Do Porcelain Tiles Stain?
Porcelain will not stain if cared for properly and maintained. This short article will explain how and why porcelain does not stain.
If you are thinking of using porcelain paving in your garden, you will be very happy to hear that porcelain is very low maintenance and requires not much more than the occasional brush to keep it looking good.
Unlike stone, porcelain is very resistant to moisture. It is a ‘moisture proof’ material. This means that with good care, it will stay like new for years to come. All of our porcelain comes with a 10-year warranty.
Long story short, if you want to avoid any stains at all on porcelain, clean them up quickly! The reason behind this is that ‘moisture proof’ does not mean that porcelain is totally resistant to any liquid. It means that porcelain is resistant enough to stand up to liquids – but not forever! Leaving dirt, grime and oil on porcelain for long periods can mean it has enough time to soak into the material, causing unsightly marks and even colour fading. However, please do not think that porcelain isn’t the best hard outdoor surface for you, as it is far more resistant to stains and will hold its original look far longer than a real stone surface will. Most stone surfaces are porous and will require a lot of maintenance and coatings to keep them looking like they are relatively new.
With any liquid spills, ensure that these are mopped or wiped up within half an hour of the initial contact. All water-based liquids can be removed with water and a cloth and are highly unlikely to stain the porcelain at all. Any spills that contain oil are usually more difficult to remove. This is because water and oil do not mix, meaning you will have to use a detergent, industrial wipe or soap to remove this properly. It is totally worth spending an extra minute or so to ensure that all liquid is removed from the surface to make sure that it does not affect the porcelain further down the line.
With any larger debris, such as mud or leaves, it is important that you also remove this quickly. As they are not liquids, they are very unlikely to stain. However, leaves and dirt do contact acids which could penetrate the porcelain and change the colour. Using a soft bristle brush, work across the area. If it is textured porcelain, brush back and forth to ensure no debris is left behind. Wash off with water to remove any remaining dirt particles.
If due care and attention is taken to ensure that your porcelain is kept free of any dirt and foreign liquids, it will stay looking like new for many years to come, providing you with a safe and durable surface that looks like stone but with barely any of the drawbacks of a natural product!
Now that you have read all that you need to know about porcelain paving, you may begin thinking about using it as an option for your garden or balcony. With so many options available, we know it can seem like a big decision to make. Why not begin by ordering one of our free sample boxes to help you choose which style will best suit you?
You can also call us on 0208 159 2999 or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get quotes, guidance and any technical support with your plans. If you think you will require the help of a professional installer, we are happy to recommend one to assist.