How To Clean Your Porcelain Countertops in Toronto
This elegant surface is all the rage in design circles lately and yet, it’s surprisingly easy to clean porcelain countertops. In Toronto, Quartex is a leading provider of porcelain tile, counters and decorative finishes. The high-temperature glazing process enables the very durable and stain resistant nature of its finish.
Even though maintenance is easy, helpful tips are always welcome for homeowners who love their counters. Below we’ll outline common messes porcelain finds itself battling with and how lighter fluid, among other things, can be used to remove them, leaving your Toronto porcelain countertop looking fresh as new.
Easy Clean Up of Any Mess You Can Throw At It
Coffee cups often leaves rings on a counter surface: A damp cloth dipped in a baking soda and water mixture should blast through this stain with very low effort scrubbing.
Teas and other fruit juices: 1 tablespoon of trisodium phosphate and 1 quart of hot water can be used to wash the area of these stains and leave the counter bright. For dark, stubborn stains, rinse with water and then wash with a solution made up of three tablespoons of laundry bleach and one quart of warm water.
Greasy stuck on stains: Using a toothbrush with stiff bristles, scrub gently at the area of the stain with a solution of household detergent or trisodium phosphate, diluted with lots of water.
Water marks: Using a solution of water softener or baking soda mixed with warm water can effectively remove calcium and mineral or soap scum spots.
Mildew-y stains: Mixing 1 cup of laundry bleach with about 1 quart of water should be more than enough. Use a sponge to apply and gently scrub at the affected area. If, however, the mildew remains afterward, use of a commercial remover that has sodium hypochlorite and sodium carbonate should blast the surface clean. Ensure to take proper safety precautions when using corrosive chemicals that release harmful fumes. Gloves and good ventilation are recommended.
For oil stains: Mix up a thick paste of baking powder and water. Apply your mixture to the stain and let it stand overnight. Clean later with some warm water and a cloth and then let dry.
For paints: Remove any fresh oil paint you can with a cloth dipped in turpentine or paint thinner. For water-based paint, make use of a cloth dipped in warm water and some mild household detergent such as dish soap. Scrub at the area with the cloth and even a soft-bristled toothbrush should you need it.
Toronto’s porcelain countertops are impressively resilient to damage becaused of their kiln-fired finish, but test the cleaning product you intend to use on a sample piece of your material if at all possible.
Always keep an eye on the concentration of your cleaning products. High concentrations can be increasingly difficult to rinse and is usually uneccessary.
It’s helpful to allow detergent solutions to sit on the area you are targeting to let it work on the stain. 5-10 minutes is usually more than enough time.
Making use of a nylon pad or a soft-bristle brush is the best course of action for hard to clean stains. Avoid using wire or metal scrubbers.
Rinse surfaces thoroughly with clean water to remove your spent detergent solutions. Manually dry your surface when you’re done to ensure a nice, even streak-free finish.
If you have questions, the experts at Quartex can guide you through selection, installation and care of your porcelain countertop. In Tornto, our expansive showroom offers a vast variety of beautiful materials suited to any home or budget. Call or visit today.