Whether you’ve just had your porcelain laid, or you want to make it look as good as new, below are some great tips in order to take the best care of your porcelain paving, to ensure that it stays in great condition.
Unlike other types of paving, porcelain does not need to be sealed. This is due to the fact that porcelain pavers are not porous, which also comes with the added bonus that moss will not develop on the pavers. Recommendations for porcelain care are usually set by the manufacturer. However, all porcelain products are different, therefore please seek advice from your supplier before purchasing any of the products. We in particular have advice from our Italian manufacturer that the porcelain does not need to be sealed.
Although porcelain pavers are not porous, it is at the upmost importance that a suitable grout is used to prevent moss, mildew and weeds for developing. The grout needs to have anti-mould growth technology. The grout must be able to repel water from the surface while allowing the vapour to pass through. This will ensure that you will not have any growth on the pavers and the joints.
The reason why porcelain is resistant to the above is that the vitrified porcelain pavers have a water absorption rate of less than 0.5%. This allows the porcelain to also be very stain resistant as well as very hard wearing.
To put this into simple terms, the porcelain is man made unlike Natural Stone. Porcelain is made under intense heat and is layered many times. The process in how its made ensures that the water absorption is less than 0.5%. It needs to be this to be a vitrified porcelain. And if the product cannot absorb water then moss growth and staining is much less likely!
After installation it is very important that you wash the porcelain pavers. Any residue that is left on the porcelain from installation is much more likely to hold back any dirt residue.
By means of acid washing, you can remove residues of installation materials or work site dirt, such as: mortar, adhesive, paint, various types of dirt. Before performing this operation, protect the grouting material used in the joints by moistening the latter with water.
Unless otherwise indicated by the manufacturer of the grout, as far as grout without additives is concerned, after-installation cleaning must be performed after 4-5 days, when the grout has dried.
Do not wait too long: if too much time passes since the joints have dried, residues will be much more difficult to remove. Never use detergents containing hydrofluoric acid. This is the only acid that may permanently damage the surface.
We have a complete guide of products from Fila which can instruct you on what products to use to clean different types of marks. Please contact us for any cleaning advice. There are generally different cleaners that treat different types of stains. For example a white whine stain and a greasy stain would each have a different cleaner to be effective.
In general, the general cleaning can be very effective with just water to remove the surface dirt. However when it comes down to cleaning particular marks, you need to clean this with the product that is suitable. If you would like to request the full porcelain care guide then please do contact us.
A great tip for cleaning porcelain for INTERIOR USE ONLY is a mixture of water and vinegar. We would personally avoid most household cleaners as they tend to have a high salt content which can leave a film on top of the porcelain. We would also recommend that you change your water every 15 sqm in order to get the best finish, as you do not want to be cleaning your porcelain with dirty water.