MAINTENANCE AND CARE

The term “cleanability” means the ability of a material to permit the removal of dirt and dust settled on the surface in order to guarantee the required hygienic conditions. As this feature is tightly linked with the surface compactness and impermeability and with the material’s resistance to chemical agents, Ariostea products o.er outstanding cleanability.

Moreover, Ariostea materials easily withstand the action of solvents and special cleaning products as they are resistant to the action of acids and bases, even in high concentrations (except for products containing hydrofluoric acid). Particularly powerful cleaning treatments, using machines too, can be carried out without problems, thus ensuring hygienic conditions even in spaces subject to high levels of dirtying. As to the daily cleaning of polished materials, it is important to note that floors can simply be washed with common non-greasy detergents. Never use wax or other substances to preserve surface sheen.

Nevertheless, the level of dirt visibility on and the ease of maintenance of an unglazed material can also be affected by the type of colour chosen. In fact, very bright or very dark colours require more thorough maintenance with respect to other colours. Ariostea’s relevant documentation lists the most suitable detergents for regular cleaning operations and for particularly stubborn dirt. Stain resistance test reports on samples of Ariostea materials with natural, textured, and polished finishes are available on request.

GENERAL NOTIONS

Carry out correct initial cleaning (as described above). Use constantly clean water, above all for the lighter colours. For large surfaces or those subject to heavy traffic (considerable dirt conditions) such as for example shopping centres, airports, etc., it is preferable to use floor-washing machines that suck up the residual detergent liquids.

Pre-polished or Natural Surfaces Given the almost total absence of surface porosity, it is unadvisable and useless to carry out surface waterproofing treatments. For ordinary cleaning, it is sufficient to use neutral or alkaline detergents, such as for example Mr. Clean, Lysoform, or Ajax, diluted in water as recommended by the manufacturers.

Textured or Anti-slip Surfaces The operations and the cleaning products necessary are the same as above, together with a few simple extra steps:

  • Rub energetically, using large brushes and suitable bristles if necessary.
  • Where possible, follow the direction of the relief details.
  • Rinse using plenty of water.

Polished Surfaces For daily maintenance always use neutral or alkaline detergents, such as for example Mr. Clean, Lysoform or Ajax, using microfibre clothes if necessary. Rinse with water, taking care to dry off the excess to avoid rings forming caused by residues of detergent or by particularly hard water.

In any case, for any doubts concerning cleaning floors and porcelain stoneware visit the Ask the Expert section

Detergents recommended for difficult dirt that resist everyday cleaning

TYPE OF DIRT RECOMMENDED DETERGENT
Scale Mortar Rust Metallic residues Water based colours for walls Acid based detergents White vinegard HG Extra (World Point Ltd.) Jif Microliquid (Lever) Keranet (Mapei) Det Acido (TechnoKolla)
Graphite (pencil lead) PS/87 (Fila) Vim Clorex(Lever) Jif Cream (Lever)
Beer Wine Ice-Cream Ketchup Coca Cola Coffee Animal or vegetable fats Mr. Muscle with bleach (P&G) PS/87 (Fila) Domestos Multisurface Cleaner (Lever) Corvette (Kiehl) Bleach
Tyre rubber Resins Engine oil Glazes Mr. Muscle with bleach (P&G) Vim Clorex (Lever) Jif Active Cream (Lever) PS/87 (Fila) HG Spot Stain Remover (World Point Ltd.)
Felt tip pen Ink Nitro solvent White Jif Cream + Bleach, mixed together and left to dry on the stain

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