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How to clean porcelain tiles

Porcelain tiles are hard wearing and stain resistant, and, with advances in digital printing, able to create realistic design finishes. This combines to make porcelain tiles the perfect low-maintenance alternative to natural stone tiles. Cleaning and maintenance is minimal but using the right products is key to keeping your porcelain tiles in top tip showroom condition. Today, we’re going to give you a few tips that you can use as a guide to ensure that your porcelain tiles remain protected and easy to clean for many years to come.

How Correct Installation Helps With Cleaning

Let’s take a step back and look at how following correct installation procedures will aid the cleaning and maintenance of your porcelain tiles long after the tiler has completed the job. Using the correct adhesive – we always recommend using high quality products like Kerakoll Bio Flex. Kerakoll Bio Flex is specially formulated for fixing porcelain tiles and your tiler will thank you for buying it as it has a long bucket life. This is particularly important when installing large, heavy tiles such as Stonestore’s impressive 900x600 Pietra Bianco Porcelain Tiles. Using this flexible adhesive will help prevent a common post-installation problem when fixing to wooden substrates, as the polymers in the adhesive absorb the natural ‘bounce’ in wooden floor, essential to ensuring the tiles don’t lift or crack.

Do I Need To Seal Porcelain Tiles?

Generally, porcelain tiles don’t require sealing, however we recommend sealing polished ones, such as our marble-mimicking Marmo Statuario range, as the manufacturing process of polishing opens up micro pores in the tile meaning that the surface may stain, smear and go dull if no sealer is used. However, before sealing polished porcelain tiles it’s prudent to clean the newly laid floor with LTP Grimex to remove grease, dirt and grime accumulated during installation process. This will help prevent impurities from being sealed into the pores of the tile and ensures that those pores fill with sealer, meaning the sealer will work effectively. Sealing tiles will make the surface water and oil repellent, prevent stains, aids cleaning and simplifies the removal of surface stains. Our polished porcelain tile sealants of choice are LTP MPG. Sealing once before and once after grouting, we recommend touching up the protective treatment every 3-4 years.

Final Cleaning Tips

So you’ve made sure the correct adhesive is used, done a pre-seal clean and sealed polished porcelain tiles, now all that remains is aftercare cleaning for both polished and non-polished tiles. LTP Porcelain Floor Cleaner is a gentle cleaner especially formulated to clean porcelain and ceramic surfaces without damaging the grout or tile. It has a fresh, clean fragrance and is really easy to use: simply dilute 2 or 3 capfuls (5 capfuls on dirtier floors) in a bucket of warm water. Wash the floor and allow to dry. It does not require rinsing, but polished finishes will benefit from buffing with a dry soft cloth. For advice on which type of natural stone tiles are most suitable call Stonestore on 0161 277 6850, for technical information on LTP products visit http://www.ltp-online.co.uk or call 01823 666213.

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