Ceramic & Porcelain Care & Maintenance
Use a microfibre cloth to remove dirt from the surface. Surfaces like Lapitec® can be washed with hot water, to which you can add the manufacturer’s recommended dose of mild detergent, if needed. Rinse with hot water and dry with a cloth. For best results, we recommend cleaning any spills immediately, without letting them dry.
WHAT NOT TO DO
Do not use waxes, oily soaps, sealers or other treatments: they are not required. Moreover, some of the commercially available treatments contain wax or polish additives that can leave an oily film on the surface after several applications, affecting the cleanliness and appearance of surfaces. Avoid using ceramic knives or scouring pads as they could affect the surface. Do not hit the surface with pointed or heavy metal objects, as they could chip or, possibly, break the material. Remember that the edges are the most sensitive part of the top.
When routine cleaning is not enough, specific procedures are required, depending on the nature of the stain. In these cases, using aggressive products will not affect the surface’s beauty. The amount of time the stain remains on the surface is important, so we recommend cleaning as soon as possible. Tip: Start the treatment on a small part of the area to check its effectiveness before applying it to the whole surface.
For daily cleaning, always use hot water and dry with a clean cloth.
LOCAL APPLICATION OF DETERGENT
Apply the detergent to the stain and leave it to act for the time given on the package. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a clean cloth.
CLEANING WITH DETERGENT AND A NON-ABRASIVE SPONGE
Use a detergent and a damp sponge, making circular movements over the whole surface to be cleaned. Rinse thoroughly with hot water and dry with a clean cloth. For structured surfaces, follow the same procedure using a broom or plastic brush instead of the sponge.
CLEANING WITH A DAMP SCOTCH-BRITE NO SCRATCH SPONGE
Use a detergent and a damp blue Scotch-Brite no scratch sponge, making circular movements over the whole surface to be cleaned. Rinse thoroughly with hot water and dry with a clean cloth. Only use this method if really necessary.
CLEANING WITH FINE BRISTLE BRUSH
Use a detergent and scrub the surface with a fine broom or plastic brush. Rinse thoroughly with hot water and dry with a clean cloth.