Will Polished Porcelain Be Perfectly Shiny Like A Mirror?
No. Mirrors are made in a very different way to give a near-perfect reflection. Polished tiles (whether they are stone or porcelain) are made by polishing the surface of the tile with very hard grinding stones. The polishing process opens up microscopic pores on the surface of the tiles. These pores reflect light differently and therefore you may see a variation in shininess appearing in certain light conditions. In the same way, slightly varying thicknesses of sealer may be perceived as variations in shininess. These are normal characteristics of polished porcelain and should be expected. It is quite unreasonable to expect a polished surface to be perfectly reflective. Even an expensive car will not have perfectly reflective shiny paint for exactly the same reason.
Sealing & Cleaning
Virtually all polished porcelain tiles sold by Beaumont Tiles are pre-sealed with a very special penetrative sealer to make them more resistant to staining. It is still important, however, to promptly clean off any substance which is likely to cause a stain, as polishing and sealing a tile does not make it as resistant to staining as a glazed tile.
If the tile you choose is not pre-sealed, your consultant will let you know. It is then important to seal the tiles when they are laid and before they are grouted to avoid problems with stains. It is advisable to reseal the tiles periodically as a maintenance regime to keep the tiles at their utmost performance.
Most of the polished porcelains also come from the factory with a layer of protective wax on the surface of the tiles. This wax is normally water-soluble and not very hard to remove. In fact, most will be removed by the grouting process. Some wax may still remain on the tiles, however, and therefore will need to be removed by you, your tiler, or a professional cleaner.
As with any surface, the rule is to quickly wipe off anything which is likely to stain the surface.
The initial clean of the tiles need to be done really well to get off any invisible building residue such as grout haze. If this is not done, the tiles can look dull and dirt can actually stick to this fine coating. You can buy excellent products for this from any Beaumont Tiles outlet. This can be repeated if the tiles get really dirty, but for week-to-week maintenance, Beaumont’s suggest using a PH neutral cleaner in a bucket of water.
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