Porcelain / Ceramic Care & Maintenance

Ceramic care and maintenance, including porcelain care and maintenance is easy. What is the difference between ceramic and porcelain? Durability would be the first consideration. Porcelain is denser which makes for a more durable product. In this article we are simply referencing the care and maintenance of the material. Ceramic and porcelain countertops are non-porous and resistant to stains, making them easy to care for.

Therefore, simple cleaning can be done with a mild soap and water, and ceramic does not need to be sealed. However, avoid using abrasive cleaners or scouring pads on ceramic, as they can scratch the surface. Each  manufacturer’s has their recommendations for caring for your specific type of countertop. As well as be sure to ask or download the proper care from the manufactures website. Proper maintenance can help extend the life of your countertops and keep them looking there best.

How to Clean Ceramic / Porcelain Countertops

Care and maintenance of ceramic includes normal cleaning. As well as individual manufacturer research. Be sure to check the manufactures website for more details.

Ceramic aka porcelain countertops are beautiful, durable and resilient surface suitable for walls, countertops, and flooring. Therefore, regular, gentle cleaning is the best way to keep your investment in tip-top condition.

Porcelain or ceramic slabs are easy to clean, and virtually maintenance free. These slabs are rated for food safety like quartz, but available for a fraction of the cost.

Routine Cleanup

  • Cleaning ceramic or porcelain floors, use a soft-bristle broom or use a vacuum with a soft brush attachment to pick up dust and debris. Including follow with gentle cleansing techniques mentioned below.
  • To clean countertops, wipe up spills as they occur with a damp, soft sponge.
  • For routine cleaning for all surfaces, use a soft sponge and a gentle, nonabrasive cleanser mixed with water. Then work in a grid pattern to wipe up any spills or dirt.

Stubborn Cleanup

  • For stubborn cleanups, use gentle liquid cleansers like Mr. Clean, 409, or Simple Green, as directed on the bottle. If extra stubborn spots remain, use a toothbrush dipped in the solution to loosen heavier soil. Rinse a sponge well; wipe the cleaning solution off the tile. Follow with a clean, damp mop, and allow to dry.
  • Never use a sponge that contains aluminum oxide. This includes red or green Scotch Brite sponges. The aluminum oxide can dull the finish of premium surfaces including porcelain, granite, quartz, and marble.
  • Never use steel wool, scrub brushes, or hard bristle brushes.
  • Never use abrasive cleaning agents including Comet, Ajax, or Soft Scrub to clean natural stone or porcelain surfaces.
  • Never use harsh chemical cleaners including drain cleaner, paint strippers, or products containing Hydrofluoric Acid, Methylene Chloride, or Trichloroethylene. These harsh chemicals could etch or discolor the surface.
  • Sealing of is not necessary. However, your installer may recommend the sealing of the grout, depending on the type of rout used. Cement grout is porous, and in some cases can be penetrated with dirt and grime. Epoxy grouts are water-resistant and often do not require a sealer.
  • While scorch and heat resistant, it is recommended to use hot pads under heat generating appliances including slow cookers, deep fryers, and electric skillets. This helps to protect against thermal expansion that occurs with a rapid change of temperature, or sustained heating.

Porcelain slabs are easy to clean, and virtually maintenance free. These slabs are rated for food safety like quartz, but available for a fraction of the cost.

Ceramic Countertops

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Kitchen & Bath Design

Ceramic in your home is beautiful. Therefore, when designing ceramic countertops for your home consider the characteristics of the material. As well as the high-end veining for stunning looks in your kitchen. Be sure to ask one your countertop designer about application and use.

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