Porcelain has quickly become a very popular product for use within bathroom and kitchen renovations over recent years. It comes with a long list of pros and very little disadvantages, which is why it is a smart choice for most homes.
Porcelain is extremely durable and tough against bumps and scraps, which is what makes it stand out from the crowd. Porcelain is so easy to cut into shape, which is also why manufacturers love it. But it also comes scratch and stain resistant, waterproof and is so hygienic. Not only that but as it is UV resistant too it means that the colour and pattern of your porcelain countertops will never fade in the sun.
On top of all of that, it is incredibly easy to keep clean and is very low maintenance compared to a lot of other stone out there. It will never require any sealing or refinishing and what you pay for is the final product, never needing any touch ups!
Going back to porcelain being hygienic – it is non-porous which means it will never hold onto any spillages which means that no bacteria can harbour beneath the surface. It is so easy to keep clean and here are some of our tips for ensuring your worktops and countertops are kept spick and span!
What Products to Use
When you purchase anything new most people tend to look into how to take proper care of it so that it will last longer within the home, especially for homes that have small children running around. You need to know how to keep it clean and that includes what you can (and cannot) use.
Here is a list of detergents that are completely safe to use for your porcelain worktops.
*Neutral Detergent – is an everyday pH-neutral product
*Acid Detergent – this is a descale and is perfect for removing cement residue
*Cream or Powder Detergent – for those more thorough cleans
*Alkaline Detergent – this is perfect for removing grease
Products to Stay Away From
When it comes to keeping your porcelain worktop in tip top condition for years to come, you should know which products you need to keep away from. You should never use anything that is far too harsh which can damage the surface of your worktop or countertops and this includes steel wool pads.
You should also keep away from using any cleaning products that contain hydrofluoric acid or its derivatives as these can also damage your porcelain worktops.
How to Keep Clean
For your daily cleaning routine, a damp microfibre cloth (or any soft cloth that is not abrasive) will be sufficient enough for wiping down from the day.
When it comes to more regular cleaning and you want something that cleans a bit deeper, a neutral liquid detergent sprayed either directly onto the surface or onto a cloth and then wiped down with a soft sponge/cloth or a microfibre cloth. This will be enough to get rid of the bacteria from the day and keep your worktop nice and clean.
For those stubborn marks that are not easily removed, you can use a bit more of an abrasive sponge – but be careful not to use one that is too rough. You can also pair it with a specially formulated stain remover. But please be careful and read the packaging to make sure that it is the right product to use for your particular surface.
Even though porcelain is incredibly stain resistant, you should still wipe down any spillages from staining liquids as soon as you can. This includes coffee, tea and red wine. You should rinse with normal water and then you can clean thoroughly if you wish.
Hopefully this guide has been of help and you now know how to properly take care of your brand new porcelain worktops and countertops.