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Home Cleaning & Maintenance Guide – Internal – Porcelain

Cleaning & Maintenance - Internal -Porcelain

Porcelain wall and floors tile provide a hardwearing surface finish that’s really easy to keep clean.  To retain a tile’s aesthetic and performance, it’s important to use the correct maintenance products and methods.  In this guide, you will find general information on the maintenance of porcelain tiles.

For all types of porcelain tile, we recommend cleaning with a pH-neutral detergent. General household cleaners tend to be quite acidic and chemical-laden; they may etch the grout joint and will damage any sealer applied.  They will also dull a polished porcelain finish. 

Other cleaning products and methods to avoid include:

  • General cleaning eco-brands, which may not be suitable for polished finishes.
  • Homemade cleaning solutions made using vinegar, lemon and baking soda; these ingredients, whilst natural, are quite harsh and may cause similar problems outlined above.

Establishing a regular routine

A regular ‘routine’ cleaning regime will make ongoing maintenance easier and will retain the tile’s aesthetic and, in case of textured porcelain tiles, slip resistance. Most tiles will benefit from a wet clean around once a week. A periodic deep clean may be necessary in high traffic areas. For routine cleaning, we recommend ECOPROTEC Natural Stone & Porcelain Aftercare Cleaner for floors and ECOPROTEC Multi-Purpose Cleaner for wall tiles. 

For deep cleaning, we recommend ECOPROTEC Stone & Tile Intensive Cleaner.  Please refer to the product instructions when using maintenance products.

Routine cleaning

  1. For floors, sweep or vacuum to remove dust and loose dirt.
  2. Dilute your cleaning product in warm water, according to instructions. Use a clean bucket or bowl and a well-wrung cloth or mop.
  3. At a high ‘routine cleaning’ dilution, most surfaces will not need to be rinsed.

Deep cleaning

  1. For floors, sweep or vacuum the floor to remove dust and loose dirt.
  2. Dilute your cleaning product in warm water, according to instructions.
  3. Carefully follow the application instructions. Generally, detergent is applied with a mop and left to work for 5 – 10 minutes, whilst keeping floor damp with further solution. It’s then agitated with a pad, dirty residue is removed and the surface is rinsed thoroughly. You may need to repeat the treatment if tiles are very dirty. NB. Polished porcelain tiles may need to be resealed after a deep clean, if the surface has been stripped.

Stain removal

Specialist treatments can be used to safely remove specific marks, like grout residue and rust.  Always seek advice before using these products, to ensure that they are suitable for your tile and that they will provide the best results. We recommend treatments from the ECOPROTEC range

For advice on the protection and maintenance on other types of wall tiles and flooring, please see our full library of Maintenance Guides.