Using a Porcelain Slab in Your GTA Renovation

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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.

Using Porcelain

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 properties.
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 bold contrasts.
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.