Before You Buy Your Tiles
Our Before You Buy PDF provides important information to assist you with your choices.
The Italia Ceramics essential guide to tile and stone care and maintenance.
As is the case with virtually all floor and wall coverings and bench
tops, tiles and stone require a certain level of ongoing care and
Stone’s beauty, elegance and pure uniqueness will last a lifetime as well, if it is cared for properly.
Proper care and maintenance is crucial to the life span of your stone surface. But keeping your stone maintained is not as difficult as you might think. Regular sweeping or vacuuming and periodic thorough cleaning will keep your floors looking their best. It is important to note that sealing of natural stone is highly recommended, and that it be performed by a seasoned professional. Sealing your natural stone flooring makes it less porous, more stain resistant, and protects the stone’s original beauty.
Crazing and shade variations, texture, composition, glazing, variations in colour, grain structure, occasional pitting and veining and other features are an inherent characteristic of all ceramic/porcelain and/or fired clay products and/or composite products and/or glass products and/or natural stone products.
Goods are often prepared in different batches and batches can vary between them. Italia Ceramics recommend that all natural stone are thoroughly cleaned after installation & once cleaned a sealant be applied to the tile surface and re-applied periodically depending on the wear and tear of the material.
Natural stone requires a certain level of ongoing care and maintenance.
Composite Stone surfaces blend modern sophistication and timeless luxury with unbeatable strength and durability. The ever-lasting finish of composite stone requires only simple and routine care to maintain its looks. To clean composite stone, we recommend using warm water and a mild detergent or quality spray and wipe type cleaner in order to enjoy enduring beauty and unmatched performance for years to come.
Virtually maintenance-free, Composite Stone’s hard, non-porous surfaces require no sealing to renew the luster and are simple to clean. In most cases, soap and water or a mild detergent is enough to keep your Composite Stone countertop looking like new. If necessary, use a non-abrasive soft soap along with a non-scratch or delicate scrub pad. Afterwards, thoroughly rinse with clean water to remove residue. Composite Stone’s non porous nature allows it to withstand short term exposure to tea, soda, wine, vinegar, lemon juice and strongly coloured spices, however leaving spills for long periods of time may cause the spill to impregnate the stones surface causing it to stain.
If needed, apply a non-abrasive household cleaners (a non-abrasive cleaner will not dull the surface shine) and rinse to remove residue. To remove adhered material such as food, gum, nail polish or even dried paint, first scrape away excess material with a plastic putty knife and then use a damp cloth to remove any marks or residual dirt. For extra-stubborn stains, a no-scratch Scotch-Brite® pad is recommended along with the non-abrasive cleaner recommended by your local Composite Stone® distributor.
Composite Stone is more heat resistant than other stone surfaces including most granite, marble and limestone; and is not affected by temperatures lower than 100°C (212°F). However, like all stone material, Composite Stone can be damaged by sudden and rapid temperature changes. Therefore, we suggest that hot pots and pans never be directly placed on the surface. We also recommend a hot pad or trivet be placed on the surface under cooking units such as electric frying pans, crock pots, or roaster ovens.
Composite Stone is a highly scratch resistant surface; however avoid abuse of the surface by refraining from using sharp objects such as sharp knives or screw drivers directly onto the surface.
It is important to be aware that like any other surface, Composite Stone can be permanently damaged if exposed to strong chemicals and solvents that can damage its physical properties. Never clean your Composite Stone surface with products that contain Trichlorethane or Methylene chloride, such as paint removers or strippers. Avoid the use of highly aggressive cleaning agents such as oven/grill cleaners and dishwasher polishing agents that have high alkaline/pH levels (pH 8.5 or higher). Products containing oils or powders may leave a residue and should be rinsed off thoroughly. Should your surface accidentally be exposed to any of these damaging products, rinse immediately with clean water to neutralize the effect.
Italia Ceramics recommends and is the South Australian distributor for the DuPont StoneTech® Professional cleaning, sealing, care and maintenance system.
DuPont™ StoneTech® Professional stone, tile and masonry care products help protect and preserve stone against the damage. With a complete line of products to protect, clean and transform stone, they help ensure the beauty of natural stone and tile benchtops, floors, walls and other installations.
All stone is somewhat porous. DuPont™ StoneTech® Professional sealers deliver protection to ensure your natural stone is ready for everyday use. More…
Treated with care, polished stone can look like new for years to come. Prevent spills from becoming stains with DuPont™ StoneTech® Professional cleaners. For daily cleaning to heavy-duty clean-ups each product is carefully formulated for use on natural stone. More…