Cleaning and maintenance Ceramiche Caesar, Piastrelle, lastre e soluzioni tecniche in grés porcellanato

Cleaning and maintenance

Find out how to preserve the aesthetic and functional properties of our products over time.

FINAL CLEANING AFTER INSTALLATION

A  few  hours  after  grouting,  as  soon  as  the  grout  starts  to  dry  (it  become  opaque),  sweep  the  floor. 

Within  48  hours  from  grouting  and  before  the  grout  hardens  definitively,  wet  the  floor  with  an  acid  and  buffered  solution.  Dilution  depends  on  the  type  of  surface (smooth or textured).

Spread the solution containing acid especially made for stoneware using a mop or a rotary brush for large  surfaces,  and  featuring  suitable  discs,  and  let  the  solution  work  for  a  few  minutes. 

Rinse  with  warm  water  and  clean  cloths  and  repeat  several  times  until  all  stains  and  residues  have  been  eliminated.  Make  sure  to  change  rinsing  water  several  times. 

Complete by drying. Pay attention to prevent contact of the acid solution with other materials (metal, marble, etc.).

 

ATTENTION!!  Epoxy-based  grout  cannot  be  cleaned  when  it  has  completely  hardened  other  than  mechanically  with  risks  to  the  surface  of  the  tiles.  For  more  information  and  recommendations,  consult  the  grout  manufacturer. 
Care  must  be  taken  on  inlayed,  polished and anti-slip products; for the latter in particular, the use of  a  floor-washing  machine  combined  with  the  action  of  an  acid  detergent helps reach the spaces between adjacent tiles and clean them properly.
If such a cleaning procedure is not carried out, or if such cleaning is carried out too late, the grout residue creates an extremely absorbent film, which holds dirt, making the surface difficult to clean: in this case, Ceramiche CAESAR S.p.A. will not be liable for any damage caused to the sur

 

CLEANING AND CARE

If   the   cleaning   rules   after   installation   are   followed,   routine   maintenance, i.e. everyday cleaning to remove dirt from traffic and general use of the tiled surface, is reasonably easy.

We would like to remind you that porcelain stoneware is a product with excellent technical features which allow for the highest grade of mechanical wear  and  resistance  to  acids  (except  for  hydrofluoric  acid  and  its  derivatives)  and  alkalis,  features  which  are  added  to  a  high  aesthetic quality.

Porcelain stoneware has a low absorption level, another  intrinsic  characteristic  of  the  product.  As  detailed  in  the  technical sheets, absorption levels are very low in the production process   CAESAR   adopts,   and   all   our   products   will   achieve   the  best  results  for  any  kind  of  specific  application. 

Ordinary maintenance must  be  carried  out  using  specialist  detergents  to  remove stains but these detergents must not leave a wax, film or membrane  residue. 
Rinsing  well  with  plenty  of  clean  water  is  a  fundamental  part  of  the  cleaning  procedure,  therefore  we  advise  against the use of products which state that they “do not need rinsing”.
Bright colored products, in particular white and extra-white tiles, especially those with a polished, honed and “lucidato” finish,  are  very  delicate  and,  although  for  all  intent  and  purpose  are hygienically clean, they tend to stain more easily than darker tiles. 

It  is  therefore  necessary  to  remember  that  these  particular  products  require  careful  maintenance.  White  products  meet  the  UNI EN ISO 14411 Annex G 10545-14 standard (calculation of stain resistance), for top quality materials in terms of cleanability: certain types of dirt need an extra-ordinary maintenance procedure using specific detergents according to the type of stain. We would like toinform  you  that,  the  above  mentioned  standards  do  not  cover  rubber  stains  (shoes,  heels,  mats,  etc...)  especially  where  these  kinds of stains are frequent: therefore, Ceramiche CAESAR S.p.A. will not be held liable for any such damage to the surface of these products. All types of surface of the Caesar range can be washed with  clean  water  or  water  and  up  to  50%  of  bleach  or  alcohol.  We  recommend  periodical  cleaning  with  basic  products  or  a  micro-foaming basic product for porcelain stoneware, followed by thorough rinsing and drying.

 

EXTRA-DUTY CLEANING

Any stains or marks can be removed quite easily since porcelain stoneware  has  very  low  absorption  properties  and  resists  acids  and bases.Depending on the type of stain, you can use:

- ACIDS for INORGANIC stains,

- BASES for ORGANIC stains,

- SOLVENTS for SYNTHETIC stains.

The  use  of  common  aggressive  acids  (such  as  muriatic  acid  for  instance)  must  be  avoided.  These  products  remove  residues  of  grout  but  also  irreparably  damage  the  grout  within  the  joint.  Also  pay  attention  to  all  products  containing  HYDROFLUORIC  ACID  (HF)  SINCE  THEY  IRREPARABLY  DAMAGE  ALL  CERAMIC  SURFACES.  For  information  about  products  appropriate  for  the  type  of  stain,  which  can  be  easily  found  on  the  market,  refer  to  the following table.

 

Warning

 

The above suggestions are a result of research, laboratory tests and several years’ experience. However, the cleaning features of the materials may vary significantly according to the different installation  methods,  conditions  of  use,  types  of  surface  and  destination.  As  ageneral  rule,  the  higher  the  anti-slip  values  of  the tiles are, the greater cleaning inconveniences may arise. The professional  operator  in  charge  of  maintenance  and  cleaning  shall always check the surface condition before proceeding with any cleaning and/or maintenance operation (we would suggest to test  some  tiles  before  installation).  Caesar  declines  any  liability  with reference to cleaning and maintenance operations in case of heavy conditions of use (such as mechanical workshop or spaces presenting  oily  residues  or  tyre  marks),  bad  installation  work  or  wrong cleaning operations, it is agreed that Caesar shall not be liable for any event, damage or defect due to wrong installation of  the  tiles,  faulty  cleaning  and  maintenance  operations  or  inadequate  choice  of  the  type  of  material  to  be  laid  or  of  the  adhesives used in a certain destination of use