How To Clean Your Porcelain Paving

April 2022
Anton White

One of the great things about Porcelain Paving Tiles is that they are very low maintenance when compared with other types of paving.  They are highly scratch and stain resistance, and come in many shapes, sizes, colours, and finishes, allowing you to create stunning outdoor spaces that you won’t have to spend hours maintaining – you’ll just want to keep it nice and clean to keep it looking its best.

A question we are often asked at Ovaeda is “How do I keep my Porcelain Patio clean?”  You’ll be pleased to know that cleaning porcelain paving is nice and easy.

In this article, let’s go through the 4 simple steps to follow when cleaning your porcelain paving



Clean Your Porcelain Paving In these 4 Simple Steps

  • Step 1 – Clear Patio of Furniture and Planters etc
  • Step 2 – Sweep off Dirt & Debris
  • Step 3 – Clean the Porcelain Using Stiff Brush & Soapy Water
  • Step 4 – Rinse off Patio with Water

Step #1 – Clear Patio of Furniture & Planters etc

It’s important to remove everything from your patio area so that you can clean the whole area – cleaning around furniture and other items is inefficient, and leaving heavy items such as planters in the same position can cause unsightly marks over time.

Step #2 – Sweep off Dirt/Debris

Sweep the area thoroughly to remove any larger pieces of dirt, mud or leaves that have built up.  A leaf blower will do this job very quickly and effectively, but might just blow the debris elsewhere for you to tidy up!  Keeping your patio swept regularly is a good idea, especially in areas with lots of leaves and other debris.

Step #3 – Clean the Porcelain Using Stiff Brush & Soapy Water

Fill a bucket with warm water, and just add a standard washing up soap such as fairy liquid.  Using plenty of water, scrub into the surface of the Porcelain using a stiff bristle brush (do not use a wire brush for this).  Work your way round the whole area, ensuring the area stays wet.  We recommend just using washing up soap if sufficient, however for very stubborn marks or residual adhesive or grout, you can use an Outdoor Porcelain Tile Cleaner.

Step #4 – Rinse off Patio with Water

Once you’ve finished scrubbing your patio, thoroughly rinse off all of the soapy water and loosened dirt using a hose, pressure washer, or just buckets of clean water.  Leaving the soapy water to dry on the tiles will leave an unsightly residue on the surface so give your patio a proper rinse off.

How Often Should You Clean Your Porcelain Paving?

If you’re planning to or have already installed a new porcelain patio, you’ll want to keep it nice and clean to get maximum enjoyment out of it!  We recommend keeping your porcelain paving clean throughout the year, but as soon as the weather starts to getting warmer in spring is a great time to give it thorough clean to get it in perfect condition for your summer bbqs!

Obviously, we’d recommend avoiding cleaning your paving when it’s zero degrees or below – if the water you are cleaning with freezes over you will have a very slippery surface!  We also don’t recommend cleaning your porcelain when it is very hot outside, as the water will dry very quickly and may leave dirty or soapy residue. Besides, on a hot day, wouldn’t you rather be relaxing on your patio instead?

Will my Porcelain Paving Get Black Spots on it?

Due to porcelain being almost entirely non-porous, the surface does not absorb moisture like concrete or natural stone.  This means you will never have to stain or seal the surface, and as water and moisture cannot penetrate into the surface, algae, lichen or other bacteria are preventing from growing into the surface.  This means that you won’t be faced with the common problem of unsightly black spots appearing on your patio as they often do with natural stone or concrete paving.

What Now?

If you’ve already installed porcelain paving, then hopefully this article has helped with how to keep you patio in brand new condition.  If you are looking for furniture or anything else now that your patio is complete, we’d love to help with that too!

If you’re considering porcelain paving and wanted to understand more about what it is like to keep clean, then you’ll hopefully be pleased with what you’ve just read!  Why not order free porcelain paving samples to get your project started?

You can also call us on 0208 159 2999 or send us an email to to get quotes, guidance and any technical support with your plans. If it’s porcelain installation you’re looking for, we’d be very happy to put you in touch with one of our trusted installers.

We look forward to hearing from you!