Porcelain Paver Care & Maintenance
Although porcelain pavers do not normally need to be sealed, they can nevertheless attract dirt and grime. Generally, removal of any light soling just requires a wash with water or with a neutral detergent diluted with water. More stubborn stains may require some additional effort to remove.
Try to avoid the use of abrasive products such as scouring pads or steel wool pads or products containing strong acids or alkalis.
With difficult stains and dirt, use a mild alkaline detergent, rinsing well with water after cleaning. For large surfaces, we recommend cleaning with commercial washer-dryer machines. Please bear in mind that some types of dirt (sand etc.) can have an abrasive effect on the surface of the pavers that is exacerbated with foot traffic, so such residues should be regularly removed by sweeping, blowing or vacuuming.
For particularly tough stains that resist removal with simple water/detergent cleaning procedures, we recommend using specialized cleaning products such as FilaCleaner or FilaPS87. For supplies, see their store locator here.
For rust stains or more stubborn stains, Fila also have a more intense acid based cleaning product called Deterdek which contains high concentrations of surfactants. In our experience this works much better than either the FilaCleaner or FilaPS87 products.
The above recommendations are the result of research, laboratory tests and experience from the field. However, the cleaning performance of materials suggested can vary depending on the nature and location of the installation, the conditions of use, and the surface finish. As a general rule, pavers with higher anti-slip properties are more difficult to clean that smooth surfaces.
Please note that Archatrak will not be liable for any damage arising from incorrect installation of the pavers, improper cleaning and maintenance procedures, or incorrect choice of materials for the intended use.
A data sheet summarizing maintenance and cleaning considerations of porcelain pavers can be downloaded here.