Are you interested in using a porcelain slab for your
Greater Toronto Area (GTA) renovation but are unsure of its durability and
usefulness? It’s time to find out the benefits and potential uses of porcelain
in your home.
You may already have porcelain in your home—in the form of
delicate figurines and fine china that you use only on special occasions. This
seemingly fragile material is actually harder than it looks, making it a good
candidate for countertops and other surfaces in your home. Wikipedia
lists some of the
strengths of porcelain, including durability and its chemical-resistant
Porcelain has always been a popular choice for the bathroom
because of its nonporous properties. That makes it a hygienic choice since it’s
easy to clean and prevents germs and bacteria from being absorbed into the
surface. Chamber pots, or bourdaloues, have used porcelain since late in the 17th century
The hygienic nature of porcelain, combined with its low
maintenance, have helped it gain popularity in kitchens as backsplashes and
countertops, as well as in other areas of the house.
If you have an area where weight is a concern, such as a
boat renovations or elevators, lightweight porcelain is a good option. It’s
beautiful and much lighter than natural stone slabs. Porcelain has been used to
decorate many places for centuries, such as the Royal Palace of Madrid, the Porcelain
Tower of Nanjing
, and other historic locales and palaces.
The Many Benefits of Porcelain
Porcelain is a low maintenance option when compared to many
popular types of natural stone. It can be wiped clean without fuss while stones
like marble and granite need to be sealed every year or two. It’s also
stain-resistant, especially when compared to marble, which is extremely porous,
making it more susceptible to permanent stains.
Its lightweight nature means that porcelain may be installed
right over your existing countertops or floors. It also needs less grout to
hold tiles in place.
If consistent colour and patterns are your preference,
porcelain is a clear choice over natural stone. There’s a rainbow of colour
choice available so you can match it to the existing colour scheme or go for
Another amazing benefit of versatile porcelain is that it
usually doesn’t discolour over time, making it a sound investment that will
last for years.
How to Clean Porcelain
Cleaning porcelain countertops is a snap. You can usually
just wipe it clean with soapy water. You can also use a pH-balanced cleaner to
ensure that it stays sparkling. Although tiles use less grout, you should still
choose a specialty cleaner that will protect against grout damage.
Porcelain flooring needs to be swept on a regular basis so
dust, dirt, and other grit doesn’t scratch your floor. You can use warm water
and a soft mop to remove daily grime. If it’s a tough clean-up, try a ceramic
and porcelain cleaner. Avoid bleach and any other strong cleaners that may
damage the grout if you’re dealing with cleaning tiles.
Low maintenance, easy to clean, and durable—try a porcelain
slab in your GTA home renovations and you won’t be disappointed.