Porcelain Paving tiles are a no-brainer when it comes to ensuring your outdoor area or garden is as low-maintenance as possible. They are scratch and stain resistance, and come in many shapes, sizes, colours, and finishes.
Cleaning porcelain paving is not a difficult task thankfully. It is not something you will have to do often, and no maintenance will not damage the tile, it just won’t look as good obviously!
This article will explain the most effective and simplest ways to clean your porcelain paving, and what you can do to maximise its already great lifespan of well over 15 years.
Unlike Natural stone, you will not have to stain the surface routinely, as it is a non-porous material and will not be affected by liquid in the same way as natural stone. The stain applied to natural stone is to protect the surface from liquids engraining themselves deeply into the paver. In fact, porcelain is so non-porous, that you have to apply a primer slurry to the underside of the tile when installing it onto concrete/mortar to ensure that is sticks!
However, cleaning your porcelain should be something that is done ever now and then to remove dirt and debris to keep your porcelain area looking as good as possible. Below are 4 simple steps to follow when cleaning your porcelain paving.
Step #1 – Remove Furniture
Removing all the furniture from your porcelain area so that you can clean the full area and not miss any parts out. Cleaning round each piece of furniture may initially seem quicker, but you will rapidly realise that you actually spend a lot of time working around them, so we recommend taking them of to save time an effort overall/
Step #2 – Remove Dirt/Debris
Using a soft bristle brush, sweep the area to remove any larger pieces of dirt, mud or leaves that have built up. This will make it easier when it comes to the next step. Doing this regularly will make it much easier, and depending on the location, will need to be done more often than others. E.g. if it is directly under a tree, you may have to do it more regularly to keep on top of the falling leaves.
Step #3 – Use a brush or rag and soapy water
Fill a bucket with water, and add a standard dishwash soap, such as fairy liquid for general cleaning and removal of dried on dirt. Using a soft bristle brush, apply the water generously and scrub into the surface. Work your way round the whole area, ensuring the area stays wet. We advise just sticking to an everyday dish soap, as this will not do anything to the surface of the porcelain. A strong acid solution could wear it down and potentially damage the surface.
Step #4 – Wash off soap
Using a hose or buckets of fresh water, thoroughly wash off all the soap and dirt. A pressure washer can also be used in this application. The reason for this is that soap can dry and leave an unsightly residue on the surface. This will not damage the porcelain but won’t be satisfactory!
When should I clean my porcelain paving?
You can clean your porcelain paving at any time of day or year. We would recommend steering clear of a day that is going to be below zero degrees Celsius. The reason being for this is that there could be the danger of the water freezing whilst cleaning, creating a slip hazard. Slipping over on porcelain isn’t exactly comfy!
We also don’t recommend cleaning your porcelain when it is very hot outside, as the water will dry very quickly and leave the soapy residue. It will just take longer, and on a hot day, we’re sure you’d rather be relaxing on your porcelain paving area!
Now that you have read all that you need to know about cleaning 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 email@example.com 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.