Porcelain stoneware: tips for cleaning and maintenance
Among the extraordinary technical and performance properties of porcelain stoneware, the ease of cleaning and maintenance is certainly the feature that makes this material one of the most widely used in modern furniture.
Porcelain stoneware surfaces indeed do not retain dirt and are easily cleaned with a damp cloth and warm water, without the use of impregnating agents, waxes or special polishing.
Let's discover all the secrets of perfect cleaning!
Routine cleaning of stoneware surfaces
For routine cleaning of Atlas Plan slabs, we recommend removing dust with a clean, dry cloth and then using a neutral detergent readily available on the market. Any stains must be removed immediately without allowing them to dry out in order to avoid extraordinary cleaning.
Extraordinary cleaning of porcelain stoneware slabs
In the case of traces of dirt that prove resistant to ordinary cleaning, we recommend the use of an appropriate detergent depending on the type of dirt.
For a successful cleaning, a timely action is required.
Before cleaning the entire surface, it is a good idea to carry out a preliminary test on a small stained portion, thus verifying the effectiveness before carrying out the complete procedure.
Under no circumstances should concentrated hydrochloric acid and/or caustic soda or cleaning agents containing hydrofluoric acid and/or its derivatives be used.
Below are the recommended detergents according to the type of dirt:
- Grease, coffee, beer, wine, fruit juice, coke, ink, vomit, urine, ice cream, marker pen, blood, rubber, suckers: degreaser-based cleaner;
- Rust: cleaner for rust removal;
- Silicone: silicone-removing detergent;
- Waxes and resins: solvent;
- Aluminium marks, pencil marks, limescale: descaling cleaner.
- Using a damp cloth or white pad: apply the detergent to the stain and let it work according to the time specified by the manufacturer of the detergent used.
Rinse thoroughly and dry with a cloth.
- Dampened non-scratch Scotch-brite scrub sponge: apply the cleaning agent to the stain and let it work according to the time specified by the manufacturer of the cleaning agent used.
Use a dampened, white, non-scratch Scotch-brite scrub sponge and make circular movements all over the area to be cleaned. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and dry with a cloth.
Precautions for use
Here are some tips on how to preserve porcelain stoneware surfaces over time:
- Prevent shocks at the most exposed points such as corners and edges, both with and without ledge.
- Do not use metal or abrasive scourers;
- Do not use knives with ceramic blades as the hardness of the two materials is very similar;
- Provide protection systems, such as wooden and/or plastic cutting boards, when cutting foodstuffs on surfaces having a dark colour and/or a Lux Lapped finish;
- As a precaution, protect the surface from direct contact with hot objects (e.g. frying pans, pots, coffee pots, etc. ...) using trivets.
For the repair of shallow surface scratches in Lux Lapped finish, please refer to your Atlas Plan team directly.