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How to clean a matt or shiny porcelain floor tiles

How to clean a matt or shiny porcelain floor tiles and protect it from the dirt

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Do you have a matt or shiny porcelain floor tiles? Do we bet that every time that you clean it, it remains stained by halos, stripes, prints and so on? Don’t worry! You’re not alone. The not enamelled porcelain tiles, is one of the most difficult material to remove the stains and to keep it clean. Don't be afraid: we have the solution! In this article we explain to you how to clean a matt or shiny porcelain floor tiles without fatigue. Before you know how to do it, let’s start from the beginning: why porcelain tiles are so difficult to clean?

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Microporosity, the cause of the stains on the porcelain tiles

What commonly called porcelain tiles is a paste of clays and materials of different kinds. All the type of tiles in porcelain tiles, from the little ones, pink, 10x10, to the big ones, 50x50 enamelled and similar to terracotta, stones or to wooden floor are made of a paste of very little powders that is mixed and baked in a furnace at about 1200 degrees of temperature.

At the end of this process we obtain a very resistant material against the abrasions, impermeable and with a very long duration: exactly the porcelain tiles. Thanks to these characteristics the porcelain tile is a perfect material to make tiles and other materials for coating.

Whilst the production process creates a very resistant material, we have a disadvantage. The porcelain tile, in fact, is a microporous material. It means that its structure presents porous at a microscopic level. It’s exactly in these porous that the dirt lurks, so difficult to eliminate.

So, to clean successfully the matt porcelain tile we have to consider that it’s a microporous material.

How to clean the porcelain tile: the products that you don’t have to use

How many times do you fight against the dirt on your natural porcelain floor tiles? Prints, halos, stains: only a simple drop of water can cause a big trouble. You tried all: even the vapour. Not to mention all the detergents, perfumes and colours. But nothing, your porcelain floor tiles remains scarred by the dirt, even though the repeated washes. Is it true?

We reveal to you a thing: the detergents that you use are the problem:

The common detergents bought at the supermarket are what precludes to your porcelain tile to be cleaned

Amazing, isn’t it? Until now you keep using the most advertised product, the most expensive, perfumed, certified but nothing changed: your matt porcelain floor tiles remains dirty and full of halos.

The problem is that the supermarket detergent contains surfactants. These chemical compounds are the active substances of the majority of the detergents. Their task is to dissolve the dirt and make it washable. Moreover, they decrease the superficial tension of the water, making it “more wet”.

Well, it’s exactly this that a detergent has to do, isn’t it? Yes: but it’s not true for the porcelain floor tiles. When you wash a floor made of this material, the surfactants contained in the supermarket detergents remain on the surface. In the moment when you drop the water on the floor, these surfactants, deposited previously dissolve themselves and they penetrate into the micropores. And here that the halo is formed and the floor looks stained.

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So, this is an answer to the question “how to clean the porcelain tile”?

To clean the porcelain tile, we need to use a detergent with a very low content of surfactants.

A product like this exists, but you have to look for it very well. For this reason, we recommend one to you. Its name is GRES LINDO, a concentrated detergent studied for floors in microporous material. To dissolve the dirt, Gres Lindo. The inorganic salts like sodium or potassium clean the floor, but they don’t leave the coat of surfactants that creates halos. According to the product concentration you can use GRES LINDO for the ordinary and extraordinary cleaning.

You'll see that after passed GRES LINDO on the floor, the halos and the stains will disappear!

Sometimes on the porcelain floor tiles, a superficial protection can be applied, and in few cases, it can be degraded with simple household products (ex. lemon, removing limestone detergents, urine, vomit, etc) resulting stained and with halos especially if seen against the light.

In these specific cases the only solution is to make an intense extraordinary cleaning with POWER DET, to remove the protection and at the same time the halos and bring back the material to the raw.

Do you want to have more information on how to remove the stains on your porcelain floor tiles? Contact us! Our experts will give you all the information on the product and how to use it.

A stain remover to get an always clean matt porcelain tile

Well, we’ve eliminated the halos, but it’s not enough. Why don’t you dare and protect the porcelain floor tiles ensuring that it’ll never stain itself again? It seems a task suitable for a product against the dirt!

The perfect product for this task is ANTISPORCO. It’s a protector made of water that don’t use solvents to take reaction: it’s perfect for houses with children. ANTISPORCO is studied for microporous materials like the porcelain tile. Spray ANTISPORCO on the surface, in small amounts, until it’ll be homogeneously distributed: it will ensure you from 3 to 6 months of cleaning on your floor. Clean the porcelain tile has never been so easy!

Do you want to have more information on how to protect your porcelain floor tiles? Contact us! Our experts will give you all the information on the product and how to use it.

Tell us your experience

Do you have a porcelain floor tiles to clean? Do you find perfect solutions to clean porcelain floor tiles? Let’s share with the Marbec blog’s readers your doubts and your discoveries!


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