly scratch resistant, meaning you can count on them not to crack in adverse weather.

If you need any more advice, or you’ve got any questions, our team is only too happy to help. We offer a variety of Indian sandstone and porcelain slabs to choose from here at Bridge Street Stone, so you’ve got no shortage of choice in terms of achieving your vision. We’re able to offer free delivery to most areas, so feel free to place an order online, or by giving us a call today on 01282 860571.