They grow larger and mimic wood or natural stone. Tiles made of porcelain stoneware are becoming increasingly popular even in living areas. In airports, shopping centers and public buildings, they are the tile of choice. Cleaners do not always recognize at first glance that these are robust ceramic tiles. We take a quick look at the trends for 2023. Also: whether polished, glazed or matte: what to consider when cleaning tiles.
Floor tiles are also subject to trends. Meanwhile, not only bathrooms are tiled, but increasingly also living areas. But the tiles do not look like tiles at all. Deceptively real they imitate parquet, slate or other natural stones. But most often the tiles are made of porcelain stoneware, because it is more durable. Many a cleaner may be fooled by the wood surface and reach for the wood polish or think to themselves “Aha – a floor made of natural stone – I’ll have to take extra care here!”
A word about the trends: In the living area, wood look is “in”; in addition, the taste goes towards larger tiles. And that doesn’t just mean 60 x 90 cm, XL formats are on the rise. Tiles with dimensions of 300 × 150 cm or 320 × 160 cm are more and more often laid on large surfaces, for example, in airports or shopping centers. It just seems so much more generous.
A real parquet floor made of wood looks beautiful and creates a homey atmosphere. But when it comes to cleaning and maintenance, it can be quite time-consuming. You have to seal and polish it and give the wood the right care. Special care must also be taken with natural stones such as real slate, as it is susceptible to scratching. That’s why porcelain stoneware is now one of the most popular floor coverings, also because it can now deceptively imitate many surfaces; the tiles are available in all variations: in slate look, limestone look or wood look.
But watch out: The trend towards imitating different natural stone surfaces or wood means that inexperienced cleaners do not immediately recognize which floor covering they are dealing with.
Some retail operators attach great importance to the fact that the salesroom leaves a shiny impression. This also applies to the floor. Drugstores, banks or hotels in particular want floor surfaces in which guests and customers can see themselves reflected. To achieve a high gloss level, tiles are polished or glazed. Both methods achieve a glossy appearance.
The difference: High-quality porcelain stoneware tiles are additionally coated with a microglaze, a glass-like coating. On the individual tile, this can be seen by the fact that the edge and the top layer have a different color. Not so with tiles that have been polished. A polished tile looks the same from all sides. In her case, the surface, called the burnt skin, was removed. This exposes the microporous interior of the porcelain stoneware. Although it is shiny and has been polished smooth by several grinding processes, the surface of the tile is not as smooth as the glazed tile.
This difference is important for the cleaning process. This is because the polished tile with its very finely textured surface is more difficult to clean than the glazed tile. With a glazed tile, you just have to be careful not to drop heavy objects on the floor, because then the glaze can crack.
If, in addition, stones are imitated that are naturally highly structured – such as slate – the depressions are even more pronounced. Although the material itself is more resistant than its natural counterparts, the tile is still somewhat more susceptible to staining than one that has been coated with a microglaze.
In general, porcelain stoneware is very durable. Almost no water can penetrate into the ceramic fired at high temperatures and if something is spilled – for example, red wine – no stains can appear in the material itself. The tile is much less sensitive than natural stone.
Real natural stone like marble is matte to begin with; its color and grain really come into their own once it has been polished. However, a shiny floor is not always desired. Even porcelain stoneware is first matt in its original state. Matte always means a rough surface, and it’s a little harder to clean than the glazed tiles.
PolyPlusPads are suitable for normal maintenance cleaning of matt and rough tiles. With their long poly fibers, they get into the small recesses much better and get the dirt out.
By the way: You can read even more cleaning tips for professionals from professionals in our next blog post.
We at haid-tec generally recommend using MelaminPlusPads and PolyPlusPads alternately for cleaning porcelain stoneware tiles; this generally avoids the need for cost-intensive basic cleaning every year. If the floor is already heavily soiled and has become gray and unsightly, MelaminePlusPads should be used. This will allow you to restore the original condition of the tile.
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With over 3,000 objects walked on and over 5 million square metres of floor area, David Haid is a proven expert in the cleaning of porcelain stoneware floor coverings. As an author in our haid-tec magazine „BODEN-ständig“, he shares his expertise from over 15 years of professional experience with you and provides valuable tips, especially for challenging cleaning projects.
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