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Water Is Not Enough

Everybody wants a simple life, especially when it comes to the maintenance of your floor. If the elbow grease can be kept to a minimum, we all will be happy. London flooring contractors point out that one of the most frequently asked questions which our technical support helpline answers is ‘Can I seal matt-porcelain flooring to make the maintenance easier?’. Many people wish to seal their floors in order to reduce the amount of housework. In most cases, they are looking for a topical sealer which will provide ‘boosting’ effect, for example, preventing water marks or a dirt-repellant surface. However, London flooring professionals say that the issue is that these features themselves don’t stop the floor from getting soiled and grimy. Where is the problem? Well, porcelain is not porous and it turns out that the polished porcelain is actually more porous.

  • London flooring experts explain that topical sealers are incorrectly applied onto flooring that hasn’t been cleaned properly – when the protector tries to penetrate, it fails because the floor is dirty. The outcome is not what homeowners expect – the surface becomes patchy and looks cloudy. Along with that, it is prone to peeling and more dirt will accumulate on the surface. Fortunately, there are some professional treatments, aimed to create an efficient dirt barrier on matt porcelain. Yet, a proper cleanse before applying it is still essential so the treatment can form its bond.
  • Luckily, a poorly treated matt porcelain London flooring can be refurbished. The first thing that should be done is to identify if it has been sealed with a solvent-based or water-based treatment. Specialist treatments will clear away the solvent and water-based products but still seeking London flooring experts for advice is recommended in order to eliminate expensive mistakes.
  • A very important thing to remember when applying a specialist treatment is to make sure to follow carefully the instructions for preparation and application. However, the following maintenance is as important as the application itself. Appropriate products should be used – having a good cleaning regime is a must. A common mistake is to assume that plain water would work. Unfortunately, London flooring contractors state that it is not enough to eliminate the dirt even if the surface seem clean after the process. This cleaning method may result in a limescale buildup. Water is not a cleaning detergent so basically you just move around dirt which will eventually result in attracting more dirt.

What is the solution to this issue? Get a quality pH-neutral product and the surface will be spotless. London flooring experts do not recommend detergents that leave a waxy residue behind as they also track smear and dirt. Along with that, providing a good grout protector will make the maintenance a piece of cake – don’t make the cleaning regime harder than it should be! Grout is very porous so investing in a quality protector will save you a costly repair in the long run!

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