How to properly clean and care for porcelain

How to properly clean and care for porcelain

Porcelain is considered to be an extremely durable surface found in bathrooms, although it is suceptible to chips, cracks and its finish can dull over time and if improperly cleaned.

Chicago house cleaner Teresa Cleary, of First White Glove Inc., says if cleaned properly, "it shines so good."

Cleary mainly uses natural ingredients when cleaning her clients' homes, and her go-to cleaner is a mixture of liquid Castile soap and baking soda.

"Mix it and make it into a soft scrub texture," she said. "The benefit from that is that after you use it in sinks and toilets, all [surfaces] starts smelling real fresh."

If cleaning porcelain tiles, Cleary suggests using a grout brush, which you can find at any local home improvement store.

Donna Brown, of FairyDust Services, Inc., says most any bathroom cleaning sprays can be used on walls or tiles with a soft cloth or a scruffy pad.

"Stay away from the heavy chemical cleaners that mar the surface of porcelain," the Tampa area house cleaner warns.

Cleary agrees to avoid harsh products, as they could remove the porcelain's shine or leave spots. She specifically says to stay away from vinegar or acid-based products.


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