Porcelain Cleaning Melbourne

What is Porcelain?
Porcelain, one of the worlds most popular types of flooring is a highly durable and stain resistant product which receives its name from the Italian word “Porcellana”(cowrie shell) because of its resemblance to the translucent surface of the shell. Porcelain tiles are available in a wide variety of colours, textures and shapes and commonly mirror natural stone surfaces. Porcelain is a ceramic material created by heating varieties of clay and other natural materials in a kiln to temperatures reaching 1,450°C, producing vitreous, or glassy qualities such as translucence and low porosity. Usually white or off-white, porcelain comes in both glazed and unglazed varieties. Properties associated with porcelain include, toughness, whiteness, translucency and a high resistance to chemical attack, thermal shock and liquid staining.

Porcelain tiles are available in a natural, polished or glazed finish and cleaning methods differ for each type of porcelain tile flooring. Because porcelain tile is fire-hardened and quite hard, it can be cleaned at pressures up to 1,300 PSI if the grout is in good condition.


Types of Porcelain Tiles
There are a few varieties of porcelain tiles:
• Natural Porcelain Tile: Porcelain tiles that have not been polished or glazed which are very porous.
• Polished Porcelain Tile: Although these polished tiles have a finish, they are not glazed and therefore need to be sealed, however most polished porcelain tiles in Australia today come pre-sealed from the factory, and do not require sealing. You will however need arrange a professional to clean and polish the area after installation to bring out the brand new finish you paid for.
• Glazed Porcelain Tile: Like glazed ceramic, glazed porcelain tiles may be the best option for kitchens due to their strength, stain resistance, and low water absorption.

What is the difference between standard "Ceramic" tiles and Porcelain tiles?
Most tiles that are made from clay or a mixture of clay and other materials, then kiln-fired are considered to be a part of the larger classification known as "Ceramic Tiles". These tiles can be split into two groups, porcelain tiles and non-porcelain tiles. These non-porcelain tiles are frequently referred to as ceramic tiles.

Scratch resistance: Porcelain tile is more scratch resistant than ceramic tile. Porcelain is made from a finer, more dense clay, which results in a more dense, harder body. Also, porcelain tile is fired at higher temperatures than ceramic, resulting in superior durability and stain resistance.
Water resistance: Porcelain tile is far more resistant to water than ceramic tile. The absorption rate for porcelain tiles is 0.5% and even less.

Maintenance: Glazed porcelain tile maintenance is as simple as a quick sweep and a mop when necessary, however if your choice of tile is natural or polished porcelain, be sure that your floor is properly sealed otherwise cleaning could get more difficult!

Porcelain Tile Care
• Sweep your porcelain tile regularly to keep it free from dirt that may become ground into the grout.
• Washing your grout lines with soapy water and a cloth should be enough for routine cleaning of your porcelain tile.
• If your porcelain tile is on the walls, ensure the walls are washed regularly.
• If your tile is in the bathroom area, keep the grout as dry as possible, which may include toweling down your walls after you shower or bathe.
• Sealing the grout between your tiles is important to keep it looking clean.
• Sealed grout will repel water better and is smoother and easier to sweep.

If you are looking for flooring that is durable, exquisite, translucent, and shiny, then porcelain tile might be the ideal choice for you. Porcelain tiles have a reputation of being extremely durable while requiring little effort to maintain. With this type of floor you don't have to choose between beauty and durability. Especially popular in bathrooms and kitchens, porcelain tile is fairly resistant to moisture and is simple to clean even in high traffic areas.

Don't hire an inexperienced contractor
Experts Floor Care offer a wide range of services that will dramatically transform the appearance, market appeal and capital value of your property. We provide a single source service for the treatment of problems associated with Porcelain Tile & Grout Surfaces.

Sealing Porcelain Tiles
We often get asked to recommend a sealer for porcelain tiles, the simple answer is if they are glazed then the tiles usually don't require sealing, but the grout lines should always be sealed with a water based impregnating penetrating sealer, however if your porcelain tiles are porous then we recommend you seal the tiles with a high quality water based sealer such as Australian Deepshield™ Penetrating Impregnating Sealer.

Certain varieties of porcelain tile will require an impregnating sealer to fill the micro pores on the tile surface. Deepshield™ Gold ultra premium sealer is specially designed to penetrate denser materials such as porcelain, porcelain, granite and marble, offering peace of mind by forming a barrier between the micro pores of your porcelain and potential water and oil based stains, while preserving the tile's appearance and resulting in maintenance being made much easier.

Australian made non-toxic Deepshield™ Gold impregnating sealer performs well on porcelain and ceramic tiles and also provides excellent protection to the typically cement based grout lines against water and oil based stains.

Sealing your porcelain will keep most stains suspended at the surface, creating a barrier that provides protection against chemical attack, deterioration and contamination.

Porcelain Tile Care
Cleaning porcelain tile is not too difficult if you use the correct cleaning products and procedures. Using improper cleaning products and techniques can actually harm your porcelain tiles as well as the grout.

Cleaning porcelain tile requires the four basic components necessary for cleaning any surface. In the cleaning industry the acronym for these four cleaning components is TACT and they stand for:
• Temperature: The higher the temperature the more effective the cleaning process.
• Agitation: Agitation of the surface is necessary to generate effective cleaning results.
• Chemicals: The proper cleaning products for the surface to be cleaned.
• Time: The longer the cleaning products are allowed to work on the dirt and stains the better your cleaning results will be.

Here are some tile care tips on maintaining your porcelain tile:
• Purchase a good quality dust mop and sweep your porcelain tile floors daily. This is especially important in new installations where the grout has not fully cured. Dirt, mud, and sand tend to ground into the grout mortar from heavy foot traffic.
• Dirt collecting carpet mats should be placed in frequently used entrances and shaken out weekly.
• Shower stall and tub enclosures should have proper ventilation. Stagnant water breeds stain causing mildew as well as other fungi. All inside and outside corners of shower walls, curbs, and sills, should be caulked with a siliconise mildew resistant caulk.
• Mop or sponge your tiles 2 to 3 times weekly. Mix 1 capful of dishwashing liquid per 3 litres of hot water. Mop up excess water and allow to dry. Buffing with a dry towel will help to reduce spotting.

Getting White Grout Clean
For white or light coloured grout or for particularly tough mold or mildew stains, consider bleach. You can purchase a bleach-based cleaner or mix a 50/50 solution of bleach and water to clean stubborn grout stains.

When using bleach or bleach-based cleaners, be sure to have proper ventilation to remove harmful fumes. Also, be sure to wear gloves and older clothing. Never mixed bleach-based cleaners with other substances; toxic fumes can be generated from these types of mixtures. Ensure all bleach is properly rinsed.

A Mild Grout Cleaning Alternative
Another alternative grout cleaning solution is hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is an effective grout cleaner that doesn't produce odours. As an added benefit, hydrogen peroxide is the perfect cleaner for those with allergies or sensitivities to harsh chemicals. Simply apply some hydrogen peroxide to your grout and allow it to sit for several minutes. Brush the treated grout and then rinse with a damp cloth or mop.

Experts Floor Care Porcelain Services
Porcelain Tile Stripping and Sealing
No matter where your porcelain tiles are, Experts Floor Care will strip, clean and professionally reseal them for you. In your kitchen, shower, bathroom, around the swimming pool, your backyard, outdoors or any hard to reach indoor areas.

Porcelain Tile Cleaning and Sealing
If you have porcelain tile surfaces that have become dull and not showing their true colour, or perhaps you have recently installed your porcelain tiles or your previous sealer is wearing off, Experts Floor Care Cleaning and Sealing is your best choice to clean your tiles effectively and efficiently and protect them against future staining and deterioration.

Porcelain Tile and Grout Cleaning
Cleaning tile & grout takes a combination of specialised industrial equipment and heavy duty cleaning products. By using specially developed cleaning solutions & high pressure van mounted cleaning equipment we are able to clean your tiles & grout to the highest standards.

Porcelain Tile Sealing
All porous tiles should be sealed, sealing your tiles helps prevent & reduce staining. Sealing your porcelain will keep most stains suspended at the surface, creating a barrier that provides protection against chemical attack, deterioration and contamination. Sealing is the first important step towards protecting your surfaces against stains.

Porcelain Stripping
Stripping, scrubbing and cleaning to remove old sealant and its residue, restoring the original appearance of the floor. Our technicians are equipped with all necessary equipment and possess all skills and experience needed to provide your tiles with an extensive floor stripping service. We can strip and reseal any hard surface flooring as well as wall tiles.

Efflorescence Treatment
Efflorescence is the formation of salt deposits on or near the surface of the tile and grout. Experts Floor Care technicians have a variety of equipment for the effective removal of efflorescence. We also carry all the required treatments, agitation tools as well as chemical solutions to safely and effectively removed efflorescence deposits internally and externally.

Minor Tile Repair
Do you have cracked tiles, chipped tiles, loose tiles or discoloured tiles in your walls, floors, stairs or around the swimming pool. Do you have spare tiles left over from installation? Experts Floor Care have professional & experienced tilers in our team that can assist you with repairing your indoor & outdoor tiles and replacing the broken/damaged tiles.

Grout Colour Sealing
Experts Floor Care technicians are able to re-colour badly stained grout or change the colour of existing and/or stained grout. Experts Floor Care Grout Colour Sealing service is specifically designed and developed to rejuvenate your dirty old grout and make it look BRAND NEW once again!

We make it a priority top offer flexible services to accommodate your need.