Basic rules & recommendations
1. Whatever method is chosen, remember the three golden rules of cleaning:
Rule A: Try a small inconspicuous area first
Rule B: Rinse off well with clean water afterwards
Rule C: Avoid high concentration of cleaners for prolonged periods of time.
2. The sooner the cleaning is carried out, the easier the stain can be removed.
3. Protect the floor if decorating, construction or overhead work is taking place.
4. Locations which are permanently wet (e.g. swimming pools, showers etc.) may attract a build up of body fat, oils, soap residue, hard water deposits and in humid conditions organic growth (algae). To remove this, a more acidic cleaning agent used regularly is preferable because alkaline cleaners can react with body fats to make surfaces slippery. A plastic scouring pad is the most useful device for this type of cleaning. Before using these products get professional written advice from the chemical manufacturer as to the suitability, application and frequency of use of their product of fully vitrified porcelain tiles.
5. Powder cleansers should not be used as undissolved particles may remain and develop a haze distracting from the naturalness and beauty of the tiles.
6. Steel wool pads should not be used as they leave steel particles, which may later rust leaving brown stains.
7. One source of problems with unglazed tiles is regular cleaning with alkaline detergent of greater than pH 9 with high concentrate of sodium or potassium hydroxide. These should not be used unless the residue can be neutralised and thoroughly rinsed away with clean water, otherwise reaction can cause a glossy and potentially slippery surface.
8. The pH of the material is the measure of acidity of alkalinity. It is a logarithmic scale and pH 7 is the neutral point. Below pH 7, the material is progressively more acidic and above pH 7, more alkaline (i.e. pH 8 is 10 x more alkaline that pH 7).
9. The regular use of detergents and other cleaning agents with are excessively acidic or alkaline with excess sodium or potassium hydroxide can cause irreversible damage to the tile surface. Acidity being less damaging that alkalinity. All products used must be recommended by the chemical manufacturer.
10. Many degreasing agents which contain wax, sodium, silicate or other additives which leave a sticky deposit on the floor and thus retain dirt on the surface must also be avoided. Like any material tiles tend to become slippery when wet. We recommend that care be taken to keep the surface dry.
11. The Australian Standard for tiles which are suitable for wet areas in commercial amenities usage must meet the coefficient of friction test of at least R10.
12. Please always refer to the chemical manufacturer’s instructions when using any cleaning agent. If you needmore information about the use of cleaning products and the manufacturing agents in your state, please contact the Technical Services Department of the chemical manufacturers.
13. Detergents build up with prolonged use and if not properly rinsed. This build up of detergents will hold in dirt, make the tile look dirty and make it slippery.
14. Signage must be adequately displayed when cleaning tiles to warn the public or other users of the area that the tiles are wet and care should be taken. Before using these products, get professional written advice from the chemical manufacturer as to the suitability, application and frequency of use of their product on fully vitrified porcelain tiles.