How to Clean Matte Porcelain Tiles?
by Nest Tile on Nov 19, 2021
Porcelain tile is considered one of the most durable and versatile materials for providing long-lasting floor coverings. Versatility, durability, and affordability are key elements that have made this material so popular with architects and designers alike. Matte porcelain is the least expensive tile flooring material you can find on the market. It is also easy to clean and maintain.
However, it does not have a polished surface, so it will not reflect light from its surface, but since matte porcelain has a matte finish, dust and dirt do not show clearly. This may make you wonder how you can clean matte porcelain tiles effectively. Here are some tips for cleaning matte porcelain tiles that you can follow:
Step 1: Prepare a bucket of warm water
Step 2: Use a sponge with mild detergent
Step 3: Don't use too much water to clean matte porcelain tiles
Step 4: Dry matte porcelain immediately after washing
Step 5: Use a clean microfiber cloth for final wiping
Step 6: Keep matte porcelain surfaces as dry as possible
Step 7: Avoid humid surroundings
You have to follow the above mentioned steps one by one.
1. Prepare a bucket of warm water
You will need a bucket of warm water with a mild detergent in order to wash off any dust or loose dirt particles from matte porcelain surfaces before washing matte porcelain tiles. Cleaning matte porcelain is very important in order to avoid scratching the surface of matte porcelain. Because it is a porous material and can easily absorb dirt or dust particles when they are not washed properly.
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2. Use a sponge with mild detergent
If you have no dishwashing liquid, you can just use any household cleaner that is safe for matte porcelain surfaces. Such as vinegar, lemon juice or baking soda. You may use a sponge, but please avoid using scouring pads because these will scratch matte porcelain surfaces, leaving them dull looking. Scouring pads also contain coarse grains that are not suitable for cleaning matte porcelain tiles. Hence, why it should be avoided at all costs even if it is mentioned as a matte porcelain cleaner.
3. Don't use too much water to clean matte porcelain tiles
It is important not to use too much water when cleaning matte porcelain tiles because matte porcelain surfaces are porous, and excess amounts of liquids will make them absorb more water which can damage matte porcelain tiles.
You should limit the amount of liquid you put on matte porcelain, mainly if applied on some sort of grout or mortar. Excess liquid may seep through these materials and go deep into matte porcelain surfaces, causing damages that you will notice later on, such as pits, cracks or fissures.
4. Dry matte porcelain immediately after washing
In order to prevent matte porcelain tiles from getting matte porcelain surfaces wet after washing. You should dry matte porcelain immediately with a dry cloth or paper towel. Never let matte porcelain stand in the open air, as this will cause matte porcelain to absorb more moisture from the atmosphere, which might damage matte porcelain surfaces.
5. Use a clean microfiber cloth for final wiping
After using a sponge and paper towels, you should use a clean microfiber cloth for final wiping. Because it absorbs dirt better than regular cleaning rags or other materials. However, to avoid damaging matte porcelain surfaces due to stains left behind by a cloth, make sure that the cloth has no stains or blemishes left behind before using it.
6. Keep matte porcelain surfaces as dry as possible
Keeping matte porcelain as dry as possible is very important, especially if matte porcelain tiles are installed on some sort of flooring or floor coverings such as ceramic tiles or wood. This will avoid matte porcelain from absorbing too much moisture, which may cause matte porcelain to expand and contract in extreme conditions.
7. Avoid humid surroundings
Try not to install matte porcelain in areas with high humidity levels, as matte porcelain tiles are porous and may absorb water more rapidly. If this happens, then matte porcelain surfaces might expand or contract being damaged in the process.
You can reduce matte porcelain surfaces' vulnerability to damage by protecting matte porcelain tiles from changes in humidity levels like covering matte porcelain with glass panels around it or installing matte porcelain on top of some sort of waterproofing material such as rubber floor coverings.
In this blog post, we have explained a simple guide to clean matte porcelain tiles. As you can see, there are several steps to cleaning matte porcelain tiles. Some of these steps may be done by hand, while others will require a vacuum cleaner or mop. It's important that each step is completed thoroughly. So, the surface remains clean and without any residue from dirt or food particles.
We hope this article has been helpful for your home care routine. If you have any questions about our recommendations on how to clean matte porcelain tiles. Please let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading.