Porcelain is one of the most reliable, strong, and durable materials used to manufacture countertops. Porcelain is an amazingly aesthetic and beautiful material. As with any luxury item, it should be carefully looked after. You can read more on the article about which kitchen countertop is suitable for you at https://www.swissinterior.com.sg/blog/kitchen-countertops-which-countertop-suits-you-best.
How to keep porcelain countertop clean
First of all, remember to avoid chemicals that can corrode porcelain. And here, it concerns household chemicals and natural oxidizing agents (lemon juice, tomato sauce, alcohol-containing drinks, etc.). If such elements are not removed in a timely manner, they will corrode the calcium, which will cause the surface of the porcelain to fade and become covered with spots that are visible in the daytime.
Care must be taken with bleaching cleaners. To care for a porcelain countertop, you will need warm water and soap to suffice. This gentle cleaning method is well suited for regular care. However, it does not always help with persistent stains.
Sanded and polished porcelain
Often porcelain countertop surfaces undergo a polishing procedure. Thanks to this, the products will become smoother, glossier, and able to reflect light.
Sanded surfaces are porous and more prone to staining. On the other hand, although polished porcelain cleans well, it is more susceptible to acid erosion.
How to add attractiveness to porcelain products
To mask erosion and stains, you can use a special sealant, the regular use of which allows you to increase the life of the porcelain. You need to repeat this procedure approximately once a month.
It is important to remember that if you leave an unfavorable substance on the porcelain countertop for a long period, then the sealant will not help. If you immediately wipe off the oxidizing agent (for example, spilled wine), the sealant will become a barrier between the stone and the irritant so that the surface will not become stained. On the other hand, the sealant provides little or no protection against erosion.
How to remove various stains
Different types of pollution should be dealt with in different ways. So, for:
- greasy stains (from fat, oil, cosmetics). It is necessary to wipe the surface with a detergent with ammonia or mineral alcohol;
- Organic stains (from tea, coffee, fruit, food). Wipe the stain with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and ammonia. The latter only needs a couple of drops;
- Such a stain is tough to remove; special compresses should be used;
- Small spots need to be scraped off with a blade, or use a solvent;
- smoked places. For such a case, special cleaners are used;
- water stains. It is necessary to wipe the place with zero sandpaper.
If porcelain is eroded (it can be caused by various liquids, including alcohol, dairy products, juices, etc.), it is worth immediately removing the spilled liquid, moistening the surface with water, and sprinkling with polishing powder. You can rub the powder with napkins or a drill with a special polishing nozzle. This must be done until the surface acquires a glossy sheen. This method is not suitable for matte surfaces.
The main rule is to clean up immediately. With a timely reaction, warm water and detergent are enough. If the stains do not lend themselves, use a special cleaner or compress. In case of heavy soiling, it is recommended to apply a paste 1 cm thick on the stain, then cover the surface with a plastic film for 24 to 48 hours. Then the film is removed, and the paste is allowed to dry, after which the stain should disappear. If necessary, the procedure can be repeated several times.
Porcelain countertops are best cleaned with a phosphate-free product and soap. Upon completion of cleaning, the surfaces are wiped dry.
You can put some special mats for cutting vegetables and meat on the reception tables in the kitchen or dining room. Thus, if they spill wine, the rug will be good protection for the porcelain surface.