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How to Clean Porcelain Tiles Inside & Outside

3rd May 2024
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How to Clean Porcelain Tiles Inside & Outside

The kind, colour, and sometimes even texture of porcelain tiles will determine how best to clean them. Errors and residues, such as brush-in compounds, cement-based grout, slurry primers, resin-based grout slurry, and ordinary builders' mess, frequently cause cleaning problems with recently installed tiles.

Cleaning older tiles is usually necessary because of dirt trapped in textured anti-slip coatings and winter-formed organic growth. Cleaning is necessary for problems like muddy footsteps, green algae, bird droppings, lichen, and leaf stains.

Cleaning Porcelain: The Best Methods

A premium porcelain tile cleaner will help keep your tiles gleaming, protected and healthy.

Outdoor Porcelain Patios

Porcelain that has been thoroughly vitrified or glazed. Porcelain tiles found outdoors are the largest group of porcelains. Your porcelain tile most likely fits into this group or kind of tile. This tile will typically have a matt finish, be non-porous, and possibly have a subtle gloss. Tiles with a matte finish will be non-slip. Right now, anthracite, charcoal, and grey are in style. However, contemporary porcelain patios are used. Porcelain that is unglazed, semi-vitrified, or micro-porous. This is a rare collection of miniature porcelains. Given their potential for porosity, this kind of tile will almost definitely have a matt appearance.

Outdoor Porcelain Patios

How to Clean Porcelain Outdoor Tiles After the Winter

Due to biological pollution, porcelain floors outside are typically more maintenance-intensive than internal porcelain tile floors. General filth, grime, green algae, slimes, lichen, moss, and leaf stains are examples of contamination. Pressure washing usually works well, but dirt, algae, and leaf stains can accumulate quickly on textured matt-finished tiles. Green Clear Fast & Easy is a fantastic cleaner for removing algae.

How to Maintain Recently Installed Porcelain Outdoor Tiles

When cleaning freshly laid porcelain tiles, there are frequently extra problems. This may involve removing residues like general dirt, slurry primers, cement, and grout. Resin-based grout staining and compound staining may be applied with brushes made of resin. Products made of resin can quickly dry and set hard on tile. Grouting issues or lack of attention, such as hurrying, are frequently caused by application in hot weather. Smartsealís premium grout cleaner is a powerful formula that will clean all grouting.

How to Maintain Recently Installed Porcelain Outdoor Tiles

Cleaning Indoor Porcelain Tiles

Because of their strength and beauty, indoor porcelain tiles are a popular choice, yet even these low-maintenance gems require occasional care to maintain their finest appearance. Here's how to properly take care of them:

Weekly or daily - All you need to do to keep your home clean is hoover or sweep up any loose dirt or dust. For a soft clean, you can also use a microfiber mop.

Every two weeks or every month - Use a mop that has been specially formulated with a pH-neutral cleaner made for porcelain tiles for a deeper clean. Steer clear of strong chemicals, abrasive cleansers, and acidic solutions, as they may cause harm to the grout or surface. As the manufacturer directs, dilute the cleanser and not let it sit on the tiles for too long. Use fresh water to rinse thoroughly, then pat dry with a gentle cloth.

According to these easy maintenance guidelines, you can maintain the lovely and immaculate appearance of your indoor porcelain tiles for many years. Remember that mild cleaning, the right solutions, and preventative actions are essential to preserve their lustre and longevity.

How to Clean Porcelain Stains


Smartsealís heavy-duty tile and stone cleaner is a fast-action cleaner ideal for indoor porcelain surfaces.

Elimination of Stains - Take immediate action, as spills are easier to clean up the sooner they are addressed. Blot up any extra liquid with a fresh, absorbent cloth without rubbing to stop the stain from spreading.

Food and beverages - Wipe with a moderate detergent solution after rinsing with fresh water.

Grease and oil - Use cornflour or baking soda to soak up the oil, and then use a light detergent solution to clean.

Soap scum - To get rid of soap scum accumulation, mix one part vinegar with two parts water. Thoroughly rinse with fresh water.

Grout - Use a grout cleaner or a baking soda and water solution to clean grout lines regularly. This will stop the formation of mildew and discolouration.

Avoid Scratches - Avoid moving furniture and putting rough materials on the tiles to prevent scratches. Put felt pads on the furniture legs for protection.

Resealing - To improve your porcelain tiles' gloss and stain resistance, you might wish to reseal them every few years, depending on the kind of tile and the amount of wear and tear.

For difficult stains, see the cleaning guidelines for your particular kind of porcelain tile. Certain manufacturers may suggest certain stain removal products. Before you start to use a new cleaning product, always test it on a discrete area.

How to Clean Porcelain Stains


Smartseal's porcelain cleaner is ideal for cleaning porcelain patio tiles after the winter. This cleaning solution works on basic dirt and organic problems that accumulate over the winter. Eliminates leaf stains, moss, bird droppings, slime, algae, and lichen. It is excellent for patios that already exist but need constant upkeep. It is also great for recently installed tiles. It eliminates leachate staining, efflorescence, ferrous-rich mud, and bleed marks from pots and planters that contain compost, cement, cement-based grout, concrete, cement-based slurry primers, and primary builder's mess.

Sealing Porcelain Tiles

Smartsealís Porcelain Sealer is a protective layer for contemporary porcelain tiles used indoors and outdoors that is breathable, durable, and strong. Ceramic wall and floor tiles, both internal and external, can also be sealed with porcelain tile sealant. Moreover, it aids in preventing surface stains and general soiling. This sealer has colour-enhancing properties and leaves a slight sheen. The ready-to-use, simple-to-apply, fast-drying Smartseal Porcelain Sealer adds extra protection against oil- and water-based stains while bringing out the natural colours of the tiles.

Sealing Porcelain Tiles
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