Outdoor Porcelain Tiles - The Best Ways To Clean Them
by Sally Littlestone on Nov 08, 2023
Outdoor porcelain tiles have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their durability, low-maintenance, and stylish appearance. One of the biggest advantages of porcelain tiles is their low porosity, which makes them highly resistant to water absorption and staining. This means that cleaning porcelain tiles is a breeze, as they are less likely to absorb any spills or stains that may occur in everyday use. In fact, porcelain tiles are often used in high-traffic areas such as kitchens and gardens, precisely because of their resistance to stains and easy cleaning. In this blog post, we will explore some tips and tricks for keeping them looking their best.
Sweep or Vacuum Regularly
The first step in keeping your outdoor porcelain tiles clean is to sweep or vacuum them regularly. This will remove loose dirt, leaves, and other debris that can accumulate on the surface of the tiles. Use a soft-bristled broom or a vacuum with a soft brush attachment to avoid scratching the tiles. If you have a large area to clean, consider using a leaf blower to remove debris quickly and efficiently.
When it comes to cleaning outdoor porcelain tiles, it's important to use a cleaner that won't damage the surface of the tiles or strip away any protective coatings. These cleaners are gentle enough to use regularly and won't cause any damage to the tiles. We recommend Lithofin Intensive Cleaner for occasional thorough cleaning or for regular cleaning of floors subjected to heavy wear. It removes stubborn dirt, oil and grease.
Try a Natural Cleaner
If you prefer to use natural cleaners, there are several options that can be effective on outdoor porcelain tiles. White vinegar mixed with water can be used to clean porcelain tiles, as can a mixture of baking soda and water. Both of these natural cleaners are safe and effective on porcelain tiles and won't cause any damage or discolouration.
To use white vinegar as a natural cleaner, mix one cup of vinegar with one gallon of warm water. Apply the solution to the tiles with a soft-bristled brush or a mop, and then rinse the tiles thoroughly with clean water. For tougher stains, you can increase the strength of the solution by adding more vinegar to the water.
To use baking soda as a natural cleaner, mix a small amount of baking soda with warm water to create a paste. Apply the paste to the stained area of the tile and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Then, scrub the area with a soft-bristled brush and rinse with clean water.
Don't Panic With Stains
The joy of porcelain tiles is that, due to their low porosity of less than 0.5%, nothing can infiltrate the tile and therefore they can't stain. The majority of spillages such as red wine, coffee and ketchup can be removed with water, but if you have a tougher stain that won't budge, please contact us directly and we can advise you as to which product to use.
Clean Grout Lines
In addition to cleaning the tiles themselves, it's important to pay attention to the grout lines between the tiles. Over time, dirt and grime can build up in these lines, causing them to become discoloured or stained. To clean grout lines, mix a small amount of mild detergent with warm water and apply it to the grout lines with a small brush. Scrub the lines gently and rinse with clean water.
Finally, one of the best ways to keep your outdoor porcelain tiles clean is to prevent them from getting dirty in the first place. Consider placing doormats at the entrances to your home and your outdoor living spaces to prevent dirt and debris from being tracked onto the tiles. If you have a pool, encourage swimmers to rinse off before entering the pool to prevent sunscreen, body oils, and other substances from staining the tiles.
In addition, consider using furniture pads or other protective measures to prevent your outdoor furniture from scratching or damaging the tiles. This can help to extend the lifespan of your tiles and keep them looking their best for years to come.
Cleaning outdoor porcelain tiles doesn't have to be a difficult or time-consuming task. By following these tips and using the right cleaning products and methods, you can keep your tiles looking their best and extend their lifespan. Remember to sweep or vacuum the tiles regularly, use a professional cleaner such as Lithofin cleaner, don't panic about stains, clean grout lines, and practice preventative maintenance to keep your outdoor porcelain tiles looking beautiful for years to come.
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