Renovating with Porcelain Slabs in Toronto

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If you’ve seen advertisements for deals on porcelain slabs, keep reading. Hardy, strong, and easy to clean; consider renovating with porcelain slabs in Toronto when installing countertops, walls and backsplashes.
 

Porcelain and Your Home

 
This ceramic material is best known for its use in fine china and other delicate collectables. The strengths that make it ideal for finely-shaped, thin china also make it great for countertops. According to Wikipedia, porcelain is hard, resistant to chemicals, strong, and has a low permeability.
 
When most people think of porcelain in the home, the bathroom usually comes to mind. Its nonporous nature has meant glazed porcelain has been used for chamber pots, also known as bourdaloues, and other personal hygiene items since late in the 17th century. Lately, porcelain countertops have been finding their way into kitchens and other rooms across Toronto.
 
Porcelain slabs can be used to cover walls, floors, backsplashes, kitchen countertops, ceilings, doors, vanity tops, and tables.
 
Porcelain is also becoming more popular for boats, elevators, and other areas where weight is an issue. It’s a good-looking alternative to heavier stone slabs, and if porcelain is good enough to decorate the Royal Palace of Madrid, the Porcelain Tower of Nanjing, and other historic sites and palaces, it’s good enough to make your list of possible building materials.
 

Benefits of Porcelain

 
When you choose porcelain slabs for your countertop renovation in Toronto, you get a beautiful, clean look without some of the drawbacks of other natural stones. You don’t have to seal the countertop and it’s easier to wipe clean than many granite countertops, which may need special sealants to preserve them over time.
 
Installing porcelain means less grout is used, since porcelain countertops are often thinner than stone and can sometimes even be installed right over existing countertops, walls, and floors.
 
The varying natural pattern is part of the beauty of using stone, but some people prefer a consistent pattern and colour, making it easier to decorate the kitchen or bathroom. There’s a rainbow of colour and finishes available so you can match the colours already present in the room or choose a complimentary colour. If you’re brave, go for a modern twist with a vibrant, clashing colour for a greater visual impact.
 
Porcelain resists heat and doesn’t usually discolour over time.
 

Keep Porcelain Beautiful

 
If your porcelain is on the floor, sweep it regularly so dust and sand won’t be ground in over time. If left, they can scratch the porcelain, causing patterns to form. Warm water and a soft, nonabrasive mop should remove most dirt. You can also add a special cleaner that’s made for cleaning ceramic and porcelain if necessary. If you have porcelain tiles, be wary of acidic liquids, bleaches, and abrasives since they may damage the grout between tiles.
 
For countertops and other surfaces, use a pH-balanced cleaner for everyday cleaning. Again, if you have tiles, you may want to use a specialty cleaner with an added protector to keep the grout sealed.
 
Hardy, strong, and easy to clean, porcelain slabs make a great start for countertops, walls, backsplashes, and floors in Toronto.