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
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
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.