Post-laying cleaning is mandatory after on-site works.
Inadequate or late removal of the grouting used on the joints can leave marks difficult to remove, and create a cement film on the tiles that absorbs all types of dirt, thus giving the impression that it is the tile that has become dirty.
It is indispensable to dissolve and remove these residues completely using buffered acids diluted in water (follow the production instructions), which must then be removed completely and quickly, rinsing the floor with plenty of water to avoid residues or drops on the floor that could damage the tiles.
Allow the product to act on the wet floor without letting it dry, scrubbing with colorless rags. Next, rinse it thoroughly with water to ensure that the floor is free of detergent residues. If necessary, repeat the operation.
We suggest performing a preliminary wash on a sample surface of a few square meters. If the test is successful, continue with the full surface.
When finished, perform a basic or alkaline wash using degreasing detergents. This is because acid can leave grease on the floor, which could contribute to dirt buildup.
More specifically, Mirage recommends particular care with RC02NAT, RC08NAT, WS01 NAT and OX01 NAT when using buffered acids for cleaning: these materials can damage the surface if not removed in a short time and if traces or drops of the water-acid compound are not removed quickly.
After the post-laying cleaning operation (see previous section) has been completed, for daily cleaning we strongly advise against the use of waxes, oily soaps, impregnating products and various treatments (water and oil repellent) on the porcelain stoneware product, as their application is unnecessary. Household detergents often contain waxes and gloss-inducing additives that, after various uses, can deposit a bright coat on the floor. Sometimes even one drop of food such as cola, water, wine and so on) is sufficient to eliminate this coat, restoring the tile’s original appearance, creating a stain effect. In these cases, the floor must be de-waxed using appropriate products, following the product’s instructions.
For films left by soap, lime scale, and dirt, use an acid detergent, suitably diluted in water (read the product instructions carefully).
It is also important to note that Hydrofluoric acid (HF) and its derivatives can permanently damage porcelain stoneware. For routine cleaning, Mirage recommends the use of bleach or ammonia, suitably diluted in water. For polished porcelain stoneware, dry the floor after washing to prevent unsightly smudges.
In the case of particularly stubborn stains we suggest the use of specific detergents, as better indicated in this table. Moreover, please remember that removing any type of stain is easier if it is removed while still fresh.
It is important to always test a small, hidden area before using cleaning products, especially when cleaning honed or smoothed porcelain stoneware.
When cleaning raised floors the use of abundant water is forbidden. In such cases it is highly recommended to use a mop or cloth that has been well wrung out.
For routine cleaning, use rags, tepid water and detergent, limiting as much as possible the quantity of water on the floor. For stains, however, concentrated products may be directly used.